Stop this fic­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - LEADERS -

An­other year, an­other cel­e­bra­tion of ter­ror­ism on the streets of Lon­don. It is not, of course, billed as such. But how else to de­scribe with any ac­cu­racy a march put on by the so-called Is­lamic Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, a Khome­in­ist front or­gan­i­sa­tion, in sup­port of the ‘po­lit­i­cal wing’ of Hezbol­lah? And how else to de­scribe the Al Quds Day march­ing cry of “Khay­bar, Khay­bar” — the war chant cel­e­brat­ing Mo­hammed’s de­feat of the Jews in 628, and now the oft-re­peated ral­ly­ing cry of Is­lamist an­ti­semites? The sup­posed di­vide be­tween the ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion’s po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary wings is a pre­pos­ter­ous fic­tion. There is sim­ply Hezbol­lah, which aims at the destruc­tion of Is­rael, the mur­der of Jews and the futher­ance of Ira­nian hege­mony in the Mid­dle East. It shames this and pre­vi­ous govern­ments that they have all held to this fic­tion and thus al­lowed Hezbol­lah sup­port­ers to march through our cap­i­tal wav­ing a flag syn­ony­mous with Jew hate and mur­der. But how fit­ting that the most sym­bolic — and bravest — op­po­si­tion to this year’s march was Mark Lewis’s one-man demon­stra­tion, hold­ing up the en­tire march from his wheel­chair for over an hour. He should not, how­ever, have needed to be there, nor should any of the other counter demon­stra­tors, if our gov­ern­ment had done its job. This week the Home Sec­re­tary, Sa­jid Javid, has let it be known that he in­tends to recog­nise real­ity and pro­scribe Hezbol­lah in its en­tirety. “Sa­jid is a very dif­fer­ent beast to the Home Sec­re­tary he has just re­placed,” we are told. Cer­tainly, he has a fine record of sup­port for the Jewish com­mu­nity and for Is­rael in its fight against ter­ror. The omens are cer­tainly good. But Mr Javid will for­give us if we treat a brief­ing from ‘sources’ with scep­ti­cism. Brief­ing is not act­ing — and un­til Mr Javid acts, he de­serves no less op­pro­brium than his pre­de­ces­sors. This year’s Al Quds Day fes­ti­val of hate must be the last.

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