Tony Greenstein | 16 December 2017 | Post Views:

Zionist Dirty Tricks Brigade
Hard at Work Creating ‘Anti-Semitism’ Where it Doesn’t Exist

I was phoned at about 1.00
yesterday by Joel Adams, a reporter with the Brighton Argus, just as I was
about to go out to lunch.  Had I heard,
he asked, about a Palestinian demonstration later than afternoon at Hove town
hall.  No I hadn’t but of course it was
possible I simply hadn’t heard of it.  I
promised to get someone to ring him back but as far as I was aware there was no
such demonstration.
Fake News Article from Argus

I immediately contacted
the Chair of Brighton PSC to confirm that there was nothing planned that afternoon.  At the same time Greg Hadfield, the suspended
and elected Secretary of the disbanded Brighton and Hove District Labour Party also
confirmed to Joel Adams that there was no demonstration.

Although Joel did not tell me
what it was that was happening at Hove Town Hall that afternoon I soon learnt
that it was the lighting of the candelabrum (menorah) ceremony on the Jewish festival
of Chanukah.
Now why should a Palestinian organisation
wish to protest at such a ceremony?  What
has a Jewish religious ceremony got to do with Israel’s murder and
dispossession of the Palestinians and the demolition of their homes and
villages?  Absolutely nothing of course.   The Palestinians quarrel is not with Judaism
but with Zionist settler colonialism.
Joel Adams – the Argus reporter wo fell for a hoax
realise  that Joel isn’t the most clued
up of reporters but anyone with a minimal political awareness could have worked out that
this story was fishy.
Having attended a Planning Committee
meeting of Brighton PSC the previous night I was pretty certain nothing was
happening on Thursday afternoon.  I didn’t
know that there was a menorah lighting ceremony and nor did Joel Adams tell
me.  If he had been honest and told me
what it was that was planned then I would have definitively confirmed nothing
was planned rather than being simply puzzled and scratching their head.
Hove Town Hall
What was the Argus’
reaction?  Not to ignore the whole matter but to run an ‘Exclusive’ ‘Jewish
candle-lighting held behind closed doors over security concerns’
.  What was
the exclusive?  That bogus security
concerns and a hoax had led to a Jewish festival ceremony being held away from
the public and out of sight?
real story was that some malicious person, probably Simon Cobbs from Sussex
Friends of Israel or perhaps Ivor Caplin, the Jewish Labour Movement’s Southern
organiser, former MP and war criminal (he was a junior Defence Minister at the
time of the Iraq War) had decided that the best way to heighten Jewish fears of
Palestinians was to invent ‘anti-Semitism’ and plant a false story that a demonstration
was planned at the menorah lighting event.
the Zionists have no concrete evidence to back up their ritual assertions that anti-Zionist
= anti-Semitism, they are now resorting to fake stories about Palestine threats
to demonstrate at Jewish religious events.
This kind of behaviour has a long pedigree.  In Iraq in the early 1950’s, Zionist agents
in Haganah, despairing of the Iraqi Jewish community emigrating to Israel planted
bombs in Jewish cafes and a synagogue thus simulating the anti-Semitism that
was lacking.
real villain of the story is the Brighton Argus.  There was a time when it was a good local
paper.  It used to have such things as
investigative reporters, court reporters and the like.  Today it relies primarily on press releases
for its stories.
am though surprised that even The
relied on a totally made-up story as a headline ‘Exclusive’ when the only story was
who was behind this malicious hoax. The other question is who in the Council fed
the Argus with this non-story.
to say when I put these questions to Joel Adams he first said I should ring him
up at home and when I persisted, he dissembled, stuttered and then in
frustration told me to ‘fuck off’ and put the phone down.  Clearly Joel isn’t in the running for
Reporter of the Year!
have sent a letter to the Argus but I don’t hold out any great hope that its
editor Arron Hendy will print it as newspapers rarely admit to their mistakes
in public.
moral of the story is how desperate the Zionists are that they have to invent
false rumours of anti-Semitic demonstrations and simulate ‘anti-Semitism’ in
order to be able to defend the world’s only Apartheid state.
in the day the Argus updated
its story.

Brighton Palestine Solidarity Campaign Statement

False rumours of
‘pro-Palestine protest’ trigger security alert at Hove Town Hall

Argus ran a story this afternoon about a security crisis at Hove Town Hall. The Argus reported that the City Council and
local police were concerned about the threat posed by ‘a planned pro-Palestine
protest’ to the lighting of the Chanukah Menorah – so concerned in fact that
the ceremony had to be held ‘behind closed doors’ rather than at its usual
outdoor site.

Argus also reported that ‘two sources close to the city’s pro-Palestinian
movement told The Argus no demonstration was ever planned’. In later online
updates the Argus reported that ‘there was no demonstration’.

& Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign wishes to state clearly that no such
protest was ever planned by local campaigners for Palestinian rights. Religious
ceremonies would never be targeted by pro-Palestine groups. BHPSC is naturally
sorry to learn that concerns over security disrupted the Menorah-lighting

must be asked about the source of this unfounded rumour, as they appear to be
using religious sensitivities to discredit legitimate political protest. The
Argus judged that the security alert was newsworthy: what was newsworthy
was that rumours about a non-existent protest were spread in order to
create a security crisis. The important questions for the press to ask are: who
spread them? and why?

Letter sent to Argus

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