One of the few good things about the lockdown is the number of meetings that have sprung up on-line with large audiences. Even better the Zionist lobby can do nothing about them.
I have taken part in four meetings in the past 2 weeks, beginning with a Brighton and Hove LAW meeting on 31st October calling for an End to the Suspension of Jeremy Corbyn and the Witchhunt. Speakers including Chris Williamson, the former MP for Derby North and 3 of the most prominent victims of the witchhunt – Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth and myself.
This was followed by What is Zionism, with Moshe Machover and myself explaining the background to this reactionary movement of Jewish supremacy so beloved of anti-Semites. Chris Williamson chaired the discussion with Tina Werkman.
Moshe threw out a challenge, which the Jewish Chronicle reported. In an Open Letter in Weekly Worker Machover reminded Keir Starmer, that in October 2017 he was expelled from the Labour Party and reinstated less than a month later, after a deluge of protests. Machover pointed to the fact that he denies that there is an anti-Semitism problem in the Labour Party and asked Starmer what he is going to do about it and whether his views are incompatible with membership of the Labour Party since he is classed as a ‘denialist’!
‘Denialism’ which Corbyn repeated like a hypnotised parrott, holds that if you deny that there is a problem of Labour anti-Semitism then you are also anti-Semitic! Which is like saying if you plead not guilty in court then that is proof of your guilt?
‘Denialism’ is what those who conducted the witch trials in Salem, New England in the 17th Century subscribed to. As Elizabeth Reis wrote:
“During examinations, accused women were damned if they did and damned if they did not. If they confessed to witchcraft charges, their admissions would prove the cases against them; if they denied the charges, their very intractability, construed as the refusal to admit to sin more generally, might mark them as sinners and hence allies of the devil.”
The only women who were hanged at Salem were those who denied their guilt. This is the pathetic nonsense that Corbyn and Formby signed up to. Just as Corbyn pushed through the fast track expulsion procedures that has meant that hundreds of people expelled haven’t even had a hearing. Now Corbyn himself may fall victim to it.
On Friday 6th November Brighton & Hove Labour Left Alliance organised a local meeting against the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn. Howard Beckett, Assistant Secretary-General of UNITE and an opponent of Corbyn’s suspension was due to speak. Unfortunately after the Zionists objected to him speaking alongside myself, as an expelled person, he pulled out.
Like so many on the Labour left who oppose Corbyn’s suspension Beckett doesn’t seem to realise that bowing to the McCarthyist dictats of the Zionists and Board of Deputies also means also subscribing to the rationale for Corbyn’s suspension and probable expulsion. The fake anti-Semitism campaign, which was devised with the purpose of overthrowing Corbyn, needs to be called out not heeded. Giving comfort to its authors simply legitimates the campaign.
On November 9th I was pleased to take part in a round table discussion hosted by Israeli Jewish anti-Zionist Miko Peled with Chris Williamson and Asa Winstanley, the London-based journalist with Electronic Intifada. We had an excellent discussion on the fake ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign with a large audience in attendance, both on Zoom, Youtube and Facebook.
All of these meetings were well attended and subject to the usual Zionist attentions. Unfortunately for the Zionists, as they were taking place on the Internet they couldn’t engage in their usual trick, which is phoning up venues to get the meetings cancelled because of ‘anti-Semitism’ and if that doesn’t work getting people to ring them up and abuse them.
Open Letter from Moshe Machover to Keir Starmer
I am a member of the Labour Party, Hampstead and Kilburn CLP.
In early October 2017 I received a letter (dated October 3) from Sam Matthews, then the party’s Head of Disputes, expelling me from the party. The letter contained an insinuation that I had published an “anti-Semitic article”. This smear was not only false, but entirely gratuitous, as the reason given for my expulsion had nothing to do with the content of the article in question. That reason, however, was found to be ineffectual, and my expulsion was rescinded in a letter from the said Sam Matthews, dated October 26 2017.
I have since then demanded several times an apology for the ‘anti-Semitism’ smear; but my demands were ignored.
I now have pleasure in drawing your attention to my article, ‘An immoral dilemma: The trap of Zionist propaganda’ (Journal of Palestine Studies Vol XLVII, No4, summer 2018), attached herewith; to my article ‘Messianic Zionism: the ass and the red heifer’ (Monthly Review February 2020); and to my article, ‘Weaponising “anti-Semitism”’ (Weekly Worker April 23 2020).
Please advise me whether, in your considered opinion, public expression of the views put forward in these articles is compatible with my membership of the Labour Party. If it is not, I would respectfully ask you to point out specifically which of these views are incompatible with membership. I wish to add that I am determined to continue advocating these views.
I am writing this as an open letter, because the issues that it involves are not private, but of concern to members and supporters of the party, and indeed to the general public.