“If by Zionist you mean that the Jews have the right to a homeland in Israel and the right to a country then I am a Zionist . . . ”
David Cameron, Britain's Conservative party leader, calling himself a “Zionist” while condemning a British initiative for an academic boycott against Israel.
Alternatively, had Cameron been an honest and principled man instead of a mealy-mouthed politician, he might have said “if by bought and paid for racist hypocrite you mean that Palestinians have no right to the homeland they have inhabited for centuries, or self-determination in a country of their own, then I am a bought and paid for racist hypocrite.”
Since becoming British Prime Minister on May 11, 2010, Cameron assiduously and eloquently — during a visit to Israel in March 2014 — reiterated his pledge of allegiance to the Knesset of an illegal and brutal colonist Apartheid state as follows:
“What I have always understood is the extraordinary journey of the Jewish people. Thousands of years of history in this holy land, thousands of years of persecution, and even today some people despicably questioning your right to exist [a right which the Palestinian people apparently do not have]. Now, my Jewish ancestry is relatively limited but I do feel some sense of connection from the lexicon of my great-great grandfather, Emile Levita, a Jewish man who came from Germany to Britain 150 years ago [at a time when Palestine had already been inhabited for centuries by indigenous Palestinians] to the story of my forefather, Elijah Levita, who wrote what is thought to have been the first ever Yiddish novel. But more importantly, I have learnt to understand something of Jewish values and character [Operation Cast Lead and Operation Protective Edge], and I have grown to appreciate the extraordinary contribution of the Jewish people to my country and to the world [actually still receiving $billions in aid, investment, trade, and war reparations from the U.S. and other countries].
That sense of understanding has shaped my determination to remember the past, my commitment to Israel in the present, and my hopes for Israel’s future . . . ”
“I will always stand up for the right of Israel to defend its citizens, a right enshrined in international law, in natural justice and fundamental morality [which is not applicable to Palestinians because their global network of lobby groups and control of the mainstream media is nowhere near as effective as yours], and in decades of common endeavour between Israel and her [bought and paid for political] allies. When I was in opposition, I spoke out when – because of the law on universal jurisdiction – senior Israelis could not safely come to my country without fear of ideologically motivated court cases and legal stunts [how dare they]; when I became Prime Minister, I legislated to change it. My country is open to you and you are welcome [as is your modus operandi of blackmail, bribery, and bullying] to visit any time .”
Poor Britain and its people, however, have never warranted such adoring consideration because Cameron — like most Western leaders — has been too busy worshiping at the Chosen People’s Altar of Sacrifice on which the sacrificial lambs were, and still are, the Palestinian people. So while Israel continues to pursue its Zionist master plan for a Greater Israel, Western governments and the mainstream media continue to spectate with amoral indifference.
In the meantime — thanks to the double standards of Cameron and the rest of his ilk — the Palestinian people would continue to be ethnically cleansed as stateless prisoner refugees on their own land and in adjoining Arab states; would continue being subject to air, sea, and land blockades that prevented the import of essential foods, medical supplies, and construction materials; would continue being routinely arrested, detained, and/or violently interrogated; would continue to be subject to Nazi-style arbitrary arrest, beatings, torture, and indefinite imprisonment without charges or due process for up to ten or more years without knowledge of when or if they will ever be released under Israel’s Administrative Detention Orders; would continue to see their children being systematically targeted and detained by the military and police who subject them to violent physical and verbal abuse, humiliation, painful restraints, hooding, threats with death, physical violence, and sexual assault against themselves or members of their family, and denial of access to food, water, and toilet facilities; would continue to be subject to having their freedom of movement denied by travel restrictions, separation fences, walls, checkpoints, and roads built for Israelis only; would continue to be subjected to attacks against themselves and their property — including the burning of their olive groves which are the only means of livelihood for many — by deranged savages from illegal Israeli settlements; would continue to have their lands illegally expropriated; would continue to have their pre-1967 territories gradually diminished as more and more illegal Jewish settlements were established; would continue to have their natural resources including water stolen or as in the case of the latter deliberately contaminated; would continue to be made homeless by having have their properties demolished; would continue to “live” under the constant threat of yet more barbarous Israeli military assaults; and finally, they would continue to be amazed at how supposedly civilised societies including high-minded diaspora Jews could be witness to all of this while doing nothing and in effect either approving of, or being complicit in such inhumane barbarity.
One of Cameron’s main legacies to British democracy will be his government’s enactment earlier this year of measures to prevent local authorities from participating in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel. Under the new guidelines, NHS trusts, councils, universities, student unions, and other public bodies will be prevented from boycotting foods and products from Israel. UK Cabinet Office Minister Hancock formally announced commencement of the measures during a visit to Israel when he said “We need to challenge and prevent these divisive town hall boycotts . . . The new guidance on procurement, combined with changes we are making to how pension pots can be invested, will help prevent damaging and counter-productive local foreign policies undermining our national security.”
It may seem strange that the freedom of speech and conscientious objections to buying products from countries contravening international law were the acceptable core values — that did not undermine national security — of free and democratic societies when applied against Apartheid in South Africa, are now unacceptable in the case of Israel whose concept of Apartheid is irrefutably far more pernicious. Instead of imposing sanctions against Israel for its perpetration of crimes against humanity with arrogant impunity, Cameron’s government had not only increased levels of technological and scientific cooperation with investment and trade amounting to $7 billion annually, but had also reneged on the principles of the British Parliament’s 2014 vote to recognise the state of Palestine.
Perhaps the difference in approach to Apartheid in Israel and South Africa is that Afrikaners, unlike Jews, had not been the victims of a holocaust that had been endlessly publicised, globally promoted and ruthlessly exploited; Afrikaner past suffering — only a mere 26,000 (10% of the entire Afrikaner population) had died in British concentration camps during the Boer War — was not on a comparative scale to the Jewish Holocaust to have accumulated either the amount or kind of international sympathy that would condone continued human rights violations against an indigenous population; Afrikaners, unlike Israel, lacked the benefit of having the support of U.S vetoes at the United Nations Assembly; Afrikaners did not have a dedicated global network of well financed lobbyists who could buy political influence, control mainstream media reporting, and suppress negative public opinion; and Afrikaners did not have Western politician agents of influence like David Cameron and Tony Blair befouling the democratic process on Israel’s behalf while perfidiously supporting a concocted biblical narrative that had God promising Palestine to His “Chosen” Jewish people.
As for the British people and what is left of their democracy, they need not fear the consequences of the country’s majority vote to exit the European Union because nothing is really going to change. They will continue to be subjects of a plutocracy — not citizens of a democracy — where the major banks, the tax-dodging corporations, and the mainstream media will continue serve the very rich and powerful. The British people will also continue to be governed by politicians from groups such as the Conservative Friends of Israel; the Labour Friends of Israel; and the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel. In the meantime, Britons they can only hope for the eventual emergence of political leaders with courage and integrity similar to that of Irish Senator David Norris who in the following video clip expressed what many people are too scared to say.