[R-G] A diaspora divided
mstainsby at resist.ca
Thu Jan 8 10:19:18 MST 2004
A diaspora divided
By Arthur Neslen in London
Thursday 08 January 2004, 20:00 Makka Time, 17:00 GMT
Britain's Jewish community is increasingly divided over the Middle East
Shock waves from the continuing carnage in the Middle East are increasingly
dividing the Jewish diaspora, and the rifts are becoming ugly.
Aljazeera.net has uncovered evidence of an anti-Semitic hate mail campaign
against Jewish peace activists in London, which involves rabbis and at
least one respected Israeli literary figure.
Diaspora Jewish communities have traditionally rallied round Israel in
times of crisis. But faced with an occupation that seems to have no end,
and a perceived increase in anti-Semitism accompanying it, discontent among
British Jewry is rife.
Even the highly conservative Board of Deputies of British Jews is now said
to estimate opposition to the Sharon government within the UK Jewish
community at about 30%. Some rightwing Zionists are turning on their
co-religionists with vitriol.
In one week she received over 150 emails. Some were virulently anti-Semitic.
“Too bad Hitler didn't get your family,” a Bruce M Seligsohn wrote. “With
six million Jews dieing (sic) 60 year ago it's a shame scum like you
somehow managed to survive.”
“Hitler killed the wrong Jews,” agreed another anonymous writer.
In the contradiction lies the hope
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