Chapter: 17. 'Scratch an Anti-Zionist and You'll Find an Anti-Semite.' Really?
Several years ago, Dawoud El-Alami – my Muslim
co-author mentioned previously – and I spoke to
a Christian group about the Palestine-Israeli conflict.
My role was to present the Zionist case in
favour of the creation of a Jewish state. I tried my
best to present a reasoned argument, but a number
in the audience were adamant that Jews had
stolen the land from the indigenous Arab population
and were vociferous in their condemnation of
Israel. Later in the day a number of young actors
presented an extremely bitter play castigating
Israel. Dawoud and I were disturbed by the diatribes
we heard. We ourselves had attempted to
present a balanced approach to the subject. But
it was clear that the vast majority were adamant
critics of Israeli policy.