Muslim & Jew on Tour: Beyond Israel

Booking

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Entrance is free, but advance booking essential; if we don’t get at least 40 reservations for any of our 16 cities, we’ll sadly have to remove it from the tour- and replace it with a second event in London, where demand is likely to be highest. The tour is costing at least £7,000, so poorly attended venues are a waste of cash. Please help us plan ahead, through using our advance booking scheme, by recording your interest and your city (or if you want a different city to be added). As soon as venues are confirmed you will be notified. If you have questions, please email info@bogusantisemitism.org

In each city, the talk will usually start at 7pm and end at 9:30pm

Dates and Cities:

PROVISIONALLY: Mon 24th April Glasgow; Tues 25th April Newcastle; Wed 26th April Leeds; Thurs 27th April Sheffield; Fri 28th April Derby; Sun 30th April Leicester; Mon 1st May London; Tues 2nd May Brighton; Wed 3rd May Bristol; Thurs 4th May Cardiff; Fri 5th May Coventry; Sun 7th May Birmingham; Mon 8th May Manchester; Tues 9th May Liverpool; Wed 10th May Bradford; Thurs 11th May Edinburgh

The Tour

Islam is a peaceful religion, tolerant of all other faiths that came before it. It’s important to know that Judaic and Christian prophets- Abraham, Moses and Jesus- are all featured in the Koran. To find out about Zionism, go here

For centuries Muslims and Jews lived in this part of the world in peace and harmony. Then suddenly a conflict erupts where claims and counter claims are made. What caused the change? What are the roots of conflict in Palestine?

The colony that Britain helped create needs to change. But into what? Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, spokesman of the Neturei Karta USA, is to tour Britain with Palestinian author and broadcaster Dr Azzam Tamimi. They’ll explore why many Orthodox Jews don’t recognise Israel and what should stand in its place. One state, a Palestine for all its peoples? Campaign Against Bogus Antisemitism chair and Gaza twinning campaigner Pete Gregson will  also talk on using the net to trade with and support  Gaza. Everyone is welcome to attend, from pro-Palestinians to Friends of Israel.

Download the tour flyer here To download the flyer front page only, for posting on your Facebook feed, click here To download the flyer back page only, click here

To understand the reason why the tour matters so much in the present political climate, see Open letter to Gideon Levy of Israel’s Haaretz newspaper on the “Muslim & Jew Tour: Beyond Israel” – Redress Information & Analysis (redressonline.com) published on 5th Oct 2022.

Please also see post of 6th Nov 2022 Against Zionist Invaders – Why Race Matters in Palestine – Campaign Against BOGUS Antisemitism

The Speakers

TO PROMOTE DEBATE, American anti-Zionist Rabbi Ysrael Dovid Weiss will come to the UK for a tour. He will be accompanied by the Palestinian author and broadcaster Dr Azzam Tamimi. Also speaking will be Chair of the Campaign against Bogus Antisemitism, Pete Gregson. The case will be presented that Israel is an apartheid state which has lost touch with its Judaic roots- and we’ll explore the long-term future for Palestine and Israel. The two-state solution is unachievable and a majority of Palestinians want a single state. How should it look? We must explore the need for Hamas to be decriminalised, it being the elected voice of the Palestinian people from 2005. Will Hamas want a future single state to be Islamic? What would the Zionists agree to? How do we get there?

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss is a spokesman for Neturei Karta International – Jews United Against Zionism. He attended the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban in 2001 as part of the Islamic Human Rights Commission delegation and helped the NGO conference adopt the historic declaration condemning Zionism as racism and Israel for genocide – which resulted in a US/Israel walkout. He’s descended from Hungarian Jewry; his grandparents were exterminated by the Nazis at Auschwitz. He lives with his family in New York. He believes that Jews should peacefully oppose the existence of Israel.

Dr Azzam Tamimi is chairman and presenter at Al Hiwar TV Channel.  Affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, he headed the Institute of Islamic Political Thought until 2008 and has written several books on Middle Eastern/ Islamic politics, including Power-Sharing Islam and Hamas: Unwritten Chapters.

