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Not offensive to use word ‘genocidal’

01 February 2013


From the Revd John Latham
Sir, - In hs review ( Lent Books, 18 January), the Revd Dr William Whyte takes issue with a sentence in Mary Grey's The Resurrection of Peace which describes the actions of the Israeli government towards the Palestinians as genocidal.

Had she called it "genocide", it would indeed have been "offensive and wrong"; but "genocidal" has a different nuance, one that really is appropriate to the wish of, seemingly, many members of the Israeli government (strongly steered by Zionists as it is). It appears evident that this wish is that the Arabs of the land should eventually be no more.

Dr Whyte's comment is there-fore an ill-chosen one, uttered by someone who, apparently, has not been confronted with the actual reality of the situation out there.

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