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Whatever happened to the EHRC report on #Labourantisemitism ?

No comment: it seems that, when it comes to learning the results of an investigation into whether the Labour Party has an institutional problem with anti-Semitism, some are more equal than others.

Here’s a thing that just disappeared off the political map as soon as it was expedient.

The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched an inquiry into “institutional anti-Semitism” in the Labour Party more than a year ago, when Jeremy Corbyn was party leader and right-wingers were making a huge fuss about it in order to have him removed.

Information that has come to light since the investigation started – for example, from the so-called LabourLeaks report – suggests that any such institutional anti-Semitism was perpetrated by right-wing factionalists within the party, with an intent to smear Corbyn’s leadership.

The EHRC finally produced its report in July, when a copy was handed to new party leader Keir Starmer, so he could provide feedback on it before it is made public.

Since then, we’ve heard nothing about it.

So Simon Maginn send a Freedom of Information request to the organisation, asking when it would be published. Here’s his tweet about the response:

According to a report by The Prole Star,

Other left-wing social media accounts have expressed their disgust at the EHRC’s point blank refusal, the prevalent opinion [being] that the very existence of the inquiry, launched amid massive media coverage in May 2019, had ‘done its job’ in undermining jeremy Corbyn’s Labour to the extent that it lost the General Election and led to his resignation as leader.

It is also widely believed that the reluctance to make the report public indicates that its findings do not fit the ‘Labour is antisemitic’ narrative trumpeted so regularly by the media over the last few years – which appears to strangely have stopped ‘being news’ since Spring 2020.

Intrigued by this, I dropped a line to the EHRC myself:

At the time of writing, there has been no response.

Admittedly, it was a Saturday. Perhaps everybody was out watching the football.

But then, the organisation did manage to tweet this just before I sent my message…

… and this, a few hours after…

… so I think we must all reluctantly conclude that there’s something suspicious going on.

Perhaps a Labour MP – perhaps even the Labour MP who was most often accused (Jeremy Corbyn) could take this up as a matter of urgency?

Source: EHRC Refuses To Say When – Or If – Its ‘Labour Antisemitism’ Report Will Be Published

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Leading Labour figure joins documentary to counter biased BBC Panorama

An MP who is a major figure in the Labour movement has volunteered to narrate a planned documentary programme refuting the claim by the BBC’s Panorama that the Labour Party is anti-Semitic – but only if the makers can crowdfund enough cash to film it.

As in the case of the actor who is also set to appear, this Writer is not at liberty to name the Parliamentarian who has come forward to appear in the factual film.

But – as in the case of the actor, his arrival on the project is likely to boost the documentary’s profile hugely.

So it is even more important that the film-makers raise the cash necessary to finish the project.

If you aren’t familiar with it: Writers from a range of independent media outlets have joined forces to produce a documentary in response to a BBC Panorama programme in which interviewees alleged that The Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic.

They believe the accusation to be totally unfounded – as does This Writer. I produced a series of articles disputing the claims of the documentary and have submitted a complaint to the BBC (which has yet to respond).

But they need funds to get their rebuttal in the can. The money will be used to buy equipment and cover travelling expenses, so film-makers can interview those who have come forward, including former BBC staff and Jewish Labour members who have a very different account from those shown on the Panorama programme.

Sadly it seems that Facebook has shadow-banned the film. This is a process by which the owners of a social media platform stop posts by a particular source, or about a particular subject, from being shared to new readers. In this case, it would prevent information being circulated to people who are likely to want to donate to the project.

So, please share this article yourself if you support the aim of the project.

For more information and a chance to donate, visit IMP Documentary – A response to Panorama. – a Film and Theatre crowdfunding project in Manchester by The Prole Star

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Will YOUR donation ensure documentary refuting BBC claims about Labour anti-Semitism is made?

A crowdfunding campaign to fund a documentary film that will counter false claims by the BBC’s Panorama about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is close to its target.

But it needs a few more donations to ensure the cameras can start rolling.

If you aren’t familiar with the project, watch this:

Writers from a range of independent media outlets have joined forces to produce a documentary in response to a BBC Panorama programme in which interviewees alleged that The Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic.

They believe the accusation to be totally unfounded – as does This Writer. I produced a series of articles disputing the claims of the documentary and have submitted a complaint to the BBC (which has yet to respond).

