Labour’s Thought Police claims another victim – Black Jewish activist Jackie Walker
Labour’s Thought Police claims another victim – Black Jewish activist Jackie Walker
Labour’s McCarthyist purge is led by the British representatives of the Zionist & racist Israeli Labour
Black Jewish Momentum activist suspended after being targeted by racists & Zionists
Jackie Walker is Vice
Chair of both Momentum and Thanet Labour Party.
She is Black and of Jewish descent.
She has just been suspended as part of Labour’s racist witch hunt. As a Black and Jewish anti-racist she was
perhaps an inevitable target. Most of
the victims so far have been Muslims or Black people, with a couple of Jewish
anti-racists thrown in for good measure. She has been suspended at the instigation of the Israel Advocacy Movement.
It is essential that Momentum now finds its voice and opposes this witch hunt and the suspension of Jackie Walker or else the Right will walk all over it. It looks as if the Right’s campaign over ‘anti-semitism’ has already been responsible for a poor showing by Labour in the Council elections.
Either Jon Lansman as Chair of Momentum gives a lead in this and breaks off his cosy chats with those in Labour Friends of Israel/JLM who are spearheading the witch hunt or he should be removed as soon as possible.
It is also essential that Jeremy Corbyn now remembers his roots, his work in the past for the Palestinians and begins to grow a backbone once again
The IAM is an organisation that proclaims that its mission is to ‘successfully repel the libellous accusations Israel’s detractors frequently hurl.’
The Israeli Labour Party that the Labour Zionists are in a World Union with were close friends of the White Supremacist Apartheid state in South Africa
It is an organisation which denies that there was a Nakba (Catastrophe) when 3//4 million Arabs were expelled from Palestine. It is a Nakba denial movement and operates according to the same principles of Holocaust denial. A refusal to accept the evidence of those who lived through what happened and even the archives of those who did the expelling. It takes issue with the Zionist historian Benny Morris who, in the 1980’s, use recently opened Hagannah (Labour’s terrorist militia) archives to show, without a doubt that the Palestinian refugees were expelled. Morris does not condemn Israel for doing so, on the contrary he believes they should have expelled all the refugees and not 85% of them.
John Vorster, South Africa’s Apartheid Prime Minister was a member of the Broederbond and interned for supporting the Nazis in the war
The IAM summarises Morris’ argument as follows:
‘The refugee problem was caused by attacks by Jewish forces on Arab
villages and towns and by the inhabitants’ fear of such attacks,
compounded by expulsions, atrocities, and rumors of atrocities — and by
the crucial Israeli Cabinet decision in June 1948 to bar a refugee
This is born out my the archives, witnesses who participated in these events and by e.g. Menachem Begin, former Likud Prime Minister, who boasts that the massacre at Deir Yassin village near Jerusalem, provoked the flight of the Arabs.
As many of the Arabs were recent migrants or the
children/grandchildren of recent migrants, they simply returned to the
neighbouring countries they’d originally came from when they fled.
Many Arab villages were systematically depopulated by the Arab
Liberation Army (an army of volunteer soldiers from Arab countries
sponsored by the Arab League) and local gangs loyal to the Arab Higher
Committee (the de facto Palestinian government headed by the
Grand Mufti). The empty villages were then transformed into military
positions for anti-Jewish attacks.
These are the Zionist equivalent of holocaust deniers. But these racists and revisionists are the ones who are driving the witch hunt. What we need is an investigation
into racism in the Compliance Unit of the Labour Party and the suspension of
its head, John Stolliday pending such an investigation.
crime is that she is also an anti-Zionist.
