Friday, 15 November 2019

Why Anyone Who is Jewish and on the Left Should Have no Problem Voting for Jeremy Corbyn

A Response to Jonathan Freedland’s Latest Anti-Corbyn Tirade


I wrote the article below earlier in the week in response to Jonathan Freedland’s propaganda tract in The Guardian, Many Jews want Boris Johnson out. But how can we vote for Jeremy Corbyn?’ which falsely portrayed Freedland as an equidistant opponent of both Corbyn and Johnson. During the past 4 years, Freedland has devoted himself almost exclusively in one direction only – that of Corbyn.
Freedland’s only objection to Boris Johnson has been over Brexit, not his racism about Black people having ‘water melon smiles’.  Freedland, a Zionist, is quite prepared to countenance Israel using Gaza as a free fire zone and its ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Johnson is a Zionist so he is an entirely different opponent.
On Tuesday the Guardian refused to publish 2 letters from over 50 Jewish people in support of Corbyn yet they had no hesitation in publishing a letter today from 24 assorted reactionaries, racists and Uncle Toms (Trevor Philips and Maajid Nawaz).
Joanne Lumley is a Green Party supporter.  Jimmy Swales of Wikipedia is a well known anti-Corbyn opponent. Fay Weldon is an Islamaphobe. But when needs must the Guardian is prepared to ignore genuine racism. The 24’s excuse is that they’ve listened to their Jewish friends and felt their ‘pain’.
What they haven’t done is listened to Jewish anti-racists and anti-Zionists. Instead what they have done is lent a helping hand to Boris Johnson and attacked the one party leader whose whole career is founded on fighting racism.
Corbyn is to blame for allowing the ‘anti-Semitism’ crisis to fester
Of course Corbyn is, to a large extent, responsible for what has happened.  He allowed the narrative about ‘anti-Semitism’ to develop instead of nipping it in the bud early on.
When Freedland and the Jewish Chronicle, the Daily Mail and the rest of the racist chorus began the anti-Semitism attacks back in the summer of 2015, Corbyn should have made it clear that:
a.     He condemned anti-Semitism unreservedly
b.    He condemned the weaponisation of anti-Semitism.
Instead what he did was to deny that he was an anti-Semite.  What he didn’t seem to understand was that when supporters of Israel and Zionism attack you as ‘anti-Semitic’ then what they mean is not hatred of or hostility to Jews as Jews but criticism of Israel.
There isn’t a single Palestine solidarity activist in Britain who hasn’t been accused of ‘anti-Semitism’. 
It is the stock-in-trade accusation of Israel’s supporters.

How do you defend the murder of 220 unarmed Palestinian in Gaza in the past 18 months if you don’t attack the messenger?  Supporters of Apartheid in South Africa used to do the same.  Corbyn  had no excuse for not knowing what was happening.
Even this racist ex-Home Office Minister attacks Chris Williamson - the only Campaign Group MP with the guts to call out the fake 'antisemitism' campaign
Instead Corbyn apologised for Labour anti-Semitism and repeatedly promised to do better but he didn’t question the assertion that Labour was plagued by anti-Semitism. Racism is about actions, such as the deportation of Black people by New Labour Ministers like Tony McNulty, not social media posts about Rothschild banking.
The whole nature of the fake anti-Semitism accusations was that however well he did he would never satisfy his critics. The more Corbyn and Jennie Formby presided over the expulsions, the more the attacks.  You could never get off the ‘anti-Semitism’ treadmill.
Tom Watson vowed not to rest easy until all the anti-Semites in Labour were expelled. Why did Corbyn not ask him if this applied to all racists and if so when he was resigning? Tom Watson defended racist Labour MP Phil Woolas and as Campaign Organiser in the Birmingham Hodshrove by-election put out a leaflet: Labour is on your side, the Lib Dems are on the side of failed asylum seekers.’
Likewise the notoriously anti-Gypsy racist John Mann who is now our ‘anti-Semitism Czar’.
But instead Corbyn sulked, temporised, promised and apologised to his accusers. At no time did he seem to recognise that the attacks on him had to be state inspired. Instead of talking about the real racism and asking why the Tories sit with anti-Semites in the European Parliament and were the only Conservative party to defend Hungary’s anti-Semitic Prime Minister Orban. Corbyn should have made a speech setting out why supporting Palestinians is not anti-Semitic and rejecting the idea that Labour is an anti-Semitic party.
Corbyn instead promised to do better.  He adopted the IHRA definition and then under pressure the added examples and was criticised for taking so long. What he did was to enable the witch hunt of anti-racists and socialists to be stepped up.  The harder Corbyn tried to please the Zionists the more vicious their attacks.
Close comrades of mine in Brighton and Hove Labour Party have come under attack. One has been expelled on the basis of calling on people to protest at Israel’s influence on the British political system.  Something documented by Al Jazeera’s The Lobby.
According to Brighton Queens Park Secretary Sim Elliot, this post is 'antisemitic' - nowhere does it mention Jews just Israel - Israel is now a Jew apparently!
Another, Paddy O’Keefe, a long standing anti-racist and peace campaigner, has been reported, by former Corbyn supporter Sim Elliot to Southern Region for asking who is funding Ian Austen, the scab former Labour MP who is now supporting the Tories.
Yet I don’t blame Corbyn entirely. He has an adviser Seamus Milne, who is from the heart of the British Establishment, the son of a BBC Director General. Milne went to Winchester and Oxford before ending up as Associate Editor of The Guardian. He is known as a Stalinist. However his abysmal performance as adviser, when he must have known what is happening, suggests that MI5 might have a presence in Corbyn’s entourage.
What is clear now, if it wasn’t clear before, is that ‘anti-Semitism’ has become the principle weapon of the British Establishment in the battle against Corbyn.  This could not happen if British Jews had not moved substantially to the Right in the past 60 years. Opposing the Zionist identity of most Jews is not anti-Semitic anymore than supporting The Satanic Verses which most Muslims opposed is anti-Muslim.
How strange it is that John Bercow's testimony about Corbyn's 'antisemitism' has been comprehensively ignored?
And evidence such as that of John Bercow, the Jewish former Speaker of the House of Commons who said that there isn’t a ‘whiff’ of anti-Semitism in Jeremy Corbyn is disregarded by the Freedlands and their errand boys and girls at the BBC.
Below is my article which was published today at Mondoweiss.
Tony Greenstein
A Response to Jonathan Freedland’s Latest Anti-Corbyn Tirade
Twelve years ago the late Georgina Henry, who began Comment is Free, suggested that I write for the Guardian’s new blog. We met at the founding meeting of Independent Jewish Voices at Hampstead Town Hall in February 2007 and discussed my first article, The Seamy Side of Solidarity, which appeared two weeks later. I wrote it because of the growing support for a genuine anti-Semite, Gilad Atzmon, which existed within the Palestine solidarity movement.
Since that time, and especially since Matt Seaton took over, Guardian Comment has moved away from the original concept of a forum for genuine debate, certainly on Palestine. Zionist groups set up CIF Watch to wage a war against any such debate on CIF.  I was one of the first casualties. CIF Watch later changed their name to UK Media Watch because they had achieved their original aims.
No serious editorial process could have approved Freedland’s article if it wasn’t for the fat that he was a senior Guardian editor.  He plays fast and loose with facts, deliberately omits context and rests his arguments on assertion alone.
Following my original article we waged a five year battle against those who argued that being Jewish and Zionist were synonymous or that Israel was a racist state because it was a Jewish state. We argued that Israel was a settler colonial state and its treatment of the Palestinians was no different to how ‘Christian’ South Africa had treated its indigenous population.
At the 2012 Conference of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, a holocaust denier and supporter of Atzmon was expelled from PSC. Following this Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada and over 20 Palestinian activists, academics and leaders of BDS issued a statement Granting No Quarter: A Call for the Disavowal of the Racism and Antisemitism of Gilad Atzmon.
From that time on the anti-Semitic element in the Palestine solidarity movement has been miniscule compared to the number of anti-Semites and White Supremacists who support the Zionist movement. Not once has Freedland condemned the growing collaboration between supporters of Tommy Robinson, a self-declared Zionist and large numbers of Zionist activists, including Paul Besser of Britain First.  At the Al Quds demonstration in June these activists later joined up with the Board of Deputies main demonstration in Trafalgar Square.
In my article I issued a warning. ‘Like the boy who cried wolf, the charge of "anti-semitism" has been made so often against critics of Zionism and the Israeli state that people now have difficulty recognising the genuine article.’ This is precisely what has happened. With his latest broadside against Corbyn Freedland has drained ‘anti-Semitism’ of any meaning. Instead of a serious analysis of anti-Semitism he has substituted a series of guilt-by-association anecdotes.
If Corbyn were anti-Semitic then one would expect the Jewish former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, to realise this yet Bercow stated, in an interview with Alistair Campbell, that after 22 years knowing Corbyn ‘I've never detected so much as a whiff of anti-Semitism.’
Even stranger are the views of Professor Geoffrey Alderman, a Zionist and historian of the British Jewish community. Alderman is a longstanding Jewish Chronicle and now Jewish Telegraph columnist. In the  Spectator Alderman described how Corbyn has an impressive record of supporting Jewish communal initiatives’.  He gives as an example how in 1987 Corbyn led the campaign to save the cemetery of the West London Synagogue from the developers, whom Margaret Hodge’s Islington Council had sanctioned!
Freedland gives three examples of Corbyn’s ‘anti-Semitism’. They have more holes than a colander.
i.                   The mural of ‘Jewish bankers’.  Contrary to Freedland’s assertion just two out the six bankers were Jewish. None of them had hook noses. Even neo-liberal Harry’s Place’s Lucy Lips admitted that I’ve seen more obvious stereotypes of Jews deployed in antisemitic art.’ Back in 2012 it passed unnoticed.  Corbyn was defending freedom of speech not anti-Semitic art.
ii.                 The incident concerning ‘English irony’ is even less convincing. The two Zionists intent on disrupting a Palestinian speaker were told by Corbyn that unlike someone who wasn’t even born in Britain, they didn’t understand English irony. What has that to do with anti-Semitism?
iii.              The third example alleges that Corbyn kept company with Raed Salah, an Israeli Palestinian whom Theresa May was trying to deport. Freedland alleges that Salah was ‘found by a British tribunal to have peddled the medieval and lethal myth of Jews feasting on the blood of gentile children’. This is simply untrue.  Freedland ‘forgot’ to mention that the Upper Immigration Tribunal overturned May’s deportation order precisely because it found that there was no basis to the allegation of racism. What the Tribunal did find was that
‘there is no reliable evidence of the appellant using words carrying a reference to the blood libel save in the single passage in a sermon delivered five years ago.’
Even in this disputed passage no reference was made to Jews. (paragraph 78) In a passage cut out of a subsequent article for the Guardian Salah explained that
‘I don't believe in the “blood libel” against Jews and I reject it in its entirety. What I was really referring to in my sermon was the killing of innocents in the name of religion, including children, from the time of the Inquisition to as recently as Bosnia and elsewhere in Europe whose governments support Israel's action’.
Freedland completely omits the context which is that Raed Salah has been the recipient of horrific violence and racism by the Israeli state. He has been gaoled on a trumped up charge five years after the alleged incident, when not one Israeli has been gaoled for anti-Arab racism.
Freedland refers to last summer’s Panorama programme Is Labour Anti-Semitic? which has been the subject of a record number of complaints. Presented by John Ware, someone who considers Islamaphobia ‘rationale’, it presented 7 victims of Labour ‘anti-Semitism’.  It provided no names or background information about the ‘victim’s, all of whom were officers of the Jewish Labour Movement, a Zionist organisation which is affiliated to the World Zionist Organisation. The WZO, according to Ha’aretz has a ‘Land Theft Division’.
You wouldn’t hang a cat on Freedland’s ‘evidence’ against Corbyn. It is a melange of the trite and trivial.  Guilt by gossip. If this is the best Freedland can come up with after 4 years of non-stop Corbyn bashing then it shows just how thin the gruel is.
Freedland’s last sideswipe is at Chris Williamson’s ‘penchant for egregious Jew-baiting’. Chris Williamson is a working class MP who has physically swapped blows with neo-Nazis on a building site. I dare say Freedland has never fought for anything other than a decent seat in a restaurant.
There was a time when ‘Jew baiter’ was reserved, not for anti-Zionists but for anti-Semites who went beyond the call of duty. It wasn’t even used about Oswald Moseley and his Blackshirts. It was used to describe pathological anti-Semites like Arthur Leese of the Imperial Fascist League and Julius Streicher, editor of Der Sturmer. By using this term about a genuine anti-racist Freedland once again devalues the currency.
Freedland rests his case on a dubious poll according to which 87% of Jews believe that Corbyn is anti-Semitic. Even were this poll is accurate is that the end of the matter?  Surely the first question to ask is why 87% of Jews believe this? Does it have anything to do with the 5,497 articles that have appeared in 8 national newspapers from 15 June 2015 to 31 March 2019 according to Bad News for Labour about Labour ‘anti-Semitism’?  Or the fact that the broadcast media operates under the assumption that there is an anti-Semitism problem in the Labour Party? But Freedland isn’t interested in the ‘why’.  What this poll is really measuring is the effectiveness of the mass media’s propaganda.
In my article I quoted Israeli poet and novelist A B Yehoshua that
‘Anti-Zionism is not the product of the non-Jews. On the contrary, the Gentiles have always encouraged Zionism, hoping that it would help to rid them of the Jews in their midst. Even today, in a perverse way, a real anti-Semite must be a Zionist." (Jewish Chronicle 22.1.82.)
The people who are cheering Jonathan Freedland on, the Daily Mail and the baiters of George Soros are the genuine anti-Semites. Historically friends of Zionism such as Arthur Balfour have also been the enemies of Jews. What Freedland is doing is making ‘anti-Semitism’ into a form of cheap political abuse.  As Brian Klug observed, “when anti-Semitism is everywhere, it is nowhere. And when every anti-Zionist is an anti-Semite, we no longer know how to recognize the real thing–the concept of anti-Semitism loses its significance.”
No greater service could be performed on behalf of those for whom anti-Semitism is not opposition to Zionism but opposition to Jews as Jews.
Tony Greenstein

This article was first published on Mondoweiss

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Esther Solomon – her lies and distortions qualify her as Israel’s Jonathan Freedland


Ha’aretz attacks Jeremy Corbyn – it may be liberal by Israel’s standards but it is still a Zionist neo-liberal paper by normal standards


Because of Gideon Levy and Amira Hass, Ha’aretz has earned a reputation for opposing Zionist racism and the horrors of Israel's military occupation.  However there is a danger that people will believe that Levy and Hass represent Ha’aretz. They don’t.
Ha’aretz is politically a free market, neo-liberal newspaper hostile to any form of socialism or the working class. It is also a longstanding Zionist paper and has never questioned either Zionism or a Jewish state. It sees no contradiction between an ethno-nationalist state and democracy and it certainly isn't anti-imperialist.
Ha’aretz and its editor Aluf Benn are hostile to BDS and the Right of Return. Essentially Ha'aretz wants its cake and to eat it. A nice, non-racist Jewish Israel where Arabs know their place. It also wants to bask in the warm glow of liberal Zionism's overseas appeal (because in Israel liberal Zionism has all but disappeared with its party Meretz).
Ha'aretz has a neo-liberal Opinion Editor in Esther Solomon.  She has an interesting background in the English upper classes, St Paul's Girl's School and Cambridge.
Under her tutelage Ha’aretz has waged an ongoing campaign against Corbyn, via a series of one-sided racist opinion pieces which have acted as an echo chamber of the British press and its 'anti-Semitism' campaign.
The racists' anti-racist demonstration that even Norman Tebbit took part in
I first encountered Solomon when I responded to a piece by Alona Ferber, not a name I had encountered.  It was of a piece with hundreds of similar pieces in the British press. It was titled Corbyn’s Labour Will Never Stop Gaslighting Jews. It was not the first such piece by Ferber.  A year previously she had published 'Shame on You, anti-Semites': U.K. Jews Demand 'Zero Tolerance' From Corbyn's Labour focusing on the ‘anti-racist’ demonstration the Zionists held outside Parliament on March 27th 2018. A demonstration which was attended by those well known anti-racists Norman Tebbit, Ian Paisley and Sajid David amongst others.
You can get some indication of Alona Ferber’s politics from the fact that she is Managing Editor at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Born in Israel but living in London she is part of the neo-liberal consensus.
Back in March this year I emailed Solomon with a piece rebutting Ferber’s Gaslighting article and she responded saying she wasn’t interested. In response to Solomon’s own poisonous article I sent her a letter (below) but I haven’t yet had a response although, being optimistic, I always live in hope! 
What this shows is that however radical Ha’aretz may be on some aspects of its coverage of the Palestinians oppression and the turn of Israel to the far-Right, when it comes to Zionism and support for Israel as a Jewish state then Ha’aretz can be as racist and right-wing as the next Israeli paper.
Without doubt we would all be poorer but for the articles of Ha'aretz contributors like Gideon Levy, Daniel Blatman and Ze’ev Sternhell on Israeli racism and fascism. Ha’aretz publishes many thoughtful articles, however we should never forget that it is a Zionist paper.
This idiot Zionist finds posters telling the truth about Israel 'frightening' - and if it's frightening it must be antisemitic!
When it comes to current events and living struggles, Ha’aretz almost as a default position falls on the side of the oppressor.  Gideon Levy, who openly supports Jeremy Corbyn, is very much the exception that proves the rule.
Tony Greenstein
Luciana Berger - made a career out of faking antisemitism and making false accusations
Dear Esther Solomon,
An Israeli friend and one of the founders of Matzpen, Moshe Machover, sent out your Opinion Piece on his email list, The Great British Disenfranchisement of the Jews with a warning:  Read if you can stomach this poison...’.
Your article is nonsense, from start to finish.  It is also dishonest in not mentioning that Jackie Walker is herself Jewish or that other Jewish members of the Labour Party like myself have been expelled. What you are describing is not anti-Semitism but anti-Zionism and it is that which you and others object to.
It is and you know it false of you to say that before Jeremy Corbyn became leader approximately 33% of Jews supported the Labour Party.  Really?  Did you just make this up?
According to the Spectator in April 2015 How Ed Miliband lost the Jewish vote it quoted a Jewish Chronicle Survation poll that just 22% of British Jews supported the Labour Party. See also the Telegraph’s Labour’s first Jewish leader is losing the Jewish vote.
Indeed according to one newspaper The Boundaries of Ed Miliband’s Loyalty to the Jews just 13 percent of Jewish voters consider Miliband a future prime minister who would be good for the Jews.’ In case you are not aware of which paper that is, perhaps I should let you in on the secret. It was the paper you write for, Ha’aretz.
But in fact it was even worse than 22%.  According to The Times of Israel’s Daniel Staetsky’s How British Jews vote and why they vote this way just 15% of British Jews voted Labour.
But unlike your superficial, inaccurate and impressionistic article, Staetsky understood that In fact, even before the rise of Corbyn, support for the Labour party among British Jews was limited.’ The evidence is copious of a historic decline in Jewish support for Labour since the 1960’s.
British Jews vote overwhelmingly for the Tories not because of ‘anti-Semitism’ or Israel but because they are the most privileged and prosperous section of the White British community.  They vote primarily according to how they perceive their class interests.  The minority of Jews on the left in the Labour Party are predominantly opposed to Zionism and belong to groups like Jewish Voice for Labour.
I suspect you are aware of all this and more yet you chose to write a deliberately slanted, biased and distorted article whose purpose was to give vent to your own prejudices. You presented throughout a series of binary opposites – a genuinely anti-Semitic Right vs an anti-racist Left which is remarkably free of even a trace of anti-Semitism.
You Ms Solomon are by way of contrast a Zionist.  Zionism as Israel amply demonstrates is a form of racism. If British Jews like myself were told that we could not rent, lease or buy 93% of British land because the British Land Authority and the Christian National Fund did not rent to Jews that would be seen, quite rightly, as anti-Semitic.  Yet you are happy to tolerate such a situation in reverse in Israel whereby the JNF doesn’t rent to Arabs.
Couple this with the situation in Safed where, backed up by dozens of Israeli rabbis, the Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu has issued an edict banning the renting of Jewish homes to Arabs and the 2011 Reception Committee Law allowing Jewish communities to bar Arabs (& other undesirables) from living in their villages and you have a situation that is normally known as Apartheid.
It is this that you are defending with your attacks on Jeremy Corbyn. I have no doubt Ms Solomon that you are doing so consciously. Your suggestion that it is to do with anti-Semitism is for the birds.  If Jews in Britain experienced a tenth of the discrimination that Arabs do in Israel then I would be the first to cry ‘anti-Semitism’.
You are the Opinion Editor of Ha’aretz. Your job, as I understand it, is to publish a broad range of views on subjects, not merely your own prejudices. Repeatedly Ha’aretz has printed one-sided attacks on Jeremy Corbyn resulting in your own readers not being aware that he is the most anti-racist leader the Labour Party has ever had, arrested picketing the South Africa Embassy in Britain and a supporter of a wide range of national liberation movements including the Palestinians.
I am therefore throwing out this challenge as I have done previously. I am prepared to send you an article of equivalent length as a response to your own.  Let the readers decide who is right or wrong.  What are you scared of? Having anyone challenge your opinions? That would suggest that you are not so confident in what you write as you make out.
Let us see whether you are too frit.
Regards
Tony Greenstein

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Guardian Refuses to Print Letters From Jewish Labour Supporters Criticising Freedland’s Racist Tirade

The Guardian Has Also Refused to Allow Any Reply to Freedland on its Comment Pages  


The letter the Guardian refused to print


Fresh from making false accusations on his Twitter account about Majid Mahmood, a Labour candidate in Birmingham, Jonathan Freedland set about Jeremy Corbyn (again) with his Many Jews want Boris Johnson out. But how can we vote for Jeremy Corbyn? 
Freedland accepts any gossip or rumour if it means doing down Black people
If Freedland were at all honest it might be entitled 'We don't vote Labour Because It's Not in Our Interests but Anti-Semitism Will Do as an Excuse!'
Freedland’s ‘explanation’ for his 'mistake' is almost interesting as his choice of target.  He says his source was ‘previously reliable’ which almost certainly means it’s one of the scabbing Labour staffers who are the residue from McNicol’s era and who should have been sacked as soon as Jennie Formby came into office.
There is little doubt that Freedland and others in the press have been fed a diet of internal Labour Party information since Corbyn was elected. The refusal to do what Blair did and ensure that the staff were loyal has contributed to Corbyn’s many difficulties.
The Guardian's 3 tepid letters critical of Freedland
Of course the ‘dilemma’ that Freedland talks of with regard to British Jews is no dilemma at all since 68% of Jews say they will vote Conservative today, which has barely changed from 2015 when 69% of Jews said they would vote Tory. The only switch is that support for the Lib Dems is up from 5% at the last election to 20% today.
In any event it is irrelevant. The Jewish community is only 250,000 strong nationally. Most of them have always voted Tory and the Jewish Labour Movement, which for some reason is affiliated to the Labour Party doesn’t even support Labour’s general election campaign.
However Freedland can rest easy because the Guardian Letters page has now taken to fall into line and protecting the Guardian from criticism. Since the departure of Letters Editor Nigel Wilmott and the appointment of Rory Foster the letters page has become increasingly hostile to Jewish anti-Zionists and pro-Palestinian opinion.
Foster has imposed a new condition on letters containing more than 1 signature.  Now everyone has to supply their phone number.  Since they didn’t announce this change, two lists of Jewish supporters criticising Freedland’s ‘anti-Semitism’ nonsense were not printed.
The pretext for this was a letter earlier this year from Jewish signatories supporting Chris Williamson. Two of the signatories had included after their names organisations with which they were involved – Hope not Hate and the JLM. 
The Board of Deputies complained and the Guardian jumped
Obviously the JLM didn’t like the fact that one of their members supported Chris Williamson but he didn’t make any claim to speak on behalf of the group.  Likewise with HnH.  The person was involved with them and presumably thought that an anti-fascist organisation would also be anti-racist.  The Canary covered this in some depth.
So on Monday there were 6 letters, 3 supportive of Freedland and 3 vaguely critical.  However none of the critical letters challenged the core of  Freedland’s 3 specific allegations as to why Corbyn was anti-Semitic. 

Freedland's 3 reasons were the banker mural, the allegation that British Zionists don’t possess a sense of irony and most importantly the false and lying allegations against Palestinian cleric Raed Salah.
The latter allegation was particularly disgusting since Raed Salah was cleared of all the things that Freedland alleged by the High Court.
I am therefore putting up the letter that I circulated and which garnered 37 signatures under the banner of Jewish Network for Peace.
An 'exclusive' interview between one racist and another racist - no 'antisemitism' here of course
It is noticeable that Freedland’s concern over ‘anti-Semitism’ is not matched by any concern over the Jewish Chronicle’s repeated flirting with Nigel Farage.  In 2013 the JC's far-right editor Stephen Pollard hosted Farage at an ‘exclusive readers’ event.’ Pollard had already made a name for himself as a racist bigot and associate of the Henry Jackson Society’s Douglas Murray. 
Racist birds of a feather - Britain's stupid Jewish community are oblivious to who they are in effect supporting
Farage whose racism was already known subsequently gave his support to the German far-Right Alternative for Germany party at the 2017 German Elections in which they gained 13% of the vote. The AfD is openly anti-Muslim and contains a large number of neo-Nazis and anti-Semites. It is however pro-Israel so all is forgiven as far as Pollard is concerned.
AfD's neo-Nazi leader Gauland is also pro-Zionist
Its deputy leader Alexander Gauland described the Holocaust as a ‘small bird dropping in over 1,000 years’ which recalls Jean Marie Le Pen’s infamous comment about the Holocaust being a detail in history.
The Jewish Chronicle backs a racist against Corbyn
None of this stopped the Jewish Chronicle’s  Political Editor, Liar Lee Harpin, reporting approvingly that a Brexit Party candidate was going to challenge Jeremy Corbyn in a stand against ‘anti-Semitism’. Only the Jewish Chronicle could support a racist as part of their campaign against 'anti-Semitism!
I have also submitted a response to Freedland's article to what is laughably known as Comment is Free.  Suffice to say I haven't had an acknowledgement.  Freedland and his ilk can only exist in a criticism free environment.  It will be printed elsewhere and on this blog in due course.
Which is one more reason to Boycott the Guardian