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Opinion Editorials, April 2015
What the UK parties say about Palestine:
100-year betrayal of the Holy Land set to continue
By Stuart Littlewood
Redress, Jazeerah, CCUN, April 27, 2015
Britain’s ferocious warmongering in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, and efforts to destabilise Syria, caused havoc in those countries and earned us a reputation for human misery making. This week our misbegotten chickens came home to roost in an unbearably distressing way as desperate refugee-migrants drowned at sea hundreds at a time.
Everyone is baying for the blood of the human traffickers while nobody from among Westminster’s “elite” has yet been arrested for war crimes.
We must remember that Britain’s capacity for making life hell for innocent peoples of the Middle East goes back much further. It is nearly 100 years since we created what Lord Sydenham called “a running sore in the East” by promising not the Jewish people but Zionist extremists a homeland for Jews in Palestine, without consulting the indigenous Muslim and Christian Arabs.
And this year marks the centenary of the McMahon-Hussein Agreement of October 1915 in which Sir Henry McMahon, acting on behalf of the British government, met with Sharif Hussein of Mecca and made what were taken to be a series of promises to the Arab people for their help in defeating Germany’s ally Turkey. Hussein reasonably interpreted the correspondence from McMahon as a clear indication that Palestine would be given to the Palestinians once the war had ended.
This was before Arthur Balfour’s infamous letter to Lord Rothschild. McMahon’s prior promises were later disputed by the British government.
“No Jewish state, thank you,” said Jews
After the war the Zionists, hitching a ride on the British request to be granted a mandate over Palestine in order to implement the Balfour Declaration, asked to submit their proposal for Palestine to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. They claimed that
Prominent US Jews opposed the idea and handed President Woodrow Wilson a statement objecting to the Zionists’ plan, asking him to submit it to the peace conference. The statement, presented by Congressman Julius Kahn on on behalf of 31 other prominent US Jews and published in the New York Times on 5 March 1919, said the scheme to reorganise the Jews as a national unit with territorial sovereignty in Palestine
Foreseeing the problems with uncanny accuracy, it went on to say that the fundamental principles of democracy assert equal rights for all citizens of a state, irrespective of creed or ethnic descent and
So, responsible Jews wanted no such thing as a two-state set-up. But Wilson apparently failed to put their document before the conference. The rest is history.
As a result of Zionist chicanery and the Western powers’ compliance, Palestinian Muslims and Christians have been under the longest and cruellest military occupation in recent history, with millions driven from their lands and homes at gunpoint and still living in refugee camps. Those who remained are regularly massacred, live in fear of arbitrary arrest and imprisonment – even the children – and have their lives disrupted and made unbearable in every way imaginable. And their economy is paralysed.
Such ingratitude on the part of “Great” Britain.
So, how do the present political parties of Britain, the chief architect of this Middle East powder keg, view the Palestinians’ fate and what do they propose doing about it?
In October, Labour leader Ed Miliband ordered his MPs in parliament to back the motion to recognise Palestine as an independent state. Today he has cooled and sings a different tune:
The Labour Party election manifesto says:
They are either completely out of touch with the reality or they’re supporting the Zionists’ game-plan designed to buy more time by once again shunting Palestinians’ claims to freedom and independence into the sidings. And once again Labour pleads security for Israel and only viability for the Palestinians. Why can’t they at least be even-handed?
The Conservatives’ manifesto states:
That noble offer, however, does not extend to the persecuted Christians and Muslims under Israeli occupation in the Holy Land. It would annoy their very dear friends in the thuggish Israeli regime.
The Conservatives “continue to reject Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea” but cannot bring themselves to mention, let alone reject, the Israelis’ illegal annexation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and their ongoing brutal occupation of the Holy Land.
The Liberal Democrats say they
Another mealy-mouthed statement that makes no commitment to immediate action and leaves plenty of wriggle room for Israel to prolong its occupation indefinitely.
Neither Labour nor the Liberal Democrats calls for an end to the occupation. Neither is even-handed in its framing of the situation. And the Conservatives insult us with double-speak.
United Kingdom Independence Party
You’d think that a relative newcomer like the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) would be untrammelled by Zionist dogma. Far from it. A couple of years ago, in its foreign affairs policy statement Out of the EU, into the world (now taken down but click here for more details), UKIP said it
It read like it was written in Tel Aviv.
UKIP’s leader, Nigel Farage, has been described by the Jewish Chronicle as “a good friend of Israel”. The party’s secretary, Michael Zuckerman, set up a Friends of Israel group in the party. “There is tremendous support for Israel within UKIP,” Zuckerman told the newspaper. The group has the backing of party leader Farage and others among their MEPs, he said.
In its 2015 manifesto UKIP merely says: “We want to see a peaceful, two-state solution in Israel and the Palestinian territories.”
Scottish National Party
The SNP ‘s guidance to election candidates recommends that when questioned by the media they should say: “I consider the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal and unjustifiable. Yes, these settlements are recognised as illegal under international law.”
If asked further views they are authorised to say:
But when it came to their election pledge the SNP simply said: “We will call on the next UK government to pursue a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine and to support the formal recognition of a Palestinian state.”
The parties are so busy dancing to the hardline Zionist tune that they fail to acknowledge the original Jewish wish for there to be no Jewish state at all. They’re all pressing for a two-state arrangement arrived at by endless, futile and utterly discredited negotiation. They claim to be champions of international law but are not prepared to let the law settle it.
For decades international law has been a stranger to the Holy Land. It is never allowed to visit. Why not? Because Western leaders, who rush to wrap themselves in the rule of law and the UN Charter when dealing with regimes they don’t like, have been instructed by their puppet masters to love and cherish the Zionist thugs of the Tel Aviv regime.
“Law” and “justice” are words that seldom if ever pass the lips of our politicians when discussing the “Palestine Question” – or shouldn’t that be properly called the “Israel Question”?
In the UK there is still no rush, it seems, to deliver law or justice to the situation after 100 years of betrayal.
*Also see Spencer C. Tucker and Priscilla Roberts (editors), Encyclopaedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History.
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