31 July 2023

Free all Palestine Action Protesters – Preventing War Crimes is Not A Crime

The Public Order Act 2023 which Starmer Supported is Intended to Criminalise All Effective Protest

Brighton & Hove Protest in Support of Palestine Action Prisoners

As people may know I together with 3 other Defendants am awaiting sentence after having been convicted of ‘intent to cause criminal damage without lawful excuse’ to the Shenstone Elbit factory of Israeli arms factory, Elbit.

The Judge ruled out all lawful excuses holding that there were no lawful excuses, thus leading inevitably to our convictions.

All five Defendants, including one whom the jury was deadlocked on, have issued the following statement:

When Justice is Neither Done Nor Seen to be Done

Statement from the Elbit 5

On March 9 2021 we were arrested by the Police before we could reach Elbit’s Shenstone factory where some of us intended to occupy the roof and decorate the factory with paint in the blood red colour of the victims of its drones. Elbit is an Israeli arms company.

On May 15 2023, after a 7 week trial, we were found guilty of intent to cause criminal damage without lawful excuse. Judge Michael Chambers refused to admit all lawful excuse defences under s.3 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 or let us explain why it was that we had targeted Elbit. The jury was therefore left with the impression that our only purpose was to commit criminal damage.

At no point was the jury told that they have the right to reach a verdict based on whether it was unjust to convict and whether or not the use of the CDA in this case was oppressive. This is despite it being a longstanding feature of British jurisprudence since Bushell’s case in 1670, that a jury has the right to reach a verdict according to their conscience.

Patrick Devlin, a former Law Lord said that the right to bring in ‘perverse acquittals’ gives protection against laws which the ordinary man regards as harsh and oppressive . . . an insurance that the criminal law will conform to the ordinary man's ideas of what is fair and just. If it does not, the jury will not be a party to its enforcement.

Similarly Heather Hallett, a member of the Court of Appeal from 2005 to 2019 and who is now chairing the COVID Inquiry, said in her 2017 Blackstone lecture on the Role of the Jury, A jury may refuse to convict in spite of the law and the evidence because it concludes that the law is an unjust law. The jury passes its verdict on the law. Secondly, it ensures that the prosecution and the judge are on trial….

Israel’s recent attack on Jenin where 12 Palestinians, including 4 children, were killed is precisely why we targeted Elbit. We should have been allowed to use the defence of necessity whereby it is permissible to commit a smaller crime in order to prevent a far greater ill. However the courts have decided that the victims of Elbit’s drones are too ‘remote’ from Elbit’s factories in this country.

The ‘logic’ that was employed in our trial was that in order to avail ourselves of this defence it was necessary to identify the particular engine in the particular drone that killed the particular child. We believe that this is merely playing with words whilst people are dying. In practice it enables Elbit to avoid responsibility for the death of hundreds if not thousands of civilian victims, including children and allows it to evade legislation on the prevention of war crimes. Elbit are merchants of death plying their lethal trade with the protection of the law.

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers  in a statement calling for the release of Palestinian Action prisoners noted  how, on 21 June 2023, an Elbit drone extrajudicially assassinated three Palestinians in Jenin. This was a war crime as was the attack on Jenin where thousands of people were evicted from their homes and forced to wander the streets without food, water or shelter.

The International Criminal Court Act 2001 make the commission of war crimes by British nationals or residents, or being ancillary to war crimes, be they in this country or abroad, an offence. It would seem obvious that actions intended to prevent the production of Elbit Drones in this country must be lawful in so far as such actions are intended to prevent the commission of far greater crimes.

In the eyes of our judiciary, criminal damage against Elbit factories is more serious than the enabling of war crimes.

We are at the moment awaiting sentence and have been remanded for reports. HHJ Chambers has stated that our offences ‘cross the custody threshold’. The date of sentencing was originally intended to be on June 26. It was then postponed to July 10 and then August 11. The latest date is September 1 and we understand that it may be postponed again.

This continual delay in sentence is in itself a form of punishment as a cloud of uncertainty hangs over all of us. One of us lost his job due to the conviction imposed and finding other means of employment will be extremely difficult while there is no closure. Overall, this case has been hanging over us for more than two years and now it is being delayed again for reasons that we have not been given but which we understand to relate to the inability of the court to agree a date with our barristers."

We have therefore decided to issue this statement in order that people who have been following the trials and prosecution, some would say persecution, of Palestine Action activists, are made aware of what is happening in this case.

Tony Greenstein

Jeremy Parker

Ibrahim Samadi

Alex Waters

Helen Caney (not convicted)


Mike Lynch White (centre), cofounder of Scientist Rebellion was sentenced to 27 months in prison at Chester Crown Court 

I seem to recall a saying that Justice Delayed is Justice Denied. This was first coined by Sir Edward Coke, the greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobin periods, who was variously Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas and King’s Bench as well as Attorney General.

In the Case of Proclamations and Dr. Bonham's Case, Coke declared the King to be subject to the law, and the laws of Parliament to be void if in violation of "common right and reason". Cases which foreshadowed Bushel’s Case of 1670 where a jury decided not to enforce a tyrannical statute.

A week ago, Saturday 22 July, was Prisoners’ Day of Action. There are currently 7 supporters of Palestine Action in prison for taking action to disrupt the production of Israeli weapons on British soil.

Four of them are detained after dismantling American weapons factory, Teledyne Labtech in Wales. Teledyne are the largest listed exporters of weapons from Britain to the Apartheid State of Israel. Two others are in prison for occupying APPH, a Canadian weapons factory, and supplier of parts for Israeli Elbit drones and fighter jets.

Over 100 more face trials for taking direct action against a range of weapons companies, mainly Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest weapons firm. Elbit supply the majority of Israel’s military drone fleet, land equipment and munitions. Their weapons are used against the Palestinian people, and then marketed as “battle-tested” and sold on to other oppressive regimes across the world. Using the captive population of Gaza as a laboratory is a crime against humanity. All strikes against that industry are not only legitimate but essential.

The British State’s complicity with the colonisation of Palestine goes back all the way to the Balfour Declaration when, in the words of Arthur Koestler ‘“One nation solemnly promised to a second nation the country of a third.”  

Palestine Action  to date have shut down two Israeli weapons factories and cost Elbit hundreds of million pounds in lost contracts. By imprisoning activists, the British state is demonstrating that it prioritises protecting the military supply chain of a foreign apartheid state over the freedom of its own citizens.

In addition to handing down prison sentences, the State has imprisoned activists without trial and on occasions the Crown Prosecution Service have reintroduced previously dropped charges, after Elbit asked for a review. In reaction to both growing public support for direct action and the number of ‘perverse acquittals’ by juries, especially the Colston acquittals the Court of Appeal ruled, on reference from the Attorney General, that ‘lawful excuse’ defences such as Necessity (preventing a greater crime) and Human Rights defences of proportionality did not apply to cases of criminal damage.

For further information see Palestine Action Prisoners Day of Action on Saturday 22nd July

Almost 80 public figures, including members of the European Parliament, screenwriters, lecturers, musicians, writers and journalists, have signed an open letter calling on the UK to release detained Palestine Action protesters who "sacrificed their liberty to challenge colonial violence".

The protesters were arrested while obstructing the entrances to several sites belonging to Israel's largest weapons manufacturer, Elbit Systems, in the UK. Elbit, the letter says, manufactures "an array of weaponry, including drones equipped with payloads", and "profit from the captive population of Palestine — they have turned civilians into a human laboratory where experimental weaponry can be tested, improved on, and then marketed as "field-proven" and branded as "battle-tested" surveillance technology and components for tanks and fighter jets."

The signatories, who include Palestinian writer and activist Mohammed El-Kurd and musicians Roger Waters and Lowkey, added:

We demand the charges are dropped against those already incarcerated and at risk of prison over their work to disrupt the criminal production of Israeli weapons on British soil.

We stand with those who have sacrificed their liberty to challenge colonial violence and we call on others to do the same until they, and the Palestinian people, are free.

Palestine Action demo outside Newcastle Crown Court

Steps taken by Palestine Action, the letter continued,

have resulted in the closing down of two of Elbit's sites, and the loss of millions of pounds through the severance of MoD contracts. Palestine Action has inspired local communities across the country to rise up against these immoral factories which profit from the business of war and destruction.

In spite of this, the UK government

has decided to prioritise its interests in protecting the military supply chain of a foreign apartheid state by incarcerating its own people.

The heroes who have taken courageous action to expose and dismantle Britain's role in the colonisation of Palestine should be celebrated and rewarded, not imprisoned. We therefore call for the release of all Palestine Action political prisoners, and for the charges to be dropped.

Signatories to the letter also include British-Palestinian filmmaker Farah Nabulsi, lawyer and winner of the Palestine Book Award 2019 Academic Award, Professor Noura Erakat, and 2020 Creative Award Winner Susan Abulhawa, in addition to CAGE Director Moazzam Begg, MEPs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly and academic David Miller, who was fired from Bristol University following a campaign by the Israel lobby over his criticism of the Zionist state.

Here is the full statement calling for the release of Palestine Action prisoners

Solidarity from Greece

Banner Drop Manchester

Dabka in Leicester

Liverpool Protest

Leicester Keysight Technologies

27 July 2023

Sinéad O'Connor on Israel

'It’s the only place I’ve ever been that I never wanted to go back to'

Ripping Up John Paul II Photo

Sinéad O'Connor – RIP – You Deserve It for What You Gave the World and the Little You Received in Return 

A Brave and Tortured Soul Who Spoke Out Against the Catholic Church’s Child Abuse Years Before It Became Fashionable

When I heard of the death of Sinéad O'Connor at the all too young age of 56 I felt an indescribable sadness. It was a shock, although maybe it shouldn't have been given what she went through. There was no one who was as brave and courageous as Sinéad. When she ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II who, like all his predecessors had presided over a church which was a byword for the abuse of children and women, she suffered horrific abuse. When I first heard of her passing I thought of all those who deserve to die, like Kid Starver, yet live on to cause yet more torment. The world is a cruel place.

Rebel Song

Sinéad is famous for her cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares to You. It is indeed a powerful song but my all-time favourite is Rebel Song in which her love affair with a violent Englishman is the metaphor for England’s murderous colonisation of Ireland. It is one of three songs that I want to be played at my own funeral when it comes.


Sinéad was nothing if not an Irish republican. Her song Famine accurately describes the so-called Irish Famine. It was of course no more a famine than what happened in Bengal and other places under  British rule. It was more a case of genocide. Food was being exported at the same time as Irish peasants were starving. This was Britain’s civilising legacy to the world and Ireland was foremost amongst those the British considered uncivilised.

Nothing Compares to You 

Sinéad received a standing ovation as she dedicated the Classic Irish Album award she received for I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, to 

each and every member of Ireland’s refugee community”. “You’re very welcome in Ireland. I love you very much and I wish you happiness.”

Sinéad was nothing if not passionate in her principles. 

I am a seed

Sister Sinead is a tribute to Sinéad O'Connor by her friend, Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson comforted Sinéad on stage in 1992 when she was booed by the crowd during a Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary concert a fortnight after tearing up the Pope’s picture on Saturday Night Live. Sinéad regularly shaved her hair as a statement against the superficialities of the record industry, which Kristofferson alludes to in the lyric, "that bald-headed brave little girl."

Sinéad share a thirst for speaking truth to power, no matter the consequences. Kristofferson himself made a lot of enemies with his left-wing political views, particularly on his 1990 album Third World Warrior. One of the tracks is called "Don't Let the Bastards (Get You Down)," which is what he said to Sinéad when she was being booed at the concert.

Kris Kristofferson - Sister Sinead (2009) 

It should be said that Kristofferson himself is a brilliant country musician. Notable among his songs include Me and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make It Through The Night and my favourite Sunday Morning Coming Down.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Of her ripping up of John Paul’s photograph she said “I’m not sorry I did it. It was brilliant,” “But it was very traumatising,” adding “It was open season on treating me like a crazy bitch.”

foggy dew 

The year before that high-profile protest, she boycotted the Grammy Awards, the music industry’s answer to the Oscars, saying she did not want “to be part of a world that measures artistic ability by material success.”

She refused the playing of US national anthem before her concerts, drawing further public attacks.

Sinéad’s life was one of tragedy and abuse. Abused by her mother she lived to see her son Shane 17 die 18 months before her. She blamed the Irish health service and said “May God forgive the Irish State for I never will”.

Pogues singer Shane MacGowan tweeted:

“Sinead you have always been there for me and for so many people, you have been a comfort & a soul who is not afraid to feel the pain of the suffering.

“You have always tried to heal & help. I pray that you can be comforted & find strength, healing & peace in your own sorrow & loss.

Sinéad O'Connor receives the Classic Irish Album award for I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize at Vicar Street on March 9th. Photograph: Kieran Frost/Redferns

Sinéad O'Connor on Israel

'It’s the only place I’ve ever been that I never wanted to go back to'


Sinéad was a strong supporter of the Palestinians and supported the Boycott of Israel. In 2014 as Israel was  pursuing its murderous attack on Gaza Sinéad cancelled a concert. 

In 1997 Sinéad cancelled another concert, a peace concert organised by Israeli and Palestinian women in Jerusalem entitled ‘Two Capitals, Two States, not because of a boycott, because there was no BDS movement at that time, but because of death threats from Ben-Gvir’s Kahanist organization, ‘The Ideological Front.’

In response to the threats she wrote an Open Letter, which was published in Ha’aretz, to Ben-Gvir, who is now Israel’s Police & Security Minister. In it she said:

“God does not reward those who bring terror to the children of the world. SO YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED IN NOTHING BUT YOUR SOUL’S FAILURE,

Sinead performed twice in Caesarea in 1995, a town which is between Tel Aviv and Haifa. It is the residence of Netanyahu and the Israeli rich. She told the Dublin-based site Hot Press

“There wasn’t a boycott and it wasn’t what you might call ‘a big deal’ and you weren’t fucking anyone over if you went. I actually hated the place so fucking much. I found it one of the most aggressive places I’ve ever been. I still have quite a scar from a photographer shoving his camera right into my chest. It’s the only place I’ve ever been that I never wanted to go back to.’

There is a fascinating article in today’s Ha’aretz which I am posting below. Let us hope that Sinéad has at last found peace.  Below are a few obituaries and tributes

When Sinéad O’Connor Told Far-right Provocateur Itamar Ben-Gvir He ‘Succeeded in Nothing, but Your Soul’s Failure’

It’s the only place I’ve ever been that I never wanted to go back to. Consequentially for the last 25 years whenever anything about Israel came on the news, I’d literally turn it off’ she told the Dublin-based site Hot Press in 1995

Jonathan Shamir, Shira Naot         Jul 27, 2023 4:33 pm IDT

FILE - Sinead O'Connor, Itamar Ben-Gvir, Credit: Itay Ron, AP

Sinéad O’Connor, the Irish superstar musician who died on Wednesday, told Israeli far-right politician Itamar Ben-Gvir that he has “succeeded in nothing” in a damning open letter in 1997.

O’Connor was meant to perform at a festival organized by Israeli and Palestinian women in Jerusalem entitled ‘Two Capitals, Two States,’ but backed out due to a death threat that likely came from Ben-Gvir’s Kahanist organization, ‘The Ideological Front.’

“God does not reward those who bring terror to the children of the world,” she said in the letter addressed to Ben-Gvir, whose meteoric political ascent has seen the once-obscure activist become Israel’s national security minister.

Explaining her withdrawal, she said in a statement that

Right-wing Jewish groups threatened to kill myself and my band. I’m not prepared to die for anyone else’s bullshit, nor am I prepared to put my band at risk, so we didn’t go.”

Then-mayor of Jerusalem Ehud Olmert described the event at the time as “anti-Israel propaganda,” and one group even tried to petition the Supreme Court to block who they described as a “PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] sympathizer” from appearing.

A Haaretz publication on June 22, 1997

“I have two children, and I would not do anything that could endanger their future. I respect and love the Israeli people and the Palestinian people. I hope the two nations will solve their problems in a non-violent manner,” she added.

While Ben-Gvir never took responsibility for the threatening phone call, he bragged on Israeli radio that he and his supporters brought about O’Connor’s cancellation.

After reading a translated transcript of the interview, O’Connor decided to pen the letter, which she sent to Associated Press.

“As I child I remember watching television in Ireland on Christmas Eve. I saw Israeli and Palestinian men beating each other in the streets of the very birthplace of their faiths. I felt saddened and frightened. I asked God then, ‘How can there be peace anywhere on earth if there is not peace in Jerusalem?’ I ask you that question now Mr. Ben Gvir,” she wrote.

The singer also wrote to Ben-Gvir that she had long studied Jewish scripture, and that she has “always had the most passionate love for the Jewish people, and sorrow for what they have suffered throughout the centuries.”

“God does not reward those who bring terror to the children of the world. SO YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED IN NOTHING BUT YOUR SOUL’S FAILURE,” she ended the letter.

The event received little coverage in Israel at the time, but received international attention, including front-page stories in The New York Times and Le Monde.

O’Connor later cancelled another gig in Israel in 2014.

“Let’s just say that, on a human level, nobody with any sanity, including myself, would have anything but sympathy for the Palestinian plight. There’s not a sane person on earth who in any way sanctions what the fuck the Israeli authorities are doing,” she said.

O’Connor performed twice in Caesarea in 1995, and told the Dublin-based site Hot Press

“There wasn’t a boycott and it wasn’t what you might call ‘a big deal’ and you weren’t fucking anyone over if you went. I actually hated the place so fucking much. I found it one of the most aggressive places I’ve ever been. I still have quite a scar from a photographer shoving his camera right into my chest. It’s the only place I’ve ever been that I never wanted to go back to. Consequentially for the last 25 years whenever anything about Israel came on the news, I’d literally turn it off. As far as I was concerned Israel did not exist. So I didn’t keep up at all with anything that was going on there. It’s just a bad word to me, ‘Israel’.”

O’Connor died on Wednesday at the age of 56.

Famous for hits such ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and ‘Mandinka,’ she was politically outspoken for several different causes, including a Saturday Night Live performance in 1992 in which she ripped up a photo of the Pope John Paul II in 1992 over the child abuse scandals that had rocked the Catholic Church.

She converted to Islam in 2018 and changed her name to Shuhada Sadaqat.

Lital Levin contributed to this report.

Let us hope that Sinéad has at last found peace.  Below are a few obituaries and tributes

Tony Greenstein

Making the Radical Case for Sinéad O’Connor: She Was Right All Along

Sinéad O’Connor obituary - Guardian

Sinéad O’Connor, acclaimed Dublin singer, dies aged 56 -  Irish Times

Sinead O’Connor dead: Irish singer of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ dies aged 56

Acclaimed and outspoken Irish singer Sinead O’Connor dies at 56

Controversy never drowned out the astonishing songcraft of Sinéad O’Connor

26 July 2023

The Lies that Sharon Graham & Unite Officials Told Their Members In Order to Appease Starmer and the Zionist Lobby

 The Banning of Corbyn - The Big Lie & Asa Winstanley’s ‘Weaponising Anti-Semitism’ because they ‘caused deep hurt among Jews in Britain” Renders Unite's Policy on Palestine Meaningless

Defy @UniteSharon, Kid Starver & their Zionist Friends - See The Big Lie on Sunday 30 July - Register Here


It is the unanimous view of groups such as Amnesty International,  Human Rights Watch and B’Tselem that Israel is an Apartheid state. According to B’Tselem there is

A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid 

In the West Bank there are two legal systems – one for Jews and one for Palestinians. This is the quintessential definition of Apartheid. Israel is a settler colonial regime where soldiers accompany and protect settlers as they stage pogroms against the Palestinians.

Israel is also a settler colonial state even within 1948 Israel. Israeli Arabs are considered a fifth column. That is why the Israeli state, a ‘Jewish’ state, has tried to Judaise areas like the Galilee and Negev.

The Koenig Memorandum of April 1976 by Yisrael Koenig, a senior member of the Israeli Labor Party, proposed to:

Expand and deepen Jewish settlement in areas where the contiguity of the Arab population is prominent, and where they number considerably more than the Jewish population; examine the possibility of diluting existing Arab population concentrations.

Imagine someone proposing to dilute the Black population of London or Whiten Birmingham. That is the politics of the National Front or BNP. Racial engineering was at the heart of Nazi lebensraum. See Christopher Browning’s ‘Nazi Resettlement Policy’. Koenig spoke about the duty of ‘those dealing with the Arab sector… to familiarize themselves with the Arab mentality.’

For those who don’t get it I suggest they try the phrase ‘Jewish mentality’. Today open Jewish supremacists such as Police Minister Ben Gvir reign supreme in Israel. Even Moshe Yalon, former right-wing Likud Defence Minister terms Gvir ‘Mein Kampf in Reverse. How else does one defend all this? By crying ‘anti-Semitism’.

At the root of the cry of ‘anti-Semitism’ is the belief that the opposition of Palestinians to Zionism and a Jewish State has nothing to do with the confiscation of land or demolition of homes but is solely on account of Israel’s racists being Jewish racists.

Gail Cartmail & Sharon Graham - Appeasing Starmer and Supporters of Apartheid Whilst Attacking Unite Supporters of the Palestinians

Accusing those on the left of ‘anti-Semitism’ was how the Labour right and the Zionist lobby destroyed the Corbyn left between 2015 and 2019. That is what Asa Winstanley’s book is about and that is why the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, an Israeli state organisation operating in Britain, has done its best to prevent the book being read or Jeremy Corbyn – The Big Lie being shown.

For the past few weeks Unite officials have peddled a series of lies to justify preventing The Big Lie being shown at Unite’s Portsmouth offices. Sarah Carpenter, SE Regional Secretary, told us it was about ‘resources’ and not meddling in internal Labour politics.

Finally the truth has emerged. It has taken a lot of prodding and probing before the lies of Unite’s officials crumbled.

It all began on 8 June when the Chair of Unite SE 6246 branch, Damian McCarthy, wrote to Carpenter asking if it was true that she had cancelled a showing of The Big Lie and if so why. Carpenter’s reply was disingenuous:

Hi Damian

I have asked for the screenings to be cancelled whilst I seek further guidance.  I have not had any instructions to cancel.  I hope to get back in touch with the Portsmouth Community branch as soon as possible to clarify the position.

Best wishes

Sarah Carpenter

Regional Secretary, South East Region

On the one hand Carpenter hadn’t had any instructions to cancel the screening yet she needed to seek ‘further guidance’ about the instructions she hadn’t received! It is of course difficult to lie effectively as Kid Starver demonstrates daily!

On 13 June Carpenter wrote back to McCarthy with a whole new set of lies. Now the screening had been cancelled because

The issues covered in the film are pertinent to internal Labour Party matters and that is not the focus of our union. Unite’s members are working on issues linked to our local communities and to industrial issues, and union resources are prioritised in these areas. Resources include use, maintenance and security of Unite buildings.

Although Unite can give Starver’s Labour Party the very blank cheque that Graham denied she was giving, some £2m a year, it couldn’t afford the cost of security for a union building to show a film. The pathetic lies of Graham’s officials need not detain us.

There was a time when trade unions did their best to educate and politicise their members. Today they do their best to keep them in ignorance as they cosy up to Labour’s neo-liberals.

On 5 July Carpenter sent me a letter. In this she double downed on the original lies:

Dear Tony

To address the questions that you ask I can be clear that Unite has not been contacted by any group in regards to the decision made. After careful consideration by senior union officials, the decision taken was grounded in our focus to prioritise resources to fight for members pay, terms and conditions and issues facing our local communities.

I will draw your attention however to Rule 17.3 within the Unite rule book, of which all branches should be aware…

 ‘… that no general purposes funds shall be used for political objects’.  

Therefore, the wish of the branch… regarding making a donation to Platform Films in this instance can be described as political and therefore the branch cannot, under rule, make a donation.  

Unfortunately these lies hadn’t been squared with the CAA. The CAA boasted about their success in persuading Sharon Graham into cancelling the film and Winstanley’s Bristol book launch. There were no references to ‘Unite resources’ or ‘security’. The CAA wrote

Following correspondence with Campaign Against Antisemitism, the Unite union has cancelled the screening of a propaganda film about the antisemitic former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn that was due to be shown alongside a book signing and talk from Asa Winstanley.

In other words the CAA has once again weaponised anti-Semitism in exactly the ways that Winstanley’s book exposes.

The first demand Unite members should make is to see all of the correspondence between the CAA and Graham.

Graham couldn’t even be bothered to lie to members herself. This nepotistic General Secretary left that to Gail Cartmail, Unite’s Assistant General Secretary. Cartmail claimed that “Asa Winstanley’s publication has already caused deep hurt among Jews in Britain.”

Jo Glasman ‘we slaughtered Corbyn’

Why should British Jews be ‘hurt’ by a film that exposes how the Israel lobby destabilised Corbyn and then boasted of it? That seems anti-Semitic!

It’s not Britain’s Jews but Israel’s apologists who were ‘hurt’ by the revelations in the film and book. There isn’t a shred of evidence that British Jews were concerned about the film or book. Censorship is for Zionist zealots and cowardly General Secretaries and their servile courtiers.

But even if British Jews were offended, so what? When Muslims attacked Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses the Guardian proclaimed If we don’t defend free speech, we live in tyranny. But when anti-Zionists attack Apartheid ‘preventing hurt’ to racists is what counts.

According to Electronic Intifada Cartmail stated that she was responding at the request of Sharon Graham. Ken Loach noted that

Asa Winstanley’s book has been widely praised, including by noted Jewish commentators, for its rigorous and authoritative research.

By banning the author from discussing it in this way, Unite has shown the title to be accurate – anti-Semitism has indeed been weaponized. This is a critical political issue. Buy this important book and judge for yourself.

This was the CAA's 'tribute' to the longstanding Jewish MP Gerald Kaufman - his crime? Supporting the Palestinians

The book launch was scheduled for Monday 24 July at Tony Benn House, Unite’s regional office in Bristol. Benn would turn in his grave if he knew what Unite’s dessicated bureaucrats had done.

A local union official told organisers that the event would be cancelled after “discussion with senior colleagues.” Asked to explain why he would only say the decision “relates to advice and opinion on controversy around the film” and that “the leadership of Unite” did not want to “be drawn into contentious political debate.”

Skwawkbox editor Steve Walker told Electronic Intifada that

Who are the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism?

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism was formed in August 2014 to undermine solidarity with the Palestinians during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge when 2,200 Palestinians, including 551 children died. The CAA’s sole purpose was to weaponise anti-Semitism.

The CAA said nothing about the welcome for this neo-Nazi at a demonstration supporting Israel

The CAA has said nothing about the growing alliance between Zionist activists such as Jonathan Hoffman, the former Zionist Federation Vice-Chair, and the far-Right. When Tommy Robinson turned up to a pro-Israeli demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy in May 2021 he was given a hero’s welcome. The CAA said nothing.

When Jacob Rees-Mogg attacked two fellow Jewish Tories, Sir Oliver Letwin and John Bercow, as “Illuminati who are taking the powers to themselves.” the CAA said nothing. As Michael Berkowitz, Professor of Modern Jewish History at UCL wrote:

The CAA waged a war against Jeremy Corbyn on behalf of the Israeli state - all with the Charity Commission's blessing

‘With his nod to “Illuminati” – pointed at Letwin and Bercow – Rees-Mogg is knowingly trafficking in the portrayal of Jews as underhanded and sinister. … while studiously avoiding the word “Jew”, he has exhumed, embellished, and rebroadcast one of the most poisonous antisemitic canards in all of history.

Even Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian's resident Zionist, condemned Mogg for his attack on George Soros, saying that ‘Jacob “Illuminati” Rees-Mogg has form in this area.’ .

The paper of Israel's settlers just love Germany's neo-Nazi Alternative for Germany party

You might expect the CAA to vigorously condemn Mogg, who also retweeted the comments of Alice Wiedel, leader of the neo-Nazi German Party AfD but all you will find is a neutral article Jacob Rees Mogg defends sharing German far-right leader’s speech on Twitter which reports what he said without any of their normal vitriol.

The CAA attacked social activist hero Jo Solo and Hate Not Hope Got Their  Fingers Burnt in the Backlash

Why does the CAA not criticise Mogg’s comments? Because Mogg is as ardently pro-Israel as the AfD. When it comes to anti-Semites the CAA goes easy on them as long as they are pro-Israel.

The CAA played down criticism of the AfD, the most pro-Zionist party in Germany, saying that the ‘AfD has a long history of problematic language and policies’. The Nazi Party also had 'problematic language and policies'. If the CAA had been around in 1933 then they would have said nothing. After all the Nazi Party was also pro-Zionist.

The Liars of the CAA Alleged Prof. Moshe Machover, an Israeli anti-Zionist Supported Hamas - Machover is a Marxist, Hamas are religious conservatives - but Sharon Graham was taken in by the CAA

I have no doubt that the CAA is funded, directly or indirectly, by the Israeli state, via people like Gerald Ronson. When I applied for disclosure on their sources of funding in my libel action against them the CAA resisted to the bitter end.

To date there are no less than 1056 CAA posts attacking Corbyn. One of their officers, There are none on Tommy Robinson. The CAA was one of two Zionist groups, the other being the Jewish Labour Movement, which made a complaint to the institutionally racist EHRC about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

In order to maintain the pretence that it opposes the far-right too, the CAA devotes a tiny fraction of its resources to tackling fringe fascists such as the mentally ill Holocaust denier Alison Chabloz.

The CAA is an Islamophobic Campaign

The CAA’s 2016 Report British Muslims and antiSemitism is a vile racist tract. It has a picture of a Muslim man on the front cover holding a ‘Hitler was right’ poster. The implication is clear. Muslims are Nazi supporters.

The Report also included a full colour profile of a Muslim man which if it had been of a typical Jew would have been met with loud cries of ‘anti-Semitism’. The CAA report read:

… the gradual buildup of understanding and friendship between Britain’s Jews and Muslims has been utterly eclipsed by growing antisemitism amongst British Muslims. (my emphasis)

On every single count, British Muslims were more likely by far than the general British population to hold deeply antisemitic views…. many British Muslims reserve a special hatred for British Jews … British Muslims largely do not recognise antisemitism as a major problem.

It has long been suspected that sections of the British Muslim population harboured hatred towards British Jews…. the prejudice is horrifyingly widespread.

What the CAA doesn’t mention is that Islamaphobia/anti-Arab racism among Zionist Jews far outstrips Muslim prejudices against Jews.

The CAA has been at the forefront of attacking academic freedom. Because Bristol University lecturer Rachel Gould wrote Defining Anti-Semitism in 2011 describing how the holocaust intimidates people into self-censoring their views on Israel the CAA targeted her.

Palestinian PhD student and union vice-president at Exeter University, Malaka Shweik, was targeted by the CAA. She was eventually cleared and even the Daily Mail & Express apologised for carrying the malicious smears of Sharon Graham's favourite Zionist group, the CAA

This McCarthyist organisation demanded that Rachel publicly retract her article and write explaining why she had retracted her essay. If she declined to do so then she be dismissed “and her dismissal should be made public so as to clearly signal the University of Bristol’s values”.

Shahd Abusalama, a Palestinian PhD student and lecturer was targeted by the CAA at Sheffield Hallam University and forced out

The CAA forgets that Britain is not Israel (yet)! Academic freedom is not a term that the CAA is familiar with. It has used the IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism as a weapon against anti-Zionists and Palestinian supporters. Even the IHRA’s principal drafter, American academic Kenneth Stern said , in testimony to the US Congress, that the CAA’s attack on Gould was ‘chilling and McCarthy-like’.

The Problem that the CAA faced was that it was the Right that was anti-Semitic – King’s College’s Daniel Allington Solved That Problem Through Academic Fraud

The CAA was set up with a single goal - to label Israel’s anti-Zionist opponents as ‘anti-Semitic’. It faced a serious problem though. Its target, anti-Zionists and Palestinian supporters, many of whom are Jewish, are almost exclusively on the Left, whereas genuine anti-Semites are almost exclusively on the Right.

Since 2014 the CAA has produced an ‘anti-Semitism barometer’. Despite their best efforts they found that anti-Semitism was more common on the right than the left. As their 2017 Anti-Semitism Barometer concluded:

 Supporters of left-wing political parties and ‘remainers’ are less likely to be antisemitic than those on the right or supporters of the ‘leave’ camp’.

