Christine Shawcroft’s Resignation was a Totally Unnecessary Betrayal of a Comrade A Self-Inflicted Wound
|Islamaphobia is 4 times as bad as antisemitism and anti-Roma racism is 6.5 times as bad yet all the news is about fake 'antisemitism'|
I understand from close friends of Christine Shawcroft, that her resignation was not an act of selflessness or given willingly. She was directly asked to resign by Jeremy Corbyn personally with the implied threat that if she didn’t resign she would be suspended.
This came after a petition was signed by 39 of the usual culprits – John Mann, Luciana Berger etc. demanding that Christine should resign. For Jeremy to have stabbed a close comrade in the back in order to appease these far-Right creatures is disgraceful. Does he think that they are going to thank him?
|Christine Shawcroft - betrayed by Corbyn and Lansman|
|Being my silent witness aroused the ire of the Jewish Chronicle and its Political Editor Marcus Dysch|
It is clear from the newspapers today – from the Sunday Times to the Observer – that the Fake News Anti-Semitism Smear Campaign is in full flow again. Let us be in no doubt that whatever else it has to do with it is not anti-Semitism.
If Corbyn gives way now to this artificial and hyped nonsense what will happen when and if he does get into power.
The Board of Deputies Open Letter to Corbyn last week made it crystal clear what their real agenda was - 'the far left's obsessive hatred' of things like Israel's gunning down of unarmed demonstrators
|The Board justifying Israel's latest massacre of Palestinians. The Board of Deputies is an unelected Zionist group, wholly unrepresentative of secular Jews. The reason it attacks Corbyn is because he supports the Palestinians.|
It is a lie to suggest that Christine Shawcroft defended a holocaust denier. As I have already written Alan Bull, who was suspended and prevented from standing for Peterborough Council, distributed a Holocaust denial article amongst a close circle of friends for discussion. He was not advocating Holocaust denial and in response to a question from one of those friends made his position very clear. However those who breached that group’s security erased those comments when they broadcast a story of Holocaust denial distribution.
I have also sent Holocaust denial articles to people I know. Anyone who is an anti-fascist should be acquainted with the kind of material holocaust deniers distribute. I doubt if most of the Zionists who shout so loudly would, if push came to shove, be able to respond to the arguments of the holocaust deniers because most Zionists are ignorant propagandists. The most distinguished of all Holocaust historians, Professor Raul Hilberg, argued that we should listen to holocaust deniers because they may make us think again about some of the things we argue about. To suggest that simple distribution of a Holocaust denial article constitutes support for Holocaust denial is fakery. One thing however is very clear.
The fake news campaign over ‘anti-Semitism’ that the Sunday papers were full of has only one target and that is Jeremy Corbyn.
|The Sunday papers are unanimous - we have the Observer engaging in anti-semitic tropes focusing on a rich Jewish donor leaving Labour with the implication that Jews use money to influence political parties|
The Sunday Times article was total nonsense. It concerned Facebook groups that support Corbyn. All of them are unofficial, most of them are unmoderated and occasionally anti-Semitic materal might appear. On the few occasions I have seen it I have drawn it to the attention of the moderators. But to say that these are hate filled anti-Semitic groups is absolute rubbish and it ill becomes racist sewers like the Sunday Times, which employ racist columnists like Rod Liddle, to throw the accusation of ‘anti-Semitism’ at anyone.
I should perhaps also say that anti-Semitism today in Britain, despite the volume of spurious allegations by the newspapers, is marginal. 7% of British people have prejudiced views about Jews compared to 28% in respect of Muslims and 45% in respect of the Roma. Anti-Semitism exists mainly on social media. No one has ever died because of a tweet or a Facebook post. It is in many ways utter trivia. It is bricks and bottles on the streets that most concern me not social media. The newspapers concentrate on social media anti-Semitism because there is virtually none in society, unlike Islamaphobia.
|The Mail's Support for Israel and Zionism and support for the fake 'antisemitism' campaign against Labour goes hand in hand with genuine anti-semitism|
However many of his friends that Jeremy throws to the wolves, however often Jeremy denies he is an anti-Semite he will still be attacked. The reason why is simple. The target of the defamers and smearers is not me, not Jackie Walker, not Marc Wadsworth still less Alan Bull. It is Jeremy Corbyn himself. The purpose of the campaign is not to eradicate anti-Semitism but to eliminate Corbyn.
