Tony Greenstein | 31 October 2018 | Post Views:

Cowardice Beyond
the Call of Duty – PSC forces Jenny Tonge’s resignation and Briefs Against

Yesterday I
learnt from the Facebook
of the far-Right Sussex Friends of Israel that ‘Palestine Solidarity Campaign issued “deep concerns” about its patron
Baroness Jenny Tonge, after she appeared to blame Israel for a resurgence in
antisemitism in the wake of the deadly Pittsburgh massacre.’
In Jewish
I learnt that ‘Palestine Solidarity Campaign told Jewish News
it has “contacted Jenny Tonge to express
our deep concerns at her post and is in the process of considering any further
What did Jenny say that the Zionists reacted so furiously to and
which PSC found impossible to defend?
Jenny Tonge
said, in response to the Pittsburgh massacre:
“Absolutely appalling and a
criminal act, but does it ever occur to Bibi and the present Israeli government
that it’s actions against Palestinians may be reigniting anti Semitism? I suppose
someone will say that it is anti Semitic to say so?”
The offending remarks
Jenny was
attacked by Eric Pickles, former Chair of Conservative Friends of Israel and
the nearest thing to a rattle snake in human form. Pickles ‘called on the minister to condemn the “the words of Baroness Tonge in suggesting
that the murders in Pittsburgh were caused by the actions of the Israeli
. It would apparently ‘cause great pain in Pittsburgh and
falls foul of the International Holocaust definition of anti-Semitism.”

