When it all falls apart for so-called anti-Semitism crusaders, it seems to fall apart badly.
Peter Newbon is a director of Labour Against Anti-Semitism (LAAS), despite not being a member of the Labour Party (it would be interesting to find out if he has any other political affiliations).
Apparently Pete Newbon, one of the directors of Labour Against Antisemitism Ltd, is not a member of the Labour Party? pic.twitter.com/TMNRdt9cG5
— dr matt lodder (@mattlodder) May 19, 2021
Did you know he was also head of this 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/7AXbP7OlPd
— Meghan ate my Corgi (@LibrtarianLeft) May 19, 2021
Today, May 19, he tweeted an image of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reading Jewish former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to a group of children, with the image altered so the book appears to be the anti-Semitic text The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
The caption was: “‘Oh no! A J-… er, I mean a ZIONIST! A nasty, horrible Zionist! We can’t go over him, we can’t go under him, we’ll have to make an effigy…'”
See for yourself:
One of your founders, @PeteNewbon, has today published this antisemitic assault on @MichaelRosenYes.
What 'action' are you going to take? pic.twitter.com/2McvMnZ6l1
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) May 19, 2021
This is clearly an anti-Semitic message, linking all Jewish people with a racist ideology in what appears to be an attempt to “normalise” Zionism along the lines of Robert Jenrick’s “Anti-Zionism is antisemitism” nonsense.
Now, serious questions are being asked about Labour Against Anti-Semitism, and Newbon’s university job also appears to be at risk.
Do you take action when your staff engage in potentially criminal activity, such as racially motivated harassment, in this case antisemitic targeting? https://t.co/zotzQXSoF1
— UCL-UCU (@UCL_UCU) May 19, 2021
I look forward to hearing from you. I will follow you so you can DM me if you want, or write to my agent, or find my email on my website. Thank you. @GoldsmithsUCU @ucu @JewishChron @antisemitism https://t.co/bu821a33UH
— Michael Rosen 💙💙🎓🎓 (@MichaelRosenYes) May 19, 2021
Questions are even being asked of the Labour Party, whose leaders have signalled support for LAAS on many occasions:
Hi @UKLabour I thought LAAS was supposed to be AGAINST antisemitism? And yet one of your members who is part of that has tried to discredit one of our most loved Jewish authors with several saying the attack was a/s in itself? Not convinced you’re being genuine.@NorthumbriaUni https://t.co/sLpMjELbbK
— Mark Mandelson – Undermining Starmer Every Day (@NeworpK) May 19, 2021
Let’s all keep a close eye on this one.
I think some very nasty people have a lot of explaining to do.
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I tried to contact Newbon about this over Twitter earlier, and found his account had been switched to private.
Now I wonder why that could be…..?
I hate to transfer the onus onto the victim, but this really is the time for Corbyn to draw a line under all this nonsense, to say, “No more smears will be tolerated,” and then to sue Newbon to smithereens. It’s a completely outrageous and baseless smear, and a clear sign of Zionist agitation at the growing (and very correct) sympathy around the West for the Palestinians in Gaza during the current spate of Israeli atrocities (including emerging evidence of Israeli deployment of White Phosphorus yet again). The phoney narrative of “poor little Israel being bullied by evil Arabs” just isn’t convincing enough people anymore.
Absolutely. Where is Corbyn?
Mike – check out https://www.facebook.com/labouragainstAS/ – especially the current pinned post “Statement from Emma Picken, spokesperson for Labour Against Antisemitism.” It’s appalling stuff (not just that pinned post)
Ugh. I’ve got some more stories to write, but I’ll have a look if I can be bothered trying to stomach it.
Surely he can get done for slander and defamation? It is time for Corbyn to take these slanderers and defamers to court?
Long past time. He isn’t rising above it. He’s ignoring injustice.