He begins with some personal biography that establishes his Jewish family background and his credentials as a lifetime fighter against racism - and his capacity to change his ideas as he reflects on issues:
'I want to start with some personal biography. My grandparents came to Britain as Jewish child immigrants from Poland and Ukraine in the early 1900s. I grew up in an economically struggling Jewish family in inner London that gradually became more comfortable.
My extended family were mostly Labour voters, plus some communist-supporting relatives. My family were traditional; not very religious, not actively Zionist. They had no family in Israel, but sympathised with Israel at a general level.
I became involved in socialist politics and antifascist activism when I was around 16 years old. My first demonstration was against the National Front, a group formed in Britain in 1967 by convinced Nazis who recruited a wider layer of supporters from all classes by condemning black immigration and promoting British nationalism.'
|Battle of Cable Street - 1936 - the Jewish community fight back against the fascists|
'I went to that demonstration with several Jewish friends from a Zionist youth group. I had illusions then about Israel/Palestine that I discarded long ago. Perhaps only one or two of