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Posted on 05/21/2005 8:28:45 PM PDT by Alouette
A central London rally organized by the British Palestine Solidarity Campaign on Saturday heard Respect Party MP George Galloway advocate a general boycott of Israel, as well as other speeches calling for Israel's destruction.
Dark gray clouds poured heavy rain on London's Trafalgar Square, as a crowd waving Palestine flags and anti-Israel banners filled the square to hear speakers shout vitriolic anti-Israel speeches. Demonstrators chanted Islamic slogans and flags calling for "victory to the intifada" were waved. Leading figures in Britain's anti-Israel coalition also lined up to attack Israel.
Andrew Birgin, of the Stop the War Coalition, urged the destruction of the State of Israel. "Israel is a racist state! It is an apartheid state! With its Apache helicopters and its F-16 fighter jets! The South African apartheid state never inflicted the sort of repression that Israel is inflicting on the Palestinians," he said to loud applause. "When there is real democracy, there will be no more Israel!" concluded Birgin. "Allahu Akbar!" yelled several men repeatedly in response.
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Birgin said he was referring to Israel "in the sense that it exists now," and said he wanted to see a "democratic secular state in which peace can move forward."
The Palestinian representative to the UK, Husam Zomlot, also addressed the rally.
"As we speak today, the Israelis are continuing the ethnic cleansing campaign they started in 1948," he said. "To the Israelis, I say that there will absolutely be no peace without the right of return." "The right of return is non-negotiable! Apartheid no more!" exclaimed Zomlot.
"We urge our government to cease all trade with Israel," said Jeremy Corbyn, a backbench Labor MP, who went on to express support for nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu.
Former Labor MP Tony Benn said that "the apartheid wall should be removed," referring to the security fence built by Israel to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers from reaching Israeli cities.
Calling American president George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon the "two most dangerous men in the world," Benn condemned America's military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Israel's anti-terrorism measures.
"My dear friends, if this process continues, there will be possibly some sort of a world war," said Benn. "We are talking about respect for international law," he added.
Paul Mackney, president of Britain's second largest university teachers' union, NATPHE, also spoke to the rally. "We stand in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters. Palestinian refugee camps are like open air prisons," said Mackney. "The Israeli army frequently invades them. There will be no peace in the Middle East until there is justice for the Palestinian people.
"We are calling on all unions to join us," he added. There has been speculation that NATPHE may hold a vote in its upcoming meeting to join the AUT's boycott of Israeli universities.
Galloway, the newly elected MP for the anti-Iraq war Respect Party, used the rally as an attempt to launch an international boycott of Israel.
"It's about time that the British government made some reparations for the Balfour declaration," said Galloway. "Instead, Tony Blair said that Israel has no better friend than the British government. We say to Mr. Blair: You should be ashamed by that.
"The Palestinian people are like the 300 Spartans holding the pass of Thermopylae, until the others can arrive and come to their side. We will join them, by boycotting Israel. By boycotting Israeli goods. By picketing the stores that are selling Israeli goods," he said to cheers and applause.
Azzam Tamimi, head of the Muslim Association of Britain, delivered an Islamist speech, guided by an ideology that rejects nation states in favor of a global Islamic state. "There are 22 stupid Arab states, why have another stupid Palestinian state?" he asked. "I don't want another Palestinian state, I want Jaffa free, I want Haifa free, I want every inch of Palestine free!
"I don't want to see any form of racist nationalism. And the most racist form of nationalism is Zionism. The problem is with a nationalist ideology that is the most racist on the face of the earth."
Stuart Pexley, a former Catholic bishop, and a member of Pax Christi, said: "Jesus Christ attempted to create a new humanity without divisions. As a Christian I am opposed to the apartheid wall."
"This morning we've had a message from the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions, saying they support the AUT boycott, and call for the May 26 AUT conference to boycott Haifa and Bar-Ilan University," said Corbyn, before introducing Sue Blackwell, the Birmingham lecturer who presented anti-Israel boycott motions passed by the Association of University Teachers last month.
Blackwell attacked opponents to the boycott of Israeli universities, listing the Board of Deputies, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress.
"We can't expel anyone from the union for breaking the boycott, so why is it that the whole world has gone completely hysterical?" she asked.
She bitterly criticized the upcoming emergency May 26 AUT meeting which will vote on a motion to overturn the boycotts. "When the issue is Israel, suddenly the procedures of the union are undemocratic, and a special meeting of the council has to be called, in over to overturn the motion. Comrades, it's not us who are making a special case for Israel, it's the people who lost the vote who are," said Blackwell.
