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Investigative journalist Asa Winstanley has discovered more evidence that the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid has Israel’s supporters  rattled.

Writing  in The Electronic Intifada, Winstanley said that, in its attempts to discredit Jews who backed Palestinian political activist Raed Salah’s fight against deportation from the UK,  the Community Security Trust (CST) denounced them to a government department as “extreme”.

Citing a report sent in August to the Home Office, Winstanley said the CST denounced several “anti-Zionist British Jewish individuals and groups” as “extreme groups,” claiming they were “unrepresentative of the vast majority of British Jews.

“The CST denounced as “extreme” well-known Palestine solidarity activist Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and the anti-Zionist Orthodox Jewish group Neturei Karta. The report highlights that Wimborne-Idrissi is secretary of Jews For Boycotting Israeli Goods.”

Winstanley says that use of the term “extreme groups” is significant. “It’s a phrase the CST usually reserves for violent far-right groups such as the British National Party, the National Front and Combat 18; or for Islamic political groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir.”

He  said it appeared that  “the CST works behind the scenes with an assertively pro-Israel agenda not stated in its charitable remit. There are also serious questions over the CST’s links to the government of Israel and, allegedly, to its intelligence services.”

Read Winstanley’s report in full here, plus background on his sources.

The Mondo Awards: A J-BIG Nomination

 From Mondoweiss

Entry 22: Deborah Fink of J-BIG by Bruce Levy on December 31, 2010 · 11 comments

This is Entry 22 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The author is secretary of Americans AGAINST Apartheid UK

We would like to nominate our personal hero, Deborah Fink, a UK activist (as well as a talented soprano and cabaret artist) from London, a dynamo of activism who has inspired me, as well as many other people in the Palestine solidarity movement here in the UK.

Having seen with her own eyes the horrors perpetrated on the Palestinian People, Deborah has devoted her life to fighting injustice on a grassroots level. In the past, she was active in the UK organisation Jews for Justice for Palestinians for which she helped to set up a student wing and recruited many big names in the world of theatre, music, art and academia. In 2005, she combined her singing with her politics by organising and singing the soprano solos in the World Premiere of Philip Munger’s cantata for Rachel Corrie, ‘The Skies are Weeping’ at the Hackney Empire.

A fantastic storyteller and communicator, Deborah co-founded the UK-based BDS group, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG) and uses her singing and other talents to draw in and inspire others to become more involved in the BDS/Palestinian Solidarity movements. As well as organising alternative carol concerts, Deborah uses a variety of innovative and creative ways to get the message across. Her performances inside supermarkets and at demonstrations, and at other events, always attract attention.

Deborah has participated in numerous creative civil disobedience actions and was once arrested, but successfully fought the charges in court after police unlawfully moved a demonstration.

She is also a member of the UK Green Party and always speaks out untirelessly against injustice, be it in person, online and in print. She is not afraid of putting herself in the line of fire and has repeatedly drawn the scorn of Zionists who she has successfully debated on their own ground time and time again.

As Deborah would always agree that actions are just as important as words, here are two videos of her. The first one is a CNN report from 2008, the second one is of Deborah at the 2008 Salute to Israel Parade in London. During the parade, the police demonstrated a zero-tolerance approach to any form of protest. After being assaulted and handcuffed by the police, Deborah was questioned under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, but was later released.

We would like to nominate Deborah for her hard work, efforts and success in helping to further Palestinian solidarity in this part of the world.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

 1 Scott December 31, 2010 at 3:01 pm


 2 lareineblanche December 31, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Some more music :

O vos omnes qui transitis per viam:
attendite et videte si est dolor sicut dolor meus.
O vos omnes qui transitis per viam, attendite et videte:
* Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.
V. Attendite, universi populi, et videte dolorem meum.
* Si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus.

O all ye that pass by the way,
attend and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow.

O all ye that pass by the way, attend and see :

* If there be any sorrow like to my sorrow.
V. Attend, all ye people, and see my sorrow:
* If there be any sorrow like to my sorrow.


3 annie December 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Deborah rocks! wow, bruce thank you so much for sending this in. i had never even heard of deborah before. i want her and her choir to go on an opera tour and come to san francisco !

4 Philip Munger December 31, 2010 at 9:13 pm

In 2005, she combined her singing with her politics by organising and singing the soprano solos in the World Premiere of Philip Munger’s cantata for Rachel Corrie, ‘The Skies are Weeping’ at the Hackney Empire.

When I was forced to cancel Anchorage performances, and the NYC production was pulled of The Skies Are Weeping in 2004, Deborah was there, with her marvelous colleagues at Jews for Justice for Palestinians in London, to bring that work, born out of pain, searching for hope, to such vibrant life.

While Debbie’s talents as a musician and dedicated advocate of Palestinian rights are well known in the UK, they need to be better known elsewhere too. Her flair for organizing events needs to be recognized too.

Yes, annie – Deborah Rocks!

 5 annie December 31, 2010 at 9:23 pm

believe me, i SOOO noticed the mention of your opera when i read that. it jumped out at me. remember when we discussed it and i asked if there were any videos of the performance?

yes, she radiates talent compassion and beauty. she’s a trifecta.

 6 SWalinets January 1, 2011 at 7:51 am

As a member of JfJfP and J-Big, who has observed over many months Deborah’s untiring and dedicated work in the interests of the subjugated West Bank Palestinians, I wholeheartedly support Bruce Levy’s nomination of her.

