Israel invades Gaza, kills 1,800, leaves tens of thousands more maimed, and according to a certain Eylon Aslan-Levy, who is chairman of the National Council of the Union of Jewish Students and a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the bigger problem is not the oxymoronic “Jewish democracy” slaughtering innocents, but the rise of Anti-Semitism in Europe.
An obviously rather confused young man, who writes a number of very confusing things. Firstly, he says, “ I have been told that if I am a Zionist – which means no more than believing that Israel has a right to exist – that means I must support the murder of children”. Well, yes Mr Aslan-Levy, if you are a Zionist you do support the murder of children. Or, am I wrong in thinking that there has been an ongoing ethnic cleansing since 1948? Indeed, the “terrorized” front line Zionist settlement of Sderot is in fact built on land that belonged to the Palestinian village of Najd?
Of course,Zionists like Mr Aslan-Levy, appear to place Israel’s right to exist above every other basic human right and, while they are generally aware that all of Israel is built on Palestinian land, they will adopt the same position as the morally bankrupt Benny Morris and argue that in Israel’s case ethnic cleansing is justified. After all, as Mr Aslan-Levy informs us, Israel is a “vibrant democracy”, the only democracy in the region, ….. conveniently ignoring, of course, that it is a “democracy” which denies its own Arab citizens equal rights, which ignores international law at every turn, and which continues to illegally occupy someone else’s land.
Elsewhere in his quite pathetic defence of Israel in general, and more specifically of Israel’s daily killing spree in Gaza, Aslan-Levy draws comparisons with, atrocities committed by the British in Afghanistan, ISIS in Iraq, and, while forgetting to tell us why the Palestinians are in the Lebanon in the first place, what he calls the “plight” of the Palestinians in the Lebanon. Strange behaviour indeed from someone who objects to what is in fact the slaughter of Palestinian children by the Israeli Air Force and Army being compared to the slaughter of Jewish children by the Nazis. It is that analogy which is being expressed when the swastika and the Israeli flags are shown on the same placard even if we would all do well not to forget the fact that the star of David has a very special place in history away from the Zionist state. Nevertheless, while the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Majdanek should not be forgotten, it is today just as difficult to ignore the Palestinian father carrying the remains of his child in a plastic bag.
Finally, this person of the obviously crudest of half educations seeks to educate us when he finishes by saying, “the lessons of history are all too plain when the perceived iniquities of a certain population develop an obsessive grip on the public imagination.” Now, if that “certain population” you are referring to includes the grieving families in Gaza, your “perceived iniquities” are nothing short of slanderous.