Thursday, September 17, 2009

Does the Foreign Office not know the difference between Israelis and Jews?

There is a disturbing inference in the case of Rowan Laxton, the senior Foreign Office official who allegedly ‘launched a vile diatribe against Israelis and Jews in a popular London gym’.

It is not so much that Mr Laxton’s workout was more for his mouth than his body, or more to express his bigotry than build muscle. But it is a curious Foreign Office official indeed who tells a British Jew that ‘Israelis should be wiped off the face of the f---ing earth’.

He was then allegedly over-heard shouting ‘f---ing Israelis, f---ing Jews’ at a television programme, as the news was reported of the death of a Palestinian farmer.

One can perhaps forgive him for remonstrating with a television set, but it is alarming that he should think that all Israelis are Jews.

Unless, of course, he also wished to wipe some f---ing Arabs off the face of the earth as well, but just omitted to say so.

Or perhaps one can forgive him for not knowing about Arab Israelis. He is, after all, head of the South Asia desk (though it is reported he has ‘worked extensively in the Middle East’). In fact, 25 per cent of the population of Israel are not of Jewish descent, and 12 members of the Knesset are Arab citizens of Israel. Israelis are citizens of the modern state of Israel regardless of religious heritage or ethnic identity. Of course the majority are ethnoreligious Jews, but ethnicities and religions represented also include Arabs, Druze, Circassians, Armenians, Samaritans, Muslims and Christians.

If Mr Laxton wishes them all to be ‘wiped of the face of the earth’, then he is indeed racially and religiously neutral. He said of his outburst: "It's not racist. If I had my way, the international community would be sent in and if the Israelis got in the way, they would be blown off the face of the f---ing earth."

This, to him, does not constitute stirring up ‘religious hatred’. It is, however, a breach of the terms of his employment, for senior civil servants are barred not only from holding office in a political party but also from publicly expressing controversial political views.

And Mr Laxton admits saying 'f---ing Israelis', which is a tad controversial, though he denies saying ‘f---ing Jews’, which is quite overtly aimed at a distinct ethnoreligious group. But he is reported to have apologised for what he is alleged to have said.

Why would one apologise for what one has not said?

But that question pales into insignificance against what this reveals about the Foreign Office, for what Sir Humphrey is going to cooperate with any government policies which favour Israel or ‘f---ing Jews’ if his deepest desire is that they be ‘wiped off the face of the earth’? What is the likelihood of Mr Laxton impartially implementing the policy programme of the elected government? What helpful compliance could the Foreign Secretary or a minister of state expect from a supporter of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

23 Comments:

Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Stir up religious hatred?i think you will find that we have more than enough of that already,mostly caused by being forced to live in the same space with people who desperately desire to kill us,the indigenous population.

17 September 2009 at 09:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would find it very soothing if a ginormous asteroid landed in the middle east Your Grace. And maybe two or three smaller ones in areas of Yorkshire and the Midlands. If I had a choice between this and winning the jackpot on the lottery, I would find it a very stressful decision.

17 September 2009 at 09:48  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

He's said sorry. What more can he possibly do? Now leave the poor man alone to get on with his important work.

Similarly, I do hope people aren't too harsh on the Attorney General. How was she possibly supposed to know that you had to keep documentary proof when hiring foreign nationals? And she's already done the honourable thing - sacked her housekeeper.

F---ing socialists. F---ing NuLabour. Anyone else feel like blowing them off the face of the f---ing earth ... or is that just me?

17 September 2009 at 09:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A NUCLEAR-FREE MID-EAST IS AN IMPERATIVE IF THE WORLD WISHES TO AVOID THE NUCLEAR WAR THAT IS NOW IMMINENT. Israel is expected to attack Iran within the next 1-3 months and the consequences of that illegal action will bring catastrophe upon the entire region and the world.

That's what we should be concerned about - not loud discussions in gyms!

17 September 2009 at 09:55  
Anonymous G Eagle Esq said...

Your Grace

As Jane Austen's friend Mr Bingley (Pride & Prejudice) so sagely observed all these years ago, when the World was Young and Ladies had not the Franchise AND we had a Government which actually cared about the well-being of our Beloved Country, rather than their Inflated Perquisites :

"It is hard on a man to be reminded in the evening of all the silly things he said in the morning"

AND If this Eagle had £10 for every occasion on which he has put his foot in his mouth, he would be rich enough to pay so much money as to persuade the financially-failing Church of England to sell Lichfield Cathedral, to Bull-Doze it to create a BrownField Site for Social Housing

BUT Mr Laxton is not an insignificant Eagle

He appears to be a highly-paid Senior Foreign-Office official of a Country which has contrived to participate in large-scale "interventions" in 2 Large Muslim Countries - this is occasioning great perturbation amongst Muslim Voters in divers marginal Labour Constituencies (err ... LabOr, for your TransPondian Visitors)

If so and if he has made any of the remarks mentioned in your Erudite Post, this Young Man should be fired

Isn't a Major Problem with our Beloved Country that NO-ONE is responsible for anything, however badly they behave and however disastrous their actions may be for others

Sir Fred the Shred presides over the Royal Bank as it is brought to the brink of collapse but he is not fired

Instead a Government Minister did or should have known that Sir Fred would resign with a ?~£700,000 Pension, but that Minister does not resign

How many "Little People' are going to lose their Jobs to achieve the "Efficiency Savings" required for the Royal Bank to pay for Sir Ferd's pension

I remain your Grace's obedient servant etc

G E

17 September 2009 at 09:55  
Blogger D. Singh said...

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17 September 2009 at 10:06  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

Why does an official in the Foreign Office wish to wipe off the earth the only democracy in the Middle East?

Could the cause be our government’s desire to extinguish democracy through membership of the fascist European Union and the Union for the Mediterranean?

Still what are we to expect? The expiry of Israel’s seventy years, since 1948, will soon engulf the world.

How tragically ironic it is that as the Liberal-left seeks peace it inches towards Armageddon.

17 September 2009 at 10:10  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Hoist by their own petard?

Something else that goes BOOM!

17 September 2009 at 11:03  
Blogger Gnostic said...

As for the Laxton clown - fire his backside right the hell NOW! If NuLab believes that the BNP should be banned because of their racism then the arguement cuts both ways. Let's see the racists in positions of power go first.

17 September 2009 at 11:11  
Blogger moorlandhunter said...

Your Grace,

This case is very worrying because a man in a position of responsibility in the department which runs how we deal with other nations apparently allowed his true personal feelings to come out and give rise to questions about the impartiality of the Office.

He admits that he shouted ‘F****ing Israel, f****ing Jews’ and he also wishes Israel to be wiped off the face of the earth, a view also held by the Iranian leadership, and appears to hold rabid anti Jewish views. Was this view held becasue he was married to a Muslim woman?

He should be sacked whether he is found guilty or not. Did his extreme views ever have a bearing on our relations with the many countries of the Middle East in the past before this case came to light?

Imagine the outrageous anger if Civil Servant expressed BNP views or had shouted this anti Jewish or even an anti Islamic statement?

How many other people employed in the government’s offices that could affect our lives hold extreme views?

Sack him.

17 September 2009 at 11:36  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

If a Christian in the public sector dared to say that abortion is morally wrong the feminazis would have him suspended; if he condemned sexually immoral behaviour and pleaded for decency, that which is innocent, that which is pure he would be suspended; if a Christian dares to go on her knees in fervent prayer for a dying woman she is suspended and threatened with the sack; if a child in the school palyground dares to speak about Jesus he is admonished.

This government imposes the worst kind of censorship upon the individual human conscience: self-censorship which even the Soviets were unable to impose for even in the depths od the Gulag the prisoners sneered at communism.

Yet this man, Laxton, projects forth his racist and religious bile and nothing happens.

What are we to conclude: that the Left-liberal is permitted to dance in the zone of free speech whilst the Christian is excluded.

Stupid socialists.

17 September 2009 at 12:32  
Anonymous len said...

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. ( Luke 6:45)

17 September 2009 at 13:22  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

...f—ing Jews...

Hush. Listen carefully. It’s Allah purring with pleasure.

17 September 2009 at 14:00  
Anonymous churchmouse said...

I find this a very difficult post, Your Grace. Beset with pitfalls it is!

Not least among the problems here is the underlying commie commandment: Destroy Satan's Enemy by Spiritual Murder.

Instead of feeding off the kill, maybe we should try to find out whom this FO person had offended before his overflowing heart allegedly opened his over-pressured mouth? [Never mind what may or may not have disabled his rudimentary brain, and stopped it from mediating].

And maybe we should find a way to get rid of a government and a FO that conducts Matters of State as if they were grist to the rumour- mill of the dizzy dollies' Coffee Morning?

And is there such a thing as a court of law left in this country? Or is Trial by Media and Totally Vicious and Ignorant Popular Opinion the neu System of Anti-Justice?

Remembering, of course, that informed and caring Popular Opinion counts for nought when it comes to choosing a government, or retaining our sovereignty.


btw: Was that Mackenzie that I saw Anon - turned towards the asteroids? I take the cross-shaped handle of the dagger, regardless!!

17 September 2009 at 14:03  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

I expect Genesis 12.3 to come into effect upon the poor Mr Laxton. It will be interesting to see what happens next and how the Lord chooses to chastise him.

17 September 2009 at 18:13  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

It wasn't Mackenzie,churchmouse.
He's back in rehab.

17 September 2009 at 18:16  
Blogger The Heresiarch said...

No mystery. It's like shouting "F*cking South Africans" about 20 years ago and only meaning the whites.

17 September 2009 at 18:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sabra's

17 September 2009 at 18:58  
Anonymous Colin said...

It's a shame that antisemitism is raising its ugly head again.

17 September 2009 at 21:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am far too advanced for any effective rehab. And put that dagger back in the sheath before I wedge it sideways up...

17 September 2009 at 22:02  
Blogger Shabab said...

The leftist-jihadist alliance is stronger than ever in this country.

I pity the fools.

17 September 2009 at 22:54  
Anonymous churchmouse said...

Anon @ 8:22:

Perhaps we are talking at + purposes.

Yorkshire is an ancient home of Christianity and the Cross. As an indigenous Yorkshire person I reserve the right to invoke the Power of the Cross, in public, whenever I choose.

If I happen to do it by deliberately mis-quoting "The Play" ... well, other indigenes can probably figure that one out.

If, by chance, you threaten me for being what I am, and for asserting the heritage of Yorkshire - then God's will be done.

17 September 2009 at 23:49  
Blogger Stuart said...

I read that Laxton even brought a Jewish friend who's grandfather was killed in the holocaust to court as a character witness. Despicable.

18 September 2009 at 11:12  

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