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Anti-Labour labels appear at shops linked to donors after Starmer scrapped Palestine recognition plan

Has anybody else seen this?

A friend has sent This Site a few images of altered labels at shops whose owners are known to be Labour Party donors, after Keir Starmer u-turned on recognising Palestinian statehood.

The image above was taken at a branch of Sainsburys, one would conclude.

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They’ve done a bit of research and have located a template for these rogue labels, which you can see here.

Although I understand such campaigns have been carried out to good effect on peak shopping days in the past, it would be hugely irresponsible for This Writer to suggest using these labels as the basis of your own campaign

So I won’t.


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More meaningless pledges from the lying Labour leader

Labour leader Keir Starmer has come out with a couple more pledges to make voters happy for a while. Expect them to be reversed long before any general election.

The first is a promise to repair governmental relations with armed forces personnel who were used and thrown away by Tory governments. Starmer again played his ‘family’ card – that he had a family member in the societal sector concerned.

But he said his mother was in the NHS and is quite happy to privatise it into oblivion for the sake of a bung or two from private health companies, so it means nothing.

Also:

Didn’t Starmer’s lieutenant, Rachel Reeves, cancel a pledge to invest £28 billion on green initiatives in every year of a Labour government, in the name of a “fiscal responsibility” that doesn’t actually exist? The UK economy is such that money can always be found for initiatives that governments want to support; think of the £800 billion that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak spaffed off to Tory friends and donors during the Covid-19 crisis, in return for nothing at all.

(If a Labour government was serious about “fiscal responsibility” it would get that cash back.)

So there you have two Labour pledges that mean nothing at all.

One Labour pledge that does mean something is its unswerving, unequivocal support for the government of Israel and the apartheid that it operates. Here’s Keir Starmer, categorically denying that any such apartheid exists…

(His appeal for Jews to return to the Labour Party is risible because he has expelled more Jews from that party than any previous Labour leader.)

… and here’s an expert from the United Nations, explaining that Israel is indeed an apartheid state.

Keir Starmer can say whatever he likes but the facts are against him. As long as he continues to make false claims about Israel, Labour will continue to be a racist party – and anti-Semitic because of its persecution of left-wing Jews within the party.

Also persecuted within the Labour Party is anybody who is not absolutely loyal to Keir Starmer. So we see the shortlist for candidates in the campaign to become the new North East Mayor, that does not have left-winger Jamie Driscoll on it.

This has outraged party members and supporters:

Now we learn that Mick Whitley, a member of Labour’s Socialist Campaign Group, has been deselected and will not be allowed to stand for re-election as the MP for Birkenhead in the next general election.

Commentators like This Writer have spent years warning SCG members that their supine acceptance of Starmer’s aggression will not help them; they cannot change Labour from the inside and will only be targeted for removal individually, over time. Sadly, we have been proved correct yet again.

Mr Whitley is not happy about his deselection and has made his feelings clear:

These are just two more examples of Keir Starmer’s disdain for democracy. It isn’t a secret – take a look at the following (and read the article) for further details (if you can get past the paywall):

There’s an obvious conclusion to draw: if Starmer is willing to “ride roughshod” over democracy in the Labour Party, then he’ll do exactly the same to the UK as a whole if his party is ever voted into government.

Isn’t it ironic? You were warned off voting for Jeremy Corbyn by people who told you he would turn the UK into a far-left Communist dictatorship. And now the same people are avidly egging you on to vote in Starmer’s far-right dictatorship instead.


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Labour’s new bankroller is Israel lobbyist | The Electronic Intifada

Keir Starmer: is this new donor another sign that the Labour leader is in thrall to the alleged Israel lobby?

Weeks after Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Mansour gave £5 million to the Conservative Party (in return for what?), Labour is to receive $6 million from a pro-Israel lobbyist who profiteered from South African apartheid (it says here):

Gary Lubner’s company played an important role busting international sanctions against the South African apartheid regime in the 1980s.

Successive annual reports show that Lubner is a long-standing donor to the United Jewish Israel Appeal, a lobby group with close ties to the state of Israel.

The Lubners are longstanding donors to the apartheid state of Israel.

A spokesperson for Mr Lubner issued a blanket denial to the apartheid allegation (but not to those relating to Israel).

Details and evidence are available here: Labour’s new bankroller is Israel lobbyist, South African apartheid profiteer | The Electronic Intifada


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Israel practises apartheid, say Israelis. That’s put a spanner in Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer and Israel: will he accept the latest research that shows it is an apartheid state and he shouldn’t support it?

Israeli professors of law have concluded that their country – and particularly its government, I think – practises apartheid.

This creates a problem for UK Labour leader Keir Starmer, who has practically built his career on supporting Israel. Now it seems he has built his career on supporting apartheid… which is a no-no in progressive political circles:

The article states:

The Israeli Law Professors’ Forum for Democracy has found that changes introduced by the current government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “validate the claim that Israel practices apartheid.”

The group represents 120 of Israel’s most prominent law professors. It reached the conclusion in a position paper titled “Implications of the Agreement Subordinating the Civil Administration to the Additional Minister in the Ministry of Defence”. The forum is an ad hoc and voluntary group of experts on Israeli law and specifically Israeli public law.

Under the power-sharing agreement signed in February between the Likud parliamentary faction and the Religious Zionism faction, Netanyahu agreed to transfer responsibility for, and management of, the occupied West Bank to civilian hands. The deal stipulated that the far-right leader of the Religious Zionism faction, Bezalel Smotrich, will be granted special authority over the occupied Palestinian territory.

“The Civil Administration is the civilian arm of the military government,” explained the professors. “Under international law this is the only branch that is supposed to govern the West Bank. Subordinating the Civil Administration to a civilian authority (the Ministry of Defence) is a violation of international law, and specifically of the 1907 Hague Regulations.”

Every major human rights group has concluded that Israel practices apartheid, a crime against humanity which could be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Their conclusion has been rejected by Israel and advocates of the occupation state. Allegations of anti-Semitism have been hurled at anyone using the term to describe Israel.

The position paper published by the forum earlier this month is an indication that even inside Israel attitudes are shifting.

Will Starmer’s attitude shift from – well, from that described in the following tweet, that was sent almost exactly a year ago?

This Writer doubts it.

I mean, if he can’t get a clue to what the Israeli occupation of Palestine is about from clips like this…

… he’ll never catch on.

And this is the man who was Director of Public Prosecutions in the UK, and examined evidence in who-knows-how-many cases!

No wonder so many people have been asking questions about decisions made at the Crown Prosecution Service under his leadership.


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Sunak shows support for brutal Israeli apartheid regime in Netanyahu visit

Who thought we would ever see the day when the leader of a brutal regime that imposes apartheid on people whose land it has stolen would be welcomed to the UK by this country’s prime minister?

But that is exactly what has happened; Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was warmly greeted by UK PM Rishi Sunak.

They discussed the war in Ukraine and the behaviour of Iran.

And much has been made of the fact that the visit gave Netanyahu time away from huge opposition to his judicial “reforms” back home in Israel.

But the visit attracted a huge amount of adverse publicity and protest – and rightly so:

Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, always on the right side of the debate, made his opinion perfectly clear:

If you don’t understand why the Israeli PM has attracted such a strong reaction, here are a few reminders of his government’s brutality, pulled at random from Twitter:

Do you get the picture? Not so confusing now, is it?


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Priti Patel doesn’t seem to know what BDS is about. Is that why she wants to ban it?

Smug supporter of apartheid: this was the look on Priti Patel’s face when she left Downing Street in November 2017, having been forced to resign from Theresa May’s Cabinet for trying to run her own foreign policy, apparently as an asset of Israel. Now she wants to outlaw the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in another overt display of support for that country’s persecution of Palestinians.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against apartheid Israel is “racist and anti-Semitic”, according to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel who seems not to understand what it is about.

“Holding the Jewish community collectively responsible for what happens in the Middle East by my definition is racist,” Patel said.

But that is not what BDS does. It holds Israel responsible for the actions of its government against the people of Palestine.

Israel is not “the Jewish community” and Palestine is not “what happens in the Middle East” – unless the person suggesting it is deliberately trying to blur the issues, or doesn’t understand them.

This Writer is not going to put forward an opinion on which of those best sums up Patel’s mindset.

But I will point out that she was ordered to resign from Theresa May’s Cabinet after she had been exposed as trying to run her own foreign policy, independent of the UK’s, favouring Israel.

To quote the Another Angry Voice article of the time that best sums up her behaviour,

Priti Patel decided to completely ignore the ministerial code of conduct by holding a number of political meetings in Israel without informing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, without informing the UK embassy in Israel, and without informing the Prime Minister.

She then dug herself deeper into her hole when she was caught by lying that the Foreign Office had known about her meetings at the time, and ‘forgetting’ to mention the most significant meeting of all that she had with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

She … only admitted this stuff because she got caught, and that it would all still be secret if she hadn’t been busted.

