Fisking Sabrina Miller’s JC article

Bristol student Sabrina Miller is a Yachad sympathiser.   She signs Yachad petitions. When I published my petition calling for David Miller to be fired, she called me and asked me to pull it because she wanted a clear run for hers – which she hadn’t yet published!

She has a column in the JC this week (‘Jewish schools must discuss Palestinian views’ – not online). She complains that her Jewish school (which was Immanuel College) did not equip her to oppose Israel haters. She says that all Jewish schools have the same problem.

The article is appalling. Presumably it was published because of the usual incomprehensible communal indulgence of soft left students. Where to start …?

 ‘Many Jewish schools refuse to talk about or even acknowledge the Palestinian narrative in any meaningful way.’

The Palestinian narrative …. ‘ Does she mean the ‘Naqba’ Lie that Jews ‘ethnically cleansed’ 750,000 Arabs between 1947 and 1949??  Or the lie that the IDF deliberately murders children? Or the inflammatory lie that Israel wants to tear down the Al Aqsa Mosque and rebuild the Temple?

Quite apart from the fact that it is not the responsibility of Jewish schools to teach Israel advocacy, any more than it is the responsibility of schools to teach why intervention in Afghanistan was justified or why it is wrong for the Iranian Mullahs to voice the desire to wipe Israel off the map. In fact if schools taught Israel advocacy they would be in breach of the 1996 Education Act which requires controversial subjects to be taught offering ‘a balanced presentation of opposing views’. There are organisations that go into schools and offer a balanced presentation, eg MEEDU. As well as a plethora of other organisations (eg Stand With Us) and sources (eg Beyond Images and Jewish Virtual Library) and blogs (modesty forbids mention of THIS blog).

Why no mention of the multitude of resources Ms Miller could use to put Israel’s case? And I have yet to see an article authored by her fisking the lies of the Israel haters. Or see her at a pro-Israel counterdemo.

In fact Miller provides no evidence for her assertions about Jewish schools. She even admits this:

‘I can only speak from personal experience’.

The rest of the article shows just where she is coming from. She claims she was ‘never allowed to talk about BDS’. Maybe Immanuel could explain just how such censorship works in practice. Are there notices in every classroom? –

Warning: Discussing BDS will be severely punished

And she describes the material she received at Immanuel – presumably from pro-Israel organisations or the Embassy – as ‘propaganda’!

She criticises the parents who opposed Yachad being invited to speak at Immanuel. Yachad was closely associated with Kaddish For Hamas and supported UN Resolution 2334 …… Immanuel Parents were completely right to oppose it.

Ms Miller is trying to make a name for herself as a journalist. This ill-informed piece does neither her nor the JC any favours.

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Addendum

David Collier has published this superb scholarly analysis of ‘the Palestinian narrative’. Probably not what Ms Miller had in mind – but all the more reason for her – and everyone like-minded – to read/save/quote from it.


Index to my blogs January 2007-September 2021


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Blogs published on other sites:

Incorrect Parallels and Evidence-Free Assertions 24 August 2021

No moral lessons from someone who said Kaddish for Gaza 28 May 2020

Soviet style antisemitism funded by UK taxpayers  22 September 2018

QC says ‘Israel created to compensate for Holocaust’ * 2 September 2018
Sir Mick’s five straw man arguments in the row over Zionism 4 July 2018

An open letter to Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish Chronicle 13 February 2018
Deconstructing From Balfour to Banksy “From Balfour to Bigots” 22 November 2017

Naturally the Guardian lauds Jackie Walker’s play The Lynching  20 November 2017

SOAS meeting to downplay antisemitism sees Israel bracketed with North Korea  17 November 2017

LSE breaks own rule on neutral chair for external meetings  7 November 2017

Running with the fox and hunting with the hounds  26 October 2017
OFCOM on The Lobby: A wrong decision and a profound disservice to the Jewish Community * 14 October 2017

Ofcom decision plays into the hands of haters  12 October 2017

Brent councillors disgracefully distort the IHRA definition of antisemitism  21 September 2017

JPR anti-semitism survey: wide open goal for Corbyn * 18 September 2017

Three own goals in three weeks …     13 September 2017

Hate and errors: Anatomy of a deeply nasty book  * 5 September 2017
JLC scores spectacular own goal 5 September 2017

Hate and Errors: Anatomy of a deeply nasty book * 4 September 2017

Is Kevin Myers really an anti-Semite?   * 1 August 2017

Balfour’s Shadow 28 July 2017

Young Vic: Should it be reviving Rachel Corrie?  * 26 July 2017

PalExpo: Outside and Inside  10 July 2017

Medieval disputation in a London church – in 2017 * 29 June 2017

“You Are The Zionist Jack Ruby”  20 June 2017

Digital Terrorism and Hate 15 June 2017

After Manchester we need action not banalities 24 May 2017

If my aunt had balls  9 May 2017

Queuing up to tell Jews what they should find offensive * 3 May 2017

Baroness Tonge removes antisemitic cartoon, claims she thought it was two figures trying to escape Gaza  6 May 2017

Israel vilified in Parliament, four Jews protest and get thrown out * 26 April 2017

Breaking the Silence shortlisted for freedom of expression award  20 April 2017

The Irish hate caravan moves on, to planet oxymoron 10 April 2017

Ken Livingstone’s dishonesty  5 April 2017

“Raus!”: How Jews were ejected from an anti-Israel meeting in Parliament   * 29 March 2017 (Warner)

My question to Jackie Walker: Setting the record straight * 24 March 2017

Anti-Semites score victory at London School of Economics 21 March 2017

The Lies of Rajah Shehadeh To Commemorate SOAS’s Centenary   * 12 March 2017

Am I an antisemite?   9 March 2017

Something is rotten in the state of academia * 5 March 2017

No safe space for Jews at KCL 1 March 2017

UCL in la la land    1 March 2017

Baroness Tonge: Why the Lords Report is wrong * 19 March 2017

An open letter to Baroness Amos, Principal of SOAS  * 14 March 2017

Israel’s ban on BDS activists: Welcome and justified  9 March 2017

Book Review: ‘Reporting on Hitler’ by Will Wainewright 6 March 2017

UK’s national Holocaust memorial and learning centre 23 February 2017

Charity Commission investigating anti-Semitic Suarez meeting at SOAS  * 18 February 2017

Anti-semitism: A meaningless lecture  14 February 2017

Promoting antisemitism is not covered by Lords code of conduct * 2 February 2017

Baroness Tonge posts anti-semitic article 22 January 2017

Al Jazeera ‘Lobby’: Voyeurism For Antisemites * 14 January 2017

Employee of Israel Embassy does job  8 January 2017

Yachad: A Cuckoo in the Anglo-Jewish Nest  * 4 January 2017

The wisdom of the Kiwi foreign minister 2 January 2017

Time to go, Professor 29 December 2016

Tonge under investigation 18 December 2016

Jewish Students – Please Remember Your ABC! 1 December 2016

Good Jews v Bad Jews 24 November 2016

The book which lies and distorts 14 November 2016

Christians who regret Balfour: The caravan stops at Southwark * 8 November 2016

No to antisemitic discourse in British Parliament * 8 November 2016

The Protocols of the Elders of SOAS Palestine Society  4 November 2016

Daniel Hannan – Button It! 31 October 2016

No to antisemitic meetings in Parliament! * 29 October 2016

LFI must think again! 27 October 2016

Attack on John Mann: Glatt kosher or treif? 23 October 2016

SOAS sees sense 19 October 2016

Defend Gina Miller  16 October 2016

What’s Sauce for the Gandz 7 October 2016

The cesspit where Momentum and the PSC intersect 28 September 2016

Hinde Street Church: Now take down that wall!  * 23 September 2016

Is Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite?  * 20 September 2016

Labour and ISIS 18 August 2016

British children volunteer for ISIS because of austerity…  15 August 2016

Own goal over Sir Philip Green 1 August 2016

Defending remainers from Melanie Phillips 27 July 2016

Why Brexit won’t happen 27 July 2016

Deputies Have Short Memories …. 18 July 2016

Reasons for voting Leave in the referendum … * 11 July 2016

EU Referendum: Turnout of young people 5 July 2016

EU Referendum: We must remain for the economy, jobs and security * 18 June 2016

Referendum: The guide for the perplexed * 14 June 2016

New mayor accepts EUMC definition of anti-Semitism  13 June 2016

Update on methodology used in Yachad poll of British Jews  * 18 November 2015

Yachad Poll on UK Jews and Israel * 15 November 2015
Board Executive and Oxfam: Moving the Red Line * 30 May 2013

Oxfam and the Board – What should happen if the red lines are crossed * 19 May 2013

These Pears are Rotten * 30 April 2013

A Stain on LSE  27 April 2013

Fraser versus UCU  * 26 April 2013

Board of Deputies links with Oxfam stays despite Miftah blog * 25 April 2013

Yet again, British Justice fails British Jews * 2 April 2013

Lord Sacks wows AIPAC with a terrific speech * 17 March 2013

The speech that sent Galloway packing 17 March 2013

Yachad’s ZF application: A cynical publicity stunt * 14 March 2013

What happened inside Middlesex University’s closed doors * 6 March 2013

Board of Deputies and David Ward MP  21 February 2013

Shlomo’s away with the fairies  20 February 2013

Oxford Union Triumph – Near 40% say ‘Israel Force for Good in Middle East’ 1 February 2013

Nick Clegg equivocates about David Ward’s antisemitic comment 31 January 2013

Steve Bell defends Scarfe cartoon on BBC 29 January 2013

Libdem MP’s antisemitic message re Holocaust 25 January 2013

Israel elections wrongfoot usual suspect Lefties 22 January 2013

Why the Board should vote No to Oxfam  * 21 January 2013

Oxfam links: Why we shouldn’t  * 3 January 2013

2012 Awards 1 January 2013

East Jerusalem: The Truth  30 December 2012

Middle East Weapons Salesman (ex FCO) thinks Israel “on path to assisted suicide” 24 December 2012

Lord Phillips: Jews on suicide path 15 December 2012

Is this ‘Antisemitism Institute’ part of the problem? * 7 December 2012

William Hague – You cannot be serious!!  4 December 2012

What I saw during Operation Pillar of Defense 27 November 2012

Veolia and Batsheva  22 November 2012

Vile Israel question on BBC Any Questions 21 November 2012

Pears Foundation funds Israel Boycott Lobby * 21 November 2012

Speech at rally to support Israel’s ‘Operation Pillar of Defence’ * 15 November 2012

Rally to support Israel’s right to self-defence 14 November 2012

Deprogramming students from the Palestine Solidarity Cult 13 November 2012

#BDSFail in Brighton 10 November 2012

Child Abuse Palestinian Style 6 November 2012

Bibi’s Awesome UN Speech: Transcript and Video  28 September 2012

19 lies the BDS mob say about Israel and how to respond to them 23 September 2012

Veolia: New Report Exposes the BDSers’ Lies About The Effectiveness of their Actions 22 September 2012

The Post-Self-Destructivism of Judith Butler  10 September 2012

Morning Star Demonises Israel  7 September 2012

“My deep shame at this bigoted [Edinburgh] festival protest”  3 September 2012

Artistic Antisemitism is Still Racial Hatred…..   3 September 2012

Cultural Terrorists Hit Edinburgh  31 August 2012

Rachel Corrie’s death still being exploited by Israel haters 26 August 2012

Response to Shimon Cohen and Matthew Gould  24 August 2012

How many have to die to achieve ‘One State’?  22 August 2012

Tribute to Aly Raisman  15 August 2012

PressTV says UK Olympics “Under Influence Of” Zionism  14 August 2012

Jacques Rogge’s Guildhall speech for Monday night has leaked!  * 6 August 2012

Reform Is Misguided on JNF/Lieberman  21 May 2012

How does Shamnesty’s Kate Allen Keep A Straight Face?  18 May 2012

Adieu Ken Livingstone  6 May 2012

Ben White proves the hypocrisy of the Israel haters  * 1 May 2012

Taking Back Our National Sovereignty Again [Steinberg article]  23 April 2012

“Good Riddance” [Bindman meeting] 19 April 2012

Colonel Eisner: War Hero  17 April 2012

Terrific Response to Emma Thompson and the other BDS Luvvies  2 April 2012

Remember Crewe and Nantwich! Class Politics Doesn’t Work…  31 March 2012

Jews in the UK  25 March 2012

Leeds J Soc: JLC Majority Did Not Sign Support Letter  23 March 2012

Leeds J Soc’s Shame [for cancelling Brooke Goldstein] 15 March 2012

Locked Out! [QMU Tamimi meeting] 28 February 2012

Open Letter to Vice Chancellor, Middlesex University [Meeting with O’Keefe, Karmi, Tonge] 24 February 2012

What Comes Around, Goes Around #2 [Swords] 30 January 2012

What Comes Around, Goes Around [Swords] 27 January 2012

Who guards the Guardians?  17 January 2012

Discrimination against Palestinians is Rife in Arab countries  9 January 2012

Richard Silverstein Exposed! 29 December 2011

PSC/ISM Successfully Neutralised at Natural History Museum   4 December 2011

EUMC Definition [no ambiguity] 1 December 2011

Response to a Labour MP’s antisemitic comment  [Paul Flynn] 1 December 2011

Smeared by PSC’s Salim Alam 26 November 2011

How to most effectively advocate for Israel on campus * 23 November 2011

RMT senior official directs tirade of antisemitic abuse at Israel advocate [Hedley] 25 October 2011

Malcolm Grant: £375,000 of public money per year but thinks that campus extremism is ‘made up’… 20 October 2011

Whose “Human Rights” does Shamnesty NOT support? Defenders of Israel …  18 October 2011

The Cold War On The Truth  * 13 October 2011

Welcome Tsipi Livni to London today!  5 October 2011

Antisemites hound Jewish-owned shop out of London  21 September 2011

PSC Turns Proms Audience pro-Israel * 2 September 2011

Something you didn’t know about Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman  17 August 2011

Jewish News Editors: Bow Your Heads In Shame  4 August 2011

Hacked by Yachad 21 July 2011

“Go Back To Bloody Russia!” 19 July 2011

JC gets its facts wrong  14 July 2011

Israel’s bill to combat boycotts deserves our full support  14 July 2011

Eat Your Hearts Out, Would-Be Flytilla Israel Haters …. 7 July 2011

Jihad Jenny Threatens to Quit the LibDems over Salah Detention 30 June 2011

How Palestinians became the baby seals of the Western human rights lobby 28 June 2011

Amnesty is NOT asking for Gilad’s Release 26 June 2011

“Ahava is going to play its ‘Jewish’ card”  16 June 2011

Taking the Mick – Again!  * 11 June 2011

Shame on the Extremist Muslims who are making the East End a No-Go Area  28 May 2011

BBC Biased In Favour of Israel???  26 May 2011

Philo’s new apology for a book and Joy Wolfe 24 May 2011

Col Richard Kemp’s speech to ‘We Believe in Israel’ Conference – London, 15 May 23 May 2011

Israel Must Return to the Pre-67 lines: Obama is Right!  20 May 2011

Pears and Forward Thinking: Letter sent to JC but not published 20 May 2011

No to Hate at Amnesty next Monday! – Sign the Petition Now! 17 May 2011

Pears caught with its pair of pants down…… 16 May 2011

Ahava London: Colin George of ‘The Loft” 2 April 2011

Rabid Animal Mauls Israel Supporter at SOAS 21 March 2011

Further developments regarding Mick Davis  15 March 2011

“Is it OK to be Jewish and criticise Israel?” 4 March 2011

“The Promise” – ZF Press Release 28 February 2011

“The Promise” / “The Independent” / Christina Patterson 27 February 2011

Dennis Ross: Pull Out of J-Street Conference! 24 February 2011

Christina Patterson again … (on The Promise) 23 February 2011

University Hate Speech Report: A Whitewash 19 February 2011

Davis et al – continued   18 February 2011

Guardian owns up to falsifying Livni Quote – but how about all the other wilful deceptions? 15 February 2011

What the West Needs to Understand About the Muslim Brotherhood  6 February 2011

The Lies of the Israel Haters – continued [Ahava] 5 February 2011

Bibi’s Knesset speech yesterday, on Egypt (excerpts)  3 February 2011

“The Promise” – Begins Sunday, UK Channel 4  3 February 2011

Statement of Egypt Working Group 2 February 2011

Foreign Government NGO Funding Transparency Bill 1 February 2011

Shame on Amnesty International for its Biased Israel-Bashing Agenda  31 January 2011

Locked out of Israel Hate Meeting with Hajo, the “Dancing Bear”, at Rutgers University   30 January 2011

Holocaust Memorial Day: Bibi’s speech to the Knesset  28 January 2011

Neturei Karta are the dregs of the dregs  26 January 2011

John Lewis Threatens Legal Action if PSC Continues To Lie  26 January 2011

The Duplicity of The Guardian and Al Jazeera  25 January 2011

Turkel Unanimous: Israel acted within Law on Flotilla and on Gaza Blockade…  23 January 2011

Tony Blair “Gets It”, So Many Do Not .. 23 January 2011

Sedition at Ben Gurion University: Parents start to vote with their feet  18 January 2011

Board of Deputies votes down Executive motion on Israel  16 January 2011

Blame the Jews………….  9 January 2011

The Board of Deputies’ appalling lack of [moral] clarity in response to the Kairos document 6 January 2011

Tear Gas: the Truth and the Lies  6 January 2011

“How Can You Defend Israel?” – David Harris  2 January 2011

Ben Gurion University: Economical with the Truth 1 January 2011

Seven Jewish Children, back again * 3 December 2010

58 Lambast Davis: Letter in JC * 25 November 2010

The de-Zionization of Anglo Jewry, by Isi Liebler in the Jerusalem Post 25 November 2010

Superb speech by George Osborne to Board of Deputies’ Dinner last night 24 November 2010

+++CENSORED++++++CENSORED++++++CENSORED+++ 9 November 2010

No Kangaroo Court at the Law Society! 31 October 2010

Pallywood: Faking Olive Tree Destruction & Damage  30 October 2010

SAUDI EMPLOYER HAMMERS 24 NAILS INTO SRI LANKAN MAID 30 October 2010

UNRWA official dares to suggest that the Palestinians might never exercise the “right of return”….  29 October 2010

Julie Burchill on Lauren Booth  27 October 2010

Free Speech for Israel? Not at Queens University Belfast! 18 October 2010

Support David Hallam!  17 October 2010

The miners were underground for only 69 days …. 17 October 2010

Obama and the US-Israel alliance – Caroline Glick  16 October 2010

Havardi on Tutu  15 October 2010

Are we partly to blame for Islamic terrorism? 11 October 2010

Are we partly to blame for Islamic terrorism? 10 October 2010

Bathurst-Norman Censured for Political Bias in EDO Trial * 7 October 2010

Hajo Meyer event called ‘offensive’ by Conservative UK Government * 29 September 2010

Flotilla: Biased BBC Compounds Biased UN HRC ‘Report’ 23 September 2010

Vanessa and Lin-Manuel’s Wedding, 5 September 2010: To Life! 22 September 2010

The Barons: An Everyday Story of the Struggle for Workers’ Rights in Merrie England 16 September 2010

Yvonne Ridley: In Breach of the Terrorism Act? 11 September 2010

Aznar’s speech last week 7 September 2010

Terrorist Supporters March Freely Through London 4 September 2010

De Gucht: A Bigot from Belgium 3 September 2010

BBC Panorama: Letter to BBC Director General 22 August 2010

Ahava counter-demo 14 August: Phone interview with The Guardian 16 August 2010

What the ISM Does Not Tell Its Female “Peace Activists”……….. 8 August 2010

UK Parliament: “Only Righteous Jews Allowed In” 28 July 2010

Wham Bam – Cam Slammed! 28 July 2010

The Judge Who Thought He Was Defence Counsel: CIFWATCH SCOOP * 14July 2010

The Judge who thought he was Defence Counsel * 14 July 2010 (cross)

Libya’s Bateau Provocateur 13 July 2010

A Methodist Breaks Rank … 7 July 2010

The Board of Deputies’ Critique of the Methodists’ Report “Justice for Palestine and Israel” 5 July 2010

Judge George Bathchair-Nobrain Takes Delegitimisation of Israel in the UK to new depths * 2 July 2010

Inside documents of the Free Gaza movement seized from the Marmara 27 June 2010

New Israel Fund Invites Rabbis to eat non-kosher and meet a “One-Stater” 27 June 2010

The letter the Guardian never published…….. 9 June 2010

ZF and EDL: Letter in Guardian 4 June 2010

Greenstein lies and smears 3 June 2010

Speech to Israel Support Rally – London 31 May * 1 June 2010

Flotilla Guerillas Use Violence Against Israeli Navy Soldiers Attempting to Board Mavi Marmara – Footage 31 May 2010

Flotilla turns violent – Latest 31 May 2010

Gaza Flotilla Supported by Terrorists and Antisemites 27 May 2010

Well Done, Professor Alan Dershowitz!12 May 2010

Birmingham students vote to accept EUMC Definition of Antisemitism 5 May 2010

The Nightmare Shidduch 1 May 2010

Nick? Don’t Let Him Clegg You Over! 27 April 2010

LibDems and Israel: Follow the Money! 25 April 2010

Ahava Needs Your Love 25 April 2010

The Lib-Dems 22 April 2010

Vote Clegg or Brown, don’t get Tsipi 20 April 2010

ZF: Pledge Card for the Parliamentary candidates 15 April 2010

Mira Awad – ZF press Notice 13 April 2010

Death threats: Mira Awad pulls out of ZF Yom Ha’atzmaut event 9 April 2010

Dieudonné in London 8 April 2010

The Mendacity of the Anti-Zionists 5 April 2010

The mud is flying and the starting gun has not even been fired 3 April 2010

Pope Benedict the “new Jew”? I think not. 3 April 2010

“The UK’s Disproportionate Response” – as observed by CiFWatch 28 March 2010

Was Moses a war criminal? (by Gerald Steinberg) 26 March 2010

“My particular flawed pedigree and personality” [Travers] 17 March 2010

More Channel 4 Demonisation of Israel on Monday night 14 March 2010

Vicar of Christ Church [Sizer] suggests Hilary Clinton’s criticism of Israel motivated by desire for revenge over Monica Lewinsky 14 March 2010

Israel and the OECD – The Truth 9 March 2010

Vote Eric Lee, to restore objectivity to Amnesty’s Israel coverage 27 February 2010

Vote for Eric Lee for Amnesty Board  24 February 2010

What makes Cif different? – By Hawkeye of CiF Watch 20 February 2010

The Darkness Closes In On British Academia 19 February 2010

Oxford Union Society Statement on the Danny Ayalon talk last night 9 February 2010

“Taking The Jack” [Straw] 7 February 2010

Benny Morris talk cut by Cambridge Israel society 4 February 2010

A Terrible Decision [Cambridge U Israel Society] 3 February 2010

“Progressive” …. Not 31 January 2010

“Defamation” … of Truth, of Victims and of Antiracists 16 January 2010

Campus Extremism: University Heads are “Taking the Mick” – Time for Government to Step In … 16 January 2010

IJPR Survey: A Missed Opportunity? 8 January 2010

Viva Veritas! [Guardian lies] 6 January 2010

Viva Veritas!      6 January 2010

Extremism in Universities – ZF Press Notice 2 January 2010

MCB: How Wrong Can You Be? 24 December 2009

Romain mythology and JFS  23 December 2009

Antisemitic meeting at SOAS   15 December 2009

Hoffman takes on the bigots * 15 December 2009

ZF Letter sent to DEFRA 13 December 2009

Stay Away from Gordon Brown’s Chanuka Candle Lighting on Wednesday… 13 December 2009

Subhumans commit an appalling crime  12 December 2009

Israel bashing behind closed doors 10 December 2009

Never mind the facts … lie back and think of Brittain 9 December 2009

New Charity Commissioner may not be good news for campaigners against anti-Israel Charities  4 December 2009

Carols with Caryl and more  2 December 2009

Miles’ Vile Bile 24 November 2009

Ex-Ambassador Thinks Jewish Historians Can’t Be Trusted … 23 November 2009

Response to Brian Fox 20 November 2009

Stephen Sackur demolishes Shlomo Sand 20 November 2009

What ‘Dispatches’ Tonight Won’t Tell You………. 16 November 2009

“The Iran Lobby” by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer 14 November 2009

An Open Letter to Peter Oborne and Channel Four  12 November 2009

Pondlife buried in the sand 12 November 2009

Shlomo the Sandlout 10 November 2009

ZF co-Vice Chair Blasts Board’s ‘Macavity’ – by JC Muckraker 7 November 2009

Amnesty’s Well of Truth is brackish     1 November 2009

Seven Jewish Children in Bolton 25 October 2009

Enforcing the Guardian World View through misrepresentation 8 October 2009

Review of A State Beyond the Pale by Robin Shepherd  3 October 2009

TUC and Israel: When you need a cause why let facts get in the way? 4 September 2009

Bad Odour in Clubland  2 July 2009

Guilty of false equivalence  29 June 2009

A work of fiction  19 June 2009

Where is the ‘Prevent’ cash going? (continued) 14 April 2009

Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea   3 March 2009

The 43 Group’s final reunion * 16 February 2009

Seven Jewish Children * 8 February 2009

Israel: Galloway plumbs new depths 30 January 2009

What is the point of the Press Complaints Commission?  26 January 2009

The Press Complaints Commission: How ‘high’ is high?   24 December 2008

Professor Sir Bernard Crick 20 December 2008

Antisemitism on Guardian ‘Comment is Free’  (PDF) July 2008

Lycra Loonies   20 February 2008

Register now to stop the BNP 14 January 2008

Faith, Ken’s hope and the charities  5 January 2008

A proper boycott  12 June 2007

Daniel Pipes survives Livingstone’s Lions’ Den 21 January 2007

Countering the PSC’s lies in Hackney

On 4 September we we were in Hackney to counter the lies of the PSC, see here:

Here I am telling the truth about Israel. You will see Heather Mendick (in a red top) racing around to propagate the lies – the PSC’s Duracell Bunny. More on her later.

Here you can see a chap who introduced himself as ‘Menj’ (or a similar sounding name, maybe he or someone can correct my phonetic spelling). Menj accused me (falsely) of wanting only security for ‘Israelis’  (by which he meant Israeli Jews, not Israeli Arabs).  An obvious nonsense because the IDF protects all Israelis including the 20% not Jewish. His evidence was that I was “holding the Jewish flag” (!).  He told me “You’re here because you’re Jewish” (I had not divulged my religion of course).  “You’re here to tell them [the Palestinians] that they should stay oppressed” (Nonsense of course – Menj would appear to have a PhD in Misrepresentation). As for the facts in our flier …. “I don’t care about little soundbites” he said. Dialogue with such people is hopeless.

More of Menj: You’re saying they don’t have the right to protest!” (Obvious lie and misrepresentation).

Finally the Duracell Bunny. Reasonably I thought that everyone who took the PSC’s lies should also be offered the truth.  She (of course) wasn’t keen on that idea – so whined to the cops … It’s what they do ….

In Lance Corporal Jones’ immortal words ………..

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Who is ‘Emily’, the Scottish Israel-Hating ‘School-Age Child?’

On 24 August an exhibition entitled ‘Generation Change: Young People’s Participation in Protest’ opened at the Battle of Bannockburn Experience in Stirling, Scotland.

GnasherJew tweeted that the exhibition included this horrific diatribe – full of demonising lies which may be antisemitic and which definitely fuel antisemitism – written by ‘Emily’.

I (and others) had assumed that ‘Emily’ was a school or university student. Here is the National Trust for Scotland’s apology. It states that the material ‘was produced by school-age children’.

But Matthew Berlow alerted me to the Jewish Telegraph today which reported that the exhibition was created by Emily Breedon (25) who was (she left on 17 August) the co-design officer of Children In Scotland. Emily protects her tweets. Now she works for Young Scot (another Charity) according to her Linked-In entry.

Both Matthew and I wonder if the ‘Emily’ who wrote this Israel-demonising screed (which has been removed after complaints to National Trust Scotland) is Emily Breedon ……

Maybe someone knows? After all she is stoking the flames of antisemitism in a country where the fire is already out of control.

Ms Breedon is no ‘school-age child’! And Children in Scotland’s website lists as its ‘Values’: ‘Respect and Trust’ and ‘Informed, Focussed and Accountable’. And it is part-funded by UK taxpayers. As is Young Scot. Whose ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy’ is thus:

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The unctuous disingenuity of Vivian Wineman revisited: Fake Virtue Signalling Which Fuels Antisemitism

Thirteen months ago I blogged about Vivian Wineman’s ludicrous attack on the UK Jewish Community for supposedly caring more about George Floyd than about Eyad Hallaq, a resident of East Jerusalem who was killed in error by a policeman in Jerusalem a few days after the Floyd killing.

Last week he ran with the same vile shtick again – which is grist to the mill of the Israel Haters. Moreover opening with an image captioned with the libel that the separation fence is an ‘apartheid wall’ (NB the image was placed by an Editor who removed the offensive words when pointed out).

Alex Brummer (a fellow Leftist who was a Board of Deputies VP when Wineman was President) was quick to retweet the piece. Of course. Never miss a chance to flaunt your Bleeding Heart, however fake the evidence (see below).

In my earlier blog I set out the reasons why the killings of Floyd and Hallaq are in no way comparable.

Now he makes outrageous assertions with zero evidence.…….

Eyad’s family  …. had a visit from the police who, having killed their son, then searched their home and allegedly assaulted some of them.

“Allegedly assaulted” …. Who alleges? Where’s the evidence?

Commenting on the time taken to charge Hallaq’s killer, Wineman writes:

Part of the delay, I understand, has been caused by people, who actually felt that Israeli police should not be charged for killing Palestinians.

Look at what he’s alleging: That public prosecutors in Israel are influenced by bigots. Where is his evidence for that despicable allegation? He provides none of course.

I have heard in response that this was just one unfortunate killing and we should not make a fuss about it. But this was not just one incident. In the last week alone before this article was written, four Palestinian civilians were killed by the Israeli police. One was twelve years old and another seventeen. Another was twenty and was attending the funeral of the twelve year old when he was shot.

Note his use of the word ‘civilians’, implying that Israel kills innocent Palestinian teenagers. Let’s look at the cases, shall we?

17 year old Mohammed Munir al-Tamimithrew stones in a manner that fatally threatened one of the soldiers’.

12 year old Mohammed al-Alami was in a vehicle that refused to stop when IDF soldiers chased the vehicle, suspecting it to be one they were searching for in a separate case. A tragedy but when you have to fight terrorists, that’s what can happen.

20 year old Shawkat Awad was shot at the funeral of al-Alami. Violence broke out at the funeral and Palestinians threw rocks at IDF soldiers. Reports do not state whether Awad was throwing rocks but the IDF does not fire live rounds for no reason.

Finally look at Wineman’s supremely Virtue-Signalling ending:

Part of the problem lies with openly racist religious Zionist leaders who say that an Arab life, is not worth a Jewish life. Just  recently a racist Rabbi has been convicted of hate speech fined and given a suspended sentence. The prosecution have argued that he should have been given a custodial. But part of the problem lies with the rest of us who, while not going along with this racism, do not call it out. As has been said for evil to triumph all it needs is for good people to remain silent.

Part of the problem ….

What “problem”? In the charged atmosphere of Palestinian terrorism Hallaq was asked by a Border Police officer to stop at a checkpoint and identify himself, but he did not respond. This prompted the officer to chase after the man and he was shortly joined by his commander and another officer, who believed he was carrying a firearm.  The officer has now been charged. The only “problem” here was Palestinian terrorism – but I guess that’s not what Wineman meant.

Same goes for al-Tamimi, al-Alami and Awad. As I said, when you have to fight terrorists, tragic unintended consequences can happen.

…. openly racist religious Zionist leaders who say that an Arab life, is not worth a Jewish life.”

Again, Wineman fails to provide the evidence. Who are these ‘Zionist leaders’? No-one in the current or previous Israeli government. Who is he talking about? And even if such ‘Zionist leaders’ exist, where is the evidence that they influence public prosecutors?

Wineman’s lie is simply grist to the mill of antisemites.

Just  recently a racist Rabbi has been convicted of hate speech fined and given a suspended sentence.”

Yes – the first Rabbi to be indicted since 2008.  Funny that Wineman forgot to mention that. Maybe he can give us the evidence that Rabbi Yosef Elitzur has influenced public prosecutors.

But part of the problem lies with the rest of us who, while not going along with this racism, do not call it out.”

Yawn … What ‘racism’? And where is the evidence that ‘the rest of us’ (which of course does not include the supremely virtuous Mr Wineman) do not call out racism – where it exists – ie not in the four cases where he fabricates it?

Such appalling drivel simply fuels antisemitism

King of the Israel-bashing Fake Virtue Signallers

Some Israel bashers are so anxious to signal their antiracist virtue that they even have to fabricate the racism …………

The Jewish Left’s Virtue-Signalling is bad enough ……

But this is Fake Virtue Signalling …………. and fuel for antisemitism…….

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The Israel-hating pharmacist who makes money from Israeli products

The Israel-hating pharmacist Nazim Ali has appealed against the High Court verdict that his case be referred back to the General Pharmaceutical Council for reconsideration by its Fitness to Practice Committee……

Remember that I found an Israeli product in his London pharmacy.

There are many Teva products that a pharmacist profiting from supplying NHS medicines has to stock. Here’s another one I found:

Nazim Ali’s antisemitism on the Al Quds Day march was despicable eg “Judaism yes, Zionism no, the State of Israel must go“.

To at the same time be profiting from Israeli products is simply beyond contempt.

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Labour: Usual Suspects Rush To Support Loach ….

Trotskyist sympathiser Ken Loach was recently expelled from the Labour Party. Loach has a long history of antisemitism: directing in 1987 the antisemitic play Perdition, which accused Zionists of collaborating with the Nazis; in 2018 calling for the deselection of MPs who attended the Enough is Enough protest against antisemitism; refusing to condemn Holocaust Denial.

20 Labour MPs and 5 Labour House of Lords members have signed a letter calling for Ken Loach’s reinstatement to the Labour Party (Corbyn is not permitted to take the Labour Whip; Webbe is suspended pending a trial).

Let’s take a look at their own history of antisemitism and/or demonisation of Israel ….

History of Antisemitism
Or Support for Antisemites
Or anti-Israel?
Signed Uighur Letter?Signed Vaccine Libel EDM?Signed to Restore Whip to Corbyn?Muslim proportion in constituency (%)
Diane AbbottYNNY11.2
Tahir AliYYNY43.5
Apsana BegumYYYY33.6
Christine BlowerYNnaYLords
Pauline BryanYNnaYLords
Richard BurgonYNYY10.6
Ian ByrneYYNY0.9
Jeremy CorbynY NYna9.0
Bryn DaviesNNnaNLords
Mary Kelly FoyYNNY1.0
John HendyYNnaYLords
Ian LaveryYNYY0.3
Clive LewisYYN Y2.0
Rebecca Long-BaileyYNN Y3.9
Ian MearnsYNN Y1.8
John McDonnellYNYY16.6
Grahame MorrisYNYY0.3
Kate OsborneYYYY1.4
Bell Ribeiro-Addy YNYY5.7
Jon TrickettYNNY4.1
Prem SikkaNPredated Lords m’shipnaNLords
Zarah Sultana YNYN7.4
Claudia Webbe IndYNYY15.2
Mick WhitleyYNYY1.0
Beth WinterYNYY1.0
Great Britain4.5

All but 2 of the 25 have a history of antisemitism or support for antisemites or of endorsing demonising lies about Israel. All but 3 signed a letter demanding restoration of the Whip to Corbyn.

Only 5 signed Siobhain McDonagh’s letter to the Chinese Ambassador protesting at the persecution of the Uighur – it wasn’t about Israel so they didn’t care.

More than half the MPs (12) signed Nadia Whittome’s EDM wrongly suggesting tht Israel has an obligation to vaccinate Palestinians living in the disputed areas.

It’s hardly surprising that Labour’s antisemitism-mongers should flock to support one of their own. But it underlines that Labour’s cleanup is very much ‘work in progress’. The vast majority of Jewish voters will still be unwilling to give Labour their support. Now let’s see Keir Starmer withdraw the Whip from them!

