We will not be silenced by Braverman’s Cries of ‘Terrorism’ as Sussex University Student Hanin Barghouthi is Arrested By Brighton Police Acting as The Tories’ Political Messenger Boys
Israel has made it clear that the death of its hostages – at least 4 of whom have been killed in its bombing – will not stop the ethnic cleansing and genocide
This is Haneen Barghouthi’s Speech to a Brighton Palestine Solidarity Demonstration
We are seeing a determined and concerted attempt to conflate support for the Palestinians and opposition to Israel’s Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in Gaza with support for ‘terrorism’. Words have become meaningless to the war criminals and liars who rule over us.
Suella Braverman, the most racist Home Secretary Britain has ever had, issued an extraordinary Open Letter on Tuesday 10 October virtually instructing Britain’s Chief Constables to use the Terrorism Act 2000 to attack supporters of the Palestinians. (see below for details of Braverman’s racism)
Sussex Police Attack on Free Speech – Arrest of Sussex University Student Haneen Barghouti for Speaking at Palestine Demonstration
Right on cue, Sussex Anti-Terrorism Police, in their desire to please Braverman, arrested Sussex University student Hanin Barghouti for the crime of speaking at a demonstration in Brighton last weekend in support of the Al Aqsa Flood Uprising.
Two days previously Sussex University Administration, instead of defending the right of their students to take part in political debate and activity, preemptively suspended Hanin after a witchhunting article in the Daily Mail.
When Kathleen Stock, the gender critical feminist, was targeted by students demanding her dismissal, Sussex University Administration went out of their way to defend her on the grounds of freedom of speech.
As with the Tories Higher Education (Freedom of Speech Act) 2023, freedom of speech for the Right only applies to ideas and things they agree with. Anti-racism and support for the Palestinians don’t count, as we saw with their imposition of the IHRA fake definition of anti-Semitism on universities under threat of loss of funding
Haneen Barghouti didn’t mention Hamas once in her speech. It is clear that her arrest is about preventing solidarity with the Palestinians not preventing terrorism
What is the difference between Kathleen Stock and Haneen Barghouti other than the fact that anti-trans ideas accord with Conservative ideology whereas support for the Palestinians is anathema to the Right. Sussex University, instead of defending freedom of speech did the Police’s bidding.
Now that the Police have arrested Haneen, Sussex Vice Chancellor Sasha Roseneil should immediately reinstate Haneen and failing that Sussex University Student Union, of which Haneeen is an officer, should defend her and demand her reinstatement.
After Haneen’s arrest, Sussex Police immediately lied by connecting the arrest with making people feel safe. It takes a particular distortion of logic to connect a speech to a Palestine Solidarity demonstration with people, Jews, feeling afraid.
The only form of racism that Braverman opposes is ‘antisemitism’ which suggests it’s not a form of racism
What Braverman fears, as she transforms Britain’s Police into a nakedly political police, is the expression of support for Palestinian resistance to Israel and Zionism. The hidden lie is that supporting Palestinians is somehow a threat to British Jews.
In this insidious way a connection is made between Israel’s war crimes and British Jews. It is the British state and its Zionist foreign policy which makes the linkage between Jews in Britain and Israel’s actions. The purpose of the Police’s actions is to sanitise Britain’s pro-Zionist Middle East policy by pretending that opposition to Zionism and Israel is connected with anti-Semitism and support for terrorism. All this under the pretence of defending British Jews when in fact they are the ones who are making them unsafe. And then they have the gall to call us anti-Semites!!
Injured girl in Khan Yunis carried away after Israeli bombing
This is the rationale for proscribing Hamas as a ‘terrorist’ group – a child could see that if there is any terrorism it is by Israel which slaughtered 551 children in 2014 and another 700+ and rising this time around.
Hamas is NOT a Terrorist Organisations – it is Israel and Netanyahu who are the Terrorists
When proscribing Hamas in 2019, Home Secretary Sajid David relied on the thinnest of gruel to define Hamas as a terrorist organisation. There was no allegation that they had ever operated in Britain. Hamas was accused of killing 2 Israeli children in rocket strikes.
The hypocrisy is staggering. In 2014 in Operation Protective Edge Israel murdered 551 Palestinian children. By any neutral and impartial criteria Israel is a savage terrorist state. So too is Saudia Arabia which has killed thousands of Yemeni children. But here’s the rub. Israel and Saudi Arabia are our friends so they can commit any amount of war crimes. Hamas on the other hand is fighting our friend Israel which is the real reason they are proscribed.
The decision to proscribe Hamas is a purely political decision. It is not based on any neutral assessment of the evidence. There is no panel to weigh up the evidence and decide. The decision is made on purely political grounds by one person, which is why, even if someone were to openly support Hamas that would NOT be support for terrorism.
In her letter to the Chief Constables Braverman wrote that
Sadly, experience indicates that whenever Israel is attacked, Islamists and other racists, seek to use legitimate Israeli defensive measures as a pretext to stir up hatred against British Jews and increase fear within the Jewish community. In the past, this has included vandalism of Jewish businesses, desecration of memorials and religious sites, physical and verbal abuse of Jews on the streets, convoys driving through Jewish neighbourhoods hurling antisemitic abuse, and proliferation of antisemitism online. There is an obvious risk that this pattern will be repeated during the current conflict.
This statement was one long lie. There is no evidence whatsoever that support for the Palestinians and opposition to Israel’s murderous attacks on them have resulted in increased anti-Semitism of the type that she describes. It is an evidence-free assertion.
What does make British Jews susceptible to increased anti-Semitism is the repeated assertions by their so-called representatives in the Board of Deputies that British Jews support Israel’s war crimes even to the extent of supporting the use of snipers in 2018 against peaceful Palestinian protesters at Gaza’s fence. It is the association between being Jewish and Israeli war crimes that causes anti-Semitism and it is Braverman and her ilk who are guilty.
Despite establishing a reputation for extreme racism the CST, which allegedly fights antisemitism, invited Braverman to be their guest of honour at their AGM – this proves once again that the fight against the Zionist definition of antisemitism has nothing to do with anti-racism
Cruella Braverman is a Despicable Racist
Braverman is a despicable racist who falsely claimed that child grooming gangs in the UK were “almost all British-Pakistani”. The claims was made in a Mail on Sunday article published in April, where she singled out British-Pakistani men as being involved in child sexual abuse gangs due to “cultural attitudes completely incompatible with British values” that “have been left mostly unchallenged both within their communities and by wider society”.
Zionist Violence in Oakland, USA against Palestinian demonstrators
IPSOS, the press regulator said Braverman’s decision to link “the identified ethnic group and a particular form of offending was significantly misleading” because the Home Office’s own research had concluded offenders were mainly from white backgrounds. Four days later the Mail on Sunday offered to amend the online version. Braverman has neither retracted the claim or apologised yet Sunak still keeps this racist liar on as Home Secretary.
Yet strangely enough Braverman is concerned about ‘anti-Semitism’. Uniquely this is the one form of racism that moves her. Anyone who falls for Braverman’s ‘concern’ for anti-Semitism literally needs their head examining. It is also no surprise that the CST, a Mossad project which claims to monitor anti-Semitism in Britain, invited this vile racist to their annual dinner. By their own admission fighting racism and fighting ‘anti-Semitism’ are two entirely different things.
Jewish MP Gerald Kaufman Comparing Israel’s Attack on Gaza During Israel’s Operation Cast Lead to the Nazi Murder of his Grandmother in a Polish Ghetto
Terrorism means violence and terror against civilians. Hamas have never operated outside the conflict zones of Palestine/Israel unlike ISIS or Al Qaeda. The designation of them as ‘terrorist’ is a political decision. It is not factually based. It is part of the British Establishment’s attack on free speech whilst at the same time saying that the left opposes free speech.
Hamas is an elected political party with a military wing. ISIS and Al Qaeda, both the creations of the United States, are purely military, sectarian murderers who were once the allies of the United States and Saudia Arabia.
It is not Hamas which is guilty of terrorism but the Israeli state, aided and abetted by Biden, Sunak and Europe’s leaders. Israel is openly proclaiming that it is refusing to allow food, water and electricity into Gaza, at the very same time as it is bombing everything that moves. Such a siege should be called by its proper name – it is a Nazi strategy. Even the Nazis never refused to allow food and water into a ghetto although, like Israel previously, they restricted the amount of food to the bare minimum.
The Lies of Our Politicians
Orwell described the purpose of political speech in his essay Politics and the English Language. It could almost have been written with Gaza today in mind:
political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenceless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers. People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called elimination of unreliable elements. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.
