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In Israel's Pockets:
The Shame of Britain's Political Parties
By Stuart Littlewood
Redress, May 3, 2010
As British voters head for the ballot box to elect the government that
will run them for the next five years, one key question is conspicuous by
its absence from the election campaign and the party leaders' televised
debates: to what extent are the two main parties, the Conservative Party and
the incumbent Labour Party, answerable to their members and to the British
people, rather than to a foreign power, the State of Israel?
Below, we highlight the degree to which the Conservative and Labour
parties are beholden to Israel, with the Conservatives significantly funded
by Israel lobbyists and at least half, if not more, of their shadow cabinet
being members of the party's Israel lobby group, Conservative Friends of
Israel. We also remind our readers of the Labour Party leaders'
self-confessed loyalty to Israel, and we look at how the Liberal Democratic
Party, despite being the most British and least Israeli of the three
parties, still lacks the courage to speak out against Israeli racism and
crimes and to cleanse itself of Israel lobbyists.
"Cabbing" for Israel?
A question every voter should ask candidates in the coming UK general
By Stuart Littlewood
Littlewood says that the forthcoming UK general election will be an
opportunity for the British public to call to account those politicians –
Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat – who are “cabbing”, or “stooging”,
for a foreign power, Israel.
There can be few sights more pathetic
than ex-ministers and chums of Tony Blair offering to use their government
contacts to help influence policy on behalf of business clients.
like a cab for hire," said Stephen Byers when secretly filmed by Channel 4
TV’s “Dispatches” programme. Byers could be "hailed" for GBP 3,000 to 5,000
And so a new expression was born into the sleazy world of
Westminster: “political cabbing”.
"I will continue to do what I can
both to defend Israel and to protect the security of Israel’s borders... I
count myself not only a friend of Israel but someone who wants to support
the future of Israel ... we will do everything that we can to work
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown
The latest revelations come only a few months after another Channel 4
“Dispatches” report, by Peter Oborne, showed how large numbers of MPs were
stooging (or "cabbing") for Israel.
Mr Oborne reported that a majority of Conservative MPs and half the
shadow cabinet are signed-up Friends of Israel, and millions of pounds flow
into the bank accounts of MPs and parties, although only a fraction of these
“contributions” are visibly accounted for. Sir Richard Dalton, a former
British diplomat who served as consul-general in Jerusalem, observed: "I
don't believe, and I don't think anybody else believes, these contributions
come with no strings attached."
Mr Oborne showed how Labour and
Conservative Friends of Israel take dozens of MPs on free trips to Israel,
where they are guests of the Israeli government.
Few, if any, declare
this interest when speaking in Parliament.
He showed how one of the
Conservative Party's big donors has vested interests in illegal settlement
development in the West Bank and in Bicom, an Israeli public affairs outfit,
and how the party's leadership is subjected to foreign pressure.
What harm does “cabbing” for Israel do?
Large numbers of MPs (and many parliamentary candidates) are exposed to
the Israel lobby's influence, and its message is carried through into
parliamentary work, causing great damage to our parliamentary democracy,
harm to Britain's reputation throughout the world and risk to our security
because a just solution in the Holy Land is prevented by such partisanship.
The majority of Conservative MPs and MEPs are Friends of Israel. The
lobby also claims a very large number of Labour MPs and ministers.
Membership is said to be a necessary step to high office.
Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) website brazenly states that its first aim
is to maximize support for the State of Israel within the party and
Parliament, and develop and maintain a broad-based LDFI membership inside
and outside of Parliament.
Conservatives Friends of Israel have a
“fast track” group for parliamentary candidates fighting target marginal
Senior Conservatives try to justify their support for the
foreign military power by insisting that Israel is "a force for good in the
world" and "in the battle for the values that we stand for, for democracy
against theocracy, for democratic liberal values against repression –
Israel's enemies are our enemies and this is a battle in which we all stand
"The belief I have in Israel is indestructible – and you need
to know that if I become prime minister, Israel has a friend who will never
turn his back on Israel."
UK Conservative Party leader David Cameron
This partisanship undermines a number of the
Principles on which our standards in public life are founded. One of
these requires holders of public office not to place themselves under any
financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organizations that
might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
Nowhere is this disregard for principle more dramatically demonstrated than
in the appointment of Israel flag-wavers to the chairmanship of our most
important security bodies – the Intelligence and Security Committee, the
Foreign Affairs Committee and the Defence Committee.
Gordon Brown told Labour Friends of Israel that they were one of the great
influences on the whole of the Labour movement... I will continue to do what
I can both to defend Israel and to protect the security of Israel’s
borders... I count myself not only a friend of Israel but someone who wants
to support the future of Israel ... we will do everything that we can
to work with Israel.
Conservative opposition leader David Cameron has said: "The belief I have
in Israel is indestructible – and you need to know that if I become prime
minister, Israel has a friend who will never turn his back on Israel."
Both leaders are patrons of the Jewish National Fund, an organization
with a sinister purpose.
Lobbying will be the "next political
scandal", says Cameron blissfully unaware of the irony of his remark.
to change the law and protect Israel’s thugs When
leader of Israel's main opposition party Kadima and foreign minister during
the murderous blitzkrieg on Gaza civilians a year ago, recently cancelled a
visit to Britain after an arrest warrant was issued against her by a British
court, Israel complained that “we have to put an end to this absurdity,
which is harming the excellent bilateral relations between Israel and
Gordon Brown responded by insisting that Livni was welcome
and promising to change the law that allows British courts to issue warrants
for war crimes suspects.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband reinforced
this by saying the British government was determined that arrest threats
against visitors of Ms Livni's stature would not happen again. "Israel is a
strategic partner and a close friend of the United Kingdom. We are
determined to protect and develop these ties," he said. "Israeli leaders –
like leaders from other countries – must be able to visit and have a proper
dialogue with the British government."
Livni is not even a serving
minister. And far from apologizing for the slaughter of Gazans a year ago,
this odious individual declared: "I would make the same decisions all over
again." For decent people she is beyond the pale and unwelcome.
Nevertheless, the attorney-general has told the world that the government
intends to protect high-ranking Israeli officials from arrest in the UK.
Speaking at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Baroness Scotland said
Israeli leaders should not face arrest for war crimes under the law of
universal jurisdiction. "The government is looking urgently at ways in which
the UK system might be changed to avoid this situation arising again.
Israel's leaders should always be able to travel freely to the UK."
