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Here’s the real reason Chief Rabbi Mirvis attacked Jeremy Corbyn and Labour: he’s a TORY (and a racist, it seems)

Considering the furore over Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, one would think that this was an open-and-shut case, and that all the evidence shows an honest and decent man, concerned about the safety of his people. Right?

WRONG!

Here’s the reason: Ephraim Mirvis is a dyed-in-the-wool Tory.

The text reads: “I am delighted to congratulate Boris Johnson, a longstanding friend and champion of the Jewish community, on becoming the next leader of the Conservative Party and our next Prime Minister. As he accepts upon himself the mantle of responsibility to lead our nation, may he be blessed with the wisdom to successfully navigate the political uncertainties we face and bring healing and prosperity to our great country.”

Considering the history of racism, sexism, Islamophobia and – yes – anti-Semitism that Mr Johnson and the Conservative Party trail behind them like a shroud, that is in the worst possible taste.

Not only that – he’s a firm supporter of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel, an apartheid state where Palestinians are persecuted:

For those who have trouble reading the text, it states: “The Rabbi, who used to live in Israel and is personal friend of both Boris Johnson as well as Netanyahu, has frequently defended Israel’s right to bomb Palestinians.” It is followed by a series of weblinks in support of the statement.

So it seems Mr Mirvis, happy to tar Labour with the anti-Semitism brush, is a racist himself.

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Confusion over sign removed from outside Labour conference. Was it anti-Semitic? If so, why?

Is this sign anti-Semitic? It shows Israeli political leader Benjamin Netanyahu, in a plan marked “Israel lobby”, launching “defamation” missles at Jeremy Corbyn, who is speaking on Palestinian rights.

Police have removed a sign depicting Jeremy Corbyn being attacked with “defamation” missiles by Benjamin Netanyahu, while the Labour leader speaks on Palestinian rights. Mr Corbyn himself had complained that it is anti-Semitic but members of the public seem confused about his reasons.

The Mirror reported:

An “anti-Semitic” poster from outside the Labour Party conference has been removed.

The Labour leader said he was “disgusted” that the poster had been put up outside the conference centre.

He said: “We asked the police to remove it and I’m glad they did.

“This kind of antisemitic poison has no place whatsoever in our society.”

Benjamin Netanyahu is depicted flying a plane which represents the Israeli lobby and dropping bombs of “defamation” accompanied by the speech mark anti-Semite, anti-Semite, anti-Semite.

It bore the slogan “IHRA tell the NEC how you feel” referring to the huge row about the party’s refusal to adopt the full internationally-recognised definition of anti-Semitism.

It suggests that accusations of anti-Semitism in Labour are being created by an Israeli lobby.

Firstly, an aside: one of the reasons I was expelled from Labour was for putting “anti-Semitic” in quotation marks in an article about material that clearly was not. Will Labour complain to the Mirror for doing exactly the same thing? If reporter Nicola Bartlett was a Labour member, would she be expelled? There’s a possible double-standard here, before we even start discussing the meat.

And the meat is a simple question: Is the image anti-Semitic?

Anti-Semitism is hatred toward Jews. If anything, the image is a depiction of hatred toward Mr Corbyn, and toward Palestinian rights. Isn’t it?

My personal opinion is that this is not an attack on Mr Netanyahu and/or the critics of Mr Corbyn he represents because they are Jews. There is no criticism here of Jews who do not wish harm (political or actual) upon Mr Corbyn, and anti-Semitism is a hatred of Jews, because they are Jews. The image would have to attack all Jews. It seems clear to me that it attacks people who call Mr Corbyn an anti-Semite, because they are liars.

The question of whether an “Israeli lobby” has been directing hate, including false accusations of anti-Semitism, at Mr Corbyn and his Labour Party is one that has been asked since the first allegations against his supporters, back in 2016 – and it has never been investigated by Labour, let alone answered.

Middle East news channel Al-Jazeera did investigate, and broadcast a four-part series entitled The Lobby, showing very clear evidence that the Israeli government was interfering in UK politics.

