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Israeli spokesman demands UK reporter lose her job. Will Sky News cave in?

Heated: the interview was tense, but now Danny Danon (right) thinks he can bully Sky News into sacking Belle Donati (left) – or forcing her to resign.

A prominent member of the Israeli government has demanded the resignation of Sky News anchor Belle Donati after she apparently compared Israel’s genocide in Gaza with the Nazi Holocaust.

Here’s his post on ‘X’, containing his letter to David Rhodes, Executive Chairman of Sky News:

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Here’s the segment of Ms Donati’s interview with him to which Danon objected. In it, he was heard to suggest that Palestinians may “voluntarily” migrate to another country, outside Gaza, and she responded that such migration was voluntary in the same way that any migration of Jews under Nazi rule during the Holocaust may have been:

That’s the anti-Semitism to which Danon was referring – a legitimate comparison between the forced removal of Palestinians from their homes in Gaza after Israel’s invasion and the forced removal of Jews from their homes in Germany and other countries invaded by the Nazis.

The parallel is not inappropriate; it makes sense. In fact, before Nazi Germany started murdering Jews, it encouraged them to leave the country. Many went to what was then known as British Mandate Palestine. The Israeli government simply started murdering Palestinians before suggesting their fellow Gazans should leave.

Fahad Ansari posted on ‘X’:

“If you don’t want Israeli policies to be compared to those of the Nazis, stop replicating them. It’s those who are promoting the current genocide in Gaza that need to be held to account, not the few courageous journalists who try to hold the perpetrators and propagandists to account.”

So Danon’s demand is unfair on a factual basis. It is also unfair on a political basis, as Novara Media‘s Aaron Bastani posted on ‘X’:

“An absolutely extraordinary intervention. It’s not for overseas political figures to determine legitimate politicians and journalists in this country. That’s something quite a lot of our establishment (in both politics & the media) appears to have forgotten (when it suits them).”

And what’s Sky News going to do?

Well, we all know what should happen, right?

To Sky News: please do the decent thing and give these Israeli bully-boys the finger.


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A German government is supporting genocide – again. Has it learned nothing?

Germany has made a statement in support of Israel’s defence against the genocide charge it has faced in the International Court of Justice.

The hypocrisy of a nation that – having committed the most infamous genocide in history – supports another nation doing the same has not gone unnoticed.

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It would be easy to say that Germany’s stance is based on historic guilt over the Holocaust – but it seems there is in fact a business interest informing this statement:

Sadly, it seems Germany’s statement is doubly unacceptable because it has a history of genocides including against one of the nations that supported South Africa’s charge:

The full statement is well worth reading.

I look forward to finding out how the German government digs its way out of this hole.


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Is this Israel supporter rehabilitating the Nazis and justifying holocaust denial?

Douglas Murray: he’s near Gaza, waiting for the hammer of public opinion to fall on him.

Douglas Murray has brought the Israel/Gaza propaganda war to a new low by apparently comparing Gazans – not just Hamas – with the German soldiers who carried out the Nazi Holocaust against Jewish people.

Worse, the platform from which he launched this heinous claim was the Jewish Chronicle.

See for yourself:

Watch this clip from around five minutes, 30 seconds in and you’ll hear Murray repeating his claim that German soldiers were ashamed of what the Nazis ordered them to do.

Isn’t this Holocaust revisionism which, as we are all taught, is one of the vilest kinds of anti-Semitism?

He says the difference between the SS and the Gazans – not just Hamas, remember – is that the Gazans are proud of killing Jews.

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There is no readily-apparent excuse for this behaviour – either by Murray or the Jewish Chronicle. Saying the Germans who carried out the so-called “Final Solution” were “just following orders” – the “Nuremberg Defence” – was not good enough when they were brought to justice for their crimes and it isn’t good enough now.

And Holocaust revisionism is Holocaust denial.

Murray claims to be supporting Israel but in his words it seems clear that he is undermining the Jews. If German soldiers were ashamed of what they were doing, as he says, then with the removal of the Nazi government, the reason for a Jewish state would have also been removed; Jews would have been safe where they were.

This was clearly not believed to be the case, as we see from the decision to create Israel.

Taking the reasoning further, though, if there was no reason for creating a Jewish state, there would be no reason for that state to have stolen land and property from its neighbours, the Palestinians; to have driven them into enclaves (ghettoes) like Gaza; and to have murdered tens of thousands of them over a period of decades.

There would have been no reason for Hamas to have been founded in the first place; no reason for Palestinians to seek restitution against their oppressors; and no reason for Murray to be standing on land that was once Palestine, spouting his nonsense.

Sadly, it was deemed that a Jewish state was necessary. The reason for that is the failure of European people of the time – and others – to understand and/or respect cultural diversity. Ultimate responsibility for the situation in Gaza falls on our ancestors.

Most particularly, it falls on the Germans who Murray disgustingly tries to pedestalise above the ordinary citizens of Gaza – half of whom are children and all of whom he appears to deem to be as bad as Hamas, and deserving of the collective punishment Israel is meting out on them all.

