|Simon Schama, thinking profound thoughts about history 'n' stuff.|
Licence-fee money well spent there.
Best bit, on the wall:
“I want to say, nobody, including me, ultimately has the moral right to say that shouldn’t have happened, the wall shouldn’t have happened. Before the wall happened, hundreds of people were dying every year from terrorist attacks; after the wall happened very, very few...."
Actually, since the start of the wall, over 4,000 Palestinians have died... but they obviously don't come into the category of 'people' for Professor Schama, no more than the Haitian slaves who didn't get mentioned in his massive book on the French Revolution.
"In some senses, if you don’t live in Israel — I don’t live in Israel — you are morally obliged to be nearly silent.”
So shouldn't that mean that Professor Schama should be "nearly silent" about it? No, of course not. He means that people who disapprove of the wall should be "nearly silent". That's the viewpoint that is invalid if it comes from a non-Israeli. Fascinating how clever people can talk circular, babyish drivel and think it profundity... while being totally unconscious of how they themselves are broadcasting - in this case literally - their own moral hypocrisy.
Or maybe Schama's programme constituted 'near silence'... it was, after all, of little substance.
If only the Palestinians were allowed to be as "nearly silent" on the 'objective' BBC as the Zionists.