But they need funds to get their rebuttal in the can. The money will be used to buy equipment and cover travelling expenses, so film-makers can interview those who have come forward, including former BBC staff and Jewish Labour members who have a very different account from those shown on the Panorama programme.

If it doesn’t reach its target, the film won’t get made and the BBC’s claims may pass into the public consciousness as fact – when the truth is the exact opposite in most respects.

If you value the facts, and want the public to have access to them, then please visit IMP Documentary – A response to Panorama. – a Film and Theatre crowdfunding project in Manchester by The Prole Star where you’ll be able to read more about the project and donate to it.

Which big-screen face is joining documentary to counter BBC’s biased Panorama?

A familiar face from cinema and TV screens is set to join the team on a documentary programme refuting the claim by the BBC’s Panorama that the Labour Party is anti-Semitic – but only if the makers can crowdfund enough cash to film it.

This Writer is not at liberty to name the performer who has come forward to appear in the factual film – but I can say that, if you have watched TV or cinematic drama at any time over the last two decades or so, it is likely you will have seen him on-screen.

And his arrival on the project is likely to boost the documentary’s profile hugely.

So it is even more important that the film-makers raise the cash necessary to finish the project.

If you aren’t familiar with it: Writers from a range of independent media outlets have joined forces to produce a documentary in response to a BBC Panorama programme in which interviewees alleged that The Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic.

They believe the accusation to be totally unfounded – as does This Writer. I produced a series of articles disputing the claims of the documentary and have submitted a complaint to the BBC (which has yet to respond).

But they need funds to get their rebuttal in the can. The money will be used to buy equipment and cover travelling expenses, so film-makers can interview those who have come forward, including former BBC staff and Jewish Labour members who have a very different account from those shown on the Panorama programme.

For more information and a chance to donate, visit IMP Documentary – A response to Panorama. – a Film and Theatre crowdfunding project in Manchester by The Prole Star

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New mental illness suffered by a certain brand of Twitter troll is named at last: Antisemitismitis!

[Much of this article is satirical, although the tweets – by people who are dead serious in their prejudice – are not.]

Those of us who have had the misfortune to attract the attention of a certain kind of Twitter troll may relax in the knowledge that there is now a name for the condition suffered by our abusers. Read on:

It wasn’t long after I read this amusing definition that I had reason to use it – although the sufferer was not tweeting from an anonymous account. Look at the state of “Derek Martin”‘s tweet, below. No wonder #MurdochsDemocracy responded in the way you see.

Having already been caught out once, “Derek Martin” doubled down, with a false accusation against me:

I think this person was trying to make a reference to my crowdfunding campaign, which is to raise money to handle false accusations of libel by celebrity antisemitismitis-sufferers Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman. I wonder if they’ll use this comment in their case against me?

The problem with “Derek Martin”‘s query, of course, is that (for once) the allegations against me do not make any claim of anti-Semitism by me. So this Twitter troll dropped him(?)self directly into the definition of the condition by “True Labour” above.

This poor, deluded sufferer went on to make his(?) condition even clearer:

Meanwhile, it seems other sufferers were lining up to join “Derek Martin” in declaring that they had the condition too – but at a further level of development:

At the moment there seems to be no cure.

However, as mentioned above, I am raising funds to find out if there is a legal remedy to this behaviour.

The details are on this web page: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you agree that we are facing an epidemic of antisemitismitis, and sincerely want to help find a solution to it, then – please – visit the page and donate what you can.

Your contribution could work wonders.

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Police launch investigation into Campaign Against Antisemitism’s ‘death-threat’ petition

This just in, courtesy of Skwawkbox:

The Charity Commission is investigating the Campaign against Antisemitism (CAA) – an organisation that has been accused of being pro-Israel ‘shock troops’ ‘posing as a charity’ with regard to its petition against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

As well as being a likely breach of charities’ obligation to refrain from party-political activity – the petition demands Labour MPs remove Corbyn or form a new party – the petition has been called defamatory and accused of inciting number of death threats. The CAA has condemned the death-threat comments, but did not remove them and has not taken down the petition.

Now the Metropolitan Police have also confirmed that they are investigating the CAA and the petition under the Malicious Communications Act after receiving complaints about the nature of the petition.

