This was a genuine mistake. The letter was
widely distributed beforehand to signatories and no one picked up on
this. In fact Freedland’s comments in the article were even worse than the
mistaken attribution. What he actually said was:
‘That the self-described Holocaust denier Paul
Eisen describes Corbyn as a constant and loyal ally, one who opened his
cheque-book to back Eisen’s Deir Yassin Remembered group. (A quick look at
Eisen’s website confirms its toxicity: there are musings on the supposed
physical ugliness of ultra-Orthodox Jews and on whether the key political
dividing line is not between left and right but between “Jew and
Corbyn’s backers have two lines of
defence. The first is to brand his accusers McCarthyites, smearing him through
guilt by association: surely a busy, campaigning MP cannot be held responsible
for all the people he happens to have sat next to at public events. But Corbyn
didn’t just end up on a platform with these characters. Often he was hosting
these meetings himself, inviting the guests. The letter defending Sizer was no
accident: the words were Corbyn’s and carefully chosen. As for Eisen, there has
been no denial that Corbyn wrote a cheque; and there are photographs to prove
he kept turning up at Eisen’s events.’
It is nonetheless embarrassing that a
quote was misattributed to Freedland which he didn’t actually make but the
content of the quote, if anything underplayed what he actually wrote. It certainly doesn’t attribute to him views he doesn’t hold.
Clearly there’s not much of an editing
process at the Jewish Chronicle as they didn’t pick up the misattribution either!
Jewish Chronicle Letter 2.10.15.
It is both surprising and gratifying
Jewish Chronicle decided to print without comment the full uncut letter which
we sent them.
The Jewish Chronicle has printed in full a letter from 80 Jewish people responding to last week’s article in the Jewish Chronicle, Friends Who are Enemiesby Jonathan Freedland. It contains, without contradiction, a statement that its own editor, Stephen Pollard, the person who accused Jeremy Corbyn of associating with anti-Semites, was himself the primary Jewish defender of Michal Kaminiski, a neo-Nazi Polish MEP. Kaminski had bitterly opposed a national Polish apology being given for the fact that Poles in Jedwabne had, under the watchful eyes of the SS, herded over 300 Jews into a barn which they then set alight. His reasons? That the Jewish ‘nation’ should apologise because Polish Jews had collaborated with the Soviet Army. A terrible crime unlike the actions of those who collaborated at Jedwabne with the Nazis.
Polands’ Jews, facing fierce anti-Semitism in Poland, from the Endeks and other nationalist rabble, especially in the rural areas, could be forgiven for collaborating with the Soviets, if they did. But 90%+ of Polish Jews were exterminated in the holocaust, so this suggestion was even more outrageous. His reference to ‘the whole Jewish nation’ (a mythical entity) is a typical anti-Semitic formulation. Why, even accepting there is such a thing, should all Jews apologise for what some Polish Jews, in fear of their lives, apparently did?
‘If you are asking the Polish nation to apologise for the crime made in Jedwabne, you would require from the whole Jewish nation to apologise for what some Jewish Communists did in Eastern Poland.” Stephen Pollard, Guardian CIF 9.10.09.
Michal Kaminski MEP the neo-Nazi MEP for Poland’s Law & Justice Party and friend of the Zionists
Kaminski without the skinhead cut and looking more of a bespectacled neo-Nazi
What is even more incredible is that this article by Pollard was in reply to Jonathan Freedland, [Once no self-respecting politician would have gone near people such as Kaminski] who has jumped in with both boots in support of Pollard’s campaign against the ‘anti-Semitic’ Jeremy Corbyn. It is as if Freedland just writes stuff he either has no real belief in or his memory is that bad that he can’t even remember it.
One can get some idea of what Kaminski and the Polish Law & Justice Party is like from the following report, which was contemporary with Pollard’s article:
“the Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS), (which) has banned gay rights marches for being “sexually obscene”. Its co-founder Jaroslaw Kaczynski has said that homosexuality will cause the “downfall of civilisation”. Another PiS MP has warned that Barack Obama’s victory would mean “the end of the civilisation of the white man”.”
The Jewish Chronicle’s far-right editor Stephen Pollard. Now reconciled with the Daily Express’s owner and Britain’s largest porn merchant ‘dirty’ Richard Desmond. Pollard is a member of the cold-war Henry Jackson Society and himself an ex-editor of the Express. Has taken the JC down market and its circulation down with it.
