A picture has emerged of the British Consul General to Jerusalem wearing an Arab Keffiyeh (scarf) with the Palestinian flag draped over the entirety of the State of Israel and the Palestinian territories. The image depicted on the scarf is the one used by protesters and belligerents in the region who wish to see the State of Israel wiped off the map.
The picture of Dr Alastair McPhail is from the Islamic Relief Palestine website, and depicts the inauguration of the Health Professions Lab at Al-Azhar University, a facility which was co-funded by Islamic Relief and the British Consulate.
Breitbart London approached the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a comment on the image, which was met with a pro-forma response about the two-state solution, largely ignoring our line of questioning about the appropriateness of the scarf.
Member of Parliament Bob Blackman implied that McPhail’s position was untenable. He told Breitbart London: “Someone who is expressing such views has no place in supporting the government or civil service of the day. The whole purpose behind the peaceful solution is to promote two states side by side. Wiping one state off the face of the map hardly fits with this aspiration”.
An FCO spokesperson said: “It is the policy of the UK Government to support the establishment of a Palestinian state living side by side with a safe and secure Israel.”