6/12 Why the World Hates Zionism—64th Anniversary

Why the World Hates Zionism—64th Anniversary

by Tom Valentine

Americans are largely ignorant of the historic facts presented in the Internet essay below. It is put forth via Chuck Carlson’s ‘We hold these truths.org website’:

The greatest enablers of Zionist chutzpah, which threatens the world. are America’s oxymoron Zionist Christians, who have no more implacable a challenger than Carlson, who is a real Christian, who has opposed the likes of John Hagee and Pat Robertson valiantly for many decades (pointed out by Gordon Duff months ago. Here: Video: The Roots of Christian Zionism

I have supported Carlson’s efforts for many years, (at Radio Free America & Liberty Lobby) and want everyone to read the poignant history he brings up.

As long as I can remember, the audacious liars for Zionism have denied the facts of this history. No history curriculum in America tells it this way (the truth of it). And only over the Internet, especially here at VT, does one get such a counterbalance to Zionists.

There is a new video on Zionist chutzpah, put up just today, as you will see, even when the info comes from the far left, there is censoring—the video was “removed.” Netanyahu to Israeli Jews: Don’t Marry Americans.
Now here are ignored facts of history:

November 29, 1947 was the date the UN passed the Partition Resolution partitioning Palestine, more or less equally, into a Jewish and an Arab state.

In fact, the ethnic cleansing commenced the very next morning when the 75,000 Arab citizens of Haifa were subjected to a campaign of terror jointly by the terrorist group, the Irgun, under Manachem Begin, and the Haganah, the regular militia under David Ben Gurion. The Jewish settlers who had arrived during the previous decade had built their homes higher up the mountain and thus occupied a higher topographical space. From the superior height, they could snipe at the villagers at will. They began doing this while the Jewish troops rolled barrels of burning oil down their roads and then ignited them. When the terrified residents came out to try to extinguish the rivers of fire, they were sprayed with machine gun fire. Another techniques was to deliver cars filled with explosives to Arab garages to be repaired, and then to detonate the cars in the garages.

On its website, the official historian of the Palmach (a special unit of the Haganah) states, “The Palestinians [in Haifa] were from December onwards under siege and intimidation.”

This was the beginning of the ethnic cleansing and occurred six months before the first regular soldier from a surrounding Arab state entered Palestine, which was on May 15, 1948.

I remind you that the Deir Yassin massacre occurred on April 9, 1948, and also that by May 15, all of the major cities of Palestine had been cleansed of Arabs and about one half of the 750,000 to 800,000 Palestinian refugees has been ethnically cleansed.

This was the beginning of the expulsion of the Palestinians Arabs from Haifa and from Palestine. The ending for Haifa’s Arabs came on Passover evening of April 21, when the British commander, Stockwell, called four Arab community leaders in to this office to inform them that the British army would be evacuating the city and advised the Arabs that they could not be protected. As Ilan Pappe puts it:

“Previous correspondence between them and Stockwell shows that that they trusted him as the keeper of law and order in the city. The British officer now advised them that it would be better for their people to leave the city, where they and most of their families had lived and worked ever since the mid-eighteenth century, when Haifa came to prominence as a modern town. “ – (Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, p 94)

Pappe continues:

“[I]t was Mordechai Maklef, the operation officer of the Carmel Brigade … who called the shots. Maklef orchestrated the cleansing campaign, and the orders he issued to his troops were plain and simple: ‘Kill any Arab you encounter; torch all inflammable objects and force doors open with explosives.’

“When these orders were executed promptly within the 1.5 square kilometers where thousands of Haifa’s defenseless Palestinians were still residing , he shock and terror were such that, without packing any of their belongings or even knowing what they were doing, people began leaving en masse. In panic they headed towards the port where they hoped to find a ship or boat to take them away from the city. As soon as they had fled, Jewish troops broke into and looted their houses. …

“In the early hours of dawn on 22 April, the people began streaming to the harbor. As the streets in that part of the city were already overcrowded with people seeking escape, the Arab community’s self-appointed leadership tried to instill some order in the chaotic scene. Loudspeakers could be heard, urging the people to gather in the old marketplace next to the port, and seek shelter there until an orderly evacuation by sea could be organized. ‘the Jews had occupied Stanton road and are on their way’, the loudspeakers blared.