Pollard complained that ‘Jonathan Freedland attacked Michal Kaminski, the Polish MEP; Roberts Zile, the Latvian MEP; and me.’ For those who don’t know, Robert Zile is even worse than Kaminski. Every year in March, this vile reptile marches with the veterans of the Latvian Waffen SS, the same creatures who manned the concentration and extermination camps. For Zionist apologists to defend such creatures says everything you need to know about Zionism’s real attitude to anti-Semitism. And for Freedland to run with someone like Pollard, who acted as their sponsor and defender, says something about how real and deep were the beliefs that prompted Freedland’s original article. Pollard’s defence of Zile was that ‘I can think of no source for evidence against Zile other than those who so disgracefully besmirch Kaminski.’ Clearly he didn’t look very far. It was all over the press. In an article defending the Tories link-up with the European Conservative Reform Group on Ian Dale’s Conservative Home blog, there is a comment from ‘socialist lurker’ stating that Ziles and friends are supporters of the Latvian SS. Indeed this allegation eventually surfaced in the Jewish Chronicle itself, in an articleThe little European problem that the Conservatives would prefer to forget by its Political Correspondent, Martin Bright, who is known to have disagreed with Pollard’s defence of Euro-fascists. Bright wrote: Still more troubling for the Jewish community is the hard-right Latvian MEP Robert Zile, whose also sits in alliance with the Tories in Europe. Mr Zile is a long-time supporter of the Latvian “Legionnaires Day” rally which each March celebrates the Waffen SS.
Pollard – Kaminski’s look alike – are they related?
But from this we can conclude that whatever motivated Pollard’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn, it certainly wasn’t anti-Semitism. Pollard stated, incredibly as it might seem, that ‘Kaminski is – as his record in Brussels shows clearly – one of the greatest friends to the Jews in a town where antisemitism and a visceral loathing of Israel are rife.’ Note the conflation of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. What he is saying is that you are not anti-Semitic, even if you hate Jews and want them dead, if you support Israel. Supporting Zionism makes you ‘one of the greatest friends’ of the Jews. The same, of course, equally applies to our own British National Party and English Defence League, which are both holocaust denial organisations as well as avid supporters of Israel. Such is the consequence of the ‘anti-Zionism = anti-Semitism’ trope of the Zionists.
Robert Ziles – Latvian MEP who marches with the Latvian veterans of the Waffen SS – Stephen Pollard was foremost in defending him
And those like Jonathan Freedland, who ran with Pollard’s allegations should put up or shut up. Freedland in particular he should know better since it was the Guardian’s Comment is Free which printed Pollard’s apologia for Kaminski on 9.10.09.
Perhaps I am being churlish
but usually where there are more signatures than a newspaper can print (79
people signed the letter) the paper usually prints the names at the top of the
list that those who sent the letter specified.
In this case the Jewish Chronicle chose its own list! The top 9 names as submitted to the Jewish
Miriam Margolyes OBE
Prof. Haim Bresheeth
Professor (emeritus) Moshé
Professor Ilan Pappe
Sai Englert, NUS
The top 9 names that the Jewish
Chronicle selected were:
Miriam Margolyes OBE
Prof. Haim Bresheeth
Professor (emeritus) Moshé
Thus emitting from our list
Professor Ilan Pappe
Sai Englert, NUS
I can well understand why,
given my attacks on Pollard, he
would want to exclude my name from the letter, despite having drafted and co-ordinated it, but quite what Ilan Pappe, Jonathan
Rosenhead and Sai Englert have done escapes me! However it would be pedantic to make an issue of such a small matter.
The list with the full
names below is:
Wednesday 30 September 2015
The Jewish Chronicle
28 St. Albans Lane
London NW11 7QE
Dear Sir or Madam:
It must be galling for
Jonathan Freedland and those who allege that Jeremy Corbyn is happiest when in
the company of holocaust deniers, to find their warnings falling on stony
ground. Their problem is that despite
the dog whistles, even they cannot bring themselves to accuse Corbyn of being
anti-Semitic. [Friends who are enemies Jewish Chronicle September 17, 2015]
Is it any surprise that the
combined efforts of the Jewish Chronicle, Daily Mail and Board of Deputies have
had no discernible effect? Why should
someone who has spent his parliamentary career opposing racism develop a soft
spot for holocaust denial? This is just
another case of accusing anti-Zionists and supporters of the Palestinians of
Jeremy Corbyn has answered
these allegations repeatedly, in the Jewish Chronicle, The Guardian and
elsewhere but Freedland and yourselves aren’t interested in explanations but in
trying to get mud to stick.
According to Freedland “…15
years ago he attended meetings of a group called Deir Yassin Remembered,
founded by Holocaust denier Paul Eisen.” Since Eisen didn’t reveal himself as a
holocaust denier until 2004, Jeremy Corbyn and the many others attending a
fund-raising concert in 2001, including rabbis and MPs, would have had to have
had psychic gifts. All these allegations
rest on the word of a self-confessed holocaust denier.
What is particularly ironic
is that the JC’s editor, Stephen Pollard, has said of the anti-Semitic Polish
MEP Michal Kaminski: ‘It would be harder to find a greater friend in
Brussels.’ (JC 9.10.09.). Kaminski was leader of the European
Conservatives and Reformists in the European parliament, a group initiated by
Cameron and to which the Tories continue to belong. He combined ardent Zionism with opposing a
national Polish apology for the burning alive of 300 Jews in Jedwabne in 1941.
Notwithstanding the Jewish
Chronicle’s campaign, thousands of Jews voted for Corbyn. These so-called ‘community’ leaders do not
speak for British Jews who are critics of Israel, oppose the Occupation, or
support secular, rather than faith schools. We have no recollection of
participating in any democratic process to elect them.