Remember the terrific article that British writer Howard Jacobson contributed to The Independent newspaper a couple of years ago about antisemitism and anti-Zionism?
Inter alia, it observed:
'....[I]t’s impossible to believe that an active anti-Semite wouldn’t – if only opportunistically – seek out somewhere to nestle in the manifold pleats of Israel-bashing, whether in generally diffuse anti-Zionism, or in more specific Boycott and Divestment Campaigns, Israeli Apartheid Weeks, End the Occupation movements and the like. Of course, you don’t have to hate Jews to hate Israel, but tell me that not a single Jew-hater finds the activity congenial, that criticising Israel can “never” be an expression of Jew-hating, not even when it takes the form of accusing Israeli soldiers of harvesting organs, then it follows that there’s no Jew-hating left....
I’d call this implicit racism if I were a citizen of those circumambient Muslim countries that aren’t being boycotted – a tacit assumption that nothing can ever be done, say, about the persecution of women, the bombing of minorities, discrimination against Christians, the hanging of adulterers and homosexuals, and so on, because such things are intrinsic to their cultures ...'Well, I thought of that just now, when I read this:
'I have pointed out to Ben White on his FB page that in my paper I had intended to read out at the Southampton Conference "Sadat at the Knesset November 1977, tectonic shift or lost opportunity" there is a clear line between the warm welcome he gives to Israel as a state in the region and the 1993 recognition of Israel by Chairman Arafat to PM Rabin and the subsequent Arab League Conferences in Beirut 2002 and Riyadh 2007. We are by no means just depending on the Balfour Declaration and San Remo or even the UN General Assembly Resolution on Partition in 1947.
With due acknowledgement to WSC [Sir Winston Spencer Churchill] and [1960s British Labour Party leader] Hugh Gaitskell this is what I am telling Ben White in response to his saying we are ducking a fight."We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in Southampton, we shall fight in social media and in the press, we shall fight with growing strength and confidence in the justness of our cause, we shall defend the existence of Israel with all our might; we shall fight on the Radio and on TV we shall fight on Campus and at Speakers’ Corner , we shall fight fight and fight again to defend the country which is the sine qua non of our existence"'And to quote another:
'What an ass. How conveniently he manages to leave out the invasion of Israel by 5 arab armies in 1947/1948. How conveniently he leaves out facts such as: Czechoslovakia was an amalgam of two distinct nationalities and has devolved to such; the USSR was an amalgam of many distinct nationalities and has devolved to such. So what is this ass suggesting? Replacing Jews with arabs? Or coming up with some ludicrous "bi-national" state that has never existed anywhere else, let alone successfully, and which is belied by the fact of the devolution of the USSR and Czechoslovakia.He also conveniently leaves out the splitting apart of Yugoslavia, anything but voluntary, and a devolution clearly based on ethnic differences, language differences AND religious differences. How it would have been so much more convenient for all these haters and fools had Hitler been 100% successful.'