Daily Archives: 8 Jan 2017
A video showing an employee at the Israeli Embassy in London saying he wishes to “take down” various British parliamentarians considered to be against Israel caused outrage in the United Kingdom over the weekend, The Guardian reported. The Israeli Embassy in the UK was quick to issue an apology, with Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev personally apologizing to Deputy Foreign Minister Alan Duncan, who was one of the parliamentarians “targeted” by the employee. Another prominent Conservative named by the Israeli Embassy worker was Crispin Blunt, chair of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee and a vocal Palestinian supporter.
The video, recorded by an Al-Jazeera reporter posing as a pro-Israel advocate, shows embassy employee Shai Masot speaking to Maria Strizzolo, a civil servant who was formerly an aide to Conservative Minister Robert Halfon.
Strizzolo, discussing with Masot how to discredit MPs says in the video: “Well, you know, if you look hard enough, I’m sure that there is something that they’re trying to hide.” Later she adds: “A little scandal, maybe.” Strizzolo boasts that she helped her boss, MP Robert Halfon, secure a promotion when he was appointed the education minister. Masot asks her whether she could also achieve the opposite effect. “Can I give you some MPs that I would suggest you would take down?” he asks, without elaborating what that entailed. Masot adds that she knew which MPs he was referring to, and when Strizzolo asks for clarification, he replies “the deputy foreign minister.” “I thought we had, you know, neutralized him just a little bit, no?” Strizzolo asks. Masot answers: “No.”
Etc. So, take note, if you care about the fate of the Palestinians you’re liable to become a target.
Ralph was declared the President-Elect of the American Society of Church History yesterday. Congrats, Ralph!