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Richard Millett: Habima’s Merchant of Venice rocks London’s Globe Theatre


Cross posted by the indispensable Richard Millett

I really enjoyed last night’s performance of Habima’s The Merchant of Venice at The Globe on the south bank of the River Thames on a beautiful summer evening in London.

The cast received a prolonged standing ovation at the end (see above). The Globe was the perfect setting with its open roof allowing you to peer into the ever darkening sky as the constant movement of small planes readied you for the inevitable interruptions.

My main concerns were whether I would follow a play in Hebrew and whether the interruptions would ruin the experience, but two small screens kept us nicely updated in English and The Globe’s security knew when to act and when not to.

Security removed protesters swiftly so limiting the disruption but they allowed a very weird protest, where six protesters stood silently on the first balcony for virtually the entire first half with their lips taped up, to proceed.

First protest during last night’s show.

Second protest during last night’s show.

The performance itself brought to the fore the comedy of The Merchant of Venice with a humourous gondola impression each time the action transferred to Venice, reminiscent of a sideways Moonwalk.

Seeing Shylock dispossessed of everything when Antonio’s defence lawyer finds a loophole in his contract with Shylock and watching Shylock forced to convert to Christianity to escape going to prison himself was maybe a Shakespearian premonition of the treatment in store for the Jews of Europe and Arab countries in the centuries to come.

In all there were some 20 protesters. I recognised two of them:

Peter Scott recently tried to have me arrested and charged with harassment for doing nothing more than photographing him for my blog holding a Palestinian flag at an anti-Israel protest. Last night he donned a smart Panama hat. When I noticed him during the interval I pointed him out to security who, again, did nothing.

I went out to get a drink but when I came back two friends said that a man wearing a Panama had just been removed by security after he had approached them to discuss the disturbances. As they were talking to him they noticed he was wearing an electronic recording device on his lapel. Here is Scott during the interval:

I saw the following protester going into The Globe last night and when I called his name he looked round. I then called security but he made haste away from me until he was eventually caught by security and, out of breathe and shaking, gave a butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-my-mouth look.

I felt traumatised that I might have unjustly accused an innocent person and ruined his evening, but just before the interval he did unfurl a banner and was removed by security:


Jonathan Rosenhead about to be removed by Globe security last night.

Meanwhile, the foyer was packed with police dealing with the protesters. In the top left corner here you can spot ubiquitous anti-Zionist activist Tony Greenstein:

Outside The Globe the Zionist Federation and Stand With Us had arranged a pro-Israel protest. There was also a pen for Palestine Solidarity Campaign activists. One PSC man had donned a mask with a big nose, but swore it wasn’t an anti-Semitic gesture.

I asked some of the PSC  lot whether they saw the recent production of Richard II by the Palestinian theatre company also at The Globe. They said they didn’t as it was a matinée and they had work commitments. They must have conveniently failed to spot the Saturday performance at 7.30pm then; proof, if ever it was needed, that PSC activists don’t give a damn about the Palestinians.

Habima is expecting another packed house tonight and many thanks should be paid to The Globe, its security and the police for allowing the show to go on despite the efforts of those with ignorant views.

Meanwhile, the London Evening Standard described last night’s performance by Habima as “a tricky evening triumphantly negotiated” and The Times said it was “an evening to remember for reasons of art as well as politics”.

Photos from outside The Globe last night:

This is not an anti-Semitic gesture by a PSC comrade, apparently.

Having fun outside The Globe.

Sweet

Precisely

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  1. dispatches – inside Britain’s incredibly powerful Israel Lobby

    50 minutes

    Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel.

    Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which collectively are known as the pro-Israel lobby.

    Political commentator Peter Oborne sets out to establish who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying.

    He investigates how accountable, transparent and open to scrutiny the lobby is, particularly in regard to its funding and financial support of MPs.

    The pro-Israel lobby aims to shape the debate about Britain’s relationship with Israel and future foreign policies relating to it.

    Oborne examines how the lobby operates from within parliament and the tactics it employs behind the scenes when engaging with print and broadcast media.

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/episode-guide/series-42/episode-1

    • Baiting as usual huh… well, good thing THAT documentary actually proved that there was nothing “nefarious” at all about the so-called “lobby”. The attempt, by its creators, turned out to be a miserable flop.

