Several civil society bodies have expressed interest in further probing the issues uncovered in the Dispatches programme aired last Monday 16th November on the Pro-Israel lobby in Britain. The British Muslim Initiative (BMI) and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), for example, have asked David Cameron to address some of the points raised in the programme. In a joint BMI / PSC letter to David Cameron they specifically ask him whether or not he had previously been aware that Mr Poju Zabludowicz, one of his financial donors, owns property in illegal West Bank settlements and has a financial stake in the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumin where he owns a shopping centre. They also ask Mr Cameron if he would be willing to return the money and distance himself and his party from Mr Zublodowics now that these revelations have come to light.
The Dispatches programme also raised serious concern about the lack of accountability that the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) has from a financial perspective. The joint BMI/PSC letter also asks therefore whether, in pursuit of more transparency, Mr Cameron would be willing to support the disclosure of CFI accounts including all donations made by the pro-Israel lobby.
Mohammed Sawalha, the President of BMI and co-signee of the letter along with Betty Hunter, Chair of PSC stated: “We felt it was only right to allow Mr Cameron the space to address the extremely serious claims made by the program, particularly regarding financial contributions made in exchange for political support. We look forward to his urgent reply”. MEMO too are waiting, along with the BMI the PSC and many others, for Mr Cameron’s answers to these revealing questions as the answer Mr Cameron gives will surely have a lot to say about the state of his party and the role and influence that the pro-Israel lobby wields over it.