Smearing campaigners against antisemitism (continued)

The Labour Party Forum recently discussed Glyn Secker’s appalling speech at the anti-Israel rally in London on 11 May.  There is defamatory material about me in the comments. If it is repeated I will not hesitate to take legal action. Some below-the-line comments on me by Adrian Cohen (aka Leon) have been passed to me.

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Adrian has known me for at least 20 years. He knows perfectly well I have nothing to do with the EDL. But instead of categorically saying “Hoffman has nothing to do with the EDL” look how he noncomitally distances himself from that assertion (“Hoffman vigorously denies….”)….

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Adrian knows perfectly well the reasons why I believe that Rich should not be a ZF Patron.  And he could have read my blog to remind himself. Above all it is that Rich maintains that to advocate for ‘One State’ (that is, the end of the Jewish State of Israel) is not antisemitic. IHRA says ‘Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination’ is antisemitic.

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Again look at his noncomittal ambivalence (“It isn’t something I have researched”).

Adrian is a member of the Council of the Jewish Leadership Council – its top policymaking body. He is also a Trustee. Plus he chairs the London Jewish Forum. Plus he’s a Deputy. With those kind of responsibilities you’d think he might be less noncomittal about rebutting defamatory lies about other Jews, wouldn’t you …………

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One Day in Gaza

This BBC2 programme was appallingly biased against Israel and will add to antisemitism.  It was clear what Olly Lambert’s strategy was. To show the ‘brutal’ IDF responding savagely to innocent unarmed Palestinian protesters who just wanted to cross over the border to see their ancestral lands. Moreover this against a backdrop of US and Israeli political leaders celebrating callously the recognition by the US of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – they would be portrayed by Lambert as uncaring about the loss of life in Gaza.

This is far from the reality – which the programme hardly touched upon. Indeed how could it, when the timescale was constrained to be just one day?

Gaza is ruled by the terrorist organisation Hamas which wants to murder Jews (and BBC “yahud” means ‘Jew’, not ‘Israeli’, please don’t sanitise the antisemitism).  Discontent with Hamas is now in the open – where was that in “One Day in Gaza”? Nothing  happens in Gaza without Hamas so the programme’s suggestion that Hamas was not involved initially in the Friday protests simply defies credulity. The programme said that Israel ‘strictly controls’ goods flowing into Gaza. No – see the COGAT website – all goods are allowed in in unlimited quantities – the exception is items that can be used for weapons manufacture. Children are brainwashed to hate Israelis – there was little reference to this apart from Bader who says that the revolutionary songs sung on the protests encourage him to rip off the head of an Israeli and Bashir Faraj who says he’d kill an Israeli soldier with his teeth and Wisal Khalil who “always wanted to be a martyr”. If the Palestinians were allowed to breach the fence they would go into Jewish homes and murder Israelis – the programme never made this clear. And it failed to explain how the sick in Gaza are often treated in Israel.

There were some elementary errors too. Near the start of the programme the narrator (who was he, with the ridiculous husky voice, was that supposed to represent empathy with the Palestinians?) spoke of the ‘decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital’. Wrong. The USA has long recognised Jerusalem as the capital – the US Senate simply delayed moving the Embassy there.

The worst part came towards the end when it was suggested that Israel used drones to spread toxic gas (there was no mention of tear gas). Israel does NOT use illegal weapons, of which toxic gas is one. The people shown with convulsions were acting. Tear gas does not have that impact – and it must have been tear gas. It’s called Pallywood ………. Note that the film the BBC used was not shot by BBC cameramen!

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Postscript

David Collier picked up the ‘Yahud’ point

So has Jewish News

Secker’s Lies Foment Antisemitism

At the Israel Hatefest in London yesterday, Glyn Secker addressed the mob. He accused the Zionist Federation of “embracing the English Defence League”.

It’s a blatant lie of course and a lie which can only fuel antisemitism. As a ZF National Council Member I am urging the ZF to sue Secker. I am confident that other Council members will support me.

JINO Secker of course has form when it comes to fomenting antisemitism and sharing platforms with antisemites.

