My first guest for this series, the Israeli historian, Professor Ilan Pappe, told us that he had taken his leave of Israel because the lives of his two young sons as well as his own life were being threatened.
My guest tonight is another man who receives death threats from supporters of Israel right or wrong for daring to tell the truth they want suppressed. He is one of the world’s best, most courageous and distinguished journalists. Our paths crossed for the first time more years ago than either of us care to remember when we were covering the war in Vietnam. He is John Pilger.
John is also a prolific author and the maker of award-winning documentary films. It was after his 2002 film, Palestine Is Still The issue, that he received death threats and what he described as “slanderous abuse” from supporters of Israel right or wrong. Most of the organised hate mail he received came out of America where the film was never shown.
Harold Pinter, the great Jewish playright, wrote the following: “John Pilger unearths, with steely attention, the facts and the filfthy truth, and tells it like it is.”