J’Accuse: The traitors behind Kaddish for Hamas

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It was known on 26 April that of the 40 Palestinians killed during the ‘great return march’ events since March 30, when the rioting began along the Gaza Strip-Israel border, 32 (80%) were terrorist operatives or individuals affiliated with them.  The IDF simply does not shoot at ‘innocent protesters’. Only those who threaten to violently breach the border – with explosives for example – risk being shot. If this is necessary, the IDF tries to shoot in the legs, to immobilise but not to threaten life. Only if all else fails, does it shoot to kill. On the other hand, if immobilisation is necessary, there are no real alternatives to shooting. (Predictably Sir Mick Davis doesn’t understand this).

On Monday 14 May, 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 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 that three members of its Saraya al-Quds military wing were killed by Israeli forces in Khan Younis. Checking Twitter, Bardawil’s announcement was made early on Wednesday morning, before 9am.

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On Tuesday 15 May, there was a notice on social media that a group of Jews was going to say ‘Kaddish’ (the memorial prayer for the dead) for the Gaza victims, in Parliament Square in London on Wednesday evening.

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Already this looked highly offensive, because the names of the each dead person were to be read out, regardless of whether they were identified as a terrorist or not. Then on Wednesday morning the Bardawil statement broke.  There was at least nine hours for the organisers to pull the event. But it went ahead.

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 49 people said they were going to the event.  The Israel Advocacy Movement video (link above) is sickening. For a Jew to mourn the death of those bent on murdering Israelis is obscene. It is a השם חילול, an act of desecration of the name of G-d.

I am tempted to ‘name and shame’ everyone in the video who can be identified (some of the 49 do not appear on the video). But some of them are very young (though adults, being over 18) and hopefully they will have learnt a lesson from the outrage when the video went live. However I am going to name and shame ten of the 49. Because many are in leadership positions and should have had the sense to call the event off on Wednesday after the Bardawil statement. The eight leaders: Sam Alston, Amos Schonfield, Charlotte Nichols, Charlotte Fischer, Joseph Finlay, Maya Ilany, Ella Janner-Klausner and Rabbi Leah Jordan. The other two are the men who can be seen in the video intimidating Yochy Davis, a woman around half their size who simply wanted to film. If they were so ashamed as not to want the event filmed  – why were they there?

The first bully is Daniel Mackintosh (images from the video unless stated)

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Mackintosh works for Citizens UK (as does Charlotte Fischer, see below)

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The second bully is Jon Roiser. Incredibly he asks Yochy for PROOF that 50/62 were Hamas terrorists (source: Yochy’s video). Unbelievably Roiser is a Professor at UCL.

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Alston at the event.

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Schonfield (he accepted the event invitation but is not in the video)

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Nichols (she accepted the event invitation but is not in the video).

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Fischer (she accepted the event, unclear if she is in the video)

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Finlay at the event.

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 Ilany (she accepted the event invitation but is not in the video).

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Janner-Klausner (she accepted the event invitation, unclear if she is in the video)

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Alston and Schonfield are both Deputies (on the Board of Deputies of British Jews, a kind of Parliament of the Jewish Community – Schonfield represents Yachad, Alston represents LJY Netzer, the Youth Movement of the Liberal Synagogue; he is a former intern at Yachad). This puts them in a leadership position.  Schonfield advertised the event. In addition they have agreed to abide by the Board’s Code of Conduct. Here is an excerpt:

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It cannot possibly be ‘ethical’ for a Jew to mourn the death of a Hamas terrorist and it blatantly brings the Board into disrepute. The Board’s Constitution requires it to Take such appropriate action as lies within its power to advance Israel’s security, welfare and standing’.  Mourning terrorists who wish to maim and murder Israeli Jews – all Israelis – obviously puts two fingers up to that provision.

The fifth name is Charlotte Nichols.  She is named because she has a high public profile. A recent convert from Catholicism, she attended the Jewdas ‘Seder’ and defended it.   She is Womens’ Officer of Young Labour. She castigated the Board of Deputies for its Gaza statement, claiming to know the views of the Jewish community despite only having been in it for eight months:

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The sixth: Charlotte Fischer. She is in a leadership position: age 30, she works for Citizens UK as the ‘Senior Community Organiser’ with the Jewish community. She has a degree from Oxford. In 2015 she was ranked 28 for the Jewish News’ ’40 Jews under 40′.

The seventh: Joseph Finlay, founder of Jewdas and therefore in a leadership position. He specialises in sabotaging Jewish Community events which presumably explains why he was at this one.  He styles himself as an ‘activist and innovator within the Jewish Community’. Make that ‘wrecker’.

