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UK Home Office: Hate Crimes, Jewish Exceptionalism, and Inequality Under the Law

17 Jul

[Published 17 July, 2017, Updated 25 July, 2017]

In late 2015, the UK Government announced a £13.4m grant of taxpayers money, to fund the work of the Community Security Trust (CST), “for security measures, including security guards, at Jewish independent and state schools, colleges and nurseries, synagogues and other community sites, and will be managed by CST.”

CST, calls itself ‘the UK’s security and hate crimes monitoring organisation for members of the British Jewish community.’ It was founded by the prolific and corrupt, money-laundering and tax avoiding, property investment and business entrepreneur, Gerald Maurice Ronson, CBE.

The announcement of the grant, was made by then Prime Minister, David Cameron – a grant that was facilitated by Sir Eric Pickles, the former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – whose most recent roles include; being a paid advisor to CST for ‘undisclosed activities’; the Chair of the Conservative Friends of Israel; and now a government role as the ‘Special Envoy to Israel.’

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The grant was briefly put on hold, until Cameron left public office – to avoid exposure of his business and financial dealings, but reaffirmed by the former Home Secretary and now current Prime Minister, Theresa May, in March 2016 – at a fundraising gala dinner, organised by CST and sponsored by Deloitte.

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In March 2017, at the same fundraising gala attended by May, the current Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, also reaffirmed: “We [the Government] will be continuing the funding of the Jewish community protective security grant… for 2017 to 2018.” Adding that she, [Rudd], believed that there is, or was, a ‘significant’ jihadi threat to their [Jewish] safety in the UK.

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The remote possibility of a jihadi ‘threat’ [against British Jews] is exactly that… it is pure fantasy, that was purposely orchestrated and amplified by CST itself. It is, of course, a completely unfounded, fabrication and nonsense! The purpose of which, is to maintain the notion of Jewish privilege and exceptionalism as Chosenites.

As evidence of which, one only need take a look at Hansard, on CST’s own website, and its Twitter account. In particular, CST’s recent misleading reporting of hoax bomb threats to British Jewish schools and institutions.

As this story unfolded, the truth of the matter was, that these bomb threats were actually made by an Israeli, using “sophisticated technology”, to hide and maintain his anonymity.

He made in excess of 2000 hoax bomb threat phone calls before being caught, in at least 10 countries. Rather than admit any facts, the Israeli Government have declared him ‘mentally ill’, than admit any involvement or wrongdoing.

Prior to his identification and capture by US authorities, in January 2017, CST posted: “27 Jewish centres in the USA evacuated after bomb threats; Last week CST dealt with several threats to Jewish schools.” On several occasions, over the same period, CST also, wrongly, blamed a Black man for these same hoax bomb threats against the global Jewish community.

Aside, although the threat of experiencing acts of Jew hatred may well have increased in recent years, there is absolutely no existential threat of an act of terrorism, against British Jews, on British soil, that warrants such favouritism by the British Government, over and above the threat of such an attack, or act of hatred and abuse, experienced by any other minority religious or ethnic group in the UK!

It is a complete and utter manipulation and deception by CST, to even suggest that there is!

Again, as the evidence bears out, hate crimes towards British Jews have actually decreased overall and are far less violent, whereas abuse in general and violent attacks against members of BAME communities, refugees, and LGBTI+ communities have significantly increased. 

The fact of the matter is, that in capitulating to CST’s deliberately false and pervasive narrative, of an ‘imminent [Jihadi] attack’ on British Jews, the UK government has wilfully ignored the more prevalent and increasing abuse and hatred toward other, equally, if not more deserving, minority communities.

Without doubt, the grant, of £13.4 million, given to CST – has been given without due regard to any proper assessment, accountability, or consideration of the greater need of any other minority groups – experiencing a more significant issue of abuse and hatred.

The Home Office has thus far refused all requests to disclose any information with regard to how the grant was solicited, by whom, any audit trail or required documentation, monitoring and evaluation, breakdown of expenditure, purpose or outcomes.

If one considers the official government and police data [on increases in hate crimes], on which groups – are most likely to be subjected to abuse, attacks, and hatred, or similar threats – members of the British Jewry are at the bottom of the scale, yet receive greater privilege and favouritism more than any other groups.

What have these other groups – who are indeed statistically and evidentially in greater need – in regard to provision, support, and intervention been given or provided with?