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Oryszczuk’s Leftist Propaganda in Jewish News

Stephen Oryszczuk writes for Jewish News. In November 2017 –when I was blogging on the Jewish News site – he wrote a vile Jewish News blog smearing and defaming me.  It was entitled ‘You Can’t Put Lipstick On a Pig’.

He distorted my name slightly, presumably not wishing to be responsible for a libel suit against his employer.  He should have been sacked – but all that happened was that the blog was deleted after several people complained (I didn’t).   I suspected from the content of the smear that he is a Corbynite.

Sure enough shortly after, Jewish News published a long interview by Oryszczuk of Len McCluskey, General Secretary of the trade union Unite, the UK’s biggest trade union with 1.4 million members. The interview was a thinly–disguised puff piece for Labour and Corbyn. 

On 25 July 2018 the UK’s three most prominent Jewish weekly newspapers – Jewish News, the Jewish Chronicle and the Jewish Telegraph – published a joint front page opposing Corbyn.

Oryszczuk (who is not Jewish) gave an interview to ‘The Canary’, an extreme Left publication. In it he showed his contempt for the IHRA definition of antisemitism (“I don’t share this frothy-mouthed obsession with adopting the IHRA definition and its examples word-for-word”).   The article described Corbyn as an “existential threat” to British Jews. Oryszczuk was asked if he agreed.  “Of course not” he said. “This is a dedicated anti-racist we’re trashing. I just don’t buy into it at all”.

Given that his allegiances had become obvious for all to see,  it was astonishing to see the the lead story by him in this week’s Jewish News: ‘Where is the centre ground?’ [in the UK Jewish Community]. Because that assessment can only be written by someone neutral as between ‘left’ and ‘centrist’ who has deep knowledge of Community affairs (note that I say ‘centrist’ because when the Jewish Left use the epithet of ‘right wing’ it is inevitably in the context of Israel, and the subject of the insult is only saying the same thing as the majority of Israeli voters).

Completely predictably, Oryszczuk’s two-page article is not a dispassionate analysis of the issue at all. It is a piece of leftist propaganda. Weisfeld of Yachad is quoted extensively as is Janner-Klausner, Kahn-Harris and Wagner. Other leftists quoted are Edie Friedman (JCORE), Alex Brummer, Amos Schonfield and Andrew Gilbert. These people and their supporters are described six times as ‘progressive’’.  What is it that they are ‘progressing’ towards?  Inevitably the term of approbation ‘progressive’ applied to the Left implies disapprobation towards those who are not on the Left.  Where’s the balance in that?

Inevitably there are horrific quotes and omissions:

Weisfeld:I think what Israel’s done to the Jewish Community is to destroy it”

Brummer:  “Kids who’ve been through RSY [the youth movement of Reform Judaism] pick up different values to kids growing up traditional Orthodox: social equality, gender equality, racial equality, a fairer society,  giving something back.”   So children growing up in Tribe (the United Synagogue youth movement) DON’T believe in social/gender/racial equality and a fairer society?  How idiotic and offensive a comment is that?

Kahn-Harris (on the Board of Deputies’ failure to admit JCORE): “Unlike in a democratic parliament, deputies can vote on who to admit as constituents.  Voting not to admit JCORE is like MPs voting not to recognise the constituency of Sunderland South.” 

The comparison is entirely invalid.  Everyone living in the UK is entitled to be represented by an MP. The Board is different – it isn’t an assembly of representatives of every Jew living in the UK. Its members are organisations – not individuals – and they have to pay to join. The Board’s Constitution is clear about the process for admission of Jewish organisations. If Kahn-Harris thinks that JCORE should have a free pass he should get himself elected as a Deputy and work to change the Constitution.  And note that he said nothing about the disgraceful failure to admit the ZCC of Manchester. As for JCORE, how come in its support for Black Lives Matter it never mentions that organisation’s antisemitism?  And why does it not come out in support of UK/US action in Afghanistan/Iraq/Syria/Ethiopia to reduce the incentive to migrate?

Kahn-Harris:

There is still pushback from online activists like Labour Against Antisemitism and Gnasher Jew towards any Labour figure, regardless of where they stand, if they remained a member during the Corbyn years,” says Kahn-Harris. “It’s difficult to know who these activists’ constituencies are, whether they’re sizeable or not.”

The allegation that Labour Against Antisemitism (the estimable volunteer group for whom I aerved as Adviser before the 2019 election) is opposed to ‘any Labour figure who was a member during the Corbyn years’ is simply complete crap. As for questioning the size of their following – and that of GnasherJew – all you have to do is look on Twitter: 18,300 followers for GnasherJew and 11,200 for Labour Against Antisemitism. Kahn-Harris himself doesn’t even rate 4,000.

And look at Oryszczuk’s language:

“To some, the JCORE vote was less about race and more about whether its leadership liked the IHRA definition of antisemitism, or if a JCORE intern attended the Kaddish for Gaza in 2018”

‘Liked” the IHRA definition? – No it was a question of whether Dr Friedman and JCORE ACCEPTED the IHRA definition! “If a JCORE intern attended ….” No – Rob Abrams WAS employed by JCORE, no “If” about it.

Then there’s this little anonymous poisonous barb:

A deputy from a mainstream left-wing organisation and member of the Board’s defence division, speaking anonymously, describes a group of deputies on the political right – known as ‘The Caucus’ and coalesced through WhatsApp – as “basically a bunch of vigilantes, with no concern for Jewish communal unity.  They’re extremely ideological, use the language of security and defensiveness, and see everything as a threat. It’s an extremely binary worldview. You’re ‘supporters of Israel’ or ‘opponents’, the latter being anyone who criticises any Israeli policy.”

As Lance Corporal Jones would say, “They don’t like it up ‘em, Sir!”

This is a ridiculous mischaracterisation of the pro-Israel group of Deputies. In truth it shows that they are doing something right. It is this coward (for witholding their name) who ‘has no concern for communal unity’. He (the most likely candidate is a ‘he’: was it Nathan Baroda – who appears in the accompanying podcast?) shows no respect for this objective in the Board’s Constitution: ‘Take such appropriate action as lies within its power to advance Israel’s security, welfare and standing’.

Given Oryszczuk’s record, the Jewish News Editor should have insisted on attribution for this quote.

Commissioning Stephen Oryszczuk to write a piece about debate within the Jewish Community is like commissioning Dr Harold Shipman to write a piece about geriatric medicine………..

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Addendum

The second part of this execrable piece has been published. Oryszczuk has strung together a bunch of quotes with zero analysis. Again the left predominates. Of the quoted names I know 11 are on the left and just 4 in the centre. The main image – spanning 2 columns in the print edition – is of a Naamod anti-Israel demo. There is a smaller image of Kaddish for Hamas! And Oryszczuk smears the ZCC with the epithet ‘right wing’! Such blatant leftist bias.

There is an excellent letter in Jewish News regarding Kahn-Harris’ misrepresentation of Labour Against Antisemitism in the first part:

Ben and Jerry’s Israel Boycott: Protesting Outside Unilever’s Head Office in London

Today we protested outside Unilever’s Head Office in London – Unilever owns Ben and Jerry’s which is boycotting Judea and Samaria.

Unilever staff entering and exiting the building – as well as passers-by – took 150 fliers from us and we responded to many questions:

We handed in the following letter to the CEO of Unilever, Alan Jope:

11 August 2021

Dear Mr Jope

We are protesting outside Unilever HQ today about the boycott of Judea and Samaria by Ben and Jerry’s. The boycott is completely misguided. It is fuelling antisemitism and is itself antisemitic – Ben and Jerry’s are not boycotting other disputed areas eg Northern Cyprus or Taiwan.

The boycott is clearly driven by Anadhura Mittal who heads  Ben and Jerry’s Board of Directors. Mittal is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Oakland Institute. Via Oakland, Ben and Jerry’s has donated to Badil, a pro-Palestinian organisation which has defended terror against Israel and which has a history of vile Jew-hatred that includes publishing Nazi-era cartoons.

We are boycotting Ben and Jerry’s and Unilever and encouraging others to do the same. We demand that Ben and Jerry’s drop its boycott and that Mittal is removed from her position.  If it persists with the boycott we demand that Unilever puts Ben and Jerry’s up for sale.  If no buyer comes forward we demand that Unilever closes Ben and Jerry’s. Sincerely
Dayenu Organisation

It is more than three weeks since Ben and Jerry’s announced the boycott and all we have had from Unilever is an anodyne statement opposing BDS. With more than 30 US States beginning to invoke anti-Boycott laws, surely Unilever cannot continue to sit on the fence!

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My father at the 1935 Maccabiah

The second Maccabiah (the sports contest for Jews around the world) was held from 2-10 April 1935. 1,250 athletes from 28 countries participated, competing in 18 events. 

Over the objections of the Mandate Police, the planners staged an impressive procession through the streets of Tel Aviv. Lord Melchett, Honorary President of the Maccabi World Union, reviewed the parade.  The Maccabiah coincided with the early years of Nazi rule in Germany and after Hitler came to power in 1933. The Maccabi organisation used the games as a way to illegally bring Jews to Palestine and to effectively bypass the 1930 British White Paper. All 350 members of the Bulgarian delegation stayed in Palestine; even the orchestra that came with them and performed at the opening and closing ceremonies stayed. Only their sports equipment and musical instruments were shipped back.  The majority of the German and Polish teams stayed in Palestine. Over 60,000 Jews immigrated in 1935.

My grandparents took my 16-year old father and his younger brother from London to see the Maccabiah and to visit Palestine.  I have my father’s diary.

He begins by citing Alexander Kinglake’s book ‘Eothen’: “I have had the pleasure of reading his book ‘Eothen’ many times”. He notes that his family’s trip took place precisely 100 years after Kinglake’s. He titles his diary “Eothen 1935”.

In common with many young people at that time, my father was a pacifist and an internationalist:


On the boat from Trieste to Haifa my father met members of the German Maccabi rowing team: “They told me they were from Berlin where the Nazi anti-semitic terror was not so strong … I heard however some terrible tales from other German boys which confirmed by worst fears about the New Germany.”

In Haifa: “About four hundred German Maccabeans landed in Palestine that day; I wonder how many returned. Many would far rather have been imprisoned as illegal immigrants than return to their home hell”

In the stadium for the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah: “That morning all the competitors and teams were supposed to have marched through the streets of Tel-Aviv together. This demonstration was however stopped by the police”

“All the teams carried national flags except one – Germany”

About the Kibbutzniks:

On relations between the Arabs and the Jews:

At the Western Wall in Jerusalem:

In Safad: “I would very much like to live among the Jews here at Safad …”

But just five years later he was in the British Army…..

The road from Haifa to Tel-Aviv had not been finished:

The 3rd Maccabiah, scheduled for spring of 1938, was postponed until 1950 due to British concerns about large-scale illegal immigration, the Second World War and the 1948 War of Independence. It became the first Maccabiah to be held after the establishment of the State of Israel.

The 21st Maccabiah will be held from July 10th to July 27th 2022 in Israel.

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The Israelis who support the Ben and Jerry’s Boycott

In an advert in Haaretz on Tuesday, 93 Israelis expressed support for Ben and Jerry’s boycott of Judea and Samaria:

Who are they?

35 are academics, 10 of who are emeritus/a. 16 of them feature in Im Tirtzu’s knowbdsinisrael.com : Chazan, Enoch, Golan, Hasan-Rokem, Heilblum , Illouz, Jacobson, Klein, Kolodny, Kratsman, Liel, Margalit, Peled-Elhanan, Rosen-Zvi, Shulman, Shumsky.

16 are Arabs. One of them, Shahira Shalabi, is on record as supporting terror.

4 are (or were) members of the far Left Meretz Party; 5 of the Hadash Party whose origins are rooted in Communism..

2 have voiced the Apartheid Lie (Baruch and Rubinstein).

Avraham Burg – the former Knesset Speaker – wants to annul his Jewish identity.

Columnist Odeh Bisharat stands accused of falsifying history about Israel’s founding.

Zeev Dagani is the headmaster who stopped Auschwitz trips for his pupils because they ‘fuel extreme nationalism’

Ruchama Marton (84) founded Physicians for Human Rights. At a recent conference about “war and peace” at SUNY New Paltz she likened Israel to a “batterer” and the Palestinians to their “battered wife.”

If you need proof that Ben and Jerry’s boycott stinks, you have it here……..

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Has The Times Merged with Electronic Intifada?

On Saturday in the Magazine section The Times carried a vile piece of anti-Israel propaganda by columnist Charlotte Edwardes. Her boyfriend Robert Peston (political editor of ITV News) travelled with her to Sheikh Jarrah in Judea and Samaria and has promoted her article on Twitter.

Edwardes is not a Middle East specialist. In truth she does not appear to be a specialist in anything at all.  I’ve subscribed to The Times for years and this is the first time I’ve come across her.  She does interviews for The Times with ‘interesting people’. Like Joey Essex, Tom Bradby, Robert Webb, Dodi Fayed’s brother …….. (All about as interesting as watching paint dry….)

This time Edwardes’ interviewees were two young photogenic members of the el-Kurd family in Sheikh Jarrah, near Jerusalem in Israel.  Mohammed El-Kurd has 227,100 followers and a blue tick on Twitter; his twin Muna El-Kurd has lots of followers on Instagram. The heading to the article boasts that they have ‘more than 2 million followers’. Yes there are millions of Israel haters in the world. So what – it doesn’t mean their anti-Israel lies merit publicity in The Times which people (me included) buy because they value truth and accuracy.

The siblings protest about Israel on social media:

Let’s look at the history of Sheikh Jarrah and the El-Kurd family. None of which you will find in Edwardes’ article.

The grave of Shimon HaTzadik has been a Jewish holy site for centuries. In 1875 the Jewish Community purchased the tomb and surrounding land from Arab owners, and established the communities of Shimon HaTzadik and Nachalat Shimon. Despite facing waves of violent attacks from Arabs, the community survived until 1948 when Jordan attacked and the Jews were forced to flee. Jordan – with UNRWA – built 28 homes which were then occupied by Palestinians.  In 1967 when Israel stopped a planned attack by its neighbours, Israel retook the area. The original Jewish owners found strangers in their houses. A legal process began. In 1982 the Courts ruled that the Jews were the legal owners. In an act of clemency, the Court ruled that the Al-Kurds could stay provided they paid rent. They refused. The El-Kurd family – without ownership and without a permit – extended their property. Now – after decades of refusing to pay rent – the El-Kurd family is being evicted.

The same happens in the UK and throughout the civilised world: If a tenant  repeatedly refuses to pay rent, they are evicted.

There’s more about the El-Kurd twins that you won’t find in Edwardes’ article. Mohammed El-Kurd glorifies terrorists and spreads incitement. Please watch this video by Emily Schrader and Yoseph Haddad.  And read this.  And this.
 
Edwardes, however, ignores all this. For her the El-Kurd twins are warrior ‘human rights’ journalists, using their cameras to expose wrongdoing. Revoltingly she even compares them to Daniella Frazier, the teenager who filmed George Floyd’s murder.

Certainly, if Instagram Live is a crime, the whole of Gen Z is at risk, because this is a contemporary response to social injustice. It’s what Darnella Frazier did when she saw a policeman with his knee on George Floyd’s neck in 2020; what Feidin Santana did when he saw unarmed Walter Scott shot in the back by a US policeman in 2015. The audience doesn’t need every twist and turn narrated; viewers want to look at their screens, see the footage and make up their own minds.

And look how Edwardes falsifies history:

Sheikh Jarrah … long been targeted by right-wing American-Israeli settlers determined to overturn Palestinian ownership of houses awarded two generations ago to families in compensation for property they lost when they were displaced from their homes in Israel. These settlers aim to take the houses of Palestinian families using pre-peace agreement documents and discriminatory property laws that favour Jews over Arabs.

It’s a brazen lie. It’s garbage. See above – Jewish ownership of these properties goes back to the mddle of the 19th century. This ownership chain was interrupted only between 1948 and 1967, when Jordn illegally occupied the area, expelled the Jews and sequestered their land.

More lies from Edwardes:

Under international law, the settlers’ claims are illegal because east Jerusalem is still occupied territory.

One, these are not ‘settlers’, they are rightful property owners. Two, no Court has ever said that Israel’s control of East Jerusalem is ‘illegal’.  The UN Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly are not Courts, they are bodies with permanent anti-Israel majorities.

During Ramadan, Israeli police stormed the area injuring hundreds of Palestinians.

The truth: Arab aggression was initiated at the start of Ramadan with attacks on Jews in the streets of Jerusalem and its light railway. A yeshiva student was murdered in an attack that left two other students critically wounded. A terror cell was thwarted on its way to commit a major atrocity in Jerusalem. Arabs desecrated the al-Aqsa mosque by turning it into a war encampment. Stockpiled rocks and Molotov cocktails were lobbed from the mosque compound at police and at Jews praying at the Western Wall. The police entered the mosque purely to stop this murderous onslaught. For Edwardes to swallow Palestinian propaganda and present this as gratuitous violence against innocent and pious worshippers is obscene – a depth to which one had thought The Times would never ever sink.  

As Melanie Phillips writes, ‘this falsehood has a long and bloody history. “Al-Aqsa is in danger” was the cry with which the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al Husseini – Hitler’s ally who was equally committed to the genocide of  the Jews – launched murderous Arab pogroms against the Jews of pre-war Palestine.’

The rest of Edwardes’ article is unsubstantiated allegations against Israel with zero right of reply.

As mentioned above, Edwardes is supported on Twitter by her boyfriend Peston.

Who’s ‘not anti-Israel. Quite the oppose’ [sic]

Look at how he openly displays his ignorance of the conflict:


He clearly doesn’t know about the incendiary kites that are launched from Gaza into Israel.


This article is an absolute disgrace. Shame on you John Witherow Editor of The Times.

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Addendum: @DigFind reminds us that flying the PLO flg is a criminal offence because the PLO is committed to the destruction of the world’s only Jewish State.

Addendum: CameraUK takes the piece apart: ‘ …..the piece published in The Times (“The Gen Z activist twins of Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem”, July 17) by Charlotte Edwardes was not journalism. It was pro-Palestinian advocacy published by typically serious news outlet.’

Jews Don’t Count (continued): The selective antiracism of Zarah Sultana

On Wednesday MPs debated Racist Abuse on Social Media, in the aftermath of the Euros Final.

Jeremy Corbyn had the gall to speak in the debate and was rightly put in his place by Victoria Atkins, the Home Office Minister responding:

Source: Hansard

A second member of Labour’s ‘Jews Don’t Count’ club who spoke was Zarah Sultana:

Source: Hansard

A month after she was elected, Sultana (age 27) told a Jewish student it was “privilege” that allowed them to argue for a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.  She also posted (when a student at Birmingham University) that students who “go to Zionist conferences and trips should be ashamed of themselves” because they were advocating “racist ideology”.  And that “those who lobby for Israel” would “in the near future feel the same shame and regret as South African Apartheid supporters.”  And she bragged that she would “celebrate” the deaths of Tony Blair and Benjamin Netanyahu.

More recently she signed Nadia Whittome’s antisemitic Jewbaiting EDM repeating the vaccine libel against Israel.

Her antiracism is selective it seems

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Amnesty hosts deluded self-obsessed conspiracy theorists (JC Blog 24 May 2011)

To mark 14 years of blogging and during the quieter summer break I am republishing some of my blogs which were inadvertently deleted. This one was about supposed Zionist control of the media.

Despite representations from the Board of Deputies, Amnesty went ahead with this Israel hate event. This was no surprise since Amnesty has been taken over by a person or persons with a malevolent agenda towards Israel – see all my previous blogs on meetings there. Notably I have offered Ruvi Ziegler as a Speaker but this offer has been ignored by Amnesty’s Campaigns Director Kristyan Benedict (he who told Richard Millett that he would “smack me in my little bald head”).

About 15 of us demonstrated before the meeting. Well done to Campaign4Truth for organising this.

I guess that in one respect the meeting (which was largely about the BBC) was music to our ears. The pro-Israel lobby was incessantly said to have cowed the BBC into parroting its own output…. (If only!) Greg Philo for example said (in so many words) that the advocacy manual published by The Israel Project has become the BBC’s Style Guide on Israel. Would that it were so …. The question I wanted to ask was just why was the BBC so much in thrall to the few of us who actively support Israel? But I never got the chance because Victoria Brittain (of the Guardian) who was chairing didn’t call me despite having my hand up throughout the Q+A. She never called the other pro-Israel person in the audience (of c250) either. That’s how powerful we are …

Reality check: The BBC will never refer to Hamas as ‘terrorists – always ‘militants’. BBC journalists are instructed to say ‘regarded as illegal under international law’ whenever the settlements are mentioned. And Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East Editor, was ruled by the BBC Trust’s Editorial standards Board to be in breach of the organisation’s guidelines on impartiality and accuracy. The notion that the BBC is biased in Israel’s favour is about as absurd as saying that Harold Shipman was kind to old people.

The first speaker was Greg Philo, author of Bad News from Israel, a book which in short claimed the media was biased in favour of Israel because it did not reflect his extreme pro-Palestinian view of history. (Philo has a new update out called More Bad News from Israel, inevitably published by Pluto Press who specialise in this drivel (they published Ben White’s book too)).

Here is what Mike Brennan (Warwick University) had to say in his review of Philo’s book:

Ultimately this is a rather tendentious and agenda-driven book in which the researchers set out to prove their own politically-inflected views. Its claims are based upon data generated by the selective use of historical material and flawed research methods. The net effect of the book will be to reinforce perceptionsof Israel as monolithic, and will give succour to those who claim that the western media are controlled by ‘Zionists.’

According to Philo Israel has a very sophisticated propaganda system (I wish). All their speakers are organised to give the same message …. BBC journalists “wait in fear for the phone call from the Israelis.

The next speaker was Tim Llewellyn (ex-BBC). Panorama’s Death on the Med was distorted but “it has become impossible to raise these issues with the BBC” (those pesky omnipotent Israel supporters hard at work again …) The level of Llewellyn’s bias became clear when he said that the BBC should be supervised by an independent body, not by the Trust. The truth is that the BBC has a “dual key” regulatory structure involving both the Trust and OFCOM. Then Llewellyn – unbelievably – told the audience members they should complain that Labour, the Conservatives and the LDs have no “Friends of Palestine” organisations (they all do of course).

Finally Abdel Bari Atwan spoke. The first thing he did – to prove that “the Israel Lobby“ was out to silence him – was to hold up the JC’s front page: “How Was This Hatefest Allowed on Campus?” Atwan is convinced that the “Israel Lobby” is to blame for the fact that he is not invited as a guest on TV shows (he thinks he gets “worse coverage than Adolf Hitler“). Has he considered that it might just have something to do with the fact that he is an extremist who says that he will “dance in Trafalgar Square” if Iranian missiles hit Israel?

This meeting was uncomfortably redolent of the thesis in the forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” which claimed that Jews controlled the Press. Shame on Amnesty for hosting it. It is about time that Amnesty members made their voice known against this racist garbage.

Update 1: Richard Millett has blogged on this sick farce, here:

Update 2:

Some great posts in Harrys Place on this sick farce:

The Wisdom of Tim Llewellyn

Amnesty guest MEMO publishes another diatribe by a racist

As HP says, Llewellyn is “a freelance Israel hater with quite a taste for antisemitic language.

Liberal Rabbi Danny Rich and the ZF (JC Blog 12 February 2012)

To mark 14 years of blogging and during the quieter summer break I am republishing some of my blogs which were inadvertently deleted. Liberal Rabbi Danny Rich – the subject of this blog – no longer holds office with Liberal Judaism and is no longer a ZF Patron.

An article on the JC website describes a discussion at the last ZF National Council regarding Liberal Rabbi Danny Rich’s suitability to be a ZF Patron. It is extremely regrettable that someone leaked what was a confidential discussion. Rabbi Rich was interviewed for the article and referred to “Jonathan Hoffman’s petty campaign against me”. Such personal vilification regrettably gives me no alternative but to respond. Far from this being a “petty campaign” there are very important issues here – issues which indeed have raised the eyebrows of many Israel supporters in Danny Rich’s own Liberal Community.

The fundamental expression of Zionism is the Jerusalem Programme. All Officers and Patrons of the ZF must declare adherence to it. The Jerusalem Programme declares says that one of the foundations of Zionism is the bond of the Jewish people to its historic homeland in the State of Israel and the centrality of that State and Jerusalem in the life of the nation. Another foundation is strengthening Israel as a Jewish, Zionist and democratic state.

Denying that Israel is at heart a Jewish State not only violates the Jerusalem Programme, it is also – by definition – antisemitic. The most widely accepted definition of antisemitism is that drawn up by the European Union Monitoring Committee (now the Fundamental Rights Agency). Among others, this is accepted by the US Department of State and by the UK government. The EUMC Definition says it is antisemitic to deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination

“One State” would mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state. To advocate “One State” is therefore to advocate for something that violates the Jerusalem Programme and for something which is – by definition – antisemitic.

Liberal Rabbi Rich refuses to accept that advocating “One State” is antisemitic.

On March 21 2010 Liberal Rabbi Rich allowed Jeff Halper (of “Israel Committee Against House Demolitions ”) to have a platform at the Montagu Centre (Liberal Judaism’s main building). The meeting was organised by “Jews for Justice for Palestinians” but Rabbi Rich let the hall to them and was at the meeting.

Jeff Halper openly advocates ‘One State’. Rabbi Rich was widely criticised for giving him a platform. I have copies of emails to him from Senior Communal Leader A (‘It is remarkable that you hosted such a person’) and Senior Communal Leader B:

I just cannot imagine why any Jew, particularly a Zionist Jew, would invite Jeff Halper to speak in public to a predominantly Jewish audience in this country. Halper believes in a one state solution – the end of a Jewish State – and believes Israel to be an apartheid regime. He continually criticises and demonises Israel and is a perfect tool for all those who want to delegitimise and destroy our State of Israel. Whereas I truly believe in freedom of speech and democracy, and Israel also believes the same, I find it incredible that you should give a platform to this man who has sufficient opportunities to speak with our enemies and who supports our enemies.

Halper has also used Nazi analogies to describe Israeli policy (also antisemitic under the EUMC Definition)

After the meeting Danny Rich wrote the following on my JC blog: (his post was on 22 March, the blog was dated 20 March): Liberal Judaism rejects the allegation that the advocacy of a one state solution is by definition anti Semitic.

In an email to Jonathan Hoffman (17/3/10) Rabbi Rich wrote ‘advocates of a one state solution are not, in my view, by definition anti-Semitic’

On 22/3/10 Joy Wolfe (ZF co-President) wrote to Liberal Rabbi Rich as follows:

Calling for a single state denies Jews the right to their homeland which comes within the terms of reference of what constitutes antisemitism, and the proposal to virtually dismantle Israel for our people is clearly antisemitism, which you seem unable to recognise.

A Board of Deputies spokesman said:

“At a time when Israel is under assault from those intent on delegitimising her, it is baffling and unacceptable that a meeting of a body with an explicit agenda of boycott, divestment and sanctions would be welcome in the home of a synagogue movement.”

On 23/7/10 Rabbi Rich wrote in an email to me

“I do not accept your definition of anti-Semitism, and will continue to believe and state that ‘calling for a one state solution is not necessarily antisemitic’.

Of course the definition is not MINE – it is the widely accepted EUMC Definition.

Ronnie Fraser (a ZF National Council Member) is going to Court to challenge the rejection by his trade union (the University and College Union) of the EUMC Definition of Antisemitism. The ZF is supporting his case.  It is glaringly inconsistent to – on the one hand – support Fraser’s legal action to defend the EUMC Definition and  – on the other – to have a Patron who openly refuses to accept the EUMC Definition.

At a meeting at Kingston Synagogue in October 2010 Rabbi Rich was on the same platform as me. He made a comment – heard by all in the audience – that the ZF was allied with the EDL. Such a comment from a ZF Patron at a public meeting is completely unacceptable. <b>A Patron is supposed to help the organisation which appoints him, not defame it!

In his JC Column on 13 January 2012, Professor Geoffrey Alderman wrote of Rich:

He is, for example, on record as denying that the so-called “one-state” solution is “by definition” antisemitic, whereas I would have thought it obvious that any denial of the right of Jewish self-determination must, by definition, be so.

Danny Rich is a Patron of J News. J News carried an article attempting to block Israel’s entry into the OECD . 

Most recently Liberal Rabbi Rich has spoken alongside Peter Kosminsky, the Director of “The Promise” . (The ZF issued a Press Notice protesting at the lies and distortions in “The Promise”). He also spoke alongside Deborah Fink, a founder of “Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods”. The meeting was organised by the profoundly anti-Israel group “Friends of Sabeel” as well as “Jews for Justice for Palestinians”.

Liberal Rabbi Rich’s demonstrative rejection of key elements of the Jerusalem Programme and the EUMC Definition of Antisemitism is completely at odds with what should be expected from a Patron of the Zionist Federation. As regards those whose company he keeps, interfaith dialogue is important and valuable, as is engaging in political debate with those who disagree with our position. But it is also important that we retain a boundary. We must recognise that there are some views which are so antithetical to Zionism that those who are prepared to sit down with people who espouse them have no place in the Zionist Federation – let alone as a Patron. Dialogue is only possible where we have the courage to require the respect of red lines of accepting Israel’s right to exist as a State grounded in Judaism.

Batley and Spen and Israel: Nick Cohen in the Observer

Nick Cohen has a piece in today’s Observer, warning of the risks inherent in Labour allying with political forces founded on ‘identity’.  But he spoils an interesting piece by this vastly disingenuous statement:

Labour might have explained to conservative Muslims that Starmer’s policy on Israel was no different in theory to Jeremy Corbyn’s: a two-state solution.

Yes but …. That’s not all is it?

On 9 June in PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) Starmer called for recognition of a Palestinian State as well as saying that the settlements are illegal (they aren’t):

……..will the Prime Minister take the opportunity this weekend to press for renewed international agreement to finally recognise the state of Palestine, alongside a safe and secure Israel; to stop the expansion of illegal settlements.

No-one had any doubt that with this comment he was courting the Muslim vote in Batley and Spen (18.8% of the electorate).

And during the campaign Labour put out this leaflet:

It lies about Sheikh Jarrah (the evictions are for non-payment of rent); lies that Gaza is ‘blockaded’ (everything is allowed in except materials that can be used to make weapons or terror tunnels); lies that Israel attacked worshippers in Al Aqsa; and misrepresents the culpability for the conflict, which was started by Hamas and not Israel.

And look at Labour’s manifesto for the 2019 election (pages 98-99): It calls for an arms embargo on Israel, lies that there is an ‘illegal blockade’ on Gaza; and calls for immediate recognition of a Palestinian State.

Even though he recognises the existence of Muslim extremism and warns of the risk of identity politics, Cohen disingenuously fails to acknowledge just how far Labour is willing to go to attract and keep the Muslim vote. Had Kim Leadbeater and Keir Starmer simply stuck to the ‘two state solution’ mantra, she surely would have lost the seat – despite the Conservatives’ inept campaign – and Galloway would  have won far more than 8264 votes.

And does anyone really think that a Labour government would have pulled the UK out of Durban4?

The truth is that despite Corbyn’s demise, Israel is not safe with Labour.

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Lancaster Council: Lies About Israel Go Unopposed, Fuelling Antisemitism

On Wednesday 23 June Lancaster City Council passed the following motion:

This Council resolves to:

Express its support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement’s demands that Israel ends injustices that infringe international laws and Palestinian rights;

Write to the Lancashire County Pension Fund (part of the Local Government Pension Scheme) and the Local Pensions Partnership urging that they adopt policies requiring them to divest from all companies active in illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine and all arms companies which supply weapons to Israel.

A link to the recording of the meeting is on the first page of the Agenda Sheet.

David Collier has profiled the ‘three far-left fascists behind this vile motion’. Here I document their lies, as evidenced by the recording (which fails towards the end of the debate – you cannot see the vote).

Let’s cut to the quick: The motion was based on a string of lies by its proposer, Councillor Jack O’Dwyer-Henry (age around 23) of the ‘Eco Socialist Independents’ (five Lancaster Councillors adopted this label after quitting Labour in protest against Keir Starmer’s election as Leader).  The seconder of the motion, Gina Dowding (Green Party), reinforced the lies.

Jack O’Dwyer Henry

Here’s what O’Dwyer-Henry said (with time stamps), followed by the truth:

1.26.35 On Monday night Palestinian protesters in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem were met with tear gas and stun grenades by Israeli police. 20 Palestinians were wounded including one elderly person who was hit on the head.   Israeli settlers threw stones at ambulances that came to the protesters’ aid.

Truth: The trouble started when Arabs threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Jewish homes, lightly wounding a pregnant woman who was hit in the back with a stone. There is no video evidence or reliable witness evidence to corroborate the ambulance allegation.                         

Yesterday (Tuesday 22nd) about 40 settlers under the protection of Israeli police broke into the Al Aqsa Mosque complex.  This followed an incident on Friday [18 June) when 9 Palestinians were injured when police fired rubber coated steel bullets at worshippers gathered at the mosque.

Truth: There is no reliable corroboration of the first part.  It is possible that Israeli Jews ascended the Temple Mount to pray silently; the site is holy to Jews as well as Muslims. As for the second part, O’Dwyer-Henry failed to tell the meeting WHY police acted on Friday. There have been several cases of Police going after suspected criminals who have taken shelter inside the Mosque.

1.28.14 We saw during the recent escalation of violence in Palestine just this year that no-one is safe.  Schools, hospitals, journalists’ offices bombed.  Hundreds – women, children, innocents – killed. The human rights abuses for breaches in international law are egregious and undeniable.

Truth: Israel didn’t bomb any school or hospital. The journalists’ building – the Al-Jalaa Tower – was attacked because terrorists used it a military intelligence  base. It was the Hamas Communications Centre! Yes inevitably civilans are casualties in war – especially as Hamas sites its military depots amidst civilians. But yet again, Israel achieved a ratio of 1:1 of civilan casualties to combatants – a record low in asymmetric warfare. One estimate suggests that 91 of the 256 deaths were caused by Hamas rockets falling short.

1.29.18 By voting for this motion we will be sending a message to the government which is planning on introducing new laws to ban Councils from exercising our democratic rights to support BDS.

In fact the specific action that this motion is calling for – pension fund divestment – is something the Government argued wasn’t legal for Councils to do.   But last year the Supreme Court ruled against the government and in favour of BDS campaigners on this point.

Truth: This is a lie. The Supreme Court ruled that the Minister (former Communities Secretary Sajid Javid) had gone too far in saying that trustees must not invest contrary to government policy.  It did NOT consider whether pension funds could impose ‘ethical’ constraints without consulting the beneficiaries. It is patently obvious that they cannot. Trustees have a fiduciary duty to invest as best they can for the beneficiaries. To suddenly place limits on the range of investments goes diametrically counter to this obligation.  To market a new ‘ethical’ unit trust is perfectly legal. To impose constraints on a pension fund without a consensus anong the beneficiaries is obviously not.

1:32:32 There have been multiple international court rulings that have ruled against Israel’s illegal occupation.

Truth: A lie. No Court has ever said this. The UN Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly are not Courts, they are bodies with permanent anti-Israel majorities.

1:34:10 I’m unaware of any connections to terrorism … they [the settlements] breach international law …

Truth: As Councillor John Reynolds said, there are multiple links of the BDS movement to terror organisations.

Truth: The settlements DO NOT ‘BREACH INTERNATIONAL LAW’. The San Remo Conference (1920) drew up rules for the British Mandate. Article 6 charged Britain with the duty to facilitate Jewish immigration and close settlement by Jews in the territory which then included Transjordan. It has never been revoked so remains valid today.

The passing of this motion based on a farrago of lies is classic example of a central asymmetry in democratic politics: when you have a small minority dedicated to its cause versus a  majority opposed to that cause but only mildly willing to fight back, the minority is easily able to win. Even worse: The 39 Councillors who supported the mendacious motion or abstained have fuelled antisemitism. Just as Galloway is fuelling antisemitism across the Pennines in Batley and Spen.

