Another Feather in the Cap of Jonathan Hoffman – He Disrupts a Meeting of the East London Humanists
Despite his Nose Growing Even Longer Hoffie Denies Working with the BNP & EDL!
As he said on his blog in justification for having destroyed another meeting:
Well bear in mind that these ‘humanists’ are affiliated to the National Secular Society which has been pretty obnoxious towards Jews.
Please someone tell the fool that humanists don’t like any religion! That is why they are humanists and it is also why they are affiliated to the National Secular Society. (What he means is they don’t like the religion not the individuals who practice the religion)
The East London Humanists decided to invite David Rosenberg, the mild-mannered Secretary and founder of the Jewish Socialist Group to speak to a meeting on anti-Semitism. David and I have long disagreed on many things since he is a compulsive moderate. However my sympathies go out to him over having his meeting disrupted by that ecumenical friend of fascists, Jonathan Hoffman
Hoffman, who was only recently convicted of harassment of a Palestinian woman decided that the invitation to David to speak to the Humanists was intolerable. If there is one thing that Hoffman and his fellow fascists like Yochie Davies hates it is free speech. Like their compatriots in Israel it is a red rag to a Zionist bull
You can see Hoffie’s explanation of his behaviour on Facebook and his website.
David Rosenburg is a racist according to Hoffie. The same David Rosenberg who I have seen on numerous anti-fascist demonstrations against the BNP, NF etc. Of course Labour’s anti-Semitism moral panic has enabled racists to think they can accuse anti-racists of racism. This is all the fashion these days.
I must confess I have never seen Hoffman on a single anti-racist or anti-fascist demonstration. David was a ‘liar’ (one of his favourite words because it saves you having to explain why you disagree with someone) because he says that the IHRA ‘definition’ of anti-Semitism prevents criticism of Israel.
Hoffie’s response was to say that the IHRA allows criticism of Israel. This is a half truth – but as they say a half truth is worse than a lie. What the IHRA actually says is that:criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemiticBut Israel isn’t ‘any other country’ it is a state based on a single ethnicity and which practises apartheid. One of the 11 illustrations of ‘anti-Semitism’ says that:‘Applying double standards by requiring of it [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation
The problem is that Israel is not a democratic nation. Indeed it isn’t a nation! Prime Minister Netanyahu openly says that Israel is a Jewish state not a state of its own citizens. Therefore, by definition, it can’t be a democratic state. It is a settler colonial state.
Ipso facto the IHRA does prevent criticism and therefore David Rosenberg is telling the truth and is not a racist whereas Hoffie is both a liar and a racist. But according to Hoffie a racist is someone who believes Israel is a racist state so you can’t win!
But the biggest whopper of the night was when Hoffie called David a ‘liar’‘a fucking liar’ for saying that Hoffie is happy to work with the EDL and the BNP. Indeed he seemed to lose all self control at that point! It would appear that the truth has the same effect on Hoffie that the light has on Dracula.
Jonathan Hoffman works with a broad spectrum of British fascists – he is not sectarian – all that is required is that they’re Zionists
Jonathan Hoffman has stood on picket lines with the EDL, danced down the street with Roberta Moore, the organiser of their Jewish section (the JDL), stood side by side with Paul Besser, ex-Intelligence Office of Britain First on pickets and demonstrations, liaised with Kevin Caroll, an EDL leader, works with Tommy Robinson supporters and people like Danny Thomo, body guard to Robinson as well as Pegida’s Sharon Klaff and Ambrosine Shitrit.
Quite amazingly out of the 20,000 or so solicitors in Britain, the only one that Hoffie could find to defend him against charges of assault and harassment of a woman earlier this year was Daniel Berke, who is also Tommy Robinson’s solicitor from Manchester? A coincidence? We think not.
No one is too right-wing for Hoffie as long as they are a Zionist. Below are a few photos to illustrate that though the matter is painful for him, Hoffman is, in his own phrase, a fucking liar
Even Dan Sheldon, Campaign Organiser of the Israeli funded Union of Jewish Students was so pissed off with Hoffman’s behaviour, that in a debate with Hoffman he openly accused him of being
‘happy to demonstrate side by side with members of the EDL Jewish Division. He lied about the last one saying that a picture of him with the EDL was photoshopped. But after a legal intervention he was forced to admit that the photo was genuine.’
