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Sunday, 27 July 2014
David Ward MP: Anti-Zionist?
David Ward MP (for Bradford East, England)/PHOTO CREDIT: Wiki Commons
Yet again he’s just come in for criticism (from MPs of all parties) for his recent comments on Israel’s attempts to stop Hamas’s relentless rocket attacks.
I suppose the generous amongst us will call him an “anti-Zionist” rather than a “Jew-hater”. However, since he uses the word “Jew” (or “Jews”) as much as he uses the word “Zionist” (or “Israeli”), let’s just say – to put it mildly – that there’s at least some room for doubt here.
Israel’s recent actions were a response to months – actually, years – of Hamas rocket-attacks. You know, the kind of situation which no country on earth (including the UK) would put up with for more than, say, a week.
Yet David Ward (MP) seems to be reversing the causal sequence here.
Does he genuinely believe in this case of backwards causation in which Hamas has been firing rockets for years in response to Israel’s very recent actions?
I suppose David Ward may say that Hamas rocket-attacks were in response to previous Israeli actions.
That’s simply not true.
Hamas fires rockets into Israel for three main reasons:
i) To kill Israeli civilians.
ii) To help destroy Israel.
iii) To cause an Israeli counter-attack which will inevitably bring about a virulent anti-Israeli response in the West. (Bingo! That’s exactly what happened!)
In other words, Hamas rocket attacks are most certainly not retaliatory in nature: they are politically strategic.
Another claim that David Ward has made is that Hamas is firing rockets because it is “desperate” and because “politicians in the West are failing them”. Yet any group could say it’s acting from desperation; whether that be al-Qaeda today or the Red Brigade in the past.
In Hamas’s case, it can easily be argued that it alone is intentionally creating this desperate situation. And Hamas is doing so because only desperation, chaos and death will bring about the situation it wants: a strong Western reaction against Israel’s actions (which David Ward hints at) and then, in good time, the destruction of Israel.
Like revolutionary Trotskyists, Hamas requires a desperate situation because only that will make it politically successful and enable it to get what it wants. Hamas, therefore, requires high numbers of Palestinian dead as well as social disintegration. (Trotskyists require high levels of unemployment, social disintegration, etc.)
As Trotskyists put it, extreme situations “radicalise people”. Without extreme situations (of desperation), Trotskyists and Hamas (as with the Nazis in the 1920s and 1930s) wouldn’t stand a chance of getting what they want or gaining the support they require. Hence instability and death are engineered in Hamas’s case.
This case of ugly Realpolitik can be summed up by a phrase which was actually coined to express the revolutionary Trotskyist position; though it also sums up Hamas’s stance:
“The worse it is, the better it is.”
David Ward’s Past Statements
What of David Ward’s previous diatribes against Jews and Israelis?
Much of what David Ward has said is pretty much student-SWP stuff. For example, he says that Hamas fires rockets and sends suicide bombers into Israel because of the “occupation”. Well, Hamas pulled out of Gaza in 2005 and the West Bank has been run by the Palestinian National Authority for years.
In addition, if the Gazans don’t want to be “occupied”, then perhaps they should persuade Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel.
That is unless David Ward MP means the occupation that is Israel. That is, does he believe that Israel itself is “occupied territory”? Now if he means that, he should say that.
The British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and Baroness Sayeeda Hussain Warsi at a mosque opening in Bradford/PHOTO CREDIT: Wiki Commons
Mr Ward is an MP for Bradford East, which includes:
i) Little Horton (which has a large Muslim demographic – all its councillors are Muslim)
ii) Bradford Moor (a large Muslim demographic – all its councillors are Muslim)
iii) Bowling and Barkerend (a large Muslim demographic – with 3 Muslim councillors)
iv) Bolton and Undercliffe (a large Muslim demographic)
v) Eccleshill (a small Muslim demographic)
vi) Idle and Thackley (a small Muslim demographic).
Some of those wards have very large Muslim demographics. Indeed in some parts of these wards the population is exclusively Muslim.
Death to Israel!
1st line: “Allah is great.” 2nd line: “Death to America.” 3rd line: “Death to Israel.” 4th line: “A curse upon the Jews.” 5th line: “Victory to Islam.” IMAGE CREDIT: Wiki Commons
Of course David Ward’s problems with Israel go much deeper than Israel’s recent actions. Much deeper. The reality is that if Israel had never counter-attacked against Hamas, he would still be a virulent critic of Israel.
Because Mr Ward believes that Israel shouldn’t exist. I doubt that he says that to many non-Muslims; though that’s undoubtedly what he believes. In fact he’s actually come pretty close to saying precisely that.
He believes that Israel, for example, is an “apartheid state”.
Yet if David Ward wants to criticise apartheid states, perhaps he should criticise Saudi Arabia, Egypt (especially under the Muslim Brotherhood), Libya, Kuwait, Algeria, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, Iran, etc. Indeed ISIS – in conjunction with other Sunni Muslim groups – is trying to ethnically cleanse Iraq of Christiansat this very moment in time. And those Christians who haven’t fled will be subject to the classical dhimmi status that has existed for up to 1,300 years in the apartheid-ridden Islamic world.
Now I doubt that David Ward’s many Muslim constituents would want to hear all that coming from their MP.
And just as the UK media’s favourite Islamo-Trotskyist Salma Yaqoob said that Israel’s “days are numbered”, Ward has also said that the “Zionists” are “loosing the battle”. Perhaps he’s right. After all, he too is trying to bring about the end of that “battle”.
A Lesson in Semantics
Yes! Yes! Yes! Semantically it is indeed the case that the words “anti-Zionism” and “Jew-hatred” are not synonyms. That is, “anti-Zionism” doesn’t mean hatred of Jews.
The problem is that most of the “anti-Zionists” I’ve read about – and talked to – either started out as good old-fashioned Jew-haters (then rather predictably became anti-Zionists); or they somehow fused their Jew-hatred and anti-Zionism from the very beginning.
This must surely mean that these semantic debates about the difference between between being a Jew-hater and being an anti-Zionist don’t really matter that much. They don’t matter because the fact still remains that nearly all anti-Zionism is driven by a pre-existing Jew-hatred. Indeed such a debate simply ends up being an entirely linguistic affair. (The sort of thing English analytic philosophers might have engaged in the 1950s.)
Let’s put it another way:
Jew-haters believe the same things about Israel as anti-Zionists. And indeed most anti-Zionists believe the same things about Jews as Jew-haters.
Consequently, the more semantic we get about this issue the more we move away from the political (as well as psychological) reality and the more we move towards verbal bullshit.