Palestine Solidarity Campaign holds anti-Israel hate event at P21 Gallery.

PSC at P21 Gallery, London last night.

PSC at P21 Gallery, London last night.

“Boycott, Boycott, Boycott. Boycott Israeli products and settlement products. Put pressure on Israel economically. It’s the language THEY understand,” Mahmoud Doughlas implored his audience last night.

Doughlas wasn’t pressed on what he meant by “they”, but the language certainly seemed to contain a racist undercurrent.

Doughlas was speaking, via Skype from Nablus, at a PSC event hosted by P21 Gallery. The event was Education under Occupation – stories from West Bank and Gaza students.

Doughlas, an electrical engineering student at Birzeit University, was speaking from Nablus because, he said, Britain had refused him an entry visa.

He began by telling the audience that when he was in 7th grade Israeli soldiers entered his school “randomly injuring people” and throwing teargas into the classrooms. He couldn’t breathe for 15 minutes and ended up in hospital.

He claimed that one of his friends had been imprisoned for 18 months for writing graffiti on a settlement wall and, if I heard correctly, he said Palestinians have even “been arrested for dreaming about doing something”.

Meanwhile, Jehan al Farra, an alumnus of the Islamic University in Gaza, definitely was in London. She had been in the UK since September studying for a Masters in Computer Studies.

Her main preoccupation last night was describing the problems of studying in Gaza, especially getting to and from academic institutions there due to fuel shortages.

During the Q&A an audience member pointed out that she is highly articulate and very confident, which is a tribute to her teachers and the syllabus. This was a difficult point for her to address without admitting that, just maybe, the situation isn’t as bad as her and her colleagues were attempting to portray.

But she did address another point when an audience member claimed that “Israel had worked hard to destroy Palestinian heritage”. Al Farra said that Israel had even “occupied Palestinian culture”. An example she gave was the Israeli keffiya.

Maybe al Farra should read this interesting statement on the Israeli keffiyeh:

“Jews indigenous to the Middle East, such as my family is, have worn some variation of the “kefyah” (cap/kippah) and keffiyah (head/neck scarves) for thousands of years.”

Here is al Farra last night describing how Palestinians sometimes get killed in accidents when using electricity generators:

Last night the PSC was sporting its brand new logo (see top photo – top left of screen). However, on the PSC website and their leaflets the logo is still the map of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, which is far more honest about their intentions for Israel:

psclogo

And PSC’s Ameena Saleem, who was chairing last night’s event, wasted no opportunity to call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. This, as we know, is merely code for calling for the Jewish state’s destruction.

P21 Gallery, itself, has a fairly large space at 21 Chalton Street. It supported St James’s Church’s Bethlehemfest over the Christmas period when St James’s Church ran a number of anti-Israel events while also erecting a copy of Israel’s security wall outside its premises in central London.

St James’s Church called for the real wall, which saves lives, to be dismantled. An astonishing £30,000 was spent building the copy wall.

Meanwhile, the charitable objectives of P21 Gallery (registered number 1153141) are:

“TO WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH BRITISH AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, ORGANISATIONS, ARTISTS, CURATORS AND DESIGNERS TO PROMOTE, DOCUMENT AND FACILITATE PUBLIC ACCESS TO ARAB ART AND CULTURE IN BRITAIN BY ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING AN ART GALLERY AND CULTURAL CENTRE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC.”

But the website of P21 Gallery states:

“The P21 Gallery is a London-based non-profit organisation promoting contemporary Middle Eastern and Arab art and culture with distinct focus on Palestine.”

Judging by last night’s event I think that the charitable objectives could possibly be more clearly defined as: Facilitating the destruction of Israel and its replacement with a Palestinian state.

But then that wouldn’t have sounded too charitable to the Charity Commissioners.

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19 responses to “Palestine Solidarity Campaign holds anti-Israel hate event at P21 Gallery.

  1. Christopher Proudlove

    Even as activists worldwide purportedly working on behalf of the “Palestinian cause” push for a boycott of Israeli products, the Palestinian Arabs themselves are increasingly buying “blue & white.”

    Initially, members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement were upset that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas would not officially endorse their efforts to put Israel in an economic stranglehold.

    But a recent survey by the Palestinian Authority’s Consumer Protection Authority revealed the possible reason for Abbas’ reluctance: the Palestinian Arabs are major consumers of Israeli products.

