Mike Marqusee, author of If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew, out in paperback this month, reflects in the Guardian on why, having lived as a US citizen in Britain for nearly 40 years, he decided to apply for British citizenship:
It’s been a curious exercise. I’ve spent a good deal of my nearly 40 years here as a leftwing activist. Though never allowed to vote, I’ve taken part in numerous election campaigns. First and last I’m an internationalist. I wrote a book called Anyone But England (its title was my answer to the question, “Who do you support in test cricket?”) So becoming British was for me a process laden with irony and the odd embarrassment.
Read the full article here.
See also, an extract from Mike’s If I Am Not for Myself published in the Guardian last year:
The first person to call me a self-hating Jew was my father. It was in the autumn of 1967. Dad was 39, a successful businessman who was also, along with my mother, active in the US civil rights and anti-war movements. I was the oldest of his five children and had already, at age 14, intoxicated by the ideals of justice and equality, begun my career as a footsoldier of the left. It was not only the first time I had been called a self-hating Jew, it was the first time the phrase, the idea, entered my consciousness, and it was a shock.
Read the extract here.
Mike’s website is here.