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‘Constructed crisis for political ends’: anti-Semitism claims are prime weapon for UK Israel lobby, Al Jazeera shows

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While an Israeli operative’s efforts  to “take down” Britain’s Deputy Foreign Minister, may appear to be the biggest scandal to arise out of Al Jazeera’s investigative documentary The Lobby, what became clear to me throughout the four-part series was that the primary function of the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) and other pro Israel groups in the UK working with the Israeli embassy was smearing Palestinians and their supporters with charges of anti Semitism and other nefarious ad hominem claims. Jackie Walker, former vice-chair of Momentum, the leftwing of the Labour party, called this “a constructed crisis for political ends”.

Daily Express, British daily national tabloid, “Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour ‘is safe space for vile anti-Semites’. Screenshot: Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P2: The Training Session.

Evidence of this runs throughout the four-part series. Mark Regev, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, at a private meeting held during the annual Labour Party Conference in Liverpool last September, advises key activist leaders of Labour’s pro-Israel contingent on strategy and talking points:

“Why are people who consider themselves progressive in Britain, supporting reactionaries like Hamas and Hezbollah?  We’ve gotta say in the language of social democracy, I think, these people are misogynistic, they are homophobic, they are racist, they are anti-Semitic, they are reactionary. I think that’s what we need to say, it’s an important message.”

Mark Regev, “We’ve got to say… these people are misogynistic, they are homophobic, they are racist, they are anti-Semitic” Screenshot Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P3: An Anti-Semitic Trope/Al Jazeera

Here’s Elliot Miller, past president of the Jewish Society at the University College London (UCL) and currently national organizer for Student Rights, whose motto is “Tackling Extremism on Campus”, using the same strategy as Ambassador Regev during a violent exchange at UCL last October:

Elliot Miller: “You don’t respect women, you don’t respect gays”

Truly “a constructed crisis for political ends”. I was reminded of the “Strategy of Tension“, the covert psychological warfare utilized by agents-provocateurs during the cold war intended to manipulate and control public opinion using propaganda, disinformation and weaponizing fear in order to achieve strategic aims. Unwittingly, often the very society being manipulated becomes the public enforcer; that’s the idea anyway. Certainly the strategy appears to be wreaking havoc within the UK’s Labour party.

Jennifer Gerber, director of Labour Friends of Israel, is captured saying in conversation at Labour’s annual conference that anti-Semitism is “the defining narrative actually now”. Defining narrative of what? The Labour party? Or the LFI’s strategy of taking down the leftwing branch of the party?

Jennifer Gerber, Director of Labour Friends of Israel at the Labour Annual conference: “That is I think going to be the defining narrative actually now, which is anti-Semitism” Screenshot: Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P3: An Anti-Semitic Trope

Gerber then explains how it was a “difficult moment” when a woman made the assertion that anti Semitism was being “concocted to crush [Labour leader Jeremy] Corbyn” and then asks, “Is that [assertion] anti-Semitic guys, I don’t know, like?”

Michael Rubin, parliamentarian and pro Israel activist (who works closely with ex-Israeli Embassy diplomat/spy Shai Masot), replies, “I don’t know where the line is anymore”.

Alex Richardson, parliamentary aide to MP Joan Ryan, the Chairperson of LFI, was also present during the exchange. He offered: “I think if it makes you feel uncomfortable that’s the point in which you call it out and report it.”

He said that MP Ryan “convinced” him to report an alleged claim of anti-Semitism “because I was made to feel uncomfortable.” 

The young aide certainly looks uncomfortable, wincing throughout an exchange that takes place at LFI’s booth at the Labour convention between Jean Fitzpatrick, a Labour party member, and MP Joan Ryan. Fitzpatrick asks what LFI is doing to bring about a two state solution, an alleged aim of the organization. Fitzpatrick keeps saying she genuinely wants to know.

Ryan kept repeating the same message: they support and facilitate a two state solution, but she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, articulate how.