This is intolerable to Stolliday and Iain McNicol, Labour’s General
Jackie Walker’s comments on Jewish involvement in the slave trade – certain subjects are verboten
Jackie’s partner, Graham
Bash, who is a life long Jewish activist in the Labour Party, has issued an
open letter to those who have suspended Jackie Walker:
Anti-Semitism and the Labour Party
As a Jew (all my life) and Labour Party member (48
years) I am outraged at the way
allegations of anti-Semitism have been
used to silence legitimate criticism of
Israel and undermine Jeremy Corbyn as my
I know what anti-Semitism is. I was brought up to learn how the Jewish East End fought with the dockers against Mosley’s fascists at Cable Street. I was told at school how it was a pity that Hitler didn’t finish off the job of murdering all Jews. And very quickly I learned what it was like to be made to feel an outsider. It was hardly surprising that I started going on anti- fascist demos in my late teens and very soon afterwards joined the Labour Party, which I remain a member of to this day.
I know what anti-Semitism is. Apart from socialist, anti-racist politics, my other love is football. How many times as a West Ham fan have I had to endure my own team’s fans singing “I never felt more like gassing the Jews”? Or being attacked by my team’s own fans for daring to put up a ‘West Ham fans United Against Racism’ banner at Upton Park.
I know what anti-Semitism is – I have a sensitive ear for anti-Semitic comments – and, without doubt, the place I have encountered it least is within the Labour Party. In 48 years, I have encountered anti-Semitism once, perhaps twice, compared to countless episodes outside.
Of course I have encountered deep antipathy to Israel, and its murderous actions to deny justice for Palestinians, but that is what I would expect from a democratic anti-racist party – and these are views shared by me and many other peace loving socialist Jews.
Throughout most of my years in the party, I have worked closely with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. They have always been the first to fight injustice and inequality and from them there has never been a hint of anti-Semitism.
What is happening in the party today is an attempt to
cynically use rare examples, and usually
false allegations, of anti-Semitism as
part of a McCarthyite witchhunt against supporters of Jeremy. As if to prove the point, the latest victim is my own partner and anti-racist campaigner, Jackie Walker, of mixed heritage (Afro- Caribbean and Jewish), outrageously suspended from the Labour Party, simply for telling the truth that her Jewish ancestors were involved in financing the Slave Trade, that the African holocaust was even worse than the Jewish holocaust, and that anti-Semitism is not a major problem in Corbyn’s Labour Party.
I am proud of the heritage and family traditions that helped my development on the road to being an anti-racist, international socialist. This current witchhunt will not deflect me, and countless thousands like me, from the struggle for justice worldwide and for a socialist Labour government led by Jeremy
The Israeli Labour
Party, when it was in power, established the closest of relations with the
Apartheid Government in South Africa. It
partnered a joint arms and steel company in South Africa, Iskandoor (an
offshoot of Histadrut’s Koor Industries conglomerate – Histadrut being both
Israel’s trade union federation and the 2nd largest employer at the
time). Israeli Labour shared nuclear
technology with South Africa in return for financing its own nuclear weapons
Israeli Labour is a party
that was responsible for the expulsion of ¾ million Palestinians, the massacre
of thousands of them and a refusal to readmit any refugees for fear of
endangering the Jewish demographic majority in Israel. It is because of this fear that Arabs might
outnumber Jews that it sponsored the Koenig Plan of Judaisation in the Galilee
and similar programmes in the Negve. If
you want a comparison try the DeJewification programs of the Nazis and you’ll
get the flavour. Same mentality even if
expulsion rather than extermination was the method.
Israeli Labour is a party
that kept Israel’s Palestinians under military rule for 18 years, confiscated
their land, refused to recognise ½ their villages and detained political
radicals without trial indefinitely. An
Israeli Labour Party whose leader talks about it not being an ‘Arab loving’
I only met Jackie
Walker last month when she came to chair the Brighton and Hove Momentum
meeting. Ironically the subject of my
suspension came up when the meeting voted, with only 1 against, to oppose the suspension. Jackie spoke briefly of the fact that there
seemed to be more and more suspensions locally, never dreaming that she might
What was Jackie’s
offence? She wrote ‘many Jews (my
ancestors too) were the chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade which is
of course why there were so many early synagogues in the Carribean.’
