Fair-minded people should decry anti-Semitism
UNFORTUNATELY, I have to agree with Stephen Spencer Ryde (Write Back, August 19) that the evil spectre of anti-Semitism is on the rise again.
His comment that "In a student hall, a friend's son is asked to leave as the food he chose is not permitted as it carries a label written in a language used by a country 'banned' by the students' union" is further evidence of this.
Similarly, the way anti-Israel protesters have behaved in trashing UK supermarkets' kosher departments shows that it is difficult to reconcile their claims that they are anti-Zionist, but not anti-Semitic.
It is high time that all fair-minded people protest at this trend in 'progressive' circles who repeatedly slander Israel as an 'apartheid state', knowing that, as the late Josef Goebbels said, "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will accept it as true".
Israel is the 'canary in the coal mine', warning Western civilisation of what is intended for it by the coalition of clerical Islamo-fascists and left-wing extremists.
As the German Protestant pastor Martin Niemöller put it: "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist.
"Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me".
MARTIN D STERN
Salford, Greater Manchester