Postscript

David Collier’s eyewitness account of the hatefest

Israellycool catalogues the lies and libels

The JC saysThe allegation that the Zionist Federation has embraced the EDL is false’.

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The Newmark Saga: The letter the JC didn’t publish

“On 15 February you published an editorial regarding allegations against Jeremy Newmark when he was CEO of the JLC. You said that ‘he must never again have any role in public life’.  Just three weeks later you reported that the police had dropped the matter and that there would be no investigation into Councillor Newmark. To anybody who had bothered to do their homework it was obvious that Councillor Newmark had done nothing wrong. Last week Councillor Newmark was re-elected. At the Hertsmere Borough Council meeting on 24 April I asked the Council Leader, Councillor Bright, to apologise to Councillor Newmark. He had signed a letter quoting from the JC editorial to known Jewish households in Borehamwood. The despicable innuendo of the letter was that Councillor Newmark’s conduct had contributed to concerns about antisemitism in Labour.

Councillor Bright refused to apologise.

Reporting Councillor Newmark’s re-election last week, you continued on the track of your earlier inaccurate and arguably libellous reporting, maintaining that last year “it was alleged he deceived the JLC out of tens of thousands of pounds.

So now it is your turn to apologise for the completely unjustified maligning of Councillor Newmark. 

Will you?”
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Since when do Israel haters care about the truth …….

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Photo credit: Jack Mendel

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Photo credit: David Collier

Last night in Finchley Road London outside JW3 (the Jewish cultural centre) there was an anti-Israel demonstration led by today’s Yevsektsiya – IJAN (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network UK). I and a few others countered it. The reason for the demonstration was set out in this letter in Camden New Journal. The letter of course is a nonsense. There is nothing illegal or amiss in British citizens volunteering for the armed forces of allies of the UK.  As there is nothing illegal or amiss in non-British soldiers in the British Army.  Many non-British soldiers volunteered in World War Two. By 2008, the British Army included 6,600 foreign soldiers from 42 countries (not including Gurkhas).

The renegades included many of the usual suspects, eg Tom Suarez, author of antisemitic books (the man on the right of the photo).

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At the counter demonstration I read out the ZF’s letter sent to Camden New Journal rebutting the PSC’s letter.

The IJAN flier is reproduced below. It also includes the letter published in the Guardian absurdly comparing Israel to Brunei (which stones LGBT people and adulterers), signed by a clutch of far left ‘luvvies’ including Ken Loach who thinks that MPs who go on demonstrations against antisemitism should be expelled from the Labour Party. (Seret’s response is here).

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The truth however is that Garin Tzabar does NOT “encourage young people to join the IDF”(not that there would be anything wrong with that!).  It simply supports Diaspora Jews who choose to live in Israel and serve in the IDF.

But since when did the truth ever bother Israel Haters ……………….

After the demonstration there was a wonderful film, Good Morning Son – highly recommended (shown in the Seret season). Shame none of the renegades stayed to watch it.

Postscript

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Look at this barefaced lie. Look who Mizanur Rahman is.  

Postscript #2

David Collier’s blog

ZF Letter in Camden New Journal

Len McCluskey’s Distortions about Israel and Gaza

Len McCluskey is the trade union dinosaur who accuses Jewish community leaders of “intransigent” and “truculent hostility”, describes Labour’s antisemitism crisis as “wildly exaggerated”, and accuses MPs who oppose Corbyn of using it as “rocket fuel” for a split.

Now he has put his name to a Labour List piece about Israel that is full of falsehoods fisked below.

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‘With the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people under unprecedented attack, we as workers must make our collective voice louder in calling for freedom, justice and equality for our Palestinian brothers and sisters.

The principle of solidarity is the backbone of the organised labour movement – and that principle has never stopped at our own borders. From opposing the Chilean coup in the ’70s to supporting the South African anti-Apartheid movement in the ’80s, trade unionists have historically played a crucial role in numerous struggles for human rights across the globe.

The struggle of the Palestinian people is no exception to that. Ever since the Nakba in 1948, which saw over 750,000 Palestinians forcibly expelled from their homes,

WRONG – the vast majority left voluntarily, read Ephraim Karsh

the people of Palestine have endured continued discrimination, dispossession and violence at the hands of the Israeli state.

