A Letter To Hague

On Nov. 19, a Jewish woman in Britain, Mindy Wiesenberger, sent the following letter to [British Foreign Secretary William] Hague. The letter has been published in many newspapers, including The Times of Israel, and I would like to share it with the readers of the Baltimore Jewish Times.

“Dear Mr. Hague,

You have stated that if Israel tries to defend its population through a ground offensive in Gaza, ‘it risks losing the sympathy of the international community.’

“Let me tell you something about the sympathy of the international community, Mr. Hague. My father was liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945, having lost his entire family but gaining the sympathy of the international community at the time. After six million Jews had been annihilated at the hands of the Nazi regime, the international community had plenty of sympathy for the Jewish people. There is always plenty of sympathy for victims.

“Israel doesn’t need the sympathy of the international community. What it needs is to defend its citizens.

“When as a tiny country it gained its independence in 1948 it had to absorb 800,000 Jews who were thrown out of Arab lands in the Middle East, and it did so without fuss and with dignity, giving them shelter and a place of security in which their children could grow up to become productive citizens. When Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria tried to destroy Israel in 1948 and again in 1967, they took in hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs, but did they give them dignity or shelter? No, they left them to rot in refugee camps in order to maintain a symbol of grievance against Israel and use them as a political tool against the Jewish state. What has arisen in those camps is a complicated situation, but it is what has led to Gaza today.”

Kenneth Wolfson


  1. Trudy D'Armond says

    What Mr. Wolfson wrote is a reminder of what actually took place and it also highlights the lack of knowledge our current generations are comfortable living with. If you don’t study the true history, or be responsible enough to teach it correctly in our schools, then humanity is sliding backwards in the understanding of evil. Evil is still here. It’s also called ignorance and laziness. It’s been said that history does repeat itself. I believe that to be true of any civilization that does not learn from its mistakes. Time is marching on and America appears to be dumbing down, sugar-coating and jumping on the bandwagon of an injustice without digging down to the truth… You must look at the history before making conclusions. I’m 63 and have seen this process happening before my eyes over the years. I’m not Jewish, but I’ve been to Israel twice in my lifetime. You don’t have to be Jewish to love, respect and support a nation that had the courage to survive, grow and become a compliment to the world in all aspects as in industry, science and technology. They have done this against all odds; Odds that have gone down in history, that are waiting to be read and talked about.

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