Owen Jones and his Problem with racism

What Owen Jones pretends not to get about this JLM thing is that the issue is racism and his cheerful collusion with it..

What he probably genuinely fails to grasp is that he has, in one fell swoop, thrown away any right to be taken seriously on racism, socialism, union busting and sexual violence.

Owen is a strange one. Some say he has sold out and is best now described as a former socialist. This, it is suggested, is because he is a shameless careerist. I think the idea that he is motivated by careerism has zilch credibility. The problem with Owen is not careerism but his gut wrenching narcissism.

Ordinarily, when a journalist has something on his/her mind, he or she starts scribbling. Not Owen. He heads off to the nearest video camera so that both he and we can be treated to another Owen action video. He is primarily motivated by an an insatiable need to look at himself and have us look at him. This need detracts and distracts from what he has to say. This also causes him to be happy to have his picture taken hugging just about ANYONE. He calls this propensity ” not being a dick.”  If you say so Owen.

When we have another neoliberal led Labour Party Owen will have a lot to answer for. But that is an argument for another day.

What disturbs me most is Owen’s seemingly ambivalent attitude towards racism. He has firmly established, by his rapidly developing relationship with the ultra racist and anti socialist Jewish Labour Movement, that his anti racism is, at best, highly selective.

Hands up if two years ago ago, you had heard of the Jewish Labour movement. I hadn’t either. It had been dormant for a good while. Then fresh life was breathed into it as part of the invocation of the Zionist nuclear option against the Labour Party.

When Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party the Zionists, in an unholy symbiotic alliance with the PLP  hard right, tried to weaken him  by accusations of antisemitism. This was an abject failure. He just went on getting stronger. Then when the Gerald Kaufman thing blew up they switched the focus. Now Corbyn was tolerant of antisemitism in the Party. His arrival had opened the antisemitism flood gates. Bah blah blah.

The important thing to remember here is they didn’t expect to get too much out of this. But to their amazement, Corbyn, under the malign influence of Lansman, Jamie Schneider and Owen Jones, and the naive influence of McDonnell, rolled over at the first wiff of grapeshot. He has remained prostrate before them ever since.

While amazed they weren’t dazed. Or at least they didn’t remain dazed for long.  They almost immediately saw an opportunity. This was no less  than an opportunity to literally take over, from within,  one of Europes great political parties so far as attitudes to The State of Israel was concerned, and regulate all discourse within the party about that racist kleptomaniacal entity.

This is not the time to discuss all the elements in the invocation of this AIPAC inspired option. We are concerned here with the JLM and its crucial role. The JLM chair, the hopelessly ineffectual Louise Ellman was elbowed aside, and replaced with a” professional”. That is, the notorious perjurer and would be union buster, Jeremy Newmark, was ” elected” to take her place.

The JLM is essentially a wing of the Israeli Labor Party, which was the inspiration of, and is the bedrock of,  the simple  racist creed that underpins the State of Israel enterprise. That is, as much land as possible, as few Arabs as possible. JLM is nothing less than the emanation of the State  of Israel in the Labour Party. It is affiliated to the World Zionist Organisation  which pumps billions into the Israeli illegal colonies. As such it is signed up to the Jerusalem Declaration the  stated aim of which is the settling of ” Eretz Israel” ( greater Israel.)

JLM and Labour Friends of Israel love to describe the Israeli Labor Party as ” Labour’s sister party. ” The only historical similarity between the two has been that the names are almost spelt the same.  That said the current Reign of Terror is so successful that the claim of sisterhood looks more and more credible by the day.

Herzog, the current leader of the Labor Party declared that his worst nightmare is that one day there will be  an Arab PM of Israel, and then promptly went on to lecture Jeremy Corbyn on racism !!!!

Newmark is very ubiquitous. He has a central role in the increasingly successful efforts to constrain discourse about Israel and keep it within bounds that are felt to be safe and ” acceptable”.

He was appointed to the steeering committee of The Global Coalition For Israel ( now defunct) by THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT.

He also is a man without any semblance of a scruple or any hint of moral compass.

He was a prime mover in, and instigator of,  the FUCU case, an attempt to bust a trade union  by falsely branding it antisemitic and crippling it with over £600,000 of legal costs.

In the event the Tribunal contemptuously dismissed the case as an ” impermissable attempt to  achieve  a political end by litiguous means”. The Zionist establishment had to hurriedly pass the hat around to pay the costs that they had assumed the union would be paying.

Newmark gave lengthy melodramatic evidence . The Tribunal declared …….

His evidence was “ untrue as other more truthful witnesses for the complainant had testified”

Newmark was engaged in an attempt ” to stifle plurality and diversity”

Newmark was  ” arrogant”       “ preposterous”     ” a liar”

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The above photo, which has become iconic, set the alarm bells ringing so far as Owen’s drift to the anti socialist, ambivalent about racism right is concerned. Here he is huggy huggy with Newmark, a delegate from the  Israeli Labor Party and the Director of JLM on secondment from the Israeli Embassy, Ella Rose. The same Ella Rose that wants to literally ” take out ” Jackie Walker because she is the wrong kind of Jew. That is. black and non Zionist.

OK, its the evening of the last day of the Labour Party Conference. It’s a party. We can all get unguarded at a party and find ourselves getting our mug shots taken hugging people that the next day we wish we hadn’t hugged.

However, this was just a few hours after Owen had sat in the hall at the Labour Party conference and listened to the JLM  calling for a continuation of  the McNicol purges !!!