“The Carmeli Brigade’s war book, chronicling its action in the war, shows little compunction about what followed thereafter. The brigade’s officers, aware that people had been advised to gather near the port’s gate, ordered their men to station three-inch mortars on the mountain slopes overlooking the market and the port – where the Rothchild Hospital stands today – and to bombard the gathering crowds below. The plan was to make sure the people would have no second thoughts, and to guarantee that the flight would be in one direction only. Once the Palestinians were gathered in the marketplace – and architectural gem dating back to the Ottoman period, covered with white arched canopies, but destroyed beyond recognition after the creation of the State of Israel – they were an easy target for the Jewish marksmen.

“Haifa’s market was less than one hundred yards from what was then the main gate to the port. When the shelling began, this was the natural destination for the panic-stricken Palestinians. The crowd now broke in the port, pushing aside the policemen who guarded the gate. Scores of people stormed the boats that were moored there, and began to flee the city. We can learn what happened next from the horrifying recollections of some of the survivors, published recently. Here is one of them:

‘Men stepped on their friends and women on their own children. The boats in the port were soon filled with living cargo. The overcrowding in them was horrible. Many turned over and sank with all their passengers.’” (Pappe p 96)

Thus it was the Jews who pushed the Palestinians in to the sea, and not vice versa.

In March of 1948, a month earlier than the events described above, the so-called ‘Plan D’ or ‘Plan Dalet’, as a further crystallization of Plans A, B and C, was finalized by David Ben Gurion, and those who were continually in consultation with him, and distributed to the Haganah commanders. This document was a blueprint for the destruction Arab villages and expulsion of its residents, within the 78% of Palestine coveted by Ben Gurion, not the 55% apportioned to the Jewish state by the UN General Assembly. By this time 30 Arab villages had been either destroyed or depopulated. By the year’s end, 531 Arab villages would be destroyed, and 11 Arab neighborhoods in urban areas.

On revealing paragraph of this document states:

“These operations can be carried out in the following manner: either by destroying villages (by setting fire to them, by blowing them up, and by planting mines in their rubble), and especially those populations centers that are difficult to control permanently; or by mounting combing and control operations according to the following guidelines: encirclement of the villages, conducting a search inside them. In case of resistance, the armed forces must be wiped out and the population expelled outside the borders of the state.”

Between the time that Israel declared itself a state in May of 1948 and the summer of 2005, Israel killed 50,000 Palestinians, according to Israeli Historian Ilan Pappe, writing in Foreign Policy, in the summer of 2005. And since October of 2000, Israel has killed 6430 Palestinians, according to the web site, If American Knew. The latter figure averages to about 2 Palestinians killed per day by Israel (1.932, by my calculation.)

According to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, Israel has destroyed 34,000 Palestinian homes in the West Bank, and East Jerusalem since 1967, and, in the same period, about 800,000 olive and citrus trees in the west Bank and Gaza resulting in a loss to the Palestinian economy of $55 million, according to a recent estimate by the international humanitarian relief agency Oxfam. And in Israel’s winter assault on Gaza in 2009, Israel destroyed between 4 and 5,000 homes and either damaged destroyed as many as 50,000. Many Gaza families spent the winter of 2010 living in caves dug out of the rubble of their destroyed homes because the area is under siege with building material not allow to enter.

Because of the siege of Gaza, babies are frequently born with anemia because their mothers are not getting enough nutrition and because of the lack of food allowed into Gaza and because of the destruction of agricultural areas inside Gaza. The stunting of growth because of the lack of nutrition of Gaza’s children is prevalent, and I have seen this figure put at 14%.

Israel, a state which had never clearly defined its boundaries, invites Jews from all over the world to immigrate to Israel and expand it ranks, along with its boundaries into Arab lands.

One thing is certain: Israel is not the victim, as it is constantly screaming, but the victimizer.

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– William James Martin taught at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com. Contact him at: wjm20@caa.columbia.edu.

