Criticism of ethnic cleansing is not anti semitic.
Palestinian activist Paul Jonson has been reinstated, after being suspended from his job as a council worker. A campaign launched to defend him garnered more than 800 signatures saying he has every right to criticise Israel. The suspension came after Jonson described Israel as a “racist endeavour” and he was accused of posting anti-semitic opinions.
It was 1948 when 850,000 Palestinians were forced out of Palestine when Israel was created, in order to ensure that the state had a Jewish ethnic majority. This year a new law has been passed saying that only Jewish people have a right to self-determination. This coupled with the systematic land grab and over 40 Palestinian children killed by Israeli soldiers this year, it’s hard to argue that it isn’t a racist endeavour. Indeed, the Human Rights Watch report for 2018 describes the system as two tiers, giving preferential treatment to Jewish Israeli settlers whilst meting out harsh conditions on Palestinians.
70% of the 1.9 million population of Gaza now rely on humanitarian assistance to survive. It’s not hard to imagine why the west would want to be so fast to appease anything that might criticise Israel, our countries deal a lot together (on some less than pleasant subjects), with the UK arms trade there reaching record levels this year.
So well done to Paul Jonson for standing up and saying what needs to be said, and we can be glad that Dudley Council saw sense. Criticism of ethnic cleansing is never wrong, and it is certainly not anti-semitic.