"Why is there harsh injustice done if people come and make a livelihood for more and make the desert into palm groves and orange groves?" Sir Winston asked. "Why is it injustice because there is more work and wealth for everyone? There is no injustice. The injustice is when those who live in the country leave it to be a desert for a thousand years."
He defended the Jewish presence in Palestine as historical precedent. Jews arrived before the Arabs, who arrived as outsiders and conquerors. "In the time of Christ," Churchill observed, "the population of Palestine was much greater when it was a Roman province." The majority in that Roman province were Jews.
Journalists in England today are not just selective in their historical facts, but adopt the language of the worst of the anti-Semites, sprinkling their commentary with allusions to the fraudulent "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion." Sometimes they freshen up the label with code words. The influential New Statesman illustrates what it calls the "Kosher conspiracy" with the point of a gold six-pointed Star of David piercing the Union Jack. Critics of the Iraq war blame American "neoconservatives" -- a fashionable euphemism for Jews, however inaccurate. British Jews who support Israel are accused of "dual loyalty." Boycotts of Israel have failed, but not without support of a wide range of professionals academics, journalists, architects, doctors. The boycotters ignore the abundance of tyrants in the region to target only Israel.
The Anglican Peace and Justice Network compares Israel's defensive fence, which has thwarted most of the suicide bombers, to the barbed wire of the Buchenwald concentration camp. In this Orwellian world self-defense is denounced as aggression. The only virtuous Jews are dead Jews.
Gordon Brown, the new British prime minister, says he stands with Israel "in bad times as well as good times." The rest of the civilized world must hope the bad times won't get worse. The precedent is not encouraging.