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.”
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.