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A long rant on Antisemitism, Windrush and Racism….

26 Apr

via Soweto Kinch

“I was reluctant to post this, as I didn’t want to get mired in the AntiSemitism row. I was dragged into it when despite my best efforts, my FB post was being turned into a sounding board for yet more Corbyn smears.

After well over a month of an intense focus on Labour Anti Semitism – I was largely quiet because it’s usually best to listen and learn to concerns about racism first. Maybe we could all learn how to be better humans?

However, this morning after the Radio 4 Today’s latest hatchet job and the Board of Deputies for British Jews statement, I’ve finally snapped.

They’ve named Jackie Walker again in their press statement- released minutes after the meeting with Corbyn (almost as though it was written before the meeting itself). It’s hard to escape the belief that this is politically motivated when all the ‘actions’ they demand are political appointees or expulsions.

This persecution without trial is disgraceful, and many Labour members have been shamefully quiet on Jackie Walker’s treatment. Please, please stop bullying the woman! She’s not Anti Semitic – which is why she’s not been found guilty of Anti Semitism (ie, hatred of Jews for being Jews).

The awkward reason they can’t expel either Ken Livingstone or Walker is because their opponents would have to prove antisemitism in the court of law and can’t – the evidence is scant at best. So instead they have waged a PR war in the court of public opinion – leading to embarrassing overreaching and ignominious behaviour from the likes of Alan Sugar.

Worse still I think they are actively undermining the need to deal with Anti Semitism – I don’t think they actually care. They ignore the Yarmulke’s being torn off the heads of children, not commenting on the spike in Anti Semitic hate crime at schools and instead making a semi-retired lefty and a black Jewish woman the focus of their hatred.

Corbyn is right to say anti Semitism is a societal problem and some anti capitalist tropes on the left lend themselves to lazy and racist deductions.

These are not ‘smears’ and should be eradicated from any anti racist party – we should be held to a higher standard because we’re not the racist Tory party.

The mural should have been a moment for self-reflection and mutual growth – leaving crackpot theories about ‘Zios’ and lizard-headed alien overlords on the same scrap pile.

However, using these issues to discredit life long anti racist campaigners is an immoral development and threatens to remain a fault line of credibility.

For every, ‘card-carrying, life-long Labour member’ allegedly tearing up their membership, I believe there’s another (both Jew and Gentile) just as disillusioned by the conduct of this debate.

Perhaps the test of any anti racist movement is its ability to bring people together rather than reinforce divisions. For instance, I’m humbled and moved by the numbers of white Britons who are outraged by #Windrushscandal.

But, how for instance is anyone supposed to take Chukka Umunna seriously – voting for the pernicious Immigration Bill 2013 in private, virtually silent on #Windrush but loudly decrying Labour’s Anti Semitism crisis in the media whenever there’s telly space. It’s repugnant hypocrisy.

This flagrant intellectual dishonesty in politics will drive many good people away from movements for change.

How is it that Ruth Smeeth receives a standing ovation for uncovering the abusive tweets (rightly), but Abbott is shouted down with ‘Rubbish, Rubbish!’ when describing her personal experience of #Windrush?

It’s a widely known fact Diane Abbott receives more racist abuse than all other members combined, but it’s the actual racist society that makes it less politically expedient to highlight her abuse.

Racism comes from the top! It’s not fomented by an underclass, it’s an ideology foisted from above.

Internet trolls, even bots are incapable of erecting the sort of power structures that are necessary for racism to prosper – racism triumphs because there’s a prison system, a housing and education system, an iniquitous job market etc, these all give real teeth to prejudicial ideas.

The past weeks prove what ructions there are in our basic understanding of what racism is. It’s not just acts of individual bigotry – that’s better understood as ‘racial prejudice.’

Racism can only be understood in terms of the power relations. So prejudice will see you attacked online with abusive words, systemic racism will get you deported, denied health care or housing. You can and should expel someone proven to be racist and/or Anti Semitic in days! Fixing structural racism is a much longer project and can’t be fixed by an expulsion or two.

The demands of anti-racists are for justice: equality in the law, education, freedom from the threat of deportation, freedom from all verbal and physical abuse.

As far as I can tell, the demands of the Board of Deputies is to kick all the people they disapprove of out of Labour immediately; circumvent Labour’s disciplinary procedures; install an Ombudsman and have a permanent wedge with which to discredit the Labour leadership.

