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Op-Ed video: Who is the real threat to British democracy?

David Hearst examines the conflict between the British public's demand for a Gaza ceasefire and UK parliamentary manoeuvres, questioning true democratic representation in the face of political and media biases towards the Israel-Palestine conflict.

David Hearst, Editor-in-Chief of Middle East Eye, critically examines the British parliamentary debate over the Gaza ceasefire. He points out: “Poll after poll shows that a clear majority of Britons have had enough of this war - 66 percent are calling for a ceasefire without preconditions.” Yet, the Labour Party introduced a motion imposing conditions favouring Israel, diverging from public opinion.

Hearst describes an unexpected turn where the debate over safety concerns overshadowed the core issue of Gaza ceasefire: “A vote about Gaza became a vote about alleged intimidation of MPs.”

Hearst asks "who is subverting British democracy?” The answer: "The unholy alliance of the neoconservatives and Islamophobes which attacks free speech, promotes anti-Muslim hatred and seeks to silence all debate on Israel".

Hearst concludes by saying that the silencing of the Israel debate and the sidelining of international law could fundamentally change British democracy's core values​.

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David Hearst is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. He is a commentator and speaker on the region and analyst on Saudi Arabia. He was the Guardian's foreign leader writer, and was correspondent in Russia, Europe, and Belfast. He joined the Guardian from The Scotsman, where he was education correspondent.
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