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Unforgivable: anti-lockdown protesters compare masks and vaccines with the Holocaust

I was going to avoid reporting on anti-lockdown protests, because in a time when wearing a mask and having a vaccination injection could save many thousands of lives, I would have hoped anyone with sense could see that these people are wrong.

But some of the protesters who were out in London today (and elsewhere, I dare say) took the opportunity to take their silliness across the line into the unforgivable. I refer to this:

It is bad enough that people like this … lady … have chosen to mock the memories of more than 150,000 victims of the Covid-19 virus by announcing their ignorance of its threat all over our streets.

But then they had to pretend that measures designed to safeguard their lives are somehow similar to the systematic persecution and extermination of Jews by Nazi Germany.

It isn’t very often that I agree with David Baddiel on matters concerning anti-Semitism but this was an offence, not only against the 150,000 who have died over the last year or so but also against the six million Jews who were murdered in the Nazi Holocaust.

In that context, I think his tweeted “Take. That. Off.” was remarkably restrained.

Others who took to the social media to express their outrage were more explanatory. I won’t publish the actual tweets because they feature the full image, including the woman’s face, and I don’t want to give her the publicity.

The Auschwitz Memorial Twitter account stated, “Instrumentalization of the tragedy of Jews who suffered, were humiliated, marked with a yellow star, and finally isolated in ghettos and murdered during the Holocaust, in order to argue against vaccination that saves human lives is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline.” This was also remarkably restrained, in my opinion.

Heather Rufus tweeted: “To anyone wearing the Star of David as a lockdown protest, you’re totally lacking in awareness. Millions of Jewish people were murdered during the Holocaust and you are likening lockdown to that. You should hang your head in shame. Gross.”

Ian Moore went further: “If you wore a Yellow Star today to protest against facemasks that protect others, you are a stain on humanity. You ignorant, privileged morons. Whatever your perceived grievances are, how is that Holocaust level? Vile.”

Benjamin Cohen, CEO of Pink News added: “If you really want to be a crank and protest about the Covid lockdowns that have saved lives, do not then appropriate a symbol from the Holocaust that led to the murder of six million Jews and permanently diminished Jewish population, destroyed Jewish culture and history.”

There’s this, from @HowardA_Esq: “Being asked to wear a mask or be vaccinated is not like having your family burned alive, gassed to death, starved to death or worked to death because of their religion. This is the symbol of our religion and our persecution. Take it off, bigot.

“My family were murdered by people who force them to wear the Star of David. Playing holocaust victim because you were asked to wear a mask, it’s reprehensible on every level.”

Damn straight.

Source: London protest: Thousands gather for anti-lockdown march after pubs and shops reopen – Mirror Online

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Ann Widdecombe has lost the plot. Brexit is nothing like World War Two

Puppet-master and marionette? Nigel Farage appears to be pulling Ann Widdecombe’s strings. Perhaps that’s why she’s talking nonsense, comparing Brexit with World War Two.

Former Tory – now Brexit Party candidate – Ann Widdecombe has made a bizarre rant comparing Brexit to World War Two:

Brexit Party candidate Ann Widdecombe suggested that any disruption brought on by a no-deal Brexit is justified as it will not compare with the suffering during the Second World War.

Talking about a no-deal Brexit she said: “It is as nothing compared to the sacrifice that we asked a previous generation to make an order to ensure Britain’s freedom.

“My granny was bombed out in Plymouth just over there. People lost sons and husbands and fathers, and they did this because they wanted freedom.”

Has she lost her mind?

Brexit is nothing like World War Two.

In that conflict, the UK was fighting for its existence against a genuinely evil world military power that wanted to destroy our way of life altogether, along with a large proportion of our population.

Brexit is about decoupling from an alliance with a bloc of European countries with whom a significant proportion of our population no longer feels an affinity. It isn’t a life-or-death situation.

Not only that, but the hardship that Ms Widdecombe predicts for the UK would be voluntary. And there’s no justification for it.