It may seem strange, then, that some have condemned a poster pointing this out. Legitimate criticism of Israel is not to be labelled anti-Semitic, even according to the flawed IHRA definition and examples.

The demand for the poster to be removed has triggered a huge debate on Twitter, with many people asking what is wrong with it:

Consider this dialogue:

That’s right, isn’t it? The missiles in the image are marked “defamation”, and it is true that false claims of anti-Semitism against Mr Corbyn have been made time and time again over the last four years. It is clearly a metaphor.

Then again, can anybody forget Rachel Riley’s comment about Jeremy Corbyn, wishing that someone would “take him out” (if I recall correctly)? She has (falsely, in my opinion) set out her stall as an advocate for Jews in the UK – although I feel certain that a vast majority of the 300,000 or so Jews living here may be extremely unhappy to have this said by somebody who claims to be speaking for them.

https://twitter.com/Norma_Daiquiri/status/1176063989865992192

This refers to a comment by Tracy-Ann Oberman, who was quoted in the Mirror article, claiming she would come to Brighton and rip it down herself if it wasn’t removed. Ah, but young Tracy-Ann doesn’t have a good record on factual accuracy when it comes to anti-Semitism…

I note also that a comment on the Mirror story suggested people should follow certain Twitter accounts including “David Collier, GnasherJew, Emma Picken, Lee Kern”. While I’m unfamiliar with Lee Kern, the other three are notorious troll accounts, part of an organisation known as the “GnasherJew troll collective”. Here’s David Collier, spreading a little unwarranted hate himself:

Most people just responded in confusion:

https://twitter.com/LizstChopin/status/1176068000396566530

https://twitter.com/Wirral_In_It/status/1176091459164016640

There are many, many more such comments.

This is what happens when the Labour Party tries to accommodate hate, rather than addressing it.

I mean, of course, the hatred of the people attacking Mr Corbyn constantly with fabricated claims that he is an anti-Semite.

His capitulation to them – fortunately the only sign of weakness by this hugely popular Labour leader – has merely worsened a situation that reached appalling levels of discrimination with the expulsion of anti-racist campaigners including Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth and – yes – myself.

And when challenged over its attitude, both Mr Corbyn and the Labour Party run away.

I have never had an answer from the party as to why it pursued me as an anti-Semite. That process was started by an official who is now no longer a member of the party and was himself being pursued over allegations that he had leaked (in my case, false) information about anti-Semitism allegations to the press.

So – yes. This sign has exposed the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Not Labour’s failure to deal with anti-Semitism – but its failure to challenge false accusations and the people who make them. That is Labour’s shame today.

The Mirror article and its comments may be read at: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/sign-taken-down-labour-anti-20146095

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Hear this satirical song that mocks Trump’s hypocrisy on racism

Victims of racism and misogyny: Donald Trump has told these four Congresswomen to “go back” to the countries from which they came; they are all US citizens.

Has anybody else been watching the ongoing soap opera of Donald Trump, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib (together with other US Democratic Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley), and the Israeli government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu with the same astonished bemusement as This Writer?

I mean, how can anybody justify this out-and-out racism from the leaders of two supposedly democratic countries?

You’ll remember it started when Mr Trump decided to publish racist tweets about the four ladies (three of whom were born in the US and one was naturalised after coming to that country as a child), suggesting they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”.

Unless he was referring to “totally broken and crime infested places” in the United States, that’s stark racism, right there.

The when Ms Omar and Ms Tlaib were preparing to visit Israel, he put pressure on Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to block them from being allowed entry to that country. The first Muslim women elected to Congress, they were going to visit the occupied Palestinian territories, most notably the West Bank.

Ms Omar responded to the ban by saying it was an “affront” for Mr Netanyahu to give in to pressure from Mr Trump. Others have strongly criticised the US president for influencing a foreign leader against his own political opponents.

“Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress,” said Ms Omar.

