Sorting out the Middle East, by Joey Barton
Joey Barton, the Queen Park Rangers midfielder currently on loan to Marseille, has applied his specialist knowledge of conflict to advising the Israelis and Palestinians on how to resolve theirs.
Writing in the Big Issue, he has judged that Israel does not have the right to defend itself simply “because a book said so”.
He went on: “So there are a group of Jews out there, with extreme beliefs, that think the Old Testament is all fact – which means that Israel belongs to the Jews and the Palestinians must give all of the land back to them, as this book is, of course, the law
“Now, come on – if someone turned up at my house and said that they had found a book saying my house belonged to them, I would have my lawyers rip them a new arsehole.”
Turning to the question “when it will all end?”, he said both sides were in the wrong – but claimed Palestinian terrorist attacks had been used for propaganda by Israel and had led to “Jews chucking settlements on the Arabs’ land and persecuting them”.
Mr Barton’s wide ranging experience of violence and conflict includes a prison sentence for an affray in Liverpool city centre, a suspended prison sentence for an assault on a former teammate, plus a near record 12 match ban and £75,000 fine from the FA for violent conduct during a match between QPR and Manchester City.
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