Archive for March, 2009

My Shylock Moment

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I call it “my Shylock moment” and it’s happening more and more. I’ve had the opportunity three times in the last few weeks to represent the Israeli point of view in public debates. As you can imagine, it’s not an easy task. The audiences — two British universities and at a TV studio in London — are overwhelmingly hostile.
Read the full article in today’s Jewish Chronicle,

Israel, Gaza and the Unions: The Need for a Global Fight-Back Against Anti-Semitism

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Fifteen years after the historic Oslo accords, Israel finds itself isolated as never before in the international labour movement. The erosion of support for the Jewish state has not been affected in the slightest by Israeli concessions over the years. The withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon, the closing of all Jewish settlements in Gaza and the withdrawal of troops, the acceptance of the right of Palestinians to their own state, the ongoing attempts to reach agreement with the PLO – none of these has slowed down the growing hostility toward Israel on the Left and in the trade unions. Read the full article here – on Democratiya.

“Great Debate” to take place at Goldsmiths tonight

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I will be speaking tonight at this event.