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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

PALESTINIAN LIVES MATTER - But not to France, Germany and the Netherlands

Giant Palestinian Flag Beamed onto Embassies of Countries which only remember Israeli Jewish deaths

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In the last year in Brighton the local ‘eyesore’ otherwise known as the ‘i-360’ has had Palestinian symbols projected on it.  The i-360 is the world’s highest thin tower, however that is measured, and mainly tourists pay an absurd amount of money to travel up and down inside a viewing pod.  
A couple of weeks ago a giant Palestine flag was laid out on the beach and before that in the iconic Regency Square to be photographed and videod from the pod as it travelled up and down the i-360. 
Inminds decided on the 14th January to do much the same, in this case beaming on 3 London embassies to protesting their countries' hypocrisy over in condemning the killing of the Israeli soldiers whilst saying nothing about the routine death of unarmed Palestinian civilians.  

It should be borne in mind that the Israeli soldiers who died last week in Jerusalem, however horrific their deaths, were in uniform and were also armed. They were very much part of an occupying army and although western journalists might not get the point, Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem and the West Bank and Gaza are seen in much the same light as Nazi soldiers were in Occupied France between 1940 and 1944 and in the same way as British soldiers were in Northern Ireland after 1969.  In other words the local population, despite attempts to criminalise resistance, have a right recognised in international law to resist them by force of arms. The Nazis described the French Resistance and all other resistance movements as bandits'.  Britain too criminalised the IRA before eventually reaching the Good Friday Agreement with it.  Israel today tries to pretend that those resisting it are criminals rather than entitled to resist.  Israel of course pretends there is no occupation since they have a god given right to occupy all of Palestine and they even have the Bible to prove they hold the land deeds! 
Total silence reigns from the Western media when it comes to what are just the routine deaths of Palestinian civilians at the hands of Israel’s occupying forces.  By way of contrast there was massive publicity last week when a Palestinian in Jerusalem killed 4 armed soldiers and injured another of others in an attack with a heavy lorry before the driver was shot dead.

Israel’s propaganda was aimed at drawing a comparison between the attacks in Nice and Berlin and Jerusalem.  For example the BBC prominently reported the Jerusalem lorry attack including Netanyahu’s claim that it was carried out by ISIS.   The BBC report did state that the prime minister gave no evidence to support the claim’ however it then went on to report ‘An emergency meeting of the Israeli security cabinet approved administrative detention for IS sympathisers and authorised the destruction of the driver's home.’  In other words it helped confirm that which it had accepted was unsupported by any evidence.
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We now know for certain that the Palestinian who carried out the attack had no connection with ISIS.  In other words this was a completely bogus propaganda claim by Israel’s far-right racist Prime Minister.

The BBC also gave details of those killed including their name, age and rank.  Can you remember the last time the BBC devoted such attention to Palestinian victims of Israel’s murdering occupation army? 

The Daily Mail went one step further.  In a headline Horrifying moment a truck driver mows down soldiers in Jerusalem - and REVERSES over them - killing four and injuring 15 before being shot dead at the wheel, as Israeli PM blames attack on ISIS  the Mail’s report went on to say that ‘Netanyahu said the attacker has been identified and 'according to all the signs he was a supporter of the Islamic State.' He says there 'definitely could be a connection' between Sunday's attack, which killed four Israeli soldiers, and recent attacks in France and Germany.’
Brighton beach as seen from the i-360
In fact there is no evidence that the Nice attacker had any connection with ISIS, unlike the attacker in Berlin.  Nor has any evidence whatsoever been provided of an IS connection with the Jerusalem killer.  What appears to have motivated him was the treatment that all Palestinians receive at the hands of the Israeli occupation.  A minor matter of no concern to western journalists. 

The SUN (or SCUM to give it its proper title) went one further.  It had no hesitation:
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Note how the BBC report that the Israeli cabinet ‘authorised the destruction of the driver's home.’  without any comment at all.  We would have to go back to Britain’s occupation of Palestine to find this Nazi-like collective punishment which targets a person's family, regardless of whether or not they had any knowledge of what was to happen.  The family in question will therefore be made homeless and I understand they have had their permanent residency status in Jerusalem itself revoked, so the children will be made homeless and stateless.  Literally the Biblical punishment of visiting the sins of the father on the succeeding generations is alive and well in Israel.

By way of contrast let us look at the case of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun, which was particularly horrific, in Hebron 2015.  Hadeel was an 18 year old student.  Completely defenceless.  Hebron is where particularly vicious Nazi-like settlers have set up home having evicted the Palestinian residents and they throw down rubbish, faeces etc. onto the Palestinians whose homes are below them in Shuhada Street, formerly the main commercial street in Hebron but which has now been sealed off and Palestinians are forbidden to even walk there.  In their spare time these Judeo-Nazis paint slogans like 'gas the Arabs' on the front of the sealed off shops and Arab homes walls.  In this and their constant physical attacks on the Palestinian population, the settlers are befriended and supported by the Israeli occupation forces.

Israeli army personnel barked orders at Hadeel in a language she didn’t understand.  She was clearly frightened and paralysed before she was gunned down.  No one has ever been charged, still less convicted of her murder.
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Her murder has been covered in a number of media outlets.  The Guardian covered it, as did Ha’aretz, although its headline was demonstrably untrue Palestinian Woman Shot Dead After Trying to Stab Soldier in Hebron.  In the body of the story it reported that Photos published in Palestinian outlets show the Palestinian woman kneeling and a soldier aiming his rifle at her. The IDF claims that the woman had yet to pull out the knife at this point.’ In other words, on the basis of a metal detector she was shot for failing to obey orders she didn’t understand even though she had not yet pulled out the knife, if it ever existed.  Suffice to say the army cleared itself.  Although to be fair, the excellent Amira Hass did a follow-up in Ha’aretz The Execution of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun.  
A search of the BBC site finds no mention of the death of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun - unlike the death of all Israeli Jews killed by Palestinians - yet another example of BBC bias
A number of other outlets carried the story, including Israeli papers, either sympathetically or not.  But the BBC?  Not a word, no mention of her murder.  Because of course she was a Palestinian and Palestinian deaths are not newsworthy with the BBC.  I did a search of their site under the girl’s name and turned up NOTHING.  Bias is not only what might be said but also what is not said.

Below is Indmind’s Report of its own action:

 On Saturday 14th January 2017 Inminds human rights group undertook guerilla projections on the walls of three European embassies - that of France, Germany and the Netherlands, to protest the double standards cities in these countries have shown in ignoring Israel's routine killing of Palestinian civilians, often children, whilst showing solidarity with 4 recently killed Israeli occupation soldiers.

On 8th January 2017, a Palestinian living in occupied East Jerusalem rammed his truck into a group of armed Israeli occupation soldiers killing 4 of them before being shot dead himself. Rather than accept this as a legally sanctioned act of resistance against foreign occupation, several European cities shamefully showed solidarity with the occupation army.  On 10th January Mayor Anne Hidalgo projected an image of the Israeli flag on Paris City Hall in solidarity. This followed the projection of the Israeli flag on the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in Germany and the flying of the Israeli flag at half mast on Rotterdam City Hall in the Netherlands.

Inminds chair Abbas Ali said "Its shameful that these same cities have never shown any sympathy when Palestinian civilians, very often children, are murdered by the Israeli occupation forces. In summer 2014 Israel target bombed 118 schools in Gaza including 65 UN schools slaughtering 521 Palestinian children, and leaving another 1000 children permanently disabled, and 1500 children were made orphans. Where was the solidarity from these cities when this crime was perpetrated? We didn't we see any Palestinian flags being projected on Europe's monuments in solidarity with the victims of Israeli butchery. And this isn't some thing that just happened in 2014 - Israel has been killing one Palestinian child every 60 hours for the past 17 years - where is the outrage for this infanticide? Shame on these cities for the double standards they  show. We are here, outside their embassies - outside the Embassies of France, Germany, and the Netherlands, to tell them that Palestinian lives are not worth less then Israeli lives, that Palestinian lives matter."
#PalestinianLivesMatter

