Monday, 14 May 2018

Why Jews in solidarity with Palestinians will win the day

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba some reflections aimed at my fellow Jews.

"Because an Israeli sniper’s bullet is a bigger problem than an antisemitic tweet."

Read the full post at Writing from the Edge 

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Dear Natalie Portman, your liberal Zionism won't save your Jewish values

My latest at Patheos - a letter to the Hollywood actress Natalie Portman

Here's an extract:

If you continue to see Zionism as essentially liberal and progressive you will never understand why it creates in your own words; “violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power”. The current Israeli government is not an aberration. When Netanyahu falls, Zionism with all of its violence, corruption and inequality will stay put.
So yes, please snub the Genesis Prize and refuse to go to Israel. But don’t do it in the name of liberal Zionism and don’t defend a fictional Israel that deep down embodies your Jewish values. It doesn’t and it never did. You have to push past it if you want to protect the Jewish values that matter to you.

Read the full letter at Patheos

And you may have missed my previous post to mark Israel's 70th anniversary. You can read it here.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Dear Prince William, if you have to go, make it count

Following last week's news that HRH Prince William is to be the first senior member of the Royal Family to make an official visit to Israel, I've written to him to offer some advice.

Here's an extract:

Prince William, if you have to go to Israel don’t just be a post-Brexit salesman for UK Plc. Make it count by getting informed and bring that learning back home.
Read the full post at Patheos


Saturday, 17 February 2018

I faced my Jewish racism, can you do the same?

– A call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week 2018

my latest post is just published at Patheos

Here's an extract:

Let me offer some examples of how this Jewish racism plays out through double standards, inconsistencies and hypocrisy.

If you think we have an obligation to remember our homeland while Palestinians should be encouraged to forget theirs – that’s racism.
If you think our Jewish ‘right of return’, after two thousand years’ absence is sacred and undeniable, but the right of return for Palestinians, and their descendants, who fled their homes in 1948 is illegitimate – that’s racism.
If you memorialise atrocities carried out against the Jewish people throughout our history but downplay or dismiss the Palestinian Nakba – that’s racism.
If you think Jewish national self-determination is an incontestable right but Palestinian national self-determination must be negotiated and offered only as a ‘reward for good behaviour’– that’s racism.

Read the full post at Writing from the Edge at Patheos

Thursday, 4 January 2018

"Did you enjoy Oslo?" London's West End applauds a failed peace process

"Did you enjoy Oslo?" My latest at Patheos is just published. 

As we begin 2018 I look at the Oslo Accords 25 years on, inspired by a trip to the theatre, and consider where Palestinian and Jewish nationalism now stands. 

Here's an extract: "The same power discrepancy that existed outside of the room would continue to exist inside of the room and long after the Accords were signed. But it remains the international lens through which the situation is seen. A ‘conflict’ rather than a colonisation, a ‘dispute’ rather than a dispossession."

Read more at Writing from the Edge at Patheos.