Al Jazeera Investigations exposes how the Israel lobby influences British politics. A six-month undercover investigation reveals how Israel penetrates different levels of British democracy. 4 videos are shared here.
Episode One: In part one, Al Jazeera Investigations reveals how pro-Israel groups are trying to influence Britain’s youth.
Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P1
How Israel influences British politics-
We reveal from the inside how the Israeli Embassy
penetrates different levels of British democracy in the first of four programmes:
The Battle for Britain’s Youth
[sounds of explosions and yelling]
Following decades of violence
a new challenge has emerged to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands called BDS.
[crowd chants] “BDS is here to stay”
That’s the global movement to boycott, divest, and impose sanctions on Israel,
and expose it as an apartheid state.
The Israeli Government has responded with a campaign to rebrand the country’s image.
[Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu] “The reason we should fight BDS is because it’s wrong. It’s a moral outrage.”
It’s an operation run by the secretive Ministry of Strategic Affairs.
“They recruit mainly former intelligence officers.”
“Its main task is to counter BDS worldwide.”
Using an undercover reporter, Al Jazeera’s investigative unit exposes Israel’s clandestine activities in London,
a city that’s become a major battleground.
“BDS campaign in many ways germinated in Britain.”
You’ll meet the people working to challenge BDS at every level of British politics.
One of Israel’s main targets is the Labour party.
For the first time its leader is a champion of Palestinian civil rights.
They’d be very happy to see Jeremy Corbyn no longer leader of the Labour party for sure.
It’s a covert action that penetrates the heart of Britain’s democracy.
It is outrageous interference in British politics, it shouldn’t be permitted.
It’s a battle of ideas seeking to change not only how Israel’s portrayed, but even how it is debated.
Our undercover reporter grew up in Germany and creates an identity as a graduate planning to live in Britain.
Robin sets himself up in London as an aspiring Labour party activist with strong sympathies toward Israel.
After over a month of attending party functions, he stood out as a friend of Israel.
And before long, he recognized a familiar face.
It’s a meeting of the Labour Friends of Israel or LFI,
– members of the British Parliament, who lobby for Israel.
Oh yeah, take the districts
Shai later explained to Robin the problems the LFI is facing.
Robin tweeted and wrote articles about Israel and the Labour party, building up his online identity.
He discovered numerous groups that support Israel –
– and which identify themselves as independent grassroots movements.
One is the Sussex Friends Of Israel –
– who organized a march to protest against the pro-Palestinian movement to boycott Israel.
Robin had joined them.
Shai later described the embassy’s role in some of these movements.
Shai had helped establish a youth group within the Conservative Friends of Israel.
Alright, thank you very much
Have a nice evening, right
Our investigation linked the embassy’s senior political officer with a series of pro-Israel groups –
– the parliamentary friends of Israel, young conservatives, lobbyists,
as well as grassroots movements.
In addition, Shai’s involved with the youth arm of the Fabian Society –
– an influential Labour party think tank.
It appears the Israeli diplomat’s’ mission is to build support for Israel at all levels of the Labour party.
Shai says he knows nearly all the Fabian Society activists.
Martin Edobor explains how foreign governments’ support helps the Fabian membership.
I went on one of the trips of the Conservative Friends of Israel to the Middle East.
It was brilliantly well arranged, very well looked after.
You got fantastic access. You did meet Palestinians.
If all you did was rely on that one trip, you would get a very one-sided point of view.
According to Haaretz newspaper, Israel, which controls all water sources in the Occupied West Bank,
– did cut supplies, even if the reason was contested.
Our undercover reporter discovered that Shai Masot played a role in another key Labour party organization –
– The Jewish Labour Movement, or JLM.
Robin attended a summer barbecue organized by the JLM.
Much of the small talk turned to the Israeli embassy.
What came next surprised our undercover reporter.
Shai had asked Robin to become part of the Israeli Embassy’s plan to attract young Labour party members.
Shai then suggested that as well as setting up the Young LFI, Robin apply for a job at the Israeli embassy.
