Here she is, the chairperson of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Jewfinder general for Ireland, possibly Europe's most anti-Israel country. Her "Facebook likes" are a cocktail of leftwing organisations and causes, including one called "Intifada Palestine", whose website can be found here.
The reason I am posting on Ms.Hughes is that she made a speech at Tony Blair's recent trip to Dublin, where she accused Israel of entering the peace talks in poor faith, from a "position of power" as she calls it. She doesn't like Tony Blair being involved in the peace process because he likes Israel, and as we all know, the only real lovers of peace are those who hate Israel and want it destroyed. Right?
Other than that, she blathered at length about "Zionist oppression" and the "apartheid regime".
The photo comes from here, where the IPSC encourages the boycott of all Israeli goods. Here, Hughes declares that
"Israel's treatment of Palestinians amounts to nothing short of Apartheid"Other history buffs were present too:
"Brendan Archbold said, "The parallels between the old Apartheid regime of South Africa and the state of Israel are quite striking. Just as South African forces shot and killed their own people in Sharpeville and Uitenhage, so too do the Israeli military adopt a shoot-to-kill policy"Shooting ones own citizens makes a country an "Apartheid State" then, does it? Hamas, take note.
The funny thing about these "striking parallels", is that nobody in the IPSC campaign actually explains them. Archbold adds:
"Just as Israel models itself on the old racist regime in South Africa, so too must we must model our response on the boycott policy that contributed so much to the ending of Apartheid"The lazy thinking behind such statements is self-evident, and explains why nobody even bothers to make rational arguments. The parallels between Israel and the old South Africa are so shallow and tentative that it's far easier for the rational person to think of things they don't have in common.
Freda Hughes is representative of this lazy, shallow thinking. Her blindly leaping on the IPSC cause is just a part of a broader anti-everything agenda. Singling out Israel for unique criticism seems to require no explanation at all for the IPSC and its supporters. Not nice being singled out for criticism, is it Freda?