Zygmunt Bauman tea towel
This tea towel commemorates Polish sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman who died on 9th January 2017 aged 91. He was driven out of Poland by a political purge in 1968 engineered by the Communist government and forced to give up his Polish citizenship to move to the United Kingdom. A non-practising Jew, he was strongly anti-Zionist and in a 2011 interview he criticised Zionism and Israel, saying Israel was not interested in peace and that it was "taking advantage of the Holocaust to legitimise unconscionable acts". He compared the Israeli West Bank barrier to the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto where hundreds of thousands of Jews had died in the Holocaust.
The quotation reads: "You judge a society by the decency of living of the weakest." An idea certain politicians would do well to remember!