Links with Extremist Organisations
Middle East Monitor Online (MEMO)
In 2011, on the 23rd May, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign held a joint event with MEMO. A frequent partner to the PSC, MEMO is considered by many to be openly anti-Jewish and extremist. It is a vocal supporter of Hamas in particular, whose charter rejects all efforts towards peace and, furthermore, states: “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews)”.
MEMO member and website contributor Khalid Amaryeh was slammed by a number of anti-racism groups after he responded to criticism by using the racist slur ‘kike’. Similarly, two of the other speakers at the advertised event have been condemned for the views. Tim Llewellyn, a former BBC Middle East Correspondent, has stated, while talking of Denis Ross, “What a lovely Anglo-Saxon name! But Denis Ross is not just a Jew, he is a Zionist.” Abdel Bari Atwan has also been condemned for his racism and support for terrorism. Atwan was investigated by police for suggesting to Jewish students at the London School of Economics that they were each personally to blame for the deaths of Palestinians in Gaza. He also spoke about the threat of a “Jewish lobby”, invoking the ancient antisemitic claim of Jewish power.
Friends of Al-Aqsa and the BMI
The PSC has a track record of working with these two organisations, both of which have been condemned as extremist by Muslim anti-racism activists. The British Muslim Initiative (BMI) is a hard-core group that includes fugitive Hamas commander Mohammed Sawalha; Anas al Tikriti, who thinks Holocaust Memorial Day is an Israeli plot; and Azzam Tamimi, who supports suicide bombings.
The Friends of Al-Aqsa website includes writings by a number of notorious hate preachers, including the far-right supremacist Israel Shamir. The Guardian has described Shamir as “notorious for Holocaust denial and publishing a string of antisemitic articles.”
The PSC work very closely with a group called Neturei Karta, an extreme Jewish sect with only a few thousand members worldwide. Neturei Karta support Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who is currently aiding the Syrian regime to kill its own citizens. Furthermore, Neturei Karta’s head, Ahron Cohen, believes those who died in the Holocaust “deserved it”.