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October 17, 2012 5:28 pm

Why is the British Government Backing a Hate-Filled Rapper?

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Shadia Mansour.

When the British taxpayer-funded “Hebron Rehabilitation Committee” issued a statement in August describing a terror attack by Islamic Jihad as a “heroic operation”, it should have been met with a very swift and severe response from the British Government, and a review of the Foreign Office’s funding practices.

Equally so, when hip-hop artist, Shadia Mansour embarked on a tour of the West Bank on the British taxpayers’ dime, it should have prompted the question: why on earth is the Government funding a hip-hop artist’s tour abroad, let alone one to serenade Palestinian children with hateful references to Israel as a “terrorist state” and Judaism as “the hijacked faith”?

Both Mansour and the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee received funding from the Foreign Office, which distributes British taxpayer money through its missions in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The ostensible purpose is to advance the Government’s “objectives and policy goals” in the region.

No doubt the Government (and the taxpayer) must be wondering just how the Government’s “objectives” align with those of a hate-filled rapper and a group which lauds terrorists.

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But these cases are hardly unique. They are indicative of a broader trend of financing individuals and organisations whose political activities undermine the Government’s own policies promoting peace in the Middle East.

For its part, the Government has been unequivocal in its rejection of the unconscionable movement of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and has steadfastly maintained that peace will only come through negotiations and co-operation. Yet the Foreign Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development continue to fund groups that actively advocate the total isolation of the Jewish state. This well-financed campaign trivializes and politicizes human rights, adds fuel to the conflict and, to be clear, seeks nothing less than the ultimate destruction of Israel.

One leading boycott activist — Ahmed Moor — removed the cloud used to obfuscate the motives of the movement, when he declared: “Boycotts, divestment and sanctions does mean the end of the Jewish state… Ending the occupation doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t mean ending the Jewish state itself.”

Another textbook example of an organisation which receives Government funding by speaking the language of human rights and then proceeds to promote a movement aimed at the destruction of a democratic state is Defense for Children International – Palestine Section (DCI-PS). The organisation is highly active in encouraging anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions and frequently accuses Israel of “apartheid” in a bid to justify its calls for Israel’s total isolation.

Perhaps the most damaging aspect of DCI-PS’s use of humanitarian issues to advance a clear political agenda is the manner in which it represents entirely unbalanced, de-contextualized and often hysterical accusations as fact. Aside from its frequent references to Israel’s penchant for “deliberate targeting” and ” terrorizing” of civilians, the group has reported on alleged civilian deaths while admitting that “no reliable evidence could be gathered” to support some of it claims. The Government’s support for such organisations contributes to the dissemination of unreliable and sensationalized information which impacts both on the public discourse and the policy decisions which follow it.

As for DCI-PS and other NGOs more interested in slamming Israel than advancing legitimate humanitarian interests, their impact is twofold. Firstly, their tactics subvert the Government’s efforts for peace in the region. Secondly, any measure of objectivity or credibility they may claim is lost amidst their extreme rhetoric and shameless politicization of human rights.

It is not only humanitarian virtues that are being exploited by organisations with radical political agendas. Indeed, the Holy Land Trust (HLT) uses its position of privilege as a religious group to espouse virulently anti-Israel views under the guise of religious ideals.

HLT is the recipient of numerous Government grants. It counsels it’s members to be evasive with Israeli authorities upon entering the country, supports calls for an academic boycott of Israel (another attack on the Government’s position that peace is to be achieved through co-operation and not division) and its executive director and founder, Sami Awad has asserted that non-violent demonstrations are “not a substitute for the armed struggle” in spite of his group’s stated “commitment to the principles of nonviolence.”

Such activities are not only an egregious misuse of donor funds, they do absolutely nothing to serve the interests of peace.

The Government’s foreign policy in the Middle East is centered on helping Israel and the Palestinians “find a way back to negotiations as soon as possible.” This is how peace will be achieved. This is how Israel will realize its dream of peaceful co-existence with its neighbors. This is how the Palestinians will realize their dream of statehood. Yet the Government recklessly allocates taxpayer funds to groups which hope to build a Palestinian state not alongside Israel but in place of it, which ignore the relentless campaign of terror against Israeli civilians, which demonize Israel through absurd accusations of “apartheid” and “ethnic cleansing”. And by doing so, the Government is merely eroding its very own vision of a two-state solution and fostering an atmosphere of mutual distrust and animosity at a time when understanding and co-operation are most needed.

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  • Liz

    For the British govt to “officially” promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians, while the Foreign Office does everything it can to undermine Israel is nothing new. Read Samuel Katz’s BATTLEGROUND, for an enlightening and detailed account of the vile campaign conducted by Lawrence (of Arabia) and a coterie of officers in Egypt, Syria and Palestine. If not for these scheming, manipulative and Jew-hating British, Arabs and Jews would be living peacefully together in Israel, today. The only way to stop this is for Jews to stand up and fight it.

  • Fredric M. London

    The UK has always had a large share of ‘Arabists.’ They love Muslims, hate Jews, and even hate certain Christians. Unfortunately, the government has always supported such people. When they get into positions of power, they use their influence to advance their agendas, whether or not it is consistent with official government policy. It is not dissimilar to the US. Israel is our ally, we have supported it since its inception, yet our president hates the country, and would not object to its being obliterated.

    In Islamist societies, children are taught from birth to hate Jews and regard Jews as “apes and pigs.” It is not, therefore, surprising that these children grow up with deep seated, and irrational, hatred of Jews and Israel. Well, many Brits, and Obama, were taught by Islamist sympathizers and Jew haters. It is not surprising when they carry these views forward when in positions of power.

  • It is strange that there are “groups which hope to build a Palestinian state not alongside Israel but in place of it.” If ever, khas ve-shalom, Israel is destroyed, the other Arab states will divide the territory and subjugate the Palestinians, as they always have. Rival groups of Muslim suicide bombers will blow up the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque, preferably when large numbers of people are visiting or praying there.