Letter from 112 Labour Party members to Jeremy Corbyn

Letter from 112 Labour Party members to Jeremy Corbyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It is time for Labour to say Goodbye to Labour Friends of Israel

Update:  People are still writing in saying they support this – so I am updating it continuously as many people feel strongly about allowing a lobby funded by another state to interfere in the internal workings of the Labour Party

I have just sent the following letter, from 112 members of the Labour Party/Momentum to Jeremy Corbyn MP.  In the light of the four Al Jazeera programmes on the penetration and destabilisation of the Labour Party (including the National Union of Students) by the Israeli Embassy, with the use of large sums of money, we call on the Labour Party to make a clean break with the Labour Friends of Israel.

LFI are not a normal group of party members seeking to win people to their point of view but an extension of the Israeli state and its Embassy in London.  It uses any manner of dirty tricks and black propaganda against its opponents in order to whitewash the Apartheid State of Israel.  It is as unacceptable for the LFI to use the £1+ million to subvert the democratic processes of the Labour Party as it would have been for the Apartheid government of South Africa to have done so 20 years ago.

Joan Ryan MP, Chair of LFI, wants to know where the loot is

Shai Masot, the Israeli Embassy agent has over £1m to disperse for dirty tricks, propaganda and of course MP visits to the land of Apartheid
The slush fund has been approved but is not yet in the bag as it were

Joan Ryan MP, Chair of Labour Friends of Israel makes a joke, delighted at having bagged over £1m in slush funds
Michael Rubin, LFI’s parliamentary officer boasting of his work with the Israeli Embassy

Tony Greenstein

Jeremy Corbyn MP
Leader of the Labour Party
House of Commons
London SW1 1AA
Dear Jeremy,
We write as Jewish and non-Jewish members/ supporters of the
Labour Party and Momentum.
We welcome the fact that you have called for a Government  inquiry into the revelations in the recent
series of programmes by Al Jazeera TV. 
However the programmes also raise very serious questions for the Labour
Party, not least its relationship to Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish
Labour Movement.  We understand Free Speech on Israel has already called
for a Labour Party Inquiry into the implications for the Labour Party.  We endorse that call.
In the second programme Joan Ryan MP, LFI Chairperson asks
Shai Masot, the Israeli Embassy’s Political Officer, who was caught trying to
‘take down’ Government Ministers:
‘What
happened with the names that we put into the Embassy Shai?
  To which Masot replies ‘Just now we’ve got the money. 
It’s more than £1m, it’s a lot of money..
it’s
not physical, it’s an approval’
to which Ryan jocularly responds ‘ I didn’t think you had it in your bag!’.
The LFI’s Parliamentary Officer, Michael Rubin was filmed
boasting that he was trying to take-down the democratically elected President
of the National Union of Students, Malia Bouattia.   Rubin claimed to work “with the ambassador and embassy quite a lot”.
Joan Ryan in
the third Al Jazeera programme was seen to concoct a wholly false allegation of
anti-Semitism against a Labour Party conference delegate, Jean Fitzpatrick, who
had come to ask Ms Ryan what LFI’s support for a 2 State Solution meant in
practice and what they were doing to achieve it.  Getting no answer, Jean said that LFI had a
lot of money, which is clearly true, a lot of prestige and that a friend of
hers had got a good job at Oxford University on the basis of having worked for
LFI. 
None of this
was remotely anti-Semitic yet Joan Ryan had no hesitation in transforming this
into getting a ‘big job in banking and
the City’
and an ‘anti-Semitic
attack’
.  On the basis of this Jean
was suspended from the Labour Party.  Subsequently
the charge was dropped but this is an example of how false charges of
‘anti-Semitism’ have been concocted.
The reason for
making false accusations of anti-Semitism, such as that against Ms Fitzpatrick,
is to deter criticism of Zionism and the Israeli state.  Those who make these false claims of anti-Semitism
are deliberately jeopardising Labour’s chances of electoral victory. 
Although LFI purports
to support a 2 State Solution it is clear, as Jean Fitzpatrick demonstrated,
that this is a smokescreen for its uncritical support for Israel’s military
occupation and settlement of the West Bank and Gaza.  At no time has LFI ever condemned or
criticised the Occupation or the Settlements.  LFI supports the 2SS  knowing that it will never happen but also
knowing that it will make them appear as reasonable and even-handed rather than
an uncritical supporter of Israeli expansion and racism.
Prior to your
election as Leader of the Labour Party you had never addressed a meeting of the
LFI.  At the 2016 Conference you
addressed the LFI fringe meeting for the second time.  It is clear from the Al Jazeera revelations
that LFI operates as an emanation of the Israeli state within the Labour
Party.  We saw this clearly when Shai
Masot introduced Al Jazeera’s reporter, Robin Harrow to people as the Chair of
Young LFI, a non-existent organisation.
If you continue to speak
at LFI meetings you will be taken to be endorsing a group which favours continued settlement
expansion and which opposes their dismantlement.  You will also be
interpreted as
  lending support to
those who wage war on
Palestinians living inside Israel.  Only
last week a Bedouin village in the Negev, Umm al-Hiran, which had been there
for 60 years, was demolished by bulldozers from the Jewish National Fund.  One resident was killed by police
gunfire. 
Despite Palestinians
occupying only 2% of the Negev, the Israeli government and the Jewish National
Fund sought, as part of the programme of Judaisation, to demolish an Arab
village in order to make way for the Jewish town of Hiran.  This is comparable to, if not worse than, the demolition in the 1970’s of Black
‘squatter’ camps in Soweto.
Neither LFI nor the JLM, which are always eager to
accuse supporters of the Palestinians and opponents of Zionism of
‘anti-Semitism’ have anything to say about apartheid in Israel.  Ha’aretz newspaper recently warned,
in an editorial ,that with the proposed annexation of Ma’aleh Adumim, ‘Israel will cease to exist as a Jewish and
democratic state, and officially become an apartheid one
’.
Ha’aretz also referred, in the same editorial, to
the Israeli Labour Party ‘opposition’, of which the Jewish Labour Movement is
the British wing:  ‘It is pointless mentioning the opposition at this stage, since the
dead cannot speak’.

