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Sunday, May 02, 2010

The Liberal Democrats and Israel

Since I know almost nothing about the British election on Thursday, I have found someone who does. Here's what CiF Watch has to say about the Liberal Democrats, and their leader Nick Clegg.
So the Guardian is backing the Liberal Democrats (“LibDems”) for the UK election on Thursday, as the Party that offers the best chance of achieving change from a ‘First Past The Post’ electoral system to a ‘proportional representation’ one.

But how convenient for Rusbridger et al that the LibDems are by far the closest in ideology to CIF’s Israel bashers. Indeed there are several crossovers. It was the LibDem’s leader, Nick Clegg, who voiced support for an arms embargo on Israel. Moreover he chose CIF as his platform to announce it. That speaks volumes.

And what a coincidence that Clegg has been advised by Nicholas Blincoe, a former ISM activist, who writes for the Guardian and was a staffer for a time. Blincoe’s insights about Israel include this one:
Israeli archaeologists are like the fireman in the novel Fahrenheit 451; their job is to erase the traces of non-Jewish civilizations, not to investigate them.
And look how Nadhmi Auchi, an anti-Israel Iraqui billionaire, is close to Clegg and organised a fundraising dinner for a LibDem candidate.

Then there is Jenny Tonge, famous for saying “The pro-Israeli lobby has got its grips on the western world, its financial grips. I think they’ve probably got a grip on our party.” Until very recently she was a Patron of the viciously antisemitic Palestine Telegraph. Only when it posted a David Duke video did she resign. But she has not been thrown out of the LibDem Party – as she surely should be.

You can see here what Tonge and a LibDem MP Sarah Teather say about Israel.

Here you can see the LibDems’ response to the questionnaire sent to candidates by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (the only party – as opposed to individual candidates – to respond). (The response has been taken off the PSC site). They call for a ban on settlement goods, suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement and an arms embargo on Israel).

33 LibDem candidates have so far put their name to this. A further 25 LibDem candidates signed the PSC’s pledges.
It gets worse. Read the whole thing. I wonder how many Jews are voting for the LibDem's.


At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie Schlussel posted about Clegg and Auchi last week. As you can see, he's palsy-walsy with Tony Rezko, a well known crook and close friend of the Obama's.

Connect the dots.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

As Shy Guy would note, the UK has its first fascist party, the Liberal Democrats. And these are exactly the folks the British Hard Left will vote for in the general election because Labor wasn't hard enough on Israel.

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

the rise of the LibDem is a result of the demise of Labor, now new voters coming in.


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