    • 65 years after the Holocaust (with 14 million Jews left in the world, 2/10 of 1% of the world population) you’re still apparently concerned about the dangers of Jewish power. How shameful.

      • You deliberately miss the point, Adam. No intelligent person imagines that Jews are operating some united world conspiracy. However there is substantial evidence (as the Channel 4 programme demonstrates) to show that some Jews (together with other supporters of the Israeli government) exercise influence on British foreign policy and media presentation of Middle East affairs that is vastly disproportionate to their numbers. This is all quite legal, but is of significant concern for the future of British democracy.

        Large numbers of MPs from the main parliamentary parties are ‘Friends of Israel’ and the last two PMs were patrons of the JNF, Cameron, as I recall, resigned from this position. There is no other country in the world that has this sort of suppot from British politicians, bar perhaps the US, which is of course many times larger.

        .

        • “There is no other country in the world that has this sort of suppot from British politicians”

          Really?

          A VERY partial list:

          House of Lords:
          Baroness Tonge of Kew – European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, ‘Free Gaza’. Former Patron of the ‘Palestine Telegraph’.

          Baron Ahmed of Rotherham – European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza, Muslim Hands (Union of Good linked charity).

          Baron Phillips of Sudbury – European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza.

          Baron Harries of Pentregarth – European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza.

          Baron Low of Dalston – European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza.

          House of Commons:

          Jeremy Corbyn – Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, endorser of European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza.

          Martin Linton – founder of Labour Friends of Palestine. Endorser of European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza.

          Gerald Kaufman – endorser European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza.

          MPs until 2010:

          John Barrett – endorser European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza.

          Robert Marshall Andrews – endorser European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza.

          Clare Short – endorser European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza. Patron ICHAD UK.

        • So I take it, that “Cash for Questions”, and “Cash for Honours” were non-existent, or perhaps related to Israel somehow?(one of which, involved payments from Al-Fayed, an Egyptian national).
          Or perhaps we should be reminded of the actions of some MPs who were bribed, literally, by Skoal?
          More funds, in all those surely, than some “omnipotent”, “omnipresent”, “Israel-Lobby”.

        • No intelligent person imagines that Jews are operating some united world conspiracy.

          OK. At least that’s clear.

          However there is substantial evidence (as the Channel 4 programme demonstrates) to show that some Jews (together with other supporters of the Israeli government) exercise influence on British foreign policy and media presentation of Middle East affairs that is vastly disproportionate to their numbers.

          In what sense do they “exercise influence”? Bribery? Extortion? Sweetening politicians by handing out rugalah to their kids? Please be more specific.

          • “In what sense do they “exercise influence”? Bribery? Extortion? Sweetening politicians by handing out rugalah to their kids? Please be more specific.” It’s the rugalah stupid! LOL!

          • If you want the gist of the Dispatches programme and can’t be bothered to watch it, try this:

            http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/D/dispatches/israel/proisraellobbypamphlet.pdf

            You will learn something of the power of the Israel lobby in the UK parliament and of MPs’ reluctance to talk about it for fear of retaliation.

            Given that around 80% of Tory MPs are members of Conservative Friends of Israel it is pretty obvious that a Tory led government is unlikely to act against Israeli interests. For erxample:

            1) Before being elected the Tories said they would have voted against Goldstone at the UN; the Labour government voted for the report;

            2) The Tories promised to change Universal Jurisdiction so that Israeli war criminals couldn’t be arrested in the UK on the basis of a private warrant; when elected they did just that

            3) Think of Tory minister Liam Fox’s friend Adam Werritty and the funding of his lobbying for a more pro-Israel foreign policy by a major financial supporter of Bicom.

            In Tony Blair’s time Labour was much more pro-Israel. Remember Blair refusing to call for a ceasefire during the 2006 Lebanon war. No surprise then to find that he employed a Zionist political fundraiser who obtained large sums from lobby sources.

            • I watched the Dispatches programme.
              My question stands: how do the Jews you refer to “exercise influence”?

              • If by this you mean what mechanisms do they use to exert influence, perhaps the most important one is the manipulation of political funding:

                – Candidates for election are interviewed about their views on Israel. If they give the ‘right’ answers they receive mysterious donations from businessmen they have never met.

                – MPs who are seen to be on-message similarly receive unsolicited donarions.

                – Candidates opposing critcs of Israel are generously funded.

