Talk of Moving UK’s Embassy in Israel

As things stand, the EU prohibition on relocating embassies to Jerusalem will fall on Nov. 1, writes Craig Murray.

Brexit could open the way for a U.K. embassy in Jerusalem. (Christoph Scholz, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

By Craig Murray
CraigMurray.org.uk

Following U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton’s talks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his ministers in London last week, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has been asked to speed up contingency planning for the U.K. to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with an eye to an “early announcement” post Brexit.

The U.K. is currently bound by an EU common foreign policy position not to follow the United States in moving its embassy to Jerusalem. As things stand, that prohibition will fall on Nov. 1. FCO officials had previously been asked to produce a contingency plan, but this involved the construction of a £14 million new embassy and a four-year timescale. They have now been asked to go back and look at a quick fix involving moving the ambassador and immediate staff to Jerusalem and renaming the consulate already there as the embassy. This could be speedily announced, and then implemented in about a year.

U.K. embassy  in Tel Aviv.  (I, Aviad2001, CC BY 2.5, Wikimedia Commons)

Johnson heads the most radically pro-Israel cabinet in U.K. history and the symbolic gesture of rejection of Palestinian rights is naturally appealing to his major ministers: Home Secretary

Priti Patel, Chancellor Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. They also see three other political benefits.

Three Benefits Seen

Firstly, they anticipate that Labour opposition to the move can be used to yet again raise accusations of “anti-Semitism” against Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition leader.

Secondly, it provides good “red meat” to Brexiteer support in marking a clear and, they believe, popular break from EU foreign policy, at no economic cost.

Thirdly, it seals the special link between the Trump and Johnson administrations and sets the U.K. apart from other NATO allies.

Bolton also discussed the possibility of U.K. support for Israeli annexation of areas of the West Bank to “solve” the illegality of Israeli settlements on occupied territory. My FCO sources believe this is going to be much more difficult politically for the cabinet to agree than simply moving the embassy, due to lack of support on their own backbenches.

This is an insight into the future of British foreign policy if the Johnson government, and the U.K., both survive. In the massive defeat of the U.K. at the UN General Assembly two months ago over the illegal occupation of the Chagos Islands, the U.K. was in a voting bloc with only the U.S., Israel, Australia, Hungary and the Maldives, against the rest of the world. The Maldives had a particular maritime interest there, but the leadership of the others – Donald Trump, Viktor Orban, Scott Morrison, Benjamin Netanyahu and now Boris Johnson – constitute a distinct and extreme right-wing bloc. These are very worrying times indeed.

Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010.

This article is from the author’s blog site,  CraigMurray.org.uk.

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40 comments for “Talk of Moving UK’s Embassy in Israel

  1. Carrie Ballard
    August 28, 2019 at 06:33

    Are you willing to step outside everything you consider to be true and dare to look at things from a different perspective? There is a recorded precedent for doing so by a well respected historical individual. If what is happening in the world today is of supernatural origin (ie ‘God’) then what would a reasonable response to that be?

    Gamaliel’s Advice ( Acts 5 v 38-39)

    38So in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone. Let them go! For if their purpose or endeavor is of human origin, it will fail. 39But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God.”

    Look up higher once in a while…there is a lot more to all this than geopolitics and after our average ‘three score and ten’ we physically all end up out of it and can have no more to say… I don’t know why I’m on here saying this as I rarely comment on any platform…maybe someone out there needs to hear that there is more than they have seen or heard so far to discover…maybe I’ll get deleted or derided but never mind maybe someone will start searching! I am nobody important or special, but I am very weary of endless hatred and polarisation in every sphere of life and existence…there IS more

  2. JWalters
    August 25, 2019 at 18:53

    Here’s a great conversation between Norman Finkelstein and George Galloway on the campaign in Britain to drive people from politics with maliciously false accusations of “anti-Semitism”.
    “What’s happening to Corbyn is a trial run for Bernie Sanders”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbmCPIpGLHg

  3. Abe
    August 25, 2019 at 00:48

    Hasbara propaganda trolls aim to:

    – deflect attention from Israeli government political and military actions,
    – divert discussion of Israeli meddling in American and British elections, and
    – distract focus on pro-Israel Lobby influence on US and UK foreign policy.

