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PalExpo – 8/9 July 2017 – Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
It is completely unacceptable that this event is being permitted in a government-owned building – moreover one that bears the name of our dear Queen!
Allowing this event to go ahead represents a blatant double standard from the government, after it earlier banned a Christian conference on heterosexual marriage from the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre. Supporting heterosexual marriage is not OK – but supporting terrorists is?
We believed the Prime Minister when – after the London Bridge terrorist murders of seven people – she said “Enough Is Enough”. Yet just a month later, a government-owned building is hosting a conference organised by Friends of Al-Aqsa, which has been charged with expressing support for extremists and terrorist organisations.
Speakers include: John Pilger who has suggested that Hezbollah represents “humanity at its noblest”; Ben White who understands why some people are antisemites; Miko Peled who has defended terrorists; Tariq Ramadan, a supporter of CAGE, whose research director defended the Isis militant ‘Jihadi John’ as “extremely gentle, kind” and a “beautiful young man”; Shaykh Ebrahim Bham who has quoted Goebbels approvingly; Malia Bouattia, found by the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee to be “racist”; Reverend Chris Rose who blames Israel for the violence on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Tommy Sheppard, the SNP Member of Westminster Parliament who supports an Israel Boycott; Leanne Mohammed, the radicalised schoolgirl who claimed that Israel deliberately killed 30,000 children (a lie and blood libel); Ronnie Barkan who has expressed approval for Palestinian violence against Israel; Dave Randall who propagates the lie that Israel is an ‘apartheid State’; David Miller, the Sociology Professor who focuses obsessively on Jews and on anti-extremist Muslims; Asad Rehman who said that Israeli PM Netanyahu and Israel are “best pals” with ISIS and advocated banning “Zionist organisations” from climate change events; Virginia Tilley who has compared Israel to apartheid South Africa and co-authored the UN paper which demonised Israel and had to be scrubbed from the UN website; and Asa Winstanley who believes that supporters of Israel ‘fake’ the charge of antisemitism in order to suppress criticism of Israel.
We can only conclude that Communities Minister Sajid Javid has been so preoccupied with the Grenfell Tower Inferno that he has not had time to focus on this event. Well we have … and it is a shameful disgrace.
Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA)
Critics charge FOA with expressing support for extremists and terrorist organisations. It supports the Muslim Brotherhood-linked charity ‘Interpal’ (proscribed by the US Treasury) and advertises it on its website. It collaborates with the Khomenist Iranian-funded faux human rights organisation known as the Islamic Human Rights Commission in organising events such as Al Quds day at which public support is expressed for the terror-supporting militia Hizbollah.
Its Chair, Ismail Patel, notoriously recommended to the audience at a meeting some years ago that they read the works of Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, whose work was also cited in a Friends of al Aqsa report. In 2009, at a rally in support of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, Patel told the crowd:
“Hamas is no terrorist organization. The reason they hate Hamas is because they refuse to be subjugated, occupied by the Israeli state, and we salute Hamas for standing up to Israel […] to the state of Israel: you no longer represent the Jewish people.”
The 24 star speakers
Ilan Pappe Ilan Pappe is an academic at Exeter University. He has been discredited by fellow Israeli historian Benny Morris: “At best, Ilan Pappe must be one of the world’s sloppiest historians; at worst, one of the most dishonest. In truth, he probably merits a place somewhere between the two.”
Lina Hadid Bouricha BDS Advocate.
John Pilger A 25-year record of anti-Israel activism. He’s suggested that Hezbollah represented “humanity at its noblest”, approvingly cited the arguments of Gilad Atzmon, has suggested that ‘influential’ Jews around the world are culpable in ‘Israeli crimes’ and has likened Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews. One of his documentaries has been described as “a veritable encyclopedia of every anti-Israel canard in existence today”.
Ben White An open supporter of the one-state solution, White regularly accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing, colonisation, racism and apartheid. In an article entitled ‘Is It Possible to Understand the Rise in Anti-Semitism?’ White stated that “I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, yet I can also understand why some are”. This after linking the rise of antisemitism with “the widespread bias and subservience to the Israeli cause in the Western media”.
Mariam Barghouti Barghouti has been on tour  with the International Solidarity Movement in Holland, is an active supporter of the BDS Campaign and is a contributor to the ‘Mondoweiss’ website.
Miko Peled Radical anti-Israel activist who has falsely described Israel as an apartheid state, referred to Israeli airport security officers as the “Smiling Gestapo,” and defended terrorists. In 2016 Peled commented on the recently signed ten-year, $38 billion military aid deal between the US and Israel:
“Then they’re surprised Jews have reputation 4being sleazy thieves. #apartheidisrael doesn’t need or deserve these $$.”
That tweet, and Peled’s defence of it, led to the cancellation of a campus appearance at Princeton organised by the Princeton Committee for Palestine, which expressed its disgust on Facebook.
