Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby

My post earlier today about Richard Desmond’s paper, the Daily Express, and its role in whipping up anti-Muslim prejudice in the UK served to remind me of one of the finest pieces of programming on UK television in recent years: Peter Oborne’s November 2009 C4 Dispatches investigation “Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby“.

According to the blurb on the C4 website, Oborne’s investigation looked at:

“…one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel.

“Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which collectively are known as the pro-Israel lobby.

“Political commentator Peter Oborne sets out to establish who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying.”

The programme itself (48 mins) can be viewed via this link, but do also read the superb and highly informative accompanying pamphlet written by Peter Oborne and James Jones.

And, of course, a couple of years ago, Professors Mearsheimer and Walt took a brave and detailed look at the workings of the Israel Lobby in the United States in their must-read best-selling book, “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy“.

To my mind there really is no question that many figures in the pro-Israel lobby have played and continue to play a major and insidious role in fomenting anti-Muslim prejudice in the West in order to further their pro-Israel agenda.

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5 Responses to Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby

  1. Inayat, and why exactly shouldn’t British Jews lobby for Israel in the same way that, say, British Pakistanis lobby for Pakistan or Muslims in general? Israel is a small country surrounded by fanatical enemies. It also has its fair share of haters living in the West. And as someone once said, Israel is the West’s canary down the mine; if Israel falls to barbaric Islamism, the West will soon follow. This is why I, and countless other non-Jews like myself, will continue to support Israel and Jewish people in general.

    As for the rubbish about “fomenting anti-Muslim prejudice”, well the less I say about that the better. Incidentally, can I take it that you didn’t think the BBC Panorama programme “Death in the Med”, which exposed the so-called Gaza peace activists for what they were, as being “one of the finest pieces of programming on UK television in recent years”?

  2. Count: British Jews are free to lobby on behalf of Israel if they wish. Others are also free to point out how outrageously influential certain lobbies have become and who bankrolls them.

    I don’t quite agree with your definition of Israel as ‘a small country surrounded by fanatical enemies.’ I think ‘an outlaw militarist state generously funded by the USA and built on land stolen from others’ is more to the point.

    I haven’t seen the Panorama programme you refer to. Do you have any comment to make about how Richard Desmond’s paper the Daily Express has been playing an ignoble role in stirring up prejudice against Muslims? Can you think of any national UK paper which has a Muslim proprietor and does the same to UK Jews with similar front page headlines to ‘Muslim Plot to Kill Pope’?

  3. 'Uthmān says:

    @Count: ‘Death in the Med’ was deceptive. Please refer to the following link:

    Ken O’Keefe: An open letter to BBC Panorama’s Jane Corbin : http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3499%3Aken-okeefe-an-open-letter-to-bbc-panoramas-jane-corbin&catid=530%3Ainternational-voices&Itemid=200489

  4. Uthman, no death in the Med was not deceptive, it just didn’t say the things the Israel-haters wanted to hear; it was fairly objective, and stuck to the facts backed up by film footage shot by the war activists themselves. As for Ken O’Keefe, he’s just an ignorant tattooed clown. The BBC is not pro-Israel; on the contrary, because it is staffed by so many left-wing/liberal idiots its output is mostly biased unfairly against the Jewish state.

    And with regard to left-wing/liberal idiots, it is interesting that their idol, Fidel Castro, had this to say in a recent interview with Jeffrey Goldberg about Israel:

    “I asked him, during the course of our first conversation: “Do you think the State of Israel, as a Jewish State, has a right to exist?”

    Fidel Castro answered, “Si, sin ninguna duda” — “Yes, without a doubt.”

  5. MisterTee says:

    Count

    Your beloved Israel is no canary. It’s more akin to a vulture. Israel is the only nation on Earth extending its lawful borders, and the only nation to reserve land on the basis of race. We went to war against Nazi Germany and Iraq for territorial expansionism, the only reason we do not do so against Israel is because of AIPAC’s mendacious hold over the US Congress and Britain’s recently cemented poodle status. Richard Desmond, Conrad Black, the Barclay Brothers etc are all Likudists and the BBC since Dyke has been running scared of the powers that be.

    Love and kisses.

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