If there is anything new in the never-ending sad story of Palestine
it is the clear shift in public opinion in the UK. I remember coming
to these isles in 1980 when supporting the Palestinian cause was confined
to the left and in it to a very particular section and ideological
stream. The post-Holocaust trauma and guilt complex, military and economic
interests and the charade of Israel as the only democracy in the Middle
East all played a role in providing immunity for the State of Israel.
Very few were moved, so it seems, by a state that had dispossessed
half of Palestine’s native population, demolished half of their villages
and towns, discriminated against the minority among them who lived
within its borders through an apartheid system and divided into enclaves
two million and a half of them in a harsh and oppressive military occupation.

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