Labour Party supports Conference Hosted by Anti-Jewish Terrorist Group
In March 2013, Labour Students attended the Arab Spring Networking Conference in Beirut, hosted by the ‘Progressive Youth Organisation’ (the youth group of the pro-terror Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party), arranged by the International Union of Socialist Youth and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and supported by the British Labour Party. Also at the conference was Walid Jamblatt, an anti-Semitic and pro-terror politician in Lebanon, whose party, the Progressive Socialist Party, executed terrorist attacks and massacres against Israelis and Lebanese citizens.
The conference was supported by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which is funded by the British Government.
The Progressive Youth Organisation is described in the Lebanese media as an affiliate of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP), which is led by the anti-Jewish politician Wali Jumblatt. The Middle East Intelligence Bulletin describes the Progressive Youth as “clearly subservient to Jumblatt and functions as a recruitment vehicle for the PSP”. The PSP has launched suicide bombing attacks against Israelis in South Lebanon. Jamblatt has recently pledged support for Hezbollah, the Lebanese terror group.
In 1984, the Progressive Youth Organisation released a joint statement with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, a far-right group whose flag is a swastika. The SSNP is run by fundamentalist Christians and founded in 1932, the same year that the Nazi party won 230 seats in the Reichstag, the SSNP is one of the oldest fascist parties in the Middle East, and – as The Atlantic has noted – the group pays frequent homage to the 1930s European Nazism.
In a 2003 interview, Jumblatt expressed hatred for Jews and the West, and claimed the African-American former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was “oil-coloured” (emphasis added):
“Walid Jumblatt lashed out Sunday against Western politicians and ‘the Jews,’ calling on Arab leaders to hold popular referendums before allowing in foreign troops for a war against Iraq. The Progressive Socialist Party leader also said he felt ‘great joy’ at Saturday’s destruction of the United States space shuttle Columbia, because it carried an Israeli astronaut who had taken part in aggression against ‘Lebanon and Iraq.’ ‘The true axis of evil that rules the world today is an axis of oil and Jews,’ Jumblatt said at his family home of Mukhtara, Chouf. The oil axis is present in most of the U.S. administration, beginning with its president, vice-president and top advisers, including (Condoleezza) Rice, who is oil-colored, while the axis of Jews is present with Paul Wolfowitz, the leading hawk who is inciting (America) to occupy and destroy Iraq,’ he continued.
In 2004, Jumblatt praised suicide bombings against Israeli civilians:
“Yesterday, the Palestinian mother Reem Al-Riyashi sacrificed herself, and by so doing joined the columns of the brave Jihad warriors and broke the atrocious and troublesome Arab silence, the helplessness, and the retreat that precede failure and disintegration. She offered hope in a sea of complacency, indecisiveness, and fear. It is a new Intifada. It is the Intifada of the revolutionary Palestinian woman and of the land, opposing the ‘Jewification’ [of Palestine], the Jewish reality, and the Arab regimes. Did it come out of despair? No, and again no. It is an act of belief and it is the correct path, because the fall of one Jew, whether soldier or civilian, is a great accomplishment in times of decline, subservience, and submissiveness, as a way to undermine the plan to ‘Jewify’ all of Palestine. I say ‘Jew’ and I apologize to the Lebanese intellectuals, or at least some of them, who welcomed the Geneva initiative, applauded it, and considered it an historical solution to the Middle East conflict. They play word games [and differentiate] between Jew and Israeli, between Right and Left, and between doves and hawks.”