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Friday, 20 May 2016

Labour’s ‘anti-Semitism’ witch-hunt lets the cat out of the Bag

Calling for the Deselection of an MP is now a Disciplinary Offence

Obtaining the reasons for my suspension from the Labour Party has been like drawing teeth .  

Although they have been happy to leak information to the Tory press, Labour’s witch hunters have been less keen to inform me what it is I have been accused of, as you can see from the correspondence below.   


Islam  - Religion of Bigotry one of the pamphlets on Paul Bogdanor site
Labour’s disciplinary procedures bear a remarkable similarity to Alice in Wonderland and Franz Kafka’s Trials.  [See Ian McNicol Restages Franz Kafka’s TheTrial ] 
Now however the witch-hunters’ hand has been revealed.  Gregson has now openly asked me if I have called for the deselection of Peter Kyle, the New Labour MP for Hove who supports the involvement of private companies in the NHS and who supported the bombing of Iraq.  Of course the answer is yes but is it a crime in the Labour Party now to support deselection?


The first I knew what I had been accused of was when these articles appeared in The Times & Telegraph April 2nd
Harry Gregson, Labour’s acting SE England organiser is a run of the mill apparatchik.  His level of political consciousness can best be discerned by the fact that he celebrated the 90th birthday of a woman who has been on state benefits for 90 years whilst telling the rest of us to tighten our belts!  The monarchy is, as Shelley observed, the string that ties the robbers’ bundle.
Gregson sources Paul Bogdanor a regular contributor to the frontpage.com site - an example of the virulent Islamaphobia on this site is a pamphlet by Pamela Geller 
Gregson’s idea of an investigation is to google my name and see what comes up.  It would appear that no sewer is polluted enough for him to immerse himself in it in the hope that he might find a few nuggets amongst the detreitus.

Gregson sources one of his quotes regarding an anti-Semite called Gilad Atzmon, who I have heavily criticised on this blog and elsewhere, to a Paul Bogdanor.  Bogdanor writes for the Frontpage.com site which features Jihadi Watch and features the above pamphlet from one of the most extreme anti-Muslim racists, Pamela Geller.  Geller is basically a fascist  but that does not stop Gregson sourcing from such people.  This is how she is described on her Wiki page:
She is a supporter of the English Defence League (EDL) saying: "I share the EDL's goals ... We need to encourage rational, reasonable groups that oppose the Islamisation of the west."[29] In June 2013, Geller was scheduled to speak at an EDL rally,[7] but was barred from entering Britain by a Home Office ruling that describes her as having established "anti-Muslim hate groups".[13]
Some of the comments date back years, part of long-forgotten debates.  They have been hauled out, stripped from their context and selected in order to provide a pretext for my expulsion.   The chances of Gregson or the other apparatchiks even understanding the context of an ongoing discussion with Gilad Atzmon, the holocaust denying jazzman are about zero.

If Gregson, Stolliday and McNicol had a shred of honesty, then they would say ‘we disagree with your opinions, you are a socialist and an anti-Zionist and we are therefore expelling you.’  But these people are fundamentally dishonest and instead resort to trying to find the residue of long forgotten conversations, fragments and comments in order to make a case.

The original allegations related to anti-Semitism and Ireland.  Now that they have been deemed insufficient, Gregson has been scurrying around in Islamaphobic sites trying to find something else to go on.


It’s doubtful these Holocaust-mongers have a clue what the deportations were, or of the horrors that attended them. I remember my late mother describing her deportation. She was in the Warsaw Ghetto. The survivors of the Ghetto Uprising, about 30,000 Jews, were deported to Maijdanek concentration camp. They were herded into railroad cars. My mother was sitting in the railroad car next to a woman who had her child. And the woman – I know it will shock you – the woman suffocated her infant child to death in front of my mother. She suffocated her child, rather than take her to where they were going. That’s what it meant to be deported. To compare that to someone posting a light-hearted, innocuous cartoon making a little joke about how Israel is in thrall to the U.S., or vice versa…it’s sick. What are they doing? Don’t they have any respect for the dead? All these desiccated Labour apparatchiks, dragging the Nazi holocaust through the mud for the sake of their petty jostling for power and position. Have they no shame?

