Guardian airbrushes extremist links of British ‘flytilla’ participants.

The UK news section of the Guardian’s website included on July 10th an article about the British ‘flytilla’ participants detained at Ben Gurion airport last Friday.  In it, much is made of both the ages and ‘respectability’ of the arrested Britons, with their ages and professions  meticulously listed, apparently according to information provided by the organisers of the British ‘flytilla’ contingent, the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

There’s a retired statistician (66), a community worker, a retired university lecturer (83), a retired nurse (77) and an Open University research fellow (61), which all sounds terribly tame and benign until one takes note that the chairman of the SPSC, 64 year-old Mick Napier, is also described solely as a “university teacher”.  Readers will no doubt remember Mr Napier’s name from the article we published with regard to the SPSC’s recent attempts to persuade Dundee council to implement a boycott of Israeli goods. It is worth viewing that video again in order to comprehend exactly what the Hizbollah-praising Mr Napier stands for.

Another name mentioned in the Guardian article is that of former Parliamentary candidate Pippa Bartolotti – deputy leader of the Wales Green Party and a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Ms Bartolotti initially managed to evade detention at the airport in Tel Aviv and was interviewed by RT – but was also later detained.

“How can we be a threat?” protests Ms. Bartolotti, making the most of her staid appearance and fluent English.

Oh dear, Pippa – you weren’t being entirely honest with that reporter, were you? No mention of your trip to Syria last October as part of George Galloway’s ‘Viva Palestina’ convoy.  No reference to the fact that you had yourself photographed in Latakia, beaming away enthusiastically whilst sporting your ‘Viva Palestina’ badge and holding the flag of the Syrian Socialist National Party – a Nazi outfit.

Pippa Bartolotti

The SSNP flag’s similarity to the Nazi swastika is not coincidental and there is plenty of available information about them, both old and new.

“They greet their leaders with a Hitlerian salute; sing their Arabic anthem, “Greetings to You, Syria,” to the strains of “Deutschland, Deutschland über alles”; and throng to the symbol of the red hurricane, a swastika in circular motion.”

“These are the hallmarks of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the oldest terrorist organization in existence today and one of the most secret and deadly. Despite its long history of violence, Western security organs were recently taken by surprise when they learned that a well-camouflaged arm of the SSNP had succeeded in setting up a large terror network in Western Europe—complete with safe houses, weapons caches, and forged passports—and that it was the SSNP that had set off a series of deadly explosions in the heart of Paris, to gain the release of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah. The United States, too, has felt the effects of the SSNP. The explosion aboard a TWA flight nearing Athens in April of 1986, which cost the lives of four passengers—one of them an infant—has been traced to May Mansur, of Tripoli, a veteran member of the SSNP, who debarked at a previous stopover after placing a bomb under her seat.”

The Green Party, of which Pippa Bartolotti is a prominent member, repeatedly insists that it deplores all forms of racism, including antisemitism, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to take such protestations at face value, and certainly one would expect any genuine anti-racist to run a mile in the opposite direction to a Nazi party embellished with blatant Nazi imagery. The involvement of the Green Party in the PSC is equally worrying, in particular in light of the PSC’s promotion of a Hamas website, its involvement in the invitation of Hamas-linked speakers and its silencing of any criticism of the terrorist group.

Pippa Bartolotti and her ‘flytilla’ friends may be so used to flirting with fascists as part of their radical chic hobby that they are no longer able to separate anti-racist wheat from Islamist and Nazi chaff. Here in Israel, however, we – out of necessity – have our eyes wide open on these subjects, which is why we do not take lightly the appearance of hundreds of supporters of such ideologies on our doorstep. We do also not fall into the kind of ageist stereotypes – of which this article and some of last Friday’s Tweets from various ‘flytilla’ supporters are prime examples – which assume that people are unable or incompetent just because they are ‘middle aged’ or ‘retired’.