These suspicions were proved to be amply justified when the astonishing news broke that Owen is to headline at the JLM’s inaugural Henry Smith lecture .It is impossible to overestimate the shock and horror this has provoked in many socialists and  anti racists , including many that had hitherto regarded themselves as Owen ” fans”.

Now I am not among those who say that Owen should not do this. If I were consequential enough to be invited to do so  I would.  I would regard it  as a great opportunity to  tell JLM  a lot of stuff they don’t want to hear and ask a lot of questions they don’t want to answer. It is not Owen’s presence that will damn him. What will damn him is what he is going to say.

It is clear that Newmark thinks he has caught a live tame one. Sadly Owen’s responses  ( and some lack of responses) to the criticism he is getting over this, do nothing to disabuse the JLM  of this notion.

Owen is going to tell us all about the ficticious antisemitism problem on the left in general, and the Labour Party in particular. He is going to spout  all the much loved drivel  that filters down from the Israeli Foreign Ministry, through the Embassy, through the UK  front organisations, to the hapless rest of us. We will hear about how Israel is all about the self determination of the Jewish people. For ” self determination ” read ” we can do whatever the fuck we want”.  Sadly they can.

We will hear about how Owen supports the Two State Delusion. And how he wants self determination for the Palestinian people too. He won’t mention how Israel holds a veto and it is Israel that determines the lot of the Palestinians , and will continue to do so until the world takes some effective action.  We will  here a lot about ” peace” and very little about justice. We will be told how we should export peace not import conflict. We will hear a lot about building bridges. We won’t be reminded that it is bridges that kept apartheid South Africa afloat for so long.  We won’t have it pointed out that the peace seemingly on offer is Pax Israeliana.

And Newmark will sit through it with the usual supercilious smirk on his face.

And Owen will get a standing O. Maybe several.

You don’t feel inclined to take my word for it ? How about Sara Sackman?

The ” lecture” is  in the form of Owen in conversation with Sara. Sara is very excited about it all. She  is just sooooooo looking forward to conversing with  Owen who she tells us is  ” a thoughtful critic of Israeli government policy “

Thoughtful

Critic of Israeli government policy.

Geddit ?

And there will be gushing fawning praise from the Jewish News and Jewish Chronicle, those twin pillars of the Zionist gutter press, which Owen will love. This will the real reward for his complicity. He has already given an interview to the JC  whose editor is a founding signatory to the Muslim hating/baiting Henry Jackson Society, that Hope Not Hate fingered as “ dragging hatred of Muslims into the mainstream” . In this interview he makes some exceedingly dubious statements, including the the blatant lie that only 1% of Jews are non Zionists.

And there will be the inevitable photo ops, heavily featuring Newmark and Ella Rose, newly arrived from the Israeli Embassy.  This, I think, is going to be the hardest bit for me to stomach.

JLM, of course are a major force that drove and continue to drive the McNicol purges. Newmark was in constant contact with Mac, encouraging him and pointing him in ” directions”. Owen’s indulgence of JLM  is an unequivocal declaration of which side he is on.

Speaking of sides…………Ella Rose of course is the horrible thug that threatened violence against Jackie Walker. This in the context of JLM  being in the van of the blatently racist  harassment of Jackie, who they regard as being the wrong kind of Jew. That is, black and non Zionist. Newmark calls her  a ” court Jew”, which is an equivalent of a ” house nigger”.

The Rose/walker thing is not going away and it is not possible to be neutral about it. So when Owen is hugging Rose while he smirks at the camera, we can take it as another declaration of where he stands.

Owen is, of course, not short of justifications for his relationship with JLM. Some of them are excrutiatingly embarrassing.  Notably, that the JLM cannot be all bad because they endorsed Rhea Wolfson’s successful bid to get elected to the NEC.

I cannot believe Owen is so naive as to not have asked himself how and why this came to be. Someone as close to Corbyn’s ” team” as he claims to be will know perfectly well.

How did an organisation so firmly on the Labour Party hard right, ninety four per cent of whose members voted for Owen Smith in the leadership election, come to endorse  an unimpeachable Corbynista like Rhea ?

The answer is that it was a part of Jon Lansman’s plan to stitch up Ken Livingstone.  Lansman is forever telling us that he works closely with Newmark, and how distressed he gets whenever Newmark is upset.

It will be recalled that in April last year Ken made some remarks that the Zionists, whose grip on the Party was tightening by the day, denounced as being antisemitic. Ken was duly suspended “ pending investigation “.  Now how long would you expect an investigation into a couple of sentences to take ? Five minutes ?

Except that the NEC elections were fast approaching and the ultra Zionist Lansman saw an opportunity  to increase the Zionist representation on the committee.  He made a public call for Ken to retire from public life and then on May 10th published the ” centre left slate”  that he expected all self respecting lefties should vote for. Six names for six grass roots places. Ordinarily, of course, Ken would have been one of the names and would have been a shoe in. But Lansman, being privy to all the “problem with antisemitism ” shenanigans knew that Ken would still be suspended when nominations closed on June 24th.

On May 10th Lansman announced that Ken had been replaced on the slate by Rhea Wolfson.

For Lansman Rhea dots all the i’s and crosses all the t’s. Her Corbynista credentials may be impeccable but so are her hard core Zionist credentials. Also her lack of any discernible integrity or sense of honour,  and her naked ambition, ensured that she would go along with the wheeze.

Perfect.

Rhea quickly declared that ” Jews have been excluded from the Labour Party for too long.”  Get your head around that if you possibly can. Then Lansman proceeded to hawk her around Momentum meetings.

