I confess to being a wee bit irritated with the in out, in out turn it all about attitude of the upper reaches of the Labour Party in the case of re-suspended MP Chris Williamson, whose only offence was to make some apposite remarks about the party’s response to the anti-semitism allegations. So far as I can tell he never uttered a single anti-semitic thought. Well, when did common sense ever trump political rivalry?
Contrast his thoughtful remarks with this item I picked up today from Counterpunch:
+ Could you imagine the reaction to a Palestinian saying anything remotely like this about Israel? “A national suicide of the Palestinians’ current political and cultural ethos is precisely what is needed for peace,” writes Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN in the New York Times.
Since ‘cultural ethos’ is a component of ethnicity, here we have yet another clear cut example of the Israeli government’s continuing racist behaviour. And we are not supposed to allude to it! It’s a racist trope to do so!