• 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,…

  • Epic Fail,  Labour Party,  Racism

    Food For Thoughtlessness

    Labour shadow cabinet minister Dawn Butler has accused celebrity chef Jamie Oliver of “cultural appropriation” because he’s marketing a Jamaican-themed recipe meal. “Your jerk Rice is not ok. This appropriation from Jamaica needs to stop,” she ranted on Twitter. She was soon joined by her colleague Clive Lewis who claimed Oliver’s product was a continuation of the ‘rape and pillage’ of slavery and a symptom of ‘structural racism’.  Both argued that Oliver somehow stood in the way of black enterprise. This “denies too many black people a fair shot at doing the same thing,” claimed Lewis – which was odd since Butler had copied in Levi Roots into her original…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Why you should read the Jewish Chronicle

    What, comrade, you don’t know?!? Reeducation for you. Jeremy Corbyn’s long serving personal secretary once urged Labour supporters to read the JC to “show you who not to vote for”. Nicolette Petersen, 61, who has worked for Mr Corbyn since 1994, wrote a how-to-guide to help voters rid Parliament of MPs who support Israel. The pamphlet, which was written before the 2010 election, urged Labour supporters to support other parties if the Labour candidate was a “friend of Israel.” She wrote:” There are several candidates who have truly shone on Palestinian issues and who will need a lot of support to keep their seats. “Read the Jewish Chronicle online and…

  • Labour Party

    Jeremy Corbyn and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories of a “Very Honoured Citizen”

    In one of his bids to escape the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour party, last Friday Jeremy Corbyn offered this line in The Guardian: Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one individual who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood. Mr Corbyn should know all about 9/11 conspiracy bunkum. He has been an enthusiastic champion of Raed Salah, one of the notable peddlers. Raed Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. It is close to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Salah visited the UK in 2011, planning…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Jeremy Corbyn’s Unicorn

    So this is Jeremy Corbyn’s new spin: “In the past, in pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people and peace in Israel/Palestine, I have on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject. I apologise for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused.” Where are these rejections, then? Or mere acceptance of “concerns and anxiety”? You’d have more luck finding a unicorn. I should know, having tracked Mr Corbyn’s sordid politics for nigh on a decade. He has embraced antisemites, terrorist supporters, and Islamist extremists time and time again. He has been criticized for this on many occasions. Explanations and apologies came there none. On the…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    A few thoughts on Labour’s new guidelines on antisemitism

    A great deal of anger has been caused by Labour’s 16 point code of conduct on antisemitism. I agree with some but not all of the criticisms which have been levelled at it, and will go through some of the key concerns which have been raised offering a few reflections on these. The first examples are taken from an article by Lee Harpin in the JC. [C]rucially, the new Labour Party version omits some of the explicit references to how criticism of Israel can easily stray into antisemitic discourse. … What is immediately obvious is the attempt to weaken the guidelines around how and when criticism of Israel can stray…

  • Labour Party

    The Weird Israel Hatred World of Claudia Webbe

    Claudia Webbe’s elevation to chair of the Labour party’s disputes panel is causing controversy. No wonder: But she stood by her decision to write a letter to the Guardian in defence of the former London Mayor in 2006 after he was suspended from the party for four weeks over his encounter with Mr Finegold. Ms Webbe worked as an adviser to Mr Livingstone in 2000 and 2004 and, in the Guardian letter, said his suspension “smacked in the face of true democracy”. “His history of work in the anti-racist movement is unquestionable,” she wrote in the letter. Oliver Finegold is the Jewish journalist Livingstone compared to a “concentration camp guard”…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    East Finchley Labour’s motion on antisemitism

    The motion pasted at the bottom of the post  has been submitted for consideration to the East Finchley Labour Party branch. It asks members not to discuss the problem of antisemitism – or criticisms of the processes set up to deal with it –  outside existing structures. There are several details to pick out here as well as the attempt to silence dissent – the glossing over of the JLM’s links with Labour for example, and the unintended humour/bathos of the first bullet point after the holds heading. I wonder if those putting this motion forward would support a similar approach from the Tories in the face of accusations of Islamophobia?…

  • antisemitism,  Labour Party

    Sad!

    Oh what dreadful news! Ken Livingstone has quit the Labour party, claiming the row over his alleged anti-semitism had become too much of a ‘distraction’. The former Mayor of London’s surprise announcement brings to an end a two-year saga during which he linked Jews to Hitler and Nazism. Jeremy Corbyn reacted to the news by saying: “Ken Livingstone’s resignation is sad after such a long and vital contribution to London and progressive politics, but was the right thing to do.” Oh yes, I can’t hold back the tears!