....Peake campaigned for the Labour Party at the last general election, and was a vocal supporter of Jeremy Corbyn even as many people turned their back on him. “Those people who were normally Labour supporters who felt they couldn’t vote Labour? Well I’m sorry, they voted Tory as far as I’m concerned,” says Peake. “And it breaks my heart, because you know what? I didn’t like Tony Blair, but I still voted Labour because anything’s better than the Tories. There’s a lot of people who should hang their heads in shame. People going, ‘Oh, I can join the Labour Party again because Keir Starmer’s there,’ well shame on you.”
What does she think of the new Labour leader? “You know what, at the end of the day, all I want is the Tories out. I think people will get behind Starmer, won’t they? He’s a more acceptable face of the Labour Party for a lot of people who are not really left wing. But that’s fine. Whatever. As long as the Tories get out, I don’t care anymore. You can’t be sad, you’ve just got to get on and organise, without standing at the rooftops and going, ‘You reap what you sow!’ There were moments when I wanted to scream that,” she adds with a doleful laugh, “but no, we’ve got to keep moving forward.”
Saturday, 27 June 2020
Israeli government should not be above criticism .
The row seems to have emerged sue to an article in the Independent by the actress Maxine Peake which criticised the current leadership of the Party's treatment of Jeremy Corbyn and included ...
The Israeli allegation was only a small part and I doubt that it was a reason why Ms Long Bailey reweeted it it was certainly not the reason this blogger did.
It seems Ms Sahar Al-Faifi and Ms Peake’s original claim is based on an article in the Morning Star from 1 June, which states: “At least 100 Minnesota police officers attended a 2012 conference hosted by the Israeli consulate in Chicago, the second time such an event had been held.”
So it seems the claim is either unfounded or not proven , but if it was made against any other Police Force it would likely be dismissed off.
However such is the nature of current politics any criticism of Israel is treated as Anti-Semantic whether it has any foundation or not .
It is a difficult task however we need to be able to distinguish the appalling actions of Israeli Forces in the West Bank and the growing hard line policies of the Israeli government , whilst not revering to anti -semantic tropes.
Making unfounded accusation such as the above (though understandable) should clearly be avoided but is it not worse to ignore the actual evidence of Israels criminal brutal behaviour to towards the Palestinians.