MP dodges question “I’m just working for a two state solution”

Sometimes people feel discomfort when they are cornered and do not know how to answer a question. It might make anyone feel uncomfortable, watching their boss or co-worker get tied up in knots flailing around unable to answer a simple question. Especially if your boss is an MP and the Chairperson of Labour Friends of Israel. But it doesn’t make the person inquiring a racist, or an anti-Semite. Especially when the question is a logical and a straightforward political demand. 

Alex Richardson looks on, uncomfortably, as his boss dodges questions about what the Labour Friends of Israel are doing about the 2 state solution “in practical terms”

If simply feeling uncomfortable is cause enough to file a report, this might help explain why Britain’s Community Security Trust (CST) reported 557 incidents of anti-Semitism across the UK last year, an 11% increase since 2015. It’s just not easy supporting and representing a state that is regularly charged with being an apartheid state, and participating in war crimes. 

The climax of the exchange comes when Fitzpatrick implores Ryan to explain how LFI was facilitating a two state solution, and mentions money and prestige:

“I’m asking you how you are bringing this about… I’m asking you about the settlements …You’ve got lots of money, you’ve got lots of prestige in the world.”

Ryan is clearly trying to get out of the conversation prior to this final exchange, and her aide, Alex Richardson, has a pained expression:

Alex Richardson looks uncomfortably

Was it really discomfort that led the MP to misrepresent what Fitzpatrick said as evidence of anti-semitism, file a report, and convince her parliamentary aide to file a corroborating report, and have the incident plastered all over the British press after the conference?

Ryan is well aware that LFI is well funded, and if it weren’t for its prestige, her allegations would never have landed in the headlines of the British press the next day. Is it really anti-Semitic to point out that her organization is well funded, when the Israeli government is giving a lot of money to the group via the Embassy? 

In an undercover tape Al Jazeera aired, Shai Masot, an official at the Israeli embassy, introduced Robin, Al Jazeera’s undercover agent, to Ryan, mentioning “he’s trying to arrange another delegation maybe, activists from LFI”, Ryan then queried Masot about what happened to names we put into the embassy?” to which he responded he had been authorized by the Israeli government to spend a million pounds. It’s not altogether clear what that money was authorized for. According to Al Jazeera (pt 2, 25:38), LFI stated “the conversation between Mr. Masot and their chairperson, Joan Ryan, had nothing whatsoever to do with LFI delegations.” Regardless,  Ryan responded “ That’s a lot of money!” Is it anti-Semitic to point out (as JJ GoldbergJeffrey Goldberg, and Stephanie Schriock have in the United States) that wealthy Jewish pro-Israel funders are the bedrock of support for the liberal parties? Don’t go there, anyone; it’s a trope, according to Ryan.

And what does the money pay for? When Jeremy Newark, Chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), announced the elevation of young Ella Rose to the post of JLM director, he explained that Rose “by no means… had the most Labour Party political experience” (in part one of the Al Jazeera series). But she could “play an incredibly critical role in the lead of the struggle against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party”.

Ella Rose, Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) director, contemplating beating up Jackie Walker: “I could take her, she’s like 5’2″”

Rose proves her mettle later on in the series, when she accuses Jackie Walker, the director of Momentum, of anti-Semitism. Rose has dramatic gifts: she burst into tears (pt 2, 21:56), having to “stand in front” of Walker, after being exposed as an Israeli embassy employee by Electronic Intifada, and claimed that her critics are all anti-Semites and she doesn’t care if they all “die in a hole“.

Rose’s conversation (at 17:26 pt 1) reveals a trajectory of what could be perceived as a strategy of accusation (of anti semitism), a gotcha focus with the objective of trapping people, as a means of one-upsmanship so as to advance the profile of the Jewish Labour Movement on the right flank of Labour, aligned with the faction of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Rose explains why Newmark hired her:

“A new guard came in… then all the anti-Semitism stuff kicked off, and JLM vastly increased its profile. They thought we should probably hire someone political who actually knows what they’re doing. Before that I was at the [Israeli] embassy working with Shai.”

