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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.