28 April 2018

Jeremy Corbyn throws Marc Wadsworth overboard in a desperate attempt to save his leadership

Sacrificing a Black anti-racist for criticising White Zionist MP Ruth Smeeth will INCREASE anti-Semitism & STRENGTHEN the anti-Corbyn Right

Watching the uncritical acceptance by Corbyn’s office of the expulsion of Marc Wadsworth is like watching someone slowly committing suicide oblivious to all offers of help.  The inability of Corbyn to confront the pro-Israel lobby, which is so desperate to find ‘anti-Semitism’ that it creates a wholly artificial furore over a 6 year old mural, is as bewildering as it is depressing.  It is as if the head of Corbyn’s office Seamus Milne had a death wish.

Labour Against the Witchhunt lobby of Marc Wadsworth's hearing
Smeeth's all-White lynch mob included Streeting and Jess Phillips - only the white hoods were missing
The decision by the National Kangaroo Committee to expel longstanding Black anti-racist activist Marc Wadsworth is shameful.  The role of Corbyn’s office, which tried to get Marc to call off Labour Against the Witchhunt’s demonstration on Wednesday, as a Parliamentary Lynch Mob accompanied Smeeth to the hearing, was cowardly. It doesn’t seem to occur to Corbyn that those supporting Smeeth – Streeting, Mann, Jess Phillips, Joan Ryan, Luciana Berger – are the same creatures that have dedicated themselves to overthrowing him.

Marc has a long and proud record of fighting racism and fascism, from campaigning to secure the defeat of the British National Party’s first councillor in Britain, Derek Beacon in the Isle of Dogs, to getting Nelson Mandela to sponsor the Stephen Lawrence campaign.  This was at a time when the Labour Party under Blair completely ignored the Lawrence campaign.
Arkush speaks to a meeting that includes 2 members at the front with the tee-shirts of the JDL/Kach, a Jewish neo-Nazi group
What makes Marc’s expulsion even worse was that it was at the behest of the Zionist Board of Deputies under right-wing Tory Jonathan Arkush.  The same Arkush had no hesitation in welcoming the ascent to power of Donald Trump and his anti-Semitic entourage.   According to  the Washington Post Anti-Semitism is no longer an undertone of Trump’s campaign. It’s the melody. See Trump Rolls Out Anti-Semitic Closing Ad for an analysis.  Arkush also spoke to a meeting that included the openly fascist Jewish Defence League.

Not once has Arkush criticised the Tories links with genuine anti-Semitic parties such as the Polish Law and Order Party and Latvia’s National Alliance in the European Parliament as part of the European Conservative Reform group. 
A longstanding Black anti-racist has been sacrificed to appease Arkush, Smeeth and the rest of the racist scum who make up Israel’s apartheid lobby in Britain.  What is equally appalling is that Momentum, under its property developer dictator Jon Lansman, has not only said nothing about the expulsion or witchhunt but it has backed the claims of false anti-Semitism calling it ‘unconscious’ anti-Semitism.  This at a time when Black people in Britain, the Windrush generation have been deported and denied benefits and medical treatment.  Genuine racism is not ‘unconscious’.  It is because anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is non-existent that Lansman and Momentum’s leadership have resorted to Freudian psycho-analysis. Let us be clear about one thing. 
Jackie Walker - the next target for Labour's racists
Marc’s expulsion has nothing to do with anti-Semitism anymore than my expulsion or the prospective expulsions of Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker have anything to do with anti-Semitism.  This campaign is about Israel not Anti-Semitism.

Of course if you say that the false ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign is fake and false, then that is proof of your anti-Semitism!  It is much like when someone is defined as insane.  The more they protest they are normal the more psychiatrists are convinced of their malady.

Arkush and Goldstein complain, in all innocence that ‘we are accused of “smearing” Corbyn’.’  Perish the thought.  Using the language of the left they protest that ‘We are not merely being denied the most basic principle of anti-racist behaviour – solidarity – but are viciously accused of smears, of dirty tricks, of lies. Who would guess that on 30th March, after Israel began murdering unarmed protestors in Gaza, that these poor victims of racism had blamed the killings on the Palestinians?
Ken Livingstone - top of the target list for the Zionist Labour Movement
The proof that anti-Semitism is a marginal phenomenon in the Labour Party is the fact that those expelled have all been Jewish, Black or anti-racist activists.   It is a strange purge of ‘anti-Semitism’ when the real racists in the Labour Party, those councillors who have evicted Roma and Gypsies or who have demonised Muslims, are left alone.

Zionism has never had any objection to anti-Semitism.  From the very start of the Zionist movement anti-Semites and Zionists have been best of friends.  Livingstone’s main offence was to point to a truth attested to by Zionist historians.  The Nazis and the Zionists had a racial conception of humanity.  They divided society into race not class.  The collaboration of Zionism with the Nazis is a fact.  Not only did the Zionists conclude a trade agreement Ha'avara with the Nazis at the very time that the International Jewish Boycott of Nazi Germany was at its height but they also campaigned against the lowering of immigration barriers in the USA or opening any country to Jewish refugees bar Palestine itself.  As Ben Gurion told Mapai’s Central Committee on 9th December 1938, after Kristallnacht and after Britain agreed to the immigration of 10,000 Kindertransport Jewish children:

‘If I knew that it would be possible to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England, and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz Yisrael, then I would opt for the second alternative. For we must weigh not only the life of these children, but also the history of the People of Israel.’ [Gabriel Piterberg, Returns of Zionism, p.99.]

Sometimes it was difficult to tell who was a Zionist and who was an anti-Semite.  Zionists held that anti-Semitism was the fault of the Jews in the Diaspora for not having moved to Palestine.   The Jews were strangers in someone else’s land and as such they had developed unhealthy asocial characteristics.  By going to Palestine they would cleanse themselves. 
Israel’s first Justice Minister, Pinhas Rosenbluth described Palestine as ‘an institute for the fumigation of Jewish vermin’. [Joachim Doron, p.169, Classic Zionism and modern anti-Semitism: parallels and influences’ (1883-1914), Studies in Zionism 8, Autumn 1983).  The number of anti-Semites who queued up to pay the Zionists a compliment were legion – from Edouard Drumont to Heinrich Class to Alfred Rosenberg, Minister for Ostland and the Nazi Party’s main theoretician, who wrote in 1919 that ‘Zionism must be vigorously supported in order to encourage a significant number of German Jews to leave for Palestine or other destinations. Francis Nicosia, The Third Reich and the Palestine Question, p.25.

A simple truth – Zionists always resort to false accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ to defend Israel’s murderous behaviour

Corbyn needs to face up to a simple truth.  Apologists for Israel always resort to accusations of anti-Semitism to defend Israel’s murderous practices.  It is perfectly understandable.  How do you defend the beating and torture of children, the shooting of unarmed demonstrators, the demolition of schools and homes other than by impugning the motive of the accuser? 

When Natalie Portman, the Hollywood star who is a liberal Zionist, recently boycotted the Genesis Prize, Israel’s equivalent of the Nobel prize, because she refused to be in the same room as Benjamin Netanyahu, Likud Minister Yuval Steinitz accused her of ‘anti-Semitism’. Natalie Portman’s snub ‘borders on anti-Semitism,’ says minister.  The examples are legion. 
Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, one of the main proponents of the false anti-Semitism allegations stated, in a letter to readers only this week apropos of Corbyn’s apology in The Standard that it contained the odd assertion that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitic.  In other words anything but the most anodyne criticism of Israeli Apartheid is anti-Semitic. 

This is not a trivial matter.  The Right in the Labour Party has abandoned a full-on confrontation with Corbyn.  Instead they have resorted to a perverted version of identity politics whereby the oppressor’s identity becomes equally as valid as that of the oppressed.  They are using the language of the left to attack the left.  Corbyn and his office seem incapable of grasping this simple truth. 

What though is one to make of the Momentum National Coordinating Group’s acceptance of Lansman’s position that anti-Semitism is a real problem in the Labour Party?  How is one to explain their utter political bankruptcy?

One thing is for sure.  The false anti-Semitism campaign was launched in order to sabotage Labour’s local election campaign.  It is sapping the strength of the Labour Party and detracting from the Tories problems over Windrush.  Everytime there is an expulsion there is a demand for another one.  As the Tories appeasement of Hitler in the 30’s demonstrated, the more you appease an aggressor the hungrier they become.  Nothing 
Corbyn can or will do will satisfy Labour’s imperialist right and its Zionist allies.

But it is worse than this.  If, by chance, Corbyn were to ever get in power, then he would be confronted with opposition by the bankers and major industrialists that would be ten times what the Arkush and Goldstein can offer.  Then he would be up against the civil service and the rest of the British Establishment.  If he cannot put down loud mouths like John Mann and Wes Streeting there is no way he is going to stand up to the multinationals and investment banks.

Corbyn needs to grow a backbone fast and remove the whip from Streeting, Mann, Ryan, Smeeth, Ian Austin, John Woodcock and Berger. And that should be for starters. Corbyn needs to confront Labour’s Right with wholesale removals of the Whip and deselections.  That is the only way he will see in a radical Labour government.  He has to go on the offensive instead of cringing and making useless apologies for a non-existent anti-Semitism.  Instead we are now seeing calls from Arkush and the Zionists for the removal of the Whip from Chris Williamson for sharing a platform with Jackie Walker.  McDonnell is even more useless when it comes to confronting Labour’s Bastards.

The reality is that having foresworn a campaign of reselecting the right-wing MPs, his enemies on the back benches – over half the PLP – are simply waiting for their chance to stab him in the back (or as in Jess Phillips case, the front).  The only real question is whether they will move before or after a General Election. It is almost certain that a group of maybe 50+ Labour MPs will simply refuse to support Corbyn as Prime Minister.  By failing to take out these MPs now, Corbyn has all but ensured that he will never ever be in a position to form a government. 

That is what the expulsion of Marc Wadsworth really means.  Corbyn’s cowardice today guarantees he will ultimately be seen, despite his undoubted talents, as a weak minded leader who was incapable of standing up to his own back benchers.

The role of Jon Lansman and Momentum is even more despicable.  Having created an organisation 40,000 strong they have ensured that politically it is completely useless.  In these debates Momentum carries absolutely no weight, a product of its lack of democracy.

Tony Greenstein

LAW statement on the expulsion of Marc Wadsworth

Labour Against the Witchhunt strongly condemns the outrageous decision to expel Marc Wadsworth after a two-day hearing in front of three right-wing members of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee.

Marc is the latest victim of the politically motivated witch-hunt against Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters. Marc Wadsworth, a lifelong campaigner against racism, has been smeared and his reputation tarnished, first by the vile and false allegations against him and now, to top it off, by this deeply unjust verdict. Following 22 months of trial-by-media, our comrade had very little chance of receiving a fair hearing – and he did not get one.

It was enough for Ruth Smeeth MP to state at the hearing that she “felt” Marc Wadsworth was being anti-Semitic at the launch of the Charkrabarti report in June 2016 in order for the NCC to uphold this particular charge. This sets a very dangerous precedent, where the need for any rational evidence is, it seems, redundant.

It is not Marc who has brought the party “into disrepute” – it is the “shameless smears” of the “Corbyn-hating” MPs (Len McCluskey in the New Statesman), who have worked tirelessly to undermine Jeremy Corbyn at every opportunity since his election as Labour leader in 2015.

Chris Williamson MP got it exactly right when he called this decision“perverse”. He has quite rightly criticised the “weaponisation of anti-Semitism for political ends”. We warmly welcome his courageous support for Marc at the hearing and the support of Clive Lewis MP, who supplied a witness statement and said: “I’ve known him for 20 years. He’s an anti-racist campaigner. I watched that video and I don’t think that warranted being expelled from Labour.”

This is in stark contrast to the cynical PR stunt orchestrated by Wes Streeting MP, who has made no secret of his severe dislike for Jeremy Corbyn and his policies. Ruth Smeeth did not need to be ‘protected’ on her way into Church House. LAW’s lobby outside the expulsion hearing was always planned as a protest in support of Marcand not in opposition to Smeeth. If Smeeth, who has been funded by the Israeli lobby even since becoming an MP,cannot deal with walking past a couple of dozen protestors, maybe she (or the members in her Constituency Labour Party) should reconsider if being an MP is the right profession for her.
We call on Jeremy Corbyn, general secretary Jennie Formby and the National Executive Committee to finally put an end to this ongoing witch-hunt against the left in the party. The right-wing will demand more and more scalps. But the history of appeasement in politics teaches us they will never be satisfied. Capitulation to their unscrupulous demands is not the answer. They can never have enough suspensions, enough expulsions, enough compromised principles, including Corbyn’s lifelong support for the rights of the Palestinians.

This campaign against ‘Anti-Semitism’ has become the new anti-communism. We are in a period of new McCarthyism in the Labour Party. It is to be greatly regretted that Jeremy Corbyn, who in the 1980s was the secretary of Labour Against the Witchhunt, seems to be going along with this witch-hunt.

The number of cases of anti-Semitism among Labour Party members upheld remains tiny. The overwhelming majority of allegations have been baseless and politically motivated – used to purge or muzzle members who support Corbyn and those who are critical of Israeli government policies and actions.

We are witnessing the development of a chilling culture of fear, self-censorship, of members afraid to openly ask questions and learn, particularly on social media. We have seen many good Corbyn-supporting comrades being thrown to the wolves of the Tory Party and their supporters in the mainstream media. They are publicly smeared as Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites, racists – and have no way of fighting back against such vile accusations. These smears have ruined lives. Labour’s broken disciplinary procedure, that is not fit for purpose. It has actually resulted in suicides.

We call for an end to the expulsions and suspensions of Labour Party members for their political views. All those summarily expelled or suspended from membership without due process, or as part of the anti-Corbyn witch-hunt, should be immediately reinstated – and that includes Marc Wadsworth, Jackie Walker, Ken Livingstone, Stan Keable, Tony Greenstein and Cyril Chilson.

We agree with the statement by Jewish Voice for Labour, according to which Marc’s “treatment has been a travesty of the transparent, fair and equitable procedures one would expect from a labour movement organisation. It is a further irony that his summary suspension followed by 22 months in limbo would not have been possible if the relevant recommendations of the Chakrabarti Report had been implemented.”
Labour Against the Witchhunt
BCM Box 8932, London WC1N 3XX
Tel: 07817 379 568

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