Because Corbyn gives every sign, not only of having no backbone left but also of what appears to be terminal timidity at best or stupidity at worst, he doesn’t seem to appreciate this simple fact. Whatever he does, however he does it, however much he concedes on the principles he once believed in, he will be the target as and until he goes. And if he goes the ‘anti-Semitism’ problem will likewise disappear.
|Britain's Tory tabloids combine vicious racism against Black and Asian people, traditional antisemitism with slavish support for Israel|
Corbyn really does believes that the Board of Deputies is sincere in its attacks on anti-Semitism. That anti-Jewish hatred concerns them. This is total nonsense. Anti-Semitism is not and never has been their major concern.
When I first joined the Anti-Nazi League in the late 1970’s, we came under sustained attack from the Board of Deputies. Why? Because they SWP who formed the ANL were anti-Zionist. For the Board of Deputies anti-Zionism was always more important than anti-fascism. Even Searchlight Magazine, which since the editorship of Gerry Gable has become pro-Zionist, called them ‘kamikaze pilots’ (Searchlight was then under the editorship of Maurice Ludmer, who unlike Gable was a socialist).
|When Sir Oswald's Moseley's British Union of Fascists attempted to march through Jewish East End of London on 9 October 1936 100,000 Jews and non-Jewish workers stopped the fascists - the Board of Deputies told Jews to stay in doors|
The Board of Deputies is a bourgeois body, unelected, unrepresentative and unconcerned about fascism. When over 100,000 Jews and working class East Enders turned out in October 1936 to stop Oswald Moseley’s fascists marching through the East End of London the Board told Jews to stay indoors, keep your heads down. It didn’t believe in physically opposing fascism.
The only demonstrations the Board holds are in support of Israel or in opposition to the Palestinians. In the 1970’s when the National Front, an openly anti-Semitic party was beating the Liberals into 3rd place and gaining 30% of the vote in cities like Leicester and Bradford, the Board of Deputies refused to mobilise the Jewish community. It has always preferred to keep a low profile. It is only over Israel that it becomes motivated. That was why it held its so-called rally against anti-Semitism last Monday outside the House of Commons included Norman Tebbit, Sajid David and even the bigots of the DUP.
Corbyn is demeaning himself by begging to meet the Board of Deputies. It is a totally futile exercise since they are not interested in anything but his removal. There are no amount of concessions, no amount of expulsions that he could make which would satisfy them.
When the history of this period comes to be written no doubt some enterprising researcher will put in a freedom of information request to the American Embassy files and dig up information that will show that the fake anti-Semitism campaign began with the CIA and the Deep State. No doubt Joan Ryan MP, with her £1m slush fund and Ruth Smeeth MP, who Wikileaks has already described as a US asset, will be shown to have played their part in this fake campaign.
What is particularly disgraceful is that Momentum, of whose companies Christine is a Director, has said nothing throughout this affair. Not one word. Christine was left to twist in the wind.
|The great dictator - Jon Lansman|
Although 3 left-wingers were elected earlier this year to the National Executive Committee, we now have someone we didn’t vote for on the Right, Eddie Izzard. Momentum has been shown to be a sleeping giant. It has 36,000 members and yet it had nothing to say. It was frozen, immobile because Jon Lansman, Momentum’s Great Dictator, has bought into the false anti-Semitism charges from the start. Because Momentum lacks all democracy there is no way of challenging this situation.
Christine was extremely close to Lansman, so much so that when Lansman moved to get rid of Jackie Walker as Vice-Chair of Momentum, thus encouraging Crooked Iain McNicol to suspend her, Christine voted in support of Lansman. Likewise when she was on the NEC Christine voted to refer Jackie’s case to the NCC. Although she has now indicated that she is opposed to Jackie’s expulsion this is another case of the witchhunt coming to bite people who previously had given it succour.
Nonetheless this is a sad end to Christine’s 19 years on the NEC during which she has been a rock of the Left. The way she has been treated, both by Corbyn and Lansman is disgraceful. What makes it worse is that in betraying Christine Corbyn has simply emboldened his own enemies.