Newmark for his part, got a JLM  member and a committed apologist for  Israeli barbarism, onto the NEC. Newmark, of course, has only one interest in the Labour Party and that is to make it as tolerant of Israeli atrocities as possible. His interest in the make up of the NEC  does not extend beyond this. His interest in other issues is as close to nil as makes no difference.

Perfect.

Rhea continues to play her part well. At the recent compliance unit meeting that led to Jackie Walker and Marc Wadsworth being referred to the secretive NCC ( presumably operating out of room 101), it was Rheas’s ” impassioned pleas ” that swung the day  so far as these referrals are concerned. This is to say, if, as seems likely, Jackie and Marc are expelled from the party, many fingers will be pointing at Rhea. And. of course, at Jones.

It gets worse.

Owen asks us to note that JLM  have been appointed to the equalities sub committee of the NEC., ” by the party leadership“. Well I have got news for Owen. It has been noted.

Owen seems to think this proves something. I am not sure what. For Owen this does not seem to be further proof of the scale of corruption pertaining in the Party machinery. It does not seem to be further proof of the startling level of influence a racist agency of a foreign power, led by a notorious perjurer and would be union buster, has secured in the Party. For Owen this is not something to be outraged over but something to be welcomed. There is no sense that Owen grasps the absurdity of this situation.

Alice, it gets worserer and worserer.

Owen tells us that ” socialists have a responsibility to stand with Jewish people and to be seen to stand with Jewish people. It’s in that spirit that I’m attending the JLM event.”

That is, Owen equates the British wing of the neofascist Israeli Labor Party with ” Jewish people”.

Ken Livingstone and Newmark. You couldn’t make it up.

It has to be admitted that the width and depth of the cess pit of corruption that is today’s Labour Party does have its humorous side.

Today Ken Livingstone will  be appearing before a LP kangaroo court bent on his expulsion from the party. Ken well understands that he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell, that being the nature of kangaroo courts. He finds himself in this position, I understand , largely in consequence of the ” impassioned pleas” of Rhea Wolfson, the NEC prodigy of Jon Lansman and Jeremy Newmark..

Whats funny about this, you are doubtless thinking.

What’s funny is that McNicol will be relying heavily on evidence supplied by Newmark, who has supplied a ” bundle” and who will give evidence in person.

This is not, of course, the first time Newmark has put himself in this kind of situation. He has been here, done that. He is notorious  for being branded a shameless perjurer by an employment tribunal.

Newmark was a prime mover in, and instigator of,  the FUCU case, an attempt to bust a trade union  by falsely branding it antisemitic and crippling it with over £600,000 of legal costs.

In the event the Tribunal contemptuously dismissed the case as an ” impermissable attempt to  achieve  a political end by litiguous means”. The Zionist establishment had to hurriedly pass the hat around to pay the costs that they had assumed the union would be paying.

Newmark gave lengthy melodramatic evidence . The Tribunal declared …….

His evidence was “ untrue as other more truthful witnesses for the complainant had testified”

Newmark was engaged in an attempt ” to stifle plurality and diversity”

Newmark was  ” arrogant”       “ preposterous”     ” a liar”

No wonder the NEC  has insisted, in true North Korea style, that the kangeroo court will sit in camera.

You just couldn’t make this up.

So we have another attempt to achieve a political aim by litigious means. This time, the complainant  being the judge in it;s own case, the attempt will be successful.

Doubtless Nemark and his bestest, Jon Lansman, will meet up for a celebratory pint.

Equally doubtless Owen Jones will throw his arms around Newmark for a celebratory photo op.

What this business perfectly illustrates is that shameless perjury and union busting are wholly compatible with the values of McNicol and Watsons Labour Party.

 

Liars, Damned Liars and Preposterous Liars

At one point in the AL Jazeera doc ,” The Lobby”, Jackie Walker mentioned that Jeremy Newmark, at a meeting, had whispered into her ear that she was a ” Court Jew “. An expression equivalent to ” House Nigger”.

Newmark has subsequently stated that this didn’t happen.

Now he can’t be saying Jackie is mistaken. It is a very definite and distinctive expression. Hardly mistakeable for some other.

So he is saying that Jackie just made it up. She is lying.

Well for sure somebody is.  And when somebody says ” black ” and another says ” no, white”, and there is no water tight evidence deciding the issue, we are left with a balance of probabilities. Here the balance is overwhelming and compelling.

The proven character of the disputants is always a reasonable place to start.

Many things have been said about Jackie Walker, in attempts to damage her. Nobody, to the best of my knowledge, has ever before accused her of seeking to damage another by simply saying made up stuff about them.  And accusing someone of saying what she says Newmark said, if untrue, would be despicable to say the least. I think we can safely say that such a thing is so wildly out of character as to be implausible in the extreme. Even her most determined declared protagonists would struggle with this one.

There are also, of course, at least two witnesses to the occurrence, though they will undoubtedly be dismissed as partisan. These would have to be also dismissed as shameless liars too.

Then of course we have the protagonist in the blue corner, Jeremy Newmark.

Newmark is a former CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council. He is now the the Chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement. The JLM is an extension of the uber racist Israeli Labour Party, whose leader’s declared worst nightmare is that one day  a Muslim might be PM  of Israel. The JLM , then dormant, was hurriedly resurrected as part of the triggering of the Zionist nuclear option against the Labour Party, in particular, and the ” left” in general.  The ineffectual Chair, Louise Ellman, who seems to have trouble figuring out what day it is, was elbowed aside by Newmark who then promptly installed himself in her place.

To a racist like Newmark, a black Jew and a ” Court Jew” probably amounts to much the same thing.

The case could probably be rested here but we may as well dot the I’s and cross the T’s.

