Yvonne Ridley: Says Zionists should be “hunted down”; “loathes” Israel; supports Hamas…

Yvonne Ridley, the Respect candidate in the Rotherham by-election, has a long and visceral hatred of Israel, Zionism and Zionists, and is a supporter of Hamas.


Yvonne Ridley, the Respect candidate in the Rotherham by-election, has a long and visceral hatred of Israel, Zionism and Zionists, and is one of the UK’s more vocal supporters of Hamas and apologists for Al-Qaeda.

Ridley is one of George Galloway’s closest allies, and will join him in Parliament if she wins the Rotherham by-election.

It is a prospect that should worry everyone.

Here are some of her most chilling statements over the past few years:


Report of a Ridley lecture at Imperial College, 2006:

Ridley said: “[Respect] is a Zionist-free party… if there was any Zionism in the Respect Party they would be hunted down and kicked out. We have no time for Zionists.” She explained that government support “goes towards that disgusting little watchdog of America that is festering in the Middle East”.

She went on to attack the Tories and Lib Dems, saying that all the mainstream parties are “riddled with Zionists”. I found it hard to comprehend how the notion that “[Respect] encompasses a broad church of ideas and opinions” could be compatible with the hunting down of supporters of an Israeli state.

Also in that Imperial lecture, she says:

Israel is a vile little state. It’s propped up by America. It cannot survive without American money.”

Blogpost, 2011:

“Anyone who knows me and why work know I loathe the Zionist State and what it stands for.”

Rally outside US Embassy, 2006:

“Drinking Coca Cola is like drinking the blood of Palestinian children.”

Addressing a Viva Palestina meeting, 2009:

The Zionists have tentacles everywhere. We’ve seen with the disgraceful behaviour from the BBC that this interference goes right to the very top of the media, into the very heart of our homes.”

At the same meeting:

We have to end the Zionist state. We’ve got to charge the war criminals. We have to boycott Israeli goods.”


Galloway names Ridley as a Hamas donor, 2009:

“I, now, here, on behalf of myself, my sister Yvonne Ridley, and the two Respect councillors – Muhammad Ishtiaq and Naim Khan – are giving three cars and 25,000 pounds in cash to prime minister Ismail Haniya.”

Ridley herself confirming she personally donated money to Hamas in a deliberate violation of sanctions law:

I brought cash and I am happy to say I have given that cash to George Galloway and we have both given that money to the Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, which has broken UN sanctions. If they want to charge us, if they want to arrest us, bring it on.”

She added:

“During our brief time in Gaza, I did have the privilege to join a few of us together to meet Ismail Haniyeh… If I could use my Palestinian citizenship, it would be to vote Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas back in again in Gaza. Victory to intifada 3! Victory to Hamas!

Crying over dead terrorists – including Al-Qaeda leaders – and justifying Islamist terrorism:

From Harry’s Place dossier (pdf) on Ridley:

Regular presenter on Press TV, the English-language propaganda arm of the Iranian government.

• She is the patron of Cageprisoners, which openly supported al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki right up to the terrorist attack at Fort Hood in November 2009.

She wrote an article in which she sought to justify al Qaeda bombings in Amman, Jordan and expressed her preference for the al Qaeda terrorist, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, over the Jordanian royal family.

• Chechen jihadi leader Shamil Basayev was the mastermind of the Moscow theatre siege and the horrific attack on a school in Beslan, Russia. When Basayev was killed in 2006, Ridley said the news made her “sad” and she called him a “shaheed” (Islamic martyr) in an admiring article.

Mourning Bin Laden (2011 blog posts):

Osama was, after all, no Hitler, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Stalin or Caligula – he headed no country nor ruled over a state; and in fact the last few years of his life have proven to be extremely reclusive, secluded and isolated…

“That the most powerful man in the world can stare straight into the cameras and say: “Justice was done” over Bin Laden’s murder borders on absurdity.”

On Barack Obama (2012 blog post):

The true Barack Obama is an out of control psychopathic killer with a loaded God complex, and he’s running America. This makes him the most dangerous man in the world as well as the most powerful.”

On David Miliband (2008 blog post):

“That self-serving, vain pipsqueak, foreign secretary David Milliband, who trampled over the dead babies of Gaza to stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel… Milliband is a gutless, little weasel who lost more than his foreskin when he was circumcised.”

That there is a chance such a nakedly anti-Jewish, West-hating terrorist sympathiser with close links to the regimes in Tehran and Gaza could be elected to Parliament is a warning for Labour to learn the lessons of Bradford West, when the equally anti-Zionist, pro-Hamas Galloway got elected.

As Rob Marchant wrote on Labour Uncut:

Its sizeable Muslim population lives mostly in the central part of the borough which is being contested. The Respect party, which has largely centred its electoral offering around appealing to Muslim voters, is already putting in the shoe-leather. Respect also now has a base in Bradford, less than an hour away, and if they are not sending activists every other day to leaflet in Rotherham, it’d be very surprising…

MacShane’s work on anti-Semitism and his former leadership of Labour friends of Israel makes the seat the ideal venue for a “global American-Israeli conspiracy” story against Labour. No prizes for guessing which party is likely to suggest that story in their campaign: one supporter of Respect candidate Yvonne “tentacles of Zionism” Ridley has already been tweeting about that “Zionist Denis MacShane”.

And Respect are not the only ones with a long-standing grudge against MacShane: back in 2010, long before his resignation, MPACUK (Muslim Public Affairs Committee, one of a number of questionable organisations which purports to represent British Muslims) was calling him an Islamophobe and encouraging a sectarian vote against him. For the record, MPACUK also has one of its four core principles “reviving the obligation of Jihad”. Nice.

See also:

The sick anti-Semites at the heart of Galloway’s band of bigotsCarl Packman, March 30th, 2012

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35 Responses to “Yvonne Ridley: Says Zionists should be “hunted down”; “loathes” Israel; supports Hamas…”

  1. Selohesra

    With views like that she could work for BBC

  2. David R. Morris

    For all we know, she does (or did), not that anybody employed by the BBC ever does any work.
    To think my two grandfathers spent WWII fighting against Nazism, and tyranny in general. I can’t help thinking Ms Ridley’s ancestors fought for Hitler.

  3. Vyvian Raoul

    I suppose it depends whether you consider anti-zionism to be a racist doctrine or zionism to be a racist doctrine. Take out the word zionism in some of her statements and replace it with the word ‘imperialism’ or ‘colonialism’ or ‘religious fanaticism’ and they don’t sound quite so chilling, do they? It is a prospect that should worry…labour supporters?

  4. Mick Turner

    Aren’t Ridley’s rants a long-winded way of saying she’s anti-semitic?

  5. jaydeepee

    She’s a huge shitstain on the underpants of life. Since she’s thrown her hand in with the Taliban she will continue making statements designed to please her new masters.

  6. Newsbot9

    The tired old UN resolution you’re depending on was rescinded in 1991. Do come back when you’ve caught up to this century.

  7. Newsbot9

    Yes, as could you. Why, you’d be great for Inquisitor General. Witch hunt, witch hunt!

  8. Mike Homfray

    Given that most of those you have quoted are Zionist apologists I think we can take this with a wheelbarrow if salt. Israel is a rogue occupying state which exists largely because of misplaced guilt.

  9. Mike Homfray

    Given that most of those quoted are Zionist apologists we can take this with a wheelbarrow of salt. Israel is a rogue occupying state without an ounce of credibility created to assuage guilt

  10. AS

    Israel orchestrated an extrajudicial execution and murdered civilians in the process in its recent air strikes in Palestine. Where’s your condemnation of that, Left Foot Forward? It’s peculiar that instead of saying anything about these strikes, you put up a terribly written blog about someone being critical of Israel. The timing is no coincidence. You’re neo-con fraudsters masquerading as progressives. You have no right to present yourselves as champions of the poor and working class when you’re essentially Blairites/Neocons in foreign policy. Your blog is simply disgraceful.

  11. Selohesra

    You’ve accused me on many things Botty – but this is the first time you have accused me of being leftwing, pro-EU , Palestinean , treehugging peddlar of mistruths. I suggest you keep taking your tablets

  12. Newsbot9

    Ah right, you’re inventing things from whole cloth again. Ran out of people to burn the immediate vicinity again, you far right, isolationist, Hammas liar?

    (See, I can talk like you too!)

  13. Selohesra

    You really are weird

  14. Newsbot9

    Given I was deliberately mimicking your posting style…yes, you are.

  15. Newsbot9

    Yes yes, I’m sure you can flash your Hamas membership card to all the right people too.

  16. Newsbot9

    Right, after all your buddies Hamas can do what the Reich failed to do to Jews in Eurasia.

  17. roGER

    Great. At a time when Israel is killing civilians in Gaza and a full scale ground invasion of the territory is imminent, Left Foot Forward leads with… a critique of Yvonne Ridley… How very unimpressive of you, and how despicable and cowardly can you get?!?

  18. Echotango

    Surely this is hate speech and this woman should be arrested for this??

  19. Selohesra

    Pompous as well as weird

  20. Andrew Jinks

    I subscribed to Left Foot Forward because I believed it to be a left wing blog. Now it seems to have become a platform for Zionist propaganda, which is the only description that will do for the above article. I’ll be unsubscribing. Zionism is a colonialist ideology which I want nothing to do with, particularly in view of the massacres of innocent people Israel is carrying out at the moment.

  21. Newsbot9

    Yes, you are.

  22. Selohesra

    You sure you work in a poly and not an infant school?

  23. Newsbot9

    Teaching at primary level? No thanks! Harder and less rewarding, afaik.

  24. mike crosley

    So,one can not criticize Apartheid Israel without being branded anti-semite ? Very disappointed with Left Foot Forward

  25. Rangjan


  26. Sid

    This writing (Yvonne Ridley et al )is more likely to go leftfootbackwards.
    Have those on the left still not learnt lessons about sectarianism….clearly not.
    Let’s all continue to fight each other, like children out of control.

  27. inlove

    Yvonne Ridley gets my vote.

  28. AlexisWolf

    George needs to think more about this sectarian. She’s playing straight into the hands of those she purports to hate, and weakening the Respect message. With ‘friends’ like her Palestinians do not need enemies.

  29. Eleanor Dahlstrom

    Deport her to Afghanistan or Iraq or Palestine. Or a secure mental health unit. George could always gie her a wee visit. Keep taking the tablets hen, you will be okay.

  30. Rightfootforward

    what is this anti semitism?

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