A Legacy Squandered

The legacy left by the trade unions, Ramsay MacDonald, Nye Bevan, Tony Benn, George Galloway, Dennis Skinner, Chris Williamson and Jeremy Corbyn has been squandered away to appease the right wing, apologists for Israel.

The Labour Representation Committee was formed in 1900 and after winning 29 seats in the 1906 General Election, became the Labour Party. It was formed by socialist groups like the Fabian Society coming together with the trade unions. Ramsay MacDonald (pictured above) was the first Labour prime minister in office in 1924, and again in 1929 – 1935. MacDonald was determined that the party should have a broad, national appeal. He wanted the party to be firmly progressive, committed to individual freedom, and to the securing of power through existing democratic, parliamentary methods. By the 1945 general election Labour had a focused programme: a welfare state, selective nationalisation and full employment. In 1948 the National Health Service was formed and this was and still is the jewel in Labour’s crown ( from A Brief History of the Labour Party by Dr. Jeremy Nuttall March 2019 )

I have given you a very brief history of the beginnings of the Labour party so you can see what has been lost in the last 4/5 years since Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour party and the campaign of hate and manufactured allegations of anti-Semitism. In my opinion the campaign of hate and anti-Semitism smears began with Joan Ryan (then Labour MP for Enfield North) and Shai Masot an Israeli diplomat based at the Israeli Embassy in London. They were secretly filmed conspiring on how to take down certain British MPs and the film was shown in the four part AlJazeera documentary ‘The Lobby‘. Joan Ryan is the Chair of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) a pro-Israeli group in which you do not have to be a member of the Labour party or Jewish to join. She embarked on a campaign of manufactured anti-Semitism allegations against Corbyn and Labour party members which lasted several years up until her resignation from the Labour party in February 2019. In her resignation speech she continued with her campaign of hate and accused Corbyn of demonising and delegitamising Israel and stated that a government led by Corbyn “would be an existential threat” to the Jewish community.

The campaign of hate and manufactured anti-Semitism claims continued and in fact snowballed into what has become known as the ‘Labour anti-Semitism crisis’. This was the beginning of the eventual end of what was, for a while, a powerful voice for the working class and non-elitists … all achieved under the honest politics and policies of Jeremy Corbyn. Israel was not happy about the thought of Jeremy Corbyn forming a government, in my opinion this is because they knew if he became PM it would mean an end to military aid to Israel and Palestine would gain the support it deserves and needs.

Sadly Israel had and still has many allies within the Labour party the main one being Margaret Hodge MP for Barking and member of LFI. Margaret Hodge was embroiled in a child abuse scandal going back to the 1980s when she was head of Islington council. It appears that she was aware of child abuse that happened at care homes she was responsible for but took no action. She received shares in a family company from a foundation based in a tax haven which is complete hypocrisy when you consider that as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee she was viewed as a fierce critic of tax avoidance. After the referendum in 2016 Hodge attempted a coup against Corbyn but did not get the backing she needed so she began a campaign of manufactured anti-Semitism claims against Corbyn, the left wing and supporters of Palestine.

Hodge started to get really nasty in her campaign of hate against Corbyn. In July 2018 she screamed “You’re a f*cking antisemite and a racist!” at him after the party amended it’s definition of anti-Semitism in which the NEC adopted the IHRA working definition. Corbyn also soundly defeated her in a debate about Labour’s Clause 4 (the public ownership clause) in 1995, which in this writer’s opinion was the start of Hodge’s antipathy towards Corbyn. Despite Hodge refusing to apologise to the Labour leader for her defamation of him, Labour dropped the inquiry. Labour claimed she had expressed “regret” to the then chief Whip Nick Brown, Hodge denied this and Labour still let the matter drop. This was by no means the end of her campaign against Corbyn; in March 2019 she made a secret recording of a meeting she had with Corbyn, without his permission, and she passed the recording to the Sunday Times. Corbyn accused Hodge of a complete abuse of trust and privacy for her actions. Again Labour took no action against her for this betrayal of trust and privacy.

In May 2019 Margaret Hodge committed an outright breach of Labour policy when she wrote an article in the Times advising readers to ” Vote for a pro-EU party,not mine” According to Labour party membership rules (Rule 4 B), any member “who joins and/ or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the Party” will “automatically be ineligible to be or remain a Party member”. Despite this obvious breach of the aforementioned rule and despite complaints from other Labour party members, once again Labour took no action against her. This complete disregard of the rules in favour of a member who had broken the rules on more than one occasion shrieks of favouritism and party bias, and certainly, for this writer, it was the beginning of the end for what had been a party “for the many not the few”.