Why? There can be no hiding place for those accused of genocide, crimes
against humanity, extra-judicial executions, war crimes, torture and forced
States that are party to the Geneva Conventions –
there are 194 of them, including Israel itself – are obliged to seek out and
either prosecute or extradite those suspected of having committed "grave
breaches" of the conventions and “bring such persons, regardless of their
nationality, before its own courts. It may also, if it prefers, and in
accordance with the provisions of its own legislation, hand such persons
over for trial to another High Contracting Party concerned, provided such
High Contracting Party has made out a prima facie case."
Conventions are treaties, solemnly entered into, that contain universal
rules limiting the barbarity of war. "Grave breaches" means willful killing,
torture or inhuman treatment, the causing of great suffering or serious
injury to body or health, and other serious violations of the laws of war.
Israel is well practised in all of these.
"Brown and Miliband, 'cabbing' like fury, are happy to dismantle our
obligations under international law in order to save their unsavoury friends
and allow Israel’s worst thugs to walk the streets of our capital."
Brown and Miliband, “cabbing” like fury, are happy to dismantle our
obligations under international law in order to save their unsavoury friends
and allow Israel’s worst thugs to walk the streets of our capital.
“Cabbing” for Israel even extends to making light of the theft by Mossad
agents of the passport ID of several British citizens in a mission to
assassinate a Hamas operative in Dubai. It was not the first time this sort
of thing has happened. Mr Miliband announced the expulsion of an unnamed
individual on the Israeli embassy staff. This feeble slap on the wrist was
not nearly enough to wipe the smirk off Ambassador Ron Prosor’s face.
George Galloway MP called for a more robust response – the closing of
the embassy. “Every British citizen travelling in the Middle East has been
endangered by the actions of Mossad operating from the Israeli embassy in
London. Protecting British citizens abroad demands nothing less than closing
that centre of espionage at home."
That’s more like it.
Miliband’s and Brown’s friends are not my friends – or anyone else’s as far
as I can see. The idea that Israel and the gangsters who run it have any
value to us as strategic partners, is a figment of their tiny imagination.
George Washington’s warning of years ago seems all the more appropriate
today: "The nation which indulges towards another a habitual fondness is in
some degree a slave ... a passionate attachment of one nation for another
produces a variety of evils."
Who , if they had any integrity, would
"cab" for a regime that thieves, murders, assassinates, carries out ethnic
cleansing and shows utter contempt for international law, human rights, UN
resolutions and the normal codes of human conduct?
Who would “cab”
for a regime that, by using overwhelming military might, has systematically
impoverished its neighbours and resorted to starvation tactics to make them
Who, if they had a shred of honour, would "cab" for a regime
whose leaders are wanted for war crimes?
Be warned, you parliamentary
candidates, when you come a-knocking for my vote. The first question will be
“Are you cabbing for Israel?”
Israel's stooges battle for
By Stuart Littlewood
Littlewood considers the British shadows of the US administration’s
pro-Israel spivs and pimps – the Conservative and Labour parties – and
argues that the unexpected rise in fortunes of Britain’s third main party,
the Liberal Democrats, is likely to make its leader Nick Clegg, who is no
rabid Zionist, a target of US-Zionist smears.
We can already see how
disastrously the US election turned out, not just for Americans but the rest
of us also. “The US president is simply the voice of the Zionist parasite,”
writes a friend in Norway. “It is sickening and frightening that Obama is
seen toeing the Zionist line.
“Zionism has the US administration and
other Western governments by the balls.”
Well, that’s certainly the
way it looks. Last month Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu,
slapped America in the face by approving more illegal settlements during
Vice-President Joe Biden’s visit. What did Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton do? She repeated the pathetic mantra: “We have an absolute
commitment to Israel’s security. We have a close, unshakeable bond between
the United States and Israel and between the American and Israeli people”.
“Zionism has the US administration and other Western governments by the
Clinton completed her surrender to the Israeli terror machine by sharing
the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference platform
with a triumphant Netanyahu.
Whereupon over half of America’s lawmakers topped Clinton’s performance
by signing a letter committing to the US’s “unbreakable” bond with the
Nine months earlier, speaking in a BBC interview,
Obama said he believed the US was "able to get serious negotiations back on
track" between Israel and the Palestinians. And when asked about Israel's
defiance when called on it to halt construction of Jewish settlements in the
West Bank, he urged patience. "Diplomacy is always a matter of a long, hard
slog. It's never a matter of quick results."
The fact is, diplomacy
doesn’t work with the Israelis. Everyone knows the problem: Israel’s
contempt for international law and UN resolutions. And now we see Obama’s
contempt too. In this wobbly leader's mind Israel is somehow exempt from the
laws, conventions, codes of conduct and respect for the rights of others
that apply to everyone else in the civilized world.
Forcing negotiations is immoral
And Obama should know better than to keep harping on about peace
negotiations. It is absurd to put a weak party and a strong party together
and expect fair results when the strong party is in permanent occupation and
has its military boot on the weak party's neck.
It is immoral to
expect the weak party to negotiate while the strong party is in flagrant
breach of international law, commits acts of piracy, maintains a crippling
blockade, carries out daily air strikes on civilians and continues to steal
the weak party’s land and resources.
It is immoral for sponsors of
negotiations to be so partisan as to refuse to recognize the democratically
elected representatives of the weak party or its right to self-determination
and territorial integrity.
It is immoral to force negotiations
without first establishing a level playing field and ensuring both sides are
compliant with international law. The international community has shirked
this responsibility for decades, not because the peoples of the community of
nations lack the will but because their leaders are gutless and corrupt.
"...the US taxpayer has been cheerfully funding Israeli operations to
destroy Palestinian infrastructure ... and bring the whole civil society to
Then there’s the scandal of the US government’s aid to Israel which runs
at nearly 3 billion dollars annually and totals well over 100 billion
dollars since 1949. The money helps pay for Israel’s costly occupation of
Palestinian territory, its F-16s, helicopter gunships, tanks, ordnance,
Caterpillar bulldozers, and all the other tools of military oppression and
territorial grand theft.
Israel gets more billions of dollars in indirect aid – military support,
loan write-offs, rich technology transfers and special grants. Before George
W. Bush left office he agreed an assistance package of 30 billion dollars
over the next 10 years.
So the US taxpayer has been cheerfully
funding Israeli operations to destroy Palestinian infrastructure (which in
many cases has been paid for by British, EU and – yes – US taxpayers) and
bring the whole civil society to its knees.