I doubt if anyone in Pittsburgh was even aware of the comments of the noble
Baroness but of course that wasn’t the point of Pickle’s attack.
Open Letter to Ben Sofa, Secretary of Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Pickles is
the same foul creature who defended the Tory’s alliance in the European parliament
with the European
Conservatives and Reformists
. A
group that contains at least 3 anti-Semitic parties and which was chaired by Michal Kaminski,
who used to belong
to the anti-Semitic and fascist National Revival before founding the mainstream
anti-Semitic Polish Law & Justice Party. The ECR also included Robert Zile of the Latvian
Fatherland and Freedom Party/LNNK
Unlike PSC America’s Liberal Zionist The Forward isn’t afraid to draw the connections between the Pittsburgh murderer, Trump and Netanyahu
Zile has a quaint
habit of marching with the veterans of the Latvian Waffen SS every March,
something which Pickles had no problem defending. As Jonathan Freedland observed
‘offered an appalling defence, telling the BBC last month that the
Latvian Waffen-SS were only conscripts fighting for their country, and to say
otherwise was a Soviet smear. Again, this misses the fact that a substantial
minority of the Latvian Waffen-SS were eager volunteers, including veterans of
pro-Nazi death squads who had already taken part in the first phase of the
Holocaust – and that should be enough to decide that those who march in
celebration of men who fought with Hitler, and against Britain and its allies,
are beyond the pale. Once
no self-respecting politician would have gone near people such as Kaminski
Pickles who sees nothing wrong with forming an alliance with Kaminski, who
excused the Jedwabne massacre of Jews in 1941 (up to 1600 were herded into a
barn which was then set alight) on the grounds that they had collaborated with
the Soviet Union and a Latvian MEP who marches with formers members of the SS,
was however concerned about “the words of
Baroness Tonge in suggesting that the murders in Pittsburgh were caused by the
actions of the Israeli government”.
Apparently it “will cause great pain in Pittsburgh and falls foul of the International
Holocaust definition of anti-Semitism.”
Netanyahu makes it clear that his and Trump’s refugee policies are one and the same
Well it may
well fall foul of the IHRA because that is the sole purpose of the IHRA, to
conflate anti-Zionist comments with anti-Semitism. Jenny herself posted on her Facebook page that:
‘PSC are very worried about
the furore surrounding my remarks following Pittsburgh and I have resigned to
save them embarrassment!!! Sad day.
Let us look at the comments which have so aroused the Zionist ire and
which PSC is too cowardly to defend.
First she condemned without hesitation the murders in Pittsburgh. No one bar a malevolent mischief maker could
therefore accuse her of anti-Semitism.
She then asked whether it has ever occurred to Netanyahu and the Israeli
government that their actions may be reigniting anti-Semitism. That is a fair question. The only possible objection to the comment is
not that it is wrong but that the actions of the particular individual, Robert
Bowers, were those of a more traditional neo-Nazi who believed that Jews were responsible
for the destruction of the white race by introducing into them non-white
What is though clear is that Bowers was motivated by the racist
atmosphere that has been stirred up to fever pitch by Donald Trump against
refugees, in particular the refugee caravan. It can hardly have escaped even
PSC’s notice that Netanyahu has been to the forefront of this campaign. Netanyahu has done
his best
to deport 40,000 Black African refugees because they are neither Jewish
or White. He has even tweeted in support
of Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Clearly Netanyahu has
contributed to this anti-refugee campaign of Trump with his own, not
inconsiderable efforts.
Jenny’s observation that Israel’s attacks against Palestinians are
stirring up anti-Semitism in the West is a fact. Zionist bodies go out of their way to say
that Jews, all Jews, support Israel’s attacks against the Palestinians. Only recently the Board of Deputies defended
Israel’s shooting of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. Is it surprising that when
the self-proclaimed body that represents British Jews supports Israel’s
murderous actions in Gaza that some people will then blame and even attack British
However just as racists like Pickles reject the idea of connecting what Israel
does with anti-Semitism in the West, so Israel’s Education Minister Naftali
Bennett was reported in The
Times of Israel
as saying that
connecting Trump to the attack is wrong because Trump has been a good friend to
Israel and has strongly condemned anti-Semitism, in particular he had moved the
US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
Bennett defended
Trump’s anti-Semitism on the grounds that he is pro-Israel. This is the
standard Zionist defence of anti-Semites.
“Using the
horrible anti-Semitic massacre to attack the president is unfair, it’s wrong
. He condemned anti-Semitism in the strongest
possible words. Clearly President Trump is a great friend of Israel and of the
There is
however a very clear connection between Trump and anti-Semitism (and therefore Netanyahu).
After the election of Trump Dana Millbank of the Washington Post wrote Anti-Semitism
is no longer an undertone of Trump’s campaign. It’s the melody
. In it Dana
described how Trump’s election campaign had deliberately used anti-Semitism as
a means of appealing to the White Supremacist vote.
In the wake of the Pittsburgh massacre Dana
Milbank wrote describing how Trump’s election ‘began with genteel
anti-Semitism, progressed to dog whistles and ended with a full-throated
targeting of Jewish “globalists.’
Millbank gave us a few examples:
Telling Jewish Republicans they wouldn’t
support him “because I don’t want your money.”
Tweeting an image from an anti-Semitic message board with a Star of
David atop a pile of cash.
Saying “I don’t have a message” for supporters
who threatened anti-Semitic violence against a Jewish journalist, and Melania
Trump saying the writer “provoked” the threats.
Branding his campaign with the “America
” slogan of the anti-Semitic pre-war movement.
Alleging that “blood suckers” and “a global power
” including “international banks” are secretly plotting
against ordinary Americans.
And, when urged by the Anti-Defamation League to stop using traditionally anti-Semitic
tropes, repeated the tropes in an ad with images of prominent Jews, including
George Soros.
Once in office, in addition to making common cause
with the Nazis of Charlottesville, Trump stocked his administration with people
like Stephen Bannon and other figures of the nationalist “alt-right;”, issued a
Holocaust remembrance statement without mention of Jews; and lamented
the attempts to silence Alex
Jones, who peddles anti-Semitic conspiracy theories; declaring himself a “nationalist,” as well as increasing
verbal attacks on “globalists,”
particularly Soros. This was in addition to appointing as an
advisor the openly neo-Nazi Sebastian Gorka.
PSC shamefully leaked against its own patron
The attacks on Jenny Tonge are wholly hypocritical and for
PSC Executive and its Secretary Ben Sofa, to have bowed before the tide of Zionist
hypocrisy, beggars belief. If PSC Executive don’t retract and either refuse to
accept Jenny’s resignation or alternatively invite her to reconsider then I
shall move a motion of censure on PSC Executive at the forthcoming AGM.
It would appear from the latest
of Jewish News that PSC
have accepted Jenny’s resignation and they also quote me as saying ‘“I
suggest that you retract your resignation as nothing you said was in the least
bit wrong. I am at present writing them a letter and now I know this will
adjust it accordingly. Please retract your resignation

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