Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited the British Library in London Thursday night and viewed the original Balfour Declaration, in which UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour declared that Britain would support the establishment of a national home for the Jewish People in the Land of Israel.
They also saw a book edited by the Prime Minister’s father, the late Prof. Ben-Zion Netanyahu, who in 1937 edited a volume.
The Prime Minister said that Herzl was a visionary and great leader and noted the link between him and the Balfour Declaration.
The Netanyahus also viewed a Passover Haggadah, Bible, an edition of the Talmudic Tractate Bava Kama and other volumes.
Manchester, Britain police are searching for three men who verbally and physically assaulted four Jews, beating one of them unconscious at a tram [streetcar] station in North Manchester late Saturday night.
The Jewish men, ages 17, 18 and 20, were waiting for a tram when the attackers approached. The 17-year-old was beaten unconscious and is in the hospital after having suffered suspected bleeding to the brain,.
Police called the incident a hate crime, and they closed the tram station Monday morning in order to look for forensic evidence that might lead to the capture of the gang of attackers.
Community Security Trust vice president Marie van der Zyl said:
We were horrified to hear of the horrific anti-Semitic attack on four young men on a tram in Manchester. This was a brutal, unprovoked and cowardly assault and we hope and expect that the culprits will feel the full force of the law. We send our thoughts and prayers to those injured and to their families.
Anti-Semitic incidents in Manchester rose by nearly 80 percent in 12 months, according to a report issued by the Trust earlier this year.
A British Member of Parliament has accused Britain of supporting an “aggressive” Iranian regime “at the expense of our long-term allies in the region” following the British reopening of its embassy in Tehran.
Conservative MP Guto Bebb told Tazpit that UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s hopes for Iran as a reformable regime are “misguided” and also warned that the agreement will spawn a nuclear arms race.
The Aberconwy MP, who called for a parliamentary debate in June to discuss the Iranian nuclear deal then under discussion, added that the latitude given to the Iranian government would have been unacceptable to the UK government a year ago.
Bebb stated that he advocated the continuation of sanctions which he said were proving to be effective measures against Iranian aggression.
Rejecting Philip Hammond’s parliamentary remarks that the deal represented a victory for diplomacy and assurances to Prime Minister Netanyahu in July that it removes the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon, Bebb told Tazpit that he is amazed “that the Foreign Secretary seems to consider this a success story; his predecessor Liam Fox considers this to be completely unacceptable.”
He predicted that the deal will likely result in a nuclear arms race in the region beginning with Saudi Arabia. Recounting meetings with representatives of British allies in the region, Bebb claimed that they had all expressed concern for any deal which provides Iran with too much flexibility.
While expressing his concern for Israel’s security, Bebb insisted that fears of a nuclear arms race were not restricted to Israel and that the debate he called “was not an issue for Israel alone.”
Addressing Israel, the MP told Tazpit that it is important to “understand the difference between a peaceful and democratic state that is trying to live within its own borders and Iran that will use its nuclear capacity to dominate the Middle East.”
In July 2014, the British Conservative Friends of Israel, of which Bebb is a member, issued a statement decrying the economic sanctions relief which, they said will serve to embolden terror groups funded by Iran.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has labeled a new petition in Britain to arrest Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as “a public relations stunt that has no practical significance.”
The online petition on the Parliament’s official website has gathered approximately 80,000 signatures, according to the London Telegraph, only 20,000 short of the number needed for it to be considered as a possible topic for debate in the Parliament.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said in a statement that “the bilateral relations between Britain and Israel are closer than ever.” He noted that trade between Britain and Israel has doubled over the past several years and that academic and cultural cooperation continues, despite attempts by BDS to curtail it.
The petition states:
Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold talks in London this September. Under international law he should be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the U.K. for the massacre of over 2000 civilians in 2014.
The British Foreign Office also dismissed the petition as a “PR exercise, and Conservative MP Sir Eric Prickles said it was “completely absurd” and added:
The petition will have no impact upon the UK-Israel relationship which is stronger than ever and prime minister Netanyahu’s forthcoming visit will enhance it further.
Even the organizer of the petition, Damiam Moran, said he does not expect Netanyahu to be arrested. He told Al Jazeera:
[The government] will just say ‘blah blah blah, universal jurisdiction, good luck’
The British government responded to the petition in abatement:
We were all deeply saddened by the violence. However the Prime Minister [of Britain] was clear on the UK’s recognition of Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself, within the boundaries of international humanitarian law.
The Islamic State’s (ISIS) infamous beheader Mohammed “Jihadi John” Emwazi said on a video that he will return to his native Britain to “carry on cutting heads off,” the London Daily Mail reported Sunday.
