A virtual panel debate on “Israeli Apartheid” hosted by the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) is set to feature an appearance by Irish far-left MP Richard Boyd Barrett. According to the Facebook event page, the event is scheduled for 28 March 2022:
The Palestinian Return Centre warmly invites you to attend ‘Israeli Apartheid: A Crime Against Humanity’. This event will be an online panel discussion addressing the recent damning Amnesty International report on Israeli apartheid.
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Richard Boyd Barrett is an MP for Ireland’s People Before Profit-Solidarity, an electoral alliance of several left-wing parties supporting anti-capitalism and promoting Irish reunification through a socialist European federation. Barrett has fought for Ireland’s Israeli ambassador to be expelled and is known for his harsh anti-Israeli rhetoric. He has recently accused the Jewish state of “operating a system of Apartheid” and committing crimes against humanity. In early March 2022, Barrett also criticized the Irish government of “double standards” for imposing sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine but not doing the same for Israel.
Groups in the international Hamas support infrastructure and the wider Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) have a history of cooperation and friendly relationships with representatives of far-left political movements, particularly in the UK. This cooperation dates back to at least February 2003 when the UK Muslim Brotherhood and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament were the sponsors of the February 2003 anti-Iraq war demonstration in London, reported by police as the largest demonstration ever held in the UK. Both the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) and its predecessor, Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW), have long reported on such cooperation.
Far-left activists also play a key role in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to economically and socially pressure Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. The BDS Ramallah-based National Committee counts several US-designated terrorist organizations among its members, including Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The Palestinian Return Centre is a UK-based Palestine advocacy group tied to Hamas and the GMB. The PRC is also an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, among Britain’s most influential Muslim organizations that historically has acted in concert with the GMB.
The Hamas charter says that it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine,” “and a Hamas journalist has acknowledged the role that the “International Muslim Brotherhood” “has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons. Hamas is known to be supported financially and politically by the GMB.