David Halpin, main speaker at the Friends of Sabeel UK conference hosted at Broadmead Baptist Church in Bristol this weekend, is the founder of the Dove and Dolphin charity. He is also an out-and-out Hamas supporter. He has recently signed a petition to delist Hamas as a terrorist group.
If the Third Reich had invaded our now benighted country, they would presumably have encountered ‘militants’. I note that even the UN call the Hamas guerillas ‘freedom fighters’.
Furthermore, Halpin has met with Hamas leaders:
I have met Ishmail Haniyeh, the PM, in March 2007 with fellow doctors, and other Hamas ministers since. I would judge them to be trustworthy men who are doing what is right for their tormented people, unlike the collaborator Abbas and his friends. Insight into Hamas, and the literal crucifixion of these people, can be gained from reading the recent letter in the Washington Post by my surgeon colleague Dr Mahmoud Al Zahar.
“Literal crucifixion of these people”? Yes, Sabeel appear rather fond of that kind of language.
By inviting Halpin as its key speaker, it seems that Friends of Sabeel UK is telling us that it is not simply a pro-Palestinian organisation, but instead a pro-Hamas organisation.