UNISON, Britain’s giant public sector union, has today posted on its website - and promoted via Facebook and elsewhere - a video entitled “No pride in Israeli apartheid”.
The video, which lasts for 69 seconds, is — according to the union — “a short simple film telling Israel they are not fooled by its attempts to woo them over by presenting Israel as a gay-friendly destination.”
It is nothing of the sort.
The film consists solely of a group of people — filmed from quite a distance — gathering on a beach, and holding up signs which, apparently, condemn “Israeli apartheid”. There’s a sound track of some music. At one point the people on the beach seem to be shouting “Free free Palestine”.
And that’s it.
It’s not much as far as a convincing argument goes, which is understandable. After all, Israel’s reputation as the only gay-and-lesbian friendly country in the region is, sadly, unchallenged.