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The UK government’s assault on public support for Palestinians has invaded the classrooms. According to a recent report from the Independent, Anti-terror police question schoolboy for wearing pro-Palestine badge. Note that BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, was apparently a factor in the case:

Rahmaan Mohammadi’s teachers at Challney High School for Boys in Luton referred him to police under Prevent – the controversial government anti-radicalisation programme, which critics have claimed is heavy-handed, discriminatory and ineffective.

As well as wearing pro-Palestine badges and wristbands, Mohammadi was in possession of a leaflet advocating Palestinian rights by pressure group Friends of al-Aqsa. He had also asked for permission to fundraise for children affected by the Israeli occupation.

Screenshot: Friends of Al-Aqsa website homepage

Screenshot: Friends of Al-Aqsa website homepage

The child had a pamphlet in his belongings from the well-known UK based non-profit, Friends of Al-Aqsa, (FOA) a BDS supporting NGO with an international support base that’s been around for almost 20 years. With 12 UK locations FOA describes itself as   “concerned with defending the human rights of Palestinians and protecting the sacred al-Aqsa Sanctuary in Jerusalem.”

Mohammadi described his experiences at a meeting of campaign group Students Not Suspects at Goldsmiths University in London. He alleged that police warned him not to talk about Palestine in school, and further claimed that staff members had approached his 14-year-old brother and pressured him to to tell Rahmaan to “stop being radical”.

The anti-terrorism police force, after visiting the child’s home determined that Mohammadi– whose age was not given– was not-at-risk! While this case was pursued on alleged radicalization grounds, boycott is coming under greater and greater pressure from the British government and they are now set to criminalize support for BDS.

International Business Times reports, UK government plans to block boycott of Israeli goods and products:

A senior UK minister is expected to announce plans of a government attempt to prevent local authorities from participating in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel. Under the new guidance, NHS trusts, councils, universities, student unions, and other public bodies will be prevented from boycotting foods and products from Israel.

Matthew Hancook, Cabinet Officer Minister, will provide details of the new regulations during a visit to Israel this week. The new legislation will reportedly make it easier for the government to challenge organisations that boycott Israel…..

The new regulations will mean that any organisations imposing boycotts against Israel would likely be taken to court over it. All public authorities would fall under the regulations and be prevented from imposing a boycott against any countries signed up to the World Trade Organsiation government procurement agreement.

The International Middle East Media Center reports Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, condemned the move as “a gross attack on our democratic freedoms and the independence of public bodies from Government interference”.

“As if it is not enough that the UK Government has failed to act when the Israeli Government has bombed and killed thousands of Palestinian civilians and stolen their homes and land, the Government are now trying to impose their inaction on all other democratic and public bodies.

“This makes it clear where this Government stands on international law and human rights. Despite the Government admitting that Israel’s occupation and denial of Palestinian rights is plain wrong and illegal – when it comes to it they will insulate Israel from the consequences of its own actions. It seems that for this UK Government, whatever crimes against international law Israel commits, having a military ally trumps the rights of their own citizens and institutions in this country to support human rights.”

Sara Apps, interim Director of Palestine Solidarity stated:

“If the Israeli Government want to be free of the pressure of boycott, divestment and sanctions and international censure the answer is simple – end your illegal occupation and abide by international law.

“It is shameful that our Government is prepared to side with an oppressive state over the rights of an oppressed people in this way. We urge people to support our campaign to change Government policy and support the rights of their citizens to act against human rights violations.”

Because boycott campaigns are– you guessed it, anti-Semitic. The Sunday Times of London reports the UK government’s new policy follows “[M]ounting concern among Jewish leaders about anti-semitism.”

Matthew Hancock, the Cabinet Office minister, who will give details of the new regulations on a visit to Israel this week, said such boycotts were divisive, potentially damaging to the UK’s relationship with Israel and risked fuelling anti-semitism. The rules will allow the government to act against organisations that impose boycotts and make it easier for others to take such bodies to court.

The move is likely to be controversial, with critics portraying it as an attack on local democracy. The regulations will prevent any public authority from imposing a boycott on a country signed up to the World Trade Organisation government procurement provision.

