DAMNED DISGRACE: Pimping for Israel remains undiminished since UN report branded it an apartheid state

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by Stuart Littlewood

In the UK you can start a petition on the Government website. If it reaches 10,000 signatures you get a response from the Government. If it tops 100,000 it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Currently there’s a petition saying the UK must apologise for the Balfour Declaration and lead peace efforts in Palestine. “We call on Her Majesty’s Government to openly apologise to the Palestinian people for issuing the Balfour Declaration. The colonial policy of Britain between 1917-1948 led to mass displacement of the Palestinian nation. HMG should recognise its role during the Mandate and now must lead attempts to reach a solution that ensures justice for the Palestinian people.”

The Government’s response is unhelpful to say the least:

“The Balfour Declaration is an historic statement for which HMG does not intend to apologise. We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel. The task now is to encourage moves towards peace….

“Establishing a homeland for the Jewish people in the land to which they had such strong historical and religious ties was the right and moral thing to do…. We recognise that the Declaration should have called for the protection of political rights of the non-Jewish communities in Palestine, particularly their right to self-determination. However, the important thing now is to look forward and establish security and justice for both Israelis and Palestinians through a lasting peace. We believe the best way to achieve this is through a two-state solution: a negotiated settlement that leads to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on the 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, Jerusalem as the shared capital of both states, and a just, fair, agreed and realistic settlement for refugees.

“We believe that such negotiations will only succeed when they are conducted between Israelis and Palestinians…. If both parties show bold leadership, peace is possible. The UK is ready to do all it can to support this goal.”

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office

I wonder what bureaucratic nitwit wrote that. They’ve been spouting nonsense about “a two-state solution: a negotiated settlement that leads to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state” for decades and they know full well that it won’t happen without forcing measures. International law has spoken and waits to be implemented. World powers, if they truly respect the rule of law, must mobilise and apply it without fear or favour. Many experts are now saying that the international community’s conniving inaction has allowed Israel to establish enough ‘facts on the ground’ to make their illegal occupation permanent.

Note also the crude bias: “a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state”. No safety and security for Palestine, no sir! Just threadbare viability.

And who – ignoring all reports to the contrary – praised Israel recently for being “a thriving democracy, a beacon of tolerance” and said that the British government will be marking the centenary of the infamous Balfour Declaration later this year “with pride”? And who has invited the arch war criminal Netanyahu to the celebrations? None other than Britain’s prime minister Theresa May, the daughter of an Anglican priest and a regular churchgoer. What does that say about this righteous lady’s real values, real standards, and real concerns for the endless misery inflicted on her Christian and Muslim brothers and sisters in the Holy Land by Israel with its military boot on their necks?

And who hurriedly declared the Shai Masot affair “closed” after Masot, an employee of the Israeli embassy and probably a Mossad asset, plotted with gullible British MPs and political hangers-on to “take down” senior government figures? That’s right,  the Foreign Office and Boris Johnson, the UK’s clownish Foreign Secretary: “The UK has a strong relationship with Israel and we consider the matter closed,” they announced.

Meanwhile in the latest show of just how far how truth and freedom of expression have become subservient to Jewish sensibilities the Liberal Democrats have barred their former MP David Ward from standing for the party in the coming general election after its leader, Tim Farron, said his comments about Jews had been “deeply offensive, wrong and antisemitic”.

Ward has ‘form’ in defying the Israel lobby. Yet he was selected by his local party to stand again for the seat he held from 2010 until 2015. But after criticism from Theresa May in the House of Commons and a meeting of senior LibDem officials, Farron said: “I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united. David Ward is unfit to represent the party and I have sacked him.”

Why is David Ward “unfit”? What exactly was his (alleged) crime?

Four years ago I reported that the Liberal Democrat leadership threw a mighty wobbly when Ward made this remark on his website: “I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.”

Goaded by the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who complained that Ward’s remarks “deliberately abused the memory of the Holocaust” and were “sickening” and “offensive”, the party’s Chief Whip, Alistair Carmichael, agreed they were “wholly inappropriate” and that singling out ‘the Jews’ in that way crossed a red line.

