If there is anyone that still does not understand the difference between the demonization of Israel and "Zionists" on the one hand, and legitimate criticism of Israeli policy on the other, then they should read this report of Respect's Yvonne Ridley's speech, and see what demonization looks like. To remind readers, Respect, the coalition that includes George Galloway and the Socilist Workers Party, calls itself "socialist".
From Felix Online, the online newspaper of Imperial College, London, a report by Alon or-Bach.
Yvonne [Ridley] sits on the national council of Respect and stood as a Respect candidate in the last general election.
"Israel is a vile little state. It's propped up by America. It cannot survive without American money"...
"[Respect] is a Zionist-free party... if there was any Zionism in the Respect Party they would be hunted down and kicked out. We have no time for Zionists."
She explained that government support "goes towards that disgusting little watchdog of America that is festering in the Middle East".
She went on to attack the Tories and Lib Dems, saying that all the mainstream parties are "riddled with Zionists".
Alon or-Bach reports that he found it hard to comprehend how the notion that "[Respect] encompasses a broad church of ideas and opinions" could be compatible with the hunting down of supporters of an Israeli state.
She approves of the recent Hamas victory, firmly stating, "I have no doubt that [Respect] will be supporting the Hamas-dominated government when it's formed in Palestine".
Do read the whole report, here.
Hat-Tip Harry's Place, Gene.
Respect is a 'Zionist Free Party' - Yvonne Ridley
Added by David Hirsh on February 17, 2006 11:09:03 AM.