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As Tory Covid blunders are laid bare, Keir Starmer would rather attack his own party

“Keith”: this is just one comment on the way Starmer treats members of his own party who support the values on which Labour was formed, rather than the twisted parody that he leads.

This is excruciatingly poor behaviour by Keir Starmer.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has caught Covid-19, just days into his new job, and it means PM Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have to go into self-isolation too – after humiliating themselves with an attempt to avoid it by saying they were on a ‘pilot’ scheme with daily testing.

Covid-19 infection rates are now regularly topping 50,000 a day; around around 50 people are dying of the disease every day as well – but it is against this background that the Tory government is ending social distancing restrictions that have helped ensure more of us don’t catch it!

The Tory plan for another top-down restructuring of the NHS, that will restrict access to vital healthcare services because private companies will be taking your tax money for their profits, is well on its way through Parliament.

Also progressing towards becoming law are oppressive and racist plans to restrict our right to make political protests, arrest members of certain ethnic groups on sight (on the assumption that their existence means they will commit crimes), and force refugees to their deaths rather than allow them into the UK.

What is Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer doing about all this? Nothing. He’s more interested in decimating his own party.

Under Starmer, Labour supports the lifting of social distancing rules – he backed the Tory re-opening of schools to the hilt, remember?

He made only token resistance to the NHS restructuring – and it has been widely speculated that this is because he receives donations from private healthcare. He isn’t interested in protecting your right to protest, either.

As for helping ethnic minorities, as far as Starmer is concerned, almost all of them can go hang. His support for ethnic minorities extends only to those members of the Jewish community who support hard-rightwing Zionists and those of that political shade who inhabit the government of Israel. It seems he is related to such people by marriage.

So, for example, he thinks this is okay:

Also this:

And that is why, instead of attacking the Tories’ many failures, Starmer is planning to purge more than 1,000 members of the Labour Party in the days before Parliament goes into summer recess.

Their crime? Not being right-wing enough to remain in an organisation that still describes itself as a “democratic socialist” party.

So much for Labour’s “broad church”.

According to the Mirror, which seems to be taking his side, he is attacking four groups: Resist, Labour Against the Witchhunt, Labour in Exile and Socialist Action.

Their crimes appear to be claiming that many anti-Semitism allegations, for which Labour members have been suspended or expelled, were blown out of proportion and politically-motivated; welcoming such expelled or suspended members into their own ranks; and demanding the re-admission of Jeremy Corbyn into the Parliamentary Labour Party.

The Mirror quotes one Labour source:

“Under Corbyn those from the far left fringes with poisonous beliefs and warped world-views were welcomed into the party. Keir is right to stamp out anti-Semitism and toxic extremism and get the party back into the decent mainstream of Labour values.”

The mainstream of Labour values – when This Writer was a member – included respecting the right of all ethnicities to self-determination. That includes Palestinians, who have been persecuted, murdered, and forced out of their homes and land by armed Israelis on the orders of a government that enforces racist, apartheid laws – a government that Keir Starmer slavishly supports and endorses.

It is not poisonous to believe that the Israeli government is wrong to murder Palestinian children.

It is poisonous to suggest that people who protest against such murders have “warped world-views”.

But Starmer won’t be concerning himself with the lies put forward by the Mirror‘s source; he agrees with them.

He may even agree with toxic Labour MP Neil Coyle – who has called for the expulsion of Jewish Labour members who do not share Starmer’s extreme – and I mean fanatical – right-wing views of what Israel should be:

There’s no reason to suggest that Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) are Communists. Or that any of the organisations Starmer will purge are “poisonous”, “toxic” or “warped”.

But it is easier to persuade doubters with emotive language than it is to actually provide a reasoned argument for the unreasonable thing Starmer is about to do.

Coyle’s tweet is anti-Semitic. JVL argues that the purge of Labour Party members on grounds of anti-Semitism is false – from a Jewish standpoint. Coyle is therefore prejudiced against these Jews because they are Jews, which is the classic definition of anti-Semitism. And Starmer is perfectly happy with that, meaning that he is also an anti-Semite, notwithstanding his familial connections to Judaism.

It’s all about politics, you see.