My offences were the following comments:


Gregson goes to the far-Right Zionist and warmonger's site Harry's Place to dig up a quote from the right-wing Times columnist, Oliver Kamm.

What I said was that in the context of a war between the IRA and the British Government then clearly the Commander in Chief of the British Army, Margaret Thatcher was clearly a legitimate target in the eyes of the IRA.  

Despite the froth of the mass media and the Tories, my memory of these times was that ordinary working-class people said that it was a pity they didn’t get her.  This was during the Miners’ strike and that was the gist of the comments that miners I worked with in Brighton uttered.  

Given the fact that Thatcher was the main supporter of General Pinochet of Chile in his fight against extradition to Spain, a man who had thousands of workers, socialists and democrats tortured to death, and that she personally ordered the sinking of the Belgrano with the loss of around 750 men, when it was sailing outside of and away from the Argentinian exclusion zone, I wouldn’t have lost any sleep if she had died.
Jihad Watch - virulently racist section of site that Bogdanor posts on
More publications on Bogdanor's Frontpage.com site
This is a good example of a comment wrenched out of all context.  It has been sourced from someone called Paul Bogdanor, son of the more sober Oxford constitutionalist Vernon Bogdanor.  Bogdanor is belongs to the fascist and Islamophobic wing of the Zionist movement.  Besides writing virulently anti-communist nonsense he believes that in the second world war Hitler and Stalin were no different.  He posts on Frontpage.com which has a section ‘Jihad Watch’ a fanatically anti-Muslim page.  
More Islamaphobic rubbish
The surrounding comments make it clear that I was arguing with Gilad Atzmon, an anti-Semitic jazz player, trying to persuade him to abandon his move towards a holocaust denial position.  This was in the context of a meeting of his, at the SWP’s Bookmarx bookshop which Jews Against Zionism picketed.  The fuller correspondence is:
Dare I say it, some of your remarks re the holocaust were spot on re the Zionist collaboration with the Nazis.  And that is the point anti-Zionists should make rather than flirting with holocaust denial, or in Shamir's case being a full blooded exponent.

It is therefore dishonest to post the piece below suggesting that I am ‘now experiencing a radical change of heart.’  The radical change of heart, if anyone’s was your own in disagreeing with Shamir’s views on Auschwitz, especially after having praised Paul Eisen’s holocaust denial tract, Holocaust Wars, as a ‘great text’.  If someone who, like you, has flirted with holocaust denial, has retracted, then it would be wrong to pretend otherwise.  That is called honesty.  However just to clarify, for the avoidance of any further confusion on your part, if you disagree with Israel Shamir re the existence of Auschwitz as an extermination centre then your idea is spot on.  If you agree with Paul Eisen about the Nazi holocaust or go wittering on about Jewish power then your ideas are their usual turgid nonsense. 
I trust that even you now understand.

Tony Greenstein


Gregson is under the impression that Zionism was a movement opposed to anti-Semitism.  This is an understandable belief given that Zionists shout ‘anti-Semitism’ at the drop of a hat.  What Gregson doesn’t appreciate is that Zionist screams of ‘anti-Semitism’ have nothing to do with anti-Semitism and everything to do with support for Israel.  Which is why the incident that started the latest bout of media attacks on ‘anti-Semitism’ at Oxford University Labour Club was triggered by that club’s support for Oxford Israel Apartheid Week.  OULC have been bludgeoned now into accept the Zionist discourse about anti-Semitism, as Naz Shah has, but a lie is still a lie.
Academic article describing Zionist anti-Semitism - according to Gregson agreeing with it is 'anti-Semitic'

Hopefully the article Classic zionism and modern anti-semitism: Parallels and influences (1883-1914) by Jacques Doron from the Journal of Israeli History, no. 8, 1.9.83. will help in Harry's education.

