Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Monday, 16 July 2018
Large Anti-Fascist Mobilisation in Response to Football Lads Alliance Demonstration June 9th
The following day hundreds of FLA supporters joined Zionists at the annual Al Quds demonstration in London joining with far-Right Zionists in an attempt to stop the march. The pretext was 'anti-terrorism'.
|Steve Hedley who was attacked by fascists|
There were two separate mobilisations - the anarchists at the South Bank Centre and Stand up to Racism at the old Scotland Yard HQ in Victoria Street. Both met up at around 2pm in Whitehall.
|June 9th fascist march|
|The Zionist Campaign for Truth describes the attack on Steve Hedley as a 'scuffle'|
Reports came in later that Steve Hedley, Assistant General Secretary of the RMT trade union had been glassed by these fascist thugs and other members of the RMT attacked in the Westminster Arms pub.
|Police surround a number of fascists near Portcullis House - man in green is Neil Horan, a defrocked priest and Christian Zionist and fascist|
|People at the rallying point at the South Bank Centre|
|Police seal off Trafalgar Square|
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Its fine 4 JLM President Louise Ellman MP to Defend the Abuse of Palestinian Children but Criticism of Young Zionists is a Child Protection Issue!
|My question to Adam Langleben - why is the JLM silent about abuse of Palestinian children but concerned about publicising the names of JLM's young activists? Racism?|
|These two children were murdered yesterday by Israeli bombers in Gaza|
I seem to have stirred up a veritable Zionist hornet's nest!
Last Saturday, before going off to the anti-fascist demonstration in London, I posted a blog concerning an Open Letter by 18 young Zionists, mainly members of the Jewish Labour Movement, criticising Labour’s new Anti-Semitism Code of Conduct. Their letter repeated the criticism of other Zionist organisations. It is clear that their elders (though not betters) including JLM’s Campaigns Officer Adam Langleben inspired them.
|This Open Letter was widely distributed on the net but it is a threat to under the 18s who signed it if I publicise it -|
I have previously posted about Langleben’s political dishonesty in The Chutzpah of Adam Langleben & the Jewish Labour Movement. Langleben was a Councillor in Barnet and one of the instigators of the false anti-Semitism campaign before the last local elections. So successful was he in convincing his electorate that the Labour Party was anti-Semitic that they decided not to vote for him! Of the 3 Labour candidates Langleben came bottom which may speak volumes about his laziness as a Councillor.
|The young Jews who said Kaddish for the victims of Israeli terrorism and mass murder in Gaza were the ones who were subject to intimidation and threats of violence - the JLM of course was not involved in this protest|
The 18 young Zionists who signed the Open Letter spoke of ‘the NEC’s incomprehensible decision to abandon the IHRA definition of antisemitism’ The letter urged support for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism. [IHRA] which conflates anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. They falsely alleged that Labour’s Anti-Semitism Code deemed acceptable ‘the antisemitic trope of alleging that Jews, by virtue of their identity, have their loyalties primarily to the State of Israel.’
As I explained in my article the exact reverse is the case. Although one of the IHRA’s 11 illustrations says that ‘Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel’ might be anti-Semitic, another illustration states that ‘Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.’ Leaving aside that claiming Israel is racist has no relevance to the question of self-determination.
|The child abuse that the JLM justifies|
The latter illustration, which our young Zionists ‘forgot’ to mention, is deeply anti-Semitic. It talks about the right of self-determination of the Jewish people. Only nations have the right to self-determination which is the right to form a state. Jews live in many different countries, they speak many different languages, they are clearly not a nation. What this is about is race not nationality. The idea that Jews have anything more in common than their religion is the foundation for the Nazi and anti-Semitic world Jewish conspiracy theory. According to the latter Jews are not loyal citizens of the countries where they live but form a common international bond in which they are loyal only to themselves. This is the theme of the famous Czarist forgery the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
|Works for Andrew Dismore, former Labour MP and GLA member - a collaborator who goes out on a limb to support Israel's apartheid state|
What this provision is saying is that the State of Israel is national state of Jews world wide, which it does claim and therefore all Jews owe it loyalty. If this is true then of course it is not anti-Semitic to blame Jews for what Israel does because it is their Jewish, state. Just as it isn’t racist to blame British people for what the British state does on their behalf, unless they disavow its actions.
|It's a strange logic which says you can't quote people who openly post because they are under 18 - Zionist victimhood knows no limits|
|Langleben's concern about 'under 18s' doesn't extend to Palestinian victims of his favourite state|
In other words the IHRA is, according to its own definition, anti-Semitic! However I wouldn’t expect our young Zionists, who are not known for their critical faculties, to challenge the Zionist nostrums they were reared on.
What is remarkable is that I was immediately subject to a fierce counter attack, not about the content of my blog but because some of the authors of the Open Letter were under 18! Langleben tweeted at 9.00, although I didn’t see it until I got back in the evening from the anti-fascist demonstration in London which his friends in the Campaign 4 Truth attended (on the fascist side!). Langleben wrote:
I strongly recommend you remove all images of these young people from your blog of hate immediately. Many are under 18.
My response was:
all these images r in the public domain - if people choose 2 put them up they cant complain if others use them - ur being your usual dishonest self since you have nothing to say about the message which is stop justifying Israeli apartheid thru false accusations of antisemitism
All the images I used on the blog were taken from the signatories own twitter feeds. In other words they were all public. Nonetheless I tweeted Langleben back that I would remove any images. A day later Langleben put out another tweet.
