Anyone who cares about these issues should look up two stories in this week's Jewish Chronicle. The first contains the news that one of the most senior figures in the British Jewish community has said that diaspora Jews should be free to criticise Israel.
Mick Davis is not a particularly well known figure outside the Jewish community, but as the chair of the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) and the Jewish Leadership Council, what he has said comes close to an official breach of a Zionist taboo, which says that Jews who have chosen to live outside the state of Israel do not have the right to take issue with the tough decisions made by those on the front line.
At a discussion event last weekend with American journalist Peter Beinart,
Mr Davis described Israel's new loyalty oath for non-Jewish immigrants as "repugnant". However, it is his comments about the effect of Israeli policy on the diaspora
which will have the most lasting resonance. "I think the government of Israel … have to recognise that their actions directly impact me as a Jew living in London, the UK,"
he said. "When they do good things it is good for me, when they do bad things, it's bad for me. And the impact on me is as significant as it is on Jews living in
Now Mr Lowles has told the JC:
"Islamist extremism is no friend of a progressive society. Staying silent on attitudes and behaviour that is both wrong, offensive and downright dangerous is abandoning one's own
progressive values and moral compass. Remaining silent and uncritical will be viewed by others as passive support or acceptance and that is not the basis to build a popular broadbased campaign