Singing off the Zionist Hymn-sheet

In the space of a few short years Nick Clegg has shot from obscurity to stardom in British politics, joining Conservative leader David “I’m-a-Zionist” Cameron at the head of Britain’s new coalition government.

Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, is deputy prime minister and gets to play PM from time to time, like now when Zionist Dave appears to still be enjoying a perk that’s laughably called ‘paternity leave’.

Cameron too came from nowhere to lead a party that’s said to be 80 percent loyal to Israel. This patron of the Jewish National Fund then became prime minister… with Clegg’s help.

But what exactly is Clegg’s little game on the foreign affairs front? Last year he seemed to be his own man and was writing this about Gaza in the Guardian:

…And what has the British government and the international community done to lift the blockade? Next to nothing. Tough-sounding declarations are issued at regular intervals but little real pressure is applied. It is a scandal that the international community has sat on its hands in the face of this unfolding crisis.

No doubt the febrile sensitivities of the Middle East have deterred governments, caught between recriminations from both sides. No doubt diplomats have warned that exerting pressure on Israel and Egypt may complicate the peace process.

But surely the consequences of not lifting the blockade are far more grave?

It was shockingly provocative stuff in the cesspit of pro-Israel Westminster.

Around the same time he was telling the Jewish Chronicle:

“There is simply not a shred of racism in me….The very suggestion that I might explicitly or tacitly give cover for racism, I find politically abhorrent and personally deeply offensive.”

I presumed this to be a warning not to count on his support for the Zionist Project.

But now, following the freaky electoral good fortune that catapulted him to the top, and in the wake of Israel’s murderous assault on the Mavi Marmara, Clegg has begun to change his tune. He welcomed the appointment of Lord Trimble to the racist entity’s farcical inquiry into its own entrails, well aware that Trimble is a founding member of the new international movement “Friends of Israel Initiative”.

And at the Liberal Democrats’ annual conference a few days ago he abandoned any non-racist credentials he may have had by attending a fringe meeting of his party’s Friends of Israel group along with the new deputy Israeli ambassador to the UK.

According to a report in Middle East Monitor, Clegg thanked Friends of Israel for all the work they had done to promote themselves within the party and declared himself an admirer of “the democratic traditions and liberal ethos of life within Israel”.

Clegg has a lot to learn if he seriously thinks Israel is some kind of western-style liberal democracy. He wasn’t even-handed enough to attend a meeting of the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine where Britain has helped crush a blossoming, non-racist democracy.

And, in harmony with the puppet-masters in the White House, he said that so much hinges on “the talks”. It is remarkable how those who promote “the talks” never speak of the Israelis’ automatic peace-wrecking tactics – their defiance of international law requiring them to get the hell off Palestinian territory and their continuing killing spree and land thieving, which continue unabated while Palestinians are required to meekly submit to the humiliation of going through the motions of negotiation.

Instead, they whisper respectfully of Israel’s partial “moratorium” on its illegal construction of settlements, as if suspending a criminal programme to seize more land and insert more armed squatters to terrorise Palestinian villagers amounts to a major concession.

The international community has unfinished business

And how can Clegg or any other respectable leader go along with talks that stand democratic principle on its head and invite Abbas, whose presidential term ran out long ago, who has no popular mandate from the Palestinians and who assumes brutal, dictatorial powers?

Are they all barmy? Their idea appears to be to get an agreement – any agreement, even one signed by a chancer like Abbas who has no legitimacy – just to save a few worthless faces rather than deliver justice to millions and resolve the decades-old bloody conflict.

They show no respect whatever.

Hamas’s chief is right when he says that the massive imbalance of power on the ground makes negotiation at the present time grossly unfair and would play into the enemy’s hands. That’s another fundamental point of principle studiously ignored by the West’s political élite.

The international community has unfinished business to take care of before meaningful talks can take place. And it stands to reason that the correct sequence of events should be (1) Israel ends the occupation and siege, (2) Israel withdraws behind its pre-1967 borders in compliance with UN resolutions and international law, (3) talks begin with no gun to the Palestinians’ head, (4) the Palestinians are properly represented by their elected leadership, even if that’s Hamas.

If the Americans have a problem with these basics they should keep away from the process and let the UN handle it. Actually the UN should have insisted on handling it in the first place. Why don’t they get a grip on their responsibilities?

