Can you imagine a leading current affairs program in the US or Australia investigating the tentacles of the Zionist lobby? Hardly:
Pro-Israeli organisations in Britain look set to see their influence increase if the Conservatives win the next election, a film scrutinising the activities of a powerful but little-known lobby warns today.
At least half of the shadow cabinet are members of the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), according to a Dispatches programme being screened on Channel 4. The programme-makers describe the CFI as “beyond doubt the most well- connected and probably the best funded of all Westminster lobbying groups”.
Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby claims that donations to the Conservative party “from all CFI members and their businesses add up to well over …£10m over the last eight years”. CFI has disputed the figure and called the film “deeply flawed”.
The programme also describes how David Cameron allegedly accepted a …£15,000 donation from Poju Zabludowicz, a Finnish billionaire who chairs Bicom (the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre). Zabludowizc, the film reveals, has business interests in an illegal West Bank settlement. He also gave …£50,000 to Conservative Central Office. Zabludowicz says his contributions “are a matter of public record”.