Tuesday, 21 May 2019

On what basis does the American state label incidents as 'domestic terrorism'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Questions Whether Domestic Terrorism Depends on the Identity of the Perpetrator

This is why Zionism is racist – Settler gets 5 years for burning alive 3 Palestinians including a baby

The Israeli ‘Justice’ system demonstrates once again why it is institutionally racist as Lod’s District Court endorses plea bargain

In July 2015 18 month Ali Dawabshe and his parents, Saad and Reham were murdered in their beds when settlers threw petrol bombs inside their house. Only 4 year old Ahmad survived, albeit with 60% burns to his body.
Weeks later Israel’s ‘hilltop youth’ ‘celebrated’ their deaths in a wedding where they were pictured stabbing at pictures of Ali Dawabsheh. 
Palestinian policeman investigates arson at Dawabshe's home
A 19 year old Israeli was convicted at Lod District Court last week, not of murder  but arson.  In fact, because the murderer has already served 3 years on remand he will go free.  The prosecution agreed to a plea deal which allowed the crime to be reduced from murder to arson. Israel’s colonial court had to agree to the plea deal, which of course they did.
Nasr Dawabsheh, a spokesperson for the family, said that "This deal is unfair and encourages the settler gangs to commit more crimes," The Court  threw out several of the accused’s confessions because of torture. If he had been a Palestinian then there is no doubt that his confession would be accepted.  Israel’s military courts in the West Bank have a 99.7% conviction rate because confessions are accepted without question.
The 3 murdered Dawabshe family members
This comes on top of the decision of the Israeli authorities to refuse any ‘anti-terrorist’ compensation to the surviving child, Ahmad.  Only Jewish settlers, being citizens, receive such monies and as Ahmad is not Jewish and therefore not a citizen he is not entitled to any compensation for the appalling burns and torment that he suffered. Yoav Mordechai, the IDF coordinator of activities in the West Bank did however deny reports that Israel’s Health Ministry had served the family with a NIS 2 million bill for treatment. Mordechai apparently said that Israel would foot the bill.
Of course if this Israeli teenage killer had been an Arab all would have been different.  When Ahmad Manasra was convicted of attempted murder, he was held on remand until he was 14 years of age in order that he could receive a prison sentence. He was initially sentenced to 12 years, reduced to 9.5 years imprisonment. The two Israelis stabbed did not die and it was his cousin who had inflicted the wounds.
Ali Saad Dawabsheh
There is a surprisingly good article on the Times of Israel blog, Kill at Will. The Duma Dilemma by Esor Ben-Sorek, a retired professor of Hebrew and Biblical literature who describes himself as a follower of Trumpeldor, Jabotinsky and Begin – all symbols and leaders of Revisionist Zionism. the article is reprinted below.
The graffiti daubed on the walls of the Dawabsheh home

Kill at Will. The Duma Dilemma

Monday, 20 May 2019


More Adventures with Tommy Robinson's Zionist friends

It has been brought to my attention that Michael English, a small time crook and ardent Zionist, member of the neo-nazi Jewish Defence League, has been visited by the counter-terrorism police.

Michael helpfully put a video of the visit by the Police up on Facebook before it was hurriedly taken down.  But not quickly enough, Ambrosine Shitrit’s advice notwithstanding.
 Michael English has already come to the attention of this blog on more than one occasion. For example
Who are Tommy Robinson’s Zionist Supporters? 
Michael English with Jonathan Hoffman, former Vice-Chair of the Zionist Federation at a recent anti-Palestine demo.

The Police came to the point pretty quickly and asked English

Manchester Counter-terrorism Police to Michael English on  9th May 2019.

