January 30th, 2012 14:38 EST
CFI and British MPs Who Support Israeli Occupation
In a little over two weeks time, on the 8th February, a Zionist alliance will convene at the House of Commons to lobby MPs to support the government of Binyamin Netanyahu, and its illegal settlement on occupied territory in defiance of the United Nations.
There are now nearly 500,000 illegal settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the majority of whom have been induced by the Israeli government to settle illegally on land that will be the future Palestinian state. The clear objective being to continue to establish yet more "facts on the ground` in an abortive attempt to frustrate the legitimate will of the UN, and in violation of international law.
Various parliamentary lobby groups, such as the CFI (Conservative Friends of Israel), include MPs who, whilst vehemently supporting democracy at home, are apparently perfectly willing to be seen to support the illegal enterprise to allow Israel to expand its boundaries at the expense of the majority indigenous people ofthe region, the 5m Palestinian refugees.
It is not known what motivates a small group of MPs to give this support, although it is known what motivates their counterparts in the US House of Representatives.
Herein lies a veryimportant principle that sits at the heart of our British democraticsystem. Is it legitimate, or acceptable, for a powerful and highly-financed lobby group to attempt to impose its political agenda upon compliant Members of Parliament who have been elected by their constituencies to uphold the democratic will of the majorityof the (British) people? If not, then any such so-called `lobby days` by powerful groups acting in the interests of a foreign state should be prohibited by law.
Democracy is essentially the government of the people by the people and for the people. It is not government of the people by persons acting for a foreign power.
Â© Douglas Reed, London
Human Rights Activist, Durban, S Africa - campaigning for a Nuclear Weapons Free Middle East