• Contrary to assurances from Jeremy Havardi (Letters, 6 August) freedom of speech on Israel and the Palestinians has already been blocked on a number of occasions using the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism, according to the definition’s author in his Written Testimony of Kenneth S Stern for the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, written last November. … [Read more...] about Labour’s antisemitism code
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• Jeremy Corbyn has made known his vociferous support for Palestinian causes as well as his objection to the current state of Israel and its policies. Why then can he not work on resolving the differences between the two opposing factions, by understanding the views of the Jewish diasporic community as well as the Palestinians. By alienating one side he has set his stall open to show his own personal “racist” agenda. If he really wanted to effect change in the Middle East and act on his “idealist” ethos, he needs two sides to work with, and unfortunately the cost of alienating the Jewish community shows a complete lack of understanding.Jo ScorahBowdon, Cheshire … [Read more...] about Populist Jeremy Corbyn is riding the tiger of antisemitism
• I see from your photo on page 8 of the paper (Cambridge college lawn dug up by XR protesters, 18 February) that Extinction Rebellion spared the Flower of Kent, Newton’s apple tree, outside Trinity College. On principle?Margaret WaddyCambridge … [Read more...] about Feast for one? Can we have seconds?
I understand the desire for open spaces but the moral vacuum created by not locating the Holocaust memorial near the pulse and heart of government defeats our goal to maintain civilization. Remembrance of the Nazis’ crimes against humanity should not be hidden from maximum public view. The massive Holocaust memorial in Berlin demonstrates the power of location and the statement that it makes.Steven A LudsinEast Hampton, New York … [Read more...] about Parliament site is right for Holocaust memorial
• The resignation of Andrew Sabisky for what he describes as “old stuff online” takes us back to 2013 when a headline in the Observer ran “Gove is urged to reject aide’s ‘chilling views’”. It was Dominic Cummings, special adviser to Michael Gove, whose views on genetic inheritance, laid out in his paper criticising most aspects of the current education system, were apparently not taken seriously by the educational establishment. … [Read more...] about Sabisky affair is a chilling sign of this government’s direction