Meanwhile, Friends of Al-Aqsa, the NGO whose pamphlet alarmed school authorities to such a degree they sent an anti-terrorism force to the child’s home,  lists several “Aims & Objectives“, none of which appear to be either extreme, anti-Semitic, radical or dangerous to society:

The following aims and objectives are being pursued using all the available peaceful, legal and democratic means:

(a) Highlighting Human Rights abuses suffered by the Palestinians
(b) Putting pressure on the British government to make Israel respect International Law and human rights
(c) Bringing the Palestinian issue to the attention of those concerned with International Law, human rights and UN Resolutions
(d) Mobilising international condemnation for Israel’s apartheid policies to be manifested through the boycott of Israel
(e) Educating people on the issue of Palestine through conferences, lectures and publications
(f) Emphasising the significance and the centrality of the al-Aqsa Mosque to the Islamic faith and the Muslim identity and re-affirming the Muslim historic and religious rights to the area
(h) Working in conjunction with international heritage, cultural and humanitarian organisations in joint ventures to advance these aims 

With these assaults on censorship on both sides of the Atlantic; new UK regulations in the works, recent U.S. Senate passage of anti-BDS Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015BDS facing attacks in six state legislatures, the recently introduced  “Combating BDS Act of 2016”, as well as the constant and persistent suppression of pro-Palestine student advocacy, one might think they could finally squash the BDS movement once and for all. But they can’t, the more they fight against us the more the resistance thrives. 

 

Thanks to Cathy Hutton

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  1. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    February 17, 2016, 12:39 pm

    Not o/t:

    For us Anglos

    bbcR4 tonight, 8pm, The Moral Maze is on the subject of BDS. Not sure of the participants but hope Mad Mel Phillips isn’t on the panel.

    • amigo
      amigo
      February 17, 2016, 1:36 pm

      “Bumblebye , I take it that is radio.Not sure I can get that in Ireland , SE coast.

      I have a “Boycott Israel” sticker on my car since the last slaughter and was wondering if they would impound my car if I showed up in Wales for a Rugby Game.Maybe I would have to pay an on the spot fine to the “British Zionist society ” for the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian People , (who do not exist ) and the creation of a State for Jews only.

      Hopefully , the Welsh are more advanced than some of their fellow Brits in Luton.

      • Froggy
        Froggy
        February 18, 2016, 10:46 am

        Amigo :: The situation in both Britain and France is disgusting.

        Nevertheless, government have no means of pressuring individuals or organisations into choosing one product over another. No need to even mention BDS.

      • amigo
        amigo
        February 18, 2016, 2:24 pm

        “Nevertheless, government have no means of pressuring individuals or organisations into choosing one product over another. No need to even mention BDS.” Froggy.

        Not yet they don,t but rest assured that folks like me who display signs that state clearly , “boycott Israel” will be high on their list of antisemites to curtail.

        Btw, nice win last Sun.You can thank the Welsh side for softening our boys up the previous.

      • Froggy
        Froggy
        February 18, 2016, 4:17 pm

        amigo :: “Not yet they don,t but rest assured that folks like me who display signs that state clearly , “boycott Israel” will be high on their list of antisemites to curtail.”

        That I believe. Though… I don’t think the Irish would put up with these shenanigans.

        The French will do what the French always do. They will find ways to work around whatever restrictions the government throws at them, and continue doing what they want to do.

        “Btw, nice win last Sun.You can thank the Welsh side for softening our boys up the previous.”

        France winning over Ireland…?…?…? It was a miracle. It had to be. There’s no other explanation.

    • John O
      John O
      February 17, 2016, 3:14 pm

      I haven’t listened to The Moral Maze for many years, ever since it became obvious that it was a talking shop for right-wing bullies and nutters like David Starkey and Melanie Phillips

    • Fritz
      Fritz
      February 18, 2016, 3:14 am

      Thanks for that. Quite good discussion, mostly about BDS, even when wrapped in pseudo-neutral terms. The pro-Israel hasbarist invited made it quite bad, as always: boycott is economic war to destroy a country. BBC 4 Moral Maze