He has stated that the War on Terror launched by the US and its allies in the wake of the Sept 11 attacks is perceived by many in the Islamic world as a war on Islam. He accused President George W. Bush of attempting to stop terrorism through war, political oppression and violations of human rights, saying that this would not work and would instead have the opposite effect.

He states he would never confer legitimacy upon Israel, “a state that is created on land robbed from my father, from my grandfather and from my mother”. He also classifies Zionism as a racist ideology. Nonetheless, he favours talks between Hamas and Israel, believing that co-existence between Palestinians and Israel may be possible. In January 2006, he wrote that if Israel withdrew from territories occupied in 1967, Hamas would end its armed resistance. He has stated that “peace may still be achieved by talking about how to co-exist.” For the long run, Dr Tamimi advocates what he calls a post-apartheid South African solution, in which Israel “is dissolved just like apartheid was, and all people within mandatory Palestine become equal citizens”.

Pete Gregson is chair of the Edina-Gaza Twinning Association and the Campaign Against Bogus Antisemitism. He’s the only trade unionist to be expelled from his union (the GMB, where he was NHS shop steward) for breaching the IHRA Definition of Anti-semitism, when he declared that Israel was a racist endeavour, that it exploits the Holocaust for political ends and for naming his accuser, Rhea Wolfson. He was defended at the hearings by Rabbi Ahron Cohen, spokesman for Neturei Karta UK, but the GMB still declared him to be an antisemitic Holocaust denier. He’s been expelled and suspended from many groups such as Labour, PSC and JVL for declaring that UK Jews had great leverage, as he sought to explain the widespread adoption of the  IHRA Definition, cooked up by Israel to silence Palestine activists. (Read more on Pete on our Rogue’s Gallery page at https://bogusantisemitism.org/rogues-gallery/#pete-gregson).

Pete’s interest in Islamophobia and the “othering” of those from the Asian subcontinent grew from his early work as a community film-maker; it led to his making An Asian Family in Edinburgh in1985, in a self-funded project. This slide-tape onto video lasts 20 mins and came about through Pete’s youth work with skinheads from the National Front. He realised they were being fed lies about Asian businesses and set about making a film which was ultimately screened in all Edinburgh’s Primary schools. The film follows a Sikh family’s fortunes after coming here. The central player, Akbal (or “Aki”) Singh, runs a corner shop: his dad came to Scotland from the Punjab and started out as a door-to-door salesman. Aki was 7 when he came to Edinburgh and this is the story of his family….  “It is 1984. Akbal Singh runs a shop in Edinburgh. He used to work on the buses. He is a proud Sikh; he is from Edinburgh – his wife is from Leeds; they have 2 boys and 2 girls. His father came to Britain from Pakistan because the UK wanted help. This is their story” [NB There are some tracking lines on this video]

Israel claims to be the state of the Jewish people– but it is not
The OED states a Jew is a member of the people and cultural community whose traditional religion is Judaism and who come from the ancient Hebrew people of Israel, or, a person who believes in and practises Judaism.
Zionists claim Judaism confers a religious right to settle in Palestine. But the Torah declares that Jews cannot return to their homeland en masse until the Messiah has come. Jews accept that that has not happened. The Zionist movement, with all its criminal oppression of the Palestinian people, is flagrantly breaching the Torah and not following Judaic doctrine. How, religiously, can they continue to be Jews? Truly religious Jews reject Israel.


 

Donations

We need to book hotel accommodation for 4 for 21 nights in 16 cities (£3,400). And venue hire (£1600) . And cover transport costs (about £500). And flights £1,000. And advertising £1,000. Any funding to help cover costs gratefully received. [Pete will be paying any shortfall from his Edinburgh Council compensation for a trams-related wrist injury.]

By supporting this tour, you will be helping to publicise the absence of any religious justification for Zionist settlement and advancing the call for a single-state solution for Palestine.

