Letter in Brighton’s Argus responding to Warren Morgan
‘Anti-Semitism’ has been the
favourite weapon of the Right in the Labour Party for the past two years, not
because there is any genuine anti-Semitism in the Labour Party but because it
is a useful means of attacking the Left and supporters of the Palestinians and anti-Zionists. Ironically, the main victims of the ‘anti-Semitism’
purge have been Jews like Professor
Moshe Machover, Jackie Walker and myself.
Jews have always been the foremost opponents of Zionism, even before the
Palestinians, because anti-Semitism was seen as a form of Jewish anti-Semitism. The anti-Semites told Jews they didn’t belong
in non-Jewish society and the Zionists agreed to get out.
Warren Morgan is happy to provide the Tories, the tabloids and Theresa May with weapons to attack Labour with
Isaac Deutscher, the biographer of Leon Trotsky, in his Non-Jewish
Jew and Other Essays (pp. 66/7) explained how:
‘the great majority of East European Jews were,
up to the outbreak of the second world war, opposed to
Zionism… The most fanatical enemies of Zionism were
precisely the workers, those who spoke Yiddish… they were the most
determined opponents of the idea of an emigration from Eastern Europe
to Palestine… in the idea of an exodus, from the countries in which
they had their home and in which their ancestors had lived for centuries, the
anti-Zionists saw an abdication of their rights, a surrender to anti-Semitism.
To them anti-Semitism seemed to triumph in Zionism which recognised the
legitimacy and the validity of the old cry ‘Jews get out’. The Zionists were
agreeing to get out.’
The anti-Semitic far-Right today is enthusiastically pro-Israel and pro-Zionist – what is there not to like about this racist anti-Arab society?
What is abundantly clear from the
expulsion of Moshe Machover is that Zionists don’t like to be reminded of the
times when they praised the Nazis and the Nazis praised them. To tell the truth about that period of
history is now, in itself, anti-Semitic!
This false and fake use of ‘anti-Semitism’
is not only dishonest but can only result in an increase in anti-Semitism,
which the Zionists are quite happy about.
If you tell people that if they oppose Zionism and what Israel does to
the Palestinians is anti-Semitic, then some people will say ok, I’m an anti-Semite. If you tell people that they have a choice between
supporting Israel and supporting the Palestinians but that the latter means
supporting anti-Semitism and hating Jews then some people will make this false
In my open letter I showed not
only how Morgan lied about there being anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial at
the Labour Party conference but he also lied last year about spitting at the Labour
Party AGM. He was prepared to drag
through the mud an entirely innocent member of the Labour Party in order to
have elections to a new Brighton and Hove Executive cancelled because his
faction were as unpopular as he is.
The level of anti-Jewish racism in West European society is minimal compared to Roma or Muslims yet the Labour Right is uninterested in this form of racism
In every single country, Eastern and Western Europe, anti-Roma racism is above 37%, similarly for anti-Muslim racism it is 29% and above. In only two countries, Greece and Hungary, anti-Semitism as high.
The hypocrisy about fake anti-Semitism
with the redefinition of anti-Semitism, not as hatred or hostility to Jews but
as hostility and hatred of Israel as a racist state is best evidenced by the Global
Attitudes Survey of Racism in Europe.
In Britain some 7% of people
harbour anti-Semitic attitudes of one kind or another. By way of contrast 45% have negative opinions
of Roma and 28% about Muslims. In other
words anti-Muslim racism is 400% higher and hatred of Gypsies is 650% higher,
yet we don’t hear an inkling about other forms of racism. Why?
Because Zionism is an integral part of the British alliance with the United
States and the United States pays Israel over $4 billion a year as part of its
defence, i.e. war budget. To oppose Israel
is to oppose the alliance with US imperialism.
The same is true throughout
Western Europe. In the Netherlands just
4% have negative opinions about Jews compared to 37% about Roma and 35% about
Muslims. Nor is it merely a question of
statistics. Synagogues in Britain are
never attacked and have never been attacked since the 1960’s when fascists
associated with John Tyndall’s Spearhead engaged in arson attacks. Mosques in Britain are regularly attacked,
including being firebombed. Roma are the
subject of being banned in pubs, discriminated against in schools and of course
subject to police harassment and eviction.
Yet we never hear one word from hypocrites racists such as Warren Morgan
because they too are complicit in the eviction of anti-Roma racism.
Warren Morgan had no authority
whatsoever to threaten to stop the Labour Party conference meeting in Brighton. He alleged anti-Semitism but of course he didn’t
attend the Free Speech on Israel meeting which he labelled anti-Semitic. He was happy to take at face value the
propaganda attacks of his Israel supporting friends, like Jeremy Newmark of the
Jewish Labour Movement, a man who was all but accused of perjury in the Employment
Tribunal case of Fraser
v University College Union.
It was good enough that his Zionist
friends had attacked it, as they do all manifestations of opposition to Zionism
In reality of course it is the
Donald Trumps, the Viktor Orbans and alt-Right White Supremacists like Richard
Spencer who combine anti-Semitism and support for Zionism. It is no surprise that Spencer, an open neo-Nazi,
who became famous for his ‘Heil Trump’ rally, defined himself, in an interview
with Israel’s Channel 2 as a White Zionist.
Morgan was in effect attacking
the whole Labour Party conference as anti-Semitic. Why else would he propose to ban it? He deliberately provided Theresa May, who is on the political ropes
with ammunition at today’s Question Time, the first after the Party
conferences. The time has come for
Warren Morgan to be deselected, deposed as leader of the Labour group and
invited to rejoin the Lib-Dems from whence he came.