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Evil Priti Patel rejoices as she ends freedom of movement for 66 million UK citizens

Happy hater: Priti Patel’s new law would have deported her own parents. The big question is: would she care?

“Dumpy she-Hitler” Priti Patel has publicly celebrated ending a fundamental freedom for every citizen of the United Kingdom.

Her Immigration Bill has just passed into law, meaning that those of you living in the UK will find it just that little bit harder to leave the country in the future – especially if we’re going to the European Union.

As for immigrating out of the burnt-out wheelie bin Patel and her fellow Tories have made of the country – forget it!

She didn’t mention that in her publicity tweet, though.

No – like the true-blue fake she is, she emphasized the aspect that would appeal to the Brexiters who voted for her cruelty…

… little knowing that it affects them as much as it does people from other countries.

It’s worth reminding ourselves that Patel’s own parents would not have been allowed into the UK under the laws that she has introduced – that’s the level of hypocrisy she exemplifies:

Still, it seems unlikely her parents will be upset by their daughter’s new law – father Sushil Patel ran for election to a council as a representative of UKIP, meaning that – in her family – she’s probably the nice one.

Vilification of this hateful spite queen has been running through Twitter since she made her announcement – but it seems she is protected by a thick shield composed entirely of bigotry, from which the condemnation will rebound like water off a snake’s skin.

We can enjoy it, though:

How ironic that this has come on a day when supporters of Donald Trump have been announcing that they plan to quit the United States and come to the UK.

They’ll get cold comfort here: all they’ll find is Priti Patel waiting to deport them.

They’ll probably end up on Ascension Island or St Helena.

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Latest ‘anti-Semitism’ attack on Labour reveals the cruel intention behind it

Injustice: How many innocent Labour Party members have suffered as a result of false accusations?

Labour has been “letting off” party members accused of anti-Semitism, according to the Board of Deputies of British Jews – but they are deliberately misinterpreting party policy.

Still, what can we expect from an unelected self-interest group?

The claim is that Labour’s own disciplinary process shows that members can avoid punishment – by apologising and agreeing to take part in education to show why their actions were wrong.

And why shouldn’t they be excused from suspension or expulsion, if they know they have done wrong, have accepted it, and are willing to learn, so they don’t do it again, even inadvertently.

The Board of Deputies, it seems, wants all offenders to be driven out of the Labour Party, no matter whether they have accepted and apologised for wrong-doing or not. That is unreasonable.

Still, what can we expect from a predominantly right-wing – Tory-dominated – group? It seems to me that this demand springs from a desire to weaken the Labour Party, rather than any wish for justice.

And in any case, there is plenty of opportunity for injustice in Labour’s system as it is.

I was accused of anti-Semitic behaviour on several occasions, based on false allegations by that fake charity, the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

One or several of its members had concocted a press release in which they mangled my words in a bid to claim hatred of Jewish people where there was none.

Accused – and summarily suspended – by Labour, I expected a proper investigation into the truth or falsehood of the allegations against me. I received none.

The party’s attitude was that the accusation against me was proof of my guilt. After I proved that my actions were not anti-Semitic by any accepted definition of the term, the party changed its tune to claim that it did not matter, because my words had caused upset, and that was enough.

(It isn’t enough. And, as the party could not produce anybody who claimed to have suffered such upset, no such person legally exists.)

I was initially offered reinstatement, if I apologised and accepted education on anti-Semitism – in line with the policy against which the Board of Deputies is now protesting.

I refused it because I had done nothing wrong and Labour’s investigation had been a farce.

But because the party’s disputes team had already made up their collective mind that I was guilty, I was subjected to another farce when my case was heard by the National Constitutional Committee.

That was the day it earned its derogatory nickname of “National Kangaroo Court”. It is clear that nobody who enters such a hearing may expect anything even approximating justice.

In fact, the entire procedure shames the Labour Party to the deepest level, and all those who defend it – from the lowest party official posting out suspension notices to the NEC, NCC and the general secretary.

All these people have been complicit in huge harm to the livelihoods and reputations of those whose names their decisions have besmirched.

In the light of these facts, Board of Deputies’ president Marie van der Zyl’s claim that “Labour’s disciplinary processes still seem to be more geared towards protecting antisemites than protecting Jews” is silly childishness.

The process is not a “‘get out of jail free’ card for racists,” as she claims. It is a mechanism to persecute the innocent.

