- Nov 29, 2009
How the Irish view the Israel-Palestinian conflict - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
In his debut documentary, Ithamar Handelman Smith captures the vociferous − albeit not surprising − views of Northern Irelands Protestants and Catholics with respect to the situation of Palestinians in Israel.
When Mailin is asked about the understanding the loyalist Protestants like himself in Northern Ireland evince for Israel, he explains: "The vast majority of that community could sympathize with Israel. Israel is an example for the rest of the world, and I think all Israelis are brilliant people ... I will die for Israel, if needed, not a problem. The only place that I can put close to my heart would be Israel, because it is oppressed, nobody likes them, and nobody likes us."
Is Northern Ireland the Millwall of Irish politics......and nobody likes us ! Having only the Haaetz piece to go on I don't know how much stereotyping there is. Hope the BBC buys it.Another nerve-racking encounter was with Danny Boyle, a pro-Palestinian terrorist and former member of the Irish Republican Army, who spent 20 years in prison. "I knew he was an extremist, but I didn't know just how extreme. He was terribly violent in his speech. He said Israel had to be burned down and all the Zionists thrown out of there.