Intimidation forces cancellation of film screening about Labour’s ‘anti-Semitism’ WitchHunt (Part One of Two)

Bully: Luciana Berger is no longer a member of the Labour Party, but she intimidated it into forcing the cancellation of a film screening in order to silence dissent against her story about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

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:

“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:

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:

Here’s the trailer for WitchHunt:

“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:

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7 thoughts on “Intimidation forces cancellation of film screening about Labour’s ‘anti-Semitism’ WitchHunt (Part One of Two)

  1. Bob Vant

    No, Mike….LB’s right here. CW’s showed the same Kack-Handed Know-All attitude (see lead given by JC) which has helped to get us in this mess.

    The problem is that you’ve painted yourself into a corner where you’re not able/willing to listen to anything which might make you remotely question what you’re saying. When given any evidence which contradicts your case, you become a threatening bully. You have no right to accuse anyone else of that.

    Do I wait for you to block me from your “discussions,” or leave of my own accord?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      What you do in the future is your business, not mine. As you have provided no evidence of any “kack-handed know-all attitude”, I must conclude that you don’t want your claim to be taken seriously. I’ll listen to any decent, informed argument but there aren’t many around just now.

      1. Bob Vant

        All I need to do is to refer you to your refusal to reply to, and then your choice of insults to, my previous efforts to get you to actually think that there MIGHT be other points of view, Mike.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        You were trolling me – and unimaginatively.

        The best thing for newbie commenters like you, Bob, is to stick to the subject matter and try not to insult other people here – especially the moderator. If you can’t manage that, go where they’ll put up with nonsense.

    2. SteveH

      Or to quote Jonathan Cook
      “Antisemitism refers to the hatred of Jews. It is bigotry, plain and simple.
      Anti-Zionism, on the other hand, is opposition to the political ideology of Zionism, a movement that has insisted in all its political guises on prioritising the rights of Jews to a homeland over those, the Palestinians, who were already living there.
      Anti-Zionism is not racism against Jews; it is opposition to racism by Zionist Jews.

    3. Martin Odoni

      @Bob Vant – Your remarks would come across as a lot less snide if you could actually develop a case in favour of Berger’s argument. Her only supporting point seems to be that allowing Jackie a public hearing is ‘beyond offensive’, without explaining why.

      The only point you offer doesn’t actually discuss or add to Berger’s latest self-martyrdom at all. It’s just an off-colour remark about Williamson, indicating that you have a low opinion of him, again on the basis of zero evidence. If you think that people should be forced into silence and ostracised entirely on the grounds of your personal low opinion of them, then you are going to spend a lot of your life disappointed.

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