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Cut your links with Labour Friends of Settlements, Apartheid & Ethnic Cleansing

Jeremy Corbyn at the LFI fringe meeting – they wouldn’t have dreamt have inviting him b4 being elected
The Jewish Labour Movement and LFI play up their false anti-Semitism narrative for all its worth

I am posting this to ask that if you are a member of the Labour Party or Momentum supporter please sign this letter stating which Constituency and Labour Party you are in.  With the recent Al Jazeera revelations, there can be no doubt that both LFI and the Jewish Labour Movement are emanations of the Israeli state inside the Labour Party.

Please send your details to me either via the comments or to [email protected]
tony greenstein
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Leader of the Labour Party
House of Commons
London SW1 1AA
Dear Jeremy,
We write as Jewish and non-Jewish members/ supporters of the
Labour Party.
We welcome the fact that you have called for a Government  inquiry into the revelations in the recent
four-part series of programmes by Al Jazeera TV.  However the programmes also raise very
serious questions for the Labour Party, not least its relationship to Labour
Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement.  We understand Free Speech on Israel has already called for a Labour Party Inquiry
into the implications for the Labour Party. 
We endorse that call.
The Jewish Labour Movement does its best to talk up the idea that the Labour Party is swamped with anti-Semitism
In the second programme (7m 50s), Joan Ryan MP, the LFI Chairperson
asks Shai Masot, the Israeli Embassy’s Political Officer, who was caught trying
to ‘take down’ Government Ministers:
happened with the names that we put into the Embassy Shai?
  To which Masot replies ‘Just now we’ve got the money. 
It’s more than £1m, it’s a lot of money..
not physical, it’s an approval’
to which Ryan jocularly responds ‘ I didn’t think you had it in your bag!’.
Michael Rubin, Parliamentary Officer of LFI and the Fabians explaining how close are LFI and the Israeli Embassy’s ties
The LFI’s Parliamentary Officer, Michael Rubin, who was
filmed boasting that he was trying to take-down the democratically elected
President of the National Union of Students, Malia Bouattia, claimed to work “with the ambassador
and embassy quite a lot
Joan Ryan in
the third Al Jazeera programme was seen to concoct a wholly false allegation of
anti-Semitism against a Labour Party conference delegate, Jean Fitzpatrick, who
had come to ask Ms Ryan what LFI’s support for a 2 State Solution meant in
practice and what they were doing to achieve it.  Getting no answer, Jean said that LFI had a
lot of money, which is clearly true, a lot of prestige and that a friend of
hers had got a good job at Oxford University on the basis of having worked for
Joan Ryan asks what has happened to her request for cash for LFI’s slush fund.  Joan just loves easy money.  In 2005-6 she claimed the second highest amount of parliamentary expenses.  In 2006-7, garnering over £173K, our Joan won the competition for the highest expenses of any MP.  Now she has collared over £1m.  When the MPs expenses scandal broke, she had to pay £6K back.
Shai Masot, the ‘junior’ Embassy official announces Joan Ryan’s bid for slush fund money has been successful – ‘more than £1m has been obtained’