“Sadly, this is not a surprise given the public positions of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has consistently resisted peace efforts, restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians, limited public knowledge of the brutal realities of the occupation and aligned himself with Islamophobes like Donald Trump.”

Mr Netanyahu’s decision has harmed Israel’s position among US politicians, with staunch Israel support and minority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, calling it a sign of “weakness, not strength”, and saying it would “only hurt the US-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America”.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi added that it was “beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel”. She said Mr Trump’s interference was “a sign of ignorance and disrespect, and beneath the dignity of the office of the president”.

2020 Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders said, “It is disgusting that a bigot like Trump is attacking Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar in this way. Opposing Netanyahu’s policies is not ‘hating the Jewish people.’ We must stand together against those who promote hatred and racism in Israel, Palestine, the US and everywhere.”

And yet Mr Trump seems to be hugely popular with a certain slab off the American people – popularity that has no rational explanation and that has been lampooned rather brutally but effectively in the following video:

Perhaps this is the way forward?

After Nick Clegg had the satirical song treatment with Sorry, which turned his apology for the Liberal Democrats’ decision to ditch their policy to cancel student tuition fees and support tripling them instead, in order to go into the disastrous coalition government with the Conservatives, he disappeared from public view and is now in charge of censoring left-wing political websites combating ‘fake news’ on Facebook.

It’s true that right-wing politicians hate the ridicule of the mob.

But will it work on Mr Trump?

Let’s be honest. Based on our experience of the last few years, he’d probably claim it was adulation.

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Netanyahu’s naked empire-building: He demands US recognise Israeli ownership of Golan Heights

Land thief: Benjamin Netanyahu.

Let’s get this straight: The Golan Heights are owned by Syria. Israel has occupied them illegally since 1967.

Benjamin Netanyahu is simply seeking legitimisation of his country’s land-grab.

It is worth noting that Priti Patel resigned in disgrace after meeting Israeli politicians and then calling for the Department for International Development to give international aid money to field hospitals run by the Israeli army in the Golan Heights.

This would have been a tacit granting of legitimacy to the Israeli claim from the UK government.

Fortunately, it seems nobody is keen to accept Mr Netanyahu’s claim.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today said that he would not back down on his demand that the US recognise Israel’s right to the occupied Golan Heights.

“I will not give up our expectation that the United States recognise Israeli sovereignty over Golan,” he said in a statement.

Netanyahu’s remarks come one day after US National Security Adviser John Bolton told Reutersthat the US administration was “not considering the possibility” of recognising Israel’s right to the Syrian area.

Israel occupied the Syrian Golan Heights during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, when it also occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

The UN continues to describe the Israel-held Golan Heights as “occupied” territory.

Source: Netanyahu urges US to recognise Israel’s right to Golan – Middle East Monitor

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Netanyahu’s Israel is victimising Jews who don’t support his apartheid regime

Victimised: Simone Zimmerman.

In the words of Jewdas: “The irony of Israel recently crowning itself as the ‘Jewish Nation-State’ at the same time as it is turning away increasing numbers of Jews due to their political views should not be lost on anyone.”

American Jews have good reason to be afraid. Recent interrogations, harassment, and deportation of left-wing Jewish American activists over their political beliefs and activities have ushered in a new political moment in the relationship between Israel and diaspora Jewish communities.

No longer is Jewish identity enough to protect American activists from the reach of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency. Jewish privilege is no longer enough to guarantee entry into the Jewish state should one’s ideology or political views contradict those of the Israeli government.

When Simone Zimmerman and Abby Kirschbaum were detained and interrogated on their way back from a weekend in Sinai, the Shin Bet and border authority interrogators were almost exclusively interested in why the two wanted to work with Palestinians. They wanted to know about their politics.

A week earlier, when Israeli-American author Moriel Zecher-Rothman was held by the Shin Bet at the airport, an agent warned him against going down a “slippery slope” of anti-occupation activism and demanded he provide intelligence on fellow left-wing activists.