 7 Sue Wood January 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

I first ‘met’ Debbie when I saw her solo vocal protest at the Israel Anniversary Parade online. Even then my first thought was about how courageous this lone protester was, surrounded, as she was, by all those people celebrating what she was protesting. So great was the impression she made, that I never forgot her name. I finally met her last summer. She is tireless in her activism and is still attracting attention. At our vigil at the Israeli Embassy on 27th of December, her singing caused people across the road to stop and listen to the alternative Christmas carols. Also due to her singing, we met some Dutch BDS activists who were very interested in our song sheets, which they want to utilise in Holland next year. Not only is Debbie totally committed to her cause, but she is also great fun to be with! And her nominee, Bruce, is also a hero in my eyes. I thoroughly endorse his nomination of Debbie for the Mondo Awards.

8 alexseymour January 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

Debbie is intimidated by nothing and by no one; she is never fearful of raising her powerful soprano voice in support of the Palestinian People, not just to interrupt Israel sponsored artists in the concert halls of London, not just to sing subversive carols in the city’s churches and not just on stage and on TV. She is ready to get her hands dirty, come rain or shine, on the streets of London singing and occasionally dancing, whether it be against Zionist counter demonstrators or against the fascist thugs of the EDL Jewish Division or against other members of Israel’s fifth column in the UK. Debbie is 100 per cent deserving of recognition by Mondoweiss.


 9 MichaelSackin January 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

A great idea: well done Bruce and of course well done Debbie. I share Debbie’s concerns about Palestine, only she gets things done. That has included some enormous undertakings, such as putting on the huge ‘The Skies are Weeping’ concert and singing in the main part, but the list is endless. Also, she’s a first-rate professional singer, and not just at alternative carol services or at demonstrations. She performed Britten’s song-cycle “Les Illuminations” with me conducting the orchestra. Amazing!

 10 annie January 2, 2011 at 11:27 am

She performed Britten’s song-cycle “Les Illuminations” with me conducting the orchestra.


11 brucel January 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Also, I would like to add that last March, Deborah gave an outstanding performance at London’s Wigmore Hall, singing “Jerusalem is Occupied” to the tune of “The Holy City” and was joined by four other protesters who bravely disrupted the performance of the Jerusalem Quartet at regular intervals before they were all removed in turn by security staff.

BBC: Gaza crisis shows fault lines among UK Jews

By John McManus BBC News

3 June 2010

“They’ve been brainwashed…with Israeli propaganda”

Deborah Fink of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods. 

Up to 500 demonstrators from Britain’s Jewish community have held a rally outside the Israeli Embassy in London, to offer support to the country following the death of nine activists on a ship bound for Gaza.

They say that Israel is being unfairly demonised.

They were opposed by a smaller counter demonstration of pro-Palestinian activists.

Police say one man was arrested for possessing an offensive weapon.

Britain’s Zionist Federation organised the protest at short notice, using Facebook and e-mails to urge people to come to the embassy in west London.

Protestors from both sides were herded into pens on Kensington High Street, while the gates leading to the private road on which the embassy is situated remained closed and guarded by several police officers.

“We want people to know that people aren’t starving in Gaza” The chairman of the Zionist Federation, Andrew Balcombe, told the crowd that Israel had enforced the blockade to protect itself.

He said that Hamas were terrorists, and had fired thousands of rockets into Israel. He said that – by comparison – Israel’s actions on the high seas were perfectly legal.

“Israel and Egypt both blockade Gaza, it’s not just Israel, it’s Egypt as well and more people and goods go in through Israel than anywhere else”.

Mr Balcombe also said that the situation in Gaza was not at crisis point.

Unfair demonisation?

“We want people to know that people aren’t starving in Gaza. You go and have a look at the adverts for the clubs in Gaza, they’re doing very very well thank you very much.

“There’s lots of food. Israel takes in a day into Gaza, more than those ships brought”.

Many of the people supporting Israel were teenagers, and several of them expressed their frustration at what they saw as unfair demonisation.

Both sides say they will continue to voice their opinions loudly
Douglas Stewart, 17, said that the media have used the situation in Gaza to target Israel.

“We’re not here to support all of Israel’s action – every state has its weaknesses – but we’re here to support the image of Israel as a haven for the Jewish people, as a haven for any community.

“It’s the most democratic state in the Middle East. There are so many good aspects about it”.

He denied a charge made by some Palestinian supporters, that he and other young British Jews had been misled by their elders.

“There’s some Jews over there [at the opposing demonstration]. I think they’re indoctrinating the nation. They are a small minority of people.

‘Brainwashed’ by propaganda?

Mr Stewart also said he thought that British Jews who supported Israel were also more likely to back the British state than Palestinian supporters.

“The vast majority of Jews support Israel, and support Britain. We’re very patriotic”.

Further down the road at the opposing demonstration, Deborah Fink from the organisation Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG), said it was “disgusting” that so many children were present to support the Israeli state.

“There will never be peace while there is an occupation of Gaza” said Deborah Fink of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods. “They’ve been brainwashed. We wouldn’t bring loads of children out to things like this. They go to schools where they’re brainwashed with Israeli propaganda”.

Ms Fink is one of many British Jews who campaign for an end to the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

“There will never be peace while there is an occupation of Gaza”.

Ms Fink also said that she believed that some supporters of the English Defence League were also at the protest.

Organisers of the pro-Israel protest said they had made it clear that the EDL, who have been accused of Islamophobia, were not welcome but that a separate space had been reserved for them.

Both sides say they will continue to voice their opinions loudly, and more demonstrations by pro-Palestinian groups are expected in London this weekend.