Read More: Netanyahu to Israeli Jews: Don’t Marry Americans

ricohands
December 6, 2011 – 1:29 pm
Fantastic article and thank you. However, the UN had no right to partition what was theirs not to partition in the first place. They can only recommend a solution. In Feb 1947 British Cabinet made decision to pull out of Mandatory Palestine & leave it to the UN to solve question of Palestine. The UN took 9 mths to deliberate issue & then adopted the idea of partitioning country. Zionists, after championing idea, accepted partition whereas native Palestinians rejected it preferring to keep it a unitary state solving solution through negotiation. At the end of the day under international law its only the Palestinians who can give “Israel” the legitimacy it so craves.

Log in to Reply DaveE
December 6, 2011 – 5:38 pm
Great history lesson, as sickening as it may be. Thanks, Tom.

Log in to Reply ricohands
December 6, 2011 – 9:54 pm
Tom just so you know the first link you provided is an advert for a ranch.

Log in to Reply adeUK
December 7, 2011 – 2:10 am
I have found this site to be a valuable educational resource in respect of Zionism. as one is quoting from a Jewish source in this case a Rabbi accusations of anti-semitism from the Zionist lobby can be negated.

For example

http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/rabbi_quotes/weissmandl.cfm

WORDS OF THE RABBIS
Rabbi Michael Dov Weissmandl ZT”L Dean of Nitra Yeshiva

TEN QUESTIONS TO THE ZIONISTS

1. IS IT TRUE that in 1941 and again in 1942, the German Gestapo offered all European Jews transit to Spain, if they would relinquish all their property in Germany and Occupied France; on condition that:

a) none of the deportees travel from Spain to Palestine; and

b) all the deportees be transported from Spain to the USA or British colonies, and there to remain; with entry visas to be arranged by the Jews living there; and

c) $1000.00 ransom for each family to be furnished by the Agency, payable upon the arrival of the family at the Spanish border at the rate of 1000 families daily.

2. IS IT TRUE that the Zionist leaders in Switzerland and Turkey received this offer with the clear understanding that the exclusion of Palestine as a destination for the deportees was based on an agreement between the Gestapo and the Mufti.

3. IS IT TRUE that the answer of the Zionist leaders was negative, with the following comments:

a) ONLY Palestine would be considered as a destination for the deportees.

b) The European Jews must accede to suffering and death greater in measure than the other nations, in order that the victorious allies agree to a “Jewish State” at the end of the war.

c) No ransom will be paid

4. IS IT TRUE that this response to the Gestapo’s offer was made with the full knowledge that the alternative to this offer was the gas chamber.

5. IS IT TRUE that in 1944, at the time of the Hungarian deportations, a similar offer was made, whereby all Hungarian Jewry could be saved.

6. IS IT TRUE that the same Zionist hierarchy again refused this offer (after the gas chambers had already taken a toll of millions).

7. IS IT TRUE that during the height of the killings in the war, 270 Members of the British Parliament proposed to evacuate 500,000 Jews from Europe, and resettle them in British colonies, as a part of diplomatic negotiations with Germany.

8. IS IT TRUE that this offer was rejected by the Zionist leaders with the observation “Only to Palestine!”

9. IS IT TRUE that the British government granted visas to 300 rabbis and their families to the Colony of Mauritius, with passage for the evacuees through Turkey. The “Jewish Agency” leaders sabotaged this plan with the observation that the plan was disloyal to Palestine, and the 300 rabbis and their families should be gassed.

10. IS IT TRUE that during the course of the negotiations mentioned above, Chaim Weitzman, the first “Jewish statesman” stated: “The most valuable part of the Jewish nation is already in Palestine, and those Jews living outside Palestine are not too important”. Weitzman’s cohort, Greenbaum, amplified this statement with the observation “One cow in Palestine is worth more than all the Jews in Europe”.

There are additional similar questions to be asked of these atheist degenerates known as “Jewish statesmen”, but for the time being let them respond to the ten questions.

These Zionist “statesmen” with their great foresight, sought to bring an end two two-thousand years of Divinely ordained Jewish subservience and political tractability. With their offensive militancy, they fanned the fires of anti-Semitism in Europe, and succeeded in forging a bond of Jew-hatred between Nazi-Germany and the surrounding countries.

