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UK Urges EU to Classify Hizbollah Military Wing as Terrorist Group

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Britain’s Foreign Minister William Hague urged the European Union to place Hizbullah’s military wing on its list of terrorist organizations.

Reuters quoted Hague as saying on Sept. 7 in Cyprus, “I would like to see the EU designate and sanction the military wing of Hizbullah.” Hague was in Paphos for a two-day informal meeting of EU foreign ministers.

Hague said it was time for the EU to revisit the issue.

Earlier last week, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said the EU should put Hizbullah on the terror list, a move that would enable the bloc to freeze the group’s assets in Europe.  The Netherlands is the only country in the EU to list Hizbullah and its branches as a terror entity. Britain views only the military wing as a terrorist group.

Some EU countries reportedly are resisting the classification, most notably France. But the EU position might change if Bulgaria’s investigation into the Burgas bombing of an Israeli tour bus confirms that Hizbullah was behind the attack with its sponsor, Iran.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint news conference in Jerusalem with his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borissov.

“We know that you stand with us against terror because terror is indivisible and the battle against terrorism must be indivisible, and the victims of terrorism include, as in this case, Israelis and Bulgarians,” Netanyahu told the visiting Bulgarian leader.

British Allow Anti-Semitic Iranian Propaganda in the UK

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

“The Heritage and Destiny Channel,” on You Tube, run by Iran, currently features a video with two British subjects: an actress and film producer named Michelle Renouf, whose real name is Michelle Mainwaring, 62, a former Australian television model, now a British citizen, and a barrister named Philip Bree, who lives in London. Both star in mock interviews by Iranian TV, and try to lend an air of rational authority in their interviews as they methodically explain that the Olympic logo being used at this week’s Olympic Games in London is in fact a conspiratorial “subliminal Zion race-supremacy logo,” and part of an international conspiracy conducted by the Jews. According to Lady Renouf, the zigzag design of the logo’s lettering spells out the word “Zion,” and refers to Jews and Israel. The video can be seen in the UK as well as on You Tube.

The Iranians have boycotted the Olympic Games this week; this broadcast is intended to encourage the member states of the European Union to do the same. Citing the names of two New York advertising executives involved in the design and promotion of the logo as proof of her Jewish conspiracy theory, Lady Renouf then yields the floor to Barrister Bree, who explains that the traditional Olympics rings found in the new logo are representative of black witchcraft and Satanism of the bloodthirstiest kind, practiced by Jews.

For those up on British history, Renouf and Bree are reincarnations of World War II’s Lord Haw-Haw. Like the pro-German propagandist who spoke by radio urging British troops to desert the army and blaming the Jews for the war, Lady Renouf (she gives herself the title of “Lady” after having been briefly married to a British aristocrat) speaks in a very posh upper class British accent as she tells her audience that pro-Jewish conspirators, notably even the British founder of the World Olympic Community in the 19th century, “a non-Jew, but a Free Mason,” were involved in creating the Olympics logo “when the Jews under Theodor Herzl were planning to conquer Palestine.”

Free Masons have long been included as part of the world Jewish conspiracy as outlined in the fraudulent Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, responsible for countless pogroms and other attacks worldwide against Jews. The Protocols are part of a successful TV mini-series played all over the Arab world, but in particular in Iran, retitled Horseman Without A Horse, that dramatizes anti-Jewish blood libels. One scene even has religious Jews murdering a gentile child to use his blood to prepare Passover matzoh.

On the surface, to the uninitiated, these two speakers sound like extremely well-educated rational people, but if one visits the You Tube website for the Heritage and Destiny Channel, they are obviously in the service of the anti-Semitic Iranian government.

The website reveals that Lady Renouf is listed as the owner and producer of a company called Telling Films, which produces pro-Khomeinist propaganda videos for the Iranian government, and anti-Semitic trailers for foreign audiences. On the Heritage and Destiny YouTube channel are other videos of her being interviewed, warning the world of a Jewish conspiracy and denying the Holocaust. According to one source, “She has become known in recent years for her defense of Holocaust deniers such as David IrvingRobert FaurissonRichard WilliamsonGermar RudolfErnst Zündel, and Fredrick Töben in both broadcasts and her Telling Films documentaries. Though not a revisionist author or researcher herself, she has been frequently characterized by opponents as a Holocaust denier.”

In her interview, Lady Renouf praises the Iranian government for alerting the European Union to the international Jewish conspiracy that started with the Rothschilds allegedly controlling world banking; she explains that “World Jewry has the greatest outreach in the World,” but that they [Jews] like “to do it by hidden hand.” She urges the rest of Europe to boycott the Olympics as Iran has chosen to do.

Philip Bree, the London barrister then follows up in a similar interview, in which he explains that the Olympic symbol for 2012, displaying a pentagram and the five rings emblem for the Committee, represents the black arts of Satanism. Bree’s background is more nebulous than that of Lady Renouf, who appears to be an actress and socialite who found attention and easy money working for the Iranians. Bree appears to be just a garden variety anti-Semite. It makes sense, however, that the Iranian mullahs would see his ranting about Jews and Satanism credible to disseminate as they do the same in their sermons in Iran. Bree even suggests that the Masonic emblem of a compass is based on the Jewish Star of David.

