The Curious Incident of UK Lawyers for Israel on a Palestinian Expo
You know how when you are a child and you start playing and then you just don't know how to stop?
As an adult this turns more to when you start eating, and sometimes drinking, and then you just don't know how to stop.
Well, it seems that for some it is when you start chasing somebody and then you don't know when to stop.
But dude now you are out of your house and the whole street can see that you are chasing your brother running naked with a big bat in your hand. And the next time your neighbours hear your brother screams they will picture you wild and furious chasing your brother naked with a bat in the hand?
Overdoing it and not knowing when to stop is a bad, very human habit, I thought when reading that UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) attempt to stop the Palestinian Expo. It also sounded to me impossible - really? seriously?
So I went and checked it on UK Lawyers for Israel website .... and to my surprise I found that it is true and somebody was effectively running naked down in a very public space.
And yes, forgive me this proverbial style depicting a man chasing his brother naked (and aroused!) down the street - only biblical images come to my mind when reading stories like that, all this years after my first silent march in support of the victims of Sabra and Shatila at the age of eleven.
Old testament scenes with old testament longevity this is what the Israelo-Palestinian fratricide embrace has become. Stones and fire falling from the skys on top of screaming people, famine, thirst and seven other disasters, each taking seven years multiplied seven times, and the whole lasting longer than your life - biblical isn't it? Or Torahtic if you like.
But UK Lawyer For Israel really? Did you really had to take it overseas, to peaceful sunny London, on a bright Wednesday morning when I am just starting my day with a delicious coffee, looking foreword the new promising day?
Couldn't you just hold your horses for once? Couldn't you just let your brother be somewhere, for a while?
Anyhow, we are all beneficiaries of UK Lawyers for Israel initiative as in their effort to show the street (in this case sunny London) how bad will the Palestinian Expo be, they've put on the Palestinian's Expo's full program, which I haven't seen previously elswhere, and I can tell you it looks very interesting:
"Examples of anti-Israel exhibits and speakers from the Palestine Expo event:
Interactive installations featuring 10 anti-Israel activities, which are described as follows – https://www.palestineexpo.com/intins:
BDS: Have a go at knocking down apartheid in a game of BDS bowling.
Education: what obstacles will you face on your journey to school? Walk towards the oversized book to find out.
Child prisoners: See what state a child’s bedroom is left in after Israeli troops arrest them during a night raid.
Water: Fill up the buckets and watch the scale tip when measuring water disparity between Israel & Palestine.
Checkpoints: Walk with the most vulnerable Palestinians who pass through checkpoints daily. Will you be able to answer their questions?
Apartheid wall: See how you interact with your family during a meal with the Apartheid wall cutting through the dinner table. A symbol of how families are separated by the wall.
Settlements: 3D settlements placed on the disappearing maps will show you the density and increase of Israeli settlements over time.
Sport in Palestine: Score some goals and have a kick about in the football area where you can learn how occupation restricts the beautiful game.
A&E in Gaza: Feeling unwell? Visit doctors in the Gaza hospital and see the difference in treatment Palestinians receive.
UN tent: Hear personal stories from three generations on the impact of the Nakba and importance of the Right to Return. Set in a 1948 UN tent.
An art gallery that features “Banned items”: Look inside the back of a lorry to see what everyday items are banned from entering Gaza, due to the siege imposed by Israel. https://www.palestineexpo.com/art-gallery
Many of the proposed talks at the conference are by extremist speakers, and are specifically anti-Israel and feature anti-Israel propaganda. The programme is here https://www.palestineexpo.com/prog-guide (and screenshots in Appendix A.)
The speeches include: Nation Law – Israeli Apartheid State- 6 July @ 12.00
Gaza – the Great Return March – 6 July @ 14.00
Cultural Boycott- 6 July @ 10.45
Understanding Israeli Apartheid – 6 July @ 12.15
BDS – 6 July @ 17.00
Trade Under Fire – 6 July @ 17.00
The Campaign to Stop Arming Israel – 7 July @ 11..00
Gaza the Siege – 7 July @ 13.00
Decolonising Palestine – 7 July @ 13.30
Unrecognised Palestinians in Israel – 7 July @ 14.00"
(From UK Lawyers for Israel website)
And no dear UK Lawyers for Israel, don't be upset.
We all know that you are not building a wall in the house, and you don't have any checkpoints there in, and you don't keep your little brothers and sisters locked in their play pens and no, you don't starve them or thirst them. We know, we know.
We also all know that you are a good boy and that only outside the house you are chasing you brother with a bat, while indoors, when you are the two of you alone you are holding him by the hand, while feeding him by the mouth and caressing him by the head. We know, we know. Good boy. Good boy.
3 July 2019
For tickets for Palestinian Expo here
For UK Lawyers for Israel. In case you would like to double check the Palestinian Expo program - see if I have missed something - here
Also curious to know : The organisers of the Palestinian Expo, The Palestinian Forum in Britain, are on The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch List.
Hence, if you visit the Palestinian Expo your name will probably be put on The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch List, where LAAF 's name must already be written since a while.
The silver lining: Methuselah, have died at the age of 969, he lived the longest of all figures mentioned in the Bible.
Therefore counting since 1947 we should now have only 897 more years of fratricide Israelo - Palestinian conflict still left to go through .
(What I can't promise you though is - that in 2916 your name will be taken off The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch List if you visited the Palestine Expo this weekend .)