The ‘irresponsible madness’ of Al-Quds march go-ahead
By Charles Gardner, Special to ASSIST News Service (Writer’s Opinion)
LONDON, UK (ANS – June 18, 2017) – A shocking case of double standards has come to light in London. A pro-Israel rally set for next Thursday, June 22, has been cancelled for “security reasons while a pro-Palestinian march was scheduled to go ahead today (Sunday, June 18).
“A Night to Honour Israel” was to have been held in Westminster, central London, and would have been Britain’s largest pro-Israel event — though the venue had been kept under wraps for obvious reasons, especially as similar meetings have been disrupted by violent demonstrators in recent times.
Speakers were to have included American pastor John Hagee, journalist Melanie Phillips and former British Army leader Col. Richard Kemp. It had been advertised as an “opportunity to unite with Christians and Jews in showing your support for Israel during this significant Balfour Centenary year, an important time in the history of our two nations”.
The organizers, Christians United for Israel, said it was cancelled for the protection of the 1,000 people who had already bought tickets, with a statement explaining: “Islamist extremists have called for specific targeting of Christians and Jews during Ramadan, when our event was due to take place.”
And yet the Al-Quds Day march through the capital has been allowed to go ahead. Ostensibly in support of Palestinians, demonstrators at this event last year waved Hezbollah and Hamas flags. Al-Quds Day is always held on the date chosen by the late Ayatollah Khomeini calling for Israel to be destroyed. Naturally, London’s Jewish community is alarmed and the capital’s Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is being called to account.
Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn writes: “It’s irresponsible madness to hold such a polarising, provocative march in the wake of a bloody attack by Islamist terrorists. But the authorities can always be relied upon to prostrate themselves before militant Islam. Pity they’re not so obliging when it comes to others, especially supporters of the Jewish state.”1
There is, I perceive, some perverse logic to the reasoning behind this, in that while Christians and Jews are particularly vulnerable to attack from Muslim fundamentalists, supporters of the Palestinian cause are not at risk because Christians are called to ‘love their enemies’ (Matthew 5.44). As Littlejohn says, “no-one is calling for the specific targeting of Muslims or Palestinians are they? Only Jews and Christians.”
But whatever happened to the ‘diversity and equality’ we hear so much about these days? Should not both events have at least been treated in the same way? A huge amount of police resources will no doubt be garnered for the Al-Quds march. Couldn’t such resources also have been afforded to protect the freedom of those who support Israel?
When things go wrong, and we are attacked by murderous followers of the Koran, left-wing “luvvies” blame the Tories (Conservatives) for cuts in the police budget.
But the reality is that the economy is overstretched by the social disintegration of a society bedeviled and over-burdened by the break-up of family life. Our police do a great job, but extra men and women only succeeds in putting a plaster over a gaping wound. We need to tackle the cause of our ills, not just the symptoms.
Just the other day I watched a documentary partly focused on how the police were forced to deal with an anarchist rally in London. Huge resources were committed to this ugly event, allowing those who want to destroy our society to “have their say”. But Christians and Jews who love the nation of Israel are prevented from doing so.
1Daily Mail, June 9 2017
Photo captions: 1) Pro-Palestine protesters gather in Hyde Park, London, at a previous event. 2) Pastor John Hagee (center), leads Christians in a solidarity march in Jerusalem. (Courtesy: CUFI) 3) Christian protesters hold signs stating their views at a previous rally in London against anti-Semitism. (Courtesy: Adam Arnold). 4) ANS founder, Dan Wooding, with Charles Gardner during a recent visit Dan made to the UK with his wife, Norma..
About the writer: Charles Gardner is a veteran Cape Town-born British journalist working on plans to launch a new UK national newspaper reporting and interpreting the news from a biblical perspective. With his South African forebears having had close links with the legendary devotional writer Andrew Murray, Charles is similarly determined to make an impact for Christ with his pen and has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 40 years. Part-Jewish, he is married to Linda, who takes the Christian message around many schools in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster. Charles is also author of Israel the Chosen (Amazon) and Peace in Jerusalem, available from olivepresspublisher.com. He has four children and nine grandchildren, and can be reached by phone on +44 (0) 1302 832987, or by e-mail at email@example.com
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