Tuesday, 19 August 2014

British diplomat snapped with scarf that covers whole of Israel with Palestinian flag

A photograph has emerged of UK Consul General to Jerusalem Alastair McPhail wearing a keffiyeh scarf that bears the image of a Palestinian flag superimposed over a map of the whole of Israel, West Bank and Gaza, with the words "Free Palestine" emblazoned next to it.

The image appears on the Islamic Relief Palestine website, under the headline "British Consulate visits Islamic Relief in Gaza", and was taken during a visit McPhail paid earlier this year to Gaza City for the opening of a new lab at Al-Azhar University, a project apparently co-sponsored by the British government.

The design of the scarf appears to advocate the destruction of Israel and the creation of a Palestinian state in its stead.

Right-wing website Breitbart reported Monday that it had contacted the British Foreign Office about the issue, but the FO refused to refer directly to the image. The query, Breitbart said, "was met with a pro-forma response about the two-state solution, largely ignoring our line of questioning about the appropriateness of the scarf."'

The British Foreign Office has been full of Arabists for years. And pandering to the Palestinians is practically a British obsession, fed of course by the institutionally anti Israel BBC.

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