People who support Palestinians against a brutal hard-right regime that persecutes them are socialists. They want a better deal for everyone, so that people all over the world – including the UK – can live in freedom and be able to pursue their own prosperity without fear. Starmer isn’t interested in any of that.

Starmer’s only interest is in his own prosperity, which he considers to be best pursued by stamping on the faces of those of us who stand for traditional Labour values – the political priorities on which the party was founded, back in 1900.

So he will pretend to be on the side of the Jews – while actually attacking more of them than he supports.

He will pretend to stand up for Labour values – while crossing his fingers behind his back and telling himself that neoliberal “New Labour” (Tory) values are Labour values too.

And he will pretend to be a beacon of decency standing out against the chaos he says was created by his forerunner as Labour leader.

The trouble is, he isn’t any good at the pretence.

We see through him. Don’t we?

Here are a few people who do:

Oh, and if you think I’m exaggerating the toxicity of Labour under Starmer, consider this attack on Owen Jones by a StarmerLabour supporter and former Labour councillor:

Most harmful of all is the fact that Starmer won’t gain anything by this monumental act of Labour Party self-harm – for a simple reason summed up in this tweet:

Damningly, that will be Starmer’s only truthful message.

Source: Keir Starmer set to expel 1,000 far left Labour members in four ‘poisonous’ groups – Mirror Online

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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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Hostilities recommence over alleged #Labourantisemitism ahead of EHRC report

After a relatively quiet summer when we all had other things on our mind, it seems the controversy over alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is about to well up all over again.

Hostilities have resumed ahead of publication of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on alleged institutional anti-Semitism in the party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

According to The Guardian,

Senior Labour figures are braced for the equalities watchdog to rule that the party acted unlawfully in its treatment of Jewish members.

Sources close to the inquiry said an earlier draft report found evidence of indirect discrimination in the operation of the party’s processes, which would be a breach of equalities law.

A draft report is known to have been shared with the Labour party in July, as well as with a small number of key figures from the Corbyn administration.

There are understood to have been multiple challenges to the draft report and the EHRC’s final conclusions have been kept under wraps.

[Current Labour leader Keir] Starmer is likely to accept all of the report’s recommendations, though a legal challenge to the EHRC’s findings is planned by Jewish supporters of Corbyn if they disagree with its conclusions.

But we should all bear in mind that the anti-Corbyn Graun is widely considered to have played a large part in stirring up the scandal in a bid to see him forced out of the Labour leadership.

As an example of the hostilities that are breaking out, consider the last paragraph quoted above, saying that Jewish supporters of Jeremy Corbyn will launch a legal challenge to the EHRC’s findings if they disagree, and then consider this (with apologies for subjecting you to some vile language):

As you can see, the insults are already flying without a scrap of evidence one way or another.

Source: Labour braces for damning ruling in EHRC antisemitism report | Politics | The Guardian

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Unafraid: Jews respond to Chief Rabbi’s (and other) claims that they fear a Corbyn Labour government

Ephraim Mirvis: On the eve of the Labour Party’s “race and faith” manifesto launch, he made a fact-free rant claiming that the party has not done enough about anti-Semitism. It is nonsense.

British people don’t like being told what to think, it seems – especially British Jews.

The day after the Chief Rabbi tried to tell them to vote “with your conscience” for Boris Johnson and against Jeremy Corbyn, telling them they were afraid of a Labour government, they were already telling him where to stick his vote.

Within hours, I saw this letter from a British Jew circulated on the social media. It states:

“Dear Chief Rabbi, you have shamed your office today and rendered the Jewish people even more vulnerable to real antisemitism by reinforcing the fake, media-induced antisemitism that you recklessly impute to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

“To interfere politically at this point in an election in a way that could affect the only party that could bring hope and social justice to this country is beyond contempt and renders you unfit for office.

“As a Jew and a Labour Party supporter, I am proud to be part of a venture that I see as a continuity of so many of my Jewish forbears who have fought for social justice here and in Europe.

“You talk about ‘the soul of the nation being at stake’ yet have you not noticed what has happened to that soul over the last nine years where: 1. The poor have been vilified 2. The ill have been attacked 3. The mentally ill have suffered 4. Inequality has soared. 5. Greed and financial rapaciousness has flourished 6. Austerity has been unnecessarily applied after a financial crisis brought about by an out of control finance sector that has benefited the wealthiest.

