Israellycool » UK Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:31:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Perfidious British Press Massacre Edition Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:08:38 +0000 On Facebook Kay Wilson, herself the survivor of a machete terrorist attack by two Muslims, wrote:

The hypocritical semantics of the British media:
BREAKING: Israelis killed by Palestinian militants
BREAKING: British holiday-makers murdered as they sunbathe on the beach in barbaric attack by terrorists.

I corrected her. The first one should be:

BREAKING: Palestinian youth shot by Israeli security services after alleged attack

Go back and remind yourself of some of the headlines after the Har Nof Synagogue attack on Honest Reporting.

Every one of these papers has, at one time or another, excused Palestinian terrorism against Jews and Israelis because of the perceived crimes of Israel. Years of this have emboldened the terrorists, worldwide, and this is one of the results.

If this was an attack against Jews, the press would be rushing to work out which grievance of this Muslim terrorist they could ascribe his actions too. The worst you can say of these unfortunate British tourists is that they occupied the wrong sun beds and my heart goes out to their families and friends.

Please consider Israeli beaches for your next holiday. As we showed in a video last year, we have a special system for dealing with garbage that tries to wash ashore on our beaches.

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George Galloway’s Lawyer Needs A Good Lawyer Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:07:33 +0000 Remember George Galloway’s dodgy law firm Chambers Solicitors? The one who sent out borderline illegal threatening letters to anyone who so much as tweeted that George Galloway hated Jews? The ones with a website explaining how happy they were to defend people on charges of child sex and murdering their relatives for “honour”. Well they’re in trouble:

TWO solicitors at a leading Bradford law firm, including a senior partner, and a third employee are facing fraud charges after a long-running investigation by West Yorkshire Police.

Mohammed Ayub, 53, senior partner with Chambers Solicitors in Grattan Road, and Neil Frew, 47, a solicitor who works as immigration department associate with the firm, are accused of conspiracy to defraud.

Ayub’s brother Mohammed Riaz, 47, who works in the translation side of the company’s business, has been summonsed to appear in court in relation to the matter.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed Ayub and Frew had been charged with conspiracy to defraud.

They are understood to have been charged after answering their bail at a police station.

The allegations relate to the defrauding of the Legal Aid Agency over payments for the provision of interpretation services.

Chambers has vehemently denied any criminality.

The charges follow police raids on the firm’s offices in the centre of Bradford in July last year.

Read it all at the Telegraph & Argus.

Oh dear.

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Reader Post: The Shocking Moral Equivalence of The BBC’s Evan Davis Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:50:02 +0000 Johnny Simson is an Israeli born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His hobbies are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and annoying anti-Semites.

During an interview with Tzipi Livni on Newsnight, the BBC’s Evan Davis asked “Would you describe your parents as terrorists?”. This is a basic tenet of today’s progressive Left. “One man’s terrorist is another man’s Freedom Fighter”, they say. You can see the full interview below.

Indeed Irgun, Haganah and Lehi engaged the British with asymmetrical warfare. They did not wear uniforms. They did kill civilians and civil servants working for the British government. So why are they any different than Hamas, Hezbollah, PLO, the beheader of Lee Rigby and perpetrators of 7/7?

In order to be called freedom fighter one has to genuinely be a fighter for freedom and democracy. Irgun were fighting for human rights of Jewish people who had just survived a Holocaust. The British were blocking Jewish refugees from escaping the Holocaust, barring them entry to Palestine which was against the Mandate given to Great Britain in the San Remo conference of 1920. The British reneged on the Balfour declaration at a time the Jewish people needed a place of refuge more than anything else.

When the British finally were driven out of Israel, Irgun was absorbed into the IDF and Menachem Begin became a member of the Knesset. He respected the democracy of Israel and sat in the opposition until 1977. When he was elected he respected freedom of speech and the opposition. Unlike Hamas who violently took over Gaza when Fatah failed to respect the results of the PA 2006 elections and threw Fatah members of rooftops. Neither Fatah nor Hamas respect freedom of speech. Neither have anything that resembles rule of law in territories under their control. Hence neither Hamas nor Fatah can be called Freedom fighters since it is not Freedom they are fighting for.

I would like to break down the principle differences between Irgun and modern day Islamic terrorists.