Most of this aid violates
US laws that stipulate US-supplied weapons can only be used for "legitimate
self-defence" and military assistance is prohibited to any country that
engages in “a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally
recognized human rights". Military assistance is also banned to any
government that refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or
allow inspection of its nuclear facilities. But thanks to the “unbreakable”
bond with Israel these inconvenient laws might as well not exist.
Israelis fiercely attack any attempt to “delegitimize” their ill-gotten
gains while more and more people argue that the state of Israel had no
legitimacy in the first place. Nevertheless, the Zionist menace now has
nuclear fangs and the capability to target most European cities and, as we
have seen, has no sense of restraint whatever.
Gee, thanks, America.
Before you go accepting any more peace prizes, Obama, how about bringing to
heel this monster the US has been nurturing?
Israel’s “voices” compete for British vote
Here in Britain we have our own version of AIPAC. The Foreign Office has
been under Zionist influence for decades. Our most important security bodies
– the Intelligence and Security Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and
the Defence Committee – are headed by Israel flag-wavers. They have embedded
themselves in nearly ever nook and cranny of parliamentary life.
"Labour has been in power for 13 years and is now under Blair’s
successor, Gordon Brown, a Zionist sympathizer and patron of the Jewish
Right now these stooges are battling for our votes in a general election.
Before the election campaign the main parties, Labour and the Conservatives,
were so wedded to the Zionist cause that both wished to change our laws to
protect Israeli leaders from arrest on war crimes charges and provide them
with a safe haven in Britain.
Now they keep very quiet about their
pro-Israel antics, no doubt hoping the question won't be brought under the
public spotlight or need explaining.
Labour has been in power for 13
years and is now under Blair’s successor, Gordon Brown, a
and patron of the
Jewish National Fund. The party’s 115-page manifesto barely mentions the
fate of the Holy Land except to say: "We support the creation of a viable
Palestinian state that can live alongside a secure Israel." Note that it's a
secure Israel but only a viable Palestine. Israel must remain comfortably
secure while continuing its ethnic cleansing and thieving.
Party is favourite to win the election – or was until its leader, David
"I'm-a-Zionist" Cameron, flunked a televised leaders’ debate. Cameron too is
a dutiful patron of the JNF. His party's 118-page manifesto says nothing
about Britain’s responsibility towards the Palestinians apart from promising
support for a two-state solution to the Middle East Peace Process. That's
all, full stop.
"Eighty per cent of Conservative MPs and MEPs, it is claimed, are
passionate admirers of racist Israel."
Eighty per cent of Conservative
MPs and MEPs,
it is claimed, are passionate admirers of racist Israel. But they don’t
shout it from the rooftops at election time. No, they are furtive because
they know deep down that it is a grubby, indefensible position and the
public would react with revulsion if the party’s allegiance to a foreign
military power that makes war of Christian communities was exposed in the
Sad to say, then, there is no sign of Labour or the Conservatives
deviating from the path of betrayal.
Thankfully a third party, the
Liberal Democratic Party, is emerging strongly. Its leader, Nick Clegg, is
no rabid Zionist though readers will remember he recently sacked Baroness
Jenny Tonge to appease the Israel lobby. However, the Liberal Democrats at
least believe Britain and the EU must put pressure on Israel and Egypt to
end the blockade of Gaza and talk of borders “which are secure and based on
the situation before the 1967 conflict”.
This party looks less
corruptible than the others and less likely to worship at the altar of
Zionism. Not being considered serious contenders till now, Clegg and his
team probably haven’t been groomed by the US administration’s spivs and
pimps. So we can expect big efforts to discredit them in the days ahead.
In my simple way I see a glimmer of hope here.
When a proper
history comes to be written, Americans will struggle to explain how the most
powerful nation on earth was so easily conned and mugged for countless
billions of tax dollars to finance the ambitions of a bunch of extremists
bent on defiling the Holy Land and spreading their tentacles into every
crevice of the Western world.
The British also will have some
explaining to do.
Britain's pro-Israel lobby under the microscope
By James Jones and Peter Oborne
In a pamphlet accompanying British Channel 4 TV Dispatches team's
ground-breaking programme "Inside
Britain's Israel Lobby", first broadcast on 16 November 2009, James
Jones and Peter Oborne investigate Britain's Israel lobby, which is working
in support of the interests of the State of Israel and aims to shape the
debate about Britain's relationship with Israel and future foreign policies
relating to it. The pamphlet looks into how accountable, transparent and
open to scrutiny the lobby is, particularly in regard to its funding and
financial support of MPs. It also examines how the lobby operates from
within parliament and the tactics it employs behind the scenes when engaging
with print and broadcast media.
Pro-Israel lobby in Britain
This pamphlet is also available
Exposing Britain’s pro-Israel lobby: Channel 4 TV
makes a bold start
By Stuart Littlewood
Stuart Littlewood welcomes Channel 4 TV’s exposure of Britain’s Israel
lobby but says it left too much out: "[I]t didn’t name and shame enough
individuals. It didn't tell the nation that our most important security
bodies ... are all headed by Israel flag-wavers... It didn’t reveal that our
Labour and Conservative leaders are both patrons of the Jewish National
Channel 4's “Dispatches” programme on 16 November set out to
investigate the pro-Israel lobby in Britain, and to boldly go where no TV
team had gone before.
On the Dispatches
website we are told that the lobby "aims to shape the debate about
Britain's relationship with Israel and future foreign policies relating to
it". So the programme would be looking at "who they are, how they are
funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to
the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying".
commentator Peter Oborne would explain how accountable, transparent and open
to scrutiny the lobby was, particularly regarding its funding and financial
support to MPs.
So it was with mounting excitement that countless
thousands of citizens here in an increasingly Zionist-ruled Britain awaited
the screening of this daring programme. Some of the reader comments on the
Dispatches website showed the expectant mood:
"Finally someone will take
this issue on. British politicians should represent Britain not a foreign
"I expect the usual accusations of anti-Semistism of any
attempt to show Israel in its true light."
"I hope the programme
would expose how lobbyists for Israel trample over the UK democratic
process. I expect Oborne to expose the destructive role of the Labour
Friends of Israel in British politics, but I hope he won't stop there."
"The Zionist lobby counts many British politicians in its ranks where
they function as a fifth column in support of Israel's illegal actions."
"I live in hope but I doubt this programme will truly unmask the Israel
lobby that has played a critical role in destabilizing the Middle East… "
"Expect numerous cries of "anti-Semitism". Le’ts hope the programme
doesn't pull its punches."
