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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Israel/Palestine is already one state –the only people who talk of 2 States are Zionists

The Death of the 2 State Illusion

Those Who Support 2 States

Support an Apartheid Solution

Another brilliant article from Israel’s premier journalist, Gideon Levy.  It can only be a matter of time, perhaps when Netanyahu has finally silenced the few remaining NGO’s and human rights organisations that attention will be turned to Levy and Amira Hass and the other journalists who aren’t prepared to play ball with Zionism.
There are some gullible fools and political cowards unfortunately in the Palestine solidarity movement, who still call for a 2 State solution  These naive souls, amongst which one must count the Executive of the Palestine Solidarity  Campaign, who sincerely believe that the Israeli government is going to agree to a separate Palestinian state.
It is difficult to know whether these people actually believe this, because it is always hard to get inside someone’s head.  The fact that Netanyahu stated at the last election that there would be no  2 state solution, the fact that there is no member of his ruling coalition who calls for a Palestinian state is irrelevant.  When Tzipi Hotoveli, Israel’s religious nut of a Deputy Foreign Minister and a member of Likud states that “We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country,” she said. “This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologise for that.” what part of that I wonder do these people not understand?
The Israeli Labour Party also doesn’t believe in a 2 state solution.  Sure they pay lip service to it but the position as outlined by their leader Avi Gabbay is opposition to the dismantlement of the settlements.  The settlements have been so constructed as to prevent a 2 state solution and without their being dismantled any Palestinian state would have more holes in it than a Swiss cheese.
The Times of Israel of 2nd November 2017 summed up the situation perfectly: After pro-settlement comments, Gabbay reiterates support for two-state solution
Of course I would be less than honest if I didn’t confess to opposing 2 states on principle.  The root cause of the problem in Palestine is not two peoples fighting over one piece of land as liberal Zionists pretend but a settler colonial movement which displaced an indigenous population and erected a racial supremacists state as in South Africa.  A 2 state solution, even were it feasible, would be a monstrosity.  Israel would be even more racist and aggressive.  The Palestinian state, which would be a Bantustan in practice, would be a horrific police state whose main job was to police its own subjects in order to keep Israel satisfied, because there would be a massive power imbalance between them.  Indeed the Palestinian ‘state’ would be something like the quisling entity that the Palestinian Authority operates at the moment.
That is why I opposed, in 1993, the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO.  At the time I resigned from PSC over the issue when, at an emergency conference, two-thirds of the meeting agreed to support them. My views on them are best represented in a debate with Julia Bard of the Jewish Socialists Group in the pages of National Labour Briefing, A Mess of Potage in October 1993.
In the article I said that:
The Accord divides the Palestinian nation in two. It excludes not only _ those Palestinians living inside pre-1967 Israel, but the two million Palestinians who were exiled in 1948 and 1967. It explicitly rules out the right of return. Israel continues to control the Allenby bridge to Jordan.

Under the Accord Israel will retain control over land, water and resources. The Palestinians will collect their own garbage, control education and health and police themselves. In effect, the prison guards will be removed from inside to outside the prison walls.
Zionism was not founded in order to establish a state in half the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael).  It claims the whole land.  Indeed the biblical Land of Israel extends up to the Litani river in Lebanon and down to the Nile in Egypt and across to the Euphrates in Iraq, so there is quite a way to go.  The idea of stopping half way and handing over 22% of the territory of Mandate Palestine is absurd.
Of course there are some people who talk about 2 states who know full well that it will never be achieved.  Firstly Zionist organisations in this country, in particular Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement but also the Board of Deputies of British Jews support 2 states.  However these same organisations support all Israel’s repressive actions in the Territories.  They all support the Occupation wholeheartedly.  Yet unless there is sufficient opposition to the military occupation, there is no chance that Israel will unilaterally hand over part of the West Bank for a state. 
We saw that last week when the Board of Deputies and Labour Friends of Israel rushed to support the Israeli army's gunning down of 60 unarmed Palestinian demonstrators whilst blaming the violence, not on those who did the shooting but on the victims (for which Hamas is the all-purpose address).
It should therefore clear that these organisations are hypocritical liars.  They know that there will never be a 2 state solution as does the pro-Zionist Alliance for Workers Liberty, an allegedly Trotskyist organisation.  So why do they support 2 states?  Because that is the best way to undermine calls for the only possible solution to Israeli Apartheid, a democratic, secular state in the whole of Palestine.  Support for 2 States is also a way of opposing the call for equal rights for all those under Israeli rule, i.e. an end to the present Apartheid situation.
There are of course a second group, such as Jeremy Corbyn, who have no analysis worthy of the name and simply oppose Israeli repression and call for a 2 State Solution because they fondly imagine that the ‘international community’ will put pressure on Israel to conform.  However it should be obvious even to these people that the United States, which is in essence the ‘international community’ has no intention whatsoever of pressurising Israel to agree to a 2 state solution.