You have written nasty libellous stuff about me and many people but you are too insignificant to pursue. I personally don't care what you say. I do care about under 18s. I have sent you the names.
|Ahed Tamimi - Israeli army video of her early morning arrest|
Langleben said he was concerned about under- 18s. Which under-18s I wondered? Was he concerned about Ahed Tamimi, a 16 year old girl who was put in military detention in Israel at the end of last year for slapping a heavily armed soldier who had nearly killed her cousin by shooting him in the head? Ahed received an 8 month prison sentence, without remission. An Israeli soldier, Elor Azaria, a Kahanist who murdered an injured Palestinian lying unconscious on the ground, firing directly at him, received served just 9 months. In other words the penalty for killing a Palestinian was one month more than slapping a soldier.
Ahed was also subject to threats of rape and ‘unspeakable acts’ by Israeli journalist Ben Caspit. Adam Langleben might protest that he is not responsible for what Israel does. However the organisation of which he is a senior officer, the JLM, is affiliated to the World Zionist Organisation which is responsible for settlement in the West Bank. The JLM is by its own admission the ‘sister’ party of the Israeli Labour Party, which supports the settlements. But even worse its own President, Louise Ellman MP has gone out on a limb to defend the practice of the Israeli military in raiding homes at night to seize children as young as 12, the practice of blindfolding them, beating, torturing (according to Amnesty International, 60% of children are tortured on arrest), sexually abusing them, shackling them and not allowing them access to parents or lawyers. All small beer compared to publicising peoples’ names.
On the 6th January 2016 the House of Commons held a debate on Child Prisoners and Detainees: Occupied Palestinian Territories. Three times Ellman intervene to support Israel’s abuse of Palestinian children. My criticism of Ellman was held by Labour’s National Constitutional Committee to have ‘shamed’ her and was one of the reasons for my expulsion. Ellman placed the blame for Israel’s child abuse on the Palestinians. Not once has the JLM dissociated itself from the words of their President. According to this wretch, Palestinians would love their occupiers but for ‘incitement’.
‘the context in which these situations occur is an organised campaign conducted by the Palestinian authorities of incitement, to try to provoke young Palestinians to carry out acts of violence towards other civilians, some of which result in death, including the death of young children?’
‘I note my hon. Friend’s comments that a child should not be detained, and I assume that she means in any circumstances. Suppose a child was involved in an act of violence that resulted in the deaths of other human beings. That is what has happened with young Palestinians throwing stones—people have been killed. In those circumstances, surely she thinks that there should be detention.’
‘Does my hon. Friend really believe that the solution to this horrendous conflict between two peoples—the Israeli and the Palestinian people—can be found by encouraging individual child Palestinians to commit acts of violence against other human beings?’
|Sara Conway is not above using child protection issues to clamp down on free speech as she appeals to the Metropolitan Police|
|The best one can say about Conway is that she is an airhead who has nothing to say about anything - full of the usual trite cliches about young people|
And where Langleben led, others followed. Councillor Sara Conway was most concerned at my post but apparently not at the fact that everything in my post was online and public. She even appealed for help to the Metropolitan Police! So was Councillor Arjun Mittra who was anxious to demonstrate how even Black and Asian councillors can stand up for Israeli Apartheid in the best traditions of Raj collaboration.
|If you want to find out what Jack looks like you'll have to go to his Twitter feed|
Adam messaged me with just 3 names out of the 18 who were under 18 – Jack Lubner, Sadiyah Akther and Josh Newmark. My only mention of Sadiya was to reprint the Open Letter to which her name was attached. Apparently it is a child protection issue if I reprint an Open Letter which she has signed!
I republished the twitter exchanges of Josh Newmark, viz. that Jeremy Corbyn was a ‘dick’.
I also republished the image of Jack Lubner which is available on his Twitter feed. For the sake of argument I blacked out his face, although anyone who is really interested in what he looks like can find it by going to his Twitter feed.
So what is all this about? It is another exercise in Zionist False Victimhood. It is about making out that those who support Zionism and Israeli Apartheid are the Victims, whereas the real victims, the Palestinian are the oppressor. This is the logic of the old Westerns when John Wayne and co. were always under attack, for no obvious reason, by the native Indians.
|Despite the RMT Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley being glassed in the face, according to these fascist Zionists it was 'peaceful'|
|It is touching to see how the open fascists Campaign for Truth backs up Adam Langleben and the JLM|
|Support for the JLM from the Zionists' fascist wing - the C4T was there yesterday supporting Tommy Robinson who combines neo-Nazism with ardent support for Israel, not the copy to Katie Hopkins|
|The C4T just loves Katie Hopkins, who believes refugees are vermin - however they leap in to support Langleben and the JLM - as we've always said the differences between different Zionists are no more than tactical|
What is sad is that the Labour Party tolerates those who justify racism like Councillors Conway, Mittra and of course the JLM leadership. What is interesting is that also joining in the attack was none other than the Zionist Campaign for Truth. The CfT is an open supporter of Tommy Robinson and his fascist friends.
Whilst Langleben was tweeting yesterday and the CtF was backing him up, I was joining an anti-fascist demonstration in London. Of one thing you can be sure, those who oppose ‘anti-Semitism’ in the Labour Party are not interesting in opposing the real anti-Semites.