The suggestion by critics that anything untoward is taking place is angrily rebuffed. Labour’s right flank postures itself as the real victims– for being accused of falsely accusing! For example, Michael Foster, a generous Jewish donor (£700,000) to Labour, last summer accused Corbyn supporters of behaving like “Nazi stormtroopers”, and was suspended by the party for the abuse, leading to yet more glaring Blame-Corbyn headlines in the British press:

Jeremy Corbyn reignites anti-Semitism row by kicking out leading Jewish donor for /comparing supporters to ‘Nazi stormtroopers’

As if accusing members in your own party of being Nazis is acceptable discourse. Foster said he “could have easily referred to Mao and the Red Guard or Saddam Hussein and the Revolutionary Guard” when discussing Momentum. But he didn’t: He chose Nazis.

I’m reminded of the competition for leadership within our own Democratic Party, the accusations lodged against Keith Ellison or potentially anyone else challenging the pro-Israel flank of the party if they slip up. There’s an effort to drive the left on both sides of the Atlantic into a conversation about anti-Semitism, because the left doesn’t buy Israel’s victim status.

As for those targeted, the bigger fish the better, beginning with Jeremy Corbin, of course, and his supporters in Momentum, like Walker. Labour party members are targeted for re-education programs through Labour Party trainings on anti-Semitism, and if you slip up you’re subject to an inquisition with the threat of being thrown out of the party, loudly and publicly with the press cheering it on.

Even using the word Zionist can be detrimental to one’s reputation and get one reported. Unless, of course, you are one:

Ella Rose says, “I’m a Zionist, shoot me”

Everyone in the UK, is well aware of the Labour party getting dragged through the mud ever since Corbyn’s left wing took over leadership of Labour in September of 2015. It’s time to end the strategy of tension. Hopefully this exciting Al Jazeera series will begin that process.

Here are links to this important series:

Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P1: Young Friends of Israel

Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P2: The Training Session

Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P3: An Anti-Semitic Trope

Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P4: The Takedown

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  1. amigo on January 17, 2017, 12:51 pm

    The only way to counteract these traitorous Israel firsters is to descend on them in numbers at these stalls and arrive with 3 or 4 lists of different questions.Then you assign 3 or four people to each of these propagandists and get them separated from each other and grill them incessantly about the occupation and illegal settlements and their so called support for the so called 2ss.Best also to covertly tape the event.Who cares if they are uncomfortable, that,s the whole idea.These scum who dabble in espionage in an attempt to “take down ” democratically elected ” representatives of a sovereign nation in the service of a foreign nation should be outed and dealt with..They demand to be comfortable.They should be arrested and tried for treason and jailed for life.The icing on the cake is that the State of Israel who used these fools will throw them under the bus and leave them to rot in Jail.

    This whole business is not yet over as the word is getting around .The ordinary man in the street often does not vote and turns a blind eye to some of what goes on in politics but when some foreign nation interferes with their democracy then that,s a step too far.The British citizens who are part of this should have their faces posted all over Britain so they can be challenged wherever they go. They think they have been made uncomfortable.Joan Ryan should be thrown out of the parliament and also charged with espionage.

    Mark (let me be clear ) Regev should be charged with espionage and that IDF major enabler and spy should be dealt with in the regular way.Not sure if the UK still executes spy’s but that is up to them.That,s one execution I will not protest over.

    Can you imagine anyone getting away with this in the Light unto the nations.

    Let,s hope this zionist inteference will end in a full open and impartial investigation and expose the dirty tricks of the uk zionist lobby .Let,s hope also that it acts as a warning to other nations that are or might be targets.

    • Marnie on January 19, 2017, 12:44 am

      Wouldn’t it just be easier to, as Ella Rose suggested, shoot them?

