This week, Stephen Sizer has reposted his interview with Alan Hart on his blog. Come to think of it, quite why he posts all his interviews is a mystery – much of his talks are very similar, and cover the same material, and have been written for the era in which George W Bush was still the US President.
But anyway, Sizer describes Hart of the Matter as:
“a programme committed to telling viewers the truth – the truth about who must do what and why if the Palestine problem, the cancer at the heart of international affairs, is to be cured before it consumes us all.”
“Only when this Jewish bacillus infecting the life of peoples has been removed can one hope to establish a co-operation amongst the nations which shall be built up on a lasting understanding.” quoted in N H Baynes, The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, Oxford University Press, 1942, Volume I, pp.743
I had hoped that Rev Sizer’s seemingly newfound respect for human rights would lead him to distance himself from Crowley, but I guess not.
This is not to suggest that Rev Sizer has a similar outlook on life, but surely this language is insensitive at best. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is as tricky enough without it being blown out of proportion or associated with hateful rhetoric.
And when Stephen Sizer praises the Iranian state’s Press TV-commissioned Hart of the Matter for its coverage of ‘the Palestine problem’, what message does that send to those who do actually care that the Middle East doesn’t turn into a nuclear wasteland?