Here’s some bad news for John Mann and all his followers – Zionist or not – who have been saying Dr Sam Glatt’s letter attacking him was a forgery: It wasn’t.
The first I heard about the latest false claim was in a comment to This Blog by a person called David Collier, who describes himself on his own website as “100% a Zionist”.
It referred to my previous publication of Dr Glatt’s open letter in which he said John Mann MP’s claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party were attention-seeking and politically-motivated.
Mr Collier wrote: “oh dear. It is a forgery. A con. Written it seems by a non Jewish Momentum activist. People on the radical left forging ‘Jewish documents’ that are used to spread the disease of antisemitism.Where have we seen this before?
“One would hope at some point you realise how far down the slippery slope some have fallen.”
Right back at you, Mr Collier!
I did a little checking of my own, with the online sources I used for my article, and am grateful to Tony Greenstein for doing all the work.
It seems that Dr Glatt’s invitation to Mr Mann – “So, please feel free to denounce me, though, I suspect, that you lack the moral and political courage to do so” – has been taken up by the MP, who wrote the following on his Facebook page:
Mr Greenstein was preparing to write a public acceptance that he had made a mistake when “I was made aware of a tweet from a Dr Alan Maddison, a friend of Dr Glatt, who insisted that the letter was genuine.
“After corresponding with Dr Maddison it was clear that there were grounds for questioning whether the the letter was a forgery. Alan gave me the phone number of Dr Glatt and I spoke to both him and Graham Martin. It became clear to me very quickly that the original letter was not a forgery.”
He went on to copy both a typed draft of a second letter by Dr Glatt and the letter itself, which is handwritten “in best doctor’s handwriting”. Here it is (I have obscured his address for reasons I hope are obvious):
Here’s a typed version which may be easier to read:
“Dear Mr Mann,
“Thank you for your letter.
“Let me say immediately that it was a joint effort with Graham Martin and I acknowledge full responsibility for the contents.
“If the language appears to you to be robust in places I can only reply that the incidents you were involved seriously undermine the character of at least two persons and reduce the chances of victory in the forthcoming general election.
“Graham Martin shared my concern and was a great help in assembling the facts in each case.
“It is physically difficult for me to visit people but I am in full possession of my mental faculties and certainly not a puppet of Graham’s. Although I am 90 years old I must repeat that I am not demented and in no way a puppet of Graham’s.
“There is one word in your letter which is sheer invention on your part. I have never said or written that I despise you or hate you. I want to make that absolutely clear.
“Your expressed view that Jackie Walker and those who support her should be expelled from the party, I find abhorrent.
“In my opinion this undermining of Corbyn and supporters by weaponising anti-Semitism repeatedly has to stop. It damages the Labour Party and offends many of its members.
“If a forthright letter from me can stop that, then I will have achieved my object.
Mr Greenstein also posts the text of this article by Dr Maddison in support of Dr Glatt, which may also provide illumination for those who wish to be enlightened.
Finally, Mr Greenstein made an excellent point, which may be applied to many Zionist attacks on their opponents: They rely on ad hominem responses, attacking the man in order to undermine the message.
He wrote: “Even John Mann is going to have difficulty alleging that the second letter is a forgery since it is written, in best doctor’s handwriting (!) by Dr Glatt himself. I just hope that Mr Mann is hungry as he has an awful lot of humble pie to consume.
“John Mann’s allegations of a forgery are classic Zionist tactics. It’s all an anti-Zionist conspiracy! Attack the messenger and avoid the message. Instead of coming to terms with what Dr Glatt was saying, that he was falsely accusing people like Jackie Walker and Ken Livingstone of anti-Semitism and also destroying the chances of Labour electorally, Mann did what we have come to expect from him. He sought to evade the message by attacking the man.”
That applies also to supporters of John Mann like Mr Collier.
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