He was invited to a private meeting at a London hotel.
It included embassy staff and British supporters of Israel.
An Israeli diplomat takes Robin to one side.
Ella Rose, the new director of the Jewish Labour Movement, was pleased to hear –
– of Robin’s plans to set up a Young LFI.
The guest of honour: a minister from the Israeli government.
The primary role of Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry is to counter the BDS movement.
During another meeting with the embassy’s senior political officer,
Shai tutors Robin on setting up a new pro-Israel group.
The LFI appears to be looking beyond Labour’s present set of MPs.
Robin tells him about the Israeli Embassy’s interest in recruiting him.
He gave an example of how a job at the embassy could further a career in British politics.
Round about the same time the JLM –
– re-emerged under the leadership of Jeremy Newmark,
– who would later hire Ella Rose as the director of the JLM.
The big story was about a young student in Oxford, who made allegations –
– that the Labour party and most of the student left at Oxford was anti-Semitic.
He didn’t present any evidence at all. The only thing he said was –
– that they had promoted the Israel Apartheid Week,
– which is a well-known event which takes place on campuses around the world.
The national chairman of Labour Students at that time was Michael Rubin.
There was lots of media leaks and talks about
how anti-Semitism was being covered up.
British newspapers repeatedly ran stories of anti-Semitism in the Labour party.
One of the next targets was Malia Bouattia, the newly elected leader of Britain’s National Union of Students.
With each year of Israel’s expanding occupation, support for BDS has spread –
– on college campuses around the world.
In Britain, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict defined the 2016 election for the NUS presidency.
But Israel, where it exists now, is that problematic to you?
Israel as it behaves, is problematic to me.
You would feel it would be O.K. for you to say about yourself that you are anti-Zionist?
Yes, I would.
Another vice president, Richard Brooks, took the unusual step of publicly claiming that Bouttia’s criticisms –
– of Israel amount to anti-Semitism.
When you look at what Malia Bouttia has been saying – she says… it’s… her criticisms are political ones.
She talks about Zionism, not about people who are Jewish.
Yeah, I think that the really important thing here, and something that student movement needs to face up to,
is that it is for Jewish students to find what anti-Semitism is in the run up to national conference.
Nearly 50 union of Jewish student presidents of societies made it clear that they had concerns about some of the rhetoric.
Brooks never mentioned that weeks before that interview,
– he’d been taken to Israel as part of a delegation from the Union of Jewish Students.
During the runup to the election, Richard Brooks had held private meetings with Russell Langer,
the campaign director of the Union of Jewish Students.
Also attending the meetings was Michael Rubin.
After being introduced by the Israeli Embassy as a Young LFI volunteer,
– our undercover reporter explores the possibility of ousting the pro-Palestinian NUS president –
– with the help of Richard Brooks.
Our investigation also revealed that the UJS, who sent critics of Malia Bouttia on trips to Israel,
– has received money from the Israeli Embassy.
In 2016, Schapira launched an unsuccessful bid for the presidency of the UJS.
He also received donations from Israel to set up a new campus-based think tank.
He established a Pinsker Centre with former University College student Elliot Miller.
They also confirmed for the first time that the powerful American pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC,
– is channelling money to British campuses through the Pinsker Centre.
Elliot Miller remains vocal in the cauldron of London student politics.
In episode two: further evidence of Israel’s involvement in Britain’s Labour party.
And the money Israel gives Labour MPs to help improve its image.
— സ്രോതസ്സ് aljazeera.com
Episode Two: In part two, our undercover reporter joins a delegation from the Israeli embassy at last year’s Labour Party Conference.
Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P2: The Training Session
previously al-jazeera sent an undercover
reporter to expose how the Israel lobby
works in Britain how the Embassy is
backing pro-israel youth groups at the
center of events is the Israeli
embassies senior political officer it’s
the belief those are the visions
independent but we have been Church yeah
in part two of the lobby our undercover
reporter gains even greater access
within Britain’s pro-israel community
and along the way
Robin is groomed for a most unexpected
mission following decades of violence a
new challenge has emerged to Israel’s
occupation of Palestinian lands called
BDS that’s the global movement to
boycott divest and impose sanctions on
Israel and expose it as an apartheid
state the Israeli government has
responded with a campaign to rebrand the
country’s image the reason we should
fight BDS is because it’s wrong it’s a
it’s an operation run by the secretive
Ministry of strategic affairs they
recruit mainly former intelligence
officers its main task is to counter BDS
worldwide using an undercover reporter
Al Jazeera’s investigative view that
exposes Israel’s clandestine activities
in London a city that’s become a major
battleground BDS campaign in many ways
germinated in Britain you’ll meet the
people working to challenge BDS at every
level of British politics
okay this is usually like very basic
yeah well I love is my machine one of
Israel’s main targets is the Labour
Party for the first time its leader is a
champion of Palestinian civil rights I’d
be very happy to see Jeremy Corbyn no
longer leader of the Labour Party Patrol
it’s a covert action that penetrates the
heart of Britain’s democracy give you
some happiness again if you’ll dig down
it is outrageous interference in British
politics it shouldn’t be permitted it’s
a battle of ideas seeking to change not
only how Israel is portrayed but even
how it is debated I disagree
our undercover reporter has held
meetings with the senior political
officer of the Israeli embassy in London
Shai masu wants Robin to help set up a
new youth movement allied to Britain’s
Labour Party it will soon be time for
the party’s annual conference and he’s
keen that Robin attends so you’re going
to be very huge connect about five
people and they’re going to be an MP
from Israel and eight young labor from
his room he suggests Robin liaised with
the heads of other pro-israel movements
so look at Casa director of we believe
in Israel that’s great guys
so you know so Luke is a great guy for
some time friend
we believe it is very same sitting
together in the offices but it’s not a
it’s break up in ER yes
none of the best of the inside and on
the part is seriously news not enough
people I guess and your question is can
t can I mention your name tour through
shy also suggest that Robin contact
Michael Rubin to take forward the idea
of attracting pro-israel young people to
labor Michael it’s okay
we came to do that but just dig your own
growth then you need a business partner
can I claim that up your support you can
down the dice through some June 8 2010
but leave me support because any fights
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doing what it takes
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he can’t use collaborate Jovian
we work pretty places yeah
being shy helping Rebecca
going to keep shop today laying and oh
having been predestined for those
procedures young Israeli embassy like
wanted to be just English myself
Kevin this is just coming clean it was
advisor sent right in
it’s time for members of the Labour
Party to travel to their annual
conference in Liverpool
Robin sits with the Israeli delegation
shy announces plans to establish another
organisation in Britain this time with
links to AIPAC America’s powerful
pro-israel lobby and ranking hand
French bistro and basically we’re doing
lunch with a congressman for America
we’re doing it after newspaper our
investigation has already established
this Israeli diplomats links to numerous
political groups in Britain including
the parliamentary lobby group the Labour
friends of Israel or lfi at the
conference Shai introduces our
undercover reporter to Ella five members
at their stall for the Israeli diplomat
advises the chair of the lfi about
Robins new role within her organization
you just met yeah five and he’s doing it
trying to get the young people
oh yeah original investigation maybe I
have to really make it they discuss
paying for influential MPs to take a
government-run tour of Israel and just
now that their money 20 it’s more than 1
million fell and now I gotta money yeah
so from Israel hey so I miss or physical
yeah it’s improve and then me back the
government of Israel has already budget
allocated to various ministries which
can use it as they like to bring foreign
delegations to Israel it’s part of the
information campaign you may call his
propaganda campaign the deputy Israeli
ambassador to the UK arrives at the
stall and is introduced to our
undercover reporter row beneath the
division and identify to bring young
people to do oh no shy networked with