Worse still they want Corbyn (oft accused of being Stalin 2.0) to supersede party protocol and personally expelled members without due process.

They not trying to root out Anti Semitism from society, but instead want to install a very partisan definition conflating all criticism of Israel with Anti Semitism. This understandably is what Jewish Voices For Labour object to – JVL usefully produced ‘How to criticize Israel without being anti-Semitic.’

Not all Jews are Zionists and in fact most Zionists are not Jews. For the record I’m not an anti-Zionist, I just think there’s probably a better way of building a homeland than we’ve seen in Gaza and the West Bank.

As a non-Jew one of my frustrations is, why is this discussion always conducted in the shadows? Why is there such a concerted attempt to marginalise certain Jewish voices?

If there was a public forum with Ken and Jackie as well as their opponents debating anti Semitism we might all learn something. Perhaps, I have an unconscious bias or latent anti Semitic beliefs, I might learn something and change them – instead all I see are proscribed names, black listed and ostracised without any process.

Even someone like Chris Williamson who shares a platform with them is blacklisted – and few people even know what the Anti Semitic offence was. The ultimate intention is to silence all forms of dissent. Anyone thinking of speaking up against Israel, or asking questions is supposed to be terrified into silence. Well we think ‘just look at what happened to Jackie Walker’ better belt up.

Some people might ask, who am I to argue with a Jew about what constitutes Anti Semitism? I agree, It’s probably offensive if Jewish people say it is: listen first, talk after; listen to women who describe experiences of misogyny; listen to black peoples who describe racism.

The problem with this is that only some ‘mainstream’ Jews are afforded a legitimate voice. JVL are ‘bad jews’ and Corbyn’s not even allowed to attend meetings with the bad Jews! How can we take an Anti Semitism campaign seriously if most of it’s targets are Jewish!? Imagine me having an anti-racism movement and making the expulsion of Kwasi Kwarteng or Sam Gyimah my ultimate goal! I might disagree vehemently with James Cleverly, but sadly he’s still partly black (sad I know, venal careerism doesn’t revoke blackness) and their views don’t stop them being black.

I think it’s important that we don’t get lost trying to prove who or who isn’t a racist. Theresa May and Rudd may or may not be racists – it’s not within my skill set to read minds and scrutinize souls. The one thing I can say with certainty is that they have instituted a racist policy.

The ‘Hostile Environment’ lead to racist deeds and actions! Even deaths! If May or Rudd are expelled it should be for these actions, not the spurious ground of their personal racism.

We need to have the same approach with Anti Semitism. Don’t just tell me you think Walker or Livingstone are Anti Semites, please tell me what Jackie Walker said or did that’s Anti Semitic? Tell me how they’ve abetted an Anti Semitic atmosphere. You can’t have the widespread slandering of Jackie Walker without her having a chance to defend her beliefs. Otherwise it’s little more than a medieval inquisition.

It’s in this pantomime media world that Kwasi Kwarteng is on news bulletins, without irony as a black apologist for a racist Windrush immigration policy – subtext being, ‘we ain’t racist look we’ve got a black in the Tory Party who says we ain’t.’ Yesterday Jacob R-M addressed a Windrush audience on Channel 4 expressing moral outrage (the same Jacob who went to the Traditional Britain event advocating repatriation!) Nobody bats an eyelid.

How do we know who’s sincere or not? How to discern racist from dissident?

Maybe this might be a future litmus test? When an anti-racist is confronted with Holocaust denial they say the Holocaust happened.

When a David Irving-like person is confronted with the Holocaust they deny its historical veracity, and double down on their racism. Jewish friends please correct me if I’m wrong! Irving was determined to disprove the Holocaust existed, Livingstone has criticisms of the excessive state force used by Israel against the Palestinians… We could agree about Ken’s poor timing, or self-aggrandizement but they’re nowhere near the same thing… are they?

If you’re wondering why I’m so exercised by the issue, it’s because I resent this climate of fear and self-censorship that’s been inculcated in Labour members. I’m concerned even this post could be flagged and I could be expelled! Even a racist bigot in the Labour Party should be allowed to speak their mind, so it can be challenged and corrected. All the members can then understand how such ideas are incompatible with Labour Party values. Surely we should be persuading people not gagging and excommunicating them.

