There are two responses to my article in last week's Church Times:
Why the roots of Zionism matter
The first is erudite and gives a link to what Hamas is saying about their plans to annihilate us. What it is saying is that they do not only want to annihilate us, but exactly how they are going to do it.
The second letter, by a Mr. Dumper (how apt) starts off being sycophantic, possibly because the words of support for Israel are now coming from the Archbishop of Canterbury, and not just from the Jewish community, 'neo-fascists' every one of us, as I'm sure you're aware.
But the attempt at a sting (somewhat pathetic, at that), comes in the second part of his letter. So, what is Mr. Dumper's grand theory for the huge rise in world-wide anti-semitism, exactly? Why, he postulates a correlation between the way that the Israeli government is treating the Palestinian Arabs and the fact that my rabbi, for instance, was beaten up a couple of years ago in an affluent part of Prestwich, Bury. And seems to imply that that is all right then!
If only our friend, Mr. Dumper, knew of the behind-the-scenes assistance that Palestinians are given by Israelis, including myself, in their every-day lives, maybe he would come to his senses. Naturally, this cannot be advertised publicly, because of the Muslim threats so appositely described by the first letter-writer, Fran Waddams.
But maybe Mr. Dumper and his ilk wouldn't come to his senses in any case, because even if what he said about the Israeli government were true, which it isn't, does the Chinese treatment of Tibet and Burma warrant a huge increase in violence and demonisation of the world's Chinese population? Or how about Mugabe's treatment of Zimbabwe?
No, I thought not!
Truly then, not just a
'War against Britain's Jews'.
but against Jews, anywhere and everywhere they happen to be. This Mr. Dumper would dump us without further thought!!
Meanwhile, there's this from
Damien Thompson's Telegraph blog:
This video, sent in by the second poster, is definitely worth watching
Although it's not even true to say that Islam was solely responsible for the introduction of science to the West. The Arab culture included Persians, Indians, Christians, Jews and pagans, who all did their bit and knew the languages in which science was written.
And also, it's sad that the speaker brackets all religions together. This is the way it is going. Fundamentalist Islam is helping atheism to take over, and then Christians, Jews, Druze, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Bahais and others who don't threaten anyone will suffer as well.
Is it really worth it, simply to appease people who an expert historian has compared to Hitler,
to find that your own peaceful religion will go the way of all flesh?
I certainly hope not!
But appeasement is never the way, Mr. Dumper, and neither is scapegoating of Jews!