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Meeting at Brighton on Monday where Jackie Walker was speaking – John McDonnell is on far left

The Jewish Labour Movement’s Liar-in-Chief, Jeremy Newmark
 Open Letter to John McDonnell 
Avoid the Race Baiting Jewish Labour Movement

No sooner was it announced that the Jewish Labour
Movement (formerly Poalei Zion – Workers of Zion) were holding a fringe meeting,
officially entitled Rally Against ‘Anti-Semitism’ than the thieves began
falling out.  The real purpose of the
meeting is to isolate anti-Zionism and support for the Palestinians in the Labour

Jeremy Newmark believes John McDonnell ‘must explain’ himself for speaking alongside Jackie Walker
A host of speakers have been listed to
speak including the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, Shami Chakrabarti, Clive
Lewis MP and Rhea Wolfson.  It also
includes a host of unreconstructed right-wingers including MPs who were sacked or
resigned in the attempted coup, such as Michael Dugher, Luciana Berger and Ruth
Smeeth.  Other include Naz Shah MP, who
was falsely accused of anti-Semitism but unfortunately accepted, like a Stalin
purge victim, that she was guilty and Baroness Jan Royall, who produced
probably the most dismal and tawdry political report into ‘anti-Semitism’ at
Oxford University Club that the Labour Party has ever seen.
The JLM sets the tone, refusing to accept Jackie Walker is not anti-Semitic and then lays the ground for racist Zionist trolls
A selection of vile, racist Zionist tweets directed at Jackie Walker
Another vile Zionist compares Jackie Walker to Goebbels and Torquemada – of course the Zionists complain when we make far more justified comparison between them and the Nazis
John McDonnell, despite being put under
pressure by Zionists and Progress, spoke at a Labour Representation Committee
fringe meeting at the TUC Conference in Brighton last Monday, alongside Jackie
Walker, Vice-Chair of Momentum.  Jackie
was suspended for ‘anti-Semitism’ earlier this year when a private Facebook
conversation she was having with a Zionist friend, was broken into by the Israel
Advocacy Movement.  Jackie was explaining
her own Black and Jewish background and discussed the holocaust, not only of Jews
but Black people in the Slave Trade.  An
estimated 14 million Black people were murdered in the course of the slave
trade, both on the Middle Passage between Africa and the West Indies and on the
Plantations.  This is of course of no
account to the Zionists for whom there is only one holocaust.
Part of the Zionist campaign to deny Jackie Walker is Jewish – because  Black and Jewish are incompatible to many Zionists
Jackie was reinstated after an investigation
but the Zionists have refused to accept her acquittal and have waged a campaign
of villification against her ever since.
The discussion she was having was about the
role of Jews in the financing of this trade. 
It is a matter of fact that some Jews had a prominent role in the
Brazilian, Surinam and Dutch slave trade. 
In Labour’s Thought Police claims another victim –
Black Jewish activist Jackie Walker
quoted from an article in the Jewish Journal, the
largest Jewish weekly newspaper in the United States outside of New York
City, on Jewish involvement in slavery in The Netherlands. ’ The
article How culpable
were Dutch Jews in the slave trade?
Describes how, in October 2013, Lody van de Kamp, an
unconventional Orthodox Dutch rabbi, wrote a scathing critique about the
involvement of Dutch Jewry in the slave trade.  He wrote that:

“The portrayal of ‘Peter the slave’ dates back to a
period when we as citizens did not meet the social criteria that bind us

