Why is anti-Israel extremist Gary Spedding affiliated with Holocaust Memorial Day Trust?


A guest post by Sam Westrop (A version of this essay originally appeared in the Jerusalem Post)

In 2000, Norman Finkelstein published his book, The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitations of Jewish Suffering, which posited that the accepted account of the Holocaust is merely a Zionist narrative, which is cynically used to justify putative Israeli ‘cruelties’. Finkelstein frequently invokes his family’s suffering during the Holocaust as a premise to sanitise his obsessive demonisation of Israel, and frequent use of antisemitic tropes.

Finkelstein’s method is not lost on a new breed of anti-Israel activists, who often employ the memory of the Holocaust to sanitise their abhorrent views on living Jews.

Enter Gary Spedding.

Garry Spedding

Spedding is chair of the Queen’s University Belfast Palestine Solidarity Society, the group which orchestrated the attack upon Solon Solomon, a former legal adviser to the Knesset Foreign Affairs committee, who was invited to speak to law school students at Queen’s University. Solomon was heckled by members of the university’s Palestine Solidarity Society (PSS) and the youth wing of Sinn Féin (the political wing of the Irish terrorist organisation the IRA) during a lecture, and the protesters then attacked the car in which Solomon escaped, attempting to smash its windows.

After being contacted about the attack, Spedding stated he does ‘not condone violence’, yet is evidently proud of his relationship with Holy Land Trust Director, Sami Awad - characterizing him as his “Best Friend, Mentor, colleague and leader” - who certainly does not condemn terrorist violence. Wrote Awad:

“[non-violent resistance] is not a substitute for the armed struggle. This is not a method for normalization with the occupation. Our goal is to revive the popular resistance until every person is involved in dismantling the occupation.”

Spedding’s mentor Awad has also hosted the extremist Greek Orthodox priest Atallah Hanna –  who can be seen here condemning the “Satanic” and diabolical Zionism, and promising that Palestine will be free “from the river to the sea”- at the Holy Land Trust. 

Sami Awad and Atallah Hanna

In fact, both Sami Awad and Atallah Hanna have defended the quite reactionary Raed Salah, and Hanna has expressed support for suicide bombings

Further, about Awad, Spedding has written:

“Sami you have taught me so much and I hope that I have represented you in a good way in my writings, you are a light to me in this time much as Jesus Christ is a light for all of us! … My deepest love goes out to you, my thanks and appreciation nothing can really substantiate in words what you mean to the people here or what you mean to me!”

Spedding also has echoed Deborah Orr’s claims that Jewish supremacism guided Israel’s deal with Hamas to exchange over 1000 Palestinian terrorists to secure the release of Gilad Shalit. :

“There is a point that needs addressing in the use of language by media outlets because of the specifics in the deal surrounding Shalit’s release especially in the mainstream media in the USA and Israel reporting along the lines of ’1000 or more terrorists to be exchanged in prisoner swap for Gilad Shalit’ this viewpoint is highly inaccurate it degrades the Palestinian prisoners being swapped for Gilad Shalit whilst reinforcing the current view among many right wing Zionists and their supporters that 1 jewish life is of more value than say 1000 Arab lives which is incredibly racist in and of itself.”

Spedding also wrote this about the brutal murder of the Fogel family:

“The J’post article sickening invokes the cloudy and unclear death of the Fogel family an attack which I have the report and pictures of in my email inbox from the day after it happened. I find it sick that the J’post is still using this attack for political gain suggesting Palestinians are to blame when there has been no further information, news or otherwise released about the murders since the IDF conveniently caught two Palestinians kept them in torture for a month until they ‘confessed’ and then announced they had caught the killers despite the evidence and speculation of it being the work of a migrant worker from asia.”

This was published months after the murders, when it was clear that Palestinian terrorists were responsible for the murders. The theory about a migrant worker was put forth by the Palestinian Authority’s propaganda unit, and was discounted as agitprop months before Spedding’s comments.

Finally, here’s Spedding expressing support for Finkelstein’s unique understanding of Israel.

“Ah but Anny, I do live in Palestine and i know a lot about this conflict! accusing people of not knowing about the conflict by the way just because they don’t live there is silly really, theres countless middle east experts who don’t live in Israel who know about the conflict in great detail, my friend Norman Finkelstein for one…. i would agree with my friend Norman Finkelstein when he describes Israel as a lunatic state.”

And, evidently inspired by Finkelstein’s example of  invoking the memory of the Holocaust in the service of legitimizing extreme anti-Israel politics, Spedding has recently decided to volunteer with Holocaust Memorial Day Trust - a charity which works to raise awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Interestingly in the context of Finkelstein’s critique of the “accepted” Zionist account of the Holocaust in Israel as a ploy “to justify putative Israeli ‘cruelties”, Spedding’s flirtation with antisemities and proponents of terror attacks against Jews would suggest this his association with such a Shoah remembrance organization is itself a supremely cynical attempt to sanitize his alliances with those possessing a decidedly Judeophobic orientation.

You can visit the FB page of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (or email them at enquiries@hmd.org.uk) if you wish to express your displeasure with their association with Spedding, whose presence is an insult and abuse of genuine Holocaust memory.

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75 comments on “Why is anti-Israel extremist Gary Spedding affiliated with Holocaust Memorial Day Trust?

