Uma Sims





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Published on Apr 14, 2012

My name's Uma, I'm 49 and the mother of four excellent children. I live in the seaside town Barry, on the outskirts of Cardiff. I teach Cookery to adults and run a small business. One of my sons got me interested in Palestine and having always been a champion of human rights, I've taken this cause to my heart. I'm petrified of being shot in Israel if I'm perfectly frank!

Born in Calcutta and moved to Wales in 1988

I was only vaguely aware of the situation in Palestine until about eighteen months
ago. Since then I've read a lot about it and am in the process of setting up a local
support group for Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

What shocks me most are some of the historical parallels between the persecution of
Jews and the Zionist persecution of Palestinians. That, and the utter apathy of
people who'd rather watch dumbed down television than make the world a better place.

My Indian background means I'm a devotee of Gandhi's commitment to non-violence and
see Satyagraha as the way forward to a truly secular Israel where Arabs and Jews
build a common future.
'The parallels between the Nazi quest for Lebensraum and subsequent ghettoisation of
Jews in 1930s Europe and the current ethnic cleansing of Palestinians is remarkable
for the sense of deja vu it invokes in right thinking critics of a policy that can
and must be questioned if we are to hold our heads up as decent human beings without
being accused of anti semitism as a distraction from reality. Anti semitism was
undoubtedly for many years a European sport; why on earth should Palestinians now be
paying the price?


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