I – Ideology and motivation

The ideology of Islamist terror groups is totalitarian. They wish to impose Sharia on their hosts. In the case of Fatah you get a secular dictatorship at best. They are exclusive of any minority or group that does not share their religion, ethnicity and ideology. They are motivated by deep hatred of the West, Infidels and specifically Jews. How do we know this? Here is what a Hamas MP has said about Israel. Ahmad Bahr on Al Aqsa TV in a sermon: “If the enemy sets foot on a single square inch of Islamic land, Jihad becomes an individual duty,…in order to annihilate those Jews.”

Note, there is no talk of human rights nor freedom here. Contrast this with Jabotinski who is the founding father of Revisionist Zionism. Mentor to Menachem Begin.

Ze’ev Jabotinski on the Arabs:

“All of us, all Jews and Zionists of all schools of thought, want the best for the Arabs of Eretz Israel[Land of Israel]. We do not want to eject even one Arab from either the left or the right bank of the Jordan River. We want them to prosper both economically and culturally. We envision the regime of Jewish Palestine as follows: most of the population will be Jewish, but equal rights for all Arab citizens will not only be guaranteed, they will also be fulfilled.”

Ze’ev Jabotinski on democracy and freedom of speech:

“Today, the test of democracy is freedom of the press: the most liberal constitution is a lie if the press is muzzled, but where the press is free there is a hope even despite defects of the constitution.”

II – Methodology

The primary targets of the Irgun were soldiers and bases of the British army. Civilians were harmed but they were the exception rather than the rule. Usually civilians casualties were due to operational failures rather then a result of deliberately targeting civilians. Contrast this with Hamas and Fatah. Their primary targets are civilians. The more civilians harmed the higher the success of the operation.

III – Geography

Islamic terror groups do not limit their scope of action to their own territory. Take the Hezbollah bombing of an Israeli bus of tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria and many other failed attempts all over the globe. Anyone naive enough to believe that Hezbollah only were fighting to drive IDF out of S. Lebanon should ask themselves this Question. Why are they still attacking Israelis? Israel left S. Lebanon in 2000. Obviously the occupation of S. Lebanon was not their primal motivation. One should ask oneself, why Muslim immigrants and Muslim born in England see fit to attack British civilians on British soil. If the motivation is the war in Iraq then why are there still terror threats? Isn’t war in Iraq over? Why attack British civilians in England instead of fighting British troops in Iraq? Did Jews in English take up arms against British civilians when Irgun was fighting to end the British Mandate? No! Irgun operations were limited strictly to the area of the British mandate in Palestine.

IV – End Goal

The end goal of the PLO is clear. The destruction of the Jewish state. Arafat was quite clear about this while giving a lecture in 1994 in a mosque in Johannesburg. One year after signing the OSLO peace accords with Israel. Here is what he said:
“This agreement, I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our prophet Mohammed and Koraish, and you remember the Caliph Omar had refused this agreement and [considered] it a despicable truce.” Arafat was referring to the infamous Treaty of Hudaybiyyah which was merely a temporary truce before Muhammad broke it and massacred the tribe of Koraish.

A few years later Arafat publicly said: “We will not bend or fail until the blood of every last Jew from the youngest child to the oldest elder is spilt to redeem our land!” in his speech “The Impending Total Collapse of Israel” at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden, January 30, 1996

The end goal of Islamist terror groups in Britain is the destruction of Western style democracy and it’s replacement with Sharia. Sharia is an Apartheid system of Law where Muslims are granted more rights by law than non-Muslims.

The declared end goal of Irgun was democracy in the Jewish homeland. When they achieved this goal they disbanded. Irgun was absorbed in the Hagana which became the IDF.

A Western nation that fails to understand the stark differences between Jewish guerilla groups fighting for the survival of the Jewish people, freedom and democracy will eventually lose the very freedom they have no value for.

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Insanity In The UK Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:16:03 +0000 big ben instagramed by Brian of London squareShared by a Facebook Friend from the UK:

Parliamentary answer Wednesday, 17 June 2015.

Fabian Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial assistance his Department has given to the Palestinian Authority and its agencies each year for that last three years for which information is available.

Total UK Government spend in Palestinian Territories over 3 years
2012/13 – £87,685,103.93
2013/14 – £93,858,767.21
2014/15 – £83,404,099.83

= £264,947,970.97

Mr Desmond Swayne answered.


Oh, that’s $416,437,272.33 or ₪1,597,303,459.24 or €369,726,079.45

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Ding Dong, The Ding Dong (George Galloway) Loses His Seat In UK Election Fri, 08 May 2015 06:08:35 +0000 George Galloway assaultWhat great news to wake up to: Anti-Zionist-Not-Antisemitic George Galloway has lost his seat in Bradford, paving the way for Israelis to feel welcome in Bradford. Not to mention alignment of the planets, and universal harmony allowing meaningful contact with all forms of life from extraterrestrial beings to common household pets.