  1. Spedding was raised in the Gulf, where is Anglo-Australian parents live. He speaks Arabic. He converted to Palestinian Arab Orthodox Christianity a few years ago, and now seems to consider himself a Palestinian Arab.

    He objects to Israel’s being a Jewish state, despite having lived in self-defined Islamic states for most of his life; despite the P.A.’s Article 5 stating “Arabic and Islam are the official Palestinian language and religion. Christianity and all other monotheistic religions shall be equally revered and respected”; Article 7 stating “The principles of Islamic Sharia are a major source for legislation.”

    Anyway, for a variety of his views, check out this thread on Engage:

    http://engageonline.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/palestine-solidarity-society-disrupts-law-lecture-at-queens-university-belfast/

  2. Here is just a taster (I do urge you to read the thread on Engage to which I link above):

    ‘I am a Palestinian Christian’

    ‘I happen to be Arab Orthodox Baptised in Bethlehem and i happen to hold a Palestinian Passport which does make me a Palestinian Christian.’

    ‘No i am not a Torah observant Jew and i have never claimed to be although with my knowledge of the Torah if i wished to convert to Judaism it would be pretty damn easy’

    ‘Not true at all as an Arab (Greek) Orthodox christian i can tell you that we do not regard jews as an ethno-national group and never have done. This is not about religion this is about the idea that jews are a superior race and have some how got a right to ethnically cleanse palestine because of this strange right they have’

    ”Islamic states are not apartheid states and i would challenge you to show how they fit into the legal status of Apartheid.’

    ‘The Jews in Iraq etc who were expelled from Arab countries were not “Arab Jews” they were Jews.’

    ‘ Jews tried to ethnically cleanse jerusalem in 1929 as well to which the result was a massacre in Hebron to remove Jews from Hebron by Arab’s’

    ”when Jews suffered horrific persecution based on prejudice towards judaism. They were then defined as a racial group (the only religious group in history to have been given this priviledge)’

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/jewish-professor-lsquooutraged-and-saddenedrsquo-by-queens-university-snub-14980418.html

    • Dear me, he’s clearly insane. What’s with his crisis of identity? bona fide schizophrenia or some form of Stockholm syndrome?

      • I have to agree. Arabs slaughtered Jews in 1929 and in 1930 or 31 at the League of Nations conference France was presenting the case for Jews while Britain was betraying them as fast as it could.

        What greed and infamy, that Arabs should move en masse to the Jewish national home and claim it as theirs, murder to make it theirs. And what a terrible act on Britain’s part to let them get away with it.

        • What greed and infamy, that Arabs should move en masse to the Jewish national home and claim it as theirs, murder to make it theirs.

          This is just nonsense. And Britain hardly “betrayed” the Jews.

            • What claims?? I think the onus is on you to prove your claims, especially given your inflammatory talk of “greed and infamy”, “murder” and “betrayal”.

          • It is rubbish: by 1948, the vast majority of Palestinian Arabs had been born there. Even by Joan Peter’s figures, I calculate a maximum of 183 000 Arabs +may+ have moved to Palestine from the late 19th century. But that is still a minority.

            The fact is the Palestinian Arab population exploded by better health care, and the lowest infant mortality rate in the region; thanks largely to the European powers, Britain and, to some extent, the Jews. That was why Edward Said’s mother chose to give birth in Jerusalem rather than Cairo, where infant mortality was horrendous.

              • Sure, he said that. But on the basis of what evidence could he argue that +most+ Palestinian Arabs were recent immigrants? Zilch. Unless you know of a source of data of which no one else knows.

                You need to stop assuming he spoke accurately or truthfully all the time just because he was Churchill. That is veneration of a personality irrespective of whether what he says meets normal criteria of accuracy or truth.

                If Ariadne or I make an assertion without any other corroborating evidence, it doesn’t matter what our reputations are in other matters, the fact that we say it doesn’t make it so.

                • You need to stop telling other people what to think. The end of your road is “no Israel”.

                  UNHRC on UNWRA:

                  These define a Palestinian [i.e. Arab] refugee as including people whose normal place of residence was Palestine for a minimum of two years preceding the 1948 conflict and who, as a result of this conflict, lost both their home and means of livelihood and took refuge in 1948 in the areas UNRWA operates.

                  [Square brackets are mine]

                  Then, uniquely in the history of the world, there are their multitudinous descendants.

            • There are factors like that though how you worked out the figures I do not know. Also why not separate the effendi class – like the Nazi al-Husseini – from the itinerant labourers – what we call, historically. landless peasants? Apparently workers who followed the British army around ended up as part of the population of Gaza.

              A child born in 1949 after Arab flight would now be over 60 showing the spuriousnes of the dynastic “refugees”. But the region had been a bit of a wasteland for centuries.

