Britain: Questioning Loyalties of Jews and Muslims

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By Dr Shahid Qureshi : –

While studying law few years ago I was attending a scholarship interview at famous Lincoln’s Inn, when a panelist asked me something like, ‘so you play cricket, who is your favourite player? I replied at that time Michael Atherton (former English batsman and captain) and I explained why I liked him. This is nothing to do with Law? Another question was why you want to join Lincoln’s Inn? I said because Mr Mohammad Ali Jinnah studied here. The south Asian panelist said, ‘Jinnah was not the first Indian and quoted some Indian Hindu’s who studied long before Mr Jinnah. I still admire Mr Jinnah for his vision and honesty.

On Sunday 19th August 2007, in heaven and earth morning Show BBC followed the journey of a young British Jewish couple to Israel and Occupied Jerusalem. The young orthodox Jewish couple with a young daughter moved out of Britain because they said we faced discrimination and Antisemitism in the British society. They were granted Israeli citizenship upon arrival as part of Jewish right of return and a nice flat with windows overlooking ‘Al-Aqsa Mosque’ and veiling wall. Some of these immigrants will join Israeli Defence Forces.

More than 14,000 American Jews from across the religious spectrum serving in the Jewish state’s military. According to Israeli government statistics, 4,419 are on active duty and 9,831 are in the reserves. There is no exact figure available of British Citizens serving in the Israeli Defence Forces but they are in thousands because over 30000 British Jews have moved to Israel.

Some of them must be killing and shooting Palestinians in Occupied Territories? Are they terrorist authorized and trained by a state? A London based Jewish paper published photo on front page of a Jewish British Citizen Major of Israeli Armed Forces who was killed in action fighting against Hizbullah last year in Lebanon. How bizarre is that?

What if British or US citizen Pakistanis of Kashmiri origin go and fight against occupying Indian forces in Jamu and Kashmir? What if British or US citizen Palestinians and Arabs go and fight with Israeli occupying forces? Would they be called terrorist? Would they become terrorist or freedom fighters participating in a legitimate freedom struggle recognised by the United Nation?

Only Jews from US, Britain, Canada and around the world have this privilege of joining Israeli Armed Forces, bombing, shooting and killing innocent Palestinians in Occupied Territories and returning back to their countries with clean slate, or voting by post in the US elections? There is no shortage of ex-mossad agent/trained bodyguards to hire if you are rich in London.

It is illegal under the Foreign Enlistment Act 1870 (c.90) for a British Citizen to serve in the armed forces of another country because:

“If any person, without the license of Her Majesty, being a British subject, within or without Her Majesty’s dominions, accepts or agrees to accept any commission or engagement in the military or naval service of any foreign state at war with any foreign state at peace with Her Majesty, and in this Act referred to as a friendly state, or whether a British subject or not within Her Majesty’s dominions, induces any other person to accept or agree to accept any commission or engagement in the military or naval service of any such foreign state as aforesaid,— He shall be guilty of an offence against this Act, and shall be punishable by fine and imprisonment, or either of such punishments, at the discretion of the court before which the offender is convicted; . . .”

(Annotations: Amendments (Textual) Words omitted by virtue of (E.W.) Criminal Justice Act 1948 (c. 58), s. 1(2) and (S.) Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975 (c. 21), s. 221(2))

Millions of displaced Palestinians whose lands and houses have been taken by the Israelis cannot return to their own homes. These actions of Israel are racist and discriminatory and violate the fundamental human rights of Palestinians according to UN declaration of Human Rights.

British Jews and pro-Israel elements are enjoying power and influence in the United Kingdom. They have blend in the British society and their visibility is not as obvious as other communities and religious minorities living in the United Kingdom.

“£40 million has been given to build a Jewish School (Jewish madrassa) in Barnet, North London, despite local opposition”, according to London Evening Standard published 10th August 2007. Residents in Barnet objected to the Jewish Community Secondary School because of the impact of its proposed access drive on traffic and environment’. The school will be built on the site of existing East Barnet Upper School.

Around two hundred British orthodox Jews immigrated to Israel with the help of US based charity Nefesh B’Nefesh, last year. Around 30,000 British Jews have permanently moved to Israel as part of Jewish right of return. The US based charity-hired planes for the families moving to Israel. They were warmly welcomed at the airport.

Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, founder, executive director of Nefesh B’Nefesh, after receiving his rabbinic ordination and degrees in biology and education from Yeshiva University, moved to Florida as a Judaic fellow in the Judaic Fellows Program. Nefesh B’Nefesh is a foundation whose sole mission is to revitalize immigration to Israel by eliminating the obstacles that prevent and hinder those who dream and will to move to Israel.

The first flight to Israel arrived on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007 and brought 220 new immigrants from North America. The oldest immigrant is 86 and the youngest is 11 months old. The new immigrants to Israel came from US States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington. The new immigrants will be moving to 33 cities throughout Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Ra’anana known for their large Anglo populations.

Over the course of this summer, more than 2,200 North American and British Jews are expected to immigrate to Israel through Nefesh B’Nefesh, on seven specially chartered planes and eight Aliyah group flights.

Among the thousands of new summer immigrants making Aliyah to Israel will be three pulpit Rabbis (Orthodox, Conservative and Reform), 28 family members including three siblings and their cousins; 8 new Israel Defence Forces soldiers and a 3-generation family. Over the past five years, the number of Jews from the US and Canada has increased by about 80 percent. According to Nefesh B’Nefesh, over 3,500 people will make aliyah from North America during the summer of 2007.

The Aliyah Department of the Jewish Agency for Israel is anticipating that immigration to Israel from North America will increase between 5 and 10 percent this year, marking the highest year for aliyah from North America in 25 years. In 2006, 3,200 residents of the US and Canada formally became Israeli citizens, the highest figure since 1983.

In 2006, NBN extended its Aliyah expertise and success experience in initial efforts to assist in boosting aliyah from the United Kingdom. Upon arrival, many of the new immigrants from the US, Canada and England to Israel will be encouraged to join on-line Anglo support groups.

Should US citizens living in Israel vote in American elections? A simple survey conducted by a recent Israeli immigrant resulted in 79 participants. The results revealed that 73% think that Americans living in Israel should still vote, while 26% said NO, and 1% said it depends. According to the results, there seems to be a misunderstanding about voting rights of Americans.

The US-Israel was on one side and the rest of the world on the other on many occasions. For example, US walked out of “World Conference Against Racism” in South Africa on 4th September 2001 in support of Israel. There has been swift and negative reaction from some Americans in Durban.

U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson strongly condemned the decision to pull out of the conference. He said the United States has missed an opportunity, and is using the Middle East issue to avoid having to talk about other sensitive matters, including reparations for slavery.

On October 21, 2003, the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution ES-10/14 condemning Israel’s so-called “security barrier,” a grotesque thing, parts of it larger and more formidable than the Berlin Wall that Israel has built on occupied Palestinian territory. Supporting the resolution were 144 countries, representing nearly the entire world’s population. Twelve countries abstained. Just four countries opposed the resolution.

They were: Israel, the United States, the Marshall Islands, and Micronesia. The latter two member states, small island countries in the Pacific Ocean with a combined population of 180,000, are utterly dependent on the US. And on December 9, 2003, the members of the UN General Assem­bly considered a resolution re-affirming the principle of Pal­estinian sovereignty. It received the backing of 142 states, including all the nations of Europe and South America. In this case as well, just four countries voted against the resolution: Israel, the US, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia. On December 8, 2003, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution ES-10/14.

“A Jewish cabal have taken over the government in the United States and formed an unholy alliance with fundamentalist Christians,” said Tam Dalyell in May 2003 also known as “Father of the House” because he is the longest-serving Member of Parliament. “There is far too much Jewish influence in the United States,” he added.

As widely reported in the media that “Jewish-Zionist plans to overthrow the Iraqi regime by force were already in place well before George W. Bush became president. A group – a cabal — of high-level, pro-Israel “neoconservative” Jews in the Bush administration — including Paul Wolfowitz, Dep­uty Secretary of Defence; Richard Perle of the Pentagon’s Defence Policy Board; David Wurmser in the State Department; and Douglas Frith, the Pentagon’s Undersecretary for Policy – played a decisive role in prodding the United States into war in Iraq”,

It seems as if Tam Dalyell MP candidly declared that pro-Israel Jews had taken control of America’s foreign policy, and had succeeded in pushing the US and Britain into war in Iraq”.

Why it is so easy for a small community to take a whole country like US to war and nothing is happening? Is it really fair to put all the blame on the Jews that they are responsible for deaths of thousands of British and US soldiers as well as Iraqis?

(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University)

Views expressed are not of The London Post

 

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