MPs sign John Mann's EDM defining support for the Palestinians as 'anti-Semitism'
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When I first went youth hostelling in the Scottish Highlands I got talking to a man in my dorm who was wearing a kilt. I asked him if he was a supporter of the Scottish National Party. ‘Och no’ he replied. ‘They’re a bunch of Tartan Tories.’ I mention this because today the SNP tries to give the impression that it is a progressive, left-wing nationalist party, which is opposed to all things Tory. In 2015 it attacked the Labour Party in the General Election and the execrable Blairite leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy, as ‘red Tories’.
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You would therefore expect a party that represents what, in their eyes, is an oppressed nation, the Scottish, to sympathise with and support the Palestinians. It’s a no brainer. Just as Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist party which represents the Catholics of Northern Ireland, have always supported the Palestinians and opposed Zionism.
As Ronald Storrs, the first Military Governor of Jerusalem
wrote in his autobiography, Orientations, ‘‘A Jewish
State will be for England a little, loyal Ulster in a sea of potentially hostile
|Alex Salmond managed to combine verbal support for the Palestinians with backing Zionist Apartheid - a consummate bourgeois politician|
It is therefore curious that the SNP gives every appearance, apart from the odd photo opportunity, of signing up to support Zionism and the Israeli state one hundred per cent. In January John Mann MP, a rent a mouth thuggish Blairite who is fiercely hostile to Corbyn put down an Early Day Motion in support of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism.
|Wes Streeting another anti-Corbyn Labour MP who just loves the IHRA definition of 'anti-semitism'|
The IHRA definition of anti-Semitism consists of over 420 words and has a deliberately ambiguous and deceptive introduction which relies on 11 ‘examples’ of what anti-Semitism might be. There is of course a very simple definition drawn up by a Fellow of Oxford University and a Jewish academic, Dr Brian Klug. It is 21 words, doesn't mention Israel.
‘antisemitism is a form of hostility to Jews as Jews, where Jews are perceived as something other than what they are.’
The only problem with Klug's definition is that it doesn't mention Israel!
|Another signatory to Mann's EDM is the Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, expenses champion Joan Ryan. She made it clear at the General Election that she prefers Theresa May to Corbyn|
Despite calling itself a ‘non-legal’ definition the IHRA is increasingly being used to shut down anti-Zionist and anti-Israel Apartheid events, to ban speakers and to infringe on free speech.
There are two very excellent analyses of the IHRA and its deficiencies by Hugh Tomlinson QC and by former Court of Appeal Judge Sir Stephen Sedley, who is himself Jewish. Sedley wrote an article Defining Anti-Semitism in May’s London Review of Books on the IHRA. It is well worth reading. Sedley’s opening paragraph sums up our criticisms very well:
|Ruth Smeeth the Blairite MP who disrupted the Chakrabarti press conference last year, portraying herself as a victim of 'anti-semitism'|
Shorn of philosophical and political refinements, anti-Semitism is hostility towards Jews as Jews. Where it manifests itself in discriminatory acts or inflammatory speech it is generally illegal, lying beyond the bounds of freedom of speech and of action. By contrast, criticism (and equally defence) of Israel or of Zionism is not only generally lawful: it is affirmatively protected by law. Endeavours to conflate the two by characterising everything other than anodyne criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic are not new. What is new is the adoption by the UK government (and the Labour Party) of a definition of anti-Semitism which endorses the conflation
It is therefore bizarre that the SNP, which purports to be a progressive party should be allying itself with the DUP, the most bigoted, racist, homophobic and chauvinist party in the House of Commons. Of the 59 MPs who signed John Mann’s January 2017 EDM, 10 were from the SNP and 5 from the DUP. They included Angus Robertson, who sat on the Home Affairs Select Committee which originally endorsed the IHRA last October and Alex Salmond, who has made a career speaking out of both sides of his mouth.
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John Mann reissued another EDM on 21st June in support of the IHRA. It has already garnered 5 signatures . Apart from Mann himself and uber Blairite Wes Streeting, there is Jim Shannon of the DUP and Christopher Stephens of the SNP.
|A short sample of Joan Ryan's expenses list|
There have been repeated attempts to prosecute Scottish Palestine solidarity activists for the crime of racially aggravated hate. In April 2010 5 activists were cleared by Sheriff James Scott [Activists who heckled Israeli quartet cleared of racism charge] who said on that occasion:
"If persons on a march designed to protest against and publicise alleged crimes committed by a state and its army are afraid to name that state for fear of being charged with racially aggravated behaviour, that would render worthless their Article 10 rights," he said
In August 2016 an Aberdeen Palestine solidarity supporter, Alister Coutts, was prosecuted for shouting ‘Viva Palestina’. All the cases so far have led to acquittals but there is another case which is pending. In Scotland, which has its own legal system, justice is a devolved matter. It is the SNP who are in essence presiding over this legal witch hunt of Palestine supporters.
It would seem that when you scratch the SNP what you find is the old Tartan Tories. Perhaps that is why in the last election, Scottish voters decided to vote for the genuine article in 13 constituencies?
Below is an open letter I wrote to the SNP MPs.
|John Mann haranguing Ken Livingstone last year for telling the truth that the Nazis supported Zionism up and until they started deporting Jews in 1941|