So, by rights, I should be in favour of the now-much-touted demand that Labour turn over its disciplinary system to an independent organisation.

But here’s another stumbling-block: When Labour offered me the chance to apologise and take a course on anti-Semitism, the people running that course would have been the Jewish Labour Movement.

That would be the same Jewish Labour Movement whose members secretly recorded Jackie Walker when she attended a “safe space” meeting (meaning attendees had been promised freedom to discuss anything, without their words being used against them), and then used her words against her by passing a version of that recording on to the press.

I would describe that behaviour, at the very least, as untrustworthy. Wouldn’t you?

The Jewish Labour Movement has been highly-critical of the Labour Party in the past, as have the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council, all of whom have endorsed the call for an independent investigation/disciplinary process.

Perhaps they intend to demand that they should carry out such a process?

Whether they do or not, they must certainly never be allowed to do so.

Source: Jewish leaders accuse Labour of ‘letting off’ antisemites | Politics | The Guardian

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‘Zionism’ remarks: Burgon urged to apologise – to supporters of atrocities

Richard Burgon: He has no need to apologise.

I can’t say I’m impressed with Richard Burgon’s rationalisation of his remarks about Zionism, that were caught on video five years ago.

Investigative journalist Iggy Ostanin posted a video showing Mr Burgon denying having made the comments to the BBC’s Andrew Neil, followed immediately by proof that he did:

Interesting clip, that.

It’s from 2014, when the Israeli government had launched Operation Protective Edge, a hugely-controversial offensive against Palestinians in Gaza in which it was estimated that more than 2,125 Palestinians were killed and more than 10,500 wounded, compared with 67 military and six civilian Israeli deaths, with 469 Israeli soldiers and 87 civilians wounded.

It is known that Israeli government policy is to deprive the Palestinian people of their land and – if they resist – of their lives. We have seen that in action but if you would like evidence of their behaviour, here’s some:

According to Maureen Murphy, “The Israeli military killed one Palestinian child in the West Bank and Gaza per week on average last year, typically injuring them in their upper body and head. You can’t blame Hamas for Israeli snipers training their guns at children’s torsos and heads, however hard you try.” She supported this with a link to evidence. Read it here.

The ideology that informs these atrocities is Zionism. It is an ethno-political belief that a Jewish nation in what is now Israel should be established and – now that it has been – developed and protected. It should never be connected directly with the Jewish people as a whole; they are separate and many Jews reject Zionism, especially as it is practised by the Israeli government and its supporters.

It is an ideology of hatred. Before Israel was established, it was considered by many to be anti-Semitic. Think about it: anyone saying they support the migration of Jewish people away from their current home to a foreign land (that was already occupied, remember) could open themselves up to accusations that they hate Jews because they are Jews – the classic definition of the anti-Semite.

Now Israel has been established, anybody supporting the Zionism practised by its government and soldiers is supporting the theft of Palestinian land and the displacement – or genocide – of Palestinian people. And it could still be said to be anti-Semitic as the behaviour of the Israeli government and its soldiers is likely to breed opposition against them that develops into hate. That hate could then be spread to apply to all Jews.

Oh, and it turns out there are many Jews who don’t support Zionism. Many do, but if anyone tries to tell you they speak for all Jews in supporting this ideology, they are lying.

In this context, it is clear that Mr Burgon’s comments in 2014 were reasonable expressions of opinion, based on the facts. As they continue to be. It’s just a shame he felt he had to backtrack on his words about Zionism as practised by the Israeli government.

His critics – defenders of Zionism like The Board of Deputies of British Jews (who don’t represent a huge number of British Jews at all – secular Jews represent a third of the population in the UK and have nothing to do with the BoD), Jonathan Goldstein of the Jewish Leadership Council, Labour Friends of Israel director Jennifer Gerber and Jewish Labour Movement chairman Mike Katz – have tried to equate peaceful opposition to their hate-filled ideology with hatred of all Jews and that is nothing but a lie. It’s a despicable lie, at that.

Why have they done it? Well…

Another commenter, Phil Vanes, suggested: “Do remember me saying some time ago that because Corbyn is untouchable, his opponents will instead concentrate on picking off his close supporters one by one. Well guess what? It looks like it’s Richard Burgon’s time now.”

One more point: In the clip of him attacking Zionism, Mr Burgon calls for Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) resign from that group “to show support for all humanity” instead of supporting the atrocities carried out by the Israeli government and its soldiers, yet we have seen LFI’s Jennifer Gerber, and Mike Katz of the Jewish Labour Movement, condemning those words.

Logic dictates that they must therefore support the atrocities in the articles to which I have linked above.

LFI and the JLM support the theft of Palestinian land.

LFI and the JLM support violence against – and the murder of – Palestinian people.

Their outbursts against Mr Burgon prove it.

Or are we about to see a protestation of opposition to these Israeli atrocities? I won’t hold my breath waiting.


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Groundswell of demand for Labour to expel the Jewish Labour Movement

What did the leaders of the Jewish Labour Movement expect after they held an “almost unanimous” vote of “no confidence” in Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party? Applause?

The simple fact is that most people who give such matters more than a passing thought have seen through the machinations of the organisation whose former name – Poale Zion – translates as “Workers of Zion”; the Zionist Labour Movement.

After a relaunch in 2015 it is an organisation of people – not necessarily Labour Party members or even Jews – who support the far-right Likud government in Israel and its policy of slow genocide against the Palestinian people.

So of course it is opposed to Jeremy Corbyn’s philosophy, that requires a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine question. And the group’s leaders aren’t above creating false evidence to suggest wrongdoing on the part of the Labour leader.

When it isn’t manufacturing its own smears against innocent people (new JLM chair Mike Katz was involved in this one), it tries to build hysteria about smears manufactured by others.

For years, the Labour leadership has followed a policy of appeasement that has done nothing but encourage this treacherous organisation and its leaders into ever-more-outrageous outbursts.

But it seems to have overstretched itself this time, as increasing numbers of people are demanding the organisation’s expulsion from affiliation with the Labour Party on any level at all.

Here’s just one reaction to the “no confidence” vote:

https://twitter.com/LabLeftVoice/status/1114903933158350851

Diana Neslen followed up on this with: “Time the JLM affiliated to a party more in keeping with their values The Tory party springs to mind. They show nothing but contempt for Labour and have no reason any more to remain affiliated.”

As Sam Langdon put it on Twitter: “Maybe I’m wrong and happy to be corrected but would it be so bad for them to go? JLM aren’t necessarily anything to do with Labour anyway, and all they seem to do is sprout rubbish? Wouldn’t it be better?”

On Facebook, the criticism came thick and fast.

Nicola Giles stated: “I think it was already decided a long while ago.. what the jlm were going to do.. it’s a long coordinated campaign. just to keep dragging it out… yet actually Jewish members don’t seem to be able to get their voices heard.”

Jason Cox stated: “It’s a grave injustice these people are doing to the Labour Party and Jewish people and the fight against genuine anti semitism.”

Here‘s Kevin Glieg: “Why is this organisation called Jewish (not necessary to be Jewish to be a member), or Labour (not necessary to be a Labour Party member); the Labour Party should expel this group.”

Mike Cobley: “JLM are detrimental to the party’s campaigning mission and electoral viability – they should be brought to account for this.”

Jan Hutton was “sick and tired of this orchestrated attack…”

Ruby Foxe stated: “The Labour Party should expel the JLM.”

Linda Poulson: “Let them go they are trying to destroy Labour from within.”

Melissa Spenner Naylor: “Bout time the party got rid of the JLM.”

These are a fraction of the comments received by This Writer alone.

As I have stated previously: Enough is enough.

It’s time Labour regrew its backbone and kicked out the misnamed Jewish Labour Movement once and for all.


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Chakrabarti’s plea to the Jewish Labour Movement – backstabbing Corbyn and Palestine?

Questionable: Baroness Chakrabarti’s plea to the Jewish Labour Movement contained some highly dodgy implications.

I am deeply disturbed by the words of Shami Chakrabarti on Sky’s Sophy Ridge politics show today (April 7).

It seems a new, co-ordinated campaign of disinformation linking Jeremy Corbyn with anti-Semitism has been launched, starting with a ‘fake news’ smear piece in The Sunday Times, and continuing with news coverage on the mainstream media throughout the day.

It’s all leading up to the annual general meeting of the Jewish Labour Movement, when members (who may not be either Jewish or part of the Labour Party) will be asked to vote on a motion of ‘no confidence’ in Jeremy Corbyn because of his handling of anti-Semitism accusations against party members (many of which have been shown to be fake).

They may decide to disaffiliate from Labour on the basis of this disinformation.