Source: Breaking: Met investigating CAA ‘death-threat’ petition under Malicious Comms Act | The SKWAWKBOX

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Pro-Israeli government stooges launch ‘Corbyn is anti-Semite’ petition – duping thousands into signing

This is the lowest attack yet from that fake ‘charity’, the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

It has launched a libellous petition on the Change.org website, to the Parliamentary Labour Party, calling for Jeremy Corbyn’s removal as party leader on the grounds that he is an anti-Semite.

There is a big problem with this: While many allegations are made, absolutely no evidence is provided to support them.

And we know that these ridiculous claims have been shot down on the social media as they were made. Right?

So they are defamatory of Mr Corbyn – libellous.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this nonsense.

Visit the petition and scroll down to just below the ‘Comments’. You will find a link marked “Report a policy violation“. Click on that link.

On the next page, click on the button stating that the petition is against the law, and fill in the box below, pointing out the reasons.

Make the point that repetition of a libel is a fresh libel, and that Change.org is endangering itself by hosting the petition.

And while you’re at it, why not complain to the Charity Commission?

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism poses as a charity – but charities are forbidden from interfering in politics. This is a clear breach of that rule.

This is the complaints page on the Charity Commission’s website. Please use it and follow the instructions.

These people must be stopped.

ADDITIONAL: There is a death threat against Jeremy Corbyn in the comments section of the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s petition.

This is beyond the pale.

What will the Campaign Against Antisemitism say when their lies have incited somebody to make an actual attempt on Mr Corbyn’s life?

This organisation is responsible for creating an atmosphere of hatred in the UK. Enough was enough a long time ago. It is time for deterrent action.

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Only 250? Anti-Semitism demo against Labour flops with tiny attendance – and dodgy speeches

Maureen Lipman: You’d think a performer of her standing would know the danger in ill-advised words.

“Who’ll go?” That’s what This Writer asked yesterday (April 7). The answer, we now know, is: Practically nobody:

Hundreds of protesters gathered in the rain outside Labour’s London headquarters today for a demo against anti-Semitism.

There were shouts of “Corbyn out”, “racists” and “shame”, and boos among the crowd of around 250 people when speakers named the Labour leader.

The protest was called by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, which has regularly criticised Mr Corbyn’s approach.

Brilliant. 250 misinformed sheeple, standing outside empty offices, howling lies about one of the strongest advocates against racism of any kind (including anti-Semitism) that the UK has.

I also asked if Gideon Falter, chairman of the CAA, would take the right message from a poorly-attended event – that his organisation’s lies about Mr Corbyn, and about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, were falling on deaf ears.

It seems he did not:

https://twitter.com/LabourAW/status/983011769303040000

And what are we to make of Maureen Lipman?

She stood next to Mr Falter, to speak against the Labour Party – but brought instant ridicule on herself by attacking Ed Miliband, the party’s previous leader and a man of very clear Jewish descent:

“Everything we’ve heard today points to the fact that we have an anti-Semite as the head of the British Labour Party,” she said.

In that case, everything that was said at the event was slander, because Mr Corbyn is accepted by rational people as the antithesis of an anti-Semite. Indeed, as David Rosenberg states, above, Mr Corbyn is “one of the most longstanding opponents of all racism including anti-Semitism”.

I wish Mr Corbyn would take legal action against Ms Lipman and the CAA for their outrageous lies. Mr Falter was standing right next to her and failed to correct the claim.

But he’s far too clever to be drawn in.

The CAA’s attack on Labour was a false-flag attempt to rid the UK of the best opposition to Theresa May’s diabolical Conservative government. It was clever to attack Jeremy Corbyn on the basis of a problem that everybody accepts exists in many organisations, but the claims of the organisation and its allies have stretched credibility too far and they have lost the confidence of the public.

Why give them the oxygen of publicity when their argument is dead?


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Another demo against alleged Labour anti-Semitism. Who’ll bother to go?

Gideon Falter: Let’s hope he gets the right message.

The Daily Mirror may have been over-optimistic in its claim that “hundreds” of protesters will gather outside Labour HQ tomorrow.

In fact, it seems unlikely that hundreds of people still believe the Labour Party isn’t doing its utmost to eradicate anti-Semitism.

One person who claims to believe that is Gideon Falter, chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is organising the latest attack on the Labour leadership.

Mr Falter seems to have ignored his organisation’s own research, which states – doesn’t it? – that anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has fallen since Jeremy Corbyn took over as leader. There is more in the Conservative Party, and in the UK as a whole.

