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British-Palestinian schoolgirl expelled from public speaking competition

Leanne Mohamad, a 15-year-old student at Wanstead High School in London, won a regional final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge

A British-Palestinian schoolgirl has been expelled from a public speaking competition after a video of her moving entry went viral last week.

Leanne Mohamad, a 15-year-old student at Wanstead High School in London, won a regional final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge with her speech ‘Birds not Bombs’, in which she describes the historical and contemporary reality for Palestinians under Israeli settler colonialism.

The Jack Petchey-sponsored competition is run by Speakers Trust, and bills itself as the world’s biggest youth speaking event.

Responding to complaints by anti-Palestinian blogger Edgar Davidson, Speakers Trust CEO Julie Holness said that they took his “concerns very seriously”, and confirmed that Mohamad would not be sent through to the next stage of the contest, and “will not be speaking at the Grand Final.”

Read: British-Palestinian child wins award for retelling Nakba story

The decision to expel Mohamad, made by a Speakers Trust and Jack Petchey Foundation judging panel, was based on her breaching two rules: that “the speech must have a positive and uplifting message”, and that “a speaker should never inflame or offend the audience or insult others.”

Holness offered to forward Davidson’s email to Mohamad’s school, and said the blogger was “welcome to use [my home office number] at any time.”

Responding to the news, Mohamad tweeted: “Why is it called a “Speak Out Challenge” when I am then silenced?” While Speakers Trust has removed the speech from their website and YouTube Channel, it has been re-uploaded here.

Davidson last year praised English Defence League-founder Tommy Robinson as “simply a British patriot.” His blog’s ‘Key Readings’ includes an article that states “Palestinians are a fake creation.

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  • kim

    BRILLIANT. Just one example of twelve millions, of the “fake”,”engineered” people?!! as Newt Gingrich , Tommy Robinson , refer to the Palestinians. .They ,the Palestinians,are the most authentic, much more than the people who make these claims against them. These claims, are merely zionist fantasies, that these puppets keep repeating.

  • Julian Lupienski

    another lackey for israel …….

  • jake431

    If you found it offensive, she did good!

    • peepsqueek

      What is offensive, is that once again, children are being used for propaganda purposes. Nobody wakes up to bombs everyday, unless of course, your leaders are firing rockets indiscriminately into Israel, with the known Israeli response.

      • jake431

        What is even more offensive is the slaughter of innocent men, women and children using the excuse of self defense from a people who have been forced into a walled cage for 68 years while their jailers steel their land, burn their crops and kill their animals, while begging for more American dollars to get more weapons to add to their collection, while influencing my government with political bribes of weak minded politicians to do their bidding. The people of Gaza don’t wake up to bombs? Get a clue!

        • peepsqueek

          That is because the UN offered all these stateless people a Jewish State and an Arab State, and the Arabs chose war and they lost. They continued to target Israel before there was a single Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza, when both of the disputed territories were OCCUPIED by Egypt and Jordan.

          They remained stateless after December 2000 when the White House (Camp David peace summit) offered a final settlement proposal. The U.S. plan offered by Clinton and endorsed by Barak would have given the Palestinians 97 percent of the West Bank (either 96 percent of the West Bank and 1 percent from Israel proper or 94 percent from the West Bank and 3 percent from Israel proper), with no cantons, and full control of the Gaza Strip, with a land-link between the two; Israel would have withdrawn from 63 settlements as a result. In exchange for the three percent annexation of the West Bank, Israel would increase the size of the Gaza territory by roughly a third. Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem would become the capital of the new state, and refugees would have the right of return to the Palestinian state, and would receive reparations from a $30 billion international fund collected to compensate them. The Palestinians would maintain control over their holy places, and would be given desalinization plants to ensure them adequate water. The only concessions Arafat had to make was Israeli sovereignty over the parts of the Western Wall religiously significant to Jews (i.e., not the entire Temple Mount), and three early warning stations in the Jordan valley, which Israel would withdraw from after six years. Arafat turned it down, and the violence escalated against Israel. You know the rest.

          • jake431

            Simply put, the decision to establish a “Jewish State” was a tragic mistake, understanding the sympathy of the time, the horror of the holocaust, and the heavy lobby of the Zionist cause had convinced leaders of the time to create the opportunity for the birth of Israel. What the world is learning now is that you can’t take away from one to give to another without objection, a simple assimilation of individuals may have worked, but surely not without some objection, what we have now is an Israel that prefers genocide, theft and hatred rather than any chance of assimilation, they want it all and they may lose it all in the end run.

          • peepsqueek

            Was it a mistake, when the allied forces defeated the Ottoman Turks and their German allies in WWI, and then established 22 Arab States? They all have constant sectarian conflicts.

            On October 13, 1932, Iraq became a sovereign Arab state, and it was admitted to the League of Nations. Iraq still was messed up by a complex web of social, economic, ethnic, religious, and ideological conflicts, all of which retarded the process of state formation. The declaration of statehood and fixed boundaries triggered an intense competition for power in the new entity. Sunnis and Shias, cities and tribes, sheiks and tribesmen, Assyrians and Kurds, pan-Arabists and Iraqi nationalists–all fought for places in the emerging state structure, and unable to establish deep roots, after the Ottomans, the political system was overwhelmed by these conflicting sectarian demands. What has changed? They are all ancient tribal and sectarian conflicts, with or without borders.

          • jake431

            My concern is the continued treatment of Palestinians, the slaughter of 2500 ± humans during the summer of 2014, and the hanging of Netanyahu for war crimes. All this other stuff is too pedantic for this subject.

          • peepsqueek

            Every rocket fired into Israel is an act of war, with a known Israel response. Thousands of rockets fired into Israeli civilian populations from Gaza’s civilian populations, forcing Israeli parents to pick up their children and run for bomb shelters with each early warning siren are war crimes, with a known Israeli response.
            Plus the cross border raid killing Israeli soldiers and kidnapping Gilad Shalit was the icing of the cake. A war is not over until the last combatant is either dead or lays down his arms, followed by term of surrender. Israel should not give in to international opinions which have never protected the Israelis.

            Can you name an Arab Country that supports Hamas or their methods?

          • Ali Khan

            take the et off rocket you mean!!

          • peepsqueek

            No, I meant rockets. Why should Palestinian Arabs be throwing rocks? Make a peace, and build a nation. Throwing either rocks or rockets is a method that has not worked for them. Prior to 1967 there was no Israeli occupation, yet Israel was a constant target.

            If Arabs had accepted one Jewish State in the Middle East, Palestinian Arabs would be celebrating 68 years of independent statehood today, with pre 1967 lines.

          • Neil Hallett

            Who created HAMAS ?

          • peepsqueek

            Initially, the organization followed the Muslim Brotherhood’s model of acting primarily as a social welfare agency that catered especially to the Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip and, over time, developed a good reputation for improving the lives of Palestinians, which was welcomed by Israel. Hamas also exerted its influence through the mosques. Today, Hamas has morphed into a terrorist organization and is intimitately tied to the Islamic regimes in Syria and Iran. In August 1988, Hamas published the Islamic Covenant, which makes clear the organization is opposed to Israel’s existence in any form. It states that “there is no solution for the Palestinian question except through “holy war”. Hence- the statement that no Muslim shall rest until the banner of Islam flies over every inch of the land.

          • Neil Hallett

            According to Zeev Sternell, acknowledged authority on modern Jewish history and columnist for Haaretz, HAMAS was created by Israel to counter the growing popularity of Arafat’s PLO. Other sources provide this information. Sheikh Ahmed Yassin forms Hamas as the military arm of his Islamic Association, which had been licensed by Israel ten years earlier (see 1973-1978). According to Charles Freeman, a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, “Israel started Hamas. It was a project of Shin Bet, which had a feeling that they could use it to hem in the PLO.” [COUNTERPUNCH, 1/18/2003; DREYFUSS, 2005, PP. 191, 208] Anthony Cordesman, a Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies, states that Israel “aided Hamas directly—the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO.” A former senior CIA official speaking to UPI describes Israel’s support for Hamas as “a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative.” David Shipler, a former New York Times reporter, later recounts that he was told by the military governor of the Gaza Strip, Brigadier General Yitzhak Segev, that the Israeli government had financed the Islamic movement to couteract the PLO and the communists. According to Martha Kessler, a senior analyst for the CIA, “we saw Israel cultivate Islam as a counterweight to Palestinian nationalism.” Further, according to an unnamed US government official, “the thinking on the part of some of the right-wing Israeli establishment was that Hamas and the other groups, if they gained control, would refuse to have anything to do with the peace process and would torpedo any agreements put in place.” And to quote from the link below, ….”The Hamas had built its strength through its various acts of sabotage of the peace process, in a way which was compatible with the interests of the Israeli government. In turn, the latter sought in a number of ways, to prevent the application of the Oslo accords. In other words, Hamas was fulfilling the functions for which it was originally created:… to prevent the creation of a Palestinian State. If Israel’s creation of HAMAS was for strategic purposes, that of disrupting the peace talks and preventing peace in Palestine, in accordance with Oded Yinon’s “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties” which details the plans for the greater Israel (including all of Palestine), it should be of NO surprise to anyone that the ISRAEL’S “HAMAS Charter” is full of aggressive threats and calls for Jihad. It could be said that HAMAS is the MOSSAD’s greatest ever creation, as effective today as the day it was created.

          • peepsqueek

            Hamas, is an acronym for Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya (“Islamic Resistance Movement”). Their Pan Arab colors on the flag represent different Caliphates. This idea is much older than the [opinions] that you posted above.

          • Neil Hallett

            As I thought …. no answers…LOL ..Thanks pea-brain. I’ll move on …might find someone who can refute my assertions. Thanks again, pea-brain. LOL

          • peepsqueek

            If you do not understand the response, it is not my fault, no matter how much you “LOL”

          • Neil Hallett

            . According to Zeev Sternell, acknowledged authority on modern Jewish history and columnist for Haaretz, HAMAS was created by Israel to counter the growing popularity of Arafat’s PLO. Other sources provide this information. Sheikh Ahmed Yassin forms Hamas as the military arm of his Islamic Association, which had been licensed by Israel ten years earlier (see 1973-1978). According to Charles Freeman, a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, “Israel started Hamas. It was a project of Shin Bet, which had a feeling that they could use it to hem in the PLO.” [COUNTERPUNCH, 1/18/2003; DREYFUSS, 2005, PP. 191, 208] Anthony Cordesman, a Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies, states that Israel “aided Hamas directly—the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO.” A former senior CIA official speaking to UPI describes Israel’s support for Hamas as “a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative.” David Shipler, a former New York Times reporter, later recounts that he was told by the military governor of the Gaza Strip, Brigadier General Yitzhak Segev, that the Israeli government had financed the Islamic movement to couteract the PLO and the communists. According to Martha Kessler, a senior analyst for the CIA, “we saw Israel cultivate Islam as a counterweight to Palestinian nationalism.” Further, according to an unnamed US government official, “the thinking on the part of some of the right-wing Israeli establishment was that Hamas and the other groups, if they gained control, would refuse to have anything to do with the peace process and would torpedo any agreements put in place.” And to quote from the link below, ….”The Hamas had built its strength through its various acts of sabotage of the peace process, in a way which was compatible with the interests of the Israeli government. In turn, the latter sought in a number of ways, to prevent the application of the Oslo accords. In other words, Hamas was fulfilling the functions for which it was originally created:… to prevent the creation of a Palestinian State. If Israel’s creation of HAMAS was for strategic purposes, that of disrupting the peace talks and preventing peace in Palestine, in accordance with Oded Yinon’s “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties” which details the plans for the greater Israel (including all of Palestine), it should be of NO surprise to anyone that the ISRAEL’S “HAMAS Charter” is full of aggressive threats and calls for Jihad. It could be said that HAMAS is the MOSSAD’s greatest ever creation, as effective today as the day it was created.

          • Arachne646

            Hamas was founded by Mossad as competition for, and because it was assumed the Islamist group would overcome, the PLO and Fatah. I’m assuming by Hamas’ methods, you mean being elected in a fair and democratic manner, with international scrutiny? Israel’s military occupation of Gaza, on the other hand, has been brutal.

            While there have indeed, been acts of war on Hamas’ part which resulted in Israelis’ civilian deaths, in 2014 those could be counted on my hands. The deaths in just the UN School shelter bombing crimes that the Israeli military committed, have been hundreds, not counting the homes bombed by IDF forces.

          • Arachne646

            Hamas was founded by Mossad as competition for, and because it was assumed the Islamist group would overcome, the PLO and Fatah. I’m assuming by Hamas’ methods, you mean being elected in a fair and democratic manner, with international scrutiny? Israel’s military occupation of Gaza, on the other hand, has been brutal.

            While there have indeed, been acts of war on Hamas’ part which resulted in Israelis’ civilian deaths, in 2014 those could be counted on my hands. The deaths in just the UN School shelter bombing crimes that the Israeli military committed, have been hundreds, not counting the homes bombed by IDF forces.

          • Shadow

            And every Israeli murder, land confiscation, Illegal settlement, economical sanctions, educational santions applied on Palestine almost every happen pre-“rocket fired into Israel is an act of war”!!

          • peepsqueek

            Not true, as Israel was a constant target before there was a single Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza, when both territories were occupied by Egypt and Jordan.

          • Stephan Williams

            Hasbara sure has been keeping you busy, peepsqueek! I’ll bet you’re proud of your efforts to cloud the waters and inject mythology and bald-faced lies into the conversation. After all, that’s your modis operandi, isn’t it? 😉

            But I’d like to get back to what this is supposed to be about, how about you?

            A young and obviously intelligent person competes in a contest that she wins at her level and then she is silenced and then removed from the competition after a massive effort to discredit her by anonymous forces working tirelessly from the shadows to shut her up by any means possible – with deceit, trickery and dishonest reassessments of the “policies” of the group sponsoring the competition all brought to bear.

            The unseen hands of slippery liars, racist bigots, cowardly bullies and greedy dishonest thieves only interested in what serves them best.lies behind this assault on free speech. And I can guarantee that almost every one of the hand-wringing whiners and moaners is a self-proclaimed Zionist Jew filled to the brim with wilful ignorance, selective memory, hubris, conceit and delusion.

            Just like you, peepsqueak!

          • peepsqueek

            Maybe they should give you first place for your tirades. I was responding to the post above me. It is you that wants to set the rules for my response to a poster. If you notice, I posted only known facts, no vulgarity, no hate speech, nothing sexual, no personal attacks, and nothing racial. Yet, you would like to exclude my posts from the this web by way of hate filled personal attack. I guess that makes you a hypocrite, by pure dictionary definition.

          • Neil Hallett

            There is a widely accepted belief that United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 “created” Israel, based upon an understanding that this resolution partitioned Palestine or otherwise conferred legal authority or legitimacy to the declaration of the existence of the state of Israel. However, despite its popularity, this belief has no basis in fact, as a review of the resolution’s history and examination of legal principles demonstrates incontrovertibly.

            In sum, the popular claim that the U.N. “created” Israel is a myth, and Israel’s own claim in its founding document that U.N. Resolution 181 constituted legal authority for Israel’s creation, or otherwise constituted “recognition” by the U.N. of the “right” of the Zionist Jews to expropriate for themselves Arab land and deny to the majority Arab population of that land their own right to self-determination, is a patent fraud.

          • peepsqueek

            Israel’s “birth certificate” is validated by all three ancient Biblical texts- Jewish, Christian, and Muslim; Jewish settlement from the time of Joshua onward; the Balfour Declaration of 1917; the San Remo resolution, the League of Nations Mandate, which incorporated the Balfour Declaration; the United Nations Partition Resolution of 1947; Israel became an independent state in 1948; it was admitted to the UN in 1949; the recognition of Israel by most other states; and, it is a society created by Israel’s people in seven decades of thriving, dynamic national existence.

            I am an atheist, however the Qur’an recognizes the Land of Israel as the heritage of the Jews and it explains that, before the Last Judgment, Jews will return to dwell there. This has come true during your lifetime- You just have a problem with it.— Question: Of the 57 declared Muslim States at the UN, what happened to all the indigenous peoples who rejected Islam and Islamic Sharia during the Islamic invasions?

            The Quran clearly states (Sura 5:21) that God granted the Land of Israel to the Children of Israel and ordered them to settle there. In addition, it is predicted that before the end of days, God will bring the Children of Israel to retake possession of the Land, [gathering them from the different countries and nations] (Sura 17:104). — What is your beef?

          • Neil Hallett

            You’re failing to see the significance of the statement so I’ll repeat it. It was NEVER agreed. The occupation is illegal. ….”In sum, the popular claim that the U.N. “created” Israel is a myth, and Israel’s own claim in its founding document that U.N. Resolution 181 constituted legal authority for Israel’s creation, or otherwise constituted “recognition” by the U.N. of the “right” of the Zionist Jews to expropriate for themselves Arab land and deny to the majority Arab population of that land their own right to self-determination, is a patent fraud”.

          • peepsqueek

            Almost 80% of historic Palestine is Jordan. How did Egypt and Jordan handle their 19 years (1948 to 1967) of occupation of Gaza and the West Bank? What was the plan for Palestinian statehood during those 19 years? Egyptians and Jordanians never suggested that the West Bank and Gaza be an independent State? Jordan removed all the Jews who were rightfully living in East Jerusalem and destroyed their synagogues during those years. 1.5 Million Palestinian Arabs live in Israel proper as citizens. And you say that the majority of Palestinian Arabs did to have the right to self determination all of those years under Egyptian and Jordanian occupation? Please help me to understand why no Palestinian State was ever heard of until after the 1967 war? Arabs don’t get to lose every war, and then ask to go back to the status quo in the 1947 Partition Resolution, that Arab States rejected and chose war instead. Right or wrong, this does not happen in the real world.

          • Shadow

            Shouldn’t you take this knowledge of 22 secular arab countries as a prove there isn’t any 1- Islamic country in the world, 2- arab countries are under full colonial establishment operating through hand picked arab agents executing western agenda???

            There are Muslims, but that’s people. But Islamic system where its full based on religion?? there’s not one!
            I am sure Saudi and Iran might come to mind, but Saudi and Iran are as Islamic as Mafioso Vatican and Secular Democratic Jewish only State of Israel.. I have never seen any bold, loud and clear statement of hypocrisy to put Secular Democracy and Jewish Only State in one sentence??? But what does it matter, no one seems to even realize because we are all busy with terrorists, holocaust propaganda and antisemitism.

            The very terrorism we see of today was indeed our own doing in their countries. We therefore cannot blame Islam and muslims if our doctrines run their systems. If we allow Islam to rule as intended, then we have full right to blame Islam for it. All the stuff you talked about from social economic to political whatever was all our own hidden hands acting in the shadows. That includes Shiaa Sunni Kurds attempts to fully nationalize their idealism which will in effect create pride in once nonsense like we do over here in the west.

            History is clear, as fully functioning Muslim nation run by fully functioning Muslim system , they will have one organised nation that have no boarders, no nationalism and no western influence in their sovereign nation, which is completely unacceptable for the best interest of “Fragile Western World” who’s been always suffering from Islamophobia since the defeat of war mongering well historically referenced territorial Roam and Byzantine empires, who’d spark a war for any reason to expand.

            Knowing how our western politics run right now as we live it and as witnesses it, (i.e. full of lies, deceit, false propaganda), what makes you think pas politicians any purer??

            Have you read about Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus? Western leaders and shadow hands doing to Muslims now are exactly what that guy did to Christians at that time.

            The honest and genuine unbiased analyses of everything will get us to the bottom of all this situation. We in the west are controlled by some sort of evil and all we can do is hope that God could help us get over it because we are causing so much harm to humanity!!! The sooner we comprehend this, the sooner we’ll be able to act on it and fix it.. But that wont happen, the masses are busy!!!

          • peepsqueek

            I agree with some of the things you have said, but there are 57 declared Muslim Muslim States at the UN, all members of the OIC (The Organization of Islamic Cooperation), the largest voting bloc at the UN General Assembly. There are 22 declared Arab States, all signatories of the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights:

            Article 19: “There shall be NO crime or punishment EXCEPT as provided for in the Sharia.”

            Article 24: “All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Sharia.”

            Article 25: “The Islamic Sharia is the ONLY source of reference for the explanation or clarification of ANY of the articles of this Declaration.”

            This Declaration is used by the dictators and totalitarian governments to control the populations, the female population, and non-Muslims from the full right of self determination.

            This is the 21st Century. There are 7.5 billion people on the planet, and humans have had to carve up territories so that we don’t have at each other.

            As for the West being evil, the West has come the furtherest in my lifetime with religious rights, women’s rights, gay rights, marital rights, children’s rights, freedom of speech and expression, freedom of the press, etc.

          • Shadow

            We both can agree that the UN declaration means nothing when the obvious and factual act of reality dictates. Another example of UN declaration is Israel’s 63 boarders if I am quoting the year right over here! Does Israel apply this low? Obviously not!! Illegal settlements have limited Palestinians to almost 2% of lands I guess. Apart from economical, political and social concentration camps in their very own lands and country and UN does nothing but “worry”. Apparently UN secretary general’s job is to appear on media and expresses his “worry”! Its all on paper only! Fact is what we see, not what’s written on paper or “wishful hope” for all parties. I think many Muslims “Wish” if UN declaration of Islamic nations would be for real I guess ;)!!

          • peepsqueek

            Islamophobia? Islamists are at odds with just about everybody today- pitting Muslim Sunnis against Shiites in Pakistan, the Shiite/Sunni divide in Bahrain, Iraq, and Yemen, Muslims against Hindus in India, Muslims against Christians in Nigeria, Muslims against Buddhists in Southern Thailand, Muslims against Copts in Egypt, Muslims against Jews in Israel, Muslims against Christians in the Philippines, Aceh (Indonesia), Kosovo (Serbia), Muslims against Maronites in Lebanon, Muslims against Hindus in Bangladesh, Muslims against Russian Orthodox, Muslims against Greek Cypriots, Muslims against non-Arab minorities and Dinkas in the Sudan, Muslims against Zoroastrians and Bahai in Iran and Egypt, the Muslim/Buddhist divide in Myanmar, Muslim sectarian conflict in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Mali, the Central African Republic, etc……

          • peepsqueek

            You are describing the whole Middle East. Israel’s neighbors practice institutional apartheid, sectarian apartheid, religious apartheid, gender apartheid, etc.

            Kurd Net Daily Online News:
            
”For years the 30 million Kurds spread across those territories have been the world’s largest ethnic group without an independent homeland. Only the Kurds in Iraq, who displaced Iraqi forces in the 1990s when a U.S. and British no-fly zone was in place against Saddam Hussein, have managed to carved out an area of real autonomy.”

            Coptic News: 

            “Since Christianity came to Egypt in 57 A.D., we, the Christians of Egypt, have not had conflict with the Jewish people. Copts have been a marginal population held in captivity for sixteen centuries. We constitute the largest non-Arab, non-Moslem minority in the Middle East. The Church of Alexandria, is one of the oldest organizations in the Middle East. Despite this distinguished history, it is a church that has been under siege since the Islamic invasion.” [Nearly 100 Christian churches were attacked in Egypt after the coup]

            Assyrian News Agency:

            “Keep in mind that these Christian minorities, the Assyrians, Armenians, Copts, are actually the original inhabitants of these areas with roots going back thousands of years before Christianity. What we’re seeing is a systematic attempt to cleanse the Middle East of its original inhabitants, this is a continuation of the genocide that took place in Ottoman Turkey in 1915.”

          • Carl

            After WWII the Europeans felt so guilty about what had been done to the Jews by the Germans that they wanted to provide a homeland for these people who had been so grievously wronged. . My questionis why then did they not offer a piece of Europe, a piece of Germany perhaps , instead of giving them a piece of land belonging to and occupied by the Palestinians, people who had no part in the Holocaust. And even now the hypocritic British pursue the lies unashamed.

          • peepsqueek

            In1855, under the Ottoman Turk Islamic Empire, the Jewish quarter in East Jerusalem’s old city was too small for the Jews, so they bought lands in Jerusalem outside to the city walls. In 1860 the Jews built the first Jewish neighborhood that was out of the city walls. It was called “Mishkanot Shananim”.
 Jews built more neighborhoods, the biggest of them were:
”Machane Israel” – 1868
” Nachalat Shivaa” – 1869
” Mea Sharrim” – 1874
”Even Israel” – 1875
 “Miskanot” – 1875 
”Beit Yaakov” – 1875
” Mazkeret Moshe”- 1883
”Ohel Moshe” – 1883. This was all done under Ottoman Government approval, through Islamic Courts. It was business as Jews had to pay a special tax.

            Most of the land purchases involved large tracts belonging to absentee owners. Virtual of the the Jerzeel Valley, for example, belonged to only two people in 1897, the eastern portion to the Turkish Sultan, and the Western part to a rich banker in Syria, Sursuk the Greek. Most of the land had not be cultivated previously and considered uncultivable, This is supported by the Peel Commission Report. All land purchases were done under Ottoman Government approval and authority through Islamic Courts.