    Conventional Hasbara propaganda is overtly pro-Israel / pro-Zionist.

    Inverted Hasbara propaganda uses false flag “anti-Jewish” / “anti-Semitic” comments and fake “anti-Israel” / anti-Zionist” remarks in an attempt to deceive readers, distract from critical information about Israel, disrupt online discussion, and smear independent news sources.

    The following post by “Boxerwar” is a conspicuous illustrative example of an Inverted Hasbara “anti-Semitic” propaganda deception.

    The post is an anti-Jewish racist rant by right-wing loon Elizabeth Dilling.

    For more on Dilling and the Inverted Hasbara antics of “Boxerwar” see the reply that immediately follows.

    • boxerwar
      August 25, 2019 at 12:04

      The following post by “Boxerwar” is a conspicuous illustrative example of an Inverted Hasbara “anti-Semitic” propaganda deception.

      Evidentially 2 or 3 of my posts have been disallowed by the administrators, Abe. … If you’re up to a challenge, check out the Gospels… .

      I posted Mark – Chapter 15, for example but all four contain the same narrative indicting the Chief Priests (Religious Leaders) and the Scribes (Law Makers/Politicians) — adherents to the Talmud, all of whom Demanded and Shouted for the Execution of Jesus Christ.

      These Talmud Jewish Rabbi’s of today are the exact “religious persons” as the “Chief Priests” and “Scribes” whom boisterously shouted CRUCIFY HIM !!! CRUCIFY HIM !!! – appealing to the Roman Ruler of an Occupying Nation. ! ! !

      As of today, the Talmudist are the Chief Priests and Scribes that control rule in Israel.

      A fast and simple search would reveal the stark difference between TORAH JEWS as opposed to TALMUD JEWS. …

      Bless You, Abe. …

    • boxerwar
      August 25, 2019 at 12:26

      Evidentially 2 or 3 of my posts have been disallowed by the administrators, Abe. … If you’re up to a challenge, check out the Gospels… .

      I posted Mark – Chapter 15, for an example but all four contain the same narrative indicting the Chief Priests (Religious Leaders) and the Scribes (Law Makers/Politicians) — adherents to the Talmud, all of whom Demanded and Shouted for the Execution of Jesus Christ.

      These Talmud Jewish Rabbi’s of today are the exact “religious persons” as the “Chief Priests” and “Scribes” whom boisterously shouted CRUCIFY HIM !!! CRUCIFY HIM !!! – appealing to the Roman Ruler of an Occupying Nation. ! ! !

      As of today, the Talmudist are the Chief Priests and Scribes that control rule in Israel.

      A fast and simple search would reveal the stark difference between TORAH JEWS as opposed to TALMUD JEWS. …

      Bless You, Abe. .

    • Abe
      August 25, 2019 at 13:14

      PLEASE NOTE:

      Editors removed the offensive post by “Boxerwar” because it clearly violated Consortium News’ Comments Policy against racial or religious slurs (including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia).

      Conventional Hasbara is obviously pro-Israel propaganda.

      Inverted Hasbara is pro-Israel propaganda masquerading as “anti-Israel”/”anti-Zionist” or “anti-Semitic”/”anti-Jewish”.

      Inverted Hasbara propaganda trolls attempt to smear independent investigative journalism sites with the false appearance of “anti-Semitism”.

      The reality is that independent investigative journalism and critical commentary that addresses pro-Israel Lobby interference and direct meddling by the Israeli government is not in any way “anti-Jewish” or “anti-Semitic”.

