Comments on On avoiding writing about Israel by John Taylor


Sir, I highly recommend to you Yosef Gorny's Zionism and the Arabs, 1882-1948, a Study in Ideology, Oxford, 1987. Gorny's book (orginally published in Hebrew) provides an excellent discussion of Zionist ideology under the new Yishuv and makes clear from the arrival of the First Aliyah in 1882 (in the wake of pogroms in Russia following the assassination of the Czar) that the settlers intended to become a majority in Palestine and to establish a Jewish state.

Forgive me if I am fed up with people referring to a letter which appeared originally in The University of Chicago Magazine in 1999 as "the Giraldi letter". This short item, which has a mysterious way of resurfacing on the net from time to time, rather like a dead mountaineer in the Khumbu Icefall, was co-authored by John Taylor. At least Mr. Yousefzade has had the good manners in his blog to credit me in this regard.

Despite the fact that the Editor of the UofC Magazine in her rather disingenuous apology for printing the Giraldi Taylor letter asserted "Choosing to print the letter was a difficult decision," the Magazine's staff could be credited as a third author for the very extensive editorial assistance they provided while preparing our letter for publication.

For those who reject our thesis that the Holocaust is being used to protect the Zionist enterprise from all criticism, no matter how justified, I can only refer them to the remarks of Gerald Kaufman, MP, who stated in the wake of the Gaza invasion: "My grandmother was sick in bed when the Nazis came to her home town...A German soldier shot her dead in bed. My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israel soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza."