The Plot Against Britain…
Gilad Atzmon, Jan 11 2017
A few days ago in London, we witnessed a senior diplomat in the Israeli embassy caught on camera plotting to “take down” members of the British government, including Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan. We then learned that a senior official from Britain’s National Union of Students, as part of a sting involving the Israeli embassy, was covertly filmed conspiring to oust the organisation’s president Malia Bouattia, the first Muslim president of the NUS. Some British Jewish institutes have been concerned by her overwhelming popularity. It has also been revealed that the Israeli embassy has been plotting to oust Jeremy Corbyn and caught on video allocating funds towards that goal. Are these events connected to each other, or is it mere coincidence that the Jewish state and Jewish organisations such as AIPAC, LFI, JDL and JVP are, time after time, caught red-handed, plotting and conspiring against other people’s regimes and political institutions?
Did Israeli embassy spy on Scottish National Party?
Liam O’Hare, Electronic Intifada, Jan 9 2017
A prominent Scottish National Party activist has told EI that he has “no doubt” that the Israeli embassy official who plotted to “take down” a “hit list” of MPs was responsible for his deportation by Israel. Andy Murray, founder of SNP Friends of Palestine, was detained and questioned at Tel Aviv airport in Nov 2015, when travelling in advance of a parliamentary delegation. During his interrogation, Murray was presented with a series of photographs of him manning the Friends of Palestine stall at the SNP conference in Aberdeen the previous month. The SNP is the governing party in Scotland. Murray had been approached at the stall by a man who later identified himself via a business card as Shai Masot, a “senior political officer” at the Israeli embassy. An undercover investigation by Al Jazeera has exposed Masot plotting to “take down” MP regarded as hostile to Israel, including deputy foreign minister, ‘Sir’ Alan Duncan. The Israeli embassy tweeted on Sunday that he was “a junior embassy employee who is not an Israeli diplomat.”
The four-part film, set to air starting on Wednesday, will also expose Israeli embassy infiltration of the main opposition Labour Party. Murray told EI that SNP Friends of Palestine was constituted in Aug 2015 and they were making their first official appearance at the party conference. At the October party conference, said Murray:
Masot had been walking around and eyeing us up for a while. He then approached the stall and started asking questions about SNP Friends of Palestine. At this point, he didn’t make it known who he was and who he worked for. He started asking questions like ‘Why is there a need for SNP Friends of Palestine? Why no SNP Friends of Israel? Israel are the ones who need help.’ He wasn’t aggressive, but he was very hawkish. He was pushy and very defensive towards Israel. I noticed his accent and I asked who he was. After a while he gave me a card and admitted that he worked in the embassy. He invited me to a meeting at the embassy in London before saying “I’ll see you around” and leaving. The next month, I flew to Tel Aviv alongside staff from other political parties in advance of a fact-finding mission. We planned to meet with MKs and representatives in the OPT. However, on arrival, I was taken aside by Israeli security officials and interrogated. I washeld in detention before being deported back to the UK. The interrogation went on for roughly 10 to 12 hours. They actually seemed quite clued up on the SNP and Scotland, and spent a lot of time trying to mock me. They said things like ‘Are you are going to start doing what your Arab friends do and start throwing stones? Are you going to start killing the English?’ It was late on during the questioning that they threw down a folder in front of me. They opened it up and spread out photographs of me and others taken at the conference in Aberdeen. They were obviously taken covertly from a distance. It dawned on me that it was connected to Shai Masot, who had approached the stall and tried to interact with us. I have no doubt in my mind that they are connected.
These latest revelations add to a growing picture of Masot’s activities in Britain. Despite working out of the Israeli embassy, Masot was not on the British government’s list of approved diplomats. In the undercover footage filmed by Al Jazeera, Masot says that he “is not a career diplomat” and had recently applied for a position in Israel as head of intelligence at the foreign ministry. This raises the possibility that Masot’s main affiliation is with an intelligence agency, or with Israel’s strategic affairs ministry, which has been tasked with a campaign of “black ops” against Palestine solidarity. Masot has been a regular presence at political party conferences and the Al Jazeera film shows him alongside Israel’s UK ambassador Mark Regev at the Labour Party conference last year. Sarah Ludford, vice-president of the Liberal Democrats Friends of Israel, admitted on Twitter that she had met Masot several times, but said:
There’s nothing of interest here.
The film shows Masot boasting about setting up a number of political organizations in Britain that operated as though they were independent. In 2016 a group calling itself SNP Friends of Peace in the Middle East was established by a former IDF soldier, Sammy Stein. A leading member of the Scottish Jewish community last year called it “a front group for the interests of the Israeli government.” Murray told EI:
I wouldn’t be shocked if he was involved, especially now we know that this operative was involved in helping to set up similar groups. The fact is, he came to the SNP conference a year ago and then a year later this group sprung up. I’d be very very surprised if there is no connection. It’s quite obvious this guy’s job is to infiltrate the political parties of Britain.
SNP foreign affairs spox Alex Salmond has called for Masot to be immediately expelled from Britain, and echoed a demand from the Labour Party for an investigation into political interference by the Israeli embassy.