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)

Sunday 10 March 2019

A Z Word in Scotland ... defending Jeremy Corbyn

Gaza-born, LSE-educated economist Dr Husam Zomlot is officially described on his Twitter page as "Ambassador, Head of Palestinian Mission to the UK, former Head of PLO General Delegation to the US, Strategic Affairs Advisor to President of Palestine".  If his name seems vaguely familiar, that may be because in 2014 he clarified remarks of his that led to the accusation that he is a Holocaust denier.  Or it may be because in September last year he was expelled from the United States by the Trump administration when the Palestinian mission in that country was closed down.

Image: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
In the month following that expulsion, he became head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK. To quote a press release 
"HE Ambassador Husam Zomlot presented his credentials as head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK to The Rt Hon Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, yesterday. Ambassador Zomlot was received by Mr. Alistair Burt at the Foreign Office.
Dr. Zomlot presented a letter to the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, from the Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr. Riyad al-Maliki. Mr Alistair Burt similarly presented a letter to Dr. Zomlot in which the British government welcomed him as head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK and expressed the desire of the UK government to strengthen cooperation with Palestine and deepen the unique and historic relationship between the British and the Palestinian people.
The letter emphasised the British government’s full commitment to achieving a two-state solution through the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. The letter also stated that the UK government looked forward to a constructive relationship between the British Foreign Office and the Palestinian Mission to the UK.
For his part, Dr. Zomlot expressed the hope that the directive of President Mahmoud Abbas to upgrade the relationship between the two countries was achieved at all levels. Dr. Zomlot added that he highly appreciated the very warm and senior reception at ministerial level from the UK government and vowed to continue the work of his predecessors in advancing British-Palestinian relations, particularly at this critical juncture for both Palestine and the UK."
And this month Dr Zomlot has been wowing the Scots, by the look of things.

He was warmly welcomed to the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh.

And by Eve Bolander, the Lord Provost of Glasgow:

And, as reported here, he
'was given a VIP tour of Celtic Park as he thanked Hoops fans for their incredible crowdfunding efforts three years ago.
Mr [sic]Husam Zomlot touched down in Scotland this week for the first time since taking his new role as Palestine's head of mission to the UK.
In 2016, the Scottish champions were fined £8,000 for a huge pro-Palestine fan demonstration against Israeli outfit Hapoel Beer Sheva.
But the charge was dwarfed by the £176,000 raised online for Middle East charities in a bid by fans to match what they thought would be a far harder hit.
And Mr Zomlot paid homage to the extraordinary sum raised by thanking the club and its supporters today during a trip to the stadium....
The Celtic fans' campaign was backed by Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters in 2016, who played a montage of pictures of the Green Brigade waving Palestinian flags during one of his packed out concerts.
The music icon said at the time: "Thousands of Celtic supporters turned up, they carried Palestinian flags and banners.UEFA, in its incredible imbecility decided to fine Celtic for that display of inappropriate images and banners. So the supporters banded together, great Glaswegians that they are, and said, ‘We’re not having that’. They started a fund that was called ‘match the fine’ and they distributed it to Palestinian charities. Good on you Celtic supporters, I’m an Arsenal supporter myself, but in this particular instance I’m with you all the way.”...'

While in Dundee, trades unionists breakfasted with him:

Yes, that looks suspiciciously like Dr Zomlot's old friend Corbyn, in the picture below!  He was in Dundee for the Labour Party's Scottish Conference.

 And at a fringe meeting of the party chaired by Pauline McNeill MSP, Dr Zomlot received a standing ovation after delivering a speech in which he did his best to exculpate Corbyn from the stain of antisemitism:

As reported here,
'Jeremy Corbyn does not have a "shred or ounce or iota of hate" in his heart, Palestine's chief diplomat has insisted.
Dr Husam Zomlot launched a heartfelt defence of the Labour leader as his party continues to be engulfed in rows over anti-Semitism.
Speaking at a fringe meeting during the Scottish Labour conference in Dundee, Mr Zomlot said he first met Mr Corbyn 20 years ago and described him as "dignified but modest man".
He said: "Any cause that has to do with the rights of people, with equality, with fighting racism and hatred – Jeremy Corbyn is there, under the rain, under the most severe circumstances.
"You want to tell me that person has hate in his heart? No.
"That's the person I know for a long period of time."
His comments came as Labour peers wrote an open letter to Mr Corbyn describing his party's handling of anti-Semitism complaints as an "embarrassing mess".
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission is considering launching a formal investigation into whether Labour has "unlawfully discriminated" against Jewish people.
He said he sensed "some hesitation today among our friends, who worry that their support for Palestinian rights will be misconstructed".
Quoting US Senator Bernie Sanders, he said anti-Semitism "is being used to stifle debate about Israel".
But he added: "Let me be clear here: anti-Semitism is real. It is absolutely real. And like all forms of bigotry and racism, it is abhorrent.
"There is no 'but' here. There is absolutely no 'but' here. It is real and it must be fought."
He added: "There is no contradiction in fighting anti-Semitism and also fighting for the Palestinian cause. It is the same struggle."...'