In the article, which is from a Zionist academic journal, Doron observes, in respect of Zionist anti-Semitism, that It cannot be denied that the Jewish self-criticism so widespread among the German Zionist intelligentsia often seemed dangerously similar to the plaints of the German anti-Semites.’ p.171.

Zionism was founded upon what was called the ‘negation of the Diaspora’, literally a hatred of Jewish existence outside Palestine.  Zionism was a blut and bloden political movement that believed that the Jewish Question could only be resolved when Jewish feet were planted on the soil of Palestine.  Jews had a mystical blood and racial attachment to each other via the land of Palestine. Their existence outside Palestine was unnatural, abnormal.  They therefore went as far as to accept what the anti-Semites said about the faults of the Jews.  When Arthur Ruppin, Father of Jewish Land Settlement (and also the Father of Jewish Sociology) in Palestine, who was also a member of the Zionist Executive was accused of being an anti-Semite, he didn’t take offence.  Quite the contrary:
When Ruppin's friend called him "an anti-Semite," he was not at all put off by the epithet and retorted spontaneously: "I have already established here [in his diary] that I despise the cancers of Judaism more than does the worst anti-Semite." (p. 186 entry Ruppin's Diaries 4.8.93.)  
Arthur Ruppin, member of Zionist Executive and Father of Jewish Land Settlement

Ruppin’s view of the famous Dreyfuss trial, where France’s aristocratic and military caste sought to pin the label of treason on a Jewish officer, as a means of rolling back the gains of Emancipation for French Jewry as a whole, was that: 
Ruppin was proud to be called an anti-Semite
‘In Paris a captain by the name of Dreyfuss has been arrested on charges of spying:  he is a Jew.  In Berlin a major usury trial is taking place.  Naturally the accused are Jews, and so it goes on.  I fear that up till now I have had too good an opinion of my people and perhaps the anti-Semites are right in their charges after all!… Even the gravest punishment is not too harsh for this Dreyfus, since not he alone but all the rest of us must suffer for his guilt.’  (p. 187)
An example of Jewish anti-Semitism - Pinhas Rosenbluth describes Jews outside Palestine as 'vermin'

Doron speaks of Ruppin’s ‘revulsion toward the Jewish character and its physical embodiment.’ p. 191.  Ruppin however was not alone.  You are spoilt for choice when it comes to anti-Semitic statements by Zionists.  Perhaps the most anti-Semitic of all comments was that by Pinhas Felix Rosenbliith (who was destined to become Israel’s first Minister of Justice .  He described Palestine "an institute for the fumigation of Jewish vermin."   As Doron notes, ‘a perusal of the Zionist sources reveals a wealth of charges against the Diaspora Jew, some of which are so scathing that the generation that witnessed Auschwitz has difficulty comprehending them.’

Isaac Deutscher, the biographer of  Trotsky, summed up the attitude of most Jewish workers to Zionism when he wrote:
It should be remembered that the great majority of East European Jews were, up to the outbreak of the second World War} opposed to Zionism... the most fanatical enemies of Zionism were precisely the workers, those who spoke Yiddish... they were the most determined opponents of the idea of an emigration from East Europe to Palestine... in the idea of an evacuation, of an exodus from the countries in which they, had their homes and in which their ancestors had lived for centuries, the anti-Zionists saw an abdication of their rights, a surrender to anti-Semitism. To them anti-Semitism seemed to triumph in Zionism, which recognised the legitimacy and the validity of the old cry ‘Jews get out!' The Zionists were agreeing to get out. [Isaac Deutscher, 'The Non Jewish Jew ' & Other Essays-The Russian  Revolution and the Jewish Question' pp.66/7]
4.              Gregson demonstrates the idiocy and stupidity of this witch-hunt when he says  ‘On top of the above that were raised in the original complaint, I would also like to ask you about the following allegations:


Why you might ask, should this be the subject of a disciplinary investigation?  It is a fact that Israel has squandered the reparations money from Germany meant for the holocaust survivors for holocaust education, monuments etc.  Large scale fraud has been perpetrated by the Jewish Claims Conference, the major organisation involved in claiming the money.  It is an open secret that the Israeli government is as parsimonious as it can be.
No doubt this article from Ha'aretz is also 'anti-Semitic'

‘It was hard not to be moved by the plea for financial support made to the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee in April by Dora Roth on behalf of her fellow Holocaust survivors. “What have you done with the money? What? The sight on television of Holocaust survivors who don’t have heat in the winter, who don’t have money for food is to your shame. Permit us to die in dignity.”
Gregson believes its 'anti-Semitic' to tell the truth about how Israel treats the Holocaust survivors who have subsidised the Israeli state

Or perhaps Gregson didn’t get to read another article in Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper Israel Is Waiting for Its Holocaust Survivors to Die   Perhaps Gregson would like to summon the ‘anti-Semitic’ writer of the above article for an investigation too!  I should point out that the person who wrote the above article, Amos Rubin, is a childhood survivor of the holocaust but I doubt that will stop humourless and dessicated Labour bureaucrats and the Zionist Jewish Labour Movement who are happy to use the holocaust to try and undermine support for Palestine in the Labour Party.

5.  Another charge is that ‘you described another Labour MP as 'Tory Boy' My description of Steve Reed in It is Time for Unity in the Campaign Against theWitchhunt - Momentum has to support all those suspended not just its Vice Chair Jacqueline Walker was motivated after reading the Report in Inside Croydon Labour suspends Croydon Central secretary over Hitler tweet.  Steve Reed is even wearing a blue rosette!
‘Last week, Lambeth South MP Steve Reed OBE, a deputy chair of Progress, the Blairite party-within-a-party, seemed to suggest that something was underway when he referred to “internal disciplinary matters” in a tweet regarding White’s situation. This was long before the Croydon party official had received any notification that he was subject to such a procedure.  This is not the first time that Progress has conducted a witch-hunt against socialists in Croydon.’
6.              - That you acted in an un-comradely manner to Labour members and referred to the investigation set up by Baroness Royal as 'racist'

My tweet describing former Hove MP Ivor Caplin as a war criminal
Yes I probably did refer to the report of Baroness Royall as ‘racist’.  Possibly the reason is that it is part of a racist agenda which conflates Jews and Zionists as equivalent.  It is a report designed to label as ‘anti-Semitic’ Oxford University Labour Club’s support for Israel Apartheid Week and to rehabilitate the Zionist Jewish Labour Movement.  However the url refers to another tweet describing the former Hove MP Ivor Caplin, a former Defence Minister at the time of the Iraq War as a war criminal! 
An example of racist & Islamaphobic pictures on the Twitter page of Zionist that I called out

7.              That you use 'Zio' /'Zio idiots'/'Zionist scum' as a insults repeatedly on 

twitter  yes I confess I do use the label with Islamaphobes!  Is there a problem with that?

There are 3 more allegations:

8.              That you evoked the Final Solution in a letter to the Labour Party.

9.              That you referred to the Brighton Labour Party as acting in a racist way. 

10.              That you advocated the de-selection of Labour MP Peter Kyle on twitter.

None of these are sourced, but it’s nice to know that calling for the removal of Peter Kyle is now an offence meriting disciplinary action!