For Priti Patel to have arranged all these meetings in secret, it seems highly likely that she would have used her own communications devices to make the arrangements, rather than a FCO approved device. An obvious security risk.

The next thing to note is that all FCO approved meetings require security and sweeping for bugs. Presumably none of that happened, which is another security risk.

The next problem is that no proper records were kept of the meetings, or what was discussed in the meetings, which opens Patel up to suspicions that she could have subjected to blackmail or bribery, especially if she then starts behaving in the interest of the foreign state.

Which brings us to Patel’s conduct upon her return to the UK: She quickly started making inquiries into whether part of the UK Foreign Aid budget could be diverted in order to fund the Israeli military in the occupied Golan Heights (a policy that would have been in Israel’s interests, and that a significant percentage of British people would have been horrified by).

Additionally she told nobody that she was making these inquiries about using the foreign aid budget to fund the Israeli military as a result of her secretive meetings in Israel.

This request makes it seem that Patel was behaving like an asset of the Israeli state, working on their behalf as an operative within the UK government.

Doesn’t that seem an accurate description of Patel’s activities now – “behaving like an asset of the Israeli state, working on their behalf as an operative within the UK government”?

Source: ‘BDS movement is antisemitic,’ British Home Secretary says

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Banning UK citizens from protesting against Israel’s government is anti-democratic. Here’s why

Anti-Semitism? The Tory government’s plan to ban public bodies from taking part in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against a murderous foreign apartheid regime will be painted as a crusade against anti-Semitism. But it is one that will lack accurate evidence.

One of the (many) planned laws in Boris Johnson’s new legislative programme is one said to “prevent public bodies from adopting their own approach to international relations” by adopting ethical positions against foreign human rights abusers with boycotts of their exports.

It is widely understood that Johnson’s aim is to protect the government of Israel from the growing BDS movement, which seeks to end that country’s apartheid regime in Palestine.

This is – of course – hugely undemocratic. Local authorities and the devolved governments are elected by the UK’s voters and should be allowed to procure goods and services as they see fit, including according to a higher standard of ethics than that of the national UK government itself.

In essence, it seems the legislation is intended to smear those who refuse to tolerate the Israeli persecution of Palestine as anti-Semites. For some of us, it’s a familiar tactic.

Many people, including This Writer, have already been smeared as anti-Semites for opposing the harmful – indeed, homicidal – activities of a national government that presents itself as representing an entire ethnic group (it doesn’t; many Jews around the world are repulsed by the way Palestine is being treated).

Perversely, it is anti-racism campaigners who are being branded as anti-Semites – a brand that the UK’s own government intends to burn into local authorities, devolved governments and other public bodies if they insist on acting against the persecution of Palestine.

You can find out more about what has already happened – and help fight what is happening now – by visiting the website of a relatively new organisation whose title states exactly what it is about: the Campaign Against Bogus Antisemitism.

The organisation’s website states: “It is deeply hurtful to anti-racist campaigners to be branded as antisemitic. People are broken by the embarrassment and shame of attacks they suffer in the media, there for friends, family and other campaigning bodies to see – as if it were the truth… CABA aims to help set the record straight.

“We are a volunteer-led group dedicated to exposing and countering bogus antisemitism- through education and championing those unjustly accused.

“We are building a network of activists across UK, Palestine and further afield, working in a concerted manner, campaigning to allow us to decry apartheid in Israel without being branded ‘anti-Semites’.”

There’s a lot of information on the CABA site – This Writer hasn’t been able to read all of it, and I’m sure that much of it will be disputed by those with an interest in doing so.

But the intention seems an honest one – which is more than the Tory government can offer with its pro-racist, pro-apartheid planned law.

Give it a look and judge for yourself. You may learn a lot.

Source: About Us- and Joining – Campaign Against BOGUS Antisemitism

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#Amnesty falsely labelled #antisemitic over report on #IsraeliApartheid

Israeli apartheid: this barrier separates Israelis from Palestinians, who are treated as a lower class of human being by the government of Israel.

There is no way that Amnesty International is an anti-Semitic organisation. It simply is not possible when one considers the composition and purpose of that organisation.

The world’s largest human rights organisation, it has just published a report labelling Israel as an apartheid nation and demanding change:

You can read the full report by following the link at the bottom of this article. It is sensible and balanced.

