Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Oh. Dear. God.

Azzam Tamimi, speaking at a meeting of the UK's largest "peace" movement, the Stop the War Coalition:

"Israel cannot exist in peace with anyone. Israel, the Zionist entity, is made of evil."

For some more utterances from this Great Man Of Peace, watch and listen here. Note the loud cheering from assembled "peaceniks". Who presumably have forgotten what the word "peace" actually means.

You know, I dig my heels in and argue with people like the Eustonites (and Jim!) who think that the UK anti-war movement is a sick joke. After listening to and seeing that godawful spectacle, I wonder why I bother.


Blogger Has said...

That sounds like a typical anti israeli rant but what is shocking is not his views which he entirely entitled to And I agree Israel's current policies are barbaric. But that is outragous to have a rant like this in a peace movement which is an oxymoron.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Hezbollah is reactionary period. It has no concept of appealing to Israeli workers. Zionism has more blood on its hands.

Trotskyists in Palestine in 1948, called for a federation of socialist states.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Jim Denham said...

Priest: I told you so.

Renegade: the (Trotsyist)socialists in 1948 either positively supported Israel, or were neautral. No leftist organisation even entertained the idea of supporting the Arab bourgeoisie in its campaign to destroy Israel. Unlike today's anti-semitic ("S"WP, etc) "left".

1:20 PM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

It did... although I'm not sure what my own position would have been in 1948. Whatever, it's certainly a fact that Israel exists now, and any viable peace in the region has to acknowledge that reality.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Curious said...



4:37 PM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

Hey Curious, you still following me around? A boy could get the wrong impression from such attention... give us a kiss you sexy bio-ethical beast.

Amazing how you always find time to pay our site a visit, even though we're such small fish and all... I guess you must have a lotta time on your hands, huh? ;)

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Curious said...

M'Kay, VP. Pucker your lips up then ... No, get your hands off my bosom you lusty animal, place them - gently - around my waist ... mmmm. Nice.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you think you blog is rather unbalanced?

Any socialist could write extensively on the failings of the reactionary politics of the Islamists, the anti-Semtisim of the Arab rulers, etc., etc (I hope to do something on my blog, soon)

In fact probably in a similar way that you could expose the reactionary politics of the religious parties in Israel.

But at the moment Israeli jets are bombing Lebanon, destroying large parts of its infrastructure and killing many people (who may be Muslim, Christian, Agnostic/Atheist or more).

There is very little mention of these aggressive acts compared with your generally correct critique of a few marginal figures. Where is the main enemy?

6:05 PM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

Curious, you're an outrageous tease. How verrrrry dare you :D

Southpaw; of course I think the Israeli attacks on the Lebanon are absolutely appalling. But you can read coverage of them across the mainstream media and in most of the left press too. There isn't really much that I can add to that by posting about them here.

That having been said, there are individual stories from the Middle East and Iraq that do get covered here, especially when they don't appear so much in the mainstream media. Witness Lala's thread about Ibtihal Jassem, for instance.

12:19 AM  
Blogger LaLaMiMi said...

I was there during a few of those speeches, like during the last psc national demo - I got the impression that this man has a lot of anger in him.. but even I thought his sentiments were not what we should have been listening to (I was actually physically cringing at certain points). It was not just him, there were a few others too.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Curious said...

Moi, a tease? Shurely shome mishtake, Voltaire's Priest (hic).

Anyway, just get all your clothes off and show us your dimples.

3:27 PM  

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