What we need is a UK AIPAC


By cityca
May 28, 2011
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In this week's JC, Jonathan Arkush, Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies wrote a piece about his visit to AIPAC and concluded with the words, " We need an AIPAC in Britain. AIPAC has successfully created an army of Israel supporters who are mobilised and constantly lobby elected senators. We need to study their methods urgently."

Thank goodness someone on the BoD has finally woken up. I couldn't be at the BICOM meeting recently, but if it was anything like the previous one, held at JFS a few years ago, there was a lot of talking but very little effective action actually followed. How do I know? Because Jews in the UK are under more pressure now than ever before. Shechita is now under scrutiny by our legislators. Our Prime Minister and Foreign Minister make speeches that blame Israel only for the ills of the Middle East. Israeli diplomats cannot speak freely at universities and hate speakers are welcomed at institutions like Amnesty. A shop in London selling Israeli goods is being closed down by supporters of Hamas, and supermarkets are being bombarded by these same activists not to stock Israel produce. An attack on a factory on the south coast was justified in court because it had in the past made war materials that were exported to Israel - and the judge agreed with the defendants.

There is a growing awareness of what is happening, but there appears to be community wide apathy and a lack of willingness to act to try to stop the rot and try to reverse the situation. Jews should not need to apologise for being Jews, nor should we need to apologise for Israel, which warts and all, still stands head and shoulders above its neighbours in every context.

We need an organisation that will ask people like Maureen Lipman and Howard Jacobson to counter the anti Israel sentiment and propaganda of Jews like Miriam Margolis, Stephen Fry and Gerald Kaufman and others who may be uncomfortable with their Jewish identity and so use hatred of Israel to try to win points with their friends and colleagues.

If this is what AIPAC is achieving in the US, then it is long overdue here, so I hope Jonathan Arkush's piece in the JC is more than mere rhetoric and that the Board starts to motivate the community into standing up for itself. I would certainly be ready to get involved.

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JonOtway

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 11:33

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What you need is to end the occupation.


Ian Kramer

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 13:28

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What "occupation" would that be, exactly?

There is no such thing as a "Palestinian" people. There are no "Palestinian" lands.

Why would Judea / Samaria now be "occupied", but not when Jordan took it by force in 1948?

When you declare war on someone with Nazi intent to murder an entire nation, and you lose land - well, that's it, mate: you lost land. As did Egypt, Jordan and Syria in 1967.

But funnily enough, both Egypt and Jordan relinquished all rights to have Judea, Samaria and Gaza returned to them. SO Israel is gaining back its own land with the full agreement of the previous "occupier" - as verified by their signing Peace agreements with Israel.

As far as "palestinian" goes, any Jew living in Eretz Yisrael (otway, that's Jewish for "The Land of Israel"), can also claim to be "palestinian", as he was before 15th May 1948.

Today we celebrate 44 years since the astounding 6 Day War victory.

Gentlemen, please raise your glasses!


amber

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 14:04

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Otway, there is no occupation.


simoneq

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 14:37

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you are so so so stupid Amber. Even the UN refers to the are as the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/oPt.html
Why a little narrow marinded self deludedworl you live in.


simoneq

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 14:39

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in fact myopic narrow minded self deluded world!


amber

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 15:12

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simoneq, "EVEN" the UN? Is that the UN which has a voting bloc of 57 Muslim states, almost all of which are dictatorships and police states, and all of which are endemically antisemitic and vote as one whenever it comes to Israel? Is that the UN whose "Human rights council" was laughingly headed by Libya, and which has repeatedly attacked Israel, yet never issued a single reprimand of China, Libya, Syria, Sudan Cuba, the DRC? The same Un which put Zimbabwe, with 100,000% inflation, in charge of economic development?

It is you who is the gullible moron. Get an education.


amber

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 15:13

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simoneq, what is "Palestinian" about this land, and from whom is it occupied?

I await your astute and erudite replies...


Ian Kramer

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 15:49

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simoneq - the UN?

HA! HA! HA!


amber

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 15:57

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Come on simeonq, don't be shy, stun us with your perception and profound learning.

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