Using religion, culture or race to create a party political wedge is disgraceful and morally bankrupt. We shouldn’t be competitively comparing injustices but collectively working to eradicate them. These are age old problems and need to be tackled with sincerity and vigor by all parties, trying to dislodge political opponents with confected crimes should be denounced by all Black or White, Jews or Gentiles and from all political backgrounds.

#solidarity
#labouragainstthewitchhunt
#ImwithJackie

Now back to getting rid of these evil Tories! Vote ’em out on 3rd May.

NB, any Jewish friends or otherwise who ardently disagree feel free to DM me, or even better pick up the phone and talk to me. I may have unwittingly used offensive tropes and I’m open to learning, but the treatment of Jackie Walker and Ken Livingstone is a disgrace and a threat to due process everywhere. I wont be engaging in the usual FB tennis, if it appears you aren’t trying to either learn or teach something but instead are just trying to discredit more good people in very dark times.”

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Stephen Silverman and the Sickness of Jewish Privilege – Grenfell Towers Fire

16 Jun

[Published 16 June, 2017] 

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[Image source: HERE]

In recent months, I’ve posted several blogs concerning Zionism, Jewish privilege and victimhood, and the Israeli Lobby; so, the last I want to do – following the fire that engulfed Grenfell Towers, which has resulted in the needless loss of in excess of more than 100 lives – is write a blog about a Zionist and prominent member of the UK Jewry, who unwisely thought it wise to make light of the tragedy, by shamelessly seeking to point score against one of his perceived enemies.

Now, please don’t get me wrong on this. Like any human being, I am the first to admit, that I have occasionally taken a swipe at, and derived amusement and satisfaction, from seeing those whom I have reason to dislike, get their comeuppance, so-to-speak.

However, the last thing I would ever do, is seek to derive pleasure from their death, an injury, or suffering. Neither would I intentionally or otherwise, seek to trivialise and weaponise a tragedy such as the Grenfell Towers fire, and certainly never in order influence someone else’s opinion, belittle, or express a particular repulsion or dislike for someone.

In this case, Stephen Silverman, aka Mr. Slitherman, aka @bedlamjones, and the ‘enforcer’, who is the ‘Director of Prosecutions and Investigations’, for a so-called nefarious fake charity, Campaign Against AntiSemitism (CAA), sought to denigrate Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the UK Labour party, purely to further the Jewish cause of perpetual victimhood and the Jewish communities’ general dislike for him, because of his peaceful stance in the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict.

For those that do not know, Slitherman is a known harasser of women on social media, which he was recently forced to admit in open court, at Westminster Magistrates, in December 2016, in what has turned out to be a failed and misconceived attempt by CAA, to criminalise valid criticism of Israel’s war crimes and human rights abuses. The case was sponsored by the Israeli government itself and has since been dropped.

In a now deleted post on Twitter, Slitherman’s cheap and – quite frankly, what can only be described as a despicable pot-shot – claimed that Corbyn’s proposals to support the Grenfell Towers survivors – who are now homeless and the families of victims of the fire – was “a grotesque, self-serving cynicism.”

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Slitherman posted this comment in the wake of the fire and Corbyn’s condemnation of Theresa May’s inaction and alleged coverup of the tragedy.

The condemnation, concerning May’s unwillingness to meet residents; that her government purposely sat on a fire safety report, that could have prevented this tragedy had the report’s recommendations been implemented; and the suspicion and concern that her government is micromanaging the aftermath of the tragedy, including withholding details on the total number of deaths.

What Slitherman was referring to, when posting what he did, were Corbyn’s subsequent comments in Parliament and, unlike May’s refusal to do so, his willingness to visit local residents, as if he was conducting a public relations exercise.

Anyone who knows Corbyn, knows that this is simply not so and utterly outrageous to even suggest it.

One individual, who commented on the post, also suggested that Slitherman was attempting to smear Corbyn with a wrongly attributed quote that was actually made by Winston Churchill. The quote concerned the requisitioning privately owned property, to rehouse people who were made homeless after WWII. It was the reviled Daily Mail that published Churchill’s quote as Corbyn’s. Slitherman, either knowingly or otherwise, was repeating the smear in order to compound it.

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For absolute clarity, the quote in question – was, in fact – made by Churchill.

Before deleting his callous and mendacious smear of Corbyn, however – which was not his first, and which he only did… after it was pointed out him how despicable it was – Slitherman’s post had 16 retweets, 20 favourites, and various follow-up posts by those in apparent like-minded awareness and agreement with his intentions in posting what he did.

