If Jackie Walker & Ken
Livingstone are Anti-Semitic Then So Are We
Neville Chamberlain gave appeasement a bad name
I have signed this excellent Open Letter from Free
Speech on Israel although it does not go far enough. No doubt Jeremy Corbyn is being badly
advised, not least by his advisor and the Guardian’s ex-Stalinist Seamus
Milne. Corbyn seems to have forgotten
that he was once the Israel lobby’s main parliamentary bogeyman. His unflinching support for Palestine. His support for the disaffiliation of Poale
Zion/Jewish Labour Movement, the racist wing of the Israeli Labour Party inside
the British Labour Party.
|Labour Friends of Israel were caught on the Al Jazeera investigative programmes as being paid slush money of over £1m to engage in dirty tricks and take down their enemies – Corby engages in ritual self-humiliation by addressing them
elected, the Zionists were alleging he was keeping the company of a holocaust
denier from North London by the name of Paul Eisen. He has personal experience of false
accusations of anti-Semitism.
sad story of appeasement. And the lesson
of appeasement is, as Britain found out with Nazi Germany, that the more you
appease the aggressor the more they demand of you.
|even though they detest him, Corbyn abases himself by appearing at the annual fringe meeting of a group that is funded by the Israeli state in order that it can destabilise the Labour Party|
with a rule change that makes even opinion and thought expulsion offences. It has led the witch hunt of Ken Livingstone,
Jackie Walker and myself amongst others.
of the ‘abusive’ use of the word Zionism as if Zionism could be anything else
but abusive. The JLM has refused to
condemn ILP leader Isaac Herzog for his remarks that he would hate to wake up
to find that 61 of Israel’s MKs were Arabs or to find that there was a
Palestinian Prime Minister of Israel.
Imagine in this country someone saying that they dreaded the idea of
having a Black Prime Minister. This
would be out and out racism, yet in the Israel of the JLM it is normative. Herzog also said he didn’t want the ILP to be
considered ‘Arab lovers’. Only fascists
ever talked about ‘Jew lovers’ or ‘Nigger lovers’. Yet Jeremy Newmark and the JLM have refused
to condemn this.
Trump and his racist and anti-Semitic entourage to power, the JLM remained
silent. Yet we harbour these racist
cuckoos inside Labour’s bosom and expel and suspend those who criticise them.
condemned anti-Semitism, not that there was much of it about, but that he also
condemned false allegations of anti-Semitism, of which there certainly is a
lot, then he would not have the problems he does now. The JLM is a far-Right racist group that
voted by 92-4% to support Owen Smith in the leadership elections. At the debate between Corbyn and Smith which
the JLM staged, Smith when asked what he most admired about Jews said their
‘entreprenurial talents’. An
anti-Semitic comment if ever there was.
Corbyn when asked what he admired about Israel said its ‘verve and
spirit’ and the separation of powers, political from legal. In fact he was wrong about that but he could
have mentioned torture, administrative detention without trial, child
imprisonment of Palestinians etc.
that Corbyn has swerved to the Right. If
he does this now, then in the event that he got into power Corbyn would end up
to the right of Harold Wilson.
|Jeremy ‘liar’ Newmark of the Jewish Labour Movement|
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|The lies of Newmark as found by an Employment Tribunal in Fraser v UCU|
socialists, who are alarmed by the treatment of left-wing supporters of Palestine facing
victimisation within the party. We began collecting signatures before the NCC’s
decision to extend Ken Livingstone’s suspension, the subsequent attacks on him and the
party and your failure to defend him. We are aware that other party members are also
enduring disciplinary procedures which lack natural justice. The most
high-profile of these is Jackie Walker and it is her case that the letter primarily
|Corbyn v Owen Smith – now no one even remembers the Welsh pipsqueak|
standing up and saying we do not believe that the actions that Jackie has been
accused of are, in any way, antisemitic. However, if the Labour Party is to
employ an expansive definition of antisemitism that encompasses Jackie’s
actions, then all 145 of us too are guilty.
whom you know well from pickets and lobbies in defence of Palestinian rights,
to discuss how to combine the Party’s historic and principled opposition to all
forms of racism, including antisemitism, with a reinvigorated and public
defence of Palestinian rights.
Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of
the Labour Party
writing to you as members of the Labour Party. We are a predominantly Jewish
group and are writing to ask you to review your behaviour on the question of
Israel/Palestine. We understand that amongst reasons given by the Labour Party
for claiming that Jackie Walker, the ex-Deputy Chair of Momentum, is antisemitic,
the following are included:
|Newmark looking forward to more expulsions|
Regularly posting on Israel
Describing Israel as a racist state
pattern of behaviour that causes offence to some members
Claiming that there is an antisemitism witch-hunt
Claiming that there is Israeli involvement in British politics
the Right of the party is using this witch-hunt for political purposes
adoption of IHRA definition of antisemitism is an attempt to outlaw criticism
of Israel and to silence pro-Palestinian voices
therefore like to let you know that we are too are ‘guilty’ of such charges,
not because we are antisemitic but because we believe these to be reasonable
statements, accurately describing Israel’s policies and actions. Examples of
our activities include:
have regularly posted on Israel and Palestine (and many other issues of
political concern, including British and international politics) on various
have described Israel as a racist state (and indeed as an apartheid state)
because it is one. Its legislation defines and differentiates between people on
the basis of religion and/or ethnicity, including as you must be aware: laws on
ownership of land; who can become a citizen; and the outrageous category of
‘present absentees’, which make it impossible for Palestinians to return to
their home, while enabling Israel to confiscate it. Palestinian citizens of
Israel are third class citizens, tolerated at best, and the four million
Palestinians under occupation enjoy no rights at all. Such views as ours are
commonly held by those leading Israeli journalists and intellectuals intent on
adhering to international law and the legal force of UN resolutions. Indeed, a
small representative selection from recent articles (in the last month alone)
in Israeli publications should be enough to demonstrate this point. It is clear
that any such views would immediately lead to an inquiry by the UK Labour
Party, were they voiced by one of its members.
· The Israeli Lawmaker Who Embraces Apartheid:
regret that some people may find our statements offensive, but one cannot
engage in politics without being offended from time to time. We find many of
the statements and actions of Israel and its supporters deeply offensive to us
as Jewish, and other Socialist, members of the Party and human rights
activists. Despite our unease, we do nothing to try and silence such views. We
believe in free speech.
reason we have claimed there is an ‘antisemitism witch-hunt’ in the Labour
Party, is that we do not know how else one could describe the singling out of
Palestine rights’ supporters and Anti-Zionists in the Labour Party. We believe
that the party has a far worse problem with Islamophobia and anti-black racism,
but has shamefully not pursued such cases with any noticeable energy. We
acknowledge there may be incidents of antisemitism in the party, as there are
of all discriminatory behaviour, but they are infrequent and not systematic;
and we have rarely, if ever, witnessed any. Any such incidents that are
identified should result in appropriate, transparent and swift action. The
cases of Walker, Greenstein, Livingstone and Wadsworth are clearly not amongst
have claimed there is covert and overt Israeli involvement in British politics
as conclusively demonstrated in Al Jazeera’s ‘The Lobby’ series of programmes,
and by numerous other media/social media reports. To claim otherwise is to
ignore the evidence or to cave in to this very lobby.
have claimed that opponents of the Leader of the Party have used the campaign
of antisemitism allegations to destabilise the leadership and have greatly
damaged the party as consequence. They have done this with impunity. We believe
this to true and clearly demonstrated.
UK using the IHRA definition of antisemitism is one of the examples of the way
this racist and demonising ‘definition’ of antisemitism is employed to censor
necessary, and proper, political and moral debate. We have spoken to many students
and staff who have felt intimidated, and prevented from expressing deeply held
(and not in any way antisemitic) views on the brutal daily realities in
Palestine/Israel. These are members who are acting against Israel’s
illegal actions, moved by the need to achieve a just peace in the region. We
believe that the IHRA definition is directed not at antisemitism which is
currently showing its ugly face in Europe and, in particular, in Trump’s USA,
but instead at the critics of Israeli crimes, many of them being Socialist and
Jewish members of the Labour Party. For more details see the legal opinion of
Hugh Tomlinson QC:
taken such positions because we are socialists, and humanists. We believe in
the rights of Palestinians to live free from the oppression, national and
individual, that they currently experience. We also recollect similar
sentiments expressed by yourself in the past.
NOT give up on our right to free speech to criticise Israel, or for that
matter, any other country which behaves illegally and immorally. We consider
this to be our right and duty as progressive socialists. The
current bogus ‘antisemitism’ attack by the Israel Lobby is intended to deny us
this right; will negate our human rights; and suppress free speech and free
stance is unacceptable to the current leadership of the Labour Party, we invite
you to take action against us. If, as we believe, you share our views, please
stand up with us and say so openly.
will judge those who stifle debate and silence criticism.
Lewisham Deptford) CLP