With the Queen of England celebrating her Jubilee Year, and this week’s
worshipful MP visit to hate-preacher Abu Hamza in a high-security prison, I
think the time has come for a few words about what is going on in
To be quite honest, I started life as an Anglophile.
bedtime story was David Copperfield
. As I suffered and ultimately triumphed with
that poor, handsome orphan lad, I was infused with a sense of longing for the
streets of London, waiting for the magic moment when my feet would wander where
my imagination had long roamed.
My opportunity came many years later in
1981, after I had finished a master’s thesis on D.H. Lawrence. My dear friend
and fellow classmate Shoshana and I hurried to take advantage of our husbands’
offer to babysit for a week, allowing us a much-needed break.
came to their senses, we booked two tickets to London.
I’ll never forget
Everything from the pubs to the accents, to the little parks,
and especially the theater, thrilled me with their unique charm. It was all so
civilized, I thought.
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People were so polite. The streets so clean. The
plays were so well performed. It was dazzling.
Believe it or not, despite
having made aliya in 1972, I didn’t have a very clear picture of the terrible
history of Britain and the Jews of Palestine. The last book I read before
leaving the US was While Six Million Died, which detailed the terrible history
of America’s passive complicity in the destruction of European Jewry during the
But then came the intifada.
I couldn’t believe my ears
as I listened to BBC broadcasters.
The bias and hatred toward Israel were
so ugly and so blatant that even slow-boil Israeli government spokesmen were
finally moved to protest, accusing the BBC’s Middle East correspondent Orla
Guerin of anti-Semitism and “total identification with the goals and methods of
the Palestinian terror groups.” After numerous Palestinian terror attacks on
Israeli civilians, the BBC decided to air a documentary focusing on… the 1982
massacres in Sabra and Shatilla, dusting off the tired old complaints against
Ariel Sharon. The following year I cringed as BBC reporters openly worried
whether the PLO terrorists who had invaded the Church of the Nativity – defiling
the sanctuary, beating up priests and worshipers and taking them hostage – were
hungry, and if they had had a chance during the week to put down their machine
guns to take a shower.
“You are not doing harm to the Jewish people. But
you are doing harm to yourselves and to civilized norms that history shows will
wind up destroying all that is precious to you as well,” I wrote in an open
letter to the BBC.
Not long after, a British Jew decided to sing anti-
Israel Christmas carols. She was someone I had the misfortune to meet when I
attended the London Jewish Book Fair.
By that trip, the streets of London
were decidedly less magical than I remembered, the streets dirty, and the people
basically Third Worlders. The politeness and charm were gone, along with the
thrill of being in a place of superior intellectual and moral
It was a sad return.
British reality TV programs
brought to Israel revealed the ongoing nature of this process. Tiny Tearaways
showed dysfunctional families coping with outof- control two-year-olds, while
showcased these same two-year-olds reaching puberty, drinking, taking
drugs and beating up their parents, who then bought them a one-way ticket to the
Utah desert. Both programs revealed something that was obvious to all: No one
was bringing up British children. In the nofather, single, non-coping parent
environment that had replaced normal family life in Britain, the children were
certainly no worse than their loutish parent( s). Recent British riots should
have come as no surprise to anyone, least of all British authorities.
SAD and precipitous decline in British character and morals from their heights
during the London Blitz seems to parallel the decline in British-Jewish
relations. Anti-Semitic hate crimes, including physical attacks on Jews in
London, are all too commonplace nowadays. The concomitant blindness of the
average Brit to Muslim excesses within their own borders is
Take this week’s report from the Islington Tribune
Amara that “an alarming number of underage girls – some as young as nine – are
being forced into marriage in Islington” according to the Iranian and Kurdish
Women’s Rights Organization, and that “hundreds of Islington girls could be
suffering sexual, emotional and physical scars as a result of the child
marriages every year.”
The powerlessness of British authorities to
control what goes on in their country, a result of the radical left-wing poison
that has invaded and destroyed common sense in those fair British isles, was
also glaringly apparent last year when our own Raed Salah, a Hamas hate preacher
who had been banned by the British home secretary, strolled through Heathrow
Airport in June, on his way to calmly deliver a lecture organized by Islamist
radicals to a large crowd in Leicester and again at Westminster at the
invitation of left-wing Labor MPs.
This week, on February 6, members of
the Home Affairs Select Committee headed by Labor MP Keith Vaz went to
high-security Belmarsh prison to interview Abu Hamza – the cleric who was jailed
after telling his followers that the murder of non-Muslims was justified “even
if there is no reason” – and then published an uncritical summary of Hamza’s
Also this week, British authorities admitted their helplessness
in keeping terrorist Abu Qatada in prison, announcing his imminent release. A
Jordanian who had entered the United Kingdom on a forged passport in 1993,
Qatada preached to British Muslims (including Mohammed Atta, the leader of the
September 11 hijackers) to kill non-believers, and supported worldwide terror
groups and bloody attacks in Jordan.
Because of their distorted laws, the
British are about to let him go scot-free, despite recognizing the serious
danger he poses to national security.
Is part of the British support for
terror simply the inability of the ruling elite to get over its hatred of Jews
and of Israel, pushing them into a senseless pattern of behavior that has no
peaceful future? If so, perhaps it is time for the Queen to stop this downward
spiral by putting her first visit to Israel on her Jubilee agenda.
conciliatory gesture and recognition of the crimes committed against our people
under the British Mandate – including murdering passengers and crew on the
1947 before sending survivors back to Germany, re-interring concentration
camp victims attempting to start life anew in their homeland, and aiding and
abetting the Arab terror aligned against the fledgling Jewish state – would be a
good way to start the next 60 years, for Britain as well as for Israel.
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