“I wrote the book and I got involved in the
Black Pete debate because of what I learned from my Dutch predecessors on what
it means to be a rabbi — namely, to speak about social issues, not only give
instructions on how to cook on Shabbat,” 
van de Kamp told JTA.
John McDonnell addresses LRC meeting – Jackie Walker is out of camera on right
“Money was earned by Jewish communities in
South America, partly through slavery, and went to Holland, where Jewish
bankers handled it,” he said. “Non-Jews were also complicit, but so were we. I
feel partly complicit.”
The article described how, although van de
Kamp 65 holds no official position in the Dutch Jewish community, he is among
the best-known Orthodox rabbis in the Netherlands, a status earned through his
several books on Dutch Jewry and frequent media appearances.
His book, a historical novel entitled “The Jewish Slave,” followed an
18th-century Jewish merchant and his black slave as they investigate
Dutch-owned plantations north of Brazil in the hope of persuading Jews to
divest from the slave trade. In researching the book, van de Kamp discovered
data that shocked him.
Jackie Walker addresses LRC meeting in Brighton
In one area of what used to be Dutch Guyana,
40 Jewish-owned plantations were home to a total population of at least 5,000
slaves, he says. Known as the Jodensavanne, or Jewish Savannah, the area had a
Jewish community of several hundred before its destruction in a slave uprising in
Nearly all of them immigrated to Holland,
bringing their accumulated wealth with them.
Some of that wealth was on display in 2012 in the
cellar of Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue, part of an exhibition celebrating
the riches of the synagogue’s immigrant founders. Van de Kamp says the
exhibition sparked his interest in the Dutch Jewish role in slavery, which was
On the Caribbean island of Curacao, Dutch Jews
may have accounted for the resale of at least 15,000 slaves landed by Dutch transatlantic
traders, according to Seymour Drescher, a historian at the University of
Pittsburgh. At one point, Jews controlled about 17 percent of the Caribbean
trade in Dutch colonies, Drescher said.
The suggestion that it is anti-Semitic to
engage in such a historical debate is nonsense. 
John McDonnell is to be congratulated for withstanding the pressure to
ostracise Jackie Walker and for speaking on the same platform as her.
The JLM is using the fake anti-Semitism issue to limit debate on Palestine and Zionism
The Jewish Labour Movement on the other hand
has run a disgraceful, race baiting campaign against Jackie.  It has been part and parcel of a Zionist attack
on her which has questioned her Jewish ancestry on the basis that she is
Black.  A large section of the Zionist movement
refuses to accept that Black people, for example the Black
, can also be Jewish. 
Jackie Walker speaking with John McDonnell on far-left
Unsurprisingly a
major dispute
has blown up this week concerning the invitation to Jackie
Walker.  A number of Zionists have
objected to the invitation to John McDonnell because he has shared a platform
with Jackie Walker, whom they deem ‘anti-Semitic’ as part of an ongoing racist campaign
of villification.  Far from defending McDonnell,
JLM’s Jeremy Newmark, a man branded a liar and perjurer by the Fraser v University College Union Employment Tribunal when he tried to portray UCU as ‘anti-Semitic’, attacked his

What the Employment Tribunal in Fraser v UCU had to say about Newmarks’ truthfulness
Newmark is quoted as saying that John
McDonnell must explain his defence of
Walker which is inconsistent with his call for zero tolerance. This raises
serious questions. Our members expect him to explain himself.
’  John McDonnell has no need
to explain anything.  Jackie Walker is a
long standing anti-racist and anti-fascist activist, unlike the luminaries of
the Jewish Labour Movement. 
I have issue an Open Letter to JM asking that he reconsider his
invitation from the poisonous and racist JLM. 
I sincerely hope that he reconsiders the invitation and keeps a wide
berth from those whose primary purpose is to seek the destruction of the Jeremy
Corbyn leadership and uphold the apartheid State of Israel. 
In their ballot to see who they should nominate for Labour
leadership, the JLM voted by 92-4% to support Owen Smith.  I am still staggered that 4% of the JLM voted
to support Jeremy Corbyn.  If I was Owen
Smith I would demand a recount.
Tony Greenstein
     John McDonnell MP,
            [email protected]
Dear John,
As a Jewish member of the Labour Party who
has been suspended for ‘anti-Semitism’, I am writing to you to express my disappointment
that you should have agreed to speak on September 25th at the
Conference fringe meeting of the Jewish Labour Movement
[JLM].  I would seriously ask you to reconsider
your decision.
As you will know from the current witch hunt
of Jeremy’s supporters, ‘anti-Semitism’ is a weapon that has been wielded
against anyone who speaks up in support of the Palestinians or against Zionism,
the settler colonial movement which created the Israeli state.

The JLM is the British affiliate of the Israeli
Labour Party/Zionist Union [ILP].  Far
from supporting a just solution in Palestine, the ILP supports segregation and
a Palestinian Bantustan.   Its leader
Isaac Herzog recently explained that:

‘I want to separate from the Palestinians.
I want to keep a Jewish state with a Jewish majority. I don’t want 61 Palestinian MKs in Israel’s
Knesset. I don’t want a Palestinian prime minister in Israel.’

someone said they didn’t want a Jewish Prime Minister in Britain I am sure you
would be the first to denounce this as racist and anti-Semitic.
[Who needs the Right when we have Isaac Herzog?

