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British government promises new cooperation with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation


This essay was written by CiF Watch’s Hadar Sela and published at The Commentator

Following the recent lethal violence and rioting which broke out across the Middle East and North Africa – on the pretext of being offended by a third-rate, amateurish YouTube video – the subject of the defence of the right to free speech is once more upon the agenda in the Western world.

Strangely, the British government has chosen this time to sign a new agreement with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (formerly known as the Organisation of the Islamic Conference or OIC) which it describes as a “Cooperation Framework” designed to lead to “closer dialogue”.

“Baroness Warsi, who in 2010 became the first Muslim to serve in a British cabinet, said, ‘This agreement is another significant step in strengthening the vital relationship between the UK and the OIC. When I addressed the OIC Conference in Kazakhstan in June 2011, I said we face the global challenges together. This agreement formalises that establishing our many, many areas of co-operation, from security to conflict prevention; from religious freedom to human rights. One of the central aims of my new role will be to strengthen this relationship further and I am looking forward to ensuring we continue to work closely to achieve our mutual goals.’”

In the same year that Sayeeda Warsi became the first British Minister to address the OIC annual conference, the government appointed Mohammed Shokat as UK Special Representative to the OIC.

The new Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the UN General Assembly in New York, even as OIC members such as Iran and the Palestinian Territories took advantage of  the UN platform to talk of Israel being “eliminated” and to accuse it of threatening Muslim holy places and “colonial occupation”.

Bizarrely, following the signing of the agreement, Saeeda Warsi was to be found championing the OIC’s “interest” in human rights, conflict prevention, and religious freedom on Twitter. 

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  1. Maybe, just maybe they will try and make the OIC to change their mind?
    Or maybe it is another bid for the Torry lass to secure her position as a “useful” body in her party.

    We have seen it being done in the Labour days with all those “security experts” being hired by the previous govt.

    After all The Baroness needs to lower the hit after the recent expenses and hiring flats fiasco…

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/9570124/Baroness-Warsi-on-her-Cabinet-demotion-and-the-Tory-old-boys-network.html

  2. Just wondering: when did a Palestinian representative at the UN talk of Israel being “eliminated”?

      • Surely you’re not the same Daniel? The other one was a total dickhead who’d make racist and homophobic jibes and call other posters Nazis.

        No – that must’ve been some other Daniel.

  3. I don’t see this as a particularly significant development, nor do I see it as an indication that the British government is becoming more anti-Israel. Remember it was only a few months ago when it emerged that UK/Israel trade was at its highest ever level – http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/65164/boycott-what-boycott-uk-israel-trade-booming.

    It is inevitable that a rich nation such as Britain will have “understandings” and relationships with a wide variety of nations and groups around the world.

    Relax, people.

    • You’ve not been on this website long.

      The message here is that the British government is just itching to send brown shirts onto the streets.

      • The British govt like the US govt will do what is in its rational self interest. Eventually this will come to mean…Israel ? Where’s Israel ? And then Israel is screwed. Israel better wake up, smell the roses, and normalise with all haste

        • The British government? Who gives a piece of flying shwarma about the government of a third rate country like the UK?

          • “Who gives a piece of flying shwarma about the government of a third rate country like the UK?”

            Well Peter as someone born and bred in the UK, who still lives and works here and pays his taxes to the Government, I do.

            • As you should Gerald. I want to modify my post in order to clarify my point.

              Which Israeli gives a piece of flying shwarma about the government of a third rate country like the UK?

              And I hope you are proud having your Foreign Minister protecting the rights of Christians minorities’ against their Musl… sorry Jewish opressors.

              William Hague intervenes over West Bank barrierForeign secretary shares concern with Archbishop of Westminster in private letter about Israeli-built wall.

              • Peter I suggest you look at earlier threads on this site where I have made it very plain my views of William Hague.
                I was not before nor am I now, unlike some who mistakenly believed that a Conservative Government would be more friendly towards Israel, under any illusion that until The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is taken over by a Foreign Secretary who has the determination to clean out the ‘Camel Corps’ from within the FCO that much will change.

                Hercules and the Augean stables comes to mind.

              • Gerald as a UK taxpayer maybe you should know how your money have been spent.

                Mr Ockerman is based in Los Angeles and completed the Tower Hamlets mural last month. On his Facebook page he admitted the mural was intended to depict Jewish bankers.

                • Peter what evidence do you have that UK taxpayers money was used to finance this ‘mural’ ? I could not see any mention in the article you link to that UK taxpayers money was used.
                  So if you have any evidence that my hard earned money has beeen used to finance this anti-semitic piece of filth then post it and I’ll gladly take it up with the relevant authorities.

                  • You are probably correct if you don’t live in Tower Hamlet. Seems it (and it’s removal) has been paid from the local tax paid by it’s inhabitants.

                    • Peter I am happy to say I do not live in, or anywhere near, Tower Hamlets. I did work there about 6 years ago for a short period, along with other London boroughs. I could tell you stories about that place that would make your eyes swivel

            • I know that you have some very debilitating difficulties understanding simple sentences pretzel so I’ll try to explain again to you (I did this already twice during the past weeks):

              I don’t hate any country and I have nothing against the UK, but I’m definitely disgusted by the British chattering classes whose typical representative was Hobsbawm. Let me quote his</b opinion of the average UK citizen:

              Hobsbawm came to Britain as a refugee from Hitler’s Europe before the war, but, as he said himself, he wished only to mix with intellectuals. ‘I refused all contact with the suburban petit bourgeoisie which I naturally regarded with contempt.’

