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Lauren Booth looks at how the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in particular its national director Sarah Colborne, appear to have put appeasement of some of the UK’s vilest Zionist bodies, such as the Jewish Chronicle weekly and the website Harry’s Place, ahead of genuine opposition to Israeli racism and solidarity with the Palestinian people.


This week, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) revealed itself to be ethically compromised at the highest level.

In recent months it has become clear that the central office of the PSC is increasingly pandering to the whims of Israeli hasbara – or propaganda – activists, joining with the likes of the rabid Zionist site Harry’s Place in efforts to silence some of this movement’s most outspoken and popular thinkers.

Sarah Colborne dives into the Zionist sewer

This week, Sarah Colborne, the director of PSC, was quoted in the pro Israeli paper, the Jewish Chronicle, as supporting a boycott of the highly renowned musician and writer Gilad Atzmon.

Atzmon was booked to perform in his professional capacity as a saxophonist at an event celebrating political song in Bradford, called “Raise your Banners”. The musician/author has recently published a best selling treatise on Jewish cultural identity called The Wandering Who? Unlike  Sarah Colborne, I have actually read this book and can highly recommend it as it pulls no punches when asking to what degree the racist ideology – Zionism – when mixed with the Jewish sense of “Chosenness”, is to blame for the existence of todays apartheid Israel. It has been endorsed by some of the finest thinkers and writers on Israel/Palestine of our age.

But the subject matter alone predictably proved more than enough to have Atzmon once again falsely branded as an anti-Semite by sections of the Jewish diaspora that are committed to stopping debate into their awkward yet staunch support for Israeli war crimes.

The Jewish Chronicle has spearheaded the campaign to put pressure on the organizers of the Bradford event to drop Gilad Atzmon from the bill.

Now, Atzmon is well liked in the PSC branches nationwide, both as a radical and brilliant speech maker and as a musician and fundraiser for Palestinian causes.

Yet, this is what Sarah Colborne of the PSC had to say when asked about Atzmon by the Jewish Chronicle:

I am very concerned at what appears to be an attempt by “Raise Your Banners” to misrepresent the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. PSC has made clear to “Raise Your Banners” that we have no links with Gilad Atzmon, and that Palestine Solidarity Campaign does not work with him. When a representative from “Raise Your Banners” contacted the PSC office some months ago, they were urged to take seriously the concerns of those who had raised this issue.

What PSC activists must ask Sarah Colborne

Her words raise several questions that need to be addressed by the PSC at both national and regional levels. Foremost of these is whether  members of the PSC had been asked if they support Colborne in what amounts to a cultural boycott of any staunchly anti Zionist campaigners.

Let's take a closer look at her last sentence.

Colborne says: “When a representative from “Raise Your Banners” contacted the PSC office some months ago, they were urged to take seriously the concerns of those who had raised this issue.”

Colborne reveals that she is apparently supported by other PSC officials in this effort to ostracize Atzmon.

So, here's another question. Hasn’t Colborne overstepped her official remit as Director of the PSC? After all, this is a body whose name (if little else at national level) suggests an inclusive movement, one that is open to all voices that actively speak out against Israeli apartheid with the aim of supporting the Palestinian right to a free state.

She has certainly set a very foolish precedent by bending over to hasbara activists.

Bending over to Israeli propagandists

The problem for Sarah Colborne is that this is not the first but the most recent in a shameful spate of expulsions and harassment of pro-Palestinian activists by the national office of the PSC.

“The fact that Palestinians involved in an anti-Zionist campaign are being kicked out of their committees and local groups proves they [the Palestine Solidarity Campaign] have no right to represent the Palestinian cause.”

Sami Ibrahim, Palestinian activist

Last month, I interviewed Sami Ibrahim. A Palestinian, Ibrahim was chairman of a regional PSC group in 2010. After six months in the post, he was ignominiously removed following a campaign of harassment and innuendo from inside the PSC. The pressure on Sami began when a man named Anthony Cooper noted that he runs a website called Shoah – the Palestinian Holocaust.

