How did Labour come to this

When did Labour MPs suddenly become Zionists and want to be voted in as the new party leader and are the members really happy for this to happen?

Over the past 4/5 years Labour and its members have been assaulted over and over again with allegations of anti-Semitism by the right wing pro-Israel groups within the Labour party and affiliated to Labour. I am, of course, talking about the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM); the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI); the Board of Deputies (BoD) and various other smear campaigners like Gnasherjew, Sussex Friends of Israel and individuals like Z celebrity Rachel Riley. I wrote about this in previous articles titled ‘A Legacy Squandered‘ and ‘Anti-Semitism from one of Labour’s Loudest Anti-Semitism Accusers‘.

Events over the past few days have left me angry and so very disappointed in what the Labour party and the candidates in the leadership campaign have become. I am not alone in this and I think that the time has come for Socialists to stand together and express our disquiet over the direction the Labour party is headed on. There currently seems to be a purge of left wing members from the Labour party especially of those who actively support Palestine. On a single day 25 members were expelled, mainly by the NEC who are fast tracking the so called ‘disciplinary process’ against those accused of anti-Semitism.

A long term Labour party member, activist and Palestine supporter was expelled for allegations of anti-Semitism. Pauline Hammerton was not given the opportunity to defend herself or to face her accusers, she was expelled with no warning. Looking at her facebook posts and Twitter timeline you could see how against all racism she was, and that she was a kind and compassionate lady. She was a victim of the smear campaign and left wing purge and tragically her story ended suddenly when she died a week after her expulsion. There is a strong feeling amongst her friends and social media followers that her expulsion was responsible for her death and, although I am neither a medical doctor or psychiatrist, in my opinion it certainly attributed to her sudden death.

A source for the Labour National Constitution Committee (NCC) has said that 90% of the evidence of anti-Semitism passed on by the Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) has to be discarded due to it having no substance. Despite this fact the NEC continues to fast track expulsions of those accused of anti-Semitism. In the past only the NCC had the power to expel members, and then only after reviewing evidence and assessing material passed on to them by the NEC. To appease the right wing and centrist elements within the Labour party, and outside, who were complaining of the time taken to expel members, the NEC began the process of fast tracking expulsions.

As if this was not cause enough for concern, along with the quick capitulation and signing by all but 2 candidates of the ‘ten demands’ submitted by the BoD, there was a ‘hustings’ for the Jewish community held jointly by the JLM and LFI which was mediated by Robert Peston, the ITV political editor. ( A hustings is a meeting in which candidates answer questions put to them by potential voters). The hustings is not the cause for concern, let me make that perfectly clear before I am accused of anti-Semitism. The cause for concern was what the leadership candidates said when asked if they considered themselves to be zionist. All four of them said that they did consider themselves to be zionists. For those who do not know, Zionists believe Judaism is a nationality as well as a religion, and that Jews deserve their own state in their ancestral homeland, Israel. The only problem with this is that they consider Palestine to be their ancestral homeland despite the fact that it was never called Israel before 1948 or appeared on any maps before then. Anti-Zionism is too often conflated with anti-Semitism and too often this is why people end up being accused of anti-Semitism.

Asa Winstanley writes:”Zionism is the movement that founded the state of Israel in 1948, and remains enshrined in Israeli law and state ideology today.Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist militias and the new Israeli army drove the majority of Palestine’s indigenous population out of the country in order to create a majority Jewish state.The refugees have never been allowed to return solely because they are not Jewish”. Candidates to replace Corbyn denounce him as anti-Semitic (15th Feb 2020)

Both Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy agreed that it was anti-Semitic to call Israel, its policies or the circumstances around its foundation, racist. This would include the 1948 Nakba which was NOT an unintended result of war. It was a deliberate and systematic act necessary for the creation of a Jewish majority state in Palestine, which was mainly Arab prior to 1948. Internally, Zionist Jewish leaders used the euphemism “transfer” when discussing strategies for what today would be called ethnic cleansing. This stance is particularly surprising coming from Lisa Nandy when you consider she is Chair of the Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East (LFPME). If she is truly a zionist and is now pro-Israel then it makes everything she wrote on the LFPME site about her sympathy for Palestinians untrue, and she should resign from her position as Chair. In fact her stance, and RLB’s, go against everything the Labour party once stood for with regards to its manifesto concerning the Middle East. The Labour manifesto stated that Labour would impose an arms ban on Israel over human rights abuses. The manifesto also said Labour would be committed to pursuing a two-state solution and would immediately recognise a Palestinian state.

In my opinion these candidates should be removed from the ballot because their remarks and views go against what the Labour party represents and stands for. Emily Thornberry has already lost her place on the ballot and all three remaining MPs should be removed. Of all the candidates standing for leader and deputy leader, only two have remained true to Labour’s stance on Palestine. Dawn Butler and Richard Burgon both declined to sign BoD’s ‘ten demands’ for which of course they have been attacked and accused of anti-Semitism. The legacy left by Ramsay MacDonald, the trade unions, Nye Bevan, Tony Benn, Dennis Skinner, George Galloway, Chris Williamson and Jeremy Corbyn has now been well and truly squandered and ruined. I despair for the future of Labour and I know it will no longer be truly Socialist and left wing. It has become almost ‘criminal’ to be either a socialist or left wing within the Labour party so if you are either/ both I advise you to watch your backs and maybe leave before you are expelled.

