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Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: AntiSemitism Fallacy An Attack On Free Speech

1 Jun

In June 2016, a UK-based organisation calling itself Jewish Human Rights Watch lost a High Court battle to outlaw Local Authorities from boycotting investment of employee pension funds and tax revenue in Israeli enterprises considered in breach of International Law and Human Right abuses against Palestinians.

In the ruling, Lord Justice Simon and Mr Justice Flaux dismissed the claim, considering that the case, brought by Robert Festenstein of @RHFSolicitors, was ill-conceived and failed on the basic facts.

In recent months, however, the UK government announced plans to implement new measures to curb the BDS movement and those who support boycotts, divestment, and sanctions in specific reference to the State of Israel. Note: BDS is not referenced in regard to any other sovereign state* accused of human rights abuses.

As part of the announcement, which one might essentially consider a totalitarian concept in an Orwellian-like effort pandering to a perceived sense of Jewish exceptionalism* and victimhood, Her Majesty’s Government also announced that it would adopt the deeply contested international definition of antiSemitism; a definition that includes outlawing boycotts, claiming that such actions are inherently antiSemitic.

Not only does this policy shift and implementation of an extremely narrow definition of antiSemitism effectively make it illegal to criticise or accuse Israel of acts of terrorism, occupation, or human rights abuses. It also makes boycotting – as a form of political protest, conscientious objection and pacifism – likely to be unlawful and potentially antiSemitic.

This definition goes further, stating that making reference to, or any accusations of the existence of a ‘Jewish’ or ‘Israeli lobby’, has lobbied for these changes and adoptions by foreign governments, should also be considered as antiSemitic.

Since 2015, Jewish Human Rights Watch has lobbied hard and fierce for this change in policy, as its director makes clear in the linked article below.

As noted by Daniel Sugarman of the Jewish Chronicle, the ‘Lobby’ includes organisations like Jewish Human Rights Watch. Its purpose is to “agitate” and “unsettle” opponents of Israel, says its director, Jonathan Neumann.

In the same piece, Neumann also states: “It’s no coincidence that when we started bringing these legal actions, this guidance and legislation started happening”.

To be clear, the adoption of the new definition of antiSemitism and the banning of boycotts against Israel is a completely draconian act, that would not have happened without the pressure, influence and relentless lobbying of the State of Israel and its actors and supporters.

In a classic defence of what has become known as Godwin’s Law and the fundamental right to peaceful protest and free speech, Netanyahu himself has labelled the BDS movement a direct attack on Jews, likening it to the activities of Nazi Germany.

The UK government is the first country in the World to acquiesce to Israel and its state actors in their demands.

This is hardly surprising, when one considers the pivotal role of the UK Government in the partition and annexation of what was originally Palestine until its carving up after the implementation of the Balfour Declaration.

Let’s get a few things straight, shall we?

First, no reasonably minded person would ever suggest that by denying members of the global Jewish diaspora the right to self-determination and a homeland the person doing so is not in some way prejudice against Jews and therefore likely to be antiSemitic.

Put simply; to do so, clearly implies that s/he does hold some form of prejudice against the Jewish diaspora.

If Jews and Israelis truly wish to counter real antiSemitism – without seeking to weaponize and misapply it – the establishment a Jewish homeland should not be at the expense of illegal land grabs and settlements under a policy of belligerent expansionism and occupation on what is essentially stolen Palestinian land should not be labelled as such because such actions are in clear breach of international law.

Moreover, no-one disputes that Jews have been persecuted and displaced for more than 2 millennia, or were persecuted by Constantine or the Nazis and Hitler. Most certainly, no-one denies that he, Hitler, authorised the slaughter and inhumane maltreatment of millions of Jews.

However, what must be accepted, is that Jews, like most other societies and communities, have also played their part in many of the World’s most horrific events; including in Russia, WWII, the Bosnian War and in the establishment and continued occupation and encroachment of Palestine.