We would urge you to
cease giving any support to the Labour Friends of Israel and not to speak at
any future fringe meetings of theirs.  Both
Tony Benn and Eric Heffer resigned from LFI in 1982 as a result of its support
for the invasion of Lebanon.  Over the
past quarter of a century they have not changed.
Yours sincerely,

        Barry Ackerman                       Enfield
CLP                                                  

Jane
Airs                                    Riverside
CLP Liverpool
John
Airs                                    Riverside
CLP Liverpool
Peter
Angell                                Castle
Point CLP      
Ben
Armstrong                           Brighton
Momentum/Hove CLP
Clare
N. Ayton-Edwards            Kenilworth
& Southam (Warwickshire) CLP     
Georgina
Baidoun                      Milton Keynes
CLP 
Hilary
Barker                              Penrith
CLP             
Abdul Basīr                                Brighton
Pavilion CLP   
Peter
Bloomer                            Selly
Oak CLP
Haim Bresheeth                          Hornsey
and Wood Green CLP           
Tarin
Brokenshire                       Cambridge
CLP       
Andrea
Burford                          Leicester
East CLP   
Jackie
Cairns                              Preston
Labour Party      
Neil
Cameron                             Sheffield
Central CLP    
Valerie Gene Cane                     Brighton
& Hove Momentum    
Marilù
Cavaliere                         CLP: Luton South    
Ches
Chesney                             Berwick-upon-Tweed
CLP         
Brian
Chinnery                           Enfield
Southgate    
Mollie Collins                             Momentum
and CLP South Dorset         
Andy
Coombes                          Stroud
CLP              
Graham
Coupe                           South
Norwood CLP
Patrick
Darnes                            Congleton
CLP        
Deborah
Darnes                         Congleton
CLP        
John
Davies                                Liverpool Riverside
CLP          
Helen Dickson                               Liverpool Riverside CLP
Theresa
Dunningham                 Central Suffolk
& North Ipswich CLP   
Sally
Rebecca Eason                  East Surrey
CLP       
Simon
Milner-Edwards               Withington
CLP       
Pete
Firmin                                 Hampstead
& Kilburn CLP        
Jenifer
Flintoft                            Meon
Valley CLP/Portsmouth Momentum
Philip
Foxe                                 Enfield
South gate CLP  
Christopher
Fraser                      Rushcliffe CLP        
Craig
Fraser                                Cheltenham
CLP      
Suzanne
Gannon                        Vice Chair
Membership, Colne Valley CLP       
Daphne
Gilbert                           Hexham
CLP/Momentum          
Lynda
Gilbert                             Milton
Keynes North CLP          
Tony
Goss                                  Torbay
CLP             
Val
Graham                                Chesterfield
CLP     
Judy
Granville                            Hove
CLP                
Tony
Greenstein                         Brighton
Kemptown CLP
Jenny
Hardacre                          South
Cambridgeshire CLP
Dr.
James Hall                            South
Cambridgeshire Constituency Labour Party
Martin
Hall                                 Wythenshawe
and Sale East CLP           
Abe
Hayeem                              Harrow
East CLP     
Jeremy Hawthorn                       Liverpool Riverside CLP
Rosamine
Hayeem                     Harrow East CLP     
Professor
Dave Hill                    Brighton and
Hove Momentum
Simon
Hinds                               Islington
North         
Doug
Holton                               Hackney
North and Stoke Newington CLP        
Carole
Hope                               Tewkesbury
CLP     
Anna
Hubbard                            Southport
CLP          

