Did Walker movie bomb threat arise from bitchiness by The Sun over Momentum ban?

Jackie Walker: She has a right to have her story heard. Who is trying to deny her that right? And why?

Remember Jackie Walker, the former vice-chair of Momentum who was ousted from her position and suspended from the Labour Party on the basis of spurious claims of anti-Semitism concocted by the Jewish Labour Movement, Israel Advocacy Movement and complicit “news”papers?

It seems Ms Walker turned her experience of being smeared as an anti-Semite into a stage play, The Lynching – and now film-maker Jon Pullman has created a full-length movie about it, entitled The Political Lynching of Jackie Walker.

Shot in the UK and Europe, with commentary from friends and foes, the movie follows Ms Walker’s activities for more than a year, filming her at work, in performance, and across the kitchen table to interrogate the issues that lay behind the headlines, and the woman behind the activist. The film was due to have its premiere screening at the Labour Party Conference on the evening of September 25.

But the screening had to be cancelled – and the auditorium evacuated – after organisers received a bomb threat.

Obviously, at the time of writing it is far too early to make any suggestions about who may be responsible – but we may definitely suggest that whoever it was disapproves of free speech, especially if it presents a coherent, logical and possibly persuasive narrative that is different from their own personal bias.

And what encouraged them to commit this prank (I would be very surprised if there really was a bomb at the Liverpool auditorium in which the film was due to be screened)? Well…

May I draw your attention to this article, which I regret to inform you was published by a periodical known as The Sun which describes itself as a newspaper (although opinion on this is divided).

Headlined Fury as far-left activist who said Jews were behind the slave trade tells Labour members she’s been ‘lynched’, the piece states: “A far-left activist who was kicked out of Labour for making anti-Semitic slurs is putting events at the party conference – in which she claims she was “lynched”.

“Jackie Walker has sparked fury by hosting a film and a play at the annual get-together aimed at clearing her name.

“Ms Walker was formerly vice-chair of Momentum but was fired after she claimed Jews were responsible for the slave trade.

“Labour MP Louise Ellman blasted the attempts to promote her worldview, saying it was “disgraceful” for banned activists to be tolerated by other party members.”

This smear piece was accompanied by an image of a flier advertising the film screening, which clearly showed its date and location: Blackburne House, Georgian Quarter, Falkner Street, Liverpool at 7pm on September 25.

I call it a smear piece because it presents a lie as truth – that Ms Walker “claimed Jews were responsible for the slave trade”.

This is based on a fragment of a conversation between Ms Walker and a friend on Facebook’s private Messenger service, that was hacked by members of the Israel Advocacy Movement and given to the Jewish Chronicle as proof of anti-Semitism.

But Ms Walker, speaking afterwards, explained that she was referring to the Caribbean slave trade, of which her own ancestors had unique experience. This is from an article written nearly two years ago: “Yes, I wrote “many Jews (my ancestors too) were the chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade”. These words, taken out of context in the way the media did, of course do not reflect my position. I was writing to someone who knew the context of my comments. Had he felt the need to pick me up on what I had written I would have rephrased – perhaps to “Jews (my ancestors too) were among those who financed the sugar and slave trade and at the particular time/in the particular area I’m talking about they played an important part.”

For the record, my claim, as opposed to those made for me by the Jewish Chronicle, has never been that Jews played a disproportionate role in the Atlantic Slave Trade, merely that, as historians such as Arnold Wiznitzer noted, at a certain economic point, in specific regions where my ancestors lived, Jews played a dominant role “as financiers of the sugar industry, as brokers and exporters of sugar, and as suppliers of Negro slaves on credit, accepting payment of capital and interest in sugar.””

It’s a bit different when you see the full picture rather than just a fragment, isn’t it?

Hugo Gye, who wrote the Sun piece, would have had no excuse for ignorance of the facts of the matter – including the fact that Ms Walker has not been found guilty of any anti-Semitism at all by the Labour Party’s own disciplinary mechanism, so what motivated him – and the newspaper – to promote the lie?

Was it mischief?

Remember, Ms Walker is a former vice-chair of Momentum, and Momentum has banned The Sun from its fringe events at this year’s Labour conference.

