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Jewish Chronicle to close, with staff redundancies. The quality of UK media has improved

Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard: I bet he’s not smiling now.

Forgive This Writer if I view this announcement with quiet satisfaction.

The Jewish Chronicle was among the publications that libelled me as an anti-Semite in 2018.

Even after IPSO ruled that it was wrong, editor Stephen Pollard saw fit only to add a line at the end of the story, as it is viewed online, saying that I had protested my innocence.

As a professional reporter, my view is therefore that the JC was not a serious news publication, being used more to promote its bosses’ biases than to present facts.

You have only to examine its campaign of hate against the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn to understand why I would take this view.

I see this development as an improvement in the UK media landscape.

And I don’t think I’m alone…

https://twitter.com/natgibbons69/status/1247862053487992832

The bad news is that the papers’ owner, a charitable organisation called the Kessler Foundation, seems to want to find a way to keep the JC going somehow. Let’s hope that doesn’t come to pass.

Some tweeters have professed sympathy for back-office staff, who they hope will find employment with somebody more reputable soon.

As for the reporters and editor… well, it will be interesting to see if any other media organisations employ them, in the sense of knowing what slimy rock they crawl under.

Source: Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News to close and staff laid off | Media | The Guardian

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The wheels have come off the anti-Labour smear machine

It seems the people trying to smear the Labour Party with false allegations of anti-Semitism have become so reckless – or so desperate – that they are risking legal action against them by publishing outright falsehoods.

Before we get to those, perhaps I should set the scene a little.

For the last few years, people who oppose Jeremy Corbyn’s policy of seeking a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine question have been trying to find a false accusation of anti-Semitism that will stick. They’ve failed so far.

Here are some of the reasons for that:

In fact, rational minds are clear that Mr Corbyn is a friend to Jewish people:

Still the smears come – and now that a general election has been called, it seems they are becoming more wild.

For example, the Jewish Chronicle published a front page lead story that claimed Mr Corbyn was a danger to Jews in the UK:

Now that publication, and its editor, Stephen Pollard, may face prosecution over what it said:

Then Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland smeared a Labour candidate as an anti-Semite. The allegations referred to a separate person who happened to have the same name.

The reporter has apologised, blaming his “Labour source” – but then he did this:

Oh dear.

His retraction did not come soon enough to stop Rachel Riley – a person rather well-known on This Site – from repeating the libel:

A judge will decide whether Ms Riley intentionally spreads untruths soon enough.

Now, Daniel Carden has been accused of singing “Hey Jews” to the tune of “Hey Jude” on a coach journey last year (his fellow Labour Parliamentairan Conor McGinn has been accused of calling another colleague a “poof” on the same trip, which is anti-LGBT abuse).

Skwawkbox is quite right. Mr Carden said: “If anyone genuinely believed any antisemitic behaviour had taken place, they would’ve had a moral responsibility to report it immediately. Yet this allegation is only made now when a general election is imminent. I stand by my record as an anti-racist campaigner. I would never be part of any behaviour that undermines my commitment to fighting racism in all its forms.”

It’s a good question, and it undermines the accusations against him. Meanwhile, perhaps Mr Carden would like to report an offence under s.106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 – false statement of fact as to candidate.

(I hope he gets further than I did after it happened to me in 2017 – but then, he probably won’t be dealing with Dyfed Powys Police.)

Of course, it isn’t all roses on the Tory side of the fence either:

All this, and the election campaign isn’t even a week old yet.

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Jewish Chronicle Accused Of Antisemitism | The Prole Star

A leading news outlet for the Jewish community has been accused of anti-Semitism over its coverage of a Charedi Jew’s complaint against Labour MP Margaret Hodge.

You can read more about the original story here.

And here’s a quick summary of the allegations against the Jewish Chronicle. For further information, follow the link at the bottom.

The Prole Star can exclusively reveal that the Jewish Chronicle is the subject of a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, alleging that a recent article they published is antisemitic.

We have been contacted by a member of the public who had serious concerns about the content of a piece by Lee Harpin, and has forwarded us a copy of his complaint to IPSO.

The complainant to IPSO, who wishes to remain anonymous, believes that the article was an unacceptable slur on Mr Stern simply for practising his beliefs as a member of a particular Jewish sect, and therefore constitutes an antisemitic attack both on him and on the entire Charedi Jewish community.

