What double standards from Jonathan Freedland (Comment, July 27). As British Jews, he and I have a choice of being citizens in Britain or Israel. Palestinians and especially refugees, are citizens of no country. But they are fighting for liberation with the only weapons they possess - tragically, sometimes that does mean literally turning themselves into human bombs.That little gem was clearly inspired by one Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, who last week attacked what he termed the double standards in which “a young Jewish boy in this country goes and joins the Israeli Army and ends up killing many Palestinians in operations and can come back; that is wholly legitimate. But for a young Muslim boy in this country, who might think ‘I want to defend my Palestinian brothers and sisters’ and goes and gets involved, he is branded as a terrorist.” Clearly, the comparison is abhorrent for reasons I don't have to explain to Bloghead readers. By implication, however, and by repeating this idea, they are beginning to form the impression that British Jews = IDF soldiers = guilty. I consider this incitement against the local Jewish community. Unfortunately it looks like this is the new line of attack.
Meanwhile, a British Jew can become an Israeli, join the armed services, and expect to be called upon to use the most sophisticated military equipment, supplied by the US, to crush the Palestinian uprising. We know, for sure, that means the possibility of killing thousands of innocent civilians.
Jonathan, rather than pontificate on how the Muslim community in Britain should behave, shouldn't you and I turn our attention to the Jewish community here? Shouldn't we be raising questions about the morality of British Jews joining the Israeli miltary at this time?
Thursday, July 28, 2005
A letter in the Guardian today:
Posted by Miriam at 12:48 PM