The terrible events in Palestine this week with Israeli snipers so far killing 62 Palestinians, including an 8 month old baby and a man in a wheelchair, has been met with widespread rage and despair by anyone with an ounce of humanity and empathy. Unfortunately, we live in a world where the lunatics are running the asylum and the actions of thugs like Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are nothing more than we have come to expect. Two powerful rogue states locked in a deadly embrace. Israel of course as the junior partner, is fully aware that it can basically do what it wants and the USA will either back it to the hilt, excuse its excesses or just turn a blind eye. We are aware that Trump and Netanyahu are basically Nazi bigots, what is more depressing is the appalling spineless reaction of the UK government and most EU states. Ireland to its credit, Turkey and South Africa have recalled their ambassadors from Israel but the May government -as to be expected - have displayed the morality and authority of a Parish Pump council in the Cotswolds. May of course claims to be a practising Christian but surprising, the slaughter of unarmed protestors has left her curiously unmoved it appears?
Within the main stream media, most outlets including the BBC, ITV and Sky have described the Gaza massacre as 'Clashes'. Just to point out to these establishment toadies that a clash is what happens when two sides come together in conflict. This was not a coming together of two competing sides, this was a massacre of innocents by a heavily armed nation which receives billions of dollars worth of arms and military aid from the USA every year. Those killed ,were killed by cowardly Israeli snipers using American manufactured weapons.
We have heard so much from those on the right in the UK in recent weeks, including Labour Friends of Israel and the Board of Deputies of British Jews about anti Semitism in the Labour Party. For many this is a totally fallacious campaign which has more to do with smearing and undermining Jeremy Corbyn and the left by his ideological opponents than it has to do with anti Semitism, which like religious bigotry and racism is essentially the preserve of the political right. No surprise then that the appalling Labour Friends of Israel offered a typically spineless and pusillanimous statement-
' Hamas must accept responsibility for these events. Their successful attempts to hijack peaceful protest as a cover to attack Israeli border communities must be condemned by all who seek peace in the Middle East.”
So far there has been a deafening silence from the normally loquacious spokespersons for the Board of Deputies of British Jews; prominent Jewish anti Corbyn voices like Maureen Lipman, the Guardians' frocks and flics columnist Hadley Freeman, editor of the right wing Jewish Chronicle, Stephen Pollard and prominent Jewish Centrist Guardian writer, Jonathan Freedland, on the atrocity? They've normally got so much to say when there's Witch Hunt on but this time...not a peep!
' Hostile to or prejudiced against Jews. ' The reactionary elements which prevail through the words and actions of conservative Jewish organisations like the aforementioned Board of Jewish Deputies seeks to extend it to anyone who criticises the state of Israel. We should should never give in to this attempt to stifle debate and criticism of what is after all an apartheid rogue state.