For the record, I, myself, have been on the receiving end of Slitherman’s bile, and it was not pleasant. Clearly, the only person guilty of being “grotesque” and of “self-serving cynicism” here, is Slitherman himself.

It truly despairs and pains me to say this – but Slitherman, like so many other Zionists and anti-Corbynites – are truly pernicious and resentful specimens, who will use any means at their disposal to discredit their self-created enemies.

As a closer to this blog, it is also worth noting, that 72 members of May’s government are landlords of private and/ or social housing – all of whom, voted against and filibustered a proposal by Corbyn – to recommend installation of sprinkler systems in all or most high-rise residential buildings.

A proposal that – had it  been passed – could have prevented the deaths of the victims in the Grenfell Towers fire.

Perhaps Slitherman should consider “whispering” more quietly next time!

Author: Jason Schumann

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

 

 

 

Zionist Witchhunt Against Jewish Jackie Walker and UK Labour (1)

2 Oct

Jackie Walker is a founding member and Vice-Chair of UK Labour’s Momentum movement, and is a Black Jewess, who is married to a fellow Jew. She has recently been suspended from the party for a second time, due to further false accusations of antiSemitism.

Initially, the claims of antiSemitism against her, came from members of the UK’s Jewry and Jewish media outlets, after her comments regarding Jewish involvement in slavery, as instigated by Jewish News and the Jewish Chronicle.

Yes, it was an exaggeration (by Jackie) that Jews were the chief or sole financiers of the slave trade, but that does not negate the role of prominent European and New World Jews as commodities traders, merchants, slave sellers, ship owners, and plantation owners, who, along with many more non-Jews, who fought against and opposed the abolition of slavery, due fear of losing privilege and wealth. (2)

(Search ‘August Belmont’, a Jew, employed by, and later married into the Rothschilds, who oversaw their New York operations of sugar, cotton, and rum.

It was a Rothschild whom leveraged and raised the finances (at the request of British and other governments) to compensate slave and plantation owners. Belmont worked with anti-abolitionists, such as members of the Society of Merchant Venturers). (3)

 

In regard to more recent false claims of anti-Semitism or Jew-hate laid against Jackie, the likes of the militant and vexatious Jewish Human Rights Watch and Sussex Friends have targeted her.

This latest attack against her occurred after video footage of a closed discussion at conference, was leaked directly to the Jewish press.

In the video, Jackie makes her views known about commemorating victims of all holocausts, asserting the view that Holocaust Memorial Day should remember all victims of such genocides and not be limited to one particular community. In this case, members of the World Jewry.

As was made perfectly clear to me by Olivia Marks-Woldman of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), a day or so before Jackie’s comments, many members of the Jewish community believe they have sole ownership of the term ‘holocaust’. Moreover, that the genocide of Jews in World War 2 is unique and possibly the worst genocide in history.

Cue Joe Mulhall, also of the HMDT, who used his leverage and position as a Researcher for Hope Not Hate (HnH) and as a Trustee of HMDT, to publish a blog, on HnH’s website, subtly condemning Jackie Walker, in which he also accuses her of antiSemitism.

When I challenged HnH on social media of being duplicitous in conspiring against Jackie with faux claims of antiSemitism, I was immediately blocked.

Nick Lowles, Director of HnH, even went as far as to accuse me of being a conspiracy theorist. Needles to say, I kindly informed Nick that I would not be retracting any of my comments regarding HnH’s collusion with HMDT to smear Jackie, adding that he could sue me if he felt HnH had been so aggrieved by them. Nick has remained silent on the matter.

(Interestingly, Ruth Smeeth, MP, who has made numerous claims of antiSemitism against Jeremy Corbyn and supporters of him, because of her own Jewish identity, is also a (former) director of HnH, and was recently exposed as having links with AIPAC and BICOM and being referred to in a US Government memo leaked by Wikileaks, as being a ‘special asset’ in US/ UK/ Israeli relations worth protecting). (4)

 

After reading Joe’s blog, I tried to add my own comments to the blog, but so far, it appears that I have been censured. My comments in reply, and copied in italics immediately below, are yet to be moderated and are unlikely to be included. Indeed, I doubt they will.

“It is not anti-Semitic of Jackie to be honest in stating the role of Jews in the slave trade, because it is true.

