Dispatches: Inside Britain’s Pro-Israel Lobby

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6 Responses to “Dispatches: Inside Britain’s Pro-Israel Lobby”

  • Patriot says:

    The pro-Israel biased ‘American’ media would never broadcast such a documentary as we saw how CBS ’60 Minutes’ refused to do a segment on the Mearsheimer/Walt book!):

    ’60 Minutes’ refusing to cover Mearsheimer/Walt book



  • Patriot says:

    Did you see the following?:

    Dispatches: Inside Britain’s Pro-Israel Lobby

    Jim Dean responded:

    I was able to watch it yesterday….simply fabulous and should be spread far an wide. He had a good array of guests…all credible.

    Over here the game they play is put people like David Duke on to get the ‘other side’s opinion’….a crude con.

    The biggest criticism I had is his mention at the end of ‘no conspiracy’ ….which is ridiculous. Israeli Intel is in all of this media and political control up to their eyeballs as it is critically important to them. They know the people are eventually going to get onto their scam because the story is all in the archives. So they are making sure the fix is in at the top…so the public will have nowhere to turn.

    And then of course the hate crime night riders will just be virtually lynching all of their critics and getting taxpayer funding to do it.
    It’s a huge scandal…and a much bigger threat than the Jihadis.


  • Patriot says:

    Israel Lobby bankrolling Tories; 50% of shadow cabinet are Conservative Friends of Israel

    The Guardian (Britain)

    50% of MPs in the shadow cabinet are Conservative Friends of Israel members, according to Channel 4

    Pro-Israel lobby group bankrolling Tories, film claims

    Ian Black, Middle East editor

    The Guardian

    Monday 16 November 2009


    Pro-Israeli organisations in Britain look set to see their influence increase if the Conservatives win the next election, a film scrutinising the activities of a powerful but little-known lobby warns today.

    At least half of the shadow cabinet are members of the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), according to a Dispatches programme being screened on Channel 4. The programme-makers describe the CFI as “beyond doubt the most well-connected and probably the best funded of all Westminster lobbying groups”.

    Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby claims that donations to the Conservative party “from all CFI members and their businesses add up to well over £10m over the last eight years”. CFI has disputed the figure and called the film “deeply flawed”.

    The programme also describes how David Cameron allegedly accepted a £15,000 donation from Poju Zabludowicz, a Finnish billionaire who chairs Bicom (the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre). Zabludowizc, the film reveals, has business interests in an illegal West Bank settlement. He also gave £50,000 to Conservative Central Office. Zabludowicz says his contributions “are a matter of public record”.

    William Hague allegedly accepted personal donations from CFI board members totalling tens of thousands of pounds after being appointed shadow foreign secretary. More than £30,000 from CFI supporters went to the campaign funds of members of Cameron’s team who were first elected in 2005, the film claims, using publicly available information.

    The programme-makers say that while this is legal, it is not well-known. The CFI director, Stuart Polak, told the Guardian the figure of more than £10m is not supported by any facts. “It is fictitious, misleading and damaging to the reputation of CFI and its supporters,” he said.

    “CFI as an organisation has donated only £30,000 since 2005. Each of thesedonations has been made transparently and publicly registered. In addition to this £30,000, it is undoubtedly the case that some of our supporters have also chosen, separately, to donate to the party as individuals.”

    Two years ago a controversial study by American academics Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer explored the influence of the Israel lobby over US foreign policy. But Britain’s pro-Israel organisations have been subjected to far less scrutiny.

    “The pro-Israel lobby … is the most powerful political lobby,” Michael Mates, a Conservative MP and privy councillor, told the film-makers. “There’s nothing to touch them.”

    Hague fell out with CFI after describing Israel’s 2006 attack on Lebanon – in retaliation for a Hezbollah raid – as “disproportionate” and allegedly faced threats to withdraw funding from Lord Kalms, a major Tory donor and CFI member, the film reports.

    Cameron later gave an undertaking not to use the word again, the programme claims. At a CFI dinner this June the party leader made no mention of the death toll in the Gaza war – 1,370 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. Instead he commended Israel because “it strives to protect innocent life”.

    Sir Richard Dalton, a former British diplomat who served as consul-general in Jerusalem and ambassador to Libya and Iran, said: “I don’t believe, and I don’t think anybody else believes these contributions come with no strings attached.”

    Labour Friends of Israel, another key group, is described as being “less unquestioning in its support of the Israeli government than CFI”. But it has taken more MPs on free trips to Israel than any other group – more than 60 since 2001.

    CFI has also flown over 30 Tory parliamentary candidates to Israel on free trips in the last three years.

    Dispatches describes how when the presenter Jonathan Dimbleby criticised a pro-Israel campaign against the BBC’s Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, Dimbleby was the subject of a complaint and, according to the programme, is now under investigation by the BBC. This point was denied in a statement later from the BBC’s press office: “Any suggestion that Jonathan Dimbleby is the subject of an investigation by the BBC is incorrect.”

    Bicom, like the party-affiliated groups, organises briefings and trips to Israel for journalists, including Guardian staff. It sought to dismiss the significance of Zabludowicz’s interest in a shopping mall in Ma’aleh Adumim, a settlement built on territory occupied in the 1967 war and which Israel would hope to retain. …

    • This article was updated on 16 November 2009 to include a BBC denial issued later in the day about Dispatches’ assertion that Jonathan Dimbleby was under investigation. ==

    Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby
    Dispatches – Channel 4 (Britain) — Video


    Tory party’s MidEast policy dictated by the Zionist lobby

    Comment (NS): The link below takes you to Channel 4’s Dispatches on the Israel Lobby in Britain. Apparently US Youtube has banned it. The programme doesn’t go far enough and repeats certain Zionist lies (such as last winter’s Gaza massacre being a retaliation), but it’s still a courageous expose of this lobby which endangers Britain’s independence, the future of the Jewish people, and the immediate survival of the ancient Palestinian people. Why is the apartheid state still financially, militarily and politically backed by Western power as its crimes become ever more enormous? Here’s why. {end comment}


    And Richard Ingram’s comment in the Independent (UK) below:


    Up against the power of the lobby

    “Why, if Jews are held to have such occult lobbying power,” asked the former Labour minister Denis MacShane in Tuesday’s Independent, “are they so spectacularly unsuccessful?”

    He was responding to a Channel 4 Dispatches programme presented by Peter Oborne and broadcast on Monday. It was a peculiar question to ask, as Oborne had convincingly shown that the Tory party’s policy in the Middle East has been largely dictated by the Zionist lobby with the help of generous financial donations to individual MPs and to the party as a whole.

    Indeed, the programme began by referring back to a speech David Cameron made earlier this year at a lunch given by the Conservative Friends of Israel. Despite the fact it was only a few months after Ehud Olmert’s disastrous invasion of Gaza with widescale loss of civilian life, Cameron made no reference to this. On the contrary, his reassuring message to his wealthy audience was: “If I become Prime Minister, Israel has a friend who will never turn his back on Israel.”

    I do not know if Mr MacShane saw the whole programme. If he did, he may remember Oborne’s description of how Jewish lobbyists had succeeded in forcing the BBC to investigate charges of bias against one of its most experienced journalists, the Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, and how the BBC Trust had gone so far as to reprimand Bowen publicly. If that isn’t an example of successful lobbying then I don’t know what is.

    I should imagine that the usual suspects will be joining forces to mount an official complaint against Channel 4 and Oborne for broadcasting Monday’s programme. We must hope that unlike the wretched BBC they will stick to their guns.


    Jews criticize Dispatches Report on Israel Lobby

    The Jewish Chronicle (Britain)

    Dispatches criticised by leading Jews
    By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2009

    A row over the Channel 4 flagship investigative programme Dispatches, which examined the influence of the Israeli lobby, has erupted after the programme was broadcast last night.

    The programme, Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby, had already attracted criticism for the antisemitic comments posted on the Channel 4 website.

    Zionist Federation co-Vice Chairman Jonathan Hoffman denounced the programme on the website CiF Watch, claiming: “The lack of substance was amply demonstrated by the people who were prepared to go ‘on the record’ – namely the usual as-a-Jew suspects accompanied by representatives of the Guardian, the (ex)BBC and the Foreign Office.”

    Melanie Phillips, who wrote a response to the programme in The Spectator, said: “After watching Peter Oborne’s ‘Dispatches’ programme on the power of the Israel lobby in Britain, the scales have fallen from my eyes.”

    “I now see things in an entirely different light. I now realise that the power of this unique cabal is so vast and unprecedented in its truly demonic power – a power given to no other lobby – that both the Labour government and Tory opposition slavishly and unquestioningly support Israel’s military actions and that the Guardian and the BBC have found themselves totally unable to publish or transmit anything other than wholehearted support for Israel.”