pro-israel labor activists he offered
assistance to the Jewish leadership
council an influential umbrella group of
Jewish organizations in Britain and he
told me that there’s a couple of things
that you are you Jen yet shot for range
so you never thought I mean so I need to
them a draft schedule
Allyson years ago spearmint efforts from
ask to them to help as they say anything
they need with some suggestions of what
to do I don’t know anything more than
and this might feel better who are
amazingly these misty said shy but
everyone I’m sure that’s good man love
while in Liverpool shiz confidence in
Robin grows the Israeli diplomat even
goes so far as to introduce him as the
chairman of the young labor Friends of
Israel and shy head of the delegation
nice to meet you and functionality
Robin learns that pro-israel activists
are planning to attend a meeting
organized by the Labour friends of
Palestine in the Middle East the LF PM e
on the way he spots Luke egg Hearst the
prominent pro-israel operative within
labor who shy had told Robin to contact
mistake young tomorrow night hi I’m
Robin the guy sitting up the young and a
five yeah we’re getting four super
innocent we have an accent progress now
with signing off the twenty two people
on the mailing this yeah Dick Grayson
are you going to the event but it’s to
the LF DME figure good time so needs
takers are you gonna recommend that
entertain shuttlepod from their power it
becomes clear that as well as a cursed
other pro-israel activists will be
discreetly recording the event
I charge my phone outside yes mornings
ahead of the Palestine events one member
of the Israeli delegation contemplates
wearing a t-shirt promoting Israel she’s
dying for some action
good I would well I mean hey cuz it’s
gonna run – these are our base our spies
that’s why you call me that tee shot
everyone I can get the Intel for you
while the Palestine event passed without
controversy did follow a private
training session organised by the Jewish
labor movement questions
Mike Katz works under Jeremy Newmark the
chairman of the Jewish labor movements
Newmark recently appointed ella rose as
the GLM’s new director and engagement
responses the training session was
arranged following allegations of
anti-semitism within the Labor Party it
became a highly publicized matter for
Jeremy Corbyn after an incident
involving the former mayor of London the
apology I’m not see apologies
you’re disgusting now see apologies
Livingstone a barrister
Shami Chakrabarti launched an inquiry
and concluded that despite and
occasionally toxic atmosphere
anti-semitism was not endemic within the
party akcent ISM normal across the world
um isn’t our people nice attitude –
areas which we never see pressure on
killed hundreds – Richard we have been
12 excuse to attach it
2014 sawed off the top India I enter any
persons walking past the private JLM
training session was about to have very
public consequences for one attendee at
it seemed relatively relaxed it was
simply a training session and I think
some of us had gone along there with the
idea that it was kind of strange because
in some ways this was going against what
Shami Chakrabarti had actually advised
so we wanted to see what was going on
see SED which kicked off they recall the
quite moment to seven classes l suspect
in the person
that is an 11-7 crease material 2014
most Isis yeah that was one member of
the audience challenges how the list was
drawn up to some reason this is a person
like Finkelstein wrote and what many
considered a humorous post that one way
to deal with the occupation of
Palestinian land was to move Israel to
the United States in the past
anti-semitism was hating Jews for being
now Israel tries to extend it to say
that this is any criticism about what
Jews are doing is also anti-semitism if
you question the right of Israel to be a
Jewish state then you are not different
from these classical anti-semites this
goes back to the training session they
do this by saying most Jews relate to
Israel as being an important part of
their identity what needs to do is
recognize that Israel is an integral
part the vast majority of Jewish
therefore if you attack Israel you are
attacking their identity got creighton
welcome welcome platelets air is you
need to be careful your language but
your references for a course and what
you might imagine really did dealer just
might write of Israel that base right
Israel painful to resist that’s not
appropriate scientific fire not steam
juice and it’s an anyway Zionism is the
political ideology that Israel has the
right to exist as an exclusively Jewish
homeland in historic Palestine I’m
and I’ll empty believeth the concept of
Jewish values it is neither right to
live in Israel or if a Palestinian is
Guinea slice like than they so
pinteresting maybe it’s not appropriate
I mean really saying it’s not
appropriate my husband out of this
gorgeous fashion the Jews of Europe had
the right to look for safe haven there’s
no doubt about it
when they were persecuted by
anti-semitic governments and movements
and definitely the Jews had to save
when this anti-semitism has turned into
the Nazi machine of destruction and
