MPAC's prime target - me!


By Andrew Dismore
April 15, 2010
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Elections attract all sorts of people and this is no exception: the Muslim Public Affairs Committee have decided that I am one of their prime targets, because of my “hardcore fanatical support of Israel”, and they have come to Hendon to attempt to stir up the local Muslim community, with whom I have always had excellent relations, against me.

I’m bemused by the MPAC quote in the JC, describing my two main opponents as “Zionists, but they are not as bad as he is”. It was great to see the Liberal Democrat candidate wholly disown MPAC, its policies and its campaigning methods and reject any votes for him based on MPAC advice.

What is worrying about the MPAC intervention, though, is the potential impact on community relations. Generally speaking, in Hendon the Muslim and Jewish communities get on well and outsiders coming to stir up trouble is utterly unacceptable.

MPAC wish to claim my “scalp” in the same way that they claimed to have unseated Lorna Fitzsimons in the 2005 elections. If I lose, they will treat it as their victory and use it as a tool to radicalise local Muslims and argue that I was abandoned by the Jewish community for whom I have worked so hard.

There is a lot more at stake, therefore, than my own personal future in Parliament: this election involves local community relations as a whole.

I am pleased at the support I have had from Jewish people in the area who have told me they recognize my track record of achievement and support.

I am hopeful and quietly confident that the Jewish community is going to stand by me in this challenge to my re-election, as I have stood by them and by Israel throughout my 13 years as Hendon’s MP.

Andrew Dismore is the Labour MP for Hendon. He is standing for re-election.

This blog is part of the JC.com's On The Campaign Trail blog for the Election 2010 where candidates in key Jewish areas have been invited to blog. Read more on our Election 2010 page

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Jon_i_Cohen

Thu, 04/15/2010 - 10:46

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We only have ourselves to blame.
What's the expression, oh yes "The chickens are coming home to roost"
Under 13 years of labour ineptitude the government has ignored the growth of Radical Islam in the UK and allowed it to flourish unabated - with Political Correctness gone mad we are afraid to "call a spade a spade" for fear of "offending" someone.
What Andrew Dismore bloggs about is the result of this madness; you only have to go to Luton, Bradford or closer to home Finsbury Park - we might as well be in Afghanistan! or as it is known locally Finsbury Parkastan.
The only chance any of the parties have getting elected with a strong workable majority is for someone to be bold and brave enough to "call it as it is" and say enough is enough, we in the UK will not accept the Moslem extremists any longer and the full force of the law should be used to curb their activities - before it is too late.
Look at the numbers:-
270,000 Jews, (and declining), :: 2.3 million Moslems, (and growing) here in the UK - it is out of control!


MatthewHarris

Thu, 04/15/2010 - 13:04

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Regarding my rejection of MPAC, to which Mr Dismore refers aboves, please see: http://matthew4hendon.blogspot.com/2010/04/thanks-but-no-thanks-rejectin...


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 04/15/2010 - 21:37

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The only Party which offers anything approaching a balanced approach to Israel is the Conservatives. Andrew Dismore only has a 7.5% majority over the Conservatives.

Vote Offord in Hendon


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 04/15/2010 - 21:47

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Labour failed to close the loophole in “universal jurisdiction”. I believe the Conservatives will.

Labour failed to vote against Goldstone Report at UNHRC. The Conservatives I believe would have.

Labour commenced an arms embargo on Israel.

Labour''s Foreign Minister said Cast Lead ‘disproportionate’.

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

Labour 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...".

Labour decided to talk to Hezbolla.

Labour initiated separate labelling for West Bank settlement goods in supermarkets.

Kaufman and Linton - both of whom recently made antisemitic remarks in Parliament - are Labour. Brown has done nothing.

The Conservatives are pledged to ban Hizbut Tahrir. Labour has failed to do this.


Yvetta

Fri, 04/16/2010 - 11:42

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Don't vote UKIP - it will ensure a win for Labour, and a further erosion of support for Israel.
Don't vote LibDem - they are CloudCuckooLand dwellers who would sell Israel down the river.
Either make an exception for courageous friends like Andrew Dismore and vote for them, or vote Conservative.


John Gold

Sun, 04/18/2010 - 03:09

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JIC..

According to your statistics "270,000 Jews, (and declining), :: 2.3 million Moslems, (and growing) here in the UK - it is out of control!"

If that is correct - then they have a right to be heard and express their views, and if they are in the majority then they will obviously have a louder voice...


Lanne

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 16:14

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Jonathan says "The Conservatives are pledged to ban Hizbut Tahrir. Labour has failed to do this."

http://www.thejc.com/comment/analysis/22378/analysis-easy-cameron-say

"It is very unlikely that the Conservatives will be able to use existing legislation to ban the group."


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 16:21

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It's a manifesto commitment


Lanne

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 17:01

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It is not a commitment unless they explain how they are going to achieve this, have information on how it will be achieved/ show what campaigns they have done to get rid of these extremist and can demonstrate their commitment.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 17:13

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Nonsense. Labour and the LibDems have plenty of manifesto commitments which do not include details of the modalities -- such as Labour's pledge to halve the deficit within 4 years.

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