Palestine and Anti-Semitism in Nottingham with Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein

Palestine and Anti-Semitism in Nottingham with Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Evil Zionist Sheriff fails to stop meeting going ahead

Jackie Walker (L), Yousuf Farooq and Tony Greenstein (R)

On Saturday, despite the best attempts of the Zionists, in
the form of Jonathan Hoffman, the ousted co-Chair of the Zionist Federation, a
meeting with Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein went ahead without
incident.  Hoffman, who has previous form
organising
Zionist demonstrations
with fascists like the English Defence League, had
rung up the Mechanics Institute to threaten them with unnamed consequences if
they went ahead with the meeting.  The
Police, by all accounts, added to the pressure on the MI, when they advised
that they couldn’t guarantee that there wouldn’t be public order incidents.
The meeting was therefore transferred to the International
Community Centre in Mansfield Road and over 40 people attended a lively 2 hours
of talks and questions.  I spoke first
about the ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign of the Zionists in the Labour Party and the
fact that Zionism, despite accusing its opponents of anti-Semitism shares a lot
in common with the anti-Semites.  Both Zionists
and anti-Semites believe that the place of Jews is in Israel, not in the diaspora.  I gave a number of historical examples of
such collaboration and quoted Israeli novelist A B Yehoshua who, in a talk to
the Union of Jewish students helped demolish a few of the misconceptions of these
young Zionists when he said that ‘Even today, in a perverse way, a real anti-Semite
must also be a Zionist.’  (Jewish
Chronicle 22.1.82.)
Jackie then spoke  on
her own experiences of being falsely accused of anti-Semitism focussing in
particular on the threats of the Jewish Labour Movement’s new Director, Ella
Rose (see) who harassment threatened to use her skills in Krav Maga to
physically attack and destroy her.
There followed a lively hour of questions and contributions
from the floor.  The meeting was a great
success but it shows how, once again, the Zionists are determined to try and
destroy free speech in this country by denying opponents of Israel’s barbaric
and murderous policies a platform.  At
the same time they  complain that they
own speakers are given a rough ride.
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