This is essentially about Owen and his commendable attitude to rape but a bit of background is necessary……
Owen Jones’ anti racism is becoming increasingly selective to put it at its mildest. He has played a major role in developing, and sustaining the myth, that the LP has a particular problem with Jews and antisemitism. The reality, as Owen well knows, is that there is less antisemitism, pro rata, among LP members and supporters than in the general population, and certainly way less than in the Tory Party.
But it suits something in Jones’ ego left mentality to claim otherwise. Who knows.
This myth was born at a precise time and this time was not the election of Jeremy Corbyn. However, it is the child of an unholy alliance between Zionist ultras and the LP hard right, each with their different motivations for wanting to ” do for”. Corbyn. Owen is happy to go along with this.
After 18 months of intense scrutiny of social media accounts, much of it funded by the Israeli Embassy via its proxy organisations, something like 20 allegations of antisemitism were dug up. When you shave these down to plausible allegations they become less than ten.
Even if you restrict the analysis to LP members we are are talking about a subject population similar to that of a large city, say Leeds, or Manchester. The whole thing is ridiculous, but nonetheless has spawned a stream of laughable ” enquiries”. The whole business has been fuelled by Corbyns awful ongoing response. Egged on by Lansman and Jones who keep whispering in his ear that he is dealing with a genuine problem, Corbyn, it saddens me to say, comes out of it all looking like a complete wimp. It will be a not insignificant factor in his eventual downfall.
Owen knows the game that is being played and plays along with ill disguised enthusiasm.
The above picture is of him all lovey dovey with a number of undesirables at the shin dig on the eve of the last day of last year’s LP conference.
One is Jeremy Newmark, Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement. The JLM are signatories to the notoriously racist Jerusalem Declaration, and are affiliates of several ultra racist organisations. Not least the World Zionist Organisation, whose primary purpose is the funding of Israeli colonies in the West Bank. Newmark of course, led the way in an attempt to BUST a TRADE UNION, by getting it falsely labelled as antisemitic. In consequence the Employment Tribunal saw fit to describe him as an “ arrogant, preposterous liar.”
Another is the charmless thug Ella Rose erstwhile of the Israeli Embassy, and Newmark acolyte. Ella has subsequently spat and snarled her way to great infamy and needs no introduction from me.
The other is a delegate from the Israeli Labor Party whose leader’s greatest fear is that there might one day be an Arab PM of Israel. The Israeli Labor Party is of course the father of the colonisation of the West Bank enterprise. JLM describe it as their “ sister party“.
What I find most interesting here, what most clearly tells us where Owen is at, is that just a few hours before he posed for the photo op, he had sat in the conference hall and heard the JLM call for the continuation of the McNichol purges.
Now, of course, we have the Henry Smith inaugural lecture thing. Much will be said and written about this over the next few weeks. For the moment let us simply say that it amounts to a clear and unambiguous statement by Owen as to whose side he is on. He has foregone any right to be taken seriously when he sheds his crocodile tears over the rights of the Palestinian people.
But anyway……moving quickly on to rape.
Now you might think that anyone that shared a lollipop with Newmark would have no moral compass whatsoever. He or she would be totally lacking in discernment and would sup with any devil. Not so.
Owen has a red line, and that is rape/ the covering up thereof/ the advocacy thereof/ the promoting thereof etc.
In accordance with this policy he refused to take part in an anti Trump demo because there was likely to be a significant Socialist Workers Party turn out. In 2014 the SWP were rocked by a claim by a ” junior member” that she had been raped by a ” senior member”.
The handling of this was grotesque in the extreme. Some said it was a well meaning botch up. But it went way beyond this and in reality it was a horrible cynical cover up. The SWP has, deservedly, never recovered from this and hopefully never will. The SWP is now clearly seen for what it has always been, a rag tag bunch of loonies.
So we might say well done Owen, all power to your highly principled elbow !!!!!!
This red line of Owen’s is not quite what it might at first glance seem. It is, in fact, a highly porous red line, especially when his fellow racist buddies in the JLM are concerned.
In addition to its other gut wrenching affiliations the JLM is also affiliated to the Zionist Federation of the UK. The ZF could reasonably be described as the hard right wing of the Zionist hard right. True to form in 2014 it invited to the UK, and organised a speaking tour for, a certain Mordechai Kedar.
All this was ringa ringa rosey of course, after he announced his conclusion that the only way to discourage Palestinian ” terrorists” was the rape of their mothers and sisters. In trying to diffuse the subsequent outcry he dug himself deeper, explaining that this takes advantage of what he called “ the Arab culture of shame.
All this was too much for the Jewish schools concerned and they cancelled the engagements as did two synagogues. The ZF were apoplectic with rage.
Now Owen is proud of his ” consistency”. Given this you would expect that Owen would at least say to the JLM that he will speak at their ” dos” when they end their association with the ZF. Wouldn’t you ? Given his no pasaran postion on rape, and all.