"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity..."
Dickens, Tale of Two Cities
Dark times are coming with Trump, whose election was greeted with joy by the Israeli Government and hand-holding by the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May. But the fear of what is being planned by the White supremacists and others in the Trump menagerie has moved millions worldwide to demonstrate against him, virtually all of whom can be won to support Palestinian freedom.We are not defeated - Zionist institutions ADL and Reut Institute are warning that, despite lavish funding and dirty tricks, the Israeli war against BDS has failed to stop the impressive growth of the movement's impact on Israel's regime of oppression.
Israel promotes and thrives on the Islamophobia that the anti-Trump demonstrators are opposing as a deadly threat to all of us. We need to explain to those in support of victimised refugees how Israel has long created refugees and ciontinues to create refugees through ethnic cleansing in the service of a state based on Jewish ethnic supremacy.
So many questions we need to discuss together. You will be welcome to join SPSC activists for a weekend of discussion and exploration of issues in beautiful Pitlochry next month.
We need to have clear aims and work out practical means to achieve them. Join us in that effort.
The struggle between Israel and the Palestinians is not unique -- whatever the news media may suggest. Lorenzo Veracini argues that the conflict is best understood in terms of colonialism. Like many other societies, Israel is a settler society. Looking in detail at the evolution of other colonial regimes -- apartheid South Africa, French Algeria and Australia -- Veracini presents a thoughtful interpretation of the dynamics of colonialism, offering a clear framework within which to understand the middle east crisis.