Sunday, September 12, 2010

Battle for the British Soul

Melanie Phillips speaks out on the battle for the British soul.

Britain is continuing in its appalling role as the western hub of Islamic terrorism – the pre-eminent western nation providing the most hospitable environment for the enemies of civilisation:

In May 2010 Amjad al-Salfiti, a lawyer with British citizenship who serves as head of the British branch of the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR), visited Judea and Samaria. He met with Dr. Mahmoud al-Ramahi, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a senior Hamas activist in Judea and Samaria. Speaking for Hamas, Al-Ramahi requested legal assistance against the Palestinian Authority for what he termed "persecution" of Hamas activists.

2. Hamas' use of the British lawyer and his human rights organization is one example of how it exploits anti-Israel organizations and activists operating in Britain, which is a hub of Hamas' political, propaganda and legal activity in Europe.1 Most of its routine activities are directed against Israel, including initiatives for boycotting Israel, smearing it in the media and trying its senior officials in court. However, on occasion it turns its activities against the Palestinian Authority and Egypt, with which Hamas currently has difficult, charged relations. Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniya recently called on the residents of Judea and Samaria to take to the streets and rebel against the PA, while Egypt, following the rocket fire targeting the southern Israeli city of Eilat and the Jordan city of Aqaba, called Hamas an "Iranian agent" and a danger to Egypt's national security and interests.

3. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abd al-Rahman al-Ramahi comes from Ramallah. He is a medical doctor and a senior Hamas activist in Judea and Samaria. He is the secretary of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and active in finance and charitable societies (which are fronts for Hamas activity). Between 2006 and 2009 he was imprisoned in Israel. He is often interviewed about human rights, especially the rights of Palestinian terrorist prisoners in Israel. In May 2010 he chatted with surfers on PALDF, Hamas’ main forum. A surfer named Abu Hussein asked what the role was of Hamas parliament representatives in contacting human rights organization outside Palestine, through them "to condemn the Ramallah authority's war crimes against our youth and brothers."

4. Al-Ramahi answered that "We are in constant contact with human rights organizations, especially the Arab Organization for Human Rights in London." He said that so far the organization had publicized two files of investigations about the PA's "persecution" of Hamas activists ("torture and dismissal from work"), greatly angering the PA's security services. He added that one week previously (i.e., in the middle of May 2010) "we met with the organization's chairman, Amjad al-Salfiti, who visited the West Bank. We supplied him with all the documents we received from our legal counsel." He said that they were likely to receive support in law suits which would be lodged in the near future [by implication, against the Palestinian Authority] by the British branch of the AOHR (Answers to surfers on PALDF, Hamas’ main forum, issued by "Abu Marah" of the forum's board of directors, May 22, 2010).

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