Sajid Javid

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Sajid Javid is a British Conservative politician and MP who served as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care from June 2021 to July 2022, Home Secretary from 2018 to 2019 and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2019 to 2020.
Sajid Javid was born in a Muslim Pakistani family in the UK though he doesn’t consider himself a practicing Muslim. According to the Evening Standard, he has been described as the staunchest supporter of Israel in then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet.1

Connection to Israeli lobby groups in the UK

Sajid Javid has been frequently welcomed and praised by Israeli lobby groups in the UK. His appointment as Home Secretary was welcomed by Zionist lobbies like the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust, and the Holocaust Educational Trust. He was praised by the lobby groups because of his record of speaking out against “anti-Semitism”, supporting “Holocaust education”, and opposing boycotts of Israel.2 In 2018, he attended an event held by the Israeli lobby in the Conservative Party called the Conservative Friends of Israel. Javid emphasized on strengthening UK-Israel partnership especially regarding security.3 In 2019, as then-Home Secretary, Javid banned Hezbollah’s political wing in the UK and branded it as a terrorist organization and a threat to the UK’s public safety.4 This act was undoubtedly per the request of Israeli lobbies in the UK. At a joint meeting between the American Jewish Committee and the Board of Deputies of British Jews in 2018, Javid told his audience, “As long as I am in government, as long as I am in politics, I promise you that I will do everything within my power to fight back against those who seek to isolate and undermine Israel”.5 Javid also threatened to cancel the Palestine Expo, the largest Palestinian convention in the Europe. It occurred because Israeli lobby groups claimed that this organization has “praised Hamas”.6 This recurring pattern clearly shows how Javid operates as an instrument for Israeli interest groups.

A non-Jewish champion against anti-Zionism

Sajid Javid is a pro-Israel member of the Conservative Party. Although most conservative politicians in the UK stand out for their pro-Israel bias, Javid is clearly an enthusiastic one. Javid displays how certain colored politicians may be more ardent Zionists than the usual stereotypical white neocon politician. Javid portrays himself as “a champion against antisemitism” only as pretext to attack critics of the Israeli regime. Enjoying various positions of power, he has requested all local council leaders to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. According to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) agenda, belief in the existence of a pro-Israel international network, comparing Israeli state’s brutal acts to National Socialists or calling the Israeli state a racist one is a “definite act of antisemitism”.7 In 2015, addressing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s annual dinner, the then-Business Secretary Javid condemned “dinner party anti-Semites” and said, “I can’t remember the last time I spoke to a Jewish friend or colleague who hasn’t, at some point, found themselves sitting awkwardly at a dinner party while a fellow guest railed against the international ‘kosher conspiracy'”.8

Anti-Corbyn Crusade

Javid was one among the many Zionist figures lobbying for the overthrow of Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn is the former leader of the Labor Party and has a long history of defending Palestinian rights. Corbyn was frequently opposed by many pro-Israel politicians, agitators and media outlets. In 2018, when Corbyn visited a cemetery in Tunisia containing graves of many Palestinian rights activists and those who fought for the liberation of Palestine, Javid called him an anti-Semite and asked him to quit his position as Labor leader.9 Javid also attended a street rally against Corbyn that was organized by Israeli lobby groups in the UK such, as the Jewish Leadership Council. It was held in 2018 outside the Parliament building.

Sajid Javid attending a pro-Israel rally against Corbyn outside the Parliament in 2018
Javid meets Israeli PM Netanyahu in Israel in 2019

No boycott of Israel

Javid has been one of the staunchest opponents of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. In an event hosted by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, he warned that any publicly funded organization which attempts to boycott Israel will have its funds cut. In one instance, when Tricycle Theatre boycotted Israeli movies, Javid threatened to cut its grant.10

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