Alan Johnson responds to the NS editor’s article about Israel, Gaza and the left.
Pacifism has attracted a social penalty in Israeli society for decades – many Israelis are immersed in a siege mentality, cynically whipped up at critical moments by their self-serving leadership. But a small anti-war movement clings on.
It shouldn’t be a question of either you support Israel, no matter what it does, or you are on the side of the Islamists.
Whenever the western left sides instinctively with Palestine my heart says, “Jew-haters” while my mind says, “Shut the f*** up, heart.”
In the end, it is about blood.
The whip must be withdrawn.
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