It’s a sad commentary on the Guardian which once boasted journalists like Michael Adams and David Hirst that it employs a Zionist Presstitute
bribe or twist,
man will do
distinguish ‘journalists’ on the tabloids from the quality press was the
ability to separate fact and opinion. The
latter were confined to the Editorial or Comment pages. Jessica Elgot wouldn’t even understand this proposition. She is a propagandist. Every piece she writes is biased against understanding. She mistakes cliches for prose from the latest press release.
discussed a new Anti-Semitism Code of Conduct. Apparently it has stuck to its
guns and rejected the Zionist attacks. Labour
NEC defies Chief Rabbi to adopt new anti-Semitism code.
as has Labour Against the Witchhunt, which picketed the meeting today, that the new Anti-Semitism Code is weak, based
as it is on the International
Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism.
|Elgot’s pathetic propaganda masquerading as journalism|
in this country has been waging a
campaign against the Code. After crying about ‘antisemitism’ for the past 3 years it is afraid that Labour might take it seriously and forget to confuse it with anti-Zionism.
Their complaint is that Labour hasn’t adopted the complete IHRA misdefinition of anti-Semitism. Instead the most egregious examples of the conflation of anti-Semitism
and anti-Zionism have been either omitted or toned down. The Zionists therefore demand that Labour adopts the whole of this Liar’s Charter.
and her Zionist compatriots this is unacceptable. In the words of the Jewish Chronicle’s far-Right
editor, Stephen Pollard, the problem with the new Code is that
‘instead of adopting the definition as agreed by all these bodies, Labour has
excised the parts which relate to Israel and how criticism of Israel can be
|Lord Bracadale’s Recommendation – anti-Zionism is not a hate crime|
take my word for it. Retired Senior Scottish Judge Lord Bracadale has just
completed an Independent
Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland. In his review Lord
Bracadale, an Establishment Judge par excellence, no radical he, concludes that
you can’t make criticism of Israel and Zionism into a a Protected
Characteristic and therefore a hate crime. You hate people not
states. To make it a criminal offence to criticise Israel would be
an outrageous attack on freedom of speech and contrary to Article 10 of the
European Convention of Human Rights.
of Hugh Tomlinson QC this would have ‘a
potential chilling effect’ on free speech.
Of course Zionists and Elgot aren’t in the slightest bit interested in
free speech. All they are bothered about
is protecting their bastard offspring, the apartheid State of Israel.
endeavour’. As Ahmed Tibi, an Arab member of Israel’s Knesset asks in Middle
East Eye, how else do you describe a
state where nearly 1,000 towns and communities are Jewish only, where a Bill is
before the Knesset to legalise the segregation of communities and where attempts by Arabs to buy
houses in ‘Jewish towns’ are met with demonstrations by the residents
wanting to keep their towns all
national, i.e. Jewish national land.
One wonders what Elgot and the Board of Deputies would say if, in Britain, there was a Christian National Fund which owned and controlled 93% of land and refused, on principle, to sell or lease its property to Jews or non-Christians. Ant-semitic or merely defending Christian identity?
Arabs’ without any penalty whatsoever, whereas an Arab poet, Dareen
Tatour is facing a lengthy prison sentence for talking about ‘resistance’ in a poem. Racist? You judge.
like her editors is devoted to one thing only – selling Israeli Apartheid as a
|For reasons unknown Jessica decided to block me|
in the course of researching this article, I found that Ms Elgot had blocked me
on Twitter even though we have never
exchanged a single word. I can’t imagine
why should want to block me but I’ll take it as a compliment that I have been blocked by a racist.
story? As long as the Guardian employs
people like Elgot no self-respecting anti-racist or socialist should buy The
sent to the Guardian on Elgot’s latest piece.
I don’t expect it to be published!
|Letter I have sent to the Guardian concerning Elgot’s fake news article|
Knesset member Ahmad Tibi urges Labour not to change its definition of
anti-Semitism at its meeting on Tuesday
to put clear water between a racist act (which is a criminal offence) and
legitimate criticism of Israel, is deeply appreciated by those who strive
for truth and justice.
supporters of Israel to bully and browbeat the Labour Party into adopting a
distorted definition of anti-Semitism is sad and disheartening.
understand why Labour refuses to align itself with this universal
definition,” complained the
Board of Deputies of British Jews and the UK’s Jewish Leadership Council.
controversial examples are not even accepted as such by the man who wrote it
sentence is patently false. These groups’ desired definition, through
politically slanted examples, is most definitely not a universally accepted
test to decide which statements should be struck from the political discourse –
and for good reason.
Union body dedicated to combatting racism and discrimination – dropped
the definition from its website.
controversial examples are not even accepted as such by the man who wrote it.
author of the document explained in a 2016 op-ed in the New
York Times, the text was only ever “intended for data collectors writing
reports about anti-Semitism in Europe. It was never supposed to curtail
fog of ‘whataboutery’
that it is “impossible to understand” why the UK Labour Party, or any body
dedicated to human rights and opposed to racial hatred, would reject the
definition or associated examples championed by pro-Israel groups.
citizen of Israel and member of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, to explain
why this definition of anti-Semitism is problematic in the extreme, and why it
amounts to an attempt to muzzle public discourse on the rights of Palestinian
stems not from its decision to accept the broad definition of anti-Semitism
written by the International
Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), but its refusal to accept
four examples of anti-Semitism which relate explicitly to Israel. These are:
- “Applying double standards by requiring of it a
behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation”
- “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to
Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the
interests of their own nations”
- “Denying the Jewish people their right to
self-determination, eg, by claiming that the existence of a State of
Israel is a racist endeavour”
- “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli
policy to that of the Nazis”
is just an eloquent ”whataboutery”. Responding to reports about state
racism, Israel’s defenders cry out: “What about Syria? What about Saudi
Arabia? What about Iran?”
