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Statement of Principles:

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Saying the unsayable

Uri Avnery, founder and guiding spirit of Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc, is utterly committed to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Yet, if Avnery were in the British Labour Party today he would no doubt have been suspended by now.

For he is under few illusions about what has and is done in the name of Zionism. He rejects the idea that Jews worldwide are a nation or, as he puts it: “THE BASIC trouble is that the entire relationship between Israelis and Diaspora Jews is built on a lie: the belief that they are the same people. They are not.” And he argues further, and provocatively: “ZIONISM IS an anti-Semitic creed. It was so right from the beginning.”

You don’t have to agree with Avnery to see that the ideas he is expressing are important ones, deserving a clear-headed interrogation, not hands raised in shock and horror. […]