“Where was your voice about the nation’s soul then?

“Yet you inveigh against a decent and honest man who, even now, maintains integrity in the face of manifest manipulation, deceit and digital sleight of hand from the Tories.

“You have shamed your office, the justice-loving tradition of the Jewish people and laid the grounds for future tensions in the most irresponsible way. You seem to lack the acuity of intellect to even spot the most obvious use of this bogus antisemitism as a political weapon.

“Justin Schlossberg of the Media Reform Coalition called the antisemitism saga ‘a disinformation paradigm’ and made a detailed study of the issue. The great scholar, Norman Finkelstein, likewise, sees this a purely politically motivated attack.

“How dare you, amateurishly intervene in this, betraying the great Jewish scholarly tradition of intellectual and analytical acumen embodied in the Talmud and the exegetics of the Chumash.”

The letter is signed, “With profound sadness and considerable disgust.”

While Andrew Neil on BBC1 was enjoying the sound of his own voice a little too much as he tried to gaslight Jeremy Corbyn himself into an apology he had neither any need nor intention of offering, Miriam Margolyes was defending him on Channel 4 (from the anti-Semitism accusation, at least):

The wonderful Ms Margolyes is also among the 10 Jewish voices discussing Mr Corbyn in this video clip:

The Chief Rabbi’s comments have also come under closer scrutiny after evidence was revealed that he is a Conservative and a friend of Tory leader Boris Johnson. Further revelations were to follow.

Indeed. And why did he have nothing to say about two Conservative candidates who recently faced charges of anti-Semitism?

Saddest to note has been the effect on ordinary British Jews, who feel that – well, don’t take my word for it. See for yourself:

The good news is that, as I mentioned at the top of this article, British people don’t like being told what to think: Labour has enjoyed an upward leap in the opinion polls.

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This anti-Semitism complaint against Tom Watson should not stand up

Antagonists: Professor Geoffrey Alderman and Tom Watson.

Tom Watson deserves censure – indeed, expulsion – from the Labour Party for his role in accusing innocent members of anti-Semitism – but he doesn’t deserve it for correctly quoting scripture.

It seems that a professor of Jewish history, Geoffrey Alderman, has made an official complaint against Mr Watson about the Labour deputy leader’s Easter message:

In his Easter 2019 “message” to his followers, Mr Tom Watson MP referred to the arrest of Jesus of Nazareth. Specifically, he said that Jesus was arrested by “a squad of Roman soldiers under the direction of a servant to the High Priest.”

The allegation that Jews were Christ-killers, implicated in if not actually responsible for the death of Jesus, is widely regarded as the oldest antisemitic trope.

This is interesting, because scripture itself is very clear on the subject – that the Jewish priesthood of the day were expected to betray Jesus as it would fulfil prophecy, but they were not empowered to kill him.

All four Gospels state that Jesus was arrested by order of the Jewish priesthood of the day. Consider Matthew 26:47*:

“While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared; with him was a great crowd armed with swords and cudgels, sent by the chief priests and the elders of the nation.”

And at Matthew 26:51 we may read:

“At that moment one of those with Jesus reached for his sword and drew it, and he struck at the High Priest’s servant and cut off his ear.”

It goes on to say that Jesus was led off, under arrest, to the house of Caiaphas the High Priest, where the chief priests and the whole Council “tried to find some allegation against Jesus on which a death-sentence could be based; but they failed to find one, though many came forward with false evidence. Eventually they settled on blasphemy.

Mark tells the same story in chapter 14: 43-64.

It is in Luke, chapter 22: 47-53, 66-71.

And it is in John, chapter 18: 3-14, 19-24, 29-32.

Maybe this part of the Christian story has been used to raise anti-Jewish sentiment in the past. It is also possible that it was concocted when Christianity was adopted as the official religion of the Roman Empire, for political reasons.

But my experience is that any such animosity, if it did exist, has long since been dropped.

In any case, I would be very interested to see Professor Alderman’s evidence to show that the story didn’t happen as described in the Bible. What historical records can he produce?

I attended a church school – Anglican – and we were taught to respect people who belonged to other religions; not to attribute the sins of their fathers (for want of a better phrase) upon them; and also that “he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword”.