"I'm not very optimistic about the outcome," she added "We are up against a backlash, being promoted by a well-organized, well-funded pro-Israeli lobby." Blackwell also attacked the University of Haifa, and accused it of holding a "racist conference on Arab demographics."
"I stand absolutely by every word in the motion. What we said about Haifa is an understatement. This is a university, which just hosted a conference, two days after the anniversary of the Nakba, entitled 'The demographic problem.' Brothers and sisters, a university which organizes a racist conference as Haifa has just done deserves every bit of trouble it gets from trade unionists in the UK."
"We did not defame Haifa, but what is defamatory is attacks in the press calling us anti-Semitic," said Blackwell.
Speaking to the Post about links on her personal homepage to neo-Nazi Web sites, she described as "defamatory rubbish" the article that exposed them. Blackwell promised to "make a statement" to the Post about the links, which she has since removed, in the near future.
The rally was also attended by members of the fringe anti-Zionist haredi Natorei Karta sect, who held signs which read: "Palestine from the Jordan River to the Sea." "We are abiding by the Torah," said one member. "They [the Israelis] have no right to exist. Israel will fail. Before Israel, Jews were living well in Arab countries," he added.
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Yet, I hear nothing but raw hatred coming from Muslim extremists, Galloway-liberals, European secularists, etc. Talk about being seduced by the Dark Side...geez.
It's almost sad. These people project nothing positive, nothing constructive. Just hate, death, destruction...
Nice to see Saddam little b***h George Galloway up to his old Tricks again Alouette
So what is it they want - a "free secular state" or an Islamic state? Apparently, anything but a Jewish state.
Where do the American Hollywood liberals stand on Israel? Because you do have many Jews in that industry.
oops I meant my last post to you.
Do you know where the American Hollywood liberals stand on Israel as a generalization? Because you do have many Jews in that industry- but then again you have many non-observent Jews in that industry?
Between submerging their sovereignty into the EU and the demographic disaster of the Muslim wholesale influx, our British Cousins are in one Helluva shape!
Looks more like Palestine, doesn't it?
With people like this running free all over Britain (and the entire EU, practically), it makes one think how far is Europe away from becoming EU-Rabia?
Hail Britannia(or what's left of it)!
I Euronate on them..
Don't ask! ;)
Antisemits calling for the destruction of Israel...
So what else is new? Strong Jews are the nightmare of antisemits, and strong Jews are in Israel.
They obviously don't dare to try to destroy Israel, now do they? :)
They call Bush a dangerous man while people in that demonstration want the total destruction of Israel and death to all Jewish people?
The way the Brits are carrying on about the Jews nowadays, it's like the Nazis had defeated them and installed a Quisling regime.
" Do you know where the American Hollywood liberals stand on Israel as a generalization? Because you do have many Jews in that industry- but then again you have many non-observent Jews in that industry?"
Being Jewish, observant or not, is like being a member of a country club. Even if you don't play golf, you're still a member.
Left wing Jews are against the settlements, and want to appease Israel's enemies.
What's all this bullstuff about respect "international law"? In 1947, the UN General Assembly voted for the Partition Resolution that established Israel. Arabs rejected the international law then and, as is apparent by these speeches in London, reject it now.
Let me guess...he was born a Jew?
Congratulations, that has to be the most diabolically stupid statement I've ever seen on Free Republic.
When the hell are people like you going to get off your high horse and realise that the UK and the USA have the same problems...you really think you're immune to having left wing morons like these? Have you been to Detroit or Jersey City lately, where there is a substantial Arab community? Have you bothered to take a look at the behaviour of your own far left before you make such statements?
No, you haven't. Because if you took the time and trouble to do so, you wouldn't engage in this knee jerk, "Blame the whole UK for an idiot minority" type behaviour, because you'd have the sense to realise that it is a feature of Western Civilisation that we all tolerate people who are cheerleaders for that Civilisation's destruction.
They've gotten very quiet on the subject of Israel. There was no bigger supporter of Israel in the 60s & 70s than Barbra Streisand. Her CD "For the Record" features many songs from concerts (including the Israeli national anthem)she did to benefit Israel. She even has a phone recording in which she speaks to Golda Meir, praising her.
It's been years since she's spoken out in defense of that country. I don't know why.
You could add many large universities where the sympathies are in line with the AUT. Virulent antisemitic bigotry is alive and well and living at Columbia...Princeton...Brown...Berkeley...Many Americans are unaware how much their universities constitute an archipelago of hate.
Sorry to have gotten you so unglued.
Please don't paint the UK with such a broad brush. The lunatic fringe is just that, and Lord knows we have them here too, though we are less tolerant of them, in general.