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In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. We expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups, including the National Union of Students, whose president faces a smear campaign coordinated by her own deputy and supported by the Israel Embassy.
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How israel influences british politics . we reveal from the inside how the . israeli embassy penetrates different. levels of british democracy and the . first of four programs the battle for . britain's youth following decades of . violence a new challenge has emerged to . israel's occupation of palestinian lands . called bds that's the global movement to . boycott divestment impose sanctions on . israel and expose it as an apartheid . state the israeli government has . responded with the campaign to rebrand . the country's image the reason we should . fight videos is because thrall it's a . moral outrage it's an operation run by. the secretive ministry of strategic . affairs they recruit mainly former . intelligence offices . its main task is to counter bds . worldwide using an undercover reporter. al jazeera's investigative unit exposes . israel's clandestine activities in . london a city that's become a major . battleground bds campaign in many ways . germinated in britain . you'll meet the people working to . challenge bds at every level of british . politics. ok this initially we were basically . means one of israel's main targets is . the labour party for the first time its . leader is a champion of palestinian . civil rights and be happy to see jeremy . corbyn no longer leader of the labour . party official it's a covert action that . penetrates the heart of britain's . democracy it is outrageous interference . in british politics shouldn't be. permitted. it's a battle of ideas seeking to change . not only how israel's portrayed but even . how it is debated for put a split . [music]. our undercover reporter grew up in . germany and creates an identity as a . graduate planning to live in britain . robin sets himself up in london as an . aspiring labour party activist with . strong sympathies towards israel . after over a month of attending party . functions he stood out as a friend of . israel . and before long you recognize the . familiar face rubbing against ok listen . you maybe it's a meeting of the labor . friends of israel or lfi members of the . british parliament who lobby for israel . oh yeah take the district so shy later . explained to robbing the problems the . elephant's facing her once and you feel . though obviously when they will be . coming things they want their field and . then that take change is done this for . years everything to join the environment . that used to do is going to join the . fight is not doing it anymore they're . doing it to magical . part of the 40 new and pieces just . started a selection sort of the monsters . see ya . so nearly defies endeavor . to get more people on four pitches . robin tweeted and wrote articles about . israel in the labour party building up . his online identity he discovered. numerous groups that support israel and . which identify themselves as independent. grassroots movements one is the sussex . friends of israel organized a march to . protest against the pro-palestinian . movement to boycott israel robin had . joined them . shy later described the embassies role . in some of these movements there is a . grassroots organization as suspense of . israel during the demonstration . it's great that alliance wins the bike . for arizona is round so shy had helped . establish a youth group within the. conservative friends of israel well . beyond fractional-reserve started with . it here and i don't intend to be the . same label the enterprise's it was happy . everyone out of the area specifically . identify young people in the village . ok . the moment it will be time to 100 people . try to people then started to become . station . [music]. we ever build something like a group . yeah yeah good children and here is one . thing that i can share share things you . know what happened but the collector's . editions and effective but we have been . changed . thank you very much gray have a nice . evening . our investigation link the embassy . senior political officer with a series. of pro-israel groups the parliamentary . friends of israel young conservatives . lobbyists as well as grassroots . movements in addition shiz involved with . the youth arm of the fabian society an . influential labour party think-tank . countryside guide he's getting like a . diesel and missing people say that's . very true and you know i know shy shy . process and we add shine know yourself . is very much babe and white and if you . told hits on the scene they not only . provide you have got done it appears the . israeli diplomats mission is to build. support for israel at all levels of the . labour party . other groups of their debating their . face getting the dresses of the . neighborhood so i says he knows nearly . all the fabian society activists more. than going to the painting go on to the . plugins crystal was about broken martin . at a bar explains how foreign government. support helps the fabian membership is . good . each of the manpower and he's got great . contacts on baby sites all frankness . line and israel as far as greatly as . well . he's very very very supportive as long . as very balanced i went on one of the . trips of the conservative friends of. israel to the middle east it was . brilliantly well arranged very well . looked after you got fantastic access . you did meet palestinians if all you did . was rely on that one trip he would have . a very one-sided point-of-view recently . saw something on our parents value like . somebody would think that you know the. israelis are not giving one given that . students will tell something in ramadan . final results according to hire its . newspaper israel which controls all . water sources in the occupied west bank . did cut supplies . even if the reason was contested been to . as well. delegation about seeing what systems as . you're not behind us also know that one . day you never once and that if you . actually go to the country our . undercover reporter discovered that. shyness old played a role in another key . labour party organization the jewish . labor movement or jlm . robin attended a summer barbecue . organized by the jail and . much of the small talk turns to the . israeli embassy . we do not have to shine . are you shy yeah stick by what we shot . you weren't sure what the ambassador . this know what i wanted to also have . formally welcome bela to her you don't . find me birds on that minus ev is that . had the most labour party and political . experience but there was something that . we felt the chair of executive construct . these matters far more which is that . should one of you just seeing this stuff . from the inside 24 countless battles . alongside you which is why we took the. step of pointing out to this role . because we think she's going to go on . and try an incredibly critical role i . believe the struggle against i services . in the labour party my life i've been . introduced i'm hello i am james bbq and . chief director. let's go out to change their party for . the batter and hopefully in the future . of this country for the better weather . you know aggressive strong fair society . [applause]. what came next surprise our undercover . reporter. shy had asked robin to become part of . the israeli embassies plan to track . young labour party members as well try . the opposite of people saying is if you . and you would like to get any games will . be the sum of the community wanted to . try then suggested that as well as . setting up the young lfi robin apply for . a job at the israeli embassy he was . invited to a private meeting at a london. hotel. it included embassy staff and british . supporters of israel and israeli . diplomat takes robin to one side . we're looking for work come on work and . having something my interests . cited about that actually . so i handed in my singing got a bit . better . exactly where we have to put something . in to work on the whole video doing . research the different video through . they are what they are a little bit of. strategy on that hopefully kind of other . things my appeal to you . el arroz the new director of the jewish . labor movement was pleased to hear of . robins plans to set up a young lfi why . you like them young . i need everybody to your number 15 on . the guest of honor a minister from the . israeli government that people totally . along people know and compromise a moral . giggly the level along the jewish people . the primary role of israel strategic . affairs ministry is to counter the bds. movement eating bread for the future . will be there because we will allow them . to continue with all alive does spread . just breathe . we will lose this contact the young . generation and maybe from here that will . be the next leader of the uk or other . countries and the thing that really the . very bad country. during another meeting with the embassy . senior political officer shy tutors . robin on setting up a new pro-israel . group people trigger the feet . yeah yeah how do you approach him . furthermore i think you need something . to sell right . stir it be maybe your friend with . education that's always a good start . second maybe you need an interesting . speaker that's right damn sitting here . and like if you're volunteering to be . there in germany turkey needs to someone . to do social model and so more between . take care of speakers or events or . someone that will be german of the . engagement then you just turn around and . people becoming the infrastructure that . it's not just irresponsible of you and . six shoulders are able to sell their the . quality of the organization and kinetic . that's doing weird stuff compilation . contribution like them i will be making . rudy michael rubin . by doing that you have an idea you want . to take it for us boxes position in the . other part commentary na . which means identified i work for labor . by for a chat later students id shy . bible college students we did a couple
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