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    The deluded face of anti-racism

    by Sunny on 10th October, 2007 at 3:12 pm    

    The gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who I respect a lot, went to the Al-Quds rally on Sunday.

    The Al Quds protest was supposed in support of justice for the Palestinian people,” said Peter Tatchell. “That’s a cause I support. I am against Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and its divisive Berlin-style wall.

    “But I object to the way the Al Quds demonstration also supports the tyrannical, anti-Semitic Iranian regime and its fundamentalist, terrorist offshoots, Hamas and Hezbollah.

    Same here. And you would think that it would be the position self-styled anti-racists would take too. Except, he was subjected to abuse and called a paedophile.

    “As soon as I turned up, I was subjected to a barrage of violent, threatening abuse from large sections of the crowd. Some started chanting: ‘Tatchell is a Zionist, Tatchell is a paedophile. Get out! Get out! Get out!’

    “Despite this abuse, we handed out leaflets criticising the Iranian regime, which a number of the Al Quds marchers took and read. Following at the back of the march, we were subjected to a torrent of hatred all the way from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square. A few of the Al Quds marchers shouted things like: ‘You are all Zionists and CIA agents. How much money did Bush pay you to come here today?’

    Oh, and they tried to beat him plenty of times. This is the march supported by the 1990 Trust, which is apparently, “promoting human rights through advocating racial and economic equality.” Yeah, great work guys. Well done for supporting such people and marching with Hizb ut-Tahrir. You help the cause so much.

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    1. Rumbold — on 10th October, 2007 at 5:05 pm  

      Peter Tatchell is a great man, yet Ken Livingstone continues to smear him as Islamophobic because Tatchell is opposed to people being stoned to death or hung because they are gay. It really sickens me when I see all these ‘anti-racists’ take the “we are all Hizbollah now” stance.

    2. ZinZin — on 10th October, 2007 at 5:23 pm  


      The left has more than its fair share of arseholes.

    3. bananabrain — on 10th October, 2007 at 5:26 pm  


      you sound as if you’re surprised by this. i can’t imagine why. this is why being a zionist is supposed to preclude one from being an anti-racist, of course.



    4. Rumbold — on 10th October, 2007 at 5:30 pm  


      Indeed- so does the right.

    5. phil — on 10th October, 2007 at 5:36 pm  

      Yvonne Ridley is very far to the right.
      God knows why people like her and Galloway attract more than a handful.
      No surprise that they are violent anti semitic homophobic scum though.

    6. A councillor writes — on 10th October, 2007 at 6:06 pm  

      As a very young enthusiastic NotCouncillor, I campaigned against Peter Tatchell’s election in 1983.

      Over the years since then, I have come to understand what a dedicated and fearless campaigner for human rights Peter is and I can’t help feeling that Britain may have lost out in having Peter as an MP.

    7. Don — on 10th October, 2007 at 6:44 pm  

      Peter deserves maximum respect and support. A credit to the human race.

    8. Derius — on 10th October, 2007 at 7:47 pm  

      “A councillor writes”

      To be fair to yourself, I think if Peter Tatchell was the same person back in 1983 as he is now, you probably would not have opposed him.

      I think it is in the last ten to fifteen years that he has found his true form. I wasn’t too keen on him before then, but I have complete admiration for the man now.

    9. Clairwil — on 11th October, 2007 at 12:16 am  

      Tatchell is a decent and honourable man with balls of steel.

      I’m not surprised by his treatment. Even I gave up politics because of the Bush level your either for us or against us mentality on the left and let’s face it I’m rarely complimented on my subtlety.

    10. ChrisC — on 11th October, 2007 at 8:18 am  

      “I can’t help feeling that Britain may have lost out in having Peter as an MP”

      Quite the reverse. He would have been smothered by the party machine.

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