Why it’s wrong for media to seek ‘balance’ in discussions of antisemitism

Jenny Manson is the not terribly bright retired tax inspector who told the world in September that the antisemitism crisis would have ”no long term bad effects on the Labour Party”. She said this on a BBC World News programme where I was debating with her.

Manson  co-chairs Jewish Voice for Labour, a tiny group of completely unrepresentative Jews who have come together to support Corbyn and whitewash antisemitism in the Labour Party.  You can see how unrepresentative they are by the fact that back in September, 86% of British Jews thought Corbyn was an antisemite. Today it would surely be considerably higher, after the resignations from Labour of Luciana Berger and Joan Ryan and further revelations of antisemitism from Corbyn’s past. And before the May 2017 election just 13% of Jews planned to vote Labour. Now – with The Independent Group polling over 15% and Labour down below 25% – you can be sure that the proportion of Jews who would vote Labour is well under 10%.

Why on earth would the media want to know Manson’s views, you might well ask?

The answer lies in the doctrine of ‘Due Impartiality’. The BBC’s Editorial Guidelines for example say that controversial subjects must be treated with ‘due impartiality’.

It seems that the BBC and some other media (LBC for example) think that antisemitism is a subject to be debated – like foxhunting or fracking. For every Jew who calls out antisemitism on a TV programme there has to be another who thinks the opposite. To see how ridiculously offensive this is, imagine the same policy as regards hatred of Muslims – or Blacks – or Gays – or Women. Imagine on the News – after Darren Osborne drove into the crowd outside Finsbury Mosque – the BBC interviewed someone who agreed with him, in the interest of ‘due impartiality’………

Manson was on both the PM programme on BBC Radio 4 yesterday and Newsnight on BBC2TV later, speaking about the suspension of Williamson. Her contribution to PM was execrable:

“Antisemitism is hatred of Jews with a sense of impending violence and it has been stretched to be criticism of Israel that people don’t like”

“A terrible injustice happened to Chris Williamson. He’s a remarkable antiracist.”

“We’ve discovered [JVL has discovered, she means] that antisemitism is no higher in Labour than in other Parties.”

“A lot of groups within the Jewish Community who do not consider it [antisemitism in Labour] a major problem, including for example the Charedi [ultra-orthodox] Jews who have written letters supporting Jeremy Corbyn and who I speak to quite frequently, who have met antisemites all their lives but not from people in the Labour Party.”

She is thinking of course of Neturei Karta, the tiny sect which makes up just 0.03% of the world’s Jewish population. But there are many Charedi sects, dwarfing the numbers in Neturei Karta! Anyone with even a passing knowledge of Judaism knows that. Many Charedi groups support Israel. The idea that Manson regularly sallies forth from Hampstead Garden Suburb to commune with Charedim in Stamford Hill is laughable.

But the  media’s insistence on imposing Jews who deny antisemitism on us – in the form of Manson, Secker, Wimborne-Idrissi and Rosenhead – in the interest of a warped search for ‘balance’ – is far from laughable.  

Galloway’s Jewbaiting on Sky TV

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George Galloway wants to be readmitted to Labour. He was interviewed on Sky News this morning (20 February). He referred to the 8 MPs who recently left Labour as a “Black Op”.  He said he doesn’t believe that Luciana Berger MP left Labour because of antisemitism: “Corbyn is not antisemitic. Not a fibre not an atom not a molecule of his mind or body could be so described. That is the Goebellian Lie”.

The deliberate reference to Goebbels is Jewbaiting.  It is profoundly offensive in the context of a Jewish MP as is the implicit claim that Galloway knows more about antisemitism than a Jewish victim of it.

He then said “Joan Ryan was caught on camera by Al Jazeera discussing getting £1million from Mr Netanyahu’s embassy in London to undermine Jeremy Corbyn and to undermine the Labour Party and its leadership …. Caught on camera as an agent of the Israeli Embassy in London, she was bringing £1 million to…. what? … Labour MPs?

The presenter Niall Paterson clearly thought Galloway was suggesting some kind of bribe to Labour MPs. He responded “The video was not about £1 million of bribery to Labour MPs”.

Galloway continued: “If Jeremy Corbyn was caught with the Russian Ambassador getting £1 million from Labour MPs to go to Russia, you think you might have shown that footage?

