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Once again, a wave of hysteria concerning the British Labour’s alleged ‘anti-Semitic problem’ is at a high. The target has always been leader Jeremy Corbyn and his fierce critique of Israel, considered dangerous by the more conservative Blairites and those further right in the political spectrum. Labour has been fighting for its soul, with activists trying to defend their right to oppose Israeli policy, or even Zionism, without it necessarily meaning that they are anti-Semites. 

But it is of course the anti-Semitism accusation that is the most effective, and the conservative Jews are eager to make it stick. And now, international mainstream media is shamefully assisting – not only BBC and Washington Post, but also the Israeli liberal newspaper Haaretz.

Amanda Erickson’s article in Washington Post Sunday is titled: “In a brutal open letter, Jewish leaders in Britain accuse Jeremy Corbyn of anti-Semitism”. She takes the word of “Jewish leaders” for her opening sentence:

“The Labour Party has a long history of troubling behavior, according to Jewish leaders in Britain.”

She continues with an example:

“In 2016, former London mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from the party after he said Adolf Hitler had been a supporter of Zionism in the 1930s.”

But what if that was largely accurate? Livingstone had said that Hitler was “supporting Zionism”, referring to the Transfer Agreement of 1933-39. But Livingstone’s words are being twisted again and again in a desperate attempt to avoid the very issue – that he was actually referring to a factual historical event, with legitimate appraisal of it.

Erickson refers to the current controversy:

“Then, on Friday, Labour lawmaker Luciana Berger, who is Jewish, challenged Corbyn’s office to explain something he had posted on Facebook in 2012. In the post, he was responding to Los Angeles-based artist Kalen Ockerman, who had complained that one of her [sic; Ockerman is a man] London street murals was being painted over in response to criticism that it was anti-Semitic.”

In his response, Corbyn wrote that Ockerman is in “good company”, comparing the case to the removal of Diego Rivera’s mural in 1934 (commissioned by the Rockefeller family in 1932) because it had included a picture of Lenin.

Indeed, the mural by Rivera had an addition that was not in the original sketch. The original sketch agreed upon was called ‘New frontiers’ and included three men clasping hands in the middle: a soldier, a worker and peasant. Rivera was nonetheless provoked in New York by leftist organizations and various communist groups that challenged him for “painting for Rockefeller”. So Rivera decided to go with it: “If you want communism, I will paint communism”, he said.

This is what Corbyn was referring to when he spoke of the company for the mural by Ockerman. He read it as a political statement – of the elite class oppressing the working class. And was he wrong to read it like that?

Anshel Pfeffer, writing in Haaretz on Sunday, calls Ockerman’s mural unequivocally “anti-Semitic” in his article subtitle. In order to bolster the claim, Pfeffer writes that Ockerman’s painted-over mural depicts “six elderly white men, some with what could be described as stereotypically Jewish features”. Pfeffer refers to his having been Haaretz’s correspondent in London in 2012, having covered the story. He writes that he had “interviewed dozens of residents of the East End, and while some insisted that the mural wasn’t about Jews, just “global bankers,” and some even acknowledged it was anti-Semitic but still wanted it to remain, there was no question that the controversy centered around the belief of many that it depicted anti-Semitic images of Jews”.

Now, let’s take a close look at that picture. Hooked noses? Mostly, not. And why is BBC also running this “hooked noses” rhetoric uncritically?

Kalen Ockerman mural in London that some have called anti-Semitic

Ockerman has identified the men it depicts as, from left to right, “Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan, Aleister Crowley, Carnegie & Warburg“.

Of the six men, only the first and last in the list were Jewish. One, Aleister Crowley, was noted for his anti-Semitic views.

So is this really about Jews as such – or about an elite class issue, wherein some people, the minority – happen to be Jews?

Corbyn, attempting to calm the waves, has expressed “regret” for not having looked at the painting properly before writing his message of support in 2012. But who is it who is not looking properly now?

The Skwakbox journalism site has challenged the BBC on its assumption of the ‘Jewish appearance’:

The idea that Jewish people look alike and that therefore you can identify a Jewish person by his or her appearance is a well-known antisemitic trope – as is the stereotype of ‘Jewish financiers’.

We asked the BBC about its assumption. The ‘response’ – though substantively non-responsive:

“Jo Coburn was offering the interviewee, Jenny Mason, the chance to comment on a mural which has been widely condemned as anti-semitic. Her reference to the appearance of the men in the picture was based on its crude use of anti-semitic stereotypes.”

We challenged the BBC’s failure provide a substantive answer about its assumptions, but the Corporation’s only further answer was:

“That’s our final response.”

Corbyn is now being trawled through the mud through protest led by the conservative Jewish organizations Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies of British Jews, who are calling him a “figurehead for an antisemitic political culture”:

“Rightly or wrong, Jeremy Corbyn is now the figurehead for an antisemitic political culture, based upon an obsessive hatred of Israel, conspiracy theories and fake news,” said Jonathan Goldstein, chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council.  

It does not help that Corbyn has assured that he “will not tolerate any form of anti-Semitism that exists in and around our movement. We must stamp this out from our party and movement.” The conservatives and the Blairites have already sensed a weakness, in that Corbyn had expressed regret for not being critical enough then, and no one is looking at the mural anymore. Now it’s all about Corbyn being ‘soft on anti-Semitism’.

These pro-Israel Jews are basically trying to do to Corbyn what they have done to Naz Shah for her sharing of a meme posted by Norman Finkelstein in 2014. Finkelstein has said about that:

“[N]ow she’s being crucified, her career wrecked, her life ruined, her future in tatters, branded an ‘antisemite’ and a closet Nazi, and inflicted with these rituals of self-abasement. It’s not hard to imagine what her Muslim constituents must think now about Jews. These power hungry creeps are creating new hate by their petty machinations. As Donald Trump likes to say – it’s disgusting.”  

Anshel Pfeffer provides ominous predictions in his article: “The cloud of anti-Semitism over Corbyn’s Labour has been an ongoing crisis since his election as leader, but it has now come to a head. There will be no happy end to this sorry saga. At 68, and after nearly half a century of political activism, Corbyn is too old and dogmatic to change.”

Many are falling for this loose, imprecise and frankly McCarthyite form of accusation. And when even liberal outlets like Haaretz go with it, many are under the impression that maybe there’s something to it: maybe Corbyn is a ‘closet anti-Semite’ after all.

