Who says there's no pro-Israel lobby?

In South Africa, Richard Goldstone can't attend his grandson's bar mitzvah.

It seems that Judge Richard Goldstone, the respected South African jurist, self-professed Zionist and much-maligned author of the UN's fact-finding report on Israeli war crimes in Gaza, has been barred by the South African Zionist Federation from attending his own grandson's bar mitzvah in Johannesburg next month. The SAZF had threatened to protest outside the synagogue, thereby wrecking the child's ceremony. How nice of them.

Jewish blogger Richard Goldstein can't control his rage, and I don't blame him:

What have these people come to? What sort of Judaism is this? Do these people even care about religious values? Do they know what it means to be a Jew? Of course they don't have a religion in that sense because their real religion is Israel.

[Hat-tip Common Dreams]

 

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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Tory Brexiter Daniel Hannan: Leave campaign never promised "radical decline" in immigration

The voters might not agree...

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It was the Leave campaign's pledge to reduce EU immigration that won it the referendum. But Daniel Hannan struck a rather different tone on last night's Newsnight. "It means free movement of labour," the Conservative MEP said of the post-Brexit model he envisaged. An exasperated Evan Davis replied: “I’m sorry we’ve just been through three months of agony on the issue of immigration. The public have been led to believe that what they have voted for is an end to free movement." 

Hannan protested that EU migrants would lose "legal entitlements to live in other countries, to vote in other countries and to claim welfare and to have the same university tuition". But Davis wasn't backing down. "Why didn't you say this in the campaign? Why didn't you say in the campaign that you were wanting a scheme where we have free movement of labour? Come on, that's completely at odds with what the public think they have just voted for." 

Hannan concluded: "We never said there was going to be some radical decline ... we want a measure of control". Your Mole suspects many voters assumed otherwise. If immigration is barely changed, Hannan and others will soon be burned by the very fires they stoked. 

I'm a mole, innit.