Sussex Friends of Israel - A Policy of Perjury
Last Thursday the prosecution case against a Brighton member of PSC collapsed, when the District Judge accepted that the two Zionist witnesses had been discredited, after their evidence had been completely contradicted by video footage. There was therefore no case to answer, and the activist was therefore acquitted.
|Palestinian activist protesting peacably|
Brighton PSC makes a particular point of videoing and archiving evidence such as this, knowing full well that the Zionists do not hesitate to falsify evidence and perjure themselves. It is, after all, what they do in Palestine. The defence barrister made the point that it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to challenge the credibility of the prosecution witnesses without this footage being available.
On the 17th of May 2014, two Zionist protesters made a formal complaint to the police that, during the demo outside Ecostream, that they had not only been called Nazis, but it had been done in a personally threatening and abusive way that caused them deep alarm and distress 'as Jewish women'. They alleged that he had come over to where they were positioned, called them both 'fucking nazis' and shook his finger at them 'within two inches' of their faces in a menacing way.
|Zionist activist shouting in activist's ear, later complains of being 'harassed'|
- This led to a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge the activist with a racially/religiously aggravated public order offence under Section 5, and to proceed to prosecution.
The prosecution case was based entirely on the witness statements of the two Zionist counter-protesters, Sandra Gross and Fiona Sharpe, who are both prominent members of Sussex Friends of Israel. At the start of the trial in February, both witnesses in open court re-stated the accusations they had made last May in interview and in writing.
In February, the court was shown video footage from the day in question - our own, as well as CCTV footage from inside the Ecostream shop. This footage had not been disclosed to the prosecution in advance of the trial (there was no requirement to do so). The footage clearly showed that, throughout the period of time in question, The activist was standing several yards from the 'victims'. At no point did he stand anywhere near them. He was heard to say 'You're all nazis - all the Zionists are nazis' which may be a slight exaggeration, but not in the case of Sussex Friends of Israel, a number of whose members are linked to the Nazi Jewish Defence League and work with the EDL.
The prosecution accepted that this video evidence captured the entirety of the alleged offence.
The magistrate therefore judged that the evidence of the two witnesses had been discredited, that the activist's behaviour had not been threatening, that his words were not personally directed at the witnesses, that his words alone in this context had not caused alarm or distress, and that the video footage showed that no one else at the demo had taken any notice of what he said - let alone been distressed. Therefore: 'No case to answer'.
Most people who attended the trial felt that the outcome only deserved two cheers. In particular:
A time-consuming and costly prosecution was approved and conducted solely on the basis of two witness statements by Zionists, who have a clear policy of making untruthful statements in evidence. That the Prosecution could take place on such flimsy evidence, when the police were aware of the racist, sexist and homophobic abuse of pro-Palestinian demonstrators by the Zionists throughout the Ecostream campaign, shows how completely one-sided the policing of the protest was, and how in thrall to the Zionists is the entire criminal justice system.
We now know that their evidence was completely fabricated - that is, they lied to the police and they lied in court. This is a criminal offence. And yet the chances of them being charged with perjury are remote.
The activist's barrister argued that, in the context of a 'heated political demonstration', the words used were political rather than racial. He argued further that the term 'nazi' is quite wide-ranging in contemporary English, to mean 'authoritarian', and is not used exclusively to refer to the persecution of Jews during the Nazi era. The magistrate in her summing up rejected these arguments, and ruled that the use of the word 'nazi' could still potentially be abusive, and that by using the term in a situation where the activist knew many of the Zionists were Jews, it was 'possible that hostility directed to the Jewish race had been intended and achieved'.
Brighton, 9 April 2015
The prosecution case against a local Palestinian activist collapsed this morning, when the presiding judge acknowledged that the evidence of the two witnesses for the prosecution had been completely contradicted by video footage. There was therefore no case to answer. The wrongly-accused defendant was exonerated, and excused from the court without conditions.
The trial related to an incident alleged to have taken place during a demonstration outside the Ecostream store in Western Road on the 17th of May 2014 – part of a two-year campaign protesting against the complicity of Ecostream in the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. On the day, two pro-Israel counter-protesters made a formal complaint to the police. They accused one of our number of calling them ‘nazis’, and of doing so in a personally threatening and abusive way that caused them deep alarm and distress ‘as jewish women’. They alleged that he had come over to where they were positioned, called them both ‘fucking nazis’ and shook his finger at them ‘within two inches of their faces’ in a menacing way.