      • annie
        annie
        February 18, 2016, 3:45 am

        from your link

        Under the plan all publicly funded institutions will lose the freedom to refuse to buy goods and services as part of a political campaign. It’s said that any public bodies that continue to pursue boycotts will face “severe penalties.” The government believes cracking down on town-hall boycotts is justified because they undermine good community relations, poison and polarise debate and fuel anti-Semitism. Beyond the narrow principle of what tax payers money should be spent on, what is wrong with a group of citizens organising to express their moral, philosophical or political objection to a company or country through their economic, intellectual or cultural power? Such boycotts have in the past been very effective. If every pound we spend can on some level be seen as an expression of our individual moral codes, why should we not have a say on where money is spent on our behalf?

        but doesn’t it make sense to make an exception for israel — again and again and again? and if they don’t, why not pass exceptional (fascist) legislation to serve the zionist community? if people resent it, it’s only because they are anti semites and deserve to be punished — severely if necessary. if that doesn’t shut them up, we can always create harsher punishments. surely this will alleviate anti semitism, nip it in the bud so to speak. it is merely a minor curtailing of freedom of speech which is not a crucial component of our democracies.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        February 18, 2016, 4:23 am

        According to Jonathan Sacerdoti 84% of UK Jews find BDS “intimidating”. However, he said nothimg about how this poll/survey was conducted or on who or how many. So even if 84% of less than half a percent of UK population are zionist, how does that lead into shaping either domestic or foreign policy to appease them?

  2. JustJessetr
    JustJessetr
    February 17, 2016, 4:47 pm

    Wow. First imminent detente between Turkey and Israel, then BDS becoming unwelcome in US trade, then France cracking down on BDS, then England doing the same, and the Park Slope Food Coop making all boycotts more difficult, it seems like people haven’t forgotten the lessons of Nazi Germany after all: it always starts with boycotting Jews then it gets worse for everyone. Maybe Palestinian advocates will have to concentrate on actually helping Palestinians from now on. But that’s wishful thinking…

    Man, now all I need is a job and the future will look very bright.

    • annie
      annie
      February 17, 2016, 5:49 pm

      it always starts with boycotting Jews

      except it didn’t start w/boycotting jews. not then or now. maybe you forgot the jewish boycott of germany predated the nazi boycott of jewish businesses. plus, the bds movement doesn’t target jews. it targets those who profit off the occupation of palestine.

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        February 22, 2016, 8:14 am

        The original remark needs redress – it should have stated it always starts with discriminating against the Jews.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 22, 2016, 12:00 pm

        ” it always starts with discriminating against the Jews.”

        Seems a lot more probable that people just don’t like or trust you.

        Why on earth should I as a Jew see Zionists as anything but an enemy, a danger to everything I hold dear?
        All you want is to use Jews and Judaism for Zionism, and we’ll get less than bupkis in return. Much less.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      February 17, 2016, 6:01 pm

      “Man, now all I need is a job and the future will look very bright.”

      That shouldn’t be hard. I can’t imagine anybody who wouldn’t immediately say ‘wow, I really want to work with this guy!’ after meeting you.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      February 17, 2016, 6:10 pm

      ” it always starts with boycotting Jews…”

      Just say the magic word, and all consequences disappear!

    • eljay
      eljay
      February 17, 2016, 6:14 pm

      || JustJessetr: … it seems like people haven’t forgotten the lessons of Nazi Germany after all … ||

      You Zio-supremacists certainly haven’t. You and your oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and religion-supremacist state have been cribbing from its playbook for decades.

      I know, I know: Israel may not be as good as the best but, hey, at least it’s not as bad as Nazi Germany, Saudi Arabia, Mali and African “hell-holes”.

      (This is where rugal_b chimes in to inform us that there were more happy people per capita in Nazi Germany compared to the white supremacist-capitalist utopias of USA and Australia.)

      • khalidroc
        khalidroc
        February 17, 2016, 8:25 pm

        I struggle to understand the ignorant global rhetoric that passes for the ‘norm’ these days…I am truly at a loss…whatever happened to values and reason?!

    • talknic
      talknic
      February 17, 2016, 9:36 pm

      @ JustJessetr February 17, 2016, 4:47 pm

      ” First imminent detente … etc …”

      Best read more carefully before you open your wailgob and stick your foot in it

      What you’ve cited are against BDS of goods made in Israel. The West Bank is not in Israel.