Source: Jewish Chronicle Accused Of Antisemitism

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‘Mainstream’ bid to take back initiative from anti- Witch-hunt campaigners – with lies – may be anti-Semitic

How kind of Steve Walker at Skwawkbox to read the Jewish Chronicle – it means the rest of us don’t have to check that hack-rag for its latest nonsense.

His latest article concerns a desperate – and rather pitiful – attempt to discredit the letter by 12 Holocaust survivors, published by The Sunday Times, supporting Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party against allegations that it is anti-Semitic.

The claim is that one of the signatories cannot be a Holocaust survivor because they left Nazi Germany in 1939, aged two.

But the current definition of a Holocaust survivor (more accurately, a Shoah survivor, in the case of Jewish people), held by Yad Vashem, is any Jew who lived for any amount of time under Nazi domination and survived.

This includes people who left Germany during the 1930s.

It is clear that the definition must include Jews who lived in Nazi Germany during the 1930s.

Readers with long memories will remember the huge controversy in 2016 when Ken Livingstone mentioned the Haavara agreement between the German Federation of Zionists and the Nazi Government of the early 1930s.

There was only one reason the German Zionists sought that agreement – fear of persecution by the Nazi government.

It facilitated the escape of around 60,000 people from Germany to what was then British Mandate Palestine – and they are all Holocaust survivors as well.

In fact, the JC piece may itself be described as anti-Semitic. The IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism includes among its examples “denying the fact, scope, mechanisms… or intentionality of… the Holocaust”, and the accusation in this piece certainly does so.

The JC article also suggests some of the signatories of the letter in The Sunday Times didn’t know what they were signing, but in fact they not only understood it perfectly well, but some of them also suggested amendments to the letter.

What a weak response from people who have trumpeted their righteousness for years! And what will they try next?


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At long last, the voices of OPPONENTS of the anti-Semitism witch-hunt are being heard

Witch-hunters: I still like this image because it paints the Labour Party anti-Semitism fakers as cartoon characters.

As a victim of the witch-hunt, I am delighted to see that people aren’t meekly accepting the mainstream interpretation of it any more.

We’re currently seeing a backlash against the ‘establishment’ view that anybody accused of anti-Semitism must be guilty, with three notable contributions in the last few days:

More than 200 Jewish women, incensed by The Guardian‘s insistence on assuming that MPs like Margaret Hodge must be telling the whole truth about the situation, wrote to the newspaper to point out that this Dame’s claims fall far short of journalistic standards of accuracy.

They pointed out that Margaret Hodge had claimed to have submitted 200 complaints of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party to general secretary Jennie Formby – but on investigation, those complaints concerned 111 individuals of whom only 20 were party members. Those involving the other 91 people were nothing to do with the Labour Party’s disciplinary procedure and her submission of those complaints was a waste of the party’s time.

Having established that Margaret Hodge’s grasp of the facts is not what it should be, the letter’s signatories went on to suggest that her latest claims – that Labour branches should be shut down, for supporting Chris Williamson against those who want him removed from the party over his own stance on the issue, or for refusing to accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition and examples of anti-Semitism over Labour’s own version – should be treated as similarly suspect.

The Guardian refused to publish the letter on the grounds that it said nothing new, which is bitterly funny in hindsight as the criticism is more appropriately attached to the words of the MP than to her critics.

The ensuing coverage of the letter in the social media has made fools of Margaret Hodge and The Guardian – and may have reached more people as a result of the newspaper’s decision not to publish it.

Not only that, but 12 Holocaust survivors wrote a letter, published by The Sunday Times, stating that they “do not believe that any prejudice against or hostility towards Jews is being perpetrated by Labour; and if any exists within the party, it is minimal and no more prevalent than in any other political party… Jeremy Corbyn has in fact bent over backwards to help Jewish people”.

The letter continued: “Media attention on the Labour Party in general, and on Corbyn in particular, is being generated by anti-Labour and anti-Corbyn mischief makers, who unfortunately are over-represented within the so-called Anglo-Jewish leadership — a leadership whose legitimacy is not recognised by the mainstream Haredi (strictly Orthodox) Jews.”

The letter has been criticised by the Jewish Chronicle – but readers of This Site will know that the JC has a distant relationship with the facts, as far as the anti-Semitism row is concerned, and it has been suggested that it used false information – fake news – to trash the claims of these Holocaust survivors. Just read this Skwawkbox article for an explanation.

