"The State of Israel must be overthrown, there is no room for such a state." (1980)
"The Zionist state is the cause of conflict and violence in the Middle East… I am against the racism and violence of the Zionist state of Israel." (‘Arab Perspective,’ December 1981)On the Iraq War, she opined:
"The British and American governments are about to destroy all hopes for peace anywhere in our world, forever." (2003)During a five-day fact-finding tour of Palestine in June 2004, Redgrave said this at a press conference in Ramallah:
"The barrier is higher than any wall I've seen and even higher than the Berlin Wall… I see Qalqilya turned into a prison camp. This will only destroy hope…Which just goes to show, you can be snarlingly PC, the epitome of messianic, rabidly sanctimonious, see-further, know-better Bolshevik zeal and still, once in while, be on the side of the angels.
An Israeli sniper will shoot at a classroom full of Palestinian children who are in their uniforms and scarves. Any Palestinian mother or schoolchild knows that a schoolchild who is dressed in a uniform can be and is frequently shot in the head, not in the chest, not in the legs, in the head…
I see a government that is deliberately trying to destroy peace.”
Redgrave was once a member of the Workers’ Revolutionary Party, which organisation says this at its Facebook page:
“We are the British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, founded by Leon Trotsky. We are Marxists and fight for the principles founded by Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky.”Marx and Trotsky were Jewish. Lenin had a Jewish grandfather.
If you’re wondering why the upper-crust Trot can be so anti-Israel, given her penchant for Jewish revolutionaries, well, there are plenty of decent folks in Israel who loathe the treatment their government and army routinely dishes out to the Palestinians.
Apart from which, as Redgrave so cannily put it during her 1981 interview with ‘Arab Perspective’:
“I also oppose anti-Semitism."