Below is my correspondence with Gregson:

I responded fairly instantly

On 19 May 2016 at 00:33, Tony Greenstein <tonygreenstein111@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Mr Gregson,
I see you have used a fascist and Islamaphobic site FrontPage.com, viz. that belonging to Paul Bogdanor to source one of your quotes.
I have just taken a screenshot from their 'Jihad Watch' section which advertises books such as Robert Spencers' 'Islam - Religion of Bigots' (attached)
Clearly in your search for dirt you haven't hesitated to dredge the sewers.
I suspect that if you go on the neo-Nazi Redwatch-South Coast site you will find even more useful nuggets of information…
I wasn't aware that it was an offence to call for the reselection of a Labour MP or Peter Kyle.  But perhaps you would enlighten me?
You ask for a date next week.   I am free next Friday 27th May.  I will leave you to source the room and set the time and place.
Please be aware that I will be recording the interview in order that there can be no dispute as to what has taken place.
Yours sincerely,
Tony Greenstein


In practice, the Israeli government is waiting for the Holocaust survivors to die off within 20 years so that it will no longer have to pay their benefits.
read more:

Israel Is Waiting for Its Holocaust Survivors to Die


There are three different days committed to remembering the Holocaust, but during the rest of the year, the Israeli government only thinks of Holocaust survivors as a financial burden.
Amos Rubin Feb 06, 2013

The Chief Rabbinate of Palestine in 1946 declared the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet a "general day of Kaddish" for dead Jews whose gravesites are unknown. The date was traditionally a fast day observed by Jews to commemorate the beginning of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II's siege of Jerusalem. Its modern significance was added not long after the end of World War II, when the horrible scale of the destruction of Europe's Jews – 6 million people, constituting one third of the continent's pre-war Jewish population – became clear.  Today, only the members of Israel's national religious Jewish community preserve the tradition. The ultra-Orthodox, as usual, boycott commemorations on the day because of "the Zionists."

On March 3, 1951, Israel's Knesset set aside the 27th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, when the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising broke out (April 19, 1943 in the Gregorian calendar), as Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day. On the eve of the day, all places of entertainment in Israel are closed by law and mourning and commemoration services are held at Israel's national cemetery on Mount Herzl and the museums at Kibbutz Lohamei Hageta'ot (the Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz), Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Kibbutz  Tel Yitzhak and Nir Galim.

On the other hand, the United Nations declared the day the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp (January 27, 1945) International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day every year, UN member countries across the globe come together to mourn the tragedy that led to the death of 6 million Jews, 3 million Romani and 1 million genetically "defective" Germans.

That totals three days a year, but what about the other 362 days? The number of concentration camp survivors, anti-Nazi partisans and Jews who hid in forests and Christians' homes now living in Israel is 233,700, according to the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute. Of these individuals, dozens die every day. Apparently, the heartrending stories of 80-to-90-year-olds struggling for the basic means of survival that appear in the media every year do not bother the officials entrusted with their welfare in the Finance Ministry. That these survivors must choose between buying their medicines or food or that they don't have a source of heating in the winter doesn't seem to stop the State of Israel from denying them substantive assistance by relying on a variety of bureaucratic clauses. Israel even pettily denies Holocaust survivors the few benefits they are entitled to, when medical committees alter their disability evaluations in a manipulative way. Thus, a committee determines a Holocaust survivor has a 69 percent level of disability, not 70 percent, so the state can save NIS 500 on the recipient's benefits payment. In practice, the Israeli government is waiting for the Holocaust survivors to die off within 20 years so that it will no longer have to pay their benefits.

In 1953, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signed a reparations agreement, entrusting the State of Israel to handle payments to Holocaust survivors.  Looking back, you could argue that Ben-Gurion was right to transfer survivors' reparations payments toward strengthening the young State of Israel. Yet it was only decades later that this injustice done to Holocaust survivors – including my parents, Auschwitz survivors Eliyahu and Rachel Rubin – was corrected. Only then did they start receiving reparations payments from the treasury.

Several Israeli banks hold the property of Jews murdered in the Holocaust but create obstacles to prevent their heirs from receiving their due. Several years ago, Haaretz published an estimate that deposits made in Israeli banks in the decades before 1945 are not worth what they should be today. Israeli banks shamelessly benefit from the funds of the dead, those without heirs and even those with them. With respect to the German and Swiss banks that took Holocaust victims money, there is the biblical quote, "Have you murdered and also inherited?" In Israel it is just, "Have you inherited?" It is saddening to see how the Jews who determine government priorities in our country, which was founded on the ruins of the Holocaust and thanks to the tremendous Zionist endeavor, are in practice waiting for Holocaust survivors to die.

