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Eblana debate - Replies to Richard Boyd Barrett


Replies to Richard Boyd Barrett and others

A debate on Israel was held at the Eblana Forum, Dun Laoghaire, in October 2022.
I spoke for the Ireland Israel Alliance, against Richard Boyd Barrett.
Audience members also got to speak.

Public debates are better than media debates at getting deep into a complex issue. But still far too short. The Israel topic requires hours, even days, to hear all the arguments and counter-arguments.

I had limited time, so I concentrated (correctly, I think) on delivering the positive case for Israel, not on refuting every single bad argument out there.

Don't get me wrong. We did have some back and forth, especially with the audience members. But we needed more. Some of the bad arguments expressed by Boyd Barrett and audience members were left unrefuted. I'm happy to have a round two where we examine every argument and counter-argument. In the meantime, here are the bad arguments and their counter-arguments.




The video of the complete debate, both sides, including questions from the floor.


  

Richard Boyd Barrett (part one)

1987 stories:

Gaza:

More things:
  

Richard Boyd Barrett (part two)

  

Audience questions

Some of the audience cannot be heard. Others can.
  


The one thing we never got a clear answer on:
Has anyone in PBP (or allied groups) ever, in all the years since 2005, called on Gazans to stop resistance?
Ever? I have never heard it. I did not hear it at the debate. And above, I ask online and got no reply.


  

Richard Boyd Barrett (part three)

  


Boyd Barrett says Palestinians should continue along the path of 80 years of pointless "resistance" that has worked so well for them, and one day they will win and the Israeli state will be "dismantled".
Cartoon from Moshik Gulst.


  

Other pro-Israel responses to Boyd Barrett

  

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