Fair play – at least Private Eye had the guts to publish this letter from my brother the Beast, in full, without trying to justify itself in any way.
Letter in @PrivateEyeNews (issue 1556, p 25) re Labour Party "witch-hunt" from Dr David Sivier, writer of the "Beast Rabban" blog and brother of Vox Political writer Mike Sivier @MidWalesMike. pic.twitter.com/YTJ14JeILQ
— leftworks #WeAreCorbyn #IStandWithCraigMurray (@leftworks1) September 16, 2021
The scan is a bit faint and I know some of you won’t be able to read it, so here are the salient parts:
“I have followed with interest your coverage of the mass accusations of antisemitism in the Labour party and the purges of those accused. I regret to say that I have found this coverage to be almost wholly one-sided.
“You have given little opportunity for the victims of what can only be described as a witch-hunt to speak for themselves.
“Worse, you seem to have blindly followed the media groupthink and automatically assumed that the Labour Party did have a severe antisemitism problem, that Jeremy Corbyn was an antisemite, and that those accused were indeed guilty.
“This left me somewhat perplexed, as your magazine has a strong tradition of criticising Israel and standing up for those who have been falsely accused. I am offering you the opportunity to correct this bias.
“Yesterday I received a message from the Labour Party Complaints Team informing me that I was being investigated for antisemitism based on an article I had published on my blog.
“In this I agreed with another blogger, Tony Greenstein, a proud Jewish critic of Zionism, that Zionism was an internalised Jewish version of antisemitism and that Israel is indeed a racist, colonialist state.
“The argument is supported by solid historical scholarship, quoting reputable historians and the major figures in Zionist history themselves.
“I am not an antisemite, a form of racism that I find particularly abhorrent, and have published very many pieces on my blog attacking it and other forms of racism, as well as its political expressions, Fascism and Nazism.
“I am determined to fight these false accusations and this attempt to suppress reasonable criticism of Israel by automatically equating it with genuine despicable hatred of Jews.
“BA (Hons) History, MA History PhD Archaeology”
Please don’t get sidetracked into speculation that my brother is a modern version of Indiana Jones. The relevance of his qualifications is that, when he discusses Israel, Zionism, anti-Semitism, Fascism and Nazism, he knows exactly what he is discussing.
So it will be very interesting to see if his missive receives any responses in subsequent Eye letter columns – and to examine, with the Beast himself, the quality of those responses.
We all know – don’t we? – that none of the arguments matter. Labour has accused Dr Dave and the fact that he knows far more about this subject than his accusers won’t stop them from expelling him from the party as soon as they get the chance.
They’re utterly ignorant, but they have a quota to meet, or masters to obey, or whatever excuse it is today.
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