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Sir, – Isi Leibler (“Anglo Jewish leaders and ‘trembling
Israelites,’” Candidly Speaking, March 8) would give the impression that the
United Kingdom is on a par with Germany in the earlier days of Nazism. I am
astonished that the whole of the front page of your opinions section should be
devoted to an article that is so far from the truth and realities.
lucky enough to be born in England, where I was at school and university, and
served overseas as an officer in the British Army in World War II. In civilian
life I was a solicitor and one of the first six in the country to be appointed
to serve as a judge. I was heavily involved in local politics, for which I was
not paid, and I was the leader of my party and council.
I could go on,
but I am not writing to show what I was fortunate enough to achieve, but to show
that Leibler is living in a dream world.
It was well known that I was
Jewish. My name made that abundantly clear.
When I was mayor of my town
(a purely ceremonial post) my catering was kosher and the chaplain was my rabbi.
He made the Motzei blessing over bread in Hebrew, on my instructions, before
I have no doubt that there is some anti-Semitism from time to
time in some parts of the UK, but Leibler’s exaggerations are almost beyond
belief. To state that “it may be time to leave” underlines his
My wife and I live half the year in England and half
the year in Israel. Our non- Jewish friends look after our house while we are
We come to Israel not for fear of anti-Semitism, but because we
have close family here – a daughter, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren – and
a deep love of Israel that goes back to our first visit in 1964.
I do not
know where Leibler obtained his information, but it can only have been from some
corner of the UK that is by far the exception to the country as a
whole.NEVILLE C. GOLDREIN, CBE
Sir, – Isi Leibler’s attacks
upon UK Jewish leaders and institutions are based upon hearsay and fabricated
quotes rather than any attempt to engage with our organizations and learn about
We were actually supportive of Stand With Us UK in relation to
the incident he describes. The quote he attributes to me is
His claim that we do not support Ronnie Fraser’s legal action
is also inaccurate.JEREMY NEWMARK
London The writer is chief executive
of the Jewish Leadership Council
Sir, – As an Israeli subscriber to The
Jerusalem Post for well over 30 years, I want to commend you for including such
regular local contributors as Isi Leibler and Gil Troy. Each has his unique
background and experience, and each writes articulately and
Barry Rubin is our local expert on the Israeli-Arab
We appreciate being regularly informed by their research, and
by the frequent supplements of your staff writers.CONSTANCE SOLOMON
Jerusalem True assets
Sir, – I’m delighted to read that Mitt Romney would
“station more navel assets in the vicinity of Iran” if he becomes US president
(“Republicans slam Obama on Iran, March 7).
I can see it now – hundreds
of beautiful, gyrating women baring their bellies off the coast of ancient
Persia, entertaining us in ways that Vashti wouldn’t have dared. Finally, a
reason to vote for Romney.JOEL RUTMAN
Zichron Ya’acov CLARIFICATION
“British investors in haredi housing project awarded NIS 7.5 million plus
interest” (March 1), Forum Architects was named as a defendant in a law suit
brought before the Tel Aviv District Court. The full name of the firm that was
sued was Forum Architects and Town Planners Ltd. A firm with a similar name,
E.G.M.O Forum Architects and Consultants Ltd., also known as Forum Architects,
was not connected with the affair in any way.