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Latest target of anti-Zionist witch-hunt in the UK: Israeli psychotherapists.


Cross posted by London-based blogger Richard Millett

Martin Kemp, Teresa Bailey, Jeff Halper, David Harrold at the Guild of Psychotherapists, Nelson Square, London on Wednesday night.

Martin Kemp, Teresa Bailey, Jeff Halper, David Harrold at the Guild of Psychotherapists, Nelson Square, London on Wednesday night.

On Wednesday night I found myself sitting among 60 or so psychotherapists and mental health workers at the Guild of Psychotherapists in London for the launch meeting of the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network.

The four panelists were David Harrold and Mohamed Altawil, both of the Palestine Trauma Centre UK, psychotherapist Martin Kemp and ubiquitous Israel-hater Jeff Halper of Israeli Committee against House Demolitions. Chairing the evening was psychotherapist Teresa Bailey.

The evening was supposed to be about helping the Palestinians but, as ever, it quickly dissolved into an evening of unmitigated attacks on Israel and Zionism, and calls for a boycott of the Jewish state. Contributions from panelists were very short so as to encourage comments from the audience.

First to speak was Altawil who discussed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered by Palestinian children. He said the biggest trauma was when Palestinian children lost their houses and he accused Israel of “working to kill Palestinians from the inside”.

Harrold said Palestinians were in an “abusive relationship” shown by Israeli politicians talking about “putting Palestinians on a diet” and how they “must be made to feel a defeated people”. He said the Palestinians had been “reduced to a level of thinking only about the problem of survival, nothing else”.

Harrold continued “if you are sane you are going to resist” and he then listed certain ways of resisting which included “rockets and martyrs’ funerals”. He said he did not endorse such methods. He didn’t say he denounced them either.

Halper, who wishes to boycott Israel out of existence, called for the mobilisation of “civil society”.

Kemp criticised David Cameron for “declaring himself rock solid in his support of Israel”. Kemp described politicians who speak up in support of Israel as “hypocritical” and he invoked Ghada Karmi, Ronnie Kasrils, Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and Judith Butler to support his notion that Israel has an “apartheid system”.

Kemp finished by saying that “the west’s embrace of Zionism is having a detrimental effect on our own political culture”.

For more on Kemp’s ideological hatred towards Israel read his article To Resist Is To Exist in Therapy Today in which he seems to compare Israel to Nazi Germany when he invokes Emanuel Berman who said:

‘The lessons from Germany… and from Chile… point… to the need for analysts in all countries to confront openly major issues in their country’s history… Israeli society, and more specifically the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which it is engulfed, is a case in point…’

From the floor Derek Summerfield, a senior lecturer and another seemingly vicious anti-Israel polemicist said “boycott is the only tool” and David, a young social worker in London who didn’t give his surname, suggested they should “hit Israelis economically”.

Andrew Samuels, a founding member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, a psychotherapist, political consultant and professor of Analytical Psychology at the University of Essex, seems to be a master of the dark arts of which his ideological mentor Carl Jung would not have approved.

Samuels suggested the Jewish community would respond to a political move couched in terms of “mental health and therapy”.

He was “excited about setting up a line of influence that ends up in governmental circles” and the “prestigious meeting rooms in Parliament” which would be provided.

He said “histrionics, the worst case scenario, emotional blackmail and all that kind of thing” should be used.

He complained that “the psychotherapy world is two-thirds pro-Israel”. But, he said, “we have to have the fight…the question is how best to make a lot of noise because noise really does matter. Losing debates and resolutions doesn’t matter viewed in the context of historical time. You have to lose a lot before you have the remotest possibility of winning anything.”

Margaret McCallin, an elderly English lady and a retired psychotherapist, said that “the mental health of the Palestinians must be seen in the context of violation of human rights and the ongoing violence from which these people see no end”.

She said that despite the way the Palestinians live in Gaza “they don’t get up and start slaughtering the Israelis on the border or any of the others”. How delightfully generous of her.

