An intelligence expert at the Israeli Embassy in London was sacked last night after he was caught plotting against Sir Alan Duncan, number two to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Shai Masot – ‘political officer’ at Israel’s embassy on Kensington Palace Gardens – was filmed as he talked about a plan to “take down” Sir Alan, who is a longstanding critic of Israeli policy.
The conversation took place last October at the Aubaine bistro on Kensington High St (a stone’s throw from the Embassy) between Mr Masot and his friend Maria Strizzolo, an aide to Education Minister Robert Halfon. Unlike Sir Alan, Mr Halfon is a staunch supporter of Israel – he is one of several Jews in Theresa May’s government and was formerly the full-time paid political director of Conservative Friends of Israel. There is no suggestion that Mr Halfon was part of the plot against his ministerial colleague, and it seems that Ms Strizzolo has resigned.
Also at the table was a man who had infiltrated Labour Friends of Israel but was actually an undercover reporter for the Qatar-based TV station Al Jazeera: he filmed Mr Masot saying that all MPs have “something they are trying to hide”. Mr Masot then adds: “she [Ms Strizzolo] knows which MPs I want to take down”, and specifies “the deputy foreign minister”.
Ms Strizzolo replies: “You still want to go for it? …I thought we had, you know, neutralised him just a little bit, no?”
Mr Masot replies: “No.” He adds that Sir Alan was still “causing problems”.
However within hours of the story breaking last night it was clear that it was Mr Masot and Ms Strizzolo themselves who would be “taken down”.
Although Theresa May is a devoted friend of Israel, she will not appreciate this ham-fisted interference by someone who was a military/intelligence officer rather than a career diplomat, but was regarded by some (including himself) as one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s sharpest political operatives. On his Twitter profile (since hastily deleted) Mr Masot wrote: “Niccolò Macchiavelli is my God”. He can be grateful that he is not living in the age of Il Principe‘s author, when the likes of Mr Masot would have faced a fate far worse than dismissal.
Sunday PM update: Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard has made an unconvincing effort to dismiss the whole scandal as unimportant. Nice try Mr Pollard, but if this really didn’t matter the JC would have ignored it, rather than making your riposte its main story with a banner headline! Mr Pollard kvetches not only about Sir Alan but over his backbench colleague Sir Crispin Blunt, whom he describes as “probably the worst chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in its history”. Sir Alan and Sir Crispin have one other thing in common, but surely the JC isn’t being ‘homophobic’?
Meanwhile the eminent Tory journalist Tim Montgomerie has weighed in with a silly Tweet arguing that (as opposed to the Israel Lobby) “the much, much bigger influence on our politics is Saudi money and from Gulf states generally”. Two questions for Mr Montgomerie: (1) If you reckon the Saudis are so powerful in Whitehall, how did the Foreign Secretary get away with such a trenchant (and fully justified) criticism of Saudi Arabia last month (it’s impossible to a imagine such a public attack on Israel by a British cabinet minister)? And (2): Shouldn’t you, Mr Montgomerie, declare your interest in this affair, as a longstanding friend of Robert Halfon, one of the two ministers involved?
Fellow Israel Firster Jonathan Hoffman was so panicked by the Masot scandal that he rushed to post an error-strewn article on the ultra-Zionist blog Harry’s Place. Mr Hoffman (who was last spotted by H&D attending the trial of pro-Palestinian folk singer Alison Chabloz) brought up the Daily Mail having “flirted with fascism” more than 80 years ago, and suggested that “Mail Editor Paul Dacre sure has a lot of questions to answer”. The only problem is that the Masot exposé was not published by the Daily Mail at all but by the Mail on Sunday, edited by Dacre’s bitter rival Geordie Greig. (As it happens the Foreign Secretary’s sister Rachel Johnson is a Mail on Sunday columnist.)
