A joint report from unions, diplomats, charities and faith groups urge jaw jaw as opposed to war war and the British-Israel communications & research center trot out Lorna to lust after blood. What a gal. In the early version of this story there were no comments from Lorna, so I guess they rang up the BBC to head off the dangerous effects of people speaking truth to power and spreading understanding.
The good news though is that British Jews have got fed up with the uncritical support of the Israeli government by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and start Independent Jewish Voices-IJV:
-“It is important for non-Jews to know that there are Jews … who do not agree with the apparent consensus within the Jewish community that the only good Jew is one who supports Israel.”- Professor Eric Hobsbawm
More than 100 high-profile British Jews have already signed the group’s founding declaration: “Those who claim to speak on behalf of Jews in Britain and other countries consistently put support for the policies of an occupying power above the human rights of the occupied people.”
Other signatories include the film director Mike Leigh, human rights lawyer Geoffrey Bindman, fashion designer Nicole Farhi and the actors Stephen Fry and Zoe Wanamaker.-
So take your pick, Blairite war hack Lorna or talented, principled, humane, artists, lawyers, intellectuals & doctors.