Finally, Teresa Bailey took a vote to gauge support for the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network and quoted Martin Luther King’s “what is remembered are not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”.

There were many other vicious comments about Israel from the floor, yet not one mention of Palestinian terror group Hamas and its real oppression of Palestinian women, gays and dissidents.

So expect a racist boycott of Israeli psychotherapists and mental health workers along the lines of the RIBA boycott of Israeli architects anytime soon.

Wednesday night at Guild of Psychotherapists.

Wednesday night at Guild of Psychotherapists.

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  1. Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for whose therapy it considers itself.
    Karl Kraus

    Most people are sick. But just a few know that they might flatter themselves for. And that are the pschoanalysts.
    Karl Kraus

    With offsprings like Lacan, Althusser and Zizek they proved it a lot of times.

    • I’m always impressed by your erudition, Fritz, but your English translation is not so good. Könnten Sie das deutsche Version von Kraus zitieren? Danke sehr.

  2. I have some difficulty in getting worked up about the psychobabblers. What seems to have happened at this meeting is that they are doing what they can to encourage the psychos by babbling on about how they have been made into psychos by a certain people. Psychotherapy indeed! Therapy schmerapy!

  3. Altawil … accused Israel of “working to kill Palestinians from the inside”.

    I wonder if he’s in therapy himself?

    This BTS campaign is just tiresome. It will be of negligible economic impact anyway, and as for “the message” – I imagine most of the Israeli academics affected will simply conclude: what a bunch of self-righteous tossers.
    What next: a boycott against Israeli philatelists?

    • Israeli academics, ha ha ha that’s a good one, not like Althusser, lacan and zizek, hilarious, on planet Zion it really is time to see the shrink

      • Obviously the disproportionately high number of Israeli Nobel-prize winners in science is a Zionist plot.
        FYI. Althusser was a failed Marxist philosopher, Lacan a very controversial psychoanalyst known only in professional circles and the only living among your examples Zizek a frothing mouth far-left pseudo philosopher. None of them ever has been even candidate for a Nobel. Meanwhile only in the last five years there was four Israeli academics (in real sciences) who got the biggest possible prize. I hope facts won’t disturb your world of Jew-hate, but be careful when seeking professional help, the best place to turn in your case are Altawil and McCallin, they won’t try to return you into the real world.
        BTW I have a thousand bucks against a cent that you don’t have the slightest idea about your examples’ work, you couldn’t understand any word of their texts and never read a line from any of them.

        • I don’t hate Jews, only the ones here who pretend that they speak for all Jews, not a Jewish issue I hate human scum who moralise endlessly , seek to justify the oppression of a people , by turning it into a legal academic game of wits and ignoring the consequences for real people. You are spin doctors of the worst kind, Goebbels would be proud of your hate filled propaganda. But then again you are paid and bought for , reflected in your back slapping joy , preaching to yourselves, and alienating the real world of independent thinkers who don’t buy into your Zionist bullshit or your defence of it

          • Goebbels would be proud of your hate filled propaganda. ?
            LOL the people who invented Pallywood talks about goebbles.

          • “The real world of independent thinkers” (of which you are not ) concerns itself far more with the real problems of the world that dwarf those of the Palestinians into virtual insignificance. You “hate human scum who moralise endlessly”…and then go on to do likewise in your post. Just look at yourself.

          • Fritz wunderpants

            Well Fritz, if you really wanted to know why Israel exists, it’s as a bulwark against human scum like you, who always find a ‘humanitarian’ reason to hate Jews in just the same way as was fashionable for your murderous and racist grandparents.

            Israel is nothing more than a convenient canvass for you to project your spiteful, parochial petty-bourgeois prejudices on to, and to sit in self-righteous judgement over a people you have nothing but hatred and contempt for.

            Israelis don’t sit in a sanctimonious ivory tower like you, with your imperialistic delusions of grandeur, playing ‘legal academic games’ with a handful of self-congratulating SWP and BDS wankers.

