At about the same time that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach decided to attack the UK Jewish community a meeting was being held in London in the Houses of Parliament. Right at the heart of the British establishment. At this meeting was a who’s who of the most disgusting individuals ever to grace the corridors of power in London. The meeting was organised by a group called the Palestine Return Centre.
The meeting they were having was part of a campaign to convince the British government to apologise for the Balfour Declaration 96 years after the event. (I think you can already figure out the direction we’re headed in) For those of you rusty on your Zionist history the Balfour declaration is perhaps the most important document in the history of the Zionist movement save the declaration of Independence. It was made on November 2nd and goes like this;
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.
“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Arthur James Balfour
So if you weren’t clued up as to what was going on before now you know. Essentially the British government needs to apologise for the part it played in the establishment of the State of Israel. Here’s a list of the speakers as put together by the Community Security Trust (CST) in the UK. You know, another part of the same British Jewish community that according to Rabbi Shmuley doesn’t, how did Rabbi Shmuley put it? “Engender the same ferocious Jewish pride of their American counterparts, which can only come about through the assertion of Jewishness in the face of withering, unjust critique.”:
- Lord Nazir Ahmed: who was suspended from the Labour Party in March 2013 for apparently claiming that a Jewish conspiracy was responsible for his 2009 imprisonment for dangerous driving. Ahmed resigned from the party in May.
- Baroness Jenny Tonge: who has previously claimed that the “western world” is in the “financial grips” of the pro-Israel lobby”; was sacked from the Liberal Democrat front bench in the House of Commons in 2004 after saying that if she were a Palestinian, she might consider becoming a suicide bomber; was sacked from the Liberal Democrat front bench in the House of Lords 2010 after suggesting that an inquiry be held into whether Israeli soldiers harvested human organs under cover of relief efforts for the earthquake in Haiti; and finally resigned from the party after refusing to apologise for a remark that “Israel is not going to be there forever.”
- Sameh Habeeb: head of the PRC media department and coordinator of the PRC’s Balfour Declaration campaign, who as editor of the Palestine Telegraph website repeatedly published antisemitic material: including Holocaust denial, 9/11 conspiracy theories and vile antisemitic cartoons. In 2010 Palestine Telegraph published a video by former Ku Klux Klan head David Duke; even Baroness Tonge thought this was a step too far, and resigned as a patron of the website.
- David Ward: the Liberal Democrat MP who used Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2013 to attack “the Jews” for ”inflicting atrocities on Palestinians”; and was temporarily suspended by the party in July after tweeting ”At long last the #Zionists are losing the battle – how long can the #apartheid State of #Israel last?”
Anything I could say on the subject is dwarfed by what the CST themselves say;
This meeting was a gathering of the usual suspects sharing the usual hate. In that sense it is unremarkable; but that, surely, is precisely the problem. Lord Ahmed left his party in disgrace over a conspiracy theory about Jews – not even “Zionists”, but Jews – and is still welcome to speak. Sameh Habeeb published Holocaust denial articles and a David Duke video, and is still welcome as campaign organiser. It is hard to know what a person must say or do regarding Jews to be unwelcome at a meeting like this; or to be shunned by the wider pro-Palestinian movement; or for a venue to refuse a booking; or for people in the audience who do not want antisemitism in their movement to protest.