As expected, the Jewish Labour Movement has embarked on an all out drive to foist the so called EUMC Definition of antisemitism on the Labour Party.
Jackie Walker’s criticism of the proposed ” definition” is one of the reasons the JLM give in demanding Walker’s expulsion from the Party and her removal from her position as Vice Chair of Momentum.
Interestingly these demands followed straight on from the JLM demanding, from the LP Conference stage, that the current purge of members and supporters, be continued.
In promoting the ” definition ” JLM tell us that it is the ” standard” definition. This is strange because one would have thought the standard definition was the one found in our dictionaries.The definition of antisemitism arrived at by observation of the sum force of uses of the expression by the billions of speakers of the language.
Or we are told that it is “THE widely accepted definition.” This is even stranger. If you were to stand on a random street in your town. and stopped a thousand people the odds are overwhelmingly on you not finding a single person that has heard of it. Further, if you asked these people what their understanding of antisemitism was the odds are equally overwhelming on Israel not getting a single mention.
What we are dealing with here is a kind of linguistic totalitarianisn. A claim to ownership of the English language.
Lets be perfectly clear. Talk of it being discredited is way too weak.
There is no such thing as an EUMC definition of antisemitism and there NEVER has been such a thing.
The creation and perpetuating of the myth was, and is, the work of a handful of disengeneous and highly motivated ultra Zionist NGOs, chief among them The American Jewish Committee ( hence all the American spellings) and our very own Community Security Trust ( CST )
In 2005 the EUMC put on its web site what it called a draft of a working definition of antisemitism as follows…
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
This may not be wonderfully coherent but it is something akin to THE concept.
This was put up as a DISCUSSION document. This is ALL the EUMC EVER did. It adopted NOTHING. Then heads of the above mentioned Zionist NGOs embarked on an extremely successful effort to hijack the document. Since it was a discussion document they entered the discussion and they addended to the document a whole heap of stuff concerning discourse about Israel. In the van of these conspirators was Michael Whine CEO OF CST.
That is, CST were intimately and directly involved in the heist.
The purpose was to create a situation in which it was extremely difficult for anyone to talk meaningfully and pejoratively about The State of Israel without also having to defend themselves against charges of antisemitism. It worked beyond their wildest dreams.
However, in 2013, disaster struck.
The EUMC’s name had been changed, in 2007, to the Fundamental Rights Agency. Late in 2013, the now named FRA, decided to clear out some junk from the garage. Among the junk it removed from its web site was the so called working definition of antisemitism.
It is impossible to over state the impact of this. For years Zionist ultras have used references to this ” definition” to smear, and dismiss as antisemitic, those that overstep THEIR line vis a vis Israel.
The EUMC definition had become so entrenched as the standard issue weapon that the sense of loss was akin to a bereavement.
They were apoplectic, and a crescendo of pleas and threats rained down on the FRA . The Simon Weisenthal Centre, wasn’t shy about telling it as it was. It lamented the removal as the loss of “ a valuable weapon”.
The FRA responded…..
” 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.”
The first response of the CST was to simply pretend it hadn’t happened, and to carry on regardless. They maintained a link to what they continued to call the EUMC working definition. However, clicking the link takes you to the web site of something called the European Forum on Antisemitism, hoping, with some justification, that you wouldn’t notice. There you will find a copy and paste of what they had put on the EUMC web site, now padded out with even more constraints on how you may talk about Israel without being dismissed as antisemitic.
What is the European Forum on Antisemitism ? Well nothing really. You may as well consult the publications of my local ferret fanciers club. The easy way to grasp it, is to think of a bunch of self appointed John Mann type characters getting together and giving themselves a fancy name. If you look at their logo it even is designed to kinda look a bit like the EU logo. Stars and stuff. It is a creation designed to keep alive the spirit of the much loved and lamented EUMCWD. A creation designed to fool you into thinking you are looking at some kind of official European Union document.
It is, in fact, another creation of the American Jewish Committee. The same AJC that the CST conspired with on the EUMCWD scam. If you were to bet against the CST being closely involved in this scam too, you would be a very reckless gambler indeed.
The CST has trained the other members of the Hasbara community in the use of the scam. For example, Joan Ryan, that galactico of expense fiddlers and chair of Labour Friends of Israel, recently announced that using Nazi analogies in the context of Israel is antisemitic “ as The European Forum on Antisemitism makes clear.”