In the case of this motion the Council Monitoring Officer, lawyer Luke Gorst, was consulted in advance of the motion but ‘had no further comment’. He should have called out the motion as an antisemitic ultra vires nonsense of course. But in all likelihood he did not have the time to do the Due Diligence needed to become expert enough. That is what happens when Councillors try to remake national foreign policy.  And in the debate none of the Councillors had the expertise to properly shoot down O’Dwyer-Henry’s lies. Again this is understandable. Their responsibilities are in local planning, transport, policing etc – not international relations.

The motion passed 26-11 with 13 abstentions. One can guess who the 26 were. The 4 Corbot ‘Eco Socialist Independents’ and the 10 Greens for sure. Most of the 11 Labour members. The 1 LibDem. Some of the 5 Independents. The 10 Conservatives – hopefully – all opposed. The 9 Morecambe Bay Independent members?? (There should obviously be  voting record, in the interest of accountability).

Maybe armed with this blog the Council could see sense at its next meeting and try to repair some of the damage it has done to the Jewish Community, the vast majority of whom are sick, tired and scared by the recent rise in Jew Hate ….??

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Addendum: Received 30 June:

Campaign Against Antisemitism falsely claims credit for PSA approach

The CAA’s Press Release says that the Court’s ruling came ‘after an appeal by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) at the request of Campaign Against Antisemitism’.

This isn’t true. It was me that discovered that there is a body (the PSA) which oversees all the Health Industry regulators. I approached the PSA on 9 November, having heard the GPhC’s Fitness to Practice Committee’s verdict on 5 November. (UK Lawyers for Israel wrote their excellent letter to the PSA on 16 November; the verdict was published on 11 November).

The CAA didn’t approach the PSA (via a lawyer) until 9 December, by which time the PSA may well have decided to refer the case to the Court (its announcement came on 24 December).

Source: FOI

Moreover the CAA lawyer’s letter makes it clear that the CAA knew that the case had already been referred to the PSA (“We are aware ……”).

There is an important point here. Organisations and individuals engaged in the fight against antisemitism need funding. Success attracts funding. Knowingly false claims of success mislead actual and potential funders, both of the guilty organisation and of the organisations and individuals who are the victims of the deceit.

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Nazim Ali Case: Judge Says ‘Try Again’…..

This blog is co-authored with David Collier

The Judgment in the Nazim Ali Appeal case has been handed down (see here for context).

We were the two witnesses in the case. We very much welcome Mr Justice Johnson’s decision that the case be referred back to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for reconsideration by its Fitness to Practice Committee (FPC).

The Judgment reveals that the GPhC agrees that the FPC ‘erred in its approach’.

The Judgment is about as critical of the FPC as it gets, give the veiled legal language:

The FPC did take account of his speech as a whole (and, in particular, the fact that he had said that Zionists were not to be conflated with Jews). It did not, however, separately take into account the cumulative effect of the four remarks that were here under consideration. They included remarks that use the word “Zionist” in a context that does not appear to have anything to do with the state of Israel (and so in a context where the word does not make a great deal of sense if it is taken literally). That is relevant when assessing whether the Council had made out its allegation that the remarks, taken as a whole, were antisemitic.

I am, in principle, sympathetic to the suggestion that, if it could be shown that the ultimate sanction would not be different if the case were remitted back to the FPC I should, instead, simply dismiss the appeal.

But he DIDN’T dismiss the appeal … Implying that he thinks that the ‘ultimate sanction’ should be more severe than the mere ‘warning’ which Ali received!

This case does, however, engage significant questions of public confidence. It is vitally important that all sections of the community are able to place trust and confidence in pharmacists. As Ms Morris QC observed, that is vividly illustrated by the current pandemic, and the need that all communities are able to have confidence in advice given by pharmacists and other professionals about the risks and benefits of vaccination. Public confidence is an important consideration when considering sanction.

Nazim Ali: Professional Standards Authority Takes Up Case

Today (9 June) at the Royal Courts of Justice the hearing (reference CO/4878/2020) took place of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) against the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) , following the GPhC’s ludicrous determination that Nazim Ali’s hate-filled tirade when leading the pro-Hizbolla Iran-sponsored Al Quds march on 18 June 2017 was not antisemitic. See also my reports of the GPhC hearing  here and here.  After the determination was published, it was me who discovered that the Professional Standards Authority had the power to intervene and it was me and UK Lawyers for Israel who wrote to the Professional Standards Authority. CAA’s lawyers wrote some weeks later.

The hearing was before Mr Justice Johnson. The acoustics were terrible (why do Courts make it so hard to hear properly?).

The PSA’s barrister was Fenella Morris QC. She did a reasonable job. At the GPhC hearing, one of the four chants singled out was this: “The Zionists are here to occupy Regent Street. It’s in their genes, it’s in their genetic code.” At the GPhC hearing, Ali’s barrister had said that this was simply a figure of speech – a metaphor, like David Cameron speaking of the Conservative Party. This was obviously a ruse dreamed up by the barrister. Ms Morris however pointed out that ‘genes’ are personal – not political, not involving Israel – so the reference is likely to be antisemitic.

As regards Ali’s utterance “European alleged Jews. Remember brothers and sisters, Zionists are not Jewsthe idiotic GPhC Panel concluded that it couldn’t be antisemitic because the ‘reasonable person’ wouldn’t understand it!! Ms Morris said that to accuse a Jew of not being genuine is antisemitic. But (like Mr Coleman, the GPhC’s barrister at their hearing) she missed the reference (in ‘European Alleged Jews’) to the profoundly antisemitic Khazar myth in this utterance, see here for the explanation of this myth.

They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell, the Zionist supporters of the Tory Party”

Ludicrously the GPhC Panel decided that this was fair political comment aimed at the government. Ms Morris said that ‘Zionist’ was a word which refers only to the establishment of the State of Israel. So to use it in this way must be antisemitic.

Mr Justice Johnson pointed out an inconsistency in the GPhC determination. The Panel has accepted an objective test for antisemitism but then relied on Ali’s subjective assessments.

The GPhC’s barrister hardly said anything. Nazim Ali’s barrister was again David Gottlieb. Remember this disgraceful piece of moral non-equivalence  he rustled up at the GPhC hearing:

What’s the position of a young black pharmacist if he walks past a neo-Nazi demonstration and loses his temper?”

Gottlieb was the barrister in the Lee Rigby case who argued that the Old Bailey Judge should have allowed the jury to consider the argument of Rigby’s killer, that he was merely a ‘Soldier of Allah” .

The audibility wasn’t good and Gottlieb made no attempt to project his voice beyond the Judge. He mostly seemed to be reiterating the GPhC’s determination – at considerable length.

Mr Justice Johnson’s determination will be given out sometime in the next three weeks. It should be posted on http://baillii.org/ The outcome is hard to predict – but the interaction of the Judge with Ms Morris seemed far more animated than that with Mr Gottlieb. Maybe that’s a good sign…

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Corbyn Defender Stephen Sedley Tries To Trash IHRA, Succeeds in Trashing Himself …..

The Pinsker Centre has published an analysis of IHRA-antisemitic statements by UK student unions or faculties during the recent Middle East conflict. The researchers focus on 15 universities, 13 of which are in the ‘top 40’ (as ranked by the Complete University Guide). The results make sobering reading: in 13 of the 15 there is clear evidence of antisemitism (Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, University College London, Sussex, East Anglia, SOAS, Leicester, Essex, City, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary University, King’s College London). Plus the researchers reveal antisemitic abuse of Jewish students at Bristol University. Incredibly the statement of the JCR (Junior Common Room – ie the undergraduates) at St Anne’s College, Oxford referred to ‘the destruction of the Al-Aqsa mosque’ – a vile conspiracy theory used by Islamists in the Middle East when they want to fuel violence against Jews.

Most of the 15 have adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism which protects Jewish students. The exceptions are LSE, SOAS, City and Goldsmiths. (Pinsker follows the Union of Jewish Students and the Campaign Against Antisemitism in the mistaken assumption that LSE has adopted IHRA).

IHRA is about changing the culture. The Pinsker research shows there’s a long way to go. It’s no use adopting IHRA unless Vice Chancellors are prepared to act on it. The Miller case at Bristol is a litmus test – the University’s report is keenly awaited. Lord Mann – the government’s supposed point person on antisemitism – did the antiracism cause a profound disservice by saying that IHRA should not be used to assess the suitability of external speakers at universities.

Another public figure who does the cause a profound disservice is the lawyer and Corbyn apologist Stephen Sedley. Born Jewish (to a Communist father) but now ‘humanist’ (except when it comes to supporting Corbyn!) , he has been published twice in the London Review of books (4 May 2017 and 8 February 2018) with ignorant, invalid criticisms of the IHRA definition of antisemitism. I deconstructed his 2017 article here.


However an anti-IHRA meeting on Sunday revealed that his ill-informed opposition to IHRA continues. (NB at least one of the speakers – the unctious Saladin Meckled-Garcia of UCLis a Miller supporter. His attempt at the meeting (20.54) to argue that Miller does not regard Bristol Jewish Society and the Union of Jewish Students as an “enemy” that must be “directly targeted” is risible. As was his comment that Pinsker is a ‘dodgy think-tank’ (21.54) and his sarcastic snipe at David Hirsh (21.23).  His comment that IHRA ‘protects Israel from criticism’ (13:14) is simply disingenuous rubbish. Interestingly Meckled-Garcia was a signatory of the sham ‘Jerusalem Declaration’ but his signature has been removed. Possibly because (as I noted on Twitter on 28 March) he was the only Miller supporter whose name appeared and the organisers thought that their cause would suffer if they included Miller supporters.

Back to Sedley’s latest salvo against IHRA.  

It is a clumsy piece of drafting distinguished by two particular features: it fails the first test of any definition by being open-ended and indefinite; and it is accompanied by examples some of which are visibly designed to protect Israel from legitimate criticism. 

It’s neither clumsy, nor open-ended nor indefinite.  And far from being designed to prevent legitimate criticism of Israel, look at this: ‘… criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic’.

……..used as a basis for witch-hunts within institutions and organisations against bona fide critics of Israel……

Ditto

Ignoring the Home Affairs Select Committee’s warning that the document, if unqualified, risked stifling free speech …

The Committee never said that. It said ‘We broadly accept the IHRA definition, but propose two additional clarifications to ensure that freedom of speech is maintained in the context of discourse about Israel and Palestine, without allowing antisemitism to permeate any debate.

These were the two conditions – both are a nonsense:

#1 It is not antisemitic to criticise the Government of Israel, without additional evidence to suggest antisemitic intent.

#2 It is not antisemitic to hold the Israeli Government to the same standards as other liberal democracies, or to take a particular interest in the Israeli Government’s policies or actions, without additional evidence to suggest antisemitic intent.’

#1 is obvious – The definition says it

#2 needs to be looked at in two parts.

Of course it’s not antisemitic to hold Israel to the same standards as other democracies. IHRA says it’s antisemitic to hold Israel to a DIFFERENT standard (“requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation”)

‘To take a particular interest … ‘ Singling out Israel IS by definition antisemitic (“requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation”). Proof of ‘antisemitic intent’ is not necessary – it is antisemitic by definition.

Recent research, however, has established that the “definition” adopted by the IHRA’s Bucharest plenary in 2016 consisted only of the two initial sentences ..

A straight Lie. The 11 examples are part of the definition and all parts were adopted at the same time.

There appears to be no evidence that the list was ever adopted by a plenary meeting of the IHRA.

Ditto

… a straightforward and hard-edged definition is that it is hostility towards Jews as Jews.

Crap. Antisemitism is hostility towards Jews as ‘owners of the media’ or ‘owners of the banking system’ or ‘thieves of organs of dead Palestinians’ or ….or …..or.  ‘Hostility towards Jews as Jews’ has become associated with Brian Klug.  In fact Klug dismissed that formulation as ‘too simple’. It is also meaningless.  Over the ages, Jews have been accused of being thieves, manipulators, child killers, controllers of the world – but none of these are hostility to Jews ‘as Jews’!

Sedley’s attempt to trash the IHRA is ignorant and without foundation.  But he has succeeded in trashing himself.

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The Royal Free Phlebotomist

Two Jews are in a Nazi firing squad – the Squad Captain asks – any last requests – the first Jew shouts, “There’s been a terrible mistake!” The second Jew says, “Moishe, don’t make trouble…”

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In the morning of Tuesday 25 May a Jewish woman – at the Royal Free Hospital to have a blood sample taken – reported the following incident:

 Hi Everyone! I just wanted to tell you about what happened to me this morning. I went to Royal Free for blood tests, the nurse called my name to take my blood and I noticed she was wearing a Palestinian flag on her Jacket and another badge that said “ stop murdering our children “.I went to the reception and said I do not feel comfortable with her taking my blood. I never mentioned I was Jewish or anything, just said that at an NHS hospital I don’t think political views should be allowed. The receptionist was really good, said no problem and called another nurse. I had my blood taken and on the way out , that nurse with the badges said “excuse me” I turned around and she winked at me then it her swiped her finger across her throat, she then turned away and started laughing to another nurse. I have reported this to the management at the Hospital, they have asked her to remove the badges and told me she will be spoken to, they apologised. But, I feel a bit shaken, it’s become really scary at the moment. So much is happening with boycotts, unions etc Antisemitism is on the rise, it’s not about the Palestinian issues it’s blatantly against Jews. Xxx[5/25, 10:09] 

The story was reported to me by ‘X’, a trusted female Jewish GP Practice Manager in North London, who spoke to the Doctor (female) to whom the patient spoke.

The Doctor told X  “The person who it happened to is adamant she doesn’t want it in the press’; X told me “The doctor too is too intimidated to come forward

On 26 May a friend of a friend who is the victim’s cousin confirmed.

On 29 May a reliable Twitter counter-antisemitism source (with over 1900 followers) reported that a friend who knows the victim (and told them her name) that several phlebotomists were laughing at the incident.

Today Lee Harpin of Jewish News published  a denial from the Royal Free Press Department. Harpin derided the story on Twitter:

Even in the article Harpin (a Leftist ex-Mirror journalist) could not resist a snipe: Hard-line social media activists from within the community also circulated the claims on Twitter.”

Did Harpin do any research into the story himself, or did he just dance to the tune of the Royal Free’s director of communications, Ian Lloyd @lloydy7777?

And why isn’t the denial on the Royal Free’s News page?

And this nasty little shit jumped on the denial to virtue-signal and bash those of us who unlike him fight antisemitism:

The religion of the alleged perpetrator is to the best of my knowledge unknown and has not even been mentioned!

Read My Lips: We have the worst antisemitism in the UK of any of our lifetimes. When it comes to dealing with antisemitism neither the police nor officialdom are trusted. Words are cheap, like those of the Royal Free: “We do not tolerate racist or antisemitic behaviour of any kind, from anybody on our premises”. People are intimidated.

I believe the Royal Free victim’s story. Fabrication is the purview of the antisemites, not of us. I can only conclude that she got scared and withdrew, hoping things will die down.

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Addenda:

Campaign Against Antisemitism, 28 May



The Antisemitic Incitement of Max Blumenthal

Since quitting Labour before he was pushed, former Labour MP Chris Williamson has been trying to build a far Left extra-Parliamentary movement. It is no exaggeration to say that antisemitism is a keystone of this movement. It comes in the form of our old friend, IDS (Israel Derangement Syndrome): “Jews Are OK, It’s Zionists Who Are Evil”. Williamson and his Cronies are free to play this game with impunity because although the Equality Act recognises that a ‘belief’ can be a ‘protected characteristic’, there has not yet been case law that confirms Zionism to be a ‘belief’(I am not aware of a case which decided that it is not a ‘belief’ either – there simply hasn’t been a case). I’ve submitted to the Law Commission Consultation on Hate Crime.

The problem with “Jews are OK … ” is that it’s nonsense. Jews and Zionists are two sides of the same coin. Antisemites make no distinction. Williamson knows this of course…..

The most recent manifestation of IDS was an online meeting last Wednesday (26 May 2021). (Kerry-Anne Mendoza was sick and didn’t participate). Speakers included Richard Boyd Barrett, the 54 year old member of the Irish Parliament who has told the Israel Ambassador that he should be expelled. But the reason why I am blogging the meeting is the contribution of Max Blumenthal which was pure Nazi – not for the first time from Blumenthal, here he is in 2017.

Here’s what Blumenthal says, with time-stamps and my comments:

39:49: “AIPAC controls every elite institution and leaves the public in the margins”

The trope of Jewish Power. Profoundly antisemitic. IHRA: ‘Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.‘

41:18 “BDS is an expression of how undemocratic our foreign policy is”

Ditto

41:37 Williamson: “The Far Right and the Zionist movement in the UK are very close”

Ditto: Mendacious allegation. The far Right hate Jews. There are those who love Israel but their advances are rejected by all Jewish communal organisations.

46:05: “The Israel Lobby is becoming a receptacle for far Right trash, as it is in the US”

Ditto: Mendacious allegation

From 47:22 until 53:52 there is a six-and-a-half minute vile antisemitic rant from Blumenthal. I’ve transcribed most of it:

“This relationship between the far fascist Right and Zionism has always been there. The Zionist Right during the 1930s and 1940s embraced to a certain degree elements of the Third Reich and elements within the Third Reich – including Eichmann’s Deputy in the German Jewish Office, von Mildenstein – actually went on trips to Zionist Kibbutzim. Von Mildenstein came back to Germany with a special medal he had been gifted from the right wing of the Zionist Movement that featured …. And I’ve actually seen this medal because it was purchased by a researcher named Lenni Brenner, who wrote one of the most subversive and completely factual books on Zionism, called ‘51 Documents of Zionist/Nazi Collaboration’ … Lenni Brenner actually let me hold this medal in my hand –it had a Star of David – it shows how unfortunate it is for Zionism to claim this symbol of my faith community … the Star of David on the one side and a swastika on the other … That was the medal given to Von Mildenstein when he returned.”

This is a plain lie. Von Mildenstein did visit Palestine in 1933, when the Nazis were still considering relocation as a solution to the ‘Jewish Problem’. Von Mildenstein continued to advocate the relocation of Jews to the British Mandate up to 1936, when he was replaced as the SS pointman for Jewish issues by the Eichmann, who eventually helped orchestrate the mass-murder of Jews as the “final solution.” The ‘medal’ (in reality a coin) to which Blumenthal refers was NOT ‘gifted to von Mildenstein by the right wing of the Zionist Movement’. 

The coins were produced by Nazi Germany as free gifts to encourage the purchase of a Nazi magazine, Der Angriff, which (in 1934) carried a series of 12 articles by Mildenstein entitled “A Nazi travels to Palestine.” Hitler’s propaganda chief Goebbels (who produced the magazine) likely saw the series as his newspaper’s flagship project, using it as a means of advertising.

Blumenthal’s praise of Lenni Brenner is sickening. See here for the truth about Brenner and a deconstruction of his work.

“Actually Jabotinsky – who was the sort of intellectual godfather of revisionist Zionism – the rightwing Zionism that inspires Netanyahu’s Likud party – had to tamp down on support for Nazi Germany within his Party. In 1933 the Stern Gang … that produced Yitzhak Shamir, future Israeli Prime Minister – issued a letter after Hitler’s election to Nazi Germany pledging to establish a fascist theocracy inside historic Palestine that would be allied with Germany. “

It’s a lie.  The Stern Gang wasn’t formed until 1940 (Its real name was Lohamei Herut Israel, Freedom Fighters of Israel). There is no sign of any ‘letter’ in 1933. See for example here.

(There was, however, a letter sent to the Nazi German Ambassador in Lebanon in 1941 seeking cooperation for the purpose of ending the oppressive British regime in Palestine – not as an expression of identity with Nazism!)

“Then there’s the Havara Agreement that Ken Livingstone was pilloried for mentioning. The Havara Transfer Agreement was an agreement between the leftwing of the Zionist movement. It was overseen by David Ben Gurion who was the head of the major Zionist labour unions and his Deputy Haim Arlossoroff who was (I believe) assassinated by rightwing Zionists because he was so proud of making these deals with Nazi Germany, that he bragged about it in Ha’aretz … He was shot in the middle of Tel Aviv .. and what they were doing was, they were exchanging Jewish property and people inside Germany .. They would get the people and some of their property and they would agree to let the German government which was run by Hitler take a portion of that property as well as some of the family money from those people who would then be sent … historic Palestine … You can argue what they were saving those people’s lives… But they were openly trading with a antisemitic fascist regime to advance their narrow historic goals .. “

‘Narrow historic goals’? So saving the life of Jews is a ‘narrow historic goal!’ In March 1933 Hitler was elected and quickly began the persecution of Germany’s Jews. On 10 May there was mass burning of Jewish books. On 25 August the Havara Agreement was signed which saved approximately 20,000 German Jews who managed to emigrate to Palestine (Bauer, Jews for Sale?, p10).

“And what did they do to resist that regime? 200,000 Jews fought as Partisans … Many of them died in the woods of Belorussia and places across Eastern Europe fighting the fascist Nazi forces, while many of their neighbours collaborated with them .. What did the Zionist movement do? Pretty much nothing. They let one young woman Hanna Senesh parachute into Eastern Europe, get captured and died, they barely gave her their blessing so .. Golda Meir was deeply uncomfortable about that operation at that time. “

This is a defamatory lie clearly drawn from Tom Segev’s book ‘The Seventh Million’. Friling and Tamin (see below) write of this book that it is ‘an unmitigated and manipulative use of malicious hyperbole for political and other purposes….The Seventh Million teems with arbitrary, categorical conclusions, and shades of scandal; it makes for enticing reading, but  is void of factual basis – at best it is a masterful job of smoke and mirrors. The book is also embassassingly inaccurate, rife with inherent contradictions and U-turns’.

Now the truth: Palestinian Jews flocked to the British colours to fight in Europe. According to their historian Yoav Gelber, some 30,000 Jews in Palestine volunteered for service in the British Army during the war, and 5,000 served in the Jewish Brigade that was formed in September 1944 and fought in Italy in the spring of 1945. See Michael R. Marrus, Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust (Journal of Contemporary History, Vol 30, No 1).  The latest research shows that Ben-Gurion and his colleagues in Palestine did their utmost to save European Jewry during the Holocaust. They engaged in a multitude of activities, some of which might be termed a ‘little rescue’- small operations designed to assist Jewish survival in occupied areas. They provided money, food, clothes, medicine, and forged papers. They transferred people to areas of less danger; smuggled arms for self-defence; provided organisational assistance; and send money for those hiding. The Zionist leadership also undertook large-scale operations to rescue Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe. These included the ‘children’s rescue’ plan,  ransom plans and the ‘covert cooperation’ plan that developed into the ‘parachutists’ plan’. See the works of Yehuda Bauer, Dina Porat and Dalia Ofer, Yoav Gelber and Shlomo Aronson; and ‘The New Historians and the Failure of Rescue Operations during the Holocaust’ by Tuvia Friling and Moshe Tlamin (Israel Studies, Vol 8 No 3). That these operations were mostly unsuccessful was not due to lack of effort, but to the unremitting evil of Hitler’s Germany and the lack of Allied support. Specifically the US maintained the immigration quotas set in the 1920s; the British maintained the 1939 White paper restrictions on Jewish immigration into Palestine (15,000 a year). Regarding the ‘children’s rescue’ plan, the Zionist leadership recognised that maintaining Palestine as an exclusive destination could cause political problems. They were willing to help to relocate them to any destination.

In summary Blumenthal is lying: the Zionist leadership did everything in its power to save European Jewry.

“They let one young woman Hanna Senesh parachute into Eastern Europe, get captured and died, they barely gave her their blessing so .. Golda Meir was deeply uncomfortable about that operation at that time.“The story of Hannah Szenes is here. Her parachute mission was undertaken for the British Army, not for the Yishuv (the name for the Jewish Community in Palestine pre-1948). So the notion that “They [the Zionist leadership] let ….” is a complete lie. I can find no evidence to support the comment about Golda Meir.

“So this relationship is historic. It is something that has always upset me about Zionism .. Is that whenever there’s an actual attack on Jews in the West … There’s a lot of bogus allegations of antisemitism but there are also hideous violent attacks on Jews as Jews. For example the kosher supermarket that was attacked in Paris .. I visited that supermarket after that attack .. I did a film actually with my friend James Kleinfeld who’s now part of Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (and we also worked on the ‘Lobby’ investigation together, which I’ll talk about in a second)”

“Bogus allegations of antisemitism” …. It is an offence under the Equality Act 2010 to suggest that allegations of antisemitism are ‘bogus’, see EHRC Investigation of the Labour Party.

“We did a film called ‘Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie’ about the atmosphere of France after these attacks.

We found outside the supermarket lots of people had come to put flowers, al Qaeda criminals had gone and committed a shooting spree against Jews, and there were flowers outside but the Israeli Embassy and Zionist groups had actually come and put manuals targeting the Jewish Community on making Aliya – or emigrating to Israel – to basically leave Paris  … So you have antisemites, fascist Jihadists, who want Jews out of Europe and then you have Zionists who want the same, they want them to go to Israel. It’s very convenient for people who don’t like Jews to have this place thousands of miles away where they can go.”

The allegation that Nazis and Zionists want the same thing –Jews out of Europe – is straight out of Moscow School 101, circa 1957. (In December 2015, Blumenthal travelled to Moscow—all expenses paid by the Kremlin—to attend a gala dinner, hosted by Vladimir Putin himself, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of RT, the international propaganda TV network owned by the Russian government). It’s nonsense of course. And ‘fascist Jihadists’ don’t just want Jews out of Europe, they want Jews out of the world, including of course the Middle East.

“In this country most of the people who support Israel and Netanyahu the strongest are Christian Zionists. And they see us Jews as instruments in their eschatology – their vision of a rapture – we all have to emigrate to historic Palestine in order for their vision of a rapture and the cleansing of the earth from Satanic elements to occur ……….”

“And they see us Jews as instruments in their eschatology” ….. Some do, others don’t.

But since when were antisemites bothered about truth?

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Lords debate Middle East conflict

Yesterday there was an excellent debate in the Lords on Foreign Affairs and Defence, as part of the Queens Speech debate. Many Peers spoke about the conflict in the Middle East.

There were excellent speeches by Lord Polak and Baroness Deech. Both spoke about the need for the UK to pull out of the UN’s Durban 4 meeting.

Lord Walney’s speech was also excellent (he’s John Woodcock, the former Labour MP):

I also express my real discomfort at the way that many are choosing to discuss the Israel/Hamas conflict that is continuing to unfold. Much of the commentary from people in positions of influence and responsibility, including disproportionately from members of my former party, implies an equal legitimacy between the armed forces of the democratic state of Israel and the Islamist terror organisation that is dedicated to murdering Jews and wiping Israel off the map. Hamas deliberately embeds its forces in the densest civilian areas in Gaza and its rockets are targeted to maximise civilian casualties. Both of these are clear war crimes. Commentators imply that Israel is less legitimate because it has—thank God—developed the means to defend itself from many, though sadly not all, of the rockets raining down on its cities. We then hear some of the same voices having the hutzpah to express shock at the sickening anti-Semitic violence and harassment unleashed on British streets—anti-Semitism which they themselves have fanned. We all have a responsibility here, and I am afraid to say that Labour is, unfortunately, showing that it still has a long way to go to get its house in order after the rampant anti-Jewish racism of the Corbyn years.

On the other side were hostile speeches from Lord Sheikh, Lord Alderdice, Baroness Warsi and Lord Husain.

Ridiculously Warsi urged their Lordships “to watch the Bafta-winning film “The Present” by Farah Nablusi, which in 20 minutes of heart-breaking storytelling lays bare the daily aggression of occupation and checkpoints”.

Come off it Sayeeda, it’s pure Pallywood!

Here’s Lord Hussain:

Most were injured at the al-Aqsa mosque, where Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at peaceful worshippers.

A bareface lie. The police were in the mosque only to arrest criminals.

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Kevin Myers: Wrongly Accused of Antisemitism – Update

My regular readers will remember that in August 2017 I defended the Irish columnist Kevin Myers against absurd and libellous accusations of antisemitism led by Gideon Falter of the CAA (and here) and IRA supporter Roy Greenslade.

Kevin is still owed an apology from Mr Falter, the CST and others who wrongly accused him of antisemitism. The false accusations have had catastrophic consequences for his career and reputation.

In February I published Kevin’s account of the episode.

As further evidence that Kevin was disgustingly maligned, please see his two recent excellent blogs about the current conflict, here and here.

Extracts:

It is politically insane and morally wrong to be indoctrinating young Palestinians in the belief that one day they will reclaim a “home” that neither they nor their parents or even their grandparents have ever seen. And it is perfectly wicked that these “promises” are made in PLO-published and EU/Irish Government-sponsored textbooks whose anti-Semitic rhetoric could easily have graced the pages of Der Sturmer.

Independent-minded people looking at the many one-sided anti-Israel demonstrations over the Gaza disaster must now conclude that the explanation for them is a widespread and deeply held anti-Semitism. The laws on legitimate military action are very simple. It is a violation of the Geneva convention to use occupied civilian buildings such as schools and hospitals as cover for military operations. It is another violation of the Geneva convention to fire munitions indiscriminately into civilian areas. Hamas has systematically done both. Any protests about these violations of international law in the Dail and elsewhere would have indicated some balance in the anger over the tragic loss of life in Israel and Gaza.

I am also happy to highly recommend Kevin’s autobiographical book. It is fascinating about Ireland and his career as a journalist including in Israel and Lebanon.

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‘But Israel, Comrades!’ – How Labour Fuels Antisemitism

24 of Labour’s extreme Left in Parliament have signed a statement full of LIES about Israel thus further fuelling the appalling antisemitism seen this weekend and last week.

They lie about Israel’s presence in Judea/Samaria being ‘illegal’

They lie that Israel still has a presence (“occupies“) in Gaza and that it is ‘under siege‘.

They lie about Sheikh Jarrah and Al Aqsa

They demand an embargo on arms sales and a boycott of goods from Judea/Samaria

They support the sham ICC Inquiry and demand immediate recognition of a Palestinian State.

The fact that Chakrabarti signed it proves what we all knew – that she was competely unfit to chair Labour’s 2016 antisemitism inquiry.

More than half of them (13) have history as regards antisemitism. 19 failed to sign a letter of support for the beleagured Uighur Muslims in China because of course China is a beacon of human rights compared to Israel. 20 want Starmer to restore the Whip to Corbyn (21 including Corbyn). 12 signed the Israel Vaccine Libel EDM. Of the 20 MPs, 11 have a Muslim constituent ratio above the national average.

History of Antisemitism
Or Support for Antisemites
Or anti-Israel?
Failed to signed Uighur Letter?Called for Whip to be restored to Corbyn? Signed Vaccine Libel EDM?Muslim proportion in MP’s constituency (%)
Diane AbbottYYY11.2
Tahir AliYY43.5
Apsana BegumYYY33.6
Christine Blower (Lords)YYY
Pauline Bryan (Lords)YY
Richard Burgon YYYY10.6
Dawn ButlerY26.1
Ian ByrneY0.9
Shami Chakrabarti (Lords)Y
Jeremy CorbynYYY9.0
Mary Kelly FoyYY1.0
John Hendy (Lords)YY
Kim JohnsonY7.2
Ian LaveryYYY0.3
John McDonnellYYYY16.6
Ian MearnsYYY1.7
Grahame MorrisYYYY0.3
Kate OsborneYY1.4
Bell Ribeiro-AddyYYYY5.7
Zarah SultanaYYYY7.4
John TrickettYY4.1
Claudia Webbe IndYYYY15.2
Mick WhitleyYY1.0
Beth WinterYYYY1.0
Great Britain4.5

As such I doubt that Binyamin Netanyahu is going to lose any sleep over this letter. But British Jews might ……..

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Postscript: Sultana voiced the lies in her inflammatory speech to the protest outside the Israel Embassy on 15 May.

BBC Picks Academic Contaminated by Israel Derangement Syndrome as its Middle East ‘Expert’ …

On Monday 14 May 2018, tens of thousands of Gazans massed on the border with Israel. 62 were killed. There was a chorus of condemnation that Israel was killing ‘innocent protesters’.  Those of us who combat lies about Israel knew this was nonsense. The IDF documents every use of weapons and is rigorous about not using them unless necessary. Sure enough, early on Wednesday 16 May Salah Bardawil, a Hamas official, said that 50 of the 62 killed were members of the Islamist terrorist group. The Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad had already said on Tuesday 15 May that three members of its Saraya al-Quds military wing were killed by Israeli forces in Khan Younis.

On 21 May 2018 Novara Media published a video by the academic David Wearing (now of SOAS… Where else …). Wearing notes the deaths on 14 May and vilifies Israel, quoting those well-known objective (not!) organisations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. But does he mention that most of the dead were terrorists, sworn to obliterate the world’s only Jewish State? Of course not.  Because he is an avowed Corbot and Momentum admirer (in all likelihood he’s a member). He wants to impose an arms embargo on Israel. He’s an Israel Derangement Syndrome Sufferer.

He believes there’s a ‘huge propaganda campaign whitewashing Israel’s crimes’ ……..

He signed in support of the planned antisemitic Conference at Southampton University in 2015

His PhD supervisor at SOAS was Prof Gilbert Achcar – who gives the Palestinians a moral pass for Holocaust denial on the grounds that they are supposedly oppressed by Israeli Jews.

He says he’s a friend of Faiza Shaheen. The Labour candidate who tried to deny that Corbyn laid a wreath on the grave of a Black September terrorist who murdered eleven Israeli Olympic athletes and a German policemen.

In other words Wearing is yet another academic contaminated by Israel Derangement Syndrome.

By the way here’s his assessment of Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer:

If you were a researcher for the BBC News Channel and you were looking for a well–informed, not-too-partisan Israel expert to be a guest to comment on the current tensions, would David Wearing be top of your list? Or even on your list at all? His book (and PhD) is about why the oil wealth of the Gulf States matters for the UK ….. (No Shit Sherlock, of course it does! The Gulf States are a customer for UK exports plus their oil wealth is needed for inward direct and portfolio investment for the UK. It’s a statement of the bleeding obvious). There is no indication of any expertise in Israel and its relations with its neighbours.

Well Have I Got News For You …. BBC News had Wearing as their ‘expert academic’ to comment on the escalation in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians. On Friday 14 May at sometime between 10:00 and 10:15 (catchup unavailable, wonder why ….).

Let’s fisk his lies:

“Politicians – or many of them – have has created the conditions in which this violence started”

Wrong. Hamas is responsible – specifically Hamas’ move out of Gaza to portray itself as ‘representing’ Arabs in Jerusalem and in mixed Israeli cities

“Israeli politics has really lurched to the far Right in the past ten years”

The cliché of the Left. The fact is that the Proportional Representation electoral system (with a threshold of just 3.25% for a Party to be represented in the Knesset) couldn’t possibly deliver a government of the ‘far Right’.

“Far right street gangs terrorising Palestinians”

There have been a few instances but it’s in response to Hamas incitement: extremism begets extremism.

“Palestinians have been increasingly spoken about and treated as a Fifth Column “

Evidence-free assertion.

Whirlwind is being reaped that was sown over the past ten years “

Lazy evidence-free cliché.

Shaun Lay  – the BBC interviewer – says of Israeli Arabs: ‘not having quite the same rights as Israeli Jews’.  SOS – Shame On Shaun – All Israelis have the same rights, guaranteed by the Basic Laws!

Of course Wearing cites (as ‘really important’) the recent sham report from ‘the world’s leading Human Rights organisation’ Human Rights Watch:

This is what’s underlying everything, this 2-tier system where Jewish people are treated by the Israeli State as effectively being superior to and of more value and of more worth and having more rights than Palestinian people”

Utter nonsense.

This has even been set out in Israel’s Nation State Law in 2018 that explicitly stated that Israel is a state for the Jewish People …. Where does that leave the 20% of the population that’s Palestinian?”

The Nation State Law changed nothing in regard to the status of non-Jews.  It simply codified the Jewish character of the State of Israel.  It does NOT say that “Israel is a state for the Jewish people. It says “The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.” In other words Israel is and will remain a State with a Jewish identity.  But also guarantees rights to minorities. Just as the established Church in the UK is the Church of England but members of other faiths (and none) are treated equally.  No difference!

