About

 סולידריותISRAELsoliydariyut offers a positive view of Israel and what it does.

I spent some years working in Saudi Arabia (1970s/1980s). Back in the UK and after the 9/11 attacks on the USA in 2001, my world view changed in an instant on learning that many of the perpetrators were of Saudi Arabian origin. During the vile anti-semitism that occurred in the Arab world and in many western quarters in the days after 9/11 – and the ugly conspiracy theories that were spawned – I recalled the anti-semitism spouted by the young air force cadets I had been working with some twenty years earlier. Since 2001 I have tried to counter the misinformation that abounds about Israel, and try to watch the press at a local level in Scotland for instances of misinformation. This blog is an expansion of that.

While Israeli democracy is not perfect (is Britain’s?) it is a society admired by more than a few thinking Egyptians, Jordanians and Lebanese.

If states could be translated as individual people, Israel would be a dependable brother and friend, fair and strong, generous and capable, fun and intelligent.

The Hebrew word ‘soliydariyut’ means ‘solidarity’.

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Reading:

Howard Jacobson. ‘Independent’ 18 Feb. 2009: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/howard-jacobson/howard-jacobson-letrsquos-see-the-criticism-of-israel-for-what-it-really-is-1624827.html

Julie Burchill, ‘militant feminist’. ‘Times of Israel’ (by Miriam Shaviv on 6 Feb. 2013) a read: Pro-Israel firebrand stirs up English media scene

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IMAGE:

The current image at heading, and of uncertain date, is of an IDF missile boat. The photo-credit goes to Abir Sultan/Flash90

A previous wintry image showed combat soldiers training on Mt. Hermon (Israel’s alpine region) in 2007. It was released under a Creative Commons licence by the IDF.

The image shown until December 2012 was of men from the Nachal Brigade (in 2010). It too had been released under a Creative Commons licence by the IDF.

6 responses to “About

  1. just found this site today

    superb

  2. hope365

    Just discovered this site – very good. I wish you well.

  3. bp behrens

    Me too. I was surfing the net today on the thing about the Nazi flag that the Palis put up near one of their mosques, and chanced upon this blog site. Your blogs are brilliant. I was a young idealistic Zionist in my youth and did various stints as a kibbutz volunteer in the 70s n 80s. I am just appalled at how the Pal-symps have taken over academia here in America. I didn’t know that it was even worse in Scotland. Keep up the good work. Keep the faith in Israel and around the world. Shalom til the truth comes home

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