And who is Anthony Cooper, this informer on ethics to the PSC?

Well, he introduces himself in online debates as follows:

I am a Jewish supporter of Israel. Whilst surrounded by enemies bent on her destruction she has gathered and absorbed people from different parts of the world with different cultures and in so doing developed one of her own. Her people are resourceful and resilient. She has problems but her achievements are remarkable and perhaps unparalleled.

Cooper claims he has been “researching” the background of many local PSC groups. He has pointed out numerous websites which he considers (as a “Jewish supporter of Israel”) to contain “Holocaust denial” material. Some of these have been  “linked to” PSC members’ own websites.

Let us note the words “linked to” here. Not even written. But merely “linked to”. Links which, after pressure from PSC, its members (those who still care about remaining members) have had to remove.

Ibrahim does indeed write for the website Shoah – the Palestinian Holocaust. It carries strongly worded material and stories from Palestinian sources on Israeli racism and, significantly, makes no concessions to Jewish sensibilities.

Is writing for such a website a problem for a Palestinian member of the PSC? Apparently so.

Ibrahim told me: “Somebody in the Birmingham PSC with links to the Zionist movement began to take action against me. They asked me to be investigated about my links to Shoah.org.”

Ibrahim disputed the propriety of an investigation, one that he suspected was being set in motion by the very Zionists who occupy his people’s land, the very people that the PSC is supposed to be in “solidarity” with!

He continued: “I refused to attend the meeting and be questioned by a bunch of thugs. So, I was removed by vote as the chairman there and then.”

Nothing official was processed or put to the national membership of the PSC, many of whom doubtless would have opposed the intimidation and harassment of a Palestinian member.

“I feel they [the PSC] have no right to represent the Palestinians,” he said, adding:

Their policies are pro the “two-state” solution. But such a decision is up to the Palestinians to decide, not a foreign campaign group. The fact that Palestinians involved in an anti-Zionist campaign are being kicked out of their committees and local groups proves they [PSC] have no right to represent the Palestinian cause.

“Today the PSC is attempting to perform a trick that is both impossible and, let's be frank, pointless. They are attempting to create a pro-Palestinian organization that does not hurt Zionist sensibilities.”

Mr Ibrahim’s experience with the PSC reveals a weakness at the organizations heart.

Today the PSC is attempting to perform a trick that is both impossible and, let's be frank, pointless. They are attempting to create a pro-Palestinian organization that does not hurt Zionist sensibilities.

In bed with the Islamophobic Zionist Harry’s Place

And what of the PSC’s rather too cosy relationship with the Zionist blog Harry’s Place?

Ibrahim’s woes with the PSC did not stop when he was vaulted from the local chairmanship. The harassment continued in other arenas. Following a campaign by the Zionists of the website Harry’s Place, he was suspended from the weekly radio show, “Face the Nation”, broadcast in Birmingham on Unity FM, because of his links with the website Shoah – the Palestinian Holocaust and for broadcasting an interview with Gilad Atzmon!

Ibrahim said: “The letter that was used to accuse me of anti-Semitism came from Harry’s Place. But it included an email from the recent chair of the Birmingham PSC, Naim Malik. It seems to me that Birmingham PSC has links to Harry’s Place somehow.”

“A Palestine Solidarity Campaign should be working to END Zionism. Not ease it a little or work alongside it. To be in solidarity with the people of Palestine means fighting Zionism.”

This is disturbing. For it appears that it’s not only the London office of the PSC that is taking tacit (or explicit) guidance from the enemies of our movement, but some of its regional offices as well.

Leftists who increasingly see their remit as not offending Zionists are heading the British “solidarity” work for Palestine. Have they not learnt from the lesson of the Palestine Liberation Organization/Fatah/the Palestinian Authority? Namely, that appeasement of the Israeli lobby can never, ever, co-exist with a determined campaign to end Israel's bloody and illegal occupation of Palestine. And let us be clear. A Palestine Solidarity Campaign should be working to END Zionism. Not ease it a little or work alongside it. To be in solidarity with the people of Palestine means fighting Zionism. Period.

