Friends of Israel in Ukip

  • by at 4.26pm on 5th July 2013

    Originally published on 2013-04-02 at 16:51:14
    The BNP claim that UKIP has “sold out to the Zionist lobby” should be seen as a clear indication that opinions remain exactly as they always have in the party that was formed in 1982 as a splinter group from the National Front. Far from having sold out to the Zionist lobby, I can testify that UKIP is a party within which there is an extremely healthy debate on foreign policy and, between the party members and party leaders alike, there is no consensus on a particularly pro-Israel policy. (more…)

  • Originally published on 2013-03-01 at 04:54:43
    One side has state-sponsored terrorism and yes, innocent bystanders. The other side is an embattled democracy in a region of totalitarian dictatorships or Islamist, mafia-type governments. See, we can reduce things down too. Funny how our reduction isn’t nearly half as offensive as that of the Friends of Palestine in UKIP group which today posted a Facebook update stating, “The genocide of the Palestinian people by the current Israeli government is no different to the genocide of the Jewish people by Nazi Germany.” (more…)

  • Originally published on 2013-01-11 at 12:56:43
    Friends of Israel in UKIP has recently submitted a question to the European Commission, which queries the European Union’s decision to fund Muslim Aid and Islamic Relief to the tune of €9 million and €22 million respectively. Both charities are believed to be inaugural members of the Union of Good. Islamic Relief is accused of funnelling as much as $6 million to al Qaeda linked terrorists in Chechnya, and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has claimed that the charity “provides support and assistance to Hamas’s infrastructure”. Muslim Aid is accused of financing Islamic terrorism in Bangladesh, and in 2002 Spanish authorities alleged that it “used funds to send mujahedeen fighters to Bosnia”. (more…)

  • by at 4.25pm on 5th July 2013

    Originally published on 2012-11-26 at 04:55:13
    It should surprise no one that, shortly after the Israel-Gaza ceasefire took effect last week, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh appeared in a television broadcast to express his gratitude to Iran for its help in making Israel “scream with pain”. Given that the addition of more than 100 Iranian Fajr-5 missiles to Hamas’ arsenal extended its reach over 1 million Israelis to well in excess of 4 million, Haniyeh was right to be grateful. But Iran’s was not the only regime from which he acknowledged support. He also thanked Egypt. Could this be because Egypt, like Iran, had been facilitating, either actively or passively, the provision of military assistance to Hamas? (more…)

  • Originally published on 2012-11-01 at 23:06:26
    Since the controversial publication of the list of over 300 unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial, several major Islamic charities have come under intense scrutiny amid growing accusations of their collusion with an international terror-financing network. Nevertheless, many of these groups continue to operate freely across the globe, despite the enormity of the allegations made against them by multiple national intelligence agencies. Concerned that the European Union might be unwittingly sponsoring the activities of these dubious organisations with taxpayers’ money, Friends of Israel in UKIP recently compiled a dossier on two prominent Islamic NGOs which receive EU funding. (more…)

  • by at 4.24pm on 5th July 2013

    Originally published on 2012-10-22 at 21:12:47
    Next week, the European Parliament will vote on whether to approve a technical upgrade in trade relations between the EU and Israel. According to a recent blog post by Labour MEP Mary Honeyball, she and her colleagues will vote against the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) – which would make Israeli pharmaceutical products more affordable for Europeans – on the grounds that it is not “coherent with our human rights policies” because of the alleged “abuse of human rights in the occupied territories”. (more…)

  • Originally published on 2012-10-11 at 21:54:18
    Late last week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported to the UN General Assembly that “sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran have had significant effects on the general population, including an escalation in inflation, a rise in commodities and energy costs, an increase in the rate of unemployment and a shortage of necessary items, including medicine”. Unsurprisingly, these comments were quickly seized upon by President of the National Iranian American Council Trita Parsi, a well-known and influential stooge of the Iranian regime, to justify his demand for an immediate end to the sanctions. To be sure, ordinary Iranians are suffering. But whilst Mr Ban and the various mouthpieces of the Ayatollahs blame the sanctions, the Iranian people are not buying into the narrative. (more…)

  • by at 4.22pm on 5th July 2013

    Originally published on 2012-09-21 at 11:38:38
    Who says Iran is isolated? Just months after Egypt’s familiar “one man, one vote, one time” extravaganza and its subsequent reversion to autocracy under the leadership of Mohamed Morsi, we are already witnessing a tentative but palpable rapprochement between Cairo and its erstwhile Persian rival. Indeed, with the induction of the powerful Arab state into Tehran’s “Axis of Resistance” (aka Axis of Evil), even the European Union seems eager to join the club. (more…)

  • Originally published on 2012-09-21 at 11:35:15
    While Israel has been losing friends on the left it seems to be gaining them on the right, with the relaunch of Friends of Israel in UKIP, which claims to have exposed the anti-Zionist agenda of the European Union. Delegates at this weekend’s UKIP conference will receive leaflets explaining why Eurosceptics should support Israel. (more…)

  • by at 4.21pm on 5th July 2013

    Originally published on 2012-09-19 at 15:55:04
    The far-Right is gaining traction across Europe. After the distressing electoral headway made by Greek neo-Nazis in May, and the recent consolidation of several xenophobic political parties into a full-fledged Europarty, concerned citizens want to know what their European leaders are doing to contain this fascist conflagration. But rather than fighting the fire, Brussels is fanning the flames. (more…)

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