International Conference for the Defence of Occupied Jerusalem

The Emir of Qatar will host an international conference in Doha on February 26th & 27th 2012 on the subject of ‘the defence of Al Quds’. According to the Gulf Times, “[t]he conference will tackle ways to rescue Jerusalem and the Arab vision against the Israeli plan”.

The official conference website states that among the subjects to be discussed is ‘Jerusalem and History’:

“This theme reviews the succeeding periods of Jerusalem’s rich History. It aims at pointing out the weaknesses of the Jew’s historical arguments backing their claims to the holy city. Of paramount importance is the disclosure of Israel’s deeds at falsifying History and archeology by means of destruction, omission, modification and fabrication of historical and archeological facts. By contrast, an emphasis should be put on the overwhelming set of evidence spread across the city showing its rooted past as an inalienable part of Palestine and a holy place for the divine religions.”

The list of participants in the conference includes GMJ organisers  Ghada Karmi and Ismail Patel. The UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign – a GMJ supporter – will be represented by Hilary Wise and its patron Baroness Jenny Tonge will also be present.

Update: for analysis of the conference see here.

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Global March to Jerusalem website server host unmasked

Taking look at the subject of the registration and hosting of the various GMJ websites, it transpires that they share an IP address with the website of the AhlulBayt Islamic Mission – the Islamic Republic of Iran aligned Shia missionary organisation in the United Kingdom. The server hosting both the AhlulBayt site and the GMJ sites is registered to a Leicester resident named Shabbir Hassanally. Read all the details here.

Mr Hassanally appears to be quite a fan of Hizbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah. In fact he puts considerable effort into making English language sub-titles for Nasrallah’s frequent speeches which he then posts on his own blog – apparently unconcerned by the fact that Hizbollah’s military wing is proscribed by his own government and that the glorification of terrorism is a criminal offence in the UK.

Hassanally has also acted as roving reporter in Lebanon for the Palestine Telegraph – founded and edited by Sameh Habib (aka Sameh Akram Subhi Habeeb) who is also spokesman for the flotilla-organising ‘European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza’ which was set up by the Muslim Brotherhood’s European arm – the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) – in 2007. The Palestine Telegraph proved to be too extreme even for its former patron Jenny Tonge and it and its editor have been involved in multiplescandals.

Here is Shabbir Hassanally celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the Iranian regime last year. Note his apparent subscription to the messianic Mahdi concept and his description of Israel as “the cancer occupying our beloved Palestine“.