Ok, perhaps we are not quite there yet, but let’s agree this is great news.

Bonus: He’s being investigated for being a naughty boy.

Respect leader George Galloway has been reported to police for allegedly breaking election law.

The Bradford West MP is said to have retweeted his party’s own exit poll before voting ended.

Bradford Council’s returning officer made the report to police, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

It is against the law to discuss voting while polls are open, under section 66 of the Representation of the People’s Act.

A spokesman for Mr Galloway told the BBC: “The returning officer is wasting police time. It’s a storm in a thimble.”

West Yorkshire Police said it would be reviewing the matter.

I am not sure if this is the retweet in question, but it can’t hurt to screenshot it, can it?

galloway retweet

Added bonus: he may be investigated for being a naughty boy again.

George Galloway could face an investigation by the Commons expenses watchdog after his former parliamentary secretary claimed that he wasted public money on personal chores.

Aisha Ali-Khan has lodged an official complaint alleging she spent more time on Mr Galloway’s personal errands than she did on parliamentary duties when she worked for the Bradford West MP.

Ms Ali-Khan said she was asked to carry out a list of non-parliamentary tasks during her six months working for Mr Galloway in 2012, including shopping for his underwear and planning his wedding.

Solicitors acting for Ms Ali-Khan have now filed an official complaint with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), claiming Mr Galloway breached his obligations to use parliamentary funds only for parliamentary functions and activities.

IPSA could investigate Mr Galloway if it finds there is enough evidence to support Ms Ali-Khan’s claims of improper payments.

Because I’m a giver, I will help Galloway out by suggesting some alternative employment opportunities for him.

Update: It gets even better! David Ward has also lost is seat.

Update: Guess who Galloway is blaming the defeat on. The J..ehh, I mean the Zionists!

“I don’t begrudge the Labour members here their moment of celebration of course,” he said.

“But there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating. The hyena can bounce on the lion’s grave but it can never be a lion and in any case, I’m not in my grave. As a matter of fact I’m going off now to plan the next campaign.”

In other words, his usual suspects.

Interesting too he uses the “hyena” metaphor. Must remind him of an old friend.

Update: A priceless moment.

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Sincerest Form Of Flattery Moment: UK Government Copies The IDF’s Talpiot Scheme Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:28:32 +0000 talpiot symbolPress release from the UK Government:

Francis Maude, Minister for Cabinet Office, announced the new Cyber First scheme to enhance the UK’s cyber security skills base.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office with responsibility for Cyber Security, today (24 March 2015) announced a new Cyber First scheme to enhance the UK’s cyber security skills base and meet the increasing demand of this rapidly growing sector.

Speaking in Parliament, the minister launched a pilot student sponsorship programme called Cyber First. This is aimed at identifying the individuals who have the aptitude to become the next generation of UK cyber security experts. Cyber First will draw on talent from the broadest range of backgrounds to meet the UK’s future national security needs in government or companies involved in national security. It will find those already showing potential for a top career in cyber security through school competitions such as the Cyber Security Challenge Schools Programme and national maths competitions.

Cyber First will offer both financial assistance for those studying relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses at undergraduate level and include work experience with government or UK private sector firms within the field of national security. There is a guarantee of employment upon graduation. GCHQ will run this as a pilot scheme which will provide funding of £4,000 for each of up to 20 student places. It is intended that a full scheme across participating departments, agencies and industry will be implemented in 2016, building on the pilot and lessons learned.

The scheme is based on the Israeli Talpiot scheme which identifies exceptional cyber promise to create a cyber elite force who go on to great careers in government and the private sector. Israel has more high-tech start-ups and a larger venture capital industry per capita than any other country.

The Talipot scheme mentioned in that last paragraph is an ultra elite part of the Israeli Defence Forces. This isn’t elite in the SAS or Navy Seal meaning, this is academically and intellectually ultra elite. But it is still, very much, part of the compulsory military service that most Israelis go through. Somewhere around 50 youngsters are chosen each year for this unit and quite a few will drop out. It’s an intense combination of academic university education and military leadership training combined.