    According to the survey, which was reported on by Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds, 70 per cent of the Palestinian Authorities imports come from Israel.

    Israel does not restrict imports to the Palestinian-controlled areas, and Israeli goods sold there must compete with those imported from Europe and other Arab states. The reason Israeli products are doing so well is simply because Palestinian Arabs prefer them, several Palestinian merchants told the newspaper.

    For Palestinians, Israeli products are less expensive than European imports, but of much higher quality than cheaper Arab-made alternatives.

    The survey is yet another example of how the BDS movement’s goals will hurt Palestinian Arabs as badly or worse than Israelis, and therefore do very little, if anything, to advance the cause of peace, assuming that is the true intention of the movement to begin with.

    You can help combat this boycotting trend for the benefit of both Israel and the Palestinian Arabs by buying Blue & White!
    Israel Today magazine

  2. amayreh2008

    There is a difference between Kippah and Kufiyya. Kufiyya is a an ancient Palestinian head-dress.

    It is totally, exotic to non-Semitic Jews who constitute the bulk of Jews in Israel.

    Besides, most Israeli Jews have no real connection with ancient Israelites, the descendants of whom converted to Islam and Christianity.

    Indeed, many Palestinian clans have Israelite roots as Israeli historians readily admit.

    Khalid

    • Kufiyya is a an ancient Palestinian head-dress.
      That would mean that Palestinain are ancient and we know that is not true as they themselves admitt. Most of them immigrated from arabs countries. When muslim occupy this area in the 7th century Jews were allready living there. They never stopped living here.

    • Ah, the usual delusional nonsense from amaryeh.

    • Taqiyya Hogwash Khalid.

      Your claim that Israelites converted to Islam and Christianity collapses with the simple fact that the 800,000 Sephardic Jews who fled for their lives from Arab countries like Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen after 1948 were —- JEWS —- and NOT Muslim or Christian — thus disproving your laughable claim.

      Your so called “palestinians”, like your Egyptian Yassir Arafat, Edwawrd Said were EGYPTIANS, and others were Syrian, Iraqi, Jordanian, Yemeni, Hashemite and so on.

      Even your Mohammed knew Jews – unless you claim that the Koran/Quran contains falsehoods.

  3. Just now you will be saying they stole hummus as well!

    • Of course they did, Avril. The Jews are Khazars from Saturn, whereas the ‘Palestinians’ had a thriving state and culture in ‘Palestine’ around 1000 BC, and hummus was the main dish served then in Al Aqsa on Temple Mount.

  4. I say to the “Palestine Solidarity Committee”…

    Happy Eternal Nakba!

    And may all your Jihads turn into personal Nakbas / Workplace Accidents!

  5. Nothing new. Same old rants that will make Palestine the nightmare of many more generations of ‘Palestinians’.

  6. Clearly these hateful people seek policide which is a crime against humanity. Their narrative is false, a product of the KGB in 1964.

  7. Doughlas wasn’t pressed on what he meant by “they”, but the language certainly seemed to contain a racist undercurrent.

    Easy: “They” are “the folks”!

  8. Questions:
    1: Who are the people that are not happy in their countries ?
    2: Who they blame for their unhappiness?
    3: Where and why they are happy?
    4; What they plan for the place they are happy:
    ———–
    Lets find out!!

    1:Who are the people that are not happy in their countries ?

    In the 2013 World Happiness Report, based on data from 156 countries between 2010 and 2012 the ranks are:
    Jordan =74.–Lebanon =97–Egypt =130—Syria=148–Sudan=124
    Iran=115.–Iraq =105–Tunisia=104–Syria =148.

    The Arabs and Iranian people are unhappiness.

    http://unsdsn.org/wp-content/u

    2: Who they blame for their unhappiness?

    .Not Islam.
    · Not their leadership.
    · Not themselves.
    They blame the west – where they immigrate in masses and live a better life.

    3; Where they are happy?
    Israel ranked 11th.
    (United States ranked 17th, United Kingdom placed 22nd)

    * Results of Israeli Arabs poll are:
    72% of Israeli Arabs prefer to live in Israel than in any other country in ME.
    They graded that the life is much better for them and more prosperous that it would be any place else.
    Arabs in Israel recognized that they have rights and privileges that Arabs/Iranians living in Muslim regimes can only dream of.