These are the “statesmen” who organized the irresponsible boycott against Germany in 1933. This boycott hurt Germany like a fly attacking an elephant – but it brought calamity upon the Jews of Europe. At a time when America and England were at peace with the mad-dog Hitler, the Zionist “statesmen” forsook the only plausible method of political amenability; and with their boycott incensed the leader of Germany to a frenzy. And then, after the bitterest episode in Jewish history, these Zionist “statesmen” lured the broken refugees in the DP camps to remain in hunger and deprivation, and to refuse relocation to any place but Palestine; only for the purpose of building their State.

The Zionist “statesmen” have incited and continue to incite an embittered Jewish youth to futile wars against world powers like England, and against masses of hundreds of millions of Arabs.

AND THESE SAME ZIONIST “STATESMEN” HEEDLESSLY PUSH THE WORLD TO THE BRINK OF ANOTHER TOTAL WAR – REVOLVING ENTIRELY AROUND THE HOLY LAND.

What may befall the Jewish inhabitants of Palestine, of the Arab crescent, Europe, or the USA; is of no concern to these Zionist leaders. The rising anti-Semitism in the Western World is the product of their “statesmanship”.

Under the guise of “love of Israel”, the Zionist “statesmen” seduced many Jews to replace devotion to the Torah and its Sages with devotion to the scoundrel who founded Zionism. It is of no little significance that Herzl originally sought conversion of the Jews as a solution to the problems of the Diaspora. When he realized that this was not acceptable to the Jewish masses, he contrived Zionism as a satisfactory alternative!

Log in to Reply Tom Valentine
December 7, 2011 – 5:00 am
Thanks ricohands, Chuck’s website is http://whtt.org/newwhtt/ credit for the author is at very bottom of story above—Wiliam James Martin, but many have written the truth. Bill Baker’s “Theft of a nation,” nailed it well.

lated Posts:
Divide and Conquer Using Beliefs
August, 2011 Marks The 1,941st Anniversary!
America and Pakistan – Questions and Answers
Confessions Of A “Modern Anti-Semite”
Israel Is Only A Democracy If You Are A Jew. – Vanunu

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/12/06/64th-anniversary-war-ethnic-cleaning-unleashed/

Netanyahu to Israeli Jews: Don’t Marry Americans
Dana Goldstein on December 1, 2011 – 11:28am ET
Following up on its 2009 campaign comparing diaspora intermarriers to kidnapping victims, the Netanyahu government is now running PSAs warning Israelis living abroad against the dangers of marrying American Jews. In this ad, the American Jewish family Skypes with grandparents in Israeli, who are sitting in front of a Chanukah menorah. When grandma asks the little girl what holiday it is, she shouts, “Christmas!”, prompting garment-rending.

VIDEO REMOVED…

don’t always agree with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, but he gets this exactly right:

I don’t think I have ever seen a demonstration of Israeli contempt for American Jews as obvious as these ads. I understand the impulse behind them: Israel wants as many of its citizens as possible to live in Israel. This is not an abnormal desire. But the way it is expressed, in wholly negative terms, is somewhat appalling. How about, “Hey, come back to Israel, because our unemployment rate is half that of the U.S.’s”? Or, “It’s always sunny in Israel”? Or, “Hey, Shmulik, your mother misses you”?

These government-sponsored ads suggest that it is impossible for Jews to remain Jewish in America. How else are we supposed to understand the “Christmas” ad? Obviously, assimilation and intermarriage are issues in America in ways they aren’t in Israel. Israel has other problems of course, such as the fact that many of its rabbis act like Iranian mullahs.…

The idea, communicated in these ads, that America is no place for a proper Jew, and that a Jew who is concerned about the Jewish future should live in Israel, is archaic, and also chutzpadik (if you don’t mind me resorting to the vernacular). The message is: Dear American Jews, thank you for lobbying for American defense aid (and what a great show you put on at the AIPAC convention every year!) but, please, stay away from our sons and daughters.