"We have tried for years to have this
shadowy support mechanism for Israel exposed. Please do not allow this
programme to be pulled. Please do a proper exposé of all aspects…"
"It won’t change anything. Most of the British public are too stupid to
realize how important this programme is."
Mr Oborne reported that a large
majority of Conservative MPs and half the shadow cabinet are signed-up
Friends of Israel, and millions of pounds flow into the bank accounts of MPs
and parties, although only a fraction of these “contributions” is visibly
accounted for. As Sir Richard Dalton, a former British diplomat who served
as consul-general in Jerusalem, observed: "I don't believe, and I don't
think anybody else believes these contributions come with no strings
Channel 4 Dispatches: "Inside Britain's Israel lobby",
broadcast on 16 November 2009. The video can also be viewed
showed how Labour and Conservative Friends of Israel take dozens of MPs on
free trips to Israel, where they are guests of the Israeli government.
He showed how one of the Conservative Party's big donors has vested
interests in illegal settlement development in the West Bank and in Bicom,
an Israeli public affairs outfit, and how the party's leadership is prey to
Assuming the Conservatives win next year’s election
Israel can rest easy in the knowledge that it continues to have sufficient
stooges in place at the heart of our government.
Just as important,
Mr Oborne showed how the
BBC – or the ZBC,
as it has become known for obvious reasons – allows itself to be
relentlessly bullied by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the
Zionist Federation who, the programme pointed out, don't represent anybody
except an extremists section of the Jewish community. But he forgot to tell
us that BBC Director-General Mark Thompson has Zionist links through
marriage and Thompson himself went to Israel in 2005 to "build bridges" with
the then prime minister, Ariel Sharon, considered by many a war criminal and
Interesting though the programme was, it left out too
much. For example, it didn’t name and shame enough individuals. It didn't
tell the nation that our most important security bodies – the Intelligence
and Security Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Defence
Committee – are all headed by Israel flag-wavers. How can that possibly be
in our national interest?
It didn’t reveal that our Labour and
Conservative leaders are both patrons of the Jewish National Fund or explain
the sinister purpose
of that organization.
According to Mr Oborne, ”the pro-Israel
lobby, in common with other lobbies, has every right to operate and indeed
to flourish in Britain. But … the present obscurity surrounding it can,
paradoxically, give rise to conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact.”
However, he spent the best part of an hour convincing us (well me, anyway)
it is indeed a conspiracy and a very large and well organized one.
didn’t mention that two years ago a group of individuals
Committee on Standards in Public Life to investigate the undue influence of
the Friends of Israel lobbies.
Their main argument was that the
lobbies existed in contravention of the Seven Principles of Public Life,
which the Standards Committee had been formed to uphold. Some of those who
signed the letter believed the strength of these alliances should be seen as
bordering on treason.
They put it to the Standards Committee that
"the activities of the Israel lobby in Westminster seriously undermine a
number of those principles as defined by the committee itself, namely
selflessness, integrity, accountability, openness and honesty.
A large majority of Conservative MPs and MEPs are Friends of Israel. The
lobby also claims a very large number of Labour MPs and ministers. The
Liberal Democrat FoI [Friends of Israel] website brazenly states that its
first aim is to maximize support for the State of Israel within the Liberal
Democrats and Parliament, furthermore to develop and maintain a broad-based
LDFI membership inside and outside of Parliament…
“All MPs (and many
parliamentary candidates) are exposed to the lobby's influence and a
disturbingly large number apparently carry its message into their
parliamentary work, causing great damage to our parliamentary democracy,
harm to Britain's reputation throughout the world and risk to our security
because a just solution in the Holy Land is excluded by such partisanship.
They even quoted George Washington: "The nation which indulges towards
another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave …
a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of
But their concerns were rejected out of hand. Not
surprisingly, it was found that the Israel lobby had infiltrated the
Standards Committee itself. Who could be summoned to investigate that?
Peter Oborne and the Dispatches team get an encouraging two cheers from
me. It was a brave effort which went halfway and will no doubt draw
considerable flak from Israel’s hirelings and admirers. A wholehearted third
cheer will be earned if they go back and finish the job.
meantime it would be no bad thing if all our Westminster politicians had the
Second Principle of Public Life tattooed on their forehead – “Integrity:
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or
other obligation to outside individuals or organizations that might seek to
influence them in the performance of their official duties.” (Note to
tattooist: Apply back-to-front so that they can read it every morning when
they look in the mirror.)
Exposing the ignorance and hypocrisy of
Conservative Friends of Israel
"Israel continues to feed the hand that
...says the British Conservative Party's “Voice of
By Stuart Littlewood
Stuart Littlewood asks British Conservative Party MP and mouthpiece of
Israel James Arbuthnot pertinent questions about the propaganda,
disinformation and humbug spouted out by him and his Friends of Israel
colleagues about Israel and the Palestinians.
Each of the three main
political parties in the UK has a “Friends of Israel” lobby group that
ensures pro-Israel members are embedded at all key levels in Parliament and
government. The Foreign Office minister responsible for the Middle East is a
former chairman of Labour Friends of Israel. His opposition “shadow” is a
member of Conservative Friends of Israel. You get the picture.
after visiting Gaza in November 2007 I wrote to the chairmen of the
Conservative and Labour Friends of Israel enclosing a desperate appeal
received from the Ministry of Health in Gaza and an article describing
the horrendous suffering of innocent civilians under the cruel siege imposed
by Israel. "You and your family will, I hope, enjoy Christmas. But starving
Gazans will not... What steps will you personally take, I wonder, to help
end the humanitarian crisis?"
The Labour chairman didn't reply. Now,
after more than six weeks, I have received an answer from the Conservative,
James Arbuthnot. This is what he says (dated 17 January):
It is not in Israel's interest to see Palestinians in Gaza starving and
suffering from a lack of medical attention. Publicity towards Israel has
been far from favourable thanks to the situation in Gaza. However Israel, as
a democracy, has a duty to protect its citizens. As a responsible democracy
it must ensure that potentially dangerous materials and goods that could be
used to harm Israeli citizens do not make their way into Gaza.
Terrorist organizations continue to take advantage of humanitarian aid that
is delivered to the strip. Just last month an IDF [Israel Defence Forces]
operation caught a truck at one of the crossing points in the West Bank
carrying approximately 6.5 tons of potassium nitrate. The potassium nitrate
was disguised in sugar bags that were marked as being part of the
humanitarian aid provided by the European Union, and was intended for use by
terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Potassium nitrate is a banned substance in the
Gaza Strip due to its use by terrorists for the manufacturing of explosives
and Qassam rockets.