              The Nazi-Arab alliance in 1949:

              Such was the broader setting within which the debate on the MacDonald White Paper took place in Commons in May 1939. Churchill denounced it. “There is much in this White Paper which is alien to the spirit of the Balfour Declaration” – for one thing “the decision that Jewish immigration can be stopped in five years’ time by the Arab majority.” He continued

              This is a plain breach of a solemn obligation . . . . What sort of National Home is offered to the Jews of the world when we are asked to declare that in five years’ time the door of that Home is to be shut and barred in their faces? The idea of home to wanderers is, surely, a place to which they can resort . . . . Now, there is the breach; there is the violation of the pledge; there is the abandonment of the Balfour Declaration; there is the end of the vision, of the hope, of the dream . . . . We are now asked to submit – and this is what rankles most with me – to an agitation that is fed with foreign money and ceaselessly inflamed with Nazi and Fascist propaganda.(75)

              The Chamberlain faction prevailed, the White Paper was confirmed.

              http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0411/is_n1_v44/ai_17155560/pg_12/

      • Aspergers Syndrome. ‘Sufferers’ tend to lack the ability to see the world from anyone elses’ point of view. It’s a highly narcissistic world. Clever and manipulative, yes. Empathic and clear thinking on what might constitute ‘human’ issues, no.

  3. This is ridiculous. There was a time when anti-Semite meant someone that hated Jews. You all have cheapened the term. Even criticizing Israel makes you an extremist nowadays?

    • Agreed.. calling out those who call alarm to Israel’s crimes against humanity is hypocritical and wrong.. YES Palestinians are humans too.. not all of them are terrorists.. and to instigate that denying Israel of EVER having wrongdoings (such as illegally bulldozing Palestinians homes, choking off aid to Gaza and the West Bank)… one could call those who deny these wrong doings as hypocrites or heretics..

      • Nobody called Gary an antisemite.

        But he’s the one who wrote

        ‘No i am infact a well educated greek orthodox christian and i happen to know fine well that the Jews killed Jesus’

        Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/jewish-professor-lsquooutraged-and-saddenedrsquo-by-queens-university-snub-14980418.html#ixzz1hhBlN1JE

        An odd sort of fellow to be commemorating HMD, really.

        Also

        ‘Further to that the main issue: What gives Jews who have no immediate history or connection to the area except a 3000 year old religious connection which is also shared by Christianity and by Islam the…right to “return…?”‘

        Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/jewish-professor-lsquooutraged-and-saddenedrsquo-by-queens-university-snub-14980418.html#ixzz1hhCcNnbB

        But Palestinian Anglo-Australian Arab Greek Orthodox Christian has a right to live in the land, of course…

      • Amacus and JG: It surely depends on how they do it. I don’t blame others here – given the too-ready propensity on the part of ignoramuses who are lazy with language to intermix Jew and Israeli in that criticism – for calling sloppy criticism of Israel which is unclear antisemtisim. It very likely is.

        It’s also very iffy when Israel has to endure OTT criticism from people who don’t have the first clue about behaviours which, from other nations, they are deafeningly silent. That at least is discrimination.

      • Oops, you gave yourself away with the hyperbole – “crimes against humanity” indeed!

        You obviously forgot the shelling of Israeli civilians and the murders of the Fogel family to name but two incidents of Palestinian “humanity” towards Israeli Jews (as well as the numerous incidences of suicide murder). Aren’t Israeli Jews human, then, or are you a footsoldier of Al-Qaradawi?

        Of course, not all Palestinians are terrorists, but can you give me links to any sites in which those Palestinians speak out against the killing of Israelis/Jews? I would bet not. The following is far more common and feeds the antisemtism beast what it needs in islamic countries and abroad:

        http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5734.htm

        Now, these Hamas haters are democratically elected aren’t they? Do they or do they not represent the Palestinian people?

  4. This article is absolute guff! I happen to know Gary rather well and can solemnly testify that he is certainly not anti-semitic, he is simply pro-Palestinian, and there’s quite clearly a big difference. It’s slightly laughable that this article seems to postulate the idea that the two terms go hand-in-hand. A word of warning; do some proper research before you get sued for libel.

    • I ask again: Is there any quote in Sam’s essay you wish to dispute, by Spedding, Finkelstein, Awad or Hanna? If so, please, by all means, let us know. If not, then what exactly is your complaint of “libel” based on?

    • I happen to know Gary rather well and can solemnly testify that he is certainly not anti-semitic

      You, Amacus, Bob and Gary Spedding are all complaining that the latter has been called an anti-Semite here. But that’s not the case, is it?

    • So he didn’t say that be believed that the Jews killed Jesus, which makes him a card holding antisemite in anyone’s book, then?

      Of course one can be pro-Palestinian without being antisemitic, but that requires a degree of insight and intelligence which many Israel-detractors lack. They tend to emulate their Palestinian brethren’s Jew-hating credentials far too readily for them to be believed.

      I am pro-Palestinian but not at Israel’s expense and at the moment there is no Palestinian leader trustworthy enough who will stick to a lasting peace agreement with Israel.

  5. The bigoted authors of this blog have shot themselves in the foot. Stop being anti-semites by calling everyone an anti-semite! lol. Twats.

  6. I have said this once before and I will repeat it here only the once mind as Im opting to ignore these baseless accusations.

    Thank you for the publicity, I hardly thought I was worth spending so much time attacking it is at the very least increasing my blog views where to answer the questions you have posed to other commentators here people can view the in context and full quotes which are provided here out of context with ridiculous commentary.

    Sam Westrop failed miserably to get the Jewish Chronicle to publish something about me where he knew it would hit hard most, he then turned to the Jerusalm post and now here. I think the comments speak for themselves the Jpost recieved majority negative feedback from people who read it and this blog post seems to be recieving the same shortly after it being posted.

