Jewish voices speak out against Labour’s faked ‘anti-Semitism’ crisis

Jeremy Corbyn is supported by significant number of Jews. Unfortunately the Conservatives in the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council would characterise them as the “wrong kind of Jews”.

People have started appearing on the social media, speaking out against the fake ‘anti-Semitism’ crisis created by certain pro-Israel pressure groups and the right-wing UK media. And their voices are important because these people are Jewish.

Here’s a strong example, from Professor Annabelle Sreberny:

Yes indeed – the idea that Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite is, quite frankly, idiotic. It has only gained traction because the people pushing it claim to represent the Jewish community.

Except, as you’ve just heard, there is no single Jewish community. There are many. They are currently deep in debate over the issue. But this fact is being obscured by the group that has co-opted the media to its cause; the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Jewish Labour Movement, certain right-wing members of the Labour Party and so on. Members of Jewish Voices for Labour – like the lady in the clip above – are condemned as the “wrong kind of Jew”.

This Writer is currently accused of anti-Semitism by the Labour Party, based on a series of nonsense charges including one that I am depriving Jews of the right to describe their oppression by putting quotation marks around the word “anti-Semitism” when the accusations are found to be false. Have a think about that while you see some of the statements by other Jews on this matter.

Then please consider visiting my JustGiving site and supporting my fundraising campaign to take the matter to court.

Consider this:

And this:

The claim that anti-Semitism is a problem of the social media certainly may have legs. The accusations against me are based on my social media posts – but I have not posted abuse against any Labour or Conservative MPs, and the articles on my website are based either on provable facts or on evidence that I have unearthed myself – evidence that certain so-called “mainstream” interests would like to discredit and bury again, it seems.

That said, I cannot claim that anti-Semitic abuse is not published on the social media, because a certain kind of person – including racists – enjoy using the anonymity provided by social media pseudonyms to send such abuse to prominent people. Personally, I have never used such pseudonyms and have always published under my own name.

There is another aspect to this, which is that members of the “mainstream” groups that have been so loud in condemnation of anti-Semitic abuse may actually be posting it anonymously themselves, in order to stir up public feeling. The only way to find out is to strip the ability to post anonymously away from users – and you’ll notice that the relevant authorities have been obstructive in this respect.

Let’s have another:

I was accused of anti-Semitism while I was standing as a Labour candidate for a local county council seat. My suspension happened on the eve of polling day – the afternoon before. In my opinion it was deliberately timed to stop a Labour candidate from taking a council seat (this kind of manipulation is against the law, but it is extraordinarily difficult to persuade the police to prosecute). So I agree that these accusations are politically-motivated (at least in cases such as mine).

I was secretary of my local Labour Party branch at the time – but obviously had to give up that role after the party suspended my membership. It was subsequently demonstrated that the branch has a small but significant Jewish membership – none of whom have any objections about my treatment of them.

The accusations against me started after I wrote a series of articles on accusations against others that were based on a false premise. These necessitated examination of the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014, a grossly unequal struggle in which many times more Palestinians were killed than Israelis. It seems clear that my accusers wanted to silence someone they perceived as a critic of Israeli policies.

Note also that this Jewish lady makes it clear that she believes the allegations currently being made by the “mainstream” groups to be false. So she, at least, agrees that I am right to describe them as false “anti-Semitism” claims, rather than examples of genuine anti-Semitism.

These are welcome examples of evidence in my favour. Unfortunately, the Labour Party’s charge sheet against me contains the following directive, to find me guilty in spite of the evidence (if necessary), in order to make an example of me:

“There are current and potential Labour voters of all backgrounds who are watching carefully what the Party does with cases like Mr Sivier’s. Taking definitive action in this case would send a clear and unambiguous message to all of them that Mr Sivier and the views he published extensively have absolutely no place in the party.”

But an example of what? Labour mismanagement of a serious issue – being false claims made against good and genuine party members?

That’s what it seems, to me.

It seems, further, that the Labour Party is setting itself up to fail, as long as it continues to pander to the Conservatives in the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, and so on.

They will continue beating the party with the stick of fake “anti-Semitism” accusations, while the general public will desert the party in droves – either because they believe the lies, or in disgust at the party’s pathetically weak response to them.

15 thoughts on “Jewish voices speak out against Labour’s faked ‘anti-Semitism’ crisis

  1. john thatcher

    Yes,if Corbyn fails to take on these lies and distortions,he will leave an increasingly powerful weapon in the hands of his political enemies.It will become more powerful because without leadership from Corbyn,people will begin to duck for cover in the face of these people,and others will be so demoralised they will give up the fight.

  2. Thomas

    Posting under a false name can be used for good reasons-to whistle blow without losing one’s job for example. We have lost enough freedoms without losing that one too.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Sure there are good reasons.
      But whistleblowing isn’t abuse.
      So there are good ways of justifying the stripping of anonymity from certain users, in certain circumstances.
      Would you not agree?