The reference is to this programme. (Modesty forfends, but I did the most comprehensive fisk of it at the time).

1. There was no suggestion in the programme that Joan Ryan MP received any money personally, either for herself or to facilitate trips to Israel for MPs.

2. There was no corroboration of the statement in the progamme by Shai Masot (the intern at the Israel Embassy who was promptly sacked (wrongly in my view) by a new Ambassador who had been in post only for days) that there was a £1 million fund to facilitate trips for MPs.

3. The analogy with Corbyn receiving £1 million is obviously inappropriate because Ryan never received any money from Israel.

4. Labour Friends of Israel- which Joan Ryan chairs – receives no funding from Israel.

Postscript This blog has been reposted on UK Media Watch with the clip of Galloway’s interview.

Tony Greenstein: The Net is Closing

Tony Greenstein is a thoroughly nasty piece of work. He’s a communist activist who supports numerous terrorist and totalitarian murderers. He regularly denounces Zionists as perpetrators of the Holocaust. He has libelled me many times.  He doxxed an Israel activist, Jason Silver, and the Coroner accepted that this was a factor in Jason’s suicide in February 2018.

The estimable Campaign Against Antisemitism has called Greenstein a ‘notorious antisemite’ several times. Today in Court 11 of the Royal Courts of Justice The Honourable Mr Justice Nicklin ruled (see below) that these references had the character of opinions and were not stated as facts. Therefore in law they cannot be libellous unless stated maliciously in the judgment of a reasonable wo/man.

So now Greenstein has to prove that they were expressions of malice. Not in his judgment, but in the judgment of a reasonable wo/man. A tall order, given that all were referenced and explained.  It would not be surprising if Greenstein’s backers decided not to throw more bad money after bad and Greenstein threw in the towel. Which would allow him to be labelled as an ‘antisemite’ by all, provided an explanation was provided – a commodity of which there is no shortage.

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Chabloz Appeal Thrown Out: The Judgment

To say that the Judge, Christopher Hehir, was ‘brilliant’ is a gross understatement. ‘Phenomenal’ come closer but nowhere near close enough. Not only did he demonstrate Professorial-level knowledge of Holocaust literature … not only were all his many interjections fascinating, relevant and often pointed .. he also (with Ms M Rego) managed to write a wonderfully succinct Judgment in around two hours.

The CPS Counsel, James Mulholland QC, was also hugely impressive. On Tuesday afternoon his forensic cross-examination showed beyond doubt what a vile antisemite Chabloz is. He ended with a well-deserved dig at Chabloz’s ‘musicianship’, noting that she had plagiarised not only Simon and Garkunkel’s El Condor Pasa but also Hava Nagila (I linked to Zemel’s version because I used to sing in the choir) and Evenu Shalom Aleichem. He too showed a mastery of the history of the Holocaust. It was as pleasurable watching Mr Mulholland and Judge Hehir interacting as it was painful to listen to Chabloz’s obscene repulsive filth.

Mention must also be made of the Campaign Against Antisemitism who initiated the prosecution, later taken over by the CPS.

As always I met some lovely people in the court. Harry Kaufman – a sprightly 88 next birthday – is a veteran of the 43s. It’s almost exactly ten years since I wrote about their final reunion.  And Jane Hill whose father liberated Belsen with the British Army.

Here is the excellent Judgment (underlining is mine). Note that Chabloz has repeatedly violated the order banning her from social media for 12 months.

 

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Chabloz cross-examined

I have written about the Chabloz case here here and here.

Today Ms Chabloz took the witness stand at Southwark Crown Court in her Appeal. She was examined by her barrister Adrian Davies then cross-examined by the CPS barrister James Mulholland QC. The Judge Christopher Hehir frequently interjected.

Davies asked her if she had any “right wing history”. No. She became interested in politics in 2011 at the outset of the Occupy Movement.  She supports Jeremy Corbyn. She was ‘trolled’ by Stephen Applebaum aka ‘Nemo’ and was then sacked from a music job on a cruise ship, for which she blamed Ambrosine Shitrit who gave her name to Steven Silverman (of the CAA). Complaints about her were made to the Scottish Police and the organisers of the Edinburgh Festival. Shopping catalogues were sent to her, addressed to ‘Mrs Holocaust Denier’.  After her London Forum appearance in September 2016 (two of the three songs which are the subject of the case date from that) her Twitter account was removed at the initiative of the CST. The police had told her to take an unopened ‘birthday card’ and a shopping catalogue to be tested for DNA. But they closed down the investigation.  The CPS ordered her to be taken into custody at 24h notice.

In fact she did five songs at the London Forum event. One was by Gerard Menuhin. Another was about the Havara agreement which was a collaboration between Jews and Nazis.

Revisionists do not deny the Holocaust.

The camps were prison camps not death camps.

The London Forum is not ‘far right’ – Piers Corbyn features on their website.

James Mulholland QC (JM) began by asking Ms Chabloz about the quenelle salute she had performed in Edinburgh. Did she not agree that the quenelle is antisemitic? Did she think that the UK belongs to whites? Some Jewish people look white, she said. Pressed as to whether Jews are English she said that some Jews in the UK are more loyal to Israel than to the UK , otherwise they would not try to limit freedom of speech.  She quoted from a revisionist author (Pierre Vidal  Naquet)  who called Elie Wiesel a ‘Shoah Peddler’. The Talmud teaches Jews to lie; Zionist Jews are more likely to lie. The definition of Zionism: someone who believes that Jews have more rights than others in Israel.

JM (it might have been the Judge) asked her how many Jews died in the Holocaust?  She agreed that she was a ‘revisionist’and revisionists put the figure at around 600,000. JM asked her about her use of the word ‘Holohoax’ in her songs. She replied that they were just silly songs, not a PhD thesis. JM responded that they were songs designed to abuse. Asked about her allegation that some ‘survivors’ are bogus , lying to make money, she said there was a great incentive to lie. Asked about why she chose the tune of Hava Nagila for some of (((Survivors))), she said it was ‘a gift from God’. The song had been viewed   44,000 times. 80% of the responses were ’Likes’,  only 20% ‘Not Likes’. Most ‘revisionist’ books are no longer on sale, the Board of Deputies  has ensured that.

JM asked her about “I like It As It Is “ – why had she set the words The shrunken heads, soap and lampshades to the melody of Hevenu shalom aleichem, a song which Jews sing at celebrations? It just came into my mind, Ms Chabloz said.

She said that she had had to return to live with her parents because no-one would give her work as a result of the allegations against her. She had received constant hate mail and she partly blamed the stress for her parents’ sickness (her father had a heart attack, her mother a double brain haemorrhage). She hadn’t ever sent her songs to anyone, she just uploaded them. Very few people had posted negative comments about them.

The Judge told her that she knew the shrunken heads, soap and lampshades reference would be seen as highly offensive by Jewish people. She responded that these were myths, no lampshades had been made from the skin of Holocaust victims, no soap had been made from their corpses and their heads had not been shrunk. The Jews need to come away from the atrocity propaganda. Only Jews who believed the shrunken heads, soap and lampshades narrative would be offended. Her songs are not a product of hate, they are a product of love, trying to free them [the Jews] from this atrocity propaganda.

There’s no evidence that Holocaust victims were gassed. There were gas chambers but they were used purely for disinfectant. Jews were needed to work in the camps, there was no reason to kill them. If the Nazis had wanted to kill Jews they would have done it on the spot, they did not have to have the expense of transporting them to the camps to be killed.

The Judge interjected. Had Ms Chabloz not read the judgment of Mr Justice Gray in the Irving v Penguin Books case? Gray said that no objective historian would deny that there were gas chambers. The Judge (it might have been JM) said that Ms Chabloz had not read the Gray judgment as she was not interested. JM said that she had a perception about Jews and seeks out anything which justifies it.

She said that her interest in the Holocaust had started with her sympathy for the Palestinians. All the books by survivors are published under the heading of ‘Fiction’. It is untrue that investigating the Holocaust makes her a vicious Jew hater.

JM asked her about the references in her songs to Jews making money from non-Jews (Thanks to your debt We’re bleeding you dry) and to Jewish control of the banks and media. Ms Chabloz referred to bankers, the Lehman Brothers crisis, the creation of money, the ever increasing National Debt which could be paid off with a couple of phone calls. The gap between rich and poor was wider than ever. Over the past 30 years all the Directors of the Federal Reserve Board have been Jewish and most have been Zionists.