      Consortium News readers are not fooled when Inverted Hasbara propaganda trolls show up posting fake “anti-Semitic” racist rants and false flag “anti-Jewish” screeds – or links to actual odious screeds by right-wing racist hatemongers like Elizabeth Dilling.

      Beginning in the 1930s, Dilling became notorious for her obsessive rants about Jews, blacks, communists, and the alleged “satanic hatred” of “Talmudism”.

      Dilling lavishly praised Hitler and denounced American participation in the Allied war against Nazi Germany. In her writings after the war, Dilling insisted that the defeated Hitler was “not only of Jewish ancestry, but had Jewish financing from the very beginning”.

      Dilling’s odious Jew-baiting book, The Plot Against Christianity, was privately published in 1954. After her death in 1966, the title was changed to the less inflammatory The Jewish Religion: Its Influence Today, which comrade “Boxerwar” had so generously excerpted.

      Inverted Hasbara propaganda trolls typically weasel their way onto comment boards by first posting links to websites and articles critical of Israel, the crossing over into overtly offensive “anti-Semitic” remarks.

      Inverted Hasbara trolls aim to offend and alienate readers, and “defend Israel” by way of deception, but no one here at CN is fooled by their antics.

    • Abe
      August 26, 2019 at 02:58

      Inverted Hasbara propaganda troll “boxerwar”, in a futile effort to recover that fake “anti-Zionist” cover blown to smithereens by the sudden surge of lunatic racist rants about “Talmudists”, tries posting a link to a Times of Israel article.

      Jewish American-Israeli right-wing racist lunatic Meir Kahane was no less reprehensible than American right-wing racist lunatic Elizabeth Dilling, but that info won’t pull the troll’s Hasbara chestnuts from the fire.

    • Abe
      August 26, 2019 at 21:07

      Notwithstanding the boisterous shouting from an Inverted Hasbara propaganda troll, the rise of far-right Kahanism in Israeli politics is indeed troubling.

      Professor Shaul Magid, the Distinguished Fellow in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, has discussed Israeli Kahanism in detail.
      https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/281388/kahane-won

      Magid notes that “Unlike Kahane, Kahanism is part of religious Zionism, a homegrown product of the state of Israel.”

    • boxerwar
      August 25, 2019 at 17:55

      Looks like you win by default, Abe.

      My replies are being cancelled … .

      You and the Talmudists (Chief Priests and Scribes) have prevailed over the Torah. …

      See Mark chapter 15 in regard to the Chief Priests ( Talmudist) and the Scribes (Lawyers/Politicians)
      all of whom raised their voice / demanding Crucify Him !!! — Crucify Him !!!

      [ as you, Abe,continue to do today. … ]

    • Abe
      August 26, 2019 at 00:06

      Outed as a Hasbara (pro-Israel) propaganda troll, “boxerwar” doubles down on the deception with continued false flag “anti-Semitic” rants about “Talmudists”.

      Inverted Hasbara hilarity ensues.

      In fact, the Talmud is the central text of Rabbinic Judaism and the primary source of Jewish religious law (halakha) and Jewish theology. The Talmud has two components; the Mishnah, a written compendium of Rabbinic Judaism’s Oral Torah; and the Gemara, an elucidation of the Mishnah and related writings by rabbinic sages that often ventures onto other subjects and expounds broadly on the Hebrew Bible.

      Until the advent of modernity, the Talmud was the centerpiece of cultural life in nearly all Jewish communities.

      The Talmud and the “Talmud Jew” became objects of attacks by 19th-century anti-Jewish agitators such as German Catholic polemicist August Rohling (Der Talmudjude, 1871) and Lithuanian Catholic priest (subsequently defrocked) Justinas Pranaitis (The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians, 1892).

      In the 20th-century, lurid rants about “Talmudists” continued in the propaganda of Nazi Gauleiter Julius Streicher, Hitler’s personal friend and the publisher of the virulently anti-Semitic tabloid Der Stuermer. At the end of the war, Streicher was convicted in the Nuremberg trials and hung for crimes against humanity.