Newmark has a long track record of being in the van of plots to smear pro Palestinian organisations and people with the charge of antisemitism. He is particularly associated with the Fraser v UCU  fiasco, forever to be affectionately known as the FUCU  case.

This was an attempt to have a TRADE UNION wrongly branded as institutionally antisemitic, and to bust the Union via the incurring of unliveable with legal costs.

Now, virtually the entire sum of the establishment Zionist organisations were involved in this plot, including the BoD, the JLC and the CST. But Newmark was the instigator and the coordinator.

In the event the whole case was contemptuously dismissed by the Tribunal as “ an impermissable attempt to achieve  a political objective by litigious means “. Eventually the Union recovered £600,000 in costs, an indication of how mendacious the charge was.

More pertinently, for the issue at hand, Newmark gave lengthy evidence, preening himself throughout. The Tribunal judgment declared him to be an ” arrogant and preposterous liar” with a ” worrying disregard for plurality and diversity.”

His evidence was declared to be ” untrue as other more truthful witnesses for the plaintiff testified”

Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust, declared the Judge and fellow members of the Tribunal to be “ sneering bastards”

So there you are and there we have it. We have competing claims to veracity. You choose.

The man who would, and does, run the Labour Party, and who, you can be sure, won’t be suspended.

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Sadiq Khan, A Man For All Seasons

” I’ve said it loudly, I have said it clearly, and I’ll say it again. I’m not going to get involved in the leadership contest.”

Why did Khan change his mind on this?

Because Gerald Ronson told him to.

Thus  Khan has revealed his shameless, self serving duplicity for all to see.

The reality is that Khan has only one concern, and that is Sadiq Khan.

In October last Geoffrey Alderman devoted his then regular weekly Jewish Chronicle column to Khan. It was entitled  ” Khan: A friend and a boycotter”

Alderman started by saying that he is Party apolitical, and has never advocated voting FOR a particular person or organisation. He has, however, sometimes  advocated voting AGAINST someone or some organisation and that is what he proposes to do on this occasion. The person he had in mind was none other than Sadiq, and the context was the coming Mayoral election.

Jews shouldn’t vote for Khan because……

In January 2009, Kahn was listed as a speaker at an event in Tooting (hosted by Wandsworth Stop The War Coalition, of which Jeremy Corbyn was a co-founder) that had as its purpose the denunciation of Israeli policy towards Gaza.”

The following month ,” according to a local Tooting newspaper, Khan was a speaker at another demonstration, a march and rally called in support of Palestinian suffering in Gaza. A spokesman for Wandsworth STWC, interviewed by the same local newspaper about the same event, announced that the objects of the campaign were “to lift the economic blockade by Israel, open check points to allow aid, and revoke export arms licenses to Israel. We’re also boycotting Israeli goods.

Worst of all ( apparently ) ” speakers are reported to have included that well-known friend of the Jews the Reverend Stephen Sizer.”

The Jewish Chronicle itself later continued the theme.

Sadiq Khan regularly lobbied for sanctions against Israel when his party was in government, despite using his London mayoral campaign to claim he had consistently opposed such moves.”

” A message sent from his then Parliamentary office manager to a meeting of the Stop the War Coalition in Wandsworth revealed the efforts the Tooting MP had made to challenge Israel.”

The letter, sent around the time of Israel’s Cast Lead operation in Gaza, explained that Mr Khan had “regularly” been in contact with then Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Middle East Minister Bill Rammell, as well as Foreign Office officials.”

” The office manager added: He also wrote to David Miliband… asking that sanctions be brought against Israel.”

” The message to the hard-left group ( SWC ) added: “Sadiq’s commitment to the situation in Palestine is longstanding and will, I can assure you, continue into the future.”

A fortnight ago Sadiq was a principal speaker at the launch of the Labour Friends of Palestine group, which has been set up to help to ensure the Palestinian voice is represented amongst MPs and the Labour party.”

You would think it was a long hard road from principal speaker at a Labour Friends of Palestine launch to guest of honour at CST  dinners, wearing a kippah and drinking a toast to The State of Israel. I  would too. But for Sadiq, it seems , it was easy peasy lemon squeasy.

A spokesman for the post Mayoral candidate Sadiq tells us “ Sadiq’s position on boycotts, sanctions, and divestment of Israel could not be more clear: he completely opposes them.”

So here we have Sadiq being clear again.

Alderman finishes his JC  piece by telling us that it is possible for Khan to turn over a new leaf and….

“As he does so he should reflect on the fact that at the 2012 mayoral contest one polling organisation quizzed a sample of London voters generally over a wide range of issues, including “the poor relationship between Ken Livingstone and the Jewish community.” Of those respondents who declared themselves first-preference Boris Johnson supporters some 40 per cent specifically identified Livingstone’s attitude to Jews as either a “very important” or a “quite important” factor in propelling them to vote for his Conservative opponent.”

Then the final chilling threat…

 Worth thinking about, Mr Khan, isn’t it?”

As it happens Mr Khan was ahead of Geoffers on this one.  He had either worked it out for himself or, more likely, as a result of being the recipient of some ” quiet words “, and some friendly advice pertaining to where his best interests are located.

He had told the Jewish News that they could be assured that he wouldn’t be another Ken Livingstone. This in an article that effectively declared Livingstone to be a racist and which assured us that he would have zero tolerance. Zero tolerance in this context means they could rely on him to keep discourse about Israel in London within bounds that they would find acceptable, and that the police would be made to understand this too.