            That fact is that they were stateless in these territories prior to 1948, as both Jews and Arabs and others had to use the British Passport Palestine to travel, because they did not have a country of their own. This is one of the reasons that the British turned this problem over to the UN prior to 1947.

            Prior to 1948, the Jewish newspaper, the Jerusalem Post was called the Palestine Post. The Jewish-founded electric company was Palestine Electric. The Palestinian Symphony Orchestra was Jewish. During World War II, the British army had a Palestinian Brigade made up of Palestinian Jews.

          • Betty-Anne Juba

            Israel was instituted because most of the WW11 countries did not want an exodus of Jews to their countries so they took land from another and we know the consequences. Also remember the USA did not get involved in the war until they were attacked by Japan – why? Because there is a high number of the USA population that are from German immigrant stock.

          • Bored_Wombat

            > Simply put, the decision to establish a “Jewish State” was a tragic mistake, understanding the sympathy of the time, the horror of the holocaust, and the heavy lobby of the Zionist cause had convinced leaders of the time to create the opportunity for the birth of Israel.

            I think another motivating factor already at the close of WWII was the destabilization of the pieces of the Ottoman empire, and especially the fragmentation of their oil holdings, lest they have too much power over the economies of the allies.

            But your view is nicer.

          • Douglas Mckeever

            I think you meant WW ONE… 😉

          • Mike Abramov

            Ok Bored Wombat. Let’s dismantle Israel. 5,000,000 Jews are now refugees. How many Jews (not israelis) will Oz take in. 500,000? This is why Israel was democratically agreed upon in 1948 because the rest of the world did not want them anyway.

          • Mike Abramov

            Hey! Let’s get one thing right. Since the collapse of the Roman Empire in 490 AD, the Palestinians as you call them were mostly Jews. Many converted to Islam after 670 AD or they would have been killed. Many Jews left Palestine after 490 AD for a better life and since 490 AD Palestine was self-governing for a mere 13 years. The Jews come along in the 1920s, convert the desert in to an oasis and the Arabs complain. That’s thanks for you,.

          • Bruce

            Who the hell were the UN to tell the Jews and Arabs where they could live? And why should Ottoman Turkey in your next post have the right to parcel up and sell Arab land toJewish settlers? The land was NOT stateless; it was nomadic and cultivated by different peoples. the problems were brought by forced settlement of the land by foreign Jews, driving out the nomadic and indigenous Palestinians. Since then they have simply massacred Palestinians in huge numebrs when it suited them. The West tolerates this because it needs a local enforcer to keep Iran, Syria and Egypt under control.

          • peepsqueek

            The geographic area of Palestine has changed hands more than a Las Vegas gambler. And who are the indigenous people. Egyptians were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic. Syrians (Assyrians) were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic, Moroccans (Berbers) were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic, Iraqis were not Arabs not did they speak Arabic, Libya was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic, the Sudan (tribal Africa) was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic, Tunisia was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic. Why are they all called Arab Countries, speak Arabic, and belong to the league of “Arab” Nations, and live under some form of Islamic Sharia, which is Arabian?

        • michelelabella

          cry me a river with her lies and distortions. the people of gaza are enslaved by their own leadership. they share a border with Egypt. time to stop blaming israel for all their incompetence, hate and stupidity. the girl is brainwashed with BS and she’s spreading it in the name of public education. total sham.

        • Mike Abramov

          Absolute rubbish. The Palestinians, had Egypt and Syria won the War of Independence, would now be a vassal state of those two countries and I bet not a word would have been said against Egypt and Syria about the colonisation of Palestine.

      • Spelunker4Plato

        Trains were used by the 2nd Reich to kill Namibians (Namibia is a country northwest of South Africa) and was probably the forerunner to concentration camps in WW2.

        1) Balfour Declaration and 2) Churchill’s article “Zionism v. Bolshevism” prove that Israel was an agenda of the crown from the beginning to divide Jews and make a Jewish dominated Palestine a western colonial satellite
        3) There were numerous newspaper articles that came out years before the 3rd Reich took power claiming 6 million jews had died which was false at the time.
        4) The Transfer Agreement was when Hitler sent jews and their assets to Israel
        5) IBM’s subsidiary Dehomag made it possible to for the 3rd Reich to logistically function and recorded how people died in concentration camps. The 3rd Reich would not have been as successful as it was without IBM, a U.S. corporation. If 6 million died and there’s evidence for it, IBM would have the only primary evidence for it, and it wasn’t just Jews.
        6) Prescott Bush, Bush Jr.’s grandfather traded with the Nazis right up until the embargo
        7) King David Hotel bombing was committed by zionist terrorists
        8) Mass graves in Jaffa indicate that zionists already had death squads to murder people
        9) Israel attacked the USS Liberty
        10) Israel had nukes first and started the nuclear arms race in the middle east
        11) Hamas was created by Israel
        12) Hamas was funded by Israel at least until 2008, probably later
        13) ISIS was created by the U.S. and is probably an extension of Israel, considering ISIS isn’t muslim and has never attacked Israel

        Israel is a rogue terrorist apartheid state that siphons U.S. taxpayer dollars that’s used to murder and kidnap civilians. Initially in the early part of the 20th century Jews were welcomed, but then zionist terrorists started popping up and it became apparent that their motives were violent.

        • peepsqueek

          Nice propaganda!

      • Geraldine Rose

        Harsh, simply look at the present situation…then tell us that the death toll is not ‘fact’. Any intelligent person has simply to look at this. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian citizens, men, women and children dead and injured whilst the number of Israeli citizens dead….well, one can almost count on ones fingers!!!! Modern weapons imported from the USA pitted against home-made bottle bombs!…. and who wouldn’t try to defend oneself against this genocide? We all sympathised with the Jews’ situation after the war but they now do to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to them….imprison them in the open-air prison that is Gaza….at least the Zionists do, let us not tar all Israelis with the same brush for I know many Jews who abhor what their government do to the Palestinian people.

        • peepsqueek

          Simply not true Geraldine. Your numbers are incorrect. The numbers of Israelis murdered my be of no consequence to you, and every Hamas rocket fired into Israel is an act of war (and there have been thousands of them), they set off early warning systems, forcing thousands of Israeli parents to grab their children and run bomb shelters over and over again. Iron Dome has intercepted well over five hundred long range, medium range, and short range missiles. This is unacceptable and Hamas is responsible for Israel having to put a stop to it in “operation protective edge” and other operations. It is luck that they did not kill more Israelis, or the repercussions would have been much more severe.

          As for your Nazis, Jews and other “inferior races” (from Hitler’s superior race doctrine) were not given any choices. Hamas keeps making the choice to continue with acts of war and terrorism. Hitler has to take the responsibility for 11 million Germans lying dead, to include the two million Germans who starved to death after the war and not the allied forces.
          And I repeat:
          Egypt banned Hamas and branded it a terrorist organization.

          Jordan banned Hamas in 1999. In 2013, Jordan rejected requests to allow Hamas to return.

          Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah disagree and are fighting with each other in Syria.

          Syria- has called Hamas is an uninvited guest

          Can you name one Arab Country that supports Hamas or their methods? Please be specific!

          • Geraldine Rose

            Now you tell me how many governments, including Arab countries and Saudia Arabia in particular, are not full of corruption? I don’t count governments. The countries that you name, yes, I do know people from these countries who would never call Palestinians terrorists; Freedom Fighters, yes. It all depends upon which side of the economic fence that you sit! Like every other political act in this world it has all to do with indoctrination, power and greed and nothing to do with ordinary people trying to live their lives. Do you doubt for one moment that the average Palestinian and the average Jew wish to spend their lives fighting against each other and not getting on with their lives, farming their lands, enjoying watching their children growing and attending University, etc? I think not. Human beings are not that different, no matter where they were born.

          • peepsqueek

            You make some good points. People are not that different, but ideologies and leadership makes a big difference in the outcomes. War is form of terrorism, but a terrorist is someone who [specifically] targets non-combatants and civilians populations.

            A war is traditionally not over until the last combatant is either dead or lays down his arms, followed by terms of surrender. Arabs have lost every war with Israel in the comfortable knowledge that when they lose, they can insist on going back the the 1947 UN Partition Resolution, that they have rejected for Israel all of these years. Palestinian Arabs have now applied for UN Statehood, via the same path they have rejected for Israel all of these years.

      • GGundam

        Oh please.

      • Bored_Wombat

        > Nobody wakes up to bombs everyday, unless of course, your leaders are firing rockets indiscriminately into Israel, with the known Israeli response.

        Bombs every day are bombs every day. It doesn’t matter what your “leaders” are doing.

        My leaders invaded Iraq in 2003. Alas for Syrians and Iraqis who are still fighting ISIS. That said, it wouldn’t be right for civilians here to be bombed for their sins.

        • peepsqueek

          “It doesn’t matter what your “leaders” are doing.”???? Wow!

          SECURITY COUNCIL HOLDS IRAQ IN ‘MATERIAL BREACH’ OF DISARMAMENT OBLIGATIONS, OFFERS FINAL CHANCE TO COMPLY, [UNANIMOUSLY] ADOPTING RESOLUTION 1441 (2002)
          Security Council Press Release
          4644th Meeting (AM)

          OFFERS FINAL CHANCE TO COMPLY, UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTING RESOLUTION 1441 (2002) Holding Iraq in “material breach” of its obligations under previous resolutions, the Security Council this morning decided to afford it a “final opportunity to comply” with its disarmament obligations, while setting up an enhanced inspection regime for full and verified completion of the disarmament process established by resolution 687 (1991). — (Saddam was in violation of 17 Security Council Resolutions since 1991)

      • ZioFascist

        lol u mad JIDF

      • Gyre

        You’re a liar. If you’re scared of Palestinian reprisals with toy rockets you’re just another neurotic Jew that is so unhinged that you could qualify to be an American.

        • peepsqueek

          Israel has a early warning system, and thousands of Hamas rockets fired into Israeli civilian populations sets off early warning sirens, forcing thousands of Israeli parents to grab their children and run for bomb shelters. It is unacceptable for any nation. Hamas knows that Israel is going to respond with more accurate missiles and yet they continuously fire rockets from civilian Gaza locations over and over and over again. And what is the benefit? It is to win the propaganda war, because when Israel responds, people like yourself use this propaganda in places like this website to serve your agenda. Otherwise there is no other benefit to continuously firing those rockets into Israel. You know it and I know it.

      • Roy Bard

        lol at the ‘Children should be seen and not heard’ logic of peepsqueek – Leanne Mohamad is certainly old enough to have her own voice and what a fine voice it is 🙂 Peepsqueek apparently failed to notice that Israel is STILL indiscriminately colonising Palestinian land as a regular activity. Unless peepsqueak can give us an example of a people who did not resist colonisation then I fear all that typing was in vain………. it is the theft of other peoples land that sparks the resistance.

        • peepsqueek

          Roy Bard failed to notice the history of the Middle East and what happened to all those who have rejected Islam and Islamic sharia. Roy Bard failed to notice that all these so called Independent Arab States only came about after WWI when the allied forces defeated the Ottomans and their German allies. The banner of Islam flies over 99.9% of the Middle East land mass and fly the colors of previous Caliphates. If given any opportunity, the flag would flying over 100% of the Middle East land mass. Is that what you are advocating.

          The periodic removal of Jews from Gaza goes back at least to the Romans in 61 of the Christian Era, followed much later by the Crusaders, Napoleon, the Ottoman Turks, the British and the contemporary Egyptians. Jews definitely lived in Gaza throughout the centuries, with a stronger presence in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Now once again, all Jews have been removed from Gaza in an effort to appease Hamas and settlement critics, which did not appease anyone. Within weeks rockets began to rain down on Israeli civilian populations, and every one of them is an act of war.

          Jewish people have always lived in Judea and Samaria—the West Bank—since ancient times. The only time Jewish people have been prohibited from living in the territories in recent decades was during Jordan’s rule from 1948 to 1967. After the Jordanians, captured the “West Bank” including East Jerusalem in 1948, they forcibly evicted all Jewish residents, who were rightfully there. They uprooted Jewish cemeteries, using the grave-markers for pavers and other projects. They destroyed almost every synagogue. Later, after the ’67 war, Jews have rightfully started to return.

          Many settlement critics believe it would be better for peace if the West Bank was free of Jews, the West Bank– birth place of Solomon, David, and Jesus, while 1.5 million Palestinian Christians live in Israel proper as citizens. Does Roy Bard have a balanced scale? Arabs could have avoided this by accepting one tiny Jewish State in the Middle East instead of being in a constant state of war.