David Collier, the Zionists’ ‘Independent Researcher’ Doesn’t Consider Palestinian Refugees as Human Beings
David Collier who was used by the media to attack Corbyn called Palestinian refugees ‘Dripping Poison’
David Collier contribution to a 'debate' on 2 States hosted by far-Right Zionist group 'Campaign for Truth'
|Collier sitting alongside Tommy Robinson supporter and devotee Brian Thomas|
|Collier's friend Brian Thomas is the key Zionist supporter of Tommy Robinson - they both went round Israel together in a car|
You may remember David Collier was portrayed in the media just before the local elections as an ‘independent researcher’ rather than the virulent racist which he is. Collier was a useful stick to beat Jeremy Corbyn with when he revealed that Corbyn was a member of a Facebook Group Palestine Live. His ‘research’ into Palestine Live demonstrated, so it was claimed that the group was ‘a veritable cesspool of antisemitism’.
Brian Thomas, close Collier friend and right-wing British Zionist who runs campaign to free British fascist Tommy Robinson in Israel
According to Melanie Phillips Collier is ‘a British Jew who devotes much of his life to chronicling the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish attitudes which have become epidemic in political and intellectual life.’ Of course Phillips herself is a far-Right nutcase but her comments are no different from others in the media. Jewish News described Collier ‘a writer, researcher and activist, who goes undercover to expose online hatred and anti-Semitism.’ The neo-liberal Guardian called Collier a ‘businessman’ rather than a Zionist activist and blogger. I showed how Collier’s claims to be an independent researcher were accepted at face value not only by the right-wing press but by the Guardian too.
A modicum of research would show that he is an Israeli, not a British Jew, with a far-Right racist agenda. His that his research ‘is fully independent. I am not affiliated with any political group or community organisation. I believe this independence is important and adds to the integrity of the work.’ is laughable given that he attempted to brand Free Speech on Israel, a group of mainly anti-Zionist Jews inside the Labour Party, on the basis of no evidence whatsoever, as ‘a group of Jewish Palestine Live members, who created FSOI to deflect accusations of antisemitism.’
|Our 'independent' researcher is here attacking the Labour Party's newly appointed legal counsel Gordon Nardell QC because he isn't a fully paid-up Zionist|
Leaving aside that the media at no time scrutinised Collier’s claims about Palestine Live, which I understand were based on fake and manipulated images, I know for a fact that Free Speech on Israel had no connection with Palestine Live. I happened to be at its inaugural meeting 3 years ago and can vouch for the fact that Palestine Live never even once entered the conversation. Why should it have done since it is entirely separate from the group.
|Collier with his far-Right Zionist friends|
Likewise to claim as Collier does that FSOI was created to ‘to deflect accusations of antisemitism’ demonstrates where Collier is coming from. FSOI was created not to deflect but to oppose the weaponisation of anti-Semitism by people like Collier.
Collier’s conclusions in his ‘Report’ that ‘A small, but highly vocal group of Jewish anti-Zionist activists is engaged in using Jewish identity as ‘a weapon’ to deflect accusations of antisemitism.’ is another way of saying that Jews who are not Zionists reject the idea that criticism of Zionism is ‘anti-Semitic’ and are happy to assert that being Jewish does not mean you have to be a Zionist.
|Collier's fake statistics are completely unsupported|
Collier’s second conclusion was that ‘These Jewish anti-Zionists in turn teach their compatriots to insulate themselves from the charge of antisemitism by substituting the word ‘Zionist’ for ‘Jew’. is pure fantasy. Nowhere in his ‘Report’ was even the slightest evidence produced concerning these teaching seminars, because of course they don’t exist. What Collier and his compatriots cannot stand is that some us make a clear distinction between being a Zionist, i.e. a racist and being Jewish. It is a distinction that the Zionist movement, not least far-Right elements like Collier dislike.
|Collier and the all-weather bigot Melanie Phillips|
Collier associates with far-Right Zionists in Britain who make common cause in making a hero out of the anti-Muslim fascist prisoner Tommy Robinson, such as Brian Thomas. It is a campaign which is popular amongst the Zionist Right at the moment. [See Ha’aretz, Esther Solomon, 30.5.18. #FreeTommy: Why Israeli Fanboys Back a U.K. Far Right anti-Muslim Campaigner
In a ‘debate’ with Melanie Phillips, Brian Thomas and others Collier gave a well received speech on the Palestinian refugees. In it he cannot even bring himself to acknowledge the refugees are human beings. He repeatedly refers to them in the third person, ‘It’ as in ‘it was created’. In other words the Palestinian refugees, rather than being a product of the forcible expulsion by the Zionists in 1948 onwards, are simply a creation by the Arab states designed to do Israel down.
|The Guardian was as happy as the rightwing press to treat Collier as a neutral researcher|
You can read an extract from Collier's speech below and also listen to the speech.
Transcript of Extract from David Collier's Speech on Palestinian Refugees 18th May 2016
“The Palestinian refugee was forged as a weapon. It was created as an artificial entity inside a paradigm of no to normalisation and it cannot exist outside of that paradigm. It will do everything it can to stop any type of settlement and today, as demographics have changed in the West this weapon has taken up camp here too.
Today it spearheads BDS yet another external movement that does not care about the well being of the people inside Gaza or the West Bank. (applause) So if not now then when. You will never solve anything until you stop the dripping poison from entering the wound.
|Collier with his fascist friends including Paul Besser (in blue jacket) of Britain First|
First the refugees then everything else. Unwrap this parcel from the outside in. This is not a 2 state solution it is about 2 stages. You tell those British girls that they are British. You tell the Jordanians that they are Jordanian You scrap the ridiculous definition of a Palestinian refugee you dismantle UNWRA and you tell Lebanon (applause) that after 70 years it is about time that it stopped abusing the human rights of those people born within its borders. Taking an addict and feeding his addiction and his delusion simply because everybody is too scared to tell them the truth. It is abuse.
Working to help or to solve or assist the situation of refugees in places like Lebanon is a humanitarian cause. Kicking the can down the road only ensures that the conflict continues and everyone remains trapped. Caught in a perpetual catch-22 with those on the outside working to permanently toxify the environment. If you insist on permitting the artificially sustained and hate infested desires of those on the outside to dictate the terms of the discussions between the Jews of Jerusalem and the Arabs of Ramallah in a deteriorating environment with no type at all of any type of settlement. So if I am asked will I support some empty worthless idea that rejects reality and simply wants to kick the can down the road my answer is simple. No I will not. ‘
Saturday, 14 July 2018
If those who complain of ‘anti-Semitism’ could spend a day in Gaza as guests of the ‘Jewish State’ they would then understand what oppression means
Rachel Barker is filmed on Newsnight describing Corbyn as a 'monster'
There has been a campaign in the Tory press and the Guardian against Labour’s new Anti-Semitism Code of Conduct. [Nick Cohen, Why has Labour run the risk of alienating progressive Jews?] Their objection to the Code is that it does not embrace all of the bogus International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism. [IHRA] The real problem however is that the Code embraces any of it. [Labour’s Anti-Semitism Code of Conduct – Be careful of what you wish for]
As part of this campaign there was an from 18 members of Young Labour in Barnet, many of whom are also members of the Jewish Labour Movement [JLM]. They complained bitterly about the new Anti-Semitism Code. In their letter they say that ‘We are socialists, and will always standing with our oppressed comrades in solidarity.’
For a moment I was genuinely perplexed. How can these 18 signatories reconcile support for the JLM, which describes itself as the ‘sister party’ of the Israeli Labour Party with solidarity for ‘oppressed comrades.’ Surely they don’t mean the 40,000 Black refugees in Israel whom Netanyahu is trying to deport because they are neither Jewish nor white? Are they unaware that the Israeli Labour Party supports Netanyahu’s efforts to deport them? [Labor Party's Support of Deportation, Imprisonment of Asylum Seekers]
|Barnet Young Labour is fully signed up to Progress Labour - it must have stuck in their craw to even used the term 'comrades' in their open letter|
Nor is this simply because of the new right wing leader of the ILP, Avi Gabbay. Previous leader Isaac Herzog was also hostile to the refugees arguing that “The infiltrators took Israeli Arab jobs.” which was of course the racist lie historically used to oppose Jewish immigration into Britain (note he also called them ‘infiltrators’ which is what Palestinian refugees who had been expelled in 1948 were called when they tried to return. Thousands of these ‘infiltrators’ were shot on sight by Israeli Labour governments when trying to return to Israel in the 1950’s. This is the same ILP which expelled ¾ million Palestinians in 1948.
Herzog was also no slouch when it came to racism. He declared that his nightmare was to wake up to find that Israel had a Palestinian Prime Minister and 61 Palestinian Members of Israel’s Knesset. [Who needs the Right when we have Isaac Herzog?] Herzog also emphasised that he wanted to dispel the false impression that the ILP were ‘Arab Lovers’ [Herzog slammed for remark about ‘Arab lovers’] It is little wonder that Naftali Bennett, leader of the semi-fascist Jewish Home party nonetheless welcomed Herzog’s appointment as Chair of the Jewish Agency, one of the main instruments of apartheid in Israel.
If our 18 ‘socialists’ who claim they are in solidarity with the oppressed don’t understand the import of this remark, then let me remind them. It was not so long ago when British fascists accused people of being ‘Jew lovers’. That these 18 signatories can be associated with the racist ILP throws their claims of solidarity with the oppressed into doubt.
|Josh Newmark - one of the signatories|
The 18 signatories call themselves ‘a group of young, grassroots, enthusiastic activists in Barnet’. It would be truer to say that they are drawn, without exception, from the anti-Corbyn Right of the Labour Party.
Their primary complaint is that the Labour Party hasn’t adopted the IHRA, whose sole purpose is to conflate anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Anti-Semitism is not a mystery. You can look it up in the Oxford English Dictionary - ‘Hostility to or prejudice against Jews’.
If you ask most people what anti-Semitism is they will answer that it is someone who doesn’t like Jews and they would be right. Anti-Semitism has nothing to do with opposition to Zionism or Israel.
|It is strange how those papers which employed Katie Hopkins are so concerned about 'antisemitism' - Katie Hopkins was a guest at the annual dinner of Britain's Zionist Federation|
These young Labour racists aren’t genuinely concerned with anti-Semitism. You are unlikely to find them on the demonstrations against Donald Trump today, still less protesting about the demolition of Palestinian villages by the ‘Jewish’ state or any of the other atrocities carried out by the world’s only Apartheid state (in the name of Jews). This is the same Trump who leads the most anti-Semitic Administration in US history, which employed an open neo-Nazi Sebastian Gorka as his ‘anti-terrorism’ adviser to say nothing of other white supremacists. Dana Millbank and others noted that Anti-Semitism is no longer an undertone of Trump’s campaign. It’s the melody which didn’t stop Israeli Labor leader Herzog effusively welcoming Trump’s election.