In a sense Khan has been smarter than Corbyn and his advisers on this. He at least seems to have understood that these people cannot be appeased, that it was a zero sum game. Corbyn should have not given this problem with Jews in the Labour Party bullshit any hint of house room whatsoever, and let them huff and puff and blow themselves out. Instead he fed them little bits hoping they would be satisfied not seeming to understand that what he was giving them was danegeld. And so we are in the totally insane situation we are in today.

Khan judged his political requirements were such that his best option was to hand them everything all at once.  Basically he has said just tell me what to say and do. And of course, they are not shy about doing just that. So he trumpets the Labour Party problem with Jews stuff. He declares it to be a badge of shame.  He declares that the NEC  should get training on antisemitism. No prizes for guessing who he thinks should do this training. He goes to CST dinners. He has taken to wearing a Kippah. He drinks toasts to The State of Israel. To the best of my knowledge he does not drink toasts to any other country.

Basically he has adopted the entire shebang.

On October 8th Khan explained to the Jewish Chronicle why he ” changed his mind about boycotts”

So Khan now has three stories running in parallel.

He supports boycotts.

He has always consistently opposed boycotts.

He did support boycotts but has now changed his mind.

The Jewish Chronicle just has to be the most scurrilous, racist rag published in this country. And this is a good example of their style. Its racist editor, Pollard, doesn’t quit even when he has won. Khan is theirs. He can’t bend over any further. But still it goes on.

Reading this article almost made me feel sorry for him. I said almost. He ducks and weaves and squirms. But the gist is he came to realise that he could no longer support boycotts on evidential grounds. The evidence is that boycotts do not help the cause of ” peace “. Pax Israeliana that is.

Khan is closely supervised by the Community Security Trust.( CST ). The CST plays a highly specialised role in the Israeli Hasbara effort in this country. Levels of antisemitism in the UK are hopelessly too low for the purposes of the political agenda. The CST’s role is to raise PERCEPTIONS of it as high as possible. It does this very effectively.  It is an enterprise of that galactico of fraudsters, Gerald Ronson. Khan now describes Ronson as a “ good friend“.

It would be interesting to know how much Ronson gave to fund Khan’s mayoral campaign.

We do know that the Zio nut job, Michael Foster, was a significant contributor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jewish way of giving ?

Food poverty in this country is on a scale that no nation with pretensions of being civilised should tolerate.

More than 8 million people in Britain live in households that struggle to put enough food on the table, with over half regularly going a whole day without eating, according to estimates of hunger in the UK.

One in 10 adults suffered moderate levels of food insecurity in 2014, placing the UK in the bottom half of European countries on hunger measures, below Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia and Malta.

In this situation food banks are a lifeline, literally, for a large and inexorably increasing number of people. While they are a welcome emergency reaction, the reliance on them seems to have become an acceptable norm.

This time of year, typified by displays of ostentatious plenty, is particularly hard for the hungry and homeless to bear and particularly painful for the rest of us to observe. Fortunately it is somewhat matched by a big spike in direct charitabe aid.

The response of the London Muslim community this year has been stupendous. Led by the East London Mosque, Muslim Aid and  together with their Christian neighbours and allies, the community has collected a jaw dropping ten tonnes of food to be donated to the charity, Crisis. Ten tonnes and still counting.

Shaykh Abdul Qayum said the drive was inspired by their faith. ”  It is a religious duty for Muslims to try to help others, irrespective of a person’s faith or background.”

Rev Ben Bradley said it was a great example of faiths working together.

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Bernadette Hegarty of St Pauls, Bow Common Church helps Muslim Aid volunteers
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All of this is simple selflessness. No self aggrandisement, no political points

What has the Jewish community been up to all the while ?

Well it depends where you look. If you look at the community’s self appointed, self styled ” leaders”, and their nut job ” grass roots” allies,  the contrast, unfortunately, could not be starker.

They  looked at the the hunger all around them and thought ” there must be something in this for Israel.” It was but a short step from here to ISRACTION DAY !!!!!!!!!

Israction day is not just the worst pun in the history of the world, it is now, apparently, the Jewish way of giving.

The idea was dreamed up by Simon Cobbs. Then it was enthusiastically  taken up by other  grass rooters and then formally adopted by the  ” leadership” establishment.

The idea is that it would be a wonderful piece of Hasbara if Israel fed a few desperados for a couple of days. It works like this. You buy up Israeli foodstuffs, mostly in Manchester, but a few little bits elsewhere. You put together what  you have managed to buy, add in what Simon Cobbs and Anthony Dennison have managed to shop lift, and you give it to some food bank or other. The point being that the hungry  would come to see that if it wasn’t for Israel and its fans they wouldn’t be eating. Also, following an intense orgy of self promotion, the rest of us would come to see this too.

I immediately spotted a structural weakness in this idea but to my amazement the grass rooters were one step ahead of me on this point. The problem was that hunting down Israeli stuff in supermarkets would be hard work and many grass rooters would not be up to the job. A lot of people could starve to death while earnest young Zionists  scurried around  desperately trying to find some Israeli camomile tea.This was deftly dealt with by expanding the options to kosher food, So not only do the hungry not get to eat until they have taken on board the political point, they don’t get to eat without going along with Jewish religious  observances. Pass the sick bag Alice.

All of this prompted one horrified  observer to ask….

Is this now the Jewish way of giving ?”

 

The impetus came from two scurrilous” grass root” orgs. Sussex Friends of Israel and North West Friends of Israel.

