David Wolfson, the Baron Wolfson of Tredegar KC in the United Kingdom, spoke about the consequences of the Hamas invasion of Israel for the Jews of the world in England's House of Lords.

"On Saturday night I had two children in uniform. My son was in the uniform of the Israel Defense Forces. Like many twenty-year-olds in Israel, he is doing military service because if he didn't, there wouldn't be an Israel. He witnessed the aftermath of Hamas' atrocities firsthand."

My other child in uniform was my daughter. Her uniform was trainers, jeans, and a Star of David necklace around her neck. That is her traditional Saturday night uniform, as with many teens who come in on the Tube to enjoy this great city's nightlife. I was more concerned about my daughter. How on earth have we gotten to that place?"

"There are three reasons: information, institutions, and constitution. I will now give an example of each."

"The BBC is not a state broadcaster, but it is a national broadcaster, and in the last few weeks, it has brought us national shame. I need not take time to describe the failure to describe Hamas as terrorists, in plain English. After the intervention of myself and other noble lords, BBC stopped calling Hamas militants because - and I am not making this up - 'it is a less accurate description for some of our viewers.' No further comment is necessary."

"Last week, BBC reported, citing only Palestinian officials - which of course means Hamas - that Israel had struck a hospital. IT has now been corroborated by authorities around the world that it was in fact an Islamic Jihad rocket that struck the hospital, but that defamatory remark is still on the BBC website. To have BBC do it, as it would never have done with propaganda from ISIS or al-Qaeda, had real consequences. Not just the canceling of a summit in Aman - Jewish schools closed, Jewish businesses smashed up, heightened security at every synagogue, and my daughter wondering whether it was safe to go on the tube."

"Others repeated this propaganda, including a noble friend of mine. She tweeted that Israel not only hit a hospital but targeted it - she used that word twice. I called that out as a modern blood libel, and I'm delighted to see that the Archbishop of Canterbury used that language as well. But the damage was done. Other terrorist groups will see and take note, so we should remember the old injunction 'careless talk costs lives'."

"Second, institutions. The Jewish community has learned over the years who our many friends are, and who they are not. I will give one short example - universities. Jewish societies no longer publish where they are meeting. The address is handed out shortly before. This isn't some underground group in Soviet Russia, this is in this country in 2023. Our universities have become centers of binary thinking, where you are either an oppressor or the oppressed, and it would seem in the case of Israel, oppressors include murdered babies and kidnapped grandmothers, although sometimes Hamas preferred to kidnap the babies and murder the grandmothers. Students and their professors will write long and apparently scholarly articles explaining how words are violence and silence is violence, but now offer no words, only silence in the face of not just terrorism, but a pogrom. If careless talk costs lives, silence in the face of terrorism costs even more."

"Third, our Constitution. I do not mean the royal and political elements of our Constitution, and the moral lead shown by His Majesty the King after what went on and his granting the Chief Rabbi a private audience has resonated across the Jewish community. So also has the principled stance taken by the Prime Minister, the leader of the opposition, and other political leaders as well. This is not a party politics issue."

"The Jewish community is protected by law, but at the moment many feel that they are not protected by those whose job it is to enforce the law. The shout 'From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free' is not a nursery rhyme, is not a nursery rhyme, but a murderous rhyme, because it calls for the destruction of Israel and its inhabitants. It is not a demand for the two-state solution, in which I and so many others still believe, but the police have done nothing about it. They didn't intervene, even when people chanted for Jihad. I am aware that Jihad can have several meanings, apart from armed struggle - it can refer to self-reflection, personal improvement, and quiet meditation. But when it's chanted on the streets of London, with a banner referring to Muslim armies liberating Palestine and their website carries references to 'the heroic deeds carried out by the heroic mujahadin in the blessed land of Palestine, I simply do not understand that how the Metropolitan Police concluded that was not glorifying Hamas, which is a criminal offense."

"Careless talk costs lives. Silence in the face of terrorism costs law. We need to change, to call out terrorism for what it is, to call out terrorists and their apologists, to act firmly to keep everyone safe. The safety of my son, in his army uniform, is ultimately a matter for the government of Israel. But the safety of my daughter, on the tube in London, is a matter for our government, and for this parliament."

"The noble reverend Garth quoted Jeremiah, who describes the Matriarch Rachel in her resting place, weeping as the people of Israel are led as captives into exile. There is a Jewish tradition that we do not end a biblical reading on a note of despondency. The immediately following two verses read: '"Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares there Lord. “They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your descendants,” declares the Lord. “Your children will return to their borders.'"