The eighth: Maya Ilany, newly appointed as Deputy Director of Yachad.  She removed her name from the list of attendees on May 19, no doubt in a futile attempt to try to distance Yachad from the obscenity. But the link with Yachad is unmistakeable. 22 of the 49 (45%) who said they were going have also signed the Yachad letter lambasting the Board of Deputies’ excellent Gaza statement (the 22 include Alston, Ilany, Jordan, Roiser and Schonfield).

The ninth:  Ella Janner-Klausner,  Youth leader with RSY-Netzer; leads Israel tours for young British Jews.

The tenth name is Rabbi Leah Jordan.

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Jordan can be seen in the video wearing a Tallith (prayer shawl) and leading the Kaddish.  (I tweeted and emailed her to confirm her identity. She didn’t reply but she was on the acceptance list and has been identified by photos and by her American accent).  A Rabbi is a community leader. In addition she works extensively with young people.

Her attendance at this sickening event and her failure to call it off when the Bardawil news broke is an absolute disgrace. There is no way that she should be working with impressionable young people. The same applies to Alston.

All ten in this ‘Roll Of Shame’ owe an apology for failing to call off the event and then for saying  Kaddish for Hamas terrorists. What next? Rending garments? Shiva? Yahrzeit? It’s obscene.

The truly sickening thought (voiced by David Collier in a blog published simultaneously) is to imagine that the Hamas terrorists had succeeded in breaching the border fence on 14 May.  Imagine that they had reached Kibbutz Nahal Oz, just 800 meters from the border, and that they had murdered  Israeli children.  What then? Then there surely would have been no ‘Kaddish for Hamas’ on Thursday.  But neither would these Jews have gone to Parliament Square to mourn the dead of Nahal Oz. They mourn only for the Hamas killers of Jews. It is as obscene as it is accurate.

If the ten leaders are reading this: You owe an apology to those of us who say Kaddish for parents who loved Israel:

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Above all, you owe an apology *NOW* to the heroes of the IDF and their families. Hundreds of Israeli lives have been lost to Hamas and some soldiers – like Taylor Amrani’s boyfriend – have suffered life-changing injuries (he lost his eyesight when a bomb exploded in a Hamas tunnel).

Now they have been named, I call for action to be taken against these ten. By the Board of Deputies under the Code of Conduct; by the Labour Party; by Liberal Judaism; by Yachad; by others.   I also call on communal leaders – including the Rabbinate – yes, including the Chief Rabbi – to speak out to condemn the obscene event. It should surely not be left to a few bloggers to show the red card.

These people should not be allowed within 100 miles of Jewish children or students.

Never again must London see anyone praying for dead Hamas terrorists.

Let alone, Jews!

David Collier’s analysis of the event is published simultaneously here.

Addendum: Seven more names (with thanks to David Collier)

Rob Abrams is the man in the video who read out many of the names of the terrorists. He is the Youth Engagement Coordinator at the Jewish Council on Racial Equality.

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The other person who read out the names is Rachel Diamond-Hunter:
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As an example of her activities, here is a 2015 post from Malia Bouattia giving a ‘shout out’ to her for coordinating a ‘confront Israeli Apartheid’ event sponsored by BDS and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
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Helping Daniel Mackintosh intimidate Yochy Davis was an unidentified woman who spoke with an Israeli accent. She pushed Yochy, stood ‘guard’ over her for much of the time and tried to interrupt filming on more than one occasion.

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Another in a leader role was Hannah Skolnick.

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Another LJY-Netzer movement worker who attended was Simon Lovick. He also signed the Yachad letter.

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He also co-signed the letter from Liberal Judaism criticising the Board of Deputies statement, dated 16 May – the day of the Bardawil announcement!

A second RSY-Netzer leader there was Jake Cohen. He signed the Yachad letter and wrote a blog in Times of Israel (22 May) defending his participation in the Kaddish for Hamas.  The blog shows not a scintilla of understanding of why what he did was so offensive (……….’all that we did last week was calmly and publicly express our viewpoints’).  This man is a youth leader ……….

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Nina Morris Evans was also there – and signed the Yachad letter and also wrote a blog defending the event, in Times of Israel (22 May).  Incredibly in the face of all the evidence she refers to the terrorists who attempted to breach the border fence ‘unarmed protesters’. She is in her first year at Oxford, reading PPE ………let’s hope her essays for Prelims are considerably more respectful of the facts than this blog (and she learns the difference between ‘its’ and ‘it’s).

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Nina wasn’t alone. She was with her mother, Abigail Morris.