The Judge asked Ms Chabloz about Elie Wiesel. Had she heard of the Death Marches? (Elie Wiesel describes in his 1958 book Night how he and his father were forced on a death march from Buna to Buchenwald). Ms Chabloz did not accept that Wiesel was deported to Buchenwald. Rather than go with the Russian liberators of Auschwitz, Wiesel went with the Germans. There was no trace of a tattoo on Wiesel’s arm. It is questionable whether Wiesel was ever in Auschwitz: the camp register does not include him. Pierre Vidal Naquet calls Wiesel a Shoah Peddler.

The Judge interjected. What about the Nuremberg affidavit of Rudolf Höss, the longest-serving commandant of Auschwitz? He estimated that at least 2,500,000 victims were executed and exterminated there by gassing and burning, and at least another half million succumbed to starvation and disease, making a total of about 3,000,000 dead.

In response Ms Chabloz quoted  Carlo Mattogno who has written that the “confessions” were extorted by the British from Höss. The Nuremberg trials were unfair.

JM suggested to her that her position was that she could get away with whatever she wanted in her songs, because they are songs and not rational debate. He then asked her if she thought that Jews control the media (‘We control your media Control of your books and TV’).

The Zionists control the media, the globalist elite. Jews control Twitter. Jews are over-represented in Parliament despite the fact that we are supposed to have equal opportunities. Jews like Alan Dershowitz often point out how successful Jews are. JM asked her if Jewish people saying they are successful justifies her saying Jews control the media?

She returned to defending her songs as ‘satire’: satire is a great British tradition. Why did CAA not go after Ricky Gervais? Because they wanted to chase someone ‘little’ like her instead. This is her country- generations back – she was born here.

Israel needs to be criticised because of the Nation State Law which privileges Jews. The Zionists wanted Jews to die in Europe. During WW2 there was a Rabbi who went to Basle to get money to extricate Jews from the camps He was told by the Zionists to go away: as many Jewish deaths as possible were needed in order to help found the state of Israel.

JM asked her about a line in ‘Nemo’s Antisemitic Universe’:  ‘Now Auschwitz, holy temple, is a theme park just for fools”. She said that it has become a temple, a place of pilgrimage. Another line (JM said) is “Six million tales spread contempt for all us goys”. She cited Shlomo Sand: Invention of the Jewish people.

Away, O they’ve been sent away, for their crimes, one hundred times. Why do, we let them in again, to steal what’s yours, take what’s mine? JM asker her about these lyrics. Have Jews brought it on themselves then? She agreed that this was an issue. Her own situation had come about because Jews have too much power and influence. Gideon Falter of the CAA had a private interview with Theresa May, when she was still Home Secretary. Gideon Falter and Steve Silverman cannot be properly English because they both support the racist state of Israel.

The Germans recognised the importance of artistic endeavour. They had orchestras and choirs in the camps. But she [Chabloz] cannot now play her music anywhere.

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I Like the Story As It Is (to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel ‘El Condor Pasa’

I’d rather be a Gentile than a …. non-Gentile
Yes it’s true. So would you. If you only knew. Mm..Mm
All those lies about their history and the past
To guarantee …Israeli hegemony .. Tribal supremacy. Mm ..Mm
Away, O they’ve been sent away, for their crimes, one hundred times.
Why do, we let them in again, to steal what’s yours, take what’s mine?
And then to moan and whine.  Mmmm ….Mmmm.
The first great lie concerns the Lord above

They claim to be his choice minority
They alone deserve his love. Mmmm ….Mmmm.
The second lie imposes usury, on you and me
Yes it’s true, since Waterloo. Mmmm ….Mmmm.
The third claims Six Million were gassed alive

Their bodies burnt, or so we learn
I used to question, how this could have come to pass
Now I insist. It’s a damn fine tale, I like the story as it is.

(Switches to the tune of an Israeli song, Evenu Shalom Alechem)

The shrunken heads, soap and lampshades
The shrunken heads, soap and lampshades
The shrunken heads, soap and lampshades
I do insist. I like the story as it is.

Electrocution, steam and diesel
Electrocution, steam and diesel
Electrocution, steam and diesel
I do insist. I like the story as it is.

The coloured smoke from the chimney
The coloured smoke from the chimney
The coloured smoke from the chimney
I do insist. I like the story as it is.

