Gerald Kaufman MP RIP – A Wonderful Example of Jewish Humanitarianism and Support for the Palestinians

Gerald Kaufman MP RIP – A Wonderful Example of Jewish Humanitarianism and Support for the Palestinians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Victim of False Accusations of Anti-Semitism by Political Pygmies like
John Mann

If there’s one parliamentary speech you should commit to memory it is this one
If there is one parliamentary speech that you should commit
to memory it is that of Gerald Kaufman in the debate on Israel’s attack on Gaza
(Operation Cast Lead) on January 15 2009. 
It is a speech that the fake anti-racists and opponents of ‘anti-Semitism’
will accuse of being ‘anti-Semitic’ because it
1.   
accused an Israeli military spokesperson of
speaking like a Nazi. 
2.   
It compared the murder of his own Jewish grandmother
in the Polish town of Staszow to that of Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza. 
3.   
It accused Israel and the Zionists of cynically
exploiting what happened during the Holocaust to Jews in order to justify what
the Palestinians are now experiencing.
All of them true – but the truth to day is anti-Semitic.
Pipsqueak MP Mann attacked Gerald Kaufman in Zionist paper – shamefully Corbyn went along with this nonsense
It was a deeply humanitarian speech which compared two human
rights tragedies.   Yet what Gerald
Kaufman said in 2009 will now be termed ‘anti-Semitic’ under the ludicrous McCarthyite
IHRA definition of anti-Semitism which Theresa May opportunistically
adopted
and which Jeremy Corbyn in a shameful act of submission
accepted. [Jeremy Corbyn’s
acceptance of this Tory definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ is shameful and must be
reversed
]. 
Below
is the most powerful section of Gerald’s speech.
According
to
the far-right rent-a-mouth MP John Mann, Gerald Kaufman was ‘a disgrace to Parliament and the Labour
Party
’.  Some of us would say that it
is the Labour Party’s disgrace that it harbours such a devious little opportunist
such as John Mann in its ranks.
Gerald Kaufman in the last year
My first encounter with Gerald was over 30 years ago, when
he was a stalwart of Poale Zion and a staunch Zionist.  Suffice to say we didn’t agree!  Gerald was always on the Right of the Party,
the last surviving member of Harold Wilson’s government but he was also a
highly principled man.
An attack by despicable Zionist ‘charity’ Campaign Against Anti-Semitism is indeed an accolade – there were no les than 21 attacks on Gerald for bogus ‘anti-semitism’ 
Gerald was not like some of the Zionist robots in Parliament
– the Joan Ryans, Wes Streetings and Tom Watsons.  When he saw in which direction Israel was
going, because he was still attached to the memory of the earlier Labour Zionist
leaders, he became active and highly vocal in his support of the Palestinians. 
Unlike the hypocrites of the Jewish Labour Movement and Labour
Friends of Israel who mouth support for 2 States whilst supporting the
occupation and the settlements and the consequent repression, Gerald Kaufman
spoke out vehemently against the brutality of Israel’s wars against Gaza and
its Occupation.
Gerald Kaufman on a parliamentary delegation to see the Occupation for himself
I am happy to print in its entirety Gerald’s wonderful speech to the
House of Commons on January 15 2009 at the time of yet another genocidal Israeli
attack on Gaza.
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton) (Lab):
I was brought up as an orthodox Jew and a Zionist. On a shelf in our
kitchen, there was a tin box for the Jewish National Fund, into which we put
coins to help the pioneers building a Jewish presence in Palestine.

I first went to Israel in 1961 and I
have been there since more times than I can count. I had family in Israel and
have friends in Israel. One of them fought in the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973
and was wounded in two of them. The tie clip that I am wearing is made from a
campaign decoration awarded to him, which he presented to me.
I have known most of the Prime
Ministers of Israel, starting with the founding Prime Minister David
Ben-Gurion. Golda Meir was my friend, as was Yigal Allon, Deputy Prime
Minister, who, as a general, won the Negev for Israel in the 1948 war of
independence.

My parents came to Britain as
refugees from Poland. Most of their families were subsequently murdered by the
Nazis in the holocaust. My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to
her home town of Staszow. A German soldier shot her dead in her bed.

My grandmother did not die to provide
cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza. The
current Israeli Government ruthlessly and cynically exploit the continuing
guilt among gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the holocaust as
justification for their murder of Palestinians. The implication is that Jewish
lives are precious, but the lives of Palestinians do not count.

On Sky News a few days ago, the
spokeswoman for the Israeli army, Major Leibovich, was asked about the Israeli
killing of, at that time, 800 Palestinians—the total is now 1,000. She replied
instantly that

“500 of them were militants.”