Abigail is the CEO of the Jewish Museum. Odd that she doesn’t mention the Kaddish on her Twitter feed ……… Instead she tells us about the Buckingham Palace garden party ….

Nina’s sister Shulamit (ex-Cambridge) was there too.

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Addendum 2: Interview with the cabbie hero who intervened

“I was absolutely fuming. I’m a taxi driver. I turned off my For Hire sign, spun the cab round and drove the three miles from Bayswater to Parliament Square………………”



Legal gymnastics in the Chabloz case

On Monday we had the final submissions in the Chabloz case. She is on trial under the Malicious Communications Act. The verdict is due on 25 May.

There was some virtuoso legal gymnastics by her barrister Adrian Davies (sometime defender of Holocaust Denier David Irving).

He claimed that there was no evidence that anyone ever received the messages sent by Chabloz and that there was no intended recipient.  He tried to argue that Chabloz was not responsible for sending obscene songs – it was actually Youtube, he said:  “If someone who’s drunk or unstable or eccentric decides to phone up the Speaking Clock and shout some obscenity, it is not conceivable that they are committing an offence – it’s absurd. …Uploading a video to YouTube – the only ‘recipient’ is a lump of silicon in a concrete bunker in California.”

He claimed that the recipient of a Youtube video (not the creator) ‘causes the video to be sent’ , by clicking on it.

He argued that the vile songs could only be understood by ‘experts’ such as Gideon Falter and Steve Silverman of the CAA (who testified for the prosecution). Reasonable members of society would not have the knowledge of Falter and Silverman. He suggested that a ‘malicious communication’ has to be directed at a named person, but Chabloz’s songs were not so directed: she did not know that Falter and Silverman would ever see the videos.

He argued that there is no evidence that ALL Jews would understand the songs. ‘Hava Nagila’ (the melody used in Chabloz’s ‘song’ (((Survivors))) “may not be a song with which secular Jews are familiar” (!).  And “It cannot be said that all Survivors are Jewish”. And  “attacking Irene Zysblatt doesn’t constitute an attack on all Jews.” And finally that old chestnut so beloved of antisemites: the IHRA Definition of antisemitism “makes all criticism of Israel illegitimate”.

The verdict is due on 25 May…………………………..

Sizer: Zionists kill people for their views

Stephen Sizer left his job as a Church of England Vicar after the Board of Deputies criticised him for publishing antisemitic materials and the Bishop of Guildford banned him from comments about the Middle East on social media for six months.  Corbyn defended him.

Watch Sizer lie that the “Zionist Lobby” “incarcerates and assassinates people for their political views with respect to Zionism” (-1.18, towards the end of this PressTV broadcast).

Why is Sizer still permitted to preach in churches?

Two Jews stood as Councillors in Barnet: Which one is the BBC’s token?

While Adam Langleben was vocal in denouncing antisemitism in Labour on Friday, Danny Rich (a Liberal Rabbi) did his best to undermine him – by downplaying it.

Watch them both on Newsnight on Friday, from 19:53.

Rich: “Whilst Jews of course are going to be ‘interested’ (!!) in antisemitism, that is not the only thing that we need to be thinking about and it’s not the only thing that Judaism teaches us to think about.

“Interested” in antisemitism – like they might be “interested” in the theatre or cookery ……..


A Judenfrei Israel Hatefest in UK Parliament

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I applied to go to this anti-Israel meeting in a Committee Room in Parliament on 18 April. It was hosted by Dr David Drew MP (who has ‘form’).  I was rejected. I applied at the same time under a name which did not sound Jewish. I was accepted.

The Commons’ Code of Conduct (paragraph 16) says ‘Members shall never undertake any action which would cause significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons as a whole, or of its Members generally.’

I would say that barring someone from a meeting because they have a Jewish-sounding name is antisemitic, no? And that such a practice would indeed ‘cause significant damage to the reputation and integrity of the House of Commons as a whole, or of its Members generally.’

But look at the reply I got from Kathryn Stone OBE (the Commissioner for Standards): ‘Broadly speaking decisions about whom to invite to, and exclude from, a meeting are manifestations of the views and opinions of the individual(s) making such decisions. The Committee on Standards has made clear that it would expect paragraph 16 of the Code to be breached only in extreme and extremely limited circumstances.

So it’s OK for MPs to be complicit in antisemitic practices ……..or is it just pro-Israel Jews who are locked out ….


Rosenhead and Sizer demonise and stereotype Jews on PressTV

This nasty PressTV programme was broadcast today with Jonathan Rosenhead and Stephen Sizer.

