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)

Monday, 30 May 2016

"Police Have Been Informed" Tweets Israel-Defaming Schoolgirl as Anti-Israel Forces Rally [updated]

Remember my brief penultimate post regarding a London schoolgirl's slander of Israel?  Well, that favourite blogger of mine, Edgar Davidson, has done an absolutely sterling job in following it up, and the brilliant Brian of London has made a superb must-be-watched video in response to Leanne's, addressed to her, and her headmaster and coaches. 

*See note at end of this post for petition to sign

Not only has Edgar Davidson written three marvellous posts on the topic (the first here), showing, in the latest, apparent influences on young Leanne in the formation of her views, but (being never a mere keyboard warrior) he has been instrumental in persuading the Speakers Trust (to its great credit, the more so in its speedy response) to deny Leanne and her speech a further platform under its auspices.

Its CEO, Julie Holness, has informed him:
"Thank you very much for your email, which my colleague Rebecca Griffiths has this morning forwarded to me. We take your concerns very seriously.  
 Every year thousands of young people are trained in the art of public speaking. They are encouraged to speak out on something they feel passionately about and of course they bring with them their history and culture and beliefs.  
There are, however, two fundamental rules that are made explicit during the training:
    - the speech must have a positive and uplifting message - in fact this is one of the core terms of the agreement with the Jack Petchey Foundation.
    - a speaker should never inflame or offend the audience or insult others and this, by definition, means that propaganda is ruled out absolutely from the outset.
It is, however, the school that votes through its most talented speaker in an Assembly final and an independent panel of judges from the local community who select their regional winner. Speeches at this level will have been further developed and even rewritten, with the training guidelines but without our input on content. Judges do not mark a speaker down because they disagree with a point of view but they are clearly briefed on the those guidelines. Unfortunately, with over 18,000 young people trained annually, a speech that does not observe these ground rules may very rarely get through on passion and delivery.  
 Last Saturday a Speakers Trust and Jack Petchey Foundation judging panel decided unanimously against sending Leanne Mohamad through to the next stage and she will not be speaking at the Grand Final. These were precisely our concerns.  
As a Speakers Trust trainer I was responsible for managing the schools in Redbridge and I have a close affinity with the region. Please let me know if you would like me to forward your email to Wanstead High School so that your comments and reservations may be heard..." 
Mr Davidson has stressed that he has not advocated removal or censorship of the video of the speech, only that Leanne's defamation of Israel is counterbalanced by the truth.

But that, of course, has not prevented such reactions as this:

 As for Leanne:

 "... about love and peace?"

Sure thing.

Meanwhile, headmaster Hamlyn's response has yet to come ...

From Wanstead High School's Twitter page, a small sample of the condemnation it's rightly received for permitting Leanne to promote her defamation of Israel:

Tardily, the Jewish Chronicle  wakes up to the story

Update: The PSC and others of its ilk have begun a counter-offensive, prompting this unclear statement :
Statement from Speakers Trust
May 30, 2016
Our primary duty of care is to the young people we work with and we cannot tolerate any form of insult or abuse. We are concerned and saddened that Leanne’s experience has been less than positive.
Leanne Mohamad is the Redbridge Regional Final winner and there has never been any suggestion that she should be disqualified. Almost 190,000 young people have spoken out over the years on any topic which they feel passionately about and none has ever been banned from the process or silenced.
We are, however, a small charity without the capacity to moderate comments 24 hours a day and it was considered essential to protect Leanne by temporarily suspending the regional video over the bank holiday, until we were able to consult with her school and family.
Of 37 talented regional Champions only fifteen can be voted through to the Grand Final. This selection process took place on Saturday 21st May based on standard judging criteria and without any external influence or input.
The general “rules” of effective public speaking are guidelines to help speakers to create a speech that will connect with a large and diverse audience and every speech was judged on its own merits. At the heart of what we do lies the determination that all of our young speakers, irrespective of background, race or creed, should be able to speak out in a safe and supportive environment.
 Here's the text of a circular letter from "anti-Zionists" who seem totally unconcerned that lies and blood libels have been spread.
 Letter to
Trudy Kilcullen - Chief Executive Officer Jack Petchey Foundation
councillor wanstead council sheila bain
Bob Hamlyn Wanstead Highschool, london
MP John Cryer
I am writing to request that you uncensor Leanne Muhamad of Wansted High School, the British Palestinian Award winning schoolgirl.Leanne Muhamad won the "Speak out" challenge after giving an impressive performance to enthusiastic applause. However one day later, following complaints from extremist anti-Palestinian blogger Edgar Davidson to the Speakers Trust (the charity that trains the students to take part in the Speak Out Challenge) you have now decided against sending Leanne Mohamad through to the final rounds of the competition.Julie Holness, CEO of the Speakers Trust, alleged that Ms Mohamad had breached “two fundamental rules that are made explicit during the training”. She said: “There are two fundamental rules that are made explicit during the training: the speech must have a positive and uplifting message - in fact this is one of the core terms of the agreement with the Jack Petchey Foundation [and] a speaker should never inflame or offend the audience or insult others and this, by definition, means that propaganda is ruled out absolutely from the outset.These "two fundamantal rules" are not written as Ms Holness shared them - and also were taken out of context - it is not stated anywhere about an "uplifting message" nor is it stated anywhere about "insulting others" nor any reference to "propaganda" in the topics recommended: Topics (note not rules) should be presented in a positive/constructive manner even if the subject is of a more serious or hard-hitting nature.Leanne Muhamad's chosen topic is extremely serious and she approached it in a highly meaningful and passionate way, as a call to peace. This is an uplifting message and I am writing to ask that you uncensor her and allow her to proceed in the competition, so that her voice can be heard and to repect the freedom of expression as laid down by the law.
An "uplifting message"?  Well, yes, for antisemites.