I know the main body of this post has been devoted to two people but they are people that I consider key to Corbyn stepping down as leader and the demise of the once socialist Labour party. There are others that are key and they too will get a mention but by this time the manufactured smear campaign had turned into a full scale witch hunt. One of the first Labour party members targeted was Jackie Walker, a black Jewish woman who was vice chair of Momentum when Labour suspended her in October 2016. Jackie was suspended for comments she made when attending a Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) training session. This is the comment for which she was suspended and the JLM amongst others sought her expulsion from the Labour party, “in terms of Holocaust Day I would also like to say, wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust Day was open to all peoples who have experienced holocaust?” JLM campaigns officer and Labour councillor Adam Langleben filmed Jackie during the training and the Daily Telegraph published a story attacking Jackie with the intent of having her suspended from the party. In 2019 director Jon Pullman released a documentary called WitchHunt. On the web page for the documentary it states “In 2015 while the far right was gaining ground around the world, socialist MP Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the UK Labour Party in a landslide victory. Accusations of antisemitism within the party immediately began to circulate. Well-known anti-racists and left-wing Jews, such as Jackie Walker, were amongst the chief targets”. Jackie was interviewed for the film and spoke about her experience of being suspended and it opened peoples’ eyes to what was happening to members within the Labour party. Jackie was expelled by Labour in March 2019, the group Jewish Voice for Labour called her expulsion “a travesty of justice” and a “shameful conclusion” to a flawed process.

Labour MP for Derby, Chris Williamson booked a room in parliament to screen WitchHunt. The small pro-Corbyn group Jewish Voice for Labour was to host the screening. He was ‘dressed down’ by chief whip Nick Brown and told to cancel the booking. That was the beginning of the smear campaign against Chris and all because he defended a fellow Labour party member who was also a fellow anti-racism activist. Footage also emerged of Chris addressing a Momentum meeting in Sheffield and he is reported as saying the following when he said that Labour had been demonised over the issue of anti-Semitism, “I’ve got to say I think our party’s response has been partly responsible for that. Because, in my opinion, we’ve backed off far too much, we’ve given too much ground, we’ve been too apologetic.”. In February 2019 Chris was suspended by the Labour party over his remarks at the Momentum meeting. He was very briefly reinstated in June but was suspended again after a few hours due to an outcry from fellow MPs including Ruth Smeeth (another member of LFI). Chris resigned from the Labour party in November 2019 after the NEC failed to lift his suspension which meant he could not run as a Labour candidate in the general election. He then decided to run as an independent on a Socialism platform.

This leads me to why I am writing this article. Two weeks ago I was expelled for retweeting a crowdfunder for Chris Williamson. The reason given was that I had broken the membership rule 4 B, ironically the same rule that Margaret Hodge broke and that I wrote about earlier. The thing is, the crowdfunding appeal was for his legal battle and nothing to do with the general election. I have not and will not be contesting my expulsion because I do not want to be in a party that favours millionaire members like Margaret Hodge over working class members like myself and others who have also been expelled for the most spurious of reasons, especially a party that is supposed to be for the working class. There currently seems to be a purge of left wing members going on within Labour, most especially those left wing members who also dare to criticise Israel and its occupation of Palestine. More and more Twitter users are telling of how they have been expelled from Labour and the flimsy reasons for why they have been expelled. Writer and blogger Asa Winstanley who writes about what is happening in Palestine was suspended about 18 months ago and last week he announced he had resigned from Labour. In the article he used to announce this he wrote “I did so to protest the party’s illegal mishandling of my private data, and because it is using its complaints system to conduct a political purge of members who support Palestinian rights”. And there it is … the recognition of the reason for Labour’s current purge. Corbyn is stepping down as leader in April and the choices we are left with for new leader do not instil much in the way of confidence that the party will once again be a party “for the many, not the few”.

Here is a litany of the others who, in my opinion, have contributed to the manufactured anti-Semitism claims, the WitchHunt and Corbyn stepping down:

Margaret Hodge, Joan Ryan, Ruth Smeeth, Ian Austin, John Woodcock, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes ( all current or ex- Labour MPs); Jewish Labour Movement (under leadership of Mike Katz); Labour Friends of Israel (under leadership of Joan Ryan); Sussex Friends of Israel (started by Simon Cobbs and Fiona Sharpe); Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (Chairman Gideon Falter); Labour Against Anti-Semitism ( under leaders Euan Phillips, Joanne Bell and Nicole Lampert); Gnasherjew a group of social media trolls and doxxers (John Arnott, Ray Baker, David Collier, Ambrosine Dipshit and others); Rachel Riley (Z list celebrity) and her followers; Jewish Chronicle (Editor Stephen Pollard) and other members of social media, the Labour party and mainstream media and the name behind it all is of course ISRAEL

I know this has been lengthy and perhaps tedious but it needed to be written. The opinions are my own and I have cited resources when used. Comments welcome but please be polite.

Anti-Semitism from some of Labour’s loudest anti-Semitism Accusers

The ten demands the Board of Deputies make of the 6 Labour leadership candidates. Some can be construed as anti-Semitic

I was absolutely staggered when I read that the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BOD) had compiled a list of ten ‘policies’ which they ‘asked’ the six Labour leadership candidates to sign. So far five out of the six candidates have signed, Clive Lewis is the only candidate not to have signed. (Whilst writing this I learned that Lewis has stood down from the contest). When I first read about this I was angered because the BOD are known Tory supporters and are also pro-Israel, and the Labour party is supposed to stand up for, and support, oppressed peoples like the Palestinians. It is bad enough that both Emily Thornberry and Jess Phillips support Labour Friends of Israel (LFI). To be a member of LFI you do not have to be a Labour party member or Jewish, the same applies to the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM). The LFI was implicated in the four part Al-Jazeera documentary The Lobby when the then Labour MP and leader of LFI Joan Ryan was secretly videotaped conspiring on how to take MPs down with Israeli embassy staffer Shai Masot.

‘Policy’ number four names two ex-Labour party members demanding that they never be readmitted to the Labour party. I will not name those two people but suffice it to say that one of these two people is Jewish which surely would make this ‘policy’ anti-Semitic. ‘Policy’ number five does not actually mention any names but you know who they are referring to when they state “Provide no platform for bigotry: Any MPs, Peers, councillors, members or CLPs who support, campaign or provide a platform for people who have been suspended or expelled in the wake of antisemitic incidents should themselves be suspended from membership.”

It was when I reached ‘policy’ number eight that I decided to go and reread the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism which they Labour party agreed to and one would assume the BOD would adhere to. It states “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” It also says that this is a “non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism” which to my mind brings into question all the people suspended or expelled from the Labour party due to unfounded and/or unproven allegations of anti-Semitism.

‘Policy’ number eight which really caught my attention states “ Engagement with the Jewish community to be made via its main representative groups: Labour must engage with the Jewish community via its main representative groups, and not through fringe organisations and individuals.” Mike Sivier responds to this policy very succinctly and, in my opinion, correctly …”This is an example of genuine anti-Semitism. The Board of Deputies is trying to ensure that groups representing a more common-sense attitude, like Jewish Voice for Labour and Jewdas, are denied a voice. That’s denying Jewish people a right to self-determination, and it’s a claim that members of this organisation are “the wrong kind of Jew”. Despicable. It’s also undemocratic, of course” …

After reading the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism and agreeing that Mike Sivier had written the simple and definite truth, I would say that in my opinion all five of the Labour leadership candidates should carefully rethink their positions and rescind their agreements to these demands … which is what they are …they are demands not policys. Labour is a Socialist party and should not be dictated to by outside influences especially when those influences are Tory supporters. The fact that they also want JLM to oversee anti-Semitic training would make me laugh if it was not so disturbing. JLM are a right wing organisation with ties to the Israeli embassy, which was revived when Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour party in 2015. The JLM was actually formed in 2004 as a successor to Poale Zion which was a movement of Marxist-Zionist Jewish workers founded in Poland, Europe and Russia in the early twentieth century.

I am now in two minds as to whether I should remain a member of the Labour party and fight the right wing elements from within, or just say ‘enough is enough’, like some others, and resign my membership.

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Gnasherjew, LAAS, Sussex Friends of Israel and their latest tool – “Labour Anti-Semitism Map

Why? (The colonisation of Palestine by Israel and the constant screams of ‘anti-semitism’)

Rachel Riley, Endemol Shine UK and that T-Shirt

Anti-Semitism Smear Campaign Continues Part One

A Legacy Squandered

How Did Labour Come To This?