Jonathan Rosenhead leads the academic boycott and is Vice Chair of the hardcore antisemitic Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign. He’s Vice Chair of Free Speech on Israel and a leader of the closely related JVL (Jewish Voice for Labour).

Stephen Sizer left his job as a Church of England Vicar after the Board of Deputies criticised him for publishing antisemitic materials and the Bishop of Guildford banned him from comments about the Middle East on social media for six months.  Corbyn defended him.

In the programme, Rosenhead blames Jewish institutions for whipping up fears about antisemitism: “Many Jews are fearful and feel that the Labour Party is infected with antisemitism. That’s the result of the campaign by the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council

Sizer repeats the lie about the YouGov polls, suggesting there is more antisemitism on the right than on the left.

Sizer stereotypes the UK Jewish Community:Clearly the Jewish Community – or the Zionist Community – is paranoid about Jeremy Corbyn becoming the next Prime Minister” …….. Notice how he forgets to say ‘Zionists’ instead of ‘Jews’ – thus betraying his antisemitic intent………..

…. and then implicitly demonises itThe strategy that ‘they’ [=the people who attack Corbyn, but it comes immediately after the stereotype] use is consistent, they will try and intimidate you by criticism. And if that doesn’t work they will try and isolate you by intimidating others. And if the isolation doesn’t work they will try and incriminate you – accuse you of criminal behaviour, antisemitism, Holocaust denial and so on.”

Rosenhead plays the victim: “It’s a campaign  to say we are the wrong sort of Jews and it’s not very much of  a step to say that JVL is a nest of antisemites” ….

….. lies about the Prevent counter-extremism programmePrevent is supposed to be about terrorism but it’s actually focussed on Palestine” ……….

…. and voices the antisemitic wish for the end of the Jewish State: “I believe Corbyn is bound to lead the Party towards the logic of a One State solution but One State where half the people are not disenfranchised and dominated by the other in a racist regime.”

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And look how PressTV uses the picture of Corbyn when he first met Rabbi Pinter, to suggest that all is sweetness and light between him and the Jewish Community. But it’s a false picture: Rabbi Pinter was at the BoD/JLC demonstration against Labour antisemitism in Parliament Square and told Jonathan Freedland he’s “very unhappy” with his image being used in this way.

Antisemitism Meeting: Corbyn Economical with the Truth?

The Board of Deputies and JLC issued the following statement after their meeting tonight with Jeremy Corbyn:
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Note the BoD/JLC’s disappointment that Corbyn refused “to adopt the full IHRA definition of antisemitism with all its examples and clauses”. In fact this was NOT in the BoD/JLC’s set of conditions for Labour.  What it said was “The Party should circulate the IHRA definition of antisemitism, with all its examples and clauses, to all members and branches. The Party should work with mainstream Jewish community organisations to develop and implement education about antisemitism. This should include a clear list of unacceptable language, based on the full IHRA definition and on the examples included in your letter of 26 March.

Why wasn’t it in the conditions? Because the NEC HAS ADOPTED the IHRA. Which includes all the examples (contrary to what Jewish Voice for Labour would have you think).

Did Corbyn and Milne SERIOUSLY suggest to the BoD/JLC delegation that the IHRA Definition had NOT been adopted by Labour?

Update: Someone present at the meeting says “Their view was that the definition had been adopted but not the examples(Jonathan Arkush said this on BBC TV after the meeting).  But this is a nonsense:

1. The definition includes the examples, see link above;

2. The top sentence of the definition is unworkable in isolation (‘Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews‘).  For Corbyn/Milne to suggest otherwise, shows they  simply ‘don’t get it’ – or more likely, don’t want to get it.

Update #2: For the last two years the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) has encouraged local authorities to adopt the IHRA definition (1). The JLC kindly shared with me their list of the LAs which have adopted. On a partial examination, I found 13 Labour-controlled authorities which either have adopted it in full or have stated that they adopted the Definition, following the government’s lead: Durham, Harrow, Lancaster (Lab minority), Dudley (Lab minority), Camden, Haringey, Burnley, Corby, Durham, Lewisham, Redbridge, Wakefield, Exeter.  I will try to complete the examination later.

In the light of this Corbyn’s backtracking looks even more scandalous and ridiculous.

Update #3: Diane Abbott lets the cat out of the bag.  Corbyn wants to turn the clock back because he believes the statement that Israel is a racist state has some validity and shouldn’t be deemed ‘antisemitic’. So Jews are the only minority not allowed to say what constitutes prejudice against it.

(1) As of mid-January 120 authorities had adopted; now it’s probably over 150.