Finally, we have seen the online launch of the documentary film WitchHunt, by John Pullman, which examines the attack on innocent Labour Party members by those who corruptly accuse them of anti-Semitism.

I haven’t seen it yet. I wonder how closely it will mirror my own experiences. But I would certainly encourage you to watch it.

The mainstream – the ‘establishment’ – will try hard to regain the initiative; we have seen one attempt already in the response of the Jewish Chronicle. The best advice you can take is to use your own intelligence and make up your own mind, based on the evidence available and the reliability of those providing it.


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Accidental anti-Semitism of Jewish Chronicle editor shows the lie at the heart of recent accusations

Stephen Pollard’s tweet accidentally refers to the anti-Semitic stereotype suggesting an international conspiracy of Jewish bankers. But when he attacks others for making similar references, he always claims they are deliberate. How does he know, when he can’t even stop himself from making the same mistake?

The desperation at the heart of the anti-Semitism accusations against Jeremy Corbyn is getting embarrassing now.

The latest anti-Corbyn campaigner to humiliate himself is Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle. Mr Pollard, it seems, was infuriated after Labour Party leader (and constant victim of anti-Semitism accusations) Jeremy Corbyn tweeted the following:

In response, Mr Pollard wrote, “Been hesitating to tweet this because I keep thinking it can’t be, surely it can’t be.

“But the more I think about It, the more it seems it really is.

“This is ‘nudge nudge, you know who I’m talking about don’t you?’

“And yes I do. It’s appalling.”

The implication is that Mr Corbyn was referring to that staple of the anti-Semitic stereotypes, the ‘international Jewish banking conspiracy’.

This is made explicit in a follow-up tweet by Mr Pollard, which we’ll consider below.

But let’s start by making one thing plain. As David Rosenberg states: “Stephen Pollard and Jeremy Corbyn. One of them seems to think all bankers are Jews. Clue: it is not Jeremy Corbyn.”

You know the bank that Mr Corbyn mentions specifically in his video message? Morgan Stanley?

That bank is run by one James P Gorman. I don’t have an explicit statement about his religion but, as he appears to have attending a Catholic school in Australia, I think it is safe to conclude that he isn’t Jewish.

So Mr Corbyn could not be making any kind of reference to the ‘international Jewish banking conspiracy’ trope.

Commentators were quick to point this out, and to provide their own explanations for Mr Pollard’s faux pas: Anti-Semitism of his own.

Mick, below, then asked the obvious question: “Why does this not lead to a lawyer’s letter?”

https://twitter.com/ManyvsFew/status/1041204633933426688

The response he received was, “Because Pollard has carefully worded it in such a way to avoid outright libel. He frames it as a question… Old journalist trick!”

Actually he didn’t. And his follow-up tweet makes the anti-Semitism clear:

It certainly isn’t the most intelligent thing in the world to follow up a tweet that implies an anti-Semitic stereotype with another that makes it overt. But that’s what Mr Pollard did when he tweeted: “I accept all the criticism of this tweet, and that I may be way off beam.

“But this is what happens when antisemitism is allowed to flourish – and when an antisemite leads a party. You start to read his every word through that prism. Even if the words aren’t about Jews.”

He accepts that Mr Corbyn wasn’t referring to Jews and therefore there could be no reference to the ‘international Jewish banking conspiracy’ stereotype.

But he also accepts that he was implying anti-Semitism and, given the context, this can only have been done with reference to that trope.

With Mr Corbyn out of the picture, the only person here who could be suggesting an international banking conspiracy run by Jews is Stephen Pollard.

And that puts him in a highly actionable position.

Not only that, but Mr Pollard has compounded his error by continuing to claim anti-Semitism by Mr Corbyn, even though he has admitted that he has no evidence on which to base the claim.

He was never anything else.

And we can throw his tweets in the pile with all the other false accusations. Here are a couple of recent examples:

I think we can all agree that the speech in the video clip above is a pack of lies from beginning to end, not just the part referencing Mr Corbyn’s comments on “irony”.

How about this, from Canary supremo Kerry-Anne Mendoza?

That’s a classic tactic of the accusers, by the way – claiming one thing is something completely different that happens to be anti-Semitic.

That’s lying – exactly the kind of lying that has created the ‘anti-Semitism’ row that has been festering for more than two years.

