The conversation follows Stephen Sizer's posted link to former diplomat Craig Murray's blog regarding Sir Vincent Fean, the British consul-general who was received inhospitably recently by students at Bir-Zeit University, and British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould, who is Jewish.
In a blog that has attracted the usual share of anti-Israel comments, Murray writes:
"The physical hassling of Vince Fean by Palestinian student activists is a mistake. Vince is not only an extremely decent man, but his private views are of horror at the occupation, and as Consul-General he refuses to deal with the Israelis in the West Bank.
Anger at William Hague is perfectly understandable, I feel it myself. As is anger at Matthew Gould’s repeated and uncalled for declarations of commitment to zionism. But I urge all Palestinians not to attack Vince; he is doing his best and on your side."However, it's not those comments that concern me here, but rather what Stephen Sizer replies on Facebook to Salim Nazzal's offensive (nay, antisemitic) remark describing the Jews of Eretz Israel as "professional east europian murderers".
I realise that one of Sizer's fixations is having Britain apologize for the Balfour Declaration (he's initiated the Balfour Project to that end) but in view of his disavowal of the antisemitism tag I'm surprised that, rather than scolding Nazzal for his intemperate remark or distancing himself from it, he gives the impression of concurring with it: