A letter to the Oz -
All blood is sacred
NO, Rachel Birati (Letters, 31/7) Israeli blood is not cheap. It is a sacred commodity - as is the blood of every other person.
Why not a minute's silence for the victims of Russia's invasion of Afghanistan? Or for Jesse Owens and his bravery in Berlin? Or Jim Thorpe - robbed not so much for his profession but his heritage.
Perhaps the call for a moment of remembrance would receive greater support if one group didn't consistently try to claim a monopoly on suffering.
Stephen Morgan, Runcorn, Qld
Firstly, none of the others mentioned by Stephen Morgan were murdered whilst under the auspices of the Olympic Movement.
Secondly, nobody made a request to commemorate these people at the Olympics.
Thirdly, who has ever tried to claim a monopoly on suffering?
Because the answer to the third point is clearly, not the Jews or Israelis, I think that what is wrong with Morgan is that he holds a deep seated grudge against the Jewish people.
And we know what that is commonly called.