This is a statement of
fact that can be demonstrated in many an academic journal. When taking an MA in imperial history at
London University I studied the slave trade and came across Jewish involvement
quite often. It is a fact. Jews weren’t the only people involved in the
trade, nor did they play a predominant role but nor were they absent. It is quite proper to point out that Jews
have not only been oppressed in history but have also been persecutors. Just as today, Jews are primarily oppressors
in their role as Zionists whereas anti-Semitism is at a historic low.
What we are seeing today
is that the Zionist movement is using the marginal existence of anti-Semitism,
it is more a prejudice than a form of state racism, and redefining it in order to
fool the more gullible and guilt tripped left, like Owen Jones, Jon Lansman
and now John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn.
Of course fascists and
anti-Semitic site the fact of Jewish involvement to say that it was the Jews
who were responsible for the slave trade.
But since when do we take our cue from fascists and anti-Semites? Are we to restrict what we say in case they
misuse it? They will anyway. Christians too played their full part. There is for example the notorious example of
the Church of England Codrington plantation in Barbados. The CoE resisted the abolition of slavery
till the end. The Quakers too were
heavily involved in both slavery and ironically opposition to slavery. I’m not aware of any major Jewish
participation in the anti-slavery movement though I have no doubt that given
that Manchester was one of the main centres of the British anti-slavery
movement that there would have been many individual Jews involved, since Manchester had the second largest Jewish community in Britain after London. One anti-slavery activist who was well known
was a Rabbi G. Gottheil.
Below is an article
from the Jewish Journal on Jewish
involvement in slavery in The Netherlands.
The Jewish Journal according
to its website is the largest Jewish weekly newspaper in the United States
outside of New York City.’
There is also an
excellent review of the Nation of Islam’s The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and
Jews: Volume One by Winthrop D Jordan September
1995 Jordan points out that the main Jewish involvement was in the Brazil and
Suriname trade and it was mainly Dutch Jews who had been expelled from Spain
and Portugal who were involved. Jewish
involvement in the British and French slave trade was thought to be minimal
though there were considerable numbers in the southern American states.
The Nation of Islam has a
reputation for anti-Semitism being a Black separatist group. In reality it apes and mimicks white anti-Semitism
as an oppressed group and it is also a reaction to Jewish racism. It has been
particularly attacked by racist Zionist groups like the Anti-Defamation League
which lauded Ronald Reagan and awarded him its Torch
of Liberty award and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which in 1988, awarded Reagan,
supporter of the Argentinian Junta and the Nicaraguan Contras, with the
“Humanitarian of the Year” award despite his speech at Bitburg
cemetery in Germany where he said that the SS were “victims of the Nazis just as surely as the
victims in the concentration camps.”The
ADL has a reputation for hypocrisy (it has also supported John Hagee President
of Christians United 4 Israel when he described Hitler as god’s hunter sent to
drive Jews to Israel).
The suspension of Jackie Walker
for daring to raise the topic of Jewish involvement in the slave trade, as if
its anti-Semitic to even discuss these matters, is outrageous. We now have a list of forbidden topics laid
down by our McCarthyist masters.
We should demand the closing down
of the Compliance Unit and the dismissal of both Stolliday and McNicol.
Amsterdam musicians dressing up as Black Pete, the slave of the Dutch Santa Claus, Sinterklaas. (Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA)
a busy street near the Dutch Parliament, three white musicians in blackface
regale passersby with holiday tunes about the Dutch Santa Claus, Sinterklaas,
and his slave, Black Pete.
native Dutchmen view dressing up as Black Pete in December as a venerable
tradition, but others consider it a racist affront to victims of slavery. With
Holland marking the 150th anniversary of abolition this year, the controversy
over Black Pete has reached new heights. Hundreds demonstrated against the
custom in Amsterdam last month, and more than 2 million signed a petition
it all, Dutch Jews — some of whom celebrate their own version of the Black Pete
custom, called “Hanukklaas” — have largely remained silent.