Meantime Nick Clegg might find it refreshing to stop and re-read the Preamble to his own party’s Constitution, a very fine document indeed especially where it says:

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience…”

We reject all prejudice and discrimination based upon race, colour, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation and oppose all forms of entrenched privilege and inequality. Recognising that the quest for freedom and justice can never end, we promote human rights and open government…

Our responsibility for justice and liberty cannot be confined by national boundaries; we are committed to fight poverty, oppression, hunger, ignorance, disease and aggression wherever they occur and to promote the free movement of ideas, people, goods and services.

These principles are as good as any for guiding a person through political life. But how many of them are reflected in the coalition’s policy dealing with the scandal of the Holy Land and in Clegg’s recent pronouncements?

I wait with interest to see how he and Cameron react when Israel’s “moratorium” on squatter settlements expires this weekend.

Will our dynamic duo call for sanctions against Israel for persistent land theft, endless breaches of international law, ongoing lethal violence and continuing defiance of UN resolutions?

And, if necessary, will they show the way and take unilateral action, as principled leaders should?

Stuart Littlewood’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper, can be read on the internet by visiting Read other articles by Stuart, or visit Stuart's website.

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  1. 3bancan said on September 25th, 2010 at 7:56am #

    Not only the UK, all the anglophone countries – and others too – get every day more zionazi “friends of Israel”. That is true even in a place where one would not expect such a growing love for the illegal, unlawful, immoral, fascist, nazi state of thieves, robbers, vandalizers, torturers, murderers, genociders and consummate liars:
    “UN atomic watchdog rejects resolution against Israel”

  2. MichaelKenny said on September 25th, 2010 at 8:23am #

    The entire planet, except it would appear, Mr Littlewood, knows that the present neogtiations are not intended to produce any result. Israel couldn’t survive five minutes without being propped up by its American bully and not only is the bully collpasing, but even Americans are finally starting to face up to that fact. Thus, as long as US power persists, the Israelis have no need to neogtiate but once US power collapses, the Palestinians have no need to negotiate. So they shadow box, the Israelis playing for time, the Palestinians biding their time. Time, of course, is on the Palestinians’ side. Sooner or later, the Israelis will be forced to fabricate some totally transparent pretext to break off the talks. That will fool nobody and will just be another nail in their coffin and another victory for the Palestinians. Thus, it matters not a whit what David Cameron does or does not do or say. All the Palestinians have to do is sit back and wait for the Israelis to choose which foot they’re going to shoot themselves in! By the way, I’m guessing that the point of these repeated attacks on Nick Clegg is that the “Israel always wins” camp would much prefer a one-party, Conservative government in Britain. In the interim, Clegg, the loose cannon, has to be straightjacketed into the “all Brits love Israel” mantra.

  3. 3bancan said on September 25th, 2010 at 8:34am #

    MichaelKenny said on September 25th, 2010 at 8:23am #

    I normally think that mendacity is a culturally acquired habit and not an innate one. But reading MK’s comments I somehow get my doubts…

  4. woody said on September 25th, 2010 at 8:48am #

    >>All the Palestinians have to do is sit back and wait for the Israelis to choose which foot they’re going to shoot themselves in! << says Michael Kenny.

    If you were a Palestinian. Michael, do we take it you'd be happy to sit around waiting another two generations with wreckage and poverty all around you, unable to work or go to university etc.? Israel repeatedly shoots itself in the foot with little or no consequences.

    Of course it matters what Cameron and Clegg (and others) do. They can be part of the solution instead of (as they are now) part of the problem.

  5. mary said on September 25th, 2010 at 9:47am #

    I thought it was the Palestinians the Israelis were shooting
    in the foot
    in the head
    in the knee
    in the chest
    in the arm

    and any other part of the body they aim at.

  6. Ismail Zayid said on September 25th, 2010 at 10:17am #

    Nick Clegg is acting like all political leaders in the West. They are told that if they do not act in accordance with the Zionist dogma, their political future is threatened. So, we see the groups like the “Friends of Israel” in Europe and North America, and the policies of these politicians are as Israel demands.

    The negotiations and the so-called peace process that we hear about, between the Israelis and the Palestinians, are long lasting and are not designed to achieve any peace, because Israel has no desire for a just peace and continues to defy international law. The question that the international community should ask itself: “why do we need negoatiations?” There is a state which is maintaining an oppressive illegal occupation for decades, in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council and UNGA resolutions. Surely, if there is any concern for international law, there will be firm demands for immediate and unconditional termination of this illegal occupation, in copliance with international law and UN Charter.