Ah, but are we comparing like with like, MsMcneill?

Like Melanie Phillips, many hardly think so.
Meanwhile, a BDS battlecry from Scottish PSC chief Mick Napier

And across the Irish Sea ...


  1. Ancient Roman historians identified
    JEWS as the inhabitants of Land
    of Israel, and located the Jewish Temple
    in Jerusalem


    Who are the Palestinians?


    Winston Churchill said this in 1937 CE:

    “[Winston] Churchill did not accept that the Jews
    were a foreign race [to the Holy Land]. He said it was
    the Arabs who had been the outsiders, the conquerors.”

    SOURCE: Churchill and the Jews
    (chapter 10, page 115) by Martin Gilbert, year 2007 CE

    Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister
    from 1940 to 1945 CE and from 1951 to 1955 CE.


    According to the Wikipedia internet encyclopedia,
    these lands were conquered by the Rashidun Caliphs,
    from year 632 to year 661 of the Common Era
    (from west to East): Libya, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon,
    Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Eastern Turkey, and Iran.

    Therefore, Winston Churchill was correct when
    he said that the Muslims were the outsiders
    and conquerors, with respect to the land of Israel.


    Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

    “Palestinians have learned the political
    value of invoking human rights rhetoric.

    Indeed, Former U.S. State Department
    official Alan Keyes has argued that by
    changing the terms of the Mideast debate
    from a political issue between Israel
    and the Arab states into a human rights
    complaint by occupied Palestinians,
    the PLO has won an undeserved political
    and diplomatic advantage.

    Palestinian political organizations now
    present themselves as human rights
    organizations, and the media fall for it.”

    SOURCE: Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz
    (chapter 7, page 230) published in year 1991
    by Little Brown & Co ISBN: 9780316181372 ISBN: 0316181374

  2. Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

    “There is yet a third strain of the
    current virus of anti-Semitism, this
    one even more difficult to diagnose.

    Its danger lies in its subtlety,
    its pervasiveness, and its acceptability
    at all levels of our society.

    This is a phenomenon familiar to
    all of us, yet difficult to articulate
    and expose: the singling out of Jewish
    institutions and especially Israel for
    special scrutiny, and the application of
    a double-standard to Jewish things and persons.

    This phenomenon, which currently has
    no accepted name, assumes a variety
    of forms, but its most obvious
    manifestation is the special and
    often gloating attention paid by
    the media, [and] by intellectuals,
    and by the government to any
    deviation by Israel, no matter
    how trivial, from the highest
    norms of humans rights, civility,
    and sacrifice.

    Though Israel may be deserving of
    criticism, what is missing is the
    comparable criticism of equal
    or greater violations by other
    countries and other groups.

    This constant, often legitimate
    criticism of Israel for every one
    of it deviations, when coupled
    with the absence of legitimate
    criticism of others, creates
    the impression currently prevalent
    on university campuses and in
    the press that Israel is among
    the worst rights violators in the world."

    SOURCE: Chutzpah
    by Alan M. Dershowitz (chapter 4, page 119)
    published year 1991 by Little Brown & Co
    ISBN: 9780316181372 * ISBN: 0316181374

    Leon Kushner said:

    “Israel is not perfect. No country is.

    But attacking the only Jewish state
    and ignoring the rest of the world’s
    bad players is anti-Semitic, plain and simple.”

    It’s Hard to Raise Jewish
    Children in an Anti-Israel World

    by Leon Kushner, 2018 July 25


    “Pornographic files are commonly found
    on the computers captured when terrorists
    are arrested or killed—including the
    computers captured when terrorists are
    arrested or killed—including computers
    found in the Bin Laden compound.

    Nor are animals safe: a sniper rifle
    sight using thermal imagery captured
    two Taliban fighters satisfying
    themselves with a donkey.”

    SOURCE: Al Qaeda, the Islamic
    State, and the Global Jihadist Movement:
    What Everyone Needs to Know

    (chapter 3, page 68) by Daniel Byman,
    Oxford University Press, year 2015,
    ISBN: 019021726X (paperback) ISBN: 9780190217266
    (paperback) ISBN: 0190217251 ISBN: 9780190217259

    Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre Aftermath:


    Who are the Palestinians?


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