that changed in October, when Lody van de Kamp, an unconventional Orthodox
rabbi, wrote a scathing critique about it on Republiek Allochtonie,
a Dutch news-and-opinion website. “The portrayal of ‘Peter the slave’
dates back to a period when we as citizens did not meet the social criteria
that bind us today,” Van de Kamp wrote.
out against Black Pete is part of what van de Kamp calls his social mission, an
effort that extends to reminding Dutch Jews of their ancestors’ deep
involvement in the slave trade. In April, he is set to publish a book about
Dutch Jewish complicity in the slave trade, an effort he hopes will sensitize
Jews to slavery in general and to the Black Pete issue in particular.
wrote the book and I got involved in the Black Pete debate because of what I
learned from my Dutch predecessors on what it means to be a rabbi — namely, to
speak about social issues, not only give instructions on how to cook on
Shabbat,” van de Kamp told JTA.
was earned by Jewish communities in South America, partly through slavery, and
went to Holland, where Jewish bankers handled it,” he said. “Non-Jews were also
complicit, but so were we. I feel partly complicit.”
he holds no official position in the Dutch Jewish community, van de Kamp, 65,
is among the best-known Orthodox rabbis in the Netherlands, a status earned
through his several books on Dutch Jewry and frequent media appearances.
forthcoming book, a historical novel entitled “The Jewish Slave,” follows an
18th-century Jewish merchant and his black slave as they investigate
Dutch-owned plantations north of Brazil in the hope of persuading Jews to
divest from the slave trade. In researching the book, van de Kamp discovered
data that shocked him.
one area of what used to be Dutch Guyana, 40 Jewish-owned plantations were home
to a total population of at least 5,000 slaves, he says. Known as the
Jodensavanne, or Jewish Savannah, the area had a Jewish community of several
hundred before its destruction in a slave uprising in 1832.
Nearly all of them
immigrated to Holland, bringing their accumulated wealth with them.
of that wealth was on display last year in the cellar of Amsterdam’s Portuguese
Synagogue, part of an exhibition celebrating the riches of the synagogue’s
immigrant founders. Van de Kamp says the exhibition sparked his interest in the
Dutch Jewish role in slavery, which was robust.
the Caribbean island of Curacao, Dutch Jews may have accounted for the resale
of at least 15,000 slaves landed by Dutch transatlantic traders, according to
Seymour Drescher, a historian at the University of Pittsburgh. At one point,
Jews controlled about 17 percent of the Caribbean trade in Dutch colonies,
were so influential in those colonies that slave auctions scheduled to take
place on Jewish holidays often were postponed, according to Marc Lee Raphael, a
professor of Judaic studies at the College of William & Mary.
the United States, the Jewish role in the slave trade has been a matter of
scholarly debate for nearly two decades, prompted in part by efforts to refute
the Nation of Islam’s claim that Jews dominated the Atlantic slave trade. But
in Holland, the issue of Jewish complicity is rarely discussed.
is because we in the Netherlands only profited from slavery but have not seen
it in our own eyes,” van de Kamp said. “The American experience is different.”
slavery issue is not van de Kamp’s first foray into controversial territory. In
Jewish circles, he has a reputation as a contrarian with a penchant for voicing
image was reinforced last year when he spoke out against a compromise the Dutch
Jewish community had reached with the government over kosher slaughter.
Designed to avert a total ban, the compromise placed some restrictions on
kosher slaughter that Holland’s chief rabbis said did not violate Jewish law.
Van de Kamp denounced the deal as an unacceptable infringement on religious
recently, he angered Dutch activists by suggesting that vilifying Dutch Muslims
helped generate anti-Semitism. He also advocated dialogue with professed Muslim
anti-Semites at a time when Jewish groups were calling for their prosecution.
his reputation as a maverick rabbi in a consensus–oriented community has also
endeared van de Kamp to some supporters.
is in a league of his own,” says Bart Wallet, an Amsterdam University historian
and expert on Jewish history. “From the sideline, he is free to criticize and
does not have to conform to anything.”