“This is [?meted] out quite concretely in terms of lack of equitable treatment in terms of residency, in terms of funding for communities … “

Rubbish.

There is violence inherent in a situation like that  … Subjugation of people is always going to rely ultimately on violence and what we’re seeing now is an upsurge in violence that is inherent in this way that Israel treats the Palestinian people “

Marxist drivel. Hamas is responsible for the upsurge in violence.

Shaun Lay limply attempts to provide some balance because he knows the BBC’s Editorial Standards: “Israel has right to defend itself”

Wearing’s response is predictable: “Israel isn’t just defending itself, it’s enforcing the subjugation of the Palestinian People and doing that through criminal behaviour”

Antisemitic drivel (IHRA says that ‘making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews’ is antisemitic).

Regarding Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, Wearing comments “Israel doesn’t discriminate properly between civilian and military targets”

Another antisemitic comment, reminiscent of the blood libel. He’s plain wrong and how appalling that he is teaching lies….. Israel achieves the lowest proportion of civilians to combatants (1:1) in asymmetric warfare of any country in the world. Israel always warns before a bombing raid and if there is a civilian visible, the raid is aborted.

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Israel Hating Fascist Mob Denies Human Rights of Jews

Yesterday (May 11 2021, 6pm) there was a huge anti-Israel demonstration in London, in Whitehall opposite Downing Street.  Some 2500 people were there (the organisers claim 8000) including unbelievably several children: What chance do those children have of growing up not hating Israel and Jews who support Israel (around 90%)?

Photo: PSC

Some 10 pro-Israel demonstraters attended too.

The Police sited us to the west of the anti-Israel demonstration and moved barriers so that we were enclosed, for security. Because we were to the west of the main demonstration, the anti-Israel people arriving from the west (eg from Westminster tube station) had to walk past us. Almost all appeared to be of Asian ethnicity. Many swore and spat at us.

After about 20 minutes the temperature of the hate directed us against approached boiling-point. You can see what happened in this first video (mine).

The hate becomes intolerable. The magnificent Police devise a plan to get us to safety. At around 5:18 we start to pack up. At 7.16 we start to move  out of the enclosure.

The Police form a protective human wall around us as we walk. At 7:33 I fall, I am helped up by colleagues and (I am told) by two girls in the anti-Israel protest. At 8.42 in the video we cross Whitehall towards King Charles Street.

The second video (also mine, it follows immediately from the first) shows the Police taking us into King Charles Street (west of the Foreign Office) and immediately they form a human chain across the entrance to stop the mob pursuing us (you hear the shout of ‘Cordon’ from the Police Commander).   At 1.23 you see the arrest of a man who allegedly assaulted me seconds earlier, either causing me to fall or when I was on the ground. You see the Police’s human chain across the entrance to King Charles Street. (Not shown: Then three of the police accompanied us across St James Park towards Victoria).

I am publishing these videos to show (i) the intolerable Fascist hatred expressed against us, due in part to the lies about Al Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah that are rife on channels like PressTV and Al Jazeera and from many Labour politicians and from numerous other sources (ii) the magnificent courage and resourcefulness of the Metropolitan Police.

We have decided that for the time being it is too dangerous both for us and the police to be on the streets so we will not be outside the Embassy on Saturday.

The Fascist scum have won – by means of sheer intimidation.

YET AGAIN…………… JEWS DON’T COUNT

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POSTSCRIPT

I have just seen this.


No wonder I fell to the ground

Mail Online; I have outlined myself in yellow: I was pushed forward by the force of his landing and fell over as a result

Here’s the Mail’s video, you can watch it frame by frame.

UPDATE

My assailant has been charged with Violent Disorder and Possession of an Offensive Weapon. The Police wanted GBH too but the CPS rejected it. Westminster Magistrates Court 1 October. I don’t yet know the name of the accused.

Jerusalem Day: Natasha Hausdorff responds to biased journalist on LBC

Natasha Hausdorff is the extremely impressive Legal Director of UK Lawyers for Israel Charitable Trust.

This morning she heard Noga Tarnopolsky (the Israel correspondent of the Los Angeles Times) on the Nick Ferrari show on LBC (10 May, 2:21:04 on LBC Catchup on the LBC App).

Tarnopolsky was asked about Jerusalem Day and the current unrest in Jerusalem. Her response was a disgrace, appallingly biased.  She claimed that Jerusalem Day has been transformed into “a pretty racist, extremist violent march through the Old City, esp the Muslim Quarter, and it’s run by West Bank Jewish settlers, very few Jerusalemites take part, it’s a very provocative event….. This difficult month of Ramadan in Jerusalem began more than 2 weeks ago when the Police ‘for unknown reasons’ set up metal barriers at the Damascus Gate.

Tarnopolsky completely failed to mention recent attacks on Jews in Jerusalem. And claiming that the barriers were set up ‘for unknown reasons’ is completely disingenuous. If I know why they were set up – for security reasons – an on-the-spot journalist should sure as hell know why.

Natasha Hausdorff called in to comment on the interview. You can hear her superb response here. Or at 2.06.18 on LBC Catchup.

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Israel Hating Mob Deprives Jews of their Human Rights to Peacefully Protest

This afternoon there was a late-notice anti-Israel demo in Whitehall opposite Downing Street, to protest about Sheikh Jarrah/Al Aqsa.  It was organised by Palestinian Forum in Britain.

The evictions in Sheikh Jarrah are perfectly legal.  And see Professor Avi Bell here. And the reason Israel’s security forces had to enter the Mosque was to arrest violent Islamist criminals incited by Hamas.   Regrettably the lies have been fuelled by Labour politicians: Starmer, Corbyn, Jonathan Ashworth,  Lisa Nandy, Wayne David, Zarah Sultana, Naz Shah, Richard Burgon, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Apsana Begum, Anas Sarwar, Kim Johnson –  for example. And shamefully the Jewish Labour Movement. And the Teachers’ Union. And War On Want and the other Usual Suspects. And Claudia Webbe (suspended from Labour). And Humza Yousaf of the Scottish Cabinet and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

So four of us countered the mostly Islamic Israel Haters (around 250) in Whitehall (Ramadan is a time of peak militancy).  Of course the organisers hadn’t informed the Police about their demo – maybe because they knew the Police would have put Covid restrictions on it.  So there were only two police there when we arrived. We got our Israel flags out but were soon (me and Martin Hizer) attacked by the Haters. My pole was broken and stolen and my flag was stolen. Video here (mine) and here (PressTV) and here (by the great Mel Gharial). And here (owner unknown, pl contact me for crediting).

The two criminals who did it are here – they will be reported to the Police:

The Police escorted us away. As we were walking we saw vanloads of police arriving.

How appalling that Islamics in the UK can deprive Jews of their human rights to peacefully protest.

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Postscript: Here’s Melanie Phillips on the incitement by Hamas:

Few of these facts have made it into the western media. What has also been omitted is the real cause of the Arab violence: the incitement by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. These organisations are currently fighting each other for political supremacy, with the Palestinian Authority leaderMahmoud Abbas having cancelled planned elections for fear that his Fatah organisation was about to lose.

This US shift in support effectively gave a green light to the Palestinian Arabs to renew their murderous onslaught against the Jews of Israel.

The Truth about Sheikh Jarrah

The grave of Shimon HaTzadik has been a Jewish holy site and place of pilgrimage for centuries. In 1875 the Jewish Community purchased the tomb and surrounding land from Arab owners, and established the communities of Shimon HaTzadik and Nachalat Shimon. Despite facing waves of violent attacks from Arabs, the community survived until 1948 when Jordan attacked and the Jews were forced to flee. Jordan – with UNRWA – built 28 homes which were then occupied by Palestinians.

In 1967 when Israel stopped a planned attack by its neighbours, Israel retook Sheikh Jarrah. The original Jewish owners found strangers in their houses. A legal process began. In 1982 the Courts ruled that the Jews were the legal owners. In an act of clemency, the Court ruled that the Al-Kurds could stay provided they paid rent. They refused. The Al-Kurd family – without ownership and without a permit – extended their property.

Now – after decades of refusing to pay rent – the Al-Kurd family is being evicted.

The same happens in the UK.  If a tenant  repeatedly refuses to pay rent, they are evicted.

Thanks to Israel Advocacy Movement and to NGO Monitor

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Anti-Israel propaganda in UK teachers’ magazine

The current edition of the UK teaching union (NEU) magazine (not posted yet) – which is sent free of charge to all Union members – has a full page advert for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the antisemitic organisation whose thinly-veiled objective is the elimination of the world’s only Jewish State. This is an attempt to brainwash teachers. It is illegal for the PSC to advocate inside schools or to leave PSC material in schools. There is an obligation under the 1996 Education Act (Section 407) for political topics to be addressed in a balanced manner. So the PSC does the next best thing – it uses the NEU magazine to brainwash teachers.

(I appreciate that the article is barely legible in this image; I have typed it up and can send on request)

Next to the PSC advert is a full page article about children detained in Judea and Samaria for criminal acts.  It is written by Ayed Abu Eqtaish who is ‘the accountability programme director at Defence for Children International-Palestine’ (DCI-P).

Teachers are told:

For many Palestinian children the trauma of Israeli military detention endures long after they are detained, physically abused, interrogated, tried and incarcerated in a system that does not guarantee them the most basic protections enshrined in international law;

Extensive documentation by Defence for Children International-Palestine shows that ill treatment within the Israeli military detention system is widespread and systematic;

Eighty-five percent of children detained in 2020 reported they experienced physical violence at the hands of Israeli forces and 27 children were held in isolation solely for interrogation purposes; in one case for 32 days;

Classes [for detained children] are infrequent and limited to Maths and Hebrew or Arabic. There are often no textbook and classes are not grade appropriate.

But there’s a lot the teachers are NOT told:

  • That numerous individuals with alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organisation have been employed and appointed as board members at DCI-P. The PFLP is designated as a terrorist organisation by the US, EU,Canada, and Israel.
  • That DCI-P is also actively involved in promoting BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) and legalcampaigns (“lawfare”) against Israel.
  • IDF statistics show that from 2013-2017 between 800-1,000 Palestinian minors were arrested annually in areas under Israeli control. Of those arrested, only 450-505 Palestinian minors were prosecuted. In other words, on average, out of a population of one million minors (according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics), less than 85 Palestinian minors were arrested each month, and less than half of them are actually prosecuted. In comparison, nearly 90,000 minors aged 10-17 were arrested in England and Wales between April 2015-March 2016, an average of approximately 7,500 each month. Adjusted for population, the rate of arrests of minors in England and Wales is 5.5 times higher than the West Bank, even though it is not in an armed conflict situation (data reproduced from NGO Monitor)
  • DCI-P claims that ‘Eighty-five percent of children detained in 2020 reported they experienced physical violence at the hands of Israeli forces’.  The truth is that very few complaints are either submitted to the appropriate Israeli civilian or military authorities or raised in court, and even fewer are found to be justified. In practice, DCI-P’s claims are based on anonymous complainants “interviewed” by DCI-P staffers.
  • DCI-P says Palestinian children ‘have no right to have a lawyer or a family member present during interrogations.’ Israeli law does not permit lawyers to be physically present during interrogations. Having said that, the law provides that every suspect has the right to consult with counsel before being interrogated (Paragraph 56). Alongside the general provision, the law applied in Judea/Samaria places a specific and additional onus on the interrogator of a minor to ensure that the nature of the right has been explained in language that takes into account the age and maturity of the suspect (Paragraph 136C(a)).
  • Information based on NGO Monitor research, see here and here and here and here

This is not the first time this magazine has carried anti-Israel propaganda in the guise of educational material!

Why aren’t teachers being told the truth about Defence for Children International-Palestine and about how Israel treats minors detained in Judea and Samaria?

I think we all know the answer.

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Chair of Parliamentary Education Committee: “Bristol University Senior Management Should Resign”

On Tuesday Universities Minister Michelle Donelan MP appeared before the Education Select Committee. You can see the video of her testimony here. The transcript is here. Three Committee members – the Chair Robert Halfon MP, Christian Wakeford MP and Jonathan Gullis MP  – criticised her over her failure to intervene with the Vice Chancellor and management of Bristol University over the Miller case. Here are excerpts. Robert Halfon in particular was very hard-hitting.

Robert Halfon:

… you cannot just wash your hands when a major university like Bristol University, a Russell Group university, is a hostile environment for Jewish students who have demonstrated and have been incredibly upset that there was a huge anti-Semitic controversy. The Government cannot just wash their hands and say, “No, we can’t get involved in this.” Surely this should be a significant priority for you as Minister for Universities, if not for the Secretary of State.

In February 2019 this academic, David Miller, gave a lecture on the harms of the powerful, described by Jewish students as reminiscent of anti-Semitic language, tropes and conspiracy theories. Apparently, one slide of his presentation allegedly depicted a complex web of Jewish community organisations, charities and philanthropists under the heading “Israeli Government,” with Miller allegedly claiming that parts of the Zionist movement were knowingly fostering Islamophobia. Why is that not unacceptable? Why would you not intervene to deal with this and tell the Bristol vice-chancellor that enough is enough and that we are not living in 1930s Germany and that they should deal with this problem and make sure that Bristol University is not a hostile environment to Jewish students?

All the stuff you are saying is just words. If you cannot intervene—say it is an individual case at Bristol University and you cannot intervene—then it is just words. Bristol University has broken the IHRA modern definition. There have been some awful things going on for Jewish students. They feel unsafe and unprotected and that the university is now a hotbed of anti-Semitism, yet all the Government can do is say, “We will wait for a review,” and not intervene. Surely you should look at things like funding, or at least meet the vice-chancellor early on and say, “What on earth is going on here? Why do thousands of Jewish students feel that Bristol University is not a safe place for Jews?”

There is nothing to stop you picking up the phone to the vice-chancellor and saying, “What on earth is going on? Get your act together. Do something to protect these students. It is your duty to protect them,” rather than washing your hands of it and saying they are autonomous.

Jonathan Gullis:

Minister, I must say that this issue is carrying on. For example, Dr Goldie Osuri at Warwick University said that anti-Semitism in the Labour party was an “Israeli lobby” kind of idea. An investigation was overseen by Professor Virinder Kalra, who had already expressed public opposition to the IHRA, and Stuart Croft, the vice-chancellor, was the biggest embarrassment to students at his university. We need to go further than just finding them, we need to start sacking people. Stuart Croft, Dr Goldie Osuri and Professor Virinder Kalra need to go, to be quite frank. Until we start bringing that kind of scrutiny and action into our university sector, like you would do if you were in a primary or secondary school, these incidents will keep happening. What can you say to that?

It is fair enough that universities are the employer, but rules need to be put in place so that these people can be got rid of. In my opinion, at the very least the head of the Office for Students should be able to remove vice-chancellors if they are not upholding the protection of students, particularly those who are Jewish, where we see time and time again that anti-Semitism is rife in the university sector. I think it is an absolute abomination in modern society that this is still going on.

Robert Halfon:


It is not just the one university that I have highlighted. Jonathan has highlighted other universities and, as a Minister, you should make a positive statement that this is unacceptable. Michelle, it is not just media reports about Bristol University. There are pages and pages of documented evidence from various organisations about what has gone on at that university and it is a disgrace. Personally, I think the senior management should resign because they care nothing about anti-Semitism. They are hiding behind employment law. The way that Bristol University has treated its Jewish students is a disgrace in the 21st century. Students who go to Bristol University and other universities should not feel that they are living in 1930s Germany. I think it has become such a serious national issue, and it has been raised in Parliament a number of times, that you should take a proactive role and do what you can to speak to the senior management and tell them to get a grip and deal with this once and for all.

You should cut off funding. If these universities do not deal with it, you should cut off any kind of funding for this kind of university. Why should Bristol University be getting funding when it is harbouring a known anti-Semite?

Meanwhile and appallingly Miller is back teaching. It is unclear whether he was ever suspended. The University Investigation continues, so does the police investigation.


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#JusticeForSarahHalimi: Dr Sophie Wiesenfeld’s Speech

Yesterday I published Dame Maureen Lipman’s speech.

I’m pleased to publish Dr Sophie Wiesenfeld’s speech which was delivered in both French and English.

” I am Sophie Wiesenfeld, the founder of the Franco-British cultural think-tank, the Hexagon Society.

It is with emotion that I speak in front of such a large crowd despite the sanitary conditions.

It is an unprecedented mobilisation:

– the whole world is rising up against this injustice;

– we are at the same time with Paris with 10,000 people, with NY, LA, Miami, Rome.

The reason we are here today is because the Halimi affair is not simple the matter of the Jewish community alone, but the matter of the entire national and international community.

If we are here it is to ask for a new “Loi Halimi” due to the decision of the Court of Cassation, finding the murderer of Sarah Halimi criminally irresponsible.

The law has been said, but justice has not been served!

What is difficult to understand in this case, what is terrible, what is revolting, is that while retaining the antisemitic nature of the crime, the French justice has confirmed the criminal irresponsibility of the murderer of Sarah Halimi.

Because, in French positive law, in the event of a mental disorder caused by a voluntary price of toxicants, there is penal irresponsibility.

Alas, the Judges of the Court of Cassation did not take the opportunity  to make case law/jurisprudence and be satisfied with a restrictive interpretation of the texts.

I will conclude with these words from my dear friend, the philosopher Bernard-Henry Lévy who allowed me to read you this text:

« When a statute is flawed or unsuitable, or when it no longer leads to wise decisions, it is the mark of a democracy’s greatness to take on the task of reworking it.

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And, even if the new legislation will not make it possible to render retrospective justice to the victim of this latest hate crime, I suggest calling it Sarah Halimi’s Law.»

#JusticeForSarahHalimi: Dame Maureen Lipman’s Speech

Yesterday (Sunday 25 April) there were simultaneous #JusticeForSarahHalimi protests in Paris, Marseilles, London, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and several other cities.   Also yesterday in Miami and on Thursday in New York and Los Angeles.

Dr Sarah Halimi was a retired doctor and schoolteacher who was attacked and murdered in her Paris apartment on 4 April 2017 – Because she was Jewish. Her killer was 27-year old Kobili Traoré, her neighbour and a drug dealer and drug addict. He claimed he was under the influence of cannabis – under French Law this prevents prosecution.  The case has gone to the highest Court of Appeal, the Cour de Cassation, which ruled on 14 April that he was indeed not criminally responsible due to his mental state.

Traoré is in a psychiatric hospital. He could be discharged at any time and would then be free to murder another Jew. Unless the law is changed ( Président Macron says he wants this) he could again claim that he was under the influence of cannabis.

Bernard-Henri Lévy has written eloquently about the case. He questions the inconsistency of the Cour de Cassation and suggests that a new law should be called ‘Sarah Halimi’s Law’. However it could not be used retrospectively to prosecute Traoré.

The London protest outside the French Embassy was organised by Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA). The attendance was limited by the pandemic. I estimate there were around 250 there including some 60-80 French.  The speakers were all excellent: the CEO of CAA, Gideon Falter; Dame Maureen Lipman DBE; founder of the Hexagon Society, Dr Sophie Weisenfeld; political analyst Raphael Landau, and trustee of the charity Muslims Against Antisemitism (MAAS), Elizabeth Arif-Fear (Liz’s presence and speech were particularly appreciated).

Dame Maureen’s speech particularly needs to be widely read and to that end I am delighted that she has agreed to have it published it here:

” Here we are again … Nous sommes ici encore

Bringing coals to Knightsbridge – defending our race ourselves because no-one else stands with us ….

Call my Agent is the second best programme on Netflix, Les Enfants du Paradis my all-time favourite film – Who can fail to love Paris in the Springtime, Matisse or Marrons glacés? .. and aside from their inexplicable worship of Jerry Lewis, La Belle France might well remain on my list of desirable destinations.

However the French decision not to prosecute the vicious killer, Korbili Traoré, for the brutal murder of his next door neighbour, Sarah Halimi, means that until French laws on intent are changed, I would rather be in Hull (my own home city, romantically twinned with Sierra Leone) than cross the channel to that ‘shitty little country’ as they once, diplomatically, labelled Israel.

An innocent woman of sixty-five, a doctor and a retired teacher, Sarah Halimi was beaten and thrown off a third floor balcony to her death by a trained jihadist and known antisemite.  His actions may have been compromised by the influence of cannabis but he was compos mentis enough to shout “Allahu Akbar” (G-d is good), and deem  Sarah a ‘shaitan’ (or Satan)  as he flung her out of the window. As her neighbour, he had frequently terrorised her and called her daughter “a filthy Jew”.

According to one psychiatric report he had been ‘troubled by Jewish artefacts in Sarah’s apartment and the mezuzah on her door which’ (and I quote) ‘amplified the frantic outburst of hate.’

He will not, on appeal, be prosecuted. This appalling betrayal of Liberté and Fraternité  – not to mention Humanité – by the Cour de Cassation is the next chapter of the historic antisemitism of the French Nation. The world has seen it in their persecution and destruction of Captain Dreyfus, in the Vichy government, in the avoidance of responsibility for rounding up Jewish citizens during the Second World War and countless modern examples of the disregard they have for antisemitic crimes, including the obscene attack on school children in Toulouse, and the innocent deaths in the Kosher supermarket, the stabbing of a Holocaust survivor and a growing number of hate crimes against Jewish citizens.

The facts are that the French government is more fearful of Jihadist retribution than they are of justice for their Jewish community. They are paralysed by fear of race hate. In the case of the Holocaust survivor, she was stabbed and set on fire. It took the French authorities two days before the death was reported to the press. Sarah Halimi was thrown out of the window to her death; “Allahu Akbar” was screamed as she fell. Apart from the Jewish Press, the appeal decision has barely been reported. It doesn’t suit the left agenda that antisemitic attacks are anything other than the result of the actions of Israel. Little wonder that French Jews are fleeing the country of their birth and heading for Israel or elsewhere in the diaspora in record numbers. Where I wonder is the world’s outrage at these growing Gallic hate crimes? The Courts and now the Cassation Court of Appeal have dismissed the idea of prosecuting Traoré, on the grounds that he was (by the use of cannabis) ‘taken from a polymorphous persecutory delirium, with a mystical theme, during which ‘the simple’ antisemitic prejudice has turned into ‘absolute conviction’. The ‘simple antisemitism’? Simple as in ordinary/normal?

This man, this killer, did not have a brain tumour or psychosis informing his behaviour. This hate-fuelled jihadi was a ‘simple’ antisemite…….. with a drug dealing problem.

To me, this makes intoxication by the use of drugs or alcohol exonerate any criminal from an accusation of violence.

This clearly says that drunk drivers who kill children on the roads residing in prisons should all walk free!


Drug users who kill to feed their addiction should all walk free.

Furthermore it says that  if you want to kill a Jew with impunity then make sure you smoke a joint, or drink a bottle of Scotch before you do it.

It says that a killer takes no responsibility for their actions because they are deluded by their drug of choice.

It says – in its choice of words ‘the simple antisemitism’ and its insistence that Traoré’s drug-fuelled delusions made his crime random, not personal – that what David Baddiel has been telling us so chillingly this year – that ‘Jews Don’t Count’ – is 100% valid.


Please try to imagine the murder the other way round….would the courts have responded in the same way had a Jewish man of twenty-seven thrown a sixty-five year old devout Muslim woman to her death?

Would the world media and the Black Lives Matter movement and the extreme Left and Right have shown more interest ? I think we all know the answer.

There has been scandalously little Press attention paid to this heinous hate crime, either before or after the appeal.

Believe me, believe Baddiel, believe Melanie Phillips …Increasingly on the Left and in the West, Jews Don’t Count!

Traoré’s cannabis-induced psychosis did not cause him to murder his neighbour. His consuming hatred of Jews made him do it.  Président Macron wants to change the law on Intent. He says he stands with French Jews…. But it doesn’t exactly show in his actions or reflects in the behaviour of French Courts – and it might just show less in the actions of ‘future’ Présidente Marine Le Pen.

The law in the UK distinguishes between ‘voluntary’ intoxication and involuntary (someone drugs your drink): Drunken intent is still intent.

Please write to the European Court of Human Rights, on the grounds that the law which permits  such an irrational, such a bone-headed defence is contrary to Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Right to Life.

And Article 14 (‘Prohibition of discrimination’): The European Court’s guidance states that ‘In cases where there is an allegation of racially motivated crime it is particularly important that investigation is pursued with vigour and impartiality, having regard to reassert continuously society’s condemnation of racism and to maintain the confidence of minorities to protect them  from the threat of racist violence.

(The Court has ruled that treating racially induced violence and brutality on an equal footing with cases that have no racist overtones would be turning a blind eye to the specific nature of acts that are particularly destructive of fundamental rights.  Failure to make a distinction in the way situations that are essentially different are handled, may constitute unjustified treatment irreconcilable with Article 14 of the Convention on Human Rights).

France has always been regarded as one of the most civilised of European countries. The country of romance, sophistication, bon cuisine, er…………….. Aussi la guillotine, and of course Foie gras …. and if you can force feed a goose until its liver bursts to flavour your toast , you are probably, over the centuries, capable, of putting your knee on the neck of the Jewish race.

Under such blind and bigoted injustice we too cannot breathe – Nous ne pouvons pas respirer!


Index to my blogs 2007-2021

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Posts which are cited the most frequently are asterisked

Blogs published on other sites:

No moral lessons from someone who said Kaddish for Gaza 28 May 2020

Soviet style antisemitism funded by UK taxpayers  22 September 2018

QC says ‘Israel created to compensate for Holocaust’ * 2 September 2018
Sir Mick’s five straw man arguments in the row over Zionism 4 July 2018

An open letter to Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish Chronicle 13 February 2018
Deconstructing From Balfour to Banksy “From Balfour to Bigots” 22 November 2017

Naturally the Guardian lauds Jackie Walker’s play The Lynching  20 November 2017

SOAS meeting to downplay antisemitism sees Israel bracketed with North Korea  17 November 2017

LSE breaks own rule on neutral chair for external meetings  7 November 2017

Running with the fox and hunting with the hounds  26 October 2017
OFCOM on The Lobby: A wrong decision and a profound disservice to the Jewish Community * 14 October 2017

Ofcom decision plays into the hands of haters  12 October 2017

Brent councillors disgracefully distort the IHRA definition of antisemitism  21 September 2017

JPR anti-semitism survey: wide open goal for Corbyn * 18 September 2017

Three own goals in three weeks …     13 September 2017

Hate and errors: Anatomy of a deeply nasty book  * 5 September 2017
JLC scores spectacular own goal 5 September 2017

Hate and Errors: Anatomy of a deeply nasty book * 4 September 2017

Is Kevin Myers really an anti-Semite?   * 1 August 2017

Balfour’s Shadow 28 July 2017

Young Vic: Should it be reviving Rachel Corrie?  * 26 July 2017

PalExpo: Outside and Inside  10 July 2017

Medieval disputation in a London church – in 2017 * 29 June 2017

“You Are The Zionist Jack Ruby”  20 June 2017

Digital Terrorism and Hate 15 June 2017

After Manchester we need action not banalities 24 May 2017

If my aunt had balls  9 May 2017

Queuing up to tell Jews what they should find offensive * 3 May 2017

Baroness Tonge removes antisemitic cartoon, claims she thought it was two figures trying to escape Gaza  6 May 2017

Israel vilified in Parliament, four Jews protest and get thrown out * 26 April 2017

Breaking the Silence shortlisted for freedom of expression award  20 April 2017

The Irish hate caravan moves on, to planet oxymoron 10 April 2017

Ken Livingstone’s dishonesty  5 April 2017

“Raus!”: How Jews were ejected from an anti-Israel meeting in Parliament   * 29 March 2017 (Warner)

My question to Jackie Walker: Setting the record straight * 24 March 2017

Anti-Semites score victory at London School of Economics 21 March 2017

The Lies of Rajah Shehadeh To Commemorate SOAS’s Centenary   * 12 March 2017

Am I an antisemite?   9 March 2017

Something is rotten in the state of academia * 5 March 2017

No safe space for Jews at KCL 1 March 2017

UCL in la la land    1 March 2017

Baroness Tonge: Why the Lords Report is wrong * 19 March 2017

An open letter to Baroness Amos, Principal of SOAS  * 14 March 2017

Israel’s ban on BDS activists: Welcome and justified  9 March 2017

Book Review: ‘Reporting on Hitler’ by Will Wainewright 6 March 2017

UK’s national Holocaust memorial and learning centre 23 February 2017

Charity Commission investigating anti-Semitic Suarez meeting at SOAS  * 18 February 2017

Anti-semitism: A meaningless lecture  14 February 2017

Promoting antisemitism is not covered by Lords code of conduct * 2 February 2017

Baroness Tonge posts anti-semitic article 22 January 2017

Al Jazeera ‘Lobby’: Voyeurism For Antisemites * 14 January 2017

Employee of Israel Embassy does job  8 January 2017

Yachad: A Cuckoo in the Anglo-Jewish Nest  * 4 January 2017

The wisdom of the Kiwi foreign minister 2 January 2017

Time to go, Professor 29 December 2016

Tonge under investigation 18 December 2016

Jewish Students – Please Remember Your ABC! 1 December 2016

Good Jews v Bad Jews 24 November 2016

The book which lies and distorts 14 November 2016

Christians who regret Balfour: The caravan stops at Southwark * 8 November 2016

No to antisemitic discourse in British Parliament * 8 November 2016

The Protocols of the Elders of SOAS Palestine Society  4 November 2016

Daniel Hannan – Button It! 31 October 2016

No to antisemitic meetings in Parliament! * 29 October 2016

LFI must think again! 27 October 2016

Attack on John Mann: Glatt kosher or treif? 23 October 2016

SOAS sees sense 19 October 2016

Defend Gina Miller  16 October 2016

What’s Sauce for the Gandz 7 October 2016

The cesspit where Momentum and the PSC intersect 28 September 2016

Hinde Street Church: Now take down that wall!  * 23 September 2016

Is Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite?  * 20 September 2016

Labour and ISIS 18 August 2016

British children volunteer for ISIS because of austerity…  15 August 2016

Own goal over Sir Philip Green 1 August 2016

Defending remainers from Melanie Phillips 27 July 2016

Why Brexit won’t happen 27 July 2016

Deputies Have Short Memories …. 18 July 2016

Reasons for voting Leave in the referendum … * 11 July 2016

EU Referendum: Turnout of young people 5 July 2016

EU Referendum: We must remain for the economy, jobs and security * 18 June 2016

Referendum: The guide for the perplexed * 14 June 2016

New mayor accepts EUMC definition of anti-Semitism  13 June 2016

Update on methodology used in Yachad poll of British Jews  * 18 November 2015

Yachad Poll on UK Jews and Israel * 15 November 2015
Board Executive and Oxfam: Moving the Red Line * 30 May 2013

Oxfam and the Board – What should happen if the red lines are crossed * 19 May 2013

These Pears are Rotten * 30 April 2013

A Stain on LSE  27 April 2013

Fraser versus UCU  * 26 April 2013

Board of Deputies links with Oxfam stays despite Miftah blog * 25 April 2013

Yet again, British Justice fails British Jews * 2 April 2013

Lord Sacks wows AIPAC with a terrific speech * 17 March 2013

The speech that sent Galloway packing 17 March 2013

Yachad’s ZF application: A cynical publicity stunt * 14 March 2013

What happened inside Middlesex University’s closed doors * 6 March 2013

Board of Deputies and David Ward MP  21 February 2013

Shlomo’s away with the fairies  20 February 2013

Oxford Union Triumph – Near 40% say ‘Israel Force for Good in Middle East’ 1 February 2013

Nick Clegg equivocates about David Ward’s antisemitic comment 31 January 2013

Steve Bell defends Scarfe cartoon on BBC 29 January 2013

Libdem MP’s antisemitic message re Holocaust 25 January 2013

Israel elections wrongfoot usual suspect Lefties 22 January 2013

Why the Board should vote No to Oxfam  * 21 January 2013

Oxfam links: Why we shouldn’t  * 3 January 2013

2012 Awards 1 January 2013

East Jerusalem: The Truth  30 December 2012

Middle East Weapons Salesman (ex FCO) thinks Israel “on path to assisted suicide” 24 December 2012

Lord Phillips: Jews on suicide path 15 December 2012

Is this ‘Antisemitism Institute’ part of the problem? * 7 December 2012

William Hague – You cannot be serious!!  4 December 2012

What I saw during Operation Pillar of Defense 27 November 2012

Veolia and Batsheva  22 November 2012

Vile Israel question on BBC Any Questions 21 November 2012

Pears Foundation funds Israel Boycott Lobby * 21 November 2012

Speech at rally to support Israel’s ‘Operation Pillar of Defence’ * 15 November 2012

Rally to support Israel’s right to self-defence 14 November 2012

Deprogramming students from the Palestine Solidarity Cult 13 November 2012

#BDSFail in Brighton 10 November 2012

Child Abuse Palestinian Style 6 November 2012

Bibi’s Awesome UN Speech: Transcript and Video  28 September 2012

19 lies the BDS mob say about Israel and how to respond to them 23 September 2012

Veolia: New Report Exposes the BDSers’ Lies About The Effectiveness of their Actions 22 September 2012

The Post-Self-Destructivism of Judith Butler  10 September 2012

Morning Star Demonises Israel  7 September 2012

“My deep shame at this bigoted [Edinburgh] festival protest”  3 September 2012

Artistic Antisemitism is Still Racial Hatred…..   3 September 2012

Cultural Terrorists Hit Edinburgh  31 August 2012

Rachel Corrie’s death still being exploited by Israel haters 26 August 2012

Response to Shimon Cohen and Matthew Gould  24 August 2012

How many have to die to achieve ‘One State’?  22 August 2012

Tribute to Aly Raisman  15 August 2012

PressTV says UK Olympics “Under Influence Of” Zionism  14 August 2012

Jacques Rogge’s Guildhall speech for Monday night has leaked!  * 6 August 2012

Reform Is Misguided on JNF/Lieberman  21 May 2012

How does Shamnesty’s Kate Allen Keep A Straight Face?  18 May 2012

Adieu Ken Livingstone  6 May 2012

Ben White proves the hypocrisy of the Israel haters  * 1 May 2012

Taking Back Our National Sovereignty Again [Steinberg article]  23 April 2012

“Good Riddance” [Bindman meeting] 19 April 2012

Colonel Eisner: War Hero  17 April 2012

Terrific Response to Emma Thompson and the other BDS Luvvies  2 April 2012

Remember Crewe and Nantwich! Class Politics Doesn’t Work…  31 March 2012

Jews in the UK  25 March 2012

Leeds J Soc: JLC Majority Did Not Sign Support Letter  23 March 2012

Leeds J Soc’s Shame [for cancelling Brooke Goldstein] 15 March 2012

Locked Out! [QMU Tamimi meeting] 28 February 2012

Open Letter to Vice Chancellor, Middlesex University [Meeting with O’Keefe, Karmi, Tonge] 24 February 2012

What Comes Around, Goes Around #2 [Swords] 30 January 2012

What Comes Around, Goes Around [Swords] 27 January 2012

Who guards the Guardians?  17 January 2012

Discrimination against Palestinians is Rife in Arab countries  9 January 2012

Richard Silverstein Exposed! 29 December 2011

PSC/ISM Successfully Neutralised at Natural History Museum   4 December 2011

EUMC Definition [no ambiguity] 1 December 2011

Response to a Labour MP’s antisemitic comment  [Paul Flynn] 1 December 2011

Smeared by PSC’s Salim Alam 26 November 2011

How to most effectively advocate for Israel on campus * 23 November 2011

RMT senior official directs tirade of antisemitic abuse at Israel advocate [Hedley] 25 October 2011

Malcolm Grant: £375,000 of public money per year but thinks that campus extremism is ‘made up’… 20 October 2011

Whose “Human Rights” does Shamnesty NOT support? Defenders of Israel …  18 October 2011

The Cold War On The Truth  * 13 October 2011

Welcome Tsipi Livni to London today!  5 October 2011

Antisemites hound Jewish-owned shop out of London  21 September 2011

PSC Turns Proms Audience pro-Israel * 2 September 2011

Something you didn’t know about Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman  17 August 2011

