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The 52 Racists Who Signed A Pledge to Support Israeli Apartheid
Desmond Tutu: “Israel has created an apartheid reality.” (Joseph Wanyama/Flickr)

We should be grateful to the execrable
Luke Akehurst, arms salesman and Labour First right-winger, who is employed by We
Believe in Israel, one of the main Israeli propaganda organisations in Britain.  He has provided us with an excellent list of those MPs who should be first on a target list for deselection.  It is also quite remarkable that Akehurst’s exercise in racist politics has garnered so little support.  There are many members, even of the Labour Friends of Israel, who have not signed up to his Pledge.

The Apartheid Pledge
Luke sent out a Pledge for Israel
and 52 Labour candidates – including 16 MPs – signed up to it.  They include unsurprisingly the Chair and
Vice-Chairs, of the British branch of the Israeli Labour Party (or Jewish
Labour Movement as it styles itself), Jeremy Newmark and Mike Katz.  Fortunately neither of these two are likely to
be elected.   
Paul Flynn MP
The 16 MPs include the
corrupt MP for Enfield North and Chair of Labour Friends of Israel Joan Ryan,
the woman who claimed more expenses than any single MP in 2007 and was runner-up
in 2008.  It also includes Angela Eagle, the
erstwhile challenger to Jeremy Corbyn, who falsely accused activists in her
Wallasey constituency of homophobic abuse. 
It includes Blairites like Caroline Flint, who was one of the foremost
advocates of ‘welfare reform’ under Blair and the invisible MP for Knowsley, George
Howarth.  Surprisingly it includes Paul
Flynn, who is the only MP on the left on the list.  A man who should know better.  It also includes two Black MPs, David Lammy
and Tulip Siddiq, who should feel ashamed of themselves for having signed this Apartheid Charter and the millionaire MP for Coventry NW, Geoffrey Robinson, whose ‘loan’
to Peter Mandelson caused Mandy’s first resignation from Blair’s government.   Luciana Berger who was parachuted by Blair
into Liverpool Wavertree and Fabian Hamilton are well-known Zionists, as well the
lunatic right-winger Ian Austin.
Ian Austin MP
Luciana Berger – former Zionist activist and imposed by Blair on Liverpool Wavertree
They are part of 198 candidates
from all parties, including 6 from the Green Party.  Unsurprisingly it contains 5 MPs/candidates
from the most sectarian Protestant party in Northern Ireland, the Democratic
Unionist Party, including Ian Paisley Jnr. 
It also includes 26 candidates from that well-known anti-racist party
UKIP and 16 candidates from something called the Christian Peoples
Alliance.  It’s not difficult to work out
who these god botherers are – the kind that believe that Jews should ‘return’
to Israel in order that the second coming of Christ can occur wherein the Jews shall
Luke Akehurst – Zionist and racist lobbyist for ‘We Believe in Israel’
The text
of the Pledge that each signatory agreed to was:
  • To oppose the extremists who challenge Israel’s right to exist.
  • To support the right of people in the United Kingdom to enjoy
    Israeli culture and promote business, educational, religious and other
    connections with the Jewish State without fear of discrimination,
    boycotts, harassment and/or intimidation.
  • To support those who genuinely seek to promote and establish a
    permanent, just and comprehensive peace between Israel and its neighbours.
  • To celebrate the fact that Israel is a free society and
    parliamentary democracy that extends to all its citizens the right to
    practice their religion and have access to religious sites in Jerusalem.
  • To support the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
    working definition of antisemitism.
  • To encourage HM Government to promote trade with Israel that will
    increase investment and jobs for people in both countries.”  What is remarkable about this declaration is its dishonesty. 
It’s no surprise that the Pledge includes support
for the bogus IHRA definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ which conflates anti-Semitism and
It says it’s ‘extreme’ (note the subliminal terrorist
connection!) to oppose a racist Jewish state which privileges only the Jewish part
of its population.  By the same token it
was ‘extreme’ to oppose Apartheid in South Africa. No state has a right to exist,
least of all a racist state.  Israel is Jewish
in the same way as Northern Ireland was Protestant and South Africa was White
and Nazi Germany was Aryan.
When the Israeli Labour Party ran the Government in Israel, they invited South African Premier John Vorster over on a state visit
Far from
being a ‘free society’ Israel is a state that has maintained a military police
state in the West Bank for the past 50 years, as well as a hunger blockade on
Gaza.  In the West Bank there are two
legal systems – Military Rule for the 3 million Palestinians and normal Israeli
civil law for the Jewish settlers. That is Apartheid by another name.
John Vorster, interned for supporting the Nazis in the war, laid a wreath at the Holocaust propaganda museum in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem
occupation has killed thousands of Palestinian civilians, meant the arrest of
some 40% of the Palestinian male population, the widespread use of torture,
administrative detention, constant check points and a pass system which is far
worse than that which existed in South Africa. 
Israel routinely arrests and tortures Palestinian children as young as
On the West
Bank Palestinian peasants are unable to dig a well to obtain the water stolen
from them whilst lush settlements are granted unlimited rights to fresh
Police brought into Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran to protect the demolition squad
All of the
racists who signed this pledge can be taken to endorse all the above because
they unanimously oppose any pressure being put on Israel to disgorge its
conquests or reform.  It is noticeable
that the Pledge talks of a peace agreement between Israel and ‘its neighbours’
rather than with the Palestinians.  This
is a reference to neighbouring states not the people who actually live on the
This Pledge has at its heart opposition to Boycott Divestment
and Sanctions.  Like South Africa, Israel
resents being boycotted even whilst it itself maintains a forcible boycott on
The Pledge talks about Israel as a ‘free society’
and a ‘parliamentary democracy’ whilst defining this in terms of the right to
practice one’s religion.  Freedom of
worship is a small part of a free society but even this is increasingly
encroached upon in Israel e.g. the recent Muezzin Bill which prevents the
traditional call to prayer in the early morning whilst specifically exempting Jewish
religious practices which involve noise.
Hendrik Voerward
The right to access land and resources equally is
not something Israel practices.  The 2011
Reception Committees Bill allows Jewish communities to exclude Palestinians and
non-Jews, as well as Black Jews from living in hundreds of Jewish villages. Israeli
Palestinians cannot marry anyone they chose and still live in Israel.  Israel is a Jewish State and only in the last
month the Knesset has passed a Jewish State Bill which removes Arabic as an
official language in Israel and defines the state in terms of only part of its
The Pledge
talks of access to religious sites.  In
fact Palestinians and Muslims do not have the right to control access to their
holy sites in Jerusalem – the Mosques of al Aqsa and the Golden Dome.  Ultra nationalist religious Jewish settlers
are now being allowed to invade these mosques as the movement for a Third
Temple to be established in place of the mosques grows in Israel. 
Joan Ryan was delighted to hear she had been granted a $1m slush fund
Israel is
the most racist society in the world.  A
plurality of Israeli Jews, 48% according to the Pew Research Centre support
the physical expulsion of Israel’s Palestinians.  ¾ of Israeli Jews would not want to live next
to an Arab.  This is the gutter racism
that the signatories to this Pledge, with their vacuous talk of Israel as a
free society choose to ignore.
Israel is a
deeply racist society in which a book can be banned
from the high school syllabus because it portrays a relationship between an
Arab male and a Jewish woman.  It is a
society where half the Arab villages are ‘unrecognised’ and one such village Umm
al Hiran was demolished in January this year to make way for a new Jewish town.  Israel is a society where education, housing,
land and employment are segregated.  Talk
of a parliamentary democracy is meaningless in a state which calls itself a Jewish
state where the principal dividing line is between Jews and non-Jews and Arabs
are in a permanent minority.  No Arab
party has ever been part of an Israeli government coalition.