But when UK-based organisations that claim to represent British Jews caught sight of it, they made fools of themselves by denouncing Amnesty:

The joint statement says:

“The report is completely biased and applies standards to Israel that are not applied to any other country.”

A lie.

“The emotive term “apartheid” against Israel is a preposterous slur.”

Another lie. Israeli apartheid is well-documented – not least in the Amnesty video that appears above.

“Despite AI UK’s claim to recognise the Jewish claim to self-determination… it does not support that right.”

A lie. Amnesty does not suggest that Jews should not have that right.

“It chooses to focus on demonising the one Jewish state, holding it to clear double standards.”

A lie. Amnesty’s report attempts to hold Israel to the same standards as any other nation.

“The situation for the Palestinian people is indeed distressing; this will not be alleviated by destroying Israel.”

There is nothing in the Amnesty report that even remotely suggests dismantling Israel.

“This is a bad faith report hostile to the very concept of Israel.”

I think we can all see who is acting in bad faith!

Like all controversial acts, the Amnesty report has attracted detractors (who follow the BoD/JLC attack line) and supporters. Let’s focus on the supporters because they are right:

 

And if it is right to support Amnesty, then it is also right to criticise the BoD and the JLC:

 

The response by the Bod and the JLC has also led to another conclusion:

It’s a fair point, which leads to a further issue: Keir Starmer’s support for apartheid Israel.

We shouldn’t hold our collective breath waiting for a response. Starmer is a coward and will run away from a challenge like this.

While we do wait, we can all read the Amnesty report.

 

Here it is: Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity – Amnesty International

Newspaper censors #DesmondTutu’s life – leaving the way clear for him to be labelled an anti-Semite

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: if he were still with us, he’d probably be covering his ears to block out the lies being said about him now that he’s gone.

This Writer was genuinely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

I remember when he was at the forefront of the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa – a struggle that ended the stranglehold of the white supremacist National Party over the nation and ended the segregation that made people of colour into second-class citizens.

In later years he turned his attention to the Israel/Palestine question, nailing his flag firmly to the mast of Palestinian rights and attacking the apartheid he saw being operated by Israel.

Oh – if you think the Israeli government isn’t operating a system of apartheid, with Palestinians as the underclass, take a look at this:

So isn’t it strange that The Guardian should do this:

Meanwhile, apologists for the atrocities being perpetrated in Israel have merrily stepped into the gap and declared that Archbishop Tutu was an anti-Semite, based on hot air and fantasy:

Normally I might be urging you to write a complaint to The Guardian, but you don’t have to: that great campaigner against anti-Semitism lies, Tony Greenstein, has already written one:

He makes a very good point:

When people pay a tribute to someone and deliberately, for unspoken political reasons, excise a part of their life, they end up saying more about themselves than their subject.

To do all these things and distort someone’s life, because it’s politically inconvenient to tell the truth, and is at variance with the Guardian’s editorial line, is not merely dishonest but politically odious. It suggests that the tribute you paid to Archbishop Tutu’s struggle against Apartheid is just hot air. Pious and empty words aimed at convincing your readers that you retain some integrity.

We all know the reasons for the Guardian’s dilemmas. You spent five years demonising Jeremy Corbyn and the Left as ‘anti-Semites’. You lost no opportunity to portray people who were opposed to apartheid as racists. Even worse you did it in the company of genuine racists and anti-Semites.

The omission of any mention of Desmond Tutu’s longstanding support for the Palestinians was not accidental, an unfortunate oversight but a deliberate editorial decision. We know this because a critical comment from Professor David Mond, who pointed this out, was deleted by the Guardian. It did not accord with your ‘community standards.’ Likewise two comments from Mark Seddon, the former Editor of Tribune, were also deleted.

Of course you did not want to mention Tutu’s position on Palestine. Tutu’s opposition to Israeli apartheid routinely attracted cries of ‘anti-Semitism’ from those who refuse to understand that opposing the Israeli state for what it does is not the same as hostility to Jew.

I fully understand your dilemma. The Guardian has spent so much of its time making false accusations of anti-Semitism that you don’t know how to handle the legacy of someone who, according to your definition, was anti-Semitic. Desmond Tutu was an opponent of apartheid in all its forms.

That seems an excellent summary of the situation.

And by creating it, The Guardian has created an opportunity to smear the name of a great man.

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Liars about anti-Semitism band together as #LabourConference 2021 demands sanctions against Israel

Louise Ellman: former chair of Labour Friends of Israel rejoins Labour just as the party agrees to demand sanctions against that country for its apartheid policies and mistreatment of Palestinians.

