Steve Silver’s letter in the Morning Star

From the Morning Star

Understandably Karl Dallas’s response to my letter, which argued that Pete Seeger was right to play the virtual concert for Israel’s Arava Institute, is for him to defend his original “open letter.”

Karl sees the Arava Institute as an organisation that must have “zionist” put in front of it. And, if being “zionist” is not enough of a crime, the organisation is also guilty by its association with the Jewish National Fund.

Yet, I still cannot see the Arava Institute as being anything other than a progressive environmentalist organisation working with Jordanians, Palestinians and Israelis and which works on other things with Bedouin Arabs.

But the real issue is not about the nature of the little-known Arava Institute.

The real issue is whether you support boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel and then have to justify that position, or whether you believe in working with progressives in Israel.

I think the latter way is the answer in striving for a two-state solution, the only realistic solution that offers justice for both peoples.

The use of the word “zionist” as an epithet ignores the fact that it is a nationalist movement which carries with it all that other nationalist movements do.

It harbours in its ranks reactionaries who would – and have done – all in their power to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state.

Yet it also harbours a progressive left wing which wants nothing but peace in the Middle East.

To see only the Jewish nationalist movement and the country that it brought into being as exclusively a malevolent force is a disturbing political position when it is never applied to any other nationalist movement or country.

In light of this, Karl’s reference to a “zionist psyche” makes the mind boggle.

Steve Silver
London NW5

9 Responses to “Steve Silver’s letter in the Morning Star”

  1. Brian Goldfarb Says:

    “The real issue is whether you support boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel…” It now appears, according to the website Israel21c, that in order to boycott Israel properly, boycotters now have to add the Amazon kindle to their list of banned objects:

    • Steve Silver Says:

      Karl Dallas is a big fan of the Kindle, and not only has he published his own books for the Kindle, but has authored a guide on how to publish for the Kindle.

      • Thomas Venner Says:

        Actually, more or less all computer hardware manufactured during the last ten years, along with most mobile phones manufactured within the last twenty years, have Israeli hardware as their core components, so anyone who wants to really boycott Israel (and perhaps even do it some actual damage, seeing as electronics are Israel’s largest export) should ditch their computer, their mobile phone and any other iPods, Kindles or other appliances of that sort, along with stripping out all the electronics in their car.

        Secondly, all of the good-quality antivirus and firewall software on the market is actually derived from computer security software developed by the IDF and Mossad to protect their databases. When this software becomes obsolete for military purposes, it is sold on to commercial companies who rework it into software suitable for civilian use. As a result, whenever you buy antivirus or firewall software (the stuff that actually works, that is), a small proportion of the money you spend on it is effectively going to be funding Israeli military intelligence. So, if you don’t want to be sending your hard-earned money to fund the death squads of the evil Zionazi police state, you’d better delete all that nasty antivirus software and stop trying to keep those wholesome anti-Zionist viruses (which are in fact only considered “harmful” as a result of vindictive Zionist smear campaigns) out of your computer.

      • Brian Goldfarb Says:

        Do you think that someone should draw his attention to this link? Or will he find a way of excusing his usage of the technology on the basis that it’s already established and so can be used because the Israelis won’t be still benefitting from it. Or some such convoluted argument.

  2. James mendelsohn Says:

    Good letter

  3. Duvid Crockett, King of DeLancey Street Says:

    Karl is notorious for his atrocious singing voice and tooth decay that would make Shane McGowan of the Pogues seem like a botoxed beauty. See this dessicated old Trot publicise himself on Youtube with emphasis on his own copywright entitlements to a Willie Nelson song:

  4. Paul Miller Says:

    It’s so simple: BDS campaigners and their supporters are racists. Why should moderate, rational people get into long-winded debates with them any more than we would get into intricate debates with neo-Nazis? There is simply no debate to be had, and the racists should not be lent the dignity of a debate. The only thing to do is to brand BDSers as what they are: racists.

  5. Brian Goldfarb Says:

    “The real issue is whether you support boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel…”

    It now appears one must add (according to the same source as I cited above) the new development regarding the giving of sight to those suffering from age-related macrolar blindness (I hope I’ve spelled that correctly):

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