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When reason fails, argue harder?

Last week, Martin Bright wrote in the Jewish Chronicle:

Supporters of Israel are losing the battle of ideas in the UK. This has probably been true for some time, if only they would admit it. But after this year’s TUC conference there is no longer any question about it, on the left at least.

When reasoned argument fails, a commentary in reply by Norm Geras in which he argues…

There is an obligation – of justice – to do this whatever the chances of succeeding against open prejudice where it exists, or against dogma where it exists. All the more so if the case isn’t being made well or energetically enough right now.

… is worth a reading in full.