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Monday, 27 February 2017

Gerald Kaufman MP RIP – A Wonderful Example of Jewish Humanitarianism and Support for the Palestinians

The Victim of False Accusations of Anti-Semitism by Political Pygmies like John Mann


If there's one parliamentary speech you should commit to memory it is this one
If there is one parliamentary speech that you should commit to memory it is that of Gerald Kaufman in the debate on Israel’s attack on Gaza (Operation Cast Lead) on January 15 2009.  It is a speech that the fake anti-racists and opponents of ‘anti-Semitism’ will accuse of being ‘anti-Semitic’ because it
1.    accused an Israeli military spokesperson of speaking like a Nazi. 

2.    It compared the murder of his own Jewish grandmother in the Polish town of Staszow to that of Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza. 

3.    It accused Israel and the Zionists of cynically exploiting what happened during the Holocaust to Jews in order to justify what the Palestinians are now experiencing.

All of them true – but the truth to day is anti-Semitic.
Pipsqueak MP Mann attacked Gerald Kaufman in Zionist paper - shamefully Corbyn went along with this nonsense
It was a deeply humanitarian speech which compared two human rights tragedies.   Yet what Gerald Kaufman said in 2009 will now be termed ‘anti-Semitic’ under the ludicrous McCarthyite IHRA definition of anti-Semitism which Theresa May opportunistically adopted and which Jeremy Corbyn in a shameful act of submission accepted. [Jeremy Corbyn’s acceptance of this Tory definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ is shameful and must be reversed].  Below is the most powerful section of Gerald’s speech.

According to the far-right rent-a-mouth MP John Mann, Gerald Kaufman was ‘a disgrace to Parliament and the Labour Party’.  Some of us would say that it is the Labour Party’s disgrace that it harbours such a devious little opportunist such as John Mann in its ranks.
Gerald Kaufman in the last year
My first encounter with Gerald was over 30 years ago, when he was a stalwart of Poale Zion and a staunch Zionist.  Suffice to say we didn’t agree!  Gerald was always on the Right of the Party, the last surviving member of Harold Wilson’s government but he was also a highly principled man.
An attack by despicable Zionist 'charity' Campaign Against Anti-Semitism is indeed an accolade - there were no les than 21 attacks on Gerald for bogus 'anti-semitism' 
Gerald was not like some of the Zionist robots in Parliament - the Joan Ryans, Wes Streetings and Tom Watsons.  When he saw in which direction Israel was going, because he was still attached to the memory of the earlier Labour Zionist leaders, he became active and highly vocal in his support of the Palestinians. 

Unlike the hypocrites of the Jewish Labour Movement and Labour Friends of Israel who mouth support for 2 States whilst supporting the occupation and the settlements and the consequent repression, Gerald Kaufman spoke out vehemently against the brutality of Israel’s wars against Gaza and its Occupation.
Gerald Kaufman on a parliamentary delegation to see the Occupation for himself
I am happy to print in its entirety Gerald’s wonderful speech to the House of Commons on January 15 2009 at the time of yet another genocidal Israeli attack on Gaza.

Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton) (Lab):
I was brought up as an orthodox Jew and a Zionist. On a shelf in our kitchen, there was a tin box for the Jewish National Fund, into which we put coins to help the pioneers building a Jewish presence in Palestine.

I first went to Israel in 1961 and I have been there since more times than I can count. I had family in Israel and have friends in Israel. One of them fought in the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973 and was wounded in two of them. The tie clip that I am wearing is made from a campaign decoration awarded to him, which he presented to me.
I have known most of the Prime Ministers of Israel, starting with the founding Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Golda Meir was my friend, as was Yigal Allon, Deputy Prime Minister, who, as a general, won the Negev for Israel in the 1948 war of independence.

My parents came to Britain as refugees from Poland. Most of their families were subsequently murdered by the Nazis in the holocaust. My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town of Staszow. A German soldier shot her dead in her bed.

My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza. The current Israeli Government ruthlessly and cynically exploit the continuing guilt among gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians. The implication is that Jewish lives are precious, but the lives of Palestinians do not count.

On Sky News a few days ago, the spokeswoman for the Israeli army, Major Leibovich, was asked about the Israeli killing of, at that time, 800 Palestinians—the total is now 1,000. She replied instantly that

“500 of them were militants.”

That was the reply of a Nazi. I suppose that the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw ghetto could have been dismissed as militants.

The Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni asserts that her Government will have no dealings with Hamas, because they are terrorists. Tzipi Livni’s father was Eitan Livni, chief operations officer of the terrorist Irgun Zvai Leumi, who organised the blowing-up of the King David hotel in Jerusalem, in which 91 victims were killed, including four Jews.

Israel was born out of Jewish terrorism. Jewish terrorists hanged two British sergeants and booby-trapped their corpses. Irgun, together with the terrorist Stern gang, massacred 254 Palestinians in 1948 in the village of 

15 Jan 2009 : Column 408
Deir Yassin. Today, the current Israeli Government indicate that they would be willing, in circumstances acceptable to them, to negotiate with the Palestinian President Abbas of Fatah. It is too late for that. They could have negotiated with Fatah’s previous leader, Yasser Arafat, who was a friend of mine. Instead, they besieged him in a bunker in Ramallah, where I visited him. Because of the failings of Fatah since Arafat’s death, Hamas won the Palestinian election in 2006. Hamas is a deeply nasty organisation, but it was democratically elected, and it is the only game in town. The boycotting of Hamas, including by our Government, has been a culpable error, from which dreadful consequences have followed.

The great Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban, with whom I campaigned for peace on many platforms, said:

“You make peace by talking to your enemies.”

However many Palestinians the Israelis murder in Gaza, they cannot solve this existential problem by military means. Whenever and however the fighting ends, there will still be 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza and 2.5 million more on the west bank. They are treated like dirt by the Israelis, with hundreds of road blocks and with the ghastly denizens of the illegal Jewish settlements harassing them as well. The time will come, not so long from now, when they will outnumber the Jewish population in Israel.

It is time for our Government to make clear to the Israeli Government that their conduct and policies are unacceptable, and to impose a total arms ban on Israel. It is time for peace, but real peace, not the solution by conquest which is the Israelis’ real goal but which it is impossible for them to achieve. They are not simply war criminals; they are fools.

When Gerald was attacked recently over a speech in the House of Commons because he had referred to ‘Jewish money’ I responded on my blog, pointing out the hypocrisy of his accusers.  That there were nearly 600 references to ‘Jewish money’ in the Jewish Chronicle and that it was a common phrase.