The writer was hidden by the Righteous Gentiles Margit and József Strausz in 1944 in Munkács, Hungary (today Mukacheve, Ukraine).

Re: Investigation
Harry Gregson
May 19th 2016
Dear Mr Greenstein,
I have organised the interview for 11am Friday 27th May in the Clermont Room at the Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton  BN1 1YD . 
Please can you confirm that you will be attending. 
Harry Gregson
Acting Regional Director, Labour South East
07872 417312


From: Tony Greenstein <tonygreenstein111@gmail.com>
Sent: 19 May 2016 00:33
To: Harry Gregson
Subject: Re: Investigation
Dear Mr Gregson,
I see you have used a fascist and Islamaphobic site FrontPage.com, viz. that belonging to Paul Bogdanor to source one of your quotes.
I have just taken a screenshot from their 'Jihad Watch' section which advertises books such as Robert Spencers' 'Islam - Religion of Bigots' (attached)
Clearly in your search for dirt you haven't hesitated to dredge the sewers.
I suspect that if you go on the neo-Nazi Redwatch-South Coast site you will find even more useful nuggets of information
You refer to allegations that I referred to a Labour MP as 'Tory Boy' and you give the url as   http://azvsas.blogspot.co.uk/
that is not the url but the main page of my blog.  Please provide me with the actual url.
- That you use 'Zio' /'Zio idiots'/'Zionist scum' as a insults repeatedly on twitter https://twitter.com/TonyGreenstein/status/731937984765960196
You also say:
- That you evoked the Final Solution in a letter to the Labour Party.
- That you referred to the Brighton Labour Party as acting in a racist way. 
- That you advocated the de-selection of Labour MP Peter Kyle on twitter.
you haven't sourced any of the above three.  Please do:
I wasn't aware that it was an offence to call for the reselection of a Labour MP or Peter Kyle.  But perhaps you would enlighten me?
You ask for a date next week.   I am free next Friday 27th May.  I will leave you to source the room and set the time and place.
Please be aware that I will be recording the interview in order that there can be no dispute as to what has taken place.
Yours sincerely,
Tony Greenstein
On 18 May 2016 at 17:24, Harry Gregson <harry_gregson@labour.org.uk> wrote:
Dear Mr Greenstein,
I did not receive the reply you said you sent. 
You requested the context in which those comments were allegedly made. The sources for them are as follows:
'The attack on Thatcher by the IRA was obviously legitimate. She was a military target'
'spot on re the Zionist collaboration with the Nazis.'
http://www.paulbogdanor.com/antisemitism/greenstein/nazi.html
'Zionism is a Jewish version of anti-Semitism'
On top of the above that were raised in the original complaint, I would also like to ask you about the following allegations::
That you wrote: Israeli Policy is to wait for the remaining Holocaust survivors to die
- That you described another Labour MP as 'Tory Boy'  http://azvsas.blogspot.co.uk/
- That you acted in an un-comradely manner to Labour members and referred to the investigation set up by Baroness Royal as 'racist'
- That you use 'Zio' /'Zio idiots'/'Zionist scum' as a insults repeatedly on twitter https://twitter.com/TonyGreenstein/status/731937984765960196
- That you evoked the Final Solution in a letter to the Labour Party.
- That you referred to the Brighton Labour Party as acting in a racist way. 
- That you advocated the de-selection of Labour MP Peter Kyle on twitter.
Please tell me by Friday when and where (city) you can meet in the next week as I would like to conclude this investigation as soon as possible. I will then source a venue.
 Harry Gregson
Acting Regional Director, Labour South East
07872 417312