I am proud to say that it was my blog which outed him over this in August 2010, but not before he threatened me with legal action!!
In fact when the photographer who snapped him with Roberta Moore, David Hoffman, was accused by Hoffie of photoshopping he threatened to sue and Hoffie had to publish this apology:
‘On my Jewish Chronicle blog I described a photograph taken on 14 August 2010 at the pro-Ahava demonstration as “fraudulent”. I also wrote “That photo was ‘Photoshopped’ — and it is bloody obvious that it was ‘Photoshopped’ I do not discuss but I do identify lies and fraudulent Photoshopped photos.”
These statements were entirely without foundation and I had made no attempt to check their accuracy. I accept that the photo was absolutely genuine and had not been tampered with in any way. The photographer, David Hoffman, is a well known and respected photojournalist and I apologise to him unreservedly for my hasty and unfounded comments and for the distress and embarrassment caused.’
You might think that having just swallowed several large helpings of humble pie that Hoffie might retire with indigestion. No such luck.
Hoffie’s excuse for demonstrating alongside the EDL when we picketed Ahava in Covent Garden was that the Police refused to create a separate pen for the Zionists and the EDL. He stated that
‘Nine years ago, anti-Israel campaigners repeatedly picketed an Israeli-owned shop in London. I led the counter-demonstrations, and requested that the police separate us from any EDL supporters as I did not wish to be associated with them (see here).’
The link that Hoffie directed us to is an article on Harry’s Place. In it there is an email from Inspector Martin Edwards to Hoffie explaining that he could not have a separate pen from the EDL. The only problem is that this email is dated 25th October 2010 whereas the photo of Hoffman in the company of fascists, which he originally described as ‘photoshopped’ is dated 14th August 2010. In other words for over 2 months Hoffie had no qualms about demonstrating with the EDL and it was only when we pointed out his relationship with the fascists that Hoffie approached the Police!
In any case this is irrelevant. Anti-Zionists have never demonstrated alongside fascists and anti-Semites. We would not have tolerated them and on the few occasions when, in the 1980’s members of the National Front attempted to join Palestinian demonstrations we physically stopped them.
If the EDL had attempted to join our picket there would have been blood on the pavement. The Police would have had to separate us yet Hoffman was perfectly happy to demonstrate alongside fascists and anti-Semites because to him the most important thing is defending Israel. He has no principled object to demonstrating with fascists and anti-Semites
Hoffman is, like many Zionists, prepared to go that extra mile to exonerate genuine anti-Semites as long as they are pro-Israel. When Sunday Times journalist Kevin Myers was excoriated for an anti-Semitic article he wrote about equal pay (he opposed it!) and wrote concerning two female Jewish broadcasters, Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman
‘“Good for them. Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity.”
there was a consensus view that what Myers wrote was anti-Semitic. Even the far-Right Campaign Against Anti-Semitism condemned him. Indeed Myers had also flirted with Holocaust denial claiming that the Holocaust had become a ‘dogma’. There was just one person who exonerated him of anti-Semitism. Yes that’s right – Jonathan Hoffman.
On his blog he wrote Is Kevin Myers really an anti-Semite? Why? Because Myers is pro-Zionist as well as being a racist (he once stated that the only thing Africa had given to the world was Aids). For an excellent deconstruction of Hoffman’s nonsense see Sharajsha’s A Response to Jonathan Hoffman’s Defence of Kevin Myers
Below are articles I have published on my blog about Hoffman’s fondness for working with fascistsJonathan Hoffman, UJS, Tony Greenstein and the EDLJonathan Hoffman’s Lies Catch Up With Him 29.8.10.
Union of Jewish Students Attack on Jonathan Hoffman 7.11.11.
Setting the EDL Cat Among the Zionist Pigeons 25.10.10.
Jonathan Hoffman – Another Victim of anti-Semitism Hoffman Booted out as Zionist Vice-President 3 November 2012