But this is all about one thing: assuring allegiance to a conservative agenda that cannot risk challenging Israel, and certainly not as the Jewish State. 

Some Jews are not going along with this – for example Jewish Voice for Labour. They have now praised Corbyn’s “consistent commitment to anti-racism” and condemned current right-wing attacks. They have called an emergency rally as a counter-demonstration, accusing the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council of “playing party politics” ahead of May’s local elections.

Once again, the ‘anti-Semitism’ card is being used to advance a conservative political agenda, so that there may be no risk of challenge to Israeli Apartheid. And don’t you dare utter the word– how anti-Semitic.

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  1. Paranam Kid
    March 29, 2018, 11:44 am

    The irony of the obsessive use of the “antisemitism” tool, a “nuclear” one at that to smother all criticism of Israel & Jews, is that it will generate more, real antisemitism.

    Those bigoted jerks who are doing their utmost to smear Corbyn & to have him sacked, are working against themselves & are doing the greatest damage to Judaism. Jewish Voice for Labour is an important counter-balance to that, but there is an urgent need for a lot more counter-weight because this is starting to spin out of control, and Corbyn’s future as Labour leader is in danger.

    His life is even in danger: Facebook has refused to take down a post calling for Corbyn to be assassinated. The threat was posted on a Tory-supporting Facebook page. Facebook refuses to remove the post “as it ‘doesn’t go against standards’ “. !!!!
    https://www.rt.com/uk/422692-facebook-jeremy-corbyn-death-threat/
    Facebook, however, removes Palestinian accounts for reasons a lot less serious than a death threat – but that is another story.

    • echinococcus
      March 29, 2018, 2:13 pm

      Paranam,

      Those bigoted jerks who are doing their utmost to smear Corbyn & to have him sacked, are working against themselves & are doing the greatest damage to Judaism

      How so? Antisemitism –whatever that may be– is the stuff of life for Zionism. No “antisemitism”, no Zionists.

    • Bumblebye
      March 29, 2018, 5:34 pm

      I reported one threatening a Jewish MP with gas chambers just two days ago. Apparently that didn’t breach ‘community standards’ at fb either.

    • RoHa
      March 29, 2018, 10:18 pm

      “Those bigoted jerks who are doing their utmost to smear Corbyn & to have him sacked, are working against themselves & are doing the greatest damage to Judaism.”

      The clause “who are … sacked” is a defining relative clause, so it should be neither preceded nor followed by a comma.

      And I don’t care how much damage they do to Judaism. They are a threat to British democracy (such as it is) , and, much worse, supporting much greater damage being inflicted on the Palestinians.

      • oldgeezer
        March 30, 2018, 1:01 am

        @RoHa

        And I don’t really care about speeling or grammer (sic) unless it makes the sentence incoherent. Each to their own!

        That said, I agree. This represents a serious threat to our democracy and we have already seen a serious assault on our free speech. It needs to be stopped and those who threaten thosr things need to be seen as outright enemies.

        The assault against labour makes demands that Laboir must be subservient to zionism/zionists. It is in their core demands before they will even meet with JC.
        .
        Israel is acting illegally. If the majority choose to ignore that then that is democracy but the attempt to subvert democracy must be met, challenged and outright defeated.

        Putin and Russia threaten no one. Dictatorships threaten only their own citizens in the long run. Israel is a threat to democracy, human rights and liberty on a world wide basis.

        To think less than 20 years ago I supported the criminal enterprise. Forever to my shame.

      • Paranam Kid
        March 30, 2018, 8:55 am

        @RoHa: regarding the clause, I beg to differ.
        It is not a defining relative clause, it is a parenthetic expression, i.e. the main phrase is complete without the phrase “who …..sacked”. So I should have put a comma between the words “jerks” and “who” too.

        As for your disinterest in the damage they do to Judaism, that is your opinion. With my comment of the damage I merely stated an observation. But, similarly to how you don’t care about the damage done to Judaism, I don’t give a damn about the perceived threat to British democracy, because that “democracy” was destroyed quite a while ago. To wit, the lies to get the UK to join the US in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and more recently, the Skripal affair for which the government has done away with that basic pillar of democracy “innocent till proven guilty”.

      • Mooser
        March 30, 2018, 1:33 pm

        “And I don’t really care about speeling or grammer (sic) unless it makes the sentence incoherent.”

        That’s the best policy, unless the mistake can be tortuously worked into a salacious pun.

      • RoHa
        March 30, 2018, 10:38 pm

        “So I should have put a comma between the words “jerks” and “who” too.”

        If you did not intend to tell us which bigoted jerks you were referring to, then the clause is a non-defining relative clause, and thus needs (as you note) commas enclosing it. The punctuation slip obscured your intention.

        I don’t think it has quite been completely destroyed yet, though, as I indicated by my parenthetic “such as it is”, I certainly agree it is in a bad way.
        But I still think the sufferings of the Palestinians and the damage to democracy far outweigh any concerns about Judaism.

        Incidentally, “innocent till proven guilty”is not a pillar of democracy, but a vital principle for the practical application of justice.

      • Paranam Kid
        March 31, 2018, 2:26 pm

        @RoHa: agreed, the prime concern about the Ziofascists is the suffering inflicted on the Palestinians. And yes, the destruction of the Labour party that they are achieving is also of great concern, though British democracy as a whole was raped a long time ago, as I pointed out.

        The damage the Ziofascists are inflicting on Judaism is not my prime concern either, but it is a side-effect that I observe & that they are completely ignoring, desperate to keep their Zionist project alive even though it is doomed in the long term.

        The suffering inflicted on the Palestinians is an issue for the international community, whereas the damage done to Judaism is an issue for the Jews only.

      • Emory Riddle
        April 1, 2018, 11:19 am

        Thanks you.

        For some reason, the question “is this good for the Jews” is supposed to trump everything else.

    • James Michie
      March 30, 2018, 1:40 pm

      HEAR! HEAR!

  2. Ossinev
    March 29, 2018, 11:50 am

    An excellent summation.Overhanging all of this charade is a palpable sense of desperation on the part of Israeli Firsters/Zionists here in the UK that the next UK PM/Government could be horror of horrors openly and actively supportive of the Palestinians and might take some meaningful action to call Israel to account for its ongoing war crimes against them. The”rampant Anti – Semitism in the Labour Party ” brigade have worked themselves into a frenzy in the last week over the latest little tit bit to float their way , the Ocherman mural. If a leading Corbynite figure were to actually say something Anti – Semitic they would be positively frothing at the mouth.
    What has been revealed without doubt is that the UK press and the BBC have been taken over by the Zionist lobby. Their one sided coverage of this non story has been truly embarrassing.

