By Simon Fischler
Britain and the British have long been a thorn in the side of the Jewish nation and the state of Israel.
It was British colonial rulers who worked with colonialist Arabs to form the heretofore nonexistent Kingdom of Jordan by stealing three quarters of the Palestinian Mandate which was to make up the Jewish Homeland.
It was the British who trained and led the Jordan Legion during the Israeli War of Independence. It was this British-officered Army that stormed into the ancient Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem and burned it to the ground.
The British are not the friends of Israel and the anti-Semitism that is rooted in British history has risen up like the phoenix.
The actions of the Trade Union Congress attest to this. Here is a group that supposedly supports the two state solution. Yet, they have teamed up with another organization called the Palestine Solidarity Movement. This group is as anti-Israel, anti-Semitic and fascist as it gets. The PSM advocates destroying Israel, denying the Israeli people their right to freedom and self-determination.
They are campaigning against Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria. Their campaign slogan is “Would you buy stolen goods?”. Problem is the goods aren’t stolen: the land is disputed and until there is a resolution and peace, the Jews living there have every right under international law to be there. I might not agree with Israeli settlements, but thanks to the Palestinians’ determination to destroy Israel instead of building their own country the settlements are rightfully still there.
If you team up with an organization that wishes to destroy an open, liberal and democratic country only because it happens to be the Jewish State, that means you are actively aiding and abetting anti-Semitic and fascist behavior.
Interesting how none of these European groups took it upon themselves to boycott the Palestinians after they rejected peace and statehood in 2000 and then started a war with Israel.
The mentality of the Trade Union Congress is just as worrying as the vile policies of the PSM. They seem to think because they say they support a two-state solution all is okay. Many Germans during World War 2 said they didn’t support the Nazi regime. That’s fine, the only problem there is they just let that regime kill six million Jews.
Persistently this type of passive anti-Semitism by the TUS is taking hold in Europe as the more aggressive anti-Semitism carried out by the PSM becomes increasingly more acceptable.
You cannot sit on the fence anymore when it comes to the situation with Israel and her neighbors.
Israel has been searching for peace for the last seventeen years (since the Oslo Accords of 1993). The Palestinians, hiding behind phony peace intentions have been slowly trying to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist during this entire time.
Can I say that Israel has been totally right since the signing of the Oslo Accords? Of course not, but as I have written many times, Israel has done more to create a Palestinian State than any other Arab nation, or the Palestinians, have. Boycotting Israel is both wrong and a form of anti-Semitism. Working with organizations calling for her destruction is anti-Semitic, fascist and genocidal. I don’t know how many times I have to reiterate these ominous facts in order to make an impression.
Sadly, as history has shown, leave it to the British to support these causes.