Emily Thornberry, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary also calls for 2 States.  I have no doubt whatsoever that she does not believe it is possible.  She is an ardent Zionist and a member of Labour Friends of Israel.  As such her posturing on the issue is entirely cynical.  She is above all a supporter of the Atlantic Alliance and the special relationship with the USA.  Israel is integral to that.
The reality today is that there is already one state.  As Gideon Levy says, there is no border between pre-1967 Israel and today’s Greater Israel.  The only question therefore is whether or not all those living under Israeli rule should be granted equal rights.  Those who oppose this are supporters of the present Apartheid situation.  Of course this will mean that there will no longer be a Jewish State.   That is not such a loss.  What is a Jewish state?  Does a state pray to god or put on tefillin (phylacteries)?  A Jewish state simply means a state where Jews have more rights than non-Jews.  It is a Jewish supremacist state and no one who calls themselves a socialist should have anything to do with such a concept.
Tony Greenstein 
A debate on the Oslo Accords in Labour Briefing in October 1993 with the Jewish Socialist's Julia Bard
Calling Israel a democracy when less than half its subjects live in freedom is a propaganda trick that has worked better than one would have thought
Gideon Levy   Apr 15, 2018 
FILE PHOTO: Arrests at the Gaza border, 2007AP
With the approach this week of celebrations marking Israel’s 70th birthday, 12 million people live in the country. Some of them are citizens, some are residents, some are detainees, and all are subjects. Everyone’s fate has been determined by the country’s governing institutions.

On this Independence Day, we have to acknowledge that the country’s genuine borders are the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east, including not only the West Bank but also the Gaza Strip. Israel controls all this territory and everyone who lives there through various and sundry means, even if from a legal standpoint there’s no mention of this.

Forget the law. Israel long ago abandoned it. In practice it rules Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In the case of Gaza, it suffices with control from the outside, which is more convenient. On Israel’s 70th birthday, the time has come to recognize that the occupation of the territories in 1967 is not temporary. It was never meant to be and never will be. The 1967 border has been erased. The distinction between 1948 and 1967 doesn’t exist.
It was only in the state’s first 19 years, a blink of an eye from a historical perspective, that the country existed without the territories. For the balance of its history, the occupation has been an inseparable part of it, its character, its government, its essence, its DNA. What existed here for a brief time and is gone will not be coming back.

It’s critical that we rip the cover off the alleged transience of the occupation, which for some Israelis has been a sweet delusion and for others a dangerous threat. There is an abyss dividing a temporary occupation and a permanent one.

In its early years, Israel was small in area and population, but its youth, like everyone’s youth, quickly passed. For most of its existence, Israel hasn’t resembled the girl we remember. Its days as a small country with a Jewish majority have passed and the clock can’t be turned back. It’s no longer the small woman of our dreams. It’s the big woman of our nightmares.

On Israel’s 70th birthday, the time has come to recognize that Israel is a binational state under whose control two peoples live, equal in size. It maintains separate governing systems for them: a democratic one for Jews, discrimination for Israeli Arabs, and dictatorship for Palestinians. It’s not an equal democracy for all its subjects, meaning, of course, that it’s not a democracy.

