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John Prescott at Daily Mirror: West should respond to Paris attacks by solving Palestine issue


During the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, the British tabloid The Daily Mirror published an op-ed by former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party John Prescott which labeled the Israeli military operation a ‘war crime” and described Gaza as “a concentration camp”.

As if the odious accusation that Israel was keeping Palestinians in a “concentration camp” wasn’t bad enough, Prescott doubled down on his Holocaust inversion, and asserted the following:

What happened to the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis is appalling. But you would think those atrocities would give Israelis a unique sense of perspective and empathy with the victims of a ghetto.

As Howard Jacobson argued about critics who lecture Jews on their sub-par post-Shoah moral performance:

“[For such people] the Holocaust becomes an educational experience from which Jews were ethically obliged to graduate summa cum laude, Israel being the proof that they didn’t.” 

Well, Prescott just published a new op-ed at The Mirror (‘Western interventions only pour petrol on fires of Middle East unrest – but there are three things we can do, Nov. 14), that somehow manages to find an Israeli angle to the recent attacks in Paris.

First, Prescott, evoking Stop the War Coalition level anti-Western propaganda, suggests that the US and Britain “stoked the unrest that allowed ISIS to emerge and thrive”, and later seems to imply that the ‘brutal’ Western response to terror is morally on par with the savagery of ISIS.

But, that’s not all. Prescott concludes his piece by suggesting that the “anger” fueling ISIS attacks stems in part – from the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

The final thing we can do is show Britain is committed to finding a lasting peace in all of the Middle East.

We cannot let the running sore of ill-feeling and bad blood between Israel and the Palestinian territories continue.

Both Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live together peacefully. That means putting pressure on both governments to strike that deal.

The best tribute to those who died in Paris is not to send troops and drones to “eviscerate” ISIS and Syria.

It is to channel that anger-fuelled energy to sue for a lasting peaceful solution across that region.

Peace between Israel and the Palestinians is of course a noble goal. However, the suggestion that the savage jihadists of ISIS will cease their practice of sexual slavery, crucifixions, beheadings, and mass terror attacks on European capitals if Israel withdrew to 1967 lines is beyond ludicrous.

Indeed, Prescott’s Israeli-Palestinian explanation overlaps with the widely criticized comments by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, who told Swedish National TV the following an hour after the Paris attacks:

to fight radicalization, we have to go back to the situation in the Middle East, where especially the Palestinians see no future. We either have to accept a desperate situation or act forcefully.

Both Prescott and the Swedish Ambassador grossly misunderstand the root cause of ISIS violence. It is not grievance-based, which would suggest that the violence would cease or at least abate if their (reasonable) concerns were addressed.  

Rather, ISIS’s attacks are fueled by a radical, violent and intolerant religious ideology which is impervious to reason, persuasion or self-interest.  They certainly don’t desire “peace” and justice in the Middle East. Their goal is quite clear: re-establishing an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East ruled by Sharia and, ultimately, conquest of the entire world.  

It is unclear whether Prescott’s nod to the Jeremy Corbyn-Seumas Milne-style radical left represents a true ideological shift, or if it is owed to his need to make amends for supporting the Iraq War while deputy prime minister under Tony Blair.  

However, Prescott’s musings on the Paris attacks do clearly demonstrate one constant within the broader Western debate on how best to deal with jihadism: how the malign obsession with Israel can cause otherwise sober minds to resist even the most intuitive understandings of how to protect the democratic world from those seeking its demise. 

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  1. Please read this article and watch this clip and you will fully understand why Eurabia is a fact on the ground that cannot be changed. It is quite frightening and what has just happened in France is just the beginning. It is already too late for Europe. As I published before, Europe died in Auschwitz.

    Below is a link to a film which had one and a half million views in the five days before it was pulled by Facebook. It was re-issued but who knows how long it will be available. It is doubtful if any of the shots appeared in your news broadcasts.

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/11/11/watch-anti-migrant-video-going-viral-across-europe/

  2. Read this great article on how Europe especially France was trying to appease Palestinians and the results of it.
    The Guardian and John Prescott can learn from this article.

