terms with Jewish racism
Well it was a long time coming and followed a particularly
tetchy response by David Rosenberg to queries by Debbie Fink as to why the JSG was not supporting Jackie Walker. Our questions were reasonable ones to ask of a group that calls itself
socialist. Why, when the Jewish Labour Movement, the British wing of
the racist Israeli Labour Party, had engineered Jackie’s suspension from the Labour
Party, had the JSG said nothing about either that or Jon
Lansman, who was a JSG member and who had been actively complicit in the
campaign against Jackie? The latter question is still unanswered.
|Gideon Falter – Racist Chair of the racist ‘charity’ Campaign Against Antisemitism and Trustee/Director of the Jewish National Fund UK, who has been spearheading the attack on Jackie Walker and other anti-Zionists|
that we have embarrassed the JSG leadership into finally, reluctantly agreeing
to write to the Labour Party supporting Jackie Walker. However this is a pyrrhic victory in many
The JSG have not publicised their support for
The JSG have not disowned Lansman
The JSG have still treated aspects of the
‘anti-Semitism witch-hunt’ as bona fide rather than as a disgusting racist witch-hunt of Black and Asian people.
Against Antisemitism. [see Character assassination as a
tool to silence a Palestinian activist]. Malakha is a student from Gaza at Exeter University who has been subject to the same character assassination by the CAA as many other people. She is someone who has experienced particular traumas as a result of her experiences at the hands of a self-declared ‘Jewish’ state.
assassination as a tool to silence a Palestinian activi – See more at:
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getting its hands dirty. It has largely
remained absent from the fight for BDS, against Zionism and for Palestine solidarity in this country, apart from carrying its banner at different demonstrations. It has in particular failed to understand that much of what is called ‘anti-Semitism’ is a product of the fact that the role of the organised Jewish community institutions and its representatives in
this country has been to undermine the Palestine solidarity movement.
|Ian Saville speaking in May 2016 at a Momentum/LRC meeting in Brighton in support of Jackie (pictured)|
the false anti-Semitism campaign in practice the JSG have not contributed to the
campaign. The first reaction
of Dave Rosenberg to questions about what its position on Jackie was that such
‘‘based on ignorance and vituperation,
they were not worth responding to. The JSG is solely accountable to its
members, not to you, nor to FSOI, nor to any other groups we may or may not be
connected with or work with.’
a ‘Statement of Clarification re Debbie Fink’s questions re JSG, Jews for
Jeremy, and John Lansman. This is for information. We won’t be making further
comment on this matter as we have more important work to do.’
|David Rosenberg – has issued the JSG’s a succession of statements concerning the JSG’s position on the witch hunt|
does not go in for gratuitous and childish demonisation of those who identify
as Zionists’, which in practice has meant avoiding the subject altogether and defending its removal of critics from both the JSG’s own Facebook page and that of Jews for Jeremy it said very little.
anti-Corbyn material, abusive sectarian political material, or re-posting
material by those who they know have been blocked from the page. [me!] It is for
these reasons that J4J collectively decided to block Debbie Fink.’ It would be churlish to even try to unpick this but J4J has never decided anything ‘collectively’ unless that means David, Julia and Ian Saville having a conversation!
to the minimum. It is titled ‘For information (and to dispel
misinformation which continues to be put about)’ which makes it clear that its purpose is not one of solidarity but an attempt to protect the JSG’s reputation.
grasp the magnitude of the problem, as the Al Jazeera programmes ‘The Lobby
illustrated. What we have seen is an
exercise in state-sponsored destabilisation of the Labour Party and we are also
witnessing a wholesale attack on the Palestine solidarity movement using the weapon of ‘anti-Semitism’
|Julia Bard – has been the policewoman of both the JSG and J4J Facebook groups removing anyone who dissented from or criticised the JSG’s refusal to speak up over the racist witch-hunt of Jackie Walker|
|Julia Bard’s instruction to JSG anti-racist activist Ruth Appleton not to associate the JSG with opposition to Lansman’s witch-hunt of Jackie Walker – it has taken nearly 5 months for the JSG to make up their mind|
number of cases of genuine antisemitism expressed by Labour party members that
the Party must deal with firmly’. I have seen no expressions of explicit anti-Semitism or
Holocaust denial. Where people have
expressed themselves clumsily using anti-Semitic language or concepts this is entirely
due to the fact that the Zionist propaganda campaign deliberately conflates the
Jewish community and Israel. It is not
surprising that if you consistently associate Jews with Israeli war crimes and tell people that to oppose Zionism or support the Palestinians is anti-Semitic, that some people, very few, will make that false choice and take them at their word.
