Brian of London here opening the front door to Israellycool with some keys I found under the flowerpot round the back. I’ll try to see if I can conjure up some wit for this one though to be honest I wish I wasn’t writing it. This is about the EDL, the blogosphere and, by its nature it is a little “inside baseball”. If you want to know more about Natalie Portman’s kid’s name (as revealed by Israeli TV host: Guy Penis) this is not the post you are looking for.
I’m only putting it here because if I’m silent about these matters it will be used by various groups to infer things about me: I’d rather I said what I think than let others speak for me.
What happened now?
While I was mostly off the grid from Thursday to Saturday the de facto founder of the EDL’s Jewish Division, Roberta Moore, publicly quit the EDL and fired a shot back at some of the people she’d been working with in the EDL. This was, of course, picked up and misinterpreted by such stalwarts of the anti-EDL community as the Jewish Chronicle (find it yourself I’m not linking) and some of the other noted anti-EDL sites. More importantly, Pamela Geller expressed some severe doubts about the soundness of the EDL based on some of the things Roberta had said and on correspondence (some of which I’ve seen) that took place in the background.
Roberta had been scheduled to appear in Strasbourg on behalf of the EDL at an event organised by Stop the Islamisation of America (SIOA) and it’s associated European group. This event was essentially banned because the police in Strasbourg withdrew protection and washed their hands: free speech is dead in Europe, but you knew that. The mere act of Roberta being sanctioned by the EDL leadership to represent them at this international meeting had already caused fits of indignation among some sections of the EDL.
As a direct response to Pamela’s post, Tommy Robinson sent out a heartfelt statement and Pamela promptly published this and moved back into the position of support for the EDL while watching it carefully. For someone largely on the outside, such as her, I don’t think one can ask for much more.
When I first saw Pamela’s reaction to Roberta leaving I was disappointed. Without Pamela’s original endorsement followed by my own careful research and talking to a number of people I knew who had begun to work with the EDL, I might not have investigated the EDL. It was also because I met Roberta a couple of weeks ago and knew something of her plans, that I knew the situation wasn’t as bleak as it first appeared from what Pamela wrote. However, the reaction this elicited from Gates of Vienna, seemingly at the same time as Tommy was sending his statement, was not something I could sign on to either.
Pamela is one of the stalwarts of the counter Jihad. She’s doing great work over in America and I don’t like the way in which she was personally attacked (along with Robert Spencer) over this. Ever since the original counter Jihad blog wars in 2007 and subsequent further separations, I’ve been monumentally dis-heartened by the level of in fighting that goes on. The ranks of the real counter Jihad are so small, we don’t have the power to fight each other and the real enemies we face. I certainly wouldn’t condemn her publicly, even if I disagreed, especially after Tommy’s statement seemed to clear the air. People have carved out many different roles in this fight and there is no point bringing down people who are reaching an audience and educating people because of differences in opinion.
Why does the EDL have a Jewish Division?
The EDL has had a Jewish Division from almost day one to highlight the fact that Jews can also defend England from islamisation and that Jews and all other races have a responsibility to preserve a country that has, broadly speaking, allowed them to thrive. It was, at least at the start, a valuable counter to the charge that the EDL was an extension of previous racist or neo-Nazi groups. The ethos of the EDL wasn’t and I’m still convinced it isn’t today.
What is a Nazi?
Every now and then someone comes out and screams Nazi at someone else. In response to all this Henrik R. Clausen wrote a good piece in EuropeNews: Fascists or National Socialists in the English Defence League? I too have a rather strict definition before I call someone a Nazi. I have to feel that the person would either murder people in cold blood or stand by and watch while others did so based purely on ideological beliefs that someone else is personally sub human. So I tend not to throw the term around. Esmerelda Weatherwax, someone I’ve met and know through her stalwart work at New English Review, has also addressed this subject and is worth taking note of.
But it is the case that there are many people in the UK and the whole world who have a strong belief in a number of “memes” that are wholy incredible and basically wrong. Many of these trace roots back to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and can be seen as Zionist/Jewish conspiracies to take over the world. Seeing as how the US has at least one former President that regularly espouses these views, it’s unsurprising that its a view held by members of the EDL too. It’s hard to think that Islam is a major problem and also believe Jews brought down the World Trade Centre but some manage it.
It’s my belief that learning about Islam’s threat to Israel and the Jews, and connecting that threat with one’s own situation tends to draw people away from chimeras such as a world Zionist conspiracy. Back in the days of my comedy show at Shire Network News I used to frequently joke about splitting infinitives and waiting for my cheque from the World Zionist Conspiracy™. I’m still waiting: I’ll be waiting for a long, long time.
And then there is the unique case of the UK. It’s hard to explain to outsiders the esteem in which the BBC is held in the UK. It has taken people a long time to wake up to its poisonous nature and most still haven’t. It’s hard to blame everyone for their views when the BBC and other media simply trip over themselves trying to find any way to blame Israel and the Jews and the news safe hate group, Zionists, for all the world’s ills.
But the question is how to deal with these people in the EDL? Do you confront them publicly, denounce them, ridicule them or threaten to physically fight them? I don’t think any of those are worth doing. I think you focus on the real target: decreasing the influence of Islam on the lives of non Muslims. Education about Islam will hopefully reduce the importance of these other factions and the inclusion of groups, like Jews, Hindus and homosexuals, who they also tend to distrust or hate, will naturally drive them away.
The King David problem
There is also another problem in the UK in general that is also represented in the ranks of the EDL. I call this the “King David” problem. The EDL started because of the abuse given to returning British soldiers on the streets of Luton. The EDL has a very strong respect for the British military in a way that the UK media seems to have given up on years ago. I like this. However, for years the old nationalist parties attacked Jews for the way in which Israel won its independence from the old British Mandate. At the forefront of this one sided historical attack was the King David hotel bombing. I’ll tackle this one day but not now. Suffice it to say that I don’t think everyone really understands this event.
As far as saving the UK from increasing islamisation the EDL is the only game in town today. There is no political impetus: there is one weak anti-Europe party (UKIP) but even immigration alone isn’t the issue. It’s only Islamic immigration that is the problem. The UK is still mired in woeful thinking that blames “Asians” for the crimes directly encouraged by the “perfect” behaviour of Mohammed. It’s quite clear that the EDL leadership gets this and its the only widely spread source for information about this for most people. Just see, for example, the article on their website: “Mohammed made me do it” relating to the real underlying reason why there are a shocking number of pedophiliac cases involving gangs of muslims abusing non muslim teenage girls. But the EDL is kept down by the media and the government which both have clearly tried to destroy it’s founders and the organisation itself.
That doesn’t mean I can accept anything within the EDL if the target is Islam, I can’t. But I still feel that the best way to fight the negative influence of Islam on the life of Kuffars in England and allow increasing numbers of people to see the true nature of the threat against Israel and the Jews, lies with people like me inside the EDL as a positive influence rather than outside.
About the AuthorBrian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian's interests include world peace and an end to world hunger. Besides blogging here, Brian of London now writes for PJ Media. Brian of London also hosted Shire Network News
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