She is trying to invoke some kind of Churchillian spirit – steadfastness in adversity – that simply doesn’t fit the situation.

Brexit will hugely disadvantage a large proportion of the population – specifically, those who are not super-rich – many of whom have been manipulated into supporting it by the super-rich people who control the media.

And by super-rich career politicians like Ms Widdecombe.

The people of the UK need to be aware that any hardship caused by Brexit has nothing to do with the spirit of World War Two.

It has everything to do with the stupidity of people who were told they would be better off – and believed the lie.

Source: Brexit Party candidate Ann Widdecombe says no-deal Brexit wouldn’t be as bad as the ‘sacrifice of World War Two’

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The people have their say on Margaret Hodge’s ‘Nazi Germany’ outburst

Vox Political reader got in touch after I published my piece about Margaret Hodge’s latest outrage, with his own opinion on the subject that he posted to her Facebook page. He’s not the only one offering a dissenting view!

These opinions need to be seen, because the pro-Israeli-government mass media will do everything possible to suppress them and support her instead:

Here’s Simon Goldberger: “I wonder if your father was on the same Kindertransport as mine (the last Kindertransport to leave Hamburg)

“My father brought me up to be socialist, to fight nationalism, populism and the inexorable slide to the right that the wealthy always sponsor for their own benefit.

“My family helped in building Israel.. My uncle being one of the founders of an early Kibbutz under the Golan heights.. my early memories are of the stories he told of Arab (or Palestinian) snipers shooting unarmed women and children as they walked around the camp.

“So I imagine in respect to the horrors of nationalism and populism I had a similar upbringing to you…

“So Dame Margaret what went wrong?

“When did you forget that “Never Again” meant never should the innocent be targeted on mass and not as purely a protection of the yet to be formed political state of Israel.

“When did you believe that conflating anti-semitism and criticism of a political party (and specifically a right wing Nationalist political party) was an acceptable stance?

“When did you decide that the best use of the platform our party and your constituences gave, you was to attack our party at a time when we are successfully fighting to remove an extreme right wing government, whose policies have killed over 114,000 people (and more depending on which report is referenced) and continue to do so; have armed Saudi Arabia in its illegal massacre of women and children in Yemen and whose most senior members have aligned themselves with self-proclaimed neo-Nazis (more honestly known as… Nazis).

“When did you decide to conflate anti-Semitism with criticism not of Jews, nor of Israel but of the right wing political party Likud and by inference their current abhorrent policies?

“And honestly when did you decide that having been held to the rules of our party (which you (as we members all) voluntarily signed up to in joining) was akin to suffering within the Shoah.

“You disgust me and your words in belittling the horrors of the Holocaust are an outright insult to its victims including my grandparents and their siblings.”

Here’s David Rosenberg:

Andrew Feinstein:

Read more on Skwawkbox.

We all need to get these messages out to the public.

Otherwise, all they’ll see is nonsense like the following from Sky News editor Beth Rigby (expertly demolished here by Tom Clark of Another Angry Voice):

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Anti-Semitism debate: ‘The political right have sunk us into the Abyss’

The late Hajo Meyer – and his most well-documented words.

Here’s an excellent thread on the anti-Semitism debate and the mass attempt to trash the reputation of a deceased Jewish Holocaust survivor who was at Auschwitz, Hajo Meyer.

It’s written by the pseudonymous Kanjin Tor, who has long been a voice of reason on the social media.

https://twitter.com/xugla/status/1025320580235583494

https://twitter.com/xugla/status/1025320582919938048

https://twitter.com/xugla/status/1025320585671262209

In fact, 17 million human beings were exterminated in the Nazi Holocaust – six million of them Jewish.

The attack on Hajo Meyer by trash-talking media personalities (if they can be dignified with the title) diminishes not only what happened to the Jews, but belittles the persecution that befell all the groups that the Nazis victimised.

“Anti-Semitism” is just the first offence of which they should be accused. They deserve to be tarred and feathered.

