Ruth Dudley Edwards of the Belfast Telegraph wrote that fans of popular European soccer team Celtic who waved Palestinian flags during a recent home match against an Israeli team are clueless about the history of the Middle East conflict, adding, “I’m a Zionist.” Thank her for standing up and speaking out for Israel!

Ruth Dudley Edwards of the Belfast Telegraph opened her Monday column by saying she had received “vicious” online responses from “ignoramuses, anti-Zionists and anti-Semites” after a previous column in which she criticized the behavior of Celtic fans during an Aug. 17 game in Glasgow against Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Edwards then proceeded to offer a history lesson and passionate defense of Israel to Celtic fans.

“I’m a critical friend of Israel…but I passionately believe in its right to exist,” she wrote. “In other words, I’m a Zionist.”

Edwards wrote:

Israel is a fine country which contributes mightily to the world, culturally, scientifically, technologically and in many other ways, while being in the Middle East a model of democracy and religious tolerance where women and gays can live like free people.

I’m desperately sorry for most Palestinians, but their miserable plight is mainly the fault of bigoted and callous leaders who at every turn have blocked a two-state solution with a Jewish state of Israel and an Arab state of Palestine living side by side in peace.

Furthermore, Edwards noted, “Twitter will scream that Jews have no right to settle in the Middle East, yet they’ve been there for over 3,000 years.”

She continued:

The land they presently occupy, as well as the West Bank, was mainly occupied by Jews until sequential persecution from the first century AD by Romans, Christians and — from the seventh century — Muslims, forced most of the survivors to flee.

As a people, they have never ceased to yearn for their ancient homeland which provided a refuge for many tens of thousands at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century from Russian pogroms and the rising anti-Semitism in Europe.

Thank Ruth Dudley Edwards for standing up to anti-Semites!

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