Some not amused by Palestinian flag projected onto Parliament
Sanctions, arms embargo and end to massacre demanded in lights
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has projected an image of
the Palestinian flag onto the Houses of Parliament in London. The
image includes calls for sanctions against Israel and an end to the
massacre in Gaza.
Hugh Lanning, Chair of PSC, criticized
the British government for
standing by while Israel slaughters Palestinians.
He said Cameron must demand an end the massacre in Gaza, implement
an immediate and total arms embargo on Israel and impose sanctions
until Israel ends its illegal occupation.”
Israel’s stooges spring to action
Of course, a splendid idea like this is not without risk of flak
from the usual suspects. Jonathan Arkush, the vice-president of the
Board of Deputies of British Jews, said:
“Offensive to the British public”? Is Arkush now speaking for all of
us? The Palestinian flag projected onto the Houses of Parliament is
absolute fine with me. What I find “offensive” is the large number
of Israel flag-wavers that stalk the corridors inside.
The frequent claim that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle
East is wearing thin, considering the raft of discriminatory laws
against non-Jews. Arkush forgets that Palestine is a democracy
that’s not allowed by Israel and its sponsors to function properly.
How many Palestinian parliamentarians are languishing in Israeli
jails, Arkush? Thirty four is it?
And if Israel ended its illegal occupation and siege there would be
no need for tunnels.
I imagine we all feel sympathy for the young man [the Israeli
soldier allegedly taken prisoner in Gaza] and his family, if he
has been captured (as I write there’s no proof). But is he not a
member of an invading army that has been slaughtering civilians
for the last three weeks and a legitimate target?
As for the PSC’s silence on rockets, Arkush is himself silent about
the continuing occupation and blockade, the vast amount of
state-of-the-art ordnance fired by Israel into the tightly-packed
humanity of Gaza and the need for Israel’s military to rearm from
America’s stockpile in order to carry on the slaughter.
Hamas’s political wing is not a proscribed terror organization in
the UK. And since Cameron repeatedly pledges his unwavering support
for Israel come what may, who can expect any sense from him?
In another statement, the Board of Deputies of British Jews
expresses “dismay and revulsion” at what it described as “the
kidnapping” of Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin. “The kidnapping,” it
said, “took place as part of a violent ambush by Hamas, within hours
of the UN, US and Egypt back[ing] ‘72-hour ceasefire’ taking
I imagine we all feel sympathy for the young man and his family, if
he has been captured (as I write there’s no proof). But is he not a
member of an invading army that has been slaughtering civilians for
the last three weeks and a legitimate target? Which side breached
the ceasefire has not yet been clearly established. But if it was
Hamas they should, in my opinion, hand him back none the worse for
his experience and a little wiser. That would play well on both
sides and, importantly, with the outside world. Even if the Israelis
broke the ceasefire they should do it.
By the way, does the Board of Deputies ever express similar
revulsion whenever Palestinian youngsters in the West Bank (where
there are no rockets, no tunnels) are abducted from their homes in
the middle of the night by Israel’s armed snatch squads?