Islamophobia, Antisemitism and Israel Today

d9f4af_564c2d71fa51456b9ff2df05b5334067.pngShropshire Friends of Palestine hosted a talk by Glyn Secker, an Executive member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) on Tuesday, 21 April 2016.

In 2010, Glyn captained a Jewish boat which sailed to Gaza to break the seige.  All on board were arrested by the Israeli Defence Force and one of the activists, an Israeli former helicopter pilot, Jonatan Shapiro, was tazered at close range by the soldiers.  Fortunately, he survived.  Glyn was deported from Israel in chains.

Glyn gave the audience a history of the Zionist project which challenged many of the common myths propagated by the State of Israel and its supporters.  There followed an account of his seige-breaking voyage.Glyn’s firm belief is that peace will only follow when the USA (and others) stop funding the Israeli state and the EU stops giving Israel special trading status.  He urged audience members to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, something to which Shropshire Friends of Palestine has already commited itself (see our ‘Take Action’ tab).