Louise Ellman, who quit the Labour Party in 2019 ahead of a deselection vote in the Liverpool Riverside constituency based on her insistence on lying about anti-Semitism, has rejoined.

The readmission of the woman who was chair of Labour Friends of Israel coincides with the party’s decision to demand sanctions against Israel for its policy of apartheid towards Palestinians. This Writer can’t wait to see what she does when she is called on to support the new policy!

Which side of this embarrassment for Starmer shall we examine first? Ellman.

On the BBC Panorama mockery-of-a-documentary Is Labour Antisemitic? Ellman attacked members of the Constituency Labour Party at Liverpool Riverside, whose Parliamentary seat she occupied at the time.

She told us that while she would come to meetings wanting to discuss domestic issues that are at the heart of Labour’s policy platform (like the NHS), she would be confronted about the Middle East, matters would become unpleasant and people would leave those meetings in tears.

She did not mention the fact that she has been a chair of the Jewish Labour Movement and vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel (she took the chair later), and has been an active spokeswoman in Parliament on issues relating to the Middle East. Nor was it stated anywhere else in the documentary. It seems to me that questions about her opinions on this subject may well be justified in such a situation.

She also lied many times about then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Here’s just one example that led to the exposure of her own dishonesty:

She attacked Mr Corbyn for having attended a meeting in 2010 when Holocaust survivor Hajo Meyer was a speaker. The claim was that Mr Meyer – a Holocaust survivor who was at Auschwitz, remember – was an anti-Semite because he criticised the behaviour of the current Israeli government in no uncertain terms.

Ms Ellman said she had been “appalled” to find out about the event. In fact, it was revealed, she attended it herself and was present during the whole of Mr Meyer’s speech, which was heckled shamelessly by a small but loud group of Zionists. It seems she sat quiet and unmoved throughout this incident and only spoke up about it when she saw a chance to damage Mr Corbyn’s reputation with a false claim.

The ‘trigger’ vote, on whether she would need to seek her constituency’s backing to continue as its Labour candidate, meant a vote of “no confidence” in her was taken off the table.

Ms Ellman had previously refused to tell a CLP meeting whether she would support a Corbyn government. Her resignation seemed an acceptance that her lies had caught up with her and that she would not have survived a ‘trigger’ vote and the selection procedure that would have followed.

Other false accusations by Ellman against Mr Corbyn may be found here.

The attraction to Keir Starmer of welcoming such a liar back into the Labour Party should be clear; Starmer himself has also lied about Jeremy Corbyn – most notably in his reasons for suspending Mr Corbyn after the previous Labour leader responded to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on whether Labour was “institutionally anti-Semitic” (it wasn’t).

Initially, in explaining Mr Corbyn’s suspension, Starmer had said anyone claiming anti-Semitism in Labour was “all exaggerated” was part of the problem. But Mr Corbyn had not done so. He had – rightly – said that the scale of the problem had been “dramatically overstated”, and provided accurate figures to prove it.

Starmer tried to claim that he had not been personally responsible for the decision to suspend Mr Corbyn (on the same day the EHRC had warned Labour that politicians like the party leader should not interfere with disciplinary decisions) – but former Unite union leader Len McCluskey has said this was not true: “His words were: ‘He put me in an impossible position and I had no choice.’”

More information on Starmer’s lies are here.

The motion supported by Labour conference delegates

demands action that stops “the building of settlements, reverses any annexation, ends the occupation of the West Bank, the blockade of Gaza”.

Sanctions should also be imposed to ensure Israel “brings down the Wall [in the West Bank] and respects the right of Palestinian people, enshrined in international law, to return to their homes”, it states.

The motion notes the reports by human rights groups that “conclude unequivocally that Israel is practising the crime of apartheid as defined by the UN”.

I understand that the motion was tabled by Young Labour:

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said the leadership could not support the motion – which is hardly surprising since it puts Keir Starmer, herself and all the other pondslime in a contradictory position:

But refusing to accept the decision is not an option, for a very important reason:

In the Labour Party, the will of conference is sovereign. It is described as “the ultimate authority in the party”.

If Starmer and the others try to act as if the vote hasn’t happened, just because they don’t like it, then they open the door for hundreds of thousands of Labour members to reject the votes they don’t like – such as the changes to leadership election rules or to disciplinary procedures. The result would be chaos.

The only real choice, if they really cannot accept the will of the party, is for Starmer and the others to resign their membership. In Ellwood’s case, that would be hugely ironic.

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