By publishing its story about Ms Walker, along with details of the film screening, this publication might as well have been giving instructions to anyone with an agenda to push the false accusations of anti-Semitism and suppress the facts.

The bomb threat could easily have been triggered by this bitchy story.

We may never know for sure.

But, like so many of the accusers’ recent efforts, it seems likely that this attempt at repression will backfire.

People are going to ask why.

Why seek to silence an accused person who was only trying to put forward her side of this case?

What does this film show, that the accusers have to fear?

The threat – to kill by explosion people attending the premiere – is so extreme that people will want to know the answers to these questions. Is the accusers’ case really so fragile that they have to resort to such extremes in a bid to maintain the illusion of Ms Walker’s guilt?

Well? Is it?

Jackie Walker isn’t the only person to face vexatious claims of anti-Semitism.

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10 thoughts on “Did Walker movie bomb threat arise from bitchiness by The Sun over Momentum ban?

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    ah the sun proper news paper is that full of murdocks news the one he wants us to listen to but gradually the proper news will filter through

  2. Marie

    The interesting thing is that the more they try to suppress discussion and research, they promote more of both. I never knew all the story behind the slave trade, so I am going to research some more. Sometimes as they say, it is better to ‘let sleeping dogs lie.’

  3. Marie

    This is an interesting article from a rabbi. There are lots apparently, including others ‘setting the record straight’ about the level of involvement. But as I say this was not something I was even aware of before reading the reason behind Jackie Walker’s suspension from the LP. https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-culpable-were-dutch-jews-in-the-slave-trade/
    I imagine that, like me, lots of people are going to be doing some more research on this matter to try and understand the issues involved.

  4. Carol Fraser

    A carefully orchestrated smear campaigns in which Israel is complicit. Rich as it has been reported that the chief rabbi has said ‘all black people are monkeys’. Israel is not good for the reputation of Jews. My old clients were charming people

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      In which the Israeli government is complicit, you mean.
      It is a curious situation when we can say, for example that “Britain declared war on Germany in 1939” (when in fact it was the British government of the day that did it, but you can’t attribute similarly nationally-significant actions to Israel without fear of being labelled an anti-Semite.

      1. Zippi

        Which is poppycock, considering that Israel has only been in existence since 1948. The Jews (as lay claim to the land) have, bar few, not inhabited that land for, according to many Jews, around 2,000 years. we must put this anti-Semitism business under the scrutiny that it deserves, for it is, in my opinion, doing Jews no favours. Jews should be subject to the same criticisms as all other peoples and so must be treated as are all other peoples. Making them somehow special creates resentment, thus “anti-Semitism,” as per certain examples. Most people couldn’t care a poop if somebody is Jewish, or a potato but they do feel aggrieved, when labelled anti-Semitic, for having an opinion. The Thought Police will not help Jews. If we and they want rid of anti-Semitism, the way forward is education; I have always said this of racism; let people think at fee what they want but challenge them. Education, not legislation. That’s why the I.H.R.A. “working definition” is useless, because is exists without context.

  5. Susanna

    “Obviously, at the time of writing it is far too early to make any suggestions about who may be responsible – but we may definitely suggest that whoever it was disapproves of free speech, especially if it presents a coherent, logical and possibly persuasive narrative that is different from their own personal bias.”

    Actually, at this point, I’m beginning to believe the Twitterati and suspect that it was a massive publicity stunt engineered by Walker’s team to promote the film beyond the fringe of conference. Too much doesn’t add up, the message the secretary received which had nothing to do with anything, the very quick statements of protests all ready, the outrage… either way, I’m sure Jackie’s not unhappy at being back in the spotlight again.

  6. Kwame Aboagye

    These demons want to rattle us, but shall not be moved.

    Jackie Walker should continue with her film without fear or favour.

  7. Zippi

    You are not allowed to put forward your side of the case. This is not a court of law, this is the court of opinion, in which only one opinion counts. As I have said, previously, the arts of argument and persuasion are long consigned to history. If you can’t win the argument, because you have none, close the opposition down. This is part of the trend of, “if you can’t make yourself look good, make somebody else look bad.” You will see it all across the political arena; deflection, besmirching; it’s an utter disgrace.

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