The Witchhunt of Gerald Kaufman - Crucified for Supporting the Palestinians

Sir Gerald Kaufman, veteran British Parliamentarian and Zionist compares Israelis in Gaza to the Nazis


That did not stop the Jewish Chronicle and its hateful neo-con editor Stephen Pollard or the despicable ‘charity’ Campaign Against Anti-Semitism from maligning him.  The CAA had, by the time of Gerald’s death published no less than 21 posts attacking Gerald Kaufman.  I sent references to my blog to Gerald at the time and he kindly wrote back:

Dear Mr Greenstein
 Most interesting.   And many thanks.
 Best wishes
 Gerald Kaufman

From: Tony Greenstein 
Sent: 08 December 2015 00:26
To: KAUFMAN, Gerald
Subject: Re: The Silence of the Normally Volluble Geoffrey Alderman re Sir Gerald Kaufmann MP - The High Price of Hypocrisy

I didn't like this bullying hypocrisy.  It has nothing to do with anti-Semitism but support of the Palestinians.  Going onto the Campaign Against anti-Semitism site one would think you and Jeremy Corbyn are the main sources of anti-Semitism in Britain today.  The BNP and EDL, being pro-Zionist, don't get a look in.  Sheer madness but it means that if you accuse people who are not anti-Semitic of anti-Semitism the real anti-Semites are let off the hook.  A case of the boy who cried wolf.
I just had an idea that 'Jewish money' might not be that rare a phrase, although it is not helpful to use it (!) because of the implications.  I was taken aback when I did a search on the JC's website.  Geoffrey Alderman is particularly hypocritical given that he has used the phrase himself and excused opposition to anti-Semitism as a form of political correctness.
I saw the nasty little report in the Jewish Chronicle about when a reporter burst in on you at the House of Commons and thought you might be feeling a little down, so please use my research as you see fit.  
Today the Palestinians are the Jews of the Middle East.
best wishes
Tony Greenstein

On 7 December 2015 at 22:45, KAUFMAN, Gerald <> wrote:

Wow !   What amazing research ! 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Fake Charity 'Campaign Against Anti-Semitism' Runs Scared that it will lose its 'Charitable' Tax Advantages

Zionist ‘Charity’ Seeks Help of former Hitler supporting Daily Mail and Tory MPs to help it in its McCarthyite work


The decision of the courageous peer, Baroness Jenny Tonge to sign the petition calling for the so-called Campaign Against Anti-Semitism to be deregistered as a charity, sent the CAA into a fit.  You couldn’t have bettered the headline ‘Baroness who quit Lib Dems over anti-Semitic row says Britain's top group fighting hate speech against Jews should lose its charitable status’. 
A top group that has nothing about Holocaust denial groups like the British National Party on its web site and 70+ articles attacking Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite.  They make a particular speciality of attacking anti-racist and anti-Zionist Jews.  Moshe Machover, Gerald Kauffman and Jackie Walker are just a few examples of the people they demonise.
Unfortunately Tingle didn't manage to read his own online newspaper
One particular source of personal embarrassment, that they hadn't so far attacked me, has at last been rectified and my reputation restored!  In a report on Palestine Solidarity Campaign and how they need to eradicate 'anti-Semitism' in the movement they report on how 
'For example, the Brighton and Hove branch of PSC and various branches of PSC in Scotland have scheduled events to explain how “false antisemitism allegations silence the Palestinian voice”, with speakers including Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein, both of whom were suspended by the Labour Party for antisemitism.
Sign the Petition
You see how the CAA works.  Alleging that Zionist organisations like the CAA make false accusations of anti-Semitism against people who oppose Zionism, which is a fact known to most people, is in itself anti-Semitic.  You don't have to believe that Jews are inferior, that they have peculiar characteristics, that they deserve to be discriminated against or indulge in conspiracies. Good gracious no.  If you attack Zionists (who the CAA conflate with Jews) for attacking their opponents as 'anti-Semitic' when they are not, then you too are anti-Semitic in their Alice-in-the-Wonderland world.
Mail Online article of 16.11.16.
The fact that Zionists claim that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic and therefore that all anti-Zionists are by definition 'anti-Semitic' as e.g. Mick Davies, former head of the Jewish Leadership Council claimed when giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Anti-Semitism is irrelevant.  Anti-semitism is what we say it is.  The fact that these people are died-in-the-wool Zionists is irrelevant.  Like Humpty Dumpty they define the terminology.  Words mean what they want them to mean.  The only question is whose master!

Of course the fact that Jackie and I have been suspended from the Labour Party for 'anti-Semitism' despite not yet being given the allegations or charges, is 'proof' of our anti-Semitism.  And these rascals claim they are a bona fide charity.

Jackie Walker, being Black and Jewish, is an especially attractive target for these Zionist scoundrels.  In one of its attacks the CAA call Jackie a holocaust denier on the basis of her quoting Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion!  Only when they realised that the words ‘Nazi’ and ‘Auschwitz’ don’t always add up to helping Hitler, did they hurriedly delete the post.  But none of this was reported by the racist Mail and what isn’t reported doesn’t exist!

The Mail also attacks me and, as is normal for the paper, gets its facts wrong despite me having twice corrected them.  I was not ‘barred’ from joining the Labour Party last summer.  I wasn’t allowed to become a registered supporter or rather my vote was fished out of the ballot box! 
Rent-a-mouth John Mann MP managed to make an appearance
The Mail, horrors of horrors, informs its readers that ‘Mr Greenstein has previously stated online that 'Zionists collaborated with the Nazis' and helped 'round up' Jews to send to Auschwitz.’  This is indeed a shocking story.  Accusing the Zionist organisation, which bases its claim to a Jewish state on the Holocaust, of actually having collaborated with the Nazis.  And what is the truth of this terrible accusation?

Well you could turn to the Mail Online for 16th November 2016 where you will read the headline ‘War hero known as the 'Jewish Oskar Schindler' HELPED the Nazis kill hundreds of thousands of Jews, claims new book based on Holocaust survivor testimonies’In the story you learn that ‘Mr Bogdanor says he can prove he only managed to secure the agreement in return for helping Eichmann to deport the rest of Hungary's nearly 800,000 Jews to Auschwitz.’

The Mail castigates me for making the same allegations that it did!
Unfortunately the appropriately named Mr Tingle hadn’t done some basic research and for example read his own online archives first.  In fact whereas I claim that Kasztner helped send to Auschwitz some 437,000 Jews, the Mail puts the figure at 800,000!

What the Mail claims is ‘New research, based on Holocaust survivor testimonies’ is in fact a very old story.  In his magnus opus ‘The Destruction of the European Jews’ the late Raul Hilberg, Professor of Holocaust Studies at Vermont University wrote that:
‘Eichmann stated in his memoirs that Kasztner “agreed to keep the Jews from resisting deportation – and even keep order in the camps – if I would close my eyes and let a few hundred or a few thousand young Jews emigrate illegally to Palestine.  It was a good bargain.’ (p. 903)
Hilberg was citing an article in Life magazine of 5th December 1960.  Eichmann’s revelations were undoubtedly stirred by the Kasztner Trial which was taking place in Israel at that time.  As a result of accusations that he had collaborated with the Nazis to send thousands of Jews to their deaths, Kasztner, a senior official in the Israeli Labour Party and scheduled to be a member of the Knesset at the next elections, had sued his accuser, Malchiel Greenwald.  The state had paid for and insisted on such a prosecution but it backfired and it was Kasztner who was on trial.  The judge, Benjamin Halevi, found that Kasztner had ‘sold his soul to the devil’ when finding the allegations against him proved.  Although the Supreme Court overturned the verdict by 4-1 this was on a legal technicality. 

