The Middle East played out in Westminster

The weekend of July 8th & 9th 2017 brought the Palestine Expo 2017- Generation Palestine to the Queen Elizabeth Centre in the heart of London’s Westminster, across the road from Westminster Abbey and down the road of the Houses of Parliament. This, despite all efforts to persuade the Government not to allow this expo to take place. Some might say, as they have, that free speech is the essence of our democratic society, so why would the government ban this event? On the face of it that seems right, but there are many issues that bubble beneath the surface that cannot be ignored. You can read our letter to Sajid Javid, the Minister in charge of the Queen Elizabeth ll Centre and to Theresa May, the Prime Minister here and the booklet about the 24 most toxic speakers here.

This Palestine expo, brought together under one roof, a government-owned roof, both soft and hard-core Palestinianism as pedalled around the UK on a daily basis at schools, universities and in church halls. Organised by Friends of Al Aqsa (FOA) of ‘Hamas is not a terrorist organisation’ persuasion, with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) of which Jeremy Corbyn is a patron, the Boycott Divest Sanctions movement (BDS), Interpal (proscribed in the US), Islamic Human Rights Commission of the ‘Zionists are responsible for the Grenfell Tower fire’ notoriety, amongst other like organisations. This was the biggest gathering of extremist speakers, film makers, educators and propagandists in the entire western world and behind it lies a plethora of founders and members associated both directly and indirectly with extremist organisations like Iran proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, that work toward the de-Judaisation of the Holy land.

There were speakers and exhibits, a children’s corner, an arts centre, an education area and a food hall. Each showcased an aspect of a Palestine narrative un-evidenced, un-sourced and un-referenced from exhibits, to installations, talks to lectures. There were exhibits without provenance claiming a non-existent Palestinian heritage in a land that is the homeland of the Jews. It was an extravaganza that an organisation with approximately £250,000 in its bank account could hardly afford. The grandeur and stature of this event belies the grassroots status of the participating organisations, raising the spend for the weekend to a different level.

The Stop Palestine Expo Coalition organised a rolling demonstration outside over the two days with selected attendees to record and monitor the events and installations. Reports have come in to confirm the complete lack of provenance throughout. A photograph of some boys hugging what we are told is the oldest olive tree in Palestine. Absent was any information about the photographer, the place and the period.

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The Prophets of Palestine

Children were subjected to stories about the ‘Prophets of Palestine’ including Dawud and Goliath and Musa and the Red Sea.

They were treated to a key that opened a box inside of which was an outfit, hijab for girls of course, the key, that symbolic propaganda tool of the Palestine narrative.

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Tent with the proverbial key

 

 

There is more, but you get the idea.

Having soaked up the propaganda and lectures on what and how to think, attendees came out primed with a story to deliver.

We heard about the Zionist occupation, Israeli apartheid, Balfour, the occupation, Shifra hospital, illegal weapons, IDF (Israel Defence Force) deliberately killing children. Hamas was airbrushed, its terror tunnels portrayed as supply routes for food, its rockets homemade and ineffectual, Israel underpinned by the USA together with the proverbial anti-Semitic tool, the Rothschilds. And we heard a lot about a right to their Palestinian heritage.

The narrative goes something like this:

There is an ancient people called Palestinian rooted in the geographical area of Israel, who have been deprived by Balfour, in collusion with the ‘Zionists’, of their land as well as their right of return, given they say, that they were expelled from Palestine, their refugee status bequeathed to the next generations so that someone born in the UK in 1990 is entitled to claim this Palestine as their country by way of heritage, that the Jews of Palestine are not native to the Middle East, Israel having been created by European survivors of the Holocaust, whilst at the same time denying that the Holocaust happened.

This narrative or replacement ideology, encompassing a religion, Islam, together with biblical and history revisionism, is delivered simplistically and emotively in a form that can easily be embraced unquestioningly by willing foot-soldiers.

Pitched across the barrier, Israel and Palestine, protagonists of the eternal battle for the soul of the Holy Land.

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Israel, confident in its heritage, a state re-established in 1948 by international agreement, with artefacts and an authorship to back up her provenance. Palestine, an entity created in 1964 specifically as a weapon in the battle to eradicate Jews from the area, from their Holy Land and from their history. But there is more to it than a war in the Middle East over territory.

With the failure of conventional warfare and weaponry to eradicate the Jews, a new weapon has entered the arena in this longstanding battle for the Holy Land. Where the Fedayeen insurgency and the Arab League oil embargo have failed, propaganda in the form of Palestinianism is now the main focus for attack.

They say if you tell a lie often enough it becomes fact.