Now if these 18 young racists were genuinely concerned about anti-Semitism then they would want to keep as wide a berth as possible from Israel since most anti-Semitism in this country occurs because some people take Israel’s claims that it is a Jewish state at face value and then unfortunately blame Jews for its actions. The IHRA itself consists of 38 words,
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
|Having proudly fought against the admission of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany the Daily Mail is well placed to oppose 'anti-semitism'|
It is also backed up by 11 illustrations of ‘anti-Semitism’. It is these 11 illustrations that most concern our Young Labour racists. The above definition is clear as mud. What is a certain perception? Is anti-Semitism just a perception? If it may be expressed as hatred towards Jews what else may it be expressed as? Why mention of non-Jews? Why include Jewish community institutions? What are rhetorical manifestations?
Sir Stephen Sedley, a former Court of Appeal judge who is also Jewish wrote that the IHRA definition ‘fails the first test of any definition: it is indefinite.’
The reactionary editor of the Jewish Chronicle, Stephen Pollard, also attacked the Labour Party’s Anti-Semitism Guidelines but he was at least more honest than these ‘progressive’ young racists. His complaint was that ‘Labour has excised the parts which relate to Israel and how criticism of Israel can be antisemitic.’
That is the problem. These privileged young racists aren’t in the slightest concerned about things like the demonstrations against Donald Trump. After all Trump is more popular in Israel than anywhere on Earth. [JPost Poll: Skyrocketing support for Trump among Israelis] However he is not popular amongst American Jews.[Poll: 77% of American Jews have unfavorable view of Trump]
Can you imagine? The man who refused to condemn the neo-Nazis and white supremacists at Charlottesville, who separates children from their parents at the border with Mexico, who intends to appoint a Supreme Court Judge who will make abortion illegal is wildly popular in Israel?
The Times of Israel informs us that ‘Of the 134 countries surveyed about approval of the US president, only four showed an uptick of 10 percentage points or more: Israel, Belarus, Macedonia and Liberia.’. Trump had a 67% approval rating among Israelis. And why not? Israel can kill unarmed Palestinians, demolish their homes and imprison their children without a word of criticism.
|The Sun is always a willing partner in the fight against 'antisemitism'|
And what about ‘the issue of antisemitism’ that these 18 Young Racists are concerned about? Is that the same ‘anti-Semitism’ that the Sun and the Mail also oppose? The same papers that employed Katie Hopkins and Richard Littlejohn are apparently concerned about anti-Semitism!
The Daily Mail reported on 18th April 2018 about ‘Women MPs who shamed Corbyn with devastating accounts of Labour anti-Semitism are accused of 'betrayal' and LIES by his supporters’. Is this the same Daily Mail, which on August 20, 1938 reported that ‘The way stateless Jews from Germany are pouring in from every port of this country is becoming an outrage . . . (it is) a problem to which the Daily Mail has repeatedly pointed.” Or we can go back to the beginning of the 19th century to the Jews fleeing from Russian pogroms:
‘The rest were Jews. . .They fought and jostled for the foremost places at the gangways. . .When the Relief Committee passed by they hid their gold and fawned and whined, and, in broken English, asked for money for their train fare.” Daily Mail, February 3, 1900
The ‘liberal’ Observer, which today is the Guardian’s sister paper, has also run with the bogus ‘anti-Semitism’ narrative. On 31st July 1938 it reported, a few months before Kristallnacht:
‘“A typically baffling illustration of the difficulty is the fact that Britain now has more Jews than Germany ever had. If a further accretion of, say, 100,000 of them come into the country, how could the danger be averted of an anti-Jewish feeling here?” July 31, 1938 [See Anna Karpf’s excellent We've been here before]
The Observer dressed up its anti immigrant prejudices in a fake concern for the growth in anti-Semitism. Not too dissimilar from Labour’s 18 Young Racists. But let us concentrate on the arguments, such as they are from these young racists: They are apparently:
‘horrified at the victim-blaming, bigotry, and incompetence that has been all too characteristic of the approach towards dealing with antisemitism. This has been most recently expressed through the NEC’s incomprehensible decision to abandon the IHRA definition of antisemitism, which is in use throughout thousands of British institutions and across 31 countries, in favour of a watered-down definition. Under the NEC definition, the antisemitic trope of alleging that Jews, by virtue of their identity, have their loyalties primarily to the State of Israel, is being deemed acceptable. Furthermore, the assertion that the intent of the perpetrator is most important gives a get-out-of-jail-free card to antisemites, and disregards the Macpherson principle, which Labour uses to arbitrate on allegations of prejudice towards every other group within our movement.
Let us take these points in order:
The IHRA has been approved by 31 governments not countries including the anti-Semitic governments of Poland and Hungary and the far-Right governments of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and now Austria and Italy. Today’s European far- Right is like Trump. It loves Israel and Zionism even if it doesn’t care for Jews. That is why neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, the founder of the Alt-Right, declares that he is a White Zionist. After all, if you are a racist, what is there not to like about Israel? The fact that racist states endorse a definition of anti-Semitism is hardly an argument in favour of the IHRA. In America this quandary has caused heartache amongst liberal Zionists and the Jewish Forward. See for example Naomi Zeveloff’s How Steve Bannon and Breitbart News Can Be Pro-Israel — and Anti-Semitic at the Same Time
The second argument of these 18 racists is that they are concerned that
‘Under the NEC definition the antisemitic trope of alleging that Jews, by virtue of their identity, have their loyalties primarily to the State of Israel, is being deemed acceptable.’