  7. mary said on September 25th, 2010 at 10:29am #

    A new leader has just been chosen by the Labour party to replace the Zionist supporting Gordon Brown. David Miliband the previous Foreign Secretary and also a supporter of Israel needless to say, who stood for the leadership has been passed over in favour of his younger brother Ed. Same name. Different face. Same old.

  8. catguy00 said on September 25th, 2010 at 2:11pm #

    “Nick Clegg is acting like all political leaders in the West. They are told that if they do not act in accordance with the Zionist dogma”

    So why didn’t Clegg and most leaders of the West support the Iraq War?

  9. 3bancan said on September 26th, 2010 at 9:04am #

    catguy00 said on September 25th, 2010 at 2:11pm #
    “So why didn’t Clegg and most leaders of the West support the Iraq War?”
    Very true! Nearly all the “leaders of the West” defended – in every sense of the word – Iraq (and Afghanistan, as they had defended the Palestinians against the genocidal zionazi hordes from Europe, Russia and other parts of the world) against the onslaught of the genocidal ISUSUK alliance.
    PS: catguy – who is so dismayed by the goyim’s antisemitism and disability to see and appreciate the love, goodness and generosity that the Jews are spreading around the globe – will probably feel relieved by the happy news that EVEN Nick Clegg has completely got rid of his antisemitism:

  10. mary said on September 27th, 2010 at 3:23am #

    An e-mail sent to Clegg –

    Date: 26 September 2010 23:22:39 GMT+01:00

    To: “Deputy Prime Minister”

    Subject: A LibDem crisis

    Dear Nick Clegg

    I woke up in the middle of Monday night after attending your Party Conference and realised that I had witnessed the Israeli Lobby putting that same headlock on the LibDems that it already has on the other two political parties.

    On Saturday I attended a fringe meeting of the LibDem Friends of Palestine – the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK spoke well and movingly of the suffering of Bethlehem in particular and of Palestine in general – Jenny Tonge spoke out with her usual warmth and compassion – with anger at the injustice she saw – but you were not there. I said something of the work of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine and told how the President’s Office of the EU had written to the Tribunal – citing the EU Conclusion of 8/12/09 which condemned the injustice and illegalities imposed upon Palestine.

    These injustices and illegalities which much of the world also condemns are so clear-cut and obvious and yet they continue with impunity. I have often wondered why this is so and on Monday evening saw something of how it is done.

    On Monday I went to the Arena – it was there I discovered that you were addressing the Friends of Israel that evening and then listened to your Conference speech, applauded at the end by a genuine standing ovation.
    8.15pm saw me at the Hilton where, in a packed fringe meeting room, you gave a speech to those Friends in which you praised Israel for its drive and industry and thriving economy.

    It was a revelation that, being incumbent in power the LibDem party is now being targeted by the Israeli lobby – before my eyes. How it is done is equally revelatory, well resourced, with clever motivated people, and generous hospitality. The difference between the Friends of Israel and that of the under-resourced Friends of Palestine was as palpable as is the lot of the State which each support; the one, a bustling modern country – and one imprisoned soldier; the other, occupied territory and open-air prison, with more than 10,000 political prisoners in Israeli jails.

    Section 6 of the EC Conclusion of a year ago, of which I spoke, reads,
    .. The Council reiterates that settlements, the separation barrier where built on occupied land, demolition of homes and evictions are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible. The Council urges the government of Israel to immediately end all settlement activities, in East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank and including natural growth, and to dismantle all outposts erected since March 2001.

    How can the EU say these truths and yet no concrete action follows – the succinct answer is – the ‘Israeli Lobby’. Despite those illegalities – and more – many of our politicians of every party avow friendship with Israel. Beguiled by the Israeli lobby they approve and give moral support to that country in its illegalities. You yourself by attending that meeting, have given Israel further encouragement to continue their illegal Settlement activity –at a critical time. This is not LibDem policy.
    Let us see an end to this false Friendship of Israel by you and our many politicians– true friends would withhold that friendship, would condemn illegalities and thus persuade Israel that a willing negotiation towards a just and fair peace is in its own best interests.

    Yours in hope,
    Ted from Liverpool