      ” it seems like people haven’t forgotten the lessons of Nazi Germany after all”

      Indeed. Israel, supported by the likes of yourself, is in breach of International Laws the UN Charter and Conventions adopted in large part because of the treatment of our fellows under th & *^%$ Nazis. You must be so proud!

      ” it always starts with boycotting Jews “

      Ah yes. Israel is Jews. Of course. We understand your need. Nothing about Jews here tho
      https://www.google.com.au/search?q=site:http:%2F%2Fbdsmovement.net%2Fbdsintro+Jew

      ” Maybe Palestinian advocates will have to concentrate on actually helping Palestinians from now on. But that’s wishful thinking…”

      Save your bullsh*t pal. You’d have to be awfully stupid to think your Ziopoop makes the grade here

      “Man, now all I need is a job and the future will look very bright”

      You make an idiot of yourself here for free? AMAZING!

    • Bornajoo
      Bornajoo
      February 18, 2016, 5:48 am

      “Man, now all I need is a job and the future will look very bright.”

      Have you thought about comedy? Judging by your comments it seems you have a talent for it.

    • Froggy
      Froggy
      February 18, 2016, 11:06 am

      Nobody is boycotting ‘the Jews’, as you claim.

      I have been boycotting Israel for years. However, I continue to patronise business that I know are owned by Jews in the UK, France, and the US.

      Furthermore, in the last General Election I voted Labour knowing that if Labour won the election Britain would have a Jewish prime minister.

      “Man, now all I need is a job and the future will look very bright.”

      Ah well then… as you conflate Jewish ethnic/religious identity with being Israeli, you need to work on your critical thinking.

  3. Kay24
    Kay24
    February 17, 2016, 8:49 pm

    The zionists have managed to make free democratic societies in the Western world become mute and intimidated, by stifling efforts to protest their brutal occupation. You can protest any leader of that country, other nations, and even the courts, but dare not speak out against, or try to boycott products made in apartheid land. Oy vey, the power of those shekels, and the evil influences of a rogue state.

  4. Sycamores
    Sycamores
    February 18, 2016, 12:16 am

    this is the second similar story i read in the same number of weeks

    A 10-year-old Muslim boy has been questioned by British police in the north of England after mistakenly writing in an English lesson that he lived in a “terrorist house”, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

    The boy had intended to write that he lived in a “terraced” house but teachers did not realize he had made an error and reported the boy to the police in accordance with new counter-terrorism rules, which critics say are focused on Muslim communities.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-boy-idUSKCN0UY12O

    god help the pupils that have these dim-witted people for ‘teachers’ who are willing to rat to the police over a harmless badge and a writing mistake.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      February 18, 2016, 12:45 am

      What kind of teacher wouldn’t freely approach his/her own student and talk with them about a question they may have, but immediately go all Fox News and call the cops? A person who doesn’t have the first clue about teaching is my guess.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        February 18, 2016, 4:24 am

        One put into a state of abject terror by a government programme, called Prevent, which is a kind of Law of Suspects, abetted by public opinion inflamed by a right wing Press. The teacher decided that the little boy was saying something harmless, his older brother turned to be an IS man, the teacher would suffer something not far short of a death penalty and all colleagues would be persecuted for years. So it’s better to call the cops, who have, thank the Lord, behaved sensibly in the cases known so far. Individual police officers are less vulnerable to naming and worse than shaming. My dear country is of course seriously menaced by IS but is also scaring itself out of its wits.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        February 18, 2016, 12:00 pm

        MHughes976 –
        I wasn’t singling out your country by any means. Remember the boy in a Texas school who made a clock? Of course it’s not a clock, is a f’cking bomb! Stupid has no borders.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        February 18, 2016, 12:33 pm

        Well, Marnie, I think that the UK deserves a bit of singling out in this respect. My only cavil is with the cartoon at the head of this article – the police did not treat these particular children in the ‘fascist’ way suggested.

  5. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    February 18, 2016, 6:04 am

    Always remember folks this is all good publicity for BDS. A lot of people here in the UK who were not aware of the full horror of Israeli occupation will be getting an ongoing education.Plus the UK unlike the US has not got a huge base of end of days basket case Evangelicals who will support Zionland whatever and British voters are altogether less naive and gullible than their US counterparts.