A happy Joan Ryan is informed that the money for LFI’s slush fund is not yet here
A delighted Joan Ryan MP jokes about a corrupt payment of £1m
None of this
was remotely anti-Semitic yet Joan Ryan had no hesitation in transforming this
into getting a ‘big job in banking and
the City’
and an ‘anti-Semitic
.  On the basis of this Jean
was suspended from the Labour Party. 
Because the conversation was recorded, the charge was dropped but this
is how false charges of ‘anti-Semitism’ have recently been concocted.
The reason for
making false accusations of anti-Semitism, such as that against Ms Fitzpatrick,
is to deter criticism of Zionism and the Israeli state.  Those who make these false claims of anti-Semitism
are deliberately jeopardising Labour’s chances of electoral victory. 
Although the
LFI purports to support a 2 State Solution it is clear, as Jean Fitzpatrick
demonstrated, that this is a smokescreen for its uncritical support for Israel’s
military occupation and settlement of the West Bank and Gaza.  At no time has LFI ever condemned or
criticised the Occupation or the Settlements.  LFI supports the 2SS  knowing that it will never happen but also
knowing that it will make them appear as reasonable and even-handed rather than
a sycophantic and uncritical supporter of Israeli expansion and racism.
Prior to your
election as Leader of the Labour Party you had never addressed a meeting of the
LFI.  At the 2016 Conference you addressed
the LFI fringe meeting for the second time. 
It is clear from the Al Jazeera revelations that LFI operates as an
emanation of the Israeli state within the Labour Party.  We saw this clearly when Shai Masot introduced
Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter, ‘Robbin Harrow’ to people as the Chair of Young
LFI, a non-existent organisation.
If you continue
to speak at LFI meetings you will be taken to be endorsing a group which favours continued settlement
expansion and which opposes their dismantlement.  You will also be
interpreted as
  lending support to those who wage war on Palestinians living inside Israel.  Only last week a Bedouin village in the
Negev, Umm al-Hiran, which had been there for 60 years, its inhabitants having
been displaced from their original village further south,  was demolished by bulldozers from the Jewish
National Fund.  One resident was killed
by police gunfire. 
Palestinians occupying only 2% of the Negev, the Israeli government and the
Jewish National Fund sought, as part of the programme of Judaisation, to
demolish an Arab village in order to make way for the Jewish town of
Hiran.  This is comparable to, if not
worse than, the demolition in the
1970’s of Black ‘squatter’ camps in Soweto.
Neither LFI nor the JLM, which are always eager to accuse
supporters of the Palestinians and opponents of Zionism of ‘anti-Semitism’ have
anything to say about apartheid in Israel, both within the 1948 borders and within
the Occupied Territories.  Ha’aretz newspaper
recently warned,
in an editorial ,that with the proposed annexation of Ma’aleh Adumim, that’Israel will cease to exist as a Jewish and
democratic state, and officially become an apartheid one
Ha’aretz also referred, in the same editorial, to the Israeli
Labour Party ‘opposition’, of which the Jewish Labour Movement is the British wing.  Ha’aretz said that ‘It is pointless mentioning the opposition at this stage, since the
dead cannot speak’.

We would urge
you to cease giving any support to either
the Labour Friends of Israel or the Jewish Labour Movement and not to speak at any further fringe
meetings of theirs.  Both the late Tony
Benn and Eric Heffer resigned from LFI in 1982 as a result of its support for
the invasion of Lebanon.  Over the past
quarter of a century they have not changed.
Yours sincerely,
The  Tropes of Joan  Ryan MP
Jean Fitzpatrick states an obvious truth – LFI is very rich and has lots of prestige

Joan Ryan nearly passed out at the thought that LFI was anything other than a poverty stricken, much put upon Jewish organisation stricken by anti-Semitism
Jean makes a statement that working for LFI is good for your career – what is anti-Semitic about that?

Now it is impossible to know whether it is true or anecdotal but why getting a good job at Oxford University as a result of working for LFI, which is quite possible i.e. factually true, is anti-Semitic is bewildering

Joan is genuinely shocked.  LFI is almost broke, barely a million quid in the kitty

Despite not
being Jewish, our Joan Ryan is an expert in anti-Semitic ‘tropes’ and dopes –
saying that you can get a good job by working with LFI is the new definition of

Zionists love this word ‘trope’ it has a beauty all of its own.  The Mirriam-Webster dictionary defines it as:
1.   a common or overused theme or device – and this certainly applies to Ryan 
2.   a phrase or verse added as an embellishment or interpolation to the sung parts of the Mass in the Middle Ages- well it’s certainly an embellishment!

Joan is convinced that we have an anti-Semitic trope here, therefore it is necessary to insert a few crucial words like banking – Joan never mentioned banking but if the trope is to be anti-Semitic we have to have banking 

Although we have an anti-Semitic trope here, without a doubt, unfortunately Jean didn’t mention ‘the City’ – fortunately Joan is happy to insert a few crucial words here and there
Tropes to the left of us and tropes to the right –
and if you were to accuse Joan Ryan of using anti-Semitism as a shield to cover
her backside then that too would be anti-Semitic – and the fact that she’s not
Jewish has no relevance 
Jean never said anything about banks but we’re sure
that’s what she meant – after all the woman was clearly anti-Semitic – she
supported the Palestinians – what are a few words here and there?

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