Friday, 29 July 2011

UKIP FOI in Independence Magazine!

UKIP FOI had a featured article in July's Independence Magazine! UKIP FOI Press Officer Jacob made an excellent case for why UKIP must stay true to its Middle East Policy and why more UKIPers should get involved with UKIP Friends of Israel.

There might have been a little controversy, to be expected, however, UKIP FOI clearly declares that it is not part of the party, rather merely recognised by the party like many other interest groups. Today's professional political parties contain a wide variety of interest groups with all types of stances!

We believe that the existance UKIP Friends of Israel is an expression of pluralism, a liberal value which the UK Independence Party is firmly based upon. We don't want one European superstate but a variety of independent nation-states existing in their own right!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Raed Salah is a Threat to National Security


Much ink has been spilled over the arrest of Raed Salah by British police. But this issue ought to be relatively uncontroversial. Salah is a religious fanatic who accuses Jews of using children’s blood to bake bread, believes homosexuality to be “a crime” and has suggested that 9/11 was perpetrated by Israel.

He has also served five months in prison for assaulting a police officer. No Ghandi he; and certainly not the sort of person the liberal left should be championing.

Admittedly, none of this is grounds for Salah’s arrest and deportation. But the fact that he is a convicted money-launderer for a group classified in the UK as a terrorist organisation, Hamas, surely warrants his swift removal from the country.

Never mind Theresa May’s concerns about “the public good” or community cohesion – Raed Salah is a threat to national security.

Press Officer, UKIP Friends of Israel

Friday, 1 July 2011

Talking with the Muslim Brotherhood is an Outrage


Your call for the US and Israel to accept “new realities” in Egypt seems disturbingly similar to the realpolitik that is at least partly responsible for the current mess (‘Leading article: New realities rightly acknowledged’, 1 July). First the US propped up the pro-Western dictatorship of Mubarak, so now it must make amends by propping up an anti-Western dictatorship of the Muslim Brotherhood?

The Brotherhood is a coalition of Islamic extremists with no interest in democracy. Indeed, the extent of their involvement in “shaping a new and more democratic constitution” will likely be in making it as undemocratic as possible. Groups like these have no legitimate role to play in any serious democracy, least of all one as volatile as Egypt’s.

There is nothing contradictory about democratic states outlawing groups whose only interest in the political process is in undermining it. Egyptian reformers ought to look to the shining example of Germany, who in her struggle for democratisation in the post-war period banned communist and fascist parties and was all the better for it.

A foreign policy built upon shifting “new realities” is one which neglects the one constant reality: that liberty is universal in its appeal. If we really care about the Egyptian people, we must ostracise their would-be oppressors and offer every assistance to groups whose commitment to democracy is genuine.

Press Officer, UKIP Friends of Israel