My Religious Education class visited a synagogue (and a mosque, come to that) to learn about other beliefs. It was never suggested to us that this story was the “oldest antisemitic trope”. If it was, I would say it had been laid to rest.

So I find it extremely strange that Professor Alderman wants to resurrect it.

If anything, it seems that he is trying to create an anti-Christian spin on it.

I certainly hope that none of his fellows in the Jewish religion follow this bad example.

Tom Watson is a wrong ‘un, no doubt. But to demonise him by trying to stir up animosity between Jews and Christians is completely unacceptable and I hope everyone of both religions condemns his words.

Source: Excl: Watson subject of formal antisemitism complaint by Professor of Jewish history | The SKWAWKBOX

*All Biblical quotes are from my old copy of the New English Bible.

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Exposed: Torygraph lies about Labour and anti-Semitism

False accusation: Labour Against the Witch-hunt does not claim all claims of anti-Semitism against Labour Party members are false or politically-motivated.

The Torygraph is the latest right-wing newspaper to descend into conspiracy-theory anti-Semitism smears to undermine Labour’s chances in forthcoming elections.

The “newspaper” – if you can call it that – has allowed itself to repeat the conspiracy trope that criticism of Israel must equal anti-Semitism. It doesn’t.

Even hardened campaigners against A-S have affirmed that reasoned criticism of Israeli politics cannot be equated with hatred of all Jews.

We have evidence that, for example, “the “Act.IL” organization, which is coordinated, backed and has been funded by Israel’s so-called Ministry of Strategic Affairs, had used a troll army to spread false information about Jeremy Corbyn – the leader of the UK’s official opposition party”.

So the Telegraph is wrong to suggest this:

“A Labour activist who claimed the Israeli lobby had “manufactured” the party’s anti-Semitism crisis has been selected as a candidate for the European elections, deepening the row over claims of anti-Jewish hatred in the party.

Israel is not Judaism and the Israeli government, in fact, is not representative of the opinions of all Israelis – so it cannot be suggested that the claims suggested here relate to anti-Semitism in any way.

… That’s unless the person making the suggestion has a political interest spreading falsehoods, of course.

Here comes another fake claim:

Martin Mayer, a former member of Labour’s National Executive Committee and a Unite union activist, has been chosen to stand as MEP for Yorkshire & Humber.

The retired transport worker has been active in Labour Against the Witchunt (LAW), a group which claims accusations of anti-Semitism are a ruse to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour Against the Witch-hunt claims that some accusations of anti-Semitism are false, and have been made to undermine Mr Corbyn and his supporters.

But the omission of that word – “some” – in the article creates an implication that the organisation is saying all such accusations are politically-motivated falsehoods. That is not true.

Mr Mayer’s selection as an MEP candidate is likely to raise questions about the suitability of the candidates being selected by Labour.

It is only likely to raise such questions among people with a vested interest in spreading falsehoods about the Labour Party and anti-Semitism.

It will be interesting to see who puts their head above the parapet. We can start the list with Telegraph reporters Patrick Sawer, Edward Malnick and Hayley Dixon.

Source: Labour activist who claimed Israeli lobby ‘manufactured’ anti-Semitism crisis selected as MEP candidate


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There is a fatal flaw in the Jewish Labour Movement’s ‘no confidence’ vote on Corbyn

Jeremy Newmark, who revived a moribund Jewish Labour Movement as a supporter of the aggressively-Zionist Israeli government, sitting between disgraced Israeli embassy conspirator Shai Masot and Israeli ambassador Mark Regev at a private meeting during Labour’s 2016 conference. Newmark is seen in undercover Al Jazeera footage giving the ambassador “intelligence.” For further information see this article.

Has nobody pointed out to the leaders of the Jewish Labour Movement that its planned vote of “no confidence” in Jeremy Corbyn will hold little weight, coming as it does from an organisation that is grossly misnamed.

Members of the wider public may not realise it, but to join the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), one doesn’t have to be a member of the Labour Party. Indeed, one doesn’t even have to be Jewish!

So the threat, published in The Independent among others –

The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) is braced to vote on the unprecedented motion at its annual general meeting, which claims the party is “institutionally antisemitic” and Mr Corbyn’s leadership, combined with his past actions and associations shows “a complete disregard for the Jewish community in Britain”.