  2. Ossinev on January 17, 2017, 12:54 pm

    So far as I can tell the one person who could really make this hurt for the Zionists/Israeli Firsters here in the UK and put pressure on the Israeli Embassy , Jeremy Corbyn , has simply written to Theresa May asking for an investigation:

    Not a hope in hell given that TM is a leading member of the Conservative Friends of Israel

    I`m afraid that in so much of his actions/words on a range of issues IMO he comes across as a ditherer unable to grasp the importance of such issues and tackle them loudly and head on ( in this case the conspiracy is quite clearly the now exposed undercover efforts by a Foreign government, Israel , to undermine his leadership of the Labour Party and ultimately oust him as leader because of his support for the Palestinians).

    Israel`s nefarious activities have a history of being outed by Labour politicians so he would be in good company especially as David Milliband is Jewish.

    • annie on January 17, 2017, 2:37 pm

      Ossinev, yes i heard this morning about corbyn requesting an investigation, after writing this article which i finished last night. i’m not sure how to gauge corbyn’s response to all this. he seems to be trying to accommodate the charges against him and members of his party. i suppose he’s calculated many times since his leadership began the best way to approach the accusations, and has not made his decisions lightly.

      so much of this depends on the state of mind of the british people. as walker said in one of AJ’s interview clips with her, that being accused of anti semitism is akin to being called a pedophile or a murderer. so we’ve got a society in fear, even if corbyn isn’t (afraid of the accusation personally). his calculations are to give the right flank of his party the upperhand and accommodate holding this investigations which, as one could easily predict, were then slammed as a whitewash. so basically any direction he turns are not going to be good for him. he’s options being to either say they didn’t find strong evidence of this and get slammed, or completely capitulate and “admit” to rampant anti semitism (where no rampant anti semitism exists) and thereby set the country up for even more BS.

      i think it’s too much to expect that corbyn could undo years of programing. it’s people minds you have to change, to not be afraid, to realize the accusation is being used to place the society in such a position as to fear a real conversation about israel. and while this is going on, the hasbarists are throwing a wide wide net, to eliminate the term zionist and zionism from the lexicon except in a positive way, to conflate support for bds as anti semitic (which casts a very large net on supporters of palestine) and to conflate anti zionism (except under the most scrutinized conditions) as anti semitic. so i think corbyn has thought about all this and taken the road he thinks is the safest. it’s not the most courageous position, but i can’t evaluate the risk factor better than him. it might cause an explosion in british society and implode the labour party altogether if this reveal came earlier, i do think the gov should hold an investigation of course. but this has to come from pressure from the people.

      the press, is of course, on the side of the accusers — because it makes for radical headlines and only serves the “stabilization of the political institutions of power and the political order”.

      but i do think eventually this will be a story of the boy who cried wolf or the emperor with no clothes. i think people will get sick of it. the labour party is getting played but i have every confidence corbyn’s supporters will stand by him and he will stay the leader of the party and this will backfire against the accusers. let’s hope so anyway.

      • Citizen on January 21, 2017, 9:14 am

        So, Corbyn thinks the best he can do is call for an investigation, and hope the people get behind him on that, yet too thinks he will have to declare the investigation produced no significant evidence of anti-Semitism? Is that also what will eventually happen with Trump?

      • annie on January 21, 2017, 11:39 am

        i wasn’t very clear in my comment citizen, i was addressing 2 different investigations. there was a previous investigation (called in “inquiry” that already took place, carried out by Shami Chakrabarti, about examining anti semitism in the labour party, i think corbyn called for it after many accusations. when the results of that investigation came out, that there was no evidence of rampant anti semitism in the labour party, it was denounced by the usual suspects as a white wash.

        an investigation into the AJ investigation is a separate investigation. the one he is calling for now. i am not sure what you mean in reference to trump. about an investigation on whether he was present during a pissing on prostitutes event? or whether steve bannon is a white nationalist or whether he ever shared a bed w/putin?

