Tony Greenstein | 14 February 2023 | Post Views:

Reeves Combines Zionism, Racism, Admiration for a Hitler Loving Anti-Semite & Hostility to the Disabled & Claimants – a Bigot for All Seasons

Sturmer pays tribute to Jeremy Corbyn

Trying to find the most despicable politician in Britain today is no easy matter. The competition is strong. The Tories have no end of good candidates – Ugly Patel, Cruella Braverman, Boris and Mogg – but they are Tories. You would expect no better of those who are ‘lower than vermin’ (A Bevan).

The competition is equally strong amongst Labour MPs. Keir Starmer himself is a strong contender, not least because when it comes to honesty and respect for the truth he makes Boris Johnson seem a paragon of virtue. Jess Phillips would also be a strong contender if anyone took her seriously. But the winner by a mile has to be Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves.

Reeves has all the required qualities of bigotry, prejudice, upper class disdain and sheer dishonesty. A former Bank of England economist she is so far to the right that she’s in danger of falling off the planet.

Reeves first came to people’s attention as an unreconstructed stone-age right-winger when, in an interview with the Guardian she declared that

“We are not the party of people on benefits. We don’t want to be seen, and we’re not, the party to represent those who are out of work,” she said. “Labour are a party of working people, formed for and by working people.”

18 months previously, as Ed Miliband’s  shadow work and pensions secretary, she had promised that

‘We would be tougher [than the Conservatives]. If they don’t take it [the offer of a job] they will forfeit their benefit.’

In other words starvation would be used to make the jobless take the any job, however low the pay. Thus continuing the Tory policy of using unemployment to lower the price of labour. She also promised that Labour would be tougher than the Tories when it comes to slashing the benefits bill.

Yet if anyone is likely to replace the charisma-free zone that is Keith Starmer then it is Reeves, who doesn’t have a socialist bone in her body. Unlike Starmer she didn’t serve in Corbyn’s shadow cabinet and never felt obliged to say anything in his defence unlike the two-faced Starmer.

A number of leading Zionists like Jewish Chronicle Editor Jake Wallis Simons have criticised Starmer because of this. Starmer’s replacement may prove attractive to the Labour Right. See Can Jews like me trust Keir Starmer’s Labour party?

The hypocrisy and dishonesty surrounding Labour’s fake ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign is nowhere better evidenced in Reeves admiration for the Hitler admiring Lady Nancy Astor, the second woman to be elected to Parliament on 28 November 1919.

The Countess Markievicz

Reeves claim that Astor was the first woman elected to Parliament conveniently omitted the revolutionary socialist Sinn Fein MP the Countess Markievicz who was elected 11 months earlier, though she did not take her seat.

Labour Party members have been expelled for far less than praise for a Hitler devotee, yet Starmer deliberately ignored Reeves gushing praise of Astor. The same was true of the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland who uttered not a word of criticism of Reeves, confining his criticism to Corbyn.

Corbyn was slated by the Board of Deputies for having ignored John Hobson’s anti-Semitism in his introduction to Imperialism yet Hobson’s anti-Semitism pales in comparison to that of Astor.

The Anti-Semitism of Lady Astor that Reeves & Starmer Have Endorsed by Omission

In 1936 Lady Astor and others of her class, wrote to Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin that they “‘wholeheartedly’ endorsed the Führer‘s act” in marching into the Rhineland. The Cliveden set, named after Astor’s country residence, was a term first used by the Reynolds News on 28 November 1937. In 1938 they entertained Nazi apologist Charles Lindbergh. The group were highly sympathetic to fascism. A David Low cartoon published in the Evening Standard, showed Astor and Times Editor Geoffrey Dawson and others, holding high the slogan “Any Sort of Peace at Any Sort of Price”.

Astor and fellow parasites

At a Jewish charity dinner in November 1934, she asked James McDonald, the League of Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees:

did I not after all believe there must be something of the Jews themselves which had brought them persecution throughout all the ages? Was it not therefore, in the final analysis, their responsibility?

Astor accused the Foreign Office of being manipulated by Catholics, who she also hated.

Astor became convinced that she was a victim of “Jewish Communistic propaganda”. In the House of Commons on 28 February 1938, Harold Nicolson heard Alan Graham, Tory Party MP for Wirral, say to Astor: “I do not think you behaved very well.” She replied: “Only a Jew like you would dare to be rude to me.” The News Chronicle commented that Astor’s “emotions about the Jews” had overcome “her sense of fitness”. She introduced Chaim Weizmann at a party as “the only decent Jew I have ever met.” Which says as much about Weizmann, the President of the World Zionist Organisation and Israel’s first President as it does about Astor.

Claude Cockburn linked the Astors to appeasement on the basis that they were keen to use Hitler as a bulwark against Bolshevism. Astor had connections with influential people such as Philip Kerr who was active as an emissary to Hitler.

Astor complained that the Observer, which belonged to her husband’s family, was “full of homosexuals and Jews” and worked to bar Jews and Catholics from the newspaper’s senior positions.

Astor wrote letters to US Ambassador Joseph Kennedy in which she suggested the Nazis were a solution to “the world problems” of Jewry and Communism. She told Kennedy Hitler would have to do more than “give a rough time” to “the killers of Christ” for her to want Britain and America to launch

“Armageddon to save them. The wheel of history swings round as the Lord would have it. Who are we to stand in the way of the future?”