    There are misquotes, dead links and a poor attempt to claim that I am anti-semitic and have no place commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day.

    Unlike Mr. Westrop who only liked the HMD trust facebook page a few days ago, and unlike Mr Westrop who clearly has no issue politicizing something that should never be politicized I have been following the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust far longer than I have been involved in political and Human Rights activism. I also have a great issue with the attempts to politicize this topic, for instance (and feel free to actually do this) I have never once EVER mentioned the Holocaust in any of my blogs regarding Israel – Palestine, I defy pro-Palestinian activists who do use the emotive subject and try to belittle Jewish suffering by mentioning key words such as Nazi’s, Holocaust, Genocide etc in their pro-palestinian activism.

    I would like somebody to explain why it is out of place for somebody involved in human rights, to help organize (The events themselves are part of the Equality & Diversity section of the Students’ Union and involve a few other Students) Holocaust Memorial Day. Can anybody in their right mind explain to me what commemorating and the Rwandan genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, the Armenian Genocide, the Darfur genocide, the Bosnian Genocide and the Holocaust have to do with an ongoing conflict in terms of Israel – Palestine? The simple fact is such a commemoration does not have ANYTHING to do with such.

    Living in Northern Ireland and working in Equality & Diversity in my University I decided that because last year the university did not hold any commemoration that they should do this year, I went to the HMD Trust workshop in Belfast, I even made specific effort to discuss with the hosts quietly afterwards whether if my activities in other areas caused a problem would it be a problem for them and they said No because no matter what political ideas I follow what matters is that the message that HMD trust is trying to get out is what is important and I have been open and honest with them from the beginning. I believe that especially in Northern Ireland if we can commemorate and learn from Holocaust Memorial Day in order to grow as human beings learning to progress equality & Diversity into the future that we can really set meaning to the statement “Never Again”.

    I will continue to speak up and speak out for LGBT Rights, Minority Rights, The fight against Sectarianism, the spreading of progressive principles that all human beings can and do share and nothing that people such as Sam Westrop write will stop me in any of my endeavors especially when they have nothing to do with politics. It is half 12 at night I have probably made several spelling mistakes in this lengthy comment there is so much to be said really but I also promised I would ignore this entire ridiculous situation that some are trying to develop if Sam has a personal issue with me he can email or contact me, I do not as of yet have a personal issue with him I just feel sorry for him especially considering he seems to care more about attacking me and politicizing the Holocaust in a disgusting way than the actual commemoration itself.

    • Interesting how you haven’t actually refuted any of the points that show you to be a reprehensible human being. How do you justify your support of Sami Awad and Finkelstein?

    • ‘There are misquotes’

      Which ones?

      Some links are dead, for which I apologise. You’re lucky on that score. However the ones to the Belfast Telegraph Geoffrey Alderman thread are fully live.

      You’ve said some daft things; some spectacularly ignorant things; and some some pretty reprehensible things. Not to mention down right hypocritical things.

      I doubt you were ‘open’ with HMT about them. And if they thought you are an eligible candidate despite seeing them, there is something wrong there too.

    • This bunch of hot air does not address any of the points in Sam’s excellent article.

      Your associations with hate groups speak too loudly for your protestations to be believed. You are not fit to represent the Holocaust Memorial Trust.

    • a) Any chance of you responding to the quotes attributed to you by conchovor above?
      b) Can you tell us what Solon Solomon had done to deserve the protest referred to?

    • For someone who’s ignoring “these baseless accusations” you are spending a great deal of time and space!

      I repeat H Gregorczyk’s question: How DO you justify your support of Sami Awad and Finkelstein?

      And a question of my own – how have the antics of Sabeel influenced you as a “Palestinian” Christian?

    • Then speak out for the rights of Israel to exist in peace!

      And as for “..‘No i am infact a well educated greek orthodox christian and i happen to know fine well that the Jews killed Jesus’…”

      Now, let’s be serious here, since you want to be taken seriously – how exactly do you KNOW this?

      And as for “well educated…” the above sentence certainly gives the lie to that

      Thank heavens that the Christians I know are so different from you!

  7. Spedding is simply disgusting, as are his associations with apologgists for Palestinian terrorism and racism. I see he’s managed to conjure up a few fellow muppets here – none of whom have disputed the substance of the blog post. I will be complaining to HMDT.

  8. I’ve read these blogs on and off for a while. I’m generally in favour of the idea that the left is full of misguided fools who criticise Israel sometimes quite rightly, while excusing or ignoring atrocities by Hamas etc. I still believe this to be true, but this site is a waste of time. It really is an hysterical rant by defenders of the most severe human rights abuses. These guys are simply not going to tolerate any criticism of Israel and will play the anti semite card again and again. Its a shame, as there have been some real anti semites on here before (you know who you are Christy) and there will be again, but the rest of us will be tarred with the same brush…oh yeah apparently there were no Palestinians prior to Israel being born. Funny how that slipped out of the history books. Anyway I wont be back here again (apparently I shouldn’t care what happens in Israel as I dont live there…how’s that for a world view). Good luck arguing with these guys….they’re right on many things but so wrong on a lot more..

    • “oh yeah apparently there were no Palestinians prior to Israel being born.”

