Britain’s Prince Charles has come under attack from the Jewish lobby in Britain for mentioning the existence of the Jewish lobby in a 1986 letter, with the editor of the UK’s Jewish Chronicle accusing the heir to the British throne of using “anti-Semitic themes” about “very powerful Jews who control foreign policy or the media or banks.”
The letter, published by the Daily Mail, was found in a public archive and was written on November 24, 1986, following an official visit the then-38-year-old Prince made to Saudia Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar.
In the letter, addressed to his old friend and author Laurens van der Post, Prince Charles said:
Am on way to Cyprus & Italy having passed through Suez Canal. Lovely having 2 days at sea.
This tour has been fascinating and have learnt a lot about the Middle East and Arab outlook.
Tried to read bit of Koran on way out and it gave me some insight into way they think and operate.
Don’t think they could understand us through reading Bible though. Much admire some aspects of Islam—especially accent on hospitality and accessibility of rulers.
Also I now begin to understand better their point of view about Israel. Never realised they see it as a US colony.
I now appreciate that Arabs and Jews were all a Semitic people originally + it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland, they say) which has helped to cause great problems.
I know there are so many complex issues, but how can there ever be an end to terrorism unless the causes are eliminated?
Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in US? I must be naive, I suppose!
The Daily Mail—whose news editor, Alex Brummer, is a well-known Jewish extremist who has in the past boasted about how Jewish his newspaper is, and who sits on the UK’s Jewish News’ board as non-executive chairman—went on to quote Stephen Pollard, who it called the “influential editor” of The Jewish Chronicle, as saying: “To me this is the most astonishing element of the Prince’s letter. The “Jewish lobby” is one of the anti-Semitic themes that have endured for centuries. It is this myth there are these very powerful Jews who control foreign policy or the media or banks or whatever.
According to the Daily Mail, Pollard described the letter as “jaw-droppingly shocking,” and that “they come from the heir to the throne is unsettling, to put it mildly.”
The Daily Mail went on to assert that the “term ‘Jewish lobby’ is considered by many to be anti-Semitic–suggesting wealthy Jews in the US operate behind the scenes to exercise undue influence over government policy.”
The report added that “other high-profile figures have been heavily criticised for using the term. Among those to come under fire for using the term ‘Jewish lobby’ are General George Brown, the highest-ranking military officer in the US as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was publicly rebuked and disowned by President Gerald Ford in 1974 after claiming that a ‘Jewish lobby’ controlled Congress.
“Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage was criticised earlier this month when he referred to ‘a powerful Jewish lobby’ in the US.
In 2006, Chris Davies, former leader of the Lib Dem MEPs, was forced to resign after he used the term.
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu also came under fire when he used the phrase in a newspaper article in 2002.”
A statement from Clarence House—Charles’s official residence in London, claimed that the “opinions expressed in the letter were not the Prince’s own views” but instead the reflected opinions of those he met on his trip.
It said: “The letter clearly states that these were not the Prince’s own views about Arab-Israeli issues but represented the opinions of some of those he met during his visit which he was keen to interrogate.
“He was sharing the arguments in private correspondence with a long standing friend in an attempt to improve his understanding of what he has always recognised is a deeply complex issue to which he was coming early on his own analysis in 1986.”
It added that the Prince of Wales has a “proven track record” of support for both Jewish and Arab communities.