              I despise most of the British politicians (with a small number of exception) because they are one of the most corrupt and unprincipled bunch among the Western world’ parliaments and feeel exactly the same about their electorate as Hobsbawm

              • Let me correct the html control characters. The revised version:

                I know that you have some very debilitating difficulties understanding simple sentences pretzel so I’ll try to explain again to you (I did this already twice during the past weeks):

                I don’t hate any country and I have nothing against the UK, but I’m definitely disgusted by the British chattering classes whose typical representative was Hobsbawm. Let me quote his opinion of the average UK citizen:

                Hobsbawm came to Britain as a refugee from Hitler’s Europe before the war, but, as he said himself, he wished only to mix with intellectuals. ‘I refused all contact with the suburban petit bourgeoisie which I naturally regarded with contempt.’

                I despise most of the British politicians (with a small number of exception) because they are one of the most corrupt and unprincipled bunch among the Western world’ parliaments and feeel exactly the same about their electorate as Hobsbawm

                • “I despise most of the British polictians … because they are one of the most corrupt and unprinicpled bunch among the Western world”

                  I am sorry, but I think you are totally out of touch if you think British politicians are particularly corrupt. We have scandals in this country because a few MPs claimed a couple of extra thousand pounds on expenses – while this is not to excuse such behaviour, it hardly ranks up there with the sort of serious corruption your post implies.

                  In my view, British politicians are scrutinised to within an inch of their lives and, while our system is far from perfect, I think actual corruption (financial arrangements in return for political or similar favours) is very rare here.

                  I won’t argue with you when you say they are unprincipled, however…

                • they are one of the most corrupt and unprincipled bunch among the Western world’ parliaments

                  You probably couldn’t name a dozen British MPs.

                  How on earth do you come to such a conclusion? I think I know “how” – because a few speak out against Israel’s West Bank policies.

                  Be honest.

                  • Speaking about Israel’s West Bank policies like Gerald Kaufmann who supports Hamas and on the way claimed not a couple of thousands but more then ten thousand pounds?
                    Or Galloway who is now in a deep shit because the number of mass murderes financing his escapades is dwindling and his paynasters in Iran’s Press TV can’t operate in the UK?
                    Maybe Hague who himself somehow billed the government wit the expenses of his partner and wouldn’t fire Rowan “fucken Jews” Laxton?
                    Or maybe Baroness “the Israelis killing Arabs for their marketable organs” Tonge? Or her boss Nick Clegg who wasn’t ready to kick her out from the party?
                    And the leader of the opposition Ed Milliband who approved even supported the candidacy Ken Livingstone an outright Jew hater for mayor of London?

                    • Like I said – you can name only a handful of British MPs.

                      But you claim they’re together “the most corrupt and unprincipled” politicians in the world.

                      You really are making a laughing stock of yourself here.

                    • The usual short memory – not remembering your own crap crap more than a couple of hours.

                      7:42 am You probably couldn’t name a dozen British MPs
                      12:07 pm Like I said – you can name only a handful of British MPs.

                      Don’t worry Pretzel I could continue the list – didn’t mention Jeremy Corbyn and Lord Ahmed among others.

                      You really are making a laughing stock of yourself here.

                      You couldn’t make this up ….

                    • @ peterthehungarian

                      The usual short memory – not remembering your own crap crap more than a couple of hours.

                      Bizarre!
                      My previous post continued right on from the one before that. They’re perfectly consistent.
                      Not that this fact stops the usual mental midgets from voting up your nonsense, of course.

                      Be honest – I showed you up, so you just post a lazy ad hominem.

              • Look at that opening paragraph – and see what a juvenile tosser you are.

                BTW: Your criticism of certain individuals does not equate with dismissing the entire UK as a “third rate country”.

                • You’re right about that, Pretz. It’s currently a second rate country on its way to becoming 3rd rate. And no, I don’t hate the UK!

                  • third rate, fourth rate tenth rate….At least the UK doesn’t have to rely on more foreign aid than the whole of sub Saharan Africa combined. And on another state for its very existence.

                    • That is correct. The UK during its history robbed blind its colonies and now spends the last crumbs what reamined from the loot.

                    • And on another state for its very existence.
                      That is the best of you. Without the US you would speak now either German or Russian.

                    • I think Rich A you posted this before. And again I say, Israel has been around for 5000 years. Without the USA or anybody else for that matter.

                    • “At least the UK doesn’t have to rely on more foreign aid than the whole of sub Saharan Africa combined. And on another state for its very existence.”

                      Hey, come on, Rich, let up on the PA already!

        • The British govt like the US govt will do what is in its rational self interest. Eventually this will come to mean…Israel ?

          Are you talking to anyone particular here – or just yourself?

  4. The agreement won’t prevent the principled UK government to protect the rights of the Christian minority living on Muslim lands.

    William Hague intervenes over West Bank barrierForeign secretary shares concern with Archbishop of Westminster in private letter about Israeli-built wall.

    There is an other European government with a strong obligation to cooperate with its citizens belong to the religion of peace.

    Malmo police see no reason to call JCC attack a hate crime.

    The suspects never said or indicated they were perpetrating a hate crime,” said Anders Lindell, a Malmo police officer and spokesman.”

  5. Pretzel

    Are you objecting to the death cult definition because it is lacking political correctness, defines a religion in a form not socially accepted in some circles or because it is a term which some may use on Jews with the “same effect” … Not sure what the effect here is… but if it were would you defend Judaism based on the idea that no religion should be called that or because you may have a basic understanding of the faith?

    Peter

    Love for Allah cannot be a hate crime, thus the attack on the JCC is an expression of religious freedom (or resistance to zionist oppression)