Michael English, known to the Police as a clearly vulnerable young man has just been visited and interviewed in his Salford, Manchester council flat by a member of the Manchester Counter-Terrorism Police and an officer from the Prevent Counter-terrorism team.
Shortly after the interview began Michael interrupted the interview in order to film it.  Afterwards  he put the taped interview on the closed extremist group site JDF- JEWISH DEFENCE FORCES. Jonathan Hoffman, Paul Besser – former “intelligence “ officer of Britain First and Mark Haringman  are all members of this group. David Collier was also a member also but he deserted the group recently after being named by me on here.
The video caused great concern and panic amongst the far-Right Zionist group around Hoffman and frantic efforts were made to contact Michael to have it taken down. Ambrosine Shitrit, who is involved in running the Judeo Nazi Campaign4Truth, (it is unfortunate that Shitters 2 person campaign isn’t subject to the Trades Description Acts) and EYE ON ANTISEMITISM blogs with Sharon KlaffShe became increasingly frantic as the evening wore on. Michael was eventually contacted and removed the video. But it was too late – we have the video here.
Michael at earlier anti-Palestine demo with Sheridan wearing  terrorist JDL shirts. Hoffman at same event next to Roberta Moore, boss of the Jewish Division EDL. Moore also wearing a JDL shirt. JDL is a proscribed terror group in the US AND Israel.
Michael was firmly but  diplomatically and politely told by the Counter-terrorism police officer that -
 It was a safeguarding visit to check to see if you are moving towards violent extremism…… the reason we have come to see you today is that concerns have been raised by professionals who state that you may have anti-Palestine sentiments and there were concerns that you might embrace a violent ideology towards attacking Palestinians
At recent anti-Palestine demo. Michael on left with l-r Ambrosine Shitrit, Paul Besser ex “intelligence officer” Britain First, Jonathan Hoffman ex Vice-chair Zionist Federation and Melanie Gharial.

No doubt the Police and security services are fully aware of the plans being made by the group associated with Hoffman  to disrupt the peaceful pro-Palestine Al Quds Day march in London next month. Perhaps these “safeguarding” visits are connected to this. No doubt the Security Services are bearing in mind that Darren Osborne, the right-wing terrorist had planned to attack the parade before going on to carry out a murderous attack on Finsbury Park mosque.
Michael has been seen frequently with Hoffman at anti-Palestine events. Here they both are again with Gemma Sheridan.
Michael  with Thor Halland, another Hoffman associate who can be volatile at anti-Palestine demos.

Michael with Mark Haringman who has already come to the attention of the Met Police.
Michael endearingly  seems to fantasize a lot and for a while naively modelled himself on Alfie Solomons, the Jewish gangster in Peaky Blinders.  No stranger to Strangeways Prison in Manchester it is hoped that this clearly vulnerable young man will learn from the visit of the Counter-terrorism Police and Safeguarding officer.
His family are clearly very worried about him.  Would it be too much to hope that the extremist Zionist misfits who seem to have been exploiting a vulnerable young person will now leave him alone and at peace.
It would also help if the tax-payer funded CST, the Zionist Federation and the Board of Deputies were more proactive in co-operating with the Police when they organise anti-Palestine counter-demos.  For example, in recent years Joseph Cohen of the self-styled Israel Advocacy Movement and Simon Cobbs of Sussex Friends of Israel have been named as co- organisers of the counter-demo for the Al Quds march along with the ZF and BOD.  Yet Cobbs and Cohen join the likes of Hoffman, Besser and Collier in trying to prevent the march taking place. Both then boast loudly  about this  afterwards. 

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Eurovision 2019 - "Madonna's a Total Prostitute - She'll Do Anything for Money"

Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie: 

“the whole thing is set up to normalise the State of Israel & its disgraceful treatment of the Palestinian people."

