Opposing Israel policies is not anti-Semitism

So there’s been this brouhaha in the media about whether Labour have an anti-Semitism problem or not. Meanwhile, as if by magic, a number of other important issues seem to have disappeared from the news. Take this as an example: on Monday the 25th of April, 4 days before Ken Livingstone’s clumsy intervention in the debate about Naz Shah’s Facebook posts, Tory MPs voted down an amendment to the Immigration Bill calling on the government to take in 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from Europe. Let’s repeat those words so we can be clear exactly what they mean. “Unaccompanied”: they are … Continue reading Opposing Israel policies is not anti-Semitism

Stop the Israeli terror on civilians

Readers may have seen the story about Julie Wassmer’s poster protesting against the slaughter in Gaza. It was fixed to a tree outside of her house in solidarity with the suffering people of that desperate, besieged, overcrowded enclave. She put a copy of it up on Twitter, which earned her a massive response. Many people throughout the world are appalled at what has happened in Gaza, at the brutality and callousness of the Israeli Army in attacking women, children and old people in their homes. Later a policeman visited her and took the poster down. He said that someone had complained that … Continue reading Stop the Israeli terror on civilians

Do the Israelis Really Want Peace?

“When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing… You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense.” — Noam Chomsky How can we know the truth when all we ever hear are lies? Something very strange is going on. One of the world’s most powerful armies is using overwhelming force in one of the world’s most densely populated areas, firing … Continue reading Do the Israelis Really Want Peace?