|Jeremy Newmark of the Jewish Labour Movement has worked in close collaboration with the Israeli Embassy in furthering the ‘anti-Semitism’ witch-hunt|
Movement and the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism to tar all Palestine solidarity
work with the brush of anti-Semitism is nothing less than a defence of white privilege and racism. That is
the meaning of an alliance that includes
Theresa May, Eric Pickles, figures on the Labour Right such as Chuka Ummuna and Tom
Watson, Jeremy Newmark of the JLM and Gideon Falter of the CAA. I classify someone like C Ummuna as White politically. Included for example in the dossier against Jackie Walker is a statement of condemnation by five figures from the Zionist community including Gideon Falter of the CAA, an out and out racist who is a trustee of the Jewish National Fund.
carries the full support of the British state and unfortunately Jeremy
Corbyn. Corbyn’s support for the IHRA
definition of anti-Semitism is disgraceful and should have been called out long
before. Corbyn’s acceptance of the IHRA
definition and the legitimacy of the false anti-Semitism campaign is a weapon
that will and has been used against
|Free Speech of Israel picket of Momentum meeting where Jon Lansman, a JSG member, moved the removal of Jackie Walker as Momentum Vice Chair – JSG statement doesn’t mention Lansman’s role|
Corbyn on this and other matters does not strengthen, it weakens the Corbyn
leadership. In the ‘Statement of Clarification’ David Rosenberg wrote that
‘The J4J page is NOT a place for
those who wish to attack, disparage, abuse or insult Corbyn and the political
stance he represents…. On a very few occasions since
then we have, reluctantly, had to block people for misusing our page by posting
represent white privilege and white racism in this society and the fact that
the JSG have finally, belatedly, come on board suggests that they still don’t
get it. Opposition to anti-semitism is an establishment form of anti-racism. It is an anti-racism entirely divorced from how society operates and is organised. It is a depoliticised form of racism, which substitutes difference for oppression and exploitation. It counterposes the identity of White minorities like Jews to the very real oppression of migrants, refugees and students from Palestine.
unfortunate that it had to be dragged out of the JSG. In particular the last sentence suggests that
they resent having to do the right thing:
‘We hope too that us sharing this
information will dispel misinformation/conspiracy theories about our group that
have been spread for malicious and dubious purposes, and which can only serve
those who have a political interest in attacking and discrediting Jewish
Jackie is the first and not the last and that the JSG doesn’t fail to protest
Jewish racism too.
members, and submission to the Chakrabarti Inquiry, has consistently opposed
the false and distorted charges of antisemitism targeted at Labour members. We
have decribed most of these charges as being weaponised by forces hostile to
the Labour Party to damage Labour (especially its democratically elected
leader, Jeremy Corbyn), and to undermine free speech by Labour Party members on
the Israel/Palestine conflict.
antisemitism expressed by Labour party members that the Party must deal with
firmly, but stated that the majority of cases we were aware of fell into the
categories of being forthright expressions of support for Palestinian rights,
which condemn Israeli government policy and aspects of Zionist ideology, and
are not antisemitic; or Incidents where genuine critics of Israeli policy
unintentionally blur distinctions between Jews and Zionists or between the
Israeli government and Israeli people; or unknowingly borrow and apply
traditional antisemitic tropes to Israel and its supporters. In such instances
argument and education were far more appropriate responses than severe
disciplinary measures such as expulsions, suspensions or bans.
Inquiry, which we and many others made submissions to, especially with regard
absolutely entitled to a transparent, fair and just process;
Jackie Walker’s case in which we called for her suspension to be lifted.
opposing antisemitism and other forms of racism from whichever corner; that we
reject the equation of anti-Zionism with antisemitism (and indeed acknowledged
that certain forms of pro-Zionism sit happily with antisemitism);and reiterated
the positions and principles above.
has been treated to a transparent, fair and just process and condemned the
manner in which “evidence” against her was collected by secretly filming
comments she made in an exploratory workshop, and presenting them in a manner
where they are removed from their context, and open to distortion.
merits of Jackie Walker’s statements with regard to slavery, Holocaust Day
commemorations, or the security requirements of Jewish schools, and
that her interventions did not necessarily reflect the tone in which we would
comment on such matters, we feel that it is legitimate to discuss such issues.
activism, we are aware of Jacqueline Walker’s impressive record in this sphere,
especially with regard to her work against UKIP in Kent.
hearing. We hope too that us sharing this information will dispel
misinformation/conspiracy theories about our group that have been spread for
malicious and dubious purposes, and which can only serve those who have a
political interest in attacking and discrediting Jewish leftists.