Message to Corbyn – Don’t appease Apartheid – the Zionists will only be satisfied when you are gone
|Jewish Voice for Labour banners at demonstration tonight as hundreds of Jews showed that they did not agree with the false 'antisemitism' campaign of the Zionists|
Last week Corbyn was the friend of Putin. This week Corbyn is an anti-Semite. The charge of the false anti-Semitism brigade has been led by Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and various right-wing Labour MPs.
Throughout his campaign Trump gave a nod and a wink to blatant anti-Semitic messages and caricatures. As the New Republic
observed ‘Donald Trump is doing a very strange pro-Israel, anti-Semitic dance.’ And therein lies the clue. Trump and the alt-Right combine anti-Semitism with vehement support for Zionism. The alt-Right might not like American Jews very much but they love Israel.
|Jonathan Arkush didn't let his opposition to 'antisemitism' prevent him from welcoming Trump as the new President|
Naomi Zeveloff of the Forward wrote,an article, in shock and surprise, in the Jewish Forward, How Steve Bannon and Breitbart News Can Be Pro-Israel — and Anti-Semitic at the Same Time.
Historically Zionism and anti-Semitism were two sides of the same racist coin. As the founder of Political Zionism Theodor Herzl wrote:
‘“In Paris ... I achieved a freer attitude towards anti-semitism, which I now began to understand historically and to pardon. Above all I recognise the emptiness and futility of trying to ‘combat’ anti-semitism.” Zionism has never fought anti-Semitism because it starts from the basis that anti-Semitism is a hereditary disease that all non-Jews possess. That is what makes this false anti-Semitism
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We have the phenomenon today of people like Richard Spencer, the neo-Nazi founder of the alt-Right declaring that he is a White Zionist. If you are a white supremacist what is there not to like about Israel. It is the ideal ethno-racial state. That is the clue to Arkush’s outbursts – it’s not anti-Semitism that he is concerned with but opposition to Israel. If Corbyn had been like Tony Blair, a supporter of Israel and Zionism then he would not have received such treatment. It is no accident that Arkush demanded today that Jackie Walker, a Black Jewish anti-racist activist be expelled. This is the logic of the false anti-Semitism campaign – it is anti-Zionist and anti-racist Jews who are their primary targets. That was why I was expelled.
|Chris Williamson is coming under increasing attack by the Zionists|
And it’s not only Jewish anti-Zionists and anti-racists. Chris Williamson MP is also being targeted by this racist scum. It is the left which is under attack and it is people like Lansman who are scabbing on them.
There is also a certain irony in the Board calling a demonstration to criticise Corbyn's antisemitism. Throughout its history the Board has done its best to avoid confrontations with fascists and anti-Semites.
|If you want to see a real anti-semitic cartoon then the one above by Netanyahu's son, Yair, is a good example. Praised by two holoaust deniers, David Duke ex-KKK Grand Wizard and Andrew Anglin, editor of the Daily Stormer|
|The allegedly anti-Semitic mural that was erased 6 years ago|
Only a complete idiot or a Guardian journalist (e.g. Owen Jones) could really believe that this is about a mural that was erased 6 years ago. Even the Jewish Chronicle some 2½
years ago mentioned this mural as ‘having anti-Semitic undertones’ in other words it wasn’t at all obvious that it was anti-Semitic at all. It is about bankers living off sweated Black labour. The figures in it are not obviously Jewish and nor do they have the usual features of anti-Semitic cartoons – hooked noses etc. It is more about freemasonry than Jews.
If we are to believe the Mail and Express and the usual gaggle of right-wing Labour MPs – Louise ‘child abuser’ Ellman, Liz Kendall, John Mann etc. then Corbyn has given his support to anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. It is strange that a Tory tabloid press, which consistently demonises refugees and asylum seekers and Muslims is so hot on ‘anti-Semitism’.
What we are seeing is a frenzied and co-ordinated attack on the Corbyn leadership of the Labour Party. There is little doubt that this latest campaign has been planned for some time. It is deliberately intended not merely to derail the local election campaign but to destabilise the Corbyn leadership itself. We see the same MPs – Streeting, Owen Smith, Chuku Ummuna get up to attack Corbyn. People who normally have no interest in opposing racism suddenly find their voice when it is a privileged white minority that is the centre of attention.
|Demonstration on College Green|
This is not about hatred of Jews but hatred of Israeli Apartheid
Nothing is more sickening than to see the Board of Deputies pose as opponents of anti-Semitism. This is the same Board of Deputies that in 1936, when the British Union of Fascists tried to march through the Jewish East End of London, told Jewish people to stay at home and keep their heads down. In the 1970s and 1980’s it did the same when we were fighting the National Front and British National Party. The Board of Deputies is the equivalent of the Judenrat (Jewish Councils) in Nazi occupied Europe which everywhere helped round up the Jews for the Nazis.
|When it comes to real anti-Semites the Board of Deputies policy has always been to avoid confrontation and public clashes - only anti-Zionism merits their opposition|
The Board of Deputies is an undemocratic petit-bourgeois body representing the most reactionary, synagogue going Jews. It does not represent Britain’s secular Jews. It has never had an interest in opposing racism. Its sole concern is with support for Israel and Zionism.
The campaign of the Board has nothing to do with anti-Semitism and everything to do with Israel. Hence why their targets in the Labour Party are mostly Jewish anti-Zionists like Jackie Walker and myself or anti-racists such as Marc Wadsworth.
Anti-Semitism in Britain is the most marginal form of racism. Jews are not subject to state racism. There are no Jewish deaths in custody. Jews are not subject to immigration controls, police violence, economic discrimination or racial attacks. Anti-Semitism is at an all-time low despite the Zionist attempts to manipulate the statistics. We don’t see fascists trying to mow down worshippers outside synagogues or firebombing them. This is the lot of Muslims.
What this campaign is about is Israel. The Board of Deputies is a notorious supporter of Israel in the name of Jewish people. The far-Right Campaign Against Anti-Semitism attacks any and all opponents of Zionism and Israel.
This is why the statement of Jeremy Corbyn apologising for his view 6 years ago that the mural should not be taken down in the interests of free speech was a mistake. Even worse was his apology for the ‘hurt’ caused by ‘anti-Semitism’ in the Labour Party.
Jeremy Corbyn has nothing to apologise for. There is no anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. There may be a few people with anti-Semitic ideas in their heads but that is caused by Zionism primarily. If you tell people repeatedly that everything Israel does is as a Jewish state in the name of Jewish people, some idiots will believe them. However the cause of their ‘anti-Semitism’ is the actions of Zionism and its apologists.
Corbyn and his advisers such as Eton educated Seamus Milne don’t seem to recognise that because the Zionists are not interested in anti-Semitism, they are not interested in Corbyn’s apologies for anti-Semitism either. They have one concern and one concern only. Seeing an end to Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party.
Unfortunately Momentum, which is led by Jon Lansman nationally has continually given credence to the idea that the Labour Party is overrun by anti-Semitism. Momentum's political paralysis at the present time is shocking and is almost entirely due to Lansman's soft Zionism.
Corbyn’s reaction to this campaign should be simple. He opposes anti-Semitism but he also opposes the weaponisation of anti-Semitism against people who are neither anti-Semitic or racist. Instead of standing up to Zionism and the apologists for Israel’s apartheid system Corbyn has prostrated himself before them. Having begged their forgiveness he has been kicked in the teeth. It is as embarrassing as it is futile. Corbyn has a fine record of opposition to racism and support for anti-imperialist causes which he is squandering.
You cannot appease racists or reactionaries. Everytime Corbyn apologises or says that he is not an anti-Semite Arkush and his people laugh at him. They are not interested in fighting anti-Semitism but in eradicating support for the Palestinians. If Seamus Milne had his wits about him he would realise that there is nothing Corbyn can do, bar resigning, that will please the Zionist movement in this country.
What is most significant is the silence of Momentum. You might think that at this of all times that Momentum’s 36,000 members would be called upon to demonstrate against the Zionists tonite.
Not a bit of it. Lansman, having given credence to the Zionists’ false anti-Semitism campaign has nothing to say. Having buttered up the corrupt Jeremy Newmark, Momentum’s Dictator is at a loss for words.
|Fake Zionist 'charity' calls a demonstration against Corbyn|
It is crucial that Momentum groups ignore Lansman and the undemocratic structures he has created and mobilise to counter the demonstration of the CAA. The vultures are circling and we should be doing our best to oppose them, not pretending they are not here.
The time has come to fight back not appease these racist bastards. The first thing we should do is to ensure that there is a massive opposition to the proposed demonstration on April 8th which the misnamed Campaign Against Anti-Semitism has called. Jon Lansman will do his best to ignore it or pretend that nothing is happening but we should ignore Lansman.
Below is a statement from Labour Against the Witchhunt and then there is an excellent article by Jonathan Cook, a journalist who lives in Nazareth on the implications of what is happening. Beneath that is a short article from Tom Pride on the false accusations of anti-Semitism.
But above all the Left in Labour has got to wake up and realise that the MPs who are today attacking Corbyn are not going to give up. Either we replace them or they will replace us. If the bulk of the Parliamentary Labour Party is left in place, then if Corbyn comes to power they will, at a time of their choosing rebel and wield the knife. Corbyn has not, as Jonathan Cook says below, demonstrated that he has a backbone. He has once again caved in instead of standing up to theses racists. We have to therefore do what he refuses to do which is to confront Zionism head on. In so doing we also have to bypass the increasingly irrelevant national structures of Momentum.
|Demonstration outside Parliament today|
Statement of Labour Against the Witch-hunt
Defend Corbyn! Anti-Zionism does not equal Anti-Semitism!
We support calls for a counter-mobilisation to the cynical protest called by the so-called Campaign Against Anti-Semitism on April 8.
The CAA is not concerned about anti-Semitism. Their purpose is to force Jeremy Corbyn to resign as Labour Party leader. Jeremy Corbyn is clearly no anti-Semite. The fact that he and many of his supporters campaign for the rights of Palestinians has been used to constantly undermine his leadership. It has turned out to be the most successful tool in the Right’s armoury in the ongoing civil war in the party.
Anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism. We will continue to fight for the right to criticise the atrocities committed by the Israeli government against the Palestinians. We will continue to stand with oppressed people. And we will continue to speak out on behalf of all of those accused of false and trumped-up charges of anti-Semitism.
We stand with Jeremy Corbyn in this latest dishonest and cynical attack against him. But we also urge him and members of the Labour Party NEC to put a decisive end to the witch-hunt against his left-wing supporters in the Labour Party. The last two years have clearly shown that appeasing the right does not work.
26 March 2018
After a short reprieve following Jeremy Corbyn’s unexpected success in Britain’s general election last year, when he only narrowly lost the popular vote, most of the Labour parliamentary party are back, determined to bring him down. And once again, they are being joined by the corporate media in full battle cry.
Last week, Corbyn was a Soviet spy. This week we’re in more familiar territory, even if it has a new twist: Corbyn is not only a friend to anti-semites, it seems, but now he has been outed as a closet one himself.
In short, the Blairites in the parliamentary party are stepping up their game. Corbyn’s social justice agenda, his repudiation of neoconservative wars of aggression masquerading as “humanitarianism” – lining the coffers of the west’s military-industrial elites – is a genuine threat to those who run our societies from the shadows.
The knife of choice for the Labour backstabbers this time is a wall mural removed from East London in 2012. At that time, before he became Labour leader, Corbyn expressed support on Facebook for the artist, Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One. Corbyn observed that a famous anti-capitalist mural by the left-wing Mexican artist Diego Rivera was similarly removed from Manhattan’s Rockefeller Centre in 1934.
Interestingly, the issue of Corbyn’s support for the mural – or at least the artist – originally flared in late 2015, when the Jewish Chronicle unearthed his Facebook post. Two things were noticeably different about the coverage then.
First, on that occasion, no one apart from the Jewish Chronicle appeared to show much interest in the issue. Its “scoop” was not followed up by the rest of the media. What is now supposedly a major scandal, one that raises questions about Corbyn’s fitness to be Labour leader, was a non-issue two years ago, when it first became known.
Second, the Jewish Chronicle, usually so ready to get exercised at the smallest possible sign of anti-semitism, wasn’t entirely convinced back in 2015 that the mural was anti-semitic. In fact, it suggested only that the mural might have “antisemitic undertones” – and attributed even that claim to Corbyn’s critics.
And rather than claiming, as the entire corporate media is now, that the mural depicted a cabal of Jewish bankers, the Chronicle then described the scene as “a group of businessmen and bankers sitting around a Monopoly-style board and counting money”. By contrast, the Guardian abandoned normal reporting conventions yesterday to state in its news – rather than comment – pages unequivocally that the mural was “obviously antisemitic”.