This isn’t true. In any event the OED definition of anti-Semitism would cope quite adequately with this ‘trope’ (Zionists love this word, possibly because it rhymes with ‘dope’).
This is also their most dishonest and disingenuous argument. Jews are being accused of loyalty to Israel. At this very moment the Jewish Nation State Bill is going through the Knesset which will officially make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people and officially an apartheid state. Although Israel has always called itself a Jewish State the current bill will make all that was previously implicit explicit. See e.g. article by Mordechai Kremnitzer in Ha’aretz ‘Nation-state Bill Heralds the End of Israel as a Jewish, Democratic State’’
Kremnitzer is wrong. Israel has never been Jewish and democratic. The term is an oxymoron. It’s like being half pregnant. But now there is no doubt. Israel will officially be a state, not of its citizens but all Jews, wherever they live. This Bill will remove Arabic as Israel’s second language (this was only ever theoretical). It will allow Jewish only towns and communities to be explicitly allowed (previously they existed in a legal grey zone). That is why Abed Azab writes in Ha’aretz to welcome this Act which will do away with Zionist hypocrisy. [As an Arab, I Support Israel's Jewish Nation-state Bill]
Many of the signatories of the are members of the JLM. The JLM is affiliated to the World Zionist Organisation [WZO], whose official platform is the Jerusalem Programme which speaks of ‘The unity of the Jewish people, its bond to its historic homeland Eretz Yisrael, and the centrality of the State of Israel and Jerusalem, its capital, in the life of the nation’
In other words it claims that every Jewish person is equally a part of the same nation of which Israel is the national embodiment. In other words British Jews are members of the same nation as Indian and French Jews and thus loyal to Israel.
|Luisa Attfield and other signatories campaign for the notoriously corrupt Joan Ryan MP|
Clearly it’s not anti-Semites in the Labour Party but the WZO which claims that British Jews are responsible for the actions of Israel. You can’t be a member of 2 nations simultaneously. What it is really saying is that Jews are not members of the nations amongst whom they live. That is why historically Zionism and anti-Semitism had so much in common. It is why the Zionists in Germany welcomed the 1935 Nuremburg Laws which stripped German Jews of their citizenship. German Zionists had never accepted that Jews were part of the German nation.
In Israel there is no Israeli nationality. There is a Jewish nationality, which is the nationality of the oppressor and then there are about 130 other nationalities. It isn’t Labour anti-Semites who are questioning Jewish loyalty to Britain but the very organisation, the JLM, of which most of them are members.
That is why one of the most common forms of abuse that I and other Jewish anti-Zionists receive is being called a ‘traitor’ – because by rejecting Zionism and Israel we are not being loyal. It is Zionism not the Labour Party which demands a dual loyalty of British Jews. Indeed it is worse than that.
Less than 5 years ago, representatives of Israel’s government distributed a survey to American Jews asking where their loyalties would lie in the event of a crisis in relations between the United States and Israel! Israel Asks U.S. Jews, Israelis: Where Do Your Loyalties Lie? If these 18 young racists are seriously worried that their loyalty to Britain is being questioned, I suggest that they resign from the JLM!
|Luise Attfield - one of the signatories|
In fact is even worse than that. One of the examples of the IHRA which the authors of the want adopted in full states:
Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour
Even if we ignore that this statement is a non sequitur, because you can support the right to self-determination and still believe Israel is a racist state, what the right of the Jewish people to self-determination means is that they have a right to form a state. If Israel is the nation state of all Jews, as it claims, then of course all Jews have to take responsibility for it just as British people bear responsibility for the actions of the British state unless they disavow it.
So we have the irony that the IHRA is anti-Semitic according to its own definition, viz. ‘Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel’!
These young bigots take exception to the need to demonstrate intent. They want to use a bastardised version of the MacPherson principle. At the last Labour Party Conference the JLM tried to hoodwink people into supporting a motion which would allow ‘victims’ of racial incidents to determine the guilt of their supposed attackers. In other words racism would be entirely subjective. Given that Zionists, as a matter of course accuse supporters of the Palestinians of ‘anti-Semitism’, including Jews, then every time the JLM accuses someone of ‘anti-Semitism’ they would have to be expelled. And Jewish anti-Zionists? Well they are the ‘wrong sort of Jews’ so they too would have to go.
The Chakrabarti Report was very clear about this but the JLM and these young racists are determined to distort the recommendations of the MacPherson Report, which was about state racism. It is outrageous that the death of Stephen Lawrence and the Police racism that prevented the conviction of his killers for many years is being used by the supporters of Israeli Apartheid in order to defend racism.