        • peepsqueek

          To answer your question– Israel was a constant target before their was a single Jewish settlement in the West Bank or Gaza. What you call “resistance” prior to 1967, was an attempt by collective Arab nations to control 100% of the land mass. And with each war lost to the tiny Jewish State, Palestinian Arabs ask to go back to the status quo in the original UN Partition Resolution and pre 1967 lines, without recognizing Israel’s right to exist and maintaining charters calling for the complete destruction of the Jewish State. Can you name another ethnic or religious minority that has the complete right of self determination in the Middle East? We know the history of anyone who resisted political Islam and Islamic sharia, or even to this day would dare to speak against it.

    • Mike Abramov

      She broke the rules. Simple.

    • Shadow

      Bottom line, we cannot kick sense into murdering Zionists! Peepsqueek is like a a basket with a hole, no matter how much you fill him with common sense and humanity, he’ll leek!!!

  • sebyandrew

    She forgot to cry.

    • Maestro

      tough people dont cry. thats they they live on while being bombed incessantly. the only whining crying babies are the people that comprise AIPAC.

  • James Henry

    Thanks to Edgar Davidson she’ll now qualify for the most widely published of any of the contestants. Excellent.

  • Per Ladegaard Knudsen

    … shame, shame … the truth cannot be silenced …

  • Shadizar Silvermask

    Pretty obvious why they have that ‘should never inflame or offend the audience or insult others’ line in there, it allows them to arbitrarily censor anyone that they feel like because you can’t speak to a group and NOT leave someone not feeling offended or insulted. All they need is one person to say they don’t like something and they can take it down even when it should be there along with everything else. Maybe people should complain about all the other entries as well, so that they’re forced to have to cancel the entire event by removing all the other entries or forced to admit that they’re hypocrites and censored her for no other reason than their own biases and prejudices rather than legitimately violating the rules.

    • Pepper Wingate

      Perhaps they regard demagoguery as a cheap trick especially if it is not based on fact.

    • alexandre1

      Using children to spread propaganda and using a non-political competition to further a one-sided and contentious agenda is not what debating competitions are for,

      • what all those Israeli children decorating missiles. Yes the Palestinian experience is one sided. One side was expelled the other side did the expelling. Stories about the holocaust are also one-sided or do you believe in equal time for holocaust deniers?

      • Shadizar Silvermask

        Just because the girl CHOSE for her topic and position a viewpoint you disagree with doesn’t make it propaganda and you clearly have no concept of what it means to debate something because to debate something more than one side must be represented whereas you’re the one looking to further a one-sided and contentious agenda by trying to suppress any and all disagreement with your position.

    • Mike Coulson

      I think you’re spot on there, what’s the point of a speaking competition if an entrant can be disqualified because on bigoted person is offended?

  • Larry Saltzman

    A total outrage to try and stifle the voice of this intelligent and articulate young woman. She spoke the truth in a compassionate way and that is never offensive. The organizers of this event should be honest and admit they only want meaningless uninteresting speeches.

    • Mark

      Truth? She failed to research the subject. So much for being intelligent and articulate.

      • 4rch173c7

        paid to say that online were you? hahahaha

        • Brainfreeze

          I’ve always been curious how much these hasbara parrots earn. Or does it come with perks, who knows, but the irony is their comments only reinforce the dark dark image of zionist ideology.

          • alexandre1

            Well, your name seems apt, for a start.

          • rattylol

            And this contributes to the conversation how?

          • BoBoBolinski

            In much the same way as your comment does.

      • Shadizar Silvermask

        She didn’t make it to where she did in the event by not researching her subject, and nowhere does it say she failed to do so, she was censured because one person whined because he thinks only speech he approves of should be heard so that only his side gets a voice and those running things are in support of that kind of bias.

        • Mark

          Fanciful. The author of this article failed to demonstrate that was the case. I watched the kid’s video. She was unable to provide sources for her argument. She was denied based on merit. Her argument rested on anti-semitic rhetoric, not fact. Unfortunately, this is far too common in the Arab world.

          If you think this is censorship, then I have a bridge to sale you. We have all heard your anecdotal evidence and platitudes. They’ve all been debunked. Stop complaining just because your feelings, opinions, and bigotry do not hold up to intellectual rigor.

          • Zak Martin

            The old “anti-semitism” smear is never far away whenever there is any criticism of terrorist-apartheid Israel, is it?

          • Mark

            Did you seriously just call Israel a terrorist-apartheid state?

          • Florenzo

            If Zak didn’t I did!

          • Larry Saltzman

            And correctly so, Israel is a terrorist-apartheid state.

          • alexandre1

            ‘Terrorist-apartheid’ is just name-calling. If ‘blueberry custard’ was a negative term, Israel would be called a ‘blueberry custard state’. It has nothing to do with facts.

          • apartheid is just a name to you but for those who live under Israel’s iron heel it isn’t. 2 sets of legal systems in the West Bank – one for Palestinians another 4 Jewish settlers. Only a blind fool would say that was democratic

          • Pepper Wingate

            Thank the international community for that! They insisted that the West Bank be ruled under the laws it had had beforehand. That’s none of Israel’s doing. Ideally all of Israel would be under one law.

          • Stephan Williams

            Liar.

          • rattylol

            Seriously, it is!

          • yes, you got problems with it? A state that murders 550 Palestinian children at one go, apart from a couple of thousand of other civilians is worse than a terrorist state. How about a genocidal state? More to your liking?

          • Naftali Greenwood

            Neither is the old antisemitism.

          • peepsqueek

            If you believe Israel to be a true apartheid state, please tell the readers: Which Israeli hospitals refuse to admit Israeli Arabs? Which Israeli restaurants refuse to serve Israeli Arabs? Which Israeli universities refuse to admit Israeli Arabs? Which Israeli buses refuse to board Israeli Arabs? In what elections are Israeli Arabs not allowed to vote? In what area of public life are Arab women not allowed to serve?

          • Zak Martin

            Israel certainly is an apartheid state, in which Israeli Jews enjoy a wide range of rights and privileges – in housing, banking, security, employment, travel, freedom of expression etc – denied to Arab citizens. Anyone who claims otherwise is either a Zionist shill, or they are ignorant of the facts. http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/1.671538

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          • peepsqueek

            Just for balance, can you tell me how many Palestinian Arabs have been sentenced by Palestinians for crimes against Israelis, for snipers shooting border guards, blowing up crowded market places and public transportation? How many Palestinian Arabs have been sentenced for firing thousands of rockets into Israeli civilian populations (each one is an act of war), or the regular sniping at Israeli motor vehicles near the borders? Who was protecting Israeli civilians before the walls and fences? Who was protecting Israelis before there was a single Jewish settlement in Gaza or the West Bank? These are fair questions in which you will “ignore the reality on the ground”.

          • peepsqueek

            It is called Jewish State for a reason, because no non-Mulsims have the same rights of self determination anywhere else in the Middle East. Are Israel’s neighboring Countries not practicing institutional apartheid, sectarian apartheid, religious apartheid, gender apartheid etc? Anyone who claims otherwise……….. Working class Arabs in Arab Countries do not have the same standard of living as they do in Israel. Arab longevity in Israel is longer than Americans living in America.

          • Spunjji

            Your argument seems to be that because other Arab states are crap, the horrendous treatment of Arabs by the Jewish state gets a free pass. Unfortunately it utterly ignores the realities of life in the occupied territories and is, also, a really dismally pessimistic argument to make. The Israeli state can do better, it just doesn’t want to.

          • peepsqueek

            It is called putting things in their proper perspective. Egypt, Jordan, and Israel did better by agreeing to a peace treaty they all have honored for decades, to everyone’s advantage.

          • Spunjji

            Egypt and Jordan were given the land they lost back so you’re comparing apples to oranges – disingenuous at best.

            The generally awful treatment of “outsiders” in the Arab world and the colossal lack of solidarity for Palestinians (including abuse of refugees) has absolutely no bearing on how people can or should judge the state of Israel for similar actions. You seem to think it gives Israel a free pass, I think they all can and bloody well should do better.

            Instead we have Western governments that invaded Iraq for “democracy” and then cowtow to Saudi Arabia with its horrendous human rights record, while news outlets uncritically treat criticism of Zionism and Israeli state brutality as anti-Semitism. It’s almost amusingly absurd, except it’s not amusing at all because actual people’s lives are being wrecked on a daily basis.

            Now jog on with your crappy non-arguments.

          • peepsqueek

            Peace is better than no peace. No one gets a free pass. No one is more critical of Israel than Israelis, just like no one is more critical of America and American politics than Americans. Unfortunately the Islamic world and Islamic press rarely criticize what Muslims do, nor will they ever criticize Islam, Islamism, Political Islam, or Islamic Sharia.

            As for Iraq, I will repeat, just for you– On October 13, 1932, long before the State of Israel, Iraq became a sovereign Arab state, and it was admitted to the League of Nations. Iraq still was messed up by a complex web of social, economic, ethnic, religious, and ideological conflicts, all of which retarded the process of state formation. The declaration of statehood triggered an intense competition for power in the new entity. Sunnis and Shias, cities and tribes, sheiks and tribesmen, Assyrians and Kurds, pan-Arabists and Iraqi nationalists–all fought for places in the emerging state structure, and unable to establish deep roots, after the Ottomans, the political system was overwhelmed by these conflicting sectarian demands. What has changed in 2016? They are all ancient tribal and sectarian conflicts since ancient times.

            If you thought my arguments are crappy, why do you read them and then take the time to respond? Now you don’t know whether to respond or not.

          • Zak Martin

            Your statement is completely illogical. It makes no sense whatsoever. Is Israel a terrorist state? By any legal or moral definition, of course it is. Is Israel an apartheid state? Again, by any legal or moral definition the answer is yes. What Israel’s neighboring countries do is completely irrelevant. Most of them are US-backed dictatorships in any event. Israel is a terrorist-apartheid state which *illegally* occupies Palestinian land and persecutes the indigenous Palestinian population (on whose land Israel has been built). That’s the issue we’re discussing here.

          • Larry Saltzman

            I am Jewish and I know antisemitism when I hear it, and this talk was not antisemitism, it was an accurate description of what Israel has done to the indigenous Palestinian people.

          • Mark

            How were they accurate? Please provide citations. Also, please make the ethical case of why and how a sovereign state should (not) defend itself against a terrorist state that has the genocide of all Jews, including you, in their charter.

          • Florenzo

            Thank you for expressing your expertise Larry. World needs more level headed people like yourself.

          • Ripples

            Thank you for trying to spread that truth. Too many are afraid to speak up because they will be immediately called anti-semitic. Meanwhile, true antisemitism exists but it is being hidden while people justify Israeli war crimes.

          • Pepper Wingate

            You are not afraid of it! In fact you revel in it. You begin by calling yourself the name before anyone else.

          • Naftali Greenwood

            I can play the “as-a-Jew” card, too. Her talk as reported was a parroted string of Palestinian talking points.

          • Larry Saltzman

            She definitely hit the Palestinian talking points which are all accurate.

          • Pepper Wingate

            So you are saying she had nothing new in her speech . Makes one wonder why she should win a prize if all she did was regurgitate another party line.

          • peepsqueek

            A one sided presentation, not completely accurate, and omitting the most vital facts concerning Palestinian Arab leadership and intentional methods of provoking Israel with thousand of rockets and acts of terrorism, all acts of war.

          • Pepper Wingate

            If you were black in the US, they would have called you “Uncle Tom”.
            Where you came from means nothing. You are cozying up to the people who wish to do harm to Jews, just to advance your own personal gain!

          • mike

            Haha Larry the new breed of left wing self hating self loathing jew. You side with this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Q8K5TmivM Why don’t you move to Gaza and see how warmly welcomed you are? Lets stop pretending that the Palestinians are just innocent by standers in all this.

          • Ripples

            Conflating criticism of Israeli war crimes with anti-semitism is dishonest at best, and undermines the effort to end REAL antisemitism. at worst. You should be ashamed.

          • Pepper Wingate

            What war crimes? The ICC report couldn’t find any. They found some Hamas war crimes.
            Interesting! You conflate Palestinians (I take it you mean those in Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem) and Gaza. Or are you talking about Jordanian citizens? Only Gaza fired rockets into Israel. Each of those rockets is a War Crime.

          • Naftali Greenwood

            Criticising war crimes with no need to establish that they took place is dishonest at best.

          • Mark

            Then provide evidence of these supposed “war crimes.” It’s legitimate to say that Israel has been too forceful in their responses, or to criticize their policies. But to say they are terrorists is anti-semitic. It’s the same propaganda we’ve heard for decades by the Muslim Brotherhood, including Hamas.

