Iran's UK fellow travellers.
17 August 2012
Today is Quds Day, an annual demonstration of Iranian antisemitism throughout the world. The London version is one of its more sanitised versions. It will probably include warm fuzzy sounding words about protecting human rights for all (this, despite its usual profusion of Hizbollah flags and fevered denunciations of Zionism).
So, it is most unlikely that the event organisers will be reading out the speech that President Ahmedinejad gave today in Tehran (broadcast on state TV), with its demand that every cancerous Zionist cell be eradicated from every last inch of Palestine:
The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumour. Even if one cell of them is left in one inch of (Palestinian) land, in the future this story (of Israel's existence) will repeat...A new Middle East will definitely be formed. With the grace of God and help of the nations, in the new Middle East there will be no trace of the Americans and Zionists
The organisers of London's Quds Day and the supporting organisations are also unlikely to repeat the wildly antisemitic claims contained in Ahmedinejad's speech. (As reported by AFP):
Ahmadinejad, in his speech, claimed that "Zionists" triggered the first and second world wars, and had "taken control over world affairs since the moment they became dominant over the US government."
He asserted that major governments, banks and media were in thrall to a Zionist cabal whose aim was to "destroy the cultures, values and sovereignty of nations."
In London, Quds Day also usually features the Jewish Neturei Karta sect as proof that Jews should not be hated - just Zionists; and this is really just yet another anti-Israel protest, honest guv.
It is not. Today's London demonstration sits squarely within the international Quds Day framework. Those organisations that allow their names to be associated with Quds Day are encouraging the Iranian leadership's violent fantasies about destroying Israel: fantasies that are inching towards reality and pushing the region into war talk of the most dangerous sort imaginable. Then, there is the Iranian regimes' support for the terrorist murder of Jews around the world; its Holocaust denial; and its blaming Jews for everything from junkies to the London Olympic logo. All of this, to say nothing of the regime's treatment of its own minorities and dissenters; or its support for the murderous regime of President Assad in Syria.
So, step forward then, the following organisations, all of whom the London Quds Day organisers claim are supporting the demonstration:
- Ahlulbait Islamic Mission
- Aloha Palestine
- Friends of Lebanon
- Innovative Minds
- Boycott Israel Network
- Islamic Centre of England
- Islamic Forum of Europe
- Islamic Student Association
- Jews Against Zionism
- Lebanese Community UK
- Neturei Karta UK
- Muslim Association of Britain
- Muslim Council of Britain
- Palestine Legal Aid Fund
- Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
- Stop the War Coalition
Of course, some of these organisations are cosily in bed with Iran and really, really, really, couldn't care less. Others, such as Stop the War, are supposed to be...err...something else...sort of...aren't they?