#KayBurley: “Basic human rights are water, electricity and food, & [people] are being denied that in Gaza”
Israel Aims to Do in Gaza City What Hitler Intended for Moscow
Israel is pursuing a combined policy of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Gaza. Palestinians have been told to evacuate northern Gaza or die and not one word of criticism has been uttered by their imperialist backers. Those who claimed to be upset with Russian human rights violations in Ukraine have no problem with far worse crimes in Gaza.
Biden and Sunak have even been boasting of the weaponry they are sending to Israel to complete their genocidal task. They do this under the pretext of ‘supporting Israel’s right to defend itself’ when it is clear that it is the Palestinians who are in need of defence.
Israel has bombed hospitals and the HQ of UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees which Israel has always hated, killing 9 of their workers. Israel has also used White Phosphorous in Gaza against the population. This substance burns people alive. This is terrorism, state terrorism but about that Biden, Sunak, Starmer and the rest of Israel’s apologists have nothing to say.
The Starmeroid Labour party ‘opposition’, meanwhile, has sided unequivocally with the oppressors and their apartheid regime, backing Israel’s ‘right’ to commit war crimes against Palestinians – and has banned MPs from participating in pro-Palestinian demos.
Constituency Labour Parties have been forbidden to even discuss resolutions on Palestine because it might make certain people (Zionists) feel unwelcome in the party. Of course any decent party would want to make Zionists and racists, of whatever religious persuasion or none, feel very unwelcome but in Starmer’s Labour racists are being made to feel at home.
Ironically the only MP to speak out unequivocally against the massacre of the innocents in Gaza and to say openly that war crimes are being committed is the Tory MP Crispin Blunt. All the ‘left’ Labour MPs – John McDonnell, Zarah Sultana, Diane Abbot, Bell Ribaire Addy, Lloyd Russell-Moyle – have remained silent. They obeyed Starmer’s dictat not to participate in the Palestine solidarity demonstration at the weekend. They are utter political cowards. McDonnell is happy to take part in demonstrations supporting NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine but not willing to defy the nonentity Starmer.
Half of Northern Gaza’s 1.1 million Palestinians have fled south ending up in Khan Younis, a city normally of 400,000 now home to over a million. With a blockade of food and water we are seeing the imminent possibility of mass starvation and death but to Israel’s war criminal prime minister Netanyahu and his accomplices in the West that is nothing to worry about.
Whereas the Labour ‘Left’ has Remained Silent Tory MP Crispin Blunt Has Spoken Out
When asked whether he supports the food and water blockade Starmer, the human rights lawyer, gave it his full support, as did the pitiable Lady Nugent (Emily Thornberry). Not one single major British politician, apart from the SNP leader Humza Yousaf, has said a word opposing Israel’s promise to commit genocide.
To talk of Israel’s right to self-defence in a situation where over 724 children have been murdered according to Defence of Children International – Palestine (declared a ‘terrorist organisation’) and thousands already killed is obscene. It is like saying that when the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising took place that Nazi Germany’s burning down of the ghetto was an exercise in self defence. These are Nazi ideas as Israel embarks on its own final solution of the Palestinian question.
Gabor Mate speaks about Palestine and Israel
We are witnessing a new Nakba being carried out with the full support of Western leaders
Did Hamas Commit War Crimes Equivalent to Israel?
Whatever criticisms there may be of the Palestinian resistance and the killing of Israeli civilians, many of whom were reserve soldiers, in what Israel boasts is its Citizens Army, they pale into insignificance compared to the thousands of Palestinians who have died at the hands of Israel’s murder machine and its ongoing second Nakba.
The handwringing by certain Jewish groups evidenced by Jewish Currents in an article We Cannot Cross Until We Carry Each Other and many of the messages I have seen in Jewish Voice for Peace discussion groups, smack of nothing so much as Jewish Exceptionalism and Angst.
Sometimes it isn’t easy to come from the oppressor, because Jews today are not victims but oppressors. Most Jews, by virtue of the support that the Board of Deputies and their representative organizations give to Israel, identify with the oppression of the Palestinians. Most Jews have family ties and friends in Israel and even the most committed Jewish anti-Zionists began to wobble under the pressure as they experienced a conflict between the personal and the political.
The Disinformation War & Atrocity Propaganda
Alongside Israel’s program of genocide and ethnic cleansing there is its Siamese twin, the Disinformation War. Britain’s newspapers and media are complicit in the lies and distortions that Israel relies on in order to perpetuate the fiction that it is the victim and the Palestinians are the aggressors.
For example Israel planted the leak reported by the Wall Street Journal, in which it falsely claimed that Iran ordered the Hamas attack against Israel. There was no truth in this as Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State made clear.
