Tony Greenstein | 27 April 2018 | Post Views:

Abandoning Marc Wadsworth to the Zionist witch-hunt
and the lies of Ruth Smeeth is both shameful and counter-productive

Wes Streeting and the all-White group of MPs accompanies Smeeth

When Jewish Voice for Labour was formed
last summer I welcomed it whilst warning of the dangers of not having clear politics,
strategy or direction. I opposed not only its two tiers of membership – Jewish and
non-Jewish – but its refusal to squarely support the Palestinians’ fight for
justice and the Right of Return of Palestinian refugees.
Although most JVL members
are opposed to Zionism there is a belief that some things are best left unsaid.  The group is also unclear as to whether its
main purpose is as some kind of Jewish cultural formation or whether it is
primarily a political organisation.
Opposition to the anti-Semitism
witch hunt or the affiliation and privileged status of the Jewish Labour
Movement was not mentioned in its founding statement.  Nor does it say anything about about the
racist nature of the Israeli state. I wrote a number of articles warning of the
consequences of not being clear or honest such as Timidity is not a Strategy, and Jewish Voice for Labour & the Politics of
Self-Indulgence – Nothing to say on Palestine or Zionism
For the past few weeks we have had
a relaunch of the anti-Semitism campaign. 
There is no doubt that this is intended both to damage the chances of
Labour in the local elections and also to act as a prelude to the removal of Corbyn
The Zionist demonstration was an anti-Labour hate fest with far-Right racist Zionists dominating – according to the mythology Labour is full of Jew haters.  A number of those present work with fascist groups yet these are never called out.  Jonathan Arkush himself has spoken to rallies of the openly fascist JDL
The campaign began with the affair
of the mural and then an absurd ‘anti-racist’ demonstration on March 26th
outside Parliament by about 500 Zionists.  It is probably the first and last ‘anti-racist’
demonstration which the DUP and Norman Tebbit attend!  To its credit the JVL organised a
counter-demonstration but as the attacks have mounted JVL have gone quiet.
This week another of
the ‘anti-Semitism’ victims, Marc Wadsworth, was up before Maggi Cosins and the
National Kangaroo Court.  To date both Cyril
Chilson and me have been expelled.  The allegations by Ruth Smeeth
MP that she was subject to anti-Semitic comments at the Chakrabarti press
conference by Marc are a complete lie as can be seen in the video.
 Nothing was said that was remotely anti-Semitic.
Chris Williamson MP is one of the few Labour MPs to stand up against the McCarthyism of the Zionist Jewish Labour Movement
Smeeth is used to lying as a profession. She was a
paid worker for the Israeli propagandist organisation BICOM, before becoming an
MP, see: Former
Israel lobby spin doctor aims for seat in UK parliament
Last week Wes
Streeting, a right-wing anti-Corbyn MP appealed
to MPs to form a posse which would accompany Smeeth to the venue where she would
give her perjured evidence.  Streeting stated
that Smeeth was
giving evidence against Mark Wadsworth – the guy who abused
her at the antisemitism inquiry launch – and we expect there to be
a protest outside against her. 
Marc, as anyone who
watched the recent BBC programmes The Murder that Changed
a Nation
on the Stephen Lawrence murder, would know, played an integral
role in the campaign.  Marc has been one
of Britain’s best known Black anti-racists. 
It is a scandal that he has been suspended for nearly 2 years because of
allegations by a supporter of the world’s only Apartheid state, Israel. 
It is also scandalous
that JVL took a decision not to support the lobby of Marc’s hearing. JVL didn’t
want to be seen to oppose Streeting’s all-white group of right-wing MPs.  In essence they took fright. This is sheer
political cowardice.  It is also the road
to disaster.  JVL seem to believe that if
they are good boys and girls then Jeremy will look kindly on them and rearrange
the now postponed meeting he was going to have with Jewish groups.  This is an utter illusion.   Despite this a few individual JVL members came along, including Glynn Secker.
The purpose of the
witch-hunt is not to expel Jackie, Marc or myself.  It is either to remove or neuter Corbyn.  Far from abstaining from support those of us
fighting the witch hunt JVL should be in the forefront of the fight.  Whilst the Zionists are on the rampage JVL
decided to do nothing.
Originally Free Speech
on Israel, which consists of many of the same people as JVL, was set up because
of the weaponisation of anti-Semitism. 
It would appear that they have given up on free speech.  Likewise the Jewish Socialists Group, which
worked alongside Black anti-racist activists like Marc, have kept quiet over
the witchhunt and appear to have given up on socialism and Jewish Voice for
Labour seem to have lost their voice altogether.
However Labour Against
the Witch-hunt
went ahead with the protest despite Corbyn’s office contacting
Marc and asking him to call off the protest. 
Quite rightly Marc refused.  The
idea that keeping quiet and saying nothing will aid Jeremy Corbyn is
absurd.  The purpose of the witch-hunt
and the false accusations of anti-Semitism is to remove Corbyn.  Jackie, Marc and me are simply collateral damage.
Saying nothing will strengthen not weaken the Right.
President JONATHAN ARKUSH, BOD – addressing rally Grosvenor SQ. July ’16 where JDL openly wore KAHANE shirts. 
Far from abstaining from protests we should be
redoubling our efforts to reselect creatures like Streeting, Smeeth, Berger and
Ryan.  The Right will not give up and appeasing them is likely to
destroy the Corbyn project and the prospect of him becoming Prime
Minister.  It is time that people realise and understand that the
goal of Streeting, John Mann and co. is to prevent Corbyn becoming Prime
Last June’s General
election was a set back for them which is why we have seen the false anti-Semitism
campaign being stepped up.
When Streeting and his
20 white racists reached Church House, the venue where the Kangaroo Court was
sitting, it was they who felt intimidated and Streeting could be seen bleating
about how terrible it was that people had exercised their right to free speech.
It is excellent that
Chris Williamson MP, despite the pressures on him, not least by people like
Barry Gardiner, refused to be cowed and gave evidence in support of Marc
Wadsworth.  Clive Lewis MP has also given
Marc his support.  The decision of the JVL
leaves friendly MPs in an even more exposed position.  We had 70 people on the demonstration as it
was but with the support of JVL and FSOI we could have had even more.
We have a situation where the representatives
of the Israeli state – Labour Friends of Israel and the JLM, the ‘sister
 of the openly racist Israeli
Labour Party, operate openly inside the Labour Party. 
The Israeli Labour Party, of which the JLM is the British representatives, is an anti-socialist racist party that supports the deportation of non-Jewish African refugees from Israel
In May 2012, the ILP’s previous leader Isaac Herzog wrote an
opinion piece arguing that
Eritreans in Israel didn’t deserve protection as refugees. Today it openly
Netanyahu’s attempts to deport Israel’s 40,000 Black African
refugees for the crime of being Black and not Jewish.
Last week the new leader of the Israeli Labour Party, Avi Gabbay issued
a letter cutting his links with Jeremy Corbyn because of ‘anti-Semitism’.
The ILP’s previous leader Herzog declared that
his nightmare was waking up to find that Israel had a Palestinian Prime
Minister and 61 Palestinian Members of Israel’s Knesset.  Herzog also spoke
about the false impression that the ILP were ‘Arab Lovers’.