    My own opinion is that this , far from undermining Corbyn , this may actually strengthen his support particularly amongst younger voters who can see this as simply the latest Zioploy.

    And I think more and more of the British public will be asking the question -why does a religious cult whose members amount to only around 0.5% of the overall UK population appear to get so much publicity and have so much control over news narratives .Follow the money ?

    • Annie Robbins
      March 29, 2018, 12:10 pm

      it does seem the current UK frothing frenzy over anti semitism knows no bounds! i read jonathan arkush’s new demands. it’s almost head spinning. but i think ultimately people will see through it. i so hope corbyn becomes pm.

      • Sibiriak
        March 29, 2018, 12:57 pm

        Corbyn should demand , as a precondition for discussions, that Jewish leaders fully accept that criticism of Israel and/or Zionism is not antisemitism.

        Of course, Corbyn won’t do anything like that. He will fold, just as he folded against the new anti-Russian Cold War 2.0 McCarthyism.

        He simply can’t afford to get bogged down in those very likely losing battles.

      • Maghlawatan
        April 1, 2018, 7:43 am

        The Tories have total.responsibility for Brexit which will.either drop living standards or be abandoned, destroying their credibility
        Corbyn should be a shoo-in.

      • MHughes976
        April 1, 2018, 12:19 pm

        I don’t quite see that Corbyn is a shoo-in. If you look at ‘UK Poling Report’, which is quite good, I think you find that the Conservative vote is still a pretty solid object. However, I think it clear that Corby is surviving the (trumped up) accusations against him and that he is set to do well in the London and other local elections next month. But his friend Christine Shawcroft has had her political career smashed to bits and his critic Eddie Izzard has had his pol career advanced. There is no sign that the pro-Palestine side has a chance to get its word in.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 1, 2018, 1:10 pm

        If you look at ‘UK Poling Report’, which is quite good, I think you find that the Conservative vote is still a pretty solid object.

        according to UK Poling: http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/blog/archives/date/2017/06/page/2

        The two best performing traditional polls [on the last UK election] seem to be those from Survation and Surveymonkey.

        http://survation.com/survation-most-accurate-pollster/

        Survation Was the Most Accurate Pollster this Election – How Did We Get It Right?

        https://twitter.com/Survation/status/973150674891476992

        NEW UK Voting Intention (chg vs 29/01): LAB 44% (+1); CON 37% (-3); LD 9% (+1); UKIP 3% (NC); SNP 3% (NC); Green 2% (+1); Other 3% (NC

        and here’s UK Poling home page right now, posted yesterday:

        Today’s Times has some fresh polling of Labour party members. It was conducted between Tuesday and Thursday this week in the wake of the anti-Semitism row, though is also the first opportunity we’ve seen since the general election to take the general political temperature among Labour party members.

        On that second point, the first thing to notice is the major shift in the level of support Jeremy Corbyn has among Labour party members. Two years ago this was still a party divided on the leadership and unsure of his future. Now they are solidly behind him. 80% of Labour members think Corbyn is doing well as leader, just 19% badly. 74% of Labour members think that Jeremy Corbyn should lead the party into the next general, and 64% of members think it is likely that Jeremy Corbyn will become Prime Minister in the future.

        This is a complete transformation of attitudes since 2016 – back then, Labour members were split on Corbyn’s performance, didn’t think he could ever win, most didn’t want him to fight the next election. Now, following Corbyn’s victory against Owen Smith and the party’s revivial at the election, Corbyn’s support in the party looks absolutely solid.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 1, 2018, 1:41 pm

        one more thing MHughes, i don’t know about this “shoo-in”, but i tend to agree with ossinev’s this may actually strengthen his support particularly amongst younger voters who can see this as simply the latest Zioploy.

        had there not been consistent blasting headlines regarding labour/corbyn and anti semitism ever since he became labour leader, this latest row over the mural might have been damaging, but under the circumstances i think it may be having the opposite effect. tho jonathan claims it is “the anti-Semitism accusation that is the most effective”, i disagree.

        i think it’s more likely people resent it, the constant accusations. i think the more pressure being applied, the more people stick to their guns. all the statements being made showing concern and how people have to rid labour of antisemitism, people are likely to view as posturing. it’s hard to feel sympathy for a small segment (sliver) of society that has the full support of the elites (power) and the media (power) at their back pounding and pounding and pounding for years.

        plus, “Conservatives Voters Back a Labour Brexit” http://survation.com/conservative-voters-back-labour-brexit/
        it just makes sense more voters on all sides of the aisle (except perhaps strong zionist pro israel voters) are going to have more concern over brexit than they are about antisemitism.

        Labour extends polling lead to 8 points over the Conservatives
        http://survation.com/labour-extends-polling-lead-8-points-conservatives/

      • MHughes976
        April 1, 2018, 4:37 pm

        Well, I hope you’re right, Annie, about people seeing this accursed campaign of ‘blasting headlines’, good phrase, for what it is. Hiwever, this evening’s news has Eddie Izzard, the comedian and newly appointed Labour Executive member, weighing in on the anti-Semitism battle against Cirbyn and the BBC joining the fray with a will. I still think that Labour will do quite well in the forthcoming round of elections. We may not have a General Election until 22 and who knows? They are a different matter from local elections, which permit more ‘protest voting’. That Survation poll was interesting but not very recent. The later ones have Conservative and Labour bouncing about fairly equally.
        Meanwhile, Easter is supposed to be about a new dawn and clcleasr understanding. God grant us light, so that people will see that someone saying years ago that it’s not too awful to discuss Holocaust Demial is less important than hundreds of casualties in Gaza, than cruelty contemptuously justified, than bloody massacre.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      March 29, 2018, 12:19 pm

      Hi Ossinev, nice to see you again!

      “a palpable sense of desperation on the part of Israeli Firsters/Zionists here in the UK that the next UK PM/Government could be horror of horrors openly and actively supportive of the Palestinians and might take some meaningful action to call Israel to account for its ongoing war crimes against them”

      The sad thing is though, I feel Corbyn has already caved. Instead of standing up to the bullies he has issued repeated ‘apologies’. He should have stood firm and deselected the traitors. Instead, he basically abandoned Ken Livingstone and allowed Emily Thornberry to describe Israel as a ‘beacon’ and to make nice with Zionist lobby groups. He did refuse to attend the 100th anniversary ‘celebration’ of the Balfour declaration but never gave a reason, and permitted Thornberry to go.