                – Politicians making unhelpful remarks about Israel are threatened with having their funding withdrawn; this happened tp William Hague when as Shadow Foreign Secretary he called Israeli use of force in Lebanon “disproportionate”. He and his party leader met a CFI official and agreed not to say it again.

                – There is a general reluctance to criticise Israel because of party dependance on Jewish funding. Oborne gives a classic example at the beginning of the pamphlet linked to in my previous post.

                I was tempted to clip examples at length ftom Oborne’s pamphlet but it would have made this post too long. Please read it for yourself.

                • There is a general reluctance to criticise Israel because of party dependance on Jewish funding.

                  Oh please.

                  • Just read the pamphlet. Oborne. its co-author is a right wing journalist of considerable reputation. He quotes numerous sources to support what I say, some named, others anonymously because they don’t want to bring down the wrath of the lobby.

                • In other words, you object to Jewish voters and Jewish political donors having the same political rights as other British citizens.

                  There may be an argument regarding placing restrictions on political donations, but unless you are willing to apply your objections or suggestions to all political donors, you are making a racist argument.

                  • I don’t object to their right to lobby. However it is obviously problematic for democracy when one lobby group, representing not British Jews but a foreign state, is so overwhelmingly powerful.

                    The solution may lie in changes to funding rules; naturally I would never suggest that the rules should discriminate against any particular group.

                    • “it is obviously problematic for democracy when one lobby group … is so overwhelmingly powerful.”

                      But that’s the freaking point, sencar. There is NO evidence of this so-called overwhelming power of the “Jewish” or “Zionist” or even “Israel” lobby.

                      Yes – Jews and Zionists and friends of Israel lobby MPs and other opinion and policy-makers. Yes – people choose to support (by voting and offering practical or financial aid) politicians and others who agree with them.

                      O…M….G….! Big shock.

                      Guess what? So do unionists, environmentalists, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, Sinophiles, Europhiles, Eurosceptics, donkey-lovers, the paper-pulping industry… oh and Palestinians, Saudis, OPEC…

                      SO BLOODY WHAT!

                    • For GoonerEll.

                      “There is NO evidence of this so-called overwhelming power of the “Jewish” or “Zionist” or even “Israel” lobby”

                      At the risk of being repetitive I’d say just watch the Dispatches programme and read Oborne’s pamphlet. You might not change your mind but at least you’ll see the evidence you’ve got to deal with. When the British Prime Minister-to-be and his shadow Foreign Secretary taylor their statements to suit the Israel lobby I’d say that’s a problem for British democracy.

                    • So how would British Jews engage in British politics without being perceived as representing a foreign state (one with which the British government has some common interests no less)? Would they have to recuse themselves of their rights as British citizens to have an opinion on British foreign policy? Would they be required to advocate an anti-Israeli position?

                      Given that British citizens of other ethnic and religious groups also lobby elected officials, and often on issues of foreign policy, why are you singling out British Jews?

                    • sencar: “it is obviously problematic for democracy when one lobby group, representing not British Jews but a foreign state, is so overwhelmingly powerful.”

                      I thought you said you weren’t an anti-Semite? You can read your type of ‘intellectual’ shit in any neo-Nazi rag or Tsarist Jew-baiting forgery.

                      Time for you to come clean about your viscerally racist inner-self, you self-delusional fool.

                    • For Ian Thal.

                      “So how would British Jews engage in British politics without being perceived as representing a foreign state”

                      They might start by not seeking to buy MPs or frighten them into silence with the prospect of accusations of anti-semitism

                    • When the British Prime Minister-to-be and his shadow Foreign Secretary taylor their statements to suit the Israel lobby I’d say that’s a problem for British democracy.

                      Israel is a political ally of the UK. Like it or not, the latter’s govt. “taylor” their statements to defend ALL of their allies. It has little or nothing to do with any lobby group.

                      The US is guilty of far worse crimes than Israel (as is the UK). Is Downing St.’s defence of Washington due to lobbying? Hardly.

                    • They might start by not seeking to buy MPs or frighten them into silence with the prospect of accusations of anti-semitism

                      Oh come off it.

                    • you are right. does that mean that if the Palestinians miraculously come to their senses and make a lasting peace with their neighbour rather than trying to wipe her out and get statehood as a result, we will hear you ranting against the Islamist lobby here in the UK?

