‘The Cold War on British Muslims’

The wonderful people behind SpinWatch have produced a new report called ‘The Cold War on British Muslims.’ It examines the influence over the government wielded by two right-wing think tanks, Policy Exchange and Douglas Murray’s Centre for Social Cohesion (now absorbed into the Henry Jackson Society).

SpinWatch say that their report:

“…reveals for the first time the network of individuals and foundations that are bankrolling both think-tanks.  Donors identified in the report include the neoconservative Rosenkranz Foundation in the United States, and hardline Zionists like Lord Kalms and the late Cyril Stein in the UK.  It reveals that both think-tanks share major donors with a number of controversial organisations including the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, the Israel-Diaspora Trust (an organisation founded by the late Rabbi Sidney Brichto, a passionate supporter of Israel and scourge of its critics inside and outside the UK Jewish community) and the Anglo-Israel Association (founded in 1949 by the Christian Zionist Sir Wyndham Deedes).

“The report’s co-author, Professor David Miller of Strathclyde University, said: ‘The policies advocated by the Centre for Social Cohesion and Policy Exchange detailed in the report inevitably mean the curtailment of civil liberties and the narrowing of political debate.  The consequences for British Muslims though will be even more serious.’”

Who would have thought it, eh? Zionists financing anti-Muslim propaganda. As it happens, a few years ago, I met Rabbi Sidney Brichto in a Radio 4 studio. We were arguing on opposite sides about whether the UK should take part in the invasion of Iraq. I said it was preposterous and if the UK was to be bombing anyone, it should be bombing Israel into withdrawing from the occupied Palestinian territories. As you might imagine, Brichto – who supported the invasion of Iraq – did not take this well and we ‘had words’ after the radio interview ended. And then a couple of years after that I read in the Jewish Chronicle that Brichto had died. It is said that Brichto’s death was mourned by tens of thousands of Iraqi children who had been made orphans as a result of the bombing of their country. Or maybe they did not mourn. I certainly did not.

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