Baroness Chakrabarti, speaking on the Sophy Ridge show, appealed for the JLM not to disaffiliate.

She said: “My plea to the Jewish Labour Movement is to stay in the Labour movement and to tackle racism together, not to personalise it and make it about Jeremy Corbyn, because he is one person and he won’t be leader forever.”

What is she saying, exactly?

That we all know Labour isn’t a harbour for anti-Semitism?

That the JLM has another reason for hating Mr Corbyn – possibly his desire for a peaceful resolution to the Israel/Palestine question?

That once he is gone, Labour can get back to supporting Israel’s slow genocide of Palestinians?

Is that what she’s saying?

If so, that’s despicable.

Baroness Chakrabarti needs to clarify her words immediately.

Source: Shami Chakrabarti urges Jewish Labour ‘not to personalise’ anti-Semitism – Mirror Online

UPDATE: It seems Baroness Chakrabarti’s plea fell on deaf ears. Nobody should be surprised.

Apparently, after supporting the motion of ‘no confidence’ in Mr Corbyn, Jewish Labour Movement members are considering whether to disaffiliate.

Considering that the Sky News report quoted the falsehoods in today’s Sunday Times lead as an apparent reason for the vote – after Labour denied that there was any truth in its claims – the party should act pre-emptively and expel the Jewish Labour Movement. Its activities and spokespeople attempt to bring the Labour Party into disrepute and there is no place in any political organisation for an affiliate that works to bring it down from the inside.

Enough is enough.


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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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Supporters of the Jewish Labour Movement respond to This Site’s critique – with abuse

Ironic: Supporters of the Jewish Labour Movement have been demanding that there’s no apartheid in Israel – on the eve of the 15th international Israeli Apartheid Week, which now takes place in more than 200 cities across the world with events including lectures, film screenings and cultural performances to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid regime.

It was only to be expected.

Those who support the witch-hunt that accuses innocent people of anti-Semitism seem unable to respond to reasoned criticism of their activities with anything other than abuse – that is often libellous as well.

I knew I should expect it when I wrote my piece arguing that the Labour Party should not be pleading with the Jewish Labour Movement to remain affiliated, but should in fact be slinging it out on its ear.

The organisation decided to keep its affiliation for the time being – prompting suspicions that its leaders are planning a high-profile walkout, to stoke anti-Labour (and anti-Jeremy Corbyn) sentiment with falsehoods.

In response to my arguments that the Jewish Labour Movement has an agenda that supports the racist, apartheid administration in Israel, above the needs of Jewish people in the Labour movement or the UK as a whole (consider its treatment of rival organisation Jewish Voice for Labour), I faced personal abuse based on the false accusations that were levelled against me.

It seems those who are responsible cannot even recognise the huge contradiction in trying to bully those they are accusing of victimising them.

Example:

Here’s another personal attack. Note the recourse to obscene language at the end:

Some of the responses tried to pin more false accusations on me, like this, which implies that I was saying Jews aren’t welcome in the Labour Party. Of course I stated no such thing:

There has been no response at the time of writing.

How about this, from Jewish Chronicle hack Lee Harpin? It follows the classic tactic of making a broad accusation without any attempt to support it with evidence.

Wasn’t Mr Harpin recently pilloried for writing an article that was full of inaccuracies? I didn’t keep a record of it because – well, it’s the Jewish Chronicle. Perhaps a reader could remind us all? So it’s a bit rich, him accusing me of lying. Let’s see how it turned out, though:

Not so well for Mr Harpin, it seems!

Most important to this set of detractors, it seems, was a need to undermine my claim that the JLM supports the racism and apartheid of the current Israeli government – making the JLM itself racist and apartheid-supporting:

https://twitter.com/JohnQSmithIII1/status/1103585883469631488

I don’t need to.

There’s a wealth of evidence, like the United Nations’ finding that the Israeli military may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in their actions against Palestinians:

On a broader theme, consider Ronnie Barkan’s speech in court, earlier this week, in which he blows JohnQSmithIII’s claim that “nealry 2m Arabs live with full social, economic & political rights in Israel” to smithereens:

Perhaps most damning is the condemnation of the world’s most celebrated opponent of apartheid – and his surviving family.