How hypocritical of Mr Pollard that he can claim his own anti-Semitism occurred accidentally but then find it (falsely) in the words of others – and demand that it must be intentional.

I seem to recall the Jewish Chronicle making that kind of claim about myself. How did that turn out, again?

I’m heartened by two other tweets that were published in the last couple of days. The first refers to the accusations against Mr Corbyn and the reaction of the general public:

The truth of this is self-evident from the recent Labour NEC elections in which supporters of Mr Corbyn increased their presence on the party’s ruling committee, with the support of the party membership at large.

And then there’s this:

And this too is true. The differences between the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn and that part of the Jewish community that has taken issue with it could be mended very easily because they are based on falsehoods.

Discussion of the evidence supporting each side’s arguments – in good faith – could result in an epiphany.

Isn’t it worth a try?

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Let’s name and shame some anti-Corbyn liars

The faked-up controversy about Jeremy Corbyn’s criticism of Zionists who “deliberately misinterpreted” (read: perverted) a Palestinian representatives words in order to distort their meaning has really brought the nasties out from under their respective rocks.

It seems the malicious and misanthropic are queuing up to malign Mr Corbyn, who was perfectly correct to criticise Zionists for their apparent failure to “understand English irony”.

Some of his critics, it seems, also need to try to grasp this point – as they have distorted his words for their own purpose. This is exactly the same misdemeanour that Mr Corbyn pointed out in the 2013 clip that has sparked the current wave of pointless outrage.

It’s a common tactic – many of us have fallen foul of it.

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Here’s an example – coupled with the put-down it deserves:

Gregg Carlstrom is the Middle East editor of The Economist. If that is an example of his journalistic accuracy, he should be facing the sack (or at least receive a verbal warning).

According to the Daily MailStephen Pollard, Gentile editor of the Jewish Chronicle, said: ‘This shows the reality of what Jeremy Corbyn thinks of Jews, somehow a breed apart from “normal” English people.’

Pollard added that he believed the Labour leader ‘used the word “Zionist” obviously to mean “Jews”.’

Neither the Mail nor Mr Pollard provided any evidence to support this claim. Mr Corbyn is on record as saying he used the term Zionist in an “accurate political sense and not as a euphemism for Jewish people”.

It is well worth noting that the complaint by these alleged Zionists has not been published by the Mail, lending credibility to Mr Corbyn’s statement. What has the newspaper got to hide?

Also quoted in the Mail was Jonathan Sacerdoti, a founder of the pro-Israeli-government pressure group that masquerades as a charity, the Campaign Against Antisemitism. He said: “The idea that British Jews somehow haven’t absorbed British values is outrageous.” It is indeed. And he really should not be putting it about and claiming Jeremy Corbyn suggested it.

Gideon Falter, current chair of the vile CAA, stated: “It is precisely this euphemistic use of the word ‘Zionist’ to refer to Jews and direct smears at us which used to be the preserve of anti-Semites amongst the aristocracy.” “This” being the use of the word “Zionist” by Jeremy Corbyn? Where’s this liar’s proof that he did so?

Here’s Joan Ryan of Labour Friends of Israel, determinedly mixing “Zionist” with “Jew” to present a false impression – and a takedown from John Clarke:

How about Emily BennTony Benn is probably spinning in his grave at this disgrace:

Eddie Marsan – an actor:

Now, how about some voices of reason?

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The danger of idle words: Willsman receives death threat after opponents’ anti-Semitism lie

This should be a matter of serious concern to everybody with an interest in free speech and democracy.

The faked-up claims of anti-Semitism against Peter Willsman have led to him receiving death threats.

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I would like to hear how Mr Willsman’s accusers justify what they have done, in the light of this threat.

What does Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, have to say for herself?

How about Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, who published the vile allegations without paying a scrap of attention to proper journalistic procedures like fact-checking?

Come to that, the recording was said to have been made by a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee who ‘phoned in’ their participation. How does this person feel about having possibly endangered Mr Willsman’s life for a lie?

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust? How does a person whose career is about educating people against behaviour that leads to mass murder feel about her own involvement in the potential endangerment of a single life?

And what about Labour MPs Tom Watson and Luciana Berger, who also passed censorious opinions? They are both right-wingers while Mr Willsman is a lefty – is retaking control of the party so important to them that they are willing to run a risk to life and limb?

Even fellow lefty Owen Jones has questions to answer, having accepted the allegation without question and then passing a prejudicial opinion about it on Twitter.