 Gabbay has gone one better.  He declared that he would not join a coalition with members
of the Joint List, the representatives of Palestinian citizens of Israel. An Palestinian
party has never been part of a government in Israel. It is an unwritten Zionist
convention that Arab parties do not take part in the government of a Jewish
In conjunction with Labour’s Right,
supporters of Israel and the Zionist movement have waged an ongoing campaign of
destabilisation. The pretext is ‘Anti-Semitism’. The hollowness of this
campaign is shown by the demands of Jonathans Arkush and Goldstein of the Board
of Deputies of British Jews and Jewish Leadership Council. 
The Zionists accuse Livingstone of ‘antisemitism’ for saying that Hitler supported Zionism – above is an extract from Zionist historian David Cesarani’s book which says exactly the same!
Top of the ‘anti-Semites’ Arkush
and Goldstein want expelled from Labour are Jackie Walker and Ken Livingstone.  In the Evening
they wrote that they wanted expelled the ‘serial offenders Ken Livingstone and Jackie

Jackie Walker is a Black-Jewish socialist
and long standing anti-racist.  Ken Livingstone
pioneered anti-racism in local government. 
It is clear beyond doubt that their ‘crimes’ aren’t anti-Semitism or
hatred of Jews but support for the Palestinians and opposition to Zionism.  Not only is Jackie Walker and Ken Livingstone
under attack but so is Chris Williamson MP. In the Jewish
of 19th March Arkush says regarding Chris speaking alongside
Jackie that:
Sadly, this is the kind of behaviour we have come to expect from Chris
Williamson. We called for him to be sacked last year from the shadow cabinet
over outrageous comments labelling claims of antisemitism in Labour ‘a dirty
lowdown trick’.

Ivor Caplin, Southern organiser for
the Jewish Labour Movement, a Junior Defence Minister under Blair and a war criminal
in his own right went even further:  ‘Mr Williamson has decided to take a leaf out
of Ken Livingstone’s book… If he can’t stop, he needs to go.”

Arkush is a right-wing Tory, who
welcomed Donald Trump to power despite the anti-Semitism of his campaign.  According to Dana Milbank in the Washington Post Anti-Semitism is no longer an undertone of Trump’s
campaign. It’s the melody
See Trump Rolls Out Anti-Semitic Closing Ad for an analysis.  That however does not disturb Arkush because
these anti-Semites are also pro-Israel.
Of course if you claim that the Zionist
anti-Semitism claims are false or weaponised then that too is anti-Semitic!  However in the same breath they tell us that Zionism
is a part of Jewish identity and to oppose the ‘Jewish’ state is anti-Semitic.  Or in the words of the Jewish Chronicle’s
Editor Stephen Pollard Jeremy Corbyn made ‘the
odd assertion that anti-Zionism is not antisemitic’.

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