What the CAA needed was an academic who was willing to prostitute himself by producing bogus ‘research’ that would enable the CAA to claim that anti-Semitism was primarily a problem of the Left.

The CAA needed to invent a set of questions that would 'prove' that it is the Left who are the anti-Semites not the Right.

Step forward Daniel Allington who was prepared to use his academic credentials in what is no less than an academic fraud. With the help of Allington, the CAA drew up 6 statements in its 2019 Antisemitism Barometer, all of which related to Israel: They were:

1.       “Israel and its supporters are a bad influence on our democracy.”

2.        “Israel can get away with anything because its supporters control the media.”

3.       “Israel treats the Palestinians like the Nazis treated the Jews.”

4.        “I am comfortable spending time with People who openly support Israel.”

5.       “Israel makes a positive contribution to the world.”

6.       “Israel is right to defend itself against those who want to destroy it.”

I have to confess I would have been uncomfortable spending time with supporters of Apartheid South Africa or Nazi Germany. By this definition that makes me a racist!

By constructing these fraudulent questions, which bear no relationship to anti-Semitism as defined in the Oxford English Dictionary and as understood by 99.99% of people – ‘hostility to or prejudice against Jews as Jews’ the CAA was able to end its articles with the strap line:

Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer 2019 showed that antisemitism on the far-left of British politics has surpassed that of the far-right.

The fact that Sharon Graham has banned a film about the campaign to destabilise Jeremy Corbyn at the behest of an organisation whose Chair, Gideon Falter, is Vice-Chair of the Jewish National Fund, an organisation which refuses to rent or lease the 93% of land in Israel that it owns or controls, is a disgrace. It makes Unite party to Israeli Apartheid. Graham might not care if she covers for racist Zionists but union members should care.

The CAA took this post down very quickly when it alleged Jackie Walker was a holocaust denier - unknown to them the quote they objected to came from Israel's first Prime Minister - David Ben Gurion!

The CAA has seen as one of its tasks engendering fear of anti-Semitism amongst British Jews. Anshel Pfeffer, commenting on the CAA’s 2015 Anti-Semitism Barometer wrote in Ha'aretz that:

take for example the statement that “Jews think they are better than other people.” Of course it’s not the thing that one should normally be caught saying in public - but is it anti-Semitic? For a start, many Jews do subscribe to the Jewish notion of “the chosen people,” and for that matter it’s not only Jews; members of many if not most nations, religions and ethnicities believe they are better than the others. That’s natural and normal national pride. Even if this view runs counter to liberal orthodoxy, believing that Jews think of themselves that way can certainly be a fair and honest assessment.

The same can be said of another of the survey’s statements: “Jews talk about the Holocaust too much in order to get sympathy.” That’s a rather nasty accusation but the fact is too many Jews, both political leaders in public appearances and ordinary Jews on social media, are often too quick to bring up the Holocaust in order to make a point. The sad truth is that many Jews have cheapened the memory of the Holocaust by using it in an inappropriate fashion. Holding that opinion doesn’t necessarily make you an anti-Semite.

Pfeffer accused the CAA of an eagerness to see the anti-Semitism in Britain, which inarguably exists, as much more widespread than it really is’. There are no prizes for guessing why this might be so.

About the ‘finding’ that 56% of British Jews agree that “the recent rise in anti-Semitism in Britain has some echoes of the 1930s.” Pfeffer wrote that

If the majority of British Jews and the authors of the CAA report actually believe that, then it’s hard to take anything they say about contemporary anti-Semitism in their home country seriously…. To compare today’s Britain, for all its faults, with the Jews’ situation in 1930s exhibits a disconnect from reality which borders on hysteria.

That Graham, Cartmail, Carpenter and other officials took the complaints of the CAA serious without doing any due diligence is a disgrace. Not once did they ask themselves why the CAA wanted to silence a film that Ken Loach and many others have praised.

This was what the 'antisemitism' campaign was really about - demonising mainly Jewish anti-Zionists and anyone supporting the Palestinians

The Big Lie is a film in which many Jewish socialists explain why they have been expelled as a result of false allegations of anti-Semitism from the Labour Party. People like Graham Bash, Jackie Walker, Leah Levane, Naomi Wimborne Idrissi and myself. In getting into bed with the CAA Sharon Graham has torn up Unite’s policy in support of the Palestinians. See

UK union cancels “Weaponising Anti-Semitism” book launch

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UK union cancels “Weaponising Anti-Semitism” book launch

Unite hid that it had cancelled film and book event to please so-called Campaign Against Antisemitism

Exclusive: Unite leaders know ‘can’t trust a word Starmer says’ – yet gave him platform to deceive anyway

The Campaign Against Antisemitism is a campaign against Palestinians