In January I blogged about Jody McIntyre’s speech at a Palestine Solidarity Campaign event where he said:
“I say this at a time when people across the Arab world are setting alight to themselves in protest against their governments. We must take inspiration from them this year when we set the streets of London alight.”
As you will see in the video clip below these sentiments were applauded by Palestine Solidarity Campaign chief Sarah Colborne, PSC chairman Hugh Lanning and the rapper Lowkey.
Since then McIntyre has been feted by the left-wing media.
He was profiled in The Observer newspaper, invited to blog at The Independent newspaper and has appeared on countless news programmes. In yesterday’s Huffington Post, when asked by Dina Rickman “Do you think Footlocker is the right target?” he replied:
“On a personal level I think Brixton police station would be a better target than footlocker….I find it very difficult to condemn the looting myself. I feel sympathy when small cornershops and people’s homes are damaged but I don’t feel any sympathy for JD sports or M&S”
His high media profile has gained him a following of over 10,000 people on Twitter. Not bad for someone who cut his teeth on political activism outside Ahava in Covent Garden where he advocated for a boycott of Israel.
However, yesterday he was finally sacked by The Independent for tweeting the following:
“Be inspired by the scenes in #tottenham, and rise up in your own neighbourhood. 100 people in every area = the way we can beat the feds.”
His Independent blog page now reads:
“Following his recent tweets and statements on the London riots, The Independent will no longer be taking blogs from Jody McIntyre”.
With London still smoking and livelihoods ruined after a night of rioting and scenes of people jumping from burning buildings you would think he would lay low for a bit but, unrepentant, he tweeted in the early hours of today:
“I would suggest young people hit the streets tomorrow with three central demands.”
One of those demands is for the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister to resign “with immediate effect”.
Not only was McIntyre applauded by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, but he and Lowkey appear in One World’s Freedom for Palestine video, which is being promoted by Lush in the “Ethical Campaigns” section of their website.
Straight after McIntyre’s call for London to be lit up at the PSC event he goes onto say that “Palestine has been occupied since 1948″, which just goes to show the thinking behind the Freedom for Palestine song. It is not about ending “the occupation”, but ending Israel’s existence.
So, “ethical” Lush has shops in Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to work or drive, and it is promoting a video in which both McIntyre and Lowkey appear.
Quite incredibly McIntyre has just tweeted the following after taking some criticism:
“I have never supported looting local businesses + starting fires. Not in London, and not anywhere. Nice to have a scapegoat though?”
I also have three demands:
1. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign that applauded McIntyre’s sentiments and which recently hosted Sheikh Raed Salah, who has said that homosexuality is a crime, be shut down with immediate effect.
2. Lush stops promoting the vile Freedom for Palestine song and video.
3. We hear no more from McIntyre until he apologises for his comment calling for London to burn and for not condemning the looting.
Here’s McIntyre at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign event in January calling for the streets of London to be set alight. Sarah Colborne is sat next to him, Hugh Lanning is next and, finally, Lowkey. Watch for them applauding.
Thanks to cifwatch’s Adam Levick for the help.