– holds little weight as the organisation does not represent the Jewish community in Britain, or even the Jewish Labour community.

(It is also worth pointing out to Lizzy Buchan, author of the Independent piece, that the JLM is not “Labour’s only Jewish group” and it is wrong to deny Jewish Voice for Labour, the Jewish Socialists’ Group, and even Jewdas their place within the Labour movement. Are they the “wrong kind of Jews” who keep getting mentioned?)

And, of course, with only around 2,000 members (including those who aren’t Jewish or members/supporters of the Labour Party), it would be grossly irresponsible to let the JLM influence a political organisation of more than half a million people.

The claim in the motion, that “blame for both the crisis of antisemitism within the Labour party and the party’s failure to deal with it therefore ultimately rests with Jeremy Corbyn” is nonsense.

It seems clear to anybody who bothers to do their research that the row was manufactured by supporters of the Israeli government who fear that Jeremy Corbyn, as Prime Minister, would halt UK support for that government’s aggressively-Zionist project to eradicate Palestine and the Palestinian people.

It is likely that Mr Corbyn would demand efforts to support the peaceful co-existence of both Israel and Palestine.

So it would be more accurate to argue that it is Mr Corbyn’s effort to halt the persecution of a particular religious, ethnic or racial group that the Jewish Labour Movement is opposing.

As I have mentioned in the past, it is a racist organisation that even discriminates against socialist Jews.

The remainder of the motion – that “Jeremy Corbyn is therefore unfit to be prime minister and that a Labour government led by him would not be in the interest of British Jews” is also, therefore, nonsense.

What the JLM means is that a Labour government led by Mr Corbyn would not be in the interests of the current Israeli government – nothing more than that.

The Independent article quotes a Labour spokesperson as saying, “One antisemite in our party is one too many… We are determined to tackle antisemitism and root it out of our party.”

A good place to do so would be the Jewish Labour Movement itself.

After the JLM voted to remain affiliated to Labour, I said this was so its leaders could orchestrate a walkout at a time that would cause maximum inconvenience to Mr Corbyn.

It would be better if Labour acknowledged the JLM’s role in falsely accusing Mr Corbyn and the party in general, launched an investigation into its attempts to bring the party into disrepute with false allegation, and suspended it in its entirety until such an investigation is complete and the culprits expelled.

https://twitter.com/TonyGreenstein/status/1108169784041066497

Sadly, both Mr Corbyn and the party in general have capitulated so completely to the false narrative of “institutional anti-Semitism” that a change to a more appropriate response may be used against them.

But while Labour may have painted itself into a corner, the party can still get out – by taking decisive action.


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The power of suggestion: Jewish Chronicle poll shows public has been misled about anti-Semitism

Jeremy Corbyn is supported by significant number of Jews. Perhaps they were the “wrong kind” and were not asked to participate in the JC’s poll.

Yet again, the Jewish Chronicle has turned the Labour anti-Semitism story backward.

The paper has trumpeted the results of a poll carried out by Survation, showing that more than 85 per cent of British Jews think Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite.

We all know he is nothing of the kind.

In contrast, the poll also indicates that only 98.3 per cent of British Jews think Theresa May – a genuine racist and anti-Semite, judging from her party’s support of the anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Hungarian regime in the European Parliament – has no hatred of Jews at all.

It is a travesty.

Inevitably our friends on the social media have correctly identified the problem, which is media outlets like the Jewish Chronicle that push fake news rather than fact.

Sadly, this particular organ is not about to improve. It has a political agenda, which is the removal of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party in the UK.

Perhaps readers who wish their news to have a smattering of accuracy could consider altering their purchasing habits.

More than 85 per cent of British Jews think Jeremy Corbyn is antisemitic, according to polling carried out for the JC. A similar percentage believe there are significant levels of antisemitism at all levels of the Labour Party.

The survey, undertaken by polling company Survation between August 12 and September 4, shows that 85.9 per cent of British Jews regard the Labour leader as antisemitic, while just 8.3 per cent believe he is not.

In a recent Survation poll among the general public, 39 per cent said Mr Corbyn was antisemitic.

