Finchley and Golders Green Labour rejects antisemite

This week Finchley and Golders Green Labour Party voted to reject the membership of the antisemitic Daniel Margrain. As well as attacking parliamentary candidate Jeremy Newmark as “a hard-line Zionist and member of the Israel lobby who has lied about antisemitism”, Margrain also wrote of “the over-representation of Jews in the capitalist ruling class that gives the Israel-Zionist lobby it’s [sic] power”.

Good for Jeremy Newmark and the majority (44 – 18) who voted to reject Margrain’s membership. However, we have two serious questions.

1. Who were the 18 (well over a quarter of those present) who thought Mr Margrain a fit and proper person to be member of a self-proclaimed anti-racist party? and
2. If there are this many members who are OK with antisemitism in Finchley and Golders Green of all places, how deep does the rot go elsewhere?

Article here.

Joan Ryan MP raises the issue of Palestinian incitement

In more good local news, Joan Ryan MP (Lab, Enfield North) has raised the issue of Palestinian incitement with the Government. Report here.

If you’re an Enfield North voter, please contact her to thank her for her support.

Joan Ryan is Chair of Labour Friends of Israel

Haringey Council defy Momentum/PSC intimidation

Well done to Haringey Council for defying Momentum/PSC intimidation to support the IHRA definition of antisemitism (as have many of our local councils already, including Barnet, Harrow and Hertsmere). This definition is important because it makes clear that demonisation of Israel can be antisemitic. Its opponents falsely claim that it shuts down legitimate criticism, when the definition itself makes clear that that isn’t the case.

See how Momentum and PSC activists packed the public gallery and attempted to shout down the debate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFaR7LThkBA

Haringey’s stance is especially impressive when you look at the political composition of the council. Sadly, we suspect that Momentum will attempt to exact punishment for this defiance.

Boycott? What boycott?

Eat your hearts out boycotters. Radiohead play live in Tel Aviv. Clip here.

Radiohead’s Tel Aviv gig was their longest live performance in ten years

And just a couple of days earlier, Guns N’ Roses did the same. Clip here.

Other artists who have performed in Israel in recent years include Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, One Republic, The Backstreet Boys, Robbie Williams, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea, alt-J, Chris Brown, Suzanne Vega, Diana Krall, Art Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Dionne Warwick, Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Suede, Metallica, Linkin Park, Lady Gaga, Daddy Yankee, Akon, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, 30 Seconds to Mars, Julio Iglesias, REM, Barbra Streisand, Kaiser Chiefs, Pet Shop Boys, Burt Bacharach, Cyndi Lauper, Placebo, Chris Cornell, Alan Parsons, Tony Bennett and Ron Carter. And of course the late, great Leonard Cohen.

 

Tel Aviv comes to London

The much-promised Tel Aviv festival, TLV in LDN, comes to London on 8th to 11th September. Unlike the recent Pal Expo festival of hatred, it will be a fun event focusing on food, music and other positive aspects of Tel Aviv’s and Israel’s culture.

The main festival will be at the Roundhouse in Camden, with some events at other locations including Cadogan Hall.
See details on the Roundhouse web site here and on the festival’s own web site here.

Israeli band Infected Mushroom (no, we don’t know why either)

A high point will be the food festival

A fun way to support Israel – please support the festival.

 

NLFI supporter has letter published in The Guardian

As part of the (wholly unsuccessful) campaign to get rock band Radiohead to cancel their Tel Aviv concert, a letter appeared in The Guardian claiming to be from a group of Palestinians in the UK and Palestinian territories, lending support to this campaign.

Thom Yorke of Radiohead

 

We are delighted to say that one of our supporters wrote to reject this campaign, and her letter was published. The link to her letter is here (scroll down for her letter).

Read on for the full text of her letter.

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After Al Quds Day, another outrage in our city

The Palestine Expo takes place in our city this weekend. Apart from the usual Israel hate, it features Islamist preacher Ibrahim Bham who once quoted Goebbels as describing Jews as fleas.

Sheikh Ebrahim Bham, who quoted Goebbels as describing Jews as ‘fleas’.

An outrageous toleration of antisemitism and hate in our city (in a government building too). More here and here

North London Friends of Israel quoted in Parliament

Last Wednesday 5th July there was a debate on Israel-Palestine in the House of Commons. In the course of Theresa Villiers’ (Con, Chipping Barnet) excellent speech in support of Israel, she quoted North London Friends of Israel by name – specifically one of the points we had made to her regarding media double standards in reporting on terrorist attacks in Israel compared to those in the UK or elsewhere. Many of the other points she made were also ones that we had put to her in our various discussions.

To see a complete recording of her speech, see our Facebook page here (login required).

We are also grateful to several of our other local MPs, including Joan Ryan (Lab, Enfield North), Bob Blackman (Con, Harrow East) and Dr Matthew Offord (Con, Hendon) who made excellent and supportive contributions.

If you are a constituent of one of these MPs, please write to him or her to express your appreciation. They endure a lot of pressure from the other side (including abuse and intimidation) and it is important that we show them how much their efforts are appreciated.

Joan Ryan MP

Bob Blackman MP

Theresa Villiers MP

Matthew Offord MP

North London Friends of Israel at the 2017 East Barnet Festival

A great day out at the East Barnet Festival last Sunday 2nd July. The sun shone, we gained lots of new friends and further raised our standing as part of the local community. Thanks to all who helped out, and to all who visited our stall.

With Theresa Villiers MP (4th left) and Deputy Mayor of Barnet Val Duchinsky (2nd left).

Talking to members of the public by our stall. Continue reading