This afternoon H&D was informed that Masot’s political intelligence role at the Embassy had also included more subtle propaganda work, in addition to plotting smears against ministers. In July 2016 he was the main organiser of an Eid event at the Israeli Embassy for the Conservative Muslim Forum, in an effort to promote ‘Uncle Tom’ views favourable to Israel among British Muslims.
A Paris court on Tuesday this week gave Prof. Robert Faurisson – an 87-year-old half-French, half Scot who was Professor of French Literature at the University of Lyon – a four-month suspended jail sentence and a €4,000 fine. Judgement on a further charge will be given later this week.
The circumstances of Prof. Faurisson’s trial were explained at a meeting of the London Forum in July 2016 by Lady Michèle Renouf, who was the sole defence witness alongside Prof. Faurisson at his Paris trial.
In September 2016 Prof. Faurisson was convicted under the French “racial hatred” law for the 60-word sentence translated below: the Paris court taking the extraordinary view that his reference to “the State of Israel and international Zionism” amounted to an illegal attack on Jews as a “race”.
For this “offence” Prof. Faurisson received a 4 month suspended prison sentence and a fine of €4,000. He was ordered in addition to pay €5,000 in compensation and costs to LICRA, a French association combatting “racism and anti-semitism”.
Two additional charges under the French “Gayssot Act” prohibiting “Holocaust denial”, which related specifically to Prof. Faurisson’s Tehran conference speech, were set aside.
Prof. Faurisson immediately announced his intention to appeal against this latest conviction: an appeal which is of the highest importance for historical and political researchers worldwide, and in particular for anyone campaigning against the policies of the Israeli Government. It would seem that the latest judgement opens the way for any robust criticism of Israel to be criminalised in France as anti-Jewish “racial hatred”, even if neither Jews nor Judaism have been mentioned!
Further reports and analysis of this case will appear in the next edition of Heritage and Destiny.
An earlier interview with Prof. Robert Faurisson can be seen below (including English subtitles), in which he explains the background to his famous 60-word French sentence summarising his research conclusions. Prof. Faurisson’s words (again criminalised by the Paris court this week), read in English:
“The alleged Hitlerite gas chambers and the alleged genocide of the Jews form one and the same historical lie, which has permitted a gigantic political and financial swindle whose main beneficiaries are the State of Israel and international Zionism and whose main victims are the German people – but not their leaders – and the Palestinian people in their entirety.”
On July 30th ex-servicemen and British patriots including members of many different parties and movements gathered at Trafalgar Square for a demonstration in memory of Forgotten British Heroes.
The event was held on the spot where in March 1947 Jewish terrorists exploded a bomb, at a social club for British colonial servicemen. The bomber – Robert Misrahi – escaped punishment and went on to become Professor of Ethical Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Misrahi is still alive and politically active. The FBHC is liaising with Scotland Yard to secure his arrest, since he not only committed the London bombing but was a leading operative of the terrorist group – the Stern Gang – who sent a letter bomb which killed Rex Farran (young brother of British war hero Roy Farran) at his family home near Wolverhampton – a murder which remains officially unsolved.
Speakers at the demonstration and at a subsequent meeting in a central London hotel included veteran British nationalists Martin Webster and Richard Edmonds; London Forum founder Jez Turner; former BNP regional organiser Julie Lake; and H&D assistant editor Peter Rushton.
Video from the event can be seen below, and further information is available from the campaign website.
Giles Fraser – a left-wing but pro-Brexit Anglican vicar – has recently drawn attention to the religious background of Theresa May, newly appointed Prime Minister. It is well known that Mrs May is a vicar’s daughter. Less well known (as Fr. Fraser points out) is that her father was on the most extreme Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church of England. This carries politically incorrect implications that Fr. Fraser chooses not to discuss.
During Mrs May’s childhood her father – Fr. Hubert Brasier – was successively vicar of two countryside parishes near Oxford: St Kenelm, Enstone, from 1959 to 1970; and St Mary the Virgin, Wheatley, from 1970 until his death in 1981.