In the article linked below, Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Nkosi Zvelivelile states: “Even before Israel passed its “nation state law” (stipulating that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country) it was easy to see, for anyone willing to look, that the country’s government was committing the crime of apartheid. Its segregation wall, discriminatory admissions committees, ID-card systems, roads built for settlers which are not accessible to Palestinians, and the bantustan-like fragmentation of the West Bank gave the game away.”

He was following in a great family tradition as his grandfather was also outspoken against Israeli apartheid:

Point made?

We are left to ask why people like the Jewish Labour Movement and its supporters are keen to whitewash Israeli apartheid and racism – and falsely accuse anyone in the Labour Party who points out the contradiction. Dan El Rojo points out the contrast with genuine anti-Semitism found in other European Countries:

https://twitter.com/Socialismilucra/status/1103751757446950912

We all know the real reason: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants a peaceful, equitable solution to the Israel/Palestine question that ends the apartheid and racism currently in force.

The JLM, wedded to the Zionist political ideology of the Israeli goverment and the racist apartheid system it supports, will do all it can to prevent Mr Corbyn from rising to power and putting his beliefs into practice.

Unwelcome guests: Jewish Labour Movement keeps affiliation with Labour – and threatens party members

.Margaret Hodge: This Labour ‘moderate’ (read: right-winger) has made wild, unsubstantiated claims alleging anti-Semitism in the party. She begged JLM members to keep their affiliation with Labour at this week’s meeting. Was that because she needs the support?

Who would you trust in a debate? Someone who makes an argument supported with evidence – or someone who responds with threats?

The Jewish Labour Movement seems to think that bullying is the viable option. It has announced its intention to remain affiliated to the Labour Party with a nasty little ultimatum:

Mainstream media reports are saying the decision was made on the basis of votes in London and Manchester, but this has been disputed by rival organisation Jewish Voice for Labour:

In any case, the vote was purely indicative and non-binding.

There will be no love lost between JLM and JVL over the latter’s attitude, as the following tweet, referring to a piece of Twitter nastiness by the troll David Collier attests:

Mr Collier’s tweet, attacking Jewish people as “the wrong kind of Jew”, is genuinely anti-Semitic – unlike comments by most of his victims.

You can read more about his hideous opinions – if you have the stomach for it – here:

The JLM announcement was met with deep contrition and concern by… practically nobody. The general consensus appears to be as follows:

https://twitter.com/MarxyMarxy/status/1103409306484043783

‘Marxy’ continued with a few facts about the JLM: “JLM are a tiny entity of around 2000 Zionists who pretend they are interested in peace and ‘a two state solution’. You don’t even have to be a member of the Labour Party so the membership is open to ANYBODY.”

That puts Mr Collier’s line about JVL being “a tiny fringe” into context, doesn’t it?

It seems the only people who showed any concern about the JLM’s threat were ‘moderate’ Labour MPs who have already nailed their flags to its mast.

Karl Turner tweeted: “This is very welcome news. We really must redouble our efforts to win back trust.”

And Stella Creasy posted the following: “Now more than before, time for us to show how affiliation means more than shared meetings, it means a shared struggle and shared values. You were there with us at birth of Labour @JewishLabour – we will fight to be worthy of your comradeship for our future too.”

Speak for yourself, Stella!

David Minto, responding to her tweet, gave a more balanced view: “So its orchestrated? Tonight threats from you & your MP pals & exclusion of any other Jewish voices @JVoiceLabour. No leave tonight but threat that in a month of “we could’ve left on 6th March & offered peace” At AGM it’ll be “still all AS so let’s all leave for Tinge.” Politics.”

This is the expected result.

It was predicted way back in July last year by Asa Winstanley of The Electronic Intifada. He tweeted a thread about it, showing how this tactic has been used in the past:

He had some good advice:

Sadly it seems certain that the likes of Mr Turner and Ms Creasy will ignore Mr Winstanley’s advice.

Let us hope Jeremy Corbyn and Jennie Formby do not. As I said previously, the Jewish Labour Movement is an organisation of racists who support the right-wing apartheid state of Israel under its current government. There is no place for its vile views in a progressive organisation like the UK Labour Party.


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Lucy Powell’s speech at festival of ‘racial hatred’ makes the case for mandatory reselection

Lucy Powell: What stronger argument for mandatory reselection could there be?

What a great team player Lucy Powell really is!

Despite being “100 per cent” on the side of hecklers who shouted “Corbyn out!” at an event last weekend, her mere presence showed that she was in support of the ‘mandatory reselection’ of MPs, a policy that Mr Corbyn’s supporters want imposed across the party.

