Here’s a sharp comment:
Funny how sleep sharpens perspective.
This morning I have woken up to the right-wing establishment successfully deploying exaggerated claims of racism to prevent a film being shown about how the right-wing establishment deployed exaggerated claims of racism for political ends. pic.twitter.com/79hOvEoAwT
— CrémantCommunarde🧡🌤 (@0Calamity) June 21, 2023
The reference is to the decision by the organisers of the Glastonbury Festival to cancel a plan to screen the documentary Oh, Jeremy Corbyn: the big lie after they received complaints from the “anti-Semitism” screamers.
These representatives of the right-wing Establishment have indeed used exaggerated claims of racism for political ends – to stop the screening of the film which explains how representatives of the right-wing Establishment used exaggerated claims of racism for political ends.
It seems that the fake charity Campaign Against Antisemitism exerted pressure on Glastonbury’s organisers, through the festival’s sponsor Vodafone,
So it emerges that CAA put pressure on @VodafoneUK , who sponsor #glastonbury2023, to have Glastonbury cancel the screening of "Oh Jeremy Corbyn – The Big Lie" No doubt the threat of losing funding influenced Galastonbury's decision. #BoycottVodaphone pic.twitter.com/4ohfJOBnFa
— Fintan McCarthy (@MccarthyFintan) June 20, 2023
So the claim was the old falsehood about anti-Semitism denial. Apparently this fact-based documentary would have “indoctrinated” festival-goers and “alienated” Jewish attendees.
Festival organisers then announced the cancellation, saying the festival is “about unity and not division, and we stand against all forms of discrimination”.
The way this happened leaves a bad taste in the mouth, doesn’t it? It seems the fake charity (in fact it is a highly political campaigning organisation) got Vodafone to threaten a financial loss of some kind to the festival.
I suggest this because it seems the festival asked a lawyer to examine the film before the decision to screen it was made – and that person pronounced it totally devoid of any hint of anti-Semitism.
So the organisers’ comment, which suggests that the film would create division and supports discrimination (presumably against Jews) is in direct conflict with the advice of their own lawyer – on which the decision to screen it was made and that screening was advertised on the festival’s website for around a month.
Isn’t it odd that the screening was advertised for such a long time before the CAA (or whoever) demanded that it be pulled? The film’s producer, Norman Thomas, told Dorset Eye that the lobbyists timed their attack on it to happen just a few days to go before the festival starts, in order to do maximum damage.
It is a claim that rings true to This Writer. In 2017, I stood for election to my local county council (as a Labour candidate – under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership). My campaign was derailed when Labour received an accusation of anti-Semitism against me – in time to appear in a local newspaper the day before the election.
The accusation was later found to have absolutely no validity whatsoever but the damage was done.
(Labour suspended my party membership anyway, and subsequently expelled me. I had to take the party to court to discover that the reason for my expulsion was not anti-Semitism but the fact that, as a journalist, I had written fair, accurate and timely articles criticising the party’s response to anti-Semitism accusations against other members which the right-wing faction in the party’s head office deemed to be undermining it. The obvious conclusion to draw is that nobody working in the media can be a member of the Labour Party without suffering interference in their work from it.)
The damage has been done and hacks in the mainstream and social media have been piling in with highly biased and prejudicial reviews of the film. It seems they feel they have a position to defend. Here’s an example:
.@LabourList join the organised pile on to denounce a well-researched film about how Jeremy Corbyn was demonised and the socialist wing of the @ukLabour expelled or marginalised by an orchestrated campaign to misrepresent the extent of antisemitism https://t.co/zPjXC6OcvU
— JewishVoiceForLabour (@JVoiceLabour) June 20, 2023
You can see a more balanced review of the film here.
And if you want to check the facts, the Al-Jazeera documentary series The Labour Files is a good place to start. Here‘s an article by UK journalist Peter Oborne supporting it.
You can watch the Labour Files documentaries by following the links in the tweet directly below:
Watch all the Labour Files
Part 1 👇 The Purge https://t.co/pcp63LJMhx
Part 2 👇 The Crisishttps://t.co/tIrMXxg8He
Part 3 👇The Heirarchyhttps://t.co/k1DOiveOyU
Part 4 👇The Spying Gamehttps://t.co/ZgpNXxrKIE
Part 5 👇*LATEST*The Forde Responsehttps://t.co/8L3t1n4VOS
— Richard Williams (@gobbyRich) June 20, 2023
And you can watch a short, ‘pilot’ version of Oh, Jeremy Corbyn: the big lie here.
If, after checking all these facts, you feel strongly enough about the injustice being done to the film and its makers by the Glastonbury organisers, feel free to do as Simon Maginn suggests:
You can email @glastonbury here.
Ask them how silencing Jewish voices and dividing Jews into 'good Jews' and 'bad Jews' helps achieve 'unity'.#ItWasAScam #TheBigLie #BoycottGlastonburyhttps://t.co/P6OluqkYMX
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) June 20, 2023
Oh, and just one more thing: Glastonbury’s decision not to screen the film has made it more popular.
Here’s Dorset Eye again:
According to Mr Thomas, the banning of the film seems to have backfired in a big way. He said: “Since news of the ban has got out, we have been inundated by people wanting to organise screenings of the film in towns across the country. They want to see what these self-appointed censors don’t want them to see.”
He said: “Since being launched in London earlier this year the film has been taken up and screened by local groups in hundreds of towns across the country, from Penzance to Glasgow. Now the screenings are just going on and on.”
It’s a good result: Glastonbury’s decision not to screen the film to a few people at the festival has led to many more screenings across the UK; the anti-Semitism liars (let’s call them what they are) have shot themselves in the foot badly this time.
AFTERWORD: here’s a thought. I’ve long since come to the belief that the defence against those who scream “anti-Semite” at the first opportunity is hindered by the fact that while they have a word for their victims, there is no corresponding term for the screamers themselves.
But look at their behaviour. It lacks honesty and morality, and one can hardly say that the underhanded tactics used to halt the film’s screening could be described as fair play – in other words, they run against traditional British values.
So, with apologies to victims of their campaign in Northern Ireland, how about labelling the screamers “Anti-British”?
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