            In all war, innocence is lost. Thusly, we must ask ourselves an ethical question: If Israel is acting out of defense, and when it’s Hamas (and the rest of the Muslim/Arab world) calling for its destruction, calling upon the genocide of all Jews in the world, then how is Israel–in the bigger picture–acting unethically? After all, it is Hamas who burrows into residential areas, Hamas who actively digs tunnel to commit terrorist attacks. And it’s Hamas who uses its own children, its own people as human shields and collateral. And its Hamas who uses televised children programs to brainwash them into jihad. We have the evidence, an old Arab trick, where they fire rockets from soft spots, and when fire is return the casualties are then publicized as if it was Israel who intentionally fired upon civilians. This is a Muslim trick. Learn it, and learn it well. Another Muslim trick is that all treaties are broken within fourteen years (e.g. see Iran or Arafat). According to Islam, one has a designated time to keep their treaty in warfare. Israel wants peace; Hamas doesn’t.

            Israel is not the aggressor. If it was, it has enough power to wipe out the entire Middle East. No, it’s Israel who is acting defensively and peacefully–considering.

            Hamas is a terrorist organization. Nearly all Palestinians are in favor of killing gays. Twenty-five percent support ISIS. What does that say of the people? Pakistan is a terrorist state. What does that say of the girl–who has no right to be in Britain–who perpetuates an Islamofascist ideology?

            If you can, after knowing this, support Hamas over Israel; if you can say that Israel is a terrorist-apartheid state; if you can do this… then I question your inability to understand ethics, or you made be fueled by hate.

          • Mike Coulson

            What nonsense! She clearly said discrimination is wrong. To see that as antisemitic is to say that it’s OK for Jews to discriminate against Muslims. How many Jews would agree with you? Not many. As for your advice in last sentence, you need it for yourself.

          • Mark

            Buggers! Facts are a troubling thing for you cowardly Brits.

          • Mike Coulson

            Facts? What do you know about facts or reasoned argument? Bigoted opinion & abusive comments are all you can manage!

          • Spunjji

            Nice bigotry there Mark. Out the window go your opinions, into the midden below.

          • Mark

            You demonstrate bigotry while accusing me of bigotry? You’re mad.

          • Mark Addison

            The article clearly states that due to complaints by one person…..It then goes on to say that the reasons are as follows The decision to expel Mohamad, made by a Speakers Trust and Jack Petchey Foundation judging panel, was based on her breaching two rules: that “the speech must have a positive and uplifting message”, and that “a speaker should never inflame or offend the audience or insult others.”

            So because she spoke about something that is happening in this world, and it was not positive or uplifting, and because ONE person complained, she is banned from the competition..

            If we carry on like this then no-one will speak out about anything and it will all be swept under the rug, oh wait… that’s already happening here….

          • Mark

            “due to” are keywords. The article did not demonstrate a perceived complaint to be the cause of her rejection. So far, it’s hogwash.

          • Stephan Williams

            Sophist

          • Margot

            How was she anti-semitic? She didn’t mention Jewish people, Judaism or even Zionism at all. Is it anti-semitic to describe the experiences of Palestinian people?

          • Spelunker4Plato

            according to zionists it is

          • Spunjji

            Anti-semitic, eh? Remind me again of where she said anything anti-Jewish. I’ll be waiting.

      • Spelunker4Plato

        Trains were used by the 2nd Reich to kill Namibians (Namibia is a country northwest of South Africa) and was probably the forerunner to concentration camps in WW2.

        1) Balfour Declaration and 2) Churchill’s article “Zionism v. Bolshevism” prove that Israel was an agenda of the crown from the beginning to divide Jews and make a Jewish dominated Palestine a western colonial satellite
        3) There were numerous newspaper articles that came out years before the 3rd Reich took power claiming 6 million jews had died which was false at the time.
        4) The Transfer Agreement was when Hitler sent jews and their assets to Israel
        5) IBM’s subsidiary Dehomag made it possible to for the 3rd Reich to logistically function and recorded how people died in concentration camps. The 3rd Reich would not have been as successful as it was without IBM, a U.S. corporation. If 6 million died and there’s evidence for it, IBM would have the only primary evidence for it, and it wasn’t just Jews.
        6) Prescott Bush, Bush Jr.’s grandfather traded with the Nazis right up until the embargo
        7) King David Hotel bombing was committed by zionist terrorists
        8) Mass graves in Jaffa indicate that zionists already had death squads to murder people
        9) Israel attacked the USS Liberty
        10) Israel had nukes first and started the nuclear arms race in the middle east
        11) Hamas was created by Israel
        12) Hamas was funded by Israel at least until 2008, probably later
        13) ISIS was created by the U.S. and is probably an extension of Israel, considering ISIS isn’t muslim and has never attacked Israel

        Israel is a rogue terrorist apartheid state that siphons U.S. taxpayer dollars that’s used to murder and kidnap civilians. Initially in the early part of the 20th century Jews were welcomed, but then zionist terrorists started popping up and it became apparent that their motives were violent.

  • mike

    Calling the Israelis colonialists? I think you will find the Jewish people were established a long long time before the fake identity of Palestine was created.

    • Yes but the ‘Jewish people’ (is there a single people?) are not the same as Zios and Israelis

      • mike

        The Jewish people have a right to exist in the Jewish state. And when you refer to Israelis you are not simply referring to Jews, there are Israelis from multiple different demographics including muslim, christian, jewish, arab, white, black so please do not simply generalize Israelis

        • Andrew Magee

          It is a self-declared “Jewish State”, and ts policies deliberately elevate Zionist Jews as a “Chosen People” / Master Race. It has shown time and again that it has nothing but contempt for the rest of humanity, particularly Muslims & Christians.

          • mike

            Just as the UK is a christian state and Egypt a muslim. You have no true evidence or backing to your accusations just false empty claims. Tell me have you ever been there and witnessed this yourself? I would guess probably not. You say it has contempt for the rest of humanity? Again you are clueless, it is the only country within the middle east allowing free practice of all religion. Where is your concern for the christians and jewish people fleeing persecution in Iran, Yemen and Syria? For the kurds and the Yazeedis slaughtered in Iraq? The answer is you have none, you shout and scream about Israel because you are a sheep. Not able to open your eyes and see for yourself, instead you eat up populist propaganda because it its almost cool for you to hate Israel. Its the lefts new favorite hobby. Yet you have no idea what you scream and shout about.

    • there is no ‘the Jewish people’ there are J people but that is different. Yes Palestine is fake. I suggest moron you go read Herzl’s Jewish State u know, the founder of Political Zionism. He doesn’t refer to Israel, he calls it Palestine. Go figure fool.

      • hana hammood

        lol exactly! Tony, your comments are right on! ignorant zionist trolls like mike, will continue to argue and deny how israel came to be, as well as how disgusting they are in regards to the treatment of Palestinians no matter what you say or evidence you provide. Its like talking to a wall. I wouldn’t waste another second with him.

        • thanks Hana. I wasn’t really replying to him but showing up in front of everyone else. ‘Palestine is fake’ – uh. These people just listen to their own propaganda. What other name was it known by for 2000 years? Filastin and Syria. Yes ironically the Zionists created the Palestinian nation, that is true but Palestine was the area.

          Ironically having created the Palestinian nation, the Jewish settlers are also Palestinian too. Jewish Palestinians just as White South Africans are White Africans. That is their fate, however much they fight it!

          • mike

            Showing me up haha you are an utter moron . Judea was renamed Palaestina by the Romans in an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land of Israel. After World War I, the name “Palestine” was applied to the territory that was placed under British Mandate, this area included not only present-day Israel but also present-day Jordan. You make up lies and then portray yourself as if it were concrete fact. You are a disgusting anti-semite that uses the cloak of the modern bigots anti zio rhetoric.

          • Precisely. It has been known as Palestine for some 2000 years and even the founder of your barbaric sect Theodor Herzl called it that, not Judea and Samaria. Meanwhile the Jews who lived there converted to either Christianity or became Christians or later converted to Islam. 1900 years later some European settlers, racists like yourself, came and colonised it in the name of the people who were already living there! Typical European settlers.

            Yes the Mandate, a fiction of British imperialism, for administrative purposes included Transjordan as it was known (Jordan it only became after 1948) but what is 1 error among so many. The British under Churchill removed Transjordan from the Mandate with the agreement of the Zionist Organisation Executive including Jabotinsky, the maximalist Zionist.

            So not only are you a liar, but an ignorant liar and a racist who makes up his facts to justify Israel’s ongoing genocide. You are truly worthy of the title of a Jewish Nazi

          • mike

            You are an utterly disgusting human being, the fact that you left wing bigot anti semite scum call jews nazis. But its ok you just simply show your true face and motivation to the world. What utter rubbish where do your false claims come from that the jews residing there converted to islam or christianity. You are the one who would do well for nazi propaganda. I bet you applauded Livingstone when he called hiter a zionist you nazi scum. There was no nation of Palestine you moron, it was as you have said yourself a british held territory. A territory that was twice taken from the Jewish people when they were expelled twice by both the Romans and Babylonians. The Jews resided in this territory long before the modern state was rightfully reformed to its place in the world. And it did indeed see an influx or european jews fleeing from pigs like you. You are the ignorant one you nazi loving islamo facist scum bag.

          • you are big on name calling but not much good at understanding why Israel is hated. It’s got nothing to do with what the Romans did. You Zios came and settled Palestine like all European settlers did. That is why you have an apartheid state today that is racist to its core.
            So if the truth makes me a kosher pig fine, I can live with that. But at least I have a conscience which is what you don’t have. If the holocaust was wrong then so is what Israel does to the Palestinians. You think past suffering gives you the right to inflict more today?
            Any one who thinks like that is the bigot, moron and all your other adjectives.

  • Adir Bar Yohanan

    The only Palestinian people are the Jews. Arabs are not Palestinian. They are everything but Palestinian. And then it is them, again and again, that attack Israel and then complain for getting hurt.

    The Arab Palestinian identity is fake, constructed and construed exclusively as an opposition to the rights of the only indigenous population of historic Palestine, the Jewish nation.

    The competition did very well to expel this speaker as she was repeating a centuries-old blood libel against the Jews without real connection to facts on the ground or who bears the responsibility for the dire situation of some of the Arab people living there.

    And you, venting again your systemic anti-Semitism, invent more and more lies about the Jews and their country to satisfy your little ego and to fill your pockets with blood money.

    • Maestro

      uh oh…adir yahonansteinberg is pulling the ‘anti-semite’ card again. pretty soon, they will start their yawning about the holocaust too.

      • mike

        Haha considering you just came out with saying that jews are scum, you moron

    • Nassar

      come on man, i mean i would understand being offended maybe but straight up lying !! denying my existance completely !! i am a palestanian, as are my grandparents, patents and ancectors, heck my grandfathers house is older than the so called israel so come on! stop that nonsense

      • Pepper Wingate

        Is it in Hebron? Is it one of the houses that was stolen from the Jews who lived in Hebron well before Zionism began? How about in Jerusalem? Is it one of the houses that Jordanian soldiers drove Jews from when they occupied East Jerusalem? Or maybe in Gaza? Jews were driven out of Gaza, too! How about Jaffa? That was a Jewish quarter, too! Face it, your family may have lived in what is now Israel but so did Jews. If your family had not been sold a bill of goods by the Arab leadership, they would have stayed in Israel and have Israeli citizenship now. It would have given them far more rights than they get as Palestinian refugees in other Middle Eastern countries and a hell of a lot more rights than Jews had under Moslem rule.

        • Nassar

          Actually our house is in the west bank so till now we still have it (lucky us), in a town called Anabta, near the city of Tol Karem.
          People who left current occupied cities of Palestine at the time of war were not even compensated with (bill of goods) and simply as helpless refugee (which I agree the arabs didn’t do much to support in the after math)
          Jews an Muslims have lived together for a long period all over the middle east, it has never been about that (though it extends to that at any risen conflict of different reasons).
          we started to clash only with the start of Zionism and the beginning of the illegal mass immigration of Jews from Europe that started in the late 19 century! (I think you know how the story goes till now).
          Jews were around 5% of palestine before that and had no conflict with muslims as they had no reason to.
          of course that changed from 5% to 75% in 100 years, even dam rabbits can’t match that growth rate.
          Life in “Israel” is good even for Palestinians, that is if you want to live like a sheep where you get a decent job and go through your day to day life, ignoring the fact that this government is on a mission to wipe your kind, erase what is left of palestine through wars or through taking us back, as israeli citizens after we cleansed our self of our inferior Palestinians selfs.
          So yea if you were able to get rid of all that you’ll live happily in Israel.
          Actually if it wasn’t for all this conflict thing and “Israel” was built in Europe for example instead of taking our land and if it was not run as a racist Jew state (in Israel it is the Jews and everyone else, it is the only country which categories the people mainly on religion, you can acquire the Israeli passport simply by being a jew, regardless of who you are or where you come from) , I think it would be a great place to live in.

