Johnson is likely to be the enemy of a democratic settlement in Israel-Palestine, shifting the UK further towards the Trump government’s anti-Palestinian position.
Although Johnson himself displayed little interest in the conflict as foreign secretary, his ideological lieutenant Priti Patel was forced to resign her international development post in 2017 after breaking diplomatic protocol in efforts to channel aid money towards the Israeli military. She defended herself by insisting that Johnson had been told about her activities.
The Tories’ proposals, apparently another bit of inspiration from Trump, to ban public bodies from engaging in boycott and disinvestment campaigns against foreign countries should also be opposed – as an attack on local democracy, free speech and the right to organise.
Democrats, internationalists and socialists who oppose the “BDS” campaign against Israel must defend the right to engage in BDS.
• From Sacha Ismail’s article on the election result, antisemitism and Israel-Palestine in Fathom. See bit.ly/34w7XlP