"The sad fact about the state of Israel is that it has turned many Jews from being internationalists into nationalists, in the odd position of rooting for a country they don't live in. I am supporting this memorial for the victims of Deir Yassin, because I am in the old internationalist tradition that says freedom for one people at the expense of another is not freedom at all.
“In the great persecutions of the
Jews in the 19th and 20th
centuries, my forbears appealed
to other peoples and nations for
sympathy, help and solidarity.
"When the Palestinians do the
same today, some people – some
Jews – seem confused that the
cause of their suffering could
come from a people who have
“We shouldn't let this confuse us. Times have changed. The Israeli government are not downtrodden shtetl dwellers. We should see them for what they are – a nuclear power, paid for with American money, pursuing a policy of 'ethnic cleansing'.
“Deir Yassin was an atrocity committed by Jews and we should face up to it with deep regret and in so doing, do everything we can to prevent anything like it happening again. That's why I'm here."