      Prior to Israel being born, “Palestinian” meant “inhabitant of the geographical region called Palestine.” It was also used to mean “Jew,” as found in a quote from 18th-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant, writing of “The Palestinians among us.”

      The designation of “Palestinian” to refer to a fictitious “non-Jewish nation living in Palestine since time immemorial” is a post-1948 Arab invention that started to be propagated in earnest only in the 1960s. It was and still is a tactical device with the sole purpose of turning the truth of the Jewish David (one single, tiny Jewish state) vs. the Arab Goliath (over 20 Arab or nearly 60 Islamic state covering a great mass on the globe) on its head. In other words, a mask over Arab/Islamic imperialist aggression against the one and only Jewish state in the world.

      Today as always, the only true Palestinian nation, meaning the only nation truly connected to the Land of Israel a.k.a. Palestine and not by happenstance, is the Jewish nation.

    • @Brian Dowling, first this:

      http://tinyurl.com/69drq92

      Yasser Arafat himself said that the Palestinian people were an invention by which to get the world’s sympathy and to destroy the Jewish state.

      Now, are you going to tell me that you don’t believe him?

      If you are made so uncomfortable by the strength of response here, then you need to get out of the mindset which sees the Jews and Israel as victims. Never again will they be so. Read more. Too often and far too easily sincere criticism of Israel shades into discrimination against her and, imitation of her Islamist detractors, hatred of her people. If you aren’t aware that you are doing it then your reaction will be pretty much as it is here.

      I haven’t seen you or your dear chums posting anywhere about the severe human rights abuses in Muslim countries, particularly by Hamas, the PA and particularly against Muslim women and children. Don’t they count? Aren’t you crushed by the Muslim on Muslim violence in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria? Why are you not out on the streets proclaiming that you are all in solidarity with them? Why save your posturing for use against the one democracy in the Middle East where all religions are safe?

      Please close the door on your way out.

  9. It seems that Spedding and his cronies are very active today.

    And “Islamic states are not apartheid states”! What a joke!

  10. A denier and apologist for Arab, Islamic apartheid and ethnic cleansing has no place commemorating HMD. You have hijacked it for your own purposes.

    You are also a hypocrite: you consider yourself a Palestinian Arab (in part by conversion to Palestinian Arab Greek Orthodox Christinianity), with a right to live in Palestine; yet you deny that right to Jews, who have been considered as exiles or dispossessed of Jerusalem and the land for most Christian and Islamic history.

    ‘Can anybody in their right mind explain to me what commemorating ..the Holocaust have to do with an ongoing conflict in terms of Israel – Palestine? The simple fact is such a commemoration does not have ANYTHING to do with such.’

    But that is exactly why you did it: to further your pro-Palestinian Arab Muslim and Christian, but anti-Jewish, nationalist agenda; by declaring, insinuating or implying the Holocaust has nothing to do with Israel-Palestine.

    It has this much to do with it:

    while the dispossession of Jews on which Palestine, pagan, Christian (and ultimately Islamic) came into being, was the beginning of 2000 years of Jewish stateless and dispossession, the Holocaust was the nadir.

    Further the Palestinian Arab Muslim and Christian nationalist leadership openly sided with Hitler, and espoused Nazi policies for the Jews of Palestine, and elsewhere.

    The Father of Palestinian Arab Orthodoxy (of whom I doubt you even know), was Khalil as-Sakkakini. He had no problem reconciling his Jesus Christ with admiration for Hitler, and his policies toward the Jews of Germany, which he witnessed at first hand, as a student in Berlin in the 1930s.

    I wonder, Gary, did you consult with Belfast Jewish society when you decided to commemorate HMD? I doubt you were as open with HMT as you say. Did you show them the comments on the thread on the Belfast Telegraph, linked to above?

    Did you tell them how you denied that neither Palestinian nor any other Arab Islamic or Christian society or state had practised apartheid (against Jews), but you vociferously made that claim about Israel?

    Did you tell them how you thought yourself to be a Palestinian Arab by nationality (in no small part by conversion to Palestinian Arab Greek Orthodox Christianity), but that the Jews who had lived in the Arab world for centuries were not? That you denied the Arab, Islamic world had ever practised ethnic cleansing against Jews? That you denied Palestinian and other Arab Muslims and Christians ever threatened ethnic cleansing against Palestinian (and Israeli) Jews?

    Did you tell the HMT that you thought YOU had/have a right to settle in Palestine; but that Jews, who have been regarded as exiles from or dispossessed of Jerusalem and the land of Israel for most (Palestinian) Christian and Islamic history (and were subsequently persecuted as an alien people; and exiled by the Nazis for that reason from this world -unlike you!) do not?

    Were you ‘open’ about all that, Gary?

    I doubt it.

    You have politicised HMD yourself, you hypocrite (hypocrisy is still a sin in Christianity, by the way), to serve your own pro-Palestinian Arab Muslim and Christian, but anti-Jewish, nationalist agenda.

    I wonder if you coordinated HMD with Queens University Jewish society, Gary? Did you? And what did they say about it? Were you ‘open’ with them about your opinions?

    Does some as ignorant of Jewish history, the history of Jewish persecution and +especially+ Christian persecution of Jews have any business with HMD?

    ‘As i have said time and time again Christians in general have never seen Jew’s as an Ethnic group or an ethno-national group untill the later 18th and 19th centuries when Jews suffered horrific persecution based on prejudice towards judaism.’