And that – as we all should know – would be an attempt to justify a war crime.


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Now Israel apologists are trying to redefine the word ‘holocaust’

This is what a holocaust looks like (or at least one interpretation): and as the artist intends, it might accurately refer to what Israel is visiting upon Gaza now.

This is shameful from UK journalist Andrew Neil – and may actually be considered anti-Semitic:

The term “holocaust” may refer to any act of destruction or slaughter on a massive scale, especially by fire or nuclear war, according to the online dictionary This Writer just accessed.

But using it to refer to an act of terrorism that killed 1,400 people – horrific though that is in itself – may be considered a denial or distortion of the enormity of those events that are universally accepted as holocausts, such as that which happened to victims of the Nazis, including Jews, in the 1930s and 1940s.

That would be holocaust denial – which is considered to be anti-Semitic in the extreme.

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And that could be a reason people are pushing very hard against this attempt at holocaust revisionism, either in the form of claims that one happened on October 7…

… or in criticism of (in this instance) an article by an Israeli genocide scholar, explaining why October 7 cannot be compared with the Holocaust, and that Israel and its apologists should stop weaponising the word:

That International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) ‘working’ definition of anti-Semitism is starting to look a little tattered, what with all this jiggery-pokery by the Israeli government. I wonder how heavily it will need to be edited in order to accommodate all this nonsense.


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Anti-vax MP Andrew Bridgen expelled from the Conservative Party

Andrew Bridgen: he’s not a Tory MP anymore.

The Conservative Party has expelled Andrew Bridgen for saying Covid-19 vaccinations were “the biggest crime against humanity since the Holocaust”.

A party disciplinary panel said he had to go for making the comparison, and for breaching lobbying rules.

He had failed to declare an interest in a firm called Mere Plantations while lobbying on behalf of that firm, He had also attacked the integrity of then-Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone, and he tried to claim that her investigation was part of a personal attack by whoever made the complaint against him (further details are here).

Everybody involved seems to be delighted, for a change.

The Tories are happy to be rid of Bridgen, with prime minister Rishi Sunak saying Bridgen’s comments were “totally unacceptable”. Whether that’s true or not, This Writer will leave for you to decide.

And Bridgen seems happy to be out of the Tory Party, saying he had been expelled under “false pretences” amid a “culture of corruption, collusion and cover-ups”.

He said the Conservative Party had made an example of him because of his vocal criticism of the vaccine rollout.

He said he would “continue to fight for justice for all those harmed, injured and bereaved due to governmental incompetence” – and he’ll campaign to be returned to his Parliamentary seat at the next general election.

It seems the House of Commons is filling up with MPs who have been cut loose from their parties, saying it is the parties’ dogma that is at fault.

How long before they become the largest group in Parliament?


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Jewish ‘representative’ organisation makes offensive mistake over GaryGate

Marie Van Der Zyl: The president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews may need to ask some serious questions of the other members of her organisation.

“I do not like the Board of Jewish Deputies,”

writes Martin Odoni in his excellent article about this incident.

“As a body, it falsely claims to ‘represent’ British Jews, but hardly ever consults any of us before arriving at its official position on any matter. They no more represent Jews than Mary I represented the people of England.”

This seems clear from its treatment of Rachel Shabi, who also happens to be Jewish, and who tweeted a response to Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Educational Trust, who in turn had claimed that Gary Lineker had been wrong to make Holocaust comparisons to current events:

Mr Odoni wrote,

I agree with Shabi, most particularly in light of the many, many examples, during eight years of anti-Semitism hysteria directed at the British Left, of wildly hyperbolic and irresponsible Holocaust comparisons being misused – think of Margaret Hodge – to which the HET ‘mysteriously’ never responded. (Once again, the outrage only follows when the comparisons are made with the modern British Right.)

But such comparisons can be accurate, and the horrid rhetoric the current Tory Party are using when discussing asylum seekers is indeed barely distinguishable, at least in tone, from the sort of anti-Semitic propaganda that was omni-present in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

However, the Board of Deputies of British Jews was apparently outraged. It published a (now-deleted) tweet, to which Ms Shabi responded… actually in thoroughly reasonable tones, considering the content. Look:

“Rachel Shabi telling the head of the Holocaust Education Trust that she’s “plainly wrong” about, er, the Holocaust, is the definition of chutzpah. The shamelessness of this asshole.”

Is that really appropriate language for the body claiming to represent all British Jews?

After the inevitable public backlash, even the BoD agreed that it isn’t, with an apparent claim – clarified by Ms Shabi – that the tweet was intended to go from a member’s personal account rather than the organisation’s official Twitter feed:

Mr Odoni has information about the person apparently responsible for the BoD’s Twitter account, but I’ll leave it to him to explain it to you, over in his article.

But I will pass an observation by an onlooker about what the apology says about the BoD:

Whatever happened here, it is likely to tarnish the reputation of this organisation for some time to come.