Ward, who had visited Palestine and seen the truth for himself, was treated like a delinquent. Party leader Nick Clegg ordered him to work alongside the party’s Friends of Israel “to identify and agree language that will be proportionate and precise” in future debate. Disciplinary steps would then be reviewed.  Ward subsequently received a letter from Carmichael withdrawing the whip (i.e. suspending him from the parliamentary party). According to Sky News Carmichael wrote: “As we have sought to impress upon you repeatedly, we are having to decide on whether language you chose to use…. is language which brings the party into disrepute or harms the interests of the Party.”

Carmichael banged on about the need for language that was proportionate and precise and how Ward’s language caused “considerable offence rather than addressing questions of political substance about the plight of the Palestinian people and the right of Israel’s citizens to live a life free of violence”. He claimed Ward misrepresented the views of the party. “We put it to you that your most recent statement – which specifically questions the continuing existence of the State of Israel – is neither proportionate nor precise.”

Carmichael’s reprimand plumbed new depths of stupidity where he said: “We have given you every opportunity to reconcile the expression of your views with the party’s policy on a two-state solution… the two-state solution for which the party has long argued.” Carmichael and Clegg, and especially Farron, really need to watch this video by Miko Peled. Same goes for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Peled is an Israeli Jew, the son of an Israeli general, and a former soldier in the Israeli army. You couldn’t find a more authentic insider source. He confirms in suitably proportionate and precise language what many others have been saying for years. Here’s a flavour.

“The name of the game: erasing Palestine, getting rid of the people and de-Arabizing the country…

“When people talk about the possibility of Israel somehow giving up the West Bank for a Palestinian state, if it wasn’t so sad it would be funny. It shows a complete misunderstanding of the objective of Zionism and the Zionist state.

“By 1993 the Israelis had achieved their mission to make the conquest of the West Bank irreversible. By 1993 the Israeli government knew for certain that a Palestinian state could not be established in the West Bank – the settlements were there, $ billions were invested, the entire Jordan River valley was settled… there was no place any more for a Palestinian state to be established. That is when Israel said, OK, we’ll begin negotiations…”

Peled also describes the Israeli army, in which he served, as “one of the best trained and best equipped and best fed terrorist organisations in the world.”

As for his punishment, Ward claimed his views were widely shared. “I will not apologise for describing the state of Israel as an apartheid state. I don’t know how you can describe it as anything else.”

Farron’s bully-boy tactics are completely at odds with the opinion of top legal experts who were recently asked for their views by Free Speech on Israel, Independent Jewish Voices, Jews for Justice for Palestinians and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. In a nutshell, those in public life cannot behave in a manner inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides for freedom of expression and applies not only to information or ideas that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive, but also to those that “offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population”.

There is a further obligation to allow all concerned in public debate “to express their opinions and ideas without fear, even if these opinions and ideas are contrary to those defended by the official authorities or by a large part of public opinion, or even if those opinions and ideas are irritating or offensive to the public”.

What’s more, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights says that everyone has the right to freedom of expression including “freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”

Also, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says the same sort of thing, subject of course to the usual limitations required by law and respect for the rights of others.

Farron and his handlers have no excuse for treating David Ward like this. The big question-mark hangs over Farron himself, as to whether he’s fit to represent the LibDems let alone lead them.

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Stuart Littlewood

Stuart Littlewood worked on jet fighters in the RAF then pursued a marketing career in oil, electronics and manufacturing. More recently he worked with industrial marketing consultancies.

Psychology degree Exeter University, Chartered Institute of Marketing. Cambridgeshire county councillor 1993-7, member of the Police Authority. Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Since retiring has been a newspaper columnist and produced two photo-documentary books. He is a regular contributor to several internet news magazines.

Stuart’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper, tells the plight of the Palestinians under brutal occupation. It can now be read on the internet by visiting RadioFreePalestine.org.uk.