So the accusation against me in the Mail, of accusing Zionists of having  collaborated with the Nazis in Hungary has a rather good foundation!  But expecting an idiot reporter like Pringle to read back copies of his own online paper is probably rather too much to expect.

It is interesting though that in its report of Paul Bogdanor’s book, Kasztner’s Crime, the Mail Online conveniently omits the fact that Kasztner was the de-facto head of the Zionist Rescue & Relief Committee and the head of the Zionist movement in Hungary and a representative of the Jewish Agency in Palestine.  In other words the Mail managed to omit entirely the fact that Kasztner was a Zionist.  Still rewriting history is what one expects of the Mail.

The Mail also found a rent-a-quote toe rag of an MP one Bob Blackman, Tory MP for Harrow East, who said: 'This web page is just the sort of abject nonsense that has got no place in public life.’  No place in public life.  Presumably it should be banned, outlawed, removed.  Because the CAA works, apparently, with the CPS and has the support of Theresa May.  All very fine but none of this is charitable.

Another well known anti-racist, known for his work in support of child refugees NOT, Mike Freer, Tory MP for Finchley & Golders Green, called my petition 'a nonsense'.  Which is probably about all that the man is intellectually capable of.

Gideon Falter, Chair of the charity and also a trustee for the apartheid ‘charity’ the JNF UK is quoted as saying that 'This absurd petition aims to close down our charity on the basis that anti-Semitism is not a real problem and we are just trying to stifle debate about Israel.  Again another few lies.  We haven’t said that anti-Semitism isn’t a problem rather that we don’t want genuine anti-Semitism confused with people who oppose the racist Israeli state and Zionism, both of which Falter supports.
Neither do we wish to close down his ‘charity’.  It’s just we preferred that political organisations were honest and didn’t try to dishonestly obtain tax and financial advantages by pretending to be what they are not.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Fake Zionist 'charity' the Campaign Against 'Anti-Semitism' is Supported by Daily Mail

 The Paper That Supported Hitler and Opposed Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany Entering Britain Opposes Our 'Anti-Semitic' Petition 
The Daily Mail has a long and inglorious record - its proprietor Viscount Harmsworth supported Hitler before 1939 and the paper campaigned vigorously against the entrance of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany - like today they were 'bogus' refugees.  Literally the Daily Mail campaign had the blood of thousands of Jews on its hands
The Daily Mail and its proprietor, Lord Rothermere, were strong supporters of Hitler before 1939.  In Nazi Youth in Control [Daily News 4.9.33] Rothermere wrote that 

‘I WRITE from a new country on the map of Europe. Its name is Naziland. Of all the historic changes in our time, the transformation of Germany under Hitler has been the swiftest, most complete,’ which is certainly one way of putting it. 

The Mail also supported Oswald Moseley's British Union of Fascists - who were of course anti-Semitic
Rothermere waxed lyrical about the attractions and support of German people for Hitler.

'Something far more significant than a new Government has arisen among the Germans. There has been a sudden expansion of their national spirit like that which took place in England under Queen Elizabeth. Youth has taken command. On a visit, which I am paying to Northern Germany I find-, the signs of the new Hitler spirit as manifest in the most out of-the-way villages as in the largest cities.' 

He didn't hesitate to whitewash Nazi violence.

‘They have started a clamorous campaign of denunciation against what they call 'Nazi atrocities,' which, as anyone who visits Germany quickly discovers for him self, consists merely of a few isolated acts of violence.’ 
Rothermere also owned the Daily Mirror and it too was pro-fascist - something not widely known today
‘The administration of a few doses of castor oil to Communist adversaries.’  Perhaps in his visit he could have taken in the concentration camps of Dachau and Sachsenhausen.

Rothermere also justified the Nazis' anti-Semitism:

JEWISH OFFICIALS IN KEY POSITIONS'THE German nation, moreover, was rapidly falling under the control of its alien elements. In the last days of the pre-Hitler regime there were 20 times as many Jewish Government officials in Germany as had existed before the war. Israelites of international attachments were insinuating themselves into key positions in the German administrative machine. Three German Ministries only had direct relations with the Press, but in each case the official responsible for conveying news and interpreting policy to the public was a Jew. . It is from such abuses that Hitler has freed Germany.' 

To Rothermere Hitler’s actions were to prevent Jewish ‘abuses’. Rothermere was quite prepared to justify anti-Semitism as the price of smashing communism and the labour movement. In this he was not alone. In his two-volume book on fascism, Robert Black quotes Lloyd George thus:

‘If the powers that be succeeded in overthrowing Nazism in Germany, what would follow? Not a Conservative-Socialist regime (SPD) nor a Liberal regime, but extreme Communism... A Communist Germany would be intimately more formidable than a Communist Russia.’ [Robert Black, p. 417, Fascism in Germany, pp. 296/297, Steyne Publications, 1975.

Nor was this attitude to anti-Semitism confined to non-Jews. Chaim Weizmann, President of the (World) Zionist Organisation and first President of the State of Israel wrote of Major Evans-Gordon MP, founder of the anti-Semitic British Brothers League, which campaigned against the admission of Jewish refugees from Czarist Russia that:

"Looking back now, I think our people were rather hard on him." And why? Because:

The Aliens Bill in England and the movement which grew up around it were natural phenomenon which might have been foreseen.’ To the Zionists anti-Semitism was a ‘natural phenomenon’ which could not be fought and this of course explains the collaboration with anti-Semitism including the Nazis (especially in the 1933-1939 period).

This blog has been waging a campaign against the bogus 'charity' - the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism over the past year.  Formed at the height of Israel's murderous Operation Protective Edge, the CAA tries to defame supporters of the Palestinians as anti-Semites.  It has nothing to say about Israel's vicious racism, its ingrained discrimination against Palestinians, the 2 sets of laws - one for Jewish settlers the other for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.  Its sole concern is 'anti-Semitism'.  

I have run a number of articles exposing the CAA as a Zionist political organisation masquerading as a charity: 
EXCLUSIVE - Lifting the Lid on the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism 
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism Smears Veteran Israeli Anti-Zionist Professor Moshe Machover and 
More False Allegations of Anti-Semitism - their purpose is to shore up position of Progress MP Peter Kyle
Nasty smear article on CAA web site attacks Becky Massey, the Chair of a Labour ward in Hove, on the basis of two tweets which never mention Jews
3 weeks ago in response to their attacks on Becky Massey, a friend of mine in Hove Labour Party and Professor Moshe Machover, an Israeli anti-Zionist, I started a petition on calling on the Charity Commission to remove their charity status.  They immediately contacted and tried to get them to take down the petition. 

