AS THAT CHARISMATIC JEWISH PREACHER SAID…

Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye; and then thou shalt see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Exactly. Zionists have no right to accuse others of antisemitism when they themselves support the most racist state on the planet.

Racism is deeply embedded in Israel’s DNA. Israel was founded on an ideology of racism — specifically racism towards the Diaspora Jew. It is no secret that Herzl, the founding father of political Zionism, was an antisemite. His writings are full of anti-semitic stereotypes. He despised the Diaspora Jew, the stetl-dwelling Jew, the…


Israeli army razes entire village in occupied West Bank Bulldozers and diggers demolish Palestinian village of Khirbet Humsa, leaving 74 people, including 41 minors, homeless.

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On 3 November, Israeli security forces carried out demolition work to clear the Palestinian settlement of Khirbet Humsa al-Foqa in the northern Jordan Valley, located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Seventy buildings and other structures were destroyed, including housing and sanitary facilities for eleven Palestinian families. The United Nations has recorded the demolition of 557 Palestinian-owned structures, an umbrella term for houses, huts, tents and basic infrastructure, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem so far this year.

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The forces also demolished 29 tents and sheds used as livestock enclosures, three storage sheds, nine tents used as kitchens, 10 portable toilets, 10 livestock pens, 23 water containers, two solar panels, and feeding and watering troughs for livestock. 74 people were displaced including 41 children, one as young as three months old.

Abdelghani Awada, left homeless by the operation, told the AFP news agency that the Israelis gave people “10 minutes to evacuate our homes”.
“Then, they started bulldozing,” he said. …


for Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation, the reality is worse.

You will not find these stories of abuse, torture, land theft, murder, vandalism, state sponsored terrorism reported in the mainstream media with the possible exception of: the murder of Eyad Hallaq because of the parallels with the killing of George Floyd a few days earlier; and the eviction of the Sumarin family which was the subject of an Early Day Motion in Parliament.

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6 May 2020. The Israeli Civil Administration — the arm of Israel’s military government that governs the occupied West Bank — gives the illegal settlement of…


Let’s not mince words. The Labour Party is now the witch-hunting party led by a Zionist puppet. What the Israel lobby tells him to do, he will do. What the Israel lobby tells him to say, he will say. Shouldn’t we worry that the leader of a major parliamentary party in this country is the creature of a foreign power? And not just any foreign power but a criminal state, a racist state, an apartheid state, a state with one of the worst human rights records in the world. …


STAY-AT-HOME DAYS

Let us accept
No division between day and day
All days are equal
Let Monday walk
Side by side with Thursday
Let us abolish the chummy superiority of Saturday
And the tight-laced snootiness of Sunday
And — why not? yes — a month of Sundays
Except that
After we have brought about
The democracy of days
We will start on the weeks
And the years until -
Time is a seamless flow
A land unmarked, unbounded
A world without cause or consequence
In which we will laze
Happy as innocence
And in a timeless daze

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I breakfast in the kitchen where I can look out through the windows onto the back garden. Every morning, I watch the squirrels — 3 of them, 2 parents and a young one — performing their circus tricks, chasing each other, skittering along the top of the wooden fence, lightly leaping onto the garden shed, springing upwards onto the oak tree, swaying and swinging from branch to branch, then gliding down onto the shed and scampering back along the fence. Why do they do it? Natural exuberance? The joy of living? Excitement at the approach of spring? …


WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF, RABBI MIRVIS?

It was predictable. In fact, it was inevitable that the allegations of antisemitism against Corbyn and the Labour Party would be ratcheted up during the election campaign. Now the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has, not for the first time, added his voice. He claims that ‘a new poison, sanctioned from the very top, has taken root in the party’ and that ‘the overwhelming majority of British Jews are gripped by anxiety’ at the prospect of a Labour government.

Since his accusations consist of unsubstantiated generalisations, they are very difficult to refute. You could…


STORIES OF PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION

In this powerful collection of personal narratives, forty American Jews of diverse backgrounds tell a wide range of stories about the roads they have travelled from a Zionist world view to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build an inclusive society founded on justice, equality and peaceful coexistence.

The book was published this year by OLIVE BRANCH PRESS in the States, an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.

It is compiled and edited by Carolyn L. Karcher who is professor emerita of English, American studies, and Women’s Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia, where…


I wrote Stand Up for Judas some time in the 1970s. I knew it would be controversial (to put it mildly) and get me into any number of fruitless arguments. So what prompted me write it?

Here’s the story. I was walking down the Harrow Road in a dreary part of London one bleak December day when I passed a church. A large placard outside caught my eye. On it was written in dramatically bold letters this quotation:

IF YOU BELIEVE NOT THAT I AM THE CHRIST YOU SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS
(John 8:24)

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Rafael’s Christ

For some reason I felt…


Surely chess is a sad waste of brains. (Sir Walter Scott)

The game of chess is the touchstone of the intellect. (Goethe)

Chess makes men wiser and clear-sighted. (Vladimir Putin)

I failed to make the chess team because of my height. (Woody Allen)

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In a vain attempt to clear out my filing cabinet the other day, I came across a thick bundle of score sheets, chess games that I had played decades ago. Why had I kept them? I’m highly unlikely to re-play them. They are, of course, in the old notation: P-K4 P-QB4. The Sicilian Defence. Or as Magnus…

Leon Rosselson

Singer/songwriter, children’s author. Here you will find provocative musings on songwriting, politics and life’s little ironies. http://leonrosselson.co.uk

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