Magazine article The Spectator

Israel Fuels Anti-Semitism

Magazine article The Spectator

Israel Fuels Anti-Semitism

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Sir: I am a member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians and have participated in every one of the national demonstrations against Israel's brutal onslaught against Gaza. I have never heard the slogans 'Hamas, Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the Gas' and 'Death to the Jews' that Douglas Davis ('The terrible warning of a Holocaust survivor', 24 January) claims are being chanted on these marches.

I know that the stewards have strict orders to clamp down on any expression of antiSemitism.

Like the majority of the demonstrators, I am not a supporter of Hamas. But though the Hamas Charter is indeed appallingly antiSemitic, it played no part in Hamas's election campaign, and the best way to ensure that Hamas repudiates it is to draw it into a genuine peace process. Hamas has already recognised Israel's de facto right to exist by saying it is willing to accept a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and has offered Israel a long-lasting hudna, or truce. …

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