The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is holding a virtual lobby day on 7December, and they will be urging their supporters to contact their constituency MPs to ask for an online meeting.
They want to raise their opposition to Israel designating six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organisations, and discuss the wider allegation that Israel imposes a system of apartheid on the Palestinians.
Neither issue stands up to scrutiny or requires discussion.
The six NGOs are operated by and for the benefit of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which is designated as a terrorist organisation by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel.
You may want to read this briefing by NGO Monitor – https://www.ngo-monitor.org/reports/pflp-ties-six-newly-designated-terror-ngos/ – which has details regarding each of the newly designated organisations, including: organisational ties between the NGOs and the PFLP, individual links between NGO board members, officials, and employees and the PFLP, and statements made by officials of these NGOs that glorify or excuse violence.
Nor is there a need to discuss “apartheid”.
The allegation that Israel, a democracy with equal rights for all its citizens and Arab representation in its parliament and government, resembles the racist structures of apartheid South Africa is mendacious.
It is a slur against those that fought real apartheid, and it is a breach of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism’s prohibition on “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.”
BICOM’s “Apartheid Smear” document is a good starting point for background reading on this issue: https://www.bicom.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/BICOM_Apartheid-Smear_FINAL.pdf
If you do decide to meet local representatives of the PSC, can you assure me that you will rebut their false claims.
In addition, if you want to canvas PSC supporters’ opinions on issues like antisemitism and peace in the Middle East, could I suggest these questions:
- Why does the PSC never offer or propose a path to a peace settlement in any of their communications?
- Why does the PSC oppose the IHRA definition of antisemitism?
- Why does the PSC consistently host extremist speakers at its events?
- Why doesn’t the PSC celebrate the Abraham Accords and peace between Israel and Arab countries?
Many of your constituents, including me, view Israel as a country to be admired and abhor the PSC’s efforts to boycott and delegitimise the world’s only Jewish state.
I look forward to hearing how you will approach any interaction with the PSC.