Rocket attacks from Gaza continue hitting western
Negev towns. Last month alone there were 113 identified rocket hits. One
Qassam fell near a school in the town of Sderot sending 20 civilians, 10 of
them children, into shock. Last month there were 17 Israeli casualties and
two Israeli deaths from rocket attacks. Since December last year there have
been 896 rocket hits in western Negev towns like Sderot.
actions in Gaza are not a military incursion but a defensive response to try
to bring to an end the constant attacks made on Israelis in their homes,
schools and on their streets. Terrorists in Gaza fire rockets from their
homes and schools (one example being a UN-run school) and places where they
deliberately hide behind civilians. Israel always takes care to avoid
civilian casualties. Death tolls could be much higher and the risk to
Israeli personnel far less.
Stopping the attacks is the obvious
precursor to any hope for peace negotiations and bettering of the
humanitarian situation in Gaza. The fact that attacks are continuing sends
out a clear signal that Hamas is not responding to any attempt to move
Despite all this, Israel continues to feed that [sic] hand
that bites it. Terminals are open for fuel and gas to be supplied to the
strip. The electricity supply and the northern Gaza water purification
project continue to be maintained. Since the Hamas takeover a total of 8,759
patients have undergone a medical evacuation. Trucks of aid continue to be
unloaded at the Sufa, Erez, Nahal Oz, Karni and Kerem Shalom terminals.
Since 16 June 2007, when Hamas took over in Gaza, a total of 14,279 trucks
of aid and 326,563 tons of aid have been delivered to Gaza. Merchandize such
as rice, fruit, vegetables, meat, chicken, fish, dairy products, sugar,
legumes, flour and yeast have all been delivered to the strip.
is the same man who said:
"Some people say that the occupation by the
Israelis is the problem. Well, if that were the case, when Israel withdrew
from Gaza they could have expected some benefit from it, but instead what
they got was a rain of rockets coming out of Gaza" – that's according to the
Conservatives' humorously named magazine "Informed"
Mr Arbuthnot's email address is
How should I reply? Where to begin? Ummmm
Dear Mr Arbuthnot,
The question I put to you simply asked what you personally propose doing to
help end the humanitarian crisis in Gaza where 1.4 million civilians are
suffering under Israeli blockade, which shows no sign of being lifted and
only bites deeper. It's called collective punishment, one of the nastiest
crimes in the book. You don't answer.
Can we therefore conclude that
you are happy to see Gaza turned into the worst kind of ghetto? And quite
relaxed about its Christian community being crushed and reduced to dire
circumstances alongside their Muslim friends and neighbours?
you visited Israel quite recently with “The Friends”. How far did you stray
from the Israelis' carefully planned programme, I wonder? Did you talk to
Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
[[http://icahd.org/eng/]] (ICAHD) and learn what the Israeli government is
really up to, how it plans to make the occupation permanent and how every
step it takes is designed to achieve just that?
Did you visit Muslim
leaders? Or the Catholic Church, which operates in every town and village,
teaches Muslim as well as Christian children, and has a superb intelligence
network? Did you pop in for a chat with the Latin Patriarch and hear how
his priests are treated? When visiting Bethlehem did you talk to Open
Bethlehem, [[http://www.openbethlehem.org/]] listen to the mayor, meet with
the survivors of the 40-day siege of the Church of the Nativity? Did you
queue for ages with citizens at the Israeli checkpoint as they tried to get
Did you stop to admire the monstrous wall, with its
gun-towers encircling the cradle of Christianity? Do you think Jesus would
be impressed? How would the good citizens of Hartley Wintney and Fleet, whom
you represent, like to live their lives surrounded by that and not be able
to travel to London?
Did you take a Palestinian taxi and journey
through the occupied West Bank, only to find yourself barred from Jews-only
highways? Did you call in at Hebron, Tulkarem, Nablus and Jenin? Did you
note the Israeli vandalism and mega-destruction of villages and olive
groves? Did you enjoy the endless delays at hundreds of armed checkpoints
and the rudeness of the IDF, or IOF (“O” for Offence) as they are more
Then to Gaza. Did you notice how Israel still
occupies Gazan airspace, airwaves and coastal waters, seals all exits in
order to ruin trade and livelihoods, and barges in with tanks, bulldozers
and helicopter gunships to commit murder and mayhem whenever the mood takes
it? Did you check the food stores and supermarket shelves? Did you record
Israel's destruction of vital infrastructure, some of which the British
taxpayer paid for?
Did you tour the hospitals, talk to the
overworked doctors, see the dialysis machines and other equipment standing
idle through lack of spares thanks to Israel's blockade? Did you note the
zero stock of medical disposables and cleaning materials, check the
dispensaries to find them out of vital drugs, watch chronically sick cardiac
and renal failure patients dying in agony through lack of medication and
because the Israelis won't allow them to cross the border for proper
Did you partake of the meagre rations? And if you
are a Christian, did you drop in on the Christian community to hear about
their difficulties? Did you know that their priest hasn't visited his family
in Jordan for nine years because, if he leaves, the Israelis won't let him
back into his parish? And the schools – how are they managing without books,
do you know? How are university students able to get on with their studies?
Did you request a briefing on the economy, crippled after decades of
strangulation and nearly two years of siege? Did you stroll along the
deserted beach and ask the 3,000 licensed fisherman why they can't take
their boats to sea? Did you wander through the refugee camps? Did you stop
off for coffee and a chin-wag at the houses of Fatah and Hamas?
you stay a few days to enjoy the long nights without light and power,
tapping the keyboard of your laptop until the battery gave out and watching
the children study for exams by candlelight?
And when you waved
goodbye, how was your three-hour shuffle through the maze of steel bars and
high-tech pens of the Erez crossing? Did the inhuman “security” process give
you a buzz?
In short, Mr Arbuthnot, what do you really know about the
situation in the Holy Land and Israel's conduct? Do you ever get the feeling
you're being used? That's a cruel thing to say, but maybe all MPs caught up
in Friends of Israel ought to ask themselves the question, or at least
consider what kind of impression they create in the minds of a public who
are increasingly learning the truth.
British premier stresses his pro-Israel credentials
Gordon Brown tells
British Zionists he always loved Israel
By Redress Information & Analysis
18 July 2007
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has appointed
Israel apologists to key positions and has been at pains to reassure British
Zionists of his support and affection for Israel
If anyone had
harboured illusions that Britain’s new prime minister, Gordon Brown, might
adopt a less biased position towards Israel than his Zionist predecessor,
Tony Blair, now is the time to dispel them.