  3. HarryLaw on January 17, 2017, 1:05 pm

    According to many Israeli supporters Anti-Semitism is defined thus: “I think if it makes you feel uncomfortable, I think that’s the point which you call it out and report it, and that’s why Joan convinced me to report the one yesterday because I was made to feel uncomfortable, and although nothing anti-Semitic was said I’m sure there were undertones of it and it was brought up on that context.” In other words criticism of Israeli Government war crimes including settlement building could be construed as Anti-Semitic, if the recipient of the criticism feels uncomfortable. Which they obviously would.
    Ilan Pappe said “They are really scratching the bottom of the barrel to make a list of two and a half cases of anti-Semitism … they themselves are not totally sure that they fall into their own strict definition of anti-Semitism.”
    Pappe added: “It’s in a way pathetic, but it’s also worrying how such pathetic evidence can be used to intimidate Jeremy Corbyn into establishing an inquiry commission and making daily confessions that he’s not anti-Semitic and so on.” My only complaint with Corbyn is he did not fight the charges vigorously enough, he knows what’s going on.
    During that Labour Party Conference in Liverpool Professor Jonathan Rosenhead had this to say on Antisemitism .
    “In response to a moral panic about Left anti-Semitism 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”.

    • annie on January 17, 2017, 1:24 pm

      i think it’s a contrived crisis, as walker stated,‘Constructed crisis for political ends’, which is what reminded me of the strategy of tension. although this differs in the sense that the cold war tactic involved false flag violent acts, the objective was the same, getting a society to except certain kinds of norms (by covert means) through crisis. — false flags. fake accusations of anti semitism by using fake quotes are false flag attacks. she said banking! and there was no way to prove she didn’t say it without the video — it was a miracle it existed. ryan created the anti semitism and tried to lay it on fitzpatrick. another definition of strategy of tension is ‘stabilization of the political institutions of power and the political order by a repressive intervention that would be welcomed by the public’, the way accusation of anti semitism appear to be embraced by LFI and the Jewish Labor Movement, as a means to an end.

  4. HarryLaw on January 17, 2017, 7:22 pm

    There is no Anti-Semitism in Britain, Jerry Lewis …. when police were called to University College London to investigate disturbances, Lewis admits they were caused by Jewish extremists paid for by they Israeli government putting Jewish students at risk.

    • oldgeezer on January 17, 2017, 9:40 pm


      What is the big deal about putting students safety at risk? Zionist thugs love antisemitism. They use it to implore Jewish peope to emigrate to their racist barbaric state. They use it to justify their barbaric actions against innocent civilians. Antisemitism and violence against Jewish people is their bread and butter. It benefits them. When they can’t generate sufficient hostility against Jews they will perpetrate acts against Jews themselves. They have even gone so far as to slaughter Jews for their own benefit. I am sure they wpuld argue the greater good but I doubt it is a selling point with either the victims or their families.

      Israel was born out of terrorist violence and it survives by the same means. A rogue state by action and definition.

      • Citizen on January 21, 2017, 9:46 am

        Yep. Some day in future Dick & Jane might realize this. I won’t hold my breath. Now, we have the Zionist punk Jared Kushner as the US broker for the I-P peace negotiations. Can it get more ridiculous? I’d ROFL except I empathize with the daily life of the Palestinians people, and I am totally frustrated that my tax dollars de facto fund those Settlements Kushner donates to…

    • annie on January 17, 2017, 9:46 pm

      harry, interesting as i just finished watching over an hour of that meeting taking notes along the way. ella rose makes an appearance and a statement later on and the president, jonathan akush, said “jerry i’m not sure if your remarks were helpful, let me say that social media videos that caught the disturbances at UCL showed that they were violent and intimidating with out any excuse whatsoever.”

      a woman on the board said the AJ investigation was a load of rubbish. (around 1:19:10), which is after jerry speaks but right before ella.

