Lib Dems launch Mezuzah War

By richmillett
March 5, 2010

With the general election and the Jewish festival of Passover both approaching it is ironic to see some politicians making the same decision the Almighty made when smiting the first born son of each Egyptian family to persuade Pharoah to release the Jews.

Thousands of years ago Jewish families marked the front of their own homes so the Almighty would “pass over” and leave their own first born sons unharmed. It worked and Moses was allowed by the evil Pharoah to finally lead the Jews from slavery to freedom.

This time it is the Lib Dems who are deciding which houses to “pass over” but with a view to entering not so much the Promised Land as the House of Commons.

But there’s a problem. Camden council contains the two parliamentary constituencies of Hampstead and Kilburn, where the MP is Glenda Jackson, and Holborn and St. Pancras, where the MP is Frank Dobson.

In Hampstead and Kilburn the election will be close. In 2005 Jackson got 14,615 votes and the Conservatives and Lib Dems received 10,886 and 10,293 votes respectively.

Jackson was elected as Labour MP in 1992 and with her majority on the slide ever since it is highly probable that she will be out of a job after 6th May.

In Holborn and St. Pancras in 2005 Dobson secured victory for Labour with 14,857 votes. The Lib Dems came second with 10,070 votes.

And so the Lib Dems are in with a chance of not only being in control of Camden council but they could turn Camden completely yellow if they take these two parliamentary seats as well.

But the Lib Dems are already not fighting fair before the general election has even been officially called.

Chris Philp, the Conservative Candidate, has written about the different leaflets put out by the Lib Dems depending on whether a family is Jewish or Muslim.

We know how horrendous the Lib Dems are about Israel.

Without needing to mention Baroness Jenny Tonge, Chris Davies MEP and Sarah Teather MP the most hostile of all to Israel, because he is the one who ultimately makes the decisions, is Nick Clegg MP, the Lib Dem leader.

Clegg advocates Israel being left without any defence against Hamas rocket barrages by calling for Israel to be disarmed.

So if Nick Clegg becomes Foreign Secretary, a distinct possibility with recent opinion polls implying a hung parliament, Israeli citizens could be fearing for their lives.

Clegg’s hostile attitude is now reproduced in Lib Dem leaflets in Holborn and St Pancras, with its large Bangladeshi community,where Israel is continuously attacked by Jo Shaw, the Lib Dem candidate.

"Stop arming Israel" screams her leaflets.

But if you are living in the adjoining constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, with its disproportionately high Jewish population, the story is completely different.

There, Ed Fordham, the Lib Dem candidate has inserted into his leaflets photos of himself in Israel and has even included Hebrew. These leaflets are aimed at placating the Jewish households.

Chris Philp thinks that the Lib Dems might “have compiled a list of Jewish people in the area”.

It is much easier than that. All these crafty Lib Dems need do is see if there is a Mezuzah on the front door. If there is then through the letterbox goes the Israel-friendly leaflet. If there isn’t then that letterbox gets “passed over”. Simple!

Sadly, attempting to manipulate the feelings of religious minorities has paid off before. In the 2005 General Election Lorna Fitzsimons, the then Labour MP, lost in Rochdale.

The 2006 Report of the All Parliamentary Committee into anti-Semitism found that the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, in order to help unseat Fitzsimons, distributed leaflets stating “she had done nothing to help the Palestinians because she was a Jewish member of the Labour Friends of Israel”.

One problem, Lorna Fitzsimons is not Jewish.

A similar deligitimising campaign is already underway against Luciana Berger who is standing as the Labour Party candidate in the Liverpool Wavertree constituency. She has already been labelled that “well-known Zionist”.

I am sure that the average voter is savvy enough not to be fooled by Lib Dem mind games but at least when Jewish families are sat around their passover tables and they hear that political leaflet drop on to the mat they will finally be able to answer that all important Passover question:

Why is this political leaflet different from all other political leaflets?

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Jonathan Hoffman

Sat, 03/06/2010 - 13:02

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Nice piece

Thursday's Times reports that Ministers will announce a consultation on “universal jurisdiction”. Effectively this means there will be no change in the law before the election which must be held by latest 6 May. Apart from Ministers, any Israeli who has served in the IDF risks arrest if they come to the UK .

