Israel’s 60th Birthday

Gordon Brown helping to block UN ceasefire by Dave
January 4, 2009, 6:08 pm
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No surprises here: Craig Murray is yet again excellent and Gordon Brown is yet again a devious pro-Israel hawk.

Brown is appeasing domestic horror at the Israeli massacre in Gaza by calling for a ceasefire. Meanwhile British diplomats on the United Nations Security Council are under direct instructions to offer “tacit support” to United States’ efforts to block a ceasefire.

I have been told this directly by a former colleague in the UK Mission to the United Nations.


Clegg calls for suspension of Israel/EU agreement by Dave
January 4, 2009, 5:50 pm
Filed under: EU, Europe, Gaza, Israel, UK | Tags:

Well said Nick Clegg:

“Yet for too long the EU has been an economic giant which acts as a political pygmy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. EU Foreign Ministers have the chance this evening for once to take action and not just issue words.

“EU Foreign Ministers must immediately suspend the proposed new agreement with Israel. The deal cannot proceed until there is a transformation of the conditions on the ground in Gaza.

UK campaigners condemn Gaza raids by Dave
January 3, 2009, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Gaza, Israel, Peaceful Protest, UK

Celebrities and politicians have called for an end to Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza strip.

Annie Lennox, Alexei Sayle, for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, Bianca Jagger and George Galloway MP spoke at a press conference organised by the British Muslim Initiative.

Israel Lobby in UK Turf War by Dave
September 14, 2008, 12:12 pm
Filed under: Israel, Israel Lobby, UK | Tags: , , ,

The UK Israel lobby group, Bicom throws it’s toys out the pram claiming US lobby groups are stepping on their turf.

Competition between two pro-Israel advocacy groups over their lobbying of the British media has been described as a “war of the Jews” by a senior Israeli government official.

Bicom – the British Israel Communications and Research Centre – is said to be angry that the Israeli government is working closely with the US-based Israeli Project over public relations initiatives aimed at British media.

“There is intense competition between the two groups when it comes to working with the British media, with Bicom telling us that the Israel Project doesn’t understand how to work with journalists from Britain,” a senior Israeli official said. “We don’t want to get into this. We work with both organisations.”

According to the official, the Israel Project – which feeds the media with information and polling results that cast Israel in a favourable light – works with the Israeli government on PR projects dealing with journalists from a range of countries. Bicom, which conducts briefings for British journalists and opinion-makers and takes them on regular trips to Israel, is interested in preserving its primary role in the UK.

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Paul McCartney Day-Trippin to Apartheid Israel by Dave
July 21, 2008, 6:06 pm
Filed under: Beatles, Israel, Ron Prosor, UK | Tags: , , , ,

In 1965 Israel was scared the Beatles would corrupt the country, in 2008 it’s the country thats corrupted the Beatles.  Well one of them anyway – Paul McCartney.  Ron Prosor the PR tosser has had his wet propaganda dreams come true, what better brand to associate with and legitimise the criminal apartheid state of Israel, it’s at times like this I really miss John Lennon… Although Pauls spokesman has said ‘nothing is confirmed.’  So perhaps theirs still hope and Prosors been a bit premature again, probably trying to use media pressure to win the deal.  If he does accept McCartney will be living up to his bands lyrics as a day tripper as John put it “Day trippers are people who go on a day trip, right? Usually on a ferryboat or something. But [the song] was kind of… you’re just a weekend hippie. Get it?”  The following from the Independent, see the Telegraph for more:

Sir Paul McCartney has been asked to play a concert in Israel, 43 years after the Beatles were banned from performing in the country.

The star was approached about staging a Tel Aviv gig this September, a source close to the deal confirmed last night. The revelation was greeted with excitement in the Israeli press. Sir Paul’s spokesman said that “nothing is confirmed”, but negotiations were continuing.

McCartney, 66, and his fellow Beatles were banned from performing in Israel in 1965 when the country’s then education minister, David Zarzevski, thought that a show by the band would threaten the morals of the nation’s youth.

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60 years of Israeli war crimes – no reason to celebrate! by Dave
June 29, 2008, 2:26 pm
Filed under: Anniversary, Israel, london, manchester, Palestine, Salute to Israel Parade, UK | Tags: ,

Press release from the groups involved in todays demo against the Salute to Israel parade.

Buses will travel round central London 29 June to explain the catastrophe experienced by Palestinians.

Salute Israel, a parade and rally in Trafalgar Square on 29 June, will celebrate 60 years since the establishment of the state of Israel.  For millions of Palestinians, this is no cause for celebration.  It is the Nakba – or catastrophe – which started in 1948, when 13,000 Palestinians were killed and over 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes.  The Nakba continues today, as those refugees and their descendents are still denied by Israel their basic right to return to their homes, and Palestinians living under occupation continued to be killed in military attacks.  Dr Hafez al-Karmi, President of Palestinian Forum of Britain, described the planned activities as “a reminder to the British public that the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people has gone unabated and has never ceased since 1948.  The occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, the Apartheid policies imposed on Palestinians and the starvation of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza today are sufficient proof that the plan to ethnically cleanse Palestine remains in action.”

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Welsh Assembly Sparks Outrage in Boycott Call by Dave
June 20, 2008, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Boycott, Israel, Ron Prosor, UK | Tags: , , , ,

Welsh Assembly Presiding Officer Dafydd Elis-Thomas is to be commended for urging colleagues to boycott a visit by Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor. In a leaked email he is quoted as saying “I am unwilling to accept the invitation to meet the ambassador because of my objection to the failure of the state of Israel to meet its international obligations to the Palestinian people of the Holy Lands. I would invite other colleagues to do the same.” This call has generated a lot of press: I count at least 9 newspaper articles including the Daily Mail, BBC, Jerusalem Post, Jewish Chronicle, AFP, Wales Online, etc. All of them negative I might add.

The BBC counters Mr Elis-Thomas’s email with 6 spokesmen and you’ll notice they quoted no-one who was in favour of the boycott. One of the 6 was Rodney Berman, the leader of Cardiff council, who believes Wales’ Jewish community would be shocked at the “strident tone.” He then adds “If AMs have concerns, as I do myself, about policies followed by the Israeli government then surely it’s better to use this event to talk about those concerns rather than to put up barriers which can only promote further misunderstanding.”

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