      Sadly, I think he has come to the conclusion that being outspoken on Israel simply isn’t worth it. In other words, the lobby have won.

      “And I think more and more of the British public will be asking the question -why does a religious cult whose members amount to only around 0.5% of the overall UK population appear to get so much publicity and have so much control over news narratives .Follow the money ?”

      Watch it! You’ll have Hadley Freeman and her boss Jonathan Freedland accusing you of anti-semitism! But of course I agree with you. About 1 in 200 British people are Jewish. They are disproportionately wealthy and succesful, and good for them. They face absolutely zero obstacles to success and well-being in British society. Au contraire. Public opinion concerning Jews is much, much more positive than other, much larger, relgious minorities. The mere fact that an at the very worse poorly thought-out comment on a more than 5 year old mural (since removed) could bring about an instant ‘protest’ from the elite of British society says just how unoppressed they are.

      It is a farce.

      • Maghlawatan
        March 29, 2018, 2:01 pm

        Hadley Freeman and Freedland have zero credibility. Calling support for Hamas and Hizb antisemitic is scraping the bareel considering how many Gazans and Shia Lebanese Israel has murdered.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        March 29, 2018, 2:32 pm

        Hadley is just a spoilt narcissistic rich girl who needs to go back to her usual stock in trade – puff pieces about Beyonce and clickbait about nail polish.

        Freedland though….. he has to be one of the most deeply unpleasant individuals working in British journalism today. And I honestly think that he’s starting to seriously lose it. Did you see the article he wrote a few months ago accusing his critics of being similar to those who murdered a heroic Maltese journalist?

        Yes, he actually wrote that. The Guardian ‘edited’ it (without informing its readers) but happily for us, screenshots are a thing.

        The man is nuts. The world is changing and he and his causes are looking ever more prehistoric. And he simply cannot stand it.

      • John O
        March 29, 2018, 3:12 pm

        @MDM I’m proud of the fact that one of my occasional published letters to the Guardian was reprinted in their annual hardback anthology some years ago. I was complaining about some tosh Freedland had written about how well the US system of “checks and balances” was working during the Dubya presidency.

      • RoHa
        March 29, 2018, 10:12 pm

        Come, now, MDM. Be fair.

        Many of the poor, oppressed, British Jews end up in the boardrooms of industry and finance. They become professors, and are forced to do scientific research, or write lengthy tomes on the humanities. They end up as actors and producers, as solicitors and barristers, as doctors and surgeons. Worst of all, some are pushed into high positions, including the leadership, of the famously anti-Semitic political parties. The threat of becoming a Cabinet Minister hangs over them.

        In the face of these horrors, how can you say they are unoppressed?

      • Keith
        March 30, 2018, 11:05 am

        ROHA- “In the face of these horrors, how can you say they are unoppressed?”

        Ah, the curse of gilded victimhood! Something you or I don’t have to worry about. Lucky us.

    • JWalters
      March 31, 2018, 1:23 am

      I’d like to see a lawsuit for libel throw a big spotlight on one of these blatantly false “anti-Semite” accusations. It’s pure sleaze and needs a strong antiseptic.

      • MHughes976
        April 1, 2018, 12:20 pm

        Christine Shawcroft has gone the other way, with the usual grovelling apologies.

  3. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    March 29, 2018, 11:55 am

    Hi all. Been away a while….

    ” his fierce critique of Israel”

    The thing is, his ‘critique’ really isn’t that fierce at all. I would say he’d be quite ‘moderate’ by the standards of this website, which itself isn’t all that ‘fierce’. From what I can gather, Corbyn believes in a two-state solution in line with international law, so not really radical at all. However, he has explicitly called out Israeli war crimes (without the useless ‘both sides’ nonsense which is the norm in the UK and the West in general), and has supported the resistence – both peaceful and militant. So he has to go.

    I’ve been saying ever since Corbyn announced his candidacy nearly 3 years ago – and was even then assailed by faux anti-semitism charges by the odious Jonathan Freedland and others – that the ultimate aim is to essentially criminalise all meaningful criticism of Zionism in the UK. Any time any public figure makes a pronouncement on the issue, he/she will have to ask themselves ”Would Mark Regev approve?” If not, then forget it. The headaches involved are just too severe, and only those who are truly motivated or have little to lose will persevere. Even Corbyn, undoubtedly, has caved. Look at how he threw his old ally Ken Livingstone to the wolves.

    It’s a most unedifying spectacle all round.

  4. HarryLaw
    March 29, 2018, 12:13 pm

    There is no antisemitism in the Labour Party, maybe a few individuals, who infest every political party or business organization, hatred of Israeli policies against Palestinians and it must be said the impotent rage at our seeming inability to help the Palestinians and our rage at successive Israeli governments acting with impunity and their uncaring ability to inflict war crimes on the occupied Palestinian people, this anger is wrongly interpreted as aimed at people of Jewish origin generally, when in truth it is aimed at the Israeli Government. Jeremy Corbyn is obviously not an antisemite he has fought all his life against racism, where I do fault him is his inability to fight back on this issue, always conceding that something has to be done, and always on the back foot suspending members for long periods without due process [Ken Livingstone has been suspended for nearly 2 years, for recounting an historical fact the 1933 Haavara agreement, this was well documented, but telling the truth is no defence in today’s witch hunting Labour Party]. George Galloway advised Jeremy “If you do not run away, they cannot chase you”. Too true.
    A couple of years ago just after a Labour party Conference in Liverpool this open Democracy piece on Jackie Walker by Professor Jonathan Rosenhead appeared…..
    “In response to a moral panic about Left antisemitism seemingly expanding without limit, the group Free Speech on Israel coalesced in April out of a loosely-knit band of Jewish Labour Party supporters. Some 15 of us got together at a couple of days’ notice for the inaugural gathering. We found that over our lifetimes we could muster only a handful of antisemitic experiences between us. And, crucially, although in aggregate we had hundreds of years of Labour Party membership, no single one of us had ever experienced an incident of antisemitism in the Party.”