SFI consists of a couple of Jews, a fake Jew, and a  few Christian Zionists with glazed over eyes. Its mouthpieces are Simon Cobbs and Fiona Sharpe. Simon is a pretend Jew and a notorious fraudster, who has had the pleasure of being the guest of her Majesty in  Exeter Slammer, in consequence of the said frauds. Fiona’s  main claim to fame is for bearing false witness and perjuring herself in a court case involving a pro Palestinian demonstrator.

You can read all about SFI here.

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NWFOI are a much more substantial organisation, but scarcely  more edifying. They are mostly famous for their close association with the Muslim hating/baiting English Defence League. They usually are spoken for by their Chair, Anthony Dennison, another fraudster and struck off solicitor.

You can read all about NWFOI

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Not everyone in the Jewish Community is enamoured with this Jewish way of giving of course. Gabriel Webber says………

But what makes IsrACTIONday a disaster is this: it treats the poor as pawns. The project organisers are using the poor, placing them in intolerable political positions that have nothing to do with them and taking away their dignity and independence, all for their own political ends.

In Hebrew, the word for ‘poor’ and the word for ‘oppressed’ are the same. Maimonides made it a task of all righteous Jews to work towards ending this link. Those supporting IsrACTIONday are cementing it.

If they cared even a little about the poor, rather than about their own machinations with BDS, they would not be forcing food banks to expend time and social capital on dealing with this controversy. They would not be using the controversy to score points, and they would not be disingenuously accusing their Jewish critics – including me, no doubt – of being both anti-Israel and anti-charity. The organisers are the anti-charity ones, for faux charity is no charity at all.”

Richard Mather is the editor of the Jewism Media Agency. He says ….

I am a passionate Zionist but the reason I took exception to this campaign is because it is quite obviously a publicity stunt –  a cynical gesture designed to raise the profile of certain grassroots Israel advocacy groups.

If the Jewish community wants to help the homeless, then it should do so without fuss. Homelessness and food poverty are serious issues. But Sussex Friends of Israel and Northwest Friends of Israel have hijacked these problems for their own self-promoting ends.

And that’s the reason why the I didn’t cover the story.”

NWFOI tried to bully the Zionist human rights lawyer Adam Wagner into supporting  Israction day but were brushed off with, “ I couldn’t support anything that is to do with an organisation as reactionary as yours.”

The main Jewish organisations, the self styled, self appointed leaders, what we might call the Jewish hard right, are all for the wheeze of course. As are the twin pillars of the Jewish gutter Press, the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News. In fact the Board of Deputies and their much more powerful rivals, the Jewish Leadership Counci, both heavily fund SFI and NWFOI. The glitterati of these orgs and similar are falling over  themselves to make video cameos supporting the abomination.

Interestingly, your favourite socialist and mine, Jeremy Newmark, chair of the Jewish Labour Movement and erstwhile CEO of the JLC, confesses to having organised the funding  of Israction day itself.

Here is BoD President Jonny Arkush with his little basket of ( allegedly ) Israeli foodstuffs.

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For those of you with the stomach for it  here is the gut wrenching thing in full

The sheer sickness of it all is easily illustrated. Faced with two products. An Israeli one and another almost identical and at least as nutritious but half the price, they would buy the Israeli one. Despite this being only half as efficient in an opportunity cost sense in feeding the hungry.

Time for Jewish Students to Grow Up?

I don’t know many Jewish students but have always assumed they are, like the general population, a rag tag mixed bunch.

There are those that tell us,ad nauseam, otherwise. They do, apparently, all get offended by the same things at the same time. Which is a very antisemitic attitude. This being the case therefore, they can be spoken for, by any organisation that pushes itself forward with ” Jewish” in its name. The brand leader here is Union of Jewish Students.

The current UJS  President is Josh Seitler. If Josh is as representative of Jewish students as he would have us believe, it must be said that, on the strength of his recent article in Huff Post,  it is high time Jewish students did some growing up.

The article, brimful of narcissism and whining self pity, was a hopelessly transparent and inept attempt to blackmail the NUS and bully its President, Malia Bouattia. Part of, it must be said, a coordinated campaign. Witness Izzy Lenga’s latest histrionics.

The UJS is not a fan of Malia. There is a motion before the upcoming UJS  conference to the effect that UJS should cut ties with the NUS. Josh tells us that if Malia does not do this, that, and the other, he wouldn’t be surprised if the motion was carried.

What he requires is a series of ” proper” apologies from Malia, chiefly as follows……

Malia apparently referred to the University of Birmingham as ” a Zionist outpost”.  This is probably enough to establish that she is not a big fan of Zionism.

The Hasbara machine of course represents this as her saying that  there are too many Jews at Birmingham University. A representation that Josh seems to go along with. In any event , he wants a proper apology, or else.

Zionism, of course, is a basket of political ideologies, that have in common advocacy of the settlement of Jews in what we might call the Holy Land, and might just as easily call the Holey Land. In practice, the active ingredient here, is support for, and apology for, the modern State of Israel and all its numerous racist iniquities.

Malia clearly regards Zionists as political opponents, in much the same way as she probably regards Tories as political opponents. Lamenting the strength of political opponents in a particular location is surely perfectly legitimate. If she had said it was a Tory outpost or a Trot outpost nobody would be whining and crying.

Ah but Josh says, this is different. Disparaging Zionism is an assault on our very identity.  Most Jews are Zionist so attacking Zionism is an attack on this  identity. An affection for Israel is a kind of  protected characteristic . As such Zionism should be exempt from the rough and tumble of political debate and exchange. A political leaning that, uniquely, must not be opposed.

Err no.

As the Zionist barrister Jonathan Goldberg pointed out in the context of the FUCU case, “you might just as well say that supporting Tottenham Hotspur is a protected characteristic because a lot of Jews do.”