    Why are they happy in Israel?

    ** An Arab professor published recently differences between Arab countries and Israel – of course not in an Arab/Iranian where he would be on best cased jailed.
    ———— Arabs countries: ———–
    -Use force to maintain power and keep d humans living in fear.
    -Indoctrinate people with four things:
    *The ruling are great (à la Kim Jung Il).
    *Their country is the greatest.
    *The Palestinian cause is something that is part of their identity.
    *Force feed them Islam so it can be used as a tool to control

    ———-Israel:————-
    *If you’re a citizen there, your basic freedoms are respected.
    * You can live peacefully, raise a family, and send your kids to competitive and globally recognized universities.
    * This simple basic respect for human dignity put them light-years ahead of anyArab state.
    *As a human being who seeks to improve himself, Israel is a logical choice. It is the only place in the Middle East where your potential can be fully expressed.
    *Based on the values it stands for and the principles that it was founded on, Israel is a force of good for that region and for the world.

    p://blogs.timesofisrael.com/mo…

    ****
    4; What are the Arab countries and Iran quest for Israel, the only in all the ME where Arabs are happy?

    — Al Jazeera interview:
    “If we say that we want to wipe Israel out its too difficult.
    It’s not acceptable policy to say so.
    Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.
    Everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go””

    — Hamascharter point:
    “”Under the Islam wing Islam,Christiannity,Judaism may coexist.
    PEACE AND QUITE WOULD NOT BE POSIBLE EXEPT UNDER ISLAM.
    The day of judgment will not come until Moslems fight KILLING THE JEWS.
    The stones&trees will say O Moslem,there is a jew behind me ,KILL HIM

    http://www.mideastweb.org/hama

  9. Loretta Cash

    Richard hi

    Please could you add Irene Naftalin at

    IreneN@standwithus.com

    to your Mailing List

    Loretta

  10. http://blog.eretzyisrael.org/post/62671499139/bds-is-bs-expose-barghouti-omar-barghouti-the

    BDS is BS. Expose Barghouti.

    Omar Barghouti, the Qatari-born, Egyptian-raised Jordanian citizen and founder of the anti-Israel BDS (“Boycott Divestment Sanctions”) movement, likes to lie and claim that BDS is about fighting “oppression”.

    He likes to lie that slandering Israel, the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, is somehow helping “human rights”. He likes to hide the fact that Israeli Arabs and Palestinians under Israel have far more rights than he will ever have in Qatar, Egypt or Jordan — or any Arab state. But sometimes, he exposes his real agenda:

    “We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine…
    No Palestinian… who is not a sell out… will ever accept a Jewish state in ‘Palestine.’” — BDS Founder, Omar Barghouti

    BDS’ goal is to destroy the indigenous Jewish right to self determination. It is about destroying the democratic rights of all the Arabs, Jews and other ethnicity that today enjoy Israel’s democracy.

    BDS’ goal is to destroy Israel and replace it with another Arab state, and to make Jews as “safe” as the Christians being exterminated in Egypt and Syria and Gaza — the “One State” final solution.

  11. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/14358#.UtFS0J5dXow

    Op-Ed: Hate – Not Human Rights – Drives the BDS Movement
    Paul Miller
    January 09, 2014 8:58 AM

    The time has long passed for the press, politicians and civil society to recognize that the BDS movement (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) is not based upon legitimate, rational disagreement with the politics of the State of Israel, but is in fact a campaign rooted in anti-Semitism and fueled by ignorance.

    My immediate detractors would argue that one can condemn the actions of the Israeli government and even disagree with Israel’s right to exist, while insisting that it’s nothing personal against the Jewish people. That would be possible in theory, and I’m sure there are naïve college students as well as guilt-driven suburbanites and bourgeois Europeans who have been indoctrinated to believe that hate is not the driving force. But any disagreement with my conclusion is debunked by the BDS movement’s embrace of the Holocaust as a weapon of propaganda, portraying 21st century Jews as the Nazis of 1930s Germany.

    The world associates the Holocaust with photos of dead naked bodies piled on top of each other; human beings crammed into cattle cars and the few liberated survivors emaciated beyond recognition. Today these images have been exploited and turned against the very victims of these unspeakable horrors and the descendants of those who perished.