In her appearance on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs in 2014, Mrs May chose as one of her eight records the hymn ‘Therefore we before him bending’. As Fr. Fraser writes in his Guardian article:
Now this really is a fascinating choice. First, because no one who wasn’t a proper churchgoer would ever have heard of it. And, second, because it betrays the enormous sacramental influence of her high church father. Benediction, the worship of the blessed sacrament – or “wafer worship” as Protestant scoffers often describe it – is pretty hardcore Anglo-Catholic stuff. That’s why she was named after a 500-year-old Catholic saint. As time goes on, this background is bound to shape her ministry – and yes, that’s how she will think of it.
During her Desert Island Discs interview, Mrs May recalled:
“a hymn which sometimes, if my father and mother and I were alone in the church, we would just kneel down and sing …’Therefore we before him Bending'”
There is a reason why this hymn would have been sung by the vicar’s family in the absence of the congregation: this particular hymn (known to Roman Catholics down the centuries as Tantum ergo) is theological and political dynamite! It is sung during a service formally known as ‘Benediction of (or with) the Blessed Sacrament’‘.
This service is seen by the more Protestant (‘low church’) end of the Church of England as illegal: earlier in the last century there would sometimes be legal action taken against Anglo-Catholic vicars by parishoners if Benediction was introduced into their church. Very likely this was the reason for Fr Brasier singing this service in private with his family. Certainly the current website of St Mary’s, Wheatley, does not suggest that it is today an exceptionally “high church” parish.
Several decades later a wider issue is raised by the words of the Tantum ergo (written by the great scholar St Thomas Aquinas in the mid-13th century). Latin being a very precise language, there is no room here for modern liberal fudging: St Thomas writes that we venerate the blessed sacrament – the body and blood of Christ – as we celebrate the transition from the old covenant (between God and his ‘chosen people’, the Jews) to the new covenant (between God and Christians).
The English words of the hymn sung by Theresa May and her family are obscure, but the Latin original is clear: et antiquum documentum novo cedat ritui. The ancient document – the old covenant – gives way to the new rite, represented by the substance of Christ’s body and blood in the form (the ‘accidental’ appearance) of bread and wine.
Cedat is the important word here: the Latin verb cedere meaning to surrender, yield, or give way – as in English to cede territory after a war, to concede in an argument, or indeed to succeed – as Prime Minister May has succeeded David Cameron.
Modern, liberal Catholic spokesmen have sometimes argued that the old covenant with the Jews remains in force alongside the new covenant sealed by Christ’s death and resurrection. Ironically Fr. Brasier’s old parish at Enstone includes the village of Heythrop – which was the original base of Heythrop College, London University’s specialist theological college founded by the Jesuits. Modern tutors at Heythrop – such as former principal Brendan Callaghan – have been in the forefront of those arguing that the divine covenant with Jewry remains valid. Pope Francis recently insisted that the Church “recognises the irrevocability of the covenant and God’s constant and faithful love for Israel.” He added: “it is clear there is an inseparable bond between Christians and Jews.”
Yet if Prime Minister May truly believes the words of the hymn she sang as a child – the words she chose to take with her to the BBC’s putative desert island – she cannot believe this, any more than she could believe that David Cameron retains Prime Ministerial authority alongside her.
This raises a contradiction for Mrs May, who has identified herself very strongly with the Zionist bandit state of Israel – whether through conviction or political convenience, one cannot tell.
In April 2015 (as Home Secretary) Mrs May addressed Britain’s largest Zionist youth movement in a speech celebrating the 67th anniversary of Israel’s foundation, a catastrophe known to Palestinians as the Nakba.
Mrs May explicitly referred to commemorating Yom Hazikaron, the day on which “We remember the sacrifice of those who fought to achieve and protect that independence.”