WRONG – Israel does no more than is necessary to secure the safety of its its citizens

And the global trade union movement has responded by taking action against Israel’s repressive regime.

WRONG – It isn’t ‘repressive’

For example, dockworkers in Durban responded to Israel’s 2008/9 war on Gaza by refusing to unload Israeli products. In Brazil in 2014, trade union federations played a key role in the successful campaign that led to the state of Rio Grande do Sul cancelling a major partnership with Israeli military company Elbit Systems. Meanwhile, UK trade unions – including Unite – supported the campaign to get G4S to end its role in resourcing Israel’s abusive prison system.

The spirit of solidarity embodied by these actions is needed now more than ever, as the Palestinian people face unprecedented attacks on their collective rights. Israel has enshrined a system of apartheid in its constitution through the passing of a racist “Nation State Law”,

WRONG – Nothing racist about the legal declaration that Israel is founded on Judaism

whilst continuing to rapidly expand illegal settlements

WRONG – No Court ever declared them illegal

and maintain its crippling siege on the Gaza strip

WRONG – No siege, all goods allowed in except those used for bomb making

– a territory set to become uninhabitable by 2022 according to the UN.

WRONG – In 2012 the UN said Gaza would become ‘unliveable’ by 2020. 2020 is only nine months away. There are no signs that Gaza is close to being ‘unliveable’. Life expectancy is 74.2 years (CIA Factbook)which puts Gaza around halfway in the league table of all countries, not far below Jordan (74.8).

On top of this, since the start of the Great Return March protests in March 2018, Israel has injured over 29,000 and killed over 200 unarmed protesters, including children, journalists and medics.

WRONG– Protesters have been armed with knives and Molotov cocktails and incendiary kites have been flown into Israel. The protests have been directed by Hamas and include many members of terrorist organisations.

Israel’s embedded system of discrimination and apartheid

WRONG – the Apartheid Lie

is in many ways felt most sharply by Palestinian workers. The systematic destruction of Palestine’s economy,

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Source: World Bank

WRONG – there is rapid economic growth in Judea/Samaria (‘the West Bank’) and were it not for Hamas which stifles the economy, the same would be true of Gaza

the over 60 laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens

WRONG – See David Collier’s blog here

and the relentless restrictions on freedom of movement and association curtail the working conditions and rights of workers every single day.

WRONG – the only restrictions are those designed to ensure security and the Histadrut helps to represent Palestinian workers in Israel

Palestinian trade unions have called on unions across the world to support them in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality – the UK labour movement must now redouble its efforts to answer this call.

We have seen how powerful our collective action can be in shifting policies. For example, in accordance with a growing call from consumers and trade unionists, most supermarkets in Britain have asserted that they no longer stock goods from illegal settlements.

WRONG – The settlements are not ‘illegal’ and the boycott is only partial eg the Co-Op.

However, we need this action to extend beyond corporate policies – we need governmental action. That’s exactly why so many trade unions, as well as the Trade Union Congress, have passed policy calling for on the government to implement a ban on settlement produce and take measures to end the UK’s complicity with settlements.

I am very proud that Unite the Union, alongside numerous other UK trade unions, are affiliated to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)

The PSC is an organisation riddled with antisemitism

and work closely with the organisation to build a mass workers’ movement committed to ending Israel’s occupation and upholding international law and human rights.

On May 11th 2019, PSC and others have called a National Demonstration for Palestine in central London to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people who live under occupation and apartheid every day, and to call for Israel to be held to account for its crimes. Most major trade unions, including Unite, are supporting this crucial demo and calling on their members to take to the streets for Palestine.

The labour movement cannot stand by whilst the rights and freedoms of our brothers and sisters in other countries are systematically denied. Wherever injustice manifests, we as workers must raise our collective voices in calling for freedom, justice and equality for all. Join us in standing with Palestine on May 11th.’

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If McCluskey thinks that whipping up hatred against Israel in order to boost the numbers on May 11 – and so whipping up the antisemitism that he claims is “wildly exaggerated” – is savvy political strategy – he’s wrong. 51% of voters accept that Labour has a problem with antisemitism.