irony is not dead after all

At Last, a Jewish Prime Minister
Gilad Atzmon, Jul 11 2016

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You may think that Theresa May is just a dedicated Sabbos Goy. Not really. To judge my the above photo, taken at the ultra Zionist Board of Deputies meeting a week after the attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, Theresa May is actually a proud Jew. Jews in Britain and Israel are over the moon with Theresa May becoming the British prime minister. Ynet describes May as “Israel’s true friend.” The JC reports that May has worked closely with the Community Security Trust, a Jewish organisation that cares for the security of one ethnic group that believes itself to be chosen. May had committed another £13.4m of government money to Jewish security measures and had made her intentions towards the community clear. If Theresa May is destined to be our second Iron Lady, maybe she should attempt to stand up to the Lobby and serve the interests of her people. After all, she is going to be the British prime minister rather than merely queen of the Jews.

Theresa May: Palestinians must have “full civil rights”
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Jul 12 2016

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Theresa May’s elevation as UK prime minister, following the resignation of David Cameron, has been welcomed by supporters of Israel. MP Mike Freer, an officer with the parliamentary grouping Conservative Friends of Israel, has described May as a “true friend of Israel.” As home secretary since 2010, May has had ample opportunity to demonstrate this. In 2011, she moved to deport Raed Salah, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and the leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, from the UK. Unbeknownst to Salah or his hosts, May had issued an order banning him just two days before he entered the country for a speaking tour. Rather than be deported, Salah chose to remain in the UK on bail and fight May’s order in court. As EI reported, May’s claim that Salah had written an anti-Semitic poem was based on fabrications provided by an Israel lobby group. Ten months later, a UK court overturned the ban, finding no evidence to support it and completely vindicating Salah. The defeat for May was also a setback to the government’s broader counter-terrorism strategy known as Prevent. Fourteen pages from the Conservative government’s updated Prevent policy were submitted to the courts as evidence against Salah. Government lawyers argued that Salah’s alleged words could lead to “radicalization” and terrorism. But the judge dismissed this reasoning. Launched by a Labour government and bolstered by May’s Conservative Party, the Prevent strategy has come under severe criticism. Earlier this year, the UK’s terrorism watchdog called for an independent review of the policy over concerns that it was “sowing mistrust and fear” in Muslim communities and was ineffective. While billed as promoting “community engagement” to spot and stop “radicalization,” Muslim communities experience Prevent as pervasive surveillance and political monitoring that fosters self-censorship, prejudice and stigma. The program has resulted in thousands of children being reported to authorities by teachers. In one case, kindergarten staff threatened to refer a four-year-old boy after he drew a picture of his dad cutting a cucumber with a knife. Teachers claimed the boy said the picture was of a “cooker bomb.” In another case, in February, a schoolboy was questioned by anti-terrorism police for wearing a “Free Palestine” button to school. Last year, dozens of academics signed a letter saying:

[Prevent’s conception of] ‘radicalization’ and ‘extremism’ is based on the unsubstantiated view that religious ideology is the primary driving factor for terrorism. It will have a chilling effect on open debate, free speech and political dissent” and would “create an environment in which political change can no longer be discussed openly, and will withdraw to unsupervised spaces. Prevent will make us less safe.

In 2011, the human rights group Liberty said:

[Prevent’s] gravest error was blurring the lines between dissent and criminality and between civil society and security agencies.

But in 2015, May put forward even tougher counter-terrorism legislation that Karma Nabulsi, a Palestinian commentator and professor at Oxford University, termed an “attack on the very foundations of democracy.” May’s move to ban Raed Salah from the UK was prompted by a report from the Community Security Trust, an Israel lobby group with close ties to the Conservative Party. In a statement on Monday, CFI touted May’s strong support for Israel and the UK Jewish community throughout her public life. This has included working with CST and other organizations to “tackle anti-Semitic attacks.” CFI chair Eric Pickles, a British minister who has led the charge against the Palestine solidarity movement, said:

Israel can rest assured that a UK led by Theresa May will be there in its moments of need.

Conservative Friends of Israel pointed out that in reflecting on her Jun 2014 visit to Israel, May had backed Israel’s “right to defend itself.” During a speech to the group in Sep 2014, May repeated platitudes about Israel being “democratic,” as well as standard talking points justifying Israeli violence, that “Hamas uses Palestinian civilians as human shields for its rockets.” CFI highlighted these statements with satisfaction after May won the Conservative Party leadership this week and was set to enter 10 Downing Street, but failed to note something else she had said in her Sep 2014 speech. May said:

Those of us who are sympathetic to Israel’s security predicament must always make clear that the loss of any civilian life, whatever the nationality of the victim, is an appalling tragedy. And we must remember that there will be no lasting peace or justice in the region until the Palestinian people are able to enjoy full civil rights themselves.

Those words should not be taken as any measure of sympathy for Palestinians, but rather as a sign that the fundamental causes driving the ongoing conflict are so clear that even a staunch supporter of Israel like Theresa May cannot deny them.

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