General Antisemitism

House of Commons event hosted by Labour MP compromised by extremism


Cross posted from Harry’s Place

At an event in the House of Commons organised by the Palestine Return Centre entitled “Challenging the Narrative: the Obstacles in Advocating for Palestinian Rights”. Kamel Hawwash, British-Palestinian professor & Vice Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign went to great pains to say he was speaking in a purely personal capacity.

He was speaking in a personal capacity while calling a murderer called Mohammad Halabi a martyr.  So to be clear the vice chair of the PSC  was absolutely not calling the man who murdered Rabbi Nemia Levi and Aharon Benito and wounded Benito’s wife and shot their two-year old daughter in the leg a martyr. But Kamal Hawwash did.

Here’s what he said:

“Now this was posted on Facebook by Mohammad Halabi one of the first people, martyrs of the current intifada starting in October, now I call him a martyr because I am speaking from a Palestinian perspective. I don’t care what the Israelis want to call him they want to call him a terrorist that’s up to them and that’s the point of…if you like the difference in attitude, he was killed by an Israeli soldier to us he’s a martyr. He might have committed an act people find unacceptable that is up to them. Actually I consider what he did an act of…an act of revenge for what the Israelis do to the Palestinians, so it’s an act of revenge… If the occupation wasn’t there he wouldn’t be doing what he did.”

You can download a recording of him saying it here: Hawwash.

It would be interesting to hear whether the PSC really do think these kinds of comments are beyond the fold or whether they support the words of their Vice Chair. But obviously we already know. What’s tragic is that no one will be surprised or even think these particular comments are surprising. They have become depressingly normal. One might argue that the biggest struggle in the campaign for Palestinian human rights is that the chief campaigners can’t seem to get away from praising murder and campaigning for…well…Palestinian human rights.

Jenny Tonge popped her head around the door of the same meeting to say the following:

“I said that the trouble is with Israel now days is it’s simply not Kosher…it is not behaving like Jewish people…to me it has no relationship at all towards Judaism…”

She continues…

“I don’t know how many times I have been accused of antisemitism, of course I have, all the time because I criticise Israel and I don’t always choose my words carefully because I don’t think they deserve it frankly. But if you are accused of antisemitism say I am not antisemitic I am anti injustice and actually the injustice that’s been meted out to the Palestinians I think is the worst thing that happened in the last century.”

Feel free to have a listen to her here: Jenny Tonge clip 1 and here: Jenny Tonge clip 2

For anyone else this kind of language would be a real face palm moment but for good ole Jenny it’s par for the course.

habibi adds: the meeting was hosted by Labour MP Grahame Morris. It was chaired by Sameh Habeeb, one of the most grotesque haters of them all. The PRC is of course close to Hamas and has its own appalling record. Well done Labour, yet again!

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      • Thanks for the vivid demonstation of what Bonnie Prince Charlie was referring to, Daniel. Now try to read and parrot something other than BDS Facebook slogans.

      • Margrain repeating a few words like a Parrot does not make them correct, nor does it make you sound anything other than a retard without an original thought in his head.
        If you must ‘copy and paste’ and steal other people’s words and thoughts try something interesting or different for a change.

          • Conflating Terrorism and Islamofascism are supported by reality. See 9/11, Brussels, San Bernardino, London, Boston, Moscow, Beslan, Syria, Afghanistan, Fascist Iran.

            • Islamofascism is an oxymoron and hence a meaningless term, If by “terrorism”, you mean the use of violence and/or intimidation to achieve a political objective, then Israel is a terrorist state and extremist neoZionist jews are terrorists too. It also means that Islamic extremists that undertake the kinds of violence you describe are also terrorists. So it’s possible to conflate Muslim extremists with terrorism as it is Jewish extremists. But conflating terrorism and “Islamofascism” is nonsensical. That’s lesson one for today complete. Is there anything else I can help you with?

              • Migraine, 9/11 was TERRORISM, NOT “extremism”.

                London’s 7/7 was TERRORISM.
                San Bernardino was TERRORISM.
                Charlie Hebdo was TERRORISM.
                Bataclan was TERRORISM.
                Mumbai was TERRORISM.
                Nairobi was TERRORISM.
                Boston Marathon was TERRORISM.
                Lee Rigby was TERRORISM.
                Pan Am 103 was TERRORISM.

                All the above and more were perpetrated by Islamofascist TERRORISTS.

                Is there anything else I can help you with?

                • What in the words, “So it’s possible to conflate Muslim extremists with terrorism as it is Jewish extremists”, do you not understand? The above were plain old Islamist terrorists because “Islamofascist” is an oxymoron – an absurd term that has no meaning..

                  • Islamofascism is TERRORISM in the name of Islam.
                    Islamofascist terrorist gangs wage War and murder people all over the World.
                    Islamofascist Iran calls for genocide of America and Israel.
                    Islamofascism will be the death of Tehran and Mecca – for starters.

                    Islam declaring itself to be “The Religion of Peace” is an absurd claim that has no credibility when one takes off the blinders and looks at the news.

      • Margrain,
        You’ve just described several Arab states, as well as some aspiring to statehood.

  1. Jennt Tonge: ” the injustice that’s been meted out to the Palestinians I think is the worst thing that happened in the last century.”

    I am sure that makes the Rwandans, for example, or the Syrians, feel much better, knowing how easily they have add it over the last century.

    Also, of course the Jews who lost their families in the Holocaust, and the millions of Russians and Chinese killed by demagogues, fascists, and other rubbish just like Tonge.

    • Thanks for the vivid demonstation of what Bonnie Prince Charlie was referring to. Now try to read and parrot something other than BDS Facebook slogans.

    • ” the injustice that’s been meted out to the Palestinians I think is the worst thing that happened in the last century.”

      That’s how you tell someone is a real Jew hater these days.

  2. So Tonge is now an expert on what is or isn’t Jewish …
    To make it clear: I am not claiming that she is nuttier than a fruit and nut bar.

  3. Suggestion: stop rising to Daniel Margrain. He/she/it’s just a troll – replying just makes him;her/it happy.

    • I disagree. Responding to Migraine and MiranDUH and Dullamy are worthwhile. They pump out the bilge that defenders of Islamofascism do, and here we have the opportunity to counter their lies – and use what we learn here in other arenas.

      • Islamofascism is an oxymoron, a meaningless term that’s used by idiots for propaganda purposes.