I’ll only add that in addition to being offensive toward American Jews, the ad betrays real ignorance about the conditions of American life. Not only are the vast majority of American Jewish children completely familiar with Chanukah, but the typical American school teaches all children about the holiday traditions of various faiths, from Christmas to Chanukah to Kwanzaa to Ramadan. Indeed, this is one of the real strengths and hallmarks of American public education, and something I reflected on a lot when I visited Finnish schools in December 2008, and saw classrooms full of Muslim immigrant kids learning Christmas songs, with no mention at all of other religious traditions.

This PSA is another sad reminder of the increasing cultural chasm between generally conservative Israeli Jews and generally progressive American Jews. A savvy Israel would be attempting to bridge this gap, not exacerbate it—but that would defy the increasingly ardent and aggressive religious-nationalism of the Netanyahu government.
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http://www.thenation.com/blogs/dana-goldstein

5 responses to “6/12 Why the World Hates Zionism—64th Anniversary

  1. DaveE
    December 6, 2011 – 10:41 am
    I can trace my heritage to Loius XIV so I recon that gives ME and my family exclusive rights to the Palace of Versailles. It’s now MINE, MINE MINE and NOT yours or anyone else’, from now on.

    That’s about 10 to the 12th power more legitimate than 99.5 percent of so-called “Jews” claiming rights to Palestine, even if their (0.5 percent of Jews) ancestors DID rule the place for a hundred years or so, which in itself is about as likely as exploding pigeons singing Handel’s “Messiah” on the Whitehouse Lawn on Christmas.

    A manufactured people with a manufactured history and a so-called “religion” that glorifies racism, murder, human and animal sacrifice, ethnic cleansing, G_d proclaimed land theft and that’s not to mention the Talmud, which is even worse.

    “If you want to understand a people and their culture, look first at their religion.” —– a famous anthropologist.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/12/05/confessions-of-a-modern-anti-semite/

  2. Britain’s great benefits divide: The boroughs that claim most – and least – revealedResidents in Knowsley, Merseyside, claimed the most…
    … seven times more than in Scotland’s Western Isles
    By Jason Groves

    Last updated at 4:34 PM on 6th December 2011

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    The nation’s benefits bill jumped by more than £4billion last year with some areas claiming seven times more in handouts than others.
    The total cost was £121billion, according to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions – up from £116.7billion in 2009/10.
    After pension costs are stripped out, Knowsley in Merseyside emerges as the ‘benefits capital’ of Britain.
    Biggest bill: Kowsley (pictured) in Merseyside is the ‘benefits capital’ of Britain after amassing £146million in claims last year

    Lowest cost: Meanwhile, the inhabitants of the Western Isles (pictured), off Scotland, received just £20.1million in hand-outs
    Last year people in the constituency pocketed £146million in benefits, mostly relating to unemployment and disability.
    The handouts are equal to £1,842 for every adult in the borough, which is one of Labour’s safest seats.
    The figures do not include housing benefit, which would drive the total bill far higher.
    More…Benefits map of Britain: Click here to see how much your area claims…
    £46,000 benefits cheat who ‘couldn’t walk more than 20 yards’ caught training for half marathon
    Benefits cheat who claimed she could not walk without crutches is jailed after being filmed on a WATER SLIDE

    Half of the ten constituencies with the highest benefits bills were on Merseyside, with another two in Glasgow.
    The Knowsley total is more than seven times the amount claimed by residents of the Western isles, off Scotland.
    The lowest benefits bill on the mainland was in North East Hampshire, where residents claimed £25.6million.

    The figure is equal to £352.86 for every adult in the constituency, which is a safe Tory seat.
    Most of the areas with the lowest levels of benefits claims were leafy suburbs in the South of England.
    Employment minister Chris Grayling said: ‘These figures show how important the Government reforms are through initiatives like our new Work Programme, the benefit cap and Universal Credit. We are building a system that is much more fit for purpose.’
    The figures underline the difficulty ministers have faced in trying to trim the welfare state at a time of austerity.

