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    Nice nostalgia thread for me at least, thanks all

    Here's the attack on the Brit Consulate in February 1969 (Dad's office, we live next door)

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      Israeli General in antisemitism shock

      https://twitter.com/FreeBesieged/status/1278077577534545921?s=20

      Good thing he's not a member of the Labour Party

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        Originally posted by Nefertiti2 View Post
        Israeli General in antisemitism shock

        https://twitter.com/FreeBesieged/status/1278077577534545921?s=20

        Good thing he's not a member of the Labour Party
        That’s awesome - glad people are speaking against the tide.

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          Hang on - article from 2016. Still...

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            Missed that. Sorry.
            Still Israel has definitely moved to the centre since 2016, hasn’t it?

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              It does seem that way.

              If only we could say the same for Western Boomer and GenX jews.

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                https://twitter.com/ben_reiff/status/1197267683873562626?s=21

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                  G-D bless Gideon Levy

                  https://twitter.com/haaretzcom/status/1279377833912131584?s=20

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                    Whether you support Israel, or you oppose it can I ask you to read this piece by Peter Beinart

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                      Thanks Nef, that;s an excellent essay. I can't help but see it is utopian, and I have no idea how it is meant to come about, but it's about the best and most clearly outlined positive future I have seen for years and years.

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                        Thanks for that Nef

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                          Excellent piece

                          May we'll be utopian, but it remains necessary to conceive of solutions before they can be implemented

                          Beinart has been working through these issues for several years and it shows

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                            there's been some criticism that his essay is being taken more seriously although it says what Palestinians have been saying for years.

                            It seems to me that's the reason why it's been taken so seriously.

                            This from Brith Shalom - of which Martin Buber was a member


                            In the foundations of Brith Shalom one of the determining factors was that the Zionist aim has no equal example in history. The aim is to bring the Jews as second nation into a country which already is settled as a nation - and fulfill this through peaceful means. History has seen such penetration by one nation into a strange land only by conquest, but it has never occurred that a nation will freely agree that another nation should come and demand full equality of rights and national autonomy at its side. The uniqueness of this case prevents its being, in my opinion, dealt with in conventional political-legal terms. It requires special contemplation and study. Brith Shalom should be the forum in which the problem is discussed and investigated."[3]

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                              This article isn't about Israel, it's about the Jewish vote in NYC, but I think it fits as an addendum to the Beinart article, so perhaps this is the best thread for it https://www.thenation.com/article/po...-engel-israel/

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                                That Beinart piece has echoed my thinking as the only viable way out of the impasse on this for years now: I think the 2 State solution has been a dead duck for ages. Not that many of my fellow Jewish acquaintances agree (I’m secular but Jewish from mum’s side).

                                [Mind you, my other heritage is Cork non-observant Prod from Dad’s side and I used to joke that the answer to the “Irish Troubles” was having the UK apply to join up with Ireland again and form a combined entity known as the Awkward Isles - preferably moving all the politicians and State HQ to Dublin... ]

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                                  Cracking essay. Thanks for sharing.

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                                    This piece from972 magazine is also excellent
                                    In an exclusive interview, human rights lawyer Michael Sfard explains what led Yesh Din to charge Israel with the crime of apartheid in the West Bank.

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                                      https://twitter.com/MiddleEastEye/status/1282336435316588544?s=20

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                                        "Tzipi Hotovely will finally force Britain's liberal Jews to confront truths about Israel they long ago buried "

                                        Do you actually think this is likely? Addressed to anyone who has a better idea of the mindset of Britain's liberal Jews than I do.

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                                          I think it will expose their contradictions more. Currently there is an agreement that anyone critical of Israel isn't really Jewish, whilst the official position is that British Jews are supportive of Israel because they consider it in danger but are also in favour of a mythical two-state solution. That won't survive. Jews will either have to support Netanyahu's Israel along with Trump Orban and the Christian right or not.

                                          As in the US there has been fantastic work by a lot of young Jewish activists. Naamod a new campaign against Occupation have been excellent. And it's more difficult to fool British Jews about Israel because they've probably been there and/or have relatives there.

                                          The Peter Beinart essay- about what has become of the Zionism that many Jews supported (wrongly, perhaps nut that's a different conversation) and the traditions that the likes of Martin Buber supported which were socialist or demanded equal rights- will be crucial.

                                          And the support of others too- do not allow the Chief Rabbi, Board of Deputies, the Holocaust Educational Trust, or the Jewish Chronicle to be depicted as official spokespeople of British Jews, on this-( or anything else come to that)

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                                            Bless em

                                            https://twitter.com/naamoduk/status/1283508561058967553?s=21

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                                              Still going

                                              https://twitter.com/naamoduk/status/1283524157146365953?s=21

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                                                Forbes reminder of how far the official British Jewish community has moved to the right, Vivien used to be president of the Bpard of Deputies

                                                https://twitter.com/_vashtimedia/status/1284178603941429248?s=21

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                                                  It seems amazing now that Vivian Wineman was chair of the British BoD for 6 years. I’m not sure of his politics, but he always seemed a conciliatory voice who was unafraid to criticise Israel when needed back then, and clearly that remains the case.

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                                                    This story is quite astonishing

                                                    israel supporters appears to have created fake British student profile to write articles for Israeli papers
                                                    Oliver Taylor, a student at England’s University of Birmingham, is a twenty-something with brown eyes, light stubble, and a slightly stiff smile.

                                                    Online profiles describe him as a coffee lover and politics junkie who was raised in a traditional Jewish home. His half dozen freelance editorials and blog posts reveal an active interest in anti-Semitism and Jewish affairs, with bylines in the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel.

                                                    The catch? Oliver Taylor seems to be an elaborate fiction.

                                                    His university says it has no record of him. He has no obvious online footprint beyond an account on the question-and-answer site Quora, where he was active for two days in March. Two newspapers that published his work say they have tried and failed to confirm his identity. And experts in deceptive imagery used state-of-the-art forensic analysis programs to determine that Taylor’s profile photo is a hyper-realistic forgery - a “deepfake.”

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