This means most notably those Zionist terrorists who died fighting against British forces and Arab civilians during 1945-48, and includes those who were executed for atrocities such as the murder of Lord Moyne and his driver Lance Corporal Arthur Fuller.
How can an educated person at one and the same time believe in the words of St Thomas Aquinas in the Tantum ergo – the traditional teaching of the Christian church down the centuries – yet at the same time celebrate the creation of the State of Israel as a fulfilment of the old covenant with Jewry, which had – according to that Christian doctrine – been abrogated?
How can a British political leader publicly “remember the sacrifice” of Jewish, anti-British terrorists as though they were heroes?
Perhaps for an aspirant Prime Minister any heresy, any betrayal, any hypocrisy is conceivable for the sake of personal ambition.
Today’s Sunday Times notes that Poju Zabludowicz – a major donor to David Cameron’s Conservative Party – was involved in an offshore scheme managed by a firm involved in the ‘Panama Papers’ scandal.
Zabludowicz’s co-investor in this scheme – controversial businessman Scot Young – was found impaled on the railings outside his London flat in 2014. An inquest on Young’s death found insufficient evidence of suicide, and his family suspected he had been murdered. Young’s ex-wife believed that he had used supposed losses on his business project with Zabludowicz to hide tens of millions of pounds during their divorce: a judge agreed and awarded Young’s ex-wife £20m in 2013, but she had yet to receive a penny by the time Young died a year later.
In 2005 Zabludowicz’s trust gave £15,000 to David Cameron’s successful campaign for the Tory leadership, and has since given a series of donations to the Conservative Party totalling almost £300,000.
So far, so bad.
But what the Sunday Times for some reason omits from the story is, in many ways, the most interesting part. Poju Zabludowicz is not just any billionaire: he is arguably the most important individual in Israel’s UK lobbying effort.
Zabludowicz – whose family fortune was built up by his arms dealer father Shlomo, founder of Israel’s main artillery manufacturer – set up BICOM (the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre) in 2002. BICOM’s best known project in recent years is ‘We Believe in Israel’, which works to combat campaigns for boycotts of Israeli products. The quarterly BICOM magazine Fathom is perhaps the leading journal of the pro-Israel lobby. Its deputy editor is former Israeli embassy official and ‘security’ expert Calev Ben-Dor, who though based in Israel was recently advertising among British parliamentary staff for a BICOM ‘research analyst’.
BICOM’s ‘senior visiting fellow’ is retired Brig. Gen. Michael Herzog, who since the 1990s has been a top adviser to the Israeli government and a special emissary for the Israeli Prime Minister.
BICOM has frequently offered well-paid positions to British political figures. Its present chief executive is James Sorene, who was official spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg from 2011 to 2015. His predecessor was Dermot Kehoe, formerly a senior adviser to the BBC and partner of the gay Labour MP David Cairns, a former Roman Catholic priest who chaired Labour Friends of Israel.
Soon after Kehoe’s appointment, BICOM had to cope with revelations about funding supplied by Zabludowicz and other BICOM linked figures to Adam Werrity, the very close friend of Defence Secretary Liam Fox. These revelations (which H&D reported at the time) contributed to Fox’s resignation in October 2011.
Nor is Zabludowicz the only link between the Panama Papers scandal, Britain’s Prime Minister and the Zionist lobby. Prime Minister Cameron’s late father, stockbroker Ian Cameron, used Mossack Fonseca’s offshore facilities to hide the investments of Isidore Kerman, a London solicitor and fixer who was right-hand man to Mossad asset and fraudster Robert Maxwell from his earliest days in business.
Kerman had been an influential operative for international Zionism since the 1930s, and was a business partner of chief Scotland Yard detective Sir Ronald Howe.
The increasingly shameless David Cameron today appointed a new Home Office minister for Syrian refugees. His choice was Richard Harrington, a Jewish property developer who served for many years as chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel.
Harrington was one of the speakers at the funeral of Cyril Paskin, notorious as “field commander” of the ultra-violent 62 Group, an alliance of militant Jews and communists whose raison d’etre was to attack nationalist meetings.