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Here are the words of (((Survivors))):

Hello everybody … Thanks for tuning in … New demo … It’s called “Survivors” … With three sets of brackets around it … “

My name is Irene Zisblatt and I come from Hungary
Can you believe what evil Nazi bastards did to me
They gassed me once, they gassed me twice
But escape I did
Over the electric fence
Landed on the train

I saw them taking babies and then tearing them in two
And creepy Dr Mengele he removed my tattoo
They tried to turn my brown eyes blue
Make lampshades from my skin
For months I swallowed diamonds
And shat them out again.

(Switches to tune of Hava Nagila)

Come on, my brother
Tell us another
Story for cover
Of tribal gain
Safe in our tower
Now is the hour
Money and power
We have no shame

Let’s cheat and lie on film
No one suspects a thing
Bigger the lie is better for us!
Every fake survivor
Every fake survivor’s laughing
Fake survivors’ tongues are wagging
All us frauds are busy blagging
Spin and yarn there’ll be no gagging
You shall pay
All the way
Every night and day!

My name is Elie Wiesel may I show you my tattoo
[Talks … “Oh … Where’s it gone?”]
I wrote a book for US kids to study while at school
It’s full of nonsense tales of course
What do you all expect?
But it made me very wealthy
As a liar I’m the best

At Auschwitz they burned babies
Though the water table’s high
Fred Leuchter’s work on ditches, well it made me almost cry
Treblinka was a another one
There was no funeral pyre
And I cannot speak Hungarian
But oh boy can I lie

Tell us another
Come on my brother …. [Repeats, see above]

History repeats itself
No limit to our wealth
Thanks to your debt
We’re bleeding you dry
We control your media
Control of your books and TV
With the daily lies we feed you
Suffering victimisation
Sheeple have no realisation
You shall pay
All the way
Until the break of day

My name is Otto Frank and my daughter’s name is Anne
The poor girl died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen camp
She wrote an introduction
To her famous diary
But the rest was penned by Levin
And then publishèd by me

Two thousand and sixteen the copyright came to an end
The Anne Frank Trust decided once again the rules to bend
We truly had no choice although
The whole thing really stank
But the book now has two authors
Yes they’re Anne and Otto Frank.

Tell me another
Come on my brother …. [Repeats, see above]

Bank notes let’s print some more
We love to see you poor
Let’s start a war
Our pockets to line
There is no more doubting
Every nation’s debt is mounting
While the bankers keep on counting
Pension fund has now gone awol
Nothing left upon your table
You must pay
Night and day
Until the end of time

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Postscript: This blog was written without commentary because the case was ongoing.

 

 

Denying the Deniers

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is tasked by the government to organise Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January. This year the Trust published a poll it had commissioned about the knowledge of UK adults about the Holocaust.  The polling result which generated a lot of media interest was that 5% don’t believe the Holocaust really happened. (By region it was 8.6% in the West Midlands and over 10% in London).

Anyone who campaigns against antisemitism finds that figure entirely credible.

So how astonishing that the BBC’s Radio 4 statistics programme ‘More Or Less’ attempted to do a comprehensive hatchet job on the poll. And how deeply distasteful that Free Speech on Israel – the sister organisation to Jewish Voice for Labourshould trumpet the programme (though helpfully they post a transcript).  Not to mention Justin Schlosberg of Birkbeck University:

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The Radio 4 hatchet was wielded by Ruth Alexander of the BBC and an academic: Peter Lynn, Professor of Survey Methodology at the University of Essex.  Lynn clearly does NOT campaign against antisemitism and is not familiar with the subject, because he told Ms Alexander that “I was immediately sceptical that this sounded a bit (umm) unlikely.” In other words, he was predisposed to pick holes in the survey methodology.

You don’t need to be a ‘Professor of Survey Methodology’ to quickly unpick the arguments put by Lynn and Alexander.

First we had Alexander: “I’ve spoken to three other survey design experts – they all agree, there are some serious flaws with this study.

Who were they? What were their allegations? The Holocaust is too important for hearsay!

Then we had an entirely gratuitous and irrelevant comment from Alexander regarding the sincerity of the respondents: “After all, according to the latest census there are 177,000 people living in the UK who follow the Jedi religion.” The ‘Jedi’ response to the question on religion in the census was a harmless practical joke: Is Alexander seriously suggesting that enough respondents thought it so funny to deny the Holocaust as to skew the survey? How about other similar surveys such as this one, which found that 19% in Great Britain believe that commemorating the Holocaust distracts from other atrocities and injustices today? Were those respondents having a laugh too, Ms Alexander? (The figure for Muslims was a shocking 55%).

