The articles by Alexander O'Riordan  (For SA to be More Supportive of Israel, the Zionist Fed Needs a Better Strategy, April 15) and Gunvant Govinjee (Defending the indefensible, April 18) refer. Israel has just come through a very unpredictable and electrifying election as befits this robust, diverse and flawed democracy. For your correspondents to use terminology like “Zionist project” and “apartheid colonialist state” is racist in itself. Perhaps it is amnesia that prompted them to forget that Israel withdrew from Gaza. Most Israelis favour a two-state solution and appalling comments like this negate our right as Jews to national self determination. It is extremely patronising to Israelis and Palestinians and counterproductive to peace efforts to deny either people their national aspirations. Zionism is the Jewish people's national liberation movement and to deny us that is discriminatory. It is very easy to be an armchair commentator when one does not live in Israel and face ...

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