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  1. Great article Stuey, but Im always intrigued why there is not enough emphasis put on the fact that Germany offered Britain peace terms in 1916, by calling the war of and both go back to where they were before the war started. Why isn’t the British public up in arms about this. Anyone killed after 1916 knows now who to blame for extending this war.
    Britain was in dire straights with the German submarines sinking every thing insight, no ammo and about a weeks worth of food left.
    The jews believing that this was their chance to get Palestine, offered to get America into the war on Britain’s side, if they could have Palestine when the war was over. When this was done, the jews asked Britain for a letter in the form of a receipt, that Britain pay the zionist jews Palestine after the war was over, the Balfour letter.

    • Indeed, yeas and they blackmailed Wilson, one of the worst presidents in American history to go along with it.

    • Not only that, but about 120,000 Americans where killed in that short two years of WW1, but what you do hear is 58,000 American troops killed in Vietnam over 25 year period..
      Where is the anger?

  2. @wjabbe
    If I force some one out of his house and take over, will that make me the owner of the house. Fact on ground is being misused to the most stupid end and the prestitutes not only accept it but advocate it as well because the master wishes so.

  3. @davor
    They say talk to people in the language that they understand.
    I think the time for apology is long past and these people should pay for each and every atrocity they committed on people of other lands and go back to where they original homeland.
    Please check what was apology in Japan till 19th century.

  4. You should start a petition to ask the HM Government as to when does the history start, was their a world before 3000 years and were people living in that world.
    I am sure the Egyptians would like to get their slaves back as was the custom or at least the gold and money that was kept with Jews as trust along with all the interest till the date they make the payment.

  5. vist the website RealJewNews.com where FORMER Jew Mr. N. Kapner offers hundreds of articles on how Zionists have shafted Christians, Moslems, Americans, and the world at large. Search for his numerous YouTube videos under ” Brother Nathaniel ” and feel his disgust.

  6. visit the website Bollyn.com … if you have not already done so, then you are missing out on a treasure trove of historical information regarding Israeli and Zionist shenanigans .

  7. I swear I don’t understand the meaning of international law. What the hell is that? How can someone expect that the UN, which is based fundamentally on anglo-saxon law, put pressure or coerce the very regime in Israel that exists in the first place only because of the same misplaced principles of that law. International law is a mocking bird indeed. International law doesn’t have 196 members like UN suggests, or all nations on earth, it has far less than that. If USA will never apologize to Hiroshima(ns), Iraqis and UK will never apologize to Palestinians, Aborigines, Indians then what prospect there is for the international law, or UN resolutions. Those resolutions oblige no one and accepting or rejecting them is in no way an attempt on someone’s religion or statehood or rights. They are just a game, a leverage to be used, nothing else. If someone really wanted to do something about it then that someone would start another UN-like institution, dozens if needed, with their own law as a standard for international law.

  8. Israel wants peace? Is that why there was an announcement in Haaretz today that Israeli officials have approved 25,000 more settlement units in Jerusalem, 10,000 in West Jerusalem, and 15,000 in East Jerusalem. That should finish off any chance of a Palestinian capital in the “Eternal Jewish Capitol”. Now the Israelis may be willing to talk “piece”, as in “What piece of worthless scrub desert in Syria is Abbas willing to move several million Palestinians onto?”

    See here for more on the 25,000 new units: http://news.antiwar.com/2017/04/28/israel-announces-plan-for-15000-more-settlement-homes-in-east-jerusalem/

    • Who owns Reuters, AFP and AP ? All Rothschild agencies. The roots are poisoned so are all the rivers sprung off them.

    • yes..Israel wants piece…a piece of Iraq, a piece of Syria, a piece of Lebanon, a piece of Iran…they already own most of the U.S. and britain so what’s to stop these criminals from anything else. Oh, I forgot …the poor persecuted juze.

  9. It is reported that Trump is going to Israel next month. He reportedly told a media outlet to “ask him about moving the Embassy then”. It is also reported that Obama signed an executive order to prevent its move until after six months. Polls show most Americans do not favor moving it to Jerusalem. This issue is likely the final nail in the coffin of Palestine unless some massive war changes things. It is obvious to anyone that Israel has been busy building things on illegal lands to prevent use by others before some force can move them off as any Judge would in the U.S. to trespassers here. Great article Stuart. Only armed force will solve this gross unfairness to Palestine. Squatters Rights.

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