Labour’s latest bid to smear and discredit people who speak against fake “anti-Semitism” accusations against party members is a disgrace that flies against a basic rule of British justice.
Of course the usual fellow-travellers in the mainstream media have kicked up a song and dance about it so you’ll know that Labour MP Chris Williamson was attacked yesterday (February 26) by his former party colleague Luciana Berger after it was revealed his office had booked a room in the House of Commons to host a screening of the film WitchHunt, about the accusations of anti-Semitism against Jackie Walker, who is herself Jewish but whose Labour Party membership has been suspended for a specious reason (you can read about that – and see why the allegation is false – here).
Ms Berger tweeted:
For a @UKLabour MP to host this film, with a “guest” who hasn’t yet had their #antisemitism disciplinary hearing (8 months after @uklabour leadership promised it would be concluded) is beyond offensive. https://t.co/DZ5uf2ZztO
— Luciana Berger (@lucianaberger) February 26, 2019
“With a ‘guest’ who hasn’t yet had their antisemitism disciplinary hearing”?
So she’s been accused, but no verdict against her has been recorded?
That means only one thing – as I made clear myself in a tweeted response to Ms Berger:
Haven't you ever heard the phrase "innocent until proven guilty"? It's a fundamental premise of UK law. @UKLabour
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) February 26, 2019
That’s right – Ms Berger was trying to silence an innocent woman, preventing her from stating her side of the story.
Now, why would she want to do that – especially when one realises that she hasn’t even seen the film herself?
It seems she succeeded, too – the screening has now been cancelled as a result of the adverse publicity Ms Berger created, even though it has nothing to do with her; she isn’t a member of the Labour Party any more.
It had been arranged with Mr Williamson’s office by Jewish Voice for Labour. In a press release, the organisation stated:
“Intimidation forces cancellation of WitchHunt film in Parliament
“A documentary film exploring the background to accusations of antisemitism in the Labour Party, due to be screened in the House of Commons on Monday March 4, has been cancelled after an outcry from people who have not seen it.
“Within hours of an invitation being sent to Labour MPs and journalists, the Jewish News reported calls for expulsion from the Labour Party of Chris Williamson MP whose office had booked the room to show the 62-minute documentary, titled WitchHunt. Williamson had no other role in organising the event.
“Neve Gordon, Professor of international law at Queen Mary University of London, who was due to take part in a panel discussion after the screening next Monday, said: ‘This is outrageous. It certainly confirms the significance of the movie.’
“The documentary has been acclaimed by leading filmmakers Mike Leigh and Peter Kosminsky, both of whom are Jewish, and by Israeli historian Professor Avi Shlaim (Oxford University). His statement, which topped the invitation, says: ‘Anyone who speaks or writes in the public domain about antisemitism and the current state of the Labour Party has a duty to see this film and address the issues it raises.’
“The film is due for release online on March 17th following a tour with director Jon Pullman to a number of cities including Nottingham, Brighton, Edinburgh and Derry.
“Pullman said: ‘We hope that people concerned with the struggle against racism and antisemitism take the time to see the film, and then make their own mind up. To have it publicly denounced as ‘offensive’ by people who have not seen it raises question about what is happening to democracy in this country.'”
The testimonial from Mr Kosminsky is particularly pertinent as it states: “[WitchHunt] packs a powerful punch, telling a story we just aren’t hearing at the moment.”
The reason for that should be obvious from Ms Berger’s tweet.
She got exactly what she deserved, though. Let’s take a look at some of the comments her tweet, and my response, attracted:
Luciana – you frequently jump before you are hurt. You have done enough damage to @UKLabour and attempted too often to undermine the leadership of @jeremycorbyn while you were a member of the party. Now you have run off with your "chums" we had hoped the whining would stop.
— Robin Vyrnwy-Pierce #ReportAntiSemitism (@Rhobyngoch) February 26, 2019
— Melanie – funny tinged – Melvin #JC4PM (@melaniekmelvin) February 26, 2019
The demand for the expulsion of @DerbyChrisW for hosting a Jewish group’s film show tonight in parliament is a clear sign that madness reigns in our politics. Appeasement of this madness has merely made it more acute. #Labour #Corbyn
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) February 26, 2019
— #CultOfGivingAShit (@JulsJulsblues) February 26, 2019
Look Mike we have to have Zero Tolerance, Zero Due Process and use Zero Brain Cells it is that big a crisis
— LabourFanTV (@TheBirmingham6) February 26, 2019
Guilty if you are Labour and a democratic socialist
Innocent if you are a tory or a neo-liberal
— SusieDemocraticSocialist (@SusiePeaceCora) February 26, 2019
Never heard of By elections either….
— Comrade Tadpole No 3 #GTTO (@tadpoleno3) February 26, 2019
Here’s the trailer for WitchHunt:
TRAILER for "WitchHunt" a documentary film by @jonmarkpullman telling story of Jackie Walker and the McCarthyite 'antisemitism' witchhunt against Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party
features @jrschlosberg @markthomasinfo @JVoiceLabour amongst others pic.twitter.com/77ziFk6Ifb
— LabourFanTV (@TheBirmingham6) February 24, 2019
“A message to anyone who dissents: ‘We can get you.'”
And that is exactly what we have seen in this heavy-handed intervention from Ms Berger.
AFTERWORD: It should be noted that Jewish News reported the screening of WitchHunt was due to take place shortly before the Jewish Labour Movement was due to debate its future with the Labour Party, with “some members pushing for disaffiliation”. Let us hope that this happens and Labour separates itself from this poisonous organisation which is far more interested in supporting the Zionist project in Israel than in standing up for Jewish people in the UK who may disagree with its political stance. Consider its own mission statements (as reported here) for evidence.
Ms Walker will face her Labour Party disciplinary hearing on March 26. Here’s a tweet about it that you might find interesting:
Labour expulsion hearing set for anti-Zionist Jackie Walker for 26th March. This distinguished black Jewish lady has fought racism all her life. It will be a test for Labour. Will they stand up for Jackie or will they give in to Zionist lobby groups? https://t.co/zaPTnOCCv7
— Annie Hailey (@AnnieHailey8) February 26, 2019
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