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James O’Brien should lose his job over anti-Semitic description of Holocaust survivor

James O’Brien (left) questioned the credentials of a deceased Jewish Holocaust survivor in order to make a specious political point about Jeremy Corbyn (right).

I used to think LBC radio host James O’Brien was one of the good guys but his disrespect for a deceased Jewish survivor of the Nazi Holocaust is utterly unacceptable.

O’Brien was referring to the 2010 Holocaust Memorial Day event at which Hajo Meyer, a Jewish Holocaust victim who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, attacked Israeli government behaviour towards Gaza, comparing it with that of the Nazis.

It seems the presenter considered such a comparison, by somebody who should know, to be unacceptable and he claimed Mr Meyer made his speech behind the “camouflage” of being a Holocaust survivor.

How utterly despicable.

For O’Brien to attack a man who is not only dead, and therefore unable to respond, is bad enough.

But to diminish the suffering Mr Meyer endured in life by claiming he was under “camouflage” is beyond the pale.

It is also, quite clearly, anti-Semitic: Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of Nazi Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).

Has Mr O’Brien ever been forced to endure persecution because of his race, religion, skin colour, ethnic group or any other such distinguishing feature?

Has he ever been forced into a concentration camp, worked like an animal and starved nearly to death?

Has he ever had to live in fear of being murdered alongside a multitude of people like him?

No. He hasn’t.

But he took it on himself to insult the memory of a man who had, in order to score a cheap political point against Jeremy Corbyn, who has apologised for appearing at the event in which Mr Meyer made his speech, even though he was not responsible for its content.

And what did Mr O’Brien do, when he was challenged over his behaviour by a listener? Did he apologise?

Not a bit of it. See for yourself:

James said: “Get lost, seriously. You honestly think when you’ve got the leader of the Labour Party sharing a platform with people who compare Jews to Nazis, you think my vocabulary is the most interesting and important element of this story?

“You, pal, are the problem.You’re the reason why this country is on its knees. You are the reason why the nastiest, most vindictive Tory administration we’ve seen in decades is still hanging on to power.

“You are the reason why, because you’ve got a party led by a man who has the moral integrity of a Kit Kat and yet somehow has managed to persuade significant swathes of decent people that he speaks for decency.

“No he doesn’t, he’s a disgrace. And if the Labour Party was led by anybody else it would be 20 points ahead in the polls.”

Can you see any solid evidence to support his vile claims about Mr Meyer in that vicious rant?

Neither can I.

All I can see are ad hominem attacks and insults on a listener who is perfectly entitled to their opinion, and on the leader of the Labour Party.

This is behaviour that falls well below the standard expected of people in public life.

O’Brien should resign. Or he should be sacked.

You can contact LBC to complain here.

Source: James O’Brien’s Passionate Response When Listener Denies Labour Anti-Semitism – LBC

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Why is Corbyn apologising after an AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR condemned Israel EIGHT YEARS AGO?

Perhaps this makes matters clearer: It turns out Hajo Meyer is the person who said an anti-Semite was no longer a person who hated Jews but a person who is hated by Jews. No wonder the Campaign Against Antisemitism is keen to besmirch his memory.

Of all the accusations by the fake “anti-Semitism” accusers, this has to be the lowest yet. Why has Jeremy Corbyn apologised?

It seems Mr Corbyn has been accused of anti-Semitism because he appeared at an event in 2010 when Hajo Meyer, a Jewish Holocaust victim who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, repeatedly compared the behaviour of the Israeli government in Gaza to that of Nazi Germany.

It’s just This Writer’s opinion but, as a person who has witnessed the crimes of the Nazis first-hand, he should know!

To show how ridiculous the accusation is: The implication by the Campaign Against Antisemitism is that Mr Meyer was an anti-Semite. These people are accusing a Holocaust victim of anti-Semitism – or they would, if he hadn’t died in 2014.

The fact that this has been dredged up now raises a couple of questions.

Firstly, did the Campaign Against Antisemitism conduct any research into the feelings of the wider community of British Jews before making its claim? This is an event that happened eight years ago, so there has been plenty of time.