            Israel is real life, liberation from the moral black hole that sits at the centre of your hate-filled culture and way of thinking, and your hatred of it reflects your impotent rage that Jews now exist as an empowered and sovereign nation.

            • “Israel is real life, liberation from the moral black hole that sits at the centre of your hate-filled culture and way of thinking, and your hatred of it reflects your impotent rage that Jews now exist as an empowered and sovereign nation”

              Exactly!

        • Ps all I know is that zizek borrows heavily from lacanian psychoanalysis, and uses, Hollywood films to reveal his ideas and thoughts, from Chaplin to Hitchcock , and he thinks Israel is a load of crap.

        • I love that “in real sciences” what does that say about you, and your beloved Israeli academics these same academics who are shunned by most of the independent authentic academics in the real world because they ain’t got the guts to say how it really is, because they know their precious careers would be cut short if they did.

          • who are shunned by most of the independent authentic academics in the real world

            Care to show us some sources about who shunne them?

              • Seems it is not working very well
                Harvard and Yale, along with a host of other universities, public officials, and journalistic outlets, has condemned and rejected the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel.

                Joining Harvard and Yale in condemning the boycott is a growing chorus of universities, including Princeton, Brown, Cornell, University of Chicago, Northwestern University and New York University. In total, 45 schools have thus far rejected the ASA boycott in the days following its passage. Additionally, four universities–Brandeis, Penn State Harrisburg, Kenyon College, and Indiana University–have cancelled their institutional membership in the organization, while others–Northwestern, Brown, Tufts, University of Alabama, University of Southern California, Trinity College, Temple, Willamette and Hamilton–say they are not members, despite being listed as such by the ASA. Combined, these withdrawals reduce the ASA’s institutional membership from 83 universities to 70.

        • Lacan was a dedicated fan of Heidegger, like Foucault and other poststructuralists who believed in the fairy tale of inner resistance, told by a convinced nazi and antisemite, Heidegger.

          • Now this would be a story to decipher, for psychoanalysts, that communists/left extremist intellectuals believed the fairy tale of an antisemite. The Other, that repressive symbolic order of Lacan and Zizek is quite easily to read.

      • BTW all of those you mentioned would know the proper use of capital letters not like you – the pearl of non-Zionist intellectuals/academics.

      • Actually, what’s funny is that you think you’ve got some moral point and an obligation to remind us all of it. Because the reality is, you’re just some sick fuck with no life.

        • Funny , some moral point, go and be a Palestinian for a year, you will get the point then

          • The whole world seems to be talking about the future of the Arabs of Jerusalem, but no one has bothered asking us. The international community and the Israeli Left seem to take it for granted that we want to live under Mr. Arafat’s control. We don’t. Most of us despise Mr. Arafat and the cronies around him, and we want to stay in Israel. At least here I can speak my mind freely without being dumped in prison, as well as having a chance to earn an honest day’s wage.

          • I got the point of Palestinian leadership morals when they decided to blow up pizzerias in the response to a peace and state offer. As for you, oh pathetic anonymous message board flameboy troll, you’re just some scumbag asshole with a computer but no future. Nothing I do or say will change that.

          • Your invitation to go a be a Palestinian for a year is very interesting. According to the League of Nations interim report on the civil administration of Palestine in 1920 the total population of that province was 700,000. Today in the West Bank there are 2.4 million and in Gaza 1.4 million. Allowing for normal population growth that would strongly suggest that a very large number of Arabs have opted to become Palestinians and do not appear to be queuing to emigrate. That is not a moral point but it is the point I consider to be of some consequence.

          • Keiser Wunder of all pants:

            “go and be a Palestinian for a year, you will get the point then”

            You don’t have to be a Palestinian for this.
            Try be any other Arab national.
            It’s only those close to the plate that stand a chance at eating, if they lucky, pay up in time and tag the party line.

            You seem to ignore that for some reason.
            Wunderwhy??