    “Some time in May the ex-Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks was interviewed on Radio 4 about the antisemitism ‘crisis’ by now gripping the nation. Helpfully his interviewer invited him to share some of his own personal experiences of antisemitism. His response, from memory ran rather like this: “Well….actually I have never experienced antisemitism myself. Which is odd, because most people know that the Chief Rabbi is Jewish”. https://www.opendemocracy.net/jonathan-rosenhead/jackie-walker-suspense-mystery

    • RoHa
      March 29, 2018, 10:02 pm

      Does he go around in public wearing his Chief Rabbi’s hat?
      If not, that might be the reason why he has escaped anti-Semitism in the notoriously Jew-hating UK.

  5. John O
    March 29, 2018, 1:17 pm

    There is also the matter of local elections in early May, including in London, where Labour are set to give the Conservatives a damn good thrashing. There will be no let-up in the right-wing attacks on Corbyn.

  6. Maghlawatan
    March 29, 2018, 2:03 pm

    The UK is a big deal because of the UN security council and the English language. If the Palestinians win the ear of the UK PM it will be a serious diplomatic blow to Israel.

    • miriam6
      March 29, 2018, 8:15 pm

      @Mulligatawny .

      The UK is a big deal because of the UN security council and the English language. If the Palestinians win the ear of the UK PM it will be a serious diplomatic blow to Israel.

      Nope.
      In reality the UK is already downgraded because we are leaving the EU
      Teresa May addressed the UN last September , few attended – a measure of that downgrading of UK importance

      • amigo
        March 29, 2018, 8:41 pm

        “Teresa May addressed the UN last September , few attended – a measure of that downgrading of UK importance” miriam 6

        It doesn,t matter if the UK leaves the EU or not .It will still have a vote on the Sec Council.Trust you to fail to see the facts .

        This story is about Jeremy Corbyn,s support for the Palestinians and his intention to recognise The State of Palestine which is why the zionist Israel firsters (UK traitors ) are so desperate to block his election.Best of luck with that me old dearie.

        Speaking of Englands downgrade , how about that embarrassing defeat by Ireland at Twickenham –remember those “scummy Irish ” as referred to by the English coach .

  7. Maghlawatan
    March 29, 2018, 2:22 pm

    Freedland has been profiling Israeli elections in the Guardian for at least 20 years.

    Sharon- nice guy underneath. Wants peace.
    Olmert – very decent despite. WILL fight for peace.
    Netanyahu- great guy. Wants peace.
    He never wrote about the cancer that is destroying Israel and turning the world against it.

    Smearing Corbyn is pathetic.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      March 29, 2018, 2:41 pm

      That’s because he CAN’T do that. If he admits to the ugliness that is Israel – and not just this leader or that political party, but the whole country – it destroys his entire world view. It’s like acknowleding that the person you’ve been in love with all your life is a fraud. You just continue to lie to yourself, becasue reality is too hard. The likes of Freedland will never ever turn against Israel. Happily, they are becoming more and more irrelevant by the day.

      • Maghlawatan
        March 29, 2018, 3:47 pm

        Freedland wrote a NYB essay an Liberal Zionisma few weeks before the 2014 Attack on Gaza.this was written afterwards.

        https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/.premium-liberal-zionism-never-existed-1.5262005

        “For what is a “liberal Zionist” anyway? Lerman defines it: “ending the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, supporting a Palestinian state as well as a Jewish state with a permanent Jewish majority, and standing behind Israel when it was threatened.”
        Essentially, it means supporting Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, but supporting a two-state solution in which Israel withdraws from the occupied territories and treats its Jewish and Arab citizens equally. As an elusive idea, it revolved around the notion that diaspora Jewry particularly American Jews, is – in Freedland’s words – “better placed than most to move Zionist, including Israeli, opinion”. ”

        Freedland is a failure. Israelis don’t give a rat’s ass what diaspora Jews think. Nobody is going to stop the march to Masada

      • Maghlawatan
        March 29, 2018, 5:36 pm

        It is weird that it has taken so long for a Lab leader to be anti Israel. The Guardian has been critical of Jewish nihilism for YEARS.. Israel has been taking the absolute piss for YEARS.

  8. MHughes976
    March 29, 2018, 3:21 pm

    The campaign against Corbyn has drawn blood in the forced resignation of his ally Chrstinre Shawcroft, who was protecting someone who had been accused of holocaust denial, but who claimed that he had been misunderstood. I believe that the accusations of anti-Semitism are for the most part trumped up, but they will do a great deal of damage to the pro-Palestine cause. Those who say that accusations in this style have lost their power must urgently think again.

    • Maghlawatan
      March 29, 2018, 5:40 pm

      It reminds me of ghadaffis thugs or Murdochs editors beforeTSHTF and the power drained away. Zionism is running out of time. Corbyn is pro Palestinian because the people are pro justice.

    • echinococcus
      March 29, 2018, 7:44 pm

      Hughes ,

      Those who say that accusations in this style have lost their power must urgently think again

      Most especially when even the almost-single web site that’s publishing the discussion is itself participating in the censorship campaign.

  9. Keith
    March 29, 2018, 3:59 pm

    Jeez, I hope that this puts to rest the notion that charges of anti-Semitism are losing their sting. Not when you are a public official and unified Zionist Jewry comes after you. And whether or not British Jewish Youth are becoming disenchanted with Israel is largely irrelevant. When it comes to power seeking, Zionism works. It has been hugely successful in increasing the wealth and power of the Jewish Zionist elites, a significant part of the new capitalist nobility.

    • gamal
      March 29, 2018, 4:25 pm

      ” I hope that this puts to rest the notion that charges of anti-Semitism are losing their sting”

      yes I think we’ve all been circumscribed…I didn’t feel a thing.

  10. HarryLaw
    March 29, 2018, 4:11 pm

    Here is the amazing letter the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council sent to Jeremy Corbyn yesterday. He must go down on his knees.
    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/544680b5e4b0149c3cfddd3b/t/5abccd850e2e72e0bad29509/1522322825076/Response_to_Rt_Hon_Jeremy_Corbyn_from_JLC_Chair_and_BOD_President_28032018+copy.pdf

    • HarryLaw
      March 30, 2018, 10:02 am

      From the letter above

      Antisemitism disciplinary cases
      Outstanding and future cases to be brought to a swift conclusion under a fixed timescale. “An independent, mutually agreed ombudsman should be appointed to oversee performance, reporting to the Party and to the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council”.

