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Supporters and the JLM are not happy with the election results

Al Jazeera under cover reporter captures Joan  Ryan MP making a joke about a corrupt £1m payment intended to destabilise Corbyn

ex-Blairite Home Office Minister MP Joan Ryan leads attack on Corbyn.  Ryan’s only claim to fame was claiming the second largest expenses in 2005/6 and coming top of the expenses league the following year!  Voted out in 2010 she spent much of the time getting people to delete critical references to her expenses on Wikipedia
people in the Labour Party are delighted that instead of a Nick Cohen meltdown [Don’t
tell me you weren’t warned about Corbyn
] Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s
leadership gained over 40%, the highest vote since 2001 and the largest
increase of any party since Attlee in 1945. 
I said most people, not all people. 
Even sections of the Right, Owen Smith, Chuku Ummuna and even Peter
Mandelson paid tribute to Jeremy Corbyn and ate generous helpings of humble
Jeremy Newmark sits side by side with Mark Regev, Netanyahu’s personal PR man, who justified the massacre of 2200 Palestinians in Gaza 2 years ago
there were some people who were bitterly disappointed. They had been hoping to
launch a volley of venomous attacks on ‘Corbyn the loser’ as soon as the polls
closed.  People like Joan Ryan MP, the
Chair of Labour Friends of Israel had made it clear during the election that
she preferred pro-Zionist Theresa May to Corbyn. Jeremy Newmark, the Chair of
the Jewish Labour Movement and the defeated candidate in Finchley and Golders
Green, must have gone to bed a bitter and disappointed man.  All his good work undermining Corbyn had been
undone at a stroke by this youth rebellion.
Friends of Israel and Jewish Labour Movement MPs and candidates consistently
attacked Jeremy Corbyn during the election campaign and said vote for them
despite Corbyn.  Not just the execrable
Joan Ryan but Hove’s Peter Kyle, Wes Streeting and Jeremy Newmark. Loyalty to
Apartheid Israel is far more important to them than a Labour win in Britain.
have gone quiet on the ‘anti-Semitism’ front of late.  What with the General Election and the
terrorist attacks and now the awful tragedy of the Grenfell Tower, the fake ‘anti-Semitism’
campaign has gone quiet.  We haven’t even
had any news about ‘Labour anti-Semitism’. I no longer have to look over my
shoulder before going out in the morning in case someone is about to attack me!

Tulip Siddiq is one of the pro-Israel MPs trying to reignite the fake anti-Semitism campaign
the atrocious attack on Finsbury Road mosque and the massive increase in
Islamaphobic attacks in the wake of the recent terrorism attacks, Jews have it
pretty good. They are a small, relatively prosperous white minority.  Anti-Semitism is a marginal phenomenon, which
exists mainly on social media where one nut can create a storm. When anti-Semitism
was a problem in Britain, in the 1930’s and immediately after the war, then it
was the same Tories who today love Israel who barred Jews from their golf clubs
and believed they were an alien minority.
is because of the lack of real anti-Semitism that the Zionist lobby has decided
to try and rekindle the false and fake ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign.  Zionism has no problem with genuine anti-Semitism.  On the contrary it has historically welcomed
it because without anti-Semitism there would not have been enough immigrants
for Israel.
success of Jeremy Corbyn in turning the Tory tide is making these racists sick
to the gills which is why they are trying to relaunch the false ‘anti-Semitism’
campaign in the hope of dividing the Party, sowing dissent and providing
succour to the Tories.  False anti-Semitism
and false victimhood are their chosen strategy for defending a state which
demolishes Palestinian homes, even of Israel’s own Arab citizens in order to
make way for Jewish homes and towns. 
Israel ‘Judification’ is official policy. 
Google ‘The Koenig Plan’ or the ‘Prawer Plan’.  In Nazi Germany they had deJewification
campaigns.  Israel is a state which
officially does its best to stop Jews and Arabs having sexual
relationships.  A Jewish state means a Jewish
Supremacist State.  It isn’t a
constitutional adornment.  Purity of race
and a Jewish settler state goes hand in hand. 
This is what Ryan, Kyle and Newmark are defending.
It is essential that if
there is a further round of false ‘anti-Semitism’ allegations that Jeremy
Corbyn stands firm and calls it out. 
There is no future in trying to appease the
supporters of Israel.  You cannot appease
racists or the supporters of racism.  If Corbyn
had, at the very start, said that yes he condemns anti-Semitism and he also
condemns false accusations of anti-Semitism directed against supporters of the Palestinians
(and even against Jewish anti-Zionists) then he could have defused these attacks
early on. 
above all knows that the ritual response of Zionism’s supporters to opposition
to Israel and what it does to the Palestinians has always been false
accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’.  They
even invented a  ‘new anti-Semitism’
since the traditional anti-Semitism (hatred or hostility to Jews) didn’t accord
with hatred of racist Israel.
Corbyn says or does will ever satisfy Israel’s supporters.  They are part of the NATO supporting friends
of US imperialism.  Corbyn will never be
acceptable to them which is why the Left in the Labour Party needs to be resolute
in opposing any further appeasement of these people.  If they think the Labour Party is anti-Semitic
then they should clear off and join the Tory Party, the traditional home of
genuine anti-Semitism.
Asa Winstanley’s important article below from Electronic