To begin with, Gordon
Brown has appointed
Israel apologists to key positions in his government, with arch-Zionist
James Purnell heading the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which has
oversight responsibilities for the British media, including the BBC, and
Douglas Alexander, a recipient of Labour Friends of Israel hospitality,
taking over the Department for International Development.
complemented by another Israel apologist, Jim Murphy, who has become
minister of state for Europe with responsibility for the BBC World Service
and the British Council. Mr Murphy served as chairman of Labour Friends of
Israel during 2000-02 and has also been a member of the Anglo-Israeli
All-Party Parliamentary Group.
In addition, Gordon Brown has
appointed Simon McDonald, a former British ambassador to Israel and a man
described by Israeli officials as "a true friend to Israel", as his
chief foreign policy adviser.
Another Israel fanatic, Meg Munn,
becomes parliamentary under-secretary of state with responsibility for
foreign affairs. Ms Munn is a former chairwoman of Labour Friends of Israel
and is a recipient of
the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Gordon Brown has also been at pain to
stress his Christian Zionist credentials. In a speech to the Labour Friends
of Israel annual fundraising dinner in April 2007,
quoted by the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post, Brown described how
his father, a Presbyterian preacher, had been a passionate supporter of
Israel who had taken him to the racist Jews-only state at least twice a year
for most of his adult life to show solidarity with the usurpers of
Palestinian land. He said:
Many of you know my interest in Israel and in the Jewish community has
been long-standing... My father was the chairman of the Church of Scotland's
Israel Committee. Not only as I've described to some of you before did he
make visits on almost two occasions a year for 20 years to Israel – but
because of that, although Fife [Scotland], where I grew up, was a long way
from Israel with no TV pictures to link us together – I had a very clear
view from household slides and projectors about the history of Israel, about
the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people, about the enormous
suffering and loss during the Holocaust, as well as the extraordinary
struggle that he described to me of people to create this magnificent
Indeed, Gordon Brown made a strong impression on his Zionist hosts. Jane
Kennedy, chairwoman of Labour Friends of Israel,
I have always felt that Gordon Brown is instinctively a good friend of
Israel and I look forward to working with him. The combination of Gordon as
prime minister and Tony Blair as Quartet Middle East envoy is a really
exciting prospect and gives real hope for progress in the Middle East peace
We ourselves have never harboured any illusions about Gordon Brown. For
those of our readers who have, we suggest you take comfort in the fact that,
as far as international relations and the Middle East are concerned, neither
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland nor the Quartet are
of any consequence whatsoever. While the has-been great power of bygone
years is nothing but an appendage of the United States, the talking shop
that has just appointed a war criminal as its peace envoy is no more than an
international cover for US support for Israel.
As far as we are
concerned, Britain, the Quartet, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair are irrelevant.
Britain’s Gordon Brown becomes patron of Zionist agency
By Redress Information & Analysis
28 July 2007
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has agreed to become patron of the UK arm of the
Jewish National Fund, whose funds have contributed to Israeli ethnic
cleansing, the destruction of Palestinian villages and the expropriation of
Palestinian land, and whose constitution requires it to promote and
implement policies that discriminate against Israel’s Arab population.
Gordon Brown has crossed a new threshold on the path to becoming a
According to a
report in the Jewish Chronicle, Gordon Brown has agreed to become a
patron of the British arm of the Jewish National Fund (JNF UK) “following an
invitation from JNF UK President Gail Seal, who wrote conveying her good
wishes the day after he took office”.
In a letter to Gail Seal,
Gordon Brown said that he was “delighted to accept your offer to become a
patron of JNF UK”. A spokesman for Brown confirmed that the British prime
minister had “agreed to become a patron of JNF UK”, and that he had done so
“in order to encourage their work to promote charitable projects for
everyone who lives in Israel”.
In fact, far from being “a charity”
that benefits “everyone who lives in Israel”, the JNF is a
principal tool of Israel's discriminatory system of land administration.
Founded in 1901 to help establish a Jews-only state in the Arab country of
Palestine, the JNF’s constitution requires it to benefit Jews exclusively.
It therefore promotes and implements policies that discriminate against the
Arab population of Israel.
The JNF is also guilty of ethnic
cleansing, the destruction of Palestinian villages and the expropriation of
Palestinian land. According to
PalestineRemembered.com, in its operation in Israel, the JNF has
expropriated illegally most of the land of 372 Palestinian villages which
had been ethnically cleansed by Zionist forces in 1948. The owners of this
land are over half the UN-registered Palestinian refugees. The JNF had
actively participated in the physical destruction of many villages, in
evacuating these villages of their inhabitants and in military operations to
conquer these villages. Today, the JNF controls over 2500 sq. km of
Palestinian land which it leases to Jews only. It also planted 100 parks on
In addition, the JNF has a long record of
discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel as reported by the UN.
The JNF also extends its operations by proxy or directly to the occupied
Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza. All this is in clear
violation of international law and particularly the Fourth Geneva
Convention, which forbids the confiscation of property and settling the
occupiers' citizens in occupied territories. Ethnic cleansing, expropriation
of property and destruction of houses are war crimes. As well, use of
tax-exempt donations in these activities violates the domestic law in many
countries where JNF is domiciled.
Since becoming prime minister at the end of June 2007, Gordon Brown has
Israel apologists to key positions in the British government. He has also
been at pain to stress his Christian
As patron of JNF UK, Gordon Brown will join a club that includes
prominent British politicians and religious figures who, on the one hand,
speak of the need for peace and justice in the Middle East while, on the
other, promote and defend the racist Jews-only state of Israel. They include
Tony Blair, Conservative leader David Cameron and Chief Rabbi Jonathan
Sacks, who is said to be a close friend of Brown.
Gordon Brown puts Israel lobbyist in charge of Britain's
Middle East policy
By Redress Information & Analysis
11 June 2009
Britain’s prime minister has put a notorious pro-Israel lobbyist in
charge of policy in the Middle East, Iraq and Iran, reaffirming his
determination to continue with his Zionist policies even as his
administration approaches the end of its life.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has appointed an Israeli agent of
influence and proponent of genocide in Gaza to a key position at the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office, Britain’s foreign ministry.
On 9 June, Ivan Lewis was given a major promotion in Mr Brown’s
government when he was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Middle East policy, Iraq, Iran,
counterterrorism and Anglo-American relations. According to one
source, he is now “just one step away from the cabinet”.
after his promotion, Mr Lewis said: “My responsibility for the Middle East
peace process is particularly poignant. I have never hidden my pride at
being Jewish or my support for the State of Israel”.
