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Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

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An apology and explanation: when the tongue goes before the head on Israel/Palestine

During the recent world tour for my new book, After Zionism, I appeared with my co-editor Ahmed Moor at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Here’s a report of the evening from the Palestine Chronicle.

During the Q and A, a Jewish man, Jonathan Hoffman, co-Vice  Chair of the Zionist Federation and alleged ally of the far-right English Defence League, asked me how many people had to die to create one-state in Palestine and Israel. Initially, the chair of the event Frank Barat dismissed the question as being from a known Zionist provocateur but Hoffman insisted I answer. Eventually I said in frustration: “Six million. That’s my answer. Write that down”.

It was a stupid comment, ill-advised and said without proper thought. I unreservedly apologise. A number of friends and colleagues have written to me expressing concern about it and they’re right. I should never have said it as it goes completely against my beliefs. I do not advocate violence against civilians. My co-editor Moor rightly said after me that nobody had to die to create the one-state solution but people’s minds and actions had to change.

For many Zionists, advocating a one-state solution is akin to pushing the Jews into the sea. Nothing could be further from the truth. The current situation on the ground in Israel and Palestine is a Jewish state using its power and privilege to discriminate against Muslims, Christians and others. It is neither democratic nor just. One of the key points that I’ve been arguing for many years about the Middle East (including in this recent piece in The Guardian) is that the discussion isn’t between one or two states but between ongoing apartheid and every citizen in Israel and Palestine being treated equally. In my view, and the position of increasing numbers of people globally, the one-state equation is the only way to achieve this and that’s why we’re advocating for it.

Of course, none of this excuses my out of line, frustrated and offensive outburst.

Here’s to a healthy and respectful debate moving forward and finding democratic means to bring peace and justice to all Israelis and Palestinians.

11 comments ↪
  • Jim

    Not to worry Antony. We all get frustrated by impossible bigots at times. All of us who know you, even your opponents, know that you would never support any kind of violence or killing in the name of politics.

    Keep on track. You are perfectly right that the only just and fair solution for Palestine/Israel is one where all people live in a single state.

    • examinator

      Jim,
      I agreed with you until you came down to your support for a 1 state solution.
      I'm still waiting for some one to answer my long standing concerns on the HOW this is going to be implemented much less controlled.
      At the risk of being cynical or worse…..I don't trust people as a whole to do the right thing about anything… if they did we wouldn't need police and the problem between Israel/ Palestinians would have been resolved years ago!
      Consider how long the Jews have maintained there separateness longer than the Mongolians have been dreaming of their salad days of power. The mental link is that the Jews cultural memory was built on similar remembrances of ancient power. Therefore I can't see the rump of the Jewish culturists giving away their notion of separateness to allow a one state. It would be a bit like handing ownership of Sydney to the original aboriginal tribe and expect the citizen to go along with it.
      What is suggested i.e. leaving Jews in situ of all the good land etc will if implemented, finish up with the Palestinians being a very large still disenfranchised minority with chips on their shoulders and 30% Jewish extremists taking their anger/paranoia under ground.
      Keep in mind their mind set created the obscenities of intimidation et al pre Israel's creation, so they have ample historic precedents …We're not talking about reasoned philosophers here we're talking about emotionally motivated people using religion as justification. History tells us THAT never ends well.

  • rebeccalesses

    Have you considered asking Israelis if they want one state, or are you planning to impose it upon them? Most Israelis and Palestinians, in the most recent opinion survey, still support a two state solution.

    • chicothecat

      Currently, according to a Hebrew University poll, 28% or Jewish Israelis are up for discussing one state as an option. Still a minority, but a substantial number considering not a single party or movement is campaigning for it. More to the point, while border changes etc associated with two states can be stitched up over people's heads, transition towards one state will require active participation and willingness at all levels of society, twinning and coexistence projects and merger talks within professions and all walks of life, and explorations of how to combine protection of separate cultures with multiculturalism, much as many other countries such as UK have engaged in with immigrant cultures. However, it may not all be sweetness and light, if Jim Crow America and Northern Ireland are anything to go by: but by inference, the people to watch out for will be the Israeli extremists, not the Palestinians.

  • Armani

    Forget about it Antony. Anyone who knows your work would realise that it's an answer given in frustration to a deliberately antagonistic question coming from a deliberately antagonistic person. And anyone who has had a discussion about this issue would have had to face someone like that at some stage, though fortunately for most of us it's not been in such a public setting. I know I've said some things in the heat of anger that I've regretted later. You're only human!

    For me your work still stands as some of the best I've read and I'll continue to read it and respect it.

  • Unfortunately, hasbarists like Hoffman are expert at such provocations. While it's hard to stay ahead of them, it's critical that we anticipate them and think clearly. I know how hard this is especially when you're on a book tour, etc.

    But their job is to trip you up & our job is not to let them.

  • Marilyn

    How many Palestinians and others have been slaughtered for Israel to steal more and more land.

  • Sonja Karkar

    I agree with Jim and Armani above Antony – your tireless work speaks for itself. Those of us who know you well, know that you would never advocate violence. Don't waste your energy trying to fend of the attacks. You've apologised. That should be the end of the matter.

  • examinator

    Antony, isn't it wonderful how many of your detractor read what you say and vote not on you but by proxy on commenters.
    None of these detractor have the courage of their latte convictions to write and sensibly explain why they disagree!
    Least of all about the articles themselves.
    A bit like children writing obscenities on the toilet walls about teachers.
    Like me, hate me, agree/disagree with me at least I do have the courage of my convictions and simply don't sink to childish levels.

  • realzionist

    Understand that Hoffman is the self styled " leader " of a minute lunatic fringe of the ZF. This co vice chair thing is a joke. He was the only candidate. He is largely protected by the Islamophobes that control the Jewish Chronicle, i.e. Stephen Pollard and Martin Bright. He is useful to them because he gets to say the crazy stuff and behave in crazy ways that they can't.

    The moral of the story is to understand that any answer to an idiotic question will will inevitably be idiotic. I wouldn't have answered the oaf. I would have had him thrown out. He is used to that. Most famously when he got thrown out of the Royal Albert Hall for hooliganism.

    For one of his more memorable performances which perfectly illustrates what Antony was unwittingly having to deal with go to you tube and search…

    ahava protest london 27112010 ( no caps )

  • Ned

    S.K.
    An end to the matter! Probably, A Jones has ensured that,
    everyone stuffs up some time.
    But the real stuff ups end in war, killing and theft and they keep at it. Let us concentrate on the professional 'stuffer uppers' and their consequences.