Jewish News Editors: Bow Your Heads In Shame  4 August 2011

Hacked by Yachad 21 July 2011

“Go Back To Bloody Russia!” 19 July 2011

JC gets its facts wrong  14 July 2011

Israel’s bill to combat boycotts deserves our full support  14 July 2011

Eat Your Hearts Out, Would-Be Flytilla Israel Haters …. 7 July 2011

Jihad Jenny Threatens to Quit the LibDems over Salah Detention 30 June 2011

How Palestinians became the baby seals of the Western human rights lobby 28 June 2011

Amnesty is NOT asking for Gilad’s Release 26 June 2011

“Ahava is going to play its ‘Jewish’ card”  16 June 2011

Taking the Mick – Again!  * 11 June 2011

Shame on the Extremist Muslims who are making the East End a No-Go Area  28 May 2011

BBC Biased In Favour of Israel???  26 May 2011

Philo’s new apology for a book and Joy Wolfe 24 May 2011

Col Richard Kemp’s speech to ‘We Believe in Israel’ Conference – London, 15 May 23 May 2011

Israel Must Return to the Pre-67 lines: Obama is Right!  20 May 2011

Pears and Forward Thinking: Letter sent to JC but not published 20 May 2011

No to Hate at Amnesty next Monday! – Sign the Petition Now! 17 May 2011

Pears caught with its pair of pants down…… 16 May 2011

Ahava London: Colin George of ‘The Loft” 2 April 2011

Rabid Animal Mauls Israel Supporter at SOAS 21 March 2011

Further developments regarding Mick Davis  15 March 2011

“Is it OK to be Jewish and criticise Israel?” 4 March 2011

“The Promise” – ZF Press Release 28 February 2011

“The Promise” / “The Independent” / Christina Patterson 27 February 2011

Dennis Ross: Pull Out of J-Street Conference! 24 February 2011

Christina Patterson again … (on The Promise) 23 February 2011

University Hate Speech Report: A Whitewash 19 February 2011

Davis et al – continued   18 February 2011

Guardian owns up to falsifying Livni Quote – but how about all the other wilful deceptions? 15 February 2011

What the West Needs to Understand About the Muslim Brotherhood  6 February 2011

The Lies of the Israel Haters – continued [Ahava] 5 February 2011

Bibi’s Knesset speech yesterday, on Egypt (excerpts)  3 February 2011

“The Promise” – Begins Sunday, UK Channel 4  3 February 2011

Statement of Egypt Working Group 2 February 2011

Foreign Government NGO Funding Transparency Bill 1 February 2011

Shame on Amnesty International for its Biased Israel-Bashing Agenda  31 January 2011

Locked out of Israel Hate Meeting with Hajo, the “Dancing Bear”, at Rutgers University   30 January 2011

Holocaust Memorial Day: Bibi’s speech to the Knesset  28 January 2011

Neturei Karta are the dregs of the dregs  26 January 2011

John Lewis Threatens Legal Action if PSC Continues To Lie  26 January 2011

The Duplicity of The Guardian and Al Jazeera  25 January 2011

Turkel Unanimous: Israel acted within Law on Flotilla and on Gaza Blockade…  23 January 2011

Tony Blair “Gets It”, So Many Do Not .. 23 January 2011

Sedition at Ben Gurion University: Parents start to vote with their feet  18 January 2011

Board of Deputies votes down Executive motion on Israel  16 January 2011

Blame the Jews………….  9 January 2011

The Board of Deputies’ appalling lack of [moral] clarity in response to the Kairos document 6 January 2011

Tear Gas: the Truth and the Lies  6 January 2011

“How Can You Defend Israel?” – David Harris  2 January 2011

Ben Gurion University: Economical with the Truth 1 January 2011

Seven Jewish Children, back again * 3 December 2010

58 Lambast Davis: Letter in JC * 25 November 2010

The de-Zionization of Anglo Jewry, by Isi Liebler in the Jerusalem Post 25 November 2010

Superb speech by George Osborne to Board of Deputies’ Dinner last night 24 November 2010

+++CENSORED++++++CENSORED++++++CENSORED+++ 9 November 2010

No Kangaroo Court at the Law Society! 31 October 2010

Pallywood: Faking Olive Tree Destruction & Damage  30 October 2010

SAUDI EMPLOYER HAMMERS 24 NAILS INTO SRI LANKAN MAID 30 October 2010

UNRWA official dares to suggest that the Palestinians might never exercise the “right of return”….  29 October 2010

Julie Burchill on Lauren Booth  27 October 2010

Free Speech for Israel? Not at Queens University Belfast! 18 October 2010

Support David Hallam!  17 October 2010

The miners were underground for only 69 days …. 17 October 2010

Obama and the US-Israel alliance – Caroline Glick  16 October 2010

Havardi on Tutu  15 October 2010

Are we partly to blame for Islamic terrorism? 11 October 2010

Are we partly to blame for Islamic terrorism? 10 October 2010

Bathurst-Norman Censured for Political Bias in EDO Trial * 7 October 2010

Hajo Meyer event called ‘offensive’ by Conservative UK Government * 29 September 2010

Flotilla: Biased BBC Compounds Biased UN HRC ‘Report’ 23 September 2010

Vanessa and Lin-Manuel’s Wedding, 5 September 2010: To Life! 22 September 2010

The Barons: An Everyday Story of the Struggle for Workers’ Rights in Merrie England 16 September 2010

Yvonne Ridley: In Breach of the Terrorism Act? 11 September 2010

Aznar’s speech last week 7 September 2010

Terrorist Supporters March Freely Through London 4 September 2010

De Gucht: A Bigot from Belgium 3 September 2010

BBC Panorama: Letter to BBC Director General 22 August 2010

Ahava counter-demo 14 August: Phone interview with The Guardian 16 August 2010

What the ISM Does Not Tell Its Female “Peace Activists”……….. 8 August 2010

UK Parliament: “Only Righteous Jews Allowed In” 28 July 2010

Wham Bam – Cam Slammed! 28 July 2010

The Judge Who Thought He Was Defence Counsel: CIFWATCH SCOOP * 14July 2010

The Judge who thought he was Defence Counsel * 14 July 2010 (cross)

Libya’s Bateau Provocateur 13 July 2010

A Methodist Breaks Rank … 7 July 2010

The Board of Deputies’ Critique of the Methodists’ Report “Justice for Palestine and Israel” 5 July 2010

Judge George Bathchair-Nobrain Takes Delegitimisation of Israel in the UK to new depths * 2 July 2010

Inside documents of the Free Gaza movement seized from the Marmara 27 June 2010

New Israel Fund Invites Rabbis to eat non-kosher and meet a “One-Stater” 27 June 2010

The letter the Guardian never published…….. 9 June 2010

ZF and EDL: Letter in Guardian 4 June 2010

Greenstein lies and smears 3 June 2010

Speech to Israel Support Rally – London 31 May * 1 June 2010

Flotilla Guerillas Use Violence Against Israeli Navy Soldiers Attempting to Board Mavi Marmara – Footage 31 May 2010

Flotilla turns violent – Latest 31 May 2010

Gaza Flotilla Supported by Terrorists and Antisemites 27 May 2010

Well Done, Professor Alan Dershowitz!12 May 2010

Birmingham students vote to accept EUMC Definition of Antisemitism 5 May 2010

The Nightmare Shidduch 1 May 2010

Nick? Don’t Let Him Clegg You Over! 27 April 2010

LibDems and Israel: Follow the Money! 25 April 2010

Ahava Needs Your Love 25 April 2010

The Lib-Dems 22 April 2010

Vote Clegg or Brown, don’t get Tsipi 20 April 2010

ZF: Pledge Card for the Parliamentary candidates 15 April 2010

Mira Awad – ZF press Notice 13 April 2010

Death threats: Mira Awad pulls out of ZF Yom Ha’atzmaut event 9 April 2010

Dieudonné in London 8 April 2010

The Mendacity of the Anti-Zionists 5 April 2010

The mud is flying and the starting gun has not even been fired 3 April 2010

Pope Benedict the “new Jew”? I think not. 3 April 2010

“The UK’s Disproportionate Response” – as observed by CiFWatch 28 March 2010

Was Moses a war criminal? (by Gerald Steinberg) 26 March 2010

“My particular flawed pedigree and personality” [Travers] 17 March 2010

More Channel 4 Demonisation of Israel on Monday night 14 March 2010

Vicar of Christ Church [Sizer] suggests Hilary Clinton’s criticism of Israel motivated by desire for revenge over Monica Lewinsky 14 March 2010

Israel and the OECD – The Truth 9 March 2010

Vote Eric Lee, to restore objectivity to Amnesty’s Israel coverage 27 February 2010

Vote for Eric Lee for Amnesty Board  24 February 2010

What makes Cif different? – By Hawkeye of CiF Watch 20 February 2010

The Darkness Closes In On British Academia 19 February 2010

Oxford Union Society Statement on the Danny Ayalon talk last night 9 February 2010

“Taking The Jack” [Straw] 7 February 2010

Benny Morris talk cut by Cambridge Israel society 4 February 2010

A Terrible Decision [Cambridge U Israel Society] 3 February 2010

“Progressive” …. Not 31 January 2010

“Defamation” … of Truth, of Victims and of Antiracists 16 January 2010

Campus Extremism: University Heads are “Taking the Mick” – Time for Government to Step In … 16 January 2010

IJPR Survey: A Missed Opportunity? 8 January 2010

Viva Veritas! [Guardian lies] 6 January 2010

Viva Veritas!      6 January 2010

Extremism in Universities – ZF Press Notice 2 January 2010

MCB: How Wrong Can You Be? 24 December 2009

Romain mythology and JFS  23 December 2009

Antisemitic meeting at SOAS   15 December 2009

Hoffman takes on the bigots * 15 December 2009

ZF Letter sent to DEFRA 13 December 2009

Stay Away from Gordon Brown’s Chanuka Candle Lighting on Wednesday… 13 December 2009

Subhumans commit an appalling crime  12 December 2009

Israel bashing behind closed doors 10 December 2009

Never mind the facts … lie back and think of Brittain 9 December 2009

New Charity Commissioner may not be good news for campaigners against anti-Israel Charities  4 December 2009

Carols with Caryl and more  2 December 2009

Miles’ Vile Bile 24 November 2009

Ex-Ambassador Thinks Jewish Historians Can’t Be Trusted … 23 November 2009

Response to Brian Fox 20 November 2009

Stephen Sackur demolishes Shlomo Sand 20 November 2009

What ‘Dispatches’ Tonight Won’t Tell You………. 16 November 2009

“The Iran Lobby” by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer 14 November 2009

An Open Letter to Peter Oborne and Channel Four  12 November 2009

Pondlife buried in the sand 12 November 2009

Shlomo the Sandlout 10 November 2009

ZF co-Vice Chair Blasts Board’s ‘Macavity’ – by JC Muckraker 7 November 2009

Amnesty’s Well of Truth is brackish     1 November 2009

Seven Jewish Children in Bolton 25 October 2009

Enforcing the Guardian World View through misrepresentation 8 October 2009

Review of A State Beyond the Pale by Robin Shepherd  3 October 2009

TUC and Israel: When you need a cause why let facts get in the way? 4 September 2009

Bad Odour in Clubland  2 July 2009

Guilty of false equivalence  29 June 2009

A work of fiction  19 June 2009

Where is the ‘Prevent’ cash going? (continued) 14 April 2009

Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea   3 March 2009

The 43 Group’s final reunion * 16 February 2009

Seven Jewish Children * 8 February 2009

Israel: Galloway plumbs new depths 30 January 2009

What is the point of the Press Complaints Commission?  26 January 2009

The Press Complaints Commission: How ‘high’ is high?   24 December 2008

Professor Sir Bernard Crick 20 December 2008

Antisemitism on Guardian ‘Comment is Free’  (PDF) July 2008

Lycra Loonies   20 February 2008

Register now to stop the BNP 14 January 2008

Faith, Ken’s hope and the charities  5 January 2008

A proper boycott  12 June 2007

Daniel Pipes survives Livingstone’s Lions’ Den 21 January 2007

Independent Jewish Voices: Independent of Rationality and Truth

Read how a bunch of Hampstead luvvies embraced a fake definition of antisemitism on the basis of its endorsement by (inter alia) a corpse, a Semiotics academic and a Gender and Sexuality Studies academic …

Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) are a bunch of luvvies from Hampstead et environs, best described as Finkler Jews. They are very embarrassed by the State of Israel and do all they can to distance themselves (as-a-Jew) from it. They are led by Tony Lerman and Francesca, Brian and Tony Klug. Here is Lerman (as-a-Jew) blaming Israel for antisemitism:

… by provoking outrage, which is then used to target Jews, Israel bears responsibility for that anti-Jewish hostility

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/must-jews-always-see-themselves-as-victims-1639277.html

Such statements have made Lerman into a self-imposed pariah. Lerman’s appointment in early 2006 as director (for the second time) of the think-tank The Institute of Jewish Policy Research (now JPR) precipitated the resignation of four JPR directors and of one of its honorary patrons, the Conservative peer Lord Kalms.  This was because Lerman had questioned the viability of Israel as a Jewish State and had advocated one secular state containing Jews, Palestinians and others – the proportions would not matter. After a controversial tenure lasting less than three years, Lerman was ousted from his position in late 2008, leaving him in the wilderness.

When he founded IJV in 2007, Lerman wrote:

….the creation of IJV could be the most serious challenge to the Jewish establishment since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948

The reality – of course – is that IJV has proven to be the dampest of damp squibs. But occasionally a spark still burns in the embers. Such as last Sunday when IJV expressed their support for the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA).

A word of explanation: The JDA was dreamed up to save the face of the leftist academics who reject the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Like Mark Abel at Brighton University. And Seth Anziska at UCL (who is one of the eight in the ‘Co-ordinating Group’ for the JDA). The reason they reject it is because they want to be able to say that Israel is a racist state and to advocate for a boycott of Israeli goods without being told (correctly) that they are antisemites. The JDA gives them this ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card.

IJV describe the 208 academics as working ‘in Jewish Studies and related fields’. So let’s take a look. Some of them do. 83 don’t:

Fields of study of the 83 not in Jewish Studies

SubjectNumber
History21
Armenian History and Genocide 1
Global and Postcolonial History1
History and Anthropology1
Microhistory1
History and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies1
History and Comparative Literature1
Modern Italian History1
History and International Affairs1
History, Music, German1
History of Law1
History of Humanitarianism1
Political Science3
Government1
International Politics1
Political Studies1
Politics and Government1
Political Theory1
Law3
International Law1
Law and social change1
Philosophy5
Philosophy of Science1
Ethics and Political Philosophy1
Sociology3
Sociology and Anthropology1
Sociology, Political Science and Communication1
Journalism and Political Science1
English1
English and Comparative Literature1
Modern Literature and Culture1
Comparative Literature2
Contemporary literature1
Comparative Literature and Gender Studies 1
German Studies and Comparative Literature1
Urban Literature1
Psychoanalysis and the Health Sciences Humanities1
Musicology1
Music1
Islamic Studies and Postcolonial Studies1
Islamic Studies1
International Studies1
Human Rights1
Bioethics1
Gender and Sexuality Studies1
Gender Studies1
Semiotics1

Plus there are four non-academics (a Museum Director, a Novelist, a Journalist and a non-Orthodox Rabbi).

One of the 83 was dead when the JDA statement was published. Michael Stolleis died on 18 March; the statement was published on 25 March. How many of the other JDS supporters are dead?

In any case what gives any of these people (dead or alive) the right to tell Jews what offends them? Do they do the same to Blacks or Muslims? It is impudently rude to try to dictate to a minority what they should or should not find offensive.

So 125 do work in the field of Jewish Studies. Er … not quite right …10 of them are Emeritus (fancy word for ‘retired’).

How about the track record of the 208? If they are inveterate Israel Bashers, then of course they will oppose IHRA. But why should we take any notice of them? Fortunately there are two useful websites to identify Academic Israel Bashers: This site (mainly for those in Israel) and this site for those in the USA.

The following 11 anti-Israel Jewish Studies JDA-supporting academics in Israel are profiled on the Im Tirtzu site: Louise Bethlehem, Daniel Blatman, Daniel Boyarin (who is in the USA), Raya Cohen (retired), Alon Confino (in USA),  David Enoch, Katharina Galor (in USA), Amos Goldberg (one of the eight in the ‘Co-ordinating Group’ for the JDA), Anat Matar, David Shulman (retired), Dmitry Shumsky.

The following anti-Israel Jewish Studies JDA-supporting academic in the USA is profiled on the Canary Mission site: Marion Kaplan.

The following 9 anti-Israel non-Jewish Studies JDA-supporting academics in Israel are profiled on the Im Tirtzu site: Gadi Algazi, Naomi Chazan, Chaim Gans, Snait Gissis, Neve Gordon (in UK), Dafna Hirsch, Eva Illouz, Avishai Margalit, Shlomith Rimmon Kenan.

The following 2 anti-Israel non-Jewish Studies JDA-supporting academics in the USA are profiled on the Canary Mission site: Marianne Hirsch, Shira Robinson.

That makes 23 of the 208 whose Israel-bashing history is bad enough to feature on Im Tirtzu or Canary Mission. But it doesn’t stop there. 44 more have Israel-bashing histories:

Seth Anziska is a ‘revisionist historian‘ who has defended the BDS boycott movement. More here.

Omer Bartov’s attack on the IHRA definition is simply ludicrous and deranged: ‘this definition and the kind of thinking it has come to embody enable Israel to justify its support for oppressive regimes that persecute minorities, suppress the opposition and even engage in antisemitic demagoguery, provided they don’t criticise Israel’s occupation policy.’

Moshe Behar was one of the academics who protested about the Summer 2019 Israel Studies ‘Word Crimes’ volume which focused on the language used to delegitimise Israel (see here).

Peter Beinart wants the demise of Israel as a Jewish State. The question I always ask such people is: How many will have to die to impose ‘One State’? Because it will never happen as a result of a democratic vote.

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi signed a petition urging UK MPs to vote in favor of the motion that was debated on 13 October 2014, calling on the Government to recognise the State of Palestine.

Deborah Dwork signed a letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Yuval Evri  was one of the academics who protested about the Summer 2019 Israel Studies ‘Word Crimes’ volume which focused on the language used to delegitimise Israel (see here).

Richard Falk has a long history of antisemitic actions. Just one: the then Prime Minister David Cameron “strongly condemned” Falk’s 2011 publication of an antisemitic cartoon posted on his personal blog, showing a dog wearing a Jewish head-covering urinating on a depiction of justice and devouring a bloody skeleton. Falk was also condemned for this racist act by British MPs David Burrowes and Theresa Villiers. Falk later apologised. He also signed a letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

David Feldman is the Director of the UK’s leading academic Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, part funded by the Pears Foundation. But – thanks to him – the Institute is not part of the solution to antisemitism. It’s part of the problem. See here.

Victor Ginsburgh signed a letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Liora R. Halperin was one of the academics who protested about the Summer 2019 Israel Studies ‘Word Crimes’ volume which focused on the language used to delegitimise Israel (see here).

Elizabeth Heineman signed a letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Menachem Klein signed a letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Brian Klug denies that anti-Zionism is antisemitism.

Francesca Klug was in denial about Corbyn’s antisemitism.

Hagar Kotef is a boycotter

Tony Kushner is an IJV signatory

Mark Levene signed a letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Lior Libman was one of the academics who protested about the Summer 2019 Israel Studies ‘Word Crimes’ volume which focused on the language used to delegitimise Israel (see here).

Ian S. Lustick was one of the academics who protested about the Summer 2019 Israel Studies ‘Word Crimes’ volume which focused on the language used to delegitimise Israel (see here).

Sergio Luzzatohas endorsed the despicable effort to revive the belief that Medieval myths of Jews carrying out ritual murders of Christian children to obtain their blood for use in Passover preparations were true, most notoriously in his sympathetic review of Ariel Toaff’s Pasque di sangue (Bloody Passovers), where he claimed that some Jews carried out human sacrifices several times (Loriga). Luzzato insisted that Jewish ‘confessions’ obtained through torture should not be routinely discounted. As a colleague suggested, Luzatto may well be the main person responsible for the revival of blood libel in the 21st century.’ See here and here.

Brendan McGeever together with his boss David Feldman (see above) was in denial about Labour antisemitism.

James Renton thinks that Britain should apologise for the Balfour Declaration.

Na’ama Rokem was one of the academics who protested about the Summer 2019 Israel Studies ‘Word Crimes’ volume which focused on the language used to delegitimise Israel (see here). She also signed the letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Michael Rothberg signed the letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Sara Roy has a history of sympathy for Hamas and antipathy for the Jewish state.

Philippe Sands was a Board Member of London’s Tricycle Theatre when it refused to host the 2014 Jewish Film Festival unless it distanced from funding from the Israel Embassy. He defended the decision on BBC TV.

Peter Schäfer was previously Director of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. On his watch the Museum issued a pro-BDS tweet appearing to endorse an article in favour of reversing the anti-BDS resolution passed by the Bundestag in 2019.

Raz Segal thinks that the charge of antisemitism is used to silence criticism of Israel (the so-called Livingstone Formulation: of course along with other devotees he cannot provide a single example).

Marcella Simoni was one of the academics who protested about the Summer 2019 Israel Studies ‘Word Crimes’ volume which focused on the language used to delegitimise Israel (see here).

Tamir Sorek signed the letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Adam Sutcliffe signed the letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic. He thinks that allegations that antisemitism was rife in Labour were extremely inflated. To evidence this fallacy he linked to an article by Jamie Stern-Weiner. David Collier writes this about Stern-Weiner: ‘Stern-Weiner is linked to David Miller, JVL, Norman Finkelstein and the PSC. There is nothing Zionist about him. No true supporter of Israel should have anything to do with him.’

Anya Topolski signed the letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Barry Trachtenberg is another believer in the Livingstone Formulation: he says of the IHRA definition: …. a definition that equates valid criticism of Israel and Zionism with antisemitism and has thus become a tool for the suppression of protected speech’.

Emanuela Trevisan Semi was one of the academics who protested about the Summer 2019 Israel Studies ‘Word Crimes’ volume which focused on the language used to delegitimise Israel (see here). She also signed the letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Peter Ullrich believes that it isn’t antisemitic to deny Israel’s right to exist.

Nadia Valman signed the letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic.

Dominique Vidal thinks thatIsrael is a laboratory of war’

Anika Walke is another believer in the Livingstone Formulation

Yair Wallach thinks I may not be Jewish.He’s the Chair of the Centre for Jewish Studies at SOAS. You might think he’s a good guy with whom to discuss SOAS’s antisemitism problem. He isn’t. He’s part of the problem. Putting him in charge of any ‘Jewish’ academic department is like appointing Dr Harold Shipman as CEO of AgeUK. In addition Wallach was one of the academics who protested about the Summer 2019 Israel Studies ‘Word Crimes’ volume which focused on the language used to delegitimise Israel (see here).

Michael Walzer states erroneously that‘The current [Israeli] government uses anti-Arab incitement as a method of rule and is aiming at a single state dominated by what will soon be a Jewish minority.

Addendum: Professor Richard Landes calls the JDA the ‘Van Leer Declaration’ (the JDA originated at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem). He notes: ‘Cary Nelson did a long and acute critique of the Van Leer Declaration, in which he cited Michael Walzer’s presence among the signers as troubling, and Walzer responded.‘ Richard’s piece is a fisking of Walzer’s response. It’s really excellent, well worth reading! As is his Fathom piece,

Dov Waxman naively wants to see a ‘confederation’ between Israel and a Palestinian State. This would mean the end of the sovereign Jewish state.

Moshe Zimmermann signed the letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic. His views on antisemitism are ignorant and dangerous. In this video (13:40) he quotes approvingly Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg who wrote (about 20 years ago) that antisemitism has become a “force for preserving the Jewish Community: the Community needs to exaggerate the power of the enemy, even to the stage of paranoia …. That explains the addiction of Jews in the diaspora to antisemitism”. He goes on to allege “the instrumentalisation of antisemitism by the Israeli government” and to accuse it of “causing antisemitism by exaggerating it.”

Moshe Zuckermann signed the letter criticising the German Parliament for ruling that BDS is antisemitic. He writes that ‘Jews carried out the Israeli state-building process on the backs of the Palestinians’ and says that ‘Jews turned from the victims to the perpetrators’. He is another practitioner of the Livingstone Formulation: ‘Genuine criticism of Israeli policies must always expect to be categorized as anti-Semitism’.

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Remember that IJV described the 208 academics as working ‘in Jewish Studies and related fields’. If we exclude the ones who do NOT fit this description (eg Islamic Studies and Postcolonial Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Semiotics) and then exclude the ones who DO fit this description but have history of Israel-bashing or antisemitism denial or are retired – we are left with just 75, little more than one-third of the original number. In any case, why do they think they have the right to argue with the view of representative Jewish institutions as regards what is offensive?

Independent Jewish Voices? Yes – Independent of Rationality and Truth.

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BBC Newsnight lies about Israel

Tonight (Tuesday 20 April) Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, Mrs Tsipi Hotovely, gave her first broadcast interview, to BBC2 Newsnight. In the UK you can see it at 35:01 here.

The segment was full of wilful lies.

Introducing it, Emily Maitis said “In Israel where the Palestinian population has not been innoculated at anywhere near the rate of the Israeli population……..”

A defamatory lie. Yes there has been a lower rate of takeup of the vaccine among Arabs (it’s apparently improving of late after PR campaigns) but there was of course no difference whatsoever in the availability of vaccines for Arabs or any other sector among Israeli citizens. Just as in the UK some ethnicities have had a lower rate of takeup.

62% of Israelis have received at least one injection.

In the film that followed we heard Maitlis say: “The rollout for Palestinian citizens has been much slower at 0.5% and that has led to criticisms that a passport scheme will widen a political divide already hurting many in that country”.

I don’t know if this was cockup or conspiracy but it is unforgiveably wrong. 0.5% is (presumably) the figure for Gaza+Judea & Samaria. It is NOT the figure for Israeli Arabs (“Palestinian citizens”).

Newsnight: Ambassador Hotovely ran rings round Maitlis

Before interviewing the Ambasador, Maitlis said “Nearly 2000 liberal British Jews signed a petition to get Hotovely’s appointment revoked”. Sloppy biased research by the BBC. The anti-Israel wolf in sheep’s clothing called Na’amod claims that 1952 ‘British Jews’ signed its letter. But the names are not published, so no verification is possible! Were there 1952 signatures? How many were British? How many Jewish? We simply don’t know.

Yet Maitlis repeated to the Ambassador: “Your appointment was met by a lot of concern by liberal Jews”

During the interview Maitlis again confused the proportion of Palestinians vaccinated and the proportion of Israeli Arabs vaccinated. She quoted the 0.5% figure to the Ambassador as if it is the figure for Israeli Arabs.

Come on BBC, this slipshod biased sloppy research is not what I pay my licence fee for!


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Postcript: Here’s Melanie Phillips’ commentary on Newsnight’s failurer to know the difference between Israel Arabs and Palestinians ………


Reinstate @GnasherJew on Twitter!

The account @GnasherJew on Twitter has been key in exposing antisemites in particular during the runup to the 2019 election campaign. It is no exaggeration to say that the @GnasherJew collective played a key role in ensuring that an antisemite was kept out of 10 Downing Street on 12 December 2019.

Several national media stories have centred on Gnasher’s work:

  • Exposure of Peymana Assad, a Labour 2019 general election candidate, in the Mail
  • Exposure of Maria Carroll, a Labour 2019 general election candidate, in I24 and Jerusalem Post
  • Exposure of Labour Party member  Robert Broad in Portsmouth News It was @GnasherJew’s research that enabled Gulab Mostofa – a Trustee of Eden Welfare Trust – to be reported to the Charity Commission. As a result the Commission took regulatory action against the trustees.
  • In addition their work was extensively used in this response to a defamatory online article about activists fighting antisemitism.

Other relevant Press is here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here.

But – incredibly – despite 17,000 followers, @GnasherJew was SUSPENDED from Twitter around three weeks ago! Yet many accounts tweeting antisemitism remain free to continue, despite numerous complaints! As Nicole Lambert Brockman writes in this week’s JC:

You need a strong stomach to be a Jew on Twitter

Signatures are being gathered for a protest Open Letter to Twitter top executives. I’m told there are 350 signatures so far, including Members of the House of Lords and current and former MPs; Rabbis; a Professor; QCs; Councillors; and a star of stage and screen.

Please join them by emailing BackGnasherJew@tuta.io

Please indicate whether you’d like your real name to appear or your Hebrew name or your @TwitterName.

@GnasherJew has sent these comments from those who have already signed:

I am very surprised and upset by the expulsion of Gnasher. I have followed these tweets for years now and never found anything remotely offensive about them. In my view, full access should be restored immediately.

I’m so outraged by Twitter over this and similar unjust account suspensions.

As a Jew, Gnasher Jew has done more as an individual than anyone else to fight antisemitism which is not a reason for suspending anyone from their account. It creates an impression fighting hate and bigotry should be something we should hide from or avoid rather than taking it on. You have set a poor impression to others who now think it is a free for all against Jews and Zionists and will not tone their comments down if they know social media is protecting them against their opponents.

Good luck with this. Gnasher have done tremendous work.

Please return GnasherJew to Twitter immediately. He is a vigorous anti racist and we need him back to air his excellent views.

Hi Gnasher, hope you’re doing okay. I hope you’re reinstated soon. It’s outrageous that you’ve been suspended by Twitter while several accounts that tweet hate and harass people are allowed to continue.

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‘The Present’ – Another review


On Monday I wrote about this piece of anti-Israel propaganda that – absurdly – won a BAFTA award. A friend in Israel – David Guy – sent me his review and I am pleased to publish it as a Guest Post:

‘The Present’ (2020) ~ Movie Review
Yusuf & Yamine’s Bad Day Out
Cognitive Dissonance Your Name is Pallywood

By David Guy

British/Palestinian director Farah Nabulsi’s short film ‘The Present’ can be summed up in one sentence. Yusuf (Saleh Bakri) takes his daughter Yasmine (Mariam Kanj) to do some shopping and things go downhill from there. It could have worked as a comedy, but a propaganda sob story was what she was aiming for.

There’s much I can relate to. I found myself empathising with the father. I too have had to wait in long lines only to be directed by uniformed armed personnel into a least favoured line. They made me surrender my watch, belt and even my shoes before another gruff, uniformed, armed man would deign to inspect my documents. He demanded to know where I came from, where I was going, what I would be doing and even how much money I was carrying. Then every item was removed from my bags and no attempt made to help me repack. The icing on the cake is being told in no uncertain terms that I can’t bring that expensive present in because it is against the rules! JFK AIRPORT IN NEW YORK CAN BE SUCH A DOWNER.

Given that this is a movie nominated for a short film Oscar, the question must be considered whether this is a movie one must not miss or that expands the limits of the art or that is so memorable it will be the subject of water cooler discussion a year from now, parodied and copied by other film makers?

It’s not a terrible movie – or even one so bad it is good soon to be a cult movie – but if this was about Flemish, Belgians or Malaysian Chinese – or anyone other than the Palestinian eternal victim – would it warrant a prize or even a nomination? The short answer is No.

This is an adequate 3 star rated movie. Most of the criticism points out the absolute bias of the film. There is not the faintest sign that there might be a rational, reasonable purpose for Israeli actions in the disputed territories – as there are for similar procedures in Sydney, New York or Tel Aviv. It is all malevolence to humiliate Palestinians. Still, if it ignores the human side of the Israelis, it absolutely fails to acknowledge that Yusuf lives under a corrupt, Palestinian administration that robs and tortures its citizens. This begs the question whether a film has to be factually accurate or politically correct to win a prize from the Academy or even to be remembered next year. Students of film history can point to D.W. Griffith’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ (1915) considered one of the seminal influences in the language of cinema – although a love letter to the Klu Klux Klan. Not to worry. ‘The Present’ doesn’t add anything to the art of cinema but they do have one thing in common: Griffith’s evil Negro soldiers were all played by white men while Nabulsi’s evil Jewish soldiers are all played by Arabs. At first, I was puzzled that the Checkpoint dialogue was almost entirely in English with a few words of Hebrew thrown in. Then I checked the character list. It seems that in these woke times playing one ethnic group with actors from another group is simply not on …..unless that ethnic group are Jews….. Ironically Saleh Bakri, a citizen of Israel and the dominant presence in this short, received his acting training at Israel’s Beit Zvi School for the Performing Arts and speaks perfect Hebrew. Perhaps he coached the others in their few lines as Israeli’s? Bakri’s break-out film was Eran Kolirin’s ‘The Band’s Visit’ (2007) which was Israel’s original Foreign Language Film submission for the 80th Academy Awards. Ironically it was rejected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences because it contained over 50% English dialogue.

‘The Present’s’ publicity seems to skip over Bakri’s Israeli connection, prefering to label him as a Palestinian actor. In such a short film (24 mins) it is almost possible to give a scene-by-scene analysis – but three scenes deserve more detailed attention. Introducing Yusuf, we find him sleeping rough next to a wall covered with graffiti. It’s all Latin lettering but I assume that was a production oversight. He is not homeless because we see him waking up in a proper bed minutes later. This leads to a sweeping shot of a wall with a watchtower. Is this film going to be a complaint about Israel’s Security Wall? I guess not, as it is never mentioned again. He joins a large group of men packed into what seems to be a tunnel. Nabulsi claimed in an interview this was ‘guerilla cinema’ (that is, filmed without permission) near Bethlehem. The implication is that he works in Israel to feed his family. One can only imagine the guilt Yusuf must be feeling that the money he has earned to buy consumer durables comes from working for the Israelis. Imagine the outrage if Israel stopped these workers entering!

At the risk of taking this on a tangent, between 1970 and 2016, the percentage of households in Gaza, Judea & Samaria and E. Jerusalem with a refrigerator rose from 11% to 98%, almost equal to the 99% in Israel. Poor Yusuf apparently must leave before the sun rises. I guess Ms. Nabulsi has never had to commute to work or begun the morning shift at a factory. It’s far more common than she might think. (By the way, again I can empathise with having to leave for work before the sun rises). Morning shifts on factory assembly lines generally start at eight. That, particularly in winter, often means leaving before sunrise, if there is any sort of commute. It is not so unusual.

Another scene that was inserted – presumably to imply that any bad thing that happens in the Palestine Authority can be blamed on the occupation – is shot in the supermarket. Yusuf has a pain and the pharmacy next door is closed – due to a family bereavement – and the supermarket is out of Panadol. This is set in Beitunia, on the outskirts of Palestinian Authority capital city Ramallah. There are at least 8 private pharmacies and there are 45 grocery stores in the town. Problem solved.

“It’s okay, Dad, there was nothing you could do.” Yusuf is briefly detained at the checkpoint. When he returns he discovers his daughter has wet herself. Here she utters the line that supposedly is the heart of this film. Perhaps it is. I guess I am a terrible father. I would have asked my daughter why she didn’t find a tree or a rock to relieve herself. There is nothing to do when you don’t help yourself.

Cognitive Dissonance Your Name is Pallywood….

‘The Present’: Pallywood wins a BAFTA


Update: It didn’t win an Oscar

‘The Present’, directed by former investment banker Farah Nabulsi and nominated for an Oscar, won the BAFTA short film prize. It is pure heartstring-tugging anti-Israel propaganda complete with spooky music (single note on an acoustic guitar, echoing). Nabulsi even admits that it’s propaganda – watch her here (7:43) saying “I want to make films that raise the global social conscience”.

Before the opening titles we see a man waking up in the half-light on the ground on cardboard, next to the security fence. It is Yusef Khalidi (Saleh Bakri) wanting to be early in the queue for the checkpoint. He swallows a pill (he has back pain, see below). After the film’s titles, we see the queue at the checkpoint. According to Nabulsi this is real footage of Checkpoint 300. Of course we are never told the purpose of the checkpoints – to save lives. Neither are we told how Israel has reduced the number of checkpoints to the bare minimum necessary, of 13. In fact Nabulsi (9:40) tells us mendaciously that there are over 100 checkpoints!