    • “…You have to lose a lot before you have the remotest possibility of winning anything.”

      Now that is the definition of an insane think tank.
      To think that in order to win gain or build something you must first lose or crush something else, one must be of a “Hitlerish” mind set.

      • You lot say that all the time, we lost everything in the holocaust therefore the suffering of they Palestinians is no big deal, that is what you lot here say every time you scribble something down. Round and round we go .

        • The creation of Israel have nothing to do with the holocuast go and read some history, Arabs were murdering Jews in Palestine long before the holocaust as well as in other arab countries.

        • “You lot [sic] say all the time…” blah blah blah, etc.

          I’ve never heard anyone here say any such thing, ever. But I do notice your propensity for projection.

          • Jeff, you beat me to it. I have NEVER heard a Zionist say anything close to that.

            But I have heard plenty of “anti-Zionists” {cough-cough} say things along the lines of, “You can’t expect the Palestinians to stop blowing up Jews because they’ve suffered so much; we hold the Jews (and only the Jews) to an impossible standard of perfection because they’ve suffered so much.”

            Obviously I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the basic message.

        • Fritzale Wunder Shmunder:

          “You lot say that all the time,”

          I didn’t say that at all.

          “we lost everything in the holocaust therefore the suffering of they Palestinians is no big deal,”

          * We didn’t lose everything in the Holocaust.
          *The suffering of the Palestinian is a big deal like the suffering of every family on earth is a big deal to that family.

          The 2 has nothing to do with one another.
          The difference between the Holocaust is that it is considered to be the largest grand scale attempt to remove a people on mass in an industrial scale and search for moral high ground to do so while cataloging it in a methodical way.

          The reason for Palestinian suffering is very different. Far more complex and by no means can be placed on Israel’s door alone.

    • What next: a boycott against Israeli philatelists?

      That would be pushing the envelope, don’t you think? It might get their stamp of approval, but to be frank, I think it sounds dated.

      {cba ducks to avoid rotten tomatoes}

      • cba – I wish I could give you a good licking for that, but I’ll just say that you could clearly fit everything you know about Israeli philatelists on the back of a very small postage stamp.

  4. Derek Summerfield is not “seemingly” viciously anti-Israel, he actually is, and has a long history.

    I am a psychologist. One of the primary ethical imperatives is not to allow my politics to impinge on my therapeutic contact with others. Thus at any one time I may be treating a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Zoroastrian, or a member of the BNP. My ethical code demands that I put their origins and political inclinations out of my mind and offer them equal help and support.

    One wonders what happened to the ethics of these far from illustrious speakers and why. They bring psychotherapy/psychology into disrepute

      • Four words with no context, no period at the end of the sentence, and no meaning. This is by FAR the smartest thing you’ve ever written!

    • Yeah, it was both a cause for disgust and relief to read that Summerfield’s sorry ass was at this meeting. Disgust because of his track record; among other things, he spent a lot of time at the Lancet forums bluntly taking up for Stalin regarding the “Doctor’s Plot” in the early 1950’s by trying to frame Stalin’s murderous (near genocidal) actions towards Soviet Jewry as principled anti-Zionism (I write “trying to” because the Lancet forum regulars, whom if you’ve read there aren’t particularly Israel-friendly, tore his argument to shreds) and tried to get Dr. Yoram Blachar kicked out of his post as head of the World Medical Association for un-supported, CiF and Azajew-cheerled claims he was a torture supporter (sadly for S., Blachar served out his full term). Relief because, simply put, reading someone like him is an advocate for a cause = said cause is doomed from jump street.

  5. Kemp’s article( co-authored with Eliana Pinto) in Therapy Today, was greeted with much criticism, some on the grounds that a blatantly political article had no place in a professional journal, others because of the total lack of scientific evidence to back the claims, based entirely upon “information” supplied by Halper and other anti-Israel sources. Not surprisingly, Kemp published two rebuttals, one in which he sought to smear or disparage his critics and their credentials, the other in which he invoked further anti-Israel sources, Ilan Pappe for example. As the article was published in 2009 and this mental health project has been launched only now, suggests that this small group of psychoanalytic therapists are simply jumping on the bandwagon of BDS as if it were the PC thing to do.

