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Accusations over Israel unfounded

Published 01/12/2016

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Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob (Write Back, November 29) claims that, "It is laughable that Donald Trump's son-in-law could broker a lasting peaceful resolution in the Middle East" - presumably because, as a Jew, he may not accept the Palestinian rewriting of history.

A typical example of the latter lies in his reference to, "Israel's ... flagrant disregard for the sanctity of Islamic and Christian sites".

Though this is what one might expect from the son of the late Yasser Arafat's military advisor, it is untrue.

Religious sites of all religions are protected by Israel and those who attempt to desecrate them are prosecuted.

On the other hand, when the disputed Palestinian territories were under Jordanian occupation, the latter destroyed the ancient Jerusalem synagogues and "recycled" gravestones from the millennia-old Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives for use, inter alia, as flooring for latrines. It also prevented Jews from visiting the Western Wall - despite agreeing under the 1949 Armistice to do so.

Perhaps Israel's failure to continue this policy is what Dr Al Qutob means by "flagrant disregard for the sanctity of Islamic and Christian sites". Talk of the pot calling the kettle black.

MARTIN D STERN

Salford, Greater Manchester

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