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Terrorising Palestinian Children - This is what Zionism means in practice

This is what the Jewish Labour Movement, Luke AkehurstJeremy Newmark support when they cry ‘anti-Semitism’

Israeli security forces taking a child into custody during a protest in Kafr Qaddum, December 2016. Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency
Below is an article by Jonathan Cook, an ex-Guardian journalist based in Nazareth whom the Guardian dismissed as part of their move rightwards.   Below that is an article by Gideon Levy, one of Ha’aretz two excellent journalists (the other being Amira Hass).  It describes a ‘combat mission’ by the Israeli Defence Forces that involves waking and terrorising Palestinian children in the early morning as a raid is conducted on Kfar Qaddum, a Palestinian village.

Kfar Qaddum has protested against the confiscation of their lands by the neighbouring Jewish settlement of Kedumim.  The army is there, like any colonial army, to protect the settlers and it represses violently any opposition to their open theft of Palestinian land.

You might have heard that the Zionists of the Jewish Labour Movement, Labour Friends of Israel and the Board of Deputies support 2 states.  However this is meaningless because there isn’t even one example of them opposing the military repression that Palestinians suffer from.  2 States is a slogan, about something that will never come to pass, as a means of avoiding taking any position on the daily suffering of the native Palestinian population.

What should also be called out is that the Jewish Labour Movement has been encouraged in its attack on Labour Party members as ‘anti-Semites’ by Jon Lansman, who is currently engaging in a coup in Momentum.  Equally disappointing is the fact that Jeremy Corbyn has been intimidated into silence by the Israeli state driven accusations of anti-Semitism.

Tony Greenstein

16 January 2017

Israeli security forces taking a child into custody during a protest in Kafr Qaddum, December 2016. Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency

Forget the empty posturing of world leaders in Paris yesterday. This photo tells us what the Israel-Palestine “conflict” is really about.

Imagine for a second that the little boy – how old is he, eight, nine? – is your son, trying to adjust his keffiyeh because it keeps falling over his eyes and he can’t see anything. Image your small son surrounded by masked Israeli “soldiers”, or what looks more like a Jewish militia than an army. Imagine that the boy is likely soon to be bundled into the back of a military van and taken for interrogation without his parents or a lawyer present, or even knowing where he is. That he could end up beaten and tortured, as human rights groups have regularly documented.

Maybe you can’t imagine any of that because you, a responsible parent living in Europe or the United States, would never let your child out to throw stones.

Then you need to know more about the story behind this picture.

This photo was taken in Kfar Qaddum last month. The boy and his friends aren’t there to bait Israeli soldiers or indulge a bout of anti-semitism. Jews from the violent – and illegal – settlement of Kedumim have taken over their farm lands. Kedumim’s expansion has been further used to justify the army closing the access road in and out of Qaddum. The village is being choked off at the throat. In short, these villagers are being ethnically cleansed.

Parents living in such circumstances do not have the privilege of concealing from their children what is happening. Everyone in the village knows their community and its way of life are being extinguished. Israel is determined that they will leave so that the Jewish settlers next door can grab their land. Israel expects these villagers to join the rest of the aid-dependent Palestinian population in one of the ghettoised towns and cities in the bantustans of the West Bank.

Even little boys understand the stakes. And unlike your child, this one knows that, if he doesn’t resist, he will lose everything he holds dear.

What Israeli Soldiers Never Tell Their Mothers


There is virtually no combat service in the IDF that doesn’t entail soldiers carrying out despicable missions like the one described below.

Gideon Levy Jan 16, 2017 10:45 AM 
  
They gathered in the narrow street, on a cold and dark night. They were tense. The howl of a distant jackal broke the silence. For some, this was their first operational mission. They’d always dreamed of it, and they’d been in training for a long time. The adrenaline was flowing, just the way they liked it. That’s what they enlisted for.