Chief Rabbi, Mainstream Media and the smears against Jeremy Corbyn (Guest post by Peter Gregson) Chairperson of LAZIR)

Chief Rabbi, Mainstream Media and the smears against Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn smears

The campaign group, Labour Against Zionist Islamophobic Racism (Lazir), considers the recent attack by the chief rabbi on Labour to be part of an ongoing campaign to prevent a Corbyn-led government being elected that would criticise Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians.

We note that Labour has been haemorrhaging Jewish support since before Corbyn became leader. It began with his (Jewish) predecessor, Ed Miliband, when he condemned Israel’s August 2014 invasion of Gaza, which killed 2,200 Gazans and wounded over 10,000 more. Israeli-supporting Jews were furious that Labour described this action as “wrong and unjustifiable”. Previously, wealthy Jewish donors had supported Blair and Brown for their pro-Israel stance – and now they were pulling their money out from Labour because it dared to criticise their colony.

Lazir also notes that Corbyn was clearly identified as a target by Israel in the 2017 documentary, The lobby, that investigated the influence of the Israel lobby in the UK. It exposed the strong links between the Israeli embassy and the Jewish Labour Movement, which became active in 2015 in response to, as its chair said, “the rise of Jeremy Corbyn”. Here was evidence that the JLM was acting as little more than a front for the Israeli embassy and that the mission it set itself was to weaken Corbyn in the hope of removing him from the leadership. Ofcom rejected complaints that the documentary series was anti-Semitic or had breached impartiality rules. (JLM was formerly the pioneering Paole Zion, which had participated in the 1948 nakba ethnic cleaning of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland.)

Early on, the JLM and other pro-Israel lobbyists understood that the most effective way to damage Corbyn and undermine solidarity with the Palestinian cause was to weaponise the charge of anti-Semitism. The Israelis had been working on this since 2004, when their scholars worked with selected Jewish NGOs and academics to create a definition that would define meaningful criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic. The result was the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism, which has been foisted upon millions of UK citizens through its adoption by the major unions and political parties. This wholesale attack on our human right to freedom of expression was orchestrated by Zionists in the UK. On this basis, anyone who states that Israel is a racist endeavour can be labelled anti-Semitic. Since Israel passed the nation-state law in July 2018, declaring the rights of Jews superior to those of all others, one can now be called a Jew-hater for simply pointing out the truth.

Lazir would also like to highlight that the myth of a “Labour anti-Semitism crisis” has been created by a media only too willing to undermine the Labour Party. The volume of anti-Semitism-related complaints against Labour members has been cited as evidence that anti-Semitic discourse in the party is commonplace. A March 2019 survey asked the public to estimate the percentage of Labour members against whom anti-Semitism complaints had been made. The average response was 34%. In reality, as of July 2019, the proportion of Labour Party members subjected to disciplinary procedures – ie, summoned for a hearing in response to a complaint, but not necessarily found guilty – amounted to less than one-10th of one percent. This skewed view is compounded by a media which ignores statements from Jewish Voice for Labour, which, unlike the JLM, requires full members to be both Jewish and Labour – and which completely support Corbyn.

Lazir believes the UK’s mainstream media has become so terrified of pressure from the Zionist lobby that it now ignores human rights abuses by Israel as a matter of course. The recent attack on Gaza that left 34 dead, including a family of nine, who just happened to be in a building that Israel considered empty, was ignored by the BBC and hardly reported upon by major news outlets.

Lazir calls upon the media to reflect upon whose interests it is serving in allowing those from outside the UK to influence the election of our leaders, through promulgating these politically motivated and fraudulent anti-Semitism smears. Telling Jews they are at risk when they are not is fake news and dangerous misinformation. Our democracy is being undermined by Israel supporters – as enacted by rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, a man who defends every bomb that falls on Gaza. Even Tories like Sir Alan Duncan were targeted for supporting Palestine. This election is major for the British people – let’s not let Israel mess it up by smears and slander.

Written by Pete Gregson
Chairperson, Lazir

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Gnasherjew and Fake Anti-Semitism Claims on Facebook

Gnasherjew, LAAS, Sussex Friends of Israel and their latest tool – “Labour Anti-Semitism Map

Why? (The colonisation of Palestine by Israel and the constant screams of ‘anti-semitism’)

Rachel Riley, Endemol Shine UK and that T-Shirt

Anti-Semitism from one of Labour’s Loudest Anti-Semitism Accusers

Anti-Semitism Smear Campaign Continues Part One

How Did Labour Come To This?