From Wikipedia:

Talpiot program is an elite Israel Defense Forces training program, for recruits who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability in the sciences and leadership potential. Graduates of the Talpiot program pursue double higher education while serving in the army, and then utilize their expertise to further IDF research and development in technological leadership positions.[1][2] The program was inaugurated in 1979.[3]

It’s nice to see the UK Government strongly endorsing this part of the IDF by adopting its methods and aims even if they choose not to mention that it is part of the IDF in this press release.

H/t Matthew Kalman on Facebook.

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An Inspector Calls Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:19:12 +0000 chambers legal cheek

Image credit: Legal Cheek

Yesterday I wrote up the contents of the web site belonging to Chambers Solicitors, the firm of lawyers who act on behalf of George Galloway. Here are some other interesting tidbits about that firm that are worth bearing in mind.

Last July the firm was raided by the West Yorkshire Police and two people were arrested there as reported at the time in Bradford’s local paper, The Telegraph and Argus:

Two people were in custody last night following a police raid at a Bradford solicitors’ office.

They were arrested after police swooped on the business in Grattan Road at about 10am.

West Yorkshire Police have declined to give further details of the investigation, though they say it is an ongoing inquiry into an alleged fraud. The action was orchestrated by the force’s Economic Crime Unit.

Detective Sergeant Gary Ferris said: “This was a pre-planned operation carried out by the Economic Crime Unit in conjunction with Bradford CID and Neighbourhood Policing Teams.”

The UK based legal blog Legal Cheek followed up and asked for comment and got this:

The force today would only say that those two people had been released on police bail. Chambers Solicitors’ senior partner Mohammed Ayub told Legal Cheek this afternoon that he had no comment on the police investigation.

Legal Cheek also seems to be well on top of this story and a good source of real information.

And as if this wasn’t enough bad news for George Galloway, the UK Newspapers are now full of the story of the woman who is to run against him for the Parliamentary seat of Bradford West which Galloway holds at the moment.

The headlines scream that she’s the daughter of a murderer but it’s worth getting past those to understand her story (Daily Telegraph):

A Labour Party candidate has told her extraordinary life story including her mother’s imprisonment for murder and the arranged marriage she was forced into at the age of 15.

Last week, Naz Shah was selected to fight the seat of Bradford West at the forthcoming general election, the town where she grew up in extreme poverty, becoming homeless after her father left her mother for a 16-year-old neighbour when she was six.

She has now told the full story of traumatic childhood, including how she was forced to be a parent to her two sisters after her mother, who had suffered years of abuse at the hands of a local drug dealer, was jailed for his murder.

The full story is in the local Urban Echo paper and they published it on International Womens’ Day. I don’t know a great deal more about this woman, but if she can unseat George Galloway, she’ll be a hero for that reason alone.

Update 13:30: I want to mildly qualify my enthusiasm for Naz Shah above with the following quote from Ben Judah in Table Magazine. He’s writing a huge (and very good so far) exposition on Jew hatred in the UK and in the second part (of five) he has this to say about Bradford and specifically Naz Shah (my emphasis):

Bradford is not much of a place to be a Jew. There are fewer than 300 Jews living in the city and only a handful observant. The city’s one Jewish politician is very quiet about his origins, Orthodox Jews are nervous to walk around in kippot, and even a Jewish funeral has been attacked by marauding Muslim anti-Zionist protesters. Even the candidates bidding to dislodge George Galloway now mimic his pro-Palestinian rhetoric, seeking to outdo each other in their condemnation of Israel. The only party that stands a chance of dislodging him is the Labour Party. I contacted every leading candidate bidding to represent them against George Galloway. Most had websites exhibiting photos of themselves at pro-Palestinian protests. Only two wrote back: One Labor hopeful responded rather bizarrely to my request for an interview on the subject of anti-Semitism with a video and transcript of herself speaking at a pro-Palestinian rally. Another, Naz Shah, a Palestine activist I contacted by Twitter direct message stopped responding when I explained Tablet magazine was a Jewish publication. Shah was finally selected to fight Galloway for Labour from an all-Muslim shortlist. The first candidate selected by Labour withdrew amid accusations Pakistani clan elders were unhappy.

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Better Call Talut: The Interesting List Of Galloway’s Lawyers’ Expertise Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:58:43 +0000 Serious Crime   Fraud Solicitors Bradford   West Yorkshire Chambers Solicitors landscapeAs Dave wrote a few days ago, George Galloway is on a bit of a legal fishing expedition on Twitter. His lawyer(s) are sending frightening, intimidating demand letters to anyone who even casually re-tweeted an accusation that George Galloway is an antisemite.

