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Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P1

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How Israel influences British politics-
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We reveal from the inside how the Israeli Embassy
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penetrates different levels of British democracy in the first of four programmes:
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The Battle for Britain’s Youth
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[sounds of explosions and yelling]
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Following decades of violence
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a new challenge has emerged to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands called BDS.
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[crowd chants] “BDS is here to stay”
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That’s the global movement to boycott, divest, and impose sanctions on Israel,
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and expose it as an apartheid state.
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The Israeli Government has responded with a campaign to rebrand the country’s image.
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[Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu] “The reason we should fight BDS is because it’s wrong. It’s a moral outrage.”
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It’s an operation run by the secretive Ministry of Strategic Affairs.
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“They recruit mainly former intelligence officers.”
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“Its main task is to counter BDS worldwide.”
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Using an undercover reporter, Al Jazeera’s investigative unit exposes Israel’s clandestine activities in London,
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a city that’s become a major battleground.
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“BDS campaign in many ways germinated in Britain.”
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You’ll meet the people working to challenge BDS at every level of British politics.
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One of Israel’s main targets is the Labour party.
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For the first time its leader is a champion of Palestinian civil rights.
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They’d be very happy to see Jeremy Corbyn no longer leader of the Labour party for sure.
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It’s a covert action that penetrates the heart of Britain’s democracy.
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It is outrageous interference in British politics, it shouldn’t be permitted.
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It’s a battle of ideas seeking to change not only how Israel’s portrayed, but even how it is debated.
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Our undercover reporter grew up in Germany and creates an identity as a graduate planning to live in Britain.
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Robin sets himself up in London as an aspiring Labour party activist with strong sympathies toward Israel.
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After over a month of attending party functions, he stood out as a friend of Israel.
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And before long, he recognized a familiar face.
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It’s a meeting of the Labour Friends of Israel or LFI,
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– members of the British Parliament, who lobby for Israel.
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Oh yeah, take the districts
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Shai later explained to Robin the problems the LFI is facing.
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Robin tweeted and wrote articles about Israel and the Labour party, building up his online identity.
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He discovered numerous groups that support Israel –
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– and which identify themselves as independent grassroots movements.
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One is the Sussex Friends Of Israel –
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– who organized a march to protest against the pro-Palestinian movement to boycott Israel.
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Robin had joined them.
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Shai later described the embassy’s role in some of these movements.
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Shai had helped establish a youth group within the Conservative Friends of Israel.
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Alright, thank you very much
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Have a nice evening, right
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Our investigation linked the embassy’s senior political officer with a series of pro-Israel groups –
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– the parliamentary friends of Israel, young conservatives, lobbyists,
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as well as grassroots movements.
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In addition, Shai’s involved with the youth arm of the Fabian Society –
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– an influential Labour party think tank.
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It appears the Israeli diplomat’s’ mission is to build support for Israel at all levels of the Labour party.
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Shai says he knows nearly all the Fabian Society activists.
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Martin Edobor explains how foreign governments’ support helps the Fabian membership.
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I went on one of the trips of the Conservative Friends of Israel to the Middle East.
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It was brilliantly well arranged, very well looked after.
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You got fantastic access. You did meet Palestinians.
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If all you did was rely on that one trip, you would get a very one-sided point of view.
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According to Haaretz newspaper, Israel, which controls all water sources in the Occupied West Bank,
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– did cut supplies, even if the reason was contested.
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Our undercover reporter discovered that Shai Masot played a role in another key Labour party organization –
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– The Jewish Labour Movement, or JLM.
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Robin attended a summer barbecue organized by the JLM.
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Much of the small talk turned to the Israeli embassy.
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What came next surprised our undercover reporter.
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Shai had asked Robin to become part of the Israeli Embassy’s plan to attract young Labour party members.
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Shai then suggested that as well as setting up the Young LFI, Robin apply for a job at the Israeli embassy.
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He was invited to a private meeting at a London hotel.
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It included embassy staff and British supporters of Israel.
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An Israeli diplomat takes Robin to one side.
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Ella Rose, the new director of the Jewish Labour Movement, was pleased to hear –
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– of Robin’s plans to set up a Young LFI.
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The guest of honour: a minister from the Israeli government.
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The primary role of Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry is to counter the BDS movement.
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During another meeting with the embassy’s senior political officer,
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Shai tutors Robin on setting up a new pro-Israel group.
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The LFI appears to be looking beyond Labour’s present set of MPs.
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Robin tells him about the Israeli Embassy’s interest in recruiting him.
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He gave an example of how a job at the embassy could further a career in British politics.
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Round about the same time the JLM –
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– re-emerged under the leadership of Jeremy Newmark,
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– who would later hire Ella Rose as the director of the JLM.
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The big story was about a young student in Oxford, who made allegations –
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– that the Labour party and most of the student left at Oxford was anti-Semitic.
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He didn’t present any evidence at all. The only thing he said was –
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– that they had promoted the Israel Apartheid Week,
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– which is a well-known event which takes place on campuses around the world.
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The national chairman of Labour Students at that time was Michael Rubin.
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There was lots of media leaks and talks about
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how anti-Semitism was being covered up.
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British newspapers repeatedly ran stories of anti-Semitism in the Labour party.
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One of the next targets was Malia Bouattia, the newly elected leader of Britain’s National Union of Students.
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Palestine, Palestine.
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With each year of Israel’s expanding occupation, support for BDS has spread –
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– on college campuses around the world.
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In Britain, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict defined the 2016 election for the NUS presidency.
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But Israel, where it exists now, is that problematic to you?
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Israel as it behaves, is problematic to me.
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You would feel it would be O.K. for you to say about yourself that you are anti-Zionist?
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Yes, I would.
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Another vice president, Richard Brooks, took the unusual step of publicly claiming that Bouttia’s criticisms –
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– of Israel amount to anti-Semitism.
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When you look at what Malia Bouttia has been saying – she says… it’s… her criticisms are political ones.
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She talks about Zionism, not about people who are Jewish.
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Yeah, I think that the really important thing here, and something that student movement needs to face up to,
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is that it is for Jewish students to find what anti-Semitism is in the run up to national conference.
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Nearly 50 union of Jewish student presidents of societies made it clear that they had concerns about some of the rhetoric.
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Brooks never mentioned that weeks before that interview,
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– he’d been taken to Israel as part of a delegation from the Union of Jewish Students.
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During the runup to the election, Richard Brooks had held private meetings with Russell Langer,
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the campaign director of the Union of Jewish Students.
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Also attending the meetings was Michael Rubin.
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After being introduced by the Israeli Embassy as a Young LFI volunteer,
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– our undercover reporter explores the possibility of ousting the pro-Palestinian NUS president –
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– with the help of Richard Brooks.
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Our investigation also revealed that the UJS, who sent critics of Malia Bouttia on trips to Israel,
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– has received money from the Israeli Embassy.
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In 2016, Schapira launched an unsuccessful bid for the presidency of the UJS.
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He also received donations from Israel to set up a new campus-based think tank.
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He established a Pinsker Centre with former University College student Elliot Miller.
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They also confirmed for the first time that the powerful American pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC,
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– is channelling money to British campuses through the Pinsker Centre.
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Elliot Miller remains vocal in the cauldron of London student politics.
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In episode two: further evidence of Israel’s involvement in Britain’s Labour party.
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And the money Israel gives Labour MPs to help improve its image.

— സ്രോതസ്സ് aljazeera.com


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