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“Oh I forgot, the Jews have all the oil”


Following up my post on Sunday (There is no effective pro-Israel lobby in Britain), and having now watched the program in question, I wonder whether the directors of Britain’s well-regarded Channel 4 television, or the program-makers, have read — or even care about — the European Union’s working definition of anti-Semitism, part of which reads:

Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective – such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.

The program — which may leave many viewers with the impression that Britain’s 290,000 Jews somehow control the rest of the British population of 62,000,000 — has been widely plugged by neo-Nazi and left-wing anti-Semitic groups.

Do the program-makers care?

Apparently not.

The hour-long documentary didn’t even mention (apart from one minor and insignificant reference in passing) the numerous pro-Arab and pro-Palestinian organizations in the U.K., the activities of which help explain why hostility to Israel among Britain’s media and political elites is so much stronger than in many other countries. They are, of course, an integral part of the story.
Among those omitted were the CAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding), the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Arab Media Watch, the Muslim Council of Britain, Hizb ut-Tahrir, the International Solidarity Campaign, the Stop the War Coalition, and numerous other anti-Israel campaigners among parliamentary groups, trades unions, and student movements. Oh, and then there are the twenty-odd Arab embassies (including the Palestinian Authority’s) in London churning out stuff.

To paraphrase a quip by Melanie Phillips today, “Oh, I forgot, the Jews have all the oil.”


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