genocide the question is do people who
were persecuted in Europe have the right
to displace people of another place can
be abused become an abuser you are fine
ISM you know if not open to debate a
concept that we would understand if like
any more races
is horrible and my feeling about how to
tackle with Jews before it’s 20
alongside left a black comrades I’m
listening all right well much more talk
of racism as well as our undercover
reporter someone else was secretly
recording to debate yeah I’m laughing
because by the time the rau actually
broke out I was on my way home I mean
none of us thought anything about this
training session I was in the car and
suddenly I started to get these tweets
coming through to me and these phone
calls from the BBC a secretly recorded
clip was leaked to a news outlet what
was actually leaked were certain little
segments that would be as controversial
as possible as soon as I spoke if you
like there was a ripple in the room and
I was just constantly interrupted
impacted it’s not actions that I’m not
just Jewish I am black and my ancestry
is of African enslavement only this year
I spoke at slavery Remembrance Day and I
spoke to a crowd in Trafalgar Square
about the African Holocaust and that is
what we call it you can disagree with me
as to whether I should call that a
Holocaust but is not anti-semitic from
to call what happened to African people
in the Diaspora a Holocaust people
inflation I still haven’t heard how it
was reported and how it was tweeted as I
was basically saying I can’t find
anywhere a definition of anti-semitism
to work with there’s total nonsense I’m
an anti-racist trainer I’ve been an
anti-racist trainer for 40 years I’ve
been fighting fascists and anti-semites
on the streets for decades the incident
caused uproar in the British media the
Board of Deputies of British Jews called
Walker and unapologetic Jew Bader Walker
was suspended from the Labour Party
pending an investigation
shortly afterwards Robin meets the
Embassy’s senior political officer what
do you think of that one second okay yes
she’s let it go
I report every time she let me yeah yeah
do you not
in recent years there is a growing
tendency within the government to to
smear people who are anti Israeli or
anti Zionist also to be anti-semite but
not all anti Israelis and all and
undesigned missed our anti-semite on the
contrary if they accuse anybody of
anti-semitism it’s basically as bad as
kind of accusing somebody of being a
pedophile or a murderer you know and
it’s really hard to come back from that
meanwhile our undercover reporter spots
Ella Rose across the road news had
broken of Ella’s former job at the
Israeli embassy which had not been
widely known she’s in tears because of
what she considers anti-semitic
harassment good it’s been a tough week
especially around right essentially
Electronic Intifada release that I walk
to the embassy for jello Jackie walk has
been spamming me online a week I stand
in front of her
it was really hard it was really hard
there’s no about this video run a rally
q yeah I think about know them
oh my god when our undercover reporter
next met Ella she had regained her
composure so Jackie will find something
you know what
take that 1.2 that’s why I would have
already care oh my gosh well I kind of
that says it all I mean you know I don’t
even speak about people like that in
that way that you would take somebody
you would take somebody out and she’s
speaking about another Jewish labor
member in this way I guess breathtaking
it’s absolutely breathtaking I’m just
stunned the report that Ella worked at
the Israeli embassy had appeared in the
Electronic Intifada a pro palestinian
LRO’s had been working for a year at the
Israeli embassy in London something that
wasn’t widely known at all that had been
as far as I could as 10 had been
essentially covered up beeps one the
right things about me
amazing they know they can’t win when
the debates are open so they have to do
these things behind closed doors so when
I’m outing her as an officer at the
Israeli embassy and she didn’t want that
to be publicly known yeah she’s not
gonna like that she’s gonna lash out
look at next day these people sock sock
they belong area and their existence as
far as I’m concerned they can go time
she’s worked for the Israeli states the
Israeli state talks about a war against
organizations like us it’s is a
threatening thing to hear about
absolutely what we need to have is some
investigation of this from the Labour
Party and I will be making a formal
complaint against both LRO’s and the
Jewish labor movement
I’m sorry miss Jason
in part three
controversy over anti-semitism continues
at the Labour conference that case
account is missing yes
and a warning from the Israeli
ambassador to pro-israel supporters in
Britain the fashion is if you were on
the net today you are help of the
no more final fantasy
— സ്രോതസ്സ് aljazeera.com
Episode Three: In part three, our undercover reporter witnesses a heated conversation between two opposing activists. The evidence raises serious questions about whether accusations of anti-Semitism are used to stifle political debate.
Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P3: An Anti-Semitic Trope
Episode Four: In part four, the senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in London discusses a potential plot to ‘take down’ British politicians – including a minister.
Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P4: The Takedown
— സ്രോതസ്സ് aljazeera.com
ഈ പ്രശ്നങ്ങള് നടക്കുന്ന നാട്ടിലെ ജനങ്ങള് ആ പ്രശ്നങ്ങള്ക്കെതിരെ സമാധാനപരമായി പ്രതികരിക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. അവര് അത് ചെയ്തോളും. അക്രമി രാജ്യത്തില് നിന്നുള്ള ഉല്പ്പന്നങ്ങളും സേവനങ്ങളും ബഹിഷ്കരിക്കുക, കാര്യങ്ങള് അറിഞ്ഞിരിക്കുക എന്നതിനപ്പുറം നമുക്കതില് ഒന്നും ചെയ്യാനില്ല. അതുപോലെ നാം പ്രവര്ത്തിക്കുന്ന മണ്ഡലത്തില് ഈ അക്രമി രാജ്യത്തിന്റെ പോലുള്ള സ്വഭാവം ഉണ്ടാകാതിരിക്കാന് ശ്രമിക്കുകയും വേണം.
എന്നാല് ഈ വിവരങ്ങള് കാരണം താങ്കള്ക്ക് തീവൃദേഷ്യമോ അക്രമണ പ്രതികാര താല്പ്പര്യമോ തൊന്നുണ്ടെങ്കില് താങ്കള് തീര്ച്ചയായും ഒരു കൌണ്സിലിങ്ങിന് പോകേണ്ടതാണ്. കാരണം, അല്ലെങ്കില് താങ്കള് ഏതോ തീവൃവാദിയുടെ ഉപകരണമായി മാറുകയും, മൊത്തം ജനങ്ങള്ക്കും ഒരു ഭാരമാകുകയും, യഥാര്ത്ഥ പ്രശ്നങ്ങളില് നിന്ന് ജനശ്രദ്ധയെ മാറ്റുന്ന സാമ്രാജ്യത്വത്തിന്റെ കൂലിപ്പണിക്കാരനാകുകയും ചെയ്യും. വിവേകമാണ് നമുക്ക് വേണ്ടത്. സമാധാനപരമായ പ്രവര്ത്തികളേ വിജയിക്കൂ.
അതുപോലെ ഈ ജനങ്ങളുടെ കഷ്ടപ്പടിനെ പോസ്റ്ററായി ഉപയോഗിച്ച് മറ്റുള്ളവരുടെ അനുകമ്പ പിടിച്ചെടുക്കാന് മതസംഘടനകള് ശ്രമിക്കാറുണ്ട്. ആരോടും അനുകമ്പയോ സ്നേഹമോ കാണിക്കേണ്ട കാര്യമില്ല, പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് മതവിശ്വാസികളോട്. അവരെ വിശ്വാസത്തില് നിന്നും മതത്തില് നിന്നും മോചിപ്പിക്കുകയാണ് വേണ്ടത്. നിങ്ങളുടെ പ്രതികാരവാഞ്ഛ കൊണ്ടോ ദീനാനുകമ്പകൊണ്ടോ പരിഹരിക്കാവുന്ന പ്രശ്നങ്ങളല്ല ഇതൊന്നും. അവരുടെ പിടിയില് പെടാതിരിക്കാന് പ്രത്യേകം സൂക്ഷിക്കുക.
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