And guess what? That just is not going to get you good headlines in the Jewish Chronicle, Harry's Place or for that matter Fox News or the Guardian.

Real leaders of this movement say to that: so what!

The rejection of Gilad Atzmon's voice by the PSC is more significant than it may at first appear. For it cuts to the very heart of where the movement to end Zionism (not merely to oppose it, but to end it) should be heading from now.

It is their mistake not to engage with Gilad Atzmon’s writing. His blog on Zionism-related issues is even more popular than that of the Electronic Intifada (presumably by dint of its name far too radical for PSC too).

“The Jewish state’s sayanim target those they see as effective, painting us all as radicals and extremists, in the hope that the media, our places of work and even the pro-Palestinian movement itself will shun us.”

For which of us who speaks against Israeli war crimes has NOT been branded a terrorist sympathizer or an anti-Semite on more than one occasion? These overused, misused terms are part of the sayanim (Israeli Mossad activists) armoury, as has been repeatedly revealed in the past. Branding an anti-Zionist as anti-Semitic” is a well-worn ploy, an effort to intimidate activists or to delay real progress in the global fight against Israeli apartheid. The Jewish state’s sayanim target those they see as effective, painting us all as radicals and extremists, in the hope that the media, our places of work and even the pro-Palestinian movement itself will shun us. Until now, this last has been laughably ineffective. But the friends of Zionism seem to be making some headway. With the likes of Colborne and the National body of the PSC their willing accomplices.

At this crucial time for Palestinian activism, Sarah Colborne and others have chosen to align with those whose interests lie in silencing debate on the precise nature of apartheid Israel and its root causes.

Gill Kafesh, until recently the popular secretary of the Camden branch of the PSC, was “asked to resign by a small group, who made the decision at a special meeting” this autumn. On Harry’s Place, Kafesh is listed as (guess what?) “a supporter of Holocaust denial”. She denies the slur.

However, Kafesh has openly asked the following prescient question: “How long do you think it will be until the Jewish Chronicle demands that PSC unreservedly condemns Hamas? And how long before PSC complies? After all, Hamas is obviously anti-Semitic – most of the people it attacks are Jewish.”

The point she is making is important. For it is not for the main office of PSC to decide who is “right” on such questions as a one-state or two-state solution. It is for the campaign to listen to all sides of the Palestinian debate and to reflect these all views in its work.

“...it is not for the main office of PSC to decide who is 'right' on such questions as a one-state or two-state solution. It is for the campaign to listen to all sides of the Palestinian debate and to reflect these all views in its work.”

A leaf should be taken out of the the International Solidarity Movement’s book. This is a movement whose impetus always comes from within Palestine and for whose members the word “solidarity” still retains its meaning.

In September, the Jewish Chronicle reported gleefully on PSC’s amended mission statement. This had the following addition:

Any expression of racism or intolerance, or attempts to deny or minimize the Holocaust, have no place in our movement. Such statements are abhorrent in their own right and can only detract from the building of a strong movement in support of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people. We welcome all those who share our aims to join PSC.

Meanwhile, Francis Clark-Lowes, who has been chairman of the national PSC and Brighton PSC, was also “kicked out” this summer, also for being (guess what?) an alleged “Holocaust denier”.

Clark-Lowes said: “Although I didn’t actually hear about it until 21 June. I have appealed against the expulsion from national PSC, and this will be heard at the AGM [Annual General Meeting] in January, though it is quite unclear what the procedure will be.”

Whose interests do these expulsions serve? The Palestinian cause? Britain is witnessing the rise of a new wave of pro-Palestinian activists. They need an organization that is fit for purpose, one that does not pander to the emotional whims of the Jewish, Zionist lobby.

Meanwhile, the Jewish Chronicle, Harry's Place and the PSC central office, should take note of the following news. Last night’s “Raise Your Banner” event in Bradford, in which Gilad Atzmon performed, was sold out. Not a single ticket remained. And no protest against the artist and author took place.

