Two Years on From the Gaza War, We Must Take Action to End the Suffering of the 1.8million Palestinians Living Under a Near Decade-Long Blockade
In the summer of 2014, all eyes fell on the tragic events of the 51-day war in Gaza, infamously known as Operation Protective Edge. The harrowing stories of death, loss and destruction, sparked a monumental show of solidarity across Britain, with many calling for an end to the killing of innocent children and civilians, and demanded a long lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
Encouraging the Palestinians to accede to the ICC, which they have been eligible to do since attaining Observer State status at the UN in 2012, would introduce an accountability mechanism that would deter future violence. It would also provide an incentive for each side to stay at the negotiating table.
Sections of the Israeli-occupied West Bank resemble the system of apartheid seen in South Africa and "bring shame" on the
Transport for London has reportedly refused to run adverts from a British Zionist group which compared the Gaza Strip's Hamas
How does protesting against the presence of kosher goods on the shelves of Tesco or Sainsbury's help the cause of peace in the Middle East? How does it advance Palestinian people's right to statehood? How does it help Israelis live a peaceful, secure life?
My support of the petition has been attacked as anti Semitic. I understand anti Semitism to be a hatred of Jews, the denial of the right for Jews to have a homeland, the denial of the horrors of the last century and the plight of the Jewish people throughout history. This is obviously not my position, anti Semitism, Islamaphobia and homophobia are all prejudices that I resolutely reject, like any right-minded person. In the context of the accusation that I face, anti Semitism must be taken to mean opposing big businesses making profit from violence against Palestinian people.
Yes the US is an intrinsically biased mediator, but it is this bias and the leverage it provides which is key to influencing Israel into accepting the terms of a two-state solution.
What we do not say, at our town hall meetings, or on Radio 4, is that round many Friday night, Shabbat dinner tables, the place where families meet, eat and debate, many anxiety ridden conversations have been taking place for the past month about the loss of innocent life in Gaza and whether the current war is going to bring the moderation we all want to win out long term.
Does anyone believe that the good people of the Tricycle harbour a 19th Century hatred of Jews as a racial enemy to be destroyed, as professed by Houston Stuart Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler or the Hamas Charter? Notwithstanding an eccentric auntie or two, I would say that the answer to that is no.
Joan Rivers has responded to critics, who were less than pleased with her latest political rant, which saw her declare that