    • And so it should be. Its over-reliance on the rantings of Jew-hating Eyad al-Sarraj who regularly allowed his emotions to get in the way of whatever passed for his reason, made it suspect enough.

      As it was, it proved that BACP lacked any sense of ethics and was led by emotion rather than reason when it published the article.. When one hears that the personal is the political this is meant to convey that one can enable one’s clients to influence events by the provision of good therapy rather than becoming enmeshed in political causes and promulgating them as therapists within or outside the therapy room.

      Kemp and Pinto, in my opinion, brought the profession into disrepute and should have been disciplined by the BACP. That they were not shows that the BACP at best lacks spine, at worst agrees with their blatant and ignorant biases.

  6. “[Samuels] said ‘histrionics, the worst case scenario, emotional blackmail and all that kind of thing’ should be used.”
    Histrionics and emotional blackmail? Where in so-called pro Palestinian propaganda don’t these already exist in lethal doses?
    A far more fitting name for this group would be “Psychotherapists against mental health.”

  7. He complained that “the psychotherapy world is two-thirds pro-Israel”.

    What’s that supposed to mean anyway?

  8. This was an interesting article. Was it written by a teenage girl? It sounds kind of whiney, and doesn’t seem to address any of the points made other than crying about how anti-Zionist the while world is.
    Seriously, if you want to be treated with respect on this subject, you need to stop rambling on about how bad Hamas is. Considering al Nakba was in 1948 and Hamas was founded 1986 (?), I’m thinking that Hamas is a minor sub plot in the bigger issue.
    Look, although I’m anti-Zionist I’m not anti-Semitic (yes, there IS a difference). I’m just suggesting for your own good that there are better ways of arguing your points, and that can be done by criticising the points made rather than the people. That should be easy to do if the points made ARE indeed incorrect.

    • I’m anti-Zionist I’m not anti-Semitic…
      Of course you are not against Jews only against their existence.
      That should be easy to do if the points made ARE indeed incorrect.
      They didn’t make any points only that Jews must be boycotted, and marginalized.
      That you – as an “anti-Zionist” – agree with this point is only understandable.

    • Nakba? 1947? You must mean when the Arab majority in the M.E. got together and launched an aggressive, illegal war against the tiny Jewish minority in order to rob, rape, murder and destroy their lawful sovereignty so that arabs could have complete hegemony in the Middle East. It didn’t work. But they have hope. They have idiots like you, a dime a dozen.

  9. He said “histrionics, the worst case scenario, emotional blackmail and all that kind of thing” should be used.
    He complained that “the psychotherapy world is two-thirds pro-Israel”. But, he said, “we have to have the fight…the question is how best to make a lot of noise because noise really does matter. Losing debates and resolutions doesn’t matter viewed in the context of historical time. You have to lose a lot before you have the remotest possibility of winning anything.”

    The problem in a nutshell, `cause of the supporting background those Arabs who define themselves as Palestinians are not ready to declare defeat and negotiate, but wait for better times, fed and nurtured by the world.

  10. This individual claimed “histrionics, the particular worst case scenario, psychological blackmail and everything type of thing” should be utilised.
    This individual lamented which “the psychiatric therapy globe is two-thirds pro-Israel”. Nevertheless, he or she claimed, “we need the particular fight…the dilemma is how very best to make a great deal of sounds simply because sounds does indeed make any difference. Dropping dialogues and answers doesn’t make any difference seen inside context associated with fantastic occasion. You must lose lots when you develop the remotest chance of winning something. ”
    The condition simply speaking, `cause in the encouraging track record those people Arabs whom establish themselves seeing that Palestinians aren’t ready to announce eliminate and bargain, although await greater situations, provided and nurtured from the globe.