The truth about Operation Al Aqsa Flood, the Palestinian resistance operation that swept through the Gaza Envelope is being distorted out of all recognition. There is no doubt that there were atrocities and human rights crimes but they pale in comparison with the massive, pre-planned war crimes that Israel feels able to announce publicly.
It is also the case that Hamas explicitly instructed its operatives not to kill women, children and the elderly. This press conference was held before the launch of Operation Al Aqsa Flood although it appears to have been made in retrospect.
Even the Times of Israel reporting the killing of two Israelis wrote that:
At 8:20 a.m., terrorists entered Dvir’s home, he lunged at them with an axe, tried to protect my two kids who were with him, and was murdered in front of their eyes,” she posted. “His partner Stav also tried to protect them, but was murdered as well. The terrorist calmed down my Daria and Lavi, covered them in a blanket, took lipstick and wrote on the wall: ‘The al-Qassam [Brigades] people don’t murder children.
Many of the fighters came from other groups who did not have the same discipline but nonetheless far greater care was taken by the Palestinian resistance than Israel is doing yet some fair-weather liberals are taking fright at the fact that the Palestinian response has not accorded with the demands of human rights law. The expectation is that the Palestinians, the victims of repeated Israeli atrocities, should respect the Geneva Conventions and International Law at the same time as their heavily armed occupiers and the ‘international community’ i.e. western imperialism ignores international law.
Al Jazeera also reported that Hamas issued orders that women, children and the elderly were not to be harmed. Hamas’s instructions have been comprehensively ignored by the West’s free press. See here and here كتائب القسام تنشر لقطات من تعامل مقاتليها مع الأطفال خلال معارك غلاف غزة (فيديو and صالح العاروري يكشف تفاصيل جديدة عن عملية “طوفان الأقصى” (فيديو
Contrast this with Israel which doesn’t even try to pretend that its bombing of residential areas is not indiscriminate.
CNN Spreading the Lie of Severed Babies Heads
The Beheaded Baby Hoax
‘40 beheaded babies’ : How media amplified an unconfirmed story | The Big Picture S3E3
There surfaced in the Western media a few days ago reports that Hamas fighters had beheaded 40 babies. It was reminiscent of the time when, during Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, stories emerged that Iraqi troops had looted Kuwait City’s hospitals of their incubators ripping out the oxygen tubs from tiny babies and leaving them to die.
On October 10, 1990, a fifteen-year-old Kuwaiti girl “Nayirah”testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. She told how Iraqi soldiers removed scores of babies from incubators and left them to die. Her story was originally corroborated by Amnesty International. It was credited for helping draw the U.S. into the Gulf War later that year.
According to the New York Times in 1992, the girl’s testimony was orchestrated by public relations firm Hill & Knowlton on behalf of the Kuwaiti-sponsored Citizens for a Free Kuwait whose aim was to secure military support from the U.S.
The girl who gave the testimony was later revealed to be daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the U.S. She had never even been in Kuwait at the time, still less worked in a hospital. Hill & Knowlton is estimated to have been given $12 million by the Kuwaitis for their public relations campaign.
This time we had the beheaded babies story and like that of the Iraqi babies it has proved to be a total fake. This was first reported by an Israeli search and rescue officer, Yossi Landau, on CNN. It was repeated by IDF spokesperson, Maj. Libby Weiss also on CNN. From there it was reported by the Independent, the Los Angeles Times and other outlets.
Joe Biden repeated the calumny, stating he’d seen “confirmed photographs” of what happened. Later his press officers “clarified” that he had not actually “seen” the photos, but was basing his statements on “Netanyahu and Israeli media.” Israeli journalist, Oren Ziv, visited the southern Israel communities attacked and repeatedly asked IDF officers if they could verify the story. They told him they had seen no evidence supporting these claims. Yet CNN and other stations ran, as if it were the unvarnished truth, pieces about Hamas brutality in cutting off babies heads.
See Richard Silverstein’s Beheaded babies and see the following list of media that ran with this fake story.
Maj. Libby Weiss, “bringing Israel’s realities alive for Americans.” In other words, bringing Israeli lies alive for the world
If Human Rights and War Crimes had been the Litmus Test Then We Would Have Been Neutral in World War II
I have no doubt that human rights crimes were committed by Palestinian fighters in their attack. There isn’t a war when war crimes haven’t been committed. But unlike Israel the Palestinians made an effort.