The CAA have great difficulty in understanding the meaning of free speech.  Like their beloved Israeli state, their answer to their opponents criticism is to use administrative means to shut them down.  In Israel this is achieved by the bullet and the prison cell, in Britain it has to be a bit subtler.  However refused to take the petition down because it was clear that here was a valid issue of concern to people. See:
Campaign Against Anti-Semitism tries to intimidate to remove Petition criticising them

The CAA were so eager to engage in politically lynching Jackie Walker that they accused her of holocaust denial
Ludicrously, in their racist attacks on the Black-Jewish anti-Zionist activist Jackie Walker, they accused her of justifying the Holocaust and excusing Hitler.  Why?  Because she quoted the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion, who said that the Arabs justifiably asked why they were being made to pay the price for the Nazis and Auschwitz when they bore no blame.  The idiots at the CAA took one look at the quote, saw Nazi and Auschwitz and Jackie Walker and immediately invented a grossly libellous charge against her.  It was subsequently deleted but not before I and others got a screen print.
The 'holocaust denial' quote wrongly attributed to Jackie Walker came from David Ben Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister and is quoted in the autobiography of Nahum Goldman, President of the World Zionist Organisation and Chair of the World Jewish Congress!
EXCLUSIVE: The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism Accuses Jackie Walker of Holocaust Denial - Why?  Because they didn't realise that she was quoting from David Ben-Gurion
Racist CAA cartoon of a Muslim man
The CAA are an overtly Islamaphobic political group.  They have skewed opinion polls to show that Muslims are anti-Semitic, they have inflated the level of anti-Semitism in society overall to suggest nearly half of British people are anti-semitic with the intention of increasing fears in the Jewish community.

At the same time they have posted grossly racist cartoons of Muslims.  When people protested they put the image above into silhouette, but its racism was clear in the headings.
The Mail think this is less racist than the above figure
The CAA have therefore resorted to that time and trusted weapon, the Daily 'Hate' Mail.  No doubt tomorrow there will appear the usual smear article suggesting how us wicked 'anti-Semites' are trying to stop these doughy fighters against 'anti-Semitism':

I received a message a short time ago from Rory Tingle from the Daily Mail on-lineMy responses are below.  Clearly the fCampaign Against Anti-Semitism, are running scared that their charity status is under threat.  Their political activities are so blatant that they have been forced to tell ever more desperate lies.  Gideon Falter, CAA's Chair, claims that 
'This petition is an attempt to stop Jews from calling out anti-Semitism by smearing them as Israeli agents trying to stifle dissent against their supposed power.
The CAA has over 70 articles attacking Jeremy Corbyn
One wonders whether Mr Falter's nose has grown a few feet after telling this egregious lie.  Nothing CAA does is directed at people who hate Jews as Jews.   Their sole concern is smearing people like Jeremy Corbyn, Baroness Tonge, Gerald Kaufman, Shami Chakrabarti, Jackie Walker and even Israeli Anti-Zionist Professor Moshe Machover.  The wonder is they have left me alone for so long but maybe attacking the son of an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi is a step too far!  Or maybe not.

Anti-racist Jews are an especial target for this group of political gangsters.  Like the Jewish Labour Movement, Labour Friends of Israel and a host of similar groups, we suspect that they are funded, in part at any rate, by the Israeli state through the $50m slush fund allocated to Gilad Erdan's Ministry of Strategic Affairs.

This is an added reason why you should do your utmost to share this petition as widely as possible.  Let’s keep the heat on these unscrupulous and dishonest people who dare to conflate hatred against Jewish people and anti-Semitism with opposition to Israel’s Apartheid regime, a regime which only 4 weeks ago demolished a Bedouin village, Umm al-Hiran in Israel's Negev desert, murdering a school teacher, in order to erect a Jewish only village of Hiran.
We can of course expect the Mail, which in the 1930’s campaigned against the entrance of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany to be extremely sympathetic to these Zionist defamers.
Tony Greenstein
Criticisms the Daily Mail put to me
On 25 February 2017 at 00:20, Rory Tingle <> wrote:
Hello Tony,
The article is about Jenny Tonge signing your petition.
It contains some criticisms from MPs and the CAA that you may wish to respond to.
This will not be published until tomorrow morning. I will add over a  statement if you would like to send one.
If you reply tomorrow morning, please also CC in news editor Karl Smith –
I have put the relevant criticisms for you to respond to below.
I would also be interested to know when you were most recently barred from Labour. Was it in response to this petition?
Best wishes,

MPs and a peer said the petition was an attempt to 'stifle' those fighting bigotry.
Gideon Falter called it 'absurd' and said it resembled 'far-right slurs' now taken up by those on the 'far left'.
You were barred from the Labour Party in 2015 after failing vetting but rejoined after Jeremy Corbyn became leader.
You have previously stated online that 'Zionists collaborated with the Nazis' and helped 'round up' Jews to send to Auschwitz
You have been suspended from the Labour Party 'pending an investigation'.
Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism said: 'This absurd petition aims to close down our charity on the basis that anti-Semitism is not a real problem and we are just trying to stifle debate about Israel.
'We back and successfully campaigned for the government to formally adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism which states that "criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic".
'This petition is an attempt to stop Jews from calling out anti-Semitism by smearing them as Israeli agents trying to stifle dissent against their supposed power.
Rory Tingle
UK Reporter
020 3615 3874
The petition is aimed at a political group that is masquerading as a charity. 
You seem to be interested in my relationship to the Labour Party.  I have been suspended (not barred) from the LP - there has been no investigation since there is nothing to investigate.
It is a fact that in Hungary the Zionist Rescue & Relief Committee and the Judenrat (Jewish Council) rounded up Jews for deportation.  Indeed not just in Hungary.  If you weren't so ignorant you wouldn't be so shocked.  Who do you think rounded up the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto?  The late Israel Shahak, a note Israeli human rights campaigner and professor at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem was a child survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and Belsen.   He said how even at the height of the roundups the Nazis were rarely seen. It was the Jewish police who did the rounding up.
If u knew anything about what actually happened in Warsaw you would know that the Jewish resistance first executed Jewish collaborators, who were almost always Zionists, as a precondition of the Jewish Resistance succeeding.
If you want to know about Hungary then read Ben Hecht's book Perfidy (its easy to google).  It was the subject of a 4 year trial in Israel which led to the overthrow of the Sharrett government.  Yes everywhere in Europe the Zionist movement collaborated and Isaiah Trunk, who wrote the definitive book on the Jewish Councils (Judenrate) estimated that 66% of their members were Zionists.
The petition is not aimed at preventing Jews calling out anti-Semitism.  I am after all Jewish.  I organised the fight against the real anti-Semites of the National Front and BNP in Brighton for many years.  What the petition is aimed at doing is stopping Mr Falter and co. from accusing supporters of the Palestinians and anti-Zionists of anti-Semitism.  It's like the boy who cried wolf syndrome.  If you accuse everyone u disagree with of anti-Semitism, when the real thing occurs people will ignore you.
I realise that the Daily Mail, which in the 1930s supported Hitler, along with the Express and The Times under Geoffrey Dawson, is now pro-Israel.  The 2 go together.  Anti-semites want Jews out of their countries and Zionists say yes, Jews do not belong anywhere bar Israel. 
Mr Falter tried to get to take the petition down but failed.   His charity only targets left-wing   politicians surprisingly and those who oppose Zionism and support the Palestinians.  It is a fake charity and offers no public benefit.  It also deliberately misinterprets or skews opinion polls to suggest that up to half the British public are anti-Semitic.
I don't expect that the Mail will produce a fair report because today it is pro-Zionist.  In the 1930's it campaigned against the entrance of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.  It hasn't actually changed one iota
I should maybe make the obvious point that if a left wing political group tried to pretend it was a charity in order to gain tax advantages the Mail would be the first paper to call them out. 
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism has 73 articles, at the last count on Jeremy Corbyn.  It has made a complaint that he is an anti-Semite and has called Chakrabarti's Inquiry a whitewash and 'laughable'.
It also accused Jackie Walker of excusing Hitler's role in the holocaust and suggested she was justifying the holocaust.  Why?  because she quoted from David Ben Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister on why the Arabs don't see why they should pay the price for the holocaust and Auschwitz.  They later took down this post when they realised this was a smear too far.

