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London council cancels pro-Palestine event over anti-Semitism claims

MEMO | August 5, 2019

London Borough of Tower Hamlets refused to host the closing rally of the annual bike ride raising money for Palestinian children in the besieged Gaza over claims it would breach the IHRA’s anti-Semitism criteria, the Guardian reported on Saturday.

The council told the Big Ride for Palestine, which was established on the first anniversary of Israel’s 2014 offensive on Gaza and which has raised nearly £150,000 for sports equipment for children in the enclave, that the event could not go ahead in the borough “without problems”.

However, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign won a Freedom of Information battle in an effort to discover the reasons behind the council’s refusal to host the event. Internal emails revealed that council staff agreed not to make public “anti-Semitism concerns”.

While the council officials, according to the Guardian, told the organisers that there was a risk speakers might express views which contradicted the council’s policies on community cohesion and equality, behind the scenes the council attributed the reasons to “real risk” of violating IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism.

The council’s concerns were linked to the Big Ride’s website describing Israel’s illegal occupation and siege of the Gaza Strip as “apartheid” and “ethnic cleansing”.

When considering how to explain the decision, the Guardian said, one council official said it would be wise to “avoid the anti-Semitism aspect… as this could open a can of worms and come back to bite us”.

The Guardian reported a council spokesman saying: “The council gave the application careful consideration and decided not to host the event, because we do not host rallies with political connotations, albeit without direct links to political parties.”

However a spokesperson for the charity said its work was focused on helping the 300,000 children in Gaza showing signs of severe psychological distress.

The spokesperson added: “It’s a dreadful thing when an over-scrupulous interpretation of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism is used behind closed doors to prevent awareness raising of the situation in Palestine and the need for humanitarian support.”

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August 5, 2019 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance, Solidarity and Activism | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. “which has raised nearly £150,000 for sports equipment for children in the enclave”

    Israel has a history of ‘intercepting’ donated funds for Palestinians, and using it for themselves………

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 5, 2019 | Reply

  2. At the Guardian site, I found that IHRA = International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. That’s always a convenient and instant means of suppressing any awareness of, much less active resistance to, the reality of the suffering of the hapless Palestinian people as they undergo their unending illegal occupation-cum-holocaust-cum-apartheid-cum-genocide perpetrated by the awful scourge of militant/political/psychotic Zionism via its platform that soils the land once celebrated as “holy.” It occurs to me to bring this UK charade on a parallel with the still-raw US shock-and-awe attendant to mass murders via assault weapons in El Paso and Dayton: we’re all El Paso people now; we’re all Dayton people now; we’re all Palestinian people now. There’s gotta be a nexus there somewhere…a coarsening, the Zionization of the entirety of the US, UK and humankind, a shameful disdain for “the least of us.” (And I must ask: Where does the perverted pedophile ZioJew Jeffrey Epstein and his satanic depredations on girls and young women, with a publicly stated link to “intelligence” (aka Mossad…) and its entrails ominously wrapping around BClinton, DTrump and their video-taped/blackmail-vulnerable ilk, fit into this omnipresent depravity?)

    Palestine Is Still THE Issue, and let us not ever forget it!

    (Don’t know if I’ll be successful (currency crossover?), but I’m going to click on “this link” above and attempt to “put a bit of money where my mouth is” as soon as I post this.)

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 5, 2019 | Reply


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