Israel’s chief stooge at Westminster shames us again

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Thus spake Theresa May the other day as she welcomed members of the Jewish community to 10 Downing Street. But by focusing on creating a homeland for the Jewish people she‘s also celebrating the hell that Balfour’s Declaration created for the gentle Palestinians and for the rest of the region. Born of that letter, the pen of Balfour, and of the efforts of so many people, is a remarkable country,” said May, apparently blind to the reality.

Right now we’re on the run-up to the centenary of what is arguably the biggest foreign policy blunder in British history: the Balfour Declaration. In 1917 Arthur Balfour, foreign secretary, bowed to Zionist demands for a homeland for the Jews in Palestine and gave an undertaking that set the world on course for long-term turmoil and, for the native Palestinians, unspeakable misery, dispossession and displacement. It was a criminal conspiracy. And Balfour was an A-list idiot who bragged that he wasn’t even going to counsult the local Arab population about this theft of their homes and lands.

Yet he remains a hero of the Conservative Party which, led by Theresa May, plans to celebrate this hundred-year “running sore” — as Lord Sydenham called it — in great style, inviting Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu to the festivities. That’s if the mad-dog warmonger isn’t under arrest by then on imminent charges of corruption back home.

“I will always do whatever it takes to keep our Jewish community safe,” May added. “Through our new definition of anti-Semitism we will call out anyone guilty of any language or behaviour that displays hatred towards Jews because they are Jews. We will actively encourage the use of this definition by the police, the legal profession, universities and other public bodies.”

She was referring to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.

BDS “unsucessful”? Really?

One of May’s Cabinet minsiters, Sajid Javid, told the World Jewish Congress that the UK would celebrate the upcoming anniversary with pride. “Someone said we should apologise for the Declaration, to say it was an error of judgment. Of course that’s not going to happen.” To apologise, he said, would be to apologise for the existence of Israel and to question its right to exist.

Instead, he emphasised the UK government’s intolerance towards any kind of boycott of Israel. “I’ll be 100 per cent clear. I do not support calls for a boycott, my party does not support calls for a boycott. For all its bluster, the BDS campaign is most notable I think, for its lack of success…. As long as I’m in government, as long as I’m in politics, I will do everything in my power to fight back against those who seek to undermine Israel.” The UK, he said, has maintained close diplomatic, trade and security ties with Israel since its inception, and is counted upon by Israel to vote in its favour at the UN and other international institutions.

As Noam Chomsky has aptly observed: “People who call themselves supporters of Israel are actually supporters of its moral degeneration and ultimate destruction.”

Israel lobby stooges like May and Javid continue trying to ram their pro-Zionist nonsense down out throats despite the fact that last time they attacked the successful BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, warning that her government would “have no truck with those who subscribe to it”, they came spectacularly unstuck. 200 legal scholars and practising lawyers from all over Europe put May in her place by pointing out that BDS is a lawful exercise of freedom of expression and outlawing it undermines a basic human right protected by international convention. Her efforts to repress it amounted to support for Israel’s violations of international law and failure to honour the solemn pledge by States to ‘strictly respect the aims and principles of the Charter of the United Nations’.

May needs a crash course in human rights

Top legal experts were recently asked for their views by Free Speech on Israel, Independent Jewish Voices, Jews for Justice for Palestinians and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Their verdict was that 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”.

What’s more, there is an 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”. Article 10 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.” 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.

Eminent human rights lawyer Hugh Tomlinson QC has sharply criticised the anti-Semitism definition touted by May. Firstly, it isn’t a legally binding definition so doesn’t have the force of a statutory one. And it cannot be considered a legal definition as it lacks clarity. Therefore any conduct contrary to the IHRA definition couldn’t necessarily be ruled illegal.

He says it was “most unsatisfactory for the Government to adopt a definition which lacks clarity and comprehensiveness” and suggests the Government’s decision to adopt the IHRA definition was simply a freestanding statement of policy — a mere suggestion as to a definition of anti-Semitism that public bodies might wish to use. But no public body was under an obligation to adopt or use it, or should be criticised for refusing to. He warned that if a public authority did decide to adopt the definition then it must interpret it in a way that’s consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights mentioned above.

A further obligation put on public authorities is “to create a favourable environment for participation in public debates for all concerned, allowing them 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”.

According to Tomlinson, then, the IHRA definition doesnt mean that calling Israel an apartheid state that practises settler colonialism, or urging BDS against Israel, can properly be characterized as anti-Semitic. Furthermore, a public authority seeking to apply the IHRA definition in order to prohibit or punish such activities “would be acting unlawfully.”

Retired Lord Justice of Appeal, Sir Stephen Sedley, has weighed in by criticising the IHRA definition for lack of legal force. “It is not neutral: it may well influence policy both domestically and internationally.” He added that the right of free expression, now part of our domestic law by virtue of the Human Rights Act, “places both negative and positive obligations on the state which may be put at risk if the IHRA definition is unthinkingly followed”. Moreover the 1986 Education Act established an individual right of free expression in all higher education institutions “which cannot be cut back by governmental policies”.

Sedley felt the IHRA definition was open to manipulation. “What is needed now is a principled retreat on the part of government from a stance which it has naively adopted.”

As for Javid’s crack about not having to apologise for Israel’s existence, he must have forgotten that in the wake of the 1947 UN Partition Plan, which granted the Jews territory within defined borders, they declared statehood in 1948 without borders, grabbing as much extra land as they could by armed terror and ethnic cleansing. The new state of Israel’s admission to the UN in 1949 was conditional upon honouring the UN Charter and implementing UN General Assembly Resolutions 181 and 194. It has failed to do so and to this day repeatedly violates provisions and principles of the Charter.