tony greenstein

Friday, 24 February 2017

Jewish Socialist Group Cowardice Over the Zionists' Racist Attacks on Jackie Walker

Bundists behaving like Stalinists – JSG Leaders Remove Critics of Lansman from Jews 4 Jeremy FB Group
Jackie Walker - subject to a racist witchhunt by the Zionist Jewish Labour Movement aided by Jon Lansman.  The JSG is like the 3 monkeys - it neither sees, hears nor says anything
The JSG's censor-in-chief Julia Bard
The Jewish Socialists Group, which was originally founded in the early 1970’s as a left-Zionist group before moving towards Bundism and non-Zionism, has never been an activist group.  It is largely composed of what might be called the leftist Jewish intelligentsia. However it has always been at the forefront of the anti-racist and anti-fascist struggle.  At least until today when it has been rendered dumbstruck by Zionist attacks on Jackie Walker.  Attacks which have been condoned and indeed supported by one of its own members, Jon Lansman.

Below are just some of the vile racist tweets attacking Jackie Walker which the JSG leadership have condoned by their silence and support for Lansman and the Momentum leadership.
This is what passes for Zio humour - calling a Black anti-racist 'Nazi scum' is a good example of how Zios trivialise anti-Semitism 

Naturally anyone who is an anti-Zionist is a 'Jew hater' unlike the Zionists who worked hand in hand with anti-Semites from Herzl onwards

Burning Black people was an integral part of KKK lynching in the United States

notice how this racist Zio emphasises the word 'black'

'hanging' Black people was also something that the KKK specialised in and Zionists salivate about 

A good combination of sexism and a neo-Nazi style denial of Jackie as Jewish

No need for an explanation to this piece of vile race hatred

I've had a number of tweets too from racist neo-Nazi style Zios who despite being concerned about 'anti-Semitism' express a desire to send you to the gas chambers - graffiti such as 'Arabs to the gas chambers' is quite common in Hebron and amongst the Judeo-Nazi setters there

Once again the Zionist desire to emulate their KKK brothers and burn someone who is Black

Given the predominance of right-wing Zionist and conservative politics in the once radical Jewish community the JSG once stood out for its dissent with establishment Jewish politics.  To a large extent it has been overtaken with the formation of groups like Jews 4 Justice for Palestinians, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, Jewdas etc . 

JSG came to the fore with its support for the anti-fascist movement in the 1970’s.  When the Board of Deputies and the Union of Jewish Students opposed, in the late 1970’s, the Anti Nazi League, which at that time was a mass movement not an SWP front, the JSG was prominent in fighting a bourgeois Jewish leadership who saw the fight against anti-Zionism as more important than the fight against the National Front.  At that time the National Front, which was overtly anti-Semitic, was a credible political force, forcing the Liberals into 4th place in by-elections in Birmingham Ladywood and Stechford in 1977 and gaining 119,000 votes in the 1977 GLC elections.
Debate with Julia Bard in 1993 on the Oslo Accords which she supported
The JSG’s position on Israel has always been one of 2 states whilst avoiding the question of Zionism and the nature of the Jewish state.  At the time of the 1993 Oslo Accords in a debate with Julia Bard in Labour Briefing, she supported the Accords. 
Ian Saville speaking on behalf of Jackie Walker in May 2016
Dave Rosenberg says in his statement below that the JSG encompasses a wide variety of left-wing opinion.  However this did not prevent the JSG, despite its recent inactivity (Jewish Socialist, which used to come out quarterly now appears less than once a year) being involved in the setting up of the Jews for Jeremy group in the Summer of 2015.  When the false anti-Semitism campaign was at its height, the JSG supported Jackie Walker, before her removal as Vice Chair of Momentum, when she was suspended in May 2016.  Ian Saville appeared as a JSG speaker on an LRC/Momentum platform in Brighton alongside Jackie at a meeting specifically called to oppose the anti-Semitism witchhunt.
Free Speech on Israel picket of Momentum Steering Committee which removed Jackie Walker
Jackie was re-suspended in September last year after the Labour Party Conference.  There had been a sustained and vitriolic campaign by the Jewish Labour Movement.  Two weeks before the LP Conference I had posted The Jewish Labour Movement and its Political Lynching of Jackie Walker in which I wrote that:
‘Jackie was reinstated after an investigation but the Zionists have refused to accept her acquittal and have waged a campaign of vilification against her ever since.... The Jewish Labour Movement ... has run a disgraceful, race baiting campaign against Jackie.  It has been part and parcel of a Zionist attack on her which has questioned her Jewish ancestry on the basis that she is Black.  A large section of the Zionist movement refuses to accept that Black people, for example the Black Hebrews, can also be Jewish.’
Jeremy Newmark - racist liar-in-chief of the JLM
The JLM’s Chair, Jeremy Newmark criticised John McDonnell for speaking on an LRC platform with Jackie at the TUC Conference in September. He was quoted as saying of McDonnell that:
"He must explain his defence of Walker which is inconsistent with his call for zero tolerance. This raises serious questions. Our members expect him to explain himself."
The discussion on the slave trade by Jackie Walker that prompted the racist attacks on her
The JLM campaign was based on the lie perpetrated by Marcus Dysch in the Jewish Chronicle that Jackie ‘claimed Jews caused ‘an African holocaust’In fact what she said, in a private and complex Facebook discussion with an Israeli Zionist friend, was that
“Many Jews (my ancestors too) were the chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade which is of course why there were so many early synagogues in the Caribbean. So who are victims and what does it mean? We are victims and perpetrators to some extent through choice.”
Clearly what she was saying was that many Jews were among the chief financiers of the slave trade, which is a statement of historical fact.  On the basis of the omission of one word, which was clearly implied by the context, Jackie has been vilified and demonised. 