      American right-wing racist and Nazi sympathizer Elizabeth Dilling carried on the tradition of rabid anti-Jewish polemic.

      Inverted Hasbara propaganda trolls like “boxerwar” attempt to “defend Israel” by embellishing their masquerades with quotes from hysterical Jew-baiting screeds like Dilling’s or Streicher’s.

      It’s no use, comrade “boxerwar”. We’re on to you.

    • boxerwar
      August 25, 2019 at 20:15

      I pity you, “Abe” — you know not the separation of TORAH Jews from the insidious Talmud Jews — —

      Like Kahane, for example. He was and stood for Talmud taught Murderous Khabbalah Madmen… .

  4. August 23, 2019 at 10:56

    Besides Jerusalem being Palestine territory it’s also home to the third holy place in Islam. It therefore means,UK,US & Israel will have ganged together not only against Palestine but the Muslim world as a whole. But,is this all in the name of supporting Israel? Do they realize the dangers of what they’re doing? Let’s hope they do & have a way of dealing with it without causing/adding more problems in the Middle East,because there will be that opposite reactions to their moves sooner or later.

  5. SPENCER
    August 22, 2019 at 20:59

    The Palestinian people want peace—not Apartheid—-And they don`t want their land stolen from them by Israeli settlers—End the Israeli Occupation.

  6. Anonymot
    August 22, 2019 at 11:49

    We have been the Israeli right-wing’s lap dog, just as the UK has long been ours.

    In Israel as in Islamic states, religion and politics are welded together. In America religion and politics are also one, but America’s religion is not a church; it is Money. If we, the taxpayers, give a lot of Money to Israel it is returned in the form of AIPAC payoffs to politicians and large, undisclosed payments via the Las Vegas mafia and others.

    Our great sympathy and empathy was originally with those of the Jewish religion who survived the holocaust, not with Zionism per se. Subsequently that was turned from empathy for their religious persecution to our endles agreement to their rechanneling the shekels we give them to our Money church.

    • Macon Richardson
      August 22, 2019 at 22:09

      You said, “In Israel as in Islamic states, religion and politics are welded together.” I don’t disagree. However, for the hard-of-thinking, the term “Islamic states” could easily be conflated with the idea of Muslim-majority states. This is not so. There are many Muslim-majority states that are not Islamic states. Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq leap immediately to mind. There are many others. Syria and Lebanon are and pre-invasion Iraq was very supportive and protective of their minority religions.

  7. Vera Gottlieb
    August 22, 2019 at 10:19

    And of course…the UK always sucking up to the US will no doubt obey Washington’s orders. Two peas in a pod…

  8. Ma Laoshi
    August 22, 2019 at 02:11

    As the article and other commenters are pointing out, such a move would be a predictable consequence of long-held, and openly stated, political positions by the principals; nobody can claim to feel betrayed. As long as the British (and not only them) continue to affirm “verily, jews are better and higher than we are ourselves”, it is not clear to me that they deserve better than they’re getting.

    The wording “the special link between the Trump and Johnson administrations”, like other such formulations, is misleading in that it suggests some symmetry and reciprocity. We don’t say “there is a link between the poodle and its master”–the poodle is on a leash, the master holds it.

  9. Rong Cao
    August 21, 2019 at 22:37

    If Johnson administration decide to move its embassy to Jerusalem, then the UK would have completely lost the minds and hearts of all Arab countries including Saudi Arabia. And who knows, if the UK has become an outright lapdog of the US, it will lose its persuasive values to help the US achieving Washington’s goals in somewhere else, and then the UK become just an isolated island country that will be useless in the Washington’s views since the Brexit has already rendered the UK no any value in counterbalancing the EU for the interests of America. Then by that time the US might even want to replace the UK with Germany to be the UN Security counsel in a big trade-off. Guess by then Johnson will enjoy his great retired life in Miami with his Jewish billionaires