Rather than this application of cosmetic surgery to the ‘flytilla’ activists, the Guardian would better serve its readers and the British public in general by explaining exactly what kinds of ideologies they stand for: an issue which is no less crucial to contemporary Britain than it is to Israel.

And a final question must go to Pippa Bartolotti, as well as her other PSC-supporting friends in the British Green party and indeed to the Guardian too, which prides itself on its ‘Green’ section: how exactly, from an ecological point of view, do they justify their involvement in and support for the creation of the hundreds of tons of harmful carbon emissions resulting from hundreds of people making totally unnecessary plane journeys purely for the purpose of political provocation?

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    • Apart from Ms. Bartolotti, who by the way was also a failed candidate in this years Welsh Assembly elections achieving less votes than the BNP and half the number of votes of UKIP, there was also Joyce Giblin a member of the Socialist Labour Party. For those of you outside the U.K. the SLP was founded by Arthur Scargill, enough said.

      • Two other clowns are both from the Swansea area. One is a Dee Murphy and Fiona Williams.
        More details on both from the Swansea Palestine website.

        Dee Murphy some of you may have seen before in videos of BDS pickets outside supermarkets in Swansea.

  1. Pippa is showing her naked armpits, is that allowed of a woman in the islamic republic of Hamas that loves so much? Greens are truly the most stupid people on this planet.

    • Greens are truly the most stupid people on this planet.

      Correction: That’d be the stupid ones who vote for them.

    • My impression is that unlike the more genuine fanatics further east, Hamas is pretty much willing to let European and American useful idiots who come to visit wander around wearing whatever the hell they like.

      My impression is that Hamas really doesn’t give a damn. They’re in Gaza, they’re politically useful, and if they want to wear sleeveless t-shirts, it doesn’t seem to bother anyone.

      Remember, until about ten years ago, many, many fewer Palestinian women under fifty or so covered their hair in secular settings. It’s a fairly new development to see so many women veiled. I’m a little of the opinion that Hamas likes the more frum look for a variety of reasons but isn’t actually that wedded to it emotionally.

  2. Duvidl suggests one could wish Bartolotti syndrome on the Syrian SSNP. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:

    “Bartolotti’s syndrome is a form of lumbago in the lumbosacral transitional vertebrae. The syndrome is not usually treated, as not much is known yet about these spinal segments. It is named for Mario Bartolotti, an Italian physician.

    Bartolotti’s syndrome is defined by a transitional 5th lumbar vertebrae resulting in partial sacralization. Of importance is that this syndrome will result in a pain generating 4th lumbar disc resulting in a “sciatic” type of a pain correlating to the 5th lumbar nerve root.”

  3. The joyous schadenfreude thought of the SSNP catching Bartolotti syndrome from Pippa has prompted Duvidl into verse, thus:

    Now Pippa Bartolotti is certainly not hot totti;
    Her snide speaking sounds so snotty; her appearance grim and grotty.
    Rotted brain-cells quite a lottie; pip-pip-Pippa’s gone quite potty.
    So dotty Bartolotti should smack her own sorry bottie.

  4. Ms Bartolotti must be very proud of her other Nazi fellow travellers:

    Imam Ahmad Ibrahimi, Coordinator of Algerian Delegation to “Freedom Flotilla”: Our Hatred of Them Is So Intense That We Wished We Could Have Been Bombs and Blown Ourselves Up among the Brothers of Apes and Pigs

  5. The SSNP flag’s similarity to the Nazi swastika is not coincidental

    It even has the red, white and black colour scheme. While she’s probably not a Nazi who actually wishes the extermination of Jews, did she really not see the visual similarity?

  6. Leading Green Dr Rupert Read is calling for Assad’s diplomats to be ejected; meanwhile Pippa Bartolotti is elected leader of Wales Green Party. The Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) are the Ba’athist Party’s partners in the National Progressive Front that rules Syria. How about ejecting Assad’s allies in the GPEW.