Since September when Jackie was suspended for a second time from the Labour Party, the JSG has maintained an embarrassed silence.  It has not only failed to criticise Jackie’s suspension, but it has also failed to criticise or even comment on the complicity in this racist attack by one of their own members, Jon Lansman.  Indeed it has gone out of its way to support him.
I spoke on Thursday night at a public meeting in Brighton with Jackie Walker.  The meeting was called to discuss the attack on free speech and the suppression of the Palestinian voice by the Zionist movement and their Israeli Embassy paymasters.  The IHRA definition of anti-Semitism which was adopted by Theresa May and which Corbyn decided to follow, has become the Zionists’ principal weapon.   
The whole purpose of the IHRA definition is to conflate genuine anti-Semitism, i.e. hostility to Jews as Jews, with criticism of Israel, which is anti-Semitic in itself, since it implies an association between Jews and Israel.  This week it has been used to prevent the holding of Israel Apartheid week at the University of Central Lancashire and yesterday all students and academics at Sussex University were sent an email by the Vice Chancellor attacking Israel Apartheid Week on campus. 
More racist tweets by Zionists
At UCL banning Israel Apartheid Week was justified by the Prevent counter-terrorism duty.  Support for the Palestinians and opposition to Zionism is being conflated with ‘terrorism’ as we always said it would.  Of course the definition of ‘terrorism’ excludes Israeli state terrorism.  Once again Prevent is being used to clamp down on free speech.  
One of many racist tweets that Jackie Walker has received
Jackie, told of how she had been the recipient of dozens of vitriolic racist tweets, of which those above are but a sample, as a result of the Zionist campaign  against her.  She is rightly fearful for her own physical safety.  One of the reasons this has occurred is that she is Black and Jewish.  Many of the tweets are concerned with her Jewishness since for many in the Zionist movement being Jewish is a European affair.  Arab Jews are bad enough compared to White Russians but Black Jews are beyond the pale.  It is for this reason that Ethiopian Jews in Israel suffer from extreme racist hostility.
Normally if someone says they are Jewish I take them at their word.  But to Zionist racists, it is very important to investigate someone's lineage because in Israel being Jewish determines your entitlement to privileges.  When investigating whether someone is entitled to come to Israel under the Law of Return, recourse has even been had to Nazi records to determine whether or not someone is Jewish.  Similarly the Zionists have employed someone to investigate Jackie’s family lineage and draw up a family tree to prove she isn’t Jewish.  80 years ago in Germany the same people would have found employment proving that people were Jewish.
The Silence of the JSG
Critics of Lansman’s coup in Momentum or those questioning why the JSG are suppressing criticism of him have been removed from the Jews for Jeremy and JSG Facebook groups.  A similar fate has befallen those criticising why the JSG has remained silent over the removal of Jackie Walker as Vice-Chair of Momentum and her suspension from the Labour Party. 
David Rosenberg
Why has the JSG’s leadership, in particular David Rosenberg and Julia Bard, moved to what is effectively a Stalinist position of suppressing political discussion?  For a group that traces its political lineage from the Bund, it is ironic that it is behaving more like the Bund’s historic political enemy. 
David Rosenberg, in a statement to the Free Speech on Israel group (see below) throws what is the political equivalent of a tantrum but fails to answer any questions about Jackie beyond saying that the JSG moderators of the J4J FB page have blocked ‘anti-Corbyn material’.  Most people would assume that means criticism from the Right and Progress, i.e. from those hostile to Corbyn.  This is dishonest because the critics who have been debarred are not hostile to Corbyn but fearful as to how long he will last given his present political trajectory.
What David really meant is any critique as to whether for example Corbyn is right to appease the Right, disavow reselection of Labour MPs and say that support for free movement of workers should be sacrificed on the altar of Brexit.  In categorising any criticism of Corbyn and McDonnell as ‘anti-Corbyn’ what David is doing is indulging in a personality cult, which was also the hallmark of Stalinism.  Lack of debate weakens not strengthens Corbyn.  We should be under no illusions that Corbyn’s position at present is not a strong one.
In the JSG statement David Rosenberg’s position was that ‘Our group is anti-Zionist but does not go in for gratuitous and childish demonisation of those who identify as Zionists.’
I am not aware that the JSG has ever identified itself as anti-Zionist in any published material. Presumably what Rosenberg means is recognising and understanding the role of Zionist groups such as the JLM in the attack, not only on Corbyn and the Left but in the witch-hunt more widely. Zionist groups are our political enemies, not cuddly multi-culturalists.  The Bund historically considered Zionism as its main enemy in the Jewish community not something it could cosy up to.
As the Al Jazeera programmes ‘The Lobby’ revealed, there is a well organised Zionist lobby in Britain, serviced and funded by the Israeli embassy, whose role is to destabilise and undermine the Corbyn leadership of the Labour Party and those like Malia Bouathia in NUS, who oppose the Israeli state or who support the Boycott of Israel.
One of the principal signatories to the letter purportedly criticising Arkush is Ella Rose, who directly transferred from working at the Israeli  Embassy to becoming Director of the JLM.  She was also recorded as threatening to ‘take out’ Jackie Walker.
Julia Bard telling Ruth Appleton of the JSG not to mention she is in the JSG in a Guardian letter - 'The JSG is not commenting at the moment' owing to the 'complexity and volatility' of the situation.  She was asked to wait for 30 minutes - we are still waiting!
Posting The Strange Silence of the Jewish Socialists Group over Jackie’s suspension got me removed from the JSG’s Facebook page some months ago.  There was no warning or message.  Prior to that Julia Bard had removed a link I had posted to a blog post critical of Lansman.  When we organised a letter to the Guardian supporting Jackie Walker, JSG member Ruth Appleton was told in an email by Julia Bard to remove all reference to the JSG even though she wasn’t writing on behalf of the group.   Clearly the JSG is embarrassed by any association with the campaign to support Jackie.
Debbie Fink made the cardinal error of posting an article of mine to the J4J FB page - worse still it attacked Jon Lansman's putsch
Asking why Lansman, a member of the JSG, had not been called to account for his removal of Jackie Walker as Momentum Vice-Chair, an act which even Cecile Wright, Lansman’s supporter on the Momentum Steering Committee has described as a ‘political lynching’, merited the following message on the Free Speech on Israel list in reply to Debbie Fink.  According to Rosenberg, her question was:
‘‘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.’ 
Julia Bard in full censorship mode
Which was more of a political tantrum than an answer.  When Debbie committed the cardinal sin of posting an article on Lansman's Kitchen Coup on the J4J FaceBook group asking why the silence over Jackie Walker, she was summarily removed, as others have been since then.  All removals have been conducted by Julia Bard, the JSG’s Political Commissar.
I was removed from the J4J group last year when I sent a letter to the Guardian on behalf of J4J supporting the new Black President of the National Union of Students against the racist attacks of the Zionist Union of Jewish Students.  Attacks which we now know from Al Jazeera’s ‘The Lobby’ were co-ordinated with the Israeli state and its Embassy in London.