          • Pepper Wingate

            So what I hear you saying is, “We used to be the rulers of this land and we could do to Jews what we wanted. They were peaceful little dhimmis who knew their place. And then the European Jews came and they bought land that we couldn’t steal back from them and they defended themselves. How dare they! Now they are stronger than we are and have an army that is as strong as any in the world. They insist on having their own government and won’t submit to our rules. That’s not fair!”

          • Nassar

            What I mean is that you make it sound like there was an ongoing jews-Muslim war in palestine, and that the jews were too weak to retaliate while in fact they were simply Palestinians who happened to be jews, they were a few living their life normally as any other palestanian,
            If we muslims were that awful to Christians and jews in palestine don’t you think that christians would have retaliated first? all the super powers in the worlds are christian countries that would have done much worse than the coming jews if they wanted, you never hear christians or Jews complaining about being discriminated upon in Arab countries now or before.
            Many rabbis have came to Juresulm and studied there (like Alkalai, one of the fathers of zionism) under the Othamn rule, it was a free country.

            Israel had Absolutely Nothing to do with the jews in Palestine(though I can see how people can market that as a cover up), the zionist in europe wanted to create a Jew estate and they were torn between palestine and argentina, but they decided on palestine (lucky us) due to the jewish history in the country that would attract jews from around the world.
            this is not news or something hidden, Theodore Herzl spoke all about it.

          • Pepper Wingate

            Are you totally unaware of the Jaffa riots? How about the Hebron riots or the Gaza riots? Do you seriously not realise that Arabs regularly attacked Jews in Jerusalem? How about the theft of children and forced conversions to Islam? Does this not ring a bell?
            How about the 1941 Baghdad Pogrom? It all but emptied Iraq of Jews. Do you now understand why over half of Jews in Israel are from the Middle East?

          • Nassar

            All the events (except the abduction thing which sound weird) you mentioned has been caused by the mass Jew immigration on the goal of taking over if you check how each of these events started you’ll be able to confirm it.
            When the Zionists came, in the 1920s they started organizations like the Haganah and later Etzel which conducted various attacks on Palestinians in markets, mosques in Haifa and Jerusalem which took the life hundreds.
            Before that, before the immigration which started in the 1890s Jews and Muslims never clashed as the events you and I mentioned.
            I don’t think you’ll be able to find any documented conflict between muslims and Jews before that.
            Even when things got ugly after Belford in the 1919 the Palestinians congress issued an anti-zionist statement condemning the mass immigration and clearly separating the palestanian jews from it, urging them to appose these conquering efforts as palestanian brothers.

            According to Israeli CBS done in 2010, only 19% of the Israeli jews are of arab origin, so over half is a bit of an over statement.

          • Pepper Wingate

            The Hebron riots happened before the arrival of Zionists. It illustrates the position of Jews under Ottoman rule. Far from being respected people, Jews were one step above slaves. They could be abused by any Muslim who wished because they could not defend themselves nor could they testify in court against a Muslim.
            Those vicious attacks that you refer to were generally Jews defending themselves. There lies the problem. Muslims were not used to Jews defending themselves. They had never experienced that. It angered them to have dhimmis fight back. They were used to being able to beat, harass and steal from Jews. They were used to being able to rape Jewish women and steal Jewish children to convert them to Islam by force. How dare Jews stand up to Moslems! There is much documented conflict before 1919 but you are right, European Jews were much more likely to defend themselves because they had not been beaten down by the Ottomans.
            You population statistics are wrong! Over 50% of Jews in Israel are of Middle Eastern origin. So either you are playing with semantics or you are quoting from a highly biased source.

          • Nassar

            What I meant is Muslims did not attack Jews as you state … Raping Jew women?!! We are not even half as religious as we were then now, do you know what happens to people who rape in Islam? They get stoned to death. Palestinians Muslims raping Palestinian Jews?!! That is a sick idea, really is.
            Now you are either really misinformed or you know that what you say is not true and your just trying to justify the lie.
            Jews in Palestine were fine, erupoean Zionist wanted to start a state in palestine, as simple as that.
            Read the writings, journals of the Zionist fathers and take it from them, not me.
            The attacks done in the 1920 were done by zionists on unarmed people in markets and mosques !! That’s defending them selfs ?

          • Pepper Wingate

            There we disagree.

          • Pepper Wingate
          • Pepper Wingate

            Jews were not weak. They could not carry weapons or ride horses under the Ottomans. They could not testify in court against a Muslim. They were actively prevented from defending themselves. Muslims could and did abuse Jews because they were dhimmis.

          • Nassar

            Where do you get these crazy ideas !! Can’t testify in court, I dare you find any reliable news on that !!

          • Pepper Wingate

            You really don’t read history, do you!

          • Nassar

            Care to quote me a reliable source then ?

          • Nassar

            As a Palestinian, as an Arab and a Muslim this is my history your speaking of, can you quote me any reliable sources on these shocking allegations !?
            Read about what Islam and the Quran tells us on how to treat the people of the book ( Christians and Jews), read about their life under Islamic rule, don’t just state such irrational posts

          • Pepper Wingate

            Where in the Quran is Jerusalem mentioned?

    • Gian Di Giandomenico

      Excuse me. but, can you define Semitism for me? I think Arabs, particularly, Palestinians fall into this definition.
      I would also say that the conflict is a bit unmatched and favours Israel’s side with advanced weapons. Remember, Israel is funded by the United States. So, she does have a point.
      I’m open to signing a petition against Speakers Trust for bias.

    • Pepper Wingate

      Jews are the indigenous people of Jerusalem and its environs. There have been Jews in Jerusalem and Hebron for hundreds of years. Just because Moslem mobs used to sweep through Jewish neighbourhoods doesn’t mean Jews weren’t there. Arabs just considered them insignificant. Then Jews from all over the world came home. Over 50% of Jews in Israel are from the Middle East. They were driven out of Moslem lands. They are the true refugees. The only reason Arabs are angry at the Jews is because the dhimmis will not take the abuse any more. These “uppity” Jews have armed themselves and will not submit to the mistreatment they received under the rule of Moslems. They have their own land now and after 70 years of genocidal attacks they are still there.

      • Spelunker4Plato

        oh cool! made up statistics!

    • Spelunker4Plato

      OH LOOK. An immigrant from Europe claiming whites in Israel are immigrants from Babylon…

      Yeah man, keep playing the race card.

  • theoacme

    Proof that the Zionist Likud government of Bibi Naziyahu and the State of Israel has learnt the wrong lessons from their forebear, Adolf Hitler, as they are now the Fifth Reich (the AIPAC-infested Nazi government of the United States is the Fourth Reich).

    • Pepper Wingate

      Look up the Raid on Entebbe! Look at the name of the commander who died there. That raid proved that Jews were powerful enough to defend Jewish interests around the world and were prepared to do so. Jews were never again going to knuckle under to the anti-jewish racists who had driven them in both the Christian and the Moslem world. Never again!

      • Spelunker4Plato

        there you go again, playing the “anti-semite” card when Palestinians and arabs are semitic peoples

        • Pepper Wingate

          Did I say “anti-semite”? Please, forgive me! I meant to say Jew hating RACIST! As it is I believed you brought up anti-semite. That is a silly game played by people who don’t want to address the problem.

  • Steve Tierney

    The people of Jericho were in Palestine before the Jews. Though genocide wiped them out, the Jews can’t claim to be the first and only rightful inhabitants.

  • Pounce

    Is anybody else concerned about how Muslims living in the West, who have never left the country of their birth in Europe (In this case the UK) can become so animated about a tiny country in the Middle East, where Muslims are afforded more rights than in most Islamic countries (Before anybody tries to take me to task, the biggest export from all these Islamic countries to non-Islamic countries are their peoples who seek asylum citing their safety)
    Yet whilst the not in my name brigades in the West have no problem protesting about Israel, I’ve not seen one protest against
    Turkey
    Iran
    Iran
    ISIS
    Syria
    Egypt
    Yemen
    Funny that!

    • drewlips

      yes and if you protested against apartheid South Africa but neglected to protest against Mobutu your position on South Africa was meaningless and you were prejudiced against white South Africans.

      • not at all, you simply objected to the particular evil of apartheid. As you are probably a Zionist I understand your concerns

    • mike

      Couldn’t agree more! Its funny how there were 50 thousand protestors down oxford street when Israel defends itself and but when there are thousands upon thousands of muslims being slaughtered by muslims across africa and the middle east you don’t hear a peep out of them!

      • Sure Israel, a superpower in its own right was ‘defending itself’ against unarmed Palestinians – we all saw Israel mowing down those 4 Palestinian children on a beach, well there were another 547 Pal children who Israel murdered in ‘self-defence’

        The Nazis too painted their ‘cleansing’ operations as self-defence too. Strange u keep using the same arguments

        • Mark

          ^^ A self-proclaimed “socialist anti-zioinist” is incapable of supporting his arguments with evidence. How typical.

          • I won’t correct your spelling. That is the least of your problems. What evidence do you require? The situation reports of the Einsatzgruppen spoke of cleansing the ares from ‘bandits’ i.e. Jews. I’m sorry u know so little about the holocaust that u use so much. Zionists like all settlers are fundamentally ignorant.

          • alexandre1

            You seem to enjoy getting the Nazi references in. The Einsatzgruppen were not responding to rocket attacks or suicide bombers, they were attacking a civilian population that they knew posed no threat to them and their calling them bandits was a lie. That doesn’t mean that anyone who protects themselves from bandits is a Nazi. Where is your logic? Israel is a very small country under regular attack and it defends itself. The fact that it has superpower-standard military doesn’t mean it is not vulnerable to attack or that it shouldn’t defend itself.

          • Mark

            Far-leftists, which seems to be the majority these days, cannot apply logic. Their arguments are made and based solely in emotions. Their tactic is moral blackmail.

            Reason is a great disinfectant, but only noticed by onlookers. After that, just know all real men are center-of-right. Fight is the last recourse–and will remain so. They are, however, pushing the limits.

            Pay no mind to those who are impervious to facts, honest discourse, and logic. They only wish to perpetuate their nihilistic agenda. They are not here to discuss, they’re here to shut you down.

            The UK is not a first-world country anymore. Remember this.

            There will be war.

          • Israel isn’t under attack. Not from anywhere. Egypt? Jordan? Syria? Lebanon? No it has attacked all of these of course and it is Israel which still bombs Syria not the otherway around.

            But aggressors always justify what they do in the name of ‘self-defence’. That is what the Nazis did and it is what you do. Oh I forgot. The Palestinians in Gaza, under siege for a decade, totally surrounded, with no airport or even ships allowed to come in. They lob rockets occasionally. yes a real threat.

          • Pepper Wingate

            You’ve been reading history books and newspapers with a mirror. You have facts so turned around I can’t begin to correct you.

          • mike

            I noticed the same thing Alex, Tony loves a good reference to naziism. Simply his true face being shown.

    • If u haven’t seen any protests against these countries it’s because u r blind and stupid. Take your pick. Saudi Arabia is Israel’s best friend and h as been aiding the Saudis in Yemen. As for ISIS hasn’t Israel been tending to their and Al Nusra’s fighters? Turkey too is a good friend of Israel, which has never acknowledged the Armenian genocide. And as for Egypt there couldn’t better and closer relations between Egypt and Israel. In other words u r a hypocrite as well as being stupid and blind

      • Pounce

        If u haven’t seen any protests against these countries it’s because u r blind and stupid
        Really? want to list a few as for the life in me, I’ve yet to see a protest on the streets of London against:the following current trends:
        ISIS
        Syria
        Al Shabab
        Taliban
        Iraq

        Yet I can point to hundreds (if not thousands of pretests against Israel)

        Saudi Arabia is Israel’s best friend has been aiding the Saudis in Yemen.
        What colour is the sky on your planet?

        As for ISIS hasn’t Israel been tending to their and Al Nusra’s fighters?
        Really, and the goal of both is the destruction of which country?

        Turkey too is a good friend of Israel,
        Not for the past few years it hasn’t

        as for Egypt there couldn’t better and closer relations between Egypt and Israel.
        If you knew of the political situation inside Egypt, you would know, that since the MB was overthrown the Egyptians have had a little problem with….Terrorists, Islamic terrorists at that. However they don’t have any warm relations with Jews, simp-ly as according to the Koran, Jews have to be wiped out. How do I know that….I learnt the Koran at the local mosque.