The claim is that ludicrous.

Josh presumably would have it that Malia couldn’t say anything pejorative about Spurs.

Bad news for Arsenal fans.

Nobody is born a Zionist, just as nobody is born a communist. Being a Zionist is a contingent state of affairs. But Jewish students are, as is everyone,  free to define themselves however they want. It is nobody’s business but theirs. There is no requirement for the rest of us to bother our heads with it. We can if we want, we can not if we don’t want.It is no business of mine, or of yours, or of the NUS  or of Malia Bouattia.

Let us make an important distinction that seems to me is rarely made. There is a difference between opposition to Zionism and the expression thereof, and abusive behaviour towards Jewish students that makes their participation difficult. There is no requirement for someone to tone down their anti Zionism because Jewish students might be offended by it. There  is a requirement to respect their right to be where they are and to speak as they may, without, with justification, feeling intimidated and bullied, on a personal level.

There is some of this bullying going on. Not nearly as much as the Zionist machine would have us believe. Israel apologists do have a great propensity for melodrama and exaggeration. Don’t they Ruth? Izzy ?  However much there is, is that much too much, and there must be an unequivocal attitude of no pasaran in respect of it.

The UJS tell us that…….

” Jewish Students should have the support and space to explore their connection to and relationship with Israel.”

I can’t quite understand what they mean by ” support”. I can’t see that there is a requirement that someone actively support someone else’s explorations. They can of course, do so if they wish.

Space ?

If they mean University political forums and Campus space, they hopefully understand that these will be shared spaces, not given over exclusively to their explorations. If anyone gets distressed having to share a space with political views different to their own, maybe a university is not the right place for them.

There is NOTHING you can say about the State of Israel that is antisemitic. Just as there is nothing you can say about The Russian Federation that is anti Slav racism.There may be a very few of you whose strident views on Israel are motivated by antisemitism. If you are one of those very few, please feel free to burn in hell. The rest of you must hold fast to your right to speak as you feel inclined to within the law. And to speak as vigorously as you want.

If,  like me, you think The State of Israel is a crappy , racist, kleptomaniacal basket case, then there is no requirement on you not to say so. You will get the antisemitism charge hurled at you but, that, I am afraid, is a little shiralee you will have to bear. Civil liberties, including freedom of expression within the law , were hard won but can be very easily lost. Its very much a case of use it or lose it. Understand that the present tsunami of Zionist McCarthyism is the most intense and coordinated assault on civil liberties in this country that we have witnessed in modern ” normal” times. The universities are very much on the front line.

If you are feeling generous and accused of antisemitism, you could ask for evidence of any hatred of Jews or a wish to discriminate against Jews or a wish to persecute  Jews. You could but it will be a waste of time.

Personally I have always found a simple  ” fuck off ”  works best. But that is just me.

I have one advisory. Do you really want to use Nazi analogies in discourse about Israel ? It doesn’t make you antisemitic, but it makes you silly and highly counterproductive. What is the point in saying things that the least informed Jack and Jill on the street intuitively knows not to be true ? Just an advisory. Its your call.

MALIA HAS NOTHING TO APOLOGISE FOR HERE.

The hapless Josh goes on to demand Malia apologise for “ not acknowledging that only Jewish students can define antisemitism”.

I really ought not to have to say anything more about this  absurdity. You all should be laughing your heads off as you read it. I fear that is not the case. So………

Antisemitism is an established expression in the English language that has a perfectly well understood meaning. It means hatred of Jews, discrimination against Jews, persecution of Jews or some combination thereof.

The meanings of words and expressions are not established by stipulation,  They are not established by bums on chairs around a table. A parliamentary Committee table, say, or a table at UJS HQ.

Jewish students  have no more status than anyone else when it comes to the meanings of words and expressions in the English language. Meanings are established by observation of the sum force of the uses of the expression, by the speakers of the language. In the case of English 1.5 billion of them.These meanings can be found in any good dictionary.

Not only is this a ludicrous and narcissistic attempt at linguistic fascism, an attempt to disenfranchise the English speaking world, but is also indicative of a certain kind of megalomania.

Further ” a word means what I mean by it ” was one of the surer signs that Humpty Dumpty was nuts.

The UJS  risk landing themselves with one hell of a logistical problem.  Having stipulated a change in the meaning of “antisemitism,” how do they propose informing the 1.5 billion speakers of the language that it no longer means what they thought it meant. The biggest mass mail out in the history of the world ? Or do they plan not to bother and just leave the rest of us in ignorance?

However if Jewish students want to be the sole arbiters of the meaning of antisemitism because they are the potential victims , then they would presumably accept that only the Palestinians can define Zionism.

NOTHING FOR MALIA TO APOLOGISE FOR HERE

An increasingly over excited Josh then demands Malia apologise for her non acceptance of the mythical EUMC working definition of antisemitism.

Well he seems to be getting himself in a bit of a tizz here. Having told us that only Jewish students can define antisemitism, he now tells us that agencies of the European Union can define antisemitism. It is unlikely that all the members of EU agencies are Jewish students at UK universities.

The unkind ones among you might say Josh seems a bit dim. I couldn’t possibly comment.

But anyway, since there is no such thing as a EUMC definition of antisemitism and there never has been such a thing as a EUMC definition of antisemitism, it seems a bit cruel of Josh to require that Malia accept such a non thing.

For how this EUMC myth came to be see here

http://wp.me/p5W2a1-Cw

If you can’t be bothered, the active ingredient is …..

From the FRA, the new name of the EUMC

” We are not aware of any official definition of antisemitism.”

