Regular CiF Watch readers will no doubt remember the rather hilarious video of one Pippa Bartolotti – a British participant in last summer’s ‘flytilla’ – bashing the doors at Ben Gurion airport with her suitcase.
Of course Ms. Bartolotti also has a less amusing side as indicated by her meetings with Hamas representatives in Gaza and her eagerness to pose with the flag of the fascist Syrian Socialist National Party whilst on a trip with ‘Viva Palestina’.
Well now Ms. Bartolotti is in the news again, having apparently been the inspiration for Labour MP Paul Flynn’s accusations of ‘divided loyalty’ towards the British Ambassador in Israel.
According to Mr. Flynn:
“doubts had been raised about Mr Gould’s loyalty by two of his constituents, Pippa Bartolotti and Joyce Giblin, who had been held in prison in Israel after taking part in the “flytilla” demonstration against the Gaza blockade in July.
“When they were briefly imprisoned in Israel, they met the ambassador, and they strongly believe… that he was serving the interest of the Israeli government, and not the interests of two British citizens,”
The EUMC working definition of anti-Semitism states that one of the manifestations of such racism is:
“Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.”
Thank you Ms Bartolotti and Ms Giblin for providing this classic example of what has been clear to many of us for a long time: the very blurred line between anti-Zionism and antisemitism.