      anyway, jerry didn’t actually “admit” they were caused by Jewish extremists paid for by the Israeli government putting Jewish students at risk. he said “my thesis is this” and said “i was told when i was in israel, they’re doing these things so they can justify funding they get from israel, to try and make a point. ”

      but i was checking out that website, where elliot miller, the one caught in the violent action who’s screaming up above, he’s the national organizer. well the director of this same org has a video or an interview with him and another woman on the website (not on youtube tho) but you can see it here:

      it appears he’s trying to intervene on campuses and make it a requirement for students to report their concerns directly to the police. he’s a troublemaker, and bills himself as a terrorism specialist. i wonder who pays the salaries of the henry jackson society in london? who are these people attending these campus events and stirring up trouble? it sure looks like it from the video.

      at the beginning of the board of deputies video, there was a fair amount of discussion regarding this group called yachad, evidently they had their very own response to the UN resolution and it sent the PM (or some british gov official) and this was REALLY frowned upon because everyone should take their complaint to akush and he can speak for them instead because the board of deputies is the only democratically elected representatives of the jewish people in the UK (according to him), and yachad did not even consult with him! or something like that. it was interesting. around 51:20 in the tape, at least from my notes.

    • RoHa on January 17, 2017, 11:48 pm

      “There is no Anti-Semitism in Britain”

      Not now, but I’ll be back there again for a few days in February.

  5. hophmi on January 17, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Annie Robbins, always denying any antisemitism in Europe from her art studio in the Bay Area. #notacrediblelady.

    • annie on January 17, 2017, 9:59 pm

      oh that hashtag is #reallyimpressive hops. how’s your law office in new york doing. or do you work out of your basement?

      • Mooser on January 18, 2017, 11:37 am

        “or do you work out of your basement?”

        “Hophmi” has an office in the Jollity Building.

    • echinococcus on January 18, 2017, 6:12 am


      I wonder if anyone has already asked you to define what the hell you’re talking about? Like, what exactly do you mean by “antisemitism”?

      I’m sure the question arises for the first time.

    • Keith on January 18, 2017, 12:02 pm

      HOPHMI- “Annie Robbins, always denying any antisemitism in Europe from her art studio in the Bay Area.”

      Perhaps you should be concerned more with Zionist support for anti-Semitic neonazis in Europe? Victoria Nuland’s support for Svoboda and Pravy Sektor immediately comes to mind. Also, Israeli citizen and Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky organizing and funding the neonazi death squads which murdered 50 – 100 people in Odessa. This is very serious stuff which you choose to ignore. Your “concern” for European anti-Semitism nothing but a Zionist stratagem.

      • Egbert on January 19, 2017, 5:07 am

        It is more direct than that. There are Jewish Ukrainians fighting in Pravy Sektor. Borislav Bereza, the deputy leader of Pravy Sektor is Jewish and in his words to The Tablet, he is proud of it.

    • Talkback on January 18, 2017, 2:29 pm

      Hophmi: “Annie Robbins, always denying any antisemitism in Europe from her art studio in the Bay Area. #notacrediblelady.”

      Too stupid and dishonest to deal with what Annie actually writes #Hasbaratroll

    • talknic on January 19, 2017, 6:32 pm

      hophmi, always keen to demonstrate how far away from the basic tenets of Judaism a Zionist apologist can get by making another in an endless stream false accusations

    • Atlantaiconoclast on January 19, 2017, 10:50 pm

      I am curious Hophmi, what is the word you give for those like yourself who hate Palestinians for daring to fight against Israeli repression? Again, putting the mirror in front of your face!

    • hungrydave on January 22, 2017, 11:07 pm

      Hi Hophmi.
      It’s not that there’s no antisemitism in Britain, it’s that there’s very, very little on the left which is traditionally against all racism.
      There’s anti-semitism on the right, but this has left us brits scratching our heads wondering why it’s the left being attacked. Then we realise that the left supports human rights and follow the dots.
      Hungry dave

  6. RoHa on January 17, 2017, 11:52 pm

    “We’ve gotta say in the language of social democracy, I think, these people are misogynistic, they are homophobic, they are racist, they are anti-Semitic, they are reactionary.”

    And so they should be denied all rights and never allowed to participate in any political process.