Among British Jews, only 1.7 per cent believe Prime Minister Theresa May to be antisemitic, with 89.9 per cent saying she is not. Just 6.1 per cent say that Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable is antisemitic.

Source: More than 85 per cent of British Jews think Jeremy Corbyn is antisemitic – The Jewish Chronicle

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The – GENUINE – anti-Semitism of Sajid Javid

Embarrassment: Sajid Javid made a fool of himself by standing in that now-stereotypically stupid wide-legged pose (lampooned above). Now he has embarrassed himself and his party by insulting British Jews.

It seems Home Secretary Sajid Javid thought he’d get some milage out of the Labour anti-Semitism row – proving either he didn’t know his language was anti-Semitic itself, or that he is really an anti-Semite.

If it needs explaining, here’s Michael Rosen (who is himself Jewish):

And Jews Sans Frontieres makes a great point –

– Sajid Javid came into the Home Office with a promise to end the conditions that led to the Windrush scandal, and instead he is making them worse.

But let’s do what we’re told; let’s look at the responses:

The “wrong kind of Jews”? That is an anti-Semitic stereotype. There is no way of painting it any differently. The Home Secretary committed an act of anti-Semitism, publicly, on Twitter.

Many responses focused on Mr Javid’s cynical use of British Jews for political purposes:

And of course, as a Conservative government minister, Mr Javid is the last person in the country who should be accusing others of failing to reach a standard of acceptability:

https://twitter.com/TonyGreenstein/status/1038209952316305408

After the various treacheries by Labour MPs against their leader over anti-Semitism, we all know (or should) where to send complaints to that party.

According to the Conservative Party code of conduct, “if any individuals wish to make a formal complaint against elected representatives or officers of the party, they should email [email protected]”.

So now you know. Get your complaint in now.

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Sajid Javid’s ‘category problem’ suggests the Home Secretary really has a ‘RACE’ problem

Sajid Javid: Another “deliberate misinterpretation”?

This is appallingly bad form for someone in one of the highest offices in the land.

It seems Sajid Javid has fallen for the same trick as Guardian columnist Simon Hattenstone – to whom This Site drew attention on Saturday.

Mr Hattenstone had referred to the incident in 2013, when Jeremy Corbyn referred to a group of “Zionists” who listened to a Palestinian representatives speech and then deliberately misinterpreted it in order to complain about it. Mr Corbyn had said that the people concerned “clearly have two problems. One is they don’t want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don’t understand English irony either.”

The irony being that the people with a firm grasp of English were deliberately misinterpreting statements by someone less well-schooled in it.

Mr Hattenstone suggested the Mr Corbyn had conflated “Zionist” with “Jew” and continued: “Let’s play the traditional ‘swap the minority’ game. Instead of ‘Zionists’ let’s make it, say, Muslims or African-Caribbeans or Asians or Irish needing lessons in history or irony. Not nice, eh?”

The problem with his interpretation is that Mr Corbyn was very definitely referring to a group of Zionists, and not Jews; the two are not the same.

Now it seems Sajid Javid – the Home Secretary – has read Mr Hattenstone’s article and thought he’d score points off the Labour Party by stealing its main argument.

In a tweet (which you will see repeated several times below), he stated: “If Corbyn had said ‘Asians’ or ‘Blacks’ instead of ‘Zionists’ he’d be gone by now. The fact he’s still there, tells us all we need to know about what the Labour Party has become.”

It should be a matter of serious concerns – especially to those members of the so-called “Windrush generation” and their descendents, that the man charged with countering the racism against them inflicted by his own government doesn’t know the difference between a political ideology and an ethnicity.

Still, he might have got away with it if nobody noticed.

Ah, but people did notice:

This is the substantive issue.

Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris referred to a “N****r in the woodpile” during a speech (about Brexit, if I recall correctly) and was punished with a short-term suspension. Boris Johnson’s racism during his time at the Foreign Office is a matter of infamy, and his reference to “piccaninnies with watermelon smiles” was just one example – for which he received no punishment at all.

Exactly.

Before Mr Javid starts to criticise Labour, he needs to do two things: First, ensure the racists in his own party are expelled. And then he’ll need to find an accusation against Mr Corbyn that isn’t a lie.

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