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Labour officer shared video about anti-Semitism ‘smear’ and everybody is saying the same thing

Kevin Schofield of Politics Home: He’s been stirring up more pointless accusations against the Labour Party.

I have a feeling PoliticsHome didn’t expect this.

“Jules Rutherford, who is due to start her new job as Labour’s head of membership on Monday, retweeted a post condemning the ‘smears against the party leader’,” the site trumpeted yesterday (July 6).

The tweet was by one Jack Jazz, although it could have been by one of many people. It linked to a video in which Professor Norman Finkelstein described the anti-semitism claims as “witch-hunt hysteria”.

Here’s the tweet, with the video. As you can see, Prof Finkelstein – who is himself Jewish, let’s not forget – makes a convincing case for a “conspiracy” against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

https://twitter.com/JackkJazz/status/1146828331842768896

Ms Rutherford has apparently deleted her Twitter account in response to a backlash from the usual holier-than-thous – but it seems this may have been premature.

Ordinary people across the social media are standing up for her.

Here‘s Pete Flynn on Twitter: “Jules Rutherford retweets Jack Jazz who has posted an interview with Jewish Professor Norman Finkelstein saying that allegations of anti-semitism are being used to smear the Labour leadership & Party. And you’re suggesting this is a bad thing because?”

Someone going by the fantastic name of Julie bag o doughnuts added: “Shes spreading the truth and sticking up for members , that’s exactly who we want , well [email protected] Rutherford”

There’s this:

(And let’s all remember that the Board of Deputies is a big gang of unelected nobodies.)

And Tony Greenstein, a Jew who has himself been smeared as an anti-Semite, had this to say to PoliticsHome editor Kevin Schofield:

https://twitter.com/TonyGreenstein/status/1147301160744865792

His comments on the quality of the journalism may well be justified. There are, after all, lots of websites run by people who call themselves journalists – look at the Times, Telegraph, Mail and Express sites if you don’t believe me – but in fact have no qualifications at all and it would be interesting to see if Mr Schofield’s fides are bona.

Many other Twitter examples are available.

“Yes It is a smear,” stated Alan Price on Facebook. “Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t have [an] antisemitic bone in his body. Yes our rapid membership expansion pulled in a few twats. And yes a few of our members conflated extreme Zionism with being Jewish. That’s something to address and confront, but to say the Labour party is antisemitic, to say Jeremy Corbyn is antisemitic, that is a smear.”

His comment on the Labour for Democratic Socialism page was supported by many others, who stated Ms Rutherford’s tweet was “Someone being honest”, “Reasonable enough. Good on her”, and “About right to me”.

But of course the witch-hunt had to rear its hideous head. Linda Ellis wrote: “Oh dear she will regret it they will take her job away for being honest,” and efforts are already being made to do that – an online petition has been launched, calling for Ms Rutherford’s removal.

But we can all see, by now, how juvenile this witch-hunt really is.

There is no evidence against Jules Rutherford. She retweeted an evidence-packed interview with a Jewish man whose parents survived the holocaust, let’s not forget, who nailed the accusers forensically.

The great thinking Noam Chomsky – also Jewish – has also spoken up in support of Chris Williamson, another victim of the witch-hunt.

This tide is turning. The screamers can’t claim to be standing up for Jewish people when Jewish people are standing against them.

They’ll try to smear those people – both Prof Finkelstein and Mr Chomsky have been accused in the past – but the mud won’t stick.

In the end, the spotlight will turn. And then we’ll be asking what Mr Schofield, Marie van der Zyl and all the other witch-hunters expected to gain from their smears.

Source: EXCL Labour’s new head of membership shared video claiming anti-semitism was smear against Jeremy Corbyn | PoliticsHome.com

Son of Auschwitz survivors responds to Margaret Hodge’s ‘Nazi’ claim

Vile: Margaret Hodge.

This is red hot. It’s just a shame that Norman Finkelstein has already been denounced as the ‘wrong kind of Jew’ – by the kind of Jew that does that sort of thing.

The rest of us know that he talks a lot of sense, and this is more of it:

I have personally received several letters from Labour’s disciplinary mechanism, and I can confirm that they were not delivered by stormtroopers, nor was I rounded up (all one of me) and dumped in a ghetto with others of my ethnic group. I have not been forced to do hard labour; I have not been starved. To the best of my knowledge, there has been no attempt to strip me of all my belongings that may be of any value and gas me to death.

The reason comparisons of Jews with Nazis are part of an anti-Semitic trope is that they indicate a failure to understand what Jewish people underwent during the Shoah (not the Holocaust; we’re referring to that specific part that happened to Jews).

It seems clear that Margaret Hodge does not understand it either.

I don’t see any disciplinary procedure sending her on an “education” course. It seems suspension – or expulsion, as Norman Finkelstein demands – is the only way.

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