Tariq Ramadan Grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder Hassan al-Banna; his father Said Ramadan was a leading light in the Brotherhood. A Swiss citizen, he was for several years banned from the US for ‘providing material support to a terrorist organisation’ and only let in after a long legal battle in which he argued that no link with terrorism existed. He was kept out of France in the 1990s over supposed links to Algerian terrorists. He lost two posts at Dutch universities for hosting a chat show on a TV channel backed by the Iranian regime and became notorious for refusing to say stoning to death should be banned outright, although calling for a moratorium. Recently he condemned as “vicious” and “Islamophobic” the organisation MEMRI, the messenger that published a sermon justifying FGM. Ramadan stated that the debate on the issue should take place among Muslims. He is a supporter of CAGE – the organisation supporting prisoners detained without trial, whose research director defended the Isis militant ‘Jihadi John’ as “extremely gentle, kind” and a “beautiful young man”.
Shaykh Ebrahim Bham Bham’s preaching record is vile and antisemitic. For example he has quoted Goebbels: “People tell me that Jews are human beings. Yes, I know they are human beings. Just as fleas are also animals. Just as fleas are also animals, they are also part of human beings like that.” Those words, he then says, explain Israelis today. More here.
Peter Oborne Journalist obsessed with making programmes about a mythical ‘Pro-Israel lobby’ with extraordinary influence and control over British politics. Thus far he has found nothing untoward, because there is nothing to find.
Malia Bouattia In a co-authored article published in 2011, Bouattia referred to the University of Birmingham as being “something of a Zionist outpost in British higher education.” She is also said to have criticised peace talks between Israel and Palestine for strengthening “the colonial project”. The House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee found her to be “racist”.
Chris Rose Director, Amos Trust. Much of the violence on Temple Mount has been fuelled by false claims that Jews were trying to take it over Temple Mount. Yet according to Reverend Chris Rose, these acts of violence ‘have been in no small part pushed by Jewish extremist groups and the Israeli government has not been effective in countering them’. The Amos Trust fails to see that the decline in the Palestinian Christian population owes far more to the gradual Islamisation of the West Bank than to the ongoing political conflict. Amos Trust supports BDS against Israel.
Leanne Mohammed Radicalised schoolgirl Leanne Mohammed made a speech for a competition in which she claimed that Israel deliberately killed 30,000 children – a lie and a blood libel against the Jewish State. Similarly she claimed that Israel allowed her 1 year old cousin to die because he was a Palestinian.
Iyad Burnat Charged and sentenced for throwing stones at IDF soldiers, jailed for two years.
Ronnie Barkan Longtime Jewish Israeli activist and maths teacher raised in Raanana, near Tel Aviv. Co-founder of ‘Boycott from Within’. Involved since 2004 in protests against the Israeli security fence. Arrested and detained a number of times. In a 2012 interview in The Electronic Intifada, he expressed approval for Palestinian violence against Israel. See him in action here.
Amer Zahr Comedian who builds into his act all the usual defamations of Israel.
Ashley Chin He composes nasheeds (an Islamic song without instruments) that promote fundamentalist Islam, one of which expresses support for Aafia Siddiqui, who – when arrested for attempted murder – was found with documents planning chemical attacks against civilian targets. During her trial, Siddiqui tried to fire her lawyers because they were Jews, who she claims are “cruel, ungrateful, back-stabbing.”
Dave Randall South African musician who propagates the lie that Israel is an ‘apartheid State’.
David Miller Sociology Professor, University of Bath. Runs ‘Spinwatch’ which ‘researches organisations and activists that in his words, work to “distort public debate and undermine democracy.” However his profiles focus disproportionately on Jews and on anti-extremist Muslims.
Asad Rehman Director, War on Want (since May 2017). Formerly with Friends of the Earth. Said Israeli PM Netanyahu and Israel are “best pals” with ISIS and advocated banning “Zionist organisations” from climate change events. War On Want has a long history of demonising Israel. The UK government recently ceased funding War On Want which has sponsored events accused of promoting hatred and violence against Jews, eg the annual ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ at Universities.
Virginia Tilley US-based BDS advocate. Has compared Israel to apartheid South Africa. Co-author with Falk of the UN paper demonising Israel that was withdrawn from the UN website earlier this year. In an article published in 2006, she accused Jews of falsifying their connection to the land of Israel, claiming that: “All historical and geographical facts are provided to create a total mythical world in which Jews have rights to the land and Palestinians have none.”
Rawan Damen Produced/directed Al Jazeera’s ‘Naqba’ which falsely claimed that Palestinian Arabs in 1948 suffered a forced exodus at the hands of Israeli Jews comparable to the Holocaust suffered by European Jews at the hands of the Nazis.
Asa Winstanley Formerly a Christian youth minister at Wembley Church of Christ. Now a journalist for anti-Israel online media (eg Electronic Intifada). Believes that supporters of Israel ‘fake’ the charge of antisemitism in order to suppress criticism of Israel.
Sarah Marusek Works with David Miller (see above) in demonising those who support Israel.