Then we see Yusef waking up in bed in his house, presumably the next morning.  His daughter Yasmine (Maryam Kanj, 8 years old) comes into his room to embrace him and we meet his wife Noor (Mariam Basha). What a photogenic family. It is the Khalidis’ anniversary and Yusef and Yasmine set off to buy Noor a present. We learn that Yusuf suffers from back pain.

Yusuf and Yasmine (5:20 in the film) join the queue at the ‘checkpoint’. This is clearly not real footage of a checkpoint. Yasmine looks wistfully out through the fencing at a Jewish man (we know that because Nabulsi has helpfully placed a kippa on his head…….) driving straight through the ‘checkpoint’ as the ‘IDF soldiers’ smile at him.

Yusef has to give his jacket, watch and wallet to the ‘soldiers’ and waits to be searched as Yasmine looks sadly on.  Spooky music. Shot of a female ‘soldier’ refusing passage to a woman with a child because she does not have her permit.

Eventually they pass through. Yasmine looks upset and starts crying. She has wet her trousers. More heartstring-tugging as Yusuf embraces her and she says forlornly “It’s OK Dad, there’s nothing you could do“. Not a dry eye in the house.

They catch a bus and are next seen in an Arab-run supermarket. More heartstring-tugging as Yusuf buys Yasmine a crown and calls her “A little Princess.” She has a new pair of trousers.

Yusuf wants to buy some painkillers (presumably for his back) but the pharmacy next door is closed and the supermarket has run out. The point of this scene being presumably to remind us of Yusuf’s back pain. Then they go to an electrical shop where Yusuf has arranged to buy a new fridge for Noor on their anniversary. The fridge goes onto the back of a delivery truck with Yusuf and Yasmine inside (the cab of the truck, not the fridge). But on the way home they encounter IDF soldiers manning a roadblock.  Yusuf has no choice but to push the fridge on the borrowed trolley. With his back pain (cue: Heartstring-tugging).

It starts to rain (obviously faked). More heartstring-tugging because Yasmine has left her jacket at the fridge shop; Yusuf givers her his jacket. The ‘rain’ quickly stops. They arrive at the ‘checkpoint’. “Why did you buy a fridge?” asks the soldier, deliberately made out (of course) to be obtuse and uncaring. He then makes Yusuf open the fridge. The ‘soldier’ inspects the closed bags of shopping in the fridge. He asks Yusuf to open a black bag. It contains Yasmin’s urine-soaked trousers. The ‘soldier’ yells “What’s that stink? You’re all disgusting! Go! Go!” (the point of course being to remind us how evil the IDF is).

Houston we have a problem! The fridge is too wide to go through the pedestrian route of the checkpoint. Yusuf asks if he can take it along the road route. The soldiers argue among themselves as to whether this is permissible (the point being presumably to show dissent among the ranks). Their eventual response is “No … Arabs go this way“. More underlining of the supposed inhumanity of the IDF. Yusuf loses it. Five soldiers point their guns at him. While they are preoccupied, we see Yasmine wheeling the fridge along the supposedly forbidden road. The closing scene is the backs of the Khalidis as they finally walk home, to the accompaniment of more spooky music.

Throughout the short film the ‘IDF soldiers’ are depicted as mean and heartless.  

Their humanity is suppressed (next image obviously not from the film). As is the truth about the checkpoints.

Shame on the BAFTA Jury. Let’s hope the Academy Award Jury is more discerning.

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Sir Alan Duncan’s Toxic Valedictory

Sir Alan Duncan’s 2016-2020 diaries (entitled In The Thick of It) are published on Thursday. Here I examine first the extracts in the Mail last week and the interview with Iain Dale on LBC on Thursday night. Then the book itself.

The diaries are venemous about Israel and its supporters in the UK. They incite hate against Jews and cross the line into antisemitism in several places.

1: Extracts in the Mail and the LBC Interview

On the basis of the extracts published in the Mail last week and of his interview with Iain Dale on LBC on Thursday night, Duncan’s diary entries regarding Israel and Jews are toxic. If you have the Global Radio App you can hear the interview, it starts at 16m 43s before the end of the programme. Dale does nothing to challenge the toxicity – in fact he even amplified it in a tweet after the broadcast. It’s remarkable: Israel is certainly the most (almost certainly the only) gay-friendly country in the Middle East and arguably in the world – yet here were two gays, one demonising Israel and the other egging him on.

Here is what Duncan said on LBC about Israel (it’s not word-for-word but if you listen, you will see that it accurately reflects what he said):

I don’t agree with the people who say Israel should not exist.

I am a full supporter of Israel and the the nation state of Israel. Likewise I absolutely condemn all antisemitism and deplore it. But the Israelis are doing some very bad things to their neighbours. The effect of creating Israel  … but it did not create at the same time Palestine alongside. So ever since 1948 they have been a populous area of land who have not been allowed to call themselves a country. But in international law that land – which some call Palestine – does not belong to Israel.  But they’ve built settlements and they’ve occupied it. And then there are horrible actions where olive trees get cut down, houses demolished and the IDF defends Israelis – rather than Palestinians – in this land which is not actually Israel.

A lot of Israelis think that it IS Israel, they say it’s disputed, they call it Greater Israel.

But in my view justice for Palestinians is a massively important issue for which Britain with its historical legacy has a significant role to be responsible and to be an influence. But whereas our policy is to have a Two State Solution, we do nothing to condemn the deplorable activity which is going on in the West Bank in denying Palestinians their rights and driving them off their land and subjugating them and making them face violence. A lot of Israelis and Jewish people say yeah, what about all the terrorist activity in Gaza and all that? I deplore all that but the fact is that a democratic state is doing undemocratic things.

A democratic state should behave as a democracy with all its values and it is behaving against international law in the land around it. It’s taking someone else’s land. So I make a stand in favour of Palestinian justice and I am permanently in the sights of Conservative Friends of Israel.  It is run by people who are pushing a very Likud/Netanyahu view – even though they might pretend otherwise – and they use very nasty tactics with people in Parliament always doing questions they have been provided with but they also – by deploying what they say is their donor base – I think exercise improper influence at the centre of government. What they tried to do with me – and succeeded – was to stop me being Minister for the Middle East when I was in the process of being appointed and nobody knew – it hadn’t been announced  – so they strayed (?) into Number Ten to find out who might get it and then manoeuvred to stop me getting it by saying essentially  – I’m sure – “well you know there will be consequences if you let this man be Minister for the Middle East !

I think that’s a scandal. I think it’s politically corrupt. I think it’s wrong.

I’m totally in favour of the Jewish Community of the UK being involved in politics and supporting the party they wish. But I think that should be decoupled from the promotion of a policy of a third country.

Dale asks if Duncan believes that the influence exerted “by these groups” is as powerful now as it then was?

It’s powerful. It’s wrong and I think it’s wholly improper. And they were caught redhanded in the Al Jazeera documentary you mentioned. Al Jazeera were investigating the Labour Party to get a story about antisemitism and then suddenly they hit upon the fact that one of the employees of the Israeli Embassy was going around trying to galvanise opinion to undermine me and certain others in British politics which is utterly scandalous. Why didn’t we make a stand on that? How dare they do that in this country!

Dale asks about Duncan’s conversation with Mark Regev who was “apologising but not apologising”.

Yes exactly. I said ‘Oh what for?’ At that stage [laughing] it hadn’t been broadcast. He didn’t know what I knew and I didn’t know what he knew but I now know blooming well that he knew everything (laughs)

I will address Duncan’s lies about Israel only briefly because (i) they are not the main story and (ii) they are the same lies which I have fisked many times:

1) I don’t agree with the people who say Israel should not exist.

Gee that’s wonderful! Welcome to the Zionist Federation! How about Belgium? Canada?

2) The effect of creating Israel  … but it did not create at the same time Palestine alongside.

The Arabs in 1948 could have had their own State (see UN Resolution 181 on Partition, 1947) but they chose to attack the Jews instead.

3) So ever since 1948 they have been a populous area of land who have not been allowed to call themselves a country.

That’s because (i) they have refused four offers including (at Camp David, see Dennis Ross’s book “The Missing Peace”) 91 percent of Judea/Samaria in contiguous territory plus an additional 1 percent in land swaps (ii) they refuse to recognise Israel’s right to exist (iii) they refuse to renounce terror. See also the Bar Ilan speech of Binyamin Netanyahu which said a 2SS was government policy.

4) But in international law that land – which some call Palestine – does not belong to Israel.

Judea/Samaria was annexed by Jordan in the 1948 War of Independence and parts of it were taken back by Israel when an Arab attack in 1967 was anticipated and resisted. After the War Israel offered to withdraw but the offer was met with three No’s: No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel (Khartoum Declaration, 29 August). Judea/Samaria is ‘disputed territory’.

5) A lot of Israelis think that it IS Israel, they say it’s disputed, they call it Greater Israel.

Yes it is ‘disputed’ but no, ‘a lot of Israelis’ DO NOT ‘call it Greater Israel’. Polling suggests that 40%-50% support the establishment of a Palestinian State and 7% ‘don’t know’ but that is in the context of the current situation – with no recognition of the world’s only Jewish-character State and no renouncing of violence. The Palestinian Authority even pays the salaries of Palestinians who murder Israelis – not just soldiers, any Israeli. The proportion of Israelis wanting to keep Judea/Samaria come what may is probably around 5% (no polls) but it’s entirely hypothetical because the Palestinian Authority, headed by the 85 year old Mahmoud Abbas, is so opposed to Israel’s existence.

6) …we do nothing to condemn the deplorable activity………..

The UK condemns settlement activity constantly!

7) …it is behaving against international law in the land around it. It’s taking someone else’s land.

Israel has broken no law and has not expropriated one inch of land that belongs to ‘someone else’.

But these are cookie-cutter falsehoods parroted by everyone with Israel Derangement Syndrome (most commonly on the left – it is true – but Duncan is by no means the only Conservative sufferer).

What I want to focus on is what Duncan said about Conservative Friends of Israel – which is deeply unpleasant, to say the least.

The allegation that CFI is “run by people who are pushing a very Likud/Netanyahu view” simply proves Duncan’s total unsuitability for the Middle East job in the Foreign Office. It is a ludicrous and ignorant description. CFI has two aims: to support Israel and to promote Conservatism in the UK.  ‘Supporting Israel’ means arranging meetings with Knesset members and fighting opposing malevolent lies such as the Vaccine Libel as well as eg helping MPs with speeches (eg in the debate about proscription of Hezbollah). The complexion of the governing coalition in Israel is utterly irrelevant.

CFI no more ‘pushes a very Likud/Netanyahu view’ than does Labour Friends of Israel. In any case Likud is the biggest Party in the Knesset and Binyamin Netanyahu is its leader and therefore the Prime Minister.  Duncan’s pejorative sneering at the democratic outcome of the only democracy in the Middle East proves that he would have been a disaster in the Middle East job. How democratic is Oman, the country with which he has long been associated?

CFI organises numerous events in and around Westminster, takes Conservative parliamentarians and candidates on delegations to Israel, campaigns hard for Tory candidates in target seats, and works to ensure that Israel’s case is fairly represented in Parliament.

In the book Duncan says of CFI:

…. They just want to belittle and subjugate the Palestinians.’

A despicable blatant lie which will only worsen antisemitism.

…they use very nasty tactics with people in Parliament always doing questions they have been provided with but they also – by deploying what they say is their donor base – I think exercise improper influence at the centre of government.

Shock horror … CFI helps MPs ask questions about the Middle East! We must have a Royal Commission of Inquiry!

But the next bit is really despicable – and that’s an understatement.

by deploying what they say is their donor base they exercise improper influence at the centre of government’

Bingo- All the antisemitic tropes are here – Jews using their money to exert illicit influence – it stinks!

manoeuvred to stop me getting it by saying essentially  – I’m sure – “well you know there will be consequences if you let this man be Minister for the Middle East !“

It gets worse if that’s possible. The vile nature of Duncan’s innuendo is perfectly obvious: “Rich Jews threatened to cease donating to the Conservative Party if I was appointed to the Middle East job in July 2016.”

Here’s the relevant book extract:

Note that in the book (p60) Duncan says that the Prime Minister (Theresa May) “implicitly” offered him the Middle East job. Maybe it wasn’t as surefire as he makes out to Dale!

And mention must be made here of Dale’s tweet to Richard Millett following the programme:

Dale defends Duncan and calls the settlements ‘illegal’ and CFI’s activities ‘illicit’. It’s incendiary for antisemitism. Either Dale must provide evidence or apologise and withdraw.

Back to Duncan:

I’m totally in favour of the Jewish Community of the UK being involved in politics and supporting the party they wish. But I think that should be decoupled from the promotion of a policy of a third country.

This is not the first time that Duncan has said that supporters of Israel should play no part in domestic political life. In October 2014 in his Royal United Service Institute speech he said that “no endorser of Israeli settlements should be considered fit to stand for election, remain a member of a mainstream political party, or sit in a Parliament.

It is slamdunk antisemitism for which he should be investigated. What’s sauce for the Labour goose is sauce for the Tory gander.

And they were caught redhanded in the Al Jazeera documentary you mentioned.

I wrote about that Al Jazeera programme as soon as it was aired. Nothing untoward but intensely antisemitic.

Dale asks Duncan about his conversation with Mark Regev who was “apologising but not apologising”.

Yes exactly. I said ‘Oh what for?’ At that stage [laughing] it hadn’t been broadcast. He didn’t know what I knew and I didn’t know what he knew but I now know blooming well that he knew everything [laughs].

The book (p121) shows that Duncan tried to trick Regev by pretending that he didn’t know precisely why he was apologising (“I only have an email from the Guardian to go on”). In fact he knew all the details of the programme. Clayton Swisher of Al Jazeera had called him and Simon Walters of Mail on Sunday – who had seen the tapes and a transcript – had been to see him at his home.

Incidentally Regev should not have apologised – it just gave the Al Jazeera non-documentary legs which it didn’t deserve. I doubt his successor would be so supine.

Duncan’s toxic record on Israel and Jews speaks for itself………… :

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 in October 2014, following the debate in Parliament on Palestinian statehood, he said

All know that the United States is in hock to a very powerful financial lobby which dominates its politics.”

What lobby might that be?

I was also pretty sure at the time that the ‘‘ex-Minister in David Cameron’s government’ quoted in the Mail on Sunday (8 January 2017) before the Al Jazeera broadcast was Duncan. I am still surer now. The comments about Israel and her supporters in the UK were sickening. Why did the ex-Minister choose to hide behind anonymity?

And in the new book there is this (according to the Mail extracts: the year is 2018):

The clear inference is that the IDF killed 41 innocent people in Gaza for no reason, right?

Now for the truth.  This was during the time when Hamas fighters in Gaza were trying to get through the security fence into Israel to kill Israelis. On Monday 14 May 2018, tens of thousands of massed on the border. Yes 62 were killed. There was a chorus of condemnation that Israel was killing ‘innocent protesters’.  Those of us who combat lies about Israel knew this was nonsense. The IDF documents every use of weapons and is rigorous about not using them unless necessary. Sure enough, early on Wednesday Salah Bardawil, a Hamas official, said that 50 of the 62 killed were members of the Islamist terrorist group.

The best comment on the Mail extracts came from Steerpike in The Spectator. He notes that in just the first three extracts, Duncan ‘took aim at no less than 27 of his fellow Tory MPs — than 9 per cent of the 2017-19 parliamentary Conservative party’:

Mr S wonders whether it was the entire parliamentary party who were useless or maybe Duncan should take a look at himself?

2: The Book

On page 16 Duncan calls a comment by Lord Polak ‘repulsive’, for suggesting that Palestinian schoolbooks contain incitement against Israel. Duncan is in denial. Palestinian schoolbooks are full of antisemitic incitement. He owes Lord Polak an apology.

On page 61 Duncan refers to Sir Eric Pickles’ (now Lord Pickles) support for Israel through CFI as ‘venom’. He says:

Nobody understands where Pickles’ venom has come from – he’s no internationalist, but maybe some of it is driven by his experience when he was leader of Bradford Council.

What on earth has Bradford Council got to do with it, I wondered? Surely Duncan is not suggesting that as leader of Bradford Council, Pickles developed an animosity towards Muslims and that made him side with Jews who also (according to this appalling bigotry of Duncan) have an animosity to Muslims? Surely not. Because that would be libellous to Pickles and antisemitic towards Jews, wouldn’t it?

On page 77 we read:

Trump says if he is elected he will recognise a united and indivisible Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This would be an outrageous and illegal act of modern colonialism.’

Now for the truth. The Jerusalem Embassy Act (1995) recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and provided funding for moving the Embassy by 31/5/1999. However it allowed the President to invoke a six-month waiver of the application of the law, and reissue the waiver every six months on “national security” grounds. On 23/2/2018 President Trump announced that the Embassy would move.

Page 120: Confirms my suspicion at the time that it was Duncan who was quoted in the Mail on Sunday on 8 January 2017 before the Al Jazeera broadcast (‘Simon’ is Simon Walters of Mail On Sunday; ‘Heywood’ is Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary):

Simon is an old hand, and can be trusted not to stitch me up. Background will be background, and I will properly uphold my undertaking to Heywood not to make any public comment

Pages 121-122: The Al Jazeera non-documentary included undercover filming of Shai Masot, an employee of the Embassy. In his phone call to Duncan to apologise, Mark Regev said that Masot was a local hire, without diplomatic status. Duncan writes:

It’s all total bollocks. Masot is a First or Second Secretary, a member of military intelligence …. Disingenuous deceitful mendacious crap… What on earth is the point of Regev stating something that is so blatantly untrue, and about which we both hold the facts? What a muppet … Regev had started off well by apologising and then screwed himself by lying. Par for the course.

Mark Regev was not lying. Masot was a local hire, reporting to the Deputy Ambassador Eitan Na’eh.

On page 128 Duncan says this about the Al Jazeera non-documentary:

…. this episode has rebalanced the argument about settlements and the conduct of the Israeli government away from the propaganda of deceit and – a step – towards lawfulness and truth.

He really knows how to lay on the malicious bombastic drivel, doesn’t he …………..

On page 242 Duncan attacks Priti Patel for failing to inform the Foreign Office about meetings in Israel that she had arranged in 2017. He describes Patel’s statement about her trip as ‘commissioning policy work in DFID (the then Ministry for International Development) about working with the Israeli Army in Palestine.’ Of course Duncan fails to tell readers about the humanitarian purpose of the proposed collaboration. It was this: Operation Good Neighbour , to help refugees from Syria’s civil war. Hard to think of a better use of UK taxpayer funds going to DFID.

On the same page he attacks Lord Polak and CFI again:

It is yet further evidence of the pernicious influence of Polak and the CFI , something that amounts to embedded outside influence at the heart of our politics.

The inference is reprehensible.

On page 244 (more on Patel):

The rules of propriety, and all the morality and principle that goes with it, are discarded and rewritten to accommodate this exceptional pro-Israel infiltration into the very centre of our public life.

More malicious bombastic drivel.

On page 249 Duncan writes:

If the Balfour Declaration had been or were to be implemented in full, we would even now have a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living side by side. But we don’t. The failure to honour it is costly and dishonourable.’

This of course is a wilful misreading of the Balfour Declaration. As noted above – in 1948 the Arabs could have had their own State (see UN Resolution 181 on Partition, 1947) but they chose to attack the Jews instead.

Finally Duncan writes about the process of proscribing the terrorist organisation Hezbollah in the UK. Prior to February 2019 when Hezbollah was banned, the UK government had maintained the fiction that there was a difference  between the political and the military wings of Hezbollah; only the military wing was banned.

On page 303 he says that Sajid Javid (Home Secretary in 2018) wanted to ban Hezbollah in its entirety. He argues against a complete ban. He writes ‘You’d have thought our IRA experience would give us a clue’. This is complete nonsense. There was no separation between the terrorist function of the IRA and the political function. What happened was that the IRA ran out of money which made the Good Friday Agreement – preceded by the IRA commitment to renounce terror – possible.

Then we get this odious comment:

It’s not as if he [Javid] knows anything much about international relations, but it is quite clear who has got to him’.

“Who has got to him?” Must be those Jews again .. I mean Zionists …. I mean CFI ….…. Right?

On page 425 he comments about the ban when it happens (February 2019):

Sajid Javid bans Hizbollah. They are ‘terrists’. Their ‘terrist’ activity is deplorable. He is inarticulate and just sucking up to the CFI, who are out in force behind him reading out their scripted interventions. He is always trying too hard and lacks any poise or dignity. Meanwhile Polak and Pickles are in the Peers’ Gallery gloating from above about having deployed their Commons’ troops in Israel’s cause. We are supposed to be Great Britain, but I fear we are too willing to let others pull our strings.

Letting others pull our strings’  ………. It really doesn’t get more antisemitic than that ………..



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Miller Supporters: The Third Tranche

On Monday I published a blog profiling some of the original 251 signatories of the academics’ Miller support letter. Shortly after I published a second blog profiling Arzu Merali, one of the later signatories. This blog profiles some of the others who signed after the original 251.

A surefire symptom of Israel Derangement Syndrome (IDS) is the use of completely inappropriate ‘apartheid’ analogies to compare Israel to Apartheid South Africa. IDS sufferers of a certain age are particularly likely to present with this symptom, owing to their fond memories of anti-apartheid demonstrations in their student days in the 1960s and 70s. To try to bolster their credibility, IDS sufferers love to have their meetings adorned with trophy South African campaigners against apartheid (along with Jews – the more visibly Jewish the better, Neturei Karta and fake Holocaust Survivors are just perfect). The trophy South Africans are only too willing to accept free trips abroad from the IDS sufferers, when all they have to do is to tell their War Stories in authentic accents to the adoring throng, just throwing in a few mendacious clichés about Israel – a country which they have never visited and of which they are entirely ignorant.

So it’s not surprising that after it was published the pro-Miller letter attracted a trio of former anti-apartheid fighters from the Rainbow Nation: Na’eem Jeenah, Ronnie Kasrils and Salim Vally

Na’eem Jeenah (55) was refused entry into Israel in 2011. You can see and hear his lies in this 2015 video of his talk in Geneva. Just look at the lies:

  • 11.30 He says that after 1948 ‘Palestinians were denied citizenship’. Lie. How does he think the 15% or so who have Israeli passports and who are Arabs got there?
  • 15.30 He repeats the libellous lie that Israel caused 700,000 refugees in 1948/9
  • 14:10 He lies about the Absentee Property Law. He says (i) that Arabs who were displaced within Israel in 1948/9 could not become citizens. A lie. (ii) that Arabs who remained in their homes in 1948/9 were not given full citizenship rights. Also a lie. (iii) That some Arabs who were displaced moved to villages that are ‘unrecognised’ and have no services. A lie.
  • 19.05 He lies that Israeli Arabs are denied welfare benefits and cannot do certain ‘types of jobs’.
  • 21.15 He lies that Palestinians in Judea/Samaria are deprived of water and have to pay more for it.
  • 28.20 He lies that there are roads in Judea/Samaria that only Jews can use. Truth: For security reasons there are a very few roads that only vehicles registered in Israel can use. The religion of the drivers of these vehicles is utterly irrelevant.
  • 39:21 ‘Israel and Zionism should be delegitimised’ – He’s no better than the Mullahs in Iran who want to see Israel driven into the sea. He’s an antisemite.

Ronnie Kasrils (82) is described here.  In May 2007, during a visit to Gaza, Kasrils met the Leader of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh and invited him to make his first visit to a non-Muslim country to South Africa. Here he is in action in February 2021. From 32:30 listen to him attempt to defend his 2006 Jew/Nazi comparison and defend Corbyn and Loach. And attack the UK Board of Deputies of British Jews for “allying with right wing racist Tory students in Oxford to seek to prohibit Ken Loach to come and speak to a university there on the cinema”. The miserable Corbot Ken Loach, who believes that Labour MPs who attend rallies against antisemitism should be expelled from the Party. Kasrils is a loudmouthed idiot. Listen to him (towards the end) say that Israelis will democratically vote to abolish the world’s only Jewish State.

Salim Vally is an academic at the University of Johannesburg and a leading member of the Palestine Solidarity Committee. I mentioned him in my blog about the original 251 signatories; see entry for John Narayan: He writes that ‘the canard of “anti-Semitism” is used opportunistically by the supporters of Israel against anyone opposed to Israel’s policies.’ This lie is so beloved of antisemites that it even has a name:  the Livingstone Formulation. He says similar things around 14:35 in this video.

Like Na’eem Jeenah he was denied entry to Israel, the difference being that he attempted enter via Jordan. He also wants a ‘One State Solution” – the end of the Jewish State. At 14:00 here he says “People are not taken in by the canards, the charge of being antisemitic if you are critical of Israel. The Holocaust cannot be used as a justification any longer.” Another antisemite.

Eric Lee’s 2011 response to Vally’s apartheid lie is here:

As for “apartheid Israel,” suffice it to say that my two sons were born in a hospital that serves the residents of the Jezreel Valley — Jews and Arabs. The staff, including doctors and nurses, were a mix of all ethnic groups and religions, as were the patients. There was no segregation, no separate facilities, no differences at all in how Jews and Arabs were treated.

Does this mean that Israel is a perfect society, a real paradise on earth for everyone? Of course not.

But if one cannot see the difference between running the risk of being shot for being on the “wrong” beach — and having your child born in a hospital full of Jews and Arabs working together — if you can’t see that difference, you understand nothing at all.’

And ‘From reading Vally’s answer to Berman, you’d never know there was such a thing as Hamas (never mentioned), nor Iran, nor Hizbollah, nor terrorism of any kind. You’d never know that Israel has been repeated attacked, invaded and threatened with destruction — and as a result has genuine security concerns.

Last month Vally appallingly criticised the South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng for participating in a Jerusalem Post seminar with the South African Chief Rabbi.  In the seminar Mogoeng lamented South Africa’s adoption of a lopsided attitude toward the Israel-Palestinian conflict and said that it would have greater influence if it displayed a more balanced approach.

Another late signatory worthy of mention is Graeme Hyslop. He has an OBE for ‘services to education’; he was formerly Principal of Langside College, Glasgow.

This Charmer posts the viciously antisemitic Mahathir Mohamed on his FB page. Just a few quotes from Mohamed:

Jews are not merely hook-nosed, but understand money instinctively”

“Only 4,000,000 Jews dies in the Holocaust”

If you are going to be truthful, the problem in the Middle East began with the creation of Israel. That is the truth.”

“Anti-Semitic is a term that is invented to prevent people from criticizing the Jews for doing wrong things.”

The 2019 World Paralympic Swimming Championships had to be moved away from Malaysia after Mahathir announced that Malaysia would deny Israeli para-swimmers visas.

Let’s hope there were no Jewish children at Langside College……..

Then there’s notorious antisemite and creditcard thief Tony Greenstein who recently spent a week ‘at Her Majesty’s Pleasure’……..

Yuk!

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Palestine Action 5 Plead Not Guilty

The five from ‘Palestine Action’ who allegedly were responsible for the paint thrown at me, the police and a building (77 Kingsway, London) on 10 October 2020 pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ at Southwark Crown Court this morning. Their trial (5-7 days) begins on 19 April 2022. The Crown’s skeleton argument has to be submitted by mid-May and the defence statement by mid-June. There is a case management hearing on 9 August.

The five are Jocelyn Cooney, 25, Greenwich; Doone Zoe Stormonth Darling, 26, Lambeth; Flora Thomas, 26, Lullington, Somerset; Joley Thomas, 26, Hackney; Anthony Bardos, 56, Reading.

They are charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage and criminal damage. Given the number of police who were present with body cameras, their defence is unlikely to be ‘mistaken identity’. Rather, it seems likely to be ‘lawful excuse’ – that is, they were committing a crime in order to prevent a greater crime being committed.

Their barrister was Tom Copeland. His Chambers specialise in Protest Law.

Miss Wilson the Prosecution Counsel mentioned the ‘Thacker’ case to His Honour Judge Beddoe. No way can this be a precedent. The ‘Stansted 15’ were freed on appeal because they were accused of an inappopriate offence. The offences of which Cooney, Darling, Thomas x2 and Bardos are accused are entirely appropriate. One wonders who is paying their legal fees. Presumably all Palestine Action vandals are told that their legal fees will be paid – if not, they would be acting irrationally.

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Co-Founder of Al Quds March Organiser Supports Miller

I just posted the completed blog on the original 251 pro-Miller signatories.

Since the original letter was published a month ago, a further 206 signatures have appeared. One of them is Arzu Merali, identified as ‘Independent Researcher’. Merali is co-founder (with her husband Massoud Shadjareh) and Director of Research at the Islamic Human  Rights Commission. The IHRC organises the viciously anti-Israel annual Al Quds Day March in London.

According to the Henry Jackson Society Merali’s pro-Khomeini, anti-secular and anti-West worldview can be seen in a panel discussion entitled ‘Strike The Empire Back: legacies & examples of liberation from neo-colonialism & white supremacy’, that took place in 2014. According to Merali, “We know who the enemy is, we know that it’s the West, it’s the NATO countries and on a more philosophical level it’s the structure … the white supremacist structure or the liberal structure … that we’re all essentially suffering at the hands of.

Here are two tweets from Merali:

The first tweet refers to this article byPappé in which he praises Corbyn and say that allegations of antisemitism in Labour are false.  The second refers to two antisemitic meetings towards the end of 2017. I was present at both and blogged about both.

Here is my account of the first meeting.  It was organised by Jewish Voice for Labour, a tiny group of Corbyn-supporting Israel-demonising anti-semitism-downplaying Jewish (they claim) Labour members, plus their supporters. The meeting was intended to downplay/deny antisemitism in Labour. It saw a questioner compare Israel to North Korea.

Here is my account of the second meeting. It was organised by ‘Free Speech on Israel’, a group closely related to Jewish Voice for Labour. One again it was a meeting to deny antisemitism and vilify Israel.

Such is the nature of the supporters of Miller

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House of Lords – extracts from Bristol University debate today

Lord Austin of Dudley

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statements by Professor David Miller about Jewish students; and what discussions they have had with (1) the University of Bristol, and (2) the police, about the steps being taken to ensure the safety of such students.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Con) (responding for the Government)

Universities are independent and autonomous organisations. Accordingly, the Government have not intervened directly in this case, but we consider that the University of Bristol could do more to make its condemnation of Professor Miller’s conduct clear to current and future students. Students also can and should inform the police if they believe that the law has been broken. Professor Miller has expressed some ill-founded and reprehensible views and the Government wholeheartedly reject them.

Lord Austin of Dudley (Non-Afl)

Academics do have freedom of speech, including to criticise Israel, but Professor Miller does not have the right to attack Jewish students as being part of an Israel lobby group that makes Arab and Muslim students unsafe. Bristol should not be employing someone to teach students wild conspiracy theories about Jewish people. His behaviour has resulted in Jewish students being subjected to weeks of harassment and abuse. Bristol must support its students and take this much more seriously.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Con)

The noble Lord gets to the nub of the issue with his questions. Academics of course have the right to espouse views that many might find offensive, perhaps even idiotic, and universities should be places where such views can be rigorously and vigorously debated. What makes this case concerning is Professor Miller’s comments about his own students, suggesting that their disagreement with his views is because they are political pawns of a foreign Government or part of a Zionist enemy, which has no place in any society. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism draws the important distinction between legitimate criticism of the Government of Israel and their policies and holding Jews collectively responsible for them. We are glad that the University of Bristol has adopted that definition and we hope that it will consider it carefully.

Lord Mendelsohn (Lab)

My Lords, I draw attention to my interests in the register, including the fact that I am on the advisory council of the Hillel foundation, which supports Jewish students at universities. Does the Minister agree that the failure of the university’s leadership to act to protect its own students, for whom it has a duty of care, breaches three out of the four regulatory objectives of the Office for Students? Can he provide reassurance that that will be taken into consideration in any evaluation by the Office for Students, which would also include addressing and evaluating the performance of the university leadership and confidence in its ability to continue to lead?

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Con)

The noble Lord is right to say that providers have a duty of care to students, which the Government expect them to take very seriously. All registered higher education providers, including the University of Bristol, are subject to ongoing conditions of registration with the Office for Students, which is responsible for ensuring compliance with them. In addition, students can notify the Office for Students of any issues that they think may be of regulatory interest to it, and the OfS has provided a guide for students to support them in that process.

Lord Leigh of Hurley (Con) [V]

In a Written Answer to my noble friend Lord Austin last week, my noble friend the Minister said:

“All higher education providers should discharge their responsibilities fully and have robust policies and procedures in place to comply with the law”.

So will he or the Universities Minister now write to universities who employ the academics who signed a letter of support for Professor Miller of Bristol University, asking them what action they are taking in respect of those academics, who appear to be supporting Professor Miller’s anti-Semitism, as defined by the aforementioned IHRA?

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Con)

Universities and other providers are independent institutions, responsible for their own staffing decisions and for meeting their duties under the law, regarding both freedom of expression and equality. However, the Government have been clear that we expect universities to be at the forefront of tackling anti-Semitism and ensuring that they provide a welcoming experience for all students. That is why my right honourable friend the Education Secretary wrote to providers, encouraging them to adopt the IHRA definition, as a result of which, I am pleased to say, more than 50 additional institutions have done so.

Baroness Ludford (LD) [V]

My Lords, on that point of a welcoming environment for Jewish students, the University of Bristol, in a statement on its investigation, said that its,

“clear and consistently held position is that bullying, harassment, and discrimination are never acceptable. We remain committed to providing a positive experience for all our students and staff, including by providing a welcoming environment for Jewish students”.

That is not happening at that university and, sadly, at all too many other universities. In a debate in January initiated by the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, who follows me today, she said that some universities were becoming no-go areas for Jewish students. This is surely intolerable. There is a systemic problem here and I should like to hear the Minister say how he is going to tackle that on a—

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Con)

My Lords, the noble Baroness refers to the important, if dispiriting, debate held in Grand Committee in January this year, looking at instances of anti-Semitism in universities. The Government are very mindful of that, which is why my right honourable friend the Education Secretary has, in his most recent strategic guidance letter, asked the Office for Students to consider a scoping exercise to identify providers that are reluctant to adopt the IHRA definition.

Baroness Deech (CB) [V]

Sadly, the situation at Bristol has been ongoing for over two years since students first complained and the university has stonewalled until this week. Jewish students have been verbally and physically abused at that university previously. The failure to act shows that anti-Semitism is not taken seriously. Had a professor hurled similar abuse and conspiracy theories at black students, he would have been off campus by the evening. Will the Minister ensure that the relevant student bodies take anti-Semitism as seriously as they do other forms of racism—namely the OfS, the National Union of Students and Universities UK?

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Con)

My Lords, the Government most certainly take anti-Semitism seriously and my right honourable friend the Education Secretary’s letter also asked the Office for Students to consider introducing mandatory reporting by providers of anti-Semitic incident numbers, with the aim of ensuring a robust evidence base to make sure that appropriate action is being taken.

Lord Pickles (Con) [V]

My Lords, I draw attention to my entry in the register of interests. Does my noble friend agree that Bristol University adopting the IHRA working definition on anti-Semitism is only the first step? A work programme would reasonably seek to establish a safe space for Jewish students so that they can learn in a free and open environment. Bristol University has failed to offer safety, reassurance or even the slightest suggestion of competence. Does my noble friend agree that the university must condemn Professor Miller’s statement that Jewish students were directed by the Israeli Government and take the necessary action to restore the public’s lost confidence in Bristol University?

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Con)

I first pay tribute to my noble friend’s work on the IHRA definition and getting a number of bodies, including Her Majesty’s Government, to sign up to it. He is right that adoption of that working definition is only a first step. While the Government think it is vital, it is not enough on its own. That is why we continue to work with the sector to make sure that it is doing everything it can to stamp out anti-Semitism.

Lord Pannick (CB)

I draw attention to my registered interests and very much welcome the Minister’s comments. Has he noted that Professor Miller has suggested that by joining a university Jewish society, students are thereby associating themselves with racism and Islamophobia? Will the Minister note that many students join Jewish societies because they wish to attend religious services or go to parties? They may simply wish to have a nourishing and regular bowl of chicken soup.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Con)

I completely agree with the noble Lord. That suggestion is at the heart of this issue because it implies that Professor Miller can understand the motivations or the political views of Jewish students at the University of Bristol who join a Jewish society. We think that is wrong and very ill-founded, and that is what causes us such concern in this case.

