Anti-Semitism and the IHRA
Sir, – Remarkably, Alan Shatter suggests that the government lacks sufficient commitment to “protect today’s Jews from escalating anti-Semitism in Ireland”, but uncritically quotes Hungary, whose Prime Minister Longtime Viktor Orban has consistently used anti-Semitic propaganda to appeal to right-wing voters, in his roll call of states that have adopted or approved the working definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The Orban regime is one of many increasingly illiberal European governments courting anti-Semitic and Islamophobic elements at home, but regardless – his government maintains close ties with Israel and acts as a bulwark against the consensus of the United States. EU on supporting Palestinian human rights.
Anti-Semitism, like all forms of racism, is despicable and must be combated, but the question is whether, for many of those who advocate the IHRA’s working definition, their priority is to protect the Jewish people or to protect the Jewish people. protect the Israeli regime from anti-Palestinians. oppression.
– Yours, etc.
Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
Sir, – It is unfair of Alan Shatter to criticize the government for not adopting all the examples of the IHRA document, especially in the context of current Israeli political actions. After all, prominent Jewish scholars of anti-Semitism have since felt the need to make an express distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in both the Jerusalem Declaration and the Nexus Document.
Support for a political solution that recognizes the equality of Palestinians in the region, whether through a two-state accord or other arrangement, is not in itself anti-Semitic, nor is rejection of the Israeli government’s settlement policy.
Even comparing Israel with other historical cases of colonization and apartheid is not in itself anti-Semitism. Mr. Shatter takes no credit for calling himself a legitimate disagreement.
– yours, etc.,
Knocklyon, Dublin 16.
Sir, – The criticisms of TomÃ¡s McBride and Felim O’MaolmhÃ¡na (Letters, November 30) are wrong. In particular, they criticize the IHRA for calling it anti-Semitic âdenying the right of the Jewish people to self-determinationâ.
Sadly, anti-Semitism – the world’s oldest hatred – is on the rise again.
Affirming the right of the Jewish people to self-determination does not deny this right to the Palestinian people. A two-state solution has been the only practical way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for over 70 years. However, the continuing tragedy remains the repeated rejection of this solution by the Palestinian leadership.
For the past 14 years, the Palestinian territory has been ruled by two separate bodies: in Gaza, Hamas rejects a two-state solution and is dedicated to destroying Israel; in the West Bank, it is Fatah, under the presidency of Mahmoud Abbas – and it systematically denies the historical connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel and Jerusalem.
It is these resistant Palestinian leaders who deny the Palestinian people their right to self-determination.
– yours, etc.,
DAVID M ABRAHAMSON,
Glenageary, County Dublin.