According to the
Independent newspaper, Mr Lewis’s appointment has “raised eyebrows in
the Foreign Office”. It said:
Lewis has a long history of interest in the region as vice-chair of the
Labour Friends of Israel. Earlier this year, he became – not without
controversy – one of the most outspoken political supporters of Israel's
military assault on Gaza. Critics can't help but wonder how objective Lewis
is likely to be in his new post.
Mr Lewis is also a trustee of the Holocaust Educational Trust, a body
founded in 1988 by British pro-Israel lobbyists Greville Janner and Merlyn
Rees with the aim of maintaining a culture of gentile guilt and Jewish
victimhood in British schools.
Ivan Lewis’s support for the racist state of Israel and for the genocide
in Gaza is not the only example of his questionable morality.
In 2007, when he was junior health minister, he was
forced to apologise to a civil servant, Susan Mason, after she told
managers she was unhappy with the nature of their relationship.
It emerged that Mr Lewis, who at the time was 40 years old, had been
sexually harassing Ms Mason, aged 23, with numerous smutty text messages.
After complaining to her bosses, Mr Lewis’s victim was moved to a different
job before resigning from the Civil Service. Speaking of her former boss,
"He wasn't the nicest man to work for."
A year earlier, Mr Lewis had
walked out on his wife of 16 years, Juliette, and their two sons, aged
nine and 11, in order to have an affair with a 50-year-old married woman,
local government councillor Margaret Gibb.
They have no shame
Instead of saying "sorry" Israel’s stooges keep pumping
out the poison
By Stuart Littlewood
Littlewood highlights the disinformation and lies of Israel’s stooges in the
British Liberal Democratic Party – and the Labour and Conservative parties –
who would not be shamed even by Israel’s mass murder of civilians in Gaza.
In January, while Israel's military was pulverizing Gaza for 22 days and
nights and incinerating its women and children with phosphorus bombs, the
Liberal Democrat Party in the UK published an article by its Friends of
Israel wing, entitled “Israel has no option but to defend itself against
Hamas and Iran”.
According to this, "Israel is fighting in Gaza to
stop the firing of rockets at towns and cities well within Israel’s
internationally recognized, pre-1967 borders. These rockets are not
home-made fireworks; they are sophisticated weapons, which often kill
innocent people. They are fired without precision..."
sophisticated are the rockets, in fact, that only 1 in 400 actually kills
somebody. But rockets never were the issue. There are no rockets coming out
of the West Bank. Yet the illegal Israeli occupation there continues and so
does the ethnic cleansing, the land theft, the illegal settlements, the
colonization, the demolition of Palestinian homes, the throttling of the
economy, the abduction and “administrative detention” of civilians and the
massive block on freedom of movement. There is no let-up in the oppression
of West Bank Palestinians who DO NOT fire rockets, and no sign of an end to
The bloody assault on Gaza therefore has more to do
with Israel's ambition to expand its racial dominance in the Holy Land than
crude and erratic rocket-fire. Stroppy Hamas and the unflinching
Palestinians holed up in Gaza stand in the way of the Grand Plan and must be
removed or totally subdued.
Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism,
said the Jewish state would stretch “from the Brook of Egypt to the
Euphrates". At the UN Special Committee of Enquiry on 9 July 1947 Rabbi
Fischmann, a member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, said in his
testimony: "The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the
Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon." A
of “Greater Israel” presented by the Word Zionist Organization soon after
World War II shows the geographical extent of Zionist greed. Gaza and the
West Bank are totally engulfed by it.
"The harsh reality is that
Israel has no option but to abort this Iranian-backed war machine (including
missiles with an ever-longer range) in Gaza," the Liberal Democrat article
continues. "Israel is targeting Hamas’s rocket-firing capacity and is
seeking to limit Palestinian civilian casualties."
“War machine” is a
fanciful description. One Israeli soldier dismissed it as a bunch of farmers
with rifles who don't even take aim when shooting.
The article claims
that Hamas has no interest in peace and no desire for the two-state
solution, and is "pledged unequivocally in its 1988 charter to the
destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews".
however correctly points out that “the Zionist invasion is a vicious
invasion; it does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil
and contemptible ways to achieve its end". We have indeed been treated to
many demonstrations of those evil methods. As for murder, Israeli Jews have
been murdering Palestinians wholesale since 1948 and before. Has Israel ever
worked for peace? Has Israel shown any inclination to end its land theft,
ethnic cleansing, dispossession and colonization?
A Peace Now report
based on data from Israeli government sources reveals that "the Ministry of
Construction and Housing is planning to construct at least 73,000 more
housing units in the West Bank... at least 15,000 housing units have already
been approved and plans for an additional 58,000 housing units are yet to be
Of the units already approved, nearly 9,000 have been
built, the report says. "If all the plans are realized, the number of
settlers in the territories will be doubled."
Why, you may ask, does
a self-respecting political party allow it membership to support and wave
the flag for a thuggish, racist entity like Israel, which repeatedly shows
itself devoid of decency and lacking in respect for international law and
human rights, and has a criminal disregard for everything the Liberal
Democrats stand for?
In its constitution the Liberal Democratic Party
sets a very high moral tone...
"Liberal Democrats believe that human
rights represent fundamental standards of humanity and that all states have
a duty to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms..."
"We are supporters of international law..."
"Liberal Democrats welcome the extension of international law to hold
individuals to account for crimes against humanity." If governments engage
in large-scale violations of human rights, or are unable or unwilling to
protect their populations from catastrophes, then this responsibility must
be fulfilled by the international community...”
condemn all cases of prolonged detention without charge or trial, which
undermines the rule of law and gives scope for the abuse of other human
But the Liberal Democrats are not the worst hypocrites. The Conservative
and Labour parties have far higher concentrations of Israel stooges
spreading poison and besmirching the noble words and sentiments on which the
parties were founded.
The ruling Labour Party says it is committed to
peace, freedom, democracy, economic security and environmental protection
for all. You wouldn’t think so, the way Gordon Brown (and Tony Blair before
him) stood back and did nothing while Israel committed horrendous war crimes
against Gaza and even now is blocking humanitarian aid to the smoking ruins
and devastated population.
And while the ferocity of the Israeli
blitz increased, William Hague, the Conservative shadow foreign secretary,
was condemning Hamas’s rocket responses as “acts of terrorism”. He was
careful not to use the T-word to describe Israel’s conduct and showed little
regard for the plight of Gaza’s civilians, his main concern being that if
Israel continued the slaughter for too long, Hamas might try to declare
victory and there might be trouble on Israel’s border with Lebanon.
