The fact that many EDL members support Israel may be because this country is surrounded by genocidal Islamists and Muslims intent on exterminating it in the most perfect act of jihad which could possibly happen.
See any connections or relevance here - sceptics in the EDL? This will be the case for England if we don’t stop listening to the leftist and anti-Zionist propaganda which many seemed to have swallowed in full. Don’t the sceptics at least think that the EDL can learn many lessons from the Israel-Palestine situation?
The EDL has no particular interest in going over the history of 1947 And All That. It's boring.
Many Jews say the best way you can spot an anti-Semite is that they know more about Israel/Palestine history and Jewish theology than most Jews.
The fact remains. Even if the anti-Zionists are correct about ‘the ancestral home’ of the Palestinians, there are still six million Jews in Israel today! What would anti-Zionists do about them?
Things would indeed have been terrible if the anti-Zionist version of history were correct.
As for the ‘intolerant ethnic and religious extremists’. Most Jews there at that time, 1947, were not particularly religious. Many were atheists. Not only that, most Palestinians left the area at the behest of Arab leaders at the time. They did so because they then could then invade Israel. They believed that they would win the war and thus the Palestinians could return to their homes. This did not happen.
Anti-Zionist EDL say that they are not Leftist. So why are using their lexicon, and even their phrases, such as ‘intolerant ethnic and religious extremists’ and ‘Zionists’ when you mean ‘Jews’ or even ‘Israelis’?
What do the EDL sceptics mean by the phrase, ‘the Zionists make us all look ignorant’? Does that means that EDL has a ‘false consciousness’ or that a Zionist cabal has infiltrated the EDL? Even right-wing anti-Zionists use Leftist and Hamas vocabulary and theories about the Israelis and the Jews. (The far-right often quotes from the Guardian's many 'anti-Zionist' articles, etc. Not only that. The far right and far left have worked together in Palestine as part of 'pro-Palestinian' support groups.)
Why should being a member of the EDL automatically make us ‘Little Englanders’? Part of the English character is that we do care about ‘foreign jonnies’. Think of Live Aid and other such things. That’s why we don’t want the extermination of the Israelis by Hezbollah and Hamas. That’s why we refer to the Sudan and Darfur. Does that make us ‘secret friends’ of Sudanese Christians and animists? Does that make us pro-Darfurists (like a ‘Zionist supporter’) or whatever? Why should English people not care for the Jews and Israelis? It doesn’t make us any less patriotic. Are sceptical EDL mistaking the EDL for the National Front or something?
The same goes for other national flags at EDL demos. Again, we are not National Front or Little Englanders. Israeli flags, why not? Pakistani Christian banners, why not? Iranian liberation flags, why not? Why not Swedish flags in solidarity with the Swedish and the hell of a Muslim mess they have there due to extreme multi-culturalism and political correctness?
Just as you say that the Israeli flags keep people away, so will the idea that we are really a narrow-minded National Front-type party. England has always embraced other countries. During the 18th century, Europe was a really open place and none of this had anything to do with European centralisation or places like Brussels which ruled like huge bureaucracies.