Before they set out, they texted their parents to tell them not to worry. When the dawn broke and they returned safely to their base, they’d text again. Their mothers won’t ask what they did, and they won’t tell them. That’s how it always is. Their parents are proud of them: they’re combat soldiers.

As they formed up before leaving, their commanders checked their gear and ammunition, and gave them their final orders. The intelligence officer told them of the two wanted men; they must be found, at any price. Then the force went out into the night. Thirty soldiers. They went up the hill on foot.

They reached their target sometime after midnight. The village was deep in sleep, the orange security lights of the settlement across the way winking in the distance. And the order was given: Attack!

They leaped at the back door of the house and shook it until it was almost torn from its hinges. A dim light emanated from the second floor and a man came down in pajamas, still half asleep, to open the metal gate. Not one of them asked himself what he was doing there. Maybe that will happen when they grow up a little more. 

The first four entered with their machine guns at the ready. Black masks covered their faces; only their eyes peeped out. They pushed the shocked Palestinian backward. He tried to explain to them that the children were sleeping and he didn’t want them to wake up to the sight of a masked soldier above their bed.

The soldiers wanted Tariq. And also Maliq. They ordered the Palestinian to take them to them. The two wanted men slept in a room that was all blue, including the sheets. The soldiers woke them with shouts. The wanted men woke up in a panic.

The soldiers ordered them to get up. Then they grabbed their arms, pushed them into two separate rooms and locked them in. Other soldiers broke into the house, whose inhabitants had all woken up in the meantime. Six-year-old Mahmoud began to cry: “Daddy, Daddy!”

The soldiers warned the two wanted men not to dare participate in any more demonstrations. “Next time, we’ll shoot you or arrest you,” they told Maliq. He remained locked up for about 40 minutes, until the force left. On their way out, the soldiers threw stun grenades into the yards of the homes they passed – the icing on the cake.

All of this happened about 10 days ago in Kafr Qaddum. All of it happens every night throughout the West Bank.

The two wanted men were aged 11 and 13. Tariq’s voice hasn’t broken yet, and Maliq has a bashful smile. Since that night, they will sleep only in their parents’ bed. Mahmoud has started wetting the bed. The large force of soldiers came in the dead of night just to intimidate them, and perhaps also to maintain their edge.

The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit wasn’t ashamed to say, “Soldiers spoke with youths who had taken part in the regular demonstrations in Qaddum.” That’s what IDF soldiers do: hold intimidating nighttime talks with children. That’s what they enlisted for. That’s what they’re proud of.

Kafr Qaddum, it’s worth noting, is a place that merits respect. It has been fighting for about five years now, with courage and determination, for the reopening of its access road – which was blocked because of the settlement of Kedumim. The settlement had grown right up to the edge of the road, leading to its closure.

Last Friday, Amos Harel reported in Haaretz about a steep decline in the number of young men from well-off families willing to serve in combat units. The Border Police is now the most sought-after unit, and its gates are mobbed by the weaker sections of society, whom Israel cynically incites against the Palestinians, so that all of them want to be Sgt. Elor Azaria.

Perhaps it’s good that the well-off are abandoning service in the territories. Or perhaps it’s bad, because they’re leaving it to others. Today, there is virtually no combat service in the IDF that doesn’t entail carrying out despicable missions like the operation in Kafr Qaddum.

This Friday, or the following one, Tariq and Maliq will resume demonstrating on the road, and perhaps they’ll also throw stones. They won’t forget the terrors of that night so quickly; those terrors will form their consciousness.

And the soldiers? They’ll continue to be heroes, in their own eyes and those of their people. 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Perspective on Ferguson from Hedy Epstein - a Survivor of Nazi Germany

I compiled this in 2014 at the height of the Fergusson riots.  Hedy Epstein has now died but she was an example to all, as she took part in the protests against racism in Fergusson


Hedy Epstein on Ferguson, Fleeing Nazi Germany and Palestinian-African-American Solidarity

November 30th, 2014
Interview with Hedy Epstein who lives in the St. Louis area a few days after the Ferguson grand jury let off the policeman in the killing of Michael Brown.  Epstein herself was arrested in August at a protest in St. Louis.  
Hedy Epstein on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla
We also talk about her background, fleeing Nazi Germany as part of the Kindertransport, her job for the Allies after the war, her awakening to what Israel was doing to Palestinians in 1982, her trips to the West Bank and retaliation against her.  

