• antisemitism,  Israel

    The Lynching: The anti-Israel herd at the Labour Conference yesterday

    This is a guest post by Jonathan Hoffman This is an excerpt from Jonathan’s post – you can read the piece in full here.  But this blog is not about this absurd Israel-demonising motion.  It is about the PSC’s manipulation of the delegates who voted for it and their willingness to be manipulated. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has hijacked the Labour Party and the TUC. Its Chair, Hugh Lanning, was Deputy General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), one of the largest trade unions. With many Jewish members having quit Labour and many who remain choosing to stay away from Conference, there was no-one to speak yesterday to expose the lies. Israel hate…

  • antisemitism,  The Left

    Soviet-style antisemitism funded by UK taxpayers

    This is a guest post by Jonathan Hoffman On 21 September 2018 The Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) – together with ‘Victory to the Intifada’ – held this meeting: The venue was Chadswell Healthy Living Centre near Kings Cross. This is owned by Camden Council and run by a Charity, the Kings Cross-Brunswick Neighbourhood Association (KCBNA) –  registered charity #1083901. It was clear from the notice for the meeting on Facebook that it would be antisemitic (assessed relative to the widely accepted (including by Camden) IHRA Definition).  Here is what the notice said: ‘The aim of the Zionists is to criminalise support for Palestinian resistance against Zionist occupation.’ The word ‘Zionist’ is…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Momentum Speaker Franco Berardi and the New Nazis

    Momentum’s “The World Transformed” conference in Liverpool later this month will be an ugly assembly. Have a look at Franco Berardi, for example. The Italian Marxist is billed as a “writer and theorist of contemporary media, culture and society, working mainly around the aesthetics of the contemporary psychosphere” at the “No Pasaran: International Antifascism” session. The Nazis are on the march again, Berardi will have you know. But last year his stark warning was rejected in Germany: In a one-hour performance called “Auschwitz on the Beach,” planned for Thursday at the Documenta in Kassel, Italian author Franco “Bifo” Berardi accuses Europeans of setting up “concentration camps” on its own territory…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    John McDonnell and Mark Serwotka

    Platform sharing has long been a key test for many British left wingers. Take Labour’s John McDonnell, for example. During the EU referendum campaign in 2016, he considered Tory Remainers beyond the pale: Sharing a platform with them discredits us. It demotivates the very people we are trying to mobilise. Mr McDonnell also claims to be concerned about antisemitism in his party. Here he is this summer: “None of us fail to appreciate the… way this has upset people including ourselves. It’s really shaken us to the core really. But we’ll resolve it, we’ve got to. “Members of the Jewish community are really suffering out there,” McDonnell added. “We’ve got…

  • antisemitism

    Press TV’s Roshan Salih films no confidence vote against Joan Ryan

    The execrable Salih, editor of the Islamist site 5pillars, managed a near impossible feat earlier this year – he made Ken Livingstone appear almost measured.  Livingstone was invited on to Salih’s Press TV show – held on Holocaust Memorial Day – to discuss the question: ‘Has the Holocaust been exploited to oppress others?’. At one point Salih actually said: “I don’t know whether 6 million, or 4 million died or 2 million died.” Last night this vile character was invited into the Enfield CLP meeting which saw MP and LFI Chair Joan Ryan narrowly lose a vote of no confidence.  Here he filmed it for his employers, Press TV, banned…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    David Duke: “Corbyn is right on Israel”

    Let’s cheer up poor old Jeremy Corbyn. On another tough day, he’s had a new endorsement! From none other than the notorious racist and former KKK leader David Duke. Eyeing wicked “Jewish power” plots, Duke says Corbyn stands out on the left and in his party: So the biggest issue of all, whether they raise somebody up to honour status, like Nelson Mandela, or, for that matter, a Bernie Sanders, or a leftist like Hillary Clinton, is whether or not they abide not only the state of Israel, they all do that, it seems like even the Labour party does in a sense defend Israel half the time, but they…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Willsman – when and why did people vote for him?

    The typical response to those Labour NEC election results from more moderate Corbyn supporters is to point out that many Labour members got their votes in before news of Willsman’s rant was widely reported.  Clearly some Labour members were firmly JC8 but not JC9* – but just how many of the 70,000 or so who voted for him did so in ignorance of his views? I thought it would be interesting to put those discussing this issue on Twitter into different categories in an attempt to get a better sense of Labour supporters’ thoughts on the Willsman issue. What evidence is there that most of those who voted for him…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Jeremy Corbyn and the Bad Antisemitism

    This is a guest post by @TimAllon I found myself caught off-guard by the recent revelation that Jeremy Corbyn had disparaged “Zionists” as not understanding “English irony” despite having “lived in the country for a very long time, probably all their lives”. It’s not that I did not previously believe he was antisemitic – I did, and he is. What surprised me was that, notwithstanding the slightest of “Zionist” fig leaves, it spoke to a particular middle-class, snobbish antisemitism that I have never particularly associated with the radical left. The response took me aback too. It’s easy to become inured to the bottomless barrel of meetings with and support for…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    In praise of Richard Millett!

    This is a cross-post from UK Media Watch In 2012, blogger Richard Millett was attending a SOAS Palestine Society event in London and was called “a typical Israeli” by a pro-Palestinian attendee who objected to his filming of the event. Millett is not Israeli. He’s a British Jew whose family has been in the UK for nearly 150 years. He also routinely defends Jews and Israel with first person reports published at his blog – posts which include audio and video recorded while monitoring events featuring groups and activists (and sometimes even MPs) hostile to Israel’s existence and, at times, openly hostile to Jews. Moreover, If you’re wondering whether the charge hurled at Richard was racist,…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Jeremy Corbyn honouring Richard Falk

    What to do with Richard Falk, a man with an awful record of 9/11 conspiracism, whitewashing terrorists, boosting Hamas, and rank antisemitism? If you’re a Hamasnik of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), honour him, that’s what. Jeremy Corbyn will join you. Here they are in October 2013. Corbyn is on the right, seated next to the Palestinian envoy Manuel Hassassian. Falk is in the middle. To Falk’s right one sees Majdi Aqil, a PRC trustee and a Hamas veteran who also works for Interpal, a British charity that serves Hamas. Mr Falk is “tremendous”, you see: The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) hosted an event in honor of Professor Richard Falk,…