So who are the lawyers working for George on this case? All the letters come from a firm called Chambers Solicitors based, unsurprisingly, in George’s home constituency of Bradford. It should be pointed out that Bradford is a city with a high proportion of Muslims and it’s the city Galloway tried to ban Israelis from visiting. Leading to much mirth as Israelis visited and took pictures at Bradford’s various “landmarks” with their passports.

When the good folk at Chambers Solicitors aren’t sending out possibly rule breaking demands for immediate payment of fees from unsuspecting twitter users, what else do they do? Well their website paints an illuminating picture of the kinds of legal problems they help their other clients with.

In the (rather large and detailed) list of serious crime and fraud we have such delightful areas of expertise as Murder, Death by dangerous driving, Immigration offences, Benefit fraud, Money laundering, Firearms offences and many more.

Chambers Solicitors Terrorism listLet’s take a look at the category details of terrorism:

  • Terrorism
  • Preparing for acts of terrorism
  • Membership of a proscribed organisation
  • Fund raising for the purposes of terrorism
  • Money laundering of terrorist property
  • Failing to disclose information which may assist in the preventing an act of terrorism
  • Weapons training for terrorism
  • Proscription of organisations
  • Possession of an article connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism
  • Eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of armed forces

Now obviously, I’m sure, many of their clients seeking help with these issues were no doubt falsely accused. And it’s right and proper that they be afforded adequate legal help in mounting their defence. Be assured Chambers Solicitors do handle Legal Aid cases where the State will pay for defence if the defendant does not have the means to do so.

On to another area, much in the news these days in the UK. That of predatory sexual offenses against children. The UK is currently swamped with such cases as a simple google search will show (Rochdale child sex grooming: 10 men charged after new police … ; Oxfordshire grooming victims may have totalled 373 children ; Married groomer, 32, jailed for having sex up to 50 times with vulnerable girl, 15 just to pick three).

  • Chambers Solicitors Sexual offences against children listRape of a child under 13
  • Sexual assault of a child under 13 by penetration
  • Sexual assault of a child under 13
  • Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
  • Sexual activity with a child
  • Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child
  • Causing a child to watch a sexual activity
  • Child sex offences committed by children or young persons
  • Arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence
  • Meeting a child following sexual grooming
  • Abuse of position of trust: sexual activity with a child
  • Sexual activity with a child family member
  • Sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice
  • Paying for sexual services of a child
  • Causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography
  • Sex with an adult relative: penetration
  • Possession of Indecent Images of Children from the Internet or Otherwise
  • Taking, having, permitting, distributing or publishing indecent photographs of children
  • Possession of indecent photograph of children
  • Possession of extreme pornographic images

The other areas of their expertise, like run of the mill murder, manslaughter and paying people to kill are all covered in great depth. So are driving offences (I wonder if they offered help to killer Lord Ahmed after he crashed into a stationary car killing a person, probably while texting at 70 MPH).

Feel free to peruse the full list on their site. Let me know in the comments if you find anything else of note.

But do you know what really made me laugh? In all these lists of things Chambers Solicitors are competent to deal with guess what I can’t find any mention of: libel or defamation. That’s got to tell you something!

libel not found Chambers solicitors website

Google search of just Chambers Solicitors website: libel not found in their list of expertise.


And a note about the title of this post. Talut is the Islamic version of the name for first king of a united Kingdom of Israel and Judah. The more well known version is Saul. And if you don’t know the phrase “Better Call Saul” you’ve not watched enough of the US TV series, Breaking Bad.

Updated: It’s been pointed out to me that the lead lawyer for Chambers Solicitors is a Mr Alias Yousaf. He was the defence lawyer for one of the 9 men convicted of scores of sex offences with children in Rochdale back in 2012. He was clearly interested in Twitter way back in 2012.

The solicitor for Adil Khan, one of the convicted men, said an appeal would be lodged.

Alias Yousaf claimed outside court that jury deliberations had been “breached”.

He claimed comments on Twitter by the far-right group Infidels of Great Britain and the leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, showed they knew the men would be found guilty before the verdicts were delivered.

Mr Yousaf said: “We are left with no option but to conclude that the confidentiality of the jury’s deliberations must have been breached.”

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Another “Walk In The Street As a Jew” Experiment Yields Same Disturbing Results Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:43:03 +0000 Remember those social experiments highlighting the problem of antisemitism in Europe?

Like the time Irish journalist Patrick Reilly donned a kippah for a day in Malmo, Sweden.