POSTSCRIPT:  After finishing up we realized we needed to talk about a person who was murdered in Gaza, Vittorio Arrigoni.  Be sure to listen AFTER the end.  Interviewer Stanley Heller

The Huffington Post  | By Alana Horowitz
Posted: 08/18/2014 8:45 pm EDT 

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was arrested on Monday during unrest over the death of Michael Brown,KMOV reports.
Hedy Epstein as a childhood survivor of the Nazis and part of the Kinder transport
Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, "for failing to disperse" during a protest of Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to call the National Guard into Ferguson. Eight others were also arrested.
"I've been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn't think I would have to do it when I was 90," Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. "We need to stand up today so that people won't have to do this when they're 90."
Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement.
Tensions rose in Ferguson on Monday night after Nixon announced that the National Guard had been called in to help run the command center while police handled the protests.

Several people were arrested as protests ramped up, including Scott Olson, a photographer working for Getty Images.

President Obama addressed reporters on Monday and condemned the arrest of journalists covering Ferguson in the days since Michael Brown was shot and killed. He said he would be monitoring the National Guard presence to make sure it is "used in a limited and appropriate way."

"There is no excuse for excessive force by police," Obama said.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Palestine and Anti-Semitism in Nottingham with Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein

The Evil Zionist Sheriff fails to stop meeting going ahead

Jackie Walker (L), Yousuf Farooq and Tony Greenstein (R)

On Saturday, despite the best attempts of the Zionists, in the form of Jonathan Hoffman, the ousted co-Chair of the Zionist Federation, a meeting with Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein went ahead without incident.  Hoffman, who has previous form organising Zionist demonstrations with fascists like the English Defence League, had rung up the Mechanics Institute to threaten them with unnamed consequences if they went ahead with the meeting.  The Police, by all accounts, added to the pressure on the MI, when they advised that they couldn’t guarantee that there wouldn’t be public order incidents.
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The meeting was therefore transferred to the International Community Centre in Mansfield Road and over 40 people attended a lively 2 hours of talks and questions.  I spoke first about the ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign of the Zionists in the Labour Party and the fact that Zionism, despite accusing its opponents of anti-Semitism shares a lot in common with the anti-Semites.  Both Zionists and anti-Semites believe that the place of Jews is in Israel, not in the diaspora.  I gave a number of historical examples of such collaboration and quoted Israeli novelist A B Yehoshua who, in a talk to the Union of Jewish students helped demolish a few of the misconceptions of these young Zionists when he said that ‘Even today, in a perverse way, a real anti-Semite must also be a Zionist.’  (Jewish Chronicle 22.1.82.)
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Jackie then spoke  on her own experiences of being falsely accused of anti-Semitism focussing in particular on the threats of the Jewish Labour Movement’s new Director, Ella Rose (see) who harassment threatened to use her skills in Krav Maga to physically attack and destroy her.
There followed a lively hour of questions and contributions from the floor.  The meeting was a great success but it shows how, once again, the Zionists are determined to try and destroy free speech in this country by denying opponents of Israel’s barbaric and murderous policies a platform.  At the same time they  complain that they own speakers are given a rough ride.

