April 8: Exit stage left

Pappe can campaign freely in the UK with all the anti-Jewish, anti-Israel and anti-Zionist mobs.

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letters to the editor 88
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Exit stage left Sir, - Ilan Pappe, a senior lecturer in the University of Haifa's Department of Political Science, says he is moving to the UK because it is "increasingly difficult to live in Israel" ("Controversial historian to quit Israel for UK," April 2). Well, what a good choice! The British Empire in its death throes drew lines on maps that are responsible for most of today's ethnic strife and wars. Still, Pappe can campaign freely here with all the anti-Jewish, anti-Israel and anti-Zionist mobs. He can write letters to a press eager to print them, and will be welcome on most campuses to vent his anti-Zionism to an appreciative audience of irrational young Muslims. He will be lauded by the BBC, interviewed at length and quoted ad nauseam, and warmly welcomed by self-loathing Jewish intellectuals and sundry "celebrities." After all this, he will be as much of an irrelevance as they are. JEFFREY MARLOWE Leeds, UK Sir, - To Dr. Pappe: Don't let the door hit you on the way out. SOL SPIEGLER Tel Aviv Born again Sir, - "Last year's war causes baby boom in North" (April 4) showed what we know - that there's no cloud without a silver lining. In this case, a dark cloud. But what a lining! Indeed, new life signals new hope. A.M. COHEN Beit Shemesh Raise a cheer for Greer Sir, - Greer Fay Cashman's defiance and optimism in the face of "what some might regard as the 11th plague" was an inspiration to afflicted and unafflicted alike. There's no other word for it ("In times of trouble," Pessah Supplement, April 2). B. BLOOM Tel Aviv