As well as reaching out to new activists, we’ll be aiming to draw the media – and the UK political parties- into changing their position on Palestine.

To donate to the costs of the tour, go to Help get the Rabbi on the Road for the Beyond Israel tour | Chuffed | Non-profit charity and social enterprise fundraising

Background

Israel claims a right to exist. But does a state founded on the questionable gift of territory from the British Government have a right to exist? Does a state that declares one ethnicity superior to another have a right to exist? Israel’s ‘Nation State Law‘ , embeds apartheid in its legal system because it says only Jews have a right to self determination. By excluding Palestinians, does this indicate it is democratic? (There are presently over 65 laws in Israel that discriminate against Palestinians (more here – with more info in the “Israel Palestine Apartheid Explainer” video, at www.tinyurl.com/amnesty-israel ).

Israel claims to be the state of the Jewish people; it is largely populated by people who says the bible gives them a right to be there, but do they? Jews originated as an ethnic and religious group in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE, in a part of the Levant known as the Land of Israel.

Zionists claim Judaism confers a religious right to settle in Palestine. But both the Bible and the Torah declare that Jews cannot return to their homeland until the Messiah has come. And all Jews accept that the Messiah has not yet come. (more here)

Rabbi Weiss – see Neturei Karta International website and Open to Question: Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss (inminds.co.uk)

Zionists also claim an ethnic right to settle in Palestine. However, genetically, no more than 2 per cent of those calling themselves Jews in Israel are descended from Israelites- so genetic ancestral claims are questionable too. The Palestinians have near 100% genetic matching; they are not Jews because many started converting to Islam in the 7th Century AD; others remained as Christians. (more here). The 98% of Israelis who identify as Jews originated outside the Middle East and cannot prove genetic ancestral links to the area. For instance, Ashkenazic Jews in Israel are descended from medieval Khazars, a semi-nomadic Turkic people who founded a powerful polyethnic state in the Caucasus and north to the Caspian, Azov and Black seas. This was revealed by Jewish genome work carried out at Johns Hopkins University in the USA; the research work was published by the Oxford University Press in 2012 on behalf of the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution (more here).

It’s becoming accepted that Israel cannot continue on its present course and a majority of Palestinians consider that the two-state solution is dead (Israel will never give up one inch of land (more here). It is time to look beyond Israel. What would Hamas seek? Since1994, the group has frequently stated that it would accept a truce if Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders, paid reparations, allowed free elections in the territories and gave Palestinian refugees the right to return. (In May 2021, a Jewish writer in the Guardian, Peter Beinart, suggested how the right to return could be achieved

Hamas

Hamas is the official, democratically elected Palestinian government; Jimmy Carter was present during the elections and stated that they were free and fair. In the Palestinian legislative election of January 2006, Hamas gained a large majority of seats in the Palestinian Parliament, defeating the ruling Fatah party. The majority of​ the Palestinians were behind Hamas simply because they recognized Hamas as a Palestinian resistance movement, with the goal to Palestinian independence.

In late April, 2014, Hamas produced a truce with conditions based on Human Rights. Netanyahu refused this. It’s clear, Netanyahu et al do not want peace, only land and resources. It was not Hamas targeting children and massacring thousands with illegal DIME, white phosphorous etc. in built up residential areas, and elsewhere. It was Israel, and according to International, Human Rights Laws and 4th Geneva Conventions, it’s perfectly legitimate that the occupied, namely the Occupied Territories of Palestine, are permitted “armed resistance” when the Occupier, Israel, illegally uses an air force, army and navy (the world’s 4th most powerful) to wipe out an indigenous population, living on their own land.

The countries that recognise Hamas and do not regard it as a terrorist organization are Iran, Russia, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, China, and Brazil.

The State of Palestine is officially recognized by 80% of world population, namely 136 States, from the 193 UN members.

The Likud Charter denies the right to a Palestinian State and it is the Israeli government, not the Palestinians, who have been engaged in ethnic cleansing for 70 years.