That was the reply of a Nazi. I
suppose that the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw ghetto could have
been dismissed as militants.

The Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi
Livni asserts that her Government will have no dealings with Hamas, because
they are terrorists. Tzipi Livni’s father was Eitan Livni, chief operations
officer of the terrorist Irgun Zvai Leumi, who organised the blowing-up of the
King David hotel in Jerusalem, in which 91 victims were killed, including four
Jews.

Israel was born out of Jewish terrorism. Jewish terrorists hanged two
British sergeants and booby-trapped their corpses. Irgun, together with the
terrorist Stern gang, massacred 254 Palestinians in 1948 in the village of 

15 Jan 2009 : Column 408
Deir Yassin. Today, the current Israeli Government indicate that they would be
willing, in circumstances acceptable to them, to negotiate with the Palestinian
President Abbas of Fatah. It is too late for that. They could have negotiated
with Fatah’s previous leader, Yasser Arafat, who was a friend of mine. Instead,
they besieged him in a bunker in Ramallah, where I visited him. Because of the
failings of Fatah since Arafat’s death, Hamas won the Palestinian election in
2006. Hamas is a deeply nasty organisation, but it was democratically elected,
and it is the only game in town. The boycotting of Hamas, including by our
Government, has been a culpable error, from which dreadful consequences have
followed.

The great Israeli Foreign Minister
Abba Eban, with whom I campaigned for peace on many platforms, said:

“You make peace by talking to your enemies.”

However many Palestinians the
Israelis murder in Gaza, they cannot solve this existential problem by military
means. Whenever and however the fighting ends, there will still be 1.5 million
Palestinians in Gaza and 2.5 million more on the west bank. They are treated
like dirt by the Israelis, with hundreds of road blocks and with the ghastly
denizens of the illegal Jewish settlements harassing them as well. The time
will come, not so long from now, when they will outnumber the Jewish population
in Israel.

It is time for our Government to make
clear to the Israeli Government that their conduct and policies are
unacceptable, and to impose a total arms ban on Israel. It is time for peace,
but real peace, not the solution by conquest which is the Israelis’ real goal
but which it is impossible for them to achieve. They are not simply war
criminals; they are fools.
When Gerald was attacked recently over a speech in the House
of Commons because he had referred to ‘Jewish money’ I responded on my blog,
pointing out the hypocrisy of his accusers. 
That there were nearly 600 references to ‘Jewish money’ in the Jewish
Chronicle and that it was a common phrase.

The Witchhunt of
Gerald Kaufman – Crucified for Supporting the Palestinians

Sir Gerald
Kaufman, veteran British Parliamentarian and Zionist compares Israelis in Gaza
to the Nazis

 

That did not stop the Jewish Chronicle and its hateful neo-con
editor Stephen Pollard or the despicable ‘charity’ Campaign Against Anti-Semitism from maligning him.  The CAA had, by the time of Gerald’s death published no less than 21 posts
attacking Gerald Kaufman.  I sent
references to my blog to Gerald at the time and he kindly wrote back:
Dear Mr Greenstein
 Most interesting.   And many
thanks.
 Best wishes
 Gerald Kaufman

From: Tony Greenstein 

Sent: 08 December 2015 00:26
To: KAUFMAN, Gerald
Subject: Re: The Silence of the Normally Volluble Geoffrey Alderman re
Sir Gerald Kaufmann MP – The High Price of Hypocrisy

I
didn’t like this bullying hypocrisy.  It has nothing to do with
anti-Semitism but support of the Palestinians.  Going onto the Campaign
Against anti-Semitism site one would think you and Jeremy Corbyn are the main
sources of anti-Semitism in Britain today.  The BNP and EDL, being pro-Zionist,
don’t get a look in.  Sheer madness but it means that if you accuse people
who are not anti-Semitic of anti-Semitism the real anti-Semites are let off the
hook.  A case of the boy who cried wolf.
I just
had an idea that ‘Jewish money’ might not be that rare a phrase, although it is
not helpful to use it (!) because of the implications.  I was taken aback
when I did a search on the JC’s website.  Geoffrey Alderman is
particularly hypocritical given that he has used the phrase himself and excused
opposition to anti-Semitism as a form of political correctness.
I saw the
nasty little report in the Jewish Chronicle about when a reporter burst in on
you at the House of Commons and thought you might be feeling a little down, so
please use my research as you see fit.  
Today the
Palestinians are the Jews of the Middle East.
best
wishes
Tony
Greenstein
On 7
December 2015 at 22:45, KAUFMAN, Gerald <[email protected]>
wrote:

Wow !   What amazing research ! 

 

 

 

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