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6881/paris-attacks-lessons
    What France and Europe Might Learn
    by Bassam Tawil
    November 15, 2015

    By constantly endorsing pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli policies, France has obviously been seeking to appease Islamic countries. France seems convinced that such policies will keep Muslim terrorists from targeting French nationals and interests. The French are now in grave danger of mistakenly believing that the November 13 attacks occurred because France did not appease the Muslim terrorists enough.

    When the terrorists see that pressure works — increasing the pressure should work even more!

    The French and Europeans would do well to understand that there is no difference between a young Palestinian who takes a knife and sets out to murder Jews, and an Islamic State terrorist who murders dozens of innocent people in Paris.

    The reason Muslim extremists want to destroy Israel is not because of the settlements or checkpoints it is because they believe that Jews have no right to be in the Middle East whatsoever. And they want to destroy Europe because they believe that Christians — and everyone — have no right to be anything other than Muslim.

    The terrorists attacking Jews also seek to destroy France, Germany, Britain and, of course, the United States. These countries need to be reminded that the Islamist terrorists’ ultimate goal is to force all non-Muslims to submit to Islam or face death.

    Earlier this year, France was one of eight countries that supported a Palestinian resolution at the United Nations Security Council, calling for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines by the end of 2017.

    This vote means that France supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, likely to be ruled by the same type of people who on Friday carried out the most grisly terror attacks in France since World War II.

    Today, every Palestinian child knows that in the best case, a future Palestinian state will be run by Hamas or Islamic Jihad, and in the worst case by the Islamic State and its affiliates. Has it occurred to anyone in Europe that the Palestinian people might not want to live under the rule of any of the groups, any more than Europeans would?

    France and the rest of the EU countries have long been working against their own interests in the Middle East. By constantly endorsing pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli policies, France has obviously been seeking to appease the Arab and Islamic countries. France seems convinced that such policies will keep Muslim terrorists from targeting French nationals and interests. That is probably why the French have made the catastrophic mistake of believing that the policy of appeasement toward Arabs and Muslims would persuade the Islamist terrorists to stay away from France. The French are now in grave danger of mistakenly believing that the November 13 attacks occurred because France did not appease the Muslim terrorists enough.

    Sadly, the two earlier terrorist attacks that took place in Paris this year — against the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and the HyperCacher Jewish supermarket — failed to convince the French that the policy of appeasement towards Arabs and Muslims is not only worthless, but also dangerous.

    Instead of learning from these previous mistakes and embarking on a new policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in general and extremist Islam in particular, the French continued with their strategy of appeasement even after the Charlie Hebdo and the HyperCacher supermarket attacks.

    Most recently, France voiced its backing for EU plans to label products from Israeli settlements, doubtless thinking that such a move would make the Muslim terrorists happy with the French. But, as last Friday’s terrorist attacks showed, the Islamic State and its supporters are not particularly impressed by anti-Israel moves.

    Muslim terrorists do not care about the settlements. For them, that is a trivial issue compared to their chief goal and dream: truthfully, to kill all infidels and establish an Islamic empire. The Muslim terrorists who have been murdering Jews in Israel and other parts of the world also seek to kill anyone they perceive as being friends of Western values in general. These include, above all, Christians — either those unfortunate enough still to be living in the Middle East, but also those living in France and other Western countries.

    The reason Muslim extremists want to destroy Israel is not because of the settlements or checkpoints. They want to destroy Israel because they believe that Jews have no right to be in the Middle East whatsoever. And they want to destroy Europe because they believe that Christians — and everyone — have no right to be anything other than Muslim. That is also why Muslims seem not particularly interested in the EU’s decision to label products from Israeli settlements. It is worth noting that the decision to label Israeli goods was not even an Arab or Islamic initiative.

    The EU’s decision to boycott products from Israeli settlements has sent entirely the wrong message to the enemies of Israel and the enemies of Western values. These enemies of the West see the decision to label products as just the first step toward labeling all of Israel as an “illegal settlement.” It is no surprise that the first to celebrate the decision were Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

    What France and other Western countries do not understand is that concessions and gestures are being misinterpreted by the terrorists as signs of weakness, which just invite more violence. When the terrorists see that pressure works, increasing the pressure should work even more!