I made a conscious decision, given the lack of any democratic mechanisms within J4J, to send a letter defending Malia to the Guardian.  In my naivety I didn’t realise that the JSG’s commitment to anti-racism stops short of defending Black anti-racists when they are accused of ‘anti-Semitism’ by Zionists.
Original letter to the Guardian from Jewish supporters of Jeremy Corbyn - not a member of JSG in sight
The 3 moderators of the J4J group are all members of the JSG and include the David Rosenberg and Julia Bard partnership, as well as Ian Saville.  The reason Dave gives in his statement below for this situation is that the JSG set up J4J.  But this not true.  The genesis of J4J began over the summer 2015 when a group of us sent a letter to the Guardian, which was printed on August 20th 2015 during the leadership elections, supporting Jeremy Corbyn.  Debbie Fink and myself from J-Big were responsible for organising the letter and I personally sent it off from Normandy where I was on holiday!
Letter in Jewish Chronicle from Jews for Jeremy - it was organised by J-Big members not the JSG
This letter was the genesis of the idea that Corbyn needed Jewish members of the Labour Party to rebut the fake allegations of anti-Semitism.  Allegations that originated in the Daily Mail and Jewish Chronicle that Corbyn had worked with a holocaust denier Paul Eisen.  On the 2nd October 2015 I organised another Jewish letter, signed by about 80 people, which was printed by the Jewish Chronicle, rebutting theirs and Jonathan Freedland’s accusations that Corbyn was anti-Semitic.  This letter was printed in the name of Jews 4 Jeremy.  The suggestion in David Rosenberg’s bad-tempered response that J4J was a JSG initiative is a falsehood.  It was a coming together of a whole number of Jews from J-Big, JfJP, the JSG and independents.  The seizing of control of the Facebook group by the JSG was an act of sectarianism at which the SWP usually excel.  We are now seeing its effects in Bard’s purge of dissenters.
The J4J group has done nothing in the past year.  Despite the defamatory anti-Semitism campaign by the Zionists it has remained silent.  J4J’s inactivity is the result of the JSG’s organisational stranglehold.  It is Momentum writ small.  What should happen is that the group, which could have played a much larger part in the fight against the witch-hunt and against Zionist attacks on Jeremy, should be relaunched with some form of democratic control.
On 12th January Debbie Fink posted my article on Lansman's coup in Momentum to the J4J blog and she posted the statement below, on Monday 16th January to the Free Speech on Israel list.  
Lansman's clones spreading the word about Jackie Walker
'As the subject of Lansman has come up again, here's an article that might be of interest. This is the one the Jews for Jeremy moderators removed without explanation, throwing me off the list when I challenged it, again without explanation. To date, I have received no explanation for this nor answers to questions that I'm sure, we all want: why the JSG are covering for Lansman and not speaking out against the treatment of Jackie; why they are guilty of the same censorship as the Israel lobby and why they are loyal to Lansman, a Zionist who's colluding with the JLM rather than Jackie, a Socialist. 
The JSG won't talk to me but maybe they will at least have the decency to speak to someone else here.'
David Rosenberg was sufficiently stung to post a reply to FSOI. 
Statement of Clarification re Debbie Fink’s questions re JSG, Jews for Jeremy, and John Lansman. This is for information. We won’t be making further comment on this matter as we have more important work to do.
Jews for Jeremy (J4J) was set up mainly by JSG members in the summer of 2015 to defend Jeremy Corbyn from attack by those seeking to undermine him (Conservatives, Blairites, Zionists), and especially those using false accusations of antisemitism to attack Corbyn and his supporters.
The J4J page is NOT a place for those who wish to attack, disparage, abuse or insult Corbyn and the political stance he represents. It is NOT a place to fight proxy sectarian wars or settle political scores on other matters.
Very soon after the page was set up it had to block a number of people who joined up for nefarious purposes. They fell mainly into two categories:
 • Holocaust-denying antisemites
 • Trouble-making Zionists
On a very few occasions since then we have, reluctantly, had to block people for misusing our page by posting anti-Corbyn material, abusive sectarian political material, or re-posting material by those who they know have been blocked from the page. It is for these reasons that J4J collectively decided to block Debbie Fink. Having stated that she was not going to attack the JSG publicly, her continued abuse about the group and Corbyn in her emails and Facebook posts since she was blocked, her conspiracy theories and fantasies involving the JSG, Jon Lansman and Jeremy Corbyn, and her continued re-posting of material by a person who was blocked, leads us to believe that if we unblocked her now, we would be opening the page to more of the same.
Any organisation that sets up a Facebook Page has the right to ensure that its page and participants are not abused. That is what we have done. She can post her views freely elsewhere but not on this page.
The JSG membership spans people from the middle of the Labour Party to the far left within and beyond the Party, to Greens and anarchists. We organise together on the basis of shared values, principles and democratically agreed policies.
Our group is anti-Zionist but does not go in for gratuitous and childish demonisation of those who identify as Zionists. We know from long experience that many of the most effective Jewish anti-Zionist campaigners today once identified as Zionists. We are simultaneously in the business of opposing Zionism and trying to persuade those beginning to have doubts. You don’t do that by insulting them as “zios”. On an earlier occasion we had to ask Debbie to take down ranting posts that about why we should call people “zios”. On this specific issue the JSG completely agrees with the view expressed by Shami Chakrabarti in her report.
Re Jon Lansman: JSG members are also active individually in a range of groups, organisations, and campaigns. We do not police what they say and do in such groups. They are only accountable to the JSG for what they say or do in the name of the JSG.
Jon Lansman has been a member of the JSG for many years but has never been an active member. We know him as a longstanding and consistent supporter of Palestinian rights.
The JSG is not affiliated to Momentum and does not hold or express a JSG view about Momentum’s internal affairs. We are aware that those currently opposing, and in some cases demonising him, include both pro-Zionist AWL supporters as well as anti-Zionists. We personally know Jewish Momentum members on all sides of this debate, but that is an issue for Momentum members. It is not an issue for the JSG as the JSG.
Some JSG members are members of the Labour Party (LP) too, but the JSG is not affiliated to the LP. We have expressed a strong view on accusations of antisemitism directed against Labour Party members which we have issued as public statements and in talks and articles by JSG members, eg:
The key elements of this are:
 • We recognise that “ordinary Jewish people are rightly concerned and fearful about instances of antisemitism. We share their concerns… But we will not support those making false accusations for cynical political motives”
 • We believe that: “Accusations of antisemitism are currently being weaponised to attack the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party with claims that Labour has a “problem” of antisemitism.”