Careless talk still costs lives. The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox is still a recent memory, yet these ambitious political operators are perfectly happy to risk repeating that tragedy. They must be made to answer for their words.

Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) member Peter Willsman was at the centre of controversy after a recording of his comments during an NEC meeting was leaked to the media.

The comments were presented as antisemitic, but a proper examination of what was actually said, rather than the framing by media and ‘centrist’ MPs, showed that while crass they were not racist.

Such facts appear not to have troubled some, however – as Willsman has today received a death threat as a recorded message on his voicemail, saying:

You racist c**t. We know where you are. We’re coming to get you and spread your blood all over the pavement.

It’s to be hoped that this is a sick attempt to frighten, but the incident lays out very clearly the risks involved when one faction targets an opponent for political gain.

Source: Willsman receiving death threats after misrepresented NEC comments | The SKWAWKBOX

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Jewish Chronicle Editor Stephen Pollard’s Noxious, Extreme Rightwing Views | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard: His political views aren’t pretty.

Here’s some information courtesy of Beastrabban and the Ducksoap website that makes This Writer extremely pleased to have beaten the Jewish Chronicle with my complaint against that publication to the press regulator IPSO.

Read on, and then take everything said by Stephen Pollard, or in his rag, with a hefty dose of salt.

I found a very interesting article on the Ducksoap website detailing the very right-wing views of Stephen Pollard, the editor of the Jewish Chronicle. The article’s entitled ‘Do Stephen Pollard’s political views give a clue to why he opposes Corbyn?’ And the article makes it very clear that the answer is definitely in the affirmative.

It quotes Pollard to show that he welcomes the introduction of increased charges in the NHS and its further privatisation. He hates the unions, and claims that the reasons behind the strikes called by the railway unions – safety and the absence of guards on trains’ – were spurious. He also dismissed the criticisms and concerns the postal workers’ union raised about the privatisation of the Post Office. As for dealing with unions, he glowingly praised Ronald Reagan sacking of 11,000 air traffic control workers, and stated that we needed similar actions to be taken against British trade unionists.

He attacked the Fabian Society for stating that Tory cuts had increased child poverty, and defended Ian Duncan Smith and his wretched Centre for Social Justice, whose policies against the poor, the unemployed and the disabled Ducksoap characterises as ‘social murder’.

Against all the available evidence, Pollard regurgitates the claim that people are choosing to live permanently on welfare, repeating the Tory/Republican lies about ‘dependency culture’. He even goes so far as to attack child benefit!

He’s also a massive fan of Rupert Murdoch, and is peddling more fear about Putin planning an attack on a NATO state. He claims that the West’s ‘feeble response’ to Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine sent a bad message to the Russian leader. But Ducksoap rightly points out that the trouble began when the West encouraged a non-democratic change of government, which created a Ukrainian government full of far-right extremists.

And Pollard should know about at least one of these. He was all over Paul Nuttall when he took over leadership of UKIP. He then went on to attack the Left’s response to the death of Castro, which he contrasted with that of ordinary people, who realised the Cuban dictator was a mass-murderer. He claimed that Corbyn doesn’t believe in any restrictions on immigration, because they’re racist, and that not only does the Labour leader want to scrap Trident, he also automatically supports this nation’s enemies.

He also claimed that May wasn’t moving the Tory party rightward, she was just turning it into the equivalent of a continental Christian Democrat Party. Ducksoap then adds that this is the same party that has introduced the policies of social murder, especially against those with disabilities, and is privatising the NHS.

Pollard has also published numerous rants against Socialism and Communism, and claimed that Corbyn is the most extreme leader that any party has put forward as a prime minister. He claims that Corbyn worships tyrants, and compared the Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, to Idi Amin because Corbyn welcomed some of Chavez’ policies. He also claims that Corbyn is unpatriotic, and excuses ‘Russian imperialism’ against NATO. He also attacked Corbyn’s close ally, John McDonnell, by interpreting McDonnell’s comments about ending capitalism with ending democracy.

The article concludes:

“Stephen Pollard’s political position is hard-right economic libertarian similar to the Tea Party in the USA, the current Australian government, Dan Hannan, Iain Duncan Smith, Priti Patel, Jacob Rees-Mogg and a variety of right-wing think tanks – Adam Smith Institute, Tax-Payers’ Alliance, Institute of Economic Affairs, Centre for Policy Studies, etc.