When Atzmon asked the audience if they thought that the Board of Deputies of British Jews had a right to control artistic freedom in Britain, the crowd of some hundreds yelled a hearty “No!”

They would answer the same to Sarah Colborne.

http://www.redress.cc/palestine/lbooth20111127

 

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B.A.FrémauxSoormally
#1 B.A.FrémauxSoormally 2011-12-04 10:58
WE ARE NOT ALL PALESTINIANS!

Only the Zionist John Fitzgerald Kennedy could say to the world and the Judeo Nazis ruling over conquered Germany:

“Ich bin ein Berliner” (“I am a Berliner” - 26 June 1963).

He was also pandering to the Jewish Bolsheviks, by inviting them to Berlin:

“Lass' sie nach Berlin kommen” (“Let them come to Berlin”).

I do not remember Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev’s response to that stupid American boot-licking President! The Judeo Nazis were seen by the West as more deserving than the Palestinians. Did we ever hear any Western President or Prime Minister say “We are all Palestinians”?

When JFK obtained confirmation that his Zionists friends in Apartheid Israel were developing weapons of mass destruction, he said an emphatic NO (at last!) and decided to curtail Jewish power in America (Jewish arrogance comes from there!) by stopping the Jewish Kissinger Vietnam War, abolishing the Jewish controlled CIA and Private Federal Reserve Bank, print his own money, and order the American Zionist Council to register as a Foreign Organisation, which they of course flatly refused as THEY run the US. The aim was to stop and prevent the AZC (now AIPAC) from financing, bribing and blackmailing American politicians and other top officials. So, for his audacity, THE JEWS had him murdered as well as his brother Robert and later his son JFK Junior. Like the Royals, Jews do not accept bad genes in their blood lines! Princess Diana was murdered by the British monarchy for the same reason. They now put their hopes in the new genes of her treacherous sons.

After the assassination of JFK, the Zionist Lyndon Baynes Johnson (LBJ) who was in cahoots with the Jews (his wife being herself Jewish as well as his mistress) and Apartheid Israel, was ready to change the face of the Middle East with the help of Israel and the complicity of the Soviets, but Krushchev had to be deposed first and the Soviet leadership replaced by a Zionist Triumvirate. In June 1967, with a Zionist Pope John Paul II (and Nazi Ratzinger as Chief Inquisitor) on their side, the US military (CIA and NSA) and Israel jointly attacked the Arabs and tried to sink the USS Liberty (US spy ship sent to spy on the Arabs for US-Israel!) to blame it on Egypt in order to provide them with a pretext to nuke Cairo. But, the Israelis did a lousy job and had to retreat with unfinished business. (I am waiting to read Mark Glenn’s work on the subject and see if I need to change anything in the present amateurish analysis about the 1967 US-Israeli attacks on the Arabs). As for “pro-Palestinian” journalist Alan Hart, my mind is already made up that he did not and still does not tell the whole truth about that treacherous and unprovoked war. He must have known that there was an entire fleet of journalists present on one of the US warships ready to cover the nuking of Cairo and the entire take over of the Middle East by the US and Israel but that was muzzled at the last minute. They seem to have completely vanished because they were under oath (bribe, blackmail…) not to ever reveal anything that happened there.

In the seventies, when I was President of the UNESCO Club at the Trinity College where I was Head of Department of Biology and also teaching Biology to 11- 15 year olds, and the President of the Universal Society of Islam, I started a series of lectures on Palestine and a Call for its liberation. We concluded that Palestine was stolen by the Jews and had to be returned to them in totality and not in bits and pieces and be totally independent of the West. But, I also realized then that this will never happen as long as Muslim countries will be part of the United Nations Organisation and the Fascist system (the West calls democracy) that gave birth to the illegitimate entity known as Eretz Israel.

