Islamism,  Libel Laws


“Friends of al Aqsa” is a dedicated Israel-hatred outfit headed by Ismail Patel of Leicester.

As reported here earlier this year, Mr Patel is an extremist who is considered radical and prominent enough to serve as a national member of the steering committee of the “Stop the War Coalition”; an advisory board member of “Conflicts Forum”, an inveterately naughty ex-spooks’ pro-Islamist lobby; and a Guardian commenter.

Here he is ranting for Hamas and dividing good Jews from bad in London on the 10th of January:

“Hamas is no terrorist organisation. The reason they hate Hamas is because they refuse to be subjugated, occupied by the Israeli state, and we salute Hamas for standing up to Israel.”

“…to the state of Israel: you no longer represent the Jewish people. You have no moral authority to speak for the Jewish people when thousands of Jews are against what you are doing. And finally, to the British Jewish Board of Deputies, shame on you, to work, to promote the genocide of the Palestinian people and the war crimes of the Israeli government. You do not speak for the British Jewry who today have signed in the Guardian against the Jewish government, what it is doing to the Palestinian people. Shame on the British Jewish Board of Deputies.”

The “Friends of al Aqsa” website has a “news” section. This item has appeared this week:

Gordon Brown puts Israel lobbyist in charge of Britain’s Middle East policy

Britain’s prime minister has put a notorious pro-Israel lobbyist in charge of policy in the Middle East, Iraq and Iran, reaffirming his determination to continue with his Zionist policies even as his administration approaches the end of its life.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has appointed an Israeli agent of influence and proponent of genocide in Gaza to a key position at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Britain’s foreign ministry.

On 9 June, Ivan Lewis was given a major promotion in Mr Brown’s government when he was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Middle East policy, Iraq, Iran, counterterrorism and Anglo-American relations. According to one source, he is now “just one step away from the cabinet”.

Speaking after his promotion, Mr Lewis said: “My responsibility for the Middle East peace process is particularly poignant. I have never hidden my pride at being Jewish or my support for the State of Israel”.

There’s more on Israeli “agents of influence” from, the disgusting site that is the source for the “Friends of al Aqsa” story, here.

Mr Patel’s “Friends of al Aqsa” is considered so acceptable that it can host a seminar in Westminster, with the help of Richard Burden, Labour MP for Birmingham Northfield.

The BNP, another set of racists and fascists, should be so lucky.

This blog has been a repeated target of British Islamist “lawfare”. It does not retaliate in kind.

If Mr Lewis and others subjected to the worst calumny are not so charitable, well, the very best of luck to them.