Set­tlers fail to set­tle Bra­zier

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A CON­SER­VA­TIVE MP who claimed Is­rael­was“whip­pin­gupfeel­ing”against Bri­tish troops has said he stands by his com­ments.

Ju­lian Bra­zier met eight ac­tivists, in­clud­ing sup­port­ers of Is­rael and lead­ers of the Bri­tish Is­rael Coali­tion, in a spe­cially ar­ranged meet­ing at Par­lia­ment.

Among those at the meet­ing were lead­ers of the Shom­ron Li­ai­son Of­fice, which rep­re­sents Jewish com­mu­ni­ties in the West Bank, and Pales­tinian writer and aca­demic Mudar Zahran, who fled to Bri­tain from Jor­dan.

In Mr Bra­zier’s com­ments, in a let­ter to Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary Eric Pick­les, he had sug­gested Is­raeli ac­tiv­ity in the West Bankwas“playinga­ma­jor­rolein­incit­ing the anger felt in Pak­istan and Afghanistan”and­waslead­ing­toat­tack­sonbri­tish troops.

Dur­ing Tues­day’s meet­ing with the ac­tivists, Mr Bra­zier re­peat­edly at­tacked Is­rael’s se­cu­rity wall in the West Bank.

“The wall is built to take a sub­stan­tial amount of Pales­tinian land away,” he said. “I do be­lieve that the ef­fect of the wall is an apartheid ef­fect.”

Mr Bra­zier said he had been right to claim Is­raeli ac­tions were stok­ing anger in Afghanistan and Pak­istan. He said an un­named for­eign diplo­mat had in­formed him of the dam­age be­ing done when young Mus­lims saw re­ports of the sit­u­a­tion in the West Bank and were rad­i­calised by what they saw.

The Can­ter­bury and Whit­stable MP, who re­ceived dozens of let­ters at­tack­ing his com­ments, also claimed Moshe Dayan was one of his he­roes.

Ju­lian Bra­zier MP,

meets set­tlers and pro-is­rael ac­tivists in Par­lia­ment

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