The JC

Letters to the editor, 15 December 2023

Hadley Freeman, policing and Chanukah

December 14, 2023 12:00

Identity politics

Hadley Freeman wonders why Guardian editors are so cowed by Owen Jones and his belief that anyone who thinks differently to him — on the issue of Israel-Palestine, for example — is on the wrong side of history (Owen Jones isn’t a journalist he’s simply a propagandist, 8 December).

But the truth is they are not cowed, because they share his world view.

It was not ever thus.

The reason Hadley and other top journalists left the Guardian and people like myself stopped reading it is because a once great and progressive paper became consumed by regressive identity politics and its belief in a hierarchy of victimhood in which Jews don’t count.

As a teacher I believed passionately in equal opportunity, which included giving ethnic minorities the skills to flourish and integrate.

Woke identity politics (and journalists like Jones who embrace it) divides rather than unites and mitigates against a cohesive society — as we have seen in the weekly pro-Palestine marches.

Stan Labovitch


Thanks for the light

 I was privileged to attend the “March of Lights” with my son on Monday, which took place on Whitehall and ended at Trafalgar Square, where the national menorah stood.

Israeli music was played and Israeli flags and torches were displayed in a wonderful show of Jewish solidarity to celebrate the festival of Chanukah and to give support to the hostages, whose names were displayed on posters.

I pay tribute to the organisers for such a memorable and moving event, topped off with celebratory doughnuts.

Helen Leon (aged 87)


Now the dust has settled after last month’s inspirational march against antisemitism, I would like to relate a personal experience.

Walking along the Embankment, holding a sizeable and colourful placard, not entirely uncritical of Hamas terrorists and their supporters, I asked a passing policeman, who looked experienced in controlling large marches and demonstrations, “Tell me, officer, who is better behaved?”

He roared with laughter and replied, “Don’t be funny, you know perfectly well, sir. But I am not allowed to answer that!”

Gavin Littaur

London NW4

No Jewish winners

David Cohen’s piece on Jewish body image and “Dutch Sam” Mendoza’s career (The tragic and complicated history of Jewish body image, December 8) recalled a paragraph in Colonel Patterson’s memoirs about his command of the Jewish Legion in the First World War.

A force-wide boxing tourney was organised in which “...our man reached the final but was disqualified on a technicality.”

He then inferred there was a fix to avoid an immigrant East Ender being champion of an Imperial Expedition.

Frank Adam


For the record

The JC seeks to correct errors quickly.

l “An article we published on 19 October 2023 has been amended to remove a mention of Dr Nimer Sultany. We agree that this part of the article was inaccurate and potentially misleading, and apologise for that.”

December 14, 2023 12:00

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