Colonel Richard Kemp: "Dark forces are manipulating the media against Israel"


By richmillett
February 23, 2010
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Colonel Richard Kemp CBE, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, addressed the 110th Anniversary Dinner of the British Zionist Federation on sunday night.

He spoke of his admiration for Israel’s support for the British army and the way the Israeli army went about Operation Cast Lead in trying to limit Palestinian civilian casualties.

His speech built on his brief testimony (see footage below) to the United Nations Human Rights Council Emergency Session on 16th October 2009 when he said:

“The IDF did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.”

On Sunday night Colonel Kemp told his audience of how a Brigadier-General in the IDF, its leading expert on suicide bombings, advised him in detail about suicide bombings when he first arrived in Afghanistan on 2003.

This advice formed the basis of the British army’s doctrine for dealing with suicide bombings.

He drew the comparison of Israel’s fight against Hamas and Hezbollah and that of Britain’s against Jaish al-Mahdi which was “responsible for killing large numbers of American and British soldiers in Iraq”.

He pointed out that Hamas, Hezbollah, Jaish al-Mahdi and the Taliban are all motivated, trained and armed by Iran.

The difference, he said, between British forces and the Israeli army was that British forces do not go into battle knowing they will be condemned by the media and respected international bodies, like the UN, and accused of the most horrific things.

He then went on to describe how Hamas, Hezbollah, Jaish al-Mahdi and the Taliban all fight from amongst their own civilians: “They deliberately sacrifice their own people.”

“Hamas did this in Gaza and the Taliban does it still in Afghanistan to protect themselves and discredit Israel and Britain in the eyes of the media when civilian casualties occur. Also children, some mentally disabled, and women are used to carry out suicide bombings.”

“14-year-old boys are forced to push towards British troops bomb-laden carts which are then detonated remotely leaving the child dead. The Taliban also use old women in battle and booby-trap mosques, store weapons in them and fire from them.”

“There is no depth they will not stoop to in order to protect themselves and discredit our forces, whether they are fighting the Israelis in Gaza or American and British troops in Afghanistan. The same tactics are used without any regard to human life whatsoever.”

Colonel Kemp discussed Operation Cast Lead and the amount of human intelligence recruited to target Hamas specifically: “Palestinians were also recruited despite Hamas reintroducing crucifixion to deal with spies.”

He said that Israeli pilots were allowed to abort a mission if not satisfied that civilians were not at risk. He referred to the three hour unilateral ceasefire during Operation Cast Lead which no other nation would consider knowing that the enemy would use it to rearm.

“Israel delivered aid to to the civilians in Gaza knowing Hamas would confiscate much of it and nearly one million leaflets were dropped warning of where and when a raid was coming while 30,000 phone calls were made warning of coming attacks.”

He mentioned that mistakes are made by American, British and Israeli troops in the middle of a battle: “But these are not the same as war crimes. And just like with the British and American armies, any misdemeanours in the Israeli army are investigated.”

He finished off by saying that while Ahmadinejad was still in power in Iran there would be no peace in the Middle East and that “a lot of the adverse propaganda is based on anti-Semitism or anti-Israel sentiment. Dark forces are at work which are exploiting the media”.

Yuli Edelstein, Minister of Public Affairs and the Diaspora in the Israeli government, also spoke. There was a small anti-Israel demonstration outside the event.

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moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 08:48

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"Dark Forces", eh? Are these the same "Dark Forces" about which we know very little, as the Queen allegedly told the sainted Princess Di?


