I happily define myself as "right-wing" (classic liberal right)
but not all pro-Israel people do.
I suppose there is no reason why support for a secular liberal democracy in the
conservative reactionary Islamic Middle East
should be a "right-wing" thing.
This explains the police presence:
The day before, on 24 Nov 2012, some guy called
calls for violence against the pro-Israel rally.
(Left) From his facebook.
(Right) From counter-demo page.
This guy is apparently
known to Gardai
as a Republican dissident.
At the protest
"I joined some comrades from RNU ... a person who identified himself as member of the Gardai special branch based in Harcourt Street approached me stealthily and said 'Rowan we know you're the main man behind this today, we're watching you, any problems come to me', I informed him I wasn't the main man anything but he didn't seem too interested".
(Syntax and spelling corrected.)
In one moving passage, he said we must always remember that, even if it is self-inflicted, Palestinian suffering is real,
and children and non-Hamas-supporters
are caught up in the consequences of the appalling decisions of the majority:
"As well as solidarity and optimism, I think it is also important to emphasise the need for compassion. Each death or injury of an innocent civilian in Gaza is a tragedy which must primarily be lain at the door of Hamas, but which also calls for restraint and for the path of peace. It is essential to recognise that there is a Palestinian perspective and there is Palestinian suffering. Many Arab commentators have taken the lead in pointing out that a great deal of that suffering is self-inflicted but it is real nonetheless."
Who I block:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following:
(a) Make threats.
(b) Accuse me of crimes.
(c) Comment on my appearance.
(d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.)
(e) Complain to my employer.
Yes, people do all these things.