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Ella Rose - Director of the Jewish Labour Movement - Threatens to 'Take Out' Jackie Walker

Not so much a rose, more a parody of James Bond
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Asa Winstanley's deeply 'anti-Semitic' scoop provoked Ella Rose's wrath
Whatever else you can say about Ella Rose, she is certainly not a rose by any other name.  Indeed, to use her own, somewhat limited language, she is indeed pathetic.  Taking a series of screen prints of her cameo performance, emphasised the fact that she is almost a cardboard cut-out caricature of a living, breathing human being.  She is an excellent demonstration of the impact of Zionism on someone’s emotional intelligence.  It’s almost as if she takes pride in demonstrating her own limited intellect, with its restricted emotions and use of a sub-James Bond rhetoric. 
The clip begins when Ella was caught in tears by Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter crying and feeling sorry for herself: ‘its been a tough week’ because Electronic Intifada had blown her cover, as an ex-employee of the Israeli Embassy.  Now why, you might ask, should she cry over the exposure of this fact?  Clearly she and her employers wanted it to be kept a secret  because the last thing the Jewish Labour Movement wanted is for their close relationship with the Israeli Embassy to be held up to the light.  The JLM portrays itself as a genuinely independent Jewish section of the Labour Party whereas her appointment makes clear the nature of the relationship between the Embassy and the JLM.  Hence her tears.
Ella in her own way is an excellent representative of the Zionist mindset - might is right and strength and size is all
What the video also shows though is that not only has her appointment to the JLM deprived some village of their idiot but the entirely bogus nature of the ‘anti-Semitism’ accusation.  In reaction to the exposure of her role as a former (?) Israeli Embassy operative she let’ out a series of expletive driven accusations of anti-Semitism – ‘fuck you, fuck you, fucking anti-Semites the lot of them.’  Whereas in the past, anti-Semitism consisted of libels and untruths about Jews, conspiracies and wholesale fabrications such as the medieval blood libel, with the advent of Zionist ‘anti-Semitism’ the truth not only can be but often is anti-Semitic.  Telling the truth about Israel is a particularly heinous form of anti-Semitism.
Ella Rose has a subtle, almost Shakesperian turn of phrase
Even the most stupid and malevolent Zionist would have difficulty in explaining why telling the truth about someone’s former employment counts as anti-Semitism.  But when anti-Semitism means anything you want it to mean, then someone saying something that displeases you, including disclosing a secret that you would prefer to have remained hidden, is certainly an example of anti-Semitism.
Donald Trump is not the only one who believes that winning is everything
What this demonstrates, in all its clarity, is the Zionist cynicism and utter contempt for the suffering of Jews in the past.  To compare the disclosure of the identity of one’s last employment with for example the pogrom in Kishinev in 1903 is just sick.  At Kishinev women had their breasts torn off, their stomachs ripped open.  Jewish children had their heads broken with sticks, yet Ella Rose and not just her, dares to compare this with their own trivial concerns. 
During the Iron Guard’s attempted coup in January 1941 the atrocities against the Jews defies comprehension:
according to the JLM, the 'victim' should define their own oppression.  Clearly Ella has suffered an anti-Semitic trauma on a par with European Jewry in the 1930's 
Particularly gruesome was the murder of dozens of Jewish civilians in the Bucharest slaughterhouse. The perpetrators hung the Jews from meat hooks, then mutilated and killed them in a vicious parody of kosher slaughtering practices.[26][27] The American ambassador to Romania Franklin Mott Gunther who toured the meat-packing plant where the Jews were slaughtered with the placards reading "Kosher meat" on them reported back to Washington: "Sixty Jewish corpses were discovered on the hooks used for carcasses. They were all skinned....and the quantity of blood about was evidence that they had been skinned alive".[25] Gunther wrote he was especially shocked that one of the Jewish victims hanging on the meat hooks was a 5-year-old girl.[25] 