          • Again, I refer sencar to the influence exerted at our major universities by Muslim money and funding. SOAS is a case in point.

        • Last I checked, citizens of democratic countries are permitted to vote, seek employment with the government, lobby their elected officials, and run for elected office even if they are Jews.

          Elected officials, by the same token, are free to exercise their own judgement once in office and then be accordingly judged by the voters come election.

          The objection expressed by Sencar and others is that British Jews currently have the same rights as other British citizens, and have been able to make a persuasive argument to British elected officials who are not Jews.

        • Sencar:

          “However there is substantial evidence (as the Channel 4 programme demonstrates) to show that some Jews (together with other supporters of the Israeli government) exercise influence on British foreign policy and media presentation of Middle East affairs that is vastly disproportionate to their numbers. This is all quite legal, but is of significant concern for the future of British democracy.”

          When will you’ll be reporting about the Arab lobby?

        • Do you think there is a Muslim lobby sencar?

          It would appear so, and particularly in various universities which are so strapped for cash that they are in the pockets of less than savoury Arab/Muslim regimes?

          And if the universities are funded by Islam/Islamists, what sort of other influence do these people have?

          Have you never asked yourself that question, or what might be the main distinction in terms of effects on the country between an Israel lobby and any Muslim/Arab lobby?

          Equally large numbers of MPs are shamelessly pro-Arab and favour poor Palestinians who are victims mainly of their own governments’ intransigence and of various NGOs who, without their victimhood, would have no role in life.

          What’s that, you doubt it? Well you haven’t given any numbers of real or alleged friends of Israel either, have you?

          • “Equally large numbers of MPs are shamelessly pro-Arab”

            Since 80% of Cinservative MPs are members of Conservative Friends of Israel that doesn’t leave many to back the Arabs from the largest party anyway.

    • Dear me. Are you really reduced to rehashing a broadcast that failed abysmally to prove the existence of any powerful Israel lobby in the UK? Have you truly reached the bottom of the barrel and can’t think of anything else? As I understand it, the Oborne programme turned out to be a variation on another Shakespeare play” Much ado about nothing.”

    • You’re one sassy classy dame, Nadine. Stating that the world is controlled by Jews– no, no, you mean ZIONISTS– makes you more a Klansman than me a South African.

      Pathetic twit.

    • The Dispatches documentary was spectacularly unrevealing.

      British Jews A, B and C have an affinity towards Israel. Hold the front fucking page!

  2. “Pro Israel lobby in Britain”, they must be doing a lousy job because Britain is one of the most hostile places for Israelis and Jews in Europe – exceeded only by Ireland and Norway. Of course no mention of former British diplomats now on the Saudi payroll.

    The BBC, The Guardian, New Statesmen, The Independent, The Sunday Times, even the once friendly Daily Telegraph – not exactly pro Israel are they?

    • Britain is one of the most hostile places for Israelis and Jews in Europe

      What a load of bollocks.

      exceeded only by Ireland and Norway

      Eh?
      What a bizarre post.

      • I have to agree with you Pretzelberg. I would think Eastern Europe will be or perhaps Albania.

        • I will be traveling to Kosovo shortly, and my understanding is that today’s Kosovar Albanians are quite philo-Semitic and even philo-Israeli– but I will see for myself when I get there.

            • I have read that the Kosvar Albanians are more sympathetic to Israel than to the Arabs on account of their own experiences with Serbia. Kosovar attitudes may be different than those found in Albania. My only point is that I have read things that contradicted the suggestion that Albanians can be typified as more anti-Semitic than is typical in Europe.

              That said, I will soon have more first-hand experience, since I will be traveling there in the near future.

              • In response to ItsikDeWembley and pretzelberg’s comments about Albanians:

                I just spent a week in Kosovo, did not hide my Jewish identity, and found that when it did come up, the Albanians were generally positive– I’d also add that the only time I heard an Albanian mention Israel was to praise Israel’s humanity for taking in (mostly Muslim) Albanian refugees during the last war and noting how the Arab states did not do the same.

                So yes, I found the Albanians I met to be philo-Semitic, pro-Israel, and pro-American– perhaps this was only because I was hanging out with intellectuals, but those are the attitudes I encountered.

      • To pretzelberg.