      1. Zippi

        I most certainly would! I know of somebody who lost their job, because somebody was posting abuse to themselves, under an alias and accusing somebody else of doing it. They then turned on somebody else and made their life hell, too.

  3. Simon Cohen

    Great post, Mike. many thanks for this. You have made a really significant contribution to this issue for which people like myself, of Jewish background, are grateful.

    Graham Bash sums up the main points excellently. Many good points were made by the Jewish Voices for Labour people:

    That the (bogus) antisemitism is designed to:

    Mute genuine criticism of Israel
    Undermine the only genuinely Left Party in Europe that has a chance of Governing.
    Further the interests of the neo-liberal establishment.
    Confuse the public so that Corbyn is discredited.

    Thanks heavens for genuine non-establishment Jewish voices who honour the great socialist traditions of their forbears.

    What scares me is that REAL antisemitism will be strengthened by this politicised focus on bogus antisemitism.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Thanks for the kind words.

      You know that Labour is hell-bent on having me tarred as an anti-Semite, though. Yes?

    2. John Webster

      This is absolutely correct and people see through these charges and can distinguish between real antisemitism (racism) and ‘political’ antisemitism – ie criticism of Israel. It is astonishing that the ‘Jewish Establishment’ can think its arguments will have any traction among sensible people and those MP’s who support them are hanging a big target around their necks. Would you support someone who insists that criticising Israel (which has just written its racism into the law of the land in the Jewish Nation State Act) is antisemitic?

      1. Zippi

        The problem is that this is one of the examples in the International Holocaust Memorial Alliance’s definition, which has made the headlines in recent weeks. This is compounded by the fact that Joe Public won’t have read the definition, or its associated examples; they will only hear of the £abour leadership’s refusal to adopt the definition in full, that the £abuor leadership thinks that it knows better than 31 countries and above all, Jews, what constitutes anti-Semitism, that Margret Hodge, a Jewish M.P. brought this to the attention of the £abour leadership yet was herself made the subject of discipline, that Jewish M.P.s are publicly calling Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite, that Jews are saying that his leadership presents an “existential crisis” for Jews in this country… Do you really think that Average Jo will be able to see through that? there is no snoke without fire, the saying goes and these people have reduced visibility to the end of one’s nose and made it so that people cannot see the wood, or the trees!

  4. Dominic Berry

    Explain how concerned you are about “the rise in anti-Semitism”.
    Ask them has anyone been injured, had their windows broken… no?
    So it’s basically arguments about speech codes.
    So why the fuss?

  5. Vanda Bubear

    They are zionist bigots and they need to be booted out of the party. This cannot be allowed to go on. A strong response needs to be forthcoming from the party itself. We will not be dictated to by the pro-Israel lobby. This whole AS thing is proven to be a sham and a smear, timed explicitly to when Labour are leading in the polls. Deselect them. Withdraw the whip. Please do something now.

    The sight of Smeeth and her usual gang of heavies walking loftily down the road was the last straw for me – victimisation of an innocent man, Mark Wadsworth, yet the party kow-towed to these bullies and expelled him. Shameful.

  6. martin spaink

    !! ‘.. that Mr Sivier and the views he published extensively have absolutely no place in the party.’ … how low can they go? Labour is not charmed by members showing to have more backbone than the pack. Listen you bunch of bought poodles, what is wrong is not right, so don’t go telling us it right to be wrong. my compliments to mr Sivier. It is a crying shame you were ousted on false grounds, and your constiuents should understand as much!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’m not out yet – just suspended. The charges have absolutely no weight at all.

  7. Martin Odoni

    As I wrote a couple of months ago, most of the ‘mouthpiece’ groups claiming to speak on behalf of British Jews and pushing the ‘AS-is-out-of-control!!!!!!!!111one” narrative are not even elected, and there is no recognisable consultation process in most cases. The Board of Deputies has certainly never asked me for my views on ANY subject.

  8. Zippi

    Hurrah! At last somebody speaks the truth! Well done, that woman! There is no Jewish community, just as there is no “black” community but there are COMMUNITIES! I am also worried, as are many, that this fabricated racism will create genuine racism that will be visited upon Jews but the cynic in me believes that this is the purpose.
    If there is such rampant racism within the £abour party, where are the complaints to the police? Where are the arrests? I’m pretty sure that incitement to both racial and religious hatred are crimes so, if these accusations are genuine, where is the police record of these crimes?
    These people are getting bold, too and if they are bolder, their actions will embolden the real racists.
    Regarding the internet, Guido Fawkes is a particular, biased entity, that seems intent only on stirring and causing disquiet, not in justice, as it purports to be and like those agencies that are mentioned in the article, it will not allow and critique, or criticism on its site.

  9. John.

    The only way to defend the murderous criminal cult running the abomination full of colonial imposters, land thieves and liars is to not defend it, by silencing any and all voices demanding truth and justice.

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