Before these young racists talk about the ‘McPherson principle’ (which principle?) I suggest that they actually read what Chakrabarti had to say on the matter. Her Report states:
Submissions to my Inquiry reveal a level of concern and confusion (in some quarters) about the "Macpherson" definition of a racist incident. This is of course a reference to the famous Report of 1999 into the Metropolitan Police after its appalling mishandling of Stephen Lawrence's murder. The principle that an incident should be recorded as "racist" when perceived that way by a victim may indeed have some useful application outside the policing context, and even here in the world of Labour Party discipline. However the purpose of the approach is to ensure that investigators handle a complaint with particular sensitivity towards the victim. It is to suggest the seriousness with which a complaint must be handled, but in no way to determine its outcome. If I complain to the police that I have been the victim of a racist attack on the street, I should expect my complaint to be so recorded. However investigation and due process must of course then follow and it is perfectly possible that an investigator, prosecutor or magistrate will subsequently find either that no attack took place at all, or that its motivation was something other than racism. In the present context, my complaint that I have been subject to racist or other personal abuse by a fellow Party Member should be so recorded, taken seriously and handled sensitively. However it will be for the investigation and any subsequent process to determine whether my complaint was ultimately well-founded.
|Liron Velleman - a dedicated Zionist and signatory of open letter and failed council candidate|
What these 18 young racists really want is for any accusation of ‘anti-Semitism’ by Zionists to automatically result in the expulsion of whoever is so accused. My response to that is the same as that of Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army! (Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler…’)
These young racists complain that requiring intent is a ‘get out of jail free card’. Intent or ‘mens rea’ is part of British criminal law. Except for certain offences which are called strict liability (health and safety, motoring etc.) then intent is integral to the offence. There is no reason why that should not be equally applicable to racism. Obviously if someone shouts ‘dirty Jew’ then the intent will be presumed from the act itself. Equally if someone directly discriminates against someone who is Jewish then the very act of discrimination will be evidence as to the mental element involved. All this is trite law but these young racists are engaged in an act of deception.
|Another signatory to the Open Letter|
The intent of these young racists is clear. It is to use ‘anti-Semitism’ as a weapon to ward off criticism of Israel. That is why they want to adopt the IRHA in its entirety. I think it is a mistake for Labour to have used it at all. As Hugh Tomlinson QC stated in an Opinion the IHRA will have ‘a potential chilling effect on public bodies’ and thus curtail freedom of speech.
In Israel the law is indeed used to curtail the freedom of speech of Arabs. Dareen Tatour, a poet, has been charged and convicted of inciting violence for publishing a poem calling for resistance. Given that Israeli Jews who call for the death of Arabs are never charged, still less convicted this is an example of the extreme racism of Israeli society.
We should reject the accusations of these young racists. Israel calls itself a Jewish State. It claims it is a state of all Jews and Netanyahu claims to be the representative of world Jewry. It is therefore incumbent upon Jews in the diaspora to say ‘not in my name’. I have yet to hear any of these young racists, most of whom are Jewish, speak out. In the West Bank they are about to demolish the village of Khan al-Ahmar to make way for Jewish settlements. It is what Apartheid South Africa did. We imposed sanctions on South Africa do these young racists support us doing the same? In Israeli hospitals there are segregated wards for Jewish and Arab women. Do our young racists condemn this and similar practices in universities?
|For reasons unknown I have been blocked by Izzy - you can't win them all|
I have referred to the signatories of the Open Letter as racists, not as a term of abuse but because that is what they are. Jewish people in this society are White and are privileged. Jews do not suffer from fascist violence . We are not subject to Police racism, deaths in custody, deportation back to ‘where we came from’ as per the Windrush scandal nor do Jews suffer from economic discrimination. In short Jews are not victims and therefore they have no right to ‘define their oppression’ because they are not oppressed. What they really mean is that the oppressor should be allowed to define themselves as oppressed. Their Open Letter is an exercise in sophistry aimed at supporting the Apartheid State of Israel.
These young racists are not the innocents abroad that they claim. They have a Facebook page from where their racist bile is distributed. They are heavily involved in the Labour Right.
|Rachel Megan Barker|
Rachel Barker, the LGBT Officer of Barnet Young Labour and Hendon CLP and former council candidate is a vicious anti-Corbyn right-winger as the video of her distributing ‘Saving Labour’ leaflets demonstrates. Ms Barker helped in processing information leading to the suspension of Labour members with Joanna Baxter, when she was on Labour’s NEC. This was when Owen Smith was challenging Corbyn for the leadership. She let people know that the horrifically right-wing Baxter was too soft on people. She would have had suspended anyone with even a trace of a suspicion that they were voting for Corbyn.
Barker calls Jeremy Corbyn ‘horrendous’ ‘appalling’ and says of removing Corbyn ‘it’s like chopping the head off a monster’ She is known locally as Miss Eyebrows, because they are tattooed on. Her brother is Tom Barker an E.C officer on Barnet Young Labour. Her Dad is Hendon CLP Secretary and her mother is also very active.
Dora Hirsh is the daughter of David Hirsh, a sociologist from Goldsmith College, who formed Engage in order to unsuccessfully fight the Boycott of Israeli Universities.
|It is hard to disagree with this assessment of Izzy Lenga|
Another signatory is Izzy Lenga who was very active as part of UJS in NUS and was Vice President from April 2017. Fortunately she was defeated this year!
Information about Viljo Wilding the Secretary of Barnet Young Labour can be found here
Another person associated with this group is Eda Cazimoğlu who is standing for Labour’s NEC. Cazimoglu is the younger sister of the leader of Enfield council Nesil Caliskan. An article Report reveals Enfield selection fiasco details the scandal around the selection of council candidates in Enfield. Joan Ryan who is Chair of Labour Friends of Israel and the local MP plays one ethnic group against another e.g. Turks against Kurds etc. The whole Cazimoglu family seem to work for Joan Ryan, I understand one of them is her PA or Secretary.
According to Guido Fawkes Alev Cazimoglu, ‘close ally of expenses piggy candidate hopeful Joan Ryan’, was suspended from the party’s candidates panel. Tim Leaver accusing Cazimoglu of “financial inducements or inducements in kind offered to attempt to secure support” and “interfering with or putting under duress a member in regard to how they vote.”
