There’s trouble, no, not at t’mill but at Newry and Mourne Council today. Noel Thompson had the two sides on Good Morning
Enter Councillor Henry Reilly (UKIP), who considered the letter outrageous. Why wasn’t Mayor Hughes telling people about the thousands of Hamas rockets fired into Israel and what about what was happening in the Ukraine? What this was, was anti-Semitic.
I suppose the Mayor could send letters about the Ukraine but one thing at a time maybe: the most obvious topic of the moment is the horror of Gaza. As to the suggestion that the letter was intimidating, I wonder how that would work. Do the local shopkeepers want to stock Israeli goods and support that state? Noel seemed a bit critical that this letter appeared to be organising a boycott of Israeli goods; Mayor Hughes openly conceded that such was the ultimate objective. Again, the dog that didn’t bark was the question: “Who would want to stock Israeli goods?”
If we were a society with even half an eye, we’d see that the wrong-doer is not the boycott organiser but the person who calls such a move “anti-Semitic”, as did Councillor Reilly. There are a considerable number of Jews throughout the world who are horrified by what Israeli state forces are currently doing. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we woke up some day and had Noel and team grilling those people who are in favour of Israeli goods and in favour of Israeli actions in the Middle East? But hey, don’t forget – Noel was critical of the UKIP man too. It’s how the BBC stays balanced.