      “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, such as the use of ‘Zio’ and ‘Zionist’ as terms of abuse, based on the full IHRA definition”.
      How about all prospective Labour Party members are required to attend education centers, where antisemitism and its dangers are taught before they can become members?

  11. Maghlawatan
    March 29, 2018, 4:29 pm

    Churchill told the House of Commons; “If our dreams for Zionism are to end in the smoke of an assassin’s pistol, and the labours for its future produce a new set of gangsters worthy of Nazi Germany, then many like myself will have to reconsider the position we have maintained so consistently and so long in the past”

  12. guyn
    March 29, 2018, 5:39 pm

    “Rightly or wrong, Jeremy Corbyn is now the figurehead for an antisemitic political culture, based upon an obsessive hatred of Israel, conspiracy theories and fake news,” said Jonathan Goldstein, chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council.”

    “Fake news”, an expression of Trump the moronic; I can’t stand it anymore.

  13. Maghlawatan
    March 29, 2018, 11:10 pm

    I think this is about power rather than anything Corbyn did. Conservative power is coming under threat from popular disgust on both sides of the Atlantic. If Judaism was running Hillel it wouldn’t get hurt.

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/mar/30/fox-news-ads-pulled-from-laura-ingraham-show-for-mocking-parkland-survivor

    At least five companies said they were dropping advertisements from Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show after the conservative pundit mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre on Twitter and he responded with a call for a boycott.

    Hogg took aim at Ingraham’s advertisers after she taunted him on Twitter, accusing him of whining about being rejected by four colleges to which he had applied.

    Responding to public pressure, Nestle wrote on Twitter that it had “no plans to buy ads on the show in future.”

    CNBC cited a TripAdvisor spokesman as saying the company does not condone “inappropriate comments” by Ingraham that “cross the line of decency”. 

     https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/26/emma-gonzalez-david-hogg-attacks-rightwing-constitutions-hoaxes

    Running short of reasoned arguments, many attempted to push conservative buttons with high impact visuals. Alt-right social media company Gab was one of many that disseminated a doctored animation of Gonzalez in which she falsely appeared to be tearing up the US constitution. Cartoonist and Trump sycophant Ben Garrison depictedHogg as an assault rifle, wielded by CNN, and loaded with Marxism. Breitbart re-published a round of tweets accusing Hogg of throwing a Nazi salute.

    On Front Page – an outlet led by David Horowitz, whose main stock in trade is virulent Islamophobia – Bruce Thornton decried Hogg’s “profanity laced tantrums” and reduced him and his fellow students to political “shock troops” being manipulated by a progressive “ideology of melodrama and moral exhibitionism”.

    Alex Jones thought it wise to continue his dispute with Hogg over whether chemical additives in water really turn frogs gay. The website WND simply called him “Vile Hogg”.

     David Hogg, a student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, speaking at the March for Our Lives event. Photograph: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

    Along with Hogg and Gonzalez, the right found some new targets among the Parkland survivors. The one who got the most scrutiny was Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Delaney Tarr, who spoke at the Washington rally. In her speech, she suggested that bump stock bans could be expanded into further gun control. Many rightwing outlets drew the inference that the movement would not stop at an assault weapons ban, but would try to ban firearms altogether. 

    Would-be rightwing media monitors, Accuracy in Media, said that she was given a pass by mainstream outlets, and that the movement wanted to “eventually take law-abiding citizens’ lawfully purchased firearms and rifles”. Breitbart also used her comments to buttress a version of the right’s familiar scare story about creeping regulation and “gun-grabbing”. Infowars’s Paul Joseph Watson featured Tarr’s speech in a piece which also used some protester placards to make the case that the movement was not just after assault weapons, but all guns.

    Others broadened their focus, looking to discredit the movement as a whole.

  14. johneill
    March 30, 2018, 4:40 am

    now that i’ve see it, that mural reminds me of yair netanyahu’s facebook cartoon. the question ‘did he apologize for that?’ shows many stories about his various public apologies, but none for that cartoon.
    why labor in uk, but not likud in beit aghion?

  15. Ossinev
    March 30, 2018, 10:11 am

    @MDM
    “Watch it! You’ll have Hadley Freeman and her boss Jonathan Freedland accusing you of anti-semitism!”

    Would really enjoy responding to it. I would first of all ask them to define”Semitism” as without being semantic I have not been able to find one. I can find “Judaism” and I can find “Semites” and I am for sure not anti any of the Semitic peoples native to the Middle East be they Arabs or Caucasians and whether or not they are followers of the various cult religions such as Islam Christianity or Judaism unless they are committing ongoing barbaric war crimes against an oppressed native population.

    Speaking of Christians any who may be looking on with growing confusion and frustration at this headline dominating “Jeremy Corbyn and Anti – Semitism in the Labour Party” bollocks which is being relentlessly spewed out by the Israel First Zionists here in the UK and their B&B lackeys in the mainstream media – just a thought but Jeremy Corbyn`s initials are JC and well not to put to fine a point on it he is effectively being crucified in these attacks. Whoops now I have really done it – cries , howls of Anti – Semitic connotations “pain and suffering” caused by such a remark etc etc etc yawn yawn.

    Anyway back to the “plot”. The message from the media here in the UK is clear = The Labour Party and the UK population as a whole must put aside all these irrelevant piffling minor concerns about Russian Nerve Gas attacks,Brexit,crisis in the NHS,Global warming,pollution etc and focus on the only really important issue facing the country which is the scourge Pro – Palestinianism in the Labour Party sorry I mean scourge of “Anti – Semitism” in the Labour Party.

    @Harry Law
    Thanks for the link to the letter to JC from the Board of Deputies of British Jews – it`s a corker. And what a bloated self important title for an organisation. Why “deputies” – did someone shoot their sheriff?

    “Some time in May the ex-Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks was interviewed on Radio 4 about the antisemitism ‘crisis’ by now gripping the nation”

    I wonder if Sacks and his successor have been interviewed or have made any comments about recent remarks by their counterpart in Zioland calling black people “monkeys”.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-cheif-rabbi-black-people-monkeys-yitzhak-yosef-talmud-sephardic-a8267666.html
    Could have been worse I suppose – Boris Johnson prefers to use the non Hebrew term piccaninnies.