The answer, is merely ‘access’ to a small portion of a £1 million funding pot. That British Jews should receive more support from the UK Government, than the murdered members of the LGBTI+ community; Muslims who have been subjected to acid attacks and run over outside mosque for prayers; or refugees and immigrants relentlessly abused murdered in the streets?

In favouring CST, over other groups monitoring and challenging hatred and abuse, all that the UK government has done, is dismiss the rights of those in greater need, and pander to the view of Jewish victimhood and exceptionalism, which works to ferment and increasing resentment of Jews in general. 

As it stands, the fact that CST is the sole recipient of such a significant grant goes against all current British laws and principles and values for fairness and equality under the law.

Update:

Since publishing this blog article, it has been visited more than a 1000 times.

The locations of visitors reading this article; including Jersey, Ireland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Oman, and spidered content aggregation by the NewsCorp-owned, business and financial aggregate website, factiva.com.

Interestingly, all the locations mentioned in this update, can be traced to Gerald Maurice Ronson’s worldwide business associates, investors, and partners.

Author: Jason Schumann

Notes to Editors:

1. Gerald Maurice Ronson is a convicted fraudster and has since been awarded a CBE, by the Queen of England and Common Wealth, at the behest of certain members of the British Government and establishment.

2. Ronson, is listed as a founding director of approximately 138 companies registered at both CST’s offices in Hendon and from his personal office in the City of London.

3. Ronson’s companies and business empire, are largely run through a series of shell, holding, and dormant companies, that are traceable to a single company registered  in Jersey, for tax purposes.

4. The company responsible for Ronson’s empire is RONTEC GROUP (JERSEY) LIMITED, which lists one of its directors as Union Bancaire Privee.

5. Union Bancaire Privee is registered in Switzerland and is protected under Swiss tax and privacy laws.

6. Union Bancaire Privee and its employees also have financial investments and tax avoidance dealings with the UK, US, and Israel.

7. Union Bancaire Privee has, on several occasions, successfully been prosecuted and implicated in money laundering, manipulation of financial markets, and tax avoidance in the Bahamas, including its role in the Madoff scandal.

8. CST itself has previously been accused of acting as an instrument to promote Israeli propaganda and has been instrumental in shaping and forming UK Government policy on the criminalisation of criticism of Israel as being anti-Semitic.

9. CST also lists several shell/ dormant companies dealing with its financial activities in order to avoid tax via Jersey and Switzerland.

10. David Cameron stepped down as PM in order to avoid an audit and disclosure of his business dealings, investments, and private donations.

11. Sir Eric Pickles has previously been on the payroll of CST but has refused to disclose any payments or details of the work carried out on its behalf.

12. Theresa May is a former financial advisor to corporate finance, having given advice to companies and private individuals on tax avoidance.

13. Amber Rudd has had several bankrupt and dissolved companies and several of her business partners have previously been prosecuted for financial crimes.

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The Future of UK Labour: Why Jeremy Corbyn Must Go

14 Feb

labourFar from being a hypocrite, I have always stated that Corbyn is an interim party leader.

Despite protestations from anti Corbynista or Corbynite naysayers, I have never believed that he has either the gravitas or image to be a world leader.

He appeals to my values, but I consider him to be simply too bland and aloof and never quite on the ball or in the loop. If not also too harsh, Corbyn reminds me of the person who arrives at the party when it’s just finished and everyone is leaving.

I am certain, however, that he is thoroughly principled and humanitarian, in his values and politics, and that is what attracts me to him. But in the politics of today, being principled will never be enough to win hearts and minds, without presence and some charisma.

It is with sadness that his convictions and principles just aren’t enough to sate today’s often ill-informed, MSM-influenced, and style-over-substance electorate. I also do not believe he is capable of winning over new voters. He is viewed as too left-wing, which is why he is bête noire to many on the right.

Rather like an obese father, too lazy to fetch his own slippers, Corbyn must go; first, because he did very little or nothing to support the remain campaign in the Brexit vote. In fact, he was hardly anywhere to be seen.

It’s true that politics are also fickle; but also, that Corbyn genuinely seems to shy away from the public eye, and he most certainly does not like journalists, TV cameras and MSM.

But can we blame him when more than 70% of the coverage they print and report about him is all negative?

No, of course not!

In Corbyn’s favour on Brexit, there are some suggestions his own party supporters conspired against him to ensure he couldn’t campaign. If so, we can also blame the lack of positive media coverage by Murdoch’s imposed blackout on him and the factory of negative briefings churned out against him by the Number 10 press office, as they did with his predecessor, Ed Miliband.

