There is a tradition in the United Kingdom of supporting internationalism.
The belief that the people of the world should unite to advance common interests, and that long-term interests are more important than short-term disputes.
The League of Nations, founded in 1920, was given the responsibility of leading this mission.
25 years later the United Nations (UN) was founded in San Francisco.
The UN understood then that a worldwide agenda of cooperation could not be built on a foundation of revenge; but its hateful focus on Israel, and the malevolence it fosters, could recreate the folly of Versailles.
55% of the countries in our world are not democratic, China, North Korea, Russia and Tibet, to name just a few.
Yet we allow these countries to sit on UN committees and make judgements about those countries that are democracies.
What kind of Kafkaesque mad house are we living in when former colleagues of mine in the Labour Party rely on decisions made by UN committees, that feature some of the worst human rights abusers on the planet, to demonise Israel?
And why has the British Government failed to use its soft power to intervene on such matters?
Most notably abstaining or worse still voting for some of the most egregious nonsense that these UN bodies emit.
You could argue quite easily that it’s institutional antisemitism.
For internationalism to survive it must tackle this cancer, and we all have a role to play.
The IBA’s new campaign highlights one aspect of the preposterous double standards of the UN, and our own MPs.
They stand up in parliament and condemn the abuse of children and civilians in Afghanistan, Yemen and multiple parts of Africa.
Absolutely correct, right?
Yet, they can watch footage of children participating in violence at the Gaza border, or hear of babies injured inhaling tear gas, and the first thought that enters their heads isn’t, why are these children and babies at a riot?
It’s this: Israel is to blame.
What is wrong with these people?
So, we’re calling them out.
My Truth is comprised of active IDF reservists who provide firsthand testimony about the abuse of civilians and terrorists by Hamas and the IBA is bringing them to the UK Parliament on 11 June.
Join our campaign and ask your MP to attend this event using this link: www.israelbritain.org.uk/TRUTH.
Stopping the abuse of children and civilians is a common interest.