Anglicans for Israel Patron wants Summary Executions, Journos Imprisoned

Back in July 2004 distinguished UK professor David Marsland gave a speech to the Springbok Club describing how to win the War on Terror. His advice, after a lengthy rant, includes the following (emphases added):

…Halt or segregate air flights into or out of Britain by Arabs.

…Strengthen anti-terrorist legislation to allow on suspicion indefinite secret imprisonment (without appeal, without visits and without any privileges), tough interrogation, and where necessary summary execution by authorised agents.

…Reduce the need for prisons in Iraq by authorising summary execution of known enemy. Throw journalists, servicemen or anyone else who seek to file lying and negative reports about conditions in terrorist prisons in Iraq or elsewhere into these same prisons for an indefinite term.

…Censor prejudiced and negative reporting of the war against terrorism by British media. Neutralise by military means any Arab media providing a propaganda outlet for terrorists.

And Marsland had harsh words for anyone who might dare to demur:

…Our enemies will no doubt claim that measures such as these will “make us as bad as the terrorists”, that ends, however desirable, can never justify such “undemocratic” and “immoral” means. This is utopian nonsense calculated to assist al-Qa’eda.

David Marsland is of interest to this blog because he’s one of the patrons of Anglicans for Israel, the new pro-Israel lobby group currently being puffed at the London Times and elsewhere as the supposedly “moderate” voice opposed to Anglican criticism of Israel and the General Synod’s recent call (inspired in large part by Palestinian Christians) to divest in firms that assist with the Occupation (I blogged on the group a few days ago). And like Anglicans for Israel founder Simon McIlwaine and campaign director Huw Shooter, he has extensive links on the Tory right.

It’s also interesting that Marsland chose the Springbok Club to lay out his plan: the club is a network which allows disaffected white South Africans and former Rhodesians living in the UK to reminisce about the good old days before – as founder Alan Harvey puts it – the “sell-out policies of P.W. Botha and F.W. de Klerk”. Harvey explains:

In a nutshell our policy can be summed up in one sentence: “We want our countries back, and believe this can now only come about by the re-establishment of civilised European rule throughout the African continent.”

The Observer (via the Black Information Link) describes Harvey as a “former NF [National Front] activist”; a claim backed up by trawling through some far-right websites. However, while the NF was anti-Semitic, Harvey is vehemently pro-Israel, and an upcoming event is an address by an “Ulster supporter with strong Israeli connections who recently visited Israel – including the Gaza Strip – to express solidarity with the Israeli settlers there.”

(amended for clarity)

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  1. […] UPDATE: I’ve also just noticed that Anglicans For Israel’s patrons include Prof. David Marsland, a man who favours summary executions and imprisoning journalists as the means to winning the “War on Terror”. He gave his thoughts at the Springbok Club, a network for disaffected white South Africans and Rhodesians living in the UK. A fuller account is given in my blog entry for today. […]

  2. where necessary summary execution by authorised agents.

    I guess the UK government took his advise to heart.

  3. It will help to make sense of this if you realise that the parties to the Northern Irish conflict frame themselves with regard to the Middle East: the Loyalists identify with West Bank settlers and the Republicans with the PLO.

  4. […] Nigel contacted me in response to a couple of blog entries (here and here) that mentioned the Springbok Club, which I described as “a London-based network for […]

  5. […] was also in attendance, which was a bit of social advancement from 2001, when he spoke at the Springbok Club in London. The Springbok Club is run by a former National Frontist who wants to see a return of […]

  6. […] Friends of Israel (an organisation which has as a patron David Marsland, a university professor who believes that the UK should be a police state with summary executions of terrorist suspects and imprisonment […]

  7. […] patron. It also explains why another of the magazine’s patrons was Professor David Marsland, whom I’ve blogged before. Marsland’s views on social policy have made him a hero to the radical “libertarian […]

  8. […] the Springbok Club will again be addressed by Prof David Marsland, whom I blogged on previously here and here. Back in 2004 Marland gave a speech to the Club on winning the “War on […]

  9. […] over their actual authoritarianism with some middle-brow philosophizing – see my blog entry on David Marsland for an example of pseudo-libertarianism (As it happens, Marsland and Mullen have several political […]

  10. […] included ”Master of the Black Arts” John Pope-de Locksley, and right-wing sociologist David Marsland. Some other speakers, for whatever reason, are not identified by name on the Springbok […]

  11. […] have blogged on the Springbok Club in the past; as Alan Harvey himself puts it: In a nutshell our policy can be summed up in one sentence: “We […]

  12. […] Taha’s name has been linked with a number of political groups over the years; one association which can be confirmed independently is with the Libertarian Alliance, albeit as a self-described ”sympathiser” rather than a member. The LA, and “right libertarian” groups such as the Greater London Young Conservatives, took the view that apartheid was a form of “racial socialism”, and should therefore be opposed; however, measures such as sanctions should be rejected, and support instead given to organisations such as the Inkatha Freedom Party (1). That does not appear to have been Harvey’s own perspective, although various “right libertarians” have spoken at Springbok events, such as the sociologist David Marsland. […]

  13. Yes, David Marsland, that great thinker who contends that the “mentally unfit” should be sterilised.

    • David Marsland did in fact last night on BBC Radio 4 argue that bipolar people like me should be sterilised even after a dedicated bipolar mother sent in an email to him. He made an odd remark that her case was similar to blind people refusing a simple operation! I really don’t understand why the BBC gave such a prominent role to this man – many listeners will have drawn from the calm measured tone that Ed Stilton maintained throughout that the opinions voiced were mainstream.

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