Not that anyone is listening now, but the artist himself, Kalen Ockerman, has said that the group in his mural comprised historical figures closely associated with banking. His mural, he says, was about “class and privilege”, and the figures depicted included both “Jewish and white Anglos”. The fact that he included famous bankers like the Rothschilds (Jewish) and the Rockefellers (not Jewish) does not, on the face of it, seem to confirm anti-semitism. They are simply the most prominent of the banking dynasties most people, myself included, could name. These families are about as closely identified with capitalism as it is possible to be.
There is an argument to be had about the responsibilities of artists – even street artists – to be careful in their visual representations. But Ockerman’s message was not a subtle or nuanced one. He was depicting class war, the war the capitalist class wages every day on the weak and poor. If Ockerman’s message is inflammatory, it is much less so than the reality of how our societies have been built on the backs and the suffering of the majority.
Corbyn has bowed to his critics – a mix of the Blairites within his party and Israel’s cheerleaders – and apologised for offering support to Ockerman, just as he has caved in to pressure each time the anti-semitism card has been played against him.
This may look like wise, or safe, politics to his advisers. But these critics have only two possible outcomes that will satisfy them. Either Corbyn is harried from the party leadership, or he is intimidated into diluting his platform into irrelevance – he becomes just another compromised politician catering to the interests of the 1 per cent.
The sharks circling around him will not ignore the scent of his bloodied wounds; rather, it will send them into a feeding frenzy. As hard as it is to do when the elites so clearly want him destroyed, Corbyn must find his backbone and start to stand his ground.
This piece in the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz by their senior columnnist Anshel Pfeffer sums up a lot of the sophistry (intentional or otherwise) underscoring the conflation of leftwing critiques of neoliberalism and globalism with rightwing ultra-nationalism and anti-semitism.
The conspiracy theories of globalist bankers utilizing mainstream media and corrupt neoliberal politicians to serve their selfish sinister purposes, rather than those of ordinary people, are identical whether from left or right.
And on either side, most of the theorists will never admit to being anti-Semitic. They are just “anti-racist” or “anti-imperialist” if on the left, or “pro-Israel” on the right. And most of them really believe they have nothing against Jews, even while parroting themes straight out of the Protocols [of the Elders of Zion].
Notice the problem here. If you are a radical leftist who believes, as generations of leftists before you have done, that military, political, media, and financial elites operate in the shadows to promote their interests, to wage class war, then not only are you a conspiracy theorist, according to Pfeffer, but you are by definition anti-semitic as well. If you believe that an Establishment or a Deep State exists to advance its interests against the great majority, you must hate Jews.
The logic of Corbyn’s critics has rarely been articulated so forthrightly and so preposterously as it is here by Pfeffer. But make no mistake, this is the logic of his critics.
My family were murdered in a Nazi concentration camp. How DARE you accuse me of anti-semitism for supporting Jeremy Corbyn
by Tom Pride March 26, 2018
Jonathan Arkush - the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews - is smearing Jeremy Corbyn with lies about anti-semitism.
But why would he do that?
Well, you see, what Arkush and the mainstream press is not mentioning, is that Arkush is more than a tiny bit biased when it comes to Jeremy Corbyn.
Because Arkush is a Tory. A right-wing one.
Here's Arkush praising Theresa May and her “exceptionally warm and friendly" DUP coalition partners in the Jerusalem Post:
I can't tell you how so, so angry it makes me that someone could cynically use such terrible suffering, such utter, utter tragedy and mass murder for petty party political point scoring.
At this point, it's also worth pointing out that my own great-grandmother and other members of my family were murdered in a Nazi concentration camp for being Jewish.
Here's what my dad wrote about it on Facebook last Holocaust Memorial Day - he puts it so much better than I ever could:
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.
I can’t help but get upset and very angry about something that happened so many years ago.
My grandmother on my father's side a frail, old, innocent, lady, who never did anyone any harm was stripped naked herded into a “shower room” in front of young German soldiers, probably laughing, then gassed, and dumped in a pit!
I sadly never had the chance to meet her, but I often think of her and wonder how could any other human do that to an old lady.
Very hard to forgive!
So before anyone starts to accuse me of anti-semitism for supporting Jeremy Corbyn - don't even f*cking think about it.