In slavery, for example, it is entirely true to state that Nat Rothschild, whom I have already mentioned, supported and funded slavery, and fought against its abolition in order to maintain his business empire and, ultimately, his intentions to establish the State of Israel. Why? Because it is documented.

Indeed, Rothschild and business partner, August Belmont, were known adversaries against Abraham Lincoln, who, as we all know, was instrumental in abolishing slavery in the United States. In the case of abolition in the UK, it was Rothschild himself who even raised the finances to compensate slave and plantation owners after abolition.

The Rothschild family also had considerable business interests in the East India Company and was also responsible for brokering the Balfour Declaration in exchange for involving the United States in WWI and II and the establishment of Israel. Incidentally, Lord Balfour’s heir still sits on the Board of Trustees of the Rothschild Foundation, to this day.

Similarly, the fact that members of European Jewry played a significant role in establishing the modern global merchant banking and financial systems, should not be consider prejudicial toward Jews or antiSemitic either.

For example, it was members of the Jewish diaspora, who founded and oversaw the funding and investment of the Medici or the Spanish Royal Families; and subsequent establishment of European state banks, and the creation of financial havens like Guernsey, Jersey, and creation of Switzerland’s current banking institutions, like the Union Bancaire Privee.

It is not antiSemitic to state or say any of these things, as they are based on historical fact.

Equally, if you are Jewish, as my Grandfather was, you cannot stand by, screaming antiSemitism at anyone who speaks out against Israel’s apartheid and human rights abuses.

For clarity and avoidance of doubt, use of the term ‘fallacy’, in its strictest meaning and interpretation, refers only to manufacturing antiSemitism in regards to opposing the right and lawful activities to BDS and criticising human rights abuses. It does not diminish the persecution and rights of the Jewish diaspora. To say that it does, is to manufacture false claims of antiSemitism.

If you are Jewish and do this, you rightly risk being accused of dishonest and duplicitous.

As for Jewish Human Rights Watch attempts to criminalise BDS, I, for one, will not invest, or have my pension invested in any Israeli product that kills or has been produced and manufactured on occupied land and illegal settlements.

That is my unequivocal and universal right and you do the cause to rid the world of hatred, prejudices and inequality considerable harm by seeking to challenge and remove it.

You will not pass!

Author: Jason Schumann

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EXPOSED: Luke Akehurst, Saudi Arms Sales, Shai Masot, and the Israeli Lobby

29 Jul

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[The above collection includes images available from the internet of Luke Akehurst speaking on behalf of the Zionist Federation, an image of a girl disfigured by use of Saudi White phosphorous, a Stop Arming Saudi image, and an image of the efforts to silence critics of Israel]

This blog article is about Luke Akehurst and the extent of his involvement against the will of the British people and collusion with the State of Israel to undermine British politics and democracy.

You should be aware that Luke Akehurst has been a Labour member for many years; is known to dislike the current party leader, Jeremy Corbyn; and is a very active supporter of the Israeli government in the UK.

We’ll go into his work and professional background, other activities, as well as links to the nefarious Israeli lobby, shortly, but let’s first start with what initially necessitated this blog exposé on his involvement.

On the 26 July, 2017, Luke tweeted the following:

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It was in direct response to a tweet by Green Party Leader, Caroline Lucas, calling for the complete cessation of arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Luke replies that supporting Saudi’s assault on Yemen is justified in his view, because (and I quote): “I absolutely do not want Iran to win in Yemen or anywhere else.”

Luke’s view of Iran, ‘as a common enemy of Western society’, is essentially a Zionist and Israeli one, but not entirely unjustified.

His comments were made in reference to current war efforts and activities by the Saudi regime in Yemen.

To be clear, Iran is not currently active in Yemen.

Rather, the UAE, Israel, and the US, currently run secret torture centres there, and the country is under constant joint military bombardment, including use of White phosphorous.

Use of White phosphorous has long been banned under international law, but you can see in one of the images above (girl to the right), that it is still in use and the damage and suffering its indiscriminate use causes.