    It will also hopefully trigger discussions and articles about the atrocities which the cuddly Zionists visited on the British Mandate administration pre – 1948 = as in why is our Government so brazenly supporting these Irgunites who targeted , murdered and maimed our grandparents ?

    Brits do not like having political agendas shoved down their throats particularly Tory Old Etonian inspired agendas and this is so overtly pro-Israel it will get peoples backs up. Watch out for the protests,legal challenges etc – further good publicity for BDS.

    Bring it on !

    • Froggy
      Froggy
      February 18, 2016, 11:17 am

      Well said, Ossinev.

    • John O
      John O
      February 19, 2016, 3:19 am

      The Guardian seems to be opening up now that Katharine Viner (co-author of My Name is Rachel Corrie) is editor. Here’s the Rev. Giles Fraser’s latest column:

      “The short flight from Tel Aviv to the Cypriot port of Larnaca is regularly packed with an assortment of loved-up couples, often partners from different religious traditions, for whom there is no provision to marry back home. “There are 45 countries in the world that impose severe restrictions on the rights to marry of their citizens,” explains Rabbi Uri Regev. “Israel is the only democracy in the world that falls into that category.” For not only does Israel not allow for Jews to marry non-Jews within the country, but neither is there provision for Jews to marry in any way other than that determined by the orthodox rabbinate – all-powerful in matters of Jewish matrimony and divorce. They don’t just prohibit inter-marriage, but also marriage between Jews whose lineage is considered uncertain.”

      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2016/feb/18/think-love-knows-no-boundaries-try-getting-married-in-israel

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 22, 2016, 12:05 pm

        “They don’t just prohibit inter-marriage, but also marriage between Jews whose lineage is considered uncertain.”

        After all Jewish consanguinity is the only way to insure the purity of our line! There’s something else you get with that, a side benefit, but I forget what it is.

  6. Kay24
    Kay24
    February 18, 2016, 6:26 am

    Things in apartheid land is still the same. There is bigotry and discrimination even in colleges.

    “Tel Aviv University recently forbid employees at its student services call center for tuition matters to speak in Arabic with Arabic-speaking callers. Haaretz reported Tuesday that workers were informed in an email that “Tel Aviv University permits the receipt of information and the conduct of academic business only in Hebrew.”
    A former employee at the call center told Haaretz that she would speak Arabic with callers who addressed her in the language. She said that in December she was explicitly told to stop doing so. She noted that there was no ban on speaking with callers in English.
    As a result of the report in Haaretz, the university announced later on Tuesday that it was retracting the ban. But one must ponder why such a bigoted rule did not raise objections from more-senior university employees, such as the director of the call center manager, the shift supervisor or the registrar. They argued with the employee who complained and did not provide a satisfactory answer even when she stopped reporting for work and quit the job earlier than expected.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.703971

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      February 18, 2016, 7:29 am

      ““Tel Aviv University recently forbid employees”

      Haaretz is forgetting its English. The past tense is “forbade”. It is sometimes spelled “forbad”, which reflects the pronunciation.

      It Is one of the “i” – “a” verbs, along with “sit/sat”, “sink/sank”, “spit/spat”, and, of course, “bid/bade”.

    • diasp0ra
      diasp0ra
      February 18, 2016, 9:28 am

      I read this report. it’s sad how terrified they are of us.

      Like Mahmoud Darwish said in one of his poems: “The invader fears our memories”. They want to wipe out our memories, our presence, because deep down they know they are impostors, even if they will not admit it.

      • February 18, 2016, 10:57 am

        @Diaapora,

        I think that poem not just aptly describe the psychology of Zionists, but white people in general. They are constantly afraid, and fear is the fuel for hatred. They hate everyone, Jews, Muslims, Arabs, blacks, and most importantly, they hate themselves deeply. This is probably why they can’t find peace among themselves even with all the riches they manage to loot and plunder from the rest of the world.

  7. just
    just
    February 18, 2016, 7:37 am

    Meanwhile, in 2016 London, England :

    “Orthodox Jewish schools ‘erased or changed pictures of women in books’

    Images of women were obscured or altered in reading books given to pupils at two orthodox Jewish schools in north London and children in one of them held “very narrow views about the role of women in society,” according to Ofsted inspectors.

