Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

For the Love of Lucy: Sizer rallies his troops

Sussex Friends of Israel protest the St James's stunt

(At left: the truth about Israel's much maligned separation barrier, by Sussex Friends of Israel.)

If, over the next few days, the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, receives a slew of identical or near-identical letters commending the antisemitic stunt at St James's Piccadilly, and defending its rector (and chair of the Israel-bashing Amos Trust), the Rev. Lucy Winkett, who broke her silence by making this weak and wretched excuse for the church's conduct, the reason will be not far to seek.

Perhaps alarmed at the progress that the petition (see my previous post; go on, sign it!) deploring the Israel-demonising shenanegans of the Rev. Winkett, and her Piccadilly church, in alliance with their dodgy allies such as Interpal, seems to be making, along with press articles condemning St James's grubby stunt, our old chum the Rev. Stephen Sizer is urging his followers to send the good bishop a letter in the lady's defence. 

Ever-zealous in the anti-Israel cause, he's helpfully suggested what they should write:

 Among those quick to respond on Facebook to the vicar's rallying call is this lady:

Surely this is not the lady who back in 2007 reportedly sent an email as follows [emphasis added] to the JCI (Jewish Community Information) at the Board of Deputies:
From: Pamela Hardyment
Sent: 26 May 2007 13:53
You are worried about Dafur!!!!!!!!!!! Yet you have in a wonderful Nazi like killing machine (thousands of palestinians have died or are incarcerated in camps, including Gaza and the West Bank) backed by the world's richest jews and , you are joking about Darfur aren't you?
Whatever you say, and I don't want to hear what you have to say because it will be the same old rhetoric, we in the UK have had enough of Israel, we (the NUJ of which I am a member) have finally voted to boycott Israeli goods (I have been doing this since 1957 so it just legitimises it and spreads the word, all items with 7.29 in the bar code, Jaffa Carmel, etc) - universities will bring in an academic boycott and architects are now joining in too. It won't stop there, we will do all in our power to make sure that you do not take any more land (you have already taken mine and refuse to pay for it). We can no longer send money to the PLO or Hamas, but we are sending people, we are not afraid of your wall, your evil soldiers (and you worry about one missing soldier, ha!) and will continue. We used to be mild, respected you because of the so called holocaust (a nice round number 6 million, what about the homosexuals, gypsies, deformed, dissenters, they NEVER get a mention and my family were among them)
So yes, we are very angry, we are working against Israel whereas before we supported you, and we will do all in our collective power to make life as uncomfortable for you as you make it for the Palestinians, shame on you, shame on all jews, may your lives be cursed
Yours with no shame whatsoever and no fear
pam hardyment
 That email prompted Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard to observe:
'Those arguing for a boycott seek to present themselves as opponents of Israeli government policy rather than antisemites. Yes, it should go without saying that it is perfectly possible to oppose the policies of the Israeli government without being antisemitic. I do it myself. And it is, at least in theory, perfectly possible even to be anti-Zionist and oppose the very existence of Israel without being an antisemite.
But do not be fooled about what is going on. Some of those supporting a boycott are clearly the ‘useful idiots’ of the antisemites; they are not themselves antisemitic but are too blinded with hatred for to realise the real nature of their allies. But it is - and I'll put it no stronger than this - quite remarkable how many of those who call for a boycott, on whatever grounds, turn out to be plain old antisemites.
.... Her email gives the game away, exposing how much of the support for a boycott is suffused with antisemitism, pure and simple.
Ms Hardyment’s sentiments are representative of the underlying views of many boycott supporters. The references to the “Nazi like killing machinea¦ backed by the world's richest jews and America”, the “so called holocaust (a nice round number 6 milliona¦)” and “shame on all jews, may your lives be cursed”, may be more obvious than some of the more sly proponents of a boycott, who are careful to couch their arguments in apparently reasonable language; but antisemitism is antisemitism, whatever the tone in which it is expressed.'


  1. Why are we waiting? Lets send our own letters to Richard Chartres and emails too

  2. Nathan, I will try to post his contact details when I can. They may be on google but I am unable to check at present.

  3. Here you go

    I laughed whilst looking thsi up. It appears these days there si a Bishop of Stepney.

    What does he do?

    Administer to Muslims?

    1. Thanks, Shirlee. Only just got this comment - it was languishing in spam.
      See my posting of the contact details (below) which includes smail mail. Funny that londin is in the email and not london, but that is correct.
      I hadn't rescued your post from spam when I looked up the details.

    2. btw, Shirlee, there was a Bishop of Stepney's Fund, which was for the conversion of Jews to Christianity - I suppose you encountered it in the East End. I wonder whether it still exists.

  4. I love Lucy as much as those Christians do, we are enjoined to love our fellow men and women, and because l love Lucy I pray for her redemption that she realises the error of her ways in turning her back on the Jewish people from whom came her Redeemer.

    1. Hope you will have a quiet word with the Bishop, Veronica - email or snail mail ...

  5. what does Sizer mean by "Lucy will suffer" ?

  6. Chartres knew abou it yet did bugger all to stop it?

    1. To try to put a charitable view on matters: quite possibly he was unaware of how huge and how costly the mock wall would be. Perhaps he envisioned a model the size of an average Nativity scene. Then, to save face, he felt forced to defend her.
      All the more reason why Nathan's suggestion that we write to him is a good one.
      The bishop's unsatisfactory response is given here:
      He should be made fully aware of how monstrous we think the church's stunt was.

  7. Here are the Rt Revd Richard Chartres' contact details. Please keep any messages to him courteous; we don't want to get him offside.

    email him via his personal assistant:

    Snail Mail:
    Rt Revd Richard Chartres,
    Bishop of Lindon
    The Old Deanery
    Dean's Court
    EC4V 5AA

  8. A must-read here. Dennis McEoin's opinon of St. James Piccadilly's wall stunt, Stephen Sizer (who I do not believe actually founded Sabeel) and his letter to Rector Winkles:

    1. Wonderful article. Many thanks indeed!!!

  9. Anon, Thanks for the comment you just sent - content noted, but I dare not post it because I might get sued for defamation if I do.