The allegations involved Cazimoglu and Ryan plotting to ferry an elderly resident to a selection meeting and telling her which way to vote. See also the Morning Star’s Labour right seeking to take over in Enfield, left councillors say on further skullduggery involving Nesil Caliskan née Cazimoglu who was seeking to becoming the new Leader of the Council through various underhand means, fair or foul (mostly the latter). Needless to say the hopelessly corrupt Joan Ryan, MP for Enfield South and Tel Aviv South was up to her neck in all of this.
|Velleman with Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador to Britain and a war criminal in his own right - Israel's Lord Haw Haw|
Liron Velleman is another signatory and a former activist with the Israeli funded Union of Jewish Students. His Twitter page has a photo of his involvement in the election campaign for Peter Kyle, MP for Hove, an active member of Progress, a racist opponent of all things Palestinian and supporter of Labour Friends of Israel and all round reactionary.
|Alex Richardson, former aide to Joan Ryan MP, Chair of Labour Friends of Israel|
|Alex Richardson, as captured in Al Jazeera's The Lobby when Joan Ryan MP (right) discussed with Israeli agent Shai Masot that she was being given a £1 million slush fund to finance dirty tricks in the Labour Party|
|Barnet Young Labour is affiliated to the racist Zionist JLM - hence their letter|
Dear Jeremy Corbyn, Jennie Formby and members of the NEC,
We are a group of young, grassroots, enthusiastic activists in Barnet who are committed to the Labour Movement. We first joined the Labour Party because we were, and remain, horrified at the damage that the Conservative Government has wreaked on communities up and down the country with their programme of austerity. We wanted an end to the ideological and ruinous privatisations perpetrated by the Tory run Barnet Council, which has long prioritised profit over people. We know that Labour’s vision of a better world is radical and transformative, and we got involved to help bring that day about. We want to help Labour be the best it can.
Unfortunately, this task is being made impossible by the Labour Leadership’s repeated inability to get to grips with the issue of antisemitism. We are socialists, and will always standing with our oppressed comrades in solidarity. We joined Labour for this reason, because we know how good its record in Government is on bringing about legislative equality. But we are horrified at the victim-blaming, bigotry, and incompetence that has been all too characteristic of the approach towards dealing with antisemitism. This has been most recently expressed through the NEC’s incomprehensible decision to abandon the IHRA definition of antisemitism, which is in use throughout thousands of British institutions and across 31 countries, in favour of a watered-down definition. Under the NEC definition, the antisemitic trope of alleging that Jews, by virtue of their identity, have their loyalties primarily to the State of Israel, is being deemed acceptable. Furthermore, the assertion that the intent of the perpetrator is most important gives a get-out-of-jail-free card to antisemites, and disregards the Macpherson principle, which Labour uses to arbitrate on allegations of prejudice towards every other group within our movement.
We live and campaign in Barnet, a borough that has the highest concentration of Jewish residents in the country. While we have always opposed antisemitism for the same reason that we and our comrades have opposed all prejudice – because it’s the right thing to do; the impact it is having on our election prospects in Barnet is undeniable. Throughout the recent local elections campaign, we canvassed hundreds of households to try and convince them of the future we wanted to see, a Labour Council. Our policies were incredibly popular on the doorstep, and indeed until the story about the antisemitic mural surfaced, our numbers predicted an unprecedented Labour majority of 4-7 seats. Yet, as the depth of Labour’s antisemitism problem unfolded, we came across more and more voters – Labour voters – who refused to give us their support. We met left wing Jewish residents, many of whom had been lifelong Labour voters, yet they couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Labour this time, even though they agreed with our policies. We encountered Jewish voters crying because they agreed with our vision for Barnet, but because of the national failure to deal with antisemitism, they felt politically homeless. We were told of Jewish members who joined in 2016 to vote for Corbyn, yet no longer felt they could remain a part of the party they loved.
Labour must regain the support of the Jewish community, not because it will win us votes, but because it would be morally abhorrent to do anything else. We desperately want to help Labour to do that, but because of a national consistency in ignoring Jewish voices within and outside of the party, our task becomes harder and the damage becomes deeper.
We ask you, in the spirit of the solidarity, tolerance and respect that our party was founded on, to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism as the first of many steps in tackling this evil. To do anything else would be unforgivable.
We look forward to your response.
Benjamin Lorie – Chair of Barnet Young Labour
Viljo Wilding – Secretary of Barnet Young Labour, Youth Officer of Hendon CLP
Jack Lubner – Campaigns & Membership Officer of Barnet Young Labour, Diversity Officer of Finchley and Golders Green CLP
Dominic Breen – Vice Chair Treasurer of Barnet Young Labour
Sadiyah Akther – Vice Chair Women’s Officer of Barnet Young Labour
Luisa Attfield – Disabilities Officer of Barnet Young Labour, Women’s Officer of Finchley and Golders Green CLP
Rachel Barker – LGBT Officer of Barnet Young Labour, LGBT Officer of Hendon CLP, former Barnet council candidate
Alex Luxford – Under 19s Officer of Barnet Young Labour
Tom Barker – Hendon Officer for Barnet Young Labour
Dominic Norcliffe-Brown – Trade Union Liaison Officer of Barnet Young Labour
Liron Velleman – Youth and Students Officer at the Jewish Labour Movement, former Barnet council candidate