Lowest of the Low

Millions of ballot papers have been sent out yesterday to those eligible to vote in the Labour leadership election. Symbolically enough, this happened the day Tony Blair, the British PM who launched the criminal war in Iraq, published his controversial memoirs.

I am not holding my breath for the Labour party to make the right decision. Clearly, the same party failed to curtail Blair’s militant enthusiasm, even when it was plainly clear that the argument for the Iraq war was grounded in a dodgy dossier.

Considering the scale of the atrocities we are all complicit in thanks to the Labour government, it is my duty to remind the Labour party members who their leading candidate is, what he stands for and what interests he may serve.

Labour Party members should consider the role allegedly played by its leaders and leading candidate David Miliband in what has come to be known as “extraordinary rendition”: knowingly allowing terror suspects to be transferred through British airspace, in order for them to be tortured in third countries and to allow British agents to gather information from suspects treated in this way. Miliband also attempted to block public disclosure of intelligence information related to torture allegations in the case of former Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed.

Interestingly enough, the same David Miliband has been preaching to us on ethics recently, here is what he told the Independent on Sunday.

“The alternative to an ethical foreign policy is an unethical foreign policy, and I don’t believe in an unethical foreign policy.”

I guess that Labour members better ask themselves what is so ‘ethical’ about concealing Britain’s involvement in torture.

The Labour party members also should remember that their leading candidate David Miliband announced his intention to change the law on ‘universal jurisdiction’. According to the Jewish Chronicle he was “pushing hard within Whitehall” for such a cause. In case someone has managed to forget, Miliband put much effort into the subject so that Israeli suspected war criminals could avoid justice once landing in this kingdom.

Ironically in the Independent, Miliband claimed to know what ‘British values’ are, yet his actions against universal jurisdiction proves the opposite. However, is apparent that David Miliband certainly knows what Israeli interests are. He has been promoting these interests in our midst for quite a while.

David Miliband was, until recently, listed on an Israeli Propaganda site as an ‘Israeli Hasbara (Propaganda) Author’ (what ever that means). Interestingly enough, The Israeli Hasbara site that listed him disappeared on the 5th of May 2010, a day before the British election, when it was clear that Gordon Brown’s political career was cast to history. From then on it was obvious that David Miliband would offer himself as a candidate for the Labour leadership. Is it a coincidence? I honestly do not know the answer, and I also do not have the means to check.

Miliband might have been happy to discover that the Israeli Propaganda site ceased to exist. However, he may not be as happy to find out that some of us have saved a PDF image of the site content. I believe that every Labour party member should look at the list of Israeli Propaganda Authors and find their party’s favorite candidate. Every Labour party member should wonder what a Labour leadership candidate is doing on such a list.

To upload the PDF file that David Milband would probably prefer you don’t see, click here.

I urge Labour party members to circulate this document.

Like Tony Blair, David Miliband supports moral interventionism, as if killing 1.5 million Iraqis in the name of democracy is not enough. In 2008, Miliband maintained that spreading democracy should be a “…great progressive project; (and) the means need to combine both soft and hard power.”

I wonder what is so ‘progressive’ about pushing tribal and reactionary interests in Whitehall? What is so advanced in concealing torture? Is torture ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ power? What is so ethical in attempting to amend Britain Universal Jurisdiction? What is Moral about killing in the name of democracy? One may wonder how much torture can David Miliband take before he gives up on torturing others? Unlike Shaker Aamer, the Brit who is still incarcerated in Guantánamo Bay, Milliband tells us that the Labour party ‘has been punished enough.’

I hope that the Labour party rids itself of David Miliband and the kind of ideology he promotes. This party is already liable for enough death and carnage. This party made us all complicit in a colossal war crime. The Labour party better depart quickly from its moral interventionism and remind itself what labour ideology is all about.

Gilad Atzmon, now living in London, was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He is the author of The Wandering Who and Being in Time and is one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached via his website. Read other articles by Gilad, or visit Gilad's website.

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  1. Mulga Mumblebrain said on September 3rd, 2010 at 9:11am #

    Is there any evidence that Ed Miliband is any different from his brother in supporting impunity for Jewish war criminals? If not then Labour has been given, thanks to mainstream media brainwashing, a choice between two candidates who, it might plausibly be argued, have dual loyalties, with those to Israel quite probably trumping those to the UK. Now that’s really amazing.