The Jewish Chronicle edited by ex-Express editor Jonathan Pollard, is up to its old tricks – Jeremy Corbyn is apparently a liability.
Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan, center, suggested Theresa May
would be a better prime minister than Jeremy Corbyn. (Facebook)
“I was wrong about Jeremy Corbyn” said failed
Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith the
day after
the UK general election.
Corbyn gained 30 seats for Labour despite media predictions he could lose
as many as 80.
In so doing, Corbyn denied
Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May her majority – a triumph for Labour
relative to the consensus that the party was heading for disaster.
This was the message of Jewish Labour Movement – don’t support Corbyn – the Zionists are now sick over the result
Smith’s line summed up the general attitude of Corbyn’s critics in the
Parliamentary Labour Party.
of them called for him to go last year, in a failed
which was swiftly followed by Smith’s leadership challenge.
But in the wake of last week’s unexpected electoral gains, once-critical
Labour lawmakers
and political
have lined up to eat some of the same humble pie as Smith. In
a gesture of reconciliation, Corbyn brought Smith back into the Shadow Cabinet
this week.
Some hardliners, however, have rejected Corbyn’s outstretched hand –
none more so than the party’s internal Israel lobby.
Jeremy Newmark, Chair of JLM and failed candidate in Finchley & Golders Green – branded a liar by an Employment Tribunal in Fraser v University Colleges Union
Making demands
the right-wing Jewish Chronicle on Wednesday, Labour Friends
of Israel
chair Joan
demanded that Corbyn cut ties with the Palestine
Solidarity Campaign
to prove Labour is a “credible party of government.”
Ryan’s demands are extraordinary, especially since she used the general
election campaign to bad-mouth her own party and its leader.
The PSC responded to
, saying that “our values are those of principled respect for the human
rights of everyone – Palestinian and Israeli – as well as international law.”
“We know that these are the values to which Jeremy Corbyn subscribes,”
the group added. “That is why we are proud to have him as a patron.”
Ryan also slammed Corbyn as having “long-standing involvement with
anti-Israel activism”
and called for him to atone by holding talks with
Israel’s Labor
– a racist
which has recently been in talks
to join the hard-right government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
She also threatened to revive yet again the anti-Semitism witch hunt which
Labour last year
, when dozens of members were suspended
without due process
, often based on grossly exagerated or entirely
Ryan herself was caught personally
in concocting false anti-Semitism charges against a party member
who questioned Labour Friends of Israel’s position on Israeli settlements,
which are illegal under international law.
Yet in her Jewish Chronicle article, Ryan demanded that Corbyn
“address adequately the problem of anti-Zionist anti-Semitism within Labour’s
Undermining Corbyn