        Jew-hatred has entered the public discourse here in the UK, driven by Islamism. The UK gives safe haven to almost every Islamist political group (and Islamists are infamous for Jew-hatred as you well know) except perhaps Al-Qaeda, and it has allowed Al-Qaeda sympathisers to enter the country in the past.

        When a little (British) Muslim boy is overheard in a school playground telling a non-Muslim boy that he could be his friend for now, but that he’d have to kill him when he (the Muslim boy) grew up, (My friend, a schoolteacher witnessed this) you know that the UK is in one hell of a mess.

        Richard Millett gets set upon by Islamofascists at SOAS

        I could go on and on, but you get the picture, so don’t be to quick to rubbish or judge and don’t call it bollocks. Just because you choose not to notice it doesn’t mean that it isn’t happening.

        • It is ridiculous to claim that “Jew-hatred has entered the public discourse” in the UK.

  3. The mask worn by the protester appears to be that of Pantalone, a miserly merchant– the character originated more as a stereotype of Venetian (and nominally Catholic) merchants, given the exaggerated nose and the fact that the play being performed inside is The Merchant of Venice it’s quite unlikely that it isn’t meant to evoke Shylock and other anti-Semitic imagery as opposed to an making an allusion to Shakespeare’s indebtedness to Italian comedy.

    • Ian The Merchant of Venice was written circa 1596/98.
      The first ghetto in Europe was in 1516 in Venice, now what do you think the stereotype of a Venetian merchant was?

      From the website of Ghetto Ebraico di Venezia;
      “The ghetto

      When on March 29th, 1516 the Government of the Serenissima Repubblica issued special laws, the first Ghetto of Europe was instituted. It was an area where Jews were forced to live and which they could not leave from sunset to dawn. The area was closed by gates watched by guards and up till now the marks of the hinges are visible there. Jews were allowed to practice only some professions: they were doctors, because they were the most prepared and able to understand Arab writings, money lenders, because Catholic religion forbade this practice, merchants and “strazzarioli”, ragsellers. The Ghetto existed for more than two and a half centuries, until Napoleon conquered Venice and finally opened and eliminated every gate (1797): Jews were finally free to live in other areas of the city.”

      So a stereotypical Venetian merchant was probably Jewish and that mask could very well be an anti-semitic stereotype.

      • Gerald:

        The Venetian Republic had been a major trade empire since the medieval period (before there was a substantial Jewish presence in that city) and the nobility that ruled the city were all involved in commerce and were at least nominally Catholic. So the 16th and 17th century stereotype of a Venetian merchant wasn’t Jewish, but a Venetian nobleman. Remember that the “Merchant” of the Merchant of Venice is Antonio, not Shylock.

        Pantalone is a stock character from the commedia dell’arte and I know of no contemporary references in which he is portrayed as a Jew– he is always a merchant of a noble house (see, for example, the plays of Carlo Goldoni, many of which have been translated into English– there is no mention of Jews in any Goldoni play of which I am familiar.)

        So while the stereotype of the malevolent Jewish businessman does owe something to Marlowe’s Barabbas as well as to Shakespeare’s Shylock (who probably also owes something to Pantalone) that anti-Semitic image is a modern development.

        I do think the masked protester was attempting to evoke anti-Semitic feelings however, the Pantalone mask’s origins are not with antisemitism.

  4. My first thought was how sad it is that security were needed at all, i.e. to remove protesters.
    Then I saw the still frame from the last video, i.e. of the police. The police (!) at a theatre performance!

    It’s just pathetic.

    • More than pathetic pretz, it’s disgraceful that they are needed. But they are.

      Just got back from the 2nd night counter protest and after it wound up and we were drifting away past the haters, one of their number came over and tried to engage us in conversation, claiming it was alright, because, ‘he was Jewish’.

      Bad move, because one of our number is a Holocaust survivor and he has little time for people like this guy and once he’d given him a piece of his mind, I started in on him, mindful of a lot of police in the immediate vicinity.