J.E. Dyer: Ceramic Pig Watch – Offensive Speech in Britain

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Ever since the case of the offensive ceramic pigs in 1998, the British have been assiduously refining their methods for dealing with offenses to Islam.  Earlier this year, Bruce Bawer at Frontpage recounted the tale of David Jones, who was going through security at Gatwick Airport when he made a stray comment that brought down the full force of the Speech Police on his head (emphasis added):

[A]ccording to the Telegraph, “he spotted a Muslim woman in hijab pass through the area without showing her face” and, in a “light-hearted aside to a security official who had been assisting him,” said: “If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.”

Kapow! Poor Mr. Jones spent the next hour or so being lectured about what he was and was not allowed to say by an airline official, a police officer, and several security guards, one of whom identified herself as a Muslim and told him she was “deeply distressed” by his comment. Of course it was Jones who was being unjustly harassed and who had every right to feel “deeply distressed,” but, as he later pointed out, “Something like George Orwell’s 1984 now seems to have arrived in Gatwick airport,” so that it is now considered reasonable for individuals in positions of power to claim that they are being caused “distress” by the very people whom they, in an outrageous abuse of power, are in the very process of tormenting. The cop on the scene even instructed Jones “that we now live in a different time and some things are not to be said.”

It now turns out that not only are things not to be said, but no one else is to be allowed to know what was said when someone is jailed for saying them.

A Mr. Darren Conway of Gainsborough, Leicestershire, was sentenced in March to 12 months in prison for the crime of posting “offensive” posters about Mohammed and Islam on the window of his apartment.   According to the Gainsborough Standard, Conway said he printed the posters from images at Facebook, which suggests he found them online through his connection with the British National Party (BNP).  Presumably the images are no longer available, or there is no way to verify which ones he printed out.  At any rate, the British authorities and the media offered no details about the posters after the police removed them.

A number of British citizens were naturally interested in what was on the posters, since they got a man convicted and sent to prison.  It does seem reasonable for the people to know what will get them locked up.  “Offensive to Islam” could mean a lot of things, and no one should have to guess what’s considered actionably offensive.  One report (cited at the Frontpage link, previous paragraph) indicated that one of the posters depicted a rally of the English Defence League, but it offered no particulars about any of the other posters and how they were offensive to Islam.

So Edgar Davidson, a British blogger, made a Freedom of Information request to the crown prosecutor for details about the offensive posters displayed by Conway.  The prosecutor declined his request last week, offering this explanation:

There is a substantial public interest in many circumstances in protecting from disclosure information gathered for the purposes of a criminal case. The defendant in this case was prosecuted as he publically displayed the offensive posters referred to in your request. As displaying this material was proven to be a criminal offence in a criminal court, and the graphic and violent images depicted in these posters caused offence in the neighbourhood in which they were displayed, there is a very strong public interest in these articles not being distributed any further.

Davidson invokes the adjective “Kafkaesque” in describing this interaction.  Bruce Bawer cites a public statement by Ms. Judith Walker of the crown prosecutor’s organization, and parses it as follows:

We all owe Walker a debt of gratitude, for in this statement she takes us right to the heart of the matter, giving us a crystal-clear picture of how these people think. To place in the window of your home slogans and pictures that add up to a criticism of Islamic ideology is not to exercise your freedom of speech; it is to commit an act of “harassment” that has no place “in a tolerant society” and that must therefore be punished.

Turkey Proposes to Host Iran Nuclear Talks

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Turkey, seeking to cement its role as an indispensable regional power, has called for the immediate resumption of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

Turkey’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking at a joint news conference with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi, said that Turkey was willing to host and “make any other kind of contribution” to negotiations between Iran and the six global powers — the US, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.

Salehi, for his part, encouraged the six powers to sit at the table with Iran without preconditions. “If there are excuses, it is a sign that they oppose and do not approve of the negotiations,” he said.

Iran Supplying Weapons to Quell Syrian Unrest

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

British Prime Minister David Cameron has accused Iran of providing weapons for Syria’s suppression of the 10-month long civil unrest.

”There is now growing evidence that Iran is providing a huge amount of support,” Cameron disclosed to the House of Commons. ”There have been interceptions of some shipments by Turkey which are particularly interesting,” he continued. ”People should also know that Hizbollah is an organization standing up and supporting this wretched tyrant who is killing so many of his own people.”

Israeli Deputy FM Rebuffs Clegg’s Comments on Judea and Samaria

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that comments made yesterday by Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, in which he condemned Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as “deliberate vandalism,” were “unfortunate,” “ill-informed,” and “irresponsible.”

Ayalon also lamented that Clegg’s comment was “far from the truth” and merely gave the Palestinians an excuse to entrench their preconditions for entering into direct negotiations with Israel.

UK Deputy PM Clegg: Construction in Judea and Samaria is ‘Vandalism’

Monday, January 16th, 2012

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg complained about Israel’s  “deliberate vandalism” of Judea and Samaria and condemned continued construction in the “strongest possible terms” in a press conference with PA president Mahmoud Abbas in London.

Abbas welcomed Clegg’s remarks,which are apparently indicative of the harder line the British government is taking with Israel.

 

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