This led to a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge our comrade with a racially/religiously aggravated public order offence under Section 5, and to proceed to prosecution.
The prosecution case was based entirely on the witness statements of the two zionist counter-protesters – both of whom are prominent members of Sussex Friends of Israel (one the Co-Chair). At the start of the trial in February, both witnesses re-stated in open court the accusations they had made last May in interview and in writing.
In February, the court was shown video footage from the day in question – including CCTV footage from inside the Ecostream shop. The footage clearly showed that, throughout the period of time in question, our comrade was standing several yards from the ‘victims’. At no point did he stand anywhere near them. On the video he was heard to say ‘You’re all nazis – all the zionists are nazis’.
The prosecution accepted that this video evidence captured the entirety of the alleged offence. With the witness statements directly contradicted by video evidence, the prosecution case collapsed.
The judge therefore ruled that our comrade’s behaviour had not been threatening, that his words were not personally directed at the witnesses, that his words alone in this context had not caused alarm or distress, and that the video footage showed that no one else at the demo had taken any notice of what he said – let alone been distressed. Therefore: ‘No case to answer’.
We’re naturally pleased that this case has collapsed and that the zionist witnesses have been completely discredited. But the trial leaves several important questions unanswered:
Why was this time-consuming and costly prosecution approved and conducted, when it was based solely on flimsy and invented witness statements by two politically-motivated zionists? This is especially shocking when the police were aware throughout the Ecostream campaign of the genuinely racist, sexist and homophobic abuse of pro-Palestinian demonstrators by the zionists.
We now know that the zionists’ evidence was completely fabricated – they lied to the police and they lied in court in an attempt to get one of our number convicted of a hate crime. Video footage from Sussex Friends of Israel’s own Facebook page, played in open court, showed that this had been their deliberate and conspiratorial intention on the day. This is a criminal offence. Will they be charged with perjury?
Simon Cobb's Protection Racket Rumbled
On another, more amusing, note, there is a blog post from an erstwhile comrade of the main organiser of Sussex Friends of Israel concerning Simon Cobbs. Cobbs, who has featured a number of times on this blog, as well as being a close associate of the JDL and EDL, has been absent from recent protests and is reported to be ill. I won't return the compliment of a number of SFI members, who have wished me an early death, on Mr Cobbs. I just hope that he has time to reflect on his ways.
I have no idea who it is who is writing this but obviously he has the measure of Cobbs and Sussex Friends of Israel, most of whom it should be added are racist fundamentalist Christians who want to hasten the days of Armageddon, when most Jews will be consumed with fire, so the elect can teleport their way to heaven.
With friends like this....
The harassing of the poor Board of Deputies, and the trolling of its constituent organisations and individual deputies, by Sussex Friends of Israel (hereafter SFI), has come to a sudden and emphatic halt.The reason for this is not complcated
An understanding of SFI, and its relationship with the Board is essential to an understanding of how the Southampton conference was lost. But that is a whole story in itself. For the moment, suffice it to say, the whole thing reeks of Jonathan Arkush.
|Not one of nature's shrinking violets|
After the Jewish establishment organisations ( in a self protection exercise ) announced increased funding for the grass roots, the number of grass roots organisations increased at an exponential rate. Every Jewish n’er do well wanted a slice of the cake.
The inspiration for the grass roots phenomenon is said to be SFI. This is puzzling because SFI’s only success to date is to get the Israeli company, Ecostream, shut down in Brighton.
SFI consists of its founder, Simon Cobbs, a handful of Jewish Zionist loons and a few swivel eyed Christian Zionists. They number a dozen at the very most, though these numbers were swelled in the Ecostream days by a few occasionals.
Simon is a case and three quarters. You can see SFI at its glorious best here
Simon is a fraudster who served nine months of an eighteen month sentence in Her Majesty’s Slammer, Exeter, for the said frauds. Now, everyone is entitled make a mistake, take the consequences and then move on. But Simon doesn’t want to move on. He likes it where he is. Essentially, Simon has, and always will have, a criminal mind.
Nor is Simon SFI’s only criminal mind. Meet Fiona Sharpe, SFI co-chair, notorious perjurer, and the Board and the Jewish Chronicle’s favoured candidate for” acceptable face”. Here.
So, out of a dozen or less, SFI have three proven, shameless criminals, and that’s just we ones we know about.
(North West Friends of Israel are not without criminal minds either but that’s for another day).
Simon is a self confessed junkie.