In an ILP election video Herzog was described as ‘someone who “understands the Arab mentality” and “has seen Arabs in all kinds of
including “in the
.”  Why
did we forget about Herzog’s anti-Arab campaign?
If someone in the Labour Party spoke about the ‘Jewish mentality’ they
would rightly be called anti-Semitic, yet this is standard talk for Israeli Labour
The Israeli Labour Party is the original
party of Zionist colonisation.  It was
the party which was responsible for perpetrating the Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) in
1948 when three-quarters of a million Palestinians were expelled in order to
create a Jewish state.  This was ‘necessary’
because, even in the 56% of Palestine that was allotted by the UN to the
proposed Jewish state, half of the population were Arabs.
The JLM is also affiliated to the World
Zionist Organisation [WZO] which openly funds and supports illegal settlement
in the West Bank and the Golan Heights. 
At the present time it is implementing the destruction of Bedouin
villages such as Al Arakeibh in Israel’s Negev and afforestation of the area as
part of the official programme of ‘Judaisation’ (as per the Prawer Plan).
The WZO’s Jerusalem Programme, speaks of ‘the centrality of the
State of Israel and Jerusalem, its capital, in the life of the [Jewish] nation’
.  This assertion, that the real homeland of
Jews, including British Jews, is Israel rather than the countries where they
live, is itself anti-Semitic.  It has
long been an anti-Semitic rallying cry that Jews do not belong in the countries
where they live.
From its inception the Labour Zionist
movement was a racist movement.  As David
HaCohen, Managing Director of Solel Boneh, the Histadrut owned building company
I had to fight my friends on the issue of
Jewish socialism, to defend the fact that I would not accept Arabs in my Trade
Union, the Histadrut; to defend preaching to housewives that they should not
buy at Arab stores; to defend the fact that we stood guard at orchards to
prevent Arab workers from getting jobs there… to pour kerosene on Arab
tomatoes; to attack Jewish housewives in the markets and smash Arab eggs they
had bought… to do all that was not easy.
[David Hirst, The Gun and the Olive
Branch, p.185, Faber, 2003 citing Ha’aretz 15.11.69].
the JLM is an openly Zionist organisation, its membership is not open to Jewish
members of the Labour Party who are opposed to Zionism. 
JLM purports to support a two state solution in Israel/Palestine but there is
no known example of where it has opposed any aspect of military rule in the
West Bank such as the detention
and torture
of Palestinian children as young as 12 or the separate legal
systems for Jews and Palestinians.  The
JLM has never opposed the theft and seizure of Palestinian land for Jewish-only
settlements, the building of Jewish only roads or the network of checkpoints in
the West Bank, with separate entrances for Jewish settlers and
Palestinians.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu
and leaders of the ANC rightly described Israel as worse than Apartheid in
South Africa. [Desmond
Tutu: Israel guilty of apartheid in treatment of Palestinians
is dispiriting that you will be speaking on the platform of an organisation
that has engineered and orchestrated the ‘anti-Semitic’ witch hunt in the
Labour Party.  The JLM has consistently confused
anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.  It is
led by Jeremy Newmark, who was branded a perjurer by the Employment Tribunal Fraser v University College Union when he tried to portray UCU as
JLM represents a minority of Jews, the most right-wing Jews, in the Labour Party.  It was no surprise that in its ballot, the
JLM voted for Owen Smith by 92-4%. 
is particularly offensive though is the race-baiting campaign that has been
carried out by the JLM against Jackie Walker, the Vice-Chair of Momentum.  They have repeatedly lied and misrepresented
what she said, in a private conversation, about Jewish involvement in the
financing of the slave trade.  They have
refused to accept the fact that she was reinstated very soon after her
suspension.  Jackie is being subject to a
political lynching.
and JLM supporters have openly stated that being Black, Jackie cannot be Jewish.  This is a widespread view in Zionist and Israeli
circles.  Just this week Jeremy Newmark
stated [Anger
as Jeremy Corbyn supporters invited to speak at Jewish Labour event
] that
“The Shadow Chancellor
was invited a while ago before his apparent defence of Jackie Walker and in
light of his call for zero tolerance on antisemitism and support for our rule
change proposals.  He must explain his
defence of Walker which is inconsistent with his call for zero tolerance. This
raises serious questions. Our members expect him to explain himself.’
Walker is someone of Black and Jewish parentage.  Far from being an anti-Semite she is a
long-standing anti-racist and anti-fascist activist.  John, are you really willing to speak on the
platform of this anti-Palestinian, race-baiting organisation?  I appeal to you to reconsider your decision
to speak at this event.  Whatever this
rally is about it is not about fighting anti-Semitism.
Yours sincerely,
Tony Greenstein –

Brighton & Hove DLP

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