Julie Burchill – the Anti-Transgender Bigot – Participates in the Zionist Counter-Demonstration
In the past 7 weeks, for various reasons, as readers of this blog may have noticed, I haven’t been able to attend the picket of Sodastream on Saturday. This week was the first time I could get there.
The latest recruit to the Zionist counter-demonstration – Julie Burchill whose online version of her column attracted more than 2,000 comments. Photograph: Gary Calton for the Guardian
At the beginning of December the shop seems to have told the Zionist counter-demonstrators that they were adding to the impact of what was already an effective demonstration and should go across the road and demonstrate there. As with Ahava in London, the presence of Zionist counter-demonstrators energised the Palestine Solidarity demonstrators and created such a mayhem outside the shop that even less people were inclined to go inside! In fact the only people shopping there were Zionist counter-demonstrators!
Zionist and Christian Fundamentalist Demonstration Across the Road
Last week there were just 7 demonstrators, including the racist anti trans-gender bigot, Julie Burchill whose article attacking transgender people was withdrawn from the Observer’s Internet edition. It also merited an unprecedented protest at the Observer and Guardian premises. And the Zionist are getting desperate when they rely on the likes of Burchill. In fact yesterday it would appear that half the Zionists were Christian Fundamentalists who in past years (and in other countries today) are the most vociferous anti-Semites. In Britain and the USA their pro-imperialism and belief in the return of Jesus leads them to support Zionism as being part of god’s design. This week there about 10 counter-demonstrators, as the weather was warmer!
If All Else Fails – Play the ‘Anti-Semitism Card’
A couple of weeks ago a new group, Sussex Friends of Israel was formed. Ronnie Bloom, who chaired the group, was quoted as saying that “With the unparalleled level of antisemitism in the town, we feel our organisation will be able to make people understand the truth about Israel.” Strange that. Anyone at all familiar with the time when there was indeed a great deal of anti-Semitism, or who has read accounts of that time, will know that Jews were afraid to go out of their homes at night. There there were certain areas like Ridley Road in the East End of London where Jews would never venture and attacks were frequent.
Some of the people we have been abusing!
I’m not aware of any upsurge in what most people understand as anti-Semitism. Instead the Zionists deliberately confuse and conflate anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism. Apparently ‘understanding the truth about Israel’ (i.e. accepting its propaganda) has something to do with ‘the unparalleled level of antisemitism in the town.’ Strange then that the leaders of the fascist EDL, whom Simon Cobb is believed to be close to, deny the holocaust but march with Israeli flags! Clearly they understand the linkage.
Even stranger is the fact that none of the Zionists prominent in the campaign to support Sodastream has any record of having ever taken part in anti-fascist demonstrations or actions. When the National Front held a march against Shechita, (Jewish Ritual Slaughter) in Hove and Brighton nearly 20 years ago, there was no participation from the Jewish community or its leaders. Some young Jews participated but that was despite being told not to. When I went to Ralli House, at the height of the Anti-Nazi League, some 30+ years ago, I was told that if I wanted to combat anti-Semitism I should go to Israel! And no, we couldn’t put a poster up.
Empty apart from the odd Zionist demonstrator
Likewise in the magnificent victory that we had over the EDL/March for England last April, there was no visible presence from any section of the Jewish community, still less the Zionists, although many secular Jews of course took part.
Sodastream have a new bouncer – rumoured to be from the Community Security Trust. It must be the only shop in Brighton with its own doorman!
The real problem the Zionist counter-demonstrators face is that people now know the truth about how Sodastream operates on stolen land from which the Palestinians have been ethnically cleansed. Most people have ethics and principles and don’t like buying stolen goods. Knowing the weakness of their case, Cobb and co. have resorted to outright lying.
In an article Brighton MP Lucas challenges IDF at pro-Israel lobbyCobb bleated that “Her constituents, the people who get spat at and abused from members of the PSC for supporting EcoStream, should be her priority.” The suggestion that the Zionists have been spat at is absurd. Even the Police, who have been pro-Zionist in their sympathies, haven’t made that allegation. Indeed most of the abuse has been from passers-by, incensed at their support for Israel. Yet ‘After people told the Green Party MP of the antisemitic abuse they suffered from PSC protestors outside the environmentally-friendly shop, Dr Lucas said she would need “real hard evidence” of the abuse. “If I get evidence of it, then I am more than delighted to completely oppose it,” she said.
Since the incidents alleged have never happened, it will be impossible to secure any evidence. Indeed the only anti-Semitism has come from Cobb himself, who thought it a wonderful ‘joke’ to start shouting ‘Jews Out’. Caroline Lucas was told ‘Dr Lucas rejected claims that if the protests did not move from directly outside EcoStream, the store would close.’ This is, indeed, good news.
The desultory ranks of the Zionist counter-demonstrators. Most of those shown are Christian fundamentalists who believe that only a massacre of Jews at Armageddon will ensure the return of Jesus!
The mad Christian in the blue jacket has found a new role in life
The Zionists managed to bring along one Roman Fox, ‘a gay Jewish member of SFI’ who told Ms Lucas of the ‘antisemitic and homophobic abuse.’ he had suffered. Of course even gays can lie about what they experience and Fox is one of those liars. Indeed there has been homophobic abuse, but it has been of gay PSC members. Caroline Lucas said that she “would be happy to come and stand with you and see what abuse you face,” She’ll be having a very long wait if that’s the case!