Adult Unit #1 was home for a night this week. As some will recall, despite being as loud as her old man on most things, she has been something of a fencesitter when it has come to some political issues. She was happy enough to support Corbyn, for example, but unlike her dad, wasn’t happy to barrel into those among our own lot looking to derail the project.
Israel was another one of those issues where she sat on the fence. Not anymore. The last couple of weeks have been her moment. She is appalled at what happened to the Palestinians, and what happens to those that speak in favour of them.
I think we all do have that moment. I’m sure I am not alone in having felt once broadly supportive toward the Israelis, sometime back in the mists of time. My moment really was the 2014 incursion into Gaza. We’d already lost a friend, early in that year, in a gun and bomb attack in Kabul. He had been director of LFPME for a couple of years, an organisation which got fraction of the funding and political support that Labour Friends of Israel. Instead of taking MPs on well-oiled happy path junkets to Israel, that dude ran marathons in Bethlehem to raise money for Palestinians.
This is a country that has insisted that the Palestinians need to give up arms to return to the negotiating table, which more than anything else, they don’t. When boycotting campaigns are established, the lobbying arm of this country has decried such action as anti-semitic, using its influence here to legally prevent councils from joining BDS. When a non-violent protest is organised on the 70th anniversary, live rounds kill or injure over 2.7k people. Ports and roads are blockaded.
Israel is a country doing its level best to prevent Palestinians from having any kind of out. The problem with playing devil’s advocate, @btripz , is that you really are advocating for some truly devilish conduct.