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Parliament and Miller: The Missing 92%

The Times, 5 March 2021

A letter condemning David Miller – signed by 116 UK Peers and MPs – was released yesterday afternoon. (After it was released, three more asked for their names to be added: Baroness Neuberger (Crossbench), Peter Kyle MP (Labour) and Rushanara Ali MP (Labour)).  (Later still came Lord Woolf (Crossbench), Carla Lockhart MP (DUP) and Charlotte Nichols MP (Labour)). (Later: Lord Mitchell (Labour)). (Later: Lord Mackay and Theresa Villiers (both Conservative)).

I’ve tabulated the party affiliations of the signatories (not including these late signatories):

Miller’s antisemitism has been shocking.  He has claimed that some Zionist organisations fund Islamophobia; that the concept of Israel is a “racist endeavour”; and that there is nothing “historically inaccurate” about Ken Livingstone’s assertion that Hitler supported Zionism.  He claims that “Britain is in the grip of an assault on its public sphere by the state of Israel and its advocates”.  He has accused Jewish students of “being used as political pawns by a violent, racist foreign regime engaged in ethnic cleansing.” He has claimed that UJS pursues  a “campaign of censorship” which “renders Arab and Muslim students, as well as anti-Zionist Jewish students, particularly unsafe”.

Ludicrously he has suggested that the real motive of Jewish interfaith activists making chicken soup together with Muslims for the homeless, in an East London mosque, is not to help the homeless but to ‘normalise Zionism in the Muslim Community.

This is Nazi- or Soviet-style antisemitism. Look at this: The words in black are Miller’s.  The ones in red are mine, to demonstrate that there is no difference between Miller’s antisemitism and the antisemitism of the Kremlin circa 1965:

This is unquestionably antisemitism. It is not a question of whether one accepts the IHRA definition.  Caroline Lucas is no friend of Israel but she realises this – and signed.  Whether the year is 1921, 2021 or 2121, it is antisemitic. It is therefore nothing short of shameful that only 116 Parliamentarians signed. There are 650 MPs and 801 sitting members of the House of Lords. 113 is less than 8% of the total.

Analysis of the signatories raises the following questions:

  • Around 15% of the signatories are Jewish, way disproportionate. Where are the others? Antisemitism is never solely about the Jews. Out of 18 Muslim MPs, not one was on the published letter (One – Rushanara Ali – asked to be included later).
  • There are 47 SNP MPs – Why did 45 not sign?
  • There are 34 Labour MPs in the Socialist Campaign Group on the Left of the Parliamentary Party. Why did 33 of them not sign? (the exception is Kim Johnson who replaced Louise Ellman in Liverpool Riverside).  Corbyn? McDonnell? Abbott? Long-Bailey? Morris? Tarry?
  • How about the 27 MPs who signed Nadia Whittome’s antisemitic Jewbaiting EDM, fibbing that Israel has a legal responsibility to vaccinate Palestinians? Only 2 of the 27 signed the Miller letter (Caroline Lucas, Kim Johnson). The other 25 endorsed antisemitism – then doubled down!
  • Where are Tulip Siddique and Wes Streeting, both Vice Chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism? (They are front bench – so supposedly precluded from signing – but so is Alex Sobel who HAS signed).
  • There are 26 Bishops in the House of Lords. Why have none of them signed? Justin Welby included? What was the point of the Church of England adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism? Did they think it was just a matter of Virtue Signalling? ‘All fur coat and no knickers?’
  • And where are these MPs and Lords, who are so quick to sign anti-Israel letters? -:
Baroness BlowerLord SoamesCrispin Blunt
Lord DubsLord WarnerSarah Champion
Lord HainBaroness WarsiAndy Slaughter
Baroness KennedyBishop of SouthwarkPhilippa Whitford
Lord PattenBishop of Coventry

My regular readers will know that (in contrast it seems to most of the rest of NW London)  I was lukewarm about David Baddiel’s book…..

But when less than 8% of Parliamentarians are willing to put their names to condemn Soviet-style vile antisemitism ……..

Notwithstanding the fact that frontbenchers are precluded from signing, was there ever a more graphic illustration that

JEWS DON’T COUNT?

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Update (4.15pm Friday)
Adding the 9 late signatures brings the total to 125 or 8.6% of the total of MPs and sitting Lords. 10% of Conservative MPs and 11% of Labour MPs have signed.

A few of the Antisemitism Enablers who signed the pro-Miller letter …..

Introduction

I have been through all the 251 original academic signatories who signed the support letter for David Miller. I profile around half of them in this blog. The results are jaw-dropping, an indictment of the academic disciplines from which many come (Sociology, Human Rights Law, Media Studies and related ‘soft’ subjects). The one ray of light is that few if any are from the more academic scientific disciplines – such as Physics, Medicine, Maths and Economics.

Some 25 are current or former UCU activists. There is a convicted IRA terrorist and an IRA supporter. Many are Hamas apologists and many more Corbyn supporters. A few are SWP members. Several are rank antisemites. There is the inevitable gaggle of renegade Jews. There are pro-Assad apologists and a Professor who gave names of suspected anti-Russian spies to a fake Russian spy.

The signatories

14 of the 251 names (Postscript: By 3 April it had risen to 457 – I’ll try to cover the additional names in a future blog) are only too familiar to anyone even remotely conversant with Israel-demonising academics:

Abraham Hayeem (RIBA)
Carlo Morelli (University of Dundee and President UCU Scotland)
Derek Summerfield (King’s College London)
Des Freedman (Goldsmiths London)
Haim Bresheeth-Zabner (SOAS)
Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College)
Ilan Pappé (University of Exeter)
John Pilger (Journalist)
Judith Butler (UC Berkeley) (She later withdrew her name)
Les Levidow (Open University)
Malia Bouattia (Red Pepper Magazine, Former President NUS)
Norman Finkelstein (Author)
Roy Greenslade (formerly City University)
Sean Wallis (University College London)

Not a single one of these 251 scumbags spoke out to support Stephen Lamonby, fired from Solent University for expressing an admiration for Jewish people

Not surprisingly academics at Bristol University (12) and at other academic institutions in the Bristol area account for another 16 names.

11 of the names are from King’s London (which has adopted IHRA). 8 are from Queen’s University Belfast; 5 from the institutionally antisemitic SOAS and a further 4 from Goldsmiths.  None of these latter three has adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism which helps to keep Jewish students safe.   The low number from SOAS may be explained by the appointment of a new Director and resulting fear of a much needed cleanout. Note that at least 8 other names have SOAS experience (Bhandar, Englert, Ismail, Keenan, Mullin, Pradella, Plonski, Newman). SOAS is an incubator of antisemitism.

Some 25 of the UK signatories are current or former University and College Union (UCU) activists. For a UCU activist hatred of Israel is reflexive – the reality is totally irrelevant. I call it ‘Israel Derangement Syndrome’. The UCU activists stick together and Israel Derangement Syndrome is highly contagious. Like the Brazilian Variant of Coronavirus.

At least 69 of the names are from signatories at institutions outside the UK. Eight are from Ireland. Many UK names show no interest in or knowledge of Middle East events or antisemitism, but just seem to be following the leftist UCU herd, infected with Israel Derangement Syndrome. Examples: Des O’Rawe, Queen’s University Belfast; Elizabeth Poole, Keele; Emily Heath, Lancaster; Georgios Papanicolaou, Teesside; Harry Hemingway, Sheffield; Helen Colhoun, Edinburgh; Leroy A. Shervington, University of Central Lancashire (retired); Nalini Vittal (UCL); Richard Longman (University of West England); Settimio Fiorenzo Palermo (Middlesex University).

27 of the signatories – plus David Miller – were among the 62 signatories of this letter in the Guardian in June 2017 criticising the UK’s ‘Prevent’ counter-extremism strategy and blaming the previous week’s London Bridge attack on Western foreign policy.

Miller is a member of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). So are 10 of his supporters. WGSPM spread the lie that the White Helmets fabricated video evidence of attacks by Assad. The pro-Assad pro-Russian apologists who signed in his support: Louis Allday (SOAS), Oliver Boyd-Barrett (Bowling Green State University), Tim Hayward (University of Edinburgh), Paul McKeigue (University of Edinburgh), Piers Robinson (formerly University of Sheffield), Florian Zollmann (Newcastle University), Richard Jackson (University of Otago, New Zealand), Sami Ramadani (London Metropolitan University (Retired)).

Of the UK-based signatories 11 attempted to stop the Israel Ambassador speaking at SOAS in April 2017 (Mark Abel, Haim Bresheeth, Adrian Budd, Alex Callincos, Sai Englert, Tom Hickey, Brian Kelly, Carlo Morelli, Les Levidow, Sharri Plonski, Mayssoun Sukarieh). Seems their love of free speech depends on the speaker …

The film director Ken Loach has made a number of antisemitic comments. In addition to those, Loach said that Labour MPs who joined the ‘Enough is Enough’ protest outside Parliament (against antisemitism in Labour) were “the ones we need to kick out.”  In 2020 Loach was nominated as a Judge in a schools competition about antiracism. The Board of Deputies of British Jews voiced its concern.  The following ten supporters of Miller also supported Loach at that time (The starred names have profiles below. Penny Green signed the Miller support letter after the initial 251 signatories):

Alex Callinicos* (King’s College London)
James Dickins* (University of Leeds)
Iain Ferguson (University of West of Scotland)
Des Freedman (Goldsmiths University of London)
Penny Green (Queen Mary London)
Henry Maitles* (University of West of Scotland)
Carlo Morelli (University of Dundee)
Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter)
Julia Roberts (Lambeth College)
Sean Wallis (University College London)
Support Miller + Supported Loach

It is instructive to discuss the reasons for support for Miller; I profile around half of the 251 signatories below.

For example Amanda Sackur – listed as an independent researcher – signed the petition supporting the antisemitic Southampton conference in 2015. So did another 16: Barry Finnegan (Griffith College, Dublin), Brenna Bhandar (University of British Columbia), Brian Kelly (Queen’s University Belfast), Christian Henderson (Leiden University, Netherlands), Daniel Boyarin (University of California at Berkeley), Des Freedman (Goldsmiths London), Hatem Bazian (Zaytuna College and University of California, Berkeley), Les Levidow (Open University), Gareth Dale (Brunel University), Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley) [signature subsequently removed], Lorna Finlayson (University of Essex), Mark Abel (University of Brighton), Nick Evans (King’s College, London), Peter Jones (Sheffield Hallam University), Ray Bush (University of Leeds) and Seamus Deane (University of Notre Dame, Indiana).

Piers Robinson and John Pilger are colleagues (former colleague in the case of Robinson) of David Miller in the Organisation for Propaganda Studies, responsible for 9-11, anti-vax, coronavirus and White Helmet conspiracies. Pilger is on the Advisory Board of Spinwatch.

Aidan White is the former General Secretary of the International Federation of Jornalists. Prior to that he was a Guardian journalist. I believe (like many) he signed the letter without understanding how nasty Miller’s antisemitism is. This Tweet demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the bias of the UN Human Rights Council against Israel:

Alex Callinicos (King’s College, London) is a Trotskyist and member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). He does not accept that antisemitism can come from the Left as well as the Right. Of course he rejects the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Because he’s guilty as charged:

Amanda Sackur signs anti-Israel petitions. She works for UCU, the university teachers’ trade union which is rabidly anti-Israel – it supports the antisemitic Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Anne Alexander (University of Cambridge) is also a UCU activist. She’s a cookie-cutter member of the Socialist Workers’ Party. SWP membership includes indoctrination into the SWP’s demonising malign lies about Israel. See the product here. No wonder she’s a Miller fan.

Barry Finnegan (Griffith College, Dublin) is a cookie-cutter anti-Israel Irish humanities academic …..

Bill Rolston (formerly Ulster University) is a leftist Northern Irish academic who signs anti-Israel petitions.

Bob MacCallum (Imperial College, London) is unusual on this list, coming as he does from a a Sciences background. Fortunately he is a prolific Tweeter and this provides the evidence that he is a cookie-cutter virtue-signalling antisemitism-denying Corbyn supporter with consequent stereotypical mendacious opinions about Israel. He doesn’t bother to consider any facts which challenge his prejudices. Israel Derangement Syndrome.


Brenna Bhandar (Universty of British Columbia) taught at SOAS prior to moving back to Canada. While at SOAS she published this farrago of lies about Israel.

Brian Kelly (Queen’s University Belfast) is also a member of the SWP (Socialist Workers’ Party). He shows no shame in making the antisemitic comparison of Israel’s actions with those of the Nazis. He lies that ‘Zionists have deployed the tragedy of the Holocaust to deflect criticism of Israel’ and that Zionists ‘suggest that one can’t be a “real” Jew and critical of Israel at the same time.’ This is simply offensive drivel. He and Miller are two peas in a pod.

Conor Kostick (Trinity College, Dublin) is a historian. His field is climatic changes in Babylonia during the final eight centuries BCE – so it seems he may have succumbed to peer group pressure regarding his attitude to Israel.

Christian Henderson (Leiden University, Netherlands) is a former Al Jazeera journalist. He shows no inclination to tell the truth about Israel. Israel Derangement Syndrome.


Corinna Mullin (City University New York) wrote her PhD at LSE then spent time at SOAS as a postdoc. Here’s a summary of a post about her by Israel Academia Monitor:

A conference hosted by Oxford University’s Africa Studies Center, on June 27-28, 2019, caused a stir. Five delegates wrote an article “Zionism and the infiltration of global African studies,” protesting how “Zionists and their apologists are infiltrating and co-opting the academy.”

One was Corinna Mullin. They wrote that the conference was “co-opted into a project to legitimize the settler-colonial, apartheid state of Israel and ‘black-wash’ its racist policies and practices… in light of Israel’s ongoing attempts to normalize its relations with African states in coordination with US imperialism.”

Mullin signed the PACBI Statement “Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at Hebrew University of Jerusalem,” in 2013. Mullin legitimized Hamas murderous methods, in 2010, claiming that “the West, and often Israel, its civilization proxy, is constructed as ontologically innocent, rational and peaceful in nature, in contrast to the Islamist terrorist, who is inherently guilty, irrational and violent… jihad, misconstrued as an ideological concept. As these movements are reduced merely to the tactics/strategies they sometimes employ,” ignoring the circumstances “such as brutal occupation, dispossession, daily humiliation and international isolation, and hence the motives behind their use.”


Cecily Blyther (Petroc College, Devon UK) is a UCU activist. She is also a Corbyn supporter and Antisemitism Denier:

Craig Brandist (University of Sheffield) is a UCU activist who buys into the defamatory lies about Israel hook, line and sinker … Israel Derangement Syndrome.

There is no legal obligation on Israel to vaccinate non-residents, any more than there is a legal obligation on Belgium to vacciate French residents

Daniel Boyarin (University of California at Berkeley) has compared Israelis to Nazis, has spread disinformation and has defended disgraced anti-Israel Professor Steven Salaita. He is a major proponent of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and has called on UC Berkeley to adopt BDS.

David Cromwell and David Edwards (both of Media Lens) are nasty Corbyn-supporting antisemitism deniers and Israel traducers. David Miller gave Cromwell a glowing (and hilarious) puff in 2012. “You scatch my back ….. “ Cromwell is on the Advisory Board of Spinwatch.

David Price (St Martin’s University, Lacey, Washington State) is a BDS activist. Price is a member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and was part of a group that unsuccessfully lobbied in 2016 for an AAA boycott of Israeli academic institutions. In 2016 Price co-authored an Anthro Boycott blog post which promoted the anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) organisation and repeatedly accused Israel of “settler colonialism.” The two authors added that Israel has committed “atrocities” and that Israel was “the most challenging political issue facing American anthropologists since the Vietnam War.”

David Whyte (Universityof Liverpool) is a Professor at Liverpool University and a UCU activist. When it comes to Israel he’s a mendacious demonising toe-rag. No wonder he’s a Miller groupie. He bought into the libellous conspiracy theory about Israeli police training US police 100%:

Deepa Govindarajan Driver (University of Reading) is a far Left academic and UCU activist. Her tweets show zero understanding of antisemitism or issues of concern to the Jewish community. Israel Derangement Syndrome. She chairs Camden Momentum and supports Corbyn and Chris Williamson.

Deepa Kumar (Rutgers University) is a frequent speaker at Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) events on US campuses. Many of her speaking events are sponsored by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. She refers to Israel as a settler colonial state. Kumar sparked outrage for a Tweet in which she declared that “the US is more brutal than ISIS.” She attempted to sanitise Hamas by emphasising its efforts to liberate Palestinians from “the continued brutality of the Israeli occupation” in a 2009 article entitled “Behind the Myths about Hamas.”

Duncan McLaren (Lancaster University) is yet another signatory who appears clueless about antisemitism, the politics of the Middle East or issues of concern to the Jewish community. Israel Derangement Syndrome. All he knows is to play the good old Livingstone Formulation game (that is, dismissing genuine accusations of antisemitism as attempts to silence critics of Israel). I always ask someone who plays this game if they can come up with an example (of an illegitimate accuation of antisemitism). They never can!

Elizabeth Lawrence (formerly Sheffield Hallam University) is a former UCU activist who also appears clueless about antisemitism, the politics of the Middle East or issues of concern to the Jewish community. These academics simply went with the leftist flow ….. Israel Derangement Syndrome.

Ewa Sidorenko (University of Greenwich) is a typical far leftist Corbyn supporter and denier of his antisemitism. The only evidence of her involvement in Middle East politics simply demonstrates her ignorance:

Eyal Sivan is an Israeli film-maker who lives in France.  In 2004 philosopher Alain Finkelkraut said that Sivan’s film ‘Route 181’ was a ‘call to murder Jews‘ and that Sivan himself was representative of a ‘particularly painful, particularly frightening reality – Jewish anti-Semitism‘. Finkelkraut also claimed that Sivan’s film was a constant plagiarism of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah. Sivan sued him for libel. He lost.

At the trial Finkielkraut said that the film rests entirely on an analogy between the fate of the Palestinians and the destiny of Jews under Nazism.

Lanzmann also testified at the trial: ‘Alain Finkielkraut is right, there is very real anti-Semitism: anti-Semitic Jews exist and have for a long time. This man is anti-Semitic.’

Following the trial, Sivan lost his teaching position at CLEMI (the French Ministry of Education’s centre for information media) and the French television network ARTE ceased commissioning his films. 

In 2019 Sivan called for a boyott of a music festival in Berlin due to its sponsorship by the Israel Embassy. The Open Letter that he signed called Israel a ‘racist regime’.  

Miller and Sivan? A match made in hell.

Farah Ahmed (University of Cambridge) wrote a Hizb ut Tahrir (HT) pamphlet, ‘Education and Identity’. Andrew Gilligan called HT a ‘deeply nasty, racist and segregationist group’.  She decries ‘attempts to integrate Muslim children’ into British society as an effort ‘to produce new generations that reject Islam’. She describes English as ‘one of the most damaging subjects’ a school can teach and attacks fairy tales, saying these ‘reflect secular and immoral beliefs that contradict the viewpoint of Islam’. She reportedly says that subjects such as foreign history, foreign languages and foreign literature should be taught only at higher levels with the view of refuting their ideas and exposing their falsehood. No wonder she defends Miller who claims that the Union of Jewish Students pursues  a “campaign of censorship” which “renders Arab and Muslim students, as well as anti-Zionist Jewish students, particularly unsafe”.

Féilim Ó Hadhmaill (University College, Cork) has reportedly been convicted for possessing IRA bombs (Roy Greenslade was also an IRA supporter). He was sentenced to 25 years in prison but was released after four as part of the Good Friday Agreement. He is an Israel boycotter.

Feyzi Ismail (Goldsmiths, University of London) did her PhD at SOAS. In 2017 she signed a petition in support of Malia Bouattia, the NUS President (and current Miller supporter) who in a blog described the University of Birmingham as ‘something of a Zionist outpost‘, followed by the comment that ‘it also has the largest Jewish Society in the country, whose leadership is dominated by Zionist activists‘. Ismail’s demonisation of Israel is clear:

Florian Zollmann (Newcastle University) is a pro-Assad apologist, see above. I can only find one thing he’s written about Israel and of course he toes the demonising leftist line. Here’s one sentence of Zollmann’s: ‘At the beginning of the recent Gaza assault, Israel had actually used the murder of three Israeli youths as a pretense to intimidate members of Hamas and sabotage the forming of the Palestinian Unity Government‘.

Now the truth.  In April 2014 Fatah and Hamas agreed to unite. Because Hamas is a terrorist organisation sworn to Israel’s destruction, Israel suspended peace talks. Hamas bombardment of Israel from Gaza increased. In June 2014 Hamas abducted and killed three Israeli teenagers. In June and July 2014, Israel uncovered additional cross-border assault tunnels constructed by Hamas for the purpose of terrorist attacks on Israel. When Hamas and other terrorist organisations fired over 60 rockets at Israel from Gaza on July 7, Israel was left with no choice but to launch an aerial campaign, ‘Operation Protective Edge’.

Leftist Gareth Dale (Brunel University) doesn’t write much about Israel but I found this. He RTd Jonathan Cook who has a long history of ‘understanding’ terror against Israelis. Cook is a vocal denier of Corbyn’s antisemitism. His suggestion that the Chief Rabbi fuelled antisemitism by speaking out is defamatory and ludicrous. All endorsed by Dale. Israel Derangement Syndrome.

Gary Fooks (Aston University) is at the same institution as Tom Mills (Mills and Miller have worked together from the ‘Spinwatch‘ time ten years ago). Like Dale, Fooks doesn’t write a lot about Israel but he couldn’t resist tweeting this defamatory Guardian article – Israel Derangement Syndrome:

That Big Lie was debunked here and here.

Goldie Osuri (Warwick University) has kept her job despite telling students that “accusations of antisemitism within the Labour Party were pushed by the “Israel lobby” ” and that there was an attempt to “discredit” Labour “because there is support for Palestine among some members.”

Gordon Asher is listed only as ‘Independent Scholar’. His identity is tentatively assumed to be this person. This person shares posts about Israel by Jonathan Cook and Noam Chomsky. Like them he is viciously anti-Israel. His response to the case of Noah Lewis – the Canadian student who was awarded damages by SOAS because the antisemitism there was so bad that he felt obliged to withdraw from his program – tells you all you need to know:

And for good measure (in response to Security Council Resolution 2334, Obama’s vicious parting shot against Israel):

Hamish Cunningham‘s (University of Sheffield) field is computer science. But as a Corbot he is of course obliged to have a ritual swipe at Israel even though he knows very little about the country’s history. Classic Israel Derangement Syndrome. Here’s his personal blog. Note that he believes Israel ‘steals land‘ (lie) and that this is done on the pretext of compensation for the Holocaust (an antisemitic lie and pig ignorant):

Of course among enablers of antisemitism there are always Jews. Among Miller’s defenders are Renegade Jews you will have heard of: Chomsky, Pappé and Finkelstein for example are Big Beasts in the Renegade Jungle. But there’s also a Renegade Jew you might not have heard of: Enter Henry Maitles. Maitles (he’s Emeritus) parrots all the lies of the Israel haters. Because he IS an Israel hater. He’s an SWP supporter and supports BDS. He cites Pappé. He has praised the antisemitic play Perdition. He tells us that criticism of Israel is silenced by the charge of antisemitism (Yawn). He lies, eg this : ‘For many years the Left has argued that Zionism has been a disaster for peoples in Israel and Palestine and the solution is democratic secular Palestine.” ‘One State’ in other words. Maitles As-A-Jew wants to see the world’s only Jewish State pass into history.

The way to ward off vampires is to wave garlic in front of them. The way to ward off Renegade Jews is to respond with Truth. Some of them can’t take the truth. Maitles couldn’t take the truth when challenged in debate by David Collier. Rather than be exposed a a liar in front of students, he pulled out at short notice, on an absurd pretext. What A Coward……….

Iain Munro (Newcastle University) is a prolific retweeter (@iainmunro10). You get the measure of this Corbyn supporter by noticing whom he likes to retweet: eg Lowkey, StopTheWar, Deepa Govindarajan Driver (see above), Wikileaks, Richard Burgon MP, Edward Snowden, Jonathan Cook (see above), John Pilger (see above), Julian Assange, Noam Chomsky (see above), Craig Murray, Zara Sultana MP. Munro is also a big supporter of Julian Assange, the Wikileaks co-founder whose disclosures put dissidents in Afghanistan and Iraq at risk of serious harm, torture or even death. His views on Israel are unclear but it’s probably safe to guess that he isn’t a member of the Zionist Federation.

Ismail Patel is the Chair of Friends of Al-Aqsa. He has reportedly defended the antisemitic genocidal terrorist group, Hamas, saying: “Hamas is not a terrorist organisation. The reason that they hate Hamas is because they refuse to be subjugated to be occupied by the Israeli state and we salute Hamas for standing up to Israel.”

Meet Issam Aburaya (Seton Hall University, New Jersey). Educated in Israel. Now an A-Grade Israel hater, his Facebook page is a sewer. How can he possibly teach ‘World Religions’, which includes Judaism?

James Cussens (University of Bristol) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science – and an Israel boycotter. Maybe he can explain how he runs his computer without an Intel chip?

James Dickins (University of Leeds) teaches Arabic. Never was there an anti-Israel petition that Dickins didn’t sign. Assuming it’s him, he donated generously to Palestine Action which breaks the law (the collection was later closed because it would fund criminal acts):

His mendacious demonisation of Israel is amply demonstrated by this motion which he wrote for the Leeds UCU (the university teachers’ trade union) in 2018:

The name James Kleinfeld (‘Al Jazeera Investigative Unit’) may be familiar ….

Jeanette Jouili (Syracuse University) signed a BDS petition supporting the right to boycott.

Jesse Owen Hearns-Branaman (United International College, China) says that Zionism equals racism – which is antisemitic, see IHRA. Miller was the external examiner for his PhD.

And meet John Booth, ‘Independent Writer’ and Antisemitism Denier:

In the two years since Corbyn was elected leader, Labour’s support has grown in terms of members, supporters and voters. The claims of party antisemitism in that time have been strident, but often serving as little more than proxy attacks upon Corbyn and the direction of Labour under his leadership. Corbyn can be criticised for many things but this is best done directly and with precision. In these brittle political times to employ the devious and crude instrument of ‘anti-semitism’ is a dishonest and dangerous strategy.

http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk (Winter 2017)

John Narayan’s (King’s College, London) ‘most recent research has focused on the understudied transnationalism of Black Power.’  There is a nasty streak of antisemitism running through some black movements eg Black Lives Matter. And Narayan has tweeted this:

Only antisemites refer to ‘Apartheid Israel’.  The accusation that Israel practises ‘Apartheid’is a malevolent smear.  The ebook that Narayan is recommending is here.  Published in 2014, it contains articles by six academics in S Africa and five in North America. Robin D.G. Kelley (UCLA) writes: “That Israel and its colonial occupation meet the UN’s definition of an apartheid state is beyond dispute.” Rubbish! During a May 2013 BDS lecture, Kelley suggested that Palestinians have a right to use violence against Israel and complained that the suggestion that Palestinians should resist non-violently is a “bludgeon” used to beat Palestinians. Salim Vally (University of Johannesburg) writes that ‘the canard of “anti-Semitism” is used opportunistically by the supporters of Israel against anyone opposed to Israel’s policies.’ This lie is so beloved of antisemites that it even has a name:  the Livingstone Formulation. Bill Freund (formerly of University of KwaZulu-Natal) refer to Robert Fisk as ‘one of the most trustworthy sources on what really goes on in and about Israel’. Here’s the truth about Fisk. And here.  Marissa Moorman (University of Indiana, Bloomington) also contributes. In January 2017, Moorman published an article in which she described Israel as an example of ‘a pattern of white settler states not only red-baiting but actively attacking liberation movements.Melissa Levin is an expatriate South African who teaches in Toronto. She makes the profoundly antisemitic allegation that the IDF steals body parts (‘And those who maintain the landlessness and incarceration even steal their dead’).  Another Renegade Jew…………

I’m certain Miller will be proud that Narayan is supporting him …………


Joseph Choonara (University of Leicester) is an SWP member. He trots out the standard SWP lies concerning Israel plus he’s an antisemitism denier. He cites fellow SWP member  Rob Ferguson as an authority on antisemitism!  

http://isj.org.uk/a-year-under-the-pandemic/

Julian Petley (Brunel University) signed a letter to the Guardian in April 2018 complaining that there was too much media coverage of Corbyn’s “alleged” failure to deal with antisemitism. “ALLEGED????” (Three other Miller supporters – Des Freedman, Natalie Fenton and Tom Mills – also signed it). And here he is with the same theme on Russia Today (March 2019).

Here’s what Petley says (in Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media) about John Ware’s meticulously researched Panorama ‘A Question of Leadership’ (2005). He accuses Ware of engaging in :

smear journalism, an odious form of journalism that either lacks the proof for the points it wishes to make, or the courage to say what it means and face the legal consequences, or both. This is exactly the kind of journalism one expects from the tabloid press (for which Ware, entirely unsurprisingly, once worked), but to find it in full flower on what is supposed to be the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme is surely quite unacceptable.

Next up is Kevin Bean. His entry says ‘Liverpool University’ but it seems he left there some time ago. The name might be familiar. In May 2020 he was suspended by Labour along with three other party officials in the Liverpool Wavertree constituency when it was discovered that they had emailed a statement to local Party members attacking the local MP, Paula Barker, for an article she wrote in a local Jewish newspaper, the Jewish Telegraph, trying to mend fences over antisemitism.  (Barker had replaced Luciana Berger who resigned from Labour because of Corbyn’s own antisemitism and his failure to deal with antisemitism in the Party). Appallingly the statement from Bean+3 said:

We have to express our disappointment and hurt that someone we campaigned for so wholeheartedly appears to have reiterated the inaccurate and factionally motivated position on antisemitism which was used in order to personally attack and seriously undermine Labour’s socialist programme during the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Bean was also Chair of Labour Against the Witchhunt,  a group for those expelled from Labour and their sympathisers – in other words a group chock-full of antisemites. As such, he signed a letter to the Morning Star (the Communist newspaper) protesting about the suspension from Labour of Jackie Walker.

Then in October it became known that Bean was a member and official of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB). He was promptly expelled from Labour for infringing the rule about multiple party membership.

We’re not yet done with Mr Bean! Kevin Bean has an alter ego,  ‘James Harvey’, the name he used to sign many of his articles for the CPGB online publication ‘Weekly Worker’. Here he is discussing the ‘ridiculous’ ‘weaponisation of antisemitism’. Almost identical words to Miller who wrote abouta weaponization of bogus anti-Semitism claims to shut down and manipulate discussion of Islamophobia’. No wonder Bean supports Miller. At least James Harvey didn’t sign the letter too – I checked.

Laurence Dreyfus (Oxford University, Emeritus) signs every anti-Israel petition going. He’s a cultural boycotter. He also signed an asinine letter to the Jewish Chronicle saying that it shouldn’t criticise Corbyn’s antisemitism so much. Dreyfus never explains his animosity to Israel. Music AAA+++ Understanding Of The Middle East CCC—.

Leon Sealey-Huggins is similar to Dreyfus. In 2016 he signed this letter (in the Independent) in support of the then NUS president Malia Bouattia, ignoring in other words her description of the University of Birmingham as a “Zionist outpost”. He buys into every leftist defamatory lie about Israel unquestioningly (see Fooks above for debunking):

Lesley McGorrigan is a leftist UCU activist

As such, demonisation of Israel is obligatory – Israel Derangement Syndrome – as is support of Miller, an academic criticised by Jewish representative institutions – and opposition to the Prevent programme, which combats extremism. McGorrigan’s demonisation of Israel goes back a  long way. In 2009 the Zionist Federation brought Israeli science academics to the UK to give lectures to schoolchildren. It was a great success despite the best efforts of McGorrigan and others to get it cancelled (Other Miller supporters who signed: Tariq Modood, James Dickens, Haim Bresheeth, Saladin Meckled-Garcia, Les Levidow, Tom Hickey, Derek Summerfield).

Loretta Capeheart (Northeastern Illinois University, retired) supports an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

Lorna Finlayson (Essex University) is a far Left Israel hating political agitator.

Louis Allday (PhD candidate, SOAS) is an Arabist who has ‘gone native’ and posts  entirely predictable Israel-demonising lies and propaganda.

Source: Electronic Intifada

This is a defamatory lie. Plan Dalet was NOT a ‘premeditated and systematic ethnic cleansing of 700,000+ Palestinians by Zionist forces because they were not Jewish.’

As Benny Morris has written,

There was no Zionist ‘plan’ or blanket policy of evicting the Arab population, or of ‘ethnic cleansing’. Plan Dalet (Plan D), of March 10th, 1948 (it is open and available for all to read in the IDF Archive and in various publications), was the master plan of the Haganah – the Jewish military force that became the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) – to counter the expected pan-Arab assault on the emergent Jewish state. That’s what it explicitly states and that’s what it was.

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/israel-and-the-palestinians-1.896017

Lucia Pradella (King’s College London) is a Marxist who retweets Lowkey, Zarah Sultana MP, Yanis Varoufakis, Malia Bouattia, Barnaby Raine and Nicola Pratt.  So although there is not a huge amount of evidence of Israel Derangement Syndrome, it seems safe to assume that her antiracism is selective.

Marian Carty (Goldsmiths) is a UCU activist. The fact that she calls Jewish Voice for Labour ‘true antiracists‘ tells you everything: JVL was created to whitewash antisemitism in Labour.

Marian Mayer (Bournemouth University) is a UCU activist who retweets people and organisations who don’t understand or recognise antisemitism. Neither does she.

Marion Hersh (Glasgow University) is another UCU activist. She signed a petition calling on the Lincoln Centre in New York not to host Israeli theatre companies. Israel Derangement Syndrome.

Mark Abel (Brighton University) is a UCU activist; he chairs Brighton University UCU. He moved the motion at UCU Congress to reject the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

He is on record as saying that the IHRA definition has been used ‘to silence criticism of Israel and support for the Palestinians’. This is nonsense. Another untruth is that ‘The union [UCU] won a landmark legal case on freedom to debate Israel’. The case in question was an Employment Tribunal and they cannot be used as legal precedents. So it is wrong to call it a ‘landmark’ case. There are several other lies in Abel’s statement.

Here (18:00) Abel talks about why his university (Brighton) did NOT adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism.   It is clear from the evidence in the video that he and other UCU members corralled support on the basis of false arguments against IHRA. For example:

#1. At 22:10 Abel speaks about someone teaching Holocaust Studies who – when told that ‘exaggerating the Holocaust’ (his words) is antisemitic under IHRA – said that this reference “was incoherent and would be problematic for their teaching”.  BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT THE DEFINITION SAYS: IT SAYS THAT THIS IS ANTISEMITIC: ‘Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust’. If Abel and colleagues MISREPRESENTED the definition then any responses on the basis of misrepresentation should have been ignored.

#2. Look what he says next about IHRA: ‘Someone from a country which has been subject to Israeli armed aggression said that their legitimate right to express opposition to that would be under threat.’   Complete nonsense.

#3. And next: ‘Antisemitic supporters of Israel would be exculpated [ie cleared from guilt] from the charge of antisemitism under the definition’. Complete nonsense again.

#4. And next ‘Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was trying to designate as antisemitic Amnesty International, Oxfam and Human Rights Watch.’ What’s the problem? These three organisations have all made statements that ARE antisemitic!

#5. Apparently the management at Brighton University was considering adopting IHRA with the two caveats suggested by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.  Abel says that a Brighton University staff member suggested that the two caveats were contradictory with some of the examples in the IHRA definition.  Rubbish. These were the two caveats:

#1 It is not antisemitic to criticise the Government of Israel, without additional evidence to suggest antisemitic intent.

#2 It is not antisemitic to hold the Israeli Government to the same standards as other liberal democracies, or to take a particular interest in the Israeli Government’s policies or actions, without additional evidence to suggest antisemitic intent.’

