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Solidarity with Gaza or solidarity with terrorism?

Socialist Unity, amongst many others, is excitedly promoting a series of Gaza demonstrations taking place in the UK tomorrow, coordinated by the umbrella organisation The Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Let’s take a look at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, beginning with its list of ‘Who we work with‘:

There is strong support for the Palestinian people amongst many religious communities and PSC engages with churches and faith groups … Links to faith-based organisations in the UK are in the UK based organisations page.

These links include the British Muslim Initiative, which, according to its website, is one of the organisers of tomorrow’s National Demonstration. Fellow travellers at another demonstration recently promoted by the BMI included the usual Islamist linked suspects: Stop The War, MCB, MAB, Respect.

The British Muslim Initiative is a sister organisation of the terrorist group Hamas, and its President, Mohammad Sawalha, has been identified by the BBC as responsible for ‘much of Hamas’ political and military strategy’ and for directing funds to Hamas’ ‘armed wing’.

The BMI’s supporters and associates include Azzam Tamimi, a Guardian ‘Comment is Free’ contributor identified by the Malaysian National News Agency as ‘Hamas’ Special Envoy’.

In an appearance on BBC’s HARDTalk, Tamimi stated of suicide bombing attacks on Israel:

I would do it … If I have the opportunity I would do it … If I can go to Palestine and sacrifice myself I would do it.

In addition to his connections to Hamas, Tamimi is also a fan of Hizbullah, and in an article praising the anti-Semitic terrorist group he has spoken glowingly of its members’ ‘love of death in martyrdom’. For more from Tamimi on ‘martyrdom’, look here.

Another organisation that the Palestine Solidarity Campaign works with is Friends of al Aqsa, which is of course also supporting tomorrow’s demonstration. Friends of al Aqsa states that it seeks to further ‘Peace in Palestine’. For a peace organisation it puts out some rather strange material.

Would-be suicide bomber Tamimi turns up here as well, with an article that chastises Islamists for promoting The Protocols of Zion and for using racist language about ‘apes and pigs’ (he might like to get his comrades in Hamas to remove references to the Protocols from their founding document, and he might also like to inform – for example – Hamas’ female suicide bombers in waiting that the whole ‘apes and pigs’ thing needs to end). Tamimi’s article also expresses his hopes for the future:

[T]he weakness of the Arabs and Muslims is only temporary and will sometime in the future be reversed. Evidently, the Muslim world is witnessing a massive awakening that is destined to initiate the transformation from weakness to strength. When the Arabs and Muslims’ gain of strength and confidence coincides with the retreat of the World Order due to the shrinkage of the material and military resources available to it and as a result of the augmentation of domestic crises, the end of the Zionist project will come and the State of Israel will be no more.

Friends of al Aqsa is willing to publish material by a man who supports terrorist attacks against Israel and dreams of its destruction. It also likes to indulge in the rhetoric of ‘Zionism = Nazism’.

In an article on the current Gaza operations which makes the spurious claim that ‘the bulk of the victims are innocent civilians’, we read about ‘Jewish Nazism’, how Israel is now ‘on equal footing with Nazi barbarianism’, and how it is ‘a sick and cannibalistic society that is as bestial as Nazi Germany was during the holocaust’:

The genocidal Israeli onslaught against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip is strikingly similar to the German blitz in the initial stage of the Second World War. The pretexts are nearly the same and the behaviors of both Nazi and Israeli political and military leadership are nearly identical.

And as the German Nazis sought to justify their blitz against their neighbors to the east, using a plethora of carefully concocted lies and pretexts, Israel is doing virtually the same thing.

However, unlike the Nazis whose naked aggression was widely condemned around the world, the ongoing Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip is being condoned, even celebrated, by a huge media network throughout the western world from Sydney to Los Angeles.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign also works with the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which is organising Scottish demonstrations to coincide with the National Demonstration in London. This month, the SPSC is organising a Holocaust Memorial Event, featuring a ‘Palestinian academic and prominent member of the Stop the War Coalition’. Step forward, Mr Azzam ‘love of death’ Tamimi.

How did the SPSC choose to commemorate the Holocaust in 2007? Why, by

staging the entirely discredited play, “Perdition”. The Royal Court Theatre in London had originally planned to stage the play, written by the British Trotskyist Jim Allen, in 1987. The play alleged that “the Zionists” collaborated with the Nazis during the Holocaust and went so far as to imply that “the Zionists” positively desired the slaughter of Jews in order to help them generate sufficient public sympathy and jewish emigration to found the State of Israel.

The SPSC is an arty crowd, it seems. It also likes to promote jazz concerts by Gilad Atzmon. That’s the same Atzmon who has stated:

American Jewry makes any debate on whether the “Protocols of the elder of Zion” are an authentic document or rather a forgery irrelevant. American Jews (in fact Zionists) do control the world.

As well as:

To regard Hitler as the wickedest man and the Third Reich as the embodiment of evilness is to let Israel off the hook.

We have to admit that Israel is the ultimate evil rather than Nazi Germany.

The groups and characters cited above are some of the people who have been instrumental in organising tomorrow’s Gaza protests, or are closely allied with those who have helped organise them. Here we find associates of, and/or supporters of, terrorists, rabid anti-Israel propagandists, as well as people who turn a blind eye to blatant anti-Semitism or even encourage it.

If you’re planning on attending one of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstrations tomorrow, you might like to be careful who you march with.