By: oyvagoy On: 27 August 2013
Happy birthday, Gilad Shalit. To 120, young man.
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…hi Gilad – birthday greetings from England – many people here, despite what you may hear, are very positive and supportive of Israel and followed your ordeal with concern and finally your release with great joy! God bless you sir!
So good to see this photograph
I agree, Andy.
There are some doom-mongers (who are, in effect, paid to frighten and demoralise people with their writings/speeches) who act as if the whole of the UK is obsessively anti-Israel.
The reality is that most Brits couldn’t care less about Israel and the Palestinians either way. They are more interested in their own lives, responsibilities and dreams, etc.
Of those who do take an interest there are more who are sympathetic to Israel than some might believe. The trouble is that ‘antis’ tend to make much more noise than ‘pros’, which leads to them seeming bigger in number than they are.
The crazy belief of some hardcore Zionists that the whole of Britain is against them comes about from a combination of the cult-like nature of all political movements, a dash of narcissism, and the aforementioned doom spread by the writings of ‘sleepwalking to national suicide’ clowns.
Britain is not without a long history of anti-Semetism and, unfortunately, some of the most strident anti-Zionists are in positions of influence, “opinion formers”, as Robin Sheppherd describes them.
Yet, from personal experience, most people don’t care either way. I’d even spent time in Israel and the disputed territories and still didn’t care – it was someone else’s problem after all. It was only in later life, sparked, ironically, by an overbearing SWP type spewing bullshit about Israel on a football forum, that I decided to investigate The Issue. Only then did I become actively pro-Israel rather than merely indifferent.
There are of course many people who can’t stand seeing other people being successful and they are particularly prone to anti-semitism in general, not just anti-Israelism.
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