I am a member of JVP. I am not Jewish. I was brought up a Catholic in Ireland but I am now not a follower of any religion but rather a respecter of all.
When I read in the last few months about the JVP attack on Alison Weir, I was horrified and very disappointed. The case presented against her just does not stand up to scrutiny. I was horrified because smearing truth-telling about what Jews have done in Palestine in a major part of the pro-Israel strategy. It is the action of people who have no conscience or integrity.
The racism of the Israeli state has huge majority support in Israel itself. Jewish organisations throughout the US, Europe, Canada , Australia etc mostly support Israel irrespective of what forms of extreme repression they use against Palestinians. They are therefor complicit in the litany of daily crimes committed by Israeli forces and settlers.
What I have just said would be considered anti-Semitism by many people in the US and the West generally. In France and Canada criticism of Israel crimes is itself a crime. The truth is turned on its head, lies are truth and truth is lies.
When I was 16 years old, I clearly remember hearing on the radio of the Israeli victory in the 6 Day War. I was thrilled and I cycled to the shop to get the newspaper to read all about it. I was a fervent supporter of Israel because I thought justice was on the side of the Jews. I had read a lot about the Holocaust and enormous suffering they had endured. As I followed the progress of the conflict over the years, I became convinced that the Israelis had nothing but contempt for the Palestinians and for Arabs in general. The 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was the turning point for me. I had realised by then that they were not interested in justice and peace but in dominating the area. It has got worse and worse since then as it became clear that the Israel were not interested in withdrawing from the occupied territories and reaching a settlement with the Palestinians. What appalled me even more was to realise that US was not acting as an honest broker but as Israel’s lawyer. I could not understand how the Jews, who were 2% of the US population, could exert such power over US foreign policy and over the media. The people of the US were not being told the truth about what was going on in Israel.
I have now started reading Alison Weir’s book and I can see that some US Jews may be embarrassed by revelations contained therein about the use and abuse of power. The point has been made that some Jews in the diaspora, who support the cause of the Palestinians, may have a residual attachment to the state of Israel and that, whilst they want to end the occupation, they want to protect Israel. I am beginning to think that this may be true for JVP.
However, my interest is for peace and justice for the Palestinians and for me that means some sort of settlement for the rights of all the people ethnically cleansed from Palestine. Either a right of return or some other form of settlement that they agree to.