    The European boycotts are seen by the people here as nothing but cynical and heartless — attempts to court a thieving leadership at the expense of the people. The boycotts are seen here as nothing but keeping the Palestinian people in the grip of its corrupt leadership and prompting us to take another look at the extremists — the only choice offered up.

    What the Europeans might have learned is that the assaults in Paris are what all of us here — Muslims, Christians and Jews — have been living with for decades.

    During the past 22 years, all Israel’s territorial concessions and goodwill gestures have resulted only in increased terrorism against Israel, including us Arabs. Many Palestinians incorrectly saw the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005 only as a retreat and a sign of weakness. If shooting at Jews made them leave Gaza — as it appeared — keep shooting at Jews. The result was that Hamas took credit for driving the Jews out of the Gaza Strip with rockets and suicide bombings, and quickly rose to power.

    In the same manner, each time Israel has released Palestinian prisoners (including dozens with blood on their hands) as a gesture to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas or U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, the Palestinians regarded the gesture as having their demands met. So the next step is to increase the violence and demand more. The Palestinians saw Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon and Gaza, and the release of Palestinian prisoners, not as a sign that Israel was interested in peace and calm, but as a reward for terrorism.

    Two months ago, France took another step in appeasing the Arabs and Muslims. This time, the French voted in favor of raising a Palestinian flag at the UN headquarters. “This flag is a powerful symbol, a glimmer of hope for the Palestinians,” UN French Ambassador Francois Delattre said. Again, the French apparently thought that the vote would satisfy the Arabs and Muslims and persuade the terrorists that France was on their side in the fight against Israel.

    France’s — and Europe’s — flawed policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict did not start in the past year or two. Four years ago, France voted in favor of granting the Palestinians full membership of the UN’s Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Last month, the Palestinian Authority leadership unsuccessfully tried to use UNESCO to pass a resolution declaring the Western Wall a holy site for Muslims only. The resolution was changed at the last minute into one just condemning Israel, but instead of opposing the resolution, an embarrassed France chose to abstain. UNESCO, however, did vote that two ancient Jewish heritage sites symbolic of the Biblical era, Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs, would henceforth be known as Muslim heritage sites. The same week, another Biblical site, Joseph’s Tomb, was set on fire (for the second time; the first was in 2000) by people whose government, the Palestinian Authority, had agreed to protect it.

    For the past few weeks, Palestinians have been waging a new wave of terrorism against Israelis. This time, the Palestinians are using rifles, knives, stones and cars to murder as many Jews as possible. But we still have not heard any real condemnation — from France, Europe or anyone — of the Palestinian terrorism.

    We have also not heard France or other EU countries demand that President Mahmoud Abbas condemn the terrorist attacks against Israelis. Most French media outlets and journalists have even refused to refer to the Palestinian assailants as terrorists — despite many of the terrorists being affiliated two Palestinian groups that share the same ideology as Islamic State: Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

    By failing to condemn the terrorist attacks against Israelis and name the perpetrators for what they are — ruthless murderers and terrorists — France and Western countries are once again sending the wrong message to the Islamists: that killing Jews is not an act of terrorism.

    What these countries do not realize is that the terrorists who are attacking Jews also seek to destroy France, Germany, Britain and, of course, the “Big Satan” (the United States). These countries need to be reminded every day that the Islamist terrorists’ ultimate goal is to force all non-Muslims to submit to Islam or face death. Sometimes, the terrorists do not even have the patience to offer this choice to the “infidels,” and just kill them while they are watching a concert or a soccer match.

    It now remains to be seen whether the French will wake up and realize that radical Islam is at war with the “unbelievers” and all those who refuse to accept the dictates of Islamic State and other Muslim extremists. This is a war that Israel has been fighting now for more than two decades, but, sadly, with little support — and most often with venomous obstruction — from countries in Europe, including France.