From: Tony Greenstein <tonygreenstein111@gmail.com>
Sent: 18 May 2016 15:29:28
To: Harry Gregson
Subject: Re: Investigation
Dear Mr Gregson,
I sent you the following reply.  Yes I am happy to see you at a mutually agreed date but please supply everything that you possess by way of allegations.  I have in any event applied via a subject access request for the full information so there is no reason for you to hang on to it since you will have to disclose everything.
Full disclosure is normal practice in both the civil and criminal courts, employment tribunals etc. so I am finding it increasingly difficult to know why you are incapable of following what is accepted practice in all courts.  It is in your interests to make full disclosure since otherwise any decision that is made will be open to legal challenge.
Whilst happy that you have informed me as to the 3 central quotes at the centre of my case I need to obviously know what was the surrounding conversation.  I assume that you have this. 
Assuming you agree to further disclosure then please supply with some dates.
Please acknowledge this reply as the previous email clearly got lost in the ethernet.
Regards
Tony Greenstein
Dear Mr Gregson,
At last, after nearly two months of being suspended, I have finally been given a glimmer of the reasons as to why I have been suspended.
I would of course like to receive chapter and verse, i.e. date, time and surrounding discussions, as to when these quotations were allegedly said, so that I can see what the context of these remarks were.  In other words the full body of evidence surrounding what are bare quotations.
I will receive this anyway via the Subject Access Request that I have submitted so it would make sense on your part to send me the full information.  I cannot think of any reason whatsoever to withhold such information from me.  If this were a court of law they would grant full disclosure without a second's though unless you are claiming national security considerations!
On the basis that I receive fully disclosure of the information I have requested I will be
On 16 May 2016 at 09:24, Harry Gregson <harry_gregson@labour.org.uk> wrote:
Dear Mr Greenstein,
Thank you for your letter. You were suspended from the Labour Party as it was alleged you breached Labour Party membership rules by acting in a way that was grossly detrimental to the Party. This specifically related to the comments below that you were alleged to have made:
- 'The attack on Thatcher by the IRA was obviously legitimate. She was a military target'
- 'Zionism is a Jewish version of anti-Semitism'
- 'spot on re the Zionist collaboration with the Nazis.'
These comments were the trigger for your suspension and will form part of the interview. However you will also have the opportunity to respond to any other evidence that I have discovered throughout the investigation so far.
Please can you let me know if you are now prepared to meet for an interview? I can come to Brighton if necessary.
Best wishes
 Harry
 Harry Gregson
Acting Regional Director, Labour South East
07872 417312


From: Tony Greenstein <tonygreenstein111@gmail.com>
Sent: 14 May 2016 03:52:50
To: Harry Gregson
Subject: Re: Investigation
please see attached letter
On 13 May 2016 at 16:51, Harry Gregson <harry_gregson@labour.org.uk> wrote:
Dear Mr Greenstein,
 I am writing to inform you that I will be carrying out the investigation on behalf of the Labour Party into the circumstances that resulted in your suspension from the Party.
I will be conducting interviews with witnesses and I will also need a time when you are available for an interview. You are entitled to bring along a 'silent friend', as am I, they must be a Party member and they cannot intervene in the interview in any way. Please provide me with the name of your ‘silent friend’ prior to the interview so I can ensure they meet these requirements. I also attach the NEC advice note on carrying out such an investigation for your information.
 At the interview you can also request I interview anyone else you deem important to this investigation.
 I am proposing holding this interview on Saturday 21st May in Ergon House, Horseferry Road, SW1P 2AL.

Please can you let me know if you can make this date and if so what time works for you and I will try and accommodate it.  
 Best wishes,
 Harry Gregson
 Acting Regional Director, Labour South East
On 18 May 2016 at 09:33, Harry Gregson <harry_gregson@labour.org.uk> wrote:
Dear Mr Greenstein,
I have not heard back from you about a time and date for the rearranged interview. This is somewhat surprising given your desire for this matter to be resolved asap. 
Please can you let me know when you are available for an interview by 5pm on Friday 20th May  or else I will have to progress the investigation without your input. 
Best wishes
 Harry
 Harry Gregson
Acting Regional Director, Labour South East
07872 417312


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