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October 28, 2016 11:11 am

Palestinian-British Author Who Took Part in Controversial House of Lords Event: Israel to Blame for Global Antisemitism

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Karl Sabbagh. Photo: Facebook.

Karl Sabbagh. Photo: Facebook.

Israel is responsible for global antisemitism, a Palestinian-British writer and filmmaker told The Algemeiner on Wednesday, on the heels of a House of Lords event promoting anti-Zionism.

After delivering a speech at the UK parliament-hosted re-launch of a Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) campaign to get the British government to apologize for the 100-year-old Balfour Declaration, Karl Sabbagh said that Jews around the world “would be better off” if Israel had never been established.

“They would not be the focus of hostility, and sometimes antisemitism, because of the actions of a state which they do not support but which claims them as its potential citizens,” asserted Sabbagh, whose talk at the event was described as being about “how successive British governments fell in love with Zionism, until it was too late” — referring to the political history of Britain following the 1917 letter sent by Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Jewish community leader Baron Walter Rothschild, saying that the British government “views[s] with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

Sabbagh told The Algemeiner that he belongs to a group working to “counteract the influence” of British-Jewish organizations, which “insist on a regular series of meetings with ministers and parliamentarians to make sure their views are being heard and acted upon” and hurl an “organized torrent of abuse” whenever politicians “support Palestine or speak out against Israel’s actions.”

The PRC program, “Time to Say Sorry,” was hosted by notoriously anti-Israel Baroness Jenny Tonge, who resigned from the Liberal Democrat Party Thursday, after being suspended for her part in the controversial event.

Israel denounced the “shameful” gathering, during which a participant blamed the Jews for the Holocaust and the audience applauded at the suggestion that “if anybody is antisemitic, it’s the Israelis themselves.”

David Collier, a blogger who attended the program, told The Algemeiner, “When I go to events like this, I see the Jew-hatred. I see the antisemitism. I feel it.”

Fiona Sharpe, co-chair of Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI), told The Algemeiner, “There is a very thin line between anti-Zionism and antisemitism. It would appear that some at the meeting seemed to cross that line.”

In addition to Sabbagh’s talk at the event, speeches were delivered by Professor Manuel Hassassian, ambassador of the Palestinian Mission to the UK, who has accused Israel of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians, and Betty Hunter, honorary president of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, a group with a history of antisemitism and Holocaust denial.

According to the watchdog organization NGO Monitor, the Palestinian Return Centre has accused Israel of war crimes, apartheid, genocide and other “flagrant violation[s] of international law.” It has also said that the PRC may have ties to Hamas.

Watch video from the PRC event below:

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  • Lancelot Camelot

    Anti-Zionism is that form of anti-semitism that promotes contempt or dehumanization of the Jews as a people.

  • Lancelot Camelot

    Anti-Zionism is that form of anti-semitism that promotes contempt or dehumanization of the Jews as a people.

  • Kish Mirtuches

    Blaming the victim is always the “out” of the hater. Human nature will not change very easily.

  • Adam Klein

    Are Jews this easily manipulated. Ivanka’ had work related tweets on both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and also on a recent Sabbath. SHe never ever mentions a word about Judaism on her Twitter page either. Jared seems to be the ultimate court jew or token Jew. Ivanka can use him and her “conversion” to appeal to Jews even though why then does she never act like a Jew except when talking to a Jewish audience. She can be Christian to one group and Jewish to the other group but her own Twitter page doesn’t suggest she cares the slightest about Judaism or Jews. Only about women working and her fathers campaign and working for her fathers business. None of tis even suggests wanting to spend time and being the helpmate of her Jewish husband.

  • Matt McLaughlin

    Balfour Declaration not debated in either of the Houses of
    Parliament and never approved by the

    British legislature.