    If the Holocaust has a face it belongs to Anne Frank. The diary of this Jewish adolescent told a story of fear, hope and dreams as she and her family hid from Nazi persecution. She would go on to die in a concentration camp and now her image can be found sporting a Palestinian keffiyeh wrapped around her neck – created and trumpeted by the BDS movement and its supporters to dramatize their case. This fraudulent and reprehensible attempt to equate modern day Israel with Hitler’s Germany with imagery that invokes the Holocaust reveals contempt for Israel’s very existence.

    The BDS movement – the hearts and minds of its supporters – is evident all over social media and the blogosphere. The screeds run the gamut from accusations that Zionists and IDF soldiers are worse than Nazis – to Gaza being compared to a ghetto and even a concentration camp.

    Those who cling to the notion that the BDS movement is about human rights don’t know the first thing about human rights either in Israel, in the Middle East, or in the world at large. That leaves baseless hatred as the only other possible explanation. Anti-Semites never let facts get in the way.

    In case invoking the horrors of the Holocaust fails to endear people to the BDS movement, there’s always plenty of centuries-old stereotyping to keep the arsenal fully stocked. Last month a report by the independent research institution NGO Monitor revealed that Adalah-NY, The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, issued a songbook featuring lyrics to be sung to the tune of various traditional holiday songs.

    The new verses use words synonymous with slanderous Jewish stereotypes such as “greed” and “cheat” as well as phrases such as “making lots of dough.” Apartheid is a common theme in many of these songs. Comparing Israel to South African apartheid is part and parcel of the normal rhetoric stemming from anti-Israel groups engaged in the BDS movement.

    If the tactics of the BDS movement don’t expose its true agenda, perhaps its silence is more revealing.

    As pointed out by Rabbi Richard A. Block in a recent editorial published in the Huffington Post, “the BDS movement exercises the right to remain silent: Zimbabwe, Iran, North Korea, China and Russia, where dissident teachers and students are targets of violence, the ruling regimes’ ideological opponents are imprisoned or worse, elections are rigged, the media are state-controlled, homosexuality is banned, and the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and religion are denied.”

    Yet the BDS movement ignores their atrocities – horrific human rights violations – setting their sights on the only democracy in the Middle East that permits freedom of religion, speech and equal rights for women and homosexuals.

    Such hypocrisy raises the question, why? Yet the answer couldn’t be more obvious.

    The BDS agenda has nothing to do with human rights nor is even the least bit interested in improving the lives of Palestinians. It’s about racism – bigotry – wholesale enmity on so grand a scale as to have resulted in one of the worst atrocities in human history.

    Unless those who cling to the notion that the BDS movement is about human rights don’t know the first thing about human rights either in Israel, in the Middle East, or in the world at large.

    As pointed out by Rabbi Richard A. Block in a recent editorial published in the Huffington Post, “the BDS movement exercises the right to remain silent: Zimbabwe, Iran, North Korea, China and Russia, where dissident teachers and students are targets of violence, the ruling regimes’ ideological opponents are imprisoned or worse, elections are rigged, the media are state-controlled, homosexuality is banned, and the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and religion are denied.”

    Yet the BDS movement ignores their atrocities – horrific human rights violations – setting their sights on the only democracy in the Middle East that permits freedom of religion, speech and equal rights for women and homosexuals.

    Such hypocrisy raises the question, why? Yet the answer couldn’t be more obvious.

    The BDS agenda has nothing to do with human rights nor is even the least bit interested in improving the lives of Palestinians. It’s about racism – bigotry – wholesale enmity on so grand a scale as to have resulted in one of the worst atrocities in human history.

    Unless rational people realize the true intent, history will ultimately repeat itself.

    • “My immediate detractors would argue that one can condemn the actions of the Israeli government and even disagree with Israel’s right to exist, while insisting that it’s nothing personal against the Jewish people. That would be possible in theory”

      No, Ken, it would not be possible in theory. Denying the Jewish nation their free country in their ancient land while having no problem at all with free countries for the Swedes and the Brazilians (or, for the matter, for several invented Arab ‘nations’ like the ‘Jordanians’ and the ‘Iraqis’), IS personal against the Jewish people. It’s what is usually known for short as ‘antisemitism’.

    • Fan of Golda

      This is the BEST POST I HAVE EVER READ!

  12. Ken Kelso AKBAR!