    The French and Europeans would do well to understand that there is no difference between a young Palestinian who takes a knife and sets out to murder Jews, and an Islamic State terrorist who murders dozens of innocent people in Paris. Once the French and other Europeans understand this reality, it will be far easier for them to engage in the battle against Islamic terrorism.

  3. There is no end to the madness.

    The ability to deflect from ISIS declared intention to wage war on the West and even justify itself by referring to the bombings by the West leads directly to … Israel.

    People like this are mad. Their views can only be explained by anti-Semitism.

  4. The Swedish Foreign Minister has also found a way to blame the Paris terrorism on Israel.

    Barely a half-century after the Holocaust – in which much of Europe collaborated – Europe is shamelessly returning to genocidal anti-Semitism. No Israel, no Jews, therefore no guilt.

    • The Muslim terrorist attack on Paris, like the Arab rape gangs that operate in Sweden, was due to Appeasement.- (Suicidal Socialist Swedish and Eurabian).

  5. Palestinians oppose a Kurdish state. What Freakin Hypocrites.

    http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/middle-east/the-arab-world/plo-opposes-kurdish-self-determination-15814
    PLO opposes Kurdish self-determination
    Al Arabiya reported that PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat is opposed to Kurdish self-determination: “Kurdish independence would be a poisoned sword against the Arabs.” It has been reported that the PA is trying to build stronger ties with Iran and reestablished diplomatic relations with Syria.
    By Rachel Avraham
    Sep 10, 2015

    A recent report in Al Arabiya revealed that PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat is opposed to Kurdish self-determination because it will encourage other countries to separate from the Arab states: “Kurdish independence would be a poisoned sword against the Arabs.” Erekat also stated that he is disturbed that both Kurds and Israelis enjoy a covert relationship.

    An op-ed that was published in the Kurdistan Tribune pointed out that the international community and Muslim world frequently champion the Palestinian cause but fail to support the Kurds, even though both groups are Muslim and stateless. The article noted that this remains the case even though the Kurds are the largest ethnic group without a nation that has been struggling for statehood since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and has been fighting against the radical Islamists, while the Palestinians have only been seeking a state since 1948 and are not dedicated to fighting against the radical Islamists.

    “The Kurds fight for independence against Turkey, Syria, Iran and now ISIS,” the article stressed. “But taking issue with Israel above all else, often to the exclusion of anything else, is such an embedded meme among the Muslim world and Western leftists that the Palestine lobby very often finds itself incapable of showing its solidarity with the Kurds.”

    These statements by Erekat come in the background of Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen seeking to improve his ties with Iran, a regime that is openly hostile to the Kurds. According to Palestinian Media Watch, senior level Fatah official Abbas Zaki stressed that the ties are “an inevitable step if we the Palestinians want to confront the Israeli occupation.” PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Majdalani was sent “to repair its relations with Iran and it was agreed to determine actual steps to bring the occupation to an end, in addition to Palestinian participation in resolving the Syrian crisis. This is due to the fact that President Abbas’ initiative and the Iranian initiative to end the war taking place there intersect.”

    Palestinian Media Watch reported that Fatah might be willing to start siding with the Assad regime regarding the Syrian Civil War in exchange for Iranian support against Israel. Fatah has already restored diplomatic relations with the Damascus regime, a government that is behind an ethnic cleansing campaign targeting Kurds. The Palestinian Authority’s attempt to strengthen relations with both Iran and Syria has prompted the Palestinian Authority to move from being ambivalent about the Kurds to being outright hostile towards

  6. I’m not sure Blair would make the argument still these days but this is not too dissimilar to the wager which many including Blair made back when he and Prescott were in power: if we manage to solve the I/P conflict, they’d venture, all else will fall into place. Or, even if it looks like all hell unfolding in Iraq and Afghanistan, if focus all our effort on bullying Israel to accept untenable terms and achieve a deal with the Palestinians, then, they argued, all would be well again in the world. It’s not surprising: when British military were all over these other avenues of war, British civil society could only ever focus on the effects of war in Palestine.