    The Community Security Trust also criticised the programme on its blog and the antisemitic feeling it claimed the programme would stoke. It reads: “[Presenter Peter Obourne’s] stern admonition that “there is no conspiracy” remains a case of shutting the stable door after the horse had bolted – one hour of innuendo about “pro-Israeli” moneybags controlling the Conservative and Labour Parties; “pro-Israeli intimidation of British media; premeditated “pro-Israeli” abuse of antisemitism; and sinister music accompanying photos of “pro-Israelis” blurred across Israeli and British flags.”

    The Liberal Jewish synagogue chairwoman Rita Adler has distanced herself from comments that the synagogue’s Emeritus Rabbi David Goldberg made in the programme, claiming he was speaking in a personal capacity and not on behalf of the synagogue.

    The director of the Conservative Friends of Israel told the Guardian newspaper that the programme’s claim that CFI donated £10m to the Conservatives over the last eight years was “deeply flawed”.

    Stuart Polak, CFI Director said: “It is fictitious, misleading and damaging to the reputation of CFI and its supporters.

    “CFI as an organisation has donated only £30,000 since 2005. Each of these donations has been made transparently and publicly registered. In addition to this £30,000, it is undoubtedly the case that some of our supporters have also chosen, separately, to donate to the party as individuals.”


    Melanie Phillips scoffs at Dispatches programme on the Israel lobby (she’s a Zionist)


    Everything is now illuminated

    Melanie Phillips

    Monday, 16th November 2009

    After watching Peter Oborne’s ‘Dispatches’ programme on the power of the Israel lobby in Britain, the scales have fallen from my eyes.

    I now see things in an entirely different light. I now realise that the power of this unique cabal is so vast and unprecedented in its truly demonic power – a power given to no other lobby – that both the Labour government and Tory opposition slavishly and unquestioningly support Israel’s military actions and that the Guardian and the BBC have found themselves totally unable to publish or transmit anything other than wholehearted support for Israel.

    I now realise that, every day, a cowed and intimidated Guardian publishes story after story in support of Israel, focusing relentlessly upon the beleaguerment of its citizens under the onslaught from Hamas while never carrying anything in favour of the Palestinians, presenting the Middle East entirely through a pro-Israel prism and never even reporting the Palestinian point of view except for a few contemptuous references suggesting that they are always lying.

    I now realise that every day a cowed and intimidated BBC transmits only the most admiring reports of Israeli soldiers being put in harm’s way by their commanders in order to avoid killing Palestinian civilians wherever possible, and that its Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen is guilty of the most flagrant admiration for the Israel Defence Force and of presenting a version of Israel’s history which is drawn entirely from a Jewish perspective.

    I now realise that Britain has been forced to endorse the most drastic and gung-ho action possible against Iran to stop it from going nuclear – part of the approach to the region which, in the memorable words of no less an authority than the former British ambassador to Iran, has been promoted by British Jews who are acting against the national interest of Britain and in the interests of another country.

    I now realise that both Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Tory foreign affairs spokesman William Hague have done nothing other than mouth off in support of Israel’s actions in Gaza or in the settlements, with Miliband in particular denouncing the Goldstone report and voting against it at the UN, and are loud in their grotesquely lop-sided and obsessional condemnation of the Palestinians and the Arab world for being the cause of the Middle East conflict.

    I now realise that Miliband, Hague, the editor of the Guardian and the Director-General of the BBC are all tragic, broken figures who have been so badly traumatised by the truly diabolical power of this lobby that they are helplessly unable to do anything other than pump out pro-Israel propaganda, and weakly protest at the truly demented and hysterical frenzy of smears, libels, insults, ad-hominem attacks, fabrications, distortions and, well, sheer undiluted bigotry and hatred that are daily hurled at these defenceless individuals by these rich and powerful Jews.

    I now realise just how successful the British Israel lobby has been in — as the programme so brilliantly conveyed — treacherously subverting British politics and intimidating the media to realise its diabolical aim of harnessing politicians and journalists to Israel’s cause, an aim in which it has had such conspicuous success.

    And just how has this lobby managed to gain so much power over Britain’s ruling and media class, far more so than the poor old Arabs have ever managed? Ah well, there’s one vital thing Peter Oborne forgot to tell us.

    You see, the Jews have all the oil.

  • Patriot says:

    Big Story-The Jewish Lobby in Britain

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