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/jewish-professor-lsquooutraged-and-saddenedrsquo-by-queens-university-snub-14980418.html#ixzz1hh821nUA

    or this, that Jews are ‘privileged’ to be considered an ethnic group, but that Christians or Muslims are not (unlike Palestinian Arab Greek Orthodox Christian, Gary Spedding, of course; also contradicting what he says above)?

    ‘the recognition of Jews as an ethnic group is something which has only happened in the most recent history (past 400 years) During biblical times for example it was purely a Religious thing not an ethnic thing as there was destinction between Hebrews and “Jews” or those who follow judaism…Jews due to Ethnic reasons…are indeed a recognized ethnic group this priviledge however is not shared by Christianity or Islam which are not recognized ethnic groups only religious groups’.

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/jewish-professor-lsquooutraged-and-saddenedrsquo-by-queens-university-snub-14980418.html#ixzz1hh9w3s00

    Does anyone here believe Gary’s motivation in commemorating HMD was motivated by sincere sympathy or compassion with the Jewish people or Jewish history? Rather than pursuing his own pro-Palestinian Arab Muslim and Christian, but deeply anti-Jewish, nationalist agenda? Really?

  11. Just noticed this piece of nastiness on the Engage thread

    ‘Is it a crime to have a different view as to what a Jew is religiously? Im quite sure that orthodox Jew’s do not believe that Secular Jew’s are really “Jewish”. It is also clear that many people believe that Jew’s are superior when in actual fact Jewish people are the same or should i say Equal to everyone else nobody is either better or worse we are all human being’s and we are all equal and share equal rights and human rights.’

    http://engageonline.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/palestine-solidarity-society-disrupts-law-lecture-at-queens-university-belfast/

    I highlight

    ‘It is also clear that many people believe that Jew’s are superior’

    This guy is on minority rights at QUB? WTF?

    Also this piece of Palestinian Arab Islamic nationalist rubbish:

    ‘ Jews tried to ethnically cleanse jerusalem in 1929 as well to which the result was a massacre in Hebron to remove Jews from Hebron by Arab’s’

    • From the Spedding rant:

      Im quite sure that orthodox Jew’s do not believe that Secular Jew’s are really “Jewish”.

      How could anyone ever doubt that Spedding is an expert on these matters?!?

      It is also clear that many people believe that Jew’s are superior

      Deep down, a lot of anti-Semites believe/fear that.

      Add to that the preposterous “Stop being anti-semites by calling everyone an anti-semite” comment above. This Spedding is just a stupid, immature child. Hopefully he’ll grow out of it.

  12. Has Queen’s University Belfast given up on the perhaps now reactionary practice of insisting on the correct use of English grammar?

  13. This guy Sam Westrop may be the only person who takes Gary Spedding as seriously besides Gary Spedding. I suppose Mr. Westrop needs some sort of nemesis, and this type of polemic will continue to help him (them) manufacture the necessary persona-inflation to make successful career out of other people’s problems. In the original Jerusalem Post article, Westrop suggests that Spedding is some sort of archetypal pro-Palestinian activist, lauded in Ireland and Palestine alike; this simply reveals how out of touch he is with the substantive non-violent, pro-Palestinian movement. It’s some sort of convoluted strawman ad hominem attack: trying to discredit others by elevating then attacking an entirely non-representative person. Spedding certainly has dedicated a lot of time and energy to the Israel-Palestine conflict, but he has stepped on plenty of toes amongst potential allies who know that his public persona is disproportionately inflated (thanks partially to ridiculous articles like this one) compared to his actual accomplishments. He is an earnest fellow who seems to greatly talk up efforts which by most standards would be good in their un-self-aggrandized form.

    The title of the above article should be: ‘Bourgeois white activist banter: Westrop strokes Spedding’s ego’.

  14. Ahaha having a blog with an Israeli/Zionist support doesn’t mean you are actually right. Disliking Spedding’s every comment is the way you guys work, you just try to promote your ideas through stupid media, bitch please, we all by now you did even worse than a Holocaust to Palestine, so stop mention it, you milked it a lot already, to the point that the Holocaust doesn’t mean anything no more. “Anti-Semitic” isn’t that an old phrase you guys milked too? Come on you can do better than this, bring something new to the ground, new words that you can lean on while bombarding civilians, Hitler hated Arabs too, get over yourselves, Palestinians don’t have to be scapegoats for your suffering,
    On 27.12.2008, Israel launched a premeditated wide-scale terrorist attack on the besieged, unarmed civilian population of Gaza. During this latest Israeli genocide of Palestinians in Gaza 1419 Palestinians were killed by the IOF, including: 326 children, 111 women, 367 students, at least 15 teachers, 16 medical personnel, 21 farmers, 2 fishermen and 92 labourers. Over 5300 Palestinians were injured by the IOF attacks, including 600 who suffered permanent disability and 221 required amputations. Ohh am sorry, yeah, the world is Anti-Semitic, I just dropped a tear on your suffering. GET OVER YOURSELVES, and what you don’t know is that history never abandoned a mistreated race without revenge, you have been violated by Nazis, you are mistreating Palestinians, don’t you think time will take it the other way round? Stop playing with people’s vengeance, you will regret it one day, and you will be dominated again, but this time you will be responsible for your own misery, you will again drink your own piss.