    Yetev Lev, which is one of the largest Jewish schools in Stamford Hill with 794 boys from three to 13, was criticised by inspectors for providing reading books in which “images of females had either been erased or radically changed”.

    Leaders at the school “refused to allow pupils to talk to the female inspectors on a formal basis” and pupils had insufficient opportunities to interact with others “outside of their close community”. The school’s leadership told inspectors they had “no intention of providing pupils with experiences to enable them to acquire an appreciation of and respect for differences between people, based on culture, religion, sex and sexual orientation”.

    Most lessons were taught in Yiddish. “This continues to impede pupils’ progress in basic literacy skills and their ability to speak, read and write in English,” said Ofsted.

    Another boys’ primary in Stamford Hill, Beis Aharon, with 374 pupils aged three to 13, was also criticised by inspectors, who found that images of women and girls in short-sleeved clothing and children swimming had been obscured in reading books.

    “The majority of pupils still express views about the roles of women and men that indicate that the school does not prepare them for the reality of life in modern British society. Pupils universally consider that the role of women is to ‘look after children, clean the house and cook’, while men go to work,” said Ofsted.

    Only one hour a day was allocated to the secular curriculum, inspectors found.

    “The social and cultural development of pupils still does not promote fundamental British values. While pupils are polite to visitors, they are still unable to show mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs because their knowledge of how people are different and of other faiths is very limited.” The word “Christmas” was crossed out whenever it appeared in a reading book being used in a Year 4 lesson.

    There was no one available to comment at either school.

    Rabbi Charley Baginsky of Liberal Judaism said: “This is not about Judaism, this is about being stuck in the 19th century. The trouble with promoting attitudes like this is that they risk making religion irrelevant to how we live today and bringing Judaism into disrepute.””…

    http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/feb/17/orthodox-jewish-schools-erased-pictures-women-books-ofsted

    • Froggy
      Froggy
      February 18, 2016, 11:25 am

      Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told ‘the non-Jews’ are ‘evil’ in worksheet produced by London school

      ‘It’s not uncommon to be taught non-Jewish people are evil in ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools,’ former teacher claims

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/three-year-old-ultra-orthodox-jewish-children-told-the-non-jews-are-evil-in-worksheet-produced-by-10481682.html

      or this from Mondoweiss :

      ‘Haaretz’ says many Orthodox are taught to see non-Jews as ‘not quite human’

      http://mondoweiss.net/2014/01/haaretz-orthodox-taught/

      • annie
        annie
        February 18, 2016, 12:09 pm

        froggy, that independent link is horrific. i read a much more toned down article on this topic yesterday but nothing so overt.

        it is from 9/1/2015. i wonder if anything has been done about it.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        February 18, 2016, 1:58 pm

        Generally when I see children I smile at them, just something about children I guess. But a lot of orthodox children here don’t smile, look fearful. I’ve gotten so used to it that I get surprised when a child will smile back or wave, but they’re mostly Ethiopian or Palestinian, but not orthodox. What a horrible way to raise a child.

      • Froggy
        Froggy
        February 18, 2016, 3:43 pm

        Annie :: It doesn’t come as a surprise to any gentile who has worked or lived near or amongst them. Contempt is palpable.

        BTW, I no longer get MW updates/notifications by email. I used to, but no longer.

      • annie
        annie
        February 18, 2016, 6:49 pm

        I no longer get MW updates/notifications by email. I used to, but no longer.

        hmm, i wrote adam about that. have you tried signing up again?

      • mikeo
        mikeo
        February 19, 2016, 5:08 am

        This school is 5 mins round the corner from where I live. I feel a bit sorry for some of the kids, you can see that the slightly older ones become more fearful and suspicious of “others”. In the young ones “kids will be kids” applies…. They’re all terrified of my dog though!

      • mikeo
        mikeo
        February 19, 2016, 5:18 am

        A funny story. My ex went to buy some lightbulbs. The nearest electrical shop was just round the corner. After selecting the items she went to pay (wearing a BDS badge and with a “Free Palestine” tote bag over the shoulder). Out of the back room came this Hasidic guy, who after noticing was obviously a bit flustered by the accessories – at this point she was too embarrassed to acknowledge the awkwardness – but she said paying for the items seemed to stretch out to the longest transaction in her life!