#1 is obvious – The definition says it – how can there be any contradiction?

#2 needs to be looked at in two parts:

#I: Of course it’s not antisemitic to hold Israel to the same standards as other democracies. IHRA says it’s antisemitic to hold Israel to a DIFFERENT standard (“requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation”). But no contradiction!

#II: ‘To take a particular interest … ‘ Singling out Israel IS by definition antisemitic (‘requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation‘). Proof of ‘antisemitic intent’ is not necessary – it is antisemitic by definition. But no contradiction with any of the examples!

There’s more: Abel says “A petition was organised urging the University not to adopt IHRA on the grounds that it would curtail independent scholarship and teaching and would expose the university to legal challenge either for failing to fulfil its statutory to defend freedom of expression or for failing to use the definition to identify antisemitism [recording not complete here].  In other words the University would be in a double bind. “ This is nonsense. IHRA des not in any way inhibit freedom of expression, there has not been a single example. If the University fails to use the definition to identify antisemitism, that is not a legal issue since the IHRA Definition is not a law!

Abel goes on to say what arguments the UCU at Brighton University used to deter management from adopting IHRA….

Just listen (24:37):

We decided we had to emphasise the negative effects of adoption, not in terms of principle but in terms of the practical difficulties adoption would cause for management of the University. This meant highlighting the repercussions for the University of contested disciplinary or legal cases which might generate create fraught divisions within the institution, create minefields for managers and attract negative publicity outside the University.  As well as warning that it could fall foul of its legal obligation to defend freedom of expression, the UCU’s submission pointed out that having adopted the definition, the University would find itself obliged to police all courses, lectures, reference materials, reading lists, meeting topics, scholarly activities, funded research, published outcomes and potentially social media posts as well.  It spoke of the possibility of legal cases and raised the possibility of industrial disputes, as the UCU would be obliged to defend its members facing sanction on the basis of the definition.”

So get this – Brighton University UCU (i) misrepresented the IHRA definition to academics there (ii) told the University management that it was wrong to protect Jewish students because of the paperwork it might involve.Truly truly shameful and shocking.

Martin Maguire (Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland) supports an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

Marwan Elfallah (University of East London) is an Israel hater:

Max Ajl (postdoc at Wageningen University, Netherlands) is a hardcore Israel hater who volunteered for the Internatinal Solidarity Movement in Gaza. He writes that: ‘Anti-Zionism is not merely criticism of current Israeli policies or even the idea of a Jewish nation-state. It is a rejection of an imperially-imposed, racist, settler-colonial state.’

Michael Pierse (Queen’s University Belfast) is a cookie-cutter Irish Israel hater:

Meet former UCU activist Michael Szpakowski, listed as ‘Independent Artist and Scholar’.

Miloud Chennoufi (Royal Military College, Canada) is a mendacious Israel hater:

Mohan Dutta’s (Massey University, New Zealand) anti-Israel extremism is described here.

Myka Tucker-Abramson (Warwick University) is a UCU activist. She keeps quiet about Israel but I found this from 12 years ago ‘From Jewish Youth in Canada‘ – the young Ms T-A signed up to ‘condemning Zionism to the dustbin of history‘.

And a big Shout-Out to Myshele Haywood (Independent Researcher) who is ex-Strathclyde University in Scotland:

Narzanin Massoumi (University of Exeter) co-authored a paper (September 2019) for the Transnational Institute with David Miller, criticising the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. There were eight other co-authors. Four of them signed the Miller support letter: Tom Mills, Arun Kundnani, Nisha Kapoor and Rizwaan Sabir. They made the false analogy between the Good Friday Agreement and the War on Terror, with the conclusion that the same methods should be used against terrorists as were used against the IRA.  This is patently absurd as well as ahistoric, because the Good Friday Agreement was only possible because the IRA agreed to lay down its arms – by contrast Jihadists show no sign of renouncing violence.  The authors also say that the Prevent policy has been almost entirely focused on Muslim populations.  See chart below – this may have been true in 2015/16 and 2016/17 but it has not been true since March 2017 and certainly was not true when this paper was published (September 2019).

Home Office: Individuals referred to and supported through Prevent, April 2019 to March 2020

The Channel programme is the individually-assessed and administered programme to which those referred to Prevent pass if they are considered in danger of radicalisation.  In the year to 31.3.20 (spanning the date when the report was published) there were 697 Channel referrals, 43% of right wing extremists and 30% of Islamists.

Doctoral student Nathan Lean (Georgetown University) is reportedy an Israel-hating Leftist thug.

Nicholas Cimini (Edinburgh Napier University) describes himself as a ‘Revolutionary Socialist’. He’s an Israel boycotter who buys into defamatory lies about Israel:

https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.cimini/posts/10157458044373615?comment_id=10157458050708615

He’s a Corbyn supporter and a facebook friend of Mick Napier who, on the death of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, called him “an utter racist swine”.

Nisha Kapoor (Warwick) wasn’t happy on 13 December 2019:

She claims that racism is her primary research interest. Strange then that (like her idol Corbyn) she doesn’t realise that anti-Zionism and antisemitism are two sides of the same coin:

Norman Finkelstein (formerly DePaul University) has no right to style himself ‘Professor’. He never had tenure.

Oliver Boyd-Barrett (Emeritus, Bowling Green State University, Ohio) thinks that warnings about the threat posed by Iran are Fake News.

Paddy Hillyard (formerly Queen’s University Belfast) wrote a ludicrous article recommending that the word ‘terrorism’ be dropped because governments’ response to terror is insufficiently distinguishable from the terror itself.

Patrick Barrett (University of Wisconsin) keeps a low profile but this link demonstrates that he shows movies which demonise Israel in his faculty cinema.

We already met Paul McKeigue (University of Edinburgh) as a colleague of Miller on WGSPM which spread the lie that the White Helmets fabricated video evidence of attacks by Assad. The Times (26 March 2021) had this revelation about him:

The Times 27 March 2021

Paul O’Connell (SOAS) tried to stop the Israel Ambassador speaking at SOAS:

https://www.welcometopalestine.com/article/hundreds-of-students-in-london-protest-propaganda-visit-from-israeli-ambassador/


Peter E. Jones (Sheffield Hallam University) is yet another plain reflexive Israel hater who suffers from Israel Derangement Syndrome:

Peter Evans is a leftist UCU activist. He retweets far Left MPs and Corbyn supporters such as Claudia Webbe MP, Aaron Bastani, John McDonnell MP, Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, Richard Burgon MP and Zarah Sultana MP. All have antisemitic history.

His tweets show support for fellow leftist UCU activists who are Miller supporters eg Marian Mayer, Mark Abel, Deepa Govindarajan Driver. Like them he is a reflexive Israel demoniser with Israel Derangement Syndrome who demonstrates zero understanding of the complexities of the Middle East:

Phil Scraton (Emeritus, Queen’s University Belfast) was offered (and refused) an OBE for his work on the Hillsborough Independent Panel. It is truly shocking that an academic of his calibre opts to support an antisemite. The fact that even he signs anti-Israel petitions shows how tightly Israel Derangement Syndrome has gripped Irish Academia.

Rachel Barrett (King’s College London) is a UCU activist.

Ray Bush (University of Leeds) sends antisemitic tweets comparing Israel to Nazi Germany. Initially it was unclear whether Leeds University would investigate him but a more recent report appears to confirm an investigation. See also here.

Remi Brulin (City University New York) is yet another Israel Hater. He writes for the extreme anti-Israel publication Mondoweiss.

Richard Jackson (University of Otago, New Zealand) is a terrorist sympathiser.

Meet Richard Longman (University of the West of England). Well, I suppose that Ralph Waldo Emerson did say that “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”. All the same ……………

Richard McEwan (New City College) is a UCU hyper-activist with a shocking case of Israel Derangement Syndrome. He toes the UCU Left line meticulously. He retweets many of the other UCU activists who signed for Miller: Hersh, Hughes, Abel, McGorrigan, Whyte, Deepa Driver, Callinicos – as well as the far left MPs Webbe, Ribeiro-Addy, Sultana, McDonnell and Tarry.

He has retweeted the rap artist Lowkey who is vehemently anti-Zionist. Here Lowkey asserts that Israel trains the US police with the implication of course that Israel was responsible for the death of George Floyd. McEwan mindlessly retweets without bothering to factcheck (it’s fake news).

McKewan promoted a UCU event designed to stop Universities adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism which helps Jewish students to be safe. Speakers included Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, suspended from Labour for antisemitism, and Jonathan Rosenhead.  Also Mark Abel and Tom Hickey, both of whom signed the pro-Miller letter.  The link to the video of Mark Abel’s talk is posted in the description of him above.

Rizwaan Sabir (Liverpool John Moores University) already appeared above, as a co-author with David Miller of a 2019 paper criticising the government’s counter-terrorism strategy.  Before that – in 2012 – he co-authored with Miller a chapter for a book ‘War on Terror’ – the chapter was headed ‘Counterterrorism as Counterinsurgency in the UK’.  Sabir and Miller were together at Strathclyde University in 2011. They both moved to Bath University where Sabir did his PhD, supervised by Miller.  He argued that the Prevent policy ‘is an organised and strategic effort to use coercion and propaganda to control the behaviour and activity of Muslim communities and thereby constitutes a form of state-terrorism’.

Opposition to the Prevent counter-extremism strategy remains a theme of Sabir’s research. At a Conference in 2016 he reportedly called the policy ‘racist’ and stated that it was part of a “top-down state-led campaign of Islamophobia”.  In a speech in 2015 he claimed that the Quilliam Foundation (a counter-extremism body) “has been manufactured by the government to serve as a strategic asset by the UK government to undermine political Islam”. He retweets CAGE, an organisation which allegedly has a longstanding Jihadist ideology. Israel hasn’t been a central focus of his social media but it’s safe to say he probably won’t be joining the Zionist Federation any time soon ……….


Rob Faure Walker (SOAS) runs an anti-PREVENT newsletter.  He wrote an article in the pro-Corbyn online newspaper Novara Media rubbishing Quilliam, after Quilliam criticised an AHRC/EHRC report that evidence-free recommended scrapping PREVENT.

He’s a busy chap. He retweets all the Corbot loons: Pilger, Craig Murray, Sarkar, Osland, Lowkey, Rivkah Brown, Bastani, Glenn Greenwald. Plus Nadia Whittome MP and  5PillarsUK.com.  But he still has time to share the Israel Vaccine Libel and the vandalism of Elbit – since he too has caught the Israel Derangement Syndrome Virus:

Sahar Ghumkhor (University of Melbourne) is a thoroughly nasty Israel hater. Here she suggests the conspiracy that Israel was partly responsible for the tragic explosion and fire in Beirut in August 2020.

Sai Englert (Leiden University, Netherlands) is an ex-SOAS As-A-Jew Israel Hater. He also writes for the extreme anti-Israel publication Mondoweiss. More here.

Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL) is a UCU activist. He believes that Zionism is a racist political ideology. Guess he never noticed that the UN’s ‘Zionism equals racism’ resolution was repealed. You can see him speaking about the IHRA definition of antisemitism here (15.50). He needs to get his facts right. Fraser v UCU was not ‘in the High Court’, it was an Employment Tribunal.  Employment Tribunal cases cannot be used as legal precedents. So his argument that the result of that case forces supporters of IHRA outside the Courts falls apart. There needs to be a test case to establish that Zionism is a ‘belief’ for the purposes of the Equality Act and is therefore a Protected Characteristic. If ethical veganism is regarded as a belief  – then so should Zionism be so regarded.

Dr Meckled-Garcia gives zero indication on the video that he appreciates the impact of antisemitism on Jewish students. On the contrary, what he says is pretty nasty. He says that it’s important to resist the adoption of the IHRA definition by universities because “organisations external to the university system that have a political aim in advancing this definition can exert power within the university system in the way that they seem to be exerting power within the Labour Party by having the Labour leadership succumb to all their demands” !!

Salman Sayyid (University of Leeds) has spoken at a number of MEND-organised events.There is ample evidence of the links of the MEND organisation (Muslim Engagement and Development) to extremism. Sayyid has also had associations with the IHRC which organises the pro-Hezbollah Al-Quds Day marches. He also participates in events with hate speakers.

Sami Al-Arian (Istanbul Zaim University) seeks Israel’s destruction. In the US he reportedly founded the Islamic Committee for Palestine (ICP), which served as “the active arm of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine” and raised money for the terrorist group. He was reportedly deported from the US.

Sami Ramadani (retired from London Metropolitan University) is a deluded conspiracy theorist and Israel hater.  It is a disgrace that he held a UK academic position.  Ramadani believes that ISIS is serving Israeli interests.  He claims that Zionists bombed Baghdad synagogues in 1950-51 (a claim fisked here). He is an Israel hater:

Ramadani is a Corbyn worshipper. Corbyn calls himfascinating, great friend’…..

He posts false maps – fisked here

He propagates the vaccine libel:

In summary there could never have been any doubt that Ramadani would be first in the queue to back Miller.

Sarah Marusek (University of Leeds) is a convert to Shi’ite Islam. She does presentations for the IHRC, which is an Iran ‘propaganda’ organisation.   She has co-authored with David Miller a series of Spinwatch reports on the Israel lobby in the United States and Europe, including: The Israel Lobby in Europe; The Henry Jackson Society and the Degeneration of British Neoconservatism: Liberal Interventionism, Islamophobia and the ‘War on Terror’; and How Israel Attempts to Mislead the United Nations: Deconstructing Israel’s Campaign against the Palestinian Return Centre.

In 2012 she was working for PressTV in the US and after an interview with the Hezbollah satellite TV station Al-Manar,  she said this: “Decision makers in the U.S. are living in fear because of the Zionist lobby; if they made a decision that supports the Palestinians, they will be condemned and lose their jobs and the support they have.” In 2013 she was awarded her PhD at Syracuse University , a private research university in New York State. The title of her thesis was “Faith, Religious Rationality and Resistance: The Charitable Practices of Shi’i Movements in Lebanon“. Her supervisor was the Marxist Donald Mitchell.  She developed her thesis into  a book, published in 2018.

Marusek is firmly in the Miller ‘Spinwatch’ camp. In this article written with Miller, she calls CAMERA “an Islamophobic watchdog organisation that bullies media outlets into producing pro-Israel coverage”, taking the quote from the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN).  The truth is, if IJAN say that then it must be a great organisation  (it is – and IJAN is viciously anti-Israel!). Further, she and Miller wrongly call the settlement Ariel ‘illegal’. When an article about Israel asserts ‘The Israeli state and wider Israel lobby have diligently sought to divert attention away from Israel’s crimes’ you know for sure that the authors have a bad case of Israel Derangement Syndrome.

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Coventry University) is ‘Research Group Lead for Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. She is Chair (2020-2023) of the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN) and is editor of the Review of Social and Scientific Study of Religion.’ UniversitiesUK  recently hosted her at their 2-day Conference ‘Tackling violence, harassment and hate incidents’.

Wow.  Sounds like she is way overdue for at least an OBE!  You’d think  such an eminent antiracist would be with Baroness Deech, Anthony Julius and the many equally high achievers who signed the letter deploring Miller’s antisemitism, wouldn’t you? Maybe she made an honest mistake? I’ve asked her…..

And you’d think such an eminent antiracist and communal peace advocate would be condemning Corbyn’s antisemitism – right?

Oh but antisemitism is nothing to do with Corbyn ….

Rivkah Brown said so. And to prove it she adduced that appallingly flawed 2017 JPR paper which should have long since been pulped.

And of course the ‘Prevent’ counter-extremism programme ‘is disastrous for children and young people’.  Even though 12% of the 269 Islamism-Related Offences in the years 1998-2015 were committed by full-time students.

Now let’s have the truth about that 4-year old boy. He saw his cousin playing the online game Fortnite. In an after-school club he claimed that his father had “guns and bombs in his shed“, referring to the game. An adult (a teacher presumably) correctly referred him to Prevent: Better safe than sorry. And no it wasn’t the boy who was the concern – it was the father!

The boy’s mother said the referral would have never happened if the boy was white. What odious victimhood and how disrespectful towards the teacher or other adult who referred the case.

Really shameful that Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor is supporting Miller.…………………..

81-year old Seamus Deane (retired from University of Notre Dame, Indiana) has long been an anti-Israel Irish activist.

Sharri Plonski (Queen Mary, University of London) is an Israeli-born traducer of Israel. She has SOAS experience.

Sheila Delaney (Emerita, Simon Fraser University, Canada) wrote in support of Steven Salaita who was denied tenure  by the University of Illinois after a  stream of antisemitic tweets were uncovered.  She has also signed in support of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, accused of antisemitism by many.

Simon Dawes (Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, France) is a Corbyn-supporting Israel basher.

Steve Tombs (Open University) is a UCU activist. He’s close to at least other UCU activists in this blog – David Whyte and Deepa Govindarajan Driver:

Tombs appears to know sweet FA about the Middle East but he chucks in the occasional barb about Israel to prove his UCU leftist virility:

The account ‘Brave New Europe’ think Tombs will appreciate Jonathan Cook’s toxic views, wonder why? (Jonathan Cook has a long history of ‘understanding’ terror against Israelis (see above in the paragraph on Gareth Dale)):

Sue Abbott (Newcastle University) is an HR specialist who has tapped into the Equality/Diversity boom – she teaches it. She’s a proud member of the Management Committee of Show Racism The Red Card.

BUT ……….. She’s a UCU activist – Formerly UCU Northern Region Equality Officer, currently on the UCU Committee of her University.  Moreover she’s in UCU Left. So what is it about the proud antiracists in UCU Left?  Which racism do they blithely ignore, even to the point of signing support for an antisemitic Professor? For which race is there no Equality/Diversity?

Yes! Right! Jews Don’t Count!

Susan Newman (Open University) has some history of UCU activism when she was at the University of West England.  In June 2019 she tweeted about this bizarre ‘research’ which suggests that Israel uses eugenics in fertility treatments to increase its Jewish population (I have Vertommen’s PhD but have not yet managed to blog about it).

Tahir Abbas (Leiden University, Netherlands) has tweeted that Labour’s problem with antisemitism is exaggerated and he has reportedly written in support of protesters against sex education in Birmingham. Here’s an example of this academic’s measured analysis of the Middle East:

Tanzil Chowdhury (Queen Mary London) is an acute sufferer from Israel Derangement Syndrome. Google “Tanzil Chowdhury” + Israel and the first link that come up is this one – In 2014 he wrote this article whitewashing Hamas and claiming that Hamas does not use human shields. To ‘prove’ this he cites this Channel 4 Factcheck (note that the link has changed).   Just one problem: It says the opposite:

Actually Hamas has made no secret of advocating the use of civilians as human shields to try to face down Israeli aggression.  A senior spokesman for the group, Sami Abu Zuhri, gave an interview on Palestinian station al-Aqsa TV earlier this month.  He said: “This attests to the character of our noble, jihad-loving people – who defend their rights and their homes with their bare chests and their blood.  The policy of people confronting the Israeli warplanes with their bare chests in order to protect their homes has proven effective against the occupation… we in Hamas call upon our people to adopt this policy in order to protect the Palestinian homes.

The second item in the Google search is this (15 January 2015):

OK he may not have written the blurb but the fact that he spoke at  PSC meeting on the topic ‘Debunking Israel’s Lies’ confirms that he’s an A-Grade Israel Hater.

The third item in the Google search is Chowdhury’s M Phil thesis at Manchester. Entitled ‘Zionism, Law and Citizenship: Perils for the Palestinian Arab Minority’, it is 151 pages of elegant, beautifully constructed English prose. It would be a delight to read except …. Except that it is a sewer of antisemitism, replete with crucial omissions and errors of fact.

It is a sewer of antisemitism because the conclusion of the thesis is that the world’s only Jewish State should disappear. A clue as to this endpoint is the bibliography, featuring Ben White and Shlomo Sand.

Omissions and errors?

  • p26: Chowdhury says that the Balfour Declaration was ‘in direct contravention of the McMahon-Hussein Correspondence between 1915-1916’. Wrong. McMahon wrote to The Times in 1937 ‘to state, and I do so definitely and emphatically, that it was not intended by me in giving this pledge to King Hussein to include Palestine in the area in which Arab independence was promised.’
  • p29: Omits to say that UN Resolution 3379 (‘Zionism equals racism’, November 1975) was revoked in 1991 with UN General Assembly Resolution 46/86.
  • p31: The origin of the Zionist movement is explained by Jews being ‘unable to integrate because of de facto uniqueness’. This is slam dunk antisemitic. Chowdhury sourced it from Bajoit, G. ‘Zionism and Imperialism’ in ‘Zionism and Racism’. This is the proceedings of a conference held in 1977/1978, organised by the impressively titled ‘The International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination’. Dig into this outfit and what do you find? This.
  • p33: Chowdhury writes ‘Recall that the Balfour Declaration made no reference to the Arabs’. What is this then: ‘….it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine ….’? Who does he think the ‘existing non-Jewish communities’ were? Amish?
  • p34: The name of Chaim Weitzmann is egregiously misspelled.
  • pps 46-47: Chowdhury suggests that the reason Israel does not have a written Constitution is in order to continue to deprive Israeli Arabs (whom he incorrectly calls ‘Arab Palestinians’) of human rights. This is defamatory nonsense. The Basic Law guarantees human rights for all citizens and in practice there is no difference between rights accorded to Jewish and non-Jewish citizens.
  • p77: Chowdhury says the ‘transfer’ is ‘an enduring theme in Zionist political thought’. Defamatory lie (was it sourced from Ben White’s  book?)  No Israeli President or Prime Minister has ever suggested forcibly transferring anyone anywhere.  Far from being ‘an enduring theme in Zionist political thought’, the concept of ‘transfer’ was introduced by the British, in the 1937 Peel Report, as a response to the growing intensity of the attacks by Arabs on Jews and consequent responses. Of course it was discussed in the 20th Zionist Congress which followed soon after the Peel Report, with the specific purpose of considering it.
  • p91: Chowdhury writes ‘One event that the provision omitted in consideration of this law (or perhaps it was considered but ignored) was the expulsion of over 750,000 Arabs following the 1948 war. For these, acquisition of citizenship by residence is going to be difficult if not unlikely; indeed very few returned or were able to return because of absentee laws which seized their property and transferred it over to the state.’ First it is a lie that over 750,000 Arabs were expelled. Most left at the behest of their leaders, in anticipation of the coming hostilities. Here’s Efraim Karsh in Commentary (May 2008): ‘By the time of Israel’s declaration of independence on May 14, the numbers of Arab refugees had more than trebled. Even then, none of the170,000-180,000 Arabs fleeing urban centers, and only a handful of the 130,000-160,000 villagers who left their homes, had been forced out by the Jews’. Now the ‘absentee laws’. The Absentee Property Law (1950) makes it clear that it applied only to long-term absentees. Moreover absentees that had left Israel were compensated financially. And decisions under the Law are subject to judicial review (as is the case with all administrative decision-making). For example, in an opinion of 1 February 2005, Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz held that the Ministerial Committee and the Israeli Cabinet had exceeded their powers under the Law.
  • p104: Chowdhury writes: ‘As the baton passed from the egregious failures of the Mandate to the incompetence of the UN, the Zionists were handed sovereignty of the land which embedded these virtues’. This shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the UN. The truth is that Israel was voted into existence by the UN General Assembly. Resolution 181 (to agree the partition plan) passed 33-13 with 10 abstentions. The Jews accepted it; the Arabs didn’t.
  • p140: Finally Chowdhury shows his true colours:

Delighted to report that far from being ‘a small disappearing dot on the horizon’, the world’s only Jewish State is flourishing:

Other links that come up:

– Chowdhury urged Labour not to expel Livingstone

This

– And this:

All in all a virulent case of Israel Derangement Syndrome. Maybe he should be in isolation from students for around 20 years. And maybe Manchester University might wish to look again at his M Phil thesis – which is more like PSC propaganda than an academic paper (disregarding the elegant English).

Tarek Younis (Middlesex University) is another Israel Derangement Syndrome sufferer. Maybe he could explain how returning Gaza to the Palestinian Authority in 2005, complete with greenhouses, constitutes ‘colonising and pillaging’?

https://www.tarekyounis.org/blog/blurred-violence-the-last-of-us-part-ii-israel-and-the-erasure-of-power

Tariq Modood (Bristol University) sounded eminently reasonable in this discussion of the Miller case. At 1.09.30: “We do need to find a way of addressing the concerns of the students.” In his prepared speech (25.22) he notes the difficulties of striking the right balance in universities between ‘free speech’ and Equality and Diversity commitment.

However ‘commitment to multiculturalism’ means nothing for someone who denies that Miller’s rhetoric is antisemitic –in the video he saysI think the students have taken what Miller said wrongly” – and who seeks to define antisemitism for Jews:

And by the way this ‘eminently reasonable’ 68/9 year-old ain’t at all ‘reasonable’ when it comes to Israel, which he names as a perpetrator of ‘state terrorism’.  Like most here he suffers from Israel Derangement Syndrome. He’s a BDS-monger too.

Surprising then
then that UNESCO considered Modood suitable to address its “Global Forum Against Racism.”  But then again JEWS DON’T COUNT ……….

Teresa Degenhardt (Queen’s University Belfast) is yet another academic afflicted by Israel Derangement Syndrome. She’s OK speaking at CAGE, an organisation which allegedly has a longstanding Jihadist ideology. But she’s appalled that Israel should defend itself from terror and ashamed she bought Puma shoes …..

I’m sure she has completed one of these forms and keep it on her at all times ….

Terry Brotherstone (Emeritus, Aberdeen University) is a former President of UCU Scotland. He appears to have Marxist sympathies and he’s a BDS supporter.

Thomas MacManus (Queen Mary London) is a Corbyn fan who bought into the libellous conspiracy theory about Israeli police training US police 100%:

His job (Senior Lecturer in State Crime) obliges him to chuck as many countries as possible into the sinbin so what’s to lose by including Israel? Only the Jews will protest and they don’t count. Let’s chuck ‘em in with Saudi Arabia while we’re at it …

He’s a fan of Ben White who understands why people are antisemitic ….

And he defended former NUS president Malia Bouattia who described the University of Birmingham as a “Zionist outpost”.

A tragic case of Israel Derangement Syndrome ………..

Tim Hayward (Edinburgh University) has already appeared hereas a member of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). To recap, WGSPM spread the lie that the White Helmets fabricated video evidence of attacks by Assad. Hayward has a penchant for spreading lies and smears. How do I know? Because he spread this libel about me:

The truth about the Puma trial is here. Two fighters against antisemitism were fitted up by lies from a Holocaust Denier and her cronies combined with a policeman with an ideology and a judge for whom ‘antisemitism’ is a foreign word. Hayward smears fighters against antisemitism but bends over backwards to defend Assange whose disclosures put dissidents in Afghanistan and Iraq at risk of serious harm, torture or even death. What a charmer.

It’s not only Assad  that Hayward seeks to defend – it’s also Putin.

Of course Hayward is a Corbyn supporter:

Plus look who he retweets: Craig Murray, Justin Schlosberg, Richard Burgon, Zara Sultana, Jonathan Cook – it speaks volumes about his views.

Of course he suffers from Israel Derangement Syndrome, probably incurably. He even uses Holocaust Memorial Day as a chance to smear Israel and its supporters. It is ludicrous – indeed libellous – to call Bnai Brith ‘extreme’(as this Electronic Intifada article does, retweeted by Hayward).  The February 2019 UNHCR Report to which the Electronic Intifada piece demonises Israel – as is normal from the bigoted UNHCR.

Israel knew it would be a whitewash – so refused to cooperate.

Bnai Brith called a ‘hate group’!

The truth about the attempts to breach the Gaza fence is here (PDF).

Hayward is Miller’s biggest fan. Look how he sickeningly backed Miller’s support of Raed Salah who invoked the antisemitic blood libel, that Jews use the blood of Christian children to bake Matzoth (unleavened bread) at Passover.

Hayward applaud’s Miller’s defence of blood-libel cleric

And according to Hayward, the revulsion at Miller’s comments – including that by joining a university Jewish Society, students are thereby associating themselves with racism and Islamophobia – is deviously intended to suppress criticism of Israel. What a despicable man  -who should not be within 1000 miles of students.

And here is Hayward backing Miller through Winstanley, Williamson and Miko Peled – the ‘deflated, lying buffoon’. In the video of Peled that Williamson tweeted, Peled says ‘What Miller said was true’. Including that Jewish students are part of an Israel lobby group that makes Arab and Muslim students unsafe…..

Here’s Hayward backing Greenstein who recently spent a week in prison charged with conspiracy to cause criminal damage.

Hayward endorses Miller’s defamatory comment thatIsrael’s lobby is busily stealing the language of Black liberation to justify ethnic cleansing, racism and apartheid.’

Hayward can’t resist buying into a lie that matches his prejudices, can he ….

Now the truth: Sweden’s ‘laissez-faire’ Covid policy hasn’t worked. New cases per million has been higher than the UK equivalent since 6 February – a full two weeks before Hayward’s tweet. Deaths per million switched on 17 March. GDP in 2020 fell by 2.8% – hardly a ‘minimal decline’!

The King of Sweden said that his country’s Covid approach ‘has failed’. But Hayward knows better. He saw a chance to put the boot into the UK government.

Thank G-d we didn’t elect Corbyn on 12 December 2019. People like Hayward would have been appointed as government advisers………..

Tom Hickey (Emeritus, Brighton University) is a former member of UCU National Executive and current Chair of its Recruitment, Organising and Campaigning Committee. He has probably submitted more anti-Israel resolutions to UCU Congresses than anyone else. He appears in the same anti-IHRA video (4:14) as his Brighton University colleague Mark Abel (see above). He thinks that:

  • A lecturer recounting the 2007 Al Jazeera ‘sting’ would be labelled as antisemitic (for alleging ‘dual loyalty’) – nonsense, one can communicate the story without alleging dual loyalty;
  • The IHRA logic means it would be racist to deny Cornish people the right to self-determination – nonsense, Cornish people are not a race and this fails to appreciate 5,000 years of antisemitism;
  • A lecturer who wanted to refer to the right of self-determination of Palestinians would be accused of antisemitism because that would conflict with self-determination of Jews – nonsense, there is nothing in IHRA that is anti-Palestinian.

Hickey’s exposition is anyway shot through with Israel Derangement Syndrome. He calls Israel a ‘settler-colonialist polity‘ and an ‘apartheid State’; he says that 20% of the citizens of Israel who are Palestinian (no, Arab!) are excluded from the idea of ‘the People’, since Israel is a ‘State of the Jewish People’ and the history of constitutional law in Israel has been about excluding Palestinians from the constituent power of the People, despite their formal citizenship and their formal civil and political rights. He questions whether Israel is ‘a democratic State’. He suggests that under IHRA lecturers who ‘tell the truth’ [his truth] about Israel will be labelled ‘racist’.

Hickey’s Israel Derangement Syndrome goes back at least 14 years. In 2009 he chaired the meeting at SOAS where I was abused for asking why UCU was hosting Bongani Matsuku – he told the panel not to answer my question – so much for ‘free speech’. He called for the abolition of Sussex University’s Yossi Harel Chair in Modern Israel Studies until questions relating to its “external sources of funding” and the process that established it are “satisfactorily answered.”  He also attacked Israel Studies courses at SOAS, Leeds University, Manchester University and Oxford University. Brighton University refused to act.

Here is Hickey in 2009 saying that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is “in some sense .. almost nastier” than what the Nazis did to the Jews. Maybe he should spend some of his retirement in Gaza restoring the balance – if Israel will let him in, which must be doubtful.

Tom Mills (Aston University) is Miller’s longstanding sidekick. Ten years ago when Miller was at Strathclyde and set up ‘Spinwatch’, Mills was a doctoral candidate there and co-authoredThe Cold War on British Muslims’ with Miller. As David Collier notes, ‘behind David Miller is a whole history of ‘Zionist lobby’ obsessions. As far back as eleven years ago, there was already a website dedicated in part to pointing out the antisemitism that circled his work.’ Mills was the Miller sidekick who went along with that obsession, even though he may not have shared it. He stands or falls with Miller. Here’s an example of his early work. He calls Israel a ‘violent rogue state’ and refers to the casualties on the Mavi Marmara as ‘activists’. The truth is that nearly all of them were members of Turkish Islamist organisations, most of them radical and anti-Western. Fully half of those killed had declared their wish to die as martyrs. Mills’ demonisation of Israel (‘…..seeking to deflect criticism of Israel’s illegal occupation and repeated human rights abuses’) is presumably precisely the reason why Jose Maria Aznar (with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Lord David Trimble) set up the Friends of Israel Initiative.

Mills followed Miller to Bath University, transferring his doctoral research to Bath. His PhD supervisor at Bath was one …. David Miller. His PhD is here. It’s not very original – it revisits themes in an earlier book by the Glasgow media group, see below.  It describes (and laments) the shift in coverage of the BBC away from worker and trade union coverage and towards corporate and financial market news. Mills sees this as (i) a shift to the right (ii) a shift to the preoccupations of the ‘elite’ since the rest of society isn’t interested in corporate and financial news. But that’s a very biased and unconsidered view:

  • One, the two are not necessarily connected;
  • Two, the 1970s was (as Mills notes) a decade of constant industrial strife, most notably the miners’ strikes in 1972 and 1974, the Three-Day Week in 1974 and the ‘Winter of Discontent’ in 1978-9. In the Thatcher years and after, there has been minimal industrial unrest by comparison, thanks to changes in the law and in the UK’s economic structure: Since 1979 trade union membership has more than halved;
  • Three, it is easy to make the argument that ‘business’ (ie practical economics) was wrongly neglected by the BBC for decades before the 1980s.
  • Four, in support of his opposition to the BBC’s shift in coverage, Mills cites the small proportion of the population which owns equities directly and the uneven distribution of ownership between different income categories.  But despite (p192) noting Robert Peston’s comment about the increasing importance of indirect share ownership though pension funds, Mills proceeds to ignore it in his discussion of the importance of equity ownership. The demise of Defined Benefit pensions – replaced by Defined Contribution pensions – means that the majority of the workforce bears the investment risk in their pension fund themselves and has a choice in the asset class in which their pension is invested – so they would be foolish not to take an interest in ‘business’.  

There’s a lot more wrong with the PhD (which became a book which Morning Star calledAn absolutely essential read for anyone interested in British politics’).

Describing Quantitative Easing (p2), Mills writes that ‘the Bank of England approved a total of £375 billion of public money to be poured into the financial system.’ He doesn’t understand Quantitative Easing (QE). QE is simply the Bank of England buying UK government debt, replacing it with deposits at the Bank of England. There is no loss to the taxpayer (only if money market rate rise is there a loss, equivalent to the deposit rate less the nominal interest rate on the debt). The Naomi Klein quote he includes (p2) displays similar financial illiteracy:

Most of the government assistance provide to the banking system after the 2008 Lehmann Brothers demise was in the form of contingent lending – which never has to be drawn upon, such was the boost to confidence after the measures were announced.

Several times Mills quotes approvingly Greg Philo and the Glasgow Media Group; eg on p78:

Glasgow University Media Group, Bad News (Routledge and K. Paul, 1976).

While it is beyond the scope of this blog to critique ‘Bad News’, I am aware of another Philo/Glasgow University ‘Bad News’ publication: ‘More Bad News for Israel’.  Richard Millett and I attended a meeting at Amnesty in May 2011 where Philo spoke about ‘More Bad News for Israel’, a sequel to ‘Bad News for Israel’ (2004). It seemed to us that the book’s claim of media bias in favour of Israel simply reflected Philo’s extreme pro-Palestinian view of history.

Here is what Mike Brennan (then at Warwick University, now at Liverpool Hope University ) had to say in his review of the 2004 book (PDF):

Ultimately this is a rather tendentious and agenda-driven book in which the researchers set out to prove their own politically-inflected views. Its claims are based upon data generated by the selective use of historical material and flawed research methods. The net effect of the book will be to reinforce perceptions of Israel as monolithic, and will give succour to those who claim that the western media are controlled by ‘Zionists.’

Source: http://www.dissentmagazine.org/democratiya/article_pdfs/d3Brennan-2.pdf