29 December 2017

When Judas Iscariot abandoned Jesus it was for 30 pieces of silver and a kiss – Momentum’s Jon Lansman appears to have betrayed his comrades for no reward

Jon Lansman is a Jewish Chauvinist & Apologist for Apartheid who betrayed Jackie Walker & Marc Wadsworth  

It was most out of character for Jon Lansman, Momentum’s Dictator, to pay me a compliment. In the Jewish Chronicle last week he was quoted as describing me as ‘“probably the rudest person I know in politics. He says many offensive things, most of the time”. 

If I’ve offended Jon Lansman then clearly I’ve been doing something right.  The occasion for Lansman’s vitriol was an interview conducted during the Limmud Jewish festival in Birmingham.  Lansman was asked how Ken Livingstone, Jackie Walker and myself could remain members of the Labour Party.  (easy – we pay our subscriptions!)

Instead of defending Ken, who pioneered anti-racist policies in London local government Lansman cast him to the wolves in order to ingratiate himself with the Jewish Labour Movement [JLM], an overtly Zionist group.  As he told the Independent just before Jackie Walker was suspended:

“I spoke to Jeremy Newmark of the Jewish Labour Movement this morning, he’s very upset and I can understand that – I work closely with Jeremy,

Jackie Walker was Vice-Chair of Momentum until October 2016 before Lansman knifed her in the back at the behest of Newmark, the JLM's Chair.  I have written extensively on how Jackie was deliberately targeted and framed.  Even before she was suspended following Labour’s 2016 Conference I wrote that the JLM was engaging in a political lynching of Jackie.  According to the Jewish News I was the first writer to use this metaphor.
Lansman speaking at Limmud
When I read Lansman’s recent remarks I wrote asking if his comments were accurately reported.  It would appear that for once they were. In his response Lansman makes his views plain:

I am not going to defend Jackie and Mark because whilst they may or may not be antisemites, actions or statements they made certainly could reasonably have been seen as such at the time, and they should have apologised at the very least. Jackie’s original statement about Jews and slavery was clearly antisemitic in its content whether or not it was intended as such and I believe she knows that. 

Note the weasel words - Jackie or Marc 'may' be antisemitic.  Antisemitism (if you leave out the torturous Zionist IHRA definition, some 450 words) is a quite easy concept.  It is hatred of Jews as Jews.  I think I know both Jackie and Marc well enough to know that they don't hate anyone because they are Jewish.  Ipso facto they are not anti-semitic, unless like Lansman you are a Zionist.

Whatever else can be said about Lansman he is not naive.  Despite the fact that he has never been an active anti-fascist or anti-racist , he is fully aware that Jackie and Marc are anti-racists of long standing.  Marc’s ‘offence’ was to criticise Ruth Smeeth, a right-wing Zionist MP who
Wikileaks revealed to be a United States asset.  Marc called her out at the Chakrabarti press conference because she was trading information with The Telegraph’s reporter.  Marc didn’t even know she was Jewish, but criticising someone who happened to be Jewish is considered by Lansman to be ‘anti-Semitism’.
Jackie Walker, in a private conversation with a friend on Facebook about her African and Jewish roots stated that ‘my ancestors too, were among the chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade…’  Because she omitted the word in bold , in a private conversation which was broken into by a Zionist lobby group, she has been pilloried as an anti-Semite.  This is the ‘evidence’ that Lansman refers to.

The JLM, which is behind the ‘anti-Semitism’ witch-hunt, is the ‘sister party’ of the Israeli Labour Party, a viciously racist party that believes in segregating Jews and Arabs. Its current leader Avi Gabbay has criticised Netanyahu for not being tough enough in forcibly deporting Black African refugees from Israel who are being deported because they are not Jewish. 

As Ha’aretz reported a month ago:  The main opposition list, the Zionist Union, of which the Labor Party is partner, will support a government bill advocating the expulsion of asylum seekers.’

The former leader of the ILP Isaac Herzog described his nightmare of waking up to 61 Arab members of the Knesset and an Arab Prime Minister.  Imagine if, in Britain, a Labour leader described the possibility of a Jewish Prime Minister as a nightmare?  Herzog also declared that the ILP was not an ‘Arab lovers’ party.  Again imagine if a British politician had declared that their party was not a ‘Jew lovers party.’ 
A month ago Ha’aretz led with The World Zionist Organization’s Land Theft Division. The WZO is engaged in the theft of Palestinian land in order to transfer it to illegal Jewish settlements.  The JLM is affiliated to this racist organisation.  Lansman is fully aware of the racist pedigree of the JLM.

Jon Lansman has himself lived on a Jewish only kibbutz, established on stolen Palestinian land.  It is little wonder that he supports the JLM’s witchhunt of anti-racists. 

On Left Futures Lansman argued that the Left must stop talking about ‘Zionism’.  Why?  Because Zionism is the ideology that underpins Israeli Apartheid.  It is Zionism which says that in order to preserve Israel's ‘Jewish identity’, non-Jewish refugees must be expelled. Lansman has also justified the ethnic cleansing of ¾ million Palestinians using the Holocaust as the justification.

No More Excuses – Israel is an Apartheid Society

What Lansman is consciously doing is supporting  Labour’s apologists for Israeli Apartheid in their attempts to demonise critics of Israel as ‘anti-Semitic’.  It is no accident that they have chosen to single out Black and Jewish critics.  In South Africa it was White critics of Apartheid who were also demonised as ‘traitors’ or indeed racists (to White people).

If there is any doubt about whether Israel is an apartheid state we only need to listen to the activists of the ANC, who overthrew Apartheid in South Africa 

A month ago Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, after visiting the West Bank was reported as saying that “Israel is the worst apartheid regime... Palestinians are being subjected to the worst version of apartheid.”
Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop of Johannesburg, Desmond Tutu stated 

I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by members of the Israeli security forces.  Their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the security forces of the apartheid government."
Ronnie Kassrills, the Jewish former ANC Minister
Ronnie Kassrils, a veteran of the liberation struggle recalled that ‘as far back as 1963 the assertion that Israel is an Apartheid State ‘were not the words of Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu or Joe Slovo, but were uttered by none other than the architect of apartheid itself, racist Prime Minister, Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd.’ Verwoerd was irked by criticism of South Africa Apartheid in contrast to the West’s unconditional support for Zionist Israel.

When Lansman supports the false anti-Semitism allegations against Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth or Ken Livingstone he is consciously aiding Israeli Apartheid.

Labour’s Witchhunt of Socialists and Anti-Racists is Anything But Fair
Perhaps the most unbelievable of all the claims by Lansman in his interview was that ‘“The party has a process and it’s right to have a fair process.”  Even by Lansman’s abysmal standards this was a new low.  Thousands of people were suspended during the elections for Party leader on the basis of searching through social media posts for anything which might provide the flimsiest of justifications for suspending them and preventing them voting.  If this had been done in a local authority or parliamentary election, Iain McNicol would be doing gaol time for corrupt electoral practices.

Shami Chakrabarti in her report, which has been secretly removed from the Labour Party’s web site but which can be downloaded from here, recommended that ‘The Labour Party should seek to uphold the strongest principles of natural justice, however difficult the circumstances, and to resist subjecting members to a trial by media.’  These recommendations have been observed in the breach by Iain McNicol and Labour's civil service who are determined to ensure that the disciplinary process is loaded against those hauled before the National Constitutional Committee. 

In my own case the first time I knew what I had been suspended for was when I read about the allegations in the Telegraph and Times.  Jackie Walker and Marc Wadsworth have both been leaked against.  After being suspended for 20 months I first knew I had a disciplinary hearing soon from a leak to the Jewish Chronicle.

Not only has Lansman’s Momentum said nothing and done nothing about the witch hunt but he has failed even to call for the implementation of the Chakrabarti Report’s proposals on a fair procedure.  The reason?  Because the Zionists have attacked it for not equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.  The last things the Zionists want is a fair process and it would seem that Lansman too would prefer to keep the present system whereby you are guilty until (or if) you are found innocent.  Not for nothing have I labelled the NCC the National Kangaroo Committee (with apologies to kangaroos!).

Who & what is behind the False Anti-Semitism Campaign

Lansman is deliberately lying when he says that there is an ‘anti-Semitism’ problem in the Labour Party. He is fully aware that this campaign began with Jeremy Corbyn himself a target. During the first leadership election the Daily Mail printed an article EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Corbyn's 'long-standing links' with notorious Holocaust denier and the Jewish Chronicle followed this up.  From here it was but a short step to the false anti-Semitism campaign.

If anyone wants a history of this campaign they should read Asa Winstanley’s excellent article How Israel lobby manufactured UK Labour Party’s anti-Semitism crisis

Lansman is neither a fool nor an idiot.  He is fully aware that this ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign is state manufactured.  The Al Jazeera programme The Lobby detailed the role of the Israeli Embassy and its agent Shai Masot in destabilising the Labour Party.

What we have seen is a state inspired campaign to destabilise Labour under Corbyn.  Anti-Semitism has become the chosen weapon.  If anyone doubts this all then they have to explain why it is that the Tory press – the Sun, Express, Mail etc. are so worked up by ‘anti-Semitism’ in the Labour Party when they are happy to print any amount of lies about refugees from people like Katie Hopkins?  ‘Anti-Semitism’ i.e. anti-Zionism is the Right’s anti-racism.  It is a new form of anti-communism.

Its not hard to work out who is behind this campaign. When the US Embassy first learnt that the leader of the second biggest party in their closest European ally, the United Kingdom, was anti-NATO and anti-Trident one can imagine their reaction. The false anti-Semitism campaign was cooked up in conjunction with MI5 and the Israeli Embassy.  No doubt their friends such as Tom Watson and Iain McNicol were briefed and before long any utterance, however innocent or foolish was seized upon as ‘proof’ of anti-Semitism.

The little anti-Semitism that does exist occurs because Israel claims to be a Jewish state and when it commits its war crimes it does so in the name of all Jews.  It is a ‘Jewish state.’  This is not anti-Semitism as it has been understood historically. If we wish to root out anti-Semitism then we must also root out Zionism.  The JLM’s special status as a Labour Party affiliate must end.  It is outrageous that the representatives of the world’s only apartheid state have special privileges in the Labour Party.

Lansman’s other idiocy was to claim There's as much antisemitism in Tory Party as in Labour .  No there’s not.  The Tory Party is institutionally anti-Semitic.  It is linked in the European parliament, via the European Conservative and Reform group to the anti-Semitic Polish Law and Justice Party and the Latvian LNNK.  Only this week Theresa May went to Poland to assure their racist government that the Tories supported them in their battles with the EU.
The Chair of the ECR group, Michal Kaminski, was an open apologist for the Committee to Defend the Good Name of Jedwabne, in which village up to 1600 Jews were burnt alive in 1941 by fellow Poles.  Kaminski campaigned vociferously against the apology offered by President Aleksander Kwasniewski on the 60th anniversary of the pogrom. Ironically in this case the Zionist Jewish Chronicle leapt to Kaminski’s defence, because he was also a Zionist!

Theresa May and the Tories also have close links with Hungarian leader Viktor Orban who is openly anti-Semitic and who is trying to rehabilitate Hungary’s war-time leader Admiral Horthy, who presided over the deportation of nearly ½ million Jews to Auschwitz.  If Lansman or the JLM want to know about anti-Semitism they should ask Israel's Prime Minister who paid a visit to Orban in July, shortly after an anti-semitic campaign against George Soros had ended, a campaign supported by Netanyahu.

Lansman has the audacity to state that ‘All of you have continued to act in a manner which has made things more difficult for Jeremy and the Labour Party whether or not your actions have been antisemitic.’  It is not Jackie, Marc or myself who have made things difficult for Corbyn.  It is Lansman, who by giving support to Jeremy Newmark and the JLM, has continued to give credence to the false anti-Semitism campaign.  If this campaign had been opposed from the beginning, if Corbyn had been advised both to condemn anti-Semitism and the making of false accusations of anti-Semitism then he would not have made what is a continuing rod for his own back.

I will make a prediction.  If Jackie Walker, Tony Greenstein and Marc Wadsworth are expelled from the Labour Party, this campaign will not disappear.  On the contrary having fed the Zionist crocodile they will have merely whetted its appetite.  It will look for more victims and the story of ‘Labour Anti-Semitism’ will, with Lansman’s backing, continue to damage Corbyn.  The only way to fight this political extortion is by standing up to them and not appeasing them.

The JLM, which presents itself as the ‘progressive voice’ of Zionism has never, not once, criticised Israel’s military occupation or called for an end to what is a permanent martial law in the West Bank.  It has never opposed the visceral racism of the Israeli state and its marginalisation even of Israeli Arabs.  You would look in vain on their web site for any criticism of Netanyahu  still less of the ILP.

Lansman destroyed democracy in Momentum at the beginning of the year in the name of One Member One Vote.  This was also a lie.  When it came to drawing up a slate of 3 for the NEC elections, there was no OMOV.  Lansman couldn’t risk it.  Instead Momentum’s undemocratically constituted National Co-ordinating Group imposed a slate of 3 including Lansman.  This is on a par with the continuing scandal whereby Lansman personally owns Momentum via a private limited company rather than making the directors accountable and directly elected.

The false anti-Semitism campaign will not go away because it is not in the interests of either the Israeli, British or American states to do so.  It is for Labour members themselves to take control of their destiny and to oppose this witch hunt.  That is why we have formed Labour Against the Witchhunt.

Below is correspondence between John Lansman and myself

Tony Greenstein

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