    (Incidentally, when did people start using “misogyny” to mean “male chauvinism”?)

    • echinococcus on January 18, 2017, 6:08 am


      As it comes from the horse’s own mouth, it’s the language of that eminently colonialist, then imperialist, warmongering Social Democracy. Identity-politics-pandering social-democrat talk from the mouth of a national socialist. Same old.

      Playing his words over and over should be an excellent information piece.

      At any rate, this note was to wonder about not when people started to use misogyny but the counter-question: When and by what miracle did the by-Jingo French nationalism of Private Chauvin suddenly become a term of sexual identity politics?

      • RoHa on January 18, 2017, 9:02 am

        According to Wikipedia, the term “male chauvinism” was first used in a play in 1935. However, it remained almost unknown to the rest of the world until the later 60s, when the Women’s Libbers started using it. (I, of course, remember this.) it was quite a useful term, and easily understood because in those days quite a few of us actually knew what words meant.

        Nowadays, thanks to the usual deadly trio of laziness, carelessness, and ignorance, the “male” is, more often than not, omitted. The term for extreme nationalism is used to mean the belief in male superiority.

        And I expect to hear the usual cries of “it doesn’t matter because we all know what they mean”. Only sometimes we don’t.

      • echinococcus on January 20, 2017, 8:11 am


        Thanks for your note. The deplorables among us of abominable Frog origin remember the nail-on-blackboard effect in ’68. Can we now go back to good old “misogyny”?

      • RoHa on January 21, 2017, 1:31 am


        Mysogynists don’t like women, and don’t want to have anything to do with them.

        Male chauvinists may like women to the extent of having a whole harem full of them, but still hold ideas of male superiority.

  7. JohnSmith on January 18, 2017, 1:35 am

    Someone like Joan Ryan just makes me too angry. The level of arrogance and smugness, the entitledness. It’s mindboggling. I hope that now that people know what she is and what she stands for they will keep the pressure on her to face her staunch support of war crimes and war criminals from now until the one-state reality of Israel is recognized and Palestinians are given equal rights. (Far too far in the future, I know.) Using a shred of logic, defending one’s claims with the tiniest smidgen of proof. Is that too much to ask for? Just keep asking her, and asking, and asking.

  8. Ossinev on January 18, 2017, 6:15 am

    Thank you for the quotes from Ilan Pappe I had not seen them before. I found Corbyn`s response to the accusations of endemic “anti Semitism” in the Labour Party at first puzzling but then infuriating.The core beliefs of the traditional Socialist Labour Party which he claims to stand for were being openly and falsely trashed and instead of laying into the accusers which for all their faults the likes of Ken Livingstone and George Galloway would have done he appeared to give some credence to the accusations by calling for an enquiry.

    As for the general theme of endemic anti – Semitism in the UK – this as Pappe points out is nonsense. The usual suspects the extreme right wing Nazi sympathiser groups still exist and will always exist in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and the US. Yes they hate Jews but also hate in equal if not greater measure Blacks, Moslems ,Gays , Gypsies,Eastern Europeans you name it. As for daily examples of anti – Semitism in the UK as Pappe suggests it is very much a question of Zionist pressure groups desperately trying to find examples or manufacturing examples to keep the “endemic” myth alive and enjoying the support of a slavish pro – Israel press in their endeavours. As there is no real substantive evidence of this endemic anti – Semitism in the general UK public they have simply switched to a convenient two birds with one stone line of attack viz criticism of Israel/criticism of Zionism = anti – Semitism.

    It is all very pathetic and laughable but when directed at the members and leaders of a Party whose traditional values are being trashed then the leader of the Party should as I have said really be laying into those accusers.

    For what it is worth I am fairly well travelled in the UK and in Ireland. I have never witnessed / experienced any anti Semitism of any shape form or kind and have never heard of any incidents in the various localities in the UK where I have lived.. I would be very interested to see the current and back catalogue of such incidents as identified and recorded by Jewish “monitoring” groups but I suspect that they would be very reluctant to release full and detailed information because as Pappe says it would likely illustrate the “scraping the barrel” situation.