Two telephone calls to party headquarters failed to produce a copy of the
constitution, so what the Conservatives actually stand for remains a mystery
to me. However, as the killing spree continued over 90 Conservative MPs
attended a jolly Friends of Israel reception on the House of Commons
I‘m writing this just as the Viva Palestina convoy threads
its way into Gaza, breaking the evil siege. Bravo, everyone who took part!
And bravo all those who supported and encouraged the convoy along the route!
George Galloway told happy crowds at Rafah that Tony Blair doesn’t speak for
the British people. ”WE DO!”
I would add that neither do Brown,
Miliband, Cameron or the rest of the Zionist lackeys at Westminster. They
spout their lies. We don’t need them. We have a voice of our own.
High-minded British Liberal
Democrats suffer a credibility gap on Palestine
Stuart Littlewood asks why Britain’s Liberal Democratic Party
fails to condemn the Israeli occupation, land grab and human rights abuses,
and why the party still harbours an Israel supporters club despite Israel’s
contempt of everything the Liberal Democrats claim to stand for.
party conference season is in full swing in the UK and the Liberal Democrats
begin theirs this weekend.
The agenda includes a motion to endorse
Policy Paper 74, "Britain’s
global responsibilities: the international rule of law, as a statement of
party policy on international law".
This document contains an
abundance of high-minded and praiseworthy declarations, for example:
"Liberal Democrats believe that human rights represent fundamental standards
of humanity and that all states have a duty to promote and protect human
rights and fundamental freedoms, regardless of their political, economic or
cultural systems, and without distinction of any kind as to race, colour,
sex, language or religion, political opinion, origin, property, birth or
"We are supporters of international law…"
"Liberal Democrats welcome
the extension of international law to hold individuals to account for crimes
"There is an emerging norm in international law concerning the
responsibility to protect. This was endorsed at the World Summit in
September 2005 where world leaders agreed that there was an individual and
collective responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes,
ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity…"
"If governments engage in
large-scale violations of human rights, or are unable or unwilling to
protect their populations from catastrophes, then this responsibility must
be fulfilled by the international community. The measures which are used
must draw on all peaceful means, from humanitarian assistance and diplomatic
pressure to targeted sanctions, but where these are ineffective then force
must be available as a last resort."
"Liberal Democrats condemn all cases of prolonged detention without
charge or trial, which undermines the rule of law and gives scope for the
abuse of other human rights."
Fine words. It is disappointing, then, that the party has not made its
position clear on Israel, which for more than 40 years has occupied,
dispossessed and brutalized the Palestinian people, stolen their lands and
precious resources and, incidentally, caused just as much misery to the
Christian communities as to their Muslim neighbours in the Holy Land.
The continuing blockade of Gaza, the mounting slaughter of civilians,
the wrecking of their infrastructure and the ruination of their economy have
not been enough, it seems, to stir Liberal Democrats to roundly condemn the
rogue regime or apply real pressure for humanitarian action.
Liberal Democrats were the first British political party to start a Friends
of Israel campaign group. Clutching such a viper to their bosom all these
years has surely been at odds with their high ideals. So I put it to Ed
Davey, the Liberal Democrats' Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and
Commonwealth Affairs, that Israel pursues racist policies and is responsible
for countless horrors – 4 million Palestinian refugees, 254 km of Apartheid
Wall that bites deep into Palestinian territory, 562 humiliating
check-points, 468,831 new settlers on occupied land, the destruction of 350
churches and mosques…
He surely knew that Israel had kidnapped and
imprisoned 30-plus members of the Palestinian parliament and that at least
10,000 others (including women and children) are cooped up in Israeli jails,
many without charge or trial.
And he was reminded in particular that
Israel is busy creating “facts on the ground” designed to normalize the
occupation and make it permanent, and that this so-called ally of ours is
the world leader in UN violations and ignores International Court of Justice
The challenge for Mr Davey and others in the party’s
leadership is that turning a blind eye to the ethnic cleansing of innocent
people for whom Britain once had a special responsibility (some say, still
has) and to Israel’s blatant attempts to erase their history and wipe their
country off the map, is inexcusable in any British political party or
government. The Liberal Democrats, more than others in the murky game of
British politics, pride themselves on being high-minded, but their
credibility on the moral and justice issues surrounding the Israel-Palestine
conflict has taken a hard knock. This gap needs closing, and many will be at
a loss to understand why the party still harbours an Israel supporters club
– a band of apologists for a foreign military power that is apparently
contemptuous of everything the Liberal Democrats claim to stand for.
Policy Paper 74 also says Liberal Democrats would "actively enforce the OECD
[Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] Convention on
Bribery and work to strengthen it to include the bribery of foreign
political officials". Would this, I wonder, include the bribing of the gang
in Ramallah that’s now in control of the Palestinian Authority, you know,
the Fatah high command who are in breach of the Basic Law and trying to
destroy – on behalf of Israel and the West – their rivals, the
“inconvenient” but nevertheless democratically elected authority in
Palestine, whose defiant remnants are still holed up in Gaza? Isn't this
what the cruel siege of Gaza and the murderous torment to its civilians is
really all about?
During conference I hope Mr Davey and his team
will make a point of hearing the remarkable Jeff Halper, who is scheduled to
speak at a fringe meeting, and carefully note this Israeli insider's expert
analysis of the situation.
Liberal Democrats, you opposed the Iraq
war and all credit to you. Why will you not condemn the Israeli occupation,
land grab and human rights abuses just as vehemently? Not until you do so
will you be able to claim the moral high ground in the debate on Britain’s
global responsibilities and the (sadly subverted) international rule of law.
Stuart Littlewood is author of the book Radio Free Palestine, which tells
the plight of the Palestinians under occupation. For further information
Links to the above articles:
"Cabbing" for Israel? A question every voter should
ask candidates in the coming UK general election
Israel's stooges battle for British votes
Britain's pro-Israel lobby under the microscope
Exposing Britain’s pro-Israel lobby: Channel 4 TV makes a bold start
Exposing the ignorance and hypocrisy of Conservative Friends
British premier stresses his
Britain’s Gordon Brown
becomes patron of Zionist agency
Gordon Brown puts
Israel lobbyist in charge of Britain's Middle East policy
They have no shame: instead of saying "sorry" Israel’s
stooges keep pumping out the poison
British Liberal Democrats suffer a credibility gap on Palestine