Now it’s time to rid government of Israel’s stoogesLondon is “angry” over the use of stolen identities by the Dubai assassins and points its finger at the Jewish state and its notorious Mossad espionage agency. The Israeli ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, was invited to the Foreign Office on 18 February by Peter Ricketts, the head of the UK's diplomatic service, to “share information”. Although Britain stopped short of accusing Israel of involvement in the scandalous assassination of a top Hamas official, to signal its displeasure London ignored an Israeli plea to keep the meeting secret. "Relations were in the freezer before this. They are in the deep freeze now," a British official told the Guardian.
David Miliband’s duplicityThe British anger at Israel would have been a positive signal in the right direction had we not been aware of British Foreign Secretary David Miliband investing enormous efforts trying to alter Britain’s ethical stand just to appease Tzipi Livni, Ehud Barak and other Israeli leaders.
It is that foolish statement by Britain’s foreign secretary that has made us all complicit in Israel’s flattening of Gaza. Bearing these facts in mind, it is rather unlikely that the Israeli ambassador to Britain was sweating while “sharing information” with the chief aid to the British foreign secretary.
British complicity is Dubai murderIn the last few days Robert Fisk reported from the Middle East that in Dubai there is not much doubt about Britain being involved in the Israeli blunder. "The British passports are real,” says one of Fisk’s sources in Dubai. “They are hologram pictures with the biometric stamp. They are not forged or fake. The names were really there. If you can fake a hologram or biometric stamp, what does this mean?" The truth about this had better be revealed.
As if this were not enough, the Israeli news website Ynet reported today, quoting the Daily Mail, that Israel informed the British government that its agents were going to carry out an “overseas operation” using forged British passports. “It wasn't a request for permission, but rather a courtesy call.”
If Britain collaborated with Israel at any level, we should be told all about it, and we should be told who collaborated with Israel – a person, a body within the government or the intelligence services, or just an ordinary sayan in the Home Office or some other government department. If there was British collaboration, we had better identify what it was exactly and who decided to serve the murderous Israeli interests. We had also better find out who in Britain decided to put British interests and British security in the Arab world at enormous risk.
In the Guardian yesterday Seumas Milne didn’t mince his words either. “Instead of setting off a diplomatic backlash, the British government sat on its hands for almost a week after it was reportedly first passed details of the passport abuse. And while the Foreign Office finally summoned the Israeli ambassador to ‘share information’, rather than to protest, Gordon Brown could yesterday only promise a ‘full investigation’.”
Paralysed by Israel lobbyThe truth of the matter is tragic. The British political system is paralysed by the Israel lobby. As with the USA, British national interests are sacrificed for the sake of dirty Zionist cash. If Britain wants to liberate itself from the Zionist grip and have any prospect of a future, it must move fast and clean the entire list of Zionist infiltrators from its political ranks, government offices and strategic positions. I am not talking here about Jews. In no way am I mentioning ethnicity or race. I am talking here about a political and ideological affiliation. Given that Zionism is a murderous, racist, expansionist ideology, it is natural to stress that people who are affiliated with Israel and Zionism must be removed immediately from any political, government, military or security posts.
As much as Britain would refrain from delegating decisions regarding its security to Arab, Chinese or Russian nationalists, it should similarly treat Jewish nationalists with at least as much caution.
Public patience with Israeli barbarism running outBut here is the good news. In contrast to the Zionized British political system, the British people and media are actually outraged. The Mossad’s blunder, as well as British political impotence, has been overwhelmingly exposed in the British media. It is on the front page of every British daily paper and it is featured on every TV news. There is no doubt that today patience with Israeli barbarism is running out.
But then things started to change. In the Lebanon war of 1982 the world at large was still pretty silent as 30,000 Palestinian and Lebanese were butchered by the Israeli air force and army. Yet this miraculously woke the left up from its terminal snooze. Some activists started to realize that Palestinians and their cause were at the heart of the battle for a better world. During the first and the second intifadas more and more people came to realize that Israel was the aggressor. In 2006 Israel again unleashed total havoc in Lebanon. This time Israel left 3,000 fatalities. However, the impact of these successive Israeli brutalities led to a drastic rise of anti Israeli feelings. It was in fact the second Lebanon war (rather than Iraq) that was the catalyst for Tony Blair’s overdue political downfall. Blair paid an immediate political price for condoning the war. The Gaza massacre of 2009 left 1,400 Palestinians dead – most of them women and children – and left Gaza in total ruin. But, as we know, it also led to the highest tide of anti Israeli resentment at every possible level in the media, in the street and even in the UN.
This week we learnt about Israel’s latest murderous blunder. It assassinated a Hamas military leader. While in the past Israel would have been praised for the courage of its assassin squads, those who are chasing the enemies of the Jews in faraway lands and beyond, the reaction this week was very different. The Jewish state is now regarded as a fully-fledged pariah state. The British media and people are starting to see through it. No one in the British media stood for Israel, no one tried to justify or advocate Israel’s acts. No one repeated the clichés about Hamas being a terrorist organization. I guess that by now people out there grasp that Hamas is Palestine’s democratically-elected leadership. People also realize that Hamas is justified in pursuing a fully legitimate struggle for liberation.
As much as Israelis and their supporters try to tell us that the diplomatic backlash is fuelled by merely technical matters such as “identity theft”, reading the British press conveys a far deeper resentment towards Israel, what it stands for and the way it operates.
For a while some of us have been talking about small signs showing that the tide is changing. As it happens, we are waking up to a new reality. The tide has changed already. Israel has exhausted the last drops of moral integrity, as if it possessed such integrity to start with. Britain and every Western country should move fast and identify the enemy within, those among us who support the Zionist project and are making us all complicit partners in Israel’s never-ending sin.
Sayan – a unique and important part of the Mossad's operation. The sayan (assistant) must be 100 per cent Jewish. The sayan supports the Israeli cause and assists the Mossad operation. Victor Ostrovsky, the veteran Mossad agent, says: “There are thousands of sayanim around the world. In London alone, there are about 2,000 who are active, and another 5,000 on the list…”
Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born musician, writer and anti-racism campaigner. His latest jazz album, "In loving memory of America", was released on 1 March 2009 and can be purchased here.