from a reader
am appalled by the insensitivity of the editorial comments
at page 30 of the last issue.
the first time in the history of Christianity, a pope tells
his people "We thank the Jewish people for giving Jesus to
the world." Yet, all your editor sees fit to say is "Don't
mention it, Mr Pope. Just stop murdering us by the sword,
by the pen and from the pulpit." How utterly ungracious.
more offensive is the next comment: 'CHRISTIANITY son of God?
yes you can fool some of the people.... etc..." In my sixty-three
years in this country I have never come across a diparaging
comment on Jewish beliefs in any responsible journal here.
Yet an immigrant who, like you and me and the rest of the
Iraqi community, has been welcomed here, thinks it good fun
to mock the fundamental beliefs of his hosts. He is lucky
to live in a tolerant society - would he have dared to mock
Islam when he lived in Iraq?
a pity it all is. A pity, because the owner/editor is doing
invaluable work bringing one community together. We all owe
him a debt for this labour of love. I for one enjoy reading
the Scribe, even including the occasional crack-pot opinions
- that on Einstein's theory of relativity is a gem in the
art of obfuscation!
Although you have
been receiving our journal for many years, we never heard
from you before, either in support of what was written, or
at least to contribute your own views. Your letter suddenly
comes out of the woodwork because you thought you didn't like
some views. We do not find your criticism to be constructive,
but rather short-sighted and narrow minded.
The Jewish people
do not expect any credit for "giving Jesus to the world" (meaning
of course the Christian world). What we wish to be recognised
for, is giving God to mankind including Christians and Moslems.
The Pope's conciliatory remarks are prompted by the Vatican's
desire to square the books before the new Millennium. The
Pope's words do not match his deeds. He recently planted a
10 foot cross in the middle of Auchwitz and asked his followers
to add more crosses. Considering the strong anti-Semitism
in Poland, it will not be surprising if one day Christian
Pilgrims will be taken to the cross planted by Pope John Paul
and told, "this is the spot where the murderers of God received
their just punishment." Before feeling any gratitude for the
words of the Pope, consider what the Church did for the Jews
for the past 2,000 years.
As regards of
son of God syndrome, I quote Chaim Bermant in one of his inimitable
essays, where he tells a Christian clergyman that he would
like to return in the next life as a Parson. "Why wait Mr
Bermant," retorted the clergyman, "you can do it right now
in this life." "I am afraid," said Mr Bermant, "but I do not
believe the doctrine that Jesus was the son of God." "Don't
let that worry you, who does." Such doctrine is blasphemy
and is utterly rejected by Jews and Moslems alike. Many Christian
Churches are giving it up. So don't shed any tears for it.
We thank God for
being able to have come to a free and tolerant society, but
Britain's doors were not specifically opened for the Jews.
In the fifties the Home Office refused to extend my visa,
and I, my wife and children had to sell our flat and return
to Baghdad. Since the war, Britain received millions of Commonwealth
people and more recently, 200,000 Arabs came to Britain from
the Middle East, many of them receiving generous allowances
and accommodation. Moslems are now claiming for autonomy,
whereas Jews have been loyal and law-abiding relatively free
of crime, contributing to their adopted home in all fields
The fact that
we came from an intolerant and repressive country, does it
really mean that we have to continue living here as slaves
or as second class citizens? Britain and other countries in
the West believe in and encourage freedom of speech and freedom
of opinion. Do you really believe that these freedoms are
not opened to us Iraqi Jews?
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