More importantly those fighting their occupiers, who by definition are in breach of international law, are not under the same obligations as the occupiers. It is perfectly understandable that the Palestinian fighters considered Israeli civilians to be complicit in Gaza’s occupation and therefore legitimate targets. Who the hell elected this far-Right Israeli government if not Israel’s civilians? The Israeli far-right has the support of 2/3 Israelis so let us have less of this liberal handwringing.
There is an obligation on occupiers to take prisoners and not kill or torture them. An obligation Israel honours in the breach. Torture of prisoners is not only standard practice but legal in Israel. Israel even tortures and sexually abuses children.
There is no such obligation on a guerilla force which doesn’t have gaols to put prisoners in. Did the Partisans fighting the Nazis take them as prisoners? Of course not. They shot them and quite rightly. When the Muslim SS Division in France rose up against their SS overseers, they spared some of them. This resulted in their being tortured and murdered.
wounded Palestinians arrive at Al Shifa hospital
But just suppose that the Palestinian fighters did kill every Israeli they encountered. Would that have been a reason to have remained neutral? In WW2 Russian soldiers engaged in mass rape of German women. Britain starved 3 million Bengalis to death in 1942 and firebombed Dresden and Nuremburg. America later used the nuclear bomb against Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Would that have been a reason to be neutral between the Nazis and the Allies?
The first slave revolt was in Santo Domingo/Haiti. In 1804 the Black slaves perpetrated a massacre of almost all the White population bar some Polish legionnaires and Germans. Is that a reason to condemn the revolt and maintain our neutrality between the slavers and the enslaved?
In the early hours of August 22, 1831, a slave named Nat Turner led more than fifty followers in a bloody revolt in Southampton, Virginia, killing nearly 60 white people, mostly women and children.
Even though Turner and his followers were soon stopped, panic spreads. In the days following the attack, 3000 soldiers, militia men, and vigilantes killed more than one hundred suspected rebels.
In a letter written a month later from North Carolina, Nelson Allyn described the retaliation against African Americans. Nineteen of the 30 who had been arrested were convicted and executed. The rest, along with 300 free blacks from Southampton County, agreed to be exiled to Liberia in Africa. Turner was hanged on November 11, 1831.
Presumably if we had lived then there would have been liberal anti-slavers who would have said we cannot support the slave rebellions because our friends were among the White slavers. It is incumbent upon all of us, and I address this to Jewish anti-Zionists in particular, to recognise these dilemmas between our own political positions and where we come from. That Israel not only claims us, whether we like it or not, but many of us have families in Israel which after all is the ‘Jewish State’. Sometimes it isn’t easy to come from the oppressor, because Jews today are not victims, and yet support the oppressed. I highly recommend Norman Finkelstein’s THE SLAVE REVOLT IN GAZA, and Bernie Sanders
An Israeli Border Police officer on a highway between Netivot and Sderot, where Israelis were killed by Hamas militants, October 7, 2023. (Oren Ziv)
The largest slave revolt in U.S. history against “White supremacy” was led by Nat Turner. Turner was a religious fanatic; he believed that the revolt was divinely inspired and sanctioned. Here’s how Wikipedia describes what ensued:
The rebels traveled from house to house, freeing enslaved people and killing many of the White people whom they encountered…. Historian Stephen B. Oates states that Turner called on his group to “kill all the white people”…. Turner thought that revolutionary violence would awaken the attitudes of Whites to the reality of the inherent brutality in slave-holding. Turner said he wanted to spread “terror and alarm” among Whites.
Scores of White innocents were deliberately killed. Nonetheless, the Nat Turner Rebellion now occupies an honored place in American history.
Turner’s rebellion provoked mass genocidal hysteria among Whites. To gain one’s moral bearings at this fraught moment, it repays to peruse the statement issued by the great Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison right after the revolt:
What we have so long predicted,—at the peril of being stigmatized as an alarmist and declaimer,—has commenced its fulfilment. The first step of the earthquake, which is ultimately to shake down the fabric of oppression, leaving not one stone upon another, has been made. The first drops of blood, which are but the prelude to a deluge from the gathering clouds, have fallen. The first flash of lightning, which is to smite and consume, has been felt. The first wailings of bereavement, which is to clothe the earth in sackcloth, have broken up our ears.
All law, even International Humanitarian Law, is an instrument of class rule which sooner or later is turned against those seeking their liberation. This is something that even Marxists and revolutionary socialists find hard to understand at times.