 • We reject “any attempt, from whichever quarter, to place legitimate criticism of Israeli policy out of bounds…We stand for free speech and open debate on Israel, Palestine and Zionism.”
 • We urge the LP “to develop clear and transparent compliance procedures for dealing with allegations of antisemitism and racism. If a member is being investigated for a charge of antisemitism/racism they must be told what they are being accused of and given an opportunity to retract or explain what they meant. If disciplinary procedures are being applied, bans must be a last resort… The aim should be as far as possible to deal with such problems through education.”
The JSG continues to uphold these principles. We do not give blanket support to all individuals caught up in what we recognise generally as a deliberately manufactured campaign to undermine Corbyn and his supporters because we know that, amongst them, a few genuine cases of antisemitism have been unearthed. These include LP members who have been sharing antisemitic Jewish conspiracy material from far right sites, thinly veiled as pro-Palestinian material; cases of members professing their innocence who have been sharing material about “Rothschild bankers”; and those who think there is something called “Jewish capitalism”. While we support those who have been unfairly accused, this does not imply unconditional support for every utterance of every individual who has been excluded. All who have been targeted by the Compliance Unit but who express sincere views that are not antisemitic have our continued support.
As stated at the beginning, this statement is for information only. We do not intend to engage in debate and will not be making further comment on it. Our priority is practical, assertive campaigning that supports the Palestinians in their fight for justice and not to be diverted by sectarian infighting.
David Rosenberg
David Rosenberg’s statement is disingenuous on a number of levels:
·         It ignores the key issue which is that Lansman, a JSG member, was instrumental in the removal of Jackie Walker as Vice Chair of Momentum at the behest of the JLM.  This move precipitated her suspension from the Labour Party.  Does JSG really have nothing to say about racism involving one of its own members?  The JSG has also kept remarkably quiet about the Zionist attacks on Marc Wadsworth and Malia Bouattia.
·         Lansman has admitted that he works closely with the JLM’s Chairperson, Jeremy Newmark.  Newmark is an Israeli state operative and the JLM works with its 'sister' party, the racist Israeli Labour Party.
·    On the one hand David says that ‘On a very few occasions since then we have, reluctantly, had to block people for misusing our page by posting anti-Corbyn material’ and on the other ‘The JSG is not affiliated to Momentum and does not hold or express a JSG view about Momentum’s internal affairs.’  Presumably if JSG has no particular view on the Labour Party or Momentum why are they blocking criticism of Corbyn on the J4J list, which they describe as ‘our page’? 
·         David’s defence of Lansman’s complicity in the attack on Jackie Walker is interesting.  He doesn’t mention it!  Instead David talks about the ‘demonisation’ of Lansman, whereas the only demonisation that has occurred to date is that of Jackie Walker, as the tweets above demonstrate.  It is Jackie Walker, not Lansman, who has been the recipient of the vilest race hatred. It is a curious way to deal with racism to say that it is the perpetrators who have been demonised.
·       David says that ‘J4J collectively decided to block Debbie Fink’.  When was the vote? Was Debbie informed?  What David means is he consulted his partner Julia Bard and perhaps Ian Saville.  And why is it an offence to post the material of someone who is blocked?  That seems like guilt-by association.  It’s one thing to take exception to a particular article but to censor anything by a particular person smacks of McCarthyism.
·         David says of Jon Lansman that ‘We know him as a longstanding and consistent supporter of Palestinian rights.’  This again is disingenuous.  Lansman has never been involved in the Palestine solidarity movement.  Instead during the present anti-Semitism witch-hunt, Lansman penned an article excusing the Nakba, the expulsion of ¾ million Palestinians in 1948, by relativising it.  Labour and the Jews: from ethnic cleansing to truth and reconciliation.  And he also posted another article, reflecting the JLM’s concern that we shouldn’t mention Zionism, the ideology and movement that established apartheid in Israel.  Why the Left must stop talking about ‘Zionism’ 
·         David Rosenberg refers us to 3 statements by the JSG on recent anti-Semitism controversies and in particular the statement on fake anti-Semitism.  Statement on “Labour’s problem with antisemitism”They are mostly unobjectionable but you judge someone not by what they say but what they do and the JSG’s refusal to defend Jackie Walker and its defence of Lansman, demonstrates that these words are pious utterances. 
·         David says that ‘a few genuine cases of antisemitism have been unearthed’ and these include LP members who have been sharing antisemitic Jewish conspiracy material from far right sites and material about “Rothschild bankers”.  If there are a few such cases then the present witch-hunt is the worst way to deal with them.  It is noticeable that there has been no trawl for Islamophobic material. 
If some people’s reactions to Zionism and Israel’s behaviour has taken an anti-Semitic form, then the answer is political education not administrative and bureaucratic methods, including expulsion.  It is an unfortunate fact that Zionist claims about Jewish responsibility for what happens in Israel/Palestine will inevitably produce an anti-Semitic reaction in some people.
·         What should be of concern is that the JLM, which describes itself as the Israeli Labour Party’s ‘sister party’ is put in charge of ‘anti-racist’ training in the Labour Party.  Defence of an apartheid state and its regime is far more serious than a few nuts who believe that the Rothschilds sponsored the Russian Revolution.
The leader of the JLM’s ‘sister party’ Isaac Herzog is an out and out racist who recently declared that his nightmare was waking up to find that Israel had a Palestinian Prime Minister and 61 Palestinian Members of Israel’s Knesset .  Herzog also declared that he wanted to dispel the false impression that the ILP were ‘Arab Lovers’.  Just imagine if someone had said that their nightmare was to wake up and find Britain had a Jewish Prime Minister or that the Labour Party was not a ‘Jew lovers’ party.  Such terms used to be part of the language of the National Front and BNP. 
·         Although only a minor matter, David’s attitude to the use of the term ‘zios’ is also significant.  He said that ‘You don’t do that by insulting them as “zios”.... On this specific issue the JSG completely agrees with the view expressed by Shami Chakrabarti in her report.’
It is interesting that an ‘anti-Zionist’ group should agree so wholeheartedly with Chakrabarti.  Chakrabarti referred in her report to peoples’ ‘rich range of self-descriptions of both Jewishness or Zionism’   Chakrabarti also advised people ‘to use the term "Zionist" advisedly, carefully and never euphemistically or as part of personal abuse.’  Chakrabarti clearly understands nothing about Zionism, a rapacious and racist settler colonial movement.  To her it is part of our multi-cultural tapestry.  ‘Zio’ is of course short for ‘Zionist’ – and both Jews and non-Jews are Zionists.  It cannot therefore be a racist term.  The whole question of ‘Zios’ is a deliberate Zionist talking point, part of the invention of a synthetic ‘anti-Semitism’. 
It is a great pity that the JSG, by its attitude to the anti-Semitism witch-hunt in the Labour Party and its association with Jon Lansman wishes to sully its past record.

Tony Greenstein