Source: In Israel, American Jews can kiss their privilege goodbye | +972 Magazine

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Israeli PM attacks Corbyn for commemorating Palestinians killed by his regime

Attack: Benjamin Netanyahu.

Oh dear. Benjamin Netanyahu should have kept away from this – and now it should backfire in his face.

It seems the Israeli prime minister just could hold himself back after the UK’s Mail newspaper published a report claiming Jeremy Corbyn had placed a wreath commemorating Palestinians suspected of being behind the Munich Olympics massacre.

He tweeted: “The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorist who perpetrated the Munich massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone – left, right and everyone in between.”

The trouble is, Mr Netanyahu’s claim isn’t true. The Labour leader’s own version of events is that he was laying a wreath to commemorate 47 Tunisians and Palestinians killed by Israel in an air attack on Tunisia in 1985, and nothing in the Mail‘s story contradicts that. It’s just a lot of hysteria generated around pictures of a cemetery.

It is a version that is corroborated by analysis of the photographs. The commemorative plaque at the grave of the alleged terrorists is wide; that at which Mr Corbyn was photographed is narrow. See for yourself.

So Mr Netanyahu is attacking Mr Corbyn for commemorating the victims of an air attack by the Israeli prime minister’s own vicious, racist regime.

And it is a vicious, racist regime. More than 30,000 people, both Jewish and Arabic, demonstrated over the weekend against the ‘Israel as the Nation-state of the Jewish People’ act passed by the Knesset on July 19.

The legislation has been dubbed an “apartheid law”. But – again – see for yourself.

Apologists for the Israeli government like to try to smear its critics with accusations of anti-Semitism.

But the evidence speaks for itself – against Mr Netanyahu and against his rotten, far-right-wing government.

Postscript: Jeremy Corbyn has made his own feelings about Mr Netanyahu’s vile outburst clear in Tweets that leave absolutely no doubt that the Labour leader has had enough of this nonsense. Once again, see for yourself:

The response has been like this:

https://twitter.com/RickBlaine123/status/1029083643929665536

And this:

https://twitter.com/SJT78508478/status/1029081706282790912

And this:

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Israeli prime minister demands support for racist apartheid law

Racist: Benjamin Netanyahu.

Are we all agreed, now, that Benjamin Netanyahu is a racist?

He has been trying to push through his Apartheid law – misnamed the “Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people” Bill – for five years and I’m told he is demanding it now in order to have it running in time for that country’s next general election, when he hopes to win by securing far-right-wing votes.

Think about that in the context of the history of the Jewish people. Are you feeling nauseous yet?

This Writer’s attention was brought to the issue by a long-term friend who posted, on Facebook [boldings mine]: “This is a bill to make Israel clearly and definitively a racist and religious state. It permits neighbourhoods to block people of specific nationalities or religions from moving in, removes Arabic as an official language, and directs judges to look for precedents from Jewish legal rulings in instances where Israeli law offers no guidance.

“For those that haven’t been following along at home, the Israeli government have been trying to get a bill like this passed for the last five years. Because Israel’s legislature is elected under the most proportionally representative system I’m familiar with, there are enough parties in the Knesset that oppose parts of the bill that they have been unable to do so.

“What has changed recently is that Netanyahu is making passing it a top priority in the run up to the 2019 election so he can win far right votes.”

He added: “Once it’s in, a lot of damage can be done in a short amount of time that will take a lot of time, money, and political capital to undo.

“And there are a significant number of Israelis that support it too.”

Another commenter stated: “Racists are racists anywhere. But the Knesset has been fighting this for so long in all their parties besides the most right-wing, I’ll be happy to see them stand up against Netanyahu one more time. I just hope they can block him. His choices are horrifying.”

Racists are racists anywhere.

Sometimes, people forget that a Jew – such as Benjamin Netanyahu – can be a racist too. Perhaps that is why it is important that his rancid bid to institutionalise racism in his country needs to be exposed to the world.

It is also the reason it must fail. If Mr Netanyahu makes it possible for Israel to be denounced as a racist endeavour, then he will only fuel anti-Semitism, both at home and abroad. And that cannot be tolerated.

Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the country’s ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state.

For the past half-decade, politicians have been wrangling over the details of the bill that holds constitution-like status and that Benjamin Netanyahu wants passed this month.

The proposed legislation would allow the state to “authorise a community composed of people having the same faith and nationality to maintain the exclusive character of that community”.

In its current state, the draft would also permit Jewish religious law to be implemented in certain cases and remove Arabic as an official language.

A vote on the bill is expected next week, although a final draft has yet to be agreed on. The legislation has been compared to South African apartheid by Israeli parliamentarians, and several thousand Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

“Our main concern is that it is changing the nature of the state and it changes the balance of Israel as a nation state,” said Amir Fuchs, the head of the defending democratic values programme at the Israel Democracy Institute. “You can be a nation state and still be a democracy as long as you don’t discriminate,” said Fuchs. “That the state is allowed to create villages that will separate on the basis of race or religion or nationality – this is outrageous.”

The purpose of the bill, he said, was “to change the balance, to make us more of a nation state, more of a Jewish state, and less of a democracy. There is no other way to put it. And this is the biggest problem.”

Source: Israel in turmoil over bill allowing Jews and Arabs to be segregated | World news | The Guardian

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If Natalie Portman is now the ‘wrong kind of Jew’, why did she win the Genesis Prize in the first place?

Natalie Portman: “She exemplifies the core traits of the Jewish character and values of the Jewish people”. But now representatives of the Israeli government want to revoke her citizenship because she has criticised them.

Oh, the controversy.

Natalie Portman has refused to visit Israel to receive her Genesis Prize – the so-called “Jewish Nobel” – because of “recent events” in that country:

The Guardian has a report which states: “Portman’s representative said: “[R]ecent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony”.

“No specific events were mentioned, but the recent military response to Palestinian demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border has provoked worldwide condemnation.”

Her decision has, of course, provoked vilification from exactly the sort of people you would expect it to.

The Guardian again: “The move drew swift condemnation from Israel’s governing Likud party. Knesset member Oren Hazan demanded authorities revoke her citizenship while the culture minister, Miri Regev, referring to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, claimed she had “fallen like ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters.”

“Portman was effectively joining the ranks of those “relating to the tale of Israel’s success and wonder of rebirth as one of darkness and darkness,” Regev said, a reference to her film adaptation of Israeli writer Amos Oz’s 2002 memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness.”

So now she is the “wrong kind of Jew”?

Utter tosh.

I am pleased to see it has provoked appropriate reactions from right-thinking people. Consider the sarcasm in the following tweet:

If Ms Portman really was the kind of person these career politicians have suggested, she would not have won the prize in the first place.

From the Genesis Prize website: “The annual $1 million award* honors extraordinary individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement, commitment to Jewish values and to the Jewish people.

“Portman is a globally-acclaimed actress and director.  She began her acting career at the age of 12 and has since achieved recognition and praise from audiences around the world. She is a winner of multiple prestigious awards, including an Academy Award (Oscar), two Golden Globe Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Award, as well as other industry honors.

“Portman was born in Israel and, after moving to the US as a child, retained a close connection to her Jewish and Israeli roots. In 2015, she directed Tale of Love and Darkness, a Hebrew-language film made in Israel and based on the novel by an Israeli writer Amos Oz. Portman also played a leading role in this picture.

“Natalie Portman is noted for her social activism in such areas as gender equality, combatting poverty, microfinance, and animal rights. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she returned to deliver a commencement speech in May 2015.

““We are delighted to celebrate Natalie Portman as the 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate,” said Stan Polovets, co-founder and Chairman of the Genesis Prize Foundation. “Natalie’s charismatic on-screen presence has touched the hearts of millions. Her talent, her commitment to social causes and her deep connection to her Jewish and Israeli roots are greatly admired. She exemplifies the core traits of the Jewish character and values of the Jewish people – persistence and hard work, pursuit of excellence, intellectual curiosity, and a heartfelt desire to contribute to making the world a better place. Without a doubt, she is a role model for millions of young Jews around the world.””