Oh, the irony (from this website):

This London teacher, commenting on the decision to withdraw Leanne's speech from the remainder of the competition surely misses the point, as do numerous others whose opposition to the decision is less politely expressed.  Leanne's speech is inflammatory, inappropriate and unacceptable not because it presents its case but because (probably unwittingly on her part) it presents its case via falsehoods and  misrepresentations, thus maligning Israel in a damaging and defamatory way, as so ably shown by Brian of London.  Schoolchildren should not be exposed to an anti-Israel message that relies on lies and blood libels.

Incidentally, here's a current article in the Melbourne press regarding the propagandistic play City by the Sea that has found its way onto the school-leavers' exam curriculum in the state of Victoria (other states, watch out!), news of which I broke on this blog.  Anti-Israel propaganda aimed at schools seems to be de rigueur these days.

* NB Brian of London's excellent refutation of Leanne's misrepresentations that malign Israel forms the basis of a petition here (please sign and spread the word)

Brian is also wonderful here, but the studio host's remarks are in places unfortunate, and the video title is outrageous and unwarranted:


  1. More good news --

  2. Nathan of Plaza30 May 2016 at 22:24

    Daphne this dude has serious issues!

    1. Thanks for that read, Nathan. How any fair-minded person (fair-minded being the operative word) could watch Brian of London's impressive video and still feel that way I really don't know.

  3. Brigitte Gabriel explained:

    Al Qaeda and Islamic imams are able to convert felons in America’s prison system because Islam appeals to the mentality of the aggressor: Imagine, for example, the following situation. An imam working in a federal prison approaches a felon incarcerated on rape charges. The imam explains to the prisoner that in Islam, Allah created women to be the property of men, to do with them whatever they desire, at any time. And if the woman is disobedient, he can beat her and it is his right to do so in the eyes of Allah.

    Koran, chapter 33, paragraph 51:
    “You may have whomever you desire; there is no blame.”

    Tabari, chapter IX, paragraph 113:
    “Allah permits you to shut them [women] in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. Treat women well because they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in this.

    Suddenly the prisoner is a good person in the eyes of Islam, although he is a rapist in the eyes of the West. Why wouldn’t he convert if Islam feeds his deepest desire to rape?

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (chapter 4, page 82) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

  4. Replies
    1. No, shame on the Israel-haters who think that it is acceptable to malign the Jewish state with blood libels.

  5. No doubt the Hitler Youth had public speaking competitions
    Training a child to rant racist lies and abuse in public is a particularly vile form of child abuse.
    Her teachers and coaches should be prosecuted.

    1. There's a petition you may be interested in, Geoff

  6. Signed and shared on my Facebook page.

    Thanks Daphne.

  7. Jonathan Gornall - a British journalist who writes for a newspaper in the viscerally Israel-hating UAE, infamous as one of the most oppressive places in the world, where democracy is non-existent, where women are subjugated, and where the press (unlike the Israeli press) is not free - adds his two cents' worth: