Charles Tannock – Zionist and Apologist for anti-Semites
Charles Tannock – Zionist and Apologist for anti-Semites
Tannock with friend
Well my old friend Mark Elf recently wrote to all 9 Conservative MEPs over the proposed EU Trade Agreement with Israel (the vote on which was postponed last Monday because of Israel’s outlaw status).
Much to his surprise, Mark’s that is, the Personal Assistant of Charles Tannock MEP wrote back explaining why Tannock was a died-in-the-wool Zionist.
“Dear Mr Elf, Dr Tannock is very familiar with the situation in Israel and the occupied territories, and the suffering of many innocent Palestinians caught up in the terrorist actions of Hamas and Israeli counter attacks and his party is committed to a peace based on the Oslo Peace accords, the road map for peace and Quartet criteria with a viable two state solution based on roughly the 1967 borders with land for peace swaps. Therefore Conservatives oppose any new settlement building in the occupied territories. Nevertheless he supports an enhanced agreement between the EU and Israel as Israel as a country shares many of our common western democratic values including free elections a free press and independence of its judiciary and upholding the rule of law and is at the front line in fighting the existential threat of Islamist terrorism. He also believes the security fence for all its problems has considerably reduced the ability of suicide bombers to cross over and kill innocent Israeli civilians who are still subject to Hamas rockets launched from Gaza. He will of course work for reconciliation and a lasting peace in the region as will all Conservative MEPs.
And I suddenly had faint glimmerings of a past article I had read. Wasn’t this the same MEP who had backed the ‘rose revolution’ to the extent of defending an anti-Semitic paper which had claimed some 400,000 Jews had taken part in the Nazi invasion of the Ukraine? Surely not. How can someone who is so supportive of the Jewish State rush to the defence of an anti-Semitic newspaper? Surely some mistake here? But no. A quick check of my hard drive reveals it is one and the same person.
For those interested in yet another example of the congruence between anti-Semitism and Zionism, the article below may be of interest!
Shadow of Anti-Semitism over Ukraine’s Disputed Election Western television viewers and newspaper readers are being fed on a diet of propaganda about the current crisis in Ukraine. The orange flags and uniforms of the opposition fill our screens and decorate the front pages. “People power” and Western-orientated democrats are on the march against evil ex-communist oligarchs. Good is battling against evil for the soul of Ukraine.
Sadly it is not so simple. Western media and governments may have edited out the manifestations of extreme nationalism and anti-Semitism which disfigure the Ukrainian opposition’s rabble-rousing but history will record that in the run up to the disputed presidential elections, key opposition leaders, including Viktor Yushchenko, Julia Timoshenko and Alexander Moroz, defended anti-Semitic publications and accepted the backing of neo-Nazi groups as well as US and EU and so-called “civic society” NGOs. Nor were the anti-Semtic apologetics of the Ukrainian opposition unknown to key OSCE observers and EU parliamentarians who nonetheless ignored the dark shadow across Yushchenko’s campaign preferring instead to abuse his rival. A key media outlet which has backed Viktor Yushchenko’s long march on the Ukrainian presidency published an extraordinary anti-Semitic rant in 2003 which claimed that 400,000 Jews fought alongside Hitler’s invading army in 1941!
Inserted as an advertising feature, “Jews in Ukraine Today: Reality Without Myths,” appeared in Silski visti (Village News). The newspaper was one of the largest in Ukraine with a circulation of around 500,000. It was a prominent backer of Viktor Yushchenko and his Our Ukraine party.
In late 2003, Alexander Shlayen, the head of the Ukrainian Anti-Fascist Committee and a prominent member of the post-Holocaust Jewish community in Ukraine, initiated a prosecution of the newspaper, Silski visti for promoting inter-ethnic discord in the country which was the site of the infamous Babi Yar massacre along with countless other Nazi atrocities against Jews.
On 28th January, 2004, the court ordered the closing of the newspaper but it defied the ruling with the vocal backing of the opposition Our Ukraine party and its allies. In August, 2004, Alexander Shlaven died suddenly and unexpectedly.
In an interview with JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) , the paper’s editor, Vasily Gruzin, defended the newspaper’s decision to publish the piece:
“Although we published the Yaremenko article as a paid advertisement and not as a position we ourselves endorsed, I happen to believe the figure of 400,000 Jews taking part in the German invasion of the Ukraine is not far from the truth,” he said.”I personally have nothing against common Jews, but rather against a small group of Jewish oligarchs who control Ukraine both economically and politically. I believe the point of Zionism today is Jewish control of the world, and we see this process at work in Ukraine today.”
Shortly after this anti-Semitic diatribe by Yaremenko, Victor Yuschenko – who our media always apostrophises as “the pro-Western presidential candidate” and who enjoys the open support of the Bush administration — and another prominent opposition leader, energy oligarch Yulia Timoshenko and Alexander Moroz of the Socialist Party issued a statement headed “Hands Off Silski Visti”! [http://www.ncsj.org/AuxPages/092104JTA_Ukraine.shtml]
Mr Moroz has been a prominent figure on the opposition in tribune in Kiev and as recently as 21st September, 2004, he insisted,
“”I have defended Silski Visti and will continue to do so,” Moroz said. “I personally think the argument of the author of the article, Vasily Yaremenko, citing 400,000 Jews in the S.S. is incorrect, but I am not in a position to know all the facts.” [http://www.ncsj.org/AuxPages/092104JTA_Ukraine.shtml ]
What kind of ally of the West needs to learn more about the Nazis to refute Yaremenko’s claims about a Jewish-Nazi alliance? Yet this is the sort of politician who gets unconditional backing in Washington and Brussels. One of the so-called “independent” election observers whose denunciation of the Yanukovich camp for fraud has been a central part of the propaganda battle is the British Conservative MEP, Charles Tannock, who has appeared in recent days on opposition platforms egging on the protestors. Before the elections Mr Tannock wrote several articles openly backing Viktor Yushchenko’s candidacy, but Mr Tannock’s best known intervention in Ukrainian politics before the disputed presidential election was his criticism of the courts for banning the anti-Semitic newspaper, Silski visti.
Like Viktor Yushchenko and Julia Timoshenko, MEP Tannock condemned the ban saying in an interview in the Our Ukraine party newspaper on 12th March, 2004: “the closure of the newspaper went a step far too far” according to Mr Tannock’s own web-page. He goes on to admit that as a backer of Our Ukraine “I don’t think it does your party any good to be associated with extreme [emphasis added] anti-Semitic articles”! [http://www.charlestannock.com/pressarticle.asp?ID=360 [“Also I made a point in my speech that I am concerned in the case of the
, which indeed published very anti-Semitic articles according to the Jewish community that I have contacts with,” said Charles Tannock, adding that that was a real pity in his opinion. “I understand that prosecutions could be brought about for such things. But obviously the closure of the newspaper went a step far too far and indeed I understand it is being appealed and that it is unlikely that the courts will uphold that decision. Obviously, on the one hand I am very sympathetic to the many complaints of the opposition, but I don’t think it does your party any good to be associated with extreme anti-Semitic articles,” remarked member of the European Parliament. ]
Sadly the Silski visti affair was not unique.
In western Ukraine in particular (as in Britain and North America) there is an aging cohort of elderly veterans of the Waffen SS’s Galician division. They are anxious to revise their country’s history and re-habilitate their wartime service on behalf of the Third Reich. In Ukraine these old Nazis parade protesting their patriotism and demanding equal rights with Red Army veterans. A younger more aggressive and openly racist and neo-Nazi cohort of historical revisionists has also appeared. They have their “intellectual” spokesmen whose anti-Semitic and white supremacist writings have produced scandal in Kiev not only in Silski visti.
In western Ukrainian towns like Ivano-Frankivsk, the uniformed bully-boys of the UNSO movement, so-called Ukrainian Self-Defence forces, act as enforcers for Our Ukraine in effect. Mr Yushchenko scored well over 90% in western regions like Ivano-Frankivsk – results at least as improbable as any for Mr Yanukevich in the east of the country. How much does Mr Yushchenko’s near unanimous support in western towns depend on the storm troopers of the Ukrainian new right?
It is shocking that any link could exist between such neo-Nazi muscle men and their propagandists and politicians usually presented in the Anglo-American media as the harbingers of Western democracy and universal humanitarian values in Ukraine. Even more bizarre than the defence of the right of an anti-Semite to disseminate his wares by “pro-Western” Ukrainian politicians like Yushchenko, Julia Timoshenko and Aleksandr Moroz is the fact that Mr. Yushchenko’s candidacy for president of Ukraine is openly backed by the famous American billionaire philanthropist, George Soros, himself a survivor of the Holocaust.
Although ten years ago in 1994, Mr. Soros put his influence and money behind Leonid Kuchma, the democracy-promoting philanthropist has since turned against the outgoing Ukrainian President and his preferred successor as candidate for president, Viktor Yanukevich. As far back as 1st March, 2001, the American billionaire had written an editorial page piece in the Financial Times making his support for Yushchenko clear when he demanded , “If Mr Kuchma cares about Ukraine’s survival as an independent democratic state, he must take responsibility for his actions and hand over duties to the prime minister, [i.e. Yushchenko] the constitutionally designated successor, pending the results of the investigation. The West must take a clear position, denouncing Mr Kuchma’s behavior and his actions. There is no way for the international community to continue to do business with Mr Kuchma until an impartial investigation [into the Gongadze murder case] has been completed and those responsible are held to account.”
Mr. Soros’s concern for human rights and due process does him credit, but his tone does not suggest the assumption of innocence! Moreover at precisely the same time in early, 2001, his own local Ukrainian foundation was supporting media which were the antithesis of democratic decency. In Germany, Neue Solidarität’s Roman Bessonov reported from the western Ukrainian city of Lvov on 4th April, 2001, that a Soros-funded “Renaissance” foundation was backing the nationalist monthly, “Derzhanist” ((“Independent Statehood”) commenting “Whoever reads it would conclude that Kiev is the Fourth Rome and that Babi Yar wasn’t where umpteen thousands of Jews were murdered by the Nazi SS but rather where the Chekists murdered Ukrainian patriots.” [See http://www.bueso.de/nrw/Aktuelles/ukraine.htm ]
In Ukraine, in the presidential elections, Soros’s people back Yushchenko but he is also supported by Andrei Shkil’s ultra-nationalist UNSO. Vyacheslav Likhachev of the European-Asian Jewish Congress noted the unsettling links between Mr Soros’s preferred candidate for Ukrainian president, Yuschchenko, and the neo-Nazis there after the 2002 parliamentary elections “the former leader of the UNA-UNSD Andry Shkil was elected to the parliament in a single-ticket election in the Lviv region, with the support of Our Ukraine, led by Viktor Yuschenko (Victor Yuschenko is a former prime minister and one of the quite probable presidential candidates). At the time elections were held, the leader of the nationalists had been in jail for a year, accused of organizing mass anti-government riots. Having been elected, Andry Shkil was granted immunity to criminal prosecution. Thus, the moderate national-democrats form unions with the radicals.” [See Vyacheslav Likhachev, “Anti-Semotism in Ukraine” @ http://www.eajc.org/program_art_e.php?id=10 ]
Some idea of Mr Shkil’s pro-Western reform-minded ideas is available on his web-page: “”Inside, an article appeared, entitled “Nationalism in the World: Past, Present, Future,” written by Andriy Shkil’, editor-in-chief of Natsionalist, chairman of the Dontsov Supporters’ Club, and head of the Lviv branch of UNA. Mostly devoted to the New Right, it also mentioned their precursors, including Gobineau, and “his worthy student Walter Darre, who developed the idea of artificial selection [eugenics] to improve the human race.” Mein Kampf and its author (whose name is not given) are praised for “re-examining these ideas on the highest level.” Several of Darre’s ideas are applied to the Ukrainian situation: Christianity’s mistaken view of the equality of human beings, the necessity for the revival of paganism as an essential spiritual feature of the nation and as a precondition for the creation of a new national elite, with eugenics as a means of cleansing and renewing the people.Thus, the UNA values the experience of the European Right, and other radical regardless of their political orientation.” [See http://www.una-unso.org/av/mainview.asp?TT_id=17&TX_id=402]
Belatedly in the run-up to October’s presidential elections, Mr Yuschchenko tried to distance himself from radical nationalists like Shkil _ at least in the English-language version of his web-page. [ See “Yushchenko advises «fascist thugs» to support Yanukovych” 15:25, 2 July 2004 @http://www.yuschenko.com.ua/eng/present/News/838/ But they were not prepared to denounce him:
“It was reported that last Saturday in Kyiv there was a «parade» of the «UNA-UNSO» party that has nothing in common with the «UNA-UNSO» organization headed by Andriy Shkil, YTB member. During this meeting Kovalenko’s «UNA-UNSO» declared the support of Yushchenko with the fascist signs, «SSS» symbols and gestures in Hitlerite manner.”! See http://www.una-unso.org/av/mainview.asp?TT_id=17&TX_id=402
With friends like these Mr Yushchenko may feel he has all the People Power he needs to seize the presidency, but should OSCE observers, European parliamentarians, Colin Powell and George W. Bush be undiluted in endorsing a candidate with backing from neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers? What kind of West is being created if the Euro-Atlantic elite openly endorses a president of Ukraine whose domestic supporters at senior levels as well as at street level don’t know who invaded the country in 1941 and defend publications which say Jews were the culprits? source: http://www.bhhrg.org/LatestNews.asp?ArticleID=51 http://www.guardian.co.uk/ukraine/story/0,15569,1360236,00.html Interview with Charles Tannock MEP
Our Ukraine – 12 March 2004
Charles Tannock, member of the Conservative Party of Great Britain, member of the EPP/ED Group – the largest faction in the European Parliament – is one of the leading lobbyists of Ukrainian interests at the European Parliament. He commented on the resolution on Ukraine, which was discussed and adopted in Brussels yesterday. The resolution received 59 votes in favor, no votes against with only two abstentions. In his commentary Mr. Tannock addressed the political situation in Ukraine as well as the situation with the freedom of speech and the upcoming presidential elections. He stressed that the European community hopes for democratic presidential elections in Ukraine and will aid the people of Ukraine in their quest for democracy. “The European Parliament is making a statement,” said Charles Tannock in a commentary on the resolution on Ukraine that was