“She exemplifies the core traits of the Jewish character and values of the Jewish people”. That is a claim that cannot be voided because Ms Portman has differences with the political leadership of Israel. It is also a claim that makes nonsense of any suggestion that her citizenship of that country should be revoked.

As for the suggestion that she has joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, initial media speculation focused on Ms Portman’s disapproval of current Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu. Consider this, from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

“In 2015, following the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, she said she was “very, very upset and disappointed.”

““I find his racist comments horrific,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “However, I don’t — what I want to make sure is, I don’t want to use my platform [the wrong way].””

Ms Portman has since provided a statement: “”Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony,” she wrote.

“”Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation. I treasure my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance.'”

“She asked people to “not take any words that do not come directly from me as my own.””

I certainly hope Edo Konrad is correct and that those who want to write her off in that way are foiled.

But some are determined to link her with BDS in any case. She is, after all, boycotting an event in Israel because it would also be attended by a politician whose policies she abhors.

It’s a fine line to walk – and that is precisely why those who support the Israeli government, and all its atrocities, want to discredit her. Even the Genesis Prize organizers “fear that Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid”.

Didn’t these organisers do that themselves, by inviting Mr Netanyahu to speak at the prize ceremony in June? They must know Ms Portman’s opinion of him – she expressed it in 2015!

It occurs to me that this lady may have been set up. As a critic of the Israeli government, its politicians would have loved to put her in a situation where she either had to tacitly endorse them and their policies or could be vilified as a traitor to Israel.

If so, I don’t think it will work: “She exemplifies the core traits of the Jewish character and values of the Jewish people,” remember? There no way to take back those words.

Ms Portman won her award because she represents the best of her people. She is not to be censured because she is horrified by their worst.

*The prize has been generously doubled to $2 million with a donation by Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn.


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Boris Johnson demonstrates that the ‘anti-Semitism’ crusaders had us looking in the wrong direction

Viktor Orban: Anti-Semite?

Until today, most of us probably knew little about Hungarian affairs – This Writer included – so I’ll hand you over to the Washington Post:

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s staunchly anti-migrant prime minister, was reelected Sunday after his right-wing Fidesz party was projected to win a supermajority of seats in parliament.

The central figure in Orban’s anti-migrant tirades has been George Soros, the Hungarian-born American billionaire and liberal philanthropist who has funded Budapest’s Central European University and many of the nongovernmental organizations the current prime minister seeks to close.

But the language Orban has used throughout this year’s campaign has gone far beyond the specific influence of Soros. His rhetoric has repeated word-for-word the anti-Jewish cliches that were once a mainstay of European political life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“We are fighting an enemy that is different from us,” he said in a March campaign speech in Budapest. “Not open but hiding; not straightforward but crafty; not honest but base; does not believe in working but speculates with money; does not have its own homeland but feels it owns the whole world.”

An anti-Semite, in charge of a European country?

Some dispute the claim, as this dialogue shows:

But the facts seem clear enough.

In that case, why did Boris Johnson not only congratulate this anti-Semite, but state that he looks forward to developing a “close partnership” with him?

UK-based commentators were quick to realise what Mr Johnson has done:-

https://twitter.com/MutazElnour/status/983321965258780672

But does the general public understand? What chance do they have, with people like Benjamin Netanyahu muddying the waters?

This could be an opportunity, of course. You can always tell a person’s views from their choice of friends, and Messrs Netanyahu and Johnson have made theirs explicitly clear.

It would also explain why certain organisations that are perhaps too keen on Israel’s current government and leader have been keen to point the finger of accusation at Jeremy Corbyn and the UK’s Labour Party when it comes to anti-Semitism, rather than the Conservatives – who have a much more serious problem with it, extending into their cabinet, it appears.

Tom Clark, of Another Angry Voice, makes a highly pertinent point:

That’s the fact of the matter, isn’t it?