  5. I was there both nights . As expected the haters were unable to get their first team fanatics into the theatre so know third rate arias from the certifiable Deborah Fink . She did make a brief appearance outside long after the performance ended , screeching like a cat on heat . She also started dancing with another woman like a whirling dervish . Both mad and sad .
    In order to make up for the absence of hard core loonies , as expected , the bds shipped in some out of Towners probably from their Scunthorpe chapter . On the first night , mainly blue rinse wimmin reliving their Greenham Common days . Security was brilliant , and no sooner did a muted protest begin , flags and banners were ripped from hands and if the protest continued , they were carried out .
    One poor love , was heard to plaintifully cry over again , no violence .
    I literally bumped into Greenstein at the interval as he was trying to sneak in . Once I identified him , he went berserk . Charging through me and screaming out he was immediately overpowered by three security built like the front row of the English rugby team . After that the police had him surrounded and he looked subdued but with a strange rictus grin all the while . Perhaps he was on ‘ medication ‘
    What a wretched person .
    Last night , the protest such as it was failed miserably . Unlike the first night , no loonies in the gallery . There were a few muted protests in the pit , but were dealt with by security before they managed to unfurl a flag or banner .
    There were three women next to me who I knew were wrong and would kick off at some point . So I pointed them out to security who monitored them . Sure enough one started to try to pull a flag out from her skirt . It got stuck and she was still tugging when she was lifted off the ground and unceremoniously ejected .
    That was about it except right at the end Bruce Levy started up . He was nabbed before he’d finished saying apar……
    What an ugly little man . Barely 5’ in raised heels , he’d shaved his head for the occasion giving a distinct impression of an egg – possibly Humpty dumpty
    Habimah were wonderful and received a 5 min standing ovation from the galleries – those in the pit were already standing .
    A great evening and a great fail by the bds .
    The community finally got its act together in order to see off these gutter snipes once and for all
    Thanks must go to the police , events security and the globe for coordinating and facilitating such an amazing event over two magical nights .

  6. If there is to be any influential lobby I rather it was an Israeli lobby,than a Radical Muslim lobby.

    If true that there is an influential Israeli lobby so what.Eat your heart out………….

  7. The Jewish institutions around the world, are the only places where security is needed.These Radical Muslims have a lot to answer for…….

  8. “Israel is a political ally of the UK. Like it or not, the latter’s govt. “taylor” their statements to defend ALL of their allies.”

    I was referring to a specific incident of lobbying, as was made clear above. William Hague called Israeli use of force during the 2006 Lebanon war “disproportionate”. He and his party leader were vigorously lobbied by a CFI official. They promised not to use similar language again.

    A separate incident described in the Oborne pamphlet refers to David Cameron’s speech to the CFI in June 2009. Amazingly in the year of Cast Lead he made no reference to that conflict, instead choosing to praise Israel because it “strives to protect innocent life”.

    Sorry about the ‘tayloring’ by the way. Don’t know where that came from…

  9. Well no, GoonerEll, that hadn’t occurred to me. Just about every human rights organisation that has ever commented on IDF behaviour in its multiple wars concludes that ‘disproportionate’ is a mild way of putting that body’s use of force, particularly towards non-combatants.

    The fact that Israel carries out some disaster relief work is supremely irrelevant; most advanced economies do the same. I would be more impressed had the UK lobby not used their influence to stop the BBC broadcasting a relief appeal on behalf of the civilian casualties of Cast Lead.

    The fact that “evil conspirac(ies) of Jewish financiers’ is a smear used by ant-semites does not mean that some Jews do not use their money to wield political influence; clearly they do, as Oborne’s programme and pamphlet point out in some detail.

  10. The fact that “evil conspirac(ies) of Jewish financiers’ is a smear used by ant-semites does not mean that some Jews do not use their money to wield political influence; clearly they do, as Oborne’s programme and pamphlet point out in some detail.

    Correct. Exactly as some Anglicans are using their money and influence in politics. Somehow Oborne doesn’t make any program about this and the sencar types are totally uninterested.

    Just about every human rights organisation that has ever commented on IDF behaviour in its multiple wars concludes that ‘disproportionate’ is a mild way of putting that body’s use of force…

    Correct again sencar. For many centuries you and your kind of haters freely abused, opressed, robbed and murdered the Jews but now we changed the rules. You mess with us then you are fully responsible for your fate even if you are hiding behind civilians.

    …particularly towards non-combatants.

    Why not add some libellous shit sencar? As many real military experts (I mean experts and not armchair anti-semites) declared that no army in the history of warfare did so much to protect civilians as the IDF did.

  11. What you have to understand about the village idiot Nadine Lumley is that she is an unintelligent Canadian woman who believes that hatred is a political movement. Best ignored.