Let’s give my brother, the Beast, a round of applause! Despite being appallingly weak from his treatment for a rare form of cancer, he has been posting incisive articles criticising the Labour Party’s attack on me.
The following is particularly interesting as it is about the claim that I attack Jewish people’s national aspirations and right to self-determination.
I think the point he makes is very strong. If you agree, please visit my JustGiving page and donate towards my bid to launch legal action to clear my name.
I’ll be facing members of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee to counter the party’s charges against me soon, but the charge sheet contains a very clear instruction that I should be found guilty and expelled no matter what the evidence shows, so I think we should all consider it to be a kangaroo court until we see evidence to the contrary.
The charge sheet given to Mike … contains some pious verbiage about the Labour party respecting the national aspirations of all peoples, and that to attack the Jewish aspiration for a national homeland is anti-Semitic. This statement is vulnerable to attack on several fronts.
Firstly, the ideal of supporting the national aspirations of currently stateless peoples is fine and admirable in itself. But the realities are far more complex. For example, at the moment the Basques and the Catalans in Spain have very large nationalist movements campaigning for independence. Is the Labour party supporting them? Brittany also has a nationalist movement for the Breton people, as do the Frisians in the Netherlands. Is Labour also supporting them? How about the Ruthenians, a Slavonic people in eastern Europe? Going further east, what about the Kurds, or the Sikhs in the Punjab. There’s a radical, nationalist fringe amongst the Sikhs that aims to create an independent Sikh state in the Punjab, their historic homeland. Does the Labour party support that?
Actually, I suspect that if you asked a Labour party official, they’d probably give you a vague answer on these questions, talking about ‘aspirations’ versus the hard realities and diplomatic niceties. But I’m not interested in the official Labour position on these issues, as what the Israel lobby and specifically the person, who drew up the charge sheet, have done to support the national aspirations of other nations. Have they marched in support of the Basques, Catalans, Bretons and so on? If they haven’t, and I very much doubt that they have, then this is so much hypocritical verbiage designed to disguise their real concern: that Mike has dared to publish the historical truth about Israel.
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