Mainstream media types are focusing on the Islamophobic aspect of philanthropist (it says here) David Abrahams’s comments.
Even though he may have been heavily involved with the Jewish Labour Movement and Labour Friends of Israel, it seems very clear to me – and, I think, to anybody with a brain – that he is a raving anti-Semite.
Look at the comments in black that are quoted in Ben’s tweet, below:
I much preferred the Labour Party when it was funded by its mass membership. It thrived on people power & we didn’t need the likes of rich racists such as David Abraham’s.
Nothing positive will come from this. pic.twitter.com/qVqo5THSUq
— Ben (@BenJolly9) December 1, 2020
“Self-hating Jew” (or Jews), according to the Urban Dictionary, is the derogatory code phrase for Jewish people “who speak out against the actions or policies of the government of Israel, Zionists or other Jewish controlled organizations”.
It is not a description of people who actually hate themselves because they are Jewish.
It is an attack on Jewish people who hold different political views from Jews who do support the actions and policies of the government of Israel, Zionists and other Jewish-controlled organisations (that, I would add for the sake of clarity, also support the Israeli government and the kind of Zionism it professes).
It is also clearly anti-Semitic, because it attacks what these people are, and claims that they are not what they should be.
So this Abrahams character is an anti-Semite, right? Or at the very least it seems he has put forward anti-Semitic views.
The Islamophobic tripe he is said to have come out with is bad enough, but this seems to put the seal on the nature of the man.
What does it say about Keir Starmer that this is the kind of person the new New Labour leader approaches to fund his party, now that the membership is dwindling down to him, Angela Rayner and Luke Akehurst?
Now, after the embarrassing facts have become public, Starmer is being urged to hand back the cash – to give an assurance that he won’t have any truck with the kind of racism that’s being pushed here.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) December 1, 2020
David Abrahams stopped donating money to Labour in 2016. The Times reported a fortnight ago that he is now financially supporting the party again after receiving a letter from @Keir_Starmer
Does the leadership think this is acceptable? pic.twitter.com/WSwpOiIUBY
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) December 1, 2020
Trouble is, Starmer asked for Abrahams to contribute, knowing full well what kind of man he is – whatever kind of man he really is.
Also, a recent report on shocking levels of Islamophobia within the Labour Party received only a lukewarm reception from Starmer.
And Labour’s record proves it is happy to smear as anti-Semites Jews who don’t support the pro-Israel, aggressive-Zionist pose that Starmer has been pushing.
So will he hand back the cash?
And if he does, how will he keep Labour’s finances from falling apart?
NOTE: This is not the first time donations to the Labour Party by David Abrahams have been controversial. In 2007 he was at the heart of the so-called “donorgate” row that forced former leader Gordon Brown to launch an inquiry into party funding – and prompted the Electoral Commission to call the police.
He had given more than £650,000 to Labour using the names of associates, and told the BBC he had “gifted funds to my friends and colleagues” so they could make donations on his behalf because he was a “very private person who did not seek publicity”.
It was thought to have been a breach of the law on transparent disclosure, but Abrahams was subsequently cleared by the police.
The result of Gordon Brown’s inquiry has yet to be published, it seems.
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