With clear-cut projection, Israel becomes Palestine and the Prophets of Judaism transform into a Palestine educational tool in this propaganda war and with it, the Judeo-Christian foundation of Western democracy.

With Western society steeped in secularism, devoid of knowledge or awareness of its own heritage, disseminating the idea of a Palestinian heritage that predates Judeo-Christianity, becomes the acceptable discourse. And it’s this discourse that is permeating into our educational system so that, as a school teacher outside the Palestine Expo told me, history starts a mere 50 years ago. Israel becomes the aggressor in the BBC style of ‘first last reporting’, so that this weaponised people called Palestinian are being cut off from their land by a concrete wall barring them access to medical care, education and their farms, bequeathed to them, they say, together with their Palestinian heritage.

An entire generation of schoolchildren in the UK will not learn from their teachers about suicide bombers walking into barmitzvah parties to explode amongst the guests, or patients in Israeli hospitals, hiding knives under their hijabs, a weapon with which to kill the surgeon who saved their life.

Outside the QEll Centre, dressed up in clothes made of the red, green and black of the ‘Palestinian’ flag, sporting the same flag-coloured pendant in the geographical shape of Israel, protestors joined the war cry, together with identikit hijabed mother and 4-year-old daughter chanting ‘Is-ra-el ter-ro-rist’.

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Other clichés sprouted outside the expo include Balfour, he of the Declaration that carved up, by international agreement, the British mandated territory of Palestine creating a trans-Jordan state for the Arabs of Palestine, allocating the land west of the river for the Jews. At the same time of course, in the greater Middle East, Islamic states like Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria were delineated in the wake of the Ottoman Empire. None of this is of any concern to Balfour antagonists, amongst them MPs, educationists, film makers and journalists, some of whom are on the list of the 24 extremist expo speakers, as they spread their propaganda.

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Dave Randall reading the booklet of the 24 most toxic speakers

The two days outside the expo, revealed that when they chant ‘Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea’, many have no idea of the geography, so that the perception is that the 1948 cease-fire line, known as the ‘green line’, and the Jordan river are one and the same. But never mind a few missing facts between FOA, PSC/BDS and their comrades in the Labour Party of Jeremy Corbyn, Patron and platform frequenter of the PSC and Al Quds.

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The British Mandate for Palestine & the creation of trans-Jordan – The Arabs of Palestine received their territory east of the Jordan River, The Jews of Palestine had to wait until 1948 to receive a fraction of their’s

 

Holding sway in Westminster that sunny weekend in July, the Palestine Expo, a smashing culmination after a season of Israel apartheid weeks across the UK and an Al Quds march, resplendent with Hezbollah flags emblazoned with that rifle and knife, not too far away from the London Bridge massacre and the Westminster knife attacks perpetrated by Islamist extremists in the name of their god. A god I was told by an elderly Persian, who would see all Jews and Christians burn in hellfire if they refused to convert to Islam.

Palestiniansim is clearly the 21st century means, but what’s end?

A young man from Tajikistan told me a few years ago that he had decided to re-embrace the ancient religion of his family – Islam. By way of explanation he requested a sheet of paper upon which he drew what looked like a fried egg. Sweeping his hand across the white of the egg he said, “that’s Islam” and he indicated the yellow circle in the middle, the Jews. The problem he told me was that the Jews just would not scramble in with the last prophet.  I asked him where the Christians were and he casually said, “in there somewhere”. That’s exactly what was playing out at the Palestine Expo 2017 in the epicentre of Westminster, a microcosm of the Middle East with Palestinianism fanning out across Europe and the greater West. And it’s the reason the propaganda focuses on the Jews, for if a sufficiently large body politic is assembled that colludes with this Palestiniasm, the resulting Red/Green Alliance forms the most dangerous anti-Western pact of our times.

 

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Open letter to PM Theresa May

Sunday 2nd July 2017

The Prime Minister Theresa May
10 Downing Street
London SW1

Dear Prime Minister,

In the immediate aftermath of the London bridge terrorist massacre you said:

There is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country. It is time to say enough is enough

and you put out a call to tackle head-on the ideology of Islamist extremism in Britain.

You maintained, of the cluster of attacks this year, that they are bound together by a single ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred and promotes sectarianism, and you continued:

 We cannot and must not pretend that things can carry on as they are”.

Your 2017 manifesto includes a pledge to create a new commission charged with “identifying and exposing examples of extremism” and the possibility of new criminal offences to outlaw non-violent extremism in Britain for the first time.

