Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, December 2011
Board of Deputies of British Jews and Community Security Trust
By Laura StuartRedress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 31, 2011
The tone of the article suggests that the Board of Deputies of British Jews is often criticized by the majority British Jews for not supporting Israel sufficiently strongly. Although the above-quoted statement by Slavin seems to be firm enough, there appears to be a hint of the apologist or a sense of insecurity by the Board of Deputies. I wonder why that is so, and why they would need me to endorse them for their pro-Israel credentials? Just how the board is working to make Israel a better place perhaps should be clarified. What then of the growing number of British Jews who are totally opposed to the policies of Israel and find Israel impossible to support for ethical and moral reasons? How does the Board of Deputies manage to represent both, I wonder?
I read with interest an
on Electronic Intifada by Asa Winstanley about the "Community
Security Trust" (CST) and how it does not tolerate the presence of
anti-Zionist Jews in it's meetings and, worse still, even secretly informed
the British government that anti-Zionist Jews who are involved in
pro-Palestine activism are a "security risk". The so-called "security risk"
also includes the Orthodox Jews of
Naturei Karta. It seems
that security, according to the CST, is only for pro-Zionist Jews. The
article raises a lot of questions about just who is policing British
citizens and it points out that there is a cross-over of interests between
the Board of Deputies and CST, as evidenced, for example, by the role of one
Mike Whine in both
Laura Stuart is a British human rights activist. She visited the Gaza Strip twice in 2009 as part of the Viva Palestina humanitarian missions, was on board the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara that was attacked by Israeli state terrorists in May 2010 and joined the humanitarian land convoy to the Strip in October 2010.
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