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Mr Daniel Taub,
Ambassador
State of Israel Embassy
2 Palace Green
London W8 4QB

22nd July 2014


Your Excellency,

I believe you have invited some British Muslims for an iftar at your Embassy scheduled for coming Wednesday.

Ordinarily, this could be seen as a gracious gesture for ordinary times. But there is nothing ordinary about witnessing four little boys killed by your government’s armed forces as they played football on Gaza’s beaches.  Mohammed, Ahed Zakaria, and Ismail Baker, all between 11 and 9 years old, had their innocence snatched by your government’s naval grade shells.

You are asking them to break bread with you when your government has destroyed the Al-Wafah hospital, while your colleague in Washington D.C. takes to Twitter to justify this. And you are reported to have gone on record to state that “We don’t have to apologise for Israelis not being killed.”

Mr Ambassador, British Muslims will naturally question those accepting your invitation. How can anyone in good conscience break bread with you when the government you represent have yet to show a shred of genuine remorse at the blood-letting the State of Israel has unleashed. As I write, your armed forces has killed in excess of 400 people. The majority of them, according to human rights organisations, innocent civilians, many of whom are women and children. I do not do so lightly when I state that this is cold-blooded murder.

We condemn all violence taking place in Palestine right now, but it is quite clear that the Palestinian people are bearing the brunt of your government’s brutality. Your government has chosen the path  of retribution, and you have turned Gaza — in the words of our Prime Minister when he was not so previously swayed by your talking points — into an open air prison.

And while your government besieges and punish the people of Gaza with impunity by land, sea and air, your government continues to humiliate the Palestinians of the West Bsnk with illegal settlements, police brutality and restrictions to places of worship such as the Al-Aqsa mosque.

You will no doubt turn to your government’s well-worn rhetoric to justify your violence. Demagogues always do. But the facts and the arithmetic of your government’s brutality belie the reality present before us.

It is unlikely any British Muslims will accept your invitation while your government steps up its brutal subjugation of the Palestinian people. It is inevitable that  you will have to cancel this cynically-conceived Iftar reception.

If you wish, you may donate the money year-marked to any charity with  no qualms in receiving your tainted money.

 Yours  unimpressed,  

 Aik  Machliwala