LETTERS
Causes loss of sympathy

THERE are different ways to skin a cat. Some might disapprove of the chassidim choosing not to attend demonstrations and rallies.

Perhaps what worries the British chassidim is that being proactive and standing up to antisemitism by holding demonstrations and rallies could backfire and lead to more antisemitism.

Would protestations in Nazi Germany have achieved anything? Would they have prevented the antisemitic legislation, Kristallnacht and the Holocaust?

Maybe protesting on the streets would have accelerated all the awful events of history? Made them worse? The creation of more extermination camps leading to even fewer survivors?

When and who decides when enough is enough of demonstrating and rallying? And can doing too many of them be counter-productive?

The London demonstration was effective because it was constructively responding to a specific issue. It was highly unusual to see the Jewish community protesting and this in of itself made a dramatic impression on the establishment and the general public and got everyone to sit up and take notice.

While I supported the recent demonstration in London, I think the recent rally in Manchester was unnecessary because the London demonstration had effectively done its job and made its point. Too much complaining can cause people to lose sympathy.

Momentum in the Labour Party is living up to its name by gathering momentum. Derek Hatton, expelled from the party for 33 years, has now been accepted back into the party. Who else might join him?

Jane-Dora Fraser,
Leeds.

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