Why was no accusation made in 2010? It seems that would have been the appropriate time. Why has no objection been made until now? Is it because it is politically expedient to do so now?

The CAA has referred the party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which has exhibited little interest, saying it will consider what action is needed – “if any”.

The CAA’s letter to the EHRC claims that Labour has created an atmosphere of discrimination against Jewish members and/or associates through years of failure to enforce its own rules. Which rules? Isn’t it strange that they never come out with any actual evidence?

So we find that Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for being present when a Jewish Holocaust survivor passed an opinion that he was perfectly entitled to hold – at an event eight years ago, to which (to the best of our knowledge) the wider Jewish community in the UK does not object.

He should not have done so. In fact, he should have told his accusers to clear off – in no uncertain terms. Until he actually does this, he will never be free of them.

Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for speaking at an event where the actions of Israel in Gaza were compared to the Nazis.

The Labour leader acknowledged he had appeared with people “whose views I completely reject” when he hosted a Holocaust Memorial Day event in 2010, while he was a backbench MP. He apologised for the “concerns and anxiety” it had caused.

The main talk at the event, called Never Again for Anyone – Auschwitz to Gaza, was given by Hajo Meyer, a Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp. He repeatedly compared Israeli action in Gaza to the mass killing of Jewish people in the Holocaust.

Corbyn said: “The main speaker at this Holocaust Memorial Day meeting was a Jewish Auschwitz survivor. Views were expressed at the meeting which I do not accept or condone.

“In the past, in pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people and peace in Israel/Palestine, I have on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject. I apologise for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused.”

Source: Corbyn apologises over event where Israel was compared to Nazis | Politics | The Guardian

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Tory tweeter who compared Corbyn event with Nazi rallies is owned by anonymous Labour spokesperson

This is the way to put down a mouthy Tory keyboard warrior. Check out the Labour spokesman’s comment at the end of this extract:

A Conservative councillor has come under fire for a Twitter comment in which he compared the huge turnout at Jeremy Corbyn’s rallies with Nazi gatherings under Hitler.

Cllr Chris Steward, a former City of York Council leader, has been criticised, with a call for him to apologise, after he wrote the comment about popular rallies held by the Labour leader.

“You can judge mass attendance at rallies as the proof of a great leader if you want, I will judge their views,” he tweeted, alongside an image of a Nazi gathering.

A Labour spokesman [said]: “The fact that this Tory councillor thinks this is the appropriate reaction to a politician from another party being listened to, speaks volumes about why his party is not.”

Source: Row over Tory Chris Steward’s Nazis rally comment on Corbyn (From York Press)


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Accusations face indignation over disability-related deaths

Dominic Raab: An overprivileged, lazy rich boy who wants to bully minorities including the sick and disabled.

Dominic Raab: An overprivileged, lazy rich boy who wants to bully minorities including the sick and disabled.

More Conservatives have voiced their indignation at comparisons between their attitude to the disabled and that of the Nazis in Germany during the 1930s and 40s – despite the fact that there are clear parallels.

The latest outburst was in response to claims by Sioux Blair-Jordan at the Labour Party conference, that if David Cameron enacts plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a Bill of Rights, the disabled and sick “might as well walk into the gas chamber today”.

As explained in a Vox Political article yesterday, Ms Blair-Jordan’s criticism is accurate; clear comparisons can be made between the Conservative attitude to illness and disability and that of the Nazis.

Three examples are the adoption of ‘chequebook euthanasia’ in the work capability assessment ‘medical’ test, with people who have mental illnesses being asked if they have ever considered suicide – those who answer in the affirmative are then challenged over why they did not go through with it, provoking the claimant to consider suicide again; the fact that, after visiting the Auschwitz extermination camp, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith adopted the slogan over its gate “Arbeit macht frei” (work makes you free) and has used it several times since, to sum up his attitude to claimants; and the fact that, despite many Freedom of Information requests for the number of people who have died under the Conservative Party’s current benefits regime, the Tories – like the Nazis – have hidden the full effects of their policies from the public.