The range and depth of her language and emotional intelligence is quite remarkable.  Clearly she will be an asset to the JLM and its perjurer Chairperson Jeremy Newmark
Yet this immature and emotionally insecure, foul-mouthed girl,  dares to compare her experience of  being outed with the horrors of Jews in Romania and elsewhere in times gone by.  Of course it is not just Ella Rose who is guilty of this.  She is simply a rather inadequate specimen of a Zionist activist.  The whole Zionist movement engages in this wholesale parody and trivialisation of the experiences of Jews in the dark days of yesterday.
Our Ella demonstrating just what an intellectual catch she was for the JLM
Attention has focussed quite rightly on her threats to ‘take out’ Jackie Walker, whose dignified response stands in comparison to that of Ms Rose.  Despite all the vicious and undeserved accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ that have been hurled at Jackie by these cheap political opportunists, for whom ‘anti-Semitism’ is merely a convenient weapon to defend their bastard state, she never once loses her composure.  Ella Rose, with her ‘die-in-a-hole’ comments to what she thought was one of her associates reveals not only her own lack of substance but that of the organisation she works for.
Jeremy Newmark, the JLM’s Chairperson is captured elsewhere boasting about what a catch Ella is.  Now unless there’s something we don’t know, then we can safely say that the JLM probably does deserve our Ella.  Every slight she experiences is explained away as ‘anti-Semitism’.  No doubt if she gets herself a boy friend, he had better be careful not to jilt her for fear that he’ll end up being accused of anti-Semitism.  Being Jewish certainly won’t help him as he’ll probably be accused of ‘self-hatred’ too.

The ability of Zionists to imagine that they, not the Palestinians, are the victims is infinite.  She expresses the Massada martyr complex admirably
It would be easy to laugh it off but what Ella demonstrates above all is the utter contempt she and her fellow Zionists have for what Jews experienced in the past.  This provides another, quite striking lesson.
Naturally - if a boyfriend jilts her it will be proof of his anti-Semitism
The whole basis of the Zionist claim to Palestine is the fact that Hebrew tribes wandered over the land 2,000+ years ago.  Of course this is patently ludicrous and if a present day Israeli caught site of one of the ancient Hebrews they would probably be immediately dispatched as a ‘terrorist’.  But what Ella demonstrates is that today’s Zionists don’t even have anything in common with the Jews who lived in Eastern Europe 80 years ago.  Instead they are but pale imitations of a Hollywood culture that can only express itself in the limited, macho style language that Ella feels so at home with.


Tony Greenstein



















Friday, 13 January 2017

An Open Letter to the Jewish Socialists Group


Jackie Walker
David Rosenberg of the Jewish Socialists Group
Why the JSG's Silence over the Jewish Labour Movement’s Racist Attacks on Jackie Walker is Consent

To:  David Rosenberg, National Secretary, Jewish Socialists Group

Dear David,

Over 3 months ago, I posted links to my post The Strange Silence of the Jewish Socialists Group on the JSG’s Facebook group.  The post concerned Jackie Walker, the Black-Jewish activist who was suspended by the Labour Party and the actions of Jon Lansman, who is a member of the JSG.  As a result I was removed from the JSG’s FB group.  
Jackie was a victim of the Jewish Labour Movement’s anti-Semitism smear campaign.  Other anti-Zionists and anti-racists, including myself and Ken Livingstone, have also fallen victim to this Israeli-state driven campaign which labels support for the Palestinians and anti-Zionism as anti-Semitic.   Al Jazeera is now showing a series of programmes documenting some of the leading actors in this campaign and their links to the Israeli Embassy. 
Julia Bard, journalist, JSG member whose main role is to remove dissenters from JSG associated FB groups
Jackie was suspended from the Labour Party as a direct consequence of Lansman’s attack on her in the media.   Lansman informed the Independent that “I spoke to Jeremy Newmark of the Jewish Labour Movement this morning, he’s very upset and I can understand that – I work closely with Jeremy...’  Jackie was removed as Vice-Chair of Momentum at the instigation of Lansman, Momentum’s Chair and latter-day Caudillo. 
The admission by Lansman that he works closely with Newmark, something he has also told me, is shocking enough.  The JLM are the British wing of the Israeli Labour Party and affiliated to the World Zionist Organisation.  Their role is to prettify Israel’ racism and repression.  The ILP were the original party of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. 
Jeremy Newmark, Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement who has played a major role in weaponising anti-Semitism - friend of Jon Lansman 
Newmark is one of the principal authors of the false anti-Semitism campaign in the Labour Party and by his own admission he works very closely with the Israeli Embassy.  He was criticised as a liar by the Employment Tribunal in Fraser v UCU when he attacked the University College Union for supporting the Academic Boycott of Israel.
The JSG has a long and honourable record of fighting fascism and racism.  Although we often disagreed I counted the late Steve Cohen, a member of JSG and a tireless campaigner in support of refugees and asylum seekers, as a good friend. 
Only today Debbie Fink, a long-time Jewish activist in the BDS movement and JfJP wrote to you asking ‘why the JSG has not challenged Lansman, let alone expelled him, and why of all groups, the JSG has remained silent on the fate of Jackie Walker.’  She referred to the series of programmes that Al Jazeera are currently showing and asked ‘what side-of history does JSG want to be on?’
In response you stated that Debbie’s comments were ‘based on ignorance and vituperation, they were not worth responding to. The JSG is solely accountable to its members, not to you, nor to FSOI, nor to any other groups we may or may not be connected with or work with.’  Of course it is true that you are only accountable to your members but any group that claims  to be socialist and anti-racist surely owes an explanation to more than just its members for its behaviour?  It is shameful that you are remaining silent about a member who has actively colluded in racist attacks on a fellow Jewish socialist. 