In fact, over the last year, Corbyn repeatedly denounced
anti-Semitism and ordered an
independent inquiry
– the Chakrabarti report
which has led to institutional changes within Labour.
Ryan ran a defeatist election campaign, which amounted to sabotage of
the Labour leader’s chances of entering 10 Downing Street as prime minister.
Many” local people “tell me they have more confidence in Theresa May as
prime minister than they would have in Jeremy Corbyn,”
she wrote
in a letter
to voters in her district.
Despite her attacks on Corbyn, Ryan, like dozens of other Labour
lawmakers who had worked against him, was re-elected on the coattails of his
popular manifesto.
Yet anonymous “figures” and “sources” have continued to denounce Corbyn
to The Jewish Chronicle and other
right-wing media this week.
The Jewish Chronicle quoted
a “senior pro-Israel Labour” source explaining that the tactic used by Ryan of
talking down the party’s chances had been part of a broader pro-Israel
I told people Corbyn absolutely would not win and they could vote
the source said. “We managed to get people who hate Corbyn to vote for
Corbyn’s Labour Party.”
“Bang on his door”
But these pro-Israel elements are evidently shocked and disappointed
that under Corbyn’s leadership the party did too well at the ballot box.
The source indicated that the pro-Israel forces would continue to
undermine Corbyn just as the Labour Party is more confident than it has been in

“Communal groups” – a reference to pro-Israel organizations that claim
to speak on behalf of the Jewish community – “will have to do what they did
before and either ignore him [Corbyn] or work around him,”
the source said.
The source also predicted that pro-Israel lawmakers will “be happier to
bang on his door now – about anti-Semitism or Israel.”

Like other Corbyn critics, Tulip Siddiq, a Labour Friends of Israel supporter, was re-elected with
an increased majority – despite her own
to keep the anti-Semitism witch hunt rumbling.
After the election, she told
the Jewish News that “there are elements of anti-Semitism in the party
that have not been dealt with properly.”
She vowed the she, along with Labour Friends of Israel leader Ryan and
fellow member Wes
will stand up … we can’t go on like this.”
Blurring the line

Labour parliamentary candidate Jeremy Newmark, a
in the UK’s Israel lobby, wrote
in The Times of Israel
on Wednesday that after the election, “many
things remain unchanged” and “we still need to turn a corner regarding anti-Semitism
in the Labour Party.
Newmark called for the Chakrabarti report to be “revisited,” despite the
fact that the Jewish Labour
, the internal party pro-Israel group that he heads, had initially
welcomed it
last year as “sensible and firm.”
Newmark also called for a mooted Labour Party rule
book change
put forward by his pro-Israel group to again be pushed at the
party conference in September.
The change would “recognize that it is not acceptable to use Zionism as
a term of abuse”
– potentially making criticism of the Israeli state’s official
ideology an infraction punishable by expulsion from Labour.
The rule change would also apply to Zionism a definition of a racist
incident “which places particular value upon the perception of the
victim/victim group.”
In other words, a concept developed to protect vulnerable
groups from bigotry would be co-opted to protect Israel from criticism by
giving Israel’s apologists the right to determine which criticisms of Israel
they deem “anti-Semitic.
If adopted, such a rule would further conflate anti-Semitic bigotry
against Jews, on the one hand, with anti-Zionism – opposition to Israel’s exclusivist
ideology that discriminates
against Palestinians
– on the other.
the line
between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism has been a key objective of
Israel and its surrogates.
New-old lines of attack

Newmark also revealed the lines of attack the Israel lobby will use
against Corbyn. “The immediate agenda is clear,” he wrote, calling for two
prominent Labour critics of Israel to be expelled: former London mayor Ken Livingstone
and Jewish anti-racism activist Jackie Walker.
None of the smears
used by hostile media and right-wing Labour lawmakers last year seemed to work.
Even the false and grossly exaggerated charges of anti-Semitism had
their limits
But bereft of ideas to stop Corbyn eventually entering Number 10 – as
now looks increasingly
– Israel’s allies in the Labour Party appear determined to bring
this manufactured crisis back.

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