There’s no such democracy where what’s allowed for one people isn’t for another. Therefore, on its 70th anniversary, Israel being called a democracy when fewer than half its subjects live in freedom is nothing but a propaganda trick that has worked to a greater extent than one would have thought.

It’s not only Israelis who deny and repress this reality. It’s more convenient for the Western world, too, to look at Israel’s more enlightened side, to ignore its dark side and continue to call it a democracy. After all, in the West, what country hasn’t also had such a colonialist back yard? And who could really confront Israel, a country that rose from the ashes?

Israel is therefore the darling of the West, despite the hollow lip service to the Palestinians, and so the West too has embraced the excuse of the occupation’s temporary nature: “Just wait, wait a little longer for the ‘peace process’ and the Israelis will be pulling out of the territories.” So it’s important that the lie of the transience of the occupation be exposed.

If the occupation isn’t temporary, it would be clear that Israel isn’t a democracy but rather an apartheid state par excellence. Two peoples and two systems of rights. That’s was apartheid looks like, even if it hides behind excuses ranging from temporariness to security grounds, from the right to the land to the concept of the chosen people, including the divine promise and messianic redemption.

These excuses don’t change the picture. In South Africa, no doubt an apartheid state, the regime invoked similar excuses to justify its existence. No one bought them. But with Israel there actually are buyers. One difference between South Africa and Israel is that Israel is stronger, more sophisticated and better connected to the world. And it has done a better job obscuring its apartheid.

It’s big, strong and nondemocratic. Israel oppresses the Palestinians through various means with one result: There isn’t a single free Palestinian in the West Bank or Gaza Strip. Their fate is determined by the Israeli government in Jerusalem and the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, and they have no rights at either one. Is this not apartheid? Is it democracy?

And now on to the showy and proud Independence Day ceremonies planned by Culture Minister Miri Regev. Let’s not rain on her parade.                

Ken Livingstone - Forced by racists and Zionists to resign from the Labour Party


Corbyn's Shameful Abandonment of Livingstone will come back to haunt him

In happier times - Livingstone, Gerry Adams and Jeremy Corbyn
No one will be happier with the resignation of Ken Livingstone than the racists and the Zionists.  No doubt the Luke Akehursts, John Manns and Wes Streetings, who applauded the Israeli army snipers as they slaughtered unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza last week will savour their moment of victory.  But if it has been a victory for the Right it has been because of the abject cowardice of much of the Left, Momentum’s Jon Lansman in particular.


After two years of persecution Ken Livingstone has succumbed to the pressure believing, wrongly in my opinion, that the pressure would be lifted on Jeremy Corbyn.  On the contrary the Zionists will feel emboldened to go for new victims, of whom Jackie Walker will be the next target.  And after that Chris Williamson MP and anyone else who sticks their head above the parapet in order to denounce the world’s only apartheid state.
Like vultures waiting for their victim to die, the scum of the Jewish Labour Movement hung around outside Livingstone's hearing b4 the National Kangaroo Committee only to be sorely disappointed - including from second right Jeremy Newmark, exposed as a crook and second left, thuglet Ella Rose, a direct transfer from the Israeli Embassy
No doubt Lansman and his Momentum sycophants will be prepared to sacrifice more socialists to the Zionist movement – the Jewish Labour Movement and Labour Friends of Israel - as part of what they believe is the price of eventual victory.   They are likely to be sorely disappointed. The more you feed these animals the more they will want until they devour their final victim, Corbyn himself.
In the last act of the malevolent Iain McNicol, Livingstone’s suspension was made indefinite. In an abject act of cowardice Corbyn rewarded this detestable man, who tried to keep him off the ballot paper two years ago in the leadership election and who locked Corbyn and his staff out of Labour’s HQ on election night last year (believing that the election would be a disaster) with a peerage.  Corbyn rewarded this crook with a peerage and in return he will suffer further treachery.