    • Bornajoo
      Bornajoo
      February 18, 2016, 3:12 pm

      Thanks for posting that Just. This school is right around the corner from where I grew up and for a while my brothers and I were forced to attend a similar school. Not only is this no surprise to me but this is completely normal within that community. What the hell did they think they were learning in those private faith schools anyway?

      In summary, an orthodox Jewish school teaches that women are nothing but baby factories, cooks and cleaners, that other faiths are not important and looked down on and kids are taught almost f**k all about anything else except their own dogmatic ethnocentric, supremacist religion. That includes being a chosen person walking around on a flat earth.

      It’s really funny that the inspectors were surprised to find this out.

    • Froggy
      Froggy
      February 18, 2016, 9:22 pm

      Annie :: Signing up again as if were joining MW as a new member… as ‘Froggy’? Is that even possible?

    • jon s
      jon s
      February 19, 2016, 5:01 am

      What exactly is the point of bringing up the norms prevalent in those ulta-orthodox schools in London? What is the relevance to the “war of ideas in the middle east”?

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        February 19, 2016, 8:29 am

        The point in bringing the school up is:
        Claimed officially by the Zionist invader, genocidal entity – 100% / proved
        Probability that the entire outfit is outspokenly (inward) Zionist – >95%
        Probability that it belongs to an anti-Zionist group like NK – <2%
        Proof that it practices brain enema – 100% / proved
        That it practices illegal types of brain enema – very probable/being investigated as we speak.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 19, 2016, 12:12 pm

        “What exactly is the point of bringing up the norms prevalent in those ulta-orthodox schools in London?”

        That’s right “Jon s”! Those “ultra-orthodox” schools in London are Jewish! That right there should be enough to exempt all their actions from any questions, let alone suspicion.
        In fact, the inside of an Jewish “ultra-orthodox” school is afforded extra-territoriality, and is not bound by the more or laws of the ‘host’ state.

        Funny, isn’t it, how the task of most Zionists who post here seems to consist almost entirely of disclaiming responsibility for anything. Which they believe (the poor schmucks) can be done by throwing the word “Jewish” around.

  8. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    February 18, 2016, 12:05 pm

    It will be interesting to see these proposed “Regulations” or will it be guidance. When the government put forward these proposals Leicester city council was mentioned.
    “We are seriously concerned that the press release does not properly distinguish between local government boycott and divestment initiatives with Israel proper, and those that specifically relate to illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT). This apparent conflation is noted by the examples cited to justify the plans, including reference to Leicester City Council passing a policy last year to boycott goods produced in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank”. http://lphr.org.uk/blog/legal-accountability-following-the-un-commission-of-inquiry-report-on-gaza/ In my opinion a boycott of both Israel proper and any Israeli operating in occupied territory would be legal, in the first instance Israel is in many breaches of International law and in the case of the settlement enterprise companies and local authorities have an ethical duty [many written into contracts] not to trade with people who can be identified as committing war crimes [the transfer of Israelis to occupied territory Geneva 49.6] Those war criminals are all Israeli governments since 1967 plus to a lesser extent the leaders of the settlement enterprises.

  9. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    February 18, 2016, 12:53 pm

    @Fritz
    Thanks for the link. Listened throughout programme and as usual found the comments of the invited Hasbarists , Sacerdoti and the consistently odious Melanie Phillips , totally hilarious. It was particularly funny to listen to Sacerdoti complaining about British Jews feeling bullied by BDS ( 84% of them apparently according to a totally independent non – Jewish foundation I don`t think). Thoughout his rant he proceeded to talk over,interrupt,rubbish the comments of those in disagreement = bullying. Sounded as if he was an avid student and worshipper of the vile Dershowitz. Doubly hilarious to hear Sacerdoti and Phillips stress the fact that BDS was in breach of International Law , was a form of economic warfare and an economic blockade FFS !!. The beautiful victimised Land of Creation is of course guilty of none of these things ( God forbid that they could possibly do anything which is in breach of International Law ). Another tit bit they offered was that BDS actions were putting people out of business ie the illegal settler businesses in the Stolen Territories whose businesses are based on the use of stolen resources funded by guess who – yes you have got it the GOI.