    Rising unemployment has led to a surge in benefit claims, while efforts to get millions of people on incapacity benefits back into work are still in the foothills.
    More than five million people of working age are now on out-of-work benefits.
    The figures, which were released to Parliament last night, will also increase Coalition tensions over last week’s decision to raise benefits by 5.2 per cent next year.
    Many Tory MPs are furious at the move, which contrasts sharply with a freeze in working tax credits and a 1per cent pay cap on workers in the public sector.
    Critics say it undermines the Government’s pledge to ‘make work pay’ and undermines the incentive for the unemployed to take a job.
    The bumper increase in benefits was demanded by the Liberal Democrats as part of the price for supporting George Osborne’s growth plan.

    ALLOWS CAMERON TO GET IN HIS FABIAN POLICIES WITHOUT ALARMING THE BLUE RINSE BRIGADE….THEY USE THE LIBDEM NAME TO PASS SOCIALIST COMMIE CRAP…LIBLABCON MERCHANTS ONE PARTY STATE!

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2070398/Britains-benefits-divide-One-borough-hands-146m-nations-tops-121bn.html#ixzz1frFDR81h

    • Revelations: How lobbyists’ tentacles spread throughout the Government
      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/revelations-how-lobbyists-tentacles-spread-throughout-the-government-6273280.html

      Senior executives at Bell Pottinger claimed they could arrange meetings with the Business Secretary’s special adviser on behalf of a client.

      Tim Collins, managing director of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, told undercover reporters that the best way to get to Vince Cable was through his political adviser Giles Wilkes. And Mr Collins’s colleague suggested that as a result of Bell Pottinger’s intervention, Mr Cable had visited a factory owned by one of the firm’s clients that was looking for Government assistance.

      Mr Collins said in taped conversations with undercover reporters from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism – who were posing as representatives of Uzbekistan’s government in a bid to find out what promises British lobbying companies make when pitching for business – that the Business Secretary could be cantankerous and the best way to approach him was through Mr Wilkes. Mr Collins added that one of Bell Pottinger’s staff used to work for the Liberal Democrats and had close relationships with all of the party’s special advisers working in Government.

      “Stephen Lotinga, my colleague, knows Giles [Wilkes] very well, he headed up the Liberal Democrat home policy unit until the time of the general election so all the people who went into government and became Liberal Democrat special advisers all worked for him,” Mr Collins said. “So he knows all of them, still talks to them socially. We actually took a client in to see Giles last week, last Thursday, so it’s not something that is difficult for us to do.”

      Mr Collins said of Mr Cable: “Vince’s starting point on a lot of these issues is he will think about politics and the presentation first and substance second.

      “Giles spent a lot of time in the City; he’s quite a hard-headed business person… he will say let’s actually look at what’s in it for UK PLC first and foremost and worry about the politics slightly afterwards. I would suggest we get Giles onside first and then we think about approaching Vince.”

      ‘We helped to orchestrate a visit from Vince Cable’

      David Wilson, chairman of Bell Pottinger Public Relations, said: “We’ve just started work with Lotus cars who have got a massive investment from Malaysia through Proton, their owner. And we helped orchestrate a visit from Vince Cable on Monday because of the investment that’s going in because they are looking for grant aid to develop new factories, which would create new jobs.”

      Last night, a spokeswoman for Mr Cable admitted that Mr Cable’s adviser Mr Wilkes did know Mr Lotinga and they “had bumped into each other” on several occasions but said it was “not an especially close relationship”.

      She denied that Bell Pottinger had helped facilitate any meetings with Mr Cable or Mr Wilkes and the visit to the Lotus factory had not been facilitated by Bell Pottinger in any way.

      Mr Collins also told the undercover reporters that it would not be in their interests to give a political donation to the Conservatives because it could be “counter-productive”. He said: “Under electoral law political parties are only allowed to accept donations from individuals or companies who are wholly or almost entirely based in the UK.

      “It’s becoming in some cases more difficult for a company that has given money to the party in power to get in certain meetings and get what they want than it is for a party that hasn’t because the media is hugely focused on scruples so I wouldn’t recommend that.”