And the time Swedish journalist Petter Ljunggren did the same thing.

And Israeli journalist Zvika Klein’s recent walk through neighborhoods of France.

Well, there’s a new such experiment, this time by the Daily Mail’s Jonathan Kalmus. The results are the same.

You Jew’ was the anti-Semitic scream which came from a passing car. My shaken wife tried to explain it away to my seven-year-old daughter as a very large sneeze. They were simply playing in a local park in Manchester a few weeks ago when the incident ripped through what should have been a peaceful and wholesome time for any mother and child.

‘Fight the Jewish scum’ and ‘Jew, Jew, Jew… Run’, were the more vicious threats hurled at me in the past few days, however, when I decided to secretly film and find out whether ‘Jew-hatred’ really is alive and kicking on British streets.

The answer to that question is a resounding and heart-sinking yes.

I took the inspiration from the viral videos of Israeli journalist Zvika Klein, who filmed himself being threatened on the streets of Paris, and Muslim Hamdy Mahisen, who filmed himself getting abuse in Milan.

Zvika walked in Paris for 10 hours, Hamdy in Milan for five. It took me just one minute. One minute of walking one single, busy major street in Manchester before abuse was flung at me.

In 25 minutes on that one single street in Longsight, I was spat at by one man and called ‘a Jew’ multiple times by passers by, even by a young boy walking with his father.
I was just walking in the street testing the effect of being clearly identifiable as a Jew by wearing a small traditional Jewish head covering called a kippah.

In Bradford the situation was more shameful. It took 13 minutes, during which I was stalked by a man who repeatedly took pictures of me. He followed me on foot for five minutes and thirty seconds according to my footage.

There was a shout of ‘you Jew’ at me as I crossed the road to Bradford City Park. Minutes later a man turned his head and yelled ‘fight the Jewish scum’ just behind my back.
Some time later three youths shouted at me across a street repeatedly, ‘You’re a Jew, not a Muslim…Jew, Jew, Jew run!’

I was prepared to walk for hours and expected to get nothing on camera. On Manchester’s curry mile, a haven of mixed cultures and skin colour, it took two-and-half-minutes for a young lad on a bike to ride up to me and shout, ‘You’re a Jew’ in my face. I was left speechless that anti-Semitism is so obvious.

In total, between the two cities I suffered a series of anti-Semitic hate incidents, two more than those in Zvika Klein’s video and achieved in one-tenth of the time here in Britain. What a horrible reality.

Why did I pick Bradford? For a simple reason. Last summer during the height of another Gaza conflict between Israel and Palestinians, 5,000 people, predominantly young Muslim men, gathered for a mass rally in Bradford City Park. The city’s MP, George Galloway, spoke while flanked by two butch men wearing T-shirts emblazoned ‘Palestine’s army you are not alone’.

Jonathan also preemptively deals with those – like anti-Israel scumball Richard Silverstein – who will claim he was “provoking”:

No one could accuse me of targeting Muslim neighbourhoods to provoke a reaction. This was the centre of an ordinary English city and I was minding my own business.

No one could accuse me of wearing something provocative or political. A Jewish person or any peaceful person walking in a British street anywhere, let alone a city centre, should be welcome.

Read the entire thing. If you can stomach it.

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Adventures In Photo Captioning: UK Independent (Updated) Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:00:17 +0000 There is an article about a truly vile “Nationalist, Fascist and supporter of White Rights” in today’s UK Independent, a notoriously anti-Israel paper. Or should I say anti-Zionist? Cough cough.

A prominent, far-right activist who styles himself as a “Nationalist, Fascist and supporter of White Rights” has been arrested following a police investigation into anti-Semitic tweets sent to a Member of Parliament.

Joshua Bonehill’s arrest follows allegations of online abuse aimed at Luciana Berger, Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree. Ms Berger revealed in December that she had received 2,500 anti-Semitic tweets in just three days.

As of right now the top of the article looks like this:

Organiser of anti-Jewish rally arrested over anti-Semitic tweets to Labour MP - Crime - UK - The Independent - Top

Just for reference of the Independent’s photo editor’s desk, this is what Joshua looks like (from his twitter feed):

Joshua Bonehill twitter

I will agree that Luciana Berger is much prettier and makes your article much more attractive, but perhaps you should note that in the caption under the photo.

Update 18 Feb: Strangely it seems the Independent has fixed the caption but only on the mobile site. The desktop is still giving me the old one.

Luciana Berger caption Independent comparison

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