Alongside prominent Blairite financier Sir David Garrard, Harrington was a trustee of Paskin’s charity the Philip Green Memorial Trust, which gave regular donations to the ‘anti-fascist’ journal Searchlight.
Searchlight editor Gerry Gable was a colleague of Paskin in the 62 Group, and spoke alongside Harrington at Paskin’s funeral.
Scarcely a day goes by without some media commemoration of recent British military history, by which Britons are asked to remember the carnage of the First World War trenches, the nightmare of Japanese POW camps, or more recent heroism of the wounded left on Afghanistan’s plains.
One military campaign is excluded from this roll of honour, erased from the history books. This was Britain’s first “war on terror” in the Middle East from 1945 to 1948, where our terrorist enemies were the three paramilitary arms of Zionist Jewry – Haganah, Irgun and the Stern Gang.
The brunt of this offensive was borne in Palestine by British conscripts, many too young to have served in the Second World War that had just ended, others veterans of that European conflict where they had fought to protect the very Jews whose bullets and bombs were now aimed at them. Palestine had been ruled by British Mandate authorities since the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War some thirty years earlier.
But during the last two years before the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, Zionism’s terrorist godfathers had extended their war to the streets of London. In April 1947 a huge bomb was left inside the Colonial Office in Whitehall. It failed due to a faulty timer: had it exploded the bomb would have caused devastation in central London on a similar scale to the Irgun’s bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946, where almost a hundred were killed and many more injured.
In March 1947 another member of the same Stern Gang unit succeeded in bombing a central London target. His commander proudly boasted of striking at the heart of the British Empire and even recent Jewish authors have described the target as “a gentlemen’s club …frequented by the staff of the Colonial Office.” It was nothing of the kind. The British Colonies Club, located at the corner of Trafalgar Square adjacent to the Church of St Martin in the Fields, was a welfare facility for colonial servicemen, many of them non-white. It was here that a young French Jew packed the shoulders of his overcoat with gelignite before making his escape: the resulting explosion wrecked the club, blew out the church windows and left several injuries.
On Saturday 1st August a group of British nationalists including H&D‘s assistant editor Peter Rushton, film maker Lady Michèle Renouf, and London Forum organiser Jez Turner laid a wreath at the Trafalgar Square site. A large crowed of tourists and passers-by watched in respectful silence, as some forty British Nationalists and patriots participated in the moving ceremony organised by a committee including former NF national organiser Martin Webster and former BNP national organiser Richard Edmonds, now back with the NF. Afterwards they were among the speakers at a well-attended meeting in a Kensington hotel.
On Saturday 1st August a newly-formed group ‘Forgotten British Heroes Campaign’, will hold a wreath-laying ceremony near Trafalgar Square, London, in remembrance of Jewish terrorist attacks on British servicemen, Crown servants and civilians in the late 1940s.
The wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the site of the British Colonies Club, which was bombed by members of the Irgun terrorist group on 7th March 1947. The building was partly demolished and numerous people were injured and maimed.
The wreath-laying, followed by a short public meeting at the site, will commence at about 4.00 pm
A private meeting will take place on Saturday evening, including the showing of a film by Lady Michèle Renouf with interviews of former British servicemen who fought Jewish terrorism in Palestine, 1945-48.
The evening meeting will be chaired by Jez Turner of the London Forum, a veteran of the Royal Corps of Signals. Other speakers will include H&D assistant editor Peter Rushton; Richard Edmonds; and Martin Webster.
