Thursday, 31 March 2011

Labour MP in the House of Commons: “Here we are, the Jews Again”

Labour MP Sir Gerard Kaufman commented “Here we are, the Jews again” when Louise Ellman MP began to speak during a debate on the Police reform and Social Responsibility Bill. Both MPs are Jewish and Mrs Ellman has reported the remark and made a formal complaint to the Labour Party.

The comment came as Mrs Ellman stood up to intervene during a speech by Labour's Ann Clwyd criticising the government for allegedly being persuaded by the Zionist lobby to change the law to make it easier for Israeli politicians to visit the UK. Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was faced with an arrest warrant during a visit to the UK in December 2009. It was withdrawn after she cancelled her visit.

It is well known that many modern day anti-Semites hide behind the cloak of calling themselves anti-Zionist. What is perverse is that now even a Jewish person will use language which conflates the two stances. It would be unthinkable in the past for a Jewish, British MP to use language of such an obvious anti-Semitic nature.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Monday, 21 March 2011

The Tyrant's Excuse

DEAR SIR,

Correlation does not imply causation. The notion that declining education standards in Gaza is the result of Israel’s blockade of the territory (‘UN: Gaza's youth “denied higher education” by Israeli blockade’, 21 March) is a cum hoc fallacy.

Thousands of tons of humanitarian aid, including textbooks and stationery, enter into Gaza through Israel every day. Indeed, Gazans receive more per capita assistance than any other people on Earth. If higher education is underfunded, it is clearly not for lack of aid.

For far too long the international community has assumed the centrality of Israel to all the Middle East’s problems, which has been the excuse of tyrants across the Arab world for decades. The simple truth is that Hamas – like all despotic regimes – is more interested in perpetuating the conflict that sustains it than in the welfare of its citizens.

If we really want to improve the lives of Gazans, we must stop believing the propaganda and start holding Hamas to account for the squalid conditions in which its subjects live.

JACOB CAMPBELL, York
Press Officer, UKIP Friends of Israel

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Apologists for Murder

DEAR SIR,

Those media outlets who, when the news broke of the slaughter of five Jewish settlers in Samaria, decided instead to report on the Israeli reaction are apologists for murder.

Rather than making the focus of their stories the sheer brutality of the acts visited upon the sleeping Fogel family – among whom were two children and a three month old baby – journalists chose to vilify the Israeli government for vowing to build more settlements. The insinuation was clear: if this hurts the peace process, the fault will be Israel’s.

Nobody thought to mention that those who carried out the massacre were almost certainly incited to do so by the Palestinian Authority, which for years has been fomenting hatred of Jews in its schoolbooks and on its airwaves. Indeed, the Palestinian Prime Minister’s callous response to the murders was to equate them, absurdly, to Israeli counter-terrorist operations. Are these the people with whom Israelis are expected to make peace?

When atrocities such as these occur, Israel can either recoil or stand firm. To freeze construction in Judea and Samaria (again) would be to grant a victory to the terrorists, and to inspire others to kill for political gain. But by reaffirming the right of Jews to settle in their ancient homeland, Israel has boldly defied the men of violence by refusing to be cowed into submission.

JACOB CAMPBELL, York
Press Officer, UKIP Friends of Israel