She was referred to as “the Honourable Member from Berlin” during a 1939 Commons debate. Her opposition to the war earned her the title of “Hitler’s woman in Britain”.

It is inconceivable that Reeves was unaware of Nancy Astor’s virulent anti-Semitism yet even when it was pointed out to her, she refused to retract her praise of Astor. Starmer adamantly refused to do anything.

Let it not be said that Reeves only has a blind spot when it comes to anti-Semitism and love of Hitler. Reeves is equally bigoted against the unemployed and disabled saying that Labour does not want to represent people out of work.

Reeves, like many anti-Semites, adores the Israeli state and Zionism. After Kim Johnson had been threatened with the loss of the whip for describing Israel as a fascist and apartheid state, Reeves said that Johnson’s treatment was ‘a sign of just how serious Keir Starmer is at booting both antisemitism and “anti-Zionism” out of Labour.’

In an article ‘I’m proud to be a Labour Friend of Israel’, Reeves said she believed that political criticism of Israel was motivated by antisemitism. A completely evidence-free accusation as she herself proves. She also made it clear that the presence of fascists and neo-Nazis in Israel’s government would ‘not stop a future Labour government forging a strong relationship with the Jewish state’.

Since Reeves equates hostility to Israeli Apartheid with anti-Semitism it is worthwhile seeing if there is any basis to what Kim Johnson said.

 Mass murderer Baruch Goldstein – hero to Israel’s Police Minister Itamar Ben Gvir

The Israeli Government’s Fascists & Neo-Nazis

The spiritual guide of Israel’s Police Minister, convicted racist Itamar Ben-Gvir, is Rabbi Dov Lior, the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba. Dov Lior once said that “a thousand non-Jewish lives are not worth a Jew’s fingernail”.

Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, when presiding at Baruch Goldstein’s funeral, a man who on 25 February 1994 entered the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron opening fire and killing 29 worshippers, told mourners that even 1 million Arabs “are not worth a Jewish fingernail.

Lior described Goldstein as “holier than all the martyrs of the Holocaust.” and until recently had a picture of Goldstein on the wall of his front room. But to Starmer and Reeves it is forbidden to mention that Israel is governed by those advocating genocide of the Palestinians. People who hold security posts in Israel’s cabinet.

Dov Lior also endorsed Torat HaMelech, a guide to how to kill non-Jews according to Jewish religious law. It was written in 2009 by two rabbis, Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur. The following are extracts from the book:

“If we kill a gentile who has violated one of the seven commandments [the Noahide laws], there is nothing wrong with the murder,”

Shapira wrote that even babies and children of Israel’s enemies may be killed, since “it is clear that they will grow to harm us. Which is almost word for word what Himmler said when justifying killing Jewish children.

Anywhere where the presence of a gentile poses a threat to Israel, it is permissible to kill him, even if it is a righteous gentile who is not responsible for the threatening situation.”

Other rabbis who endorsed the book included Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, son of former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Gvir belonged to Rabbi Meir Kahane’s Kach. Its spokesman, Noam Federman, described Goldsteins mass murder of Palestinians as “one of greatness. It was a great act of sanctifying the Name (God).”

Zvika Fogel, a member of Gvir’s Religious Zionism, declared that

“if it is one Israeli mother crying, or a thousand Palestinian mothers crying, then a thousand Palestinian mothers will cry.”

Even Israelis have described Israel’s government as having fascist and neo-Nazi members. Daniel Blatman, a holocaust historian at the Hebrew University and Chief Historian at Poland’s Warsaw Ghetto Museum has just written an article for Ha’aretz ‘Israel’s Government Has neo-Nazi Ministers. It Really Does Recall Germany in 1933Ideologically Gvir, Smotrich and other members of Netanyahu’s coalition are close to the Nazis, yet Reeves told the Jewish News that she had been ‘incredibly angry, frustrated and depressed’ by someone telling the truth about Israeli apartheid and fascism.

It would be unfair to Reeves just to target her for her virulent Zionism. She is equally racist when it comes to asylum seekers. As the Tories began demonising refugees crossing the Channel and talking of an ‘invasion’ where was Reeves? Did she protest at the Tories racist rhetoric?  Not a bit of it.  She joined in calling on the Tories to “get a grip” of the immigration system and “ensure that people who have not got a right to be here are sent home.”

And no one is happier about the mass haemorrhaging of Labour Party members. The more members leave the better as far as Reeves is concerned. Because she is, after all, a true democrat Starmer style.

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1 Comment

  1. Cliff Jones on 14/02/2023 at 7:55am

    Working for thirteen years in Israel teaching and examining very mixed groups I learned so much from people who crossed so many physical and metaphorical boundaries in order to support each other. I also witnessed what might be seen as quiet racism getting louder.

    A Jewish Israeli friend who took me to visit Palestinian friends and did so much to promote co-operation has told me that she now wishes she had never set foot in Israel. Its racism, she says, is worse than the American South of the 1950s Nd 60s where she had also worked.

    Writing an Open Letter to Rayner making points about the anti Jewishness of Zionism drew a Facebook ban both for me and the newspaper that published it.

    Please keep up the good work.

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