      Steve
Jansky                               North
West Cambridgeshire CLP/Momentum    

Helen Jenner                              Otley and Yeadon
CLP/Chair Leeds UNISON
Peter
Jenner                                Otley
and Yeadon CLP  
Helena
Kearns                            Northern
Ireland Labour Party
Chris
Knight                               Streatham
Momentum Group,
Kay
Lawrence                            Torfaen
CLP            
Marie
Lynam                               Hamsptead
and Kilburn CLP    
Doug
Macari                               Canterbury
CLP and Momentum           
Professor
Moshe Machover        Hampstead and
Kilburn CLP
Dr
Alan Maddison                      Houghton
and Sunderland South CLP
Miriam
Margolyes OBE              Lambeth
Constituency Party & Vauxhall CLP   
Helen
Marks                               Riverside
CLP          
Becky
Massey                            Hove CLP
Patricia McCarthy                      Milton Keynes CLP
Kathy
McCubbing                           East Reading CLP
Steve
Mckenzie                          Bexhill
and Battle CLP   
Tricia
Neda McLaughlin             Gillingham and
Rainham CLP    
Ellen
McNay                              Sunderland
Central CLP 
John Metson                               Durham City CLP    
Anne
Mitchell                             Hove
CLP                
Brian
Mogford                            Gower
CLP              
Brendan
Morgan                         N. Ireland
CLP         
Wendy
Morgan                           Aberconwy
CLP      
Elizabeth
Morley                        Ceredigion
CLP/Momentum       
Suresh Nesaratnam                      Milton
Keynes         
Dr Joseph O’ Neill,                      Cheshire West CLP
James
O’Sullivan                        East
Worthing and Shoreham CLP         
Gill
Page                                     Richmond
(Yorkshire) CLP
Pam Page                                    Brighton
Kemptown CLP
Frankie Patterson                        Gosport
CLP            
Allan Pearson                             South Ribble CLP     a
Nicola
Pratt                                 Coventry
South CLP
Claire Pyper                                South
Birmingham Momentum  
Daniel Read                                Portsmouth
CLP       
Janine
E Reed                             Islwyn
CLP              
Joan Rudderham                        Coventry
North West CLP         
Professor Richard Seaford          Exeter CLP              
David Selzer                               City
of Chester CLP 
Sam Semoff                                Riverside CLP
Lynda Sergeant                           Riverside CLP          
Mehrnaz Shahabi                        Bristol
West CLP     
Paul Stygal                                  Rochford & Southend East CLP
Jean Sullivan                              Warrington
South CLP   
Anne Tanner                              Cardiff
West CLP    
Max Tasker                                Clwyd West CLP     
Andrew Thompson                     Birmingham
Ladywood CLP/Momentum/LRC  
Julian Townsend                        Camberwell and Peckham
CLP  
Gareth Walker                            Tottenham
CLP         tr
Jackie Walker                             Thanet
CLP
Clive Walder                              Birmingham
Northfield Momentum       
Adam Waterhouse                      Southampton
and Romsey CLP 
Daniel Waterman                        International
Member Labour Party       
David Watson                             Walthamstow
CLP   
Ian
Watson                                 Edinburgh
Pentlands CLP          
Sarah Wilkinson                          Ludlow CLP           
Eric Willoughby                         Editor,
Palestine Media Digest    
Sara Wood                                  Hampstead
and Kilburn CLP     
Ken Willingale                            Southend
West CLP  h
Charley Young                           Ceredigion
CLP       
Sue Young.                                 Ceredigion
CLP        

Saying that LFI have lot of money is an anti-Semitic ‘trope’ – even though it’s true!
This used to be called ‘verballing’ when the Police made up a confession



Inventing an anti-Semitism allegation – they call them ‘tropes’ probably because they think the victims are dopes
Jean Fitzpatrick, the LP delegate accused of anti-Semitism never even mentioned the City of London but in the hands of these racist frauds she didn’t stand a chance


If you oppose Zionism and Israeli racism, it is a ‘trope’ – their favourite word


 

 

 

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