honest appeals to discuss the alleged crimes of those other countries, but
rather, efforts to derail discussion of Israel’s. No victim of racism should
ever be required to compile lists of other equally reprehensible acts of
racism, just to earn the right to describe their own suffering.
guilty of similar or worse crimes, they should also be called out for those
crimes. The responsibility to do so, however, falls on every single citizen,
every political actor.
who would advocate Palestinian rights with the demand that they first lobby for
the rights of every other aggrieved group in the world is nothing more than a
strategy to silence them, and to ensure Israeli impunity.
are rights for Palestinians?
being silenced is with the assertion that those who accuse the State of
Israel of inherent racism, of being a “racist endeavour“, are really
inciting hatred of Jews in general and wherever they happen to live. Founding
the state was the common wish of Jewish people, say supporters of Israel:
denying that wish amounts to anti-Semitism.
that would give preferential treatment to Jews over others, including over the
indigenous Palestinian people, was a minority opinion among Jews around the
world before Israel was established.
in 1948, admittedly, Jews who support a territory of their own in Palestine
have grown in number and proportion.
self-determination could ever supercede the right to equal treatment of every
other person living on the land. Why should support for Israel – even if such
support was unanimous among Jewry around the world – absolve Israel of racism
at its core?
creation, its founding fathers drove out hundreds of thousands of Palestinians,
and did not permit them to return when hostilities had ended. They refuse a
right of return to this day. In the seven decades that followed, there was only
a single year in which Israel did not control the Palestinian masses that
remained by military occupation.
majority of the population in all the territories Israel controls, but only a
quarter of those people are accorded citizenship, and even they are subject to
discrimination by at least 66 state laws.
1,000 villages and towns in Israel – more than three-quarters
of the total – do not permit non-Jews to live within them.
Court cannot quash any of these laws that discriminate against non-Jews, the
Netanyahu government is now advancing new
legislation which would sanctify the superior status of Jews in
travesties of justice are not bugs of the Jewish state; they are features of
it. Where then are the rights of the Palestinians to self-determination, after
the State of Israel has systematically eliminated them?
hatred against Palestinians and others
elected and appointed leaders of Israeli Jews have incited
hatred against Palestinians, African refugees, non-Jews in
general, even against Israeli Jews who are not sufficiently nationalist in
write this, but it must be clearly stated for the record: of late, top Israeli
political and religious leaders have even incited genocide against the
Palestinian people. Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef ruled in March that non-Jewish
people, including Palestinians, have no right
to live in the country.
Shaked said in May 2015 that all
Palestinian people, including mothers and babies, are enemies who
must be destroyed.
rhetoric is increasingly influencing the Israeli public, shifting it further
and further to the far right. What human rights horrors could this lead to, if
highly respected author, Amos Oz, used a variation on the N-word to describe
the country’s Jewish supremacists. “We also have Hebrew neo-Nazi groups,” Oz said.
“There is nothing the modern-day neo-Nazis in Europe do that those groups don’t
those neo-Nazis kidnapped Mohammad Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager in
Jerusalem, beat him, forced gasoline down his throat, and burned him to death
from the inside out. In July 2015, another group of Hebrew neo-Nazis firebombed
a Palestinian home in the West Bank, murdering the Dawabsheh family’s father,
mother and one-year-old baby.
accompanied the baby’s grandfather to court to support him in his quest for
justice. Meanwhile, my fellow deputy speaker of the Knesset, Bezalel Smotrich,
accompanied to court the young Israeli men on trial for committing the murders.
|Khan al Ahmar where Israeli soldiers are grapping with residents whose homes they are intending to demolish|
– Holocaust Remembrance Day itself – the Israeli army’s deputy chief of
General Yair Golan, told a group of assembled soldiers: “If
there’s something that frightens me about Holocaust remembrance, it’s the
recognition of the revolting processes that occurred in Europe in general, and
particularly in Germany, back then – 70, 80 and 90 years ago – and finding signs
of them here among us today in 2016.”
were not divorced from reality, but rather, reflected it accurately. A Pew poll published
just two months earlier found that four-fifths of Israeli Jews want the state
to accord them more legal rights than Palestinian citizens of Israel, and half
– half! – of Israeli Jews want to strip non-Jews of their citizenship, and to
outright deport them.
free speech ensures racism continues
nothing to be happy about; like other public figures, I regret to inform you of
it. But I am left with no choice: unless you are made aware of these
frightening facts, there is no chance that these trends can be curbed, and
reversed, so that ultimately, everyone living in the land can enjoy the equal
rights they are entitled to, Jew and Gentile, Israeli and Palestinian.
statement, which slams anti-Semitism but defends criticism of Israel, is a huge
improvement over the anti-Palestinian policy that preceded it, and should be
praised as such.
or any other body to stifle free speech about Israeli racism will only ensure
that the racism continues and increases unabated.
1999. He is one of the founders of the Arab Movement for Renewal (Hatenua
Ha’Aravit le Hithadshut, or Ta’al) and a member of the Joint List (Hadash,
Ra’am, Balad, Ta’al). In 1993, after the signing of the Oslo Accords, Yasser
Arafat, then-chairman of the Palestinian Authority, appointed Tibi as his
special adviser. Since his election to the Knesset, Ahmad Tibi has managed to
pass 12 laws, most of which focus on social, economic and consumer issues. In
2010, Tibi gave a speech about the Holocaust, which then-Speaker Reuven Rivlin
called “the finest speech ever given in the history of the Knesset”.
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