This “feelgood” story appeared in my feed earlier today.
Woman from Catherington walks from London to Jerusalem to promote peace
AN ACTIVIST walked from London to Jerusalem to promote peace. Rachel Nassif from Catherington embarked on a pilgrimage of more than 1,000km to promote unity between Israel and Palestine.
Having visited the region in 2009, the 65-year-old returned to Jerusalem with human rights collective, the Amos Trust, in a sign of solidarity. She joined peace activists of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths on the so-called Just Walk – which marked 100 years of the Balfour Declaration, a British First World War statement announcing Palestine a national home for Jewish people. Ms Nassif said: ‘I saw this walk as a brilliant opportunity to do something
After the Balfour Declaration was created in 1917, geographical unrest was sparked between Israel and Palestine. Addressing the conflict, Rachel said: ‘I walked in hope that one day all people in the Holy land will live in peace as neighbours with full, equal rights.’
I love peace! But that last paragraph seems a little one-sided and blaming the Balfour Declaration for causing unrest – as opposed to the Arab propensity to reject peace overtures and try and drive us into the sea. Repeatedly.
And sure enough, if you investigate beyond this report, you find that the Amos Trust is not about “promoting unity between Israel and Palestine” at all. It is your run-of-the-mill anti-Israel NGO. For example:
it’s time to change the record on palestine
It’s very simple – we’re asking for full equal rights for everybody who calls the Holy Land home. ‘Change The Record’ is a bold initiative to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration and 50 years of military occupation of the Palestinian Territories.
When we talk about Israel/Palestine, too often people feel that the issues are too complicated and they don’t know how to respond. We believe there’s a simple way to respond. If you believe that there should be full equal rights for everyone who calls the Holy Land home – then it’s time to Change The Record:
We want to Change The Record as an act of solidarity with Palestinians who do not have freedom of movement.
We want to Change The Record so that Palestinian and Israeli peace activists don’t feel that they’re forgotten on the long road to peace and justice.
We want to Change The Record as an act of penance for Britain’s 100 year-long failure to ensure Palestinian rights.
Seeds of injustice
On 2nd November 1917, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, declared:
His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”
The seeds of today’s injustice, inequality and violence were sown by the Balfour Declaration in 1917. We want to mark the anniversary with a bold act of solidarity and a call for peace with justice.
And it gets even worse. They have a really bad habit of retweeting and sharing posts from antisemites and BDS-holes.
— Amos Trust (@AmosTrust) December 8, 2016
(more on MLK Studios)
And it’s not just the Amos Trust. Most, if not all, of these NGOs painting themselves as pro-peace are actually pro-destruction of Israel. And invariably anti-semitism raises its ugly head.
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