Dispatches: Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby

Dispatches: Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby

(Click on the image above to watch this 48-minute documentary — it’s essential viewing.)

Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel.

Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which collectively are known as the pro-Israel lobby.

Political commentator Peter Oborne sets out to establish who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying.

He investigates how accountable, transparent and open to scrutiny the lobby is, particularly in regard to its funding and financial support of MPs.

The pro-Israel lobby aims to shape the debate about Britain’s relationship with Israel and future foreign policies relating to it.

Oborne examines how the lobby operates from within parliament and the tactics it employs behind the scenes when engaging with print and broadcast media.

Editor’s Comment — It’s hard to predict when the day might come when a broadcast of this nature appears on American television, but if such a day comes, the Lobby here will suffer an irreparable damage in its foundations.

To learn more about a man who figures prominently in the Channel 4 documentary — Chaim “Poju” Zabludowicz, who sounds and looks like a Jewish mafia boss — see the article below.

How the pro-Israel lobby in Britain benefits from a generous London tycoon

Britain’s most active pro-Israeli lobbying organisation – which flies journalists to Israel on fact-finding trips and organises access to senior government figures – has received nearly £1.4m in two years from a billionaire donor whose father made a fortune manufacturing arms in Israel.

The British Israel Communication and Research Centre, known as Bicom, has been one of the most active organisations behind the scenes in the UK during the present Gaza offensive, organising briefings and interview opportunities with senior Israeli spokesmen.

Its biggest funder is Poju Zabludowicz, a London-based tycoon, who has underwritten its campaigning since 2007. The disclosure comes amid an intense struggle in Britain between lobbying organisations working for both sides in the conflict. Foreign affairs specialists say that the injection of funds has ensured that Bicom has become one of the most persistent and slickest media operations in the battle for influence over opinion formers. [continued…]

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One thought on “Dispatches: Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby

  1. Dave Makkar


    [OBAMA] Settling for Failure in the Middle East

    By Stephen M. Walt

    Sunday, September 20, 2009


    “The bad news is that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and other defenders of the status quo remain powerful, and they will surely oppose any attempt to pressure Netanyahu. In May, for example, AIPAC drafted a letter warning Obama to “work closely and privately” with Israel . It garnered 329 signatures in the House and 76 names in the Senate.

    During the August recess, 56 members of Congress visited Israel, and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters that it was a mistake to make settlement construction the key issue and that there was a “significant difference” between settlements in the West Bank and those in East Jerusalem.”

    535 Members of US Congress

    Total House Members: 435 Members under Israeli Control: 329

    Total Senate Members: 100 Members under Israeli Control: 76

    US Congress members trashing their own President under the directions (possible bribery) of a Foreign Racist & Criminal Organization like AIPAC in most of the countries it will treated as treason and crimes against the country and punishable with death sentence.


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