    Altogether a great listen with the commentators calmly making their points about the principle of the independence of local democracy in the British way of life and their so called fellow British (Israel First before Britain ) Citizens Sacerdoti and Phillips floundering their way through and invariably playing the Jewish “victim ” card.

    I have lived in various parts of the UK for a very long time and the only Anti- Semitism which I have witnessed is the dreamt up imaginary Anti – Semitism of these revolting Israel Firsters who do not give a toss about the UK and its democracy. To them the very basis of their miserable lives is the need to have the perception of Anti-Semitism and the need to protect and defend their beloved Israel whatever atrocities it visits on the native Palestinians up to and including Nazi standard.

    Sacerdoti and Phillips hopefully in the nearest as possible future will pack up their bags and B—-r off to their beloved Zion where they can wail till their hearts are content from the inside as opposed the outside.

  10. Rashers2
    Rashers2
    February 18, 2016, 5:37 pm

    There are times, when I read things like this, that I’m tempted to renounce my nationality in protest at my successive governments’ policies – not just their cynical and craven partisanship on I-P when they and their legal advisers KNOW four-square where right lies; but on their broad, creeping, insidious assaults on civil liberties and freedom of thought. This, from a self-described “libertarian conservative” (small “c”): I don’t feel I’ve moved to the left over the past two decades; but the backdrop of the stage on which I’m standing has for some time been moving to rightwards. Perhaps it’s a decade’s semi-detachment of distance which makes me perceive my country differently….. Renunciation of citizenship’s pure fantasy, of course, since I don’t hold a dual nationality so would render myself an “un-person”, stateless and within sight of the “third age”! Lol.

  11. Boo
    Boo
    February 18, 2016, 6:32 pm

    In Hawaii we not infrequently pronounce “tourist” as “terrorist”. I imagine there’s something subconscious at work there.

  12. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    February 19, 2016, 10:58 am

    The Government have published its guidance on procurement https://www.gov.uk/government/news/putting-a-stop-to-public-procurement-boycotts it is not clear to me yet on a quick first reading how settlement products will be viewed, here is what the Government via the Foreign Office and Dept of Trade said in its advice in 2014, this new guidance is meant to supplement it ..
    We will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties. There are therefore clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity. Financial transactions, investments, purchases, procurements as well as other economic activities (including in services like tourism) in Israeli settlements or benefiting Israeli settlements, entail legal and economic risks stemming from the fact that the Israeli settlements, according to international law, are built on occupied land and are not recognized as a legitimate part of Israel’s territory. This may result in disputed titles to the land, water, mineral or other natural resources which might be the subject of purchase or investment. EU citizens and businesses should also be aware of the potential reputational implications of getting involved in economic and financial activities in settlements, as well as possible abuses of the rights of individuals. Those contemplating any economic or financial involvement in settlements should seek appropriate legal advice. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-business-risk-israel/overseas-business-risk-israel It would appear the UK Government do not want any council to take risks with tax payers money quite apart from the ethical and reputational concerns of such trading it is hard for me to see any council or other public body having penalties levied against them for taking the governments own advice into account when making procurements.

  13. MHughes976
    MHughes976
    February 27, 2016, 9:43 am

    There has just been another development along these lines, only with a very different target, a young man at a school in the county of Hampshire who seems to have made no secret of his interest in the UK Independence Party and, according to his family’s account, looked at a BBC report of an English Defence League event. This led to alarm at his school and a police visit to his house ‘for an informal discussion’.
    The school has made no statement. Was it panic about extreme right wing views getting a hearing? Was a left-wing teacher trying to show that everyone dislikes this sort of treatment when it happens to them? Was someone trying to give the new system, normally expected to be deployed against Muslim extremists,, an air of impartiality by turning it in a different direction?
    Well, I have no sympathy with the EDL and little patience with UKIP, though it is a perfectly legal entity. However, the idea that the police can visit minors for an informal political discussion (!) in a context where no crime is suspected is an indication that we are becoming a police state.

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