The commentators 20-01-15
...on anti-semitism and Islam
Historically, and compared to the terrible hardships people endure in so much of the world, we live in a truly privileged time and place. The very idea that 56% of Jewish people responding to an online survey said they believed anti-semitism now “echoes the 1930s” and 58% that Jews have “no long-term future in Europe” is extraordinary, surreal.
- David Conn, The Guardian
The factors behind the recent upsurge in violence include the increased fragility of several states in the aftermath of the revolutions in the Arab world — as well as the amplifying effect of social media, which allows jihadi messages to spread fast and to reach ever-larger audiences.
- Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
Theresa May should repeal the Human Rights Act; close down Islamist websites; stop our prisons being used as al-Qaeda recruiting offices; shut down mosques and religious schools which foment terrorism; prosecute and deport foreign hate preachers; and lock up those fanatics with British passports. Unless this happens then waving a placard reading ‘Je suis Juif’ is just another worthless piece of political posturing.
- Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail
After the 7/7 bombings ample funding was earmarked for thousands of one-on-one deradicalisation sessions as part of the Prevent programme. That funding has been cut. Other initiatives have been piecemeal. There is a glimmer of hope in the efforts of Muslim mothers to turn their children away from extremism. British and Muslim values are indeed compatible, but only to the extent that British Islam commits itself to tolerance.
- The Times
Heads of state and government leading a protest march over the deaths of 12 people? Ah, but this wasn't about 12 people. It was about that most sacred right: freedom of expression.
And how do our leaders propose to protect that freedom? By increasing the State's right to spy on us. The security services (among other public bodies) can already look at our phone and email records to see who we're talking and writing to. They can also, in certain circumstances, tap our phones, bug our offices and train a telescope on our bedroom windows. Now David Cameron wants to ban apps such as SnapChat and WhatsApp that allow the encryption of messages sent across the web, so that nothing is private.
- RIPA and the campaign to protect journalists' sources
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