  10. Gregory Herr
    August 21, 2019 at 21:37

    “Alison Weir is a journalist, author and public speaker. She is the author of Against Our Better Judgment – The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel. She is founder and executive director of If Americans Knew, a non-profit dedicated to accurately informing Americans. She is president of The Council for the National Interest, and has authored a pamphlet, The International Campaign to Criminalize Criticism of Israel. As a result, advocacy for Palestinian rights is on the way to being curtailed and even criminalized as “hate.” Today we discuss the re-definition of anti-Semitism to include criticism of Israel, and the insertion of this definition into the bodies of law of various countries.” —introduction to an interview with Alison Weir

    http://cloud2.snappages.com/1e722a97e2370503947cfcfb131723648d758603/transcript-The-Global-Campaign-to-Criminalize-Criticism-of-Israel.pdf

    This interview exposes the deeply insidious nature of the “Campaign”.

    • boxerwar
      August 24, 2019 at 08:36

      Recommended Reading…

      Zionism in the Age of Dictators,

      The History and Misuse of Antisemitism,

      20 Myth about Israel.

  11. mark
    August 21, 2019 at 21:04

    The UK stooge goys and 30 shekel whores in Westminster might as well just go the whole hog and move themselves to Jerusalem, never mind the embassy. It’d be so much easier and more convenient for them to kiss Zionist butts and earn their shekels.

  12. Anarcissie
    August 21, 2019 at 20:28

    And so the One-State Solution comes one step closer: a half-Arab state, whereof the Arabs will eventually have to be given equal status and equal rights, although a certain amount of sadly frantic fussing will no doubt have to precede that outcome.

  13. Maricata
    August 21, 2019 at 18:45

    And the fourth: it provides that Israel be the terrorist state of preference for the international ruling elites.

    all the embassy coupled with the new Silicon Zionism, reflects the fact that the ruling class sees nuclear Israel as their last hold out

  14. U people
    August 21, 2019 at 16:22

    You people are sad and grossly misinformed. It’s a shame because CN reporting is so strong elsewhere, but here you come off as a left-wing disinfo site to stoke the radicals a la Noam.

    • Josep
      August 23, 2019 at 17:09

      Got any evidence?

  15. rosemerry
    August 21, 2019 at 15:33

    With all the terrible events going on in the world, most of the worst set in train or helped by the USA and Israel, to make a big feature of this when the UK has already under the “Conservative Party” destroyed the lives of so many of its own citizens with its “austerity” ie poverty-making on a large scale is a disgrace.
    Johnson is a person with no idea or care about people who are poor, or not of his “class”. Extreme Zionism is considered normal. Real human needs and people are cast aside.

  16. Jill
    August 21, 2019 at 13:33

    This is really sad and really scary at the same time. Right now, human beings are facing a crisis for which the only chance we have of saving our beautiful planet and it’s myriad life forms is by coming together. Instead, the “leadership” class is doing everything in their power to create hatred and injustice between and against people.

    This seems to be the work of religious zealot armaggendenists. With such people, their desired goal is the destruction of this earth and their own taking of power over the cinder pile which is “left behind”. There is no ethical or rational argument such people will accept. Their desire for this outcome is based on what they consider the word of their god, or at least, the word of their god fits in well with their unbridled will to power.

    Of all the things people should be doing, this is certainly one of the worst. It is so cruel and it creates only evil. That any person would do this as a way to win votes or distinguish themselves is depraved. I can only think that such people are completely out of touch with basic reality. Longing for the end of one’s beautiful home, our earth, and sowing seeds of cruelty and injustice in the world is such an ugly vision for one’s own life, let alone the lives of others.

    I truly feel we need an immediate, peaceful revolution. There is no other way. This revolution needs every person of good will towards this earth and other people, coming together and redirecting how things are going.

