Is Is­rael also re­spon­si­ble for the dy­ing of the sun, Mr Bra­zier?

MP blames Is­rael for in­cit­ing anger in Pak­istan, the elec­tion of ex­trem­ists in Egypt and Iran’s threat to close the Straits of Hor­muz

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A CON­SER­VA­TIVE MP has blamed Is­rael for “whip­ping up feel­ing” against Bri­tish troops in Afghanistan, the elec­tion of ex­trem­ists in Egypt, and Iran’s threat to close a vi­tal oil route.

Ju­lian Bra­zier, MP for Can­ter­bury and Whit­stable, made the claims in a let­ter to Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Eric Pick­les.

Mr Bra­zier raised the is­sue of lo­cal au­thor­ity ten­der­ing reg­u­la­tions be­fore di­gress­ing into a rant about Is­raeli ac­tions in the West Bank.

He quoted a lec­ture in which late mil­i­tary his­to­rian Pro­fes­sor Richard Holmes claimed Is­raeli ac­tiv­ity in the West Bank was “play­ing a ma­jor role in in­cit­ing the anger felt in Pak­istan and Afghanistan” and lead­ing to at­tacks on Bri­tish troops.

The MP con­tin­ued: “I can be in no doubt at all of the fury Is­raeli set­tle­ment ac­tiv­ity is caus­ing in all Is­rael’s neigh­bours [and the role it played in the sweep­ing elec­toral suc­cesses of the ex­trem­ists in Egypt last au­tumn].”

Re­gard­ing Bri­tain’s ap­proach to Iran, he wrote: “If, in the worst sce­nario, we have to go to war to keep the Straits of Hor­muz open, Is­raeli set­tle­ment ac­tiv­ity will have made it much harder.”

Mr Bra­zier also com­plained about French waste-man­age­ment com­pany Ve­o­lia, which has re­peat­edly been tar­geted by anti-is­rael groups over its links to the Jerusalem light rail project.

He asked Mr Pick­les to in­ves­ti­gate w h e t h e r lo­cal coun­cils should be al­lowed t o w o r k with the com­pany and ac­cused Ve­o­lia of be­ing “in­ti­mately in­volved in highly il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries”.

These “il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties” in­cluded “es­tab­lish­ing and op­er­at­ing trans­port sys­tems, which are both run on an apartheid ba­sis and make the set­tle­ment process even more ir­re­versible”, he said. In the let­ter, Mr Bra­zier said he had “never taken part in any an­tiIs­raeli boy­cott” — but he is a reg­u­lar critic of Is­rael in Par­lia­ment.

F o l l o wing the Gaza flotilla in­ci­dent i n 2 01 0, he asked For­eign Sec­re­tary Wil- liam Hague to com­ment on Is­rael’s “bru­tal block­ade of Gaza”. Dur­ing a 2007 Com­mons de­bate, he told then For­eign Sec­re­tary David Miliband that Is­rael was partly to blame for the rise of Ha­mas. The pre­vi­ous year, he had blamed Is­rael for “bul­ly­ing” Le­banon.

The Bri­tish Is­rael Coali­tion en­cour­aged sup­port­ers to write to Mr Bra­zier con­test­ing his “dis­gust­ing” let­ter to Mr Pick­les.

A BIC spokesman said: “While it seems rather un­likely that Egyp­tian pro­test­ers took down the Mubarak regime be­cause of Is­rael’s mil­i­tary pol­icy in the West Bank, what is far more dis­gust­ing is the idea that Tal­iban fight­ers that mur­der lit­tle girls who de­sire an ed­u­ca­tion, or at­tack Bri­tish troops try­ing to de­fend Afghani free­doms, do so be­cause of the Jewish de­sire to live as a free peo­ple in their own land in an­other part of the world”.

A Depart­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment spokes­woman said Mr Pick­les had re­ceived Mr Bra­zier’s let­ter, but had yet to respond. The depart­ment has not launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ve­o­lia’s work.

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