Now, this grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, son of the late Cabinet minister and life peer Christopher Soames, and chum of Prince Charles, has hastened to put his name to an "Early Day" motion in Parliament to the following effect:
"That this House condemns the abysmally low proportion of non-Jewish, African asylum seekers who have been granted refugee status in Israel; notes with concern that less than one per cent of applications by African refugees are successful; further notes that Israel's closest neighbours, Jordan and Lebanon, have each accepted millions of refugees fleeing Syria; commends the work of Hotline for Refugees and Migrants Israel, and the Assaf Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel in promoting African refugee rights in Israel; and calls on the Government to demand immediate action from the Israeli government to behave in line with international legal norms and obligations."What some people will stoop to in order to kick Israel, huh?
I wonder what other motions he has put his name to, concerning real human rights abuses in benighted corners of the world.
Since he's been described as the "most sexist" MP, perhaps he could make amends by introducing motions condemning the abuse of women and girls in various Islamic countries.
But wait! It seems from this BBC report that Soames believes that the UK should restrict immigration in its national interest (strange, then, that he has the chutzpah to expect Israel to do differently!):
'Mr Soames had blamed the previous Labour administration for its "chaotic, ill-thought out and deeply irresponsible approach to immigration".
Under its watch, he said, the UK had witnessed "the greatest wave of immigration... in nearly 1,000 years".
The popularity of the petition, which calls for "all necessary measures" to be taken to ensure the population stays "well below" 70 million and has been signed by more than 143,000 people, had provided a "clear indicator of the very grave public concern about the scale of immigration to this country", Mr Soames added.
Although immigration was a "natural and essential part of an open economy" with some benefits, there were pragmatic causes for concern, he said.
He told MPs: "In the coming 15 years we will have to build, just for new immigrants and their families, the equivalent of eight of the largest cities outside London... together with all their associated social infrastructure, of schools, roads, hospitals, railways, and all the rest."'See also here
Others who have rushed to sign the motion are the new heroine of the Left, youthful SNP prodigy Mhairi Black (pictured below), the perennially anti-Israel former leader of the UK Greens, Caroline Lucas, and the man who's in the current contest to be Labour leader (and is expected to win), Jeremy Corbyn.
Regarding Corbyn, be sure to look at Richard Millett's blog here
As I point out in a comment regarding a contention Corbyn makes on one of Richard's videos:
'Who were the “Jewish Cabinet members” Corbyn has in mind? There was only one Jewish Cabinet member, Edwin Montagu – and he was notable for his opposition to Zionism. As Prof W.D. Rubinstein wrote in an article that has been seized upon by the anti-Israel Balfour Project website, which put it on in their essential reading “archives” where it remains, Leopold Amery, who made the final draft of the Balfour Declaration, was the son of an ethnically Jewish (Christian) mother and sympathetic to the Jewish cause. But that hardly justifies the “some of the Jewish Cabinet members imposed” contention.' (And now he's trying to wriggle out of it! There was no "Lord Montagu" Mr Corbyn, just plain Mister.)