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The Israel Lobby in the United Kingdom

Wikipedia, the free Encyclopaedia, tells us this about the "Israel Lobby in the United Kingdom":

"After pop music mogul Michael Levy began fundraising for the Labour Party IT BECAME FAR MORE PRO-ISRAEL…LEVY RAN BLAIR’S 1997 CAMPAIGN FOR PRIME MINISTER AND AFTER WINNING BLAIR MADE LEVY A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS (which appointment later became part of the Cash for Honours political scandal) as well as 'special envoy' to the Middle-East…

BROWN IS EVEN MORE PRO-ISRAEL THAN BLAIR AND HAS 'ENSURED CONTINUED JEWISH FUNDING OF ‘NEW LABOUR’ BY APPOINTING FORMER LABOUR FRIENDS OF ISRAEL DIRECTOR JON MENDELSOHN AS HIS CHIEF FUNDRAISER FOR THE NEXT ELECTION. HE ALSO APPOINTED FORMER BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL, SIMON MCDONALD, AS HIS CHIEF FOREIGN POLICY ADVISER. HE APPOINTED SEVERAL FORMER CHAIRS OF LABOUR FRIENDS OF ISRAEL TO HIGH POSITIONS: James Purnell as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with oversight over the British Broadcasting Corporation and all British media; Jim Murphy as Minister of State for Europe with responsibility for the BBC World Service and the British Council; and Kim Howells as 'Middle East Minister' (Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with oversight of Middle East affairs)…

LABOUR FRIENDS OF ISRAEL HAS A GROWING MEMBERSHIP IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND IS SEEN AS A LADDER TO SUCCESS FOR ASPIRING POLITICIANS.

80 PERCENT OF CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ALSO ARE CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS OF ISRAEL, INCLUDING DAVID CAMERON, LEADER OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY... THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS FRIENDS OF ISRAEL WEB SITE IS MORE 'STRIDENTLY PRO-ISRAEL' THAN LABOUR, CALLING ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION OF THE WEST BANK A 'MYTH'...

The Christian Friends of Israel... claims THE BRITISH EMPIRE DISAPPEARED BECAUSE IT BECAME AN ENEMY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE when it tried 'to stop the Holocaust survivors from reaching the Promised Land'...

In a September 2001 column in the British Observer about the September 11 attacks in the United States, Richard Ingrams noted 'THE RELUCTANCE THROUGHOUT THE MEDIA TO CONTEMPLATE THE ISRAELI FACTOR' and, commenting on Britain, cited 'PRESSURE FROM THE ISRAELI LOBBY IN THIS COUNTRY THAT MANY, EVEN NORMALLY OUTSPOKEN JOURNALISTS, ARE RELUCTANT EVEN TO REFER TO SUCH MATTERS.' He also noted their reluctance to address issues he had mentioned in past columns related to Lord Levy and the Labour Party and to the 'CLOSE BUSINESS LINKS WITH ISRAEL' OF PRESS MAGNATES RUPERT MURDOCH AND CONRAD BLACK...

In a December 2007 column, after the 2007 Labour party donation scandal ('Donorgate') broke, Assaf Uni of Haaretz wrote that there was concern in the Jewish community about 'conspiracy theories regarding a ‘Jewish plot’ in the United Kingdom, and the role of the pro-Israel lobby there'.

In late 2007 it was revealed that DAVID ABRAHAMS, WHO WAS DEPUTY CHAIR OF LABOUR FRIENDS OF ISRAEL UNTIL 2002, HAD MADE SECRET AND ILLEGAL DONATIONS THROUGH JUNIOR EMPLOYEES OF 600,000 POUNDS STERLING (APPROXIMATELY $1.2 MILLION) TO THE LABOUR PARTY. Abrahams, 'a Jewish millionaire,' admitted in The Jewish Chronicle that he concealed his activity because 'I DIDN'T WANT JEWISH MONEY AND THE LABOUR PARTY BEING PUT TOGETHER'.

The Telegraph ran a photograph of Abrahams with Israeli former ambassador to Britain, Zvi Heifetz, and 'insinuated that ISRAEL WAS THE SOURCE OF THE ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS'. According to an article in Haaretz, several in the media have maintained there was A CONNECTION BETWEEN MONEY DONATED BY ZIONIST JEWS AND THE PRO-ISRAEL POLICY OF BRITISH PRIME MINISTERS TONY BLAIR AND GORDON BROWN.

Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told The Forward 'CLEARLY THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR IT TO TURN AGAINST US'…

The former Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament, Baroness Jenny Tonge said in 2006: 'THE PRO-ISRAELI LOBBY HAS GOT ITS GRIPS ON THE WESTERN WORLD, ITS FINANCIAL GRIPS. I THINK THEY'VE PROBABLY GOT A GRIP ON OUR PARTY’.” ... more.

In September 2009, after the BBC had suggested that it would only be fair to give the BNP a spot on the current affairs programme Question Time, The Times quoted John Mann, New Labour MP for Bassetlaw, thus:

"It’s absurd to give the BNP any space. This is how Hitler came to power and these people have got the same objectives. It’s typical BBC intellectualism giving them airtime." (6 September 2009)

John Mann is the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism.

The Jewish community that Mann is so happy to stand up for represents 0.5 per cent of the British population. This particular percentage, as the Wikipedia essay suggests, contains a good many of the richest and most powerful people in the UK.

Most of the 6.2 per cent (943,598) who voted for the BNP in the EU elections will have been comparatively poor and powerless. The poor and powerless are the very people the Labour Party was formed to represent.

John Mann's constituency is comprised, overwhelmingly, of those the Labour Party was formed to represent.


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