This is just the latest in a long line of decisions hostile to Israel by this government:

- Failed to vote against Goldstone Report at UNHRC;

- Commenced arms embargo on Israel;

- Foreign Minister said Cast Lead ‘disproportionate’;

- The Charity Commission - led by a Labour Party activist - has failed to make War On Want and other Charities live up to their legal obligation to tell the truth about Israel;

- Promoted Ben Bradshaw to Cabinet after he said on Any Questions (January 23 2009) "I am afraid the BBC has to stand up to the Israeli authorities occasionally... Israel has a long reputation of bullying the BBC...";

- Decided to talk to Hezbolla;

- Initiated separate labelling for West Bank settlement goods in supermarkets.

I believe that the Conservatives would have voted against Goldstone at the UN and that they would have changed Universal Jurisdiction to prevent a private individual being able to obtain an arrest warrant for visitors from abroad. I believe that Labour’s dependence on the Muslim vote and drift to the Left will mean that if re-elected to government, their hostility to Israel will certainly not reduce, and might even intensify.

I therefore endorse the Conservatives in the election. I do not believe that supporters of Israel have any other choice but to vote for the Conservatives. This applies in all seats since - although there are some Labour and LibDem candidates who are individually less hostile to Israel - what matters (in what promises to be a close election) is to get the Conservatives in with a working majority.

I urge all supporters of Israel to work for a Conservative government.

Jonathan Hoffman

PS - of course this is a personal view and should not be taken as the view of the ZF of which I am co-Vice Chair
PPS - sorry to post in your thread but due to tech probs I cannot post articles at present

moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sat, 03/06/2010 - 17:56

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Personal capacity, Jonathan, schmersonal capacity. You are identified with the ZF, so you must resign. Of course, you conveniently forget the Heath government, David Mellor's screaming match, Ian Gilmour, William Waldegrave, Lord Patten, the Tory roots of CAABU, Edwina Currey's allegations of anti-Semitism etc etc etc.
I didn't know that a broiges was a technical problem.


Sat, 03/06/2010 - 20:05

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How about you resign for being an overzealous Tory loudmouth who lacks the ability to restrain his constant tirade of abuse.... This is exactly why I rarely bother to frequent these boards these days.

If you really want to make a point against labour then vote UKIP, Green, BNP or independent, (although voting for at least two of those probably wont help anyone.)

David Cameron is such a sucker for following the mainstream public opinion in his attempts to be popular. Dont be surprised if his attitude towards Israel changes when he realises how much support the anti-Israel lobby has.

I wouldn't trust the man to look after my kitten, much less to look after the country. Anybody who fronts an electoral campaign with a series of posters detailing nothing more than a tenuous slogan and smug mugshot has nothing to offer the rational, intelligent voter. He is nothing more than Tony Blair mk II. 'Change,' he cries from the rooftops (wonder where he got that idea..ahem Obama.) The man is uninteresting, with little understanding of the daily lives of most Britons and brings very little that is new to a political system crying out for fresh ideas and energy.

If you believe Jonathan, that Labour has 'drifted to the left,' then you clearly have no idea of what left wing thought actually details (although you've proved that time and time again.) New Labour has proved itself more right wing than Thatcher's government. Cameron will do nothing other than continue down the path we have already been marching.

moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sat, 03/06/2010 - 22:09

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Must've hit a nerve there, eh Mr Hoffman? If that's the way you react, then I recommend you go on one of those "Be the Next Mark Regev" seminars the ZF runs. Maybe you'll get a discount being a soon-to-be former Co-Vice Chair and all that.

moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 10:19

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Deary me, Jonathan, you are upset, aren't you? Still, back to the point. You conveniently forget Heath, Mellor, Waldegrave, Gilmour, CAABU, Edwina's allegations etc etc.
Go on that "Be the Next Mark Regev" seminar, you might learn how to debate nicely. And we are still owed an apology for starting the ZF starting the bid to skew the JPR poll. Now every organisation has done it, it is meaningless.

moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Mon, 03/08/2010 - 11:08

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Deary me, Jonathan, you are upset, aren't you? Repeating a libel twice? Still, back to the point. You conveniently forget Heath, Mellor, Waldegrave, Gilmour, CAABU, Edwina's allegations, Dave and William in bed with pogrom-denying Poles and SS-loving Latvians etc etc.
Go on that "Be the Next Mark Regev" seminar, you might learn how to debate nicely. And we are still owed an apology for starting the ZF starting the bid to skew the JPR poll. Now every organisation has done it, it is meaningless.


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