We welcome the pledge and we applaud your conclusive response that ultimately something needs to be done to stem the tide of Islamist terrorism in our country.

However, as Home Secretary, your 2015 anti-extremism programme included:

  • Banning orders against groups that fall short of existing terrorism proscription thresholds
  • extremism disruption orders against individuals who incite hatred
  • closure orders against premises used to host extremist meetings or speakers.

Yet, groups falling short of existing terrorism proscription thresholds are seen regularly on our streets participating in organised marches and at our universities, with individuals inciting hatred appearing on campuses, in church halls and government owned venues. 2017 was no exception.

As we write, there are any number of PSC/BDS (Palestine Solidarity Campaign/BoycottDivestmentSanctions) organised anti-Israel meetings and protests taking place in church halls and on campuses across the country with speakers disseminating history revisionism and anti-Zionism as a cloak for Jew hatred.

 On 18 June 2017 London witnessed a parade of Hezbollah flags at Iran’s Ayatollah created Al Quds day march calling for the demise of Israel. At that march this year, the leader of IHRC (Islamic Human Rights Committee) was heard issuing anti-Semitic race-hate at Jewish counter protesters  of “It’s in their genes to occupy Regent Street, its genetic” and placards blaming ‘Zionists’ for the Grenfell Tower fire – for ‘Zionists’ read Jews.

2017 also brings a Palestine Expo to the QEll Centre on 8th and 9th July this year, supported by Ismail Patel’s FOA (Friends of Al Aqsa) organisation and the PSC (Palestine Solidarity Campaign). Widely advertised are speakers well-known on the PSC/BDS lecture circuit for their history revisionism and replacement ideology. Also advertised is a children’s section to which youngsters are invited to learn about the Prophets of Palestine, from booklets illustrated with pictures of Bible stories, like the parting of the Red Sea.

As a vicar’s daughter Prime Minister, you will know that teaching children the revisionist version of our Prophets as the Prophets of Palestine is a perversion of our Judeo-Christian ethic upon which is based the essence of our democracy. Yet we hear only of your concern about a perversion of Islam, as your Government Minister, Sajid Javid, concedes that it is acceptable for such indoctrination to be allowed at the Government owned Queen Elisabeth ll Centre, not a stones throw from Westminster.We take you at your word Prime Minister when you say:

“we must come together, we must pull together and united we will take on and defeat our enemy”.

We say to you Prime Minister, there is no place in our society for an expo over 5 floors of a government owned venue, in the heart of our seat of government, that disseminates replacement ideology to an unsuspecting public and there is no place for such an event that risks the very security of a country under attack by extremists who could well use this event for another massacre like that at London Bridge. Ismail Patel of Friends of Al Aqsa was on the Mavi Mamara flotilla in 2010, together with IHH activists. Mahmoud Khaled Omar Ali, also a participant on the Gaza flotilla, was arrested at Westminster in April 2017 carrying a rucksack of knives.

We urge you to read our open letter to Sajid Javid in which we explain all of our concerns a copy of which we have enclosed.

We urge you to read our report on Race Hate as it impacts UK Jewry and to take note of our recommendations.

And we urge you to reconsider the Government position regarding the Palestine Expo 2017 – Generation Palestine and to call a halt to it, just as Sir Eric Pickles, had cancelled a Christian Concern event in 2012 at the same venue for ‘diversity’ reasons, at 4.05pm, the afternoon before the conference was due to begin.

This is the moment Prime Minister, having declared Enough is Enough, to deliver to the free citizens of our very divided country the certainty that you will, as promised, stand up for what is right in protecting the integrity and security of our society, that you will not be cowered by those who use our democracy to further the aims of extremism in order to destroy our country; for as Ibn Warraq said:

“The origins of the modern West are often seen in the Enlightenment of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, but the roots of the Enlightenment can be found in habits of mind cultivated in Athens, Rome, and Jerusalem, and the institutions that grew from them.”

We remain yours faithfully,

Sharon Klaff    Ambrosine Shitrit       Shmuel Calderon

for Stop Palestine Expo Coalition

Stop Palestine Expo Coalition
Campaign4Truth
Reservists on Duty
The Palestinian Lie
Eye On Antisemitism
Israel’s Voice
Kay Wilson
Defending Jews & Israel From Propaganda
Never Again UK
Worldwide Jewish Pride
Stop the Lies
Defense Medias Israel
Richard Landes, Chair, Council of Scholars SPME and  SPME (Scholars for Peace in the Middle East)
Israel Forever Foundation
Joan O’Callaghan, Toronto, Canada
S N Simmons
Elliot Davis, Kilmarnock, SCOTLAND