Yvetta

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 09:17

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Yes, these "Dark Forces" exist and are well-exemplified by the BBC, which in a cunning propaganda ploy is now, at the end of its series "Syrian Schools", made jointly with the Open University, inviting at the end of the half-hour programme - screened Monday evenings at 8 - anyone who'd like to "twin" their school to one in "the Arab world" to contact them on the link they provide.
If you go to the BBC News website and search the programme, you'll find a note that the series was made to "faciliitate" such contact with Arab schools. (What can be intended, if not to inculcate the next generation with the Arab/Muslim viewpoint?)
I believe the BBC has overstepped the mark with this - and appeal to anybody who has their contact details to inform such BBC-watchers as Trevor Asserson and Tom Gross.
Jonathan, I think the ZF might want to take up this issue.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 10:48

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The BBC? Dark Forces? Only if they allow John Motson to cover too many football matches. The watchers need to get out more. And you, Yvetta, should use the force in your fingers and change channels. :-)


Yvetta

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 12:54

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You mean I should also bury my head in the sand, eh, Moshe.


JLCohen

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 13:15

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Whether you believe Israel has been right or wrong in its actions, whether you believe the BBC is antisemitic or unbiased and whether you believe in Dark Forces or not, Col. Kemp is a man best not ignored because the very fact that he has completed 14 operational tours around the globe - including 7 in Ireland during the darkest days of the Troubles, Bosnia and the first Gulf War - suggests that he knows very well what he's talking about and is an expert in these matters simply by being still alive. Those who do not support Israel need to prove they're not biased by listening carefully to what supporters have to say as well as to those who are anti-Israel.


Dan Judelson

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 13:36

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JLCohen, Colonel Kemp's experience makes him well qualified on military matters. His reputation and objectivity begins to look a little threadbare when he employs one field to push an agenda in quite another. Take one example, the dropping of warning leaflets. A warning is one thing. Being able to flee to a safe area is quite another.

As for "prove they're not..." we are really straying into the realm of ridiculous reasoning here. Quite apart from the low rent smear of being anti Israel, one cannot prove a negative, it is a logical impossibility. The last person to make a similar claim got sacked from her job as Lib Dem health spokesperson in the Lords. (It was as ludicrous to call for an investigation into ludicrous claims as it was ludicrous - and racist, at their source - to make the allegations in the first place.) How quickly we forget, eh?

As for "Dark Forces"... are we really going to resort to precisely the kind of language that the anti-semites who believe "Jewz kontrol the meeja innit" employ? The BBC are hardly hiding under a stone, after all.

Yvetta, why is twinning with a Syrian school necessarily a bad thing? Is the traffic - ideology, culture, knowledge going to be only one way? If we ignore things, is that not truly putting our heads in the sand?


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 13:37

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Well said, Dan Judelson


Yvetta

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 14:22

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Dan, my point is that I don't think the BBC should be touting for twinning with schools in the Arab world when it ignores the idea of twinning with schools elsewhere in the globe, let alone Israel. The initiative wreaks of a political agenda. Pro-Israeli forces ignore it at our peril.


JLCohen

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 14:34

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Dan, I'll concede you have a point there - we all need to be as objective about Col. Kemp's arguments as we do about any other, be they pro- or anti-Israel. I also agree that "Dark Forces" is perhaps a little too like a conspiracy theory to be taken seriously, but I think the term is used (by both Kemp and Yvetta) not to refer to some organised group devoted to smearing Israel's name but in a more poetic sense to mean those who are using the entire sorry situation to further their own antisemitic ends - it's no secret that there are people out there who hate Jews and who would benefit from equating Israel with "all Jews." I may be wring, of course - they might both mean something completely different.

In Yvetta's defence, did you see the Syrian Schools programme? While twinning schools from other nations with those in Syria would undoubtedly be a good thing - as would be anything that aims to increase friendship, tolerance and mutual respect between nations and religions - the programme had some rather dubious moments in which Israel was demonised and its overall tone was, I thought, rather biased in the Palestinians' favour. If we agree that we need to take an unbiased account of different viewpoints and groups involved with the Israel-Palestine war, it seems that advocating school twinning from a platform such as that programme will at best dirty the twinning project's image and at worst allow it to be hijacked by those with less benign motives. (Yvetta's previous post was written while I was writing this, and I think confirms what I've said).


John Gold

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 14:39

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May the force of the Jedi be with you!


JLCohen

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 15:02

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^^^ :-D


Yvetta

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 15:09

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Thanks, JL.

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