In the light of these facts, the indignation professed by some Conservatives at Ms Blair-Jordan’s comment can only be regarded with contempt.

Look at Dominic Raab. This creep co-wrote a book entitled Britannia Unchained a few years ago, in which he claimed that British workers are “among the worst idlers in the world”, that the UK “rewards laziness” and “too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work”. At the time, his record of attendance at Parliament was among the worst of all MPs, at a meagre 79.1 per cent.

It seems Mr Raab is the one who prefers a lie-in to hard work – but he would clearly reopen the workhouse for the sick and disabled, given half a chance. It’s just one step from there to turn it into a concentration/extermination camp.

Yet he wants us to accept that “It is delusional, and shows extraordinarily bad taste, for Labour conference to applaud the delegate who equated the government’s common sense human rights reforms to Nazis sending innocent people to the gas chambers. Jeremy Corbyn should apologise immediately for embracing rather than distancing himself from the delegate. It points directly to his unfitness to lead.”

On the contrary – it is Mr Raab who is delusional. Let’s face it, he even describes his government’s fascistic plans to eliminate our human rights as “common sense”. It is hard to accept protestations that the Tories are not behaving like Nazis from someone who is upholding a policy demonstrating that they are.

Bizarrely, a spokesperson for the Campaign Against Antisemitism got on this bandwagon:

“Sioux Blair-Jordan’s reference to gas chambers was gratuitous and offensive. Over six million Jews as well as others, including the disabled, were murdered during the Holocaust, many of them in gas chambers.”

That is precisely the point. Perhaps this person should be joining Ms Blair-Jordan in opposing the Conservative Party’s behaviour, rather than siding with the oppressors. Perhaps this person should be reminded of the now-too-often-quoted words of Pastor Martin Niemoller, before the Tories come for him, and he finds out there is nobody to stand up for him.

Jeremy Corbyn is to be applauded. He is standing up for the sick, the disabled, and anyone else facing oppression from the overprivileged, spoilt brats who have conned their way into control of the UK.

Source: Disabled Labour Activist Launches ‘Gas Chamber’ Attack On David Cameron#f3f9928bb#f3f9928bb#f3f9928bb

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Sturgeon on the Daily Show: Jon Stewart compares her to Saddam Hussein

At risk of being accused of hypocrisy, This Writer has only one thing to say:

Why do the mass media keep offering the oxygen of publicity to these despotic dictators?

Source: ‘You think you’re Saddam Hussein?’ Jon Stewart tackles Nicola Sturgeon on SNP success | Politics | The Guardian

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Sick Conservative poster compares Miliband to stroke victim – Mirror Online

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This is the image that should be the last nail in the coffin of the Conservative Party’s election hopes.

But the right-wing media will probably work hard to make sure that most people don’t see it.

According to the Daily Mirror, it was published on Twitter by the Conservative Party’s official account for Campden Ward, in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

As the Mirror pointed out, the image “mocks the Stroke Association‘s Act FAST poster – illustrating each of the charity’s three signs of a stroke, ‘Face, Arms and Speech’, with a picture of Ed Miliband.

“The fourth message then declares T stands for: ‘Time to LOL’.”

It seems bizarre that Tories in a ‘safe’ Conservative constituency would want to shoot their party’s foot off in this way, but the evidence speaks for itself:

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The entire Twitter account has since been deleted and the ward’s Facebook page has changed its name to ‘Parks Lnd’.

The Mirror report quotes Labour candidate Carrie Wilson, who wrote: “Utterly disgusted at CampdenWard for taking something as serious as a stroke warning to mock someone.

“It is NEVER okay to use a stroke awareness warning as a joke.”

Hear, hear. Doesn’t this say everything you need to know about the Conservative Party’s attitude to illness and disability? It’s all a big joke to them!

At long last, Conservative policy on sickness benefits is explained.

Is this really an organisation that deserves 280 Parliamentary seats after the general election next week?

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