During the broadcast pro-Zionist speakers were able to switch the focus of much of the programme to the alleged homicidal aims of the Palestinians, and a seriously weird Raymond Mann of Scottish Friends of Israel was able utter the timeless mantra of all colonial ideologists that, ‘You’re not ready for a state,’ then yell to the Palestinian in the audience, ‘You love it when you get killed!’ He also presented unchallenged the claim made by the more unhinged type of Zionist that the Palestinian people were recent immigrants drawn to a previously empty stretch of the Mediterranean coast by the employment opportunities opened up by Zionist enterprise.
Nicky Campbell: ‘Who used that phrase? Who used that phrase?’
Mann: ‘I was at the meeting with Mick Napier, is it Deek…Ali…Deek Moss(?)…and they were all clapping…’
In response to Nicky Campbell’s repeated question, Mann implies that I either led, or joined in, or encouraged, or found unobjectionable, such ‘talking about evil Jews’. Now, this is not only a lie, and a conscious propaganda effort on behalf of Israel; given SPSC’s record of success in dealing with such libels and false allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’, it is unwise.
I received the rather high-handed response that ‘it is a matter for the Church to decide on whom it should rely for information’ and that ‘those who compile reports exercise judgment as to what is reliable information and which sources are credible’.
Edinburgh, 19 June 2011
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