Claude Obeegadoo, the College administrator and Rotarian (the first step to freemasonry) did not trust me with the Club’s ambition at all because I was not interested in using the Club to collect funds for the benefit his privately owned College. As many of my colleagues were either members of the executive committee of the College Company or its share holders, I did not obtain much support as my aims were purely moral and not pecuniary. Yet, the Club served one good purpose. We managed to establish the following facts (I left all my archives in Mauritius):

1. The foreign Jews have no rights at all to the land of Palestine
2. The Palestinian people have been robbed of their land.
3. There was genocide of Palestinian people for the sole reason that they were not Jews or Zionists and were either Muslims or Christians or anti-Zionist Jews.
4. There was a massive Exodus of Palestinian people which were forced out of their lands by the foreign Jews assisted by the West and the United Nations Organisation.
5. America, Britain, France, Germany and the rest of the Western world can and should never be trusted to help any Liberation Movement of Palestine.
6. Any claim by the west to offer any help to liberate Palestine must be regarded as suspicious and never ever be contemplated.
7. Britain delivered Palestine which she was illegally occupying for more than thirty years to barbaric Jewish hordes equipped by them and financed by the European Bakers.

I would learn later that my Catholic employer would veer from staunch Conservative (Laborite) to staunch Leftist Marxist-Leninist making his ambition quite clear: all he was after was power and prestige. I even heard he was later ambassador of the “Militant” Socialist-Marxist-Leninist Coalition government that had won the election under a notorious drug dealer, corrupt, immoral and incompetent Hindu Prime Minister Aneerood Jugnauth who is now President of the banana “Republic”.

Therefore, when I left my teaching job and landed in Paris in 1975, I looked with suspicion the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) that held office on the Champs Élysée because I already knew that France was also an accomplice of the genocide, Exodus and creation of that monster called Israel built on stolen Palestinian and Muslim land with Jewish and Christian European funding. This will lead me to tell Vanessa Redgrave that the PLO in Paris was a clear proof that it is Jewish and State controlled and only a Zionist Front. She laughed at my ‘ridiculous’ proposition. She had come to the Hôtel Windsor Laumain which I was then running to meet with one of our wealthiest clients (if not the wealthiest) to take him to the PLO Office, one El-Loumi, a blind man who I suspected of having a micro chip in his brain(?).

My fears were confirmed when I saw the PLO activists being systematically gunned down one by one by the Jews and Israelis. I said to myself that there must be traitors in the PLO and suspected Yasser Arafat to be the main traitor. I would learn many years later that Arafat was a Freemason. So, all became clear in my mind.

“Secular” Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini (1929-2004) remained in my mind as a traitor or an imbecile, a puppet being used by the Jews, France, Europeans, Britain, America and Israel and that it could lead only to further bloodshed and more of the lands being stolen by the Jews and Palestinian lives and livelihood being destroyed. When Arafat signed with the Devils, Jews and Christians, the bogus “Oslo Accord”, this further confirmed my initial suspicions and convictions because I saw Arafat always doing the wrong thing. As a Muslim and Arab leader who had survived the Palestinian Holocaust, Arafat should never have “negotiated” with the Jews and the West about anything.

Armed resistance was the only option or total surrender, but all these talks about “peace processes, talks”, “accords”, “negotiations”, were only for the dumb masses and served only one purpose to get a maximum of Arab land and expel a maximum of Arab Muslims and Christians from that region. This made me review my initial analysis of the situation which I mentioned in passing in my two extremely long anti-Communist articles I wrote for the newspapers in Mauritius, that appeared in December 1968 in “le mauricien” daily.

As far as I can remember I wrote my first article in the Express newspaper “En condamnation du professorat” or “Condemning the teaching profession”. Then, I wrote a very small anti-Soviet piece in a weekly “Le Dimanche” that the Editor Michel Dedans said caused his wife’s miscarriage because of the outrage it caused at government levels and problems caused to his paper and domestic life. Another article on Indian Cinema “Les Flagorneurs du Cinéma Indien” or “The Psycophants of Indian Cinema” was sent to the Line Barracks for the Police Commissioner Bhimsen Kowlessur to approve before print, but was suppressed.