Ken Livingstone pioneered anti-racism in local government.  He supported the Republican movement in Ireland and advocated speaking to Sinn Fein when it was unpopular.  He was unflinching in his support of the Palestinians and in his opposition to Zionism.  Those who remember the Greater London Council remember one of the few genuinely radical local authorities in Britain which supported the miners, taunted Thatcher with its banner figures of unemployment and established lasting links with Britain’s Black community.  As a two-term Mayor Livingstone was equally successful.
Livingstone has been forced out of Labour precisely because he is an anti-racist who stood up to Jewish racists and Zionist chauvinists and their non-Jewish sponsors.  It is to the eternal shame of Corbyn and McDonnell that instead resisting they allowed John Mann to set the agenda.
It was appropriate that Lansman should see fit to quote from the notorious racist politician Enoch Powell
Corbyn and McDonnell threw Livingstone to the Zionist wolves without realising that Livingstone was only the hors d'oeuvres. Of course they were not the only ones to abandon Ken. Lansman quoted appropriately from Enoch Powell, when informing Ken that ‘all political lives end in failure.’ 
Lies take on a life of their own in the yellow press.  Livingstone was repeatedly accused of saying that ‘Hitler was a Zionist’ which would have been an idiotic thing to say.  However the transcript of what he did say is easily available. The Independent published the transcript on 28th April 2016.  Defending Naz Shah MP, who had herself had been suspended for a satirical joke about transplanting Israel to the United States he said:

“It’s completely over the top but it’s not antisemitism. Let’s remember when Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism – this before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.

After two years idiot journalist Deborah Orr could not get a simple thing such as what Livingstone actually said correct
None of this stopped idiot journalists like Deborah Orr of the ‘I’ calling Livingstone a ‘fool’ only last week whilst repeating the ‘Hitler was a Zionist’ lie.  Lazy unprincipled journalists like Orr can’t be bothered to move out from under the Westminster bubble.  It is easier just to recycle other pundits lies.  Orr wrote:
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour has been riven for many months now by unquenchable accusations of anti-semitism. Hardly surprising, when such fools as Ken Livingstone find it acceptable to declare that “Hitler was a Zionist”, seemingly unaware of the grotesque inversion of the truth that his sophistry entails.
Last week we had the unelected political lightweight, Shami Chakrabarti, declaring that Livingstone should be expelled from the Labour Party. Chakrabarti who has not been a member for two years yet took it upon herself to declare that Livingstone should be expelled for having given ‘offence’ albeit that he spoke the truth. [Anger is not a substitute for ignorance]

Livingstone has issued a dignified statement rebutting the lies that have surrounded him for these past two years and a shorter statement for the press.
Ken vigorously rebuts the libel that he is in anyway anti-Semitic and reaffirms that what he spoke was true.   In particular he defended his statement, which so irked the Zionists, that Hitler supported Zionism:

I was also told I caused offence using the word ‘support’ when I said Hitler supported Zionism. However, the respected professor of Holocaust studies, Francis Nicosia, in his book Zionism and Antisemitism in Nazi Germany, said ‘there was almost unanimous support in German government and Nazi party circles for promoting Zionism among German Jews.’ Nicosia detailed that support in his December 1978 article ‘Zionism in National Socialist Jewish Policy in Germany, 1933-39’ (University of Chicago, Journal of Modern History).
Exactly the same conclusion was drawn by Zionist historians such as Lucy Dawidowicz in her War Against the Jews and David Cesarani’s The Final Solution.  It is of course offensive to Zionists to be reminded that their movement, Zionism, despite its accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ today, was a movement of collaboration.

By throwing Livingstone overboard, Corbyn and McDonnell have not made it easier for themselves.  Livingstone was one of the few heavyweights of the Left on the National Executive Committee until his suspension.  With the departure of Christine Shawcroft, who was personally told by Corbyn to resign, there is no serious socialist left on the NEC. 

Compare the left on the NEC today to the left in a previous generation – people like Tony Benn, Eric Heffer, Norman Atkinson, Joan Maynard.  Today we have Momentum lightweights whose main preoccupation is advancing their career, with barely an idea between them.

Lansman and the leadership of Momentum, whilst voting with Corbyn have effectively abandoned any strategy that involves confrontation with the Right. 