    I can hear lots of skeletons rattling in cupboards:
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/conservatives-racism-leaflet-tory-party-suburb-labour-inner-city-nick-boles-essex-havering-london-a8277136.html

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      March 30, 2018, 11:07 am

      ” I would first of all ask them to define”Semitism” as without being semantic I have not been able to find one. ”

      And I’m yet to find any definition of ‘Jew’ which does not go back to religion,ie a Jew is either someone who practices the religion of Judaisim or is descended from one who did. I am yet to be told what a Jew living in New York has in common with a Jew living in Isfahan, other than religion.

      And yet we’re told that anti-Judaism is so very different and so much more serious than other forms of religious bigotry, because Jews are a ‘race’. Never mind the obvious falseness of this, how are we to take seriously a ‘protest’ against ‘racism’, when it was attended by the likes of Ian Paisley, whose entire career is steeped in violent anti-Catholic, anti-Irish hatred, and who has pronounced himself ‘repulsed’ by gays. Not to mention BoJo and Sacks, as you note. Go figure, as Hadley’s co-nationals would say,.

      But I suppose we have to remember that some forms of bigotry, and by extension some forms of human beings, are just more worthy than others. Isn’t that the essence of Zionism?

      And how much do you bet we won’t hear a peep out of Corbyn over this latest Israeli killing spree? Job done as far as the lobby are concerned.

    • Mooser
      March 30, 2018, 1:23 pm

      IIANM “Semitic” is a purported “proto-language”. An attempt to make linguistic history consistent with the Biblical flood.

      • Yitzchak Goodman
        March 30, 2018, 2:06 pm

        IIANM “Semitic” is a purported “proto-language”. An attempt to make linguistic history consistent with the Biblical flood.

        When there is a group of obviously related languages, I think linguists usually posit a “proto” language they all came from. So you see references to “Proto-Germanic,” “Proto-Indo-European,” etc.

      • Mooser
        March 30, 2018, 2:39 pm

        Up to you, “Goodman”. Me, I don’t think I’ll put much faith in the designation which gave us “anti-semitic”, too.

        .” So you see references to “Proto-Germanic,” “Proto-Indo-European,” etc.

        So you see those references to “proto-Germanic” etc being made to match up linguistic history with somebody’s ideas of Scripture history? I doubt it.

      • Yitzchak Goodman
        March 30, 2018, 3:39 pm

        So you see those references to “proto-Germanic” etc being made to match up linguistic history with somebody’s ideas of Scripture history?

        IIAalsoNM, proto-Semitic was not an attempt to do that either.

        Kasher un Freilechen Pesach

      • Mooser
        March 30, 2018, 4:34 pm

        “IIAalsoNM, proto-Semitic was not an attempt to do that either.”

        Yeah, when Shem and Ham and Japheth got off the Ark, and started replenishing the world with Semites, Hamites and Jebusites, where did the girls come from?

  16. James Michie
    March 30, 2018, 12:20 pm

    Your “conservative Jews”, Jonathan Ofir , are better known as Zionists and Zionist sympathizers who, for more than 50 years, have been about stealing at gunpoint whatever Palestinian lands they favored, as well as establishing a racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing “culture” in both Israel and in what little remains of Palestine. Moreover these Zionists and Zionist sympathizers are quick to label “anti-Semitic anyone who dares to criticize them and their Zionist Israel for legitimate cause; and, in the case of Jeremy Corbyn, he dared to endorse boycotting of Zionist israel’s illegal colonies established on stolen Palestinian lands and supports freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinians. So, please, Jonathan, let’s deal with reality.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 30, 2018, 3:04 pm

      So, please, Jonathan, let’s deal with reality.

      james, other than carping on jonathan (and phil), i’m just wondering what you’ve been up to about this “stealing at gunpoint whatever Palestinian lands they favored, as well as establishing a racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing “culture” in both Israel and in what little remains of Palestine. Moreover these Zionists and Zionist sympathizers are quick to label “anti-Semitic anyone who dares to criticize them and their Zionist Israel for legitimate cause; and, in the case of Jeremy Corbyn, he dared to endorse boycotting of Zionist israel’s illegal colonies established on stolen Palestinian lands and supports freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinians.” ?

      anything? or is this your primary activist action, educating the otherwise clueless writers at MW? just curious!

      • echinococcus
        March 31, 2018, 2:30 am

        I’m not so sure that Mr Weiss, or anyone publishing articles in Mondoweiss needs a nanny to protect them from the big bad wolves out in the commentosphere, in addition to the MW cerberus-moderators, that is.
        We all here are just names on an electronic message and each post stands or falls strictly on its contents, not the unknown other actions of a poster (that is not necessarily a person, either.)
        If you must correct an idea this poster has about Mr. Ofir, why don’t you do just that? [From one user of unlimited free speech to another].

  17. Stephen Shenfield
    March 31, 2018, 9:16 am

    Ockerman may not be antisemitic but an examination of his works, utterances, and connections (e.g. with David Icke) reveals that he definitely belongs to the group generally known as “conspiracy theorists.” They regard themselves as defenders of national sovereignty against the “New World Order” supposedly being imposed by conspiratorial “globalists.” The idea of a world Jewish conspiracy is one variant of this ideology, but there are several others that place less emphasis (or even none at all) on the role played by Jews. One of these other variants regards Freemasonry as the center of the conspiracy, and perhaps Ockerman is one of these (the pyramid in his picture symbolizes Freemasonry). Or the conspirators may be extraterrestrial lizards masquerading as humans.

    Although anti-globalist conspiracy mongers may convey a superficially left-wing appearance, as Ockerman does, they are generally considered right-wing. And this is correct because even if they talk about capitalism they have a delusional picture of how the world works. They do not understand what capitalism is — they target evildoers and their machinations rather than an evil system — and so cannot oppose it. Whether they are antisemitic is a secondary issue, because they are dangerous people even if they have nothing against Jews as such. Removing the mural was the right decision..

    • Keith
      March 31, 2018, 10:57 am

      STEPHEN SHENFIELD- “Removing the mural was the right decision..”

      No it wasn’t. And your comment is basically a strawman predicated upon labeling folks conspiracy theorists. Conspiracy implies illegality, usually by a small group. Our current dysfunctional financial system is hardly a conspiracy. And the disastrous consequences of the financialization of the global economy should be discussed and emphasized. Unfortunately, those with power are those who cannot be criticized without consequences.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        March 31, 2018, 7:10 pm

        Discuss and emphasize the consequences of financialization by all means. Nor do I want to label folks conspiracy theorists unless they really are conspiracy theorists. In this case they are. I suggest you actually study what they say.