This article is all my own opinion, I have included links so you can check what I have written or do some further reading.

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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

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

A Legacy Squandered

Why?

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

The problem in Palestine is not the majority of Jewish people that live there, I am sure that on the whole they are good, peaceful people. The problem is the state and Zionist government of Israel, the violent illegal settlers and extremists like Benzi Gopstein of the right wing group Lehava. The way Israel acts with no fear of recrimination or impunity is a poor reflection of the lack of action or recrimination on the part of the international community and the UN.

It is very hard to understand why mainstream media is not reporting on the atrocities happening to Palestinians on a daily basis. Why is a nine year old boy being shot in the head with an exploding bullet by an IOF sniper not reported by mainstream media? Why is the fact that hundreds of Palestinians, including children, are being held in prison on ‘administrative detention’ not being questioned by the mainstream media and international community? Why was the fact that a 4 year old was arrested and interrogated by the IOF not a major news item on evening news channels worldwide? Why was the fact that Israeli forces raided a Palestinian home, shot an unarmed Palestinian woman in the head, and then abducted her son, not mentioned in mainstream media? Why does mainstream media continue to report Israel as the victim in all this? When Israel embarks on a campaign of firing missiles on Gaza and the people in Gaza dare to retaliate, why is Israel always portrayed as the victim? This is despite the fact that it is Palestinians that are killed and injured in large numbers whist few Israelis are injured and even fewer killed. There are a lot of whys with no answers from anybody in mainstream media.

To me the biggest WHY throughout all this is why is anti-Semitism treated as being worse than other forms of bigotry eg Islamophobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism, ageism etc. I asked one of Gnasherjews followers on Twitter that question months ago and he could not answer me. Can anybody reading this article answer this question for me? Can anybody answer any of the WHYs in this article? I did meet one person who could answer one of my whys and perhaps his answer covered all of my whys. I recently met the Labour candidtae for my constituency and asked him why anti-Semitism is treated as being worse than all other forms of bigotry. His answer was very simple, the Israeli Lobby. They have a large amount of power and vast wealth, especially in the UK and USA. They contribute huge sums to political parties and campaigners. The Adelsons and Donald Trump being the perfect example of this. They orchestrate smear campaigns against those who do not support them as has happened with Jeremy Corbyn and other Labour party MPs and members. They, of course, have aid with these campaigns within the country where the campaign is taking place. Sometimes the aid comes from within the political party targeted as shown in the Aljazeera documentary The Lobby.

There is something fundamentally wrong when one group of people can colonise the land of another group of people; then evict the current occupants from their homes, demolish their homes and charge them for the demolition of their homes. The colonists then begin to murder and imprison the indigenous population and declare that they have the right to do so as they are ‘God’s chosen people’. The rest of the world sits and watches as the colonists do this and just shrug their shoulders and say”Meh”.

Illegal settlers deliberately raze and set fire to valuable olive tree orchards thus depriving Palestinians of their source of income. They deliberately aim their cars at and run Palestinians over, this includes children. They throw stones at passing cars driven by Palestinians, sometimes killing occupants of these cars. They may get arrested for these offences but they are seldom punished. The teen that was arrested for the death of Aisha al-Rabi, who died after being hit in the head by a stone thrown at the car she was a passenger in, was released on house arrest and never prosecuted.

If you dare to question or criticise Israel you are immediately accused of ‘anti-Semitism’ this due to the ‘weaponising’ of the term anti-Semitism and the wording of the IHRA’s ‘Working Definition of Anti-Semitism‘. You are classed as the worst of all possible racists and you then have to fight to clear your name as in the cases of MP Chris Williamson and Jackie Walker. Jackie Walker was expelled from the Labour party after withdrawing from disciplinary hearings against her because she was refused the right to make a statement beforehand; Chris Williamson was suspended for alleged anti-Semitism when he said that Labour had “given too much ground” in the face of criticism over the way the Labour Party had handled claims of anti-Semitism within the party;and the journalist Asa Winstanley who was suspended from the Labour party for calling the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) a “proxy for the Israeli embassy”. The way all three of these people, and others, have been treated by Labour’s NEC is quite disgraceful.

To end this piece I ask this final question and this time it is a what. What is the hold that Israel has over some of the most powerful nations and people of the world? What is it that make the international community and the UN reluctant to point the finger and censure Israel? Is it really all about the money or is there something else involved?

If you have answers to any of the WHYs above then please leave a comment.

(No offence is intended to any party in the writing of this article. I am not responsible for what I think when trying to get to sleep)

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Labour members declaring Israel a racist endeavour ask NEC to abandon full IHRA

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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

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

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)