  17. Guy
    August 21, 2019 at 13:16

    The political system in the UK is like snakes and ladders,full of twists and turns .Brexit is not a done deal and we will have to see what happens between now and the end of October before the zionists loving Brits can celebrate.

  18. chaco
    August 21, 2019 at 11:54

    Too bad that Boris made it into that seat of power (helped by the Jews of England). What has happened to the English people.? have they stopped thinking?

    • Maricata
      August 21, 2019 at 18:46

      Decades of no education, a deplorable culture and steady decline

  19. caseyf5
    August 21, 2019 at 11:14

    Hello Craig Murray and Everyone, The good news is that this will make the US and the UK more vulnerable in the future to their economic and physical destruction by much of the rest of the world. The bad news is that the US and the UK will provide much of the destruction around the globe!

  20. Drew Hunkins
    August 21, 2019 at 10:48

    “..they anticipate that Labour opposition to the move can be used to yet again raise accusations of “anti-Semitism” against Jeremy Corbyn,..”

    If this doesn’t prove that pro-Israel zealots and the power they wield are on par with 1950s McCarthyism, I don’t know what does.

  21. August 21, 2019 at 10:01

    Move embassy’s? Really? Personally I think it’s high time we American’s and our British cousins are honest with ourselves and we both just move each nation’s capitals, Congress and Parliament included, off to Jerusalem. I mean the current arrangement isn’t really fooling anyone anymore is it? Bolton and Abrams could then talk to Bibi in person whenever they want. The CIA and Mossad can share office space. Planning the next false flag attack in Syria could then take place over a beer in the lunch room, no electronic communication necessary. This should have happened years ago. We could think of it as a move in the name of “transparency.”

    • Steve Naidamast
      August 21, 2019 at 13:39

      An excellent suggestion! Then when these three start their war against Iran, Iran will be able to win the government-destruction trifecta by simply taking all 3 governments out at once…

    • michael
      August 21, 2019 at 18:57

      I too like the idea!
      People seem to forget that Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995 with bipartisan veto-proof support (Senate (93–5) and the House (374–37)). By American law Jerusalem has been recognized as our Embassy since 1995.
      In 2017 the Senate “unanimously passed a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of reunification of Jerusalem and called upon the President and all United States officials to abide by the Jerusalem Embassy Act’s provisions”. Which Trump did.
      Why won’t our European poodles go along with AIPAC?

  22. August 21, 2019 at 09:32

    The Situation in the western strategic direction continues to deteriorate Tense Environment Shoigu worried about the situation of the western border

    Tense environment: Shoigu worries about the situation on the western borders

  23. Sally Snyder
    August 21, 2019 at 08:06

    Here is an article that looks at how Israel is slowly but surely annexing the West Bank:

    https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/08/creeping-annexation-of-west-bank-and.html

    Israel’s moves in the West Bank have sent one very clear message to Palestinians; the two-state solution is dead. A one-state reality for Israel and Palestine is now firmly in place.

  24. geeyp
    August 21, 2019 at 03:50

    Always good to have Craig share over here his insight into UK politics. We need this, and more on the UK control over US policies. Ya see, it works yin and yang.

  25. Abe
    August 21, 2019 at 02:52

    Boris Johnson made clear his strong support for Israel while foreign minister, lauding the “genius of Israel” at an October 2017 parliamentary reception marking 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and expressing his pride in “Britain’s part in creating Israel” in a Daily Telegraph op-ed.

    In May 2019, the Times of Israel claimed that Johnson’s maternal great-grandfather was a rabbi from Lithuania, and that he also has a connection to one of Britain’s leading Jewish families: Johnson’s father’s second wife, Jenny, is the stepdaughter of Edward Sieff, the philanthropist and former chairman of retail giant Marks & Spencer.

    Roughly 60% of the Jewish community in Britain lives in Greater London, and Johnson’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns for Mayor of London received significant backing from Jewish donors. Johnson promptly signed London up to an international “antisemitism” opposition initiative.