As well as other Europeans, Portuguese, Spanish, Jewish — who owned slave ships, plantations, and slaves themselves, it was a prominent Jew, along with others, both Jews and non-Jews, who prevented the first abolition act passing and subsequently raised the capital to compensate slave owners after it was passed.

Similarly, I am calling Olivia Marks-Woldman is a hypocrite.

Only two days ago she told me that a memorial solely for Jewish victims (of WW2) is deserved because their suffering is unique (sic).

This implies privilege, victim status, which diminishes suffering and value of other victims — of other such atrocities.

World War 2 is not the only holocaust in our shared history and it is certainly not the worst. If we are to have a memorial and learning centre for holocaust victims, it should be for victims of all holocausts. It is not anti-Semitic to say this.

https://debatingculture.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/remembering-victims-of-holocaust-a-memorial-for-one-or-all/

Joe, that you sit on the HMDT and HnH have given you a platform to attack Jackie Walker — as one of its employee — is either suspect, despicable, or both.

Shame on HnH for pandering to faux claims of antiSemitism!” (5)

 

Mark Wallace, Editor of Conservative Home, who believes slavery is form of migration, has also supported Joe’s HnH blog. When I challenged his involvement (in the deliberate smear campaign against Jackie Walker and UK Labour), he also blocked me and accused me of being a conspiracy theorist and anti-Semite.

Far from being a conspiracy theorist or anti-Semite, it would appear quite obvious that there is indeed an orchestrated campaign to target members of UK Labour, falsely accusing them of antiSemitism.

It would also seem that the Tory party itself and senior members of UK Jewry are involved, if not the key instigators. It was a member of the Tory party (along with members of UK Jewry, and Jewish press) whom reported Jackie to the Labour party. It is also believed, though not substantiated, that Sussex Friends infiltrated Jackie Walker’s closed session at conference and primed her, before leaking comments to Jewish and then other media outlets. (6)

These false claims of ‘antischwemitism’ smack of victimhood and double standards in order to guilt-shame us and close down any valid, critical debate. (See 7, below)

I mean, imagine if a Black or Muslim person complained in this way. They would (and nearly always are) immediately be accused of playing the ‘race card’ or being a taqiyya Muslim. (8)

I do not make these statements lightly. I have researched this, thoroughly, and will happily provide supporting evidence, if requested. Take offence or dispute anything, challenge or sue me! I can back up everything I have written in this article.

In no way do I believe that Jackie Walker is an anti-Semite, nor should she have been suspended from the party.

The Momentum committee agreed that Jackie was not anti-Semitic in the things that she has said, but that she was ill-judged in doing so, thus making her position untenable. This is a victory for her detractors (Tories, Zionists, and Jews) and a blow against speaking out about what we know and believe to be the truth. Nonetheless, it is not the victory they wanted, as Jackie is to remain a member of Momentum and the steering group. (9)

The truth remains that Jews did play a role in slavery; that many Jews and non-Jews do conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism; and there have been many holocausts throughout our histories, not just one.

They are all worth commemorating on equal terms of validity and suffering, so that future generations learn from all humanity’s past crimes.

If you believe otherwise, I say ask yourself why.

 

 

By Jason Schumann

 

 

Amendments:

I have included the following amendments to clarify a few concerns and points of reference and clarification.

  1. Clarifying use of ‘Zionism’ to not be conflated with Jews or Judaism, as they are separate ideologies, sometimes confused or presented as one and the same.
  2. Made clear that Jackie Walker’s comment about Jews being chief financiers is an exaggeration at worst and ill-considered overstatement in the least.
  3. In parentheses, I have included reference to historical records re August Belmont and Rothschilds’, and other Jews, to evidence (Jewish) involvement in slavery.
  4. Used parentheses to emphasis Hope Not Hates links to Zionists and the political classes.
  5. Corrected several errors in my comments to Joe Mulhall’s HnH blog – still not moderated or added as comment to their website.
  6. Added additional information regarding Tory involvement in reporting Jackie Walker and the suspected involvement of Sussex Friends in the second report to the Labour party.
  7. Clarifying use of term ‘antischwemitism’, as a satirical and mocking term at false claims of anti-Semitism/ Jew-hate. If valid (in this case not), neither should be mocked, ridiculed, or diminished.
  8. Added reference to comparisons of Black and Muslim people to emphasis disparity.
  9. Removed petition link to reinstate Jackie Walker, as members of Momentum  voted her out as Vice-Chair.

 

 

03 October 16 at 23:00 GMT.

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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