All of us are finding it difficult to digest the full horror of what took place just a week ago – and I am no different. I have barely slept since the attack, and I am spending most of my days using my social media platforms to battle for the truth to be heard. But this is not a post about events in Israel. I want to talk about is what is taking place here – in the west – and most specifically in the UK.
The Islamist Demonstration
Yesterday, Saturday 14 October, there was a large anti-Israel demonstration in London. It is part of my ‘fight’ to follow these groups around – so just seven days after 1300+ Jews were massacred by Hamas terrorists, I found myself walking amongst people who by and large (whether they want to admit it or not) – identify more with the terrorists than the victims.
The demo began by the BBC offices at Portland Place and walked via Regent Street towards Westminster. Staying back to count the crowd, I would estimate about 70,000 attended. All of the nasties were there – the Muslim Association of Britain, Friends of Al Aqsa, the Palestine Forum in Britain – a whole run of Islamist organisations with a history of supporting the baddies in the Middle East:
This demonstration was overwhelmingly Islamist in character. Over the years this has been the big change. Gone are the days in which hard-left white faces dominated the view at anti-Israel events. Now it is a sea of Islam. My estimate is that about 80-85% of the demonstrators appeared to be Muslim. Many of the white people who did attend, did so accompanied by a Muslim friend.
Then there were some of the signs these people were holding up:
‘Victory to the resistance’ – the same ‘resistance’ of course that just brutally murdered 1300+ Israelis.
The other well-known group that organised the event was the toxic Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The ‘exist, resist’ placards they were handing out were equally as offensive:
Other had made their own offensive signs:
Some even placed images of paragliders on their backs. No doubt to stand in solidarity with the terrorists who massacred 100s at the music festival.
What I did not see was a single sign anywhere of solidarity for the slaughtered Jews.
I attended the demo with Simon Cobbs from Sussex Friends of Israel. We watched as this depressing parade of tens of thousands of people marched past. We felt like Jews have no future here. And then we went home.
The demonstration though is only the tip of the iceberg. Imagine how Jewish students at university have felt all week. As the tragedy was fed to them through their social media feeds, Palestinian flags were the ones waved on campus. They needed their universities to be there for them. But that is not what happened.
In 2019 there were terror attacks against two mosques in Christchurch. 51 innocent people died – and the entire world stopped. One example: the Cambridge UCU issued an immediate statement of solidarity:
The massacre that took place at the music festival alone saw at least 250 people slaughtered. 5X the size of Christchurch. Yet following the terrorist attack in Israel there was nothing on the UCU Twitter feed at all. No statement of support for Jews – and no vigil. In fact when Cambridge University eventually put out a statement they actually put out a ‘both sides’ statement. Hamas terrorists have literally raped women, murdered babies, massacred party goers, and slaughtered over 1300 people. What TWO SIDES?
Even the Varsity article that dealt with the university response felt the need to ‘both sides’ the narrative by reaching out to the Palestinian society for comment – and they in turn swiftly tried to rationalise and excuse the attack. Can you imagine after 9/11 the university reaching out to any Islamists on campus to see if any would provide ‘context’ and a message about the ‘evils of American imperialism’? Surely 9/11 didn’t happen in a ‘vacuum’ either. Nothing does.
The problem is a simple one. The university did not put out offers of support to Jewish students because they were worried about offending their Muslim students. For the last few decades Islamists (no, not all Muslims), have been drip feeding poison into the nation’s veins – and it has completely broken our nation’s moral compass.
Our rancid media
The BBC will not call the attackers terrorists. They are bending over themselves to weaken support for Israel. Don’t just point the finger at the leftist tendency. There are also Islamists working at the BBC, at Sky, at the Guardian, and almost everywhere else these days.
