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Ben White Revisited

Earlier this week, Gary Lineker retweeted Ben White, who had himself posted a video from B’Tselem which showed Israeli soldiers arresting Palestinian youths*. I tweeted some thoughts in response. As I result, I have had people defending Ben White on my Twitter … Continue reading

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Semantics, Semites and antisemitism

Every now and again, I come across an ‘argument’ that goes something like this: “I condemn all bigotry, but it troubles me that, say, criticism leveled at the government of Israel and the illegal settlers is seen as antisemitic, but … Continue reading

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A footballing thought experiment

A footballing thought experiment: This is prompted by Alvaro Morata’s request for Chelsea fans to stop chanting the “Y-Word” https://twitter.com/AlvaroMorata/status/906579973443608576 (The full wording of the chant is available here: https://twitter.com/BenXin16/status/906602917918109696) Some point out that the term can be an indicator … Continue reading

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Non-religious people against abortion

This post is prompted by Jacob Rees-Mogg’s recent comments about abortion and the inevitable, outraged response from many quarters. It is widely assumed that opponents of abortion are, as in Rees-Mogg’s case, motivated by religious belief. Whilst that is often … Continue reading

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Chris Williamson: accusations of antisemitism are “proxy wars and bullshit”

This is now available on the Engage site.  

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EUROPEANS HEIGHTEN THREAT LEVELS

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved”. Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross”. Londoners have … Continue reading

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“A chilling spectre at the table of justice”

From the introduction to Deborah Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial”:   ‘[Following Deborah Lipstadt’s victory in the libel trial brought against her by David Irving,] most commentary in Britain was enthusiastic. But two professional historians dissented. Donald Cameron Watt wrote … Continue reading

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