Ah, but the Campaign Against Antisemitism has lots of Conservative supporters, hasn’t it? In fact, considering how partisan the organisation seems to be, it is amazing it still has charity status. Perhaps the Charity Commission can explain whether or why this organisation is getting preferential treatment?

In defiance of the facts, Mr Falter said, according to the Mirror: “Under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour has become a safe haven for racists.” Where’s his evidence?

“He is at home amongst them, having spent his political career seeking out and giving succour to Holocaust deniers, genocidal anti-Semitic terrorist groups and a litany of Jew-haters.” Jeremy Corbyn? A man who has fought racism of all kinds throughout his life?

“Labour must lead by example and show that Jeremy Corbyn is bound by the same rules as Leader as he was as a backbencher, by investigating the disciplinary complaint we have filed against him for bringing the party into disrepute.”

In fact I agree with part of that last comment. This Writer has filed complaints against MPs Wes Streeting and Anna Turley, who commented publicly and inappropriately on my own case; John Mann, who referred to my case in newspaper reports (again inappropriately); and John Woodcock, who referred to the left-wing organisation Jewdas in an anti-Semitic way. The first three complaints were summarily dismissed for no good reason; the last is with the Labour Whips’ office. If an ordinary member like myself had been accused, no doubt a swift suspension would have followed. But this is the party in which everybody is supposedly equal.

I’m sure Mr Falter would agree that these cases need to be investigated as well – even though all those about whom I complained support his point of view.

No?

Whyever not?

It will be interesting to see how many people do turn up.

Let’s hope it sends a message that Campaign Against Antisemitism – and its hysterical chairperson – needs to hear.

Hundreds of protesters are set to demonstrate outside Labour headquarters on Sunday against what they say is the party’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism.

Activists will call on Labour’s hierarchy to “hold Jeremy Corbyn to account” amid renewed claims he is not doing enough to root out anti-Jewish hate in its ranks.

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, which is organising tomorrow’s rally, is angry its complaint about Mr Corbyn to Labour’s new general secretary, Jennie Formby, was dismissed.

Source: Demonstrators ready to pile pressure on Jeremy Corbyn in anti-Semitism protest at Labour HQ – Mirror Online


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How can activists against anti-Semitism not be ashamed by this campaign of online HATE?

It’s now nearly four days since the Sunday Times and its reporter Gabriel Pogrund published a cocktail of cobbled-together nonsense accusing me of Holocaust denial, and it seems the national media are just starting to realise that I’m not putting up with it.

Mr Pogrund’s screed prompted a feeding frenzy among the right-wing press, many of whom probably thought Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party had offered them an open goal. Big mistake.

Libel is a serious matter, and falsely accusing a person of Holocaust denial is one of its most serious forms. All the offenders have received my demand for an apology, correction and retraction. Some have responded – inadequately – and have been told to think again. I’m still waiting for a response from others – but I won’t wait forever.

One of the reasons I’m not prepared to wait very long can be found on my Twitter feed (@MidWalesMike), which has received a phenomenal amount of hatred from people of all walks of life – few of whom seem willing to read my side of the story, or to accept that there might be a sliver of truth in it (what with it containing the actual dialogues on which the allegations against me are supposedly based, and all).

I thought it might be worthwhile to show you some of the abuse I’ve been receiving. Even the worst of what follows is mild in comparison to some. The most rabid of my haters either delete their tweets to keep from being exposed, or have blocked me. In some cases, I have blocked them. It will be interesting to see whether any of those published below are deleted after being shown here.

But you should get a flavour from the following, none of which contain anything approaching rational discourse:

https://twitter.com/ExSpAd/status/960047297492025344

https://twitter.com/Dickens9121/status/960972996444917767

https://twitter.com/engrugger9/status/960251340726382598

https://twitter.com/KenAidel/status/960187585887899650

This is only part of the story on Twitter, I should add. I remain overwhelmed by the number of people who have rallied to my side – especially those who have donated to This Site using the box below to show their support (although I am just as grateful to those who can only show moral support by speaking up in my favour).

If I don’t hear anything new from the offending newspapers and TV channel tomorrow, I’ll dig out the tweets by people who may be considered to be more high-profile.

I wonder how many of those will have been deleted by the time I try to retrieve them?


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