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British embassy: No settlers at events
JTA ^ | 08/06/2008 | Staff

Posted on 08/06/2008 5:07:56 PM PDT by forkinsocket

Israeli settlers will no longer be invited to events at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Crispin Blunt, a member of the British Parliament who is closely involved with Arab lobby groups, had complained after finding out that three leaders of the settlers' movement were among the guests at a party to mark the 82nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

Blunt, a longtime supporter of the Arab and Palestinian causes, raised the issue in Parliament last month and in a letter to Dr. Kim Howell, the minister at the British Foreign Office.

Blunt wrote that the invitation gives the impression of “weakening in the government’s long-held position that settlements were illegal and an obstacle to peace” and that “entertaining the pioneers of this colonization movement has given the strong impression that Britain tacitly endorses it or no longer objects to it.”

Howell promised Blunt that Israeli settlers would no longer be invited to embassy events.

The British ambassador to Israel hosts an annual reception at his Ramat Gan residence to celebrate the queen’s birthday. Three members of the Yesha Council, the umbrella organization representing settlers in the West Bank, were among the hundreds of invited guests.

In his reply, Howell assured Blunt that the British position regarding the settlements was unchanged. Howell also reminded Blunt that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown raised the issue during his visit to Israel last month.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: embassy; geopolitics; islam; israel; mohammedanism; settlers; telaviv; uk; ukembassy
1 posted on 08/06/2008 5:07:56 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket
Jews can't be invited to a British Embassy function if they are revanants. Hmmm...

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 08/06/2008 5:11:16 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: forkinsocket

Is this MP related to the late KGB spy Anthony Blunt?

3 posted on 08/06/2008 5:26:48 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: rahbert
Not related, at least from what the online bios say. Anthony Blunt was a homosexual, so no father-son relationship there.

Crispin Blunt is the uncle of British actress Emily Blunt.

4 posted on 08/06/2008 5:39:41 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie
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5 posted on 08/07/2008 5:32:29 AM PDT by SJackson (Barack Obama will not be coming to us, I don't know why, Spokesperson US military hospital Landstuhl)
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To: forkinsocket
Why not just post a "No Dogs Or Chinamen Settlers" sign at the embassy gate?
6 posted on 08/07/2008 6:03:00 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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