      • echinococcus
        April 1, 2018, 2:13 am

        Shenfield,

        Socialism has a long tradition of caricature. The class enemy is shown as a bunch of repulsive beings and that is absolutely what is needed, No matter if you agree or not, no matter that it doesn’t measure up to your refined artistic standards,”removing the mural was the right decision” is something only an an enemy of free speech would write.

      • Keith
        April 1, 2018, 5:39 pm

        STEPHEN SHENFIELD- ” In this case they are.”

        Who is “they.” We are talking about a mural which apparently you are pleased was removed because you disagree with something someone said not related to the mural. Are you to be the arbiter of who is a “conspiracy theorist” who should be censored? Of who is an anti-Semite dealing in tropes which should not be discussed? “Fake” news which should be banned? Freedom of speech is currently under attack and you are pleased?

        I have come to believe that many of these so-called conspiracy theorists are, in fact, an orchestrated attempt to discredit legitimate discussion by associating it with a smattering of nonsense. So you will have legitimate criticism of neoliberal globalization and the financial system conflated with the illuminati, etc. This enables defenders of neoliberal globalization to conflate folks like me with those who obsess about the illuminati. It is bogus, but somewhat effective in limiting discussion. Who wants to be labeled a conspiracy theorist or, God forbid, an anti-Semite engaged in tropes about Jews and finance! Now you wouldn’t try to label me like that, would you Stephen? Is it okay for me to criticize vulture capitalist Paul Singer and currency speculator and regime changer George Soros? At least I don’t paint murals or talk about the illuminati.

        Getting back to the mural. It was painted over because of complaints (I assume by Jews) that it was anti-Semitic. I think that was wrong, period. Jews are not a beleaguered minority, they are a disproportionately wealthy and powerful group attempting to stifle discussion about the political economy where money is power. And yes, Wall Street and the rest of the financial system has been ruthlessly exploiting the Third World for ages. The mural reflected that. Who was the mural hurting? Painting over the mural was an unjustified naked display of power. Smearing Corbyn is also an unjustified naked display of power. Objecting to the mural because the artist elsewhere expresses opinions and associates with those you consider “conspiracy theorists” doesn’t rise to the level of a bad joke. If you don’t like what they say, don’t read them.

        STEPHEN SHENFIELD- “I suggest you actually study what they say.”

        Why? If it is nonsense as you claim, why would I waste time reading it? On the other hand, I support freedom of expression and would not want to see folks censored just because you think they should be. This is particularly applicable to charges of anti-Semitism. If you can’t criticize those in power, including Jewish financiers, who then? The weak and powerless? This ongoing use of charging anti-Semitism as a weapon is a flagrant abuse of power. Period.

      • RoHa
        April 3, 2018, 8:06 pm
      • Keith
        April 4, 2018, 11:10 am

        ROHA- “Keith, I think you will like this.”

        Indeed I did. I was glad to see the author recognize that one of the features of our present system is its ability to co-opt the opposition. In capitalism, money is power and acquiring money necessary to get results. Yet, successful fundraising soon becomes an end in itself and major donors set the agenda within the framework of the elite perspective. That is why most successful NGOs soon become the missionaries of capitalist imperialism.

    • John O
      March 31, 2018, 11:01 am

      Or, to put it in a nutshell, the mural was a terrible piece of “art”. I’ve seen better executed graffiti on the canal towpath in Milton Keynes.

  18. amigo
    April 3, 2018, 3:01 pm

    Corbyn is in trouble –again.

    Apparently he attended a seder with a “Left Wing “Jewish group and they dissed Israel.

    “Jeremy Corbyn has defended his decision to attend a Passover dinner organised by the left-wing Jewish group Jewdas, which has previously dismissed allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party as “faux-outrage greased with hypocrisy and opportunism”.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-jewdas-passover-dinner-antisemitism-radical-left-wing-jewish-group-defends-decision-a8286441.html

    So Jeremy has been warned –join the conservative party and embrace (Far) Right wing Jewish groups or face exile from the Labour Party.

    These Israel firsters are serious when they threaten to Take Down senior British Ministers or leaders when said leaders do not do Israel,s bidding or Yahweh forbid , associate with left wing Jewish groups.

    • just
      April 3, 2018, 4:56 pm

      I read about that last night… what’s the problem? Too ‘left- wing’? Is justice anathema to them all?? Really?

      I found this at The Guardian just now:

      “We, members of Jewish Voice for Labour, strongly condemn the Israeli army’s violent response to the Land Day demonstration in Gaza, killing 15 Palestinian civilians and wounding hundreds more, many, according to Ha’aretz, shot in the back (Report), 31 March. We call for an unconditional end to Israel’s inhuman siege of Gaza and its brutal occupation of the West Bank which has destroyed the lives of generations of Palestinians. Dayenu. Enough is enough.
      Pamela Blakelock, Mike Cushman, Murray Glickman, Richard Kuper, Leah Levane, Jenny Manson, Diane Neslen, Jonathan Rosenhead, Leon Rosselson, Ian Saville, Glyn Secker, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi”

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/03/call-for-an-end-to-the-siege-of-gaza

      A dove needs 2 wings to soar. It needs hearts and love to survive and thrive. Thereby, the family and history soars, no matter what. In tears and laughter, good and generous and caring life will endure. I only wish that ‘Israelis’ would grasp this.

    • Bumblebye
      April 3, 2018, 7:48 pm

      I’ve seen considerable amusement about JC attending the wrong sort of seder. At the ‘mainstream Jewish organisations’ and Blairite (non-Jewish) MPs and party apparatchiks calling out the wrong sort of Jews in such a way as they are exposing their own antisemitism. A rather odd thing has happened on bbcR news too. Earlier in the day ‘mainstream Jewish organisations’ have now become ‘established’ and ‘more established’ Jewish organisations. Curious change in terminology.

      • RoHa
        April 3, 2018, 10:48 pm

        I recall that, when JC had an evening meal (a seder? – expert opinion is divided) with his colleagues just before Passover, he soon came to a sticky end.
        Let up hope it doesn’t happen again.

      • RoHa
        April 5, 2018, 12:42 am

        Let us hope…

      • RoHa
        April 5, 2018, 5:12 am

        Though, as someone we are not allowed to mention points out, JC did, we are told, make a surprising comeback.

      • eljay
        April 5, 2018, 8:58 am

        || RoHa: … Let up hope … ||
        || RoHa: Let us hope… ||

        Lettuce hoap.

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