    • Methinks thou dost protest too much……
      I particularly like the double negative!
      Threats are very convincing….
      You do understand your post is a parody of that which you find offensive?

    • If you’re a friend or acquaintance of Gary (and who else sympathetic to him would just happen to be passing by on a Spedding thread?), you are wise to remain anonymous. If it ever got out who you are, and that you and he are close, his political career or plans would be over.

      ‘you did even worse than a Holocaust to Palestine’

      As a matter of interest, did you participate in HMD with Gary?

    • Oh dear – you guys really should get your communications wrinkles with Hamas ironed out.
      You see, you just make yourself look incredibly foolish when Hamas has 700 of its home-grown terrorists lauded on its website for having been killed in Operation Cast Lead and all their boasting about their super dooper rockets makes your ‘unarmed civilian population’ bit an obvious fabrication.

    • It’s very evident that you ARE brainwashed! Almost every phrase reads as if it has been lifted either from something told to you in a pub, or a PSC leaflet!

      You are doing your friend no favours.

    • Were you one of the extras in “The Life of Brian”?

      You know the scene -

      Brian: You are all individuals
      Crowd (in unison): We are all individuals

    • You really are a gift to a psychologist, given your choice of words, NOTBRAINWASHED OBSERVER, and you are hardly an observer are you otherwise you would not be commenting here and in this vein:

      “..Stop playing with people’s vengeance, you will regret it one day, and you will be dominated again, but this time you will be responsible for your own misery, you will again drink your own piss….”

      Note the use of the word “vengeance” Why vengeance? Why the choice of that word, which shows deep-seated anger and aggression and hatred? Who does he hate enough to want to see “vengeance” exacted on them? Note, not to exact it himself, he’s probably too cowardly but (see below) he’d probably get off on watching it happen. What other word might he have used instead?

      Note also the use of the word “dominated.” Again this is a curious choice, and I am interested in what other word might have been chosen instead by a less angry and hate-filled poster. Why is it important to this person that Jews/Israelis should be “dominated”? Is he afraid that HE will be dominated by them? Is that what scares him so much that he spews this stuff out?

      And finally, note the resort to scatology in the final part which indicates a tendency towards violence perhaps even sadism. To be forced to drink one’s own piss is a supreme humiliation and this creature wants this to happen – again probably so that he can watch it rather than perpetrate it because he’d been too cowardly.

      Altogether a highly disturbed creature.

      • Mitnaged, I, too, find the use of the word “vengeance” curious, even disturbing.

        Could this person have some sort of wish that G-d will punish the Jews, or even that he will be the instrument of their punishment? If the latter is the case, then I agree that he has delusions of omnipotence which are highly disturbing.

        Like you, I found the reference to the Jews having to drink their own urine highly offensive and quite disturbing. It’s evident that this is what he would want to happen, (and, again like you, I believe he would want to witness it rather than perpetrate it) and if that is the case then I am concerned about his mental health.

  15. “Sinn Féin (the political wing of the Irish terrorist organisation the IRA)”

    The IRA is no more and the SF members in politics are no different to those politicians in many other countries who were once described as terrorists.

    I trust a correction will be forthcoming.

  16. “SF members in politics are no different to those politicians in many other countries who were once described as terrorists.”

    Indeed, just like Mugabe in Zimbabwe.

  17. Sarah Leah, I will be contacting HMT about this hateful disgrace of an individual. I urge others to do the same. The antisemitic comments of his fellow travellers like “not brainwashed” (read: not a brain) say it all.

  18. As the person who originally reported on this section:

    “Spedding is chair of the Queen’s University Belfast Palestine Solidarity Society, the group which orchestrated the attack upon Solon Solomon, a former legal adviser to the Knesset Foreign Affairs committee, who was invited to speak to law school students at Queen’s University. Solomon was heckled by members of the university’s Palestine Solidarity Society (PSS) and the youth wing of Sinn Féin (the political wing of the Irish terrorist organisation the IRA) during a lecture, and the protesters then attacked the car in which Solomon escaped, attempting to smash its windows.”

    is not entirely accurate. The situation escalated because of the behaviour of members of staff through better management rather than confrontation.

    The full report may be found here, http://thegown.org.uk/2011/02/23/news-palestine-solidarity-society-disrupt-law-lecture/ and is followed up here, http://thegown.org.uk/2011/10/17/news-protestors-%E2%80%98probably-catholics%E2%80%99-says-queen%E2%80%99s-report/

    At the same time may I ask why someone who claims to be committed to human rights should not commemorate the Holocaust? It is after all the worst and most disgusting violation of these rights.

    I’m not particularly close to Spedding, other than the fact he is a good source, but I would point out that my discussions with him tend to suggest he is someone angry with the Israeli state and not with Jews and I’m unsure as to whether that qualifies him as an anti-semite.

  19. [At the same time may I ask why someone who claims to be committed to human rights should not commemorate the Holocaust? It is after all the worst and most disgusting violation of these rights.]

    HMD was never the initiative of Jews, and many had misgivings over it, for precisely this reason. It could be hijacked by non-Jews to use for their purposes. There are many reasons why Spedding has shown himself unfit, largely based on things he has written in the internet while an undergraduate at QUB. See below.