When the UK Conservative Government makes pronouncements on foreigh affairs it pays to consider that 80 percent of its MPS are claimed to be signed-up members of Friends of Israel and this is a stepping-stone to higher office. Conservative Friends of Israel, according to their website, are active at every level of the party.

It is sad that so many of our politicians are so spineless and so insecure that they feel the need to herd together under the flag of what the UN has called a racist state.

Stuart Littlewood

20 September 2017

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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. Why do we have to feel shame about shameless politicians ? Everyone has his own responsibility to take on his shoulders but those shameless put theirs on the shoulders of the people. Like the 3 holy kings they wear fine clothes, sourround themselves w gold and put the package on the donkeys.

  2. Israel’s lapdogs, lackeys and lackwits in the governments, media, courts, and corporations of the UK, USA, France, Germany, etc., never stop shaming us, at least those of us who aren’t enthusiastic supporters of the Middle East’s only racist, supremacist, dumbmockracy. While the UK government and “Friends of Israel” from every UK political party prepare to celebrate almost a century of murderous oppression and ruination visited upon Palestinians as a consequence of the Balfour Declaration, Israel is preparing to get a firmer grip on the necks of its preferred, mostly unarmed and helpless victims, the Palestinian people.

    Various Israeli leaders have been doing the rounds of UN member states, lining them up with the usual promises, threats, bribes, and blackmail to vote with Israel in the General Assembly, and for Israel in its bid to take a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2019-2020 session. South American and African nations, and even a few South Pacific island nations (not already in US pockets) are all getting the treatment. There’s a lot more to this than I have room to cover in this space. Luckily, someone else has already done a great job of filling in the details in a relatively brief article: http://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2017/09/19/courting-global-south-will-israel-become-un-security-council-member/

    • The only things missing from the article are any mention of the dozens of UN resolutions ignored by Israel; the regular failure of Israel’s government(s) to honor and abide by the agreements signed by Israel’s leaders; and the peculiar double standard that will almost certainly permit Israel to take a seat on the UNSC while Israelis thumb their noses and blow raspberries at the UN. But those topics would have greatly expanded the article, and would just about fill a book if covered in detail.

  3. They’re all mad in westmonster….if they ain’t shagging little kids they’re making ridiculous statements on behalf of their cult funder Rothschild and mini satan Bibi……Theresa Dis’May is one helluva hook nose slave to the Fiat….as are all the rest of them

  4. Thank you Stuart for the usual excellent exposition of the obscenity which are Israel and
    England today. Wouldn’t the world be better off today if our Founders had gone back to
    England and put them out of their misery long ago instead of seeking to be cronies again? Wouldn’t that have been a war for the ages much more significant than our illegal Civil War? It is difficult to find words in polite English to describe these hypocrite scoundrels in the Royal Country today with the Royals raping and plundering the world out of undeserved billions of dollars. If visiting England the only thing I would have any interest in is the great race car of the late John Cobb, called the Railton Special, named for top mechanical engineer Reid Railton from Manchester University who designed it in the 1930’s. It was a remarkable race car with two Merlin reciprocating aircraft engines producing nearly 3,000 hp, 4 wheel drive, never had a single accident. It set world record after world record before WWII, was stored in Canada and then set a world record at Bonneville, Utah of nearly 400 mph which stood for about 18 years and never raced again. Cobb was killed at Loch Ness Scotland attempting a world water record but died when the boat blew up before the return run could be made. Cobb is the first man to travel over 400 mph on land and 200 mph on water but was not good enough to be knighted by the bigoted royals.

    • This remarkable race car was the first to be designed by wind tunnel testing. Reid Railton was a genius level mechanical engineer and Cobb was and a genius level driver. The engines were placed in opposite corners of the car front and rear. There are great videos of the preparations and the car at the Salt Flats at Bonneville,Utah in 1947. Everything went wrong. They car got stuck in the salt. They had to fly parts in from England. The weather was rain rain rain. But suddenly, miraculously, the weather cleared, conditions were nearly perfect, Cobb made the one way run exceeding 400 mph. After waiting the required time, he made the required return run at just under 400 mph. The record was set at just under 400 mph. The car had an accelerometer on board which showed it was still accelerating at the traps. There is no telling how fast this amazing car might have gone if they had not mothballed it forever. The boat Crusader was a jet powered boat, magnificent in design like the car. Videos are also available of those preparations at Loch Ness, Scotland. There was much debris in the water from storms. The boat exceeded 200 mph one way but likely struck something in the water and blew up as it was about to turn around for the required return run for a record. But it went about 250 mph one way an amazing feat for the day.in 1952. This shows what a farce the English system of knighting is.

  5. Theresa May, cut the $h!t. Aside from a comparative handful NAtional ZIonists, the so called “Jew-ish people” had zero interest in moving to Palestine. They protested the the idea en masse. That’s why the first Zionist conference had to be moved from Frankfurt Germany to Basel Switzerland. It wasn’t until the NAtional ZIonists implemented Theodor Herzl’s plan of inducing “anti-Semites”-by introducing their donkey, Adolf Hitler, that the Jew-ish people were willing to move to Palestine. The Balfour declaration is nothing to be proud of. It was the degenerate British government declaring support for Rothschild’s satan state in Palestine, in return for dragging America into WW1. It took Adolf Hitler to convince Jews to move to Palestine and it took WW2 to present the illusion that Hitler and his NAtional ZIonists lost the war.

    Realistically, the NAZI’s were simply given their own state in Palestine and many top ranking war criminals were excused of their crimes and given nice new jobs for the American government. Theresa May, you should be apologizing, not celebrating, because the actions your country took back in 1917, has resulted in a century of total chaos. Theresa May, if the masses ever come to realize what the so called “leaders” of this world have done, there wouldn’t be a rock on earth for you to hide under.

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