adopted yesterday by the European Parliament in Brussels. “So, yes, Ukraine is under pressure. But I think the government of Ukraine has responded, at least in part that there will still be a direct election to the presidency in October and that the judges are being confirmed in office with life-time security, and the socialists insist that they will only vote for the final bill if there are reforms of the electoral system for parliament,” stated Mr. Tannock. He also added that the pressure that had come from outside had indeed helped the opposition secure some improvements in the “Medvedchuk-Symonenko” bill because, “as it was originally drafted, and, indeed the vote of December 24 were highly criticized in the European Union and by the member states. So we are seeing some partial results. But there is still a lot of concern over the death of the journalist on his way to Kyiv a couple of weeks ago and the harassment of the media.” “Also I made a point in my speech that I am concerned in the case of the
, which indeed published very anti-Semitic articles according to the Jewish community that I have contacts with,” said Charles Tannock, adding that that was a real pity in his opinion. “I understand that prosecutions could be brought about for such things. But obviously the closure of the newspaper went a step far too far and indeed I understand it is being appealed and that it is unlikely that the courts will uphold that decision. Obviously, on the one hand I am very sympathetic to the many complaints of the opposition, but I don’t think it does your party any good to be associated with extreme anti-Semitic articles,” remarked member of the European Parliament. “But, by and large, the motion is to keep Ukraine in a kind of forefront of interest of the EU,” said Tannock. Answering a question whether the adoption of the resolution may cause problems on Ukraine’s way to European integration, member of the EPP/ED Group stated: “Either way at this stage Ukraine’s integration into the EU is a long way off. At the moment we are so busy with trying to digest the ten new countries about to join on May 1. Although, I did manage to get incorporated in the resolution a formal reference to the parliament’s position under the “Wider Europe” debate, which formally recognizes Ukraine’s right to join the EU.”
Charles Tannock stresses that a number of European parliamentarians, “particularly myself and the socialists’ main speaker Glyn Ford, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defense Policy, both recognize the EU aspirations and the legitimacy of [Ukraine’s] EU aspirations. But I’m afraid that, at the moment, it is off the agenda in the short term.” He stressed: “Our main concern in Ukraine is that you have free and clear election for the presidency in October, that you uphold the law of your country as it is, and that you uphold human rights, democracy, and transparency in the system.” Charles Tannock noted that similar resolutions are being adopted on “all sorts of countries every day” and that there was one on Venezuela just that day, which condemned the behavior of Chavez, and one on Burma, calling on the Council and the Commission to renew sanctions against Burma’s repressive regime. He reported that European Parliament has urgency debates on different countries in terms of human rights every month. Despite some concern, member of the EPP/ED Group stressed that nobody was talking about sanctions against Ukraine at the moment and the Commission was negotiating an action plan with Ukraine under the “Wider Europe – New Neighbors” strategy. “The idea is that we’ll have action plans which will build on a much closer cooperation in a number of areas, particularly cooperation across border, investment, trade, political cooperation, security cooperation, and so on. I don’t think anybody is remotely talking about any kind of sanctions against Ukraine. Obviously, if the election in October goes ahead and there is massive election fraud as evidenced by the observers…” “It’s interesting,” noted the parliamentarian, “that I had an amendment, which went through, reminding President Kuchma that he invited European Parliament observers to the October elections. It is a part of the resolution now. I’ve spoken to the ambassador of Ukraine who indicted that [the government] was not in any way denying that that invitation had been issued. So, we will have to watch it very carefully between now and October.” But Charles Tannock said that the final decision on the time when the observers would be sent to Ukraine has not been made yet. “Mr. Wiersma, member of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine and the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation, who has also been following this issue, has been talking to the OSCE parliamentary assembly and the Council of Europe and we will probably have a troika-type observer situation: three parliaments getting together with a common platform,” reported member of the EPP/ED Group. “There is obviously a need to have the observers [in Ukraine] at the time of the elections but we would like to have some resources, to have people in place a little bit before as well so that we can monitor the way the whole system is being set up, especially in smaller towns so that we can report; but we do not have any of the details yet – that remains to be decided,” reported Charles Tannock.