Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Anti-Semitism over at MPACUK

On MPACUK's website is a page of FAQs. The first is, naturally, "Are you anti-Semitic? Do you deny the holocaust?" And the answer is "In a word, NO." And yet, the evidence is to the contrary. On their site today is an article entitled, "4 things Israel will get away with if you don't attend our event - Saturday 29th March".

MPACUK's obsession with Israel is well known and so it will come as little surprise to readers that they make claims such as "More than 130 Palestinians MURDERED in the last few weeks", confusing self defence with murder. But it is the anti-Semitism that is of concern in that article.

The first thing Israel "will get away with" is "The BLOCKADE of supplies into Gaza will continue". MPACUK make the following claim:

The sea and land borders of Gaza are controlled by Israel. Gaza: a concentration camp in all but name.
All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism recommended that the Government adopt the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia working definition of anti-Semitism. In that definition it states
Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:

Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis
I guess MPACUK didn't read that report (odd when you consider that there is a whole section devoted to them). Accompanying the article is a poster for an MPACUK event in Manchester. Yet more extremism on that with the question "Why is Israel allowed to commit Genocide [sic] in Palestine [sic]?". There is also the statement "The Israel Lobby - We expose the powerful force shaping both the media coverage and the actions of your MP" yet again repeating the offence that caused the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to state "MPACUK has also articulated Jewish conspiracy theories through the language of Zionism".

And finally on that poster is the boast "MPACUK made British History in 2005 by removing a pro-Israel MP!" For those who don't know about this, this was when MPACUK campaigned to have Lorna Fitzsimons unelected during which they sponsored leaflets calling attention to her Jewish origins (even though she actually has none). This was another incident that the APPG wasn't happy with stating, "it is concerning to see the ‘accusation’ of being Jewish being used in such a way in the context of an election campaign."

All in all, another example of extremism, radicalism and anti-Semitism from MPACUK.