On September 17th, over a week before the Labour Party Conference and the ‘training session’ that led to her suspension, I wrote a post The Jewish Labour Movement and its Political Lynching of Jackie Walker.  It was clear to me, that the JLM, as part the campaign that was organised by the Israeli Embassy, was engaged in what I called a political lynching, a campaign of race baiting, against a Black-Jewish comrade.  It was incumbent upon you as socialists to support her, not to remain silent. 

If you are not aware of the details of the framing of Jackie Walker you can consult my The lynching of Jackie Walker and Professor Jonathan Rosenhead’s Jackie Walker: a suspense mystery, both of which are on Open Democracy.
Guardian letter from Jewish LP Members that Ruth Appleton was instructed to remove her name from
email from Julia Bard instructing Ruth Appleton to remove the JSG from her name to a letter to the Guardian
On 5th October last year, the Guardian printed a letter from Jewish members of Momentum  defending Jackie Walker.  When one of your members, Ruth Appleton, sought to add ‘member of JSG’ after her name she was instructed by Julia Bard to remove any reference to the JSG.  Julia wrote that ‘The JSG is not commenting at the moment and, because the situation is so complex and volatile. Under the circumstances, I think it would be better if you just signed in your own name, without mentioning the JSG, for now.’
Today I understand that Debbie Fink has been removed from the Jews for Jeremy Facebook group, which is not a JSG group, although you, Julia and Ian Saville are the sole moderators, because she posted a link to my post criticising Lansman’s attempt to dissolve all Momentum’s elected bodies.  I assume that either yourself or Julia Bard removed Debbie. 
Malia Bouatthia - NUS's Black President who JSG have refused to defend
Last year I was also removed from the J4J FB group by you and Ms Bard for defending Malia Bouatthia, NUS’s Black President, in a letter to the Guardian.  Malia has also been the subject of a racist witch hunt by the Zionist UJS, which Al Jazeera has documented
Letter defending Malia Bouathia that JSG members objected to
At the end of April last year, the JSG issued a Statement on “Labour’s problem with antisemitism” in which you stated that
Accusations of antisemitism are currently being weaponised ... with claims that Labour has a “problem” of antisemitism.... The Jewish Socialists’ Group sees the current fearmongering about antisemitism in the Labour Party for what it is – a conscious and concerted effort by right-wing political forces to undermine the growing support among Jews and non-Jews alike for the Labour Party leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, and a measure of the desperation of his opponents.
Ian Saville of the JSG speaking to a Brighton meeting in support of Jackie Walker in May 2016
This was a fine statement of principles.  In May of last year Ian Saville, a member of the JSG, spoke at a Momentum meeting in Brighton alongside Jackie after she had been suspended for the first time.  Nothing has changed since that time other than the fact that the Zionists refused to accept her reinstatement into the Labour Party and conducted a race-baiting witch-hunt against her.  It is a pity that you have resiled from the position you once held.  I hope you reconsider.
In Solidarity,


Tony Greenstein