From now on the game will be to increasingly appease the Right.  A Right that may, in the event of electoral victory (which is becoming increasingly unlikely) is likely to refuse to support Corbyn as Prime Minister.  The lesson from the 1930’s was that appeasing Hitler led to more and greater demands.  Likewise having sacrificed Livingstone, Corbyn will find that their opponent’s appetites will be whetted still further until there is only one sacrifice left – and that will be Corbyn himself.

Tony Greenstein

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Open Letter to Jennie Formby, General Secretary of the Labour Party

Why the fuck have you not suspended Luke Akehurst and cut all links between Labour and Labour Friends of Israel?

Please write to complaints@labour.org.uk and jennie_formby@labour.org.uk

Dear Jenny,

Most of us have never understood why there is a Labour Friends of Israel.  We never had a Labour Friends of Apartheid South Africa or Labour Friends of Pinochet’s Chile still less is there a Labour Friends of Burma’s Junta today. Why then is there a Labour Friends of a state founded on the ethnic cleansing of ¾ million Palestinians? 
Israel is a state that has been in permanent occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as Syria’s Golan Heights for over 50 years. It hasn’t the slightest intention to give these territories up however it cannot afford to grant their inhabitants any form of democratic rights without making Israel an officially apartheid state.  Hence why illusions in the ‘peace process’ continue to be propagated.
Luke Akehurst - Israel's shill has worked overtime in support of Israeli war crimes
Labour Friends of Israel calls on the Palestinians to 'accept responsibility' for their own deaths
Israel is an apartheid state in all but name. Yes Israel calls itself a Jewish state but only in the sense that South Africa called itself a White Christian state.
Israel is a state which calls itself Jewish. There isn’t even an Israeli nationality (there is a Jewish nationality and 130 other nationalities but only the Jewish nationality means anything).
The Board of Deputies, which has been assiduous in accusing the Labour Party of 'antisemitism' didn't hesitate to support Israel and blame those who died for their own deaths
Israel may not have petty apartheid, no signs saying ‘Jews only’ but the reality is the same.  In Education there is complete segregation between Jews and Arabs.  93% of the land is reserved for Jews.  Hundreds of Jewish communities have a legal right to exclude Arabs and just two days ago it was revealed that Israeli hospitals routinely separate Arab and Jewish women giving birth. In Israeli Maternity Wards, Jewish and Arab Segregation Is the Default
There are, of course, no signs in the hospitals saying Jewish women only on the doors of wards just as you won’t see a sign in a Jewish town saying ‘No Arabs wanted here’.  Nor will you see in the West Bank, any road signs saying ‘No Palestinians’.  However if a Palestinian should attempt to drive on a highway the army will quickly disabuse them of the notion.
It is because Israel is an Apartheid State that its supporters in the Labour Party accuse opponents, including Jewish opponents, of ‘anti-Semitism’.  That is why I was expelled three months ago. 
War Crimes in Gaza
Last week Palestinians in Gaza held the Great March of Return demonstrations. They hoped to cross into Israel where most of them came from. Even before they got anywhere near the fence they were mowed down by live fire.  Israeli snipers, mounted on earthworks, killed over 60 of them and wounded over 2,000.  The ammunition that was used, as Medecins Sans Frontieres have confirmed, consisted of illegal explosive bullets designed to expand inside the body.  The intention of Israel’s military was to cause as horrendous casualties as possible.
This is a war crime yet Labour Friends of Israel put out a tweet stating that ‘Hamas must accept responsibility for these events.’  Luke Akehurst, a former NEC member, went one step further. As Director of We Believe in Israel he called for people to give ‘full support’ to Israel’s murdering army.
My question to you Jennie is a simple one.  Why the fuck have you not suspended Luke Akehurst and issued a directive breaking off all contact between the Labour Party and LFI?
