Sunday 24th October saw a rather remarkable event occur in London. Between two and three hundred, predominantly non-Jewish, people gathered in London, marched to the Israeli Embassy and, in a surprising twist, shouted their support for the continued existence of Israel as a Jewish state in the heart of the Middle East.
The march and rally outside the Embassy was organised by the English Defence League (EDL) and included an address by Rabbi Shifren, the “surfing Rabbi” from California. He was invited by the EDL’s Jewish Division with the full backing of the main EDL leadership.
I’m going to come right out and say it: I support the EDL. I started looking at the EDL forums and talking to people who I knew back in the UK who were sympathetic to the EDL a few months ago. I now post extensively on their forums and have talked with many, many members. This support of the aims of the EDL puts me at odds with, at last count:
the British Board of Deputies (supposedly the official voice of British Jewry);
the Community Security Trust (CST) who defend synagogues and other Jewish events from attack;
The Jewish Chronicle, the “paper of record” for British Jews;
Many other pro-Israel, left wing blogs I don’t know about;
Basically all the media;
The British Police;
The British Government;
And many, many more!
So what do all these people and groups think of the EDL? Jennifer Lipman of the Jewish Chronicle had this to say after attending yesterday’s demo:
"Make no mistake. These people are not moderates, they are extremists. One I spoke to denied being from a violent organisation, but admitted to me that he would be willing to fight “if that’s what it takes”. Looking at the EDL yesterday, I have no doubt."
And of course, every report about the EDL is not fit to print unless they’re described as:
Jewish Chronicle: far right organisation the English Defence League (EDL)
JPost: Rabbi Nachum Shifren attends far-right group’s London protest outside Israeli Embassy
What is Far Right?
But what the hell does 'far right' mean? The EDL were flying many gay flags at their rally yesterday, is that far right? The motto is Black and White Unite, is that far right? There are prominent Hindu, Jewish and Sikh members, is that far right? What a pile of crap: it’s not a right left issue.
What is the EDL?
The stories that pop up on the EDL’s forums every day are shocking (and I’m not talking about there speeling :-) ). They’re from people who’ve lived in areas all their lives but now feel like foreigners in their own towns. These are not elites, they’re hard working people trying to get by and watching the social fabric of their towns disintegrate.
They get on the net, and discover that Islam is not the cuddly, friendly, “religion of peace” the media try to convince them. That chimes with what they see outside their door, it turns a light on in their brains and they start to understand why bearded men wave signs calling returning troops “Baby Killers” on the streets of England and go unchallenged by the Police. “Behead those who insult Islam” – nice.
They start to see how the “special ones” are given completely different treatment by the police, lest someone get “offended”. When the EDL ask to march they’re nearly always denied. When Muslims execute a march through London proclaiming their allegiance to Hamas and Hezbollah it goes ahead. “Bomb, Bomb Israel” is fine, “Who the Fuck is Allah?” is a problem. Why the different treatment?
If the EDL has real Nazis in its ranks they will be ejected. If people infiltrate and give Nazi salutes (as one member of Unite Against Fascism has already been in court and convicted for) they will be found and rooted out. And, though I have no personal knowledge, I wouldn’t want to be those people after they’re found by some of the rougher elements of the EDL.
Who Are The Real Fascists?
At the rally on Sunday members of UAF tried to pour water on the PA system: the first rule of fascism is to stop your opponents from being heard. Who are the real fascists? Not once have the media covered the content of EDL speeches in full. The reason? They’re not racist or Nazi: they just tell the truth about Islam. Go read the speech in support of Israel given by Kev Carroll outside the Israeli embassy and come back and tell me what’s racist or wrong (hint, followers of Islam are black, brown, white, pink, red, green and all manner of hue).
The Two Problems for Jews
But here are the twin problems for Jews. The old idea of keeping your head down, not making any waves won’t work for ever. Political Islam was founded by Mohammed with an act of aggresive immigration that had the deliberate aim of conquering a city. This act, known as the Hijra, is not just central to the story of Islam, it’s the point from which Islam numbers its whole date system! Year 0 for Christianity: a birth. Year 0 for Islam: political take over by force of numbers. The story didn’t end well for the Jews in Medina, just ask any that live there now. Oh, wait, you can’t, they’re all dead! This is happening TODAY all over Europe.
The second part of the problem is the entrenched and immutable root core of Jew hatred in the Koran and within whole edifice of Islam. I’m not going to provide evidence here, it’s so easy to find and getting harder to hide by the day. Go pick up Andy Bostom’s book on the subject, but you better do weights first, it’s a very heavy book. And if I have to hear one more mindless fool trot out rubbish about a 'golden age' of Jews living under Islam I’ll scream “GO READ WHAT THE RAMBAM REALLY SAID ABOUT ISLAM” or read Bat Ye’or’s histories of dhimmi peoples.
So what should Jews in the UK do. Trust the CST and their Nazi hunting buddies to protect them? How well is that working out for the once thriving communities in the East End of London?
Class Warfare and Snobbery
Well the government is not listening to polite talk or blog posts. But when the EDL threaten to turn up on the doorstep of any council in England that doesn’t call Christmas, Christmas what the hell is wrong with that. Yes: England is a Christian country. Jews can live with that, we never asked anyone to change. It’s only one special brand of political immigrants who don’t want to change, and want all to bow down before them.
The EDL are not the problem.
I’m sorry British Jews, if the EDL fail in the UK, you better have bought your bolt hole in Israel already because property is getting damned expensive here and the Russians and French have all the nice spots on the beach