This is the truce Hamas produced in 2014, which Netanyahu refused:

  • Withdrawal of Israeli tanks from the Gaza border
  • Lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people
  • Establishing an international seaport and airport which would be under U.N. supervision
  • Increasing the permitted fishing zone to 10 kilometers
  • Internationalizing the Rafah Crossing and placing it under the supervision of the UN and some Arab nations
  • International forces on the borders
  • Easing conditions for permits to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque
  • Prohibition on Israeli interference in the reconciliation agreement
  • Re-establishing an industrial zone and improvements in further economic development in the Gaza Strip

Long-term, of course, Hamas want to see a single state.. and they may well eventually achieve that (for returning Palestinian families would eventually outnumber the Jews, even within the ’67 borders). And on what grounds can Hamas be seen to be a terrorist group? International law guarantees Palestinians the right to resist, but few western governments acknowledge this. How can we call for Hamas to be decriminalised? They were elected to govern by the Palestinians in 2005 after all- and there have been no elections since, though Hamas have repeatedly called for the Palestine Authority to facilitate one. (more here).

Israel likes to proclaim that under Hamas all Jews would be killed or expelled. But this is not the case. Even as far back as 2006 Hamas was saying this was untrue. Ismael Abu Haneieh, a prominent leader of Hamas in Gaza Strip at that time, rejected the idea of expelling the Jews into the sea. He said “We did not say we want to throw the Jews in the sea or feed them to sharks. We just said that there is a land called occupied Palestine. It was burglarized and it needs to be returned to the Palestinian people.”

And what do Palestinians want? A poll published in 2021 by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research revealed that only 39% of Palestinians now support the two-state solution. 60% of Palestinians said the final goal of their national movement should be “to work toward reclaiming all of historic Palestine from the river to the sea”. All would agree that the implementation of UN resolution 194 on the right to return be honoured. (more here)

The challenge ahead is to convince the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Labour Party, the Lib Dems, the Tories and the rest of the Westminster establishment to recognise that a single state with equal rights for all is the only viable just solution. Anti-zionist Jews , Muslims, Christians and all other antiracist campaigners in the UK are key to moving these arguments for Palestine.

More About the Speakers

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss is the leader of the Neturei Karta (NK) in the US and is a profound anti-Zionist. In November 2006, Weiss stated at a protest in New York City that, “Zionism is a fundamentally heretical movement which denies the Divine imperative that Jews remain in exile until the day when all mankind will be miraculously redeemed”. He repeated his claim at a 2011 conference in London, calling for Israel to be “dismantled” and saying the country is a “Zionist state that has kidnapped the name of Judaism”. See him on Al Jazeera at https://youtu.be/oUppu2OHVTY He recently addressed the NY Al Awda: National Palestine Right to Return Conference

Dr Azzam Tamimi is a Palestinian based in London; he runs Al Hiwar TV (www.alhiwar.tv ). He has written a book on Hamas and is the director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought (IIPT), London. He has been a member of the Campaign Against Bogus Antisemitism since its early days. See his 13-minute talk A Free Palestine  He runs the Alhiwar TV channel; he headed the Institute of Islamic Political Thought until 2008. He is author of Hamas- Unwritten Chapters

Pete Gregson is chair of the Campaign Against Bogus Antisemitism and the Edina-Gaza Twinning Association. He is promoting the idea of British businesses getting their websites built in Gaza Your Website- Built in Gaza – Twin Edinburgh with Gaza (twingaza.com). See him at the Al-Awda Rising to Return Conference in New York explaining how twinning and trading on the net with Gaza and Palestine is the way forward in this 28-minute illustrated talk at https://youtu.be/lIo7FrPM8KM

More About the Tour

The Rabbi hails from New York and will come to the UK in March 2023 to visit mosques, synagogues and community halls across the land, preaching the message that Zionism is racism and that Israel is an illegal state.

He spoke at the Al-Awda Rising to Return Conference in May and spoke fluently, passionately and articulately about Israel and the harm it has done to the Palestinian people.

