Today our local paper here in Paisley (The Paisley Daily Express) printed a front page story in large print about me: it included a picture. Readers of this blog will know that a couple of weeks ago there was a rash of comments flying around the blogosphere claiming to be from me: some even carried my picture. These comments alleging to be from me were of a vile anti Semitic nature: their first destination was the Guardian’s web page who quickly issued me with an apology and took the comments down when I contacted them: a couple of other sites though despite knowing that I did not write the comments continued to print them and the abusive remarks about me which they received as a result of them. It may not be a surprise to you to know that the sites I refer to are right wing extremist Zionist blogs: at this point the picture begins to focus a bit: it would seem that someone has caught on to the fact that I am a supporter of Palestinian rights and am opposed to the State of Israel in the middle East conflict.
On trusted advice I decided to ride out the storm as it showed signs of dying down which indeed it did: just as things were almost back to normal I was contacted by the PDE who said that they had received a complaint or complaints (I’m not sure which) accusing me of stirring up hatred against Jews. At this juncture I contacted the police who are now investigating all this and treating it as a criminal investigation: needless to say all those involved are hiding behind anonymity except perhaps one: about whom more later: the Guardian and the blogs refuse to disclose who wrote the comments so think about that dear reader: anyone can write to these blogs and say anything about you: even pretend to be you and they will and can refuse to tell you who is doing it.
The people doing this and trying to damage me have found me guilty of something and it’s not anti Semitism: that suggestion predictably did not run: it was treated as I thought it would be with derision by all those who know me and my past record. No: what they have found me guilty of is supporting the Palestinians and condemning the State of Israel in the Middle East conflict: that phrase slips off my tongue very easily because I have been very careful over the years to always differentiate between the State of Israel and Jews: I am not alone in this: these people reserve their most vitriolic poison for Jews who oppose Israel’s actions: they scream anti Semite at me and a whole lot worse at them, their fellow Jews who disagree with them and Israel.
The PDE quotes someone called Ruth Renwick as writing the email complaining about me: I wrote a passage calling on a boycott of Israel to make them act in a decent way toward the Palestinians: I referred to their treatment under the Nazis and regretted that the sympathy which rightly flowed toward the Jews because of these atrocities was evaporating because of the behaviour of Israel. I have stated in other posts that this is a tragedy and that Jews were suffering because of Israel’s actions: a great many Jews are opposed to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and the Zionists hate them for that. If Ms. Renwick reads this and I hope she does I remind her that the boycott which me and millions of others supported against Apartheid South Africa was right and just and eventually successful: I am: along with many others calling for the same thing against Israel and that is not as she hints an incitement of hatred against the Jewish People: the very idea makes me sick. Perhaps she will engage with me in a discussion about this and try to clear the matter up: that would only be possible however if she does not consider opposition to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to be anti Semitic. A failure to differentiate between the two would render a discussion worthless, it’s up to her.