” We have never viewed the document as a valid definition of antisemitism”.

” The document has been pulled along with other NON OFFICIAL documents”.

” The Agency does not need to develop its own definition of antisemitism in order to research these issues” .

” The Agency has no mandate to develop its own definitions.”.

An FRA press officer went on to explain to the BBC Trust that the definition was ” never adopted by the European Union.”

The European Commission Directorate emphasised ” Neither the Commission nor the European Union have an established definition of antisemitism and there is no policy to create one.”

NOTHING FOR MALIA TO APOLOGISE FOR HERE

If the UJS  does vote to bite off its nose to spite its face, take its bat home, lower lips a trembling,it is hard to see how it hurts NUS. The only sane response would be to wish them luck as you wave them goodbye.

The Methodist Church. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

The only surprise about the racist behaviour of the Methodist Church in Norwich is that anyone is surprised. It is a Church that has, in recent years, foregone any pretence of self respect.

The  Church is wholly owned by the Board of Deputies of British Jews in tandem with its extension, the Council of ( alleged ) Christians and Jews. To understand how this control was achieved it is necessary to understand the role of the CCJ.

The BoD is nothing other than an extension of the Israeli Embassy, as its erstwhile treasurer, Lawrence Brass, ruefully acknowledged, and the CCJ  functions as its attack dog in its dealings with the Churches.It  is an unholy alliance of Jewish ultra Zionist Zealots and Christian Zionist rabids. Among the local branches you will find plenty of people of goodwill and integrity that genuinely work at maintaining good relations between Christians and Jews in the localities. This is not an onerous task. Relations are unproblematical in any event.

At the top, however, it is rotten to the core and has been for a good while.

Jane Clements, who became CCJ director in 2014, has made a valiant effort to clean it up, with a little success, but not a lot. She has had to admit defeat , however, and is moving on. She has been  replaced by Elizabeth Harris – Sawczenko. Elizabeth, came to the CCJ   effectively on secondment from the Board of Deputies.

So the  CCJ is back firmly in the control of its dominant Trustee, Michael ” something of the night ” Howard and his nut job messianic son, Nick

CCJ’S Programme manager is Rob Thompson. Along with his dad, Bruce, Rob was largely responsible for stitching up the 2013 annual Methodist conference in the service of the Board of Deputies and the 2014 resolution imposing a ban on any mention of Israel at conference.

The CCJ  Branch Liason officer is Joy Barrow, another Methodist ultra Christian Zionist.

Given this state of affairs, the denial of the presence of Jackie Walker on the premises of an allegedly Christian Church, was entirely predictable.

In its web site gloat the BoD  thanks ” everyone involved for their help and cooperation “. They mean the CCJ and what we might call, ” Methodist Central.”

Jackie Walker never had a snowball in hell’s chance of speaking in a Methodist Church.

The hounding and persecution of Jackie Walker, which is far more virulent than in the cases of others they have identified as ” miscreants “, has clear and unmistakeable racist undercurrents. The BoD, CST , JLC, et al distinguish between good Jews and bad Jews. Jackie Walker is very much the wrong kind of Jew, on at least two major counts. She is non Zionist and she is black.

That the Methodist Church would stoop to indulging and participating in this kind of racism, is, as I have said, no surprise to me. It is nonetheless very, very sad.

Now many people are going to be saying that my claim that the BoD/CCJ own the Methodist Church is a hyperbolic, antisemitic conspiracy theory. Not that I care. I just consider the source.

The  detailed account of how this owning came to be can be seen here……

https://hurryupharriet.wordpress.com/howtheboardofdeputiessecuriedavetoontheologicaldebateinthemethodistchurch/

And here…….

https://hurryupharriet.wordpress.com/how-the-2013-methodist-conference-was-ambushed/

The process was completed at the 2014 conference . Here the Methodist leadership, now completely in the pocket of Jonathan Arkush, managed to get a resolution passed that put a three year moratorium on any resolution being presented that mentioned Israel. One veteran commented that he had been coming to conference for many years and this was the first time he had known conference forbid itself from discussing a particular subject.

You can be certain this moratorium will be extended in 2017.

The Board made great use of the facts that Jackie has been suspended by the Labour Party   and  removed as vice chair of the Momentum steering committee. To a hopelessly uninformed Norwich Pastor all this must have seemed very damning, and as a free pass for them to exclude her too. So those that facilitated those moves bear a big responsibility. I am not talking about McNicol, Angell and such. They are beyond the pale.

I have in mind those on the ” left ” that facilitated these moves and those, like the narcissistic young fogey an, ego leftist and video star, Owen Jones, that remained silent in the face of them. Jones, Lansman, the AWL faux socialists on the Momentum steering committee, Christine Shawcroft, and others, would do well to sit down and have a good think about what they have done.

That twin pillar of the Jewish gutter press, the Jewish Chronicle, thinks all of this is a great wheeze.The  little Pollard clone, Marcus Dysch, congratulated the Methodists for ” heaving”  Jackie out of their church. Obviously Marcus has no concept of what a church is  ( or is meant to be) and what a church is for. I don’t know enough about Jewish practice and religious organisation to know if heaving people out is what happens at synagogues. But a Church of Jesus Christ is meant to be universally inclusive and is meant to be dragging people in, not heaving them out.

The JC then gleefully headlined that the ” Methodists had closed their Church door on Jackie Walker”.

This kind of sickening ungodly  behaviour from the JC is par for the particular course and is no tragedy. The tragedy is that the Methodists themselves share the attitude.

The heading on the Chapel Field Road  Methodist Church website……

Everyone is welcome here”.

If only.