  9. SamT on January 18, 2017, 7:27 am

    In Australian media there has been absolute silence, signaling pressures on News Corp. and Fairfax, or maybe just their compliance..When the PM says Israel is a Beacon of Democracy and the Foreign Minister wonders who said settlements are ilegal the knowing public gets the message….Don’t talk about #2334!

  10. gamal on January 18, 2017, 10:14 am

    “As if accusing members in your own party of being Nazis is acceptable discourse. Foster said he “could have easily referred to Mao and the Red Guard or Saddam Hussein and the Revolutionary Guard” when discussing Momentum. But he didn’t: He chose Nazis.”

    In England it is imperative to slur correctly, but more interestingly

    The Zionist lobbyists are using the ‘soft-power’ aspect of a counterinsurgency approach rather than attempting to debate their opponents within the confines of legitimate democratic political intercourse.

    while people are concerned about anti-semitism the UK is embracing her Muslim community with something called CONTEST (see link) which is comprised of 4 limbs

    “Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare” (?)

    the soft power bit is the current Zionist approach to their fellow non-Muslim citizens, but there is always the kinetic option, the Muslims are getting that already see at link, and see if you think this below fits the scenario you describe

    “Soft-power’ is used to mean non-violent action that seeks to influence a social agent and make them change their behaviour. In a counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism context, the use of soft-power would typically involve the use of financial reward and inducements, developing a rapport with people/populations in order to develop intelligence, and the crafting and dissemination of propaganda or ‘strategic communication’.

    What is worth emphasising is that even though soft-power may be non-violent, it can still be highly coercive and therefore, in practice, create the same outcome or effect as an act of violence. Exactly how both forms of power are combined in order to fulfil state objectives, discipline groups, and socially control populations can be better understood by drawing on Antonio Gramsci’s (1971) seminal work on hegemony. Such a framework is especially helpful in theoretically understanding the false dichotomy between coercion and consent, and ultimately, Prevent and Pursue.”

  11. Imran520 on January 19, 2017, 1:07 am

    Ryan is clearly trying to get out of the conversation prior to this final exchange, and her aide, Alex Richardson, has a pained expression

  12. K Renner on January 19, 2017, 12:17 pm

    Tw*ts like Elliot Miller: “Hey look over there!”

    A lot of assumption on his part, a lot of whataboutery.

    Let’s not forget the fact that anyone who wants to paint “the Islam” as violent across the board can’t pretend that Judaism, per old testament scripture, is a genocidal, cult-like, ethno-supremacist religion.

    Of course, it’d be stupid to accuse “the Jews” of harbouring these qualities as a people. But if they start to play those kinds of games as far as Palestinians or “the Muslims” in general are concerned– well…..

    • Atlantaiconoclast on January 19, 2017, 10:54 pm

      How true. There is very little social opprobrium heaped on anyone who criticizes the worst aspects of Islam, but if you dare suggest that a sub group of Jews is not loyal to their nation, or are anything less than angelic victims, then you are branded as a dirty anti Semite, and your career is in danger.

  13. gingershot on January 19, 2017, 2:38 pm

    ‘The Successful 2nd American Revolution-Party Planks’


    28th Amendment specifically targeting negation of Israeli manipulation and Pro-Israeli manipulation of Congress specifically, or by any other foreign nation and it’s supporters,restricting and eliminating foreign or foreign supporter-donations to the US Political System, donations to American political campaigns

    First force AIPAC to register as agency of a foreign government, re-open the Rosen-Weissman and Rep Jane Harman completed crime of obstruction of justice

    Second – declare AIPAC illegal based on outcome of above

    A handful of other additions are likely but will try to keep it simple – love to hear some pro bono 28th amendment language suggestions

    Vote the 2nd American Revolution-Party as part of the social revolution against Trump and the REST of the Israel Lobby

    • Atlantaiconoclast