    As Mayor of London, Johnson demonstrated support for Israel by opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. He intervened in a row over a controversial sponsorship deal between Transport for London and Emirates Airline, Johnson declared that he could “not think of anything more foolish” than BDS.

    As May’s foreign secretary, Johnson took a robust stance against Israel’s international critics, For example, he called the UN Human Rights Council concerns about Israel “preposterous” and “absurd”.

    Johnson famously called Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital a “moment of opportunity” for peace. His acceptance of Trump’s decision brought accusations of “making policy up on the hoof” and weakening Britain’s long-stated position on this important issue.

    Johnson remains deep in the pockets of the pro-Israel Lobby in the UK.

    Meanwhile the pro-Israel lobby is leading a witch hunt against Labour Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn.

    Corbyn has always supported the cause of Palestinian rights and viewed Israel skeptically, breaking the Blaririte mould of knee-jerk support for Israel. He has questioned the credibility of British “intelligence” claims that Iran was “definitely” or “almost certainly” responsible for the attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.

    The goal of Israel and the pro-Israel Lobby to neutralize politicians and movements around the world that threaten to hold Israel accountable for its wholesale violations of international law.

    Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory on the the West Bank and Jerusalem, Gaza siege, wars in Lebanon and Gaza, international assassination campaigns, illegal annexation of the Golan Heights, warmongering against Syria and Iran and much more are legitimate causes of criticism.

    For example, claiming that Israel is a “racist endeavor’” is in no way “antisemitic”. In fact, it is a justified critique, as Israel’s most recent passage of the Jews-Only Nation State law shows.

    The charges of “antisemitism” being thrown at Corbyn’s party are not based on religious prejudice, which is the traditional definition of the term. Rather, they are purely political in nature and are part of a carefully orchestrated campaign to drive a wedge between Labour and its electorate.

    The pro-Israel Lobby groups and individuals behind the campaign to destroy the Labour Party under Corbyn have latched onto anti-Semitism because they know they cannot win the argument fairly. They know that Britain has little stomach for Israel’s mass violence against the Palestinians.

    The activities of the pro-Israel Lobby involve blatant interference by Israel in the UK’s democracy:

    The Lobby Episode 4: The Takedown
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pddH2sfNKNY&t=186s

    In the Al Jareeza documentary series, The Lobby, Israeli embassy official Shai Masot was recorded as seeking in a conversation with a British civil servant to “take down” British politicians, including Alan Duncan, then Minister of State for Europe and the Americas. Crispin Blunt, chair of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, was said to be on a “hitlist”.

    Masot was also recorded as seeking to promote the establishment of a pro-Israel youth organisation, intended to be linked to the existing Labour Friends of Israel. He was also recorded as telling Joan Ryan, Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, that he had £1 million for MPs to take trips to Israel.

    The film included an interview with Jackie Walker, who told Al Jazeera that “I would say there is a crisis in the way the anti-Semitism is being manipulated and being used by certain parts – not just in the Labour Party but other parties and the media to discredit Jeremy Corbyn and a number of his supporters”.

    The Israeli ambassador, Mark Regev apologized to Alan Duncan for the comments made by Masot. Masot was sent back to Israel and resigned, as did the civil servant involved.

    The Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, called on the Commons foreign affairs committee to conduct an inquiry into what appeared to be improper interference in British politics by a foreign power. The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, wrote to the Prime Minister along the same lines. Alex Salmond, the Scottish National Party’s foreign affairs spokesman, also asked for a full investigation.

    However, Boris Johnson, then Foreign Secretary, rejected calls to take action against the Israeli embassy and said “the matter can be considered closed.”

    The pro-Israel Lobby in the UK continues to use a very similar playbook to the pro-Israel Lobby in the United States.

    Johnson’s bromance with Trump and his recent meeting with Bolton assures that there would be no daylight between the UK under Johnson and US under Trump in terms of their allegiance to the pro-Israel Lobby.

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