The newspaper said it obtained the video, which reportedly fell in the hands of the Free Syrian Army and may have been filmed approximately two months ago in Syria, the first time he has been photographed unmasked. . The video shows a man claiming to be Jihadi John, dressed in black and wearing a cap under his hood. He announced in the video, with a clear British accent:
I will carry on cutting heads.
A Free Syrian Army activist told the Mail:
He looks at the camera and says, ‘I am Mohammed Emwazi. I will soon go back to Britain with the Khalifa’ [the leader of Islamic State].
He said something more about cutting heads off, ‘We will kill the kuffar.’ Then the camera shows two masked men that looked like bodyguards.
Jihdi John said that when he returns to Britain to chop off heads, he will spare “believers.”
Jihadi John is one of the world’s most wanted men with a $96 million bounty placed on his head by the United States for the bheading of Americans, the first of whom was James Foley last year.
Anti-Semitic vandalism is rising in Britain, most recently — this summer — in London.
The Jewish-funded Edward VII Drinking Fountain memorial in East London was desecrated last week with slabs of red meat and chicken.
Designed by sculptor William Silver Frith, the fountain was a tribute to the eldest son of Queen Victoria and was paid for by local Jewish residents in 1911.
Earlier in the month, a Nazi swastika was scrawled on a fence outside the Beis Chinuch Lebonos Girls’ School in the Hackney section of London.
The words “Yid Sh*t were carefully, neatly printed with the swastika.
It was the second time in a month the school had been targeted with anti-Semitic vandalism.
In Europe, the Yiddish word “Yid” has now become a racial slur, according to the European Jewish Press.
This month petition was created August 7 on the official website of the British Parliament, demanding the arrest of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for “war crimes” against Palestinians during Israel’s counter terror operation last year against Hamas in Gaza.
The petition garnered more than 70,000 signatures so far this month. At the 100,000 mark the parliament allegedly is required to debate the matter.
However, the British government has stifled the issue, having responded last week to the initiative with a statement pointing out that under UK and international law, Netanyahu is “immune from criminal jurisdiction.”
Jews in Liverpool are bracing themselves to face a nasty round of ugly neo-Nazi hate with the ‘White Man March’ held on the Sabbath, courtesy of British law.
In fact, neo-Nazis all over the Twitterverse are salivating over the upcoming event. As the organizers themselves explained in a tweet:
White Man March UK @WhiteManMarchUK – Jun 6
We do not stand to oppose the colour of a man’s skin, we stand to oppose a sick Jewish ideological system @SmashCM79
Previous similar marches have been held as a platform for neo-Nazis to commit hate crimes in Britain, the Meyerside Jewish Representative Council noted in a petition to Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy QPM of Meyerside Police.
The first ‘White Man March’ was held on March 21 of this year in Newcastle where neo-Nazis were “completely unopposed,” organizers bragged in a tweet. Footage of that event is self-explanatory.
Activists on the Twitter social networking site have been tweeting for nearly a month about the upcoming event.
“This march is a disgrace to the culture heritage of Liverpool and is a vehicle from which unnecessary violence could derive.” wrote one person today (Wednesday, August 12.)
“This is a march to incite racism. This kid has sent serious threats to our mayor and our city. Why hasn’t he been arrested?” asked another in a tweet, also posted today.
“I am a Christian minister and a supporter of Liverpool’s Jewish community,” tweeted a third.
But these voices of reason are being drowned out by the vicious anti-Semitism and racist garbage being fired across the Internet by neo-Nazi organizers and White Supremacists.
The Meyerside Jewish Representative Council asked the Chief Constable to exercise his powers under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 to restrict the planned march.
Instead, the community activist group is asking Murphy to force the neo-Nazis to hold their demonstration at a location away from major thoroughfares and residential areas, for a short time and restricted to a small number of participants.
In addition, the Jewish group has called on Meyerside Police and the Liverpool City Council to apply for an injunction against the neo-Nazi event under Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
They are hoping to ban the organizers and speakers for the planned march from making or causing to be made or distributing any statement or image likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress; and holding any kind of public assembly within two hundred meters of a synagogue, Jewish cemetery, or Jewish community or cultural center.
The march, organized by Wayne Jarvis of Castleford, is backed by the far-right National Action (NA. Also supporting the march are other racist) and anti-Semitic groups, including the North West Infidels (NWI), the Misanthropic Division and the National Front.
An equally active “Stop the Nazi ‘White Man’ March” movement is organized on Facebook and is urging members to retweet and share posts until gathering at 11am at William Brown Street in Liverpool, an hour before the scheduled start of the neo-Nazi march.