On Tuesday December 8th, a mish mash of anti Israel activists will be holding a carol service with "alternative lessons and songs of protest for Palestine," in order to raise money for various Palestinian charities (more on that later). The event's main sponsor is JBIG (Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods), who I guess are not really into the Christmas spirit since they are ready to completely destroy it with this Israel hating, Jew hating, spit on the face of Christianity event. What an embarrassment for any church going person (including myself) that the Church of England would associate itself with this vileness (another reason why I refuse to attend the CofE). The event is being held at The Actor's Church, St. Paul's in Covent Garden London.
The poster includes this cartoon, which depicts a pregnant Mary and Joseph trying to enter Bethlehem while being searched and having their belongings destroyed by the IDF:
Let's have a look at who is involved in this event...
The poster for the event promises a live performance of a scene from Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea, performed by the original cast members. This highly criticized play (which repeats falsehoods about the IDF attacking children inside a UN school, and has a set that includes a massive pile of shoes - comparing Gaza to Aushwitz) was written by Justin Butcher (who also penned The Madness of George Dubya, and Guantanamo Baywatch) and Ahmed Masoud.
Ahmed Masoud is a Palestinian writer/journalist who has gone on the record (at the BBC and other outlets) defending Hamas, repeating lies about the 'massacre' at the UN school in Gaza, claiming that Hamas would never launch missiles from civilian areas, and that Palestinians "lost their country" in 1948. Masoud was also at the centre of an OFCOM ruling against George Galloway's radio show. On Galloway's show, Masoud again served as an apologist for Hamas and attacked Israel. You can read about the case on OFCOM's website or on The CST's blog.
The following are listed as "Special Guests" at the event:
Lauren Booth - An active supporter of Stop the War, member of Media Workers Against the War, and a member of the National Union of Journalists. She is perhaps most well known for being Tony Blair's sister in law (too bad for him). One of her most famous exploits involves a trip she took to Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. Booth lamented the horrible conditions in Gaza, comparing it to a Concentration Camp, only to have some pictures turn up that told a slightly different story. She also met with Hamas leadership who gave her a special diplomatic passport for her visit.
Ghada Karmi - A doctor and writer she has written various posts at The Guardian's Comment is Free blog. In her writings she advocates for a one state solution - a Palestine that includes Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Karmi describes pro-Israel intellectuals as "intellectual terrorists" and says the 'pro-Israel Lobby' is the "least attractive export from America, following behind Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Friends."
Bruce Kent - An anti-nuclear proliferation guy. You can read a good write-up of his involvement in last year's event at NGO Monitor.
Baroness Jenny Tonge - Also known as Jihad Jenny, Ms. Tongue increased her notoriety in 2004 when she said she might consider being a suicide bomber if she herself was Palestinian. It should come as no surprise that she is a patron of the PSC. One blogger at the Telegraph wrote this about her:
This year, as Murray reports, she met Khaled Mesha’al, the political leader of Hamas, praising him as “shrewd, plausible and actually very likeable.” Last year she shared a platform with Azzam Tamini, a British Palestinian activist and another enthusiast for suicide bombing. On this occasion she said that the ‘Jewish lobby’ in the United States was responsible for all of the world’s ills.
Well this doesn't really sound like the group of "Special Guests" my mom would want me to bring home for Christmas dinner.
Where are the proceeds from this event going?
After all, they are charging 10GBP/ticket.
Free Gaza Movement
A group with plenty-o-ties to Hamas.
Militant Islam Monitor wrote about their envoy to Gaza:
For their efforts the Free Gaza protesters, were "honored" by the terrorist leader. According to an email, they were invited, "to lunch with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh at his house inside the refugee camp," whereupon, "He placed a large medal around each of our necks and spoke to us about who we are, and we were able to respond." Additionally the protesters were notified that the residents of Gaza City would name a square after them, calling it "Free Gaza Square."
PJ Media also has a write up about this, and some great photos of the Free Gaza Movement's envoy meeting with Hamas leaders and getting their 'medals.'
Wi'am The Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre
At first glance this may look like a nice, Christian conflict resolution centre. However if you look again you will see that this is not the case. Read some of their 'publications' which are clearly anti Israel and anti-Semitic.
The organization's director and founder Zoughbi Zoughbi claimed in an interview with Christian Today that Christians do not face any additional hardships under Hamas, and in fact says that Israel is responsible for Christians being "wiped out" of Palestine. In an interview with National Catholic Review, Zoughbi said that Palestinians are "the indirect victims of the Holocaust, victims of the victims of the Holocaust. Israel was formed from guilt, and in the process displaced hundreds of thousands of people."
The Women Projects Coordinator, Lucy Taglieh, has gone on record saying Palestinian land is "stolen" and has traveled to various events and schools in the states to spread their anti Israel dogma. Another staff member, Laila Ewaiwi has written articles describing Hamas as an "Islamic resistance group" and sympathetic to their agenda.
Well SMW is not sure where to begin or end on this one, so I will keep it short. Interpal has faced numerous accusations of ties with Hamas and other terror groups. Previously its assets were frozen after being named on the US's SDGT list, then later they were unfrozen. The group has faced countless accusations because of its questionable ties, and currently several UK banks are moving to end any business dealings and association with them.
Also listed as sponsors of the caroling event: Amos Trust, BRICUP, Britain Palestine Twinning Network, Council for Arab-British Understanding, Friends of Sabeel-UK, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Just Peace for Palestine, War On Want, Zaytoun
One cannot dismiss these events as trivial nonsense - take a look at what happened earlier this week in London when another church held a similar carol sing to raise money for PSC.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
One may wish to contact the church involved (details below). This happened last year, and the church did pull out, however the event was simply moved to another location (another church in fact) so I am not sure if there is much point in that.
Phone: 0207 836 5221
If you do contact them please be polite and do not use any threatening language.
Get thee to London!!
Join us and stand up against this vileness.
There will be a (silent) protest outside the Church by Jews and Christians and everyone else too hopefully. Meet 6.45, bring Israeli flags, leaflets provided. If you do not have a flag you can download one in colour and print it on A3 paper. Be careful with personal possessions eg handbags, it is a central london public location, will be dark and there are thieves aplenty.
Please feel free to contact me for further details.
Cheesy, but true, quote time:
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.