By Jennifer Lipman
August 25, 2011
I'm all for legitimate protest, so while I might view a group called UK Friends of Palestine & (dissident) Israel with suspicion, I wouldn't want to say they shouldn't have a platform.
According to the mission statement on their twitter page, they want: "To raise awareness for non-violent actions to open Gaza and end the occupation."
But, they add: "We work for equality, peace and one day lots more love again between Arabs and Jews."
I'd support that.
And yet, it seems they don't exactly practise what they preach.
At 17.04 on Thursday, they tweeted*:
"Why do Muslims get such a s**t deal? Six Jewish firms own 96% of the World’s Media and are responsible for oppression of Islam."
Well, I think you'll agree that comment is in the spirit of "equality, peace and lots more love".
They later added: "Re our last Tweet - we wish to thank all the good Jews who do stand up for equality and justice for all of God's people & denounce zionism."
Right. Not sure that makes it better or advances what they claim is their cause.
* I changed some of their grammar. However I think you'll agree the sentiment is clear.