…and you can stop looking at your watch, or rummaging for your iPhone to check the date – it doesn’t appear to be an April Fool:
A warm welcome to a new and very brave kid on the block – British Muslims for Israel. As I have often said, where someone stands on Israel is for me the litmus test of whether they are a decent and rational human being or pose a threat not merely to Jewish interests but to civilised values. Unfortunately, even among those many Muslims who are opposed to the jihad and support western democracy, animosity towards Israel often runs horrifyingly deep. Any Muslim who speaks up in defence of Israel runs significant personal risks. So those behind British Muslims for Israel, which has emerged from the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy, merit a huge amount of praise and support. They also offer a ray of hope for the future. They show that there are Muslims who pass that key civilisational litmus test with flying colours.
It is not before time that a voice of reason from the Muslim community was heard – particularly in Britain – which is fast gaining a reputation as an anti-Semite’s paradise.
The cacophany of uninformed and biased, agenda-driven noise (for that it what it is), emanating from the British media and the Islamo-Left coalition – who are dedicated to dehumanising Israelis and falsely presenting the ‘Palestinians’ as perpetual victims – goes virtually unchallenged in here the Britain and the West.
Israel, either through exasperation or sheer inabilty to get a fair hearing, sometimes appears to have given up fighting her own corner. We hope that this story helps stimulate a renewal of the will to defend with pride the Middle East’s only Western-standards, rights-based democracy.
The articulate and steadfast (in the face the relentless campaign to delegitimise her) Melanie Phillips, has the rest at The Spectator.
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