Labour

Miliband’s Tribute

What to do about politicians who defend extremists and are prepared to appear with them in Parliament? Which helps the thugs and haters of the self-styled Palestine Solidarity Campaign?

Or politicians who team up with the fantical Israel hatred group “Friends of Al Aqsa”, led by Ismail Patel?

And use antisemitic language as well?

There are long tentacles of Israel in this country who are funding election campaigns and putting money into the British political system for their own ends. Now there are a number of Conservatives who have a very good record on this issue, I am not saying it’s a simple party political issue, but you must consider over the next few weeks, when you vote and when you make your constituents aware, of the attempt by Israelis and pro-Israelis to influence the election in this country and you must draw your own conclusions from that. If they get the message that trying to buy a Conservative victory, what’s more trying to buy Conservative support for Israel, is successful then they will carry on doing it.

Martin Linton

Well, Ed Miliband thinks it best to praise such people. Here he is at the Labour conference, speaking at a meeting of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East.

I want to pay tribute to Simon Danczuk, to Andy Slaughter, and to Richard Burden, first of all, as well as Martin Linton, who is here, for the work they do.

For his next trick, I understand Simon Danczuk MP has booked a room in Parliament for a meeting next Tuesday featuring the slanderer David Miller, the Muslim Brotherhood promoter Robert Lambert, the Istanbul declaration signatory and hate publisher Daud Abdullah, and Anas Al-Tikriti, the head of the Cordoba Foundation, which David Cameron has called “a front for the Muslim Brotherhood”.

Labour: the party where promoting extremists earns you accolades.

A happy crowd in Gaza, packed with Labour politicians, meeting Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh

Lucy Lips adds

I would like a Labour Party with a zero tolerance policy against those who promote bigotry, hatred and extremism.

Imagine what would happen if, for example, a Tory were found to be mixed up with some sort of far Right organisation – say, the EDL? Well, you don’t have to imagine:

A SOUTHEND councillor has been suspended from the Tory party after receiving praise for his support of an English Defence League (EDL) march in London.

Cllr Blaine Robin, ward councillor for Kursaal Ward, was suspended from the Conservative Party on Thursday as they launched an internal investigation into his links with the controversial protest group.

A video on video-sharing website YouTube appears to show EDL leader Tommy Robinson pointing out Cllr Robin in the crowd at a meeting in Southend earlier this year.

Between chants of ‘EDL, EDL, EDL’, Mr Robinson says: “I am proud that the first politician I have ever met who actually represents his constituents is a man outside, a black man, who is a local politician in Southend.

Got it? The star of the Tories’ “Become A Councillor” campaign – suspended immediately.

There’s more:

Labour’s MEP Richard Howitt, who has campaigned against far right extremism in the European Parliament, wrote to the Conservatives on Wednesday prompting a full investigation.

Speaking to the Enquirer, he slammed any EDL involvement in Essex saying: “As Southend’s Member of the European Parliament, I regret that I have encountered in our wider European Parliament East of England constituency three demonstrations by the EDL during the past year, when I have found them to cause inordinate cost and disruption to our police and local councils, to overtly spread a message that is racist and offensive, and to bring fear and division in to local communities.  I sincerely hope that does not happen to Southend.”

Richard Howitt MEP. Labour’s Foreign Affairs Spokesman in the European Parliament. A supporter of Labour Friends of Palestine. Believes that we should be talking to Hamas. Namechecked by David Miliband in his speech.

Very worried about the EDL. No apparent concern about the antisemitism and support for genocidal antisemitic political groups, that is out of control in Palestinian solidarity politics.

Labour needs to return to anti-racism.

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