Last weekend the well respected historian Simon Schama launched his new TV series, The story of the Jews on BBC 2. It began with a general look at Jewish people and then examined some of the Biblical pre-history of the connections of Jews in ancient Israel. An interesting programme, not much that people might not have known but a good introduction.
There are four more parts to go and in particular I am interested in the period l from the Roman "expulsion" of the Jews through the travails of the Diaspora to the the Holocaust and its' subsequent effects on the modern day. This of course would explain why many Jews felt a need to return to their ancient homeland.
Of course this has upset some of the modern day political activists who have a vested interest in all sorts of denials. There are those in neo-Nazi circles who still try to deny the fact the Holocaust took place and have seemingly influenced anti-Semitic elements in the world of Islamist politics.
Then there are those who claim to act on behalf of others and ignore to the point of denial the very existence of the Jewish people and their connections to their ancient homeland. One of these is the so-called Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Their latest wheeze is to complain to the BBC about the programme, particularly the final and as yet unseen final edition about the holocaust.
The PSC have written the following letter to the BBC:
Disgusting, censorial rubbish.
The Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine (TULIP) campaign responds thus:
The time has come to challenge and fight back against these peddlers of hate.
Trade Unions should now disaffiliate from the PSC and rethink their policies in order to fight for a real just and peaceful solution to the Israel Palestine conflict. That is a two-state solution. Israel and Palestine side by side.
Any other demand will lead to genocide.
Part 2 of Simon Schama's History of the Jews is on BBC 2 at 9pm on Sunday 8th September. Part one can still be accessed on line.