      ‘These are all the people that we know very well’

      Mr Collins also boasted other connections within Parliament: “Alastair Burt who is the [Foreign Office] minister with direct responsibility for this part of the world, again someone I know very well, I served in Parliament alongside him. Arminka Helic who is the special adviser to the Foreign Secretary who deals with policy issues. The name as you may gather is a Serb name so she has had a lot of interest in human rights issues and spreading democracy.” He added: “To run through some of the Members of Parliament – this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, just an illustrative list – these are all people that we know, that we know very well. James Arbuthnot for example is the chair of the Defence Select Committee. When I was an opposition whip he was a chief whip, so he and I know each other very well. Rory Stewart is a very high-profile member of Parliament because he’s got a very strong interest in Central Asian issues, he represents the constituency that is next to mine when I was a Member of Parliament so I know him… lots of others.”

      Last night, Mr Stewart said he met Mr Collins once, for 10 minutes. He added: “It’s a very worthwhile issue for you [The Independent] to be pursuing. I do believe we need to address the problem of lobbying in British political life.

      “Exactly what the connection is between lobbying forms, MPs and foreign governments needs to be clarified – we need very clear rules. MPs need to be very, very careful about any contact they have with these groups.” The Foreign Office said: “While Alistair Burt knows Tim Collins from his time as an MP, he has not had any meetings with him since he became a minister. Alistair Burt is not even the minister who covers Uzbekistan. Arminka Helic has never knowingly had any meetings or any other contact with Mr Collins.”

      A spokesman for the Department of for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said: “Mark Prisk has had no dealings with Tim Collins since being appointed as a minister. In line with the Government’s transparency policy, all meetings that BIS ministers have are published on a monthly basis on our website.”

      ‘We need to ensure the rich cannot buy access to the PM’

      Last night, the Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said there were concerns over whether the Government was fully committed to “fully reforming” the lobbying industry. He said the Government had still refused to divulge meetings between lobbyists and the minister responsible for drawing up the new rules. The Government has delayed the announcement of the new regulations until January, he added – having delayed it already from November. He also pointed out that despite rules that departments must publish ministerial meeting every three months, the Cabinet Office, which is responsible for transparency, had not published details of any meetings since March.

      Mr Trickett accused the Government of being “too close to corporate interests. We have been calling on the Government to implement a statutory register of lobbyists. We need reform”.

      Mr Cameron’s spokesman said: “I simply do not accept that there was undue access.” Neither Mr Lilley nor Mr Arbuthnot were available for comment. Lord Bell, chairman of Bell Pottinger’s parent company Chime Communications, said he would be complaining to the Press Complaints Commission about the “sting”. “There is no public interest in this story,” he said. “There is absolutely no suggestion of any impropriety either. If there was, I would sue them.”

      Friends in high places? The claimed links – and the denials

      “We helped orchestrate a visit from Vince Cable on Monday… because they are looking for grant aid to develop new factories which would create new jobs.”

      David Wilson

      “Bell Pottinger has not arranged meetings or introductions with any of their clients.” Cable spokeswoman

      “James Arbuthnot … is the chair of the Defence Select Committee. When I was an opposition whip he was a chief whip, so he and I know each other very well.”

      Tim Collins, Mr Arbuthnot was unavailable for comment

      “Rory Stewart is a very high-profile member of Parliament… he represents the constituency that is next to mine… so I know him.”

      Tim Collins

      “I met him once, for 10 minutes. I do believe we need to address the problem of lobbying in British political life.”

      Rory Stewart

      “Alistair Burt is … someone I know very well. I served in Parliament alongside him.”

      Tim Collins

      “While Alistair Burt knows Tim Collins from his time as an MP, he has not had any meetings with him since he became a Minister.”

      Foreign Office spokesman

      “Arminka Helic, who is the special adviser to the Foreign Secretary, who deals with policy issues.”

      Tim Collins

      “Arminka Helic has never knowingly had any meetings or any other contact with Mr Collins.”

      Foreign Office spokesman

      Related links
      * Lobbyists – full related links

      The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
      * thebureauinvestigates.com

  3. BUT ARE THE STATS CORRECT…DOUBT IT…..THEY STILL INSIST UK POPULATION IS AROUND 63M WHEN IT WAS 80 MILLION IN 2007!

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