For some reason, which BBC2 Executives will no doubt rue, BBC Newsnight decided to interview Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie tonight and to ask him about Madonna’s decision to perform during the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv this weekend.
Speaking to Newsnight ahead of the release of a new greatest hits album, the rock band's lead singer called Madonna a “total prostitute” adding, “I’ve nothing against prostitutes.... Primal Scream would never perform in Israel".
“It’s set up to normalise the State of Israel and its disgraceful treatment of the Palestinian people. By going to perform in Israel I think what you do is you normalise that,"
Earlier this week, Madonna said: “I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be.”   So if the political agenda is Israel’s violation of human rights then Madonna would prefer to take the money than not play!
Gillespie’s answers are precisely the way to deal with the Zionist trope about the ‘right to exist’ of the Israeli state. When I was asked that question on BBC Big Questions some years ago I responded by saying that no state has the right to exist. A state is not a person and only a fascist equates a state with the people living in it.
Even better was when Bobby Gillespie was told by Kirsty Wark that he would be seen as ‘anti-Semitic’.  His response?  All my heroes are Jews – Karl Marx, Bob Dylan and the Marx Brothers.’  Which left Kirsty Wark speechless. I haven’t shown the pathetic declaration of Madonna at the beginning of the week talking about this ‘ancient conflict’. The conflict goes back to 1917 and the Balfour Declaration. Which isn’t all that ancient!
Tony Greenstein
Kirsty Wark:       Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv. Madonna’s going to play.’
Bobby Gillespie ‘Well Madonna will do anything for money. She is a total prostitute. I’ve nothing against prostitutes. It’s set up to normalise the State of Israel and its disgraceful treatment of the Palestinian people. By going to perform in Israel what you do is normalise that. So Primal Scream would never perform in Israel. I think Madonna is just desperate for publicity and desperate for the money because she’ll be getting... they pay very very well.
Kirsty Wark:  This gets into difficult territory because you believe in the State of Israel’s right to exist? Because this is what the big argument is.
Bobby Gillespie: I believe in the rights of the Palestinian people.
Kirsty Wark: And the rights of the Israelis?
Bobby Gillespie: Stolen land
Kirsty Wark:  I have to just ask this one question which is, if you don’t believe in the right of the State of Israel to exist you understand why you are then seen as anti-Semitic?
Bobby Gillespie: I’m not anti-Semitic at all.  All my heroes are Jews. Karl Marx, Bob Dylan, Marx Brothers                                   

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Jewish Chronicle Columnist Geoffrey Alderman Nails the Lie that Corbyn is an anti-Semite

The Goebbels/Pollard Technique of Repeating a Falsehood Does Not Make it True

Every week without fail there is another story in the Jewish Chronicle campaign to ‘prove’ that Jeremy Corbyn’s is anti-Semitic. Its editor, Stephen Pollard, is a former editor of the Daily Express and a member of the cold war Henry Jackson Society, a virulently Islamaphobic organisation whose Associate Director is the racist Douglas Murray.
Geoffrey Alderman is a right-wing eccentric and Zionist. He has been a columnist at the Jewish Chronicle since 2002. He is also an academic at the private University of Buckingham. He was rightly condemned when he wrote that ‘Few events... have caused me greater pleasure in recent weeks than news of the death of the Italian so-called "peace activist" Vittorio Arrigoni.’ Vittorio’ was a member of the International Solidarity Movement who was murdered in Gaza.
Geoffrey Alderman
He was once a member of the Board of Deputies but left to the sound of booing and hissing and was called a ‘communal gadfly’ a title that he has somewhat taken to heart since he has compiled an anthology of his writings based on this description.
Alderman’s primary claim to fame is as a Jewish historian. His book The Jewish Community in British Politics was the subject of a concerted effort by the Board of Deputies to persuade him to excise certain parts concerning racism in the Jewish community and in particular that nearly 2% of Hackney Jews had voted for the neo-Nazi National Front.
Above the Zionist Attack on the Labour Party 
When the Anti-Nazi League, a mass anti-fascist group, was created in 1977 to meet the challenge of a growing National Front, which had attracted over 100,000 votes in the GLC elections and large votes in local elections in cities such as Leicester and Bradford, the Board of Deputies attacked it, with what Maurice Ludmer, editor of Searchlight Anti-fascist Magazine described as
"all the fervour of Kamikaze pilots... It was as though they were watching a time capsule rerun of the 1930's, in the form of a flickering old movie, with a grim determination to repeat every mistake of that era.[Searchlight 41, November 1978]
Another non-story in the Jewish Chronicle - its enemies always 'rant' - the poor dear above had to be 'consoled' after having been told by John Prescott a few home truths
Alderman was one of the few prominent British Jews who criticised the Board of Deputies for attacking the ANL rather than the fascists.
Another non-story in the Jewish Chronicle - they hate the idea that Corbyn meets Jews aren't part of the Zionist clique
What is remarkable about the current wave of anti-Semitism hysteria is the almost complete unanimity of the Zionists about Labour’s non-existent ‘anti-Semitism’ and in particular Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘anti-Semitism’.
The lynch mob has been led by Stephen Pollard. Writing in 2019 in the Daily Mail he stated that It took me a long time before I felt it appropriate to describe Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite.’ This is such a blatant lie that it is a wonder that Pollard's nose hasn’t already grown to twice its size!
Even before Corbyn was elected as Labour leader the Jewish Chronicle was accusing him of consorting with holocaust deniers, such as Paul Eisen. 
All the major Jewish news papers sing the same song - is it any wonder that many Jews respond that 'antisemitism' is a worry though individually they never experience it?
Last July, in their United We Stand editorials, the 3 major Zionist papers in Britain accused Corbyn of posing an ‘existential threat to Jewish life in this country’.  Who else but an anti-Semite could do this?
The Foreign Editor of the Jewish News, Stephen Oryszczuk heavily criticised the joint editorial in an interview with Canary saying that
‘The question is whether there is an intention to taint him. Some are certainly out to get him, but without revealing sources, all I can say is that it’s sometimes questionable where these things come from.’ Oryszczuk described what happened as a ‘character assassination.’
One of the emails sent out weekly by Pollard
Oryszczuk was immediately put on ‘sick leave’ and has I understand been forced out.
Alderman has never been one to pull his punches. In the Spectator he has written a devastating critique of the idea that Corbyn is anti-Semitic.
Freedland and Finkelstein join hands to demonise Corbyn
Alderman first takes issue with Danny Finkelstein, The Times Associate Editor and Tory Peer, who was a Board Member of the Gatestone Institute. The GI promotes Tommy Robinson, Geert Wilders and a whole host of racists, fascists and Islamaphobes. The Gatestone Institute, which is funded by American billionaire Nina Rosenwald, the “sugar mama of anti-Muslim hate, described Robinson as ‘a British free-speech activist and Islam critic.’ I hate to think what they might have called Hitler. A Jew critic?
Finkelstein criticised Corbyn for not having condemned the anti-Semitism of John Hobson when Corbyn reviewed his book, ‘Imperialism: A Study’ 8 years ago. Alderman is absolutely right when he writes that There was absolutely no need for Corbyn to have drawn attention to them in his foreward.’ It was as he points out 10 lines in a 400 page book.

Pollard has been waging a non-stop war against Corbyn for over 3 years
Alderman demolishes the Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, Joan Ryan MP’s fatuous assertion that
‘‘Over the past three years… the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn has become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism. This problem simply did not exist in the party before his election as leader.’  
Alderman points out that ‘leading socialist activists – for instance Sidney and Beatrice Webb were unashamed exponents’ of anti-Semitism.  Sydney Webb described the European continental parties as ‘Jew ridden’ but fortunately this wasn’t true in the British Labour Party because ‘there’s no money in it.’ Alderman was clear:
The fact of the matter is that Corbyn has an impressive record of supporting Jewish communal initiatives’
and then proceeds to reel off a whole long list of examples of where Corbyn has supported local Jewish initiatives such as saving the cemetery of the West London synagogue from the developers. Writing that
‘I could fill this entire article with a list of philo-Semitic EDMs that Corbyn has signed since he was first elected as Labour MP for Islington North in 1983.’
Alderman ‘deliberately omitted from this discussion any consideration of Corbyn’s attitude to Zionism and whether anti-Zionism is inherently anti-Semitic.’ and he concludes that ‘the grounds for labelling him an anti-Semite simply do not exist.’
Which is a pretty damning indictment of the fallacious and dishonest campaign mounted by people like Pollard, who is the Joseph Goebbels of the British Jewish community.  Pollard has turned the JC into a Zionist propaganda rag and its circulation has dropped like a stone to less than 20,000, many of them given away.  Which is why the JC is facing severe financial problems.
Pollard made his reasons for mounting the fake anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn crystal clear last year.  In an article Labour's new guidelines show it is institutionally antisemitic Pollard attacked the attempt to remove or neutralise some of the examples of the IHRA. The problem was that
instead of adopting the definition as agreed by all these bodies, Labour has excised the parts which relate to Israel and how criticism of Israel can be antisemitic.’
As we always said the ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign was about Israel not anti-Semitism. This has always been Pollard and the Board of Deputies’s only concern. If Corbyn had been genuinely anti-Semitic but pro-Zionist then Pollard would have raised no objection to Corbyn.
In just the same way, the execrable Margaret Hodge has become a hero to the Jewish Chronicle. This is the same Hodge of whom Pollard wrote in the Daily Express that ‘it’s difficult to imagine a more blatant, shameful and utterly contemptible piece of two-faced hypocrisy than the behaviour of Margaret Hodge. ” Except that he wasn’t describing her attack on Jeremy Corbyn as a ‘fucking anti-Semite.’
Of course Pollard’s description of Hodge could not be bettered when it comes to his own behaviour and his selective attitude to anti-Semitism.
When in 2009 the Tories left the European Peoples Party in the European Parliament they formed the European Conservative Reform Group. However the parties that were included in this group included the anti-Semitic Polish Law and Justice Party and Latvia’s For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK. This met with a lot of criticism.
Jonathan Freedland, who was then more vocal about genuine anti-Semitism wrote that ‘there was a time when no self-respecting British politician would have gone anywhere near such people’. He described how Michal Kaminski, the Chairman of the ECR,
began his career in the National Rebirth of Poland movement, inspired by a 1930s fascist ideology that dreamed of a racially pure nation. Even today, the PiS slogan is "Poland for Poles", understood to be a door slammed in the face of non-Catholics. In 2001 he upbraided the president for daring to apologise for a 1941 pogrom in the town of Jedwabne which left hundreds of Jews dead. Kaminski said there was nothing to apologise for – at least not until Jews apologised for what he alleged was the role Jewish partisans and Jewish communists had played alongside the Red Army in Poland.’
Freedland also pointed out that members of the Latvian LNNK party
 ‘have played a leading part in the annual parade honouring veterans of the Latvian Legion of the Waffen-SS. Lest we forget, the SS were the crack troops of Nazi genocide; the Latvian Legion included conscripts, but at least a third were volunteers, among them men with the blood of tens of thousands of Jews on their hands. It is in honour of those killers that Cameron's new buddies march through the streets of Riga.’
When it comes to a genuine anti-Semite Pollard is all over him like a rash
Pollard you might think would have lambasted the Tories, such is his concern about anti-Semitism. Not a bit of it. The same man who damns Corbyn wrote a response defending Kaminski. Kaminski was
‘one of the greatest friends to the Jews in a town where antisemitism and a visceral loathing of Israel are rife.’
Because Kaminski was a strong supporter of Israel he had to be supported.  And this is the dilemma of Zionism. Most anti-Semites love Israel. The neo-Nazi founder of America’s alt Right, Richard Spencer, even describes himself as a White Zionist and Tommy Robinson described himself as a proud Zionist. So did Norway’s mass killer Anders Breivik. There is nothing incompatible about loving Zionism and Israel and hating Jews. Most of today’s far-Right do. Indeed if you are a genuine anti-Semite then you will also be a sincere anti-Semite.
The only ‘anti-Semites’ that Pollard and co. are opposed to are anti-Zionists.  However there are still some, a diminishing number, of Zionists, who see through their own lies.  One of them is Geoffrey Alderman.
Tony Greenstein

Jeremy Corbyn
8 May 2019
Is Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite? I began researching the answer to this question well before Danny Finkelstein’s recent revelation in the Times that eight years ago Corbyn had written a glowing foreward to a new edition of Imperialism: A Study, written by the radical economist John Atkinson Hobson, first published in 1902.
Context is paramount. That’s why I feel obliged to censure Finkelstein’s exposé. We all know what Hobson thought of Jews and capitalism. But to conclude – as Finkelstein does – that in writing the foreward Corbyn had praised a ‘deeply anti-Semitic book’ is to give a totally false impression of what this influential study is actually about. In a text running to almost 400 pages there are merely a dozen or so lines which we would call anti-Semitic. There was absolutely no need for Corbyn to have drawn attention to them in his foreward.
It’s quite true that the Labour Party that Corbyn leads has been dogged in recent years with incidents in which a significant number of its members, after being publicly pilloried as anti-Semites, have been expelled from the party. Worse than that, earlier this year a group of MPs resigned from the party, citing rampant anti-Semitism and a failure to deal with it as one of the reasons for their departure.
The group included the Jewish MP Luciana Berger, and also the non-Jewish MP Joan Ryan, formerly chair of Labour Friends of Israel. In her resignation speech, Ryan suggested that the ‘huge shame’ of anti-Semitism did not exist until Corbyn became party leader. Criticising Corbyn for ‘presiding over a culture of anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel,’ Ryan insisted that ‘Over the past three years… the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn has become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism. This problem simply did not exist in the party before his election as leader.’
Really? After all, hasn’t anti-Jewish racism existed in the party since its creation, over a century ago? In the late 19th century, wasn’t the trade-union movement (out of ‘the bowels’ of which the party emerged, as Ernie Bevin once graphically observed) positively riddled with such prejudice? Weren’t leading socialist activists – for instance Sidney and Beatrice Webb  – unashamed exponents of it? To point to these irrefutable facts is neither to excuse such racism nor to imply that it wasn’t present in other political parties. Indeed it was and still is.
But my present concern is with Jeremy Corbyn, by which I mean Corbyn the person. For whilst it’s one thing to accuse him of being ‘soft’ on anti-Semitism, tolerating it and even befriending some of its exponents, it’s quite another to level the charge against him personally. What truth – if any – could there possibly be in such an accusation?
The fact of the matter is that Corbyn has an impressive record of supporting Jewish communal initiatives. For instance he was recently supportive of Jewish efforts to facilitate the speedy issue of death certificates by the north London coroner. In 2015 he took part in a ceremony in his Islington constituency to commemorate the founding of the North London Synagogue. In 2010 he put his name to an Early Day Motion (tabled by Diane Abbott) calling on the UK government to facilitate the settlement of Yemeni Jews in Britain. Indeed I could fill this entire article with a list of philo-Semitic EDMs that Corbyn has signed since he was first elected as Labour MP for Islington North in 1983.
In 1987 the West London Synagogue approached Islington Council with a startling proposal: to sell its original cemetery to property developers, destroying the gravestones and digging-up and reburying the bodies lying under them. This cemetery (dating from 1843) was not merely of great historic and architectural interest – in the view of orthodox Jews, the deliberate destruction of a cemetery is sacrilegious. So when Islington Council granted the planning application, a Jewish-led and ultimately successful campaign was launched to have the decision reversed. I was part of that campaign. So was Jeremy Corbyn. Meanwhile, the then-leader of Islington Council (1982-92), whose decision to permit the destruction of the cemetery was eventually overturned, was none other than Margaret Hodge (though it is unclear whether she personally was in favour of the proposal).
I have deliberately omitted from this discussion any consideration of Corbyn’s attitude to Zionism and whether anti-Zionism is inherently anti-Semitic. All I will say here – as a proud Zionist – is that in my view context is, again, paramount.
I will agree that from time to time, as backbench MP and party leader, Corbyn has acted unwisely. But the grounds for labelling him an anti-Semite simply do not exist.
Geoffrey Alderman is Professor of Politics, University of Buckingham.