Dorit Rabinyan – her book Borderlife was banned from Israel’s high school syllabus for portraying sexual relationships between Arabs and Jews
The call for
the promotion of trade and investment in Israel is a call for the promotion of Israeli
apartheid.   It is no different from
those who opposed the  Boycott of South
Africa or the Boycott of Nazi Germany 80 years ago.
It is the veterans of the struggle against
Apartheid, in South Africa who make the comparison with Israel.  In a message
to the Presbyterian
General Assembly in the United States in 2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu said:

‘I know firsthand that Israel
has created an apartheid reality within its borders and through its occupation.
The parallels to my own beloved South Africa are painfully stark indeed.
Realistic Israeli leaders have acknowledged that Israel will either end its
occupation through a one or two-state solution, or live in an apartheid state
in perpetuity. The latter option is unsustainable and an offense to justice. We
learned in South Africa that the only way to end apartheid peacefully was to
force the powerful to the table through economic pressure.’

Ronnie Kassrills – the Jewish former Police Minister in Israel

Ronni Kassrills, the Jewish former ANC Police Minister in an interview
with Al Jazeera stated that:
In the Israeli case, it is quite clear that non-Jews do not receive
equal rights and treatment as Jews, but the Zionists are embarrassed to admit
this. Consequently, they attempt to conceal the fact that Israel is not a
democracy for all its citizens, but they have various laws to ensure that Jews
receive preferential treatment. It is apartheid by another name. I refer here
to the situation in Israel itself where over 40 laws give Jews privileges and
rights over non-Jews.
In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, it is quite a different matter
where open and strict apartheid laws allow for the segregation and control of
the Palestinian people whilst the illegal Jewish settlements receive State
protection and privileges. But in both cases – Israel itself and the OPT – a
clear system of apartheid-style rule operates. 

If one is in any doubt about the comparison between Apartheid in South Africa and in Israel,
then who is in a better position to know than Hendrik Verwoerd, the South African Prime Minister, who famously said,
The Jews took Israel from the Arabs
after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid
 The List of Labour Party candidates who support the Apartheid Pledge – MPs in bold
Ian Austin Dudley North Labour
Luciana Berger Liverpool Wavertree Labour
Vernon Coaker Gedling Labour
Angela Eagle Wallasey Labour
Caroline Flint Don Valley Labour
Paul Flynn Newport West Labour
Yvonne Fovargue Makerfield Labour
Fabian Hamilton Leeds North East Labour
George Howarth Knowsley Labour
Diana Johnson Hull North Labour
David Lammy Tottenham Labour
Ivan Lewis Bury South Labour
Steve McCabe Birmingham Selly Oak Labour
Geoffrey Robinson Coventry North West Labour
Joan Ryan Enfield North Labour
Tulip Siddiq Hampstead & Kilburn Labour
Tonia  Antoniazzi Gower Labour
Laween Atroshi Surrey Heath Labour
Terry Bridgeman Basingstoke Labour
Stephen Burke North Norfolk Labour
Patrick Canavan Christchurch Labour
Joe Cooke Castle Point Labour
Altany Craik Glenrothes Labour
Ashley Dalton Rochford & Southend East Labour
Nigel de Gruchy Orpington Labour
Michael Desmond Faversham & Mid Kent Labour
Rachel Eden Wantage Labour
Bill Edwards Bury St Edmunds Labour
Barrie Fairbairn Grantham & Stamford Labour
James Frith Bury North Labour
Rebecca Geach Spelthorne Labour
Danny Hackett Old Bexley & Sidcup Labour
Mike Katz Hendon Labour
Barry Kirby Gloucester Labour
Monique McAdams East Kilbride, Strathaven &
Blair McDougall East Renfrewshire Labour
Kevin McKeevor Northampton South Labour
Andy Merryfield Wells Labour
Jeremy Newmark Finchley & Golders Green Labour
Sam Rushworth Tatton Labour
Rosalind Scott Harwich & North Essex Labour
Mark Sewards Harrogate & Knaresborough Labour
Navin Shah Harrow East Labour
Allen Simpson Maidstone & The Weald Labour
Fiona Smith Hertsmere Labour
Jo Stevens Cardiff Central Labour
Sharon Taylor Stevenage Labour
Julian Ware-Lane Southend West Labour
Andrew Western Altrincham & Sale West Labour
Martin Whitfield East Lothian Labour
Emma Whysall Chipping Barnet Labour
Sean Woodcock Banbury Labour

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