“He is opposed to the NHS and to workers’ rights, he supports fully the Tory government’s policy of Social Murder and he is keen to finance the arms industry. His hatred of socialism throbs. He has no concept of what a public service is and he has no concept of society.

“His political analysis is ignorant, illogical, dishonest and petulant. He is a very poor writer and is as thick as mince.

“It is no surprise that he is very fearful of the possibility of a left-leaning Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn because such a government would enact policies that are diametrically opposed to Pollard’s demands.”

This shows very clearly that Pollard’s spurious accusations of anti-Semitism against the Labour leader and his party are very definitely politically motivated from the fear that Corbyn, actually a traditional Labour centrist and certainly not part of the hard left, would actually do something to end the privatisation of the NHS, stop the benefit sanctions and welfare to work tests, that have resulted in the ‘social murder’ of the poor, unemployed and disabled, restore proper union power, and actually do something to empower Britain’s working people.

Who naturally include Jews.

But Pollard also despises liberal and Labour-supporting Jews as ‘the wrong kind of Jews’.

Source: Jewish Chronicle Editor Stephen Pollard’s Noxious, Extreme Rightwing Views | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

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Press regulator rules Jewish Chronicle WRONG to have called Vox Political writer ‘Holocaust denier’

What was it the Jewish Chronicle was saying about the Labour Party being an “existential threat” to Jewish people?

From a purely objective viewpoint (of course), it seems clear that the main threat to Jewish people is coming from rags like the Chronicle, making false claims about perfectly decent people like me.

It stirs up distrust in the community, you see.

And people like Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard should not be allowed to get away with it. This is why I am raising funds to take those who have libelled me to court, so a financial penalty can be imposed on them that is of equal weight to the damage they have caused. Regular readers of This Site will be aware of the existence of my JustGiving page, and I apologise for having to keep mentioning it, but if you have contributed already, please consider making a further donation, or ask a friend to do so.

The Jewish Chronicle had accused me of Holocaust denial, following up on an article in another newspaper (on which judgement is pending). I took the matter to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, which announced a ruling. This happened two weeks ago, but I had to wait for the all-clear to mention the fact. Here it is:

The complainant said that it was inaccurate for the article to say that he had said he “could not
comment” on whether thousands or millions of Jews died in the Holocaust because he ‘didn’t
know’. A commenter on the website had been listing incidents of anti-Semitism on the Left, and
had referred to a leaflet which he said omitted Jews from a list of Holocaust survivors, and put
the number of deaths from the Holocaust at thousands, rather than millions. In response to a
comment about the leaflet, the complainant had said “I’m not going to comment on ‘thousands’
instead of ‘millions’ because I don’t know, but the Nazi holocaust involved many other groups
as well as Jews, and it seems likely that the SWP was simply being ‘politically correct’”. He said
he was referring to not knowing why the leaflet made this claim, rather than to not knowing the
number of Jews who died.

The publication denied that the article was inaccurate. In respect of the ‘thousands or millions’
claim, its interpretation of the comments thread was plausible, and there was no significantly
inaccuracy.

The complainant had not expressly said that he “could not comment on whether thousands or
millions of Jews died in the Holocaust”. There was no reference in the discussion surrounding the
leaflet to “whether thousands or millions of Jews died in the Holocaust”, because the leaflet had
explicitly not referred to Jews among the victims of the Holocaust. The publication was entitled to
give its own interpretation of what the complainant had meant by his comments. However, the
article did not make clear that it was reporting the publication’s interpretation of the
complainant’s comments. This represented a failure to take care, in breach of Clause 1(i). The
article gave the impression that the complainant had said something which he had not, on a
subject liable to cause widespread offence.

As with MailOnline previously, IPSO has let me down as far as punishment is concerned.

The Jewish Chronicle gets off with a light slap on the wrist: “Having upheld the complaint… the Committee considered what remedial action should be required. The publication had offered a clarification which set out the complainant’s position in relation to the number of Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and on the meaning of his comments. This clarification made the complainant’s position clear, and addressed the article’s misleading presentation of his comments. This was sufficient to meet the terms… and should now be published.”

A full clarification, admitting that the paper had misled readers and apologising to me, would have been more appropriate.

And there are other outstanding matters that will now require a court ruling – which is why I am appealing for funds.

But for now, the score stands thus: Vox Political – TWO        Libellous newspapers – NIL.

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