A while back, Simon, ever the conman, decided it would be a good idea to be Jewish. Unfortunately, not content to be any old Jew, he decided to be an Orthodox Jew, with all the pitfalls that that entails.
He quit typing ” God ” and started to type ” G-d”. A year later he discovered pesach. Six more months down the road he had mastered a few Hebrew phrases and colloquialisms. He still, however, has difficulty in spelling ” schmuck”.
Mid way through the Ecostream business he expressed a concern about what he was going to do on a Saturday when it was all over. Make what you will of an Orthodox Jew that can’t figure out what to do on a Saturday.
This Orthodox Jew carries on trolling on the internet right though every Shabbat, and every Jewish holiday.
Late last year Simon declared that an alleged indiscretion By Brighton BDS had ” made my Christmas”. This was on the second day of Chanukah when you would have thought that an Orthodox Jew would have been much more conscious of Chanukah than Christmas, and would have said ” made my Chanukah”.
It is all rounded off by a claim to have spent several years on a Kibbutz. If you can imagine Simon slaving all day under a blazing sun in the orange groves, and spending his evenings strumming his guitar by the camp fire, under a starry starry sky, you have a better imagination than we.
Simon’s grasp of what is going on in the world is extremely tenuous.
For example, when the Malaysian air liner was shot down by separatists over Ukraine, he wanted to picket the Ukrainian embassy.
He wants the LibDems to do something about Baroness Warsi.
When Yachad failed to get past the threshold, and get a Knesset seat in the Israeli elections, he told Yachad UK that the Israeli people had rejected their ideas.
Obviously the education department at Exeter slammer is not everything it is cracked up to be.
The Board of Deputies are terrified of the grass roots. They are particularly terrified of SFI.
Following last year’s Israeli atrocities in Gaza, the grass roots launched a whole series of vitriolic assaults on the Jewish establishment, and on the Board in particular. The essence was that they were not doing enough on behalf of Israel, in the prevailing climate. It went on day, after day, after day. This at a time when the Board were feeling particularly vulnerable. They were being turned on one flank by the JLC, who are sitting quietly and patiently to take them ( the Board) over, and now on the other flank, by the grass roots. Total and permanent irrelevance was, and is, their lot. The JLC took a lot of stick too. but they have the self confidence to just roll with it. Not so the Board, whose response was craven and embarrassing appeasement.
Steven Jaffe’s job title was changed from Community Engagement Advisor to Grass Roots Advisor. They tweaked their web site so as to describe themselves as a ” grass roots organisation” They backed the embarrassing grass roots initiative, Israction Day, which introduced a whole new style of Jewish” philanthropy”. They sucked up to the grass roots at every opportunity. All to no avail. The grass roots simply pocketed each gesture without so much as a thank you, and came back at them.
In desperation, the Board played their trump card. They decided to buy them off.
So it is that the Board now fund their tormentors, in the form of both cash and ” practical support”. The Board and Simon have a deal. The Board will keep handing out the dosh, and Simon will quit being horrible to them, This deal is to be formalised, in that SFI are to sign up to a code of conduct. Item number one is that SFI will stop harassing the Board and, instead, talk about what has been achieved(?), and can be achieved, by ” working together”. Then there will be a list of conduct undertakings, designed to keep the embarrassing of the Board to a minimum. Good luck with that first draft does not include an undertaking to stop perjuring themselves in Brighton courts of law. But to be fair they have been caught on the hop on this one. We are sure the final draft will include such an undertaking.
This code is already in place informally. There is no more threatening the Board’s constituent organisations with violence. It will be remembered that Simon had a twitter account shut down for threatening Hannah Weisfeld. There is no more trolling liberal Jews. All this has abruptly stopped. Now it is all #workingtogether.
In effect, this money has been obtained by SFI, by extortion. They profess undying love for Israel. They declare the Board to be irrelevant and counter declare the Board a bunch of kapos and worse. But obviously they are not prepared to let any of this get in the way of nice little earners.
Let us be perfectly clear what is happening here.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews is taking money from the Jewish community, given to fund their “work”. They are then handing over this money to a handful of histrionic, narcissistic loons, littered with fraudsters and perjurers, that have mercilessly insulted them over many months. Loons that have threatened the Boards constituent organisations. Loons that have equally mercilessly insulted a member of the Board’s executiv, who is not to their liking. Loons that troll individual deputies, particularly those that are of a liberal persuasion.
Just how desperate and pathetic can it get.