    [I’m not particularly close to Spedding, other than the fact he is a good source, but I would point out that my discussions with him tend to suggest he is someone angry with the Israeli state and not with Jews and I’m unsure as to whether that qualifies him as an anti-semite.]

    Ben, the problems many Jews have with Spedding’s qualifications for so doing stem from more than just his anger at Israel, but with many things he is on record as having written (even if you are unaware of them; or worse, don’t care. There are plenty of reasons why Jews would care). See my posts above, but especially this one, addressed to him, pasted immediately below:

    A denier and apologist for Arab, Islamic apartheid and ethnic cleansing has no place commemorating HMD. You have hijacked it for your own purposes.

    You are also a hypocrite: you consider yourself a Palestinian Arab (in part by conversion to Palestinian Arab Greek Orthodox Christinianity), with a right to live in Palestine; yet you deny that right to Jews, who have been considered as exiles or dispossessed of Jerusalem and the land for most Christian and Islamic history.

    ‘Can anybody in their right mind explain to me what commemorating ..the Holocaust have to do with an ongoing conflict in terms of Israel – Palestine? The simple fact is such a commemoration does not have ANYTHING to do with such.’

    But that is exactly why you did it: to further your pro-Palestinian Arab Muslim and Christian, but anti-Jewish, nationalist agenda; by declaring, insinuating or implying the Holocaust has nothing to do with Israel-Palestine.

    It has this much to do with it:

    while the dispossession of Jews on which Palestine, pagan, Christian (and ultimately Islamic) came into being, was the beginning of 2000 years of Jewish stateless and dispossession, the Holocaust was the nadir.

    Further the Palestinian Arab Muslim and Christian nationalist leadership openly sided with Hitler, and espoused Nazi policies for the Jews of Palestine, and elsewhere.

    The Father of Palestinian Arab Orthodoxy (of whom I doubt you even know), was Khalil as-Sakakini. He had no problem reconciling his Jesus Christ with admiration for Hitler, and his policies toward the Jews of Germany, which he witnessed at first hand, as a student in Berlin in the 1930s.

    I wonder, Gary, did you consult with Belfast Jewish society when you decided to commemorate HMD? I doubt you were as open with HMT as you say. Did you show them the comments on the thread on the Belfast Telegraph, linked to above?

    Did you tell them how you denied that neither Palestinian nor any other Arab Islamic or Christian society or state had practised apartheid (against Jews), but you vociferously made that claim about Israel?

    Did you tell them how you thought yourself to be a (Palestinian) Arab by nationality (in no small part by conversion to Palestinian Arab Greek Orthodox Christianity), but that the Jews who had lived in the Arab world for centuries were not? That you denied the Arab, Islamic world had ever practised ethnic cleansing against Jews? That you denied Palestinian and other Arab Muslims and Christians ever threatened ethnic cleansing against Palestinian (and Israeli) Jews?

    Did you tell the HMT that you thought YOU had/have a right to settle in Palestine; but that Jews, who have been regarded as exiles from or dispossessed of Jerusalem and the land of Israel for most of (Palestinian) Christian and Islamic history (and were subsequently persecuted as an alien people; and exiled by the Nazis for that reason from this world -unlike you!) do not?

    Were you ‘open’ about all that, Gary?

    I doubt it.

    You have politicised HMD yourself, you hypocrite (hypocrisy is still a sin in Christianity, by the way), to serve your own pro-Palestinian Arab Muslim and Christian, but anti-Jewish, nationalist agenda.

    I wonder if you coordinated HMD with Queens University Jewish society, Gary? Did you? And what did they say about it? Were you ‘open’ with them about your opinions?

    Does some as ignorant of Jewish history, the history of Jewish persecution and +especially+ Christian persecution of Jews have any business with HMD?

    ‘As i have said time and time again Christians in general have never seen Jew’s as an Ethnic group or an ethno-national group untill the later 18th and 19th centuries when Jews suffered horrific persecution based on prejudice towards judaism.’

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/jewish-professor-lsquooutraged-and-saddenedrsquo-by-queens-university-snub-14980418.html#ixzz1hh821nUA

    or this, that Jews are ‘privileged’ to be considered an ethnic group, but that Christians or Muslims are not (unlike Palestinian Arab Greek Orthodox Christian, Gary Spedding, of course; also contradicting what he says above)?

    ‘the recognition of Jews as an ethnic group is something which has only happened in the most recent history (past 400 years) During biblical times for example it was purely a Religious thing not an ethnic thing as there was destinction between Hebrews and “Jews” or those who follow judaism…Jews due to Ethnic reasons…are indeed a recognized ethnic group this priviledge however is not shared by Christianity or Islam which are not recognized ethnic groups only religious groups’.

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/jewish-professor-lsquooutraged-and-saddenedrsquo-by-queens-university-snub-14980418.html#ixzz1hh9w3s00

    Does anyone here believe Gary’s motivation in commemorating HMD was motivated by sincere sympathy or compassion with the Jewish people or Jewish history? Rather than pursuing his own pro-Palestinian Arab Muslim and Christian, but deeply anti-Jewish, nationalist agenda? Really?

  20. I have just heard from HMD, after I complained to them – they say that Spedding has not volunteered for them.

    Can anyone confirm this?

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