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Samaria Leaders meet MP over ‘Apartheid’ Claims

Samaria Jews, PA dissident meet British MP who blamed “apartheid” Israel for the deaths of British troops and more.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 4/20/2012, 3:25 PM

Activists meet British MP
Activists meet British MP
Adrian Korsner

Jewish leaders from Samaria, British friends of Israel, and a Palestinian Authority Arab dissident sat down this week with a British MP who blamed Israel for attacks on British troops in Afghanistan, the rise to power of Muslim extremists in Egypt, the Iranian threat in the Straits of Hormuz, and more.

MP Julian Brazier spoke to the activists in a special meeting in Parliament.

The British Israel Coalition (BICPAC) arranged the meeting in an attempt at “a creative way to tackle [Brazier’s] libelous claims.”

Brazier insisted earlier in the month that Israeli life in Judea and Samaria stirs Muslim hate around the world, leading to extremism and terrorism, and is “playing a major role in inciting the anger felt in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” Afghan terrorists, for their part, have said their attacks are spurred by the British presence in Afghanistan.

Brazier had also said, “If, in the worst case scenario, we have to go to war to keep the Straits of Hormuz open, Israeli settlement activity will have made it much harder.”

The meeting Tuesday aimed to show the MP a different point of view. “A crucial part of challenging this false narrative is to provide an alternative,” the BICPAC explained.

Samaria regional head Gershon Mesika was among those who met with Brazier. Also present was Mudar Zahran, a Jordanian dissident in London who seeks to create a homeland of “Palestine” in Jordan.

Mesika told Brazier that accusations of "occupation" are unacceptable. Judea and Samaria are the heart of the Jewish homeland, he said. Israel's claim to Tel Aviv stems from the historical claim to Shechem and Hevron, he added.

He invited the MP to visit Samaria and see the situation for himself.

Brazier Sticks to his Claims
During the meeting Brazier repeatedly condemned Israel for building a wall in Judea and Samaria. The wall, built after years of suicide bombings, protects major Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as well as Israelis living west of the 1948 armistice line.

Brazier slammed Israel for building the wall east of the armistice line, saying the “I do believe that the effect of the wall is an apartheid wall.”

He stuck by his statements blaming Israel for Mideast violence as well. Brazier claimed a foreign diplomat had confirmed that young Muslims were radicalized by seeing reports of Israeli building in Judea and Samaria.