Because you see, she was attending an event that purported to be a demonstration against anti-Semitism… organised by friends of far-right organisations including the English Defence League and the Football Lads’ Alliance.

That’s not a demonstration against racism – it’s a rally for it!

And Ms Powell was there, along with fellow Labour MP Louise Ellman (representing the Jewish Labour Movement, so we all know where that organisation now stands), and former Labour Home Office minister Beverley Hughes (now Baroness Hughes of Stretford, deputy mayor of Greater Manchester for policing and crime).

Also attending were Marie van der Zyl, current president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mervis.

All of the above clearly thought it was worth standing up with racists in order to attack a man who is not a racist.

How would you describe such people?

Tony Greenstein – another target of the accusers – knows exactly how he would describe them.

In his blog, he states: “This demonstration has nothing to do with anti-semitism and everything to do with supporting Israeli Apartheid. Those organising it stand full square behind a racist ‘Jewish’ supremacist state that bars Palestinians from hundreds of Jewish only communities.

“The EDL, formed by Tommy Robinson aka Steven Yaxley-Lennon, was an organisation of Islamaphobic and racist bigots which managed to combine support for Israel with Hitler salutes. Tommy Robinson himself is popular with Zionists these days and completed a tour of Israel with his Zionist fan Dr Brian.”

He said the organisers of Sunday’s demonstration, the North West Friends of Israel, were deeply involved with the EDL: “In its opposition to Palestine solidarity demonstrations outside the Israeli Kedem shop protest in Manchester in 2014, NWFOI worked with the EDL… As a report at the time observed: ‘NWFOI warmly welcome the English Defence League to their demonstrations.’ The accompanying commentary by Natan Levinson of NWFOI, explained that: ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’”

That seems to have been Ms Powell’s justification for attending an event supported by the far-right. She jumped in feet-first, too, as this clip shows:

Mr Greenstein’s article describes the connection between the EDL and the organisers of Sunday’s event, the North West Friends of Israel. He also states that the Board of Deputies of British Jews said it would never have anything to do with the EDL and its then-leader: “Tommy Robinson’s record of anti-Muslim provocation means that he could never be a partner of a respectable or mainstream Jewish organisation.”

Yet here’s the Board’s president, reeling off a list of lies about Jeremy Corbyn at Sunday’s event.

The enemy of her enemy is her friend, it seems.

This should signal the end of any credibility held by the people named at the top of this article, and the organisations they represent. The reaction on the social media has been damning:

And Jewish Voice for Labour – a group that represents British Jews just as much as the Board of Deputies claims to – made its own disgust at the event, and participation in it by people claiming to represent them, perfectly clear.

In a press release, the organisation stated: “For the last three years there has been a concerted effort to discredit and unseat Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Opposition, a man who is quite possibly the most consistent anti-racist leader the Labour Party has ever known.

“This campaign has been led by a coalition of groups which are deeply opposed to Jeremy’s championing of Palestinian rights together with political opponents many of whom have shown little previous interest in combating antisemitism.

“Rather than seeking to oppose genuine anti-Jewish hatred, they have cynically sought to amplify and manipulate the anxieties of British Jews in order to further their political aims.

“Many of those organisations and individuals taking part this Sunday, including Margaret Hodge, Louise Ellman and the Board of Deputies, are the same instigators of the campaign against Jeremy.

“That progressive Jewish organisations, including those supporting Palestinian human rights, were excluded from participating suggests that the organisers and speakers are not acting in good faith.

“For some of the headline speakers, however, the demonstration is not just about antisemitism. Rather it concerns the uncritical defence of some of the actions of the Israeli government whilst giving voice to those who want to remove Jeremy Corbyn, a consistent and principled supporter of Palestinian rights, as leader of the Labour party. We cannot emphasise enough that they do not speak for us.”

Of course – according to some – JVL represent the “wrong kind of Jew”. Look at the reaction this announcement received:

The evidence is clear. This was a racist event, organised and supported by racists who hid beneath a banner of opposition for anti-Semitism.

Under normal Labour Party rules, Lucy Powell, Margaret Hodge and all the other elected representatives who supported it would get away with such an outrage, free as birds, because constituency Labour parties would have no democratic power to remove them.

They would then be able to continue openly campaigning against a leader who is supported by a clear majority of Labour members, presenting lies about him to the public via an unquestioning (right-wing) media establishment, with an ultimate aim of undemocratically removing Mr Corbyn from office.