For decades we only called out ‘violent extremism’, allowing for ‘non-violent extremist’ Muslims to teach at our schools and our universities, and to become journalists in our media outlets. How can the BBC produce content that offends the religious and ethical sensibilities of its own staff? It won’t, it can’t, and it doesn’t. The BBC constantly shapes its own content so as ‘not to offend’ its own constituent parts. They have hard-left Jews, and non-violent extremist Muslims working together to forge a path. ‘Israel hostile’ is the natural one to follow.
And remember, step too far into criticising Islamist extremism of the non-violent kind and you’ll be swiftly labelled an ‘Islamophobe’.
While the media is still held back by certain standards, academia is the land of freedom. Islamists and the hard left can do what they like there. For decades they have been drip-feeding destructive pseudo-science into wider society. The ‘decolonisation’ agenda is everywhere from the museum space and education to the NHS. The tsunami originated in academia, alongside other poisons such as gender studies and critical race theory.
But what does ‘decolonisation mean’? Well it seems we all found out on Saturday morning, when as over 1300 Jews were slaughtered, academics reminded us that ‘decolonisation is not a metaphor’.
The author of that sickening tweet is Dr Yara Hawari, who was a product of Illan Pappe’s conveyor belt at the University of Exeter (I first ran into her at a conference in Exeter in 2015). This vile message about decolonisation was repeated throughout the academic sector- with various tweets on the subject going viral.
These horrific retweets were from Dr Sara Camacho Felix. She is an Assistant Professor (Education) and Programme Lead at the LSE. She appears to support Palestinian resistance in ‘all its forms’. Which on that Saturday morning including raping young girls and butchering babies.
Dr Sara Salem is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the LSE. She deactivated her twitter account, but not before I had archived this tweet. In her eyes, no matter how bad the actions against them – Israelis can ‘never be the victims’:
How can academia be so lost, that 1300 Jews are slaughtered and these people still side with the murderers?
With academics such as those above – what can we expect our students to turn out like?
- Hanin Barghouti, Women Students’ Officer at the University of Sussex students’ union spoke out at an anti-Israel demonstration in Brighton calling the Hamas attacks ‘inspiring’ and ‘beautiful’.
- The Student Welfare Officer at Cambridge University liked a run of outrageous tweets, including one that suggest the terrorist attack was a cause for a day of celebration – and the actions needed no apology.
- At a public demonstration, Dana Abuqamar, the Diversity Officer at the University of Manchester, spoke of her ‘pride and joy‘ in the Hamas ‘resistance’.
All students serving as part of their student unions. They all have roles dealing with the welfare of other students. All willing to applaud the slaughter of innocent Jews.
On the streets
With academia and the media poisoned from within, the nation’s moral defences have crumbled. Within hours of Jews being slaughtered – masses of people went out to support Palestinian ‘resistance’. Images from London and Manchester:
It is not just the Islamists. The hard -left put out their posters calling for victory to the Palestinians – an event about why it is right to ‘resist’.
And then there are the open calls for violence. On 8th October, Richard Barnard (the co-founder of Palestine Action, the group that continually vandalises factories in the UK) – spoke at a pro-Palestine event about the current violence. He used the Hamas attack as inspiration – telling people listening that ‘this was just the start for them’ – and they need to turn the ‘Al Aqsa Flood’ (the name of Hamas operation) into ‘a tsunami over the whole world’.
In the clip he is supporting a proscribed terrorist group and inciting violence against British Jews. At the time of writing, he has still NOT BEEN ARRESTED.
A depressing mess
These are scary days. Academics and students – along with those claiming to be progressive – are standing alongside the terrorists in their quest to kill as many Jews as possible. This is stuff you could not make up.
They said, ‘never again’. But the simple fact is this: Following the day that saw the largest slaughter of Jews since the Holocaust – they celebrated in academia – there were celebrations amongst students – and there were celebrations on the streets of Europe and the US. As for our media, and national and community bodies – they were mostly too busy trying not to offend Muslims to be able to stand in solidarity for the 1300+ massacred Jews.
A depressing mess.
Jews should just be thankful there is a Jewish state. And we all need to do whatever we can to support it.
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