He is a devoutly religious man- his religion is based on the Torah, a book that Israelis appear not to have read. The Torah is most widely known as the five books of Moses. The Torah is the entirety of Jewish laws and traditions. (Remember, there is also no such thing as the New Testament in the scriptures of the Jews.) The Torah is the Jewish Bible. The Torah forbids a Jewish state until the Messiah has come; as we all know, this Messiah has not yet come. (We will know when the Messiah has come because it will bring world peace!), So Rabbi Weiss is clear on this- no true Jew can accept Israel.

But this is just one aspect of the Rabbi’s views- he speaks clearly on the political aspect too- the rights of the Palestinian people are fundamental and have for too long been ignored. The Rabbi is well-known in Gaza- he has been there a few times, before the Israeli siege began. He is known in Palestine and the US- but hardly at all in the UK. Whilst Rabbi Weiss is the most senior of the NK Rabbis in the US, be bows to the wisdom of the most senior of the NK Rabbis here in the UK, Rabbi Ahron Cohen. CABA Chair Pete Gregson declared “Rabbi Cohen is the wisest and bravest man I have ever met. He came to my GMB hearings (along with Tony Greenstein) and declared that the union had no right to expel me for criticising Israel; they ignored him.” [See the 20-minute video at www.tinurl.com/gmbihra ]

These two Rabbis have been on the road together before; in 2005 they famously went to Iran to lecture, at the invitation of then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose aim was to see a world free of Zionism. Dovid Weiss says “This desire is nothing more than a yearning for a better, more peaceful world. It is a hope that with the elimination of Zionism, Jews and Muslims will live in harmony as they have throughout the ages, in Palestine and throughout the world.” Their message was, at the time, attacked by Zionists across the globe.

But these two Rabbis are immensely brave and wise and we in CABA are delighted that Rabbi Weiss is up for a UK tour; Rabbi Cohen is nearly 90 and less keen to rove the land. The plan is for the “Rabbi on the Road” tour to visit all or most of the major UK cities: Edinburgh , Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Derby, Leicester, London, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Birmingham, Manchester and -finally- Liverpool.

Liverpool will climax with a convention which we hope will platform other notable speakers, such Tom Suarez, Gilad Atzmon, and hopefully on Zoom from the West Bank, Issa Amro.

If you live in any of the target cities and want to help- or if you feel your city has been unfairly left out of the planned tour, please contact, soonest, CABA Chair, Pete Gregson at info@bogusantisemitism.org We need to identify venues we can use and mosques that would like to hear the Rabbi speak.

Pete will also give a short talk at each event on using the net to trade with and support Palestine.

Three Short Videos

A Rabbi on the Road The New York Rabbis are confident and expressive in their beliefs

“Palestine” Facebook video from (10) مخيم غزة /Gaza Camp | Facebook and https://www.facebook.com/Gazarefugees/videos/934075893292455

Even American chat shows know that Muslims protected other religions, but have been demonised by Zionists https://www.facebook.com/100002338413528/videos/850119285985812/

To really understand what is happening in Palestine watch the 8- minute film “Daily Life in Occupied Palestine” by If Americans Kew at https://youtu.be/o22x81SCBiU

Media Coverage

Summer 2022 saw our request for assistance with venues published in Redress at UK tour: “Rabbi on the Road” – Beyond Israel – Redress Information & Analysis (redressonline.com) and in Palestinian Shoa at UK tour: “Rabbi on the Road” – Beyond the Nazi entity – SHOAH and in the Weekly Worker- see last letter at Letters – Weekly Worker

The tour was attacked for the first time on 16th Sept 2022 in the Jewish Chronicle https://www.thejc.com/news/news/jewish-group-helped-arrange-tour-for-disgraced-anti-israel-activist-Ax2R8aB0eZP8VCSFqGSYt – their language has been challenged by Pete Gregson as they have slandered the tour speakers; Pete will take the matter to IPSO.

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