It is the reason Tory anti-Semites are allowed to exercise their prejudice – and the reason Mr Johnson has been so enthusiastic towards Mr Orban, it seems.


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It seems Israel only opposes anti-Semitism when there is something to gain, so Trump can say what he likes

This sign, from an anti-Trump event in January, seems more relevant now than it was then.

Let’s be clear: The Charlottesville rally involved neo-Nazis trying to revive their culture of hatred towards anybody who does not follow their twisted creed.

Congregants at a nearby synagogue were put in fear for their safety because people in what is believed to be the uniform of a Nazi organisation were seen outside.

One person died and many more were injured when, it is believed, one of the neo-Nazis rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters who wanted to stop the rally from taking place.

And Donald Trump, the President of the United States, defended the Nazis. He said there were “fine people” on both sides. He defended people who were protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, the Confederate general in the US Civl War, who therefore represented racists and slavers.

Nazis are not, and can never be, “fine people”. Supporters of racism and slavery are not, and can never be, “fine people”. Anti-Semites are not, and never can be, “fine people”.

So why is Israel’s communications minister trying to brush Trump’s support of the racists, slavers, Nazis and particularly anti-Semites under the carpet?

If it’s because it is politically expedient to support Trump, because Trump has good relations with Israel as a political entity, then that isn’t good enough. Millions of Jews died at the hands of Nazis in World War II, and Jews all over the world need to be able to go about their business free of the fear that they will ever be treated in that way again – the same as everybody else does.

But Mr Kara made it clear that he said those words exactly because it is politically expedient to support Trump: “Trump is the best US leader Israel has ever had. His relations with the prime minister of Israel are wonderful.”

That is a betrayal of the Jewish people, it seems to This Writer.

And I think others saw it the same way.

Zionist Union MK Erel Margalit is quoted as saying: “Kara, Netanyahu and their government lost their way. Israel has to condemn Nazis, period, and it should insist that the US president and the administration should condemn Nazis and any form of antisemitism categorically and unequivocally. Let us lead with moral conviction, not follow those who supported the racist!”

And Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-On said: “Because Trump paid lip service to the settlement enterprise, Netanyahu has made him into the messiah and has forgiven him for even the most shocking, homophobic, racist, and even antisemitic statements.”

Of course Twitter had a few things to say, and they weren’t nice [STRONG LANGUAGE FOLLOWS]:

Here in the UK, we have seen spurious accusations of anti-Semitism levelled at supporters of Jeremy Corbyn (including This Writer) in a bid to undermine confidence in a Labour leader who supports a peaceful solution to conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians.

There is also the matter of Israeli interference in UK political decisions, as revealed by former Israeli Embassy staffer Shai Masot, who discussed removing pro-Palestine minister Alan Duncan from office while being filmed by a hidden camera.

It seems the Israeli government has some explaining to do. Does it only oppose anti-Semitism when it sees political advantage in doing so?

Israel must condemn Nazis but relations with US President Donald Trump are more important, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara, who lately has been one of the ministers closest to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Netanyahu has faced criticism for not saying anything about what police said was a deliberate car-ramming into a group of people engaged in a counterprotest to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, until Tuesday, when he tweeted that he was “outraged by expressions of antisemitism, neo-Nazism and racism” and that “everyone should oppose this hatred.”

But Kara, who sat next to Netanyahu at last week’s mass Likud rally at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, said Israel must defend Trump.

“Due to the terrific relations with the US, we need to put the declarations about the Nazis in the proper proportion,” Kara said. “We need to condemn antisemitism and any trace of Nazism, and I will do what I can as a minister to stop its spread. But Trump is the best US leader Israel has ever had. His relations with the prime minister of Israel are wonderful, and after enduring the terrible years of Obama, Trump is the unquestioned leader of the free world, and we must not accept anyone harming him.”

The statements by Kara, who made similar comments on the Knesset Channel, were immediately condemned by Knesset members.

Source: Israeli minister: Relations with Trump are more important than calling out Nazis – Israel News – Jerusalem Post


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