But their appearance at this event shows that the current situation cannot be allowed to continue. MPs must support the leader, and the will of the party – or they must be replaced by those who will.

By appearing at this appalling event, Lucy Powell and the others have done the Labour Party a huge service.

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Theresa May’s Brexit White Paper announces the terms of her surrender to the EU27

Dominic Raab: His position on the EU seems clear, so it is strange that he should be the frontman for a White Paper that capitulates to the EU27 on so many major points.

How nice to see Dominic Raab finally trying to do an honest day’s work!

And how unfortunate for him that his attempt to present the Brexit White Paper to Parliament was undermined by his incompetent failure to actually provide it to MPs before doing so – compounded by the fact that the press had already been given prior access to it!

The result was an ill-humoured suspension of proceedings while Commons Speaker John Bercow forced Mr Raab to accept that MPs should be given copies of the paper before he proceeded.

It set the tone for the day – because the White Paper itself is a series of concessions and capitulations to the EU27 that will be unpalatable to both Leavers, who want to be free of EU rules altogether, and Remainers, who will see no point in adhering to EU laws without any input into them.

A principle bone of contention is Theresa May’s “facilitated customs arrangement” (FCA), which would see all imported goods charged the UK tariff at the border, keeping Brexiteers happy, rather than the EU rate as in the “new customs partnership”. Goods would be tracked, and if they were sent on to the continent, they would be charged the EU tariff with money passed on to Brussels.

It means the UK can sign trade deals with other countries in which it promises to lower tariffs, but Britain would still promise not to deviate from EU standards, so we could not change regulations as part of any trade deal.

There is no guarantee that the EU27 would agree to such a deal – and in any case they will not accept the claim that the UK will not honour its £39 billion exit payment if it doesn’t get a good trade agreement; their argument is that the exit payment covers financial commitments already made by the UK, and is not a payment for a good trade deal.

But hard-Brexiters like Jacob Rees-Mogg have already made their opposition clear.

They are lodging “wrecking” amendments to the Trade Bill that would enshrine the policy into law, blocking the government from keeping one foot in the EU customs union for goods, and preventing a proposed ‘backstop’ solution for the Irish border from creating an internal trade boundary in the Irish Sea.

But their amendments will not have the support of enough Parliamentarians to make any difference – other than showing us the weakness of their position. If they get only around 30 supporters, they will have cemented their own position as nothing more than a sideshow.

Still, Mr Rees-Mogg’s own statement on the White Paper makes some very clear points:

“This paper sets out that the UK will be subject to EU laws while having no say in their creation. The common rulebook will not be common it will be EU law, interpreted by the EU Court with the UK subjected to EU fines for non-compliance.

“The UK has accepted it cannot diverge from ‘ongoing harmonisation’ without activating repercussions for Northern Ireland. In effect, parliament will have no say over future EU laws implemented in the UK.

“The UK has accepted that it will collect and hand over EU taxes. This is an unwarranted intrusion into the control of our border. The absence of reciprocity is concerning and the cost to the taxpayer unknown.”

And then there is end of free movement – for some, but not others.

Among those who will still be able to move freely between the EU27 and the UK, under the terms of the White Paper, are students. As Theresa May has consistently refused to remove foreign students – who are only temporarily UK residents – from immigration figures, this means the UK will continue to demonstrate high immigration after Brexit, despite the fact that one of the stated purposes of leaving the EU was reducing these statistics.

Also able to travel into the UK without visas under the terms of the White Paper would be EU tourists and temporary workers, and there should be “reciprocal arrangements” for businesses to move “their talented people” into and out of the EU.

Critics have said this means the EU27 would continue to have preferential access to the UK and it is hard to argue against that.

The White Paper received an almost-entirely sceptical or hostile reception from Conservative MPs. Along with opposition from Labour and the other parties in Parliament (other than, we imagine, the Tory-bribed DUP), it seems unlikely that any of its measures will survive Parliamentary scrutiny.

Mr Raab, speaking prior to today’s Parliamentary session, said critics of the White Paper should put up a credible alternative or shut up. An alternative – I’m not prepared to say it’s creditable – has already been published by former Brexit Secretary David Davis.

And Labour doesn’t have to do anything. Brexit is entirely owned by the Conservative Party and is for the Tories to mess up.

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