Just as they did with Ed in 2015, Labour supporters turned their back on Corbyn and the remain campaign, largely due to orchestrated fears, played out by leave campaigners around ‘foreigners invading our country and taking our jobs’ and ‘an unelected EU taking our money, and making our laws.’

Corbyn failed to do a single thing to enlighten, inform, or change the minds of those even from within his own party wanting to leave the European Union.

Neither was he, or those close to him, it appears, aware of just how big the swell to vote leave would turn out to be.

Rightly, Corbyn recognised the benefits of EU membership (to protect trade, investment, the environment, farming, our freedoms and rights), but he failed to convey this to supporters, and seemed completely unconcerned about the potential outcomes of not doing so.

Importantly, it goes to show just how out of touch he is; with the values, and expectations, of young people, traditional Labour voters, & his own grass roots supporters. It was as if he was either purposely asleep at the wheel, or derelict in his duty. That, or his chauffeur drove him in the wrong direction.

It is also clear to me that his deliberate, almost conceited unwillingness to engage in public debate, has helped in his undoing. He also now appears to be proving himself to be an autocratic leader, who is dismissive of the valid criticisms of his failure to lead, rightly laid at his feet.

At the start of his leadership of the party, he had already removed several of his detractors from their shadow leadership roles, informing the press that he isn’t going anywhere. This is arrogant and dictatorial of him. Perhaps also a red rag to bull. You don’t remove someone just because you don’t get on with him or her, or they don’t like you, especially if they are good and effective at what they do.

Corbyn should have been more diplomatic, statesman-like, and proactively sought to galvanise and inspire his party and supporters. In sum, well below the expectations of an effective opposition leader and he has shown neither foresight nor strategy. All of these have served to harm Labour’s future and counter the destructive efforts to diminish rights and privatise everything, as is the current course of the incumbent party.

As Brexit unfolds and becomes more clear, right-wing supporters in the Tory party will slowly repeal the laws that were agreed by all EU member states and designed and enacted, primarily to protect citizens from exploitation and and greater inequality. Without a doubt, things will become worse for the majority, but minorities in particular. We can see the beginnings of this already being evident in the resurgence of the Far Right and increases racism.

Corbyn’s inaction has effectively given the likes of Gove, Hunt, May et al, carte blanche, to repeal the HRA, DPA, FoIA, worker’s rights, privatise the National Health Service & more.

Perhaps more worrying, is that Theresa May is worse. Well, of course she is, especially as it is her clear intention to carry on where Margaret Thatcher left off. But what she lacks in ability and confidence as a sheepish head of state, is masked by her image and taste for designer clothing. More importantly, her longer term aims to diminish what few rights we have remaining. 

As little thanks, we can take small comfort in the fact that the UK Independence Party that began much of this is now disintegrating from within. 

 

 

Author: Jason Schumann

 

 

 

Jeremy Corbyn: Vilified by UK Jewish Media?

10 Sep

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According to Jeremy Corbyn’s Wiki biography, he has, in the past: ‘mobilise[d] opposition to the Afghanistan War…. [and] was fiercely opposed to the Iraq War in 2003.’

He is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and Stop the War Coalition, and campaigned against conflict in Gaza.

Corbyn, has been strongly criticised for some of the humanitarian and political causes he has supported, including; having met with IRA members, prior to the Northern Ireland Peace Accord (known as the Good Friday Agreement), which was signed on 10 April 1998.

Now, he has come to prominence as likely to be that next leader of the Labour Party, perhaps his skeletons have come of the closet? Particularly, his associations with pro-Palestine groups, criticism of Israel, and those, many Jews and the Israeli government deem their enemies.

Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who won three successive General Elections from 1997–2005, stated: “We discovered winning successively. And now we have re-discovered losing successively…You don’t win from a traditional leftist position.”

In the past few days, after being attacked and railed by so-called ‘Blair-ites’, his views on the subject of Israeli/ Palestinian relations, appear to have culminated in an all out attack in much (if not all) of the Jewish press in the UK, Israel and elsewhere. Jewish lobby organisations have also joined in the attack to vilify Corbyn.

In the JC on the 13 August 2014, Daniel Finkelstein wrote: ‘the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader [of the Labour Party] would not be a problem for the Labour Party. It would be a debacle. A catastrophe. A calamity. A disaster.’

Finkelstein added: ‘He [Corbyn] shares the virulent anti-Zionism of the hard left. One that seeks to make Israel a pariah state. One that treats Israel as if it were the central cause of all foreign affairs problems. One that treats with Hamas and is friendly to Hizbollah (sic).’