Living under Western and Hindu tyranny, I had no option than leave the country at the first opportunity in 1975. Now, recently in London, I was introduced to a local Palestinian website, “Palestinian Mothers” run by a widowed Palestinian lady, one Iqbal Tamimi. We got emotionally involved for a very short time only to find out that Tamimi had a very suspicious agenda. We broke off (before we even met) and she took revenge on my friend who was a regular contributor on her website where she made some quite interesting discoveries, that the website “Palestinian Mothers” was infiltrated by Sayanim (with English names), that is, helpers of Israel!

(to be continued)

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B.A.FrémauxSoormally
#2 B.A.FrémauxSoormally 2011-12-04 11:01
Living under Western and Hindu tyranny, I had no option than leave the country at the first opportunity in 1975. Now, recently in London, I was introduced to a local Palestinian website, “Palestinian Mothers” run by a widowed Palestinian lady, one Iqbal Tamimi. We got emotionally involved for a very short time only to find out that Tamimi had a very suspicious agenda. We broke off (before we even met) and she took revenge on my friend who was a regular contributor on her website where she made some quite interesting discoveries, that the website “Palestinian Mothers” was infiltrated by Sayanim (with English names), that is, helpers of Israel!

My friend Ghyslaine ROC was almost immediately kicked out of the website and her former so-called friends of the website never even tried to contact her, not a single one of them, including a so-called English poet with whom she was corresponding by email. So, it was again very clear to me that that Palestinian Movement too was infiltrated and controlled by the Zionists. Allowing any medium to publicise and show outrage at the sufferings of the Palestinian does not mean that it helps the LIBERATION OF PALESTINE or even that it shows REAL AND GENUINE SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIANS!

I know the Jews and the British or American imperialists so well that there is no way that they have not already infiltrated the London-based PSC (Palestinian Solidarity Campaign). As Gilad Atzmon says in one of his recent articles :

“We all operate in a Zionised environment and we’re subject to constant pressure and abuse.”
(Gilad Atzmon: We Are All Palestinians - Friday, December 2, 2011)
“Palestine Solidarity Campaign in unholy alliance with Israeli mouthpiece and UK Zionist website”

What Gilad is saying is what I said about Arafat and the PLO more than thirty years ago.

Now, we see even Lauren Booth, the sister-in-law of the English mass murderer, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, confirming this sad state of affairs within the London Palestinian Movement.

Lauren Booth - 27 November 2011

”Lauren Booth looks at how the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in particular its national director Sarah Colborne, appear to have put appeasement of some of the UK’s vilest Zionist bodies, such as the Jewish Chronicle weekly and the website Harry’s Place, ahead of genuine opposition to Israeli racism and solidarity with the Palestinian people.

This week, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) revealed itself to be ethically compromised at the highest level.

In recent months it has become clear that the central office of the PSC is increasingly pandering to the whims of Israeli hasbara – or propaganda – activists, joining with the likes of the rabid Zionist site Harry’s Place in efforts to silence some of this movement’s most outspoken and popular thinkers.”

www.redress.cc/palestine/lbooth20111127

People will or will not agree with the facts stated in this article, but there is one lesson to learn from all this, especially for those pretending to be or calling themselves Christians and Muslims:

NEVER ALLY WITH THE DEVIL OR HIS CHILDREN! Who says so? Jesus Christ and even GOD!

GOD saved me from the claws of one Miss Iqbal Tamimi, and some say there is no GOD! But, I have already warned Kenneth Collins O’Keefe about her suspicious friends. She is a Palestinian Refugee bound by an Oath of some kind like all refugees and cannot and will not be fully trustworthy. When one day you see her in the company of the “Friends of Israel” in search of “recognition and glory”, remember my “prophetic” words. Why did she never try to contact Mark Glenn, Michael Collins Piper, Joe Cortina, Keith Johnson, Mark Dankof, Daryl Bradford Smith or even “Islamic Intelligence”? This made me even more suspicious of her “activism” within the Movement. I wonder who she found as new partner.

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