Rachel Riley, Endemol Shine UK and that T-Shirt

Rachel Riley went on Victoria Derbyshire to complain about being ‘trolled’ online. She managed to turn on the waterworks and make out she was a victim of anti-Semitism bullying. She even went so far as to join an anti-trolling campaign. She managed to fool many people including some celebrities who I will not name here. Rachel Riley is in fact a cyber-bully who sided with an Islamophobic, homophobic, anti-Semitic Scottish church minister, because he does not like Jeremy Corbyn. Her known associates on Twitter include Gnasherjew, Sussex Friends of Israel and other right wing anti-Corbyn, pro-Israel trolls. She, along with the aforementioned social media miscreants, make it their business to bully pro-Corbyn and pro-Palestine supporters.

It is a well known fact, on social media platforms, that she, along with Z list ex soap actress Tracy Ann Obermann bullied and harassed a 16 year old girl and her father, on seeing what Riley and Obermann were doing their followers diligently followed suit and ‘dogpiled’ the poor girl and also made death threats. This resulted in the girl being afraid to leave her home for 6 months. Riley is currently suing Mike Sivier of Vox Political Online for daring to write about her despicable bullying of the 16 year old girl, Riley and Obermann both accuse Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters of anti-Semitism with absolutely no credible evidence.

Rachel Riley also has close links with the Twitter account Stop Funding Fake News, which targeted the Canary amongst other pro-Corbyn media sites. She does not hide the fact that she supports that account and in fact often promotes it. She has made herself judge, jury and executioner of people and web sites that she in her ‘infinite wisdom’ considers to be anti-Israel and pro-Corby, and does not appear to have any problem with her followers then going out of their way to make the lives of those she has judged to be guilty, absolutely miserable.

On the 21st November 2019 it was reported in both mainstream and independent media that Riley had photoshopped a photograph of Jeremy Corbyn’s arrest in the 1980s, when he protested the racist Apartheid system of South Africa. In the photograph he is pictured holding a placard that states ” Defend the right to demonstrate against Apartheid. Join this picket“. Riley photoshopped the placard so that the words now stated that “Jeremy Corbyn is a racist endeavour” Despite numerous emails and complaints to Channel 4 Riley has not been dismissed. The reasons for this are not known and we can only speculate.

I emailed Endemol Shine UK about Rachel Riley a few months ago. This was when they still had an email address displayed on their website, it seems to have been removed as I could not find it anywhere on the site. Their response was basically ‘what she does off screen is not our business’. Shouldn’t the fact that she represents them when she appears on Channel 4’s ‘Countdown’ and ‘8 out of 10 cats does Countdown’ make them worry that she is misrepresenting them. For surely that is what she is doing as their employee, she represents Endemol Shine UK both on screen and off screen. I cannot watch Countdown or 8 out of 10 cats any more because I cannot stand seeing her 5 days a week on my television screen. I have seen what she tweets and it is hateful. She has compared Jeremy Corbyn to the Nazis which is about as big an insult as you can give.

It is high time that Twitter and Facebook took some responsibility and banned her and her right wing anti-Corbyn followers from their platforms. Numerous complaints have been made about her, Gnasherjew, Sussex Friends of Israel, LAAS and CAA; but neither Twitter or Facebook have ever cautioned, suspended or banned them. They delete pro-Palestine pages and posts from pro-Palestine supporters, but never anything from pro-Israel supporters or anti-Corbyn trolls. They delete alternative media site pages and posts but never anything from mainstream media, no matter how false or hateful. This just goes to show their double standards and also displays obvious bias towards certain states and political viewpoints.

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Gnasherjew and Fake Anti-Semitism Claims on Facebook

Gnasherjew, LAAS, Sussex Friends of Israel and their latest tool – “Labour Anti-Semitism Map

Why? (The colonisation of Palestine by Israel and the constant screams of ‘anti-semitism’)

Rachel Riley, Endemol Shine UK and that T-Shirt

Anti-Semitism Smear Campaign Continues Part One

A Legacy Squandered

How Did Labour Come To This?

Chief Rabbi, Mainstream Media and the smears against Jeremy Corbyn (Guest post by Peter Gregson) Chairperson of LAZIR)