Since 2015, in excess of 2,000 children have been murdered by the Saudis in Yemen and now Amnesty, UNICEF, and others report major outbreaks of cholera and potential famine.

Hichem Yezza, Editor-in-chief at Ceasefire Magazine, called Luke’s support for Saudi repugnant and ill-informed.

Luke’s response was to first question Hichem’s credentials on the matter and then seemingly ignore the costs of orchestrated proxy wars, claiming that selling arms to Saudi is right and proper because it protects British industry and jobs.

For the record, it is no secret that the Saudi war with Yemen is a proxy war and part of Israel’s so-called Yinon plan, to establish a greater Israel, and wipe out its Muslim and Arab enemies in the Middle East.

According to international law, Israel is not permitted to have any nuclear weapons; but it does, and has the fourth largest military in the world.

The fact of the matter is, countries like Turkiye, Iran, and Pakistan, help keep Israel and its plans in check. Without which, Israel’s activities would go unchecked, with disastrous outcomes for the whole of humanity.

Nonetheless, Israel continues to do all it can to work around and undermine these safeguards.

Despite knowing this, Luke refuses to publicly admit any of it, claiming that it’s all a conspiracy.

However, on closer inspection, when you ask Luke about his work and affiliations, he goes quiet all of a sudden.

For example, Luke is employed as a director for the British-based ‘We Believe in Israel’ Campaign (WBiIC).

WBiIC is a campaigning organisation founded and set up by BICOM, known as the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, which was founded by the Israeli billionaire, Chaim Poju Zabludowicz.

Zabludowicz acquired his fortune via his father, Schlomo, an arms dealer.

Poju Zabludowicz was recently required to give evidence in corruption charges laid against Netanyahu and is known to have given former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, significant, undisclosed personal donations and gifts.

BICOM and the ‘We Believe in Israel’ Campaign are lobbying organisations, but neither are registered as such, which is a legal requirement in accordance with UK lobbying regulations.

Luke denies that either BICOM or WBiIC are involved in lobbying activities, but you can see the evidence here for yourselves.

Further evidence of lobbying can be found here.

Chaim Poju Zabludowicz is also closely linked with the Community Security Trust founder, Gerald Maurice Ronson, who is a convicted fraudster and suspected tax avoider.

The ‘We Believe in Israel’ Campaign published a claim on its website to have gathered the support of 200 plus UK Members of Parliament, to support the activities and efforts of the State of Israel as part of their individual candidacy and election commitment in the 2017 General Election.

This is a clear breach of electioneering and lobbying regulations.

After some persistent questioning, Luke confirmed that BICOM pays his salary as director of WBiIC.

Luke also confirmed that he has met with the former Israeli diplomat Shai Masot.

For those unaware, Masot was sent back to Israel, after he was exposed by Al Jazeera, for attempting to infiltrate and subvert British politics and democratic processes.

When questioned as to when he last met with Masot, Luke answered that he last met with him in 2016.

Luke was pushed further, to provide exact details, of what he last discussed with Masot, but refused to answer.

Similarly, when asked to give the name of his new contact and handler from Israel at the British Israeli Embassy, Luke also refused to answer and simply blocked the Twitter account asking him these questions.

[Watch and listen from 2mins 40secs]

Interestingly, Luke has not expressed any concern regarding the girl (see header image) who was disfigured by the use of White phosphorous.

Not that you care, Luke, but her name is Walaa Hussien al-Hutroum, aged 9, from Sanaa, Yemen. The photo was taken on the 25 April, 2015.

Luke is also implicated in the false smears of antiSemitism instigated by Ruth Smeeth, MP, former staff member of BICOM against Labour activist Mark Wadden.

Luke is also a member and supporter of the World Zionist Organisation and proactively works to counter and criminalise the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

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Note: all of this is going to your Labour branch CLP, the Charity Commission, the Electoral Commission, Momentum, and the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists.

[If you are reading any of this, Luke et al, I have scraped your websites, so delete away, as I have copies of everything!]

Author: Jason Schumann

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