Israeli lawyer Eitay Mack on Sunday sent a letter on behalf of 18 Israeli citizens to the ministries of foreign affairs and strategic affairs.
“In the past two years, it has been revealed that the two ministries carry out activities against critics of the State of Israel in the UK,” the letter to the ministries states.
The full letter is below.
It also cites Israeli media coverage of Al Jazeera’s undercover investigation The Lobby broadcast last year.
The film revealed that Israeli embassy spy Shai Masot was working with front organizations in Labour that smear critics of Israel as anti-Semitic.
Masot was also trying to engineer the creation of a fake grassroots youth organization within Labour that would espouse pro-Israel positions.
A thorn in Israel’s side
Corbyn is a “thorn in the side” of Israel’s government, Mack’s letter tells the two ministries.
While these ministries “have been highly successful in their relations with regimes that are responsible for mass murder” and “that are infected with anti-Semitism,” Israel’s government has a major problem with “a pro-Palestinian leader who supports human and civil rights,” the letter observes.
Meanwhile, according to the letter, Corbyn has “thwarted attempts by the two ministries to silence any critique of the State of Israel and the Netanyahu government” by labeling such criticisms as anti-Semitism.
Given this history, the activists demand public scrutiny of the Israeli government’s intervention in British politics, including all “information, documents and records as to correspondence by the two ministries with NGOs [nongovernmental organizations], groups, individuals and journalists in the UK, regarding the UK Labour Party and Mr. Corbyn.”
Israel’s Labour front groups
Mack told The Electronic Intifada that the activists’ request is for documents relating to all groups in the UK.
He said that if the ministries failed to voluntarily disclose documents relating to the Jewish Labour Movement, he would send a an additional request naming that group specifically.
As The Electronic Intifada has reported, the group has close ties to Israel, and has been leading attacks against Corbyn.
Its director Ella Rose in 2016 privately admitted to working closely with Israeli embassy spy Shai Masot.
Masot was forced to leave the UK last year after Al Jazeera’s undercover investigation exposed him trying to “take down” a British minister deemed overly critical of Israel.
Since then, as revealed by The Electronic Intifada, it emerged that Masot had been working closely with the strategic affairs ministry.
The ministry is responsible for what Israel calls its “war” against BDS, Palestine’s boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israeli apartheid.
Dirty tricks, “black ops”
Veteran Israeli intelligence reporter Yossi Melman in 2016 revealed that the ministry is involved in dirty tricks and “black ops” against the global movement for Palestinian rights.
The two Israeli ministries have a history of stonewalling the persistent information requests filed by Mack on behalf of activists.
The strategic affairs ministry has also been working to change Israeli law so that its activities are totally classified.
But sometimes officials give away too much.
In June the defense ministry revealed that export licenses for rifles being used to arm a Ukrainian neo-Nazi militia were issued “in full coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government entities.”
The anti-Semitic Azov Battalion has posted photos and video of its troops brandishing the Tavor-style rifles licensed by Israel Weapon Industries.
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