Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Israel and antisemitism

The University and College Union recently passed a motion claiming that criticism of Israel can never connote to antisemitism. Such an assertion is, to be straightforward about the matter, stupid.

Of course apologists for the Israeli state's crime against humanity, war crimes, and domestic apartheid and ethnic cleansing policies, occasionally moot the extremely vacuous accusation that critics of and activists against these crimes are driven by antisemitic prejudice. This is neatly refuted by the fact of Jewish involvement in pro-Palestine campaigns such as BDS and the Free Gaza Movement, including rabbis and survivors of the Holocaust.

The UCU's motion is evidently a reactionary counter to this: and it is as morally irresponsible as it is stupid.

There can neither be any denying of the attempts to hijack pro-Palestine causes by fascist and racist elements. And for bodies like the UCU to simply bury their heads in the sand regarding this issue, rather than tackle and disavow it head-on, in itself gives antisemitism a free ride.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

ME awareness day

May 12 is the awareness day for chronic fatigue syndrome/ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis).

I was diagnosed with a form of chronic fatigue syndrome, post-viral fatigue syndrome after a bout of severe and reoccurring glandular fever caused by Epstein-Barr virus when I was 15.

I can account firsthand of how much of a debilitating, dreadful and one hundred percent real condition it is. On one occasion I had what can certainly be described as a near-death experience, in which mild heart failure and poorly oxygenated conditions resulted in me collapsing and needing to be resuscitated. It disturbs me to consider what the reality could be had circumstances had been slightly different.

What I was afflicted by in the years afterward was appalling psychical sickness, neropathic pain exhaustion, dysfunctional sleeping patterns, and vicious reciprocation with my mental health problems, which essentially tore apart my life's stability. I have only just truly begun to recover, and the symptoms still tend to randomly manifest.

The first accounted death from CFS was that of Sophia Mirza, who died in 2005 the age of 32  from renal failure after suffering from CFS for six years; she had no other underlying medical pathologies.

The prevalent denialism and outright discrimination surrounding CFS is essentially a cause of torturous gibing for its victims.