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 Is it anti-Semitic to describe Ellman & Ryan as Israeli MPs? Zionism & Dual Loyalty

Palestinian children are caged like animals – Gary Lineker didn’t understand the ‘context’ according to Israeli apologists like Louise Ellman and Joan Ryan

In a debate in Parliament over the treatment of Palestinian children in January 2016, the Zionist MP for Liverpool Riverside, Louise Ellman, intervened three times in order to defend Israel’s military.

The pretext was that the children were throwing stones at the army.  Even were this true it would be no excuse.  Clearly Ellman hasn’t heard of the story of David and Goliath.  Palestinian children live under a permanent military occupation.  They have the right to physically resist their occupiers.
According to the Jewish
Chronicle’s Marcus Dysch, it was my ‘repeated
on Louise Ellman MP that “were the
tipping point which prompted the party to suspend him
.”  My offences included describing Ellman as ‘the MP for “Tel Aviv South” and a “racist supporter of the child abuse of Palestinian
”.   My response was published this week.

Letter to Jewish Chronicle 15.9.17.

to Dysch
Tony Greenstein ‘now awaits
his fate at the hands of Labour’s disciplinary team’
.  Living up to the JC’s reputation as an
impartial reporter of the news, I am described as ‘a noxious Jewish anti-Zionist ‘.

Dysch states that I have racially
Ellman.  What,
you might ask, have I called her?  A poisonous witch?  An anti-Semitic term of abuse such as yid or kike or Jew boy (I assume
the latter is used about women) for which I should rightly be condemned?  Not at all. 
I called Ellman the MP for South Tel Aviv.  Perhaps I got the wrong constituency someone
wrote to me?  It should have been North Tel
Aviv.  If so I apologise.
Pity poor Louise Ellman under attack for her support for the Israeli military
The Delightful Louise Ellman
What, you might wonder is anti-Semitic about
that?  Perhaps I am implying that Ellman
has a dual loyalty to Britain and Israel? 
Well the evidence suggests that Ms Ellman does indeed feel a deep
loyalty to the ‘Jewish’ State.  Is stating that fact anti-Semitic?
Yes the concept of ‘dual loyalty’ is anti-Semitic.  Those who propagate the idea that Jews owe a ‘dual loyalty’ to the states they live in
and the Israeli state are indeed propagating an anti-Semitic idea.  But I’m not making a generalisation but a specific criticism and who, in any case, is responsible for this accusation if not the Zionist
movement and the Israeli state themselves?
At the moment there is wending its way through Israel’s
Knesset a Jewish Nation State Bill. In an article
What does the Jewish ‘nation-state’ bill mean for Israel?  the Jerusalem Post of 5.11.17. explained that ‘The basic idea behind the proposed Basic Law
is to declare that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people.’ 
bravery unsurpassed
Indeed Israel already describes
itself as a Jewish State and this means that it is the State of Jews everywhere,
not just those living in Israel. That is why Israel does not have an Israeli nationality.
In the 1972 case of George Tamarin v The State of Israel in
which Tamarin wanted his nationality to be changed from “Jewish” to “Israeli.” Chief
Justice Agranat ruled that:
‘the desire to create an Israeli nation
separate from the Jewish nation is not a legitimate aspiration. A division of
the population into Israeli and Jewish nations would … negate the foundation on
which the State of Israel was established.’ The court ruled that ‘There is no
Israeli nation separate from the Jewish People. The Jewish People is composed
not only of those residing in Israel but also of Diaspora Jewry.’
When taken to court children have their legs shackled
Israel declares itself to be the State of all Jews, not just those living in Israel.  In other words it is the Zionist movement and
Israel which asserts that Jews have a dual loyalty.  In October 2013 the Israeli American Council,
with the support of the Israeli Embassy distributed a Questionnaire to American
Jews asking what they would do in the event of a clash of interests between Israel
and the USA.  When a furore developed Netanyahu
ordered the plug to be pulled.  Israel Asks U.S.
Jews, Israelis: Where Do Your Loyalties Lie?
Another dangerous terrorist
The mere fact that Zionist organisations, including
Ministries of the Israeli state distributed and sanctioned such a questionnaire
demonstrates their way of thinking.  In
fact what Zionist organisations really believe is that in the event of a
conflict between the state they live in and Israel, Jews owe their first loyalty to Israel.
It is therefore quite reasonable to call Louise
Ellman, who is a sincere and devoted Zionist, the MP for Tel Aviv.  In just the same way as people called John
Carlisle & Julian Amery MPs for South Africa.  There is nothing racist about this, it is
just an indication of where her political loyalty lies.
If anything I should be criticised for having gone
easy on this despicable specimen of New Labour and the Jewish Labour Movement/Labour Friends of Israel,
of which she is a Vice-President. 
Below we see Israeli and Zionist commentators
attacking Gary Lineker.  Lineker, who has
already attracted the wrath of the Scum and
the Tory press over his support for asylum seekers has now incurred the wrath
of Zionist bigots too!

Lineker criticised for sharing video of Israeli soldiers abusing Palestinian

The video that Gary Lineker found sickening
Commentator and ex-England footballer Gary Lineker has
been roundly criticised by Israel supporters after sharing a harrowing video
which shows Palestinian children being shouted at, dragged around and detained
by Israeli soldiers.
Eighteen youths, most under the age of 18, were arrested in total
for throwing stones at soldiers in the 13 October incident, the footage of
which was recently
by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. 
They were blindfolded during interrogations and not allowed access
to their families or lawyers until their release that night.
A banner on a Tel Aviv demonstration in support of Elor Azaria – a soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian in cold blood
Mr Lineker, who is vocal in his support for the Palestinian
cause,  retweeted a clip of the incident posted by prominent
pro-Palestinian activist Ben White with the word “sickening”.
While it was retweeted thousands of times by people sympathetic
towards the detained children, many others were critical of Mr
Lineker –  including the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) former
spokesperson Peter Lerner replied to tell the footballer he had “completely
missed the point”.

When kids throw
nes they are a public menace. They need to be stopped. Yes, the video is
unpleasant but it conveniently shares only a glimpse of what happened, the
aftermath of their actions. You should be wiser than this,”
he posted.

The argument continued after Mr Lineker replied, “They should be stuffed into a small cage?
You should be wiser.”

In the back and forth Mr Lerner said the video “lacked context”. The former Leicester City player replied that the
context was clear. 

Soldiers drag 8-year-old from house to house in Hebron for over an hour
“Sometimes detention is required,” the ex IDF official responded.
Lineker was also embroiled in a Twitter row in 2015 after posting a
video which showed Israeli soldiers shooting at a Palestinian who had been
throwing stones.
B’Tselem themselves replied to Mr Lineker: “Unfortunately, this is
routine all through the West Bank. Palestinian minors’ rights are violated
systematically by Israeli authorities.”

The IDF and Cogat, the Israeli military administration in the West
Bank, did not immediately respond to The Independent’s
requests for comment.

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