By Daphne Anson
I wonder whether the CEO of theegregiously one-sided so-called Peacemaker Trust will be sporting this cool new look when he addresses the predictable band of anti-Israel fiends in London this coming Al Quds Day.
To quote from today’s report by Lee Harpin in the Jewish Chronicle:
‘… The Reverend … will join notorious anti-Zionist Mick Napier, of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, as a speaker at Sunday’s annual demonstration.
Mr Sizer’s presence at the Al Quds Day event will cause widespread anger among Jewish communal organisations and follows last week’s announcement by the Metropolitan Police that they are powerless to stop the flying of the flag of Iranian-led terror organisation Hezbollah on the march.
In December 2015, the Church of England condemned Dr Sizer for sharing material which was “clearly antisemitic”.
Before he became Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn had defended him saying Mr Sizer was being victimised because he “dared to speak out against Zionism.”
Last year, Mr Napier was found guilty of aggressive behaviour at a protest outside an Israeli-owned cosmetics store in Glasgow during the 2014 Gaza war.
Last week, the JC revealed the Met Police, in answer to a letter from MP Louise Ellman, the vice-chair of the Labour Friends of Israel, said that they had to allow the controversial flag to be raised once again at Sunday’s parade because parliament had “consciously chosen” to proscribe only the military wing of Hezbollah – but the group’s flag is “shared across all elements of that organisation.”
Metropolitan Police Commander Jane Conners said in her letter of reply that both she and Commissioner Cressida Dick “share concerns” that the raising of the Hezbollah flag on London’s streets “may be construed as belonging to a terrorist organisation.”
At last year’s Al Quds Day march, the JC revealed how Nazim Hussein Ali, an Islamic Human Rights Commission speaker, linked the Grenfell Tower tragedy to “Zionists” and calling for Israel’s annihilation at this year’s Al Quds Day march.
Following complaints about Mr Ali’s conduct – and the open display of Hezbollah flags – the Metropolitan Police confirmed it was investigating allegations of antisemitic comments made during the protest by Mr Ali.
But in December the Crown Prosecution Service had he would not face prosecution.’
I’m not so sure that
‘Mr Sizer’s presence at the Al Quds Day event will cause widespread anger among Jewish communal organisations’
The Jewish Chronicle seems somewhat ill-informed about Sizer (it turned down my screenshot of that notorious 9/11 post telling ms it was not interested, only to have its free London rival, the Jewish News, snap the proferred screenshot up), it seems ignorant of the vicar’s proper designation, Dr, and it appears unaware that since he now has no pulpit, he is likely to make him less of a perceived thorn in Anglo-Jewry’s side by the latter’s communal leaders than if he was under the jurisdiction of a bishop.
Will he reprise this casual outfit, the one he wore when denouncing Israel at the Al Quds Day rally in London six years ago (that’s Mr Ali in the background, incidentally)?
Or will he go for the full cassock, as favoured by his antipodean chum, Anglican priest Father Dave Smith, on an Al Quds Day Down Under more recently?
Meanwhile, quick off the mark, the vicar has posted this, put up today by the Amos Trust and other enemies of Israel:
Go here and we find more information about this event:
London Protest Tuesday 5th June
Free Palestine – Stop the Killing – Stop Arming Israel
5.30pm. Assemble Opposite Number 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, London – March to Old Palace Yard.
Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Muslim Association of Britain.
Supported by: Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Europal Forum, Amos Trust, UNISON, Lib Dem Friends of Palestine, The Green Party.
Join us on this day of solidarity actions for the Great Return March in Palestine, with events around the country.
Please bring Keys with you to symbolise the Nakba and the Right of Return. With respect and in line with the decision of the organisers of the Great Return March in Palestine, to demonstrate full unity, we would like to ask everybody to bring Palestinian flags only.
[Emphasis added. In other words, leave the Hezbollah flags at home!]
More info: www.palestinecampaign.org/great-march-return
What a nerve this cleric, who posted this excrescence
and regularly posts such items as this
should have the chutzpah to criticise people like Jonathan Arkush, the outgoing president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, for voicing concerns about antisemitism. (Mr Arkush said he was not suggesting the Archbishop “is not a strong and sincere friend of the Jewish people. “My statement in the Telegraph interview was very specific, and referred only to the EnoughIsEnough protest against the antisemitism in the Labour Party.”)
Does the vicar approve of these two sentiments, the first below the identical post on his Peacemaker Trust page, and the second by the commenter on her own page? Decidedly dodgy comments, eh?
To judge by what he allows commenters on his own page to get away with (I’ve given many examples over the years), it would seem that “the Church of England takes antisemitism very seriously” does not represent him, or the followers in question would surely long since have been defriended.)
While Jews seem to be fair game, “Islamophobia” is by contrast taken very seriously by our old friend.
He would seem to know his constituency, after all.
Strange bedfellows, Muslims and Christians, but of course politics breeds strange bedfellows. The role of Sizer’s so-called Peacemaker Trust in pushing Chrislam and Christian Palestinianism’s agenda and weakening western support for Israel should not be underestimated.
By the same token, Christian friends of Israel should be cherished and not be taken for granted.