The JC also claimed he would be an ‘enemy’ of the Jewish community, if he didn’t answer their questions ‘immediately’ and support Israel’s expansionism, which would likely be to the detriment of Palestine and Palestinians.

Its editor, Stephen Pollard, reiterated the key points (and threat) made in the article, by denouncing one challenger of the demands made in the article, for posting what Pollard considered “an idiotic tweet.”

On the Jewish Chronicle view of Corbyn, as early as 2012, Ben White wrote of ‘How the Jewish Chronicle is trying to smear Jeremy Corbyn MP.’ Similarly, as published via Order — Order, in mid-July 2015, Media Guido posted that he: ‘understands that Corbyn’s people approached the Jewish Chronicle offering them a clear-the-air interview, realising he was not exactly JC readers’ number one choice given his ‘friendship‘ with Hamas and his support for the anti-Semitic Islamist Raed Salah.’ Corbyn subsequently withdrew when told the interview would be conducted by the Neo-Con, Oliver Kamm.

On Hezbollah and Hamas, in a Q & A for the New Statesman, Corbyn said: “Look, you don’t make peace unless you talk to everybody . . . There has to be a conversation. Over Hezbollah and Hamas, yes, I’ve met [the Hamas leader] Khaled Meshal. I’ve met people from all these groups, actually, with a number of other people; Tony Blair has [too].”

One can understand, perfectly well, why Corbyn withdrew from an interview with the JC, especially as it would appear, so abundantly clear, that Kamm is vehemently opposed to Corbyn’s political beliefs and style of politics, and would not have given him a fair and impartial opportunity, or right to reply, to criticism laid against him.

Some 200 hundred tweets by Kamm, about Corbyn, in less than a year, is pretty obsessive, would you not think?

The JC has published no less than 100 articles on Corbyn; all of which appear to portray him negatively.

The Jewish Post recently published an article calling Corbyn ‘the far-left candidate.’ For a far Lefty, Corbyn recently said on the monarchy: “Listen, I am at heart, as you very well know, a republican.” It [JP] also posted, that he is defender of a so-called 9/11 anti-Israel conspiracy theorist, Rev. Stephen Sizer.

Although acknowledging his ‘clear vision’, the JP wrote that Corbyn was a ‘fully-paid up member of the Ken Livingstone generation.’ They also criticised his support of a Palestinian state, appearing to ask its readers to ask him if he felt the same of Israel.

Even in the Times of Israel, no fewer than 30 articles have been written about Corbyn.

The headline of its article, published on the 13 August 2015, was, ‘UK Labour front-runner scrutinized for ties to anti-Semites, extremists.’ The Times [of Israel] added, that he [Corbyn] supported the likes of Deir Yassin Remembered, and had made donations to the group. ToI could not substantiate this with any proof other than hearsay by Paul Eisen.

Corbyn’s campaign denied this claim, saying “Paul Eisen clearly holds some of the most extreme views that are entirely his, and Jeremy totally opposes them and disassociates himself from them.”

Prominent Jewish organisations such as the Board of Deputies, the Far Right-linked European Jewish Parliament, and European Jewish Congress have all accused Corbyn of being anti-Jewish, and is a supporter of Hamas.

UK’s young writer, Rabbil Sikdar, says Jeremy Corbyn could be the leader British Muslims (2.8 million) have been waiting for, which is an anathema to many Jews, so many of whom, are themselves, vehemently anti-Muslim and anti-Palestine.

James Forsyth, writing in The Spectator, said that, Corbyn is ‘unelectable’ now appears, almost certainly, to have been a gravely premature misjudgement, on his part.

Whether Corbyn is the right person to aid Labour’s recovery, from the orchestrated and devastating hatchet-job carried out by David Cameron, and the Conservative government, pre-election 2015, only time will tell.

Your thoughts?

End Notes:

1. For the purpose of clarity, the only reason the word ‘Jewish’ has been used in the headline of this article, is due to the fact that two of the newspapers attacking Jeremy Corbyn have the word in the title of their publications. To be clear, conflation of the word Jews/ Jewish with Zionism serves Zionism. The smear campaign detailed in this article was orchestrated by Zionists, not Jews.

2. Following publication, it was brought to my attention that Oliver Kamm and Stephen Pollard have known each other very well since at least 2006. It follows, that any article written by Kamm and published by the JC (about Corbyn) would have been malicious in its intent.

Article by: Jason Schumann, aka @debatingculture

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