The ceremony will also commemorate:
• the two 20 year old British Army sergeants, Mervyn Paice and Clifford Martin, who were kidnapped in Palestine by Menachem Begin, head of the Irgun terrorists, and then on 31st July 1947 were hanged with piano wire in the eucalyptus groves at Netanya. Their bodies were booby-trapped in the hope of killing those who came to cut the bodies down;
• the 100 British Army personnel, Crown servants and civilians who were murdered by means of a huge bomb planted by the Irgun in the basement of the King David Hotel, Jerusalem, on 22nd July 1946;
• the murder by parcel-bomb in May 1948, in Britain, of Rex Farran, brother of Captain Roy Farran DSO, MC — an SAS anti-terrorism specialist. Rex opened the parcel addressed to “R. Farran” at the Farran family home;
• the murder of Walter Edward Guinness (Baron Moyne) DSO, & Bar, Secretary of State for the Colonies, and his British Army driver, Corporal Fuller, on 6th November 1944. The hand-gun assassinations were carried out in Cairo by the Lehi Zionist terrorist group (a.k.a. “the Stern Gang”);
• the massacre of Arab civilian villagers at Deir Yassin, Palestine, in a combined operation by the Irgun and the Lehi on 10th April 1948.
On the day of this commemoration the Israeli Ambassador in London, Daniel Taub, will receive a letter from the Campaign recollecting the details of the above and other Zionist atrocities which continue until this day, and demanding, among other things, that Israel pay compensation to the victims of Zionist terrorism and their families, build a ‘Museum of Zionist Terrorism’ in Jerusalem and institute courses about Zionist terrorism in Israel’s schools as a warning to future generations.
The letter is signed by Martin Webster, Richard Edmonds, Jeremy Turner, Lady Michèle Renouf, and Peter Rushton.
Copies of the text of the letter will be sent on request.
Further information may be had from Martin Webster: email email@example.com
Assuming UKIP win today’s Rochester by-election, attention will turn to potential further defectors – almost all of whom would presumably be from the Tories, though there remains potential for an eccentric Labourite recruit such as Austin Mitchell, Kate Hoey or Graham Stringer.
The most interesting name frequently being mentioned is John Baron, the Tory MP for Basildon and Billericay.
The most interesting thing about John Baron is his unorthodox (for a 21st century Tory) line on the Middle East. He resigned from Iain Duncan Smith’s frontbench team in 2003 in protest at his party leadership’s support for Tony Blair’s war in Iraq, and at the end of 2011 wrote a very interesting article opposing the neocon line on Iran.
UKIP is already fundamentally divided on social/economic policy: seeking to appeal to ex-Labourites in the North while being fundamentally a neo-Thatcherite, low tax, small state, libertarian(ish) party.
If they recruit Baron, their tiny but growing cohort of MPs will include one erstwhile Tory who is among the most pro-Zionist in the Commons (Douglas Carswell), and another who is among the most Ziosceptical.
Meanwhile the bigger picture remains of a Westminster elite increasingly discredited: Iain Martin in today’s London Evening Standard is the latest mainstream journalist to analyse the utter bankruptcy of our political system.
Controversial MP and anti-Zionist campaigner George Galloway was attacked in the street near Notting Hill’s Portobello Road market on Friday night. Galloway was taken to hospital suffering from suspected broken ribs and a broken jaw.
His assailant was reported to have been shouting about the “Holocaust” shortly before the attack.
According to the BBC, police have arrested 39-year-old Neil Masterson and charged him with “religiously aggravated assault”. What the BBC has not reported is that Masterson appears to be a fanatical Zionist (and as it happens a Manchester City fan).
His Facebook “friends” include a host of Jewish and Christian Zionist individuals and groups, as well as Britain First, the militant anti-Islamic group run by former BNP official Paul Golding, until recently under the auspices of Nick Griffin’s former right hand man Jim Dowson.
On August 12th, two weeks before the assault, Masterson posted on a Facebook page ‘United with Israel’:
“No other military in the world comes close to the IDF, in terms of operational, legislative brakes on its command structure… Israel bows to no one in maintaing the highest standards of human rights.”
We understand that Mr Masterson is a Roman Catholic and was originally from the Preston area, but is now living in North London.