this is what Luke Akehurst and Labour Friends of Israel support
Only this week a friend of mine has been notified that they are under investigation for having sent out 2 tweets. The first condemns the expulsion of Marc Wadsworth.  They wrote that Marc had been expelled ‘on the evidence of an MP with clear ties to the racist Apartheid State of Israel.’  The second tweet notes that the JLM is claiming that Louise Ellman MP is being criticised because she is Jewish rather than a supporter of the racist State of Israel.  What possible grounds are the above for investigation?
Another member, Marianne Tellier, has been suspended for tweeting an image of a Job Centre sign with the words ‘arbeit macht frei'. As Marianne says, this image has been widely used by disability campaign groups for several years. Perhaps the idiots who made these decisions are unaware that the first victims of the Holocaust weren’t Jewish, they were the physically and mentally handicapped?
A disabled man was shot dead by Israeli snipers - with the full support of Luke Akehurst and Labour Friends of Israel
Since when it is anti-Semitic to make comparisons with the Nazi regime?  Are your employees so ignorant that they don’t understand that campaigners against Tory attacks on welfare have made similar criticisms for years without in any way being anti-Semitic? Perhaps the French students in 1968 who chanted ‘CRS-SS’ in reference to the French riot police were also anti-Semitic?  Comparisons between their opponents and the Nazis are the staple fare of Israeli propaganda?
Are you are so intimidated by the fake anti-Semitism campaign of the Zionists, which at one stage suggested that you were anti-Semitic, that you are now running scared and allowing staff  appointed by Iain McNicol to trample over the rights of ordinary Labour Party members?
The slogan ‘arbeit macht frei' (Work Makes You Free) best describes the policy of Ian Duncan Smith and Universal Credit.  Comparing the Tory’s policy to the Nazis is perfectly acceptable. If your staff weren’t so thick they would know that this slogan, which was at the entrance to all Nazi concentration camps, did not just affect Jews but all victims of the Nazis.  It was first displayed at Dachau concentration camp and then Sachsenhausen north of Berlin. The inmates of these camps were largely trade unionists, socialists and communists, not Jews. 
Labour Friends of Israel and its anti-Corbyn Chair Joan Ryan MP
If your ignorant and bigoted staff knew anything of the history of Nazi Germany they might understand such simple facts. Making comparisons with Nazi Germany is perfectly correct when trying to prevent further evils. The fact that the Zionists don’t like comparisons between what they do in Israel and the Nazis is even more reason to make them.
The Gaza Ghetto
Let us be clear.  Palestinians in Gaza were not murdered earlier this week because they were trying to cross Israel’s border.  There is no border with Gaza. Israel is unique in not having any borders since a decision was taken on independence that it did not want to fix its borders when it intended in future years to expand them.
What the Palestinians of Gaza were doing was what Jews in the Warsaw and other Nazi ghettos did. Trying to break out. Gaza has been under siege for 11 years. Gaza has become unliveable in.  97% of the water is undrinkable. For anyone, least of all a member of the Labour Party, to openly support Israeli troops murdering peaceful demonstrators as if they were ducks on a shooting gallery is outrageous.
Luke Akehurst's We Believe in Israel has worked overtime to support Israeli war crimes
I demand that Marianne Tellier is reinstated immediately and that the execrable Luke Akehurst is immediately suspended, pending expulsion.  I am sure that he would be welcomed with open arms by Britain First or Tommy Robinson’ Pegida.  What is clear is that he is no socialist and has no place in the Labour Party.
I suggest you read and get your staff to read the following article by Ian Lustick, an Israeli Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania - Israel’s Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror—and Action
Tony Greenstein  

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Letter to Shami Chakrabarti – Anger is not a substitute for ignorance

Helping the Noble Baroness understand the Connection between Labour Friends of Israel’s support for War Crimes in Gaza and its advocacy of Livingstone’s expulsion  


A few days ago I did a post The Mask of Deceit Slips from the Face of Chakrabarti as She Supports Livingstone’s Expulsion. Naturally I sent a copy to the noble Baroness.  Unfortunately it would seem that good manners amongst noble members of the Upper House are not what they were as I haven’t yet received a reply. Or perhaps these life peers simply don't have the breeding of their hereditary colleagues.

Alternatively Shami Chakrabarti may have felt she had nothing to say . This too would not be too surprising since in her vacuous and fake angry interview (after all she had nothing to be angry about) what she did have to say was completely wrong.
Labour's lightweight Shadow Attorney General attacks the very civil liberties she once defended
This new member of Labour's legal establishment travels with very little ideological baggage, still less any commitment to socialism.  It is noticeable that she has not been able to generate any similar emotions when it came to the cold and calculated gunning down of unarmed civilians, including children, medics and journalists in Gaza by Israeli snipers positioned behind earthworks for the task.  

Despite Chakrabarti's previous record on civil liberties it would seem that they don't extend beyond the borders of Britain.  International solidarity is not a concept with which the noble Baroness is familiar.  Clearly the 'antisemitism' of words is more important than live bullets and pulverised bones.
I thought I should share my letter with you my dear reader as Shami Chakrabarti is one more addition to the travelling Right show who use ‘anti-Semitism’ in order to disguise not only their direction of travel politically but their own political shallowness.

Tony Greenstein

Dear Ms Chakrabarti,
You may recall that, as a Jewish member of the Labour Party who was suspended, because of the false anti-semitism campaign, I gave evidence to you as part of your Inquiry into racism and anti-semitism.
I am extremely disappointed that on BBC’s Sunday Politics show you saw fit to make an unwarranted attack on Ken Livingstone.  You described his opinion on Nazi support for the Zionist movement as 'incendiary'.  Perhaps but it was also true. Maybe you found it incendiary because you didn't understand it?
Your assertion that Ken's opinions were an attack on German Jews simply demonstrates your own ignorance. The German Zionist movement represented less than 5% of German Jews.  It was a political movement which openly sought to collaborate with the Nazis and to suggest that people should keep quiet about that now is to advocate political censorship. It is but a short step from that to book burning.
Ken Livingstone’s expulsion has been a high priority for both Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement, both of whom assert that Ken was being anti-Semitic.  This is the same LFI who, only this week, justified the murder of over 60 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza including an 8 month old baby who exercised the right to demonstrate.
I do not remember you generating any synthetic anger over this on television.  Perhaps, as Aneurin Bevan once said, it's all a question of political priorities.
It is clear that you know nothing about Zionism and its sordid, bloody history.  Could I suggest that when you have nothing to say it is a good idea to say nothing? Verbal flatulence is not attractive.
Zionism is a movement which relegates the non-Jew and Palestinians in particular to the status of the untermenschen or in Zionism's racial hierarchy the lower races.  It finds its expression in the Apartheid structure of today’s Israeli state.
If you care to obtain a copy of Lucy Dawidowicz's Holocaust Reader (pp. 150-153) from Parliament's library (which I understand is very good) you will read a letter to Hitler from the German Zionist Federation of 21 June 1933.  It reads:
… an answer to the Jewish question truly satisfying to the national state can be brought about only with the collaboration of the Jewish movement that aims at a social, cultural and moral renewal of Jewry…On the foundation of the new state, which has established the principle of race... fruitful activity for the fatherland is possible.... Our acknowledgement of Jewish nationality provides for a clear and sincere relationship to the German people and its national and racial realities. Precisely because we don’t wish to falsify these fundamentals, because we too are against mixed marriages and are for maintaining the purity of the Jewish group… The realisation of Zionism could only be hurt by resentment of Jews abroad against the German development. (my emphasis)
The late Lucy Dawidowicz was a Zionist Holocaust historian. The letter above was the basis for collaboration between Zionism and Nazism. 
The suggestion that Ken Livingstone's remarks were an attack on all Jews presupposes that Jews and Zionists are both the same.  If you believe that then you are no different from those anti-semites who also maintain that there is no difference.
There is a history of former Directors and senior officers of Liberty (NCCL) veering to the illiberal right when they have left office. Patricia Hewitt and Harriet Harman are but two examples. In supporting the expulsion of Ken Livingstone for having expressed his opinions about Zionism you would appear to be following in their footsteps.


It is noticeable that you have had nothing to say about the real racism scandal in recent months, that of Windrush.  Unlike you Ken Livingstone has a proud and active record in fighting racism.  Your suggestion that the truth can be anti-Semitic is absurd.


It is your support of Zionism, the ideology of Israeli Apartheid which is, if anything, incompatible with a party that calls itself socialist.  The real question though is whether you even consider yourself a socialist?
Tony Greenstein