Why the creation of a ‘European’ identity necessitates unashamed antisemitism from Brussels

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By Adrian Hilton

PUBLISHED: 10:41 GMT, 6 July 2012 | UPDATED: 14:10 GMT, 6 July 2012

  • Bias: Nigel Farage has criticised the EU's stance towards Israel

Bias: Nigel Farage has criticised the EU’s stance towards Israel

Day by day, minute by minute, speech by speech and word by word, the United Kingdom Independence Party looks and sounds increasingly like the Conservative Party in exile.

Their policies cover the economy, law and order, education, defence, patriotism, Christianity, immigration, over-regulation, tax reduction, and their support for private enterprise, traditional marriage and the family, and (of course) the thorny question of the European Union. There is no longer any credible assertion that UKIP is a ‘single-issue’ protest party or pressure group.

And now, just as we have our long-held suspicions confirmed that the Foreign Office is essentially Arabist and ever so subtly anti-Israel, with government officials outrageously asserting that Benjamin Netanyahu uses ‘the incitement issue as a delaying tactic in peace talks’, we hear that Nigel Farage is confronting the ‘strong bias’ against Israel that exists within the European Union.

When have you ever heard a Conservative MEP do that?

‘There is within the European institutions a very strong anti-Israel bias’, Mr Farage said. ‘I would almost say — and I am bit nervous of saying this — there’s almost a new trendy form of anti-Semitism creeping in…

‘I could show you, within the last three months, transcripts of several dozen speeches in the European Parliament. There is a fundamental dislike of Israel. But it’s more than that. And we find that objectionable and worrying.’

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UKIP’s Farage released from hospital

Nigel Farage being rescued from the plane wreckage

Mr Farage suffered minor injuries in the plane crash

The former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader said he was “the luckiest man alive” after surviving a light aircraft crash during his election campaign.

Nigel Farage, 46, was discharged from hospital two days after the plane he was in crashed in Northamptonshire.

He said he feared he would burn to death in the wreckage and said he and the pilot had known for five minutes before impact they were going to crash.

Mr Farage was treated in hospital for broken ribs and bruised lungs.

He said he believed the UKIP banner the plane was towing was to blame for the crash at Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

He said: “The banner hooked around the tail of the plane which meant that whenever he came in to land, it would be a nose-dive landing.

Fire fears

“So we spent five minutes knowing we were in for a crash landing and the question was just how big and bad it was going to be.”

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