        In other words u r a hypocrite as well as being stupid and blind
        Where you looking in the mirror when you wrote that.

        • Another idiot Zio:

          Taliban and al Shabab aren’t countries. It would be difficult therefore to picket their embassies. Perhaps you could look up the address for Taliban Embassy for me and I promise to picket it.

          I’ve picketed at Libyan, Syrian and Egyptian embassies in past. Is that enough?

          What colour is the sky on your planet? Same as yours I expect.

          Yes I’m sure the formal goal of ISIS and al-Nusra is destruction of Israel but I judge someone by their deeds not words and they have never attacked Israel. Hence y Israel kindly provides them with hospital beds, recuperation etc. so they can go back out to attack Kurds, Druze and Hezbollah

          Egypt – so that’s why Peres and Netanyahu expressed their worries about fall of Mubarak and have welcomed Sisi, who is the main terrorist.

          I wouldn’t ask u to look in the mirror? Like Dracula you’d probably see nothing!

          • Pounce

            Tony,
            idiot zio, err what part of me saying I have an Islamic name and going to the mosque didn’t you understand. Unlike you, I have lived in the Middle East and I know only too well the uglyness you support as racist,bigoted,homophobic and evil.

          • The Islamaphobia drips off you just like the anti-Semitism dripped of the Nazis, hence y u r a Jewish Nazi. Congratulations, the Jewish state has produced a hybrid of what it was supposed to escape from. The fact that you have lived in the Middle East means nothing other than the fact that many people don’t see what is around them when they choose to. Few whites saw the truth in southern Africa too. Like u they were colour blind.

            So keep frothing away about Islamic names and mosques. There probably isn’t an antidote to your sickness

          • Pounce

            Is that the best you can do, throw abuse instead of actually learning the real facts on the ground..

    • Ripples

      Members of the US, Canada, and Britain may be moved to speak out as their country directly funds and supports the current illegal colonial occupation taking place on internationally recognized Palestinian lands. And many people DO criticize those countries and ISIS that you mentioned as well (and support military action against them).

      The most active voices I hear criticizing Isreal are those of Jewish and European descent, by way.

      • Pepper Wingate

        How about the 100 million that Abbas has squirrelled away in the Gulf States? That was supposed to go to aid the “Palestinian people”. Didn’t get far! The PA and Hamas are Kleptocracies!

        • Nassar

          Abbas is a thief, and it is known, as Palestanians we’v seen how his fortune accumulated as he assumed presidency.
          proabbly most of us pitty him too considereing how helpless the PA is, and some don’t figure him out as the local media doens’t cover that stuff.
          So yea it is messed up from the outside and in

          • Pepper Wingate

            So Hamas is better! The people who dynamited their own buildings and have not begun to rebuild them. The people who steal cement from rebuilding projects to build tunnels to attack Israel. Those are the people you admire!

          • Nassar

            You do know that no materials can go through to Ghaza through Egypt or Israel ? heck israel attacked a Turkish ship carrying meds and food once.
            The tunnels are the only source for necessary material to rebuild Ghazza (even construction material comes through the tunnels, food meds, sick people are even taken to hospitals in Egypt through them) and of course their main purpose, the fight to get palestine back.
            I do not like all the death and destruction happening to all, or happy with how things are in Ghaza, they are barley surviving and most people (outside Ghaza that is) would urge Hamas to make peace, if only for the people Ghaza.
            The thing is, you can’t blame a man for fighting for his home or ask him to forsake it, it is as simple as that.

          • Pepper Wingate

            Be like your leaders, send your sick to Israel for treatment. You do not know that Israel is providing cement for rebuilding and Hamas is confiscating most of it. Meds are getting through and there is nothing stopping them. They don’t want Gaza back. Gaza was a unilateral gift and look at how you have repaid that gift, over 6000 rockets and mortars! Talk about, “no good deed goes unpunished”!

          • Nassar

            Israel never provided anything to Ghaza, when they are in an “extremely generous” mood they simply let material sent by other countries pass to Ghaza, I do not recall any event in which Israel actually provided anything to Ghaza.
            For our leaders well we established I think through the different points we discussed that they think differently than the people.

          • Pepper Wingate

            Let’s be honest! Your leaders are thieves! What they don’t steal that gets through the border is just a trickle. And yes, Israel does provide many items to Gaza, cement being one. There again Hamas is stealing over 80% of the cement intended for rebuilding of homes, to build tunnels, tunnels to attack Israel.

          • Nassar

            Hamas do not steal from gaza ! Hamas is gaza, I met people before from gaza who weren’t even working for Hamas, just normal people and they worked with Hamas ( as many people to build tunnels, they said its normal their).
            Hamas do not steal from gaza, I mean our “official” leaders, the PA.
            Again I tell you that Israel does not provide anything to gaza, zero, never did and never will.
            other than bullets and death that is.
            Again you come with a lot of misinformed information!! I dare you to find a reliable source stating “these many thing provided by Israel to gaza”

          • Pepper Wingate

            You need another source of information. Start reading something other than the standard party line. You have all the talking points but they differ from the reality. Perhaps if you needed an operation you could see the inside of an Israeli hospital. Certainly all the bigwigs in Hamas send their children and relatives to Israel for medical care. You might see things differently if you were inside Israel. As they say, “Where can an Arab woman vote in the Middle East? Israel!”

          • Nassar

            I do know as a fact that people from the West Bank do have access in some cases to Israel for medical care, but Gaza ?!!! That’s non sense.
            “Women don’t vote” what is this ? The 1800?!
            Women vote everywhere now days, or atleast to say a clear info built on first hand experience, in all Arab counties, such vague general typical statements with zero touch with reality is really not what I expect from you.

          • Pepper Wingate

            Really? When was the last vote held in PA controlled areas? How about Gaza? When was the last vote in Israel?

          • Pepper Wingate

            http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/186306#.V1J2Z1dls0o
            Your leaders are selling you down the river and you are doing the paddling! They get medical attention from Israel even in the middle of fighting when Hamas expects you to fight and die or stand on rooftops to protect them from bombs. Well over 2000 Gazans sought and received medical attention in Israel.

          • Pepper Wingate

            Hamas steals from the shipments that go to Gaza from Israel. With all the local thieves stealing from Palestinian people, you would actually have been better if you had simply accepted Israeli citizenship when it was offered, either after independence or after 1969. Israelis were quite willing to develop the “West Bank” and pour in investment money to develop industries where Palestinians could work without waiting in line to get through check points. Again your leaders blew that for you. They developed BDS which hurts only Palestinians. Israel doesn’t care. They simply moved Soda Stream into Southern Israel so now those Palestinian jobs are gone to Bedouin. You are being screwed by your own leaders far more than Israelis could think of doing.
            If the “West Bank” was taken over by Israel (don’t scream yet!) you would be under Israeli law and the wages would go up. You know it! You would be under Israeli labour laws. You would have far more rights than you do now. Right now, all you have is the hundreds of millions of dollars and British pounds that has been stolen from you and your leaders are shipping off by the boat load to the Gulf States and not investing in Palestine.

          • Nassar

            You don’t know Ghaza or their people, that would give their own lifes and of their children, homes and possessions for Palestine.
            You are asking Palestinians to forsake their country, land and origin for a temporary relief, to live a their life time earning a few good bucks and a nice home, to simply “let it go”.
            you can’t seem to quit understand the importance of that, how it is bigger and more important than us even and that is where we differ the most I think.
            Our leaders though as you mentioned are quit comfortable on working for good bucks and a nice home to forsake their land and people, so maybe they can become Israels (officially).

          • Pepper Wingate

            You make a very impassioned plea.
            Why then do you insist that Jews do just exactly that? Jews are faced with two options, either they allow a nation inimical to their very existence to be established right beside them, when they have seen the example of Gaza which was used as a springboard to attack Israel, or allow themselves to be submerged in one state with a majority Muslim population. A majority Jewish population in Israel allows Jews to protect themselves. In every other state where Jews have lived, they have been the minority and have been relegated to a subservient position. A Muslim state would relegate Jews to “dhimmi” status once again and allow all the abuses that drove them out of the other states of the Middle East.

          • Nassar

            Again with all the misinformation!!! I can’t believe that you just say these things like it’s true
            1. Palestine was an Arab country and Zionist from Europe came and raged war and took it. So in its core it’s a country that was built on blood and Robery.
            2. You don’t believe in a one state or even two state solution ? So I guess your solution is maybe to kill all the Palestinians and just end the thing, since they well anoy you as you say in all states.
            3. Arab Jews were not attacked, raped or all the stuff you claim, they were Arabs !! Arabs before being Jews I don’t know why you keep stating this crazy idea.
            4.Israel Jews are more 80% Europeans who ran from the Jew oppression in Europe (please read the Israeli government published statistics on Israel Jews origin) so your claim of “liberating Arab Jews” as far, far from true, add to that what hertz ( the guy who kickstarted Zionism and israel) wrote in his book “the Jewish state” and you’ll know why Israel was created.
            You seem like a civilized educated person that I enjoyed debating with, but when now you start saying things like that here and in your other posts that had 0 credibility and 0 reference!!
            Am beginning to get disappointed..

          • Pepper Wingate

            That’s where we disagree. What you are saying is not true. Moreover, Israeli Arabs would rather be in Israel, a Jewish state, than under the thieves of the PA or Hamas. They have more rights and a better life than outside Israel.

          • Nassar

            So you don’t believe in a two or a one state solution didn’t you say that? What do you suggest then ?

          • Pepper Wingate

            Let’s take it one step at a time. First Gaza can accept Israel’s right to exist.

  • EverettColdwell

    Bravo to this well-spoken young lady!

  • Captain Smurf

    I find it ironic that possibly the most anti-semitic people in this era are the Israelis (if you doubt me, please look up the definition of “semitic”)

    • mike

      Oh dear i think you will find the term anti-semetic is defined as hostility to or prejudice against Jews. I think you will find this is not something that Israelis hold… Plus you are ignorant in the fact that you assume all Israelis are Jews which they are not. Israel has a fine demographic mix of christians, muslims and jews and is the only true democracy within the middle east in which everyone of them can practice freely without persecution…

      • Ripples

        Tell that to the residents in Gaza.

        • Pepper Wingate

          Would that be the people who fired over 6000 rockets and mortars into Israel? Would that be the rogue state that has been digging tunnels into Israel to attack the people? Are you aware that taking hostages is a war crime? Those three young boys who were kindnapped for hostages and Hamas encouraged it.
          The ICC has not found anything to charge Israel with. They tried twice with the Mavi Marmara case and came up with nothing!

      • Captain Smurf

        “a member of the group of Caucasoid peoples who speak a Semitic language, including the Jews and Arabs as well as the ancient Babylonians, Assyrians, and Phoenicians.” And “The terms “anti-Semite” or “antisemitism” came by a circuitous route to refer more narrowly to anyone who was hostile or discriminatory towards Jews in particular.” So Jews can be ant-semitic and those who call themselves Israelis (of whatever faith) can be anti-semitic – is that simple enough for you?

  • YiJiun

    The Chinese govt. has built more than just homes, schools and hospitals in Tibet.

    But still, let’s together all say: “Free Tibet!” 🙂

  • Saf

    Free speech! Zionists, you invented a lie and believed it, Arabs are the main branch of the smite race, European Jews haven’t got any dna link with the smite race whatsoever! prophets Israel, Isaac and Abrahm werent Jews, read your own sources morons, how can you name the fathers after the son!

    Only 1/12 of Israel are Jews!

    • Pepper Wingate

      Moslems accept converts but they don’t believe that Jews should accept them? Get a life!

      • Saf

        I didn’t understand anything! Do Jews really accept convert? What are you saying Judaism is just a religion not a race! what?

        • Pepper Wingate

          Read the Book of Ruth! Are you seriously that ill informed? Jewish women were raped during pogroms in Russia. If the child was born to a Jewish woman, the child was Jewish. There are many blonde Jews. King David, however, was a red head so that’s probably consistent.

          • Saf

            Hold on! King David and Russia! please inform me what is the relation between kind David and the rape cases in Russia? are you saying every white Jews is the result of mass rape of Jewish women in Russia!

      • Spelunker4Plato

        muslims aren’t white immigrants from europe claiming to be immigrants from babylon either

        • Pepper Wingate

          Over 50% of Jews in Israel are from the Middle East. White migrants from Europe? King David (you know the one with the star? Moslems know him, too!) He was a red head. Those redheads may actually be genetically Jewish, not just converts. But isn’t there a family that is regularly in the news, they claim to be Palestinian and their girl attacked a soldier. Isn’t she a blonde? They claim to be Palestinian but they aren’t indigenous to that area, of that I am sure! They may be the result of the Ottomans “harvesting the steppe” or they may be recent immigrants. As a matter of fact, I believe they are recent immigrants. I think you are pointing fingers without realising that you have three more pointing right back at you.

  • funkyphilosopher

    Her parents and teachers should be extremely proud of her. If there are children like her out there who can have such a balanced perspective on a complex issue like this, it makes me confident that our society has a future. Don’t worry about the spineless authorities who couldn’t support her. They are overawed by the massive PR and legal army that backs up the hate machine. Wish her well!

  • lancastrian1

    Israel is a countray that is under constant attack by jihadists. Her speech lent credence to the Iran/Hamas aims of eliminating Israel from the map.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/gaza/11033513/Chief-Rabbi-Israel-would-not-survive-without-weapons.html

    • Nassar

      I think we arab look at such things we find them quit normal and logical, but If i do look at it from your prospective it does seem odd.

      Arabs main principle: they took most of our land, kicked us out and built a country of their own on it, and they are slowly taking the rest now piece by piece, I want that Israel removed and my country back to me as it was.

      You: look at those crazy Arabs who want to go to war with their neighbors, they want no peace at all, with their war cries and gatherings, why can’t they just leave Israel be and live peacefully together!

      so if you understand our main principle (regardless of wither you agree with it or not) this might not seem that odd to you anymore.

      Of course we Arabs should become smarter and stronger and think of logical ways to solve this, instead of playing on the population emotions with such cries and gatherings.

      • lancastrian1

        It is good that you are trying to look at it from another perspective. I have no issues with the Arabs, rather I believe that it is Islam that is driving the campaign against Israel. If Islam could be removed from the equation I think a peaceful and lasting solution that will satisfy all parties could be found. Yes there would be a great deal of hard negotiation but even that isn’t possible so long as there is an ideological hatred of Israel and Jews promulgated by Islam.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      Hamas was created and funded by Israel

  • Greg Edwards

    If a person is ‘speaking out’ without causing someone or other offence, they aren’t doing a very good job. The reason that it is important to speak out is to illuminate a matter that is causing people distress – and of course those responsible for causing this distress will find their exposure to be ‘offensive’.Maybe Mr Davidson should be required to take her place and defend his beliefs & actions.

  • J B

    Well said young lady. Be strong, be proud because you have right on your side.

  • Kooljeff

    “I abhor what you say but I defend to the death your right to say it.” A misattributed quote, but it still remains true. Free Speech is either Free Speech or it isn’t.

    • Pepper Wingate

      You ignore the fact that the contest had rules. She broke the rules. No, it’s not a FREE SPEACH issue. It’s an issue of what are the rules. She knew them and decided to break them. Case closed.

      • Spelunker4Plato

        hey look, i found a zio-fascist that doesn’t believe in human rights

        • Pepper Wingate

          Hey, LOOK! I found someone who doesn’t believe that rules are there to be followed.

      • Kooljeff

        Whoosh………………

        • Pepper Wingate

          That was the sound of an argument going over your head.

  • gerryh61

    Leanne Mohamad is an amazing young person giving a heartfelt speech and talking of hope for us all.Let everyone hear her words and understand the pain and suffering.Freedom for everyone in this world without persecution.

    • peepsqueek

      That is fine, as long as she blames Palestinian Arab leadership for the bulk of the current problem. She is proud to be Muslim! Hamas: No Muslim shall rest until the banner of Islam flies over every inch the land.] How far has Muslim pride taken them in the Middle East, as there are sectarian conflicts everywhere.

      • Spelunker4Plato

        Hamas was created by Israel you moron

        • peepsqueek

          I believe that you are the “moron”. Hamas grew out of the ideology and practice of the Islamic fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood movement that arose in Egypt in the 1920s and it was legally registered in Israel in 1978 by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the movement’s spiritual leader, as an Islamic Association by the name Al-Mujamma Al Islami.

          Initially, the organization followed the Muslim Brotherhood’s model of acting primarily as a social welfare agency that catered especially to the Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip and, over time, developed a good reputation for improving the lives of Palestinians, which was acceptable to Israel. Hamas also exerted its influence through the mosques. Today, Hamas has morphed into a terrorist organization and is intimitately tied to the Islamic regimes in Syria and Iran. In August 1988, Hamas published the Islamic Covenant, which makes clear the organization is opposed to Israel’s existence in any form. It states that “there is no solution for the Palestinian question except through holy war. Hence- the statement that no Muslim shall rest until the banner of Islam flies over every inch of the land.

          Do you know of an Arab State that supports Hamas or their methods?

  • sharpin la

    So that ass hat can claim a living breathing people are invented and not real but she gets banned from participating further?

    Responding to complaints by anti-Palestinian blogger Edgar Davidson,
    Speakers Trust CEO Julie Holness said that they took his “concerns very
    seriously”, and confirmed that Mohamad would not be sent through to the
    next stage of the contest, and “will not be speaking at the Grand
    Final.”

    The decision to expel Mohamad, made by a Speakers Trust and Jack
    Petchey Foundation judging panel, was based on her breaching two rules:
    that “the speech must have a positive and uplifting message”, and that
    “a speaker should never inflame or offend the audience or insult
    others.”

  • Spelunker4Plato

    Trains were used by the 2nd Reich to kill Namibians (Namibia is a country northwest of South Africa) and was probably the forerunner to concentration camps in WW2.

    1) Balfour Declaration and 2) Churchill’s article “Zionism v. Bolshevism” prove that Israel was an agenda of the crown from the beginning to divide Jews and make a Jewish dominated Palestine a western colonial satellite
    3) There were numerous newspaper articles that came out years before the 3rd Reich took power claiming 6 million jews had died which was false at the time.
    4) The Transfer Agreement was when Hitler sent jews and their assets to Israel
    5) IBM’s subsidiary Dehomag made it possible to for the 3rd Reich to logistically function and recorded how people died in concentration camps. The 3rd Reich would not have been as successful as it was without IBM, a U.S. corporation. If 6 million died and there’s evidence for it, IBM would have the only primary evidence for it, and it wasn’t just Jews.
    6) Prescott Bush, Bush Jr.’s grandfather traded with the Nazis right up until the embargo
    7) King David Hotel bombing was committed by zionist terrorists
    8) Mass graves in Jaffa indicate that zionists already had death squads to murder people
    9) Israel attacked the USS Liberty
    10) Israel had nukes first and started the nuclear arms race in the middle east
    11) Hamas was created by Israel
    12) Hamas was funded by Israel at least until 2008, probably later
    13) ISIS was created by the U.S. and is probably an extension of Israel, considering ISIS isn’t muslim and has never attacked Israel

    Israel is a rogue terrorist apartheid state that siphons U.S. taxpayer dollars that’s used to murder and kidnap civilians. Initially in the early part of the 20th century Jews were welcomed, but then zionist terrorists started popping up and it became apparent that their motives were violent.

    P.S. Don’t you think it’s sad that immigrants from Europe are claiming to be immigrants from Babylon?

  • Shameful from english zionist friends, but not unexpected! Don´t worry you all, the thuth will win!!

  • marlio

    She should not have been expelled. They are hypocrites…Hope she is put back in.

  • Gabriel

    Palestine IS a fake creation.

  • Alex Cubbin

    Mmmm I used to like stirring up trouble, when I was a kid.

  • jason

    i see the moaning zionist and jew lobby is out in number barking as usual

  • michelelabella

    is she british or palestinian???… choose one. you cannot be a british citizen AND a refugee. the charade is over!

  • mike

    Oh please wake up people and lets stop pretending that the Palestinians are just innocent by standers in this conflict. At no time in history has there ever been a nation called Palestine. During the Ottoman Empire, which lasted from 1299-1922 CE, the land dubbed by the Romans as Palestine was controlled by the Turks; there was never an outcry for a Palestinian State then. During the illegal annexation of Judea and Samaria by the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan subsequent to the 1949 Armistice and prior to 1967, there was never talk of “occupied territory” or a Palestinian State. Why did the dynamic change subsequent to Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War a conflict when Israel was attacked on all boarders by all of its arab neighbors? Search as you will throughout the annals of history, Israel is the only nation victorious in war on successive occasions and then expected by the vanquished and the world at large to sue for peace, to cede land she reclaimed that was historically hers to begin with. It raises the question: which of the “Quartet” cajoling Israel to acquiesce to Palestinian demands should be allowed land won in conflict? There are frequent referrals on here to Israel being an apartheid state. The fact of the matter is the majority of you have no clue what you are talking about. The facts show otherwise. Israel is one of the most open societies in the world. Out of a population of 6.7 million, 1.1 million are Muslims, 130,000 are Christians, and 100,000 are Druze. All have equal voting rights — Israel is one of a very few place where Arab women have the right to vote, and Arabs currently hold 14 seats in the Knesset. Following a five-year trial, in a landmark decision for women’s rights, an Arab judge, Salim Joubran, sentenced the former president of Israel, Moshe Katsav, to seven years in prison for rape. In what Muslim country do Jews have such rights? How many seats do Jews hold in the Saudi government or Jordan? Can anyone recall a Jewish judge sentencing a prominent Arab in Egypt? More to the point, has anyone even heard of a Jewish judge in Egypt? And for those who do not seem to be able to grasp that Hamas is an internationally recognised terrorist organisation which took the 350 million usd that the US in 2015 gave in aid alone and instead of applying it to the infrastructure it was intended for. It used it for war efforts in digging tunnels and purchasing arms. Now lets make this clear both sides are at fault in many ways, but in no way is it simply a case that Israel is this monstrosity that left wing anti Semitic bigots try to make out or the Islamo- fascists. This speech by this young girl is inflammatory in the fact that she attempts to paint a picture that bombs are being randomly dropped on Palestinians each day. Ask Hamas why her cousin was not able to receive treatment, because it is them who are taking Palestinian foreign aid. And for those of you that think they are not filled with hate please watch this video. As I have always said there are good people and bad people on each side. Hamas will publicly hang any palestinian that speaks out against their efforts, will murder someone for being homosexual and bans all practice of any other faith but their take on Islam. Their ideology goes against all democratic beliefs and yet you people who are screaming for democracy are supporting the polar opposite of what democracy is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Q8K5TmivM

  • Ali Khan

    @ Peepsqueek. There throw rocks, the children throw rocks at the Zionists soldiers not rockets!!! The real Jews even condemns the Zionists who hide behind the History of the Jew… That is a fact. read the Torah!!

  • Moreyn Kamenir

    It is not acceptable to spew bigotry. A child who has been brainwashed into hatred like so many ill informed amongst the commentors. Sad to see bigotry defended.

  • GGundam

    Right on! Telling it like it is. Don’t shy away from the truth!

  • José Francisco Alff

    Well : UK is ( still ) the land of ” Harris the Bomber ” ; an Anglo & SAXON man wich destroyed the capitol of Saxony & kill hundreds of thousands burning them alive !!!!!!!!!!

  • Kawsar Shire

    Who cares about the political history of Israel-Palestine conflict. The problem here is that the judges are limiting art by acting as the gatekeepers of what is ‘positive’ art. That gives far too much authority as spoken poetry, like most forms of expression is subjective and cant be defined as good or bad, its judged on the passion it evokes. Therefore banning it makes the competition loo very partial and bureaucratic.

    • Fasdunkle

      The competition has rules – she broke the rules by using lies and distortions.

  • john3454

    So much for freedom of speech

  • Shadow

    Given the response of other students and audience, it seems she expressed and encouraged a courageous positive speech!

    But aaaah of course, she’s Palestinian having free speech about Palestine… That’s when hypocrisy kicks and speechless comes to an end! That includes ever human beings freedom??

    Paul Golding, why don’t you teach these guys some British Values mate?? 😉 Human right watch?? come out come from wherever you are??? stop hiiiiding??? aaah well, they must’ve run to see what China’s doing or probably writing reports on Saudi women’s right to drive! I mean them shameless Saudi men letting their women driven in Rolls Royce with personal chofer.. OOOOHHH MY GOD how awful!!!

    We’ve been kept busy with stupid stuff to be honest!!

  • Mike Abramov

    I think we are all being a little harsh on this 15 year old child. OK, she broke the rules of the competition, but what does a 15 year old know and understand of the subtleties of this conflict other than what she has been told. If she wants Birds not Bombs she should be writing her poetry on the subject of tyranical rulers like Hamas. However, she has been taught that Hamas are freedom fighters…..