BoD president Marie van der Zyl may need to explain what’s going on – because if Gary Lineker can be removed from his position at the BBC over a tweet he published on his personal Twitter feed, then surely a member of her organisation should be removed for publishing a tweet containing inappropriate language and inaccuracies, on its official Twitter feed rather than their own.

Or will we see some more double-standards in this increasingly twisted saga?


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Dehumanising language helped make the Holocaust happen. Why is Suella Braverman using it?

I was going to do an article on this myself, but Maximilien Robespierre got here first:

Elevating this above the normal Tory cock-up is the fact that the Home Office demanded that Freedom from Torture take the video clip down from the social media, saying it was heavily edited and didn’t reflect the full exchange.

Here’s the response:

Do you think the extra material excised from the original video changed what Braverman said, in any way? I don’t!

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Given their shared experience, Israeli politicians’ treatment of Zelenskyy is shocking

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: given his shared experience with members of the Israeli Knesset – losing members of their families to the Nazi Holocaust – their reaction to him is shockingly hypocritical.

How many layers of meaning do we have to peel away to understand the disdain shown by Israel’s political leaders to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy?

Was it because he harboured the openly-Nazi Azov Battalion – and sent them into the breakaway Donbas region of eastern Ukraine where they could indulge their love of attacking people who aren’t ethnically Russian?

Wouldn’t that be hypocritical in the light of Israel’s treatment of Palestinian people?

Was it because of an alleged tacit deal in which Moscow looks the other way when Israel bombs Hezbollah targets in Syria, so Israel neglects to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war?

The excuse they fell back on – the usual one – certainly didn’t cut the mustard; they took offence because Zelenskyy compared Putin’s apparent attempt to wipe Ukraine off the map with the Nazi attempt at genocide of the Jews:

“We are in different countries and in completely different conditions,” he said. “But the threat is the same: for both us and you, the total destruction of the people, state, culture. And even of the names: Ukraine, Israel.”

He topped it off by quoting former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, who was born in Kyiv, saying: “We intend to remain alive. Our neighbours want to see us dead. This is not a question that leaves much room for compromise.”

Members of the Israeli Knesset weren’t going to help Zelenskyy or Ukraine, so they resorted to a common tactic – pretending to have been attacked:

Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel said: “The war [in Ukraine] is awful, but the comparison to the atrocities of the Holocaust and the final solution is an outrage.”

The Likud MP Yuval Steinitz (Likud) said: “…had the speech that was given by Zelensky… been given during normal times, we would say that it borders on Holocaust denial.”

That’s a shocking slur against a Jewish man whose own relatives were killed by Nazis during the same Holocaust.

It seems the UK isn’t the only nation having its hypocrisies exposed by the war in Ukraine.

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#JimmyCarr postscript: don’t try to tell us his #HolocaustJoke was awareness-raising!

I had to take a break from writing about Jimmy Carr and his Holocaust “joke” because his supporters were infuriating me with their attempts at justification.

Their point was that, after uttering his shocking attempt at humour on the His Dark Material video, Carr told his audience (who had laughed heartily) that his joke was “****ing funny” and went on to say it was educational because some people don’t know Nazis killed gypsies too, along with homosexuals, disabled people and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mention of Jehovah’s Witnesses led him to a secondary punchline about “Yeah, we don’t like JWs either.”

But how many people really don’t know that, while being the largest individual group, Jews constituted only slightly more than one-third of those killed in the Nazi Holocaust?

When right-wingers in the Labour Party were trying to expel me, one of their arguments was that I had accused other people of saying Jews were the only group of people to be murdered in the Holocaust, so I provided ample evidence of people who have made it quite clear that such is their belief – or at least, what they want you to believe.

So there is that aspect of it – misinformation by people (mostly Zionists, although certainly not always Jews – never mix up the two groups) who have political reasons for wanting you to believe a lie.

But a friend on Facebook makes an excellent point about this:

How many times have there been rows about the Holocaust where the focus on 6 million Jews, and the Nazis attempt to eradicate Jewish people as a ‘race,’ has been corrected by someone pointing out that the true number of victims of the Holocaust is between 12 and 20 million, and includes Roma, Poles, Serbs, Slovenes, Soviet P.O.W.s, Soviet civilians, communists, trade unionists, disabled people and homosexuals? This is not some new discovery made by Jimmy Carr, and making a joke of it is not the way to bring it to wider attention.

The other aspect of it is as a reflection of the way the travelling community are viewed in general. A commenter on This Site’s Facebook page stated:

I found this particular joke a pointed comment on how Gypsy’s and the Traveling Community are perceived in general by the wider population… That’s what the joke is tapping into, its a reflection of the bias and prejudice we all feel towards those not our own when coming into contact with them.

But another commenter pointed out:

I’ve listened to his ‘excuses’ after getting the racist laugh from a racist audience… I think you’d have to be racist to find it funny… The educational element is a little flawed if you first harvest a laugh based on racism, then merely tag on a line after that just says ‘based on a true story’… The problem here was that he crafted a racist joke that depended on a racist audience.

Personally, I like the response of a third commenter:

Just call him “the Nazi comedian” and if anybody complains just say you are being edgy and your comment is hilarious.

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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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