The ‘experts’ then suggested that the survey designers should have explained what the word ‘Holocaust’ means. That suggestion is easily rebutted – because only 1.2% of the respondents claimed never to have heard of the Holocaust!

Then came the pièce de résistance  from the Prof: He suggested that respondents mistakenly answered “I agree” to the question ‘The Holocaust never happened’!  Because the question came after two to which the antiracist respondent would have answered “I agree” (‘It’s important to know about the Holocaust’ and ‘More needs to be done to educate people about the Holocaust’)So (said Lynn) the respondent might have answered unthinkingly “I agree” to the next question as well (‘I agree that the Holocaust never happened’).

To assume such carelessness is taking a very dim view of the intelligence of the average respondent to surveys – and that’s putting it politely. Surely ‘The Holocaust never happened’ is not the kind of statement over which anyone with even a scintilla of intelligence would carelessly gloss? And if the 5% result is due to carelessness, what about the result that 8.2% think that the scale of the Holocaust is exaggerated? (11% in West Midlands and a shocking 15% in London).

Moreover what would be the point of opinion polls if carelessness is so prevalent?

More from the Prof: He obtained unpublished data from the poll, which gave a breakdown of the responses to the question ‘How many Jewish people do you think were murdered during the Holocaust?‘: “Only 5 people in the entire survey gave an answer of zero” he said. “5 people out of just over 2,000, so that’s one quarter of 1%.

But 45% said they do not know how many Jews were murdered in the Holocaust! (Over 50% in London!):

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This is not the first time that ‘More Or Less’ has come down firmly on the wrong side when it comes to statistics involving Jews and Israel. See here. This was a really shoddy episode and it will take a lot to restore my faith in the accuracy of the programme.

As for Free Speech on Israel/JVL …….. this is far from the first example of Holocaust distortion we have seen from them.

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And Justin Schlosberg? No surprise at all to see him rushing to praise the minimisation of Holocaust deniers.  Because he thinks that allegations of antisemitism in Labour are a smear by the ‘right-wing Jewish lobby.’

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And wasn’t he the person who used academic jiggery-pokery to suggest that Corbyn is victimised by the media?

If you have Jewish children or grandchildren of university age, would you be happy if they were taught by Justin Schlosberg?

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Postscript 1: Here is the Methods Director of the National Centre for Social Research applauding the BBC’s hatchet job,here ……….

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Postscript 2:  Matthew Parris repeated the More or Less  reservations uncritically in the Times on 9 February (paywall):

Without meaning to, and though they acted only in good faith, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s poll has defamed this country.’

 

 

 

How to beat the Co-Op’s Boycott

I have written about the Co-Op’s entirely unjustified Israel boycott here and here. In the second piece I noted the very high threshold for presenting a motion at the AGM. It needs 100 ‘qualified members’. The definition of ‘qualified’ is that you have to have spent a certain amount at the Co-Op: £250 in 12 months; or buy Co-Op insurance, use Co-Op Legal Services or buy a Co-Op funeral plan.

It is too late to ‘qualify’ for the 2019 AGM on May 18th in Manchester.  But let’s try to move a motion to abolish the boycott at the 2020 AGM.  The cheapest way to ‘qualify’ appears to be to buy travel insurance from the Co-Op. A 50-year old pays about £18 for a one week trip to Europe (member’s price, membership costs just £1). UK residents only.

If we can get 100 signatures we can move a motion in 2020 to abolish the boycott. (Note that to simply sign the motion you will not have to travel to Manchester and attend the meeting in May 2020).

Please tell Luke at We Believe in Israel if you are or become ‘Qualified’ in 2019 (you have to ‘qualify’ before 31 December 2019):   luke@webelieveinisrael.org.uk

There is a rumour that there will be a motion at the 2019 AGM (this May) to upgrade the current boycott to a full boycott. If such a motion is submitted, the Co-Op Council has the power to veto it, on the grounds that it “may result in publicity which could adversely impact or diminish confidence in the Society ” (Rule 32.5). If it fails to veto it, we can safely conclude that the Co-Op Council does not give a jot about the record levels of antisemitism in the UK………….