There was a debate in the British Parliament on Wednesday during which Members of Parliament (MPs) took turns to attack Israel. There was a literal barrage of filth heaped upon the Jewish state by MPs from Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrats. It must be said that the chair of Conservative Friends of Israel, James Clappison MP was trying to make Israel’s case, though no one was interested in listening.
The woes of the people of Gaza were laid squarely at Israel’s feet and it was “the occupying power’s responsibility” to deal with them. It seems in the British Parliament the IDF never withdrew from the territory. It seems that in the British Parliament the democratically elected government of Hamas cannot be expected to provide any kind of services for Gazans at all. In the British Parliament there is “no greater priority” than dealing with Israel.
The debate began innocuously enough:
Does my right hon. Friend agree that we are talking in terms of months not years in order to get matters right, not only for Israel but for the people of Palestine?
And so began attack after attack by Members of Parliament from all three of the main political parties. The well known self hating Jew, MP Gerald Kaufman was in fine form;
It is totally unacceptable that the Israelis should behave in such a way, but they do not care. Go to Tel Aviv, as I did not long ago, and watch them sitting complacently outside their pavement cafés. They do not give a damn about their fellow human beings perhaps half an hour away. The right hon. Member for Banbury (Sir Tony Baldry) quoted the Prime Minister as saying that Gaza is a prison camp. It is all very well for him to say that, as he did, in Turkey—he was visiting a Muslim country—but what is he doing about it? Nothing, nothing, nothing!
Naturally the idea that an Israeli should be sitting in a cafe is despicable! I am sure Kaufman never goes and drinks a coffee while someone, somewhere in the world is in need.
When James Clappison had the nerve to say;
I do not believe, and will not be persuaded, that the state of Israel has any interest in imposing the present conditions on the people of Gaza for the sake of it.”
He was ridiculed by the Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi “Come off it!” was her immediate dismissal of his comments. Really Yasmin? Israel just wants Gazans to suffer? She seems to genuinely believe that Israel is attempting to murder all Gazans. She went on to offer the following gems; (amongst other things);
It is all very well for the Prime Minister to say that Gaza is a prison; others have said that it is like an open prison. Actually, there is a difference: in open prisons, people get clean water, food, medical treatment, and even books or television to watch at times, so even the comparison with open prisons is not accurate. If Palestinians were in that situation, they might think that that was a bit of a rejoicement. Gaza is a real prison in the worst sense of the word.
What has struck me in all this is that the state of Israel was founded because of what happened to the millions and millions of Jews who suffered genocide. Their properties, homes and land—everything—were taken away, and they were deprived of rights. Of course, many millions perished. It is quite strange that some of the people who are running the state of Israel seem to be quite complacent and happy to allow the same to happen in Gaza.
well I guess we’re going with an incorrect understanding of Israel from the get go…So shall we just call her slippery Qureshi? Implying Israel is perpetrating a Holocaust in Gaza without saying the exact words.
She ended her tirade with the following;
Let us face it: if what is happening to Gaza, done by Israel, were happening to any other nation, the whole world would be up in arms, and rightly so. So why are we not getting the same in Palestine?”
I wonder if she realizes just how ridiculous that sounds? Mere weeks earlier the British government were set to stop the slaughter in Syria through military means and it was the head of her own party who sabotaged the effort. How much can she really care about human rights?
I wonder if she truly understands the fact that she is a member of the party that when in government invaded not one but two countries. Invasions that have resulted in the disintegration of the social fabric of both countries. Hundreds of thousands of people died in the chaos that still surrounds those two adventures. They are still dying in both countries. British troops are no longer in Iraq, al Qaeda, who weren’t there when British troops first entered are there now. While Israel suffers thousands of rocket attacks how many Iraqi rockets landed on London before the UK invaded?
While she continues to send British troops to die and kill in Afghanistan go there she is busy pretending that the woes of the world stem from Israel.
This debate is something that could have been had during the nineteenth century, when what was said in London reverberated around the Empire. There was that much dissociation from the real world. As a parliamentarian how on earth does she have the audacity to be so ignorant?
Of course the charade was maintained when Jeremy Corbyn another Labour MP, made his own speech. He said;
In Gaza, I visited the crater made by a bomb that had fallen not long before. I talked to the one survivor of a family whose house had been hit. I went into its remains and it was as if the world had stopped at a certain moment. Remember those old movies where the clock has stopped at a certain moment? It was exactly like that. The house was covered in dust, there was a bomb crater outside and almost everyone inside the house was dead. That family had done nothing—they were just the victims of yet another random attack by an F-16 jet from a first world power, which had been supplied by another first world power, against people living in desperate poverty and under siege the whole time.
These words would be touching were it not for the fact that this man regularly accepted money from the Iranian regime as a mouthpiece on their Press TV propaganda channel. In fact he only stopped when ordered to. While he prattles on about Israeli F-16s, Syrian children are being murdered by the very people he represents in London (not his constituency) but the Iranian theocracy in Tehran. Why isn’t he talking about barrel bombs being thrown out of Iranian helicopters onto Syrian children every day? Here he is talking about the trip he made to Iran mere days ago.
Forward the video below to minute 3 to hear him calling on the Royal Navy to escort flotillas to Gaza. does anyone remember him calling on the Royal Navy to escort aid and supplies to Syria?
The astounding thing about this “debate” is the lack of awareness displayed about the wider world by these Parliamentarians. I’m sure that in the same way as there is a debate on Gaza there are debates about other countries but note the use of superlatives here. For example;
the Foreign Secretary, who has been most clear that there is “no more urgent” priority than the middle east peace process.
Like, really? When the death toll in Syria is estimated to be well over 100,000, when people in the city of Homs are so hungry that they have taken to eating grass, it’s Israel that’s the highest priority?
This is something that I don’t understand. If anyone is ever looking for the reason why some Jews jump to anti-Semitism as the reasoning behind Israel being singled out in such a way it’s because no other explanation even comes close to making sense. Naturally several Parliamentarians went to great pains to tell the house that they were true friends of Israel before proceeding launching their attacks.