Dear Mr Sayle, Ms Lennox and Ms Jagger,
Yesterday, all three of you saw fit to take part in an anti-Israel demonstration in London. All three of you were asked by the Sky News reporter (Sky News has least occasionally pays lip service to even-handedness, rather more so than the BBC) if you would not feel differently if you lived in Sderot. You, Mr Sayle, had sufficient honesty to reply "Probably". You, Ms Lennox, conceded that what has been happening in Sderot is, in your own words, "horrible" and you, Ms Jagger, (on the defensive?) hastened to tout your pro-human rights record and to claim that you have always condemned all violence against civilians. All three of you then qualified your replies with a "but…"
You then, all three of you, went on to claim that Israel’s actions were disproportionate, that Israel was attacking innocent civilians, that one and a half million Palestinians were suffering, that Israel was basically at fault for starving the residents of Gaza by preventing "humanitaran aid" from reaching them, so what could they do but fire rockets, etc. etc. etc.
You, Mr Sayle, went on to display either incredible ignorance or monumental cynicism, by remarking that the citizens of Sderot could at least get away from the rockets by going away for the weekend (as if the Hamas terrorists only fire deadly rockets at the weekend) or (wait for this) – by moving elsewhere!!! You claim the Hamas home-made missiles only have a range of about 30 miles, so your solution is for the residents of Sderot to move out of reach. To where should they move, Mr Sayle? The circle of terror is widening. The Hamas murderers now have Iranian Grad missiles that can reach Beersheba. How long will it be before they have rockets that can reach Tel Aviv? Have you ever actually looked at a map, Mr Sayle? Do you have any idea how small Israel actually is? It’s about the size of Wales, Mr Sayle. Are you not aware that this is exactly what the Arabs have always wanted? For the Israelis to pack up and leave, go, disappear? In short, for Israel to cease to exist?
You also made some vague allusions to (unspecified) Israeli "provocations". What provocations, Mr Sayle? It was Hamas which opened hostilities by launching rockets at Israel’s civilian population. That was the only reason Israel launched pre-emptive strikes at those known to be preparing and planning such attacks. Hamas terrorists also targeted the border passes through which humanitarian aid trucks passed (and continue to pass, even today). It was Hamas which refused to allow the free passage of vehicles carrying food and other essential supplies unless Israel agreed to allow Hamas to police the passes! The World Food Program informed Israel, in fact, that it would cease shipment of food to Gaza because the warehouses there are at full capacity! There is no shortage of humanitarian supplies in Gaza. Why don’t you ask Hamas what they have done with the supplies, as well as with the huge sums of money Israel has transferred to Gaza over the past few weeks? You ended up by calling on British Jewry to boycott Israel. In response, I call on British Jewry to show their support for Israel by buying Israeli products on every possible occasion.
And you, Ms Lennox. You admit that what has been going on in the south of Israel is "horrible" (generous of you). Why, then, the qualification? What was Israel supposed to do, after years of deliberate targeting of her civilian population by Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists? How about you, Ms Jagger, who (so you claim) have always condemned violence against civilian populations. Where were you when Qassam rockets were being fired on almost a daily basis on Sderot? I don’t recall any expressions of righteous indignation from you then. Tell me, the three of you – where was the urgency to act when it was Israeli women and children who were the victims of war crimes committed by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad? You were silent then. Now you rush to lead demonstrations and to be interviewed by the BBC and Sky News. It was only when a television reporter put a direct question to you that you hurried to pay lip service to even-handedness.
In short, Mr Sayle, Ms Lennox and Ms Jagger – what a pack of hypocrites you are…