Tony Greenstein | 06 August 2018 | Post Views:

The BBC Is the Most Refined Propaganda Service in the World – John Pilger

The coverage
by the BBC and the media of the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn have been
appalling but not unexpected. All discussions and debates are framed in such a
way that the false allegations of ‘antisemitism’ are assumed to be true.  Not once has the BBC ever scrutinised the claims of the Zionist Board of Deputies.  The accusations against Corbyn are highlighted not the dishonest attempt to use the IHRA to conflate anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.  There has not been any attempt to examine the IHRA objectively or to examine racism, including anti-Semitism, in the
Tory Party.  This bias has been led by
the BBC’s Political Correspondent Tory Laura Kuensberg, from a well known
tax-dodging Tory family.
Below is a video from Ahed Tamimi after her release and a
description by Divina Levrini, a Swedish activist on board the Freedom ship (she transferred in
Spain to the Al-Awda ship) which docked in Brighton for 3 days of the treatment
by the Israelis of crew members.  It is particularly painful to know
that someone you became close to was hurt in this way but Divina is a brave and
courageous activist and how the Israelis behaved towards her and the other
people on the boats is symptomatic of the sad, sick, violent society that
is the ‘Jewish state’.
Let us
remember that all the allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’ in the Labour Party are
really about defending the bastard State of Israel.  So when Tom Watson, bloated with Zionist funds,
talks about Labour’s shame we can be sure that the only shame Labour has is
that it has as its Deputy Leader an obnoxious, racist toad like him.
Below is a copy of the Electoral Commission information on Watson.  For reasons that I am not privy to, Tom Watson has seen fit to block me on Twitter!
Swedish activist Divina Levrini
August 6,
Divinia Levrini’s description of Israel’s treatment
of the freedom flotilla activists includes withholding of medication and medical
treatment, beatings, psychological mistreatment, strip searching, theft, and
death threats – but she reflects that this is nothing compared to Palestinian

Swedish solidarity activist, Divina Levrini, one of the many
international activists, who were attacked
and detained
 by Israeli naval forces aboard the Freedom
 ship last week, talked to Ma’an regarding the Israeli
treatment of international activists inside the Israeli Givon (al-Ramla)
The international activists were deported to
their national countries following two days of detention.
Levrini told Ma’an that when the ship was on 42 nautical miles in
international waters, the ship was boarded by the Israeli navy, and “they
had talked to our radio operator, who repeatedly told them that we were in
international waters and had no intention to cross the border to Israel. That
it is a right according to international law to travel in international
“They tasered many of the peace activists. Some got tasered in both head
and neck, which could be deadly,”
Levrini said.
“Our captain received a death threat and I witnessed him get brutally
beaten by an Israeli soldier. Many, including myself got beaten. Some were
thrown down a ramp and could have broken their necks. One got injured on his
foot and there was a lot of blood. He was also punched in his stomach and
Following their detention, the activists were taken to the Ashdod
military camp, where they were interrogated on the pretext of “trying to
illegally enter Israel.”

Levrini said that the activists refused to say anything before speaking
to their lawyers.
“We were strip searched several times and all of our belongings were
,” Levrini told Ma’an.
“After a while, they pushed me outside and I found all of our clothes,
bags and stuff on the ground. Clothes were torn out from the bags and
everything was mixed up. I was pushed by a soldier while others stood by and
laughed as I was yelled at to collect my belongings and I had 20 seconds to
take what was mine. I found two empty bags and my guitar, some t-shirt or other
clothing I don’t remember because I am still traumatized about it all.”
Levrini added that activists were “tortured” in various ways while at
the Givon prison; “we were six women in one dirty cell with a hole in the

The Swedish activist said that Israeli prison guards “would come in and
yell every one to two hours” and bang on the walls with batons.

“The mind games were really awful. They would give me cigarettes but no
lighter. They said that I can use the payphones outside whenever I want but
would not give me my money to use them.”
Levrini said that activists were separated from each other at some
point, after they protested when one of the activists, identified as Larry,
asked for a doctor as he was injured in the foot.
“One thing was sure, and that was that when they said something, 9 times
of 10 they were lying.”
Levrini said that Israeli forces hit one of the female activists, 75,
who had a hip replacement surgery four months ago.
“They did not really beat us any time before or after that in jail so we
thought that they are so used to beating Palestinians that they forgot our
embassies were ready to act if something like that would happen.
The activists requested a doctor afterwards to check on the woman, the
Israelis then had “certain conditions” which activists refused and were then
told that they could not see the doctor if they do not agree to the conditions.
She added that they were able to see the doctor several hours later but
were put in a “small outdoor cell in the scorching heat and hard benched where
she couldn’t sit.”

Levrini said that after waiting for hours before finally seeing the
doctor, the doctor told them “in perfect English” that he does not understand
English. The 75-year-old female activist “had to Explain in Hebrew, she got no

Levrini was deprived of her prescribed medications for 36 hours. She
then received half a dose of her only one “important” medicine after the
Swedish embassy intervened. “The embassy yelled at a guard to give me my
medicines and he said that I would get an appointment with the doctor, but he
told me in perfect English that he doesn’t understand English and I have to
speak in Arabic
,” she said.  
Israeli forces confiscated the activists’ driving licenses, medicines,
phones, money and credit cards; “most of our luggage is gone. I came home with
only a small bag with random clothes I found. I was at sea for two-and-a-half
months, so I had much more with me
Levrini along with several other activists,
who were detained by Israeli naval forces, commenced a hunger strike inside the
Israeli prison until they received information that other activists, who were
deported earlier than them, had safely arrived to their countries.
Levrini said that most of the peace activists did not know that they
were being deported until minutes before they were.
Levrini said that the activists’ message to the world is that their
mission was never about us or the treatment received by the Israeli government;
what the Palestinians go through is much worse.”
She pointed out that Israeli forces also confiscated a cargo full
of medical supplies and the four ships they were aboard, which were meant to be
a gift for Gazans; “of course there are two million souls living in Gaza and
we only had four ships, but the symbolic act is important because the
fishermen are shot in their own waters and the much needed medical supplies
never reaches Gaza.”

“There is a genocide going on by an apartheid regime and the world must
act, even if it happens in small acts like these.”
Levrini concluded that “it was and has always been about raising
awareness, making politicians act and making sure that the Palestinians know
that we will never forget them. The ships will continue to sail until Gaza is

Blocked for some reason by  Tom Watson

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