  2. mary said on September 3rd, 2010 at 9:44am #

    No difference. They are after all peas from the same pod. I would say Balls, Burnham and Abbott are no different on this subject either.

    John Pilger –

    False reality
    Ed Miliband offers a “genuine alternative” as leader of the Labour Party.

    Miliband, like his brother and almost all those standing for the Labour leadership, is immersed in the effluent of New Labour. As a New Labour MP and minister, he did not refuse to serve under Blair or to speak out against Labour’s persistent warmongering. He now calls the invasion of Iraq a “profound mistake”. Calling it a mistake insults the memory and the dead.

    It was a crime, of which the evidence is voluminous. He has nothing new to say about the other colonial wars, none of them mistakes. Neither has he demanded basic social justice – that those who caused the recession clear up the mess and that Britain’s fabulously rich corporate minority be taxed seriously, starting with Rupert Murdoch.

  3. Rehmat said on September 3rd, 2010 at 3:36pm #

    The former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband was known to be Israeli stooge. He not only supported Israel’s invasions of Lebanon (2006) and Gazzah (2008-2009) but along with former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown favored British immunity for Israeli war criminals ( interestingly a move blocked by Justice Secretary Jack Straw with Jewish roots) and crippling sanctions against the Islamic Republic for its civilian nuclear program. The incoming British Foreign Secretary, William Hague 59, has assured the British Friends of Israel: “I am a natural friend of Israel”, and to prove it he asserted that “it would be a mistake to ever rule out military action against Iran (Jewish Chronicle)”. The Jewish Chronicle is the largest Israeli Hasbara (propaganda) mouthpiece in Britain. In February 2010 – its editor Stephen Pollard condoned extra-judicial murder. This certainly put a smile on the faces of the warmongering Zionist leaders. The new British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is known for his blind support for the Zionist entity…….


  4. hayate said on September 3rd, 2010 at 7:54pm #

    Has there ever been such an example of a political party sinking to such levels of depravity in such a short period of time as what has happened to the British Labour party? Is there a difference now between this zionist front and the zionist front called the tories? Yeah, the tories are perhaps more perverted with their prostitutes. Well, maybe… ;D

    The “nulabor” party ought to drop the pretense and just have their “millicent, the boys public skoolboi passaround” recommend the israel war criminal, peres in his place. Cut out the middle man, er…boi. The zionist destroyed the Laboutr party, like the things destroy every thing they come into contact with.

  5. 3bancan said on September 4th, 2010 at 3:22am #

    “Conservative Friends of Israel, for example, say that about 80 per cent of the party’s MPs and MEPs belong to the group.”


    I’m patiently waiting for MichaelKenny to proudly declare that the UK and the rest of Europe is less zionazified than the US…

  6. Don Hawkins said on September 4th, 2010 at 4:07am #

    Zionazified hay no such word you just made that up but say there was such a word to be Zionazified what does it feel like? Does it remove the colours from our site where red is gray and yellow white? Can we still decide which is right and which is an illusion?

  7. hayate said on September 4th, 2010 at 9:52am #

    Reading this provided a good start for the day….

    Shoes, eggs hurled at ex-Brit PM Blair in Dublin


  8. mary said on September 5th, 2010 at 1:43am #

    Yes. Shame clogs have gone out of use.

    This is about the strength of the Jewish lobby in the UK. Blair’s first move when becoming an MP was to join the Labour Friends of Israel. He courted rich Jews who funded him. He wriggled out of the Cash for Honours scandal with the help of his powerful friends.

    There are numerous Friends of Israel groupings in the UK, both religious – Christian, Anglican, Methodist – and political within the party groupings in the EU.
    See redress.cc under Stooges.

    His mate in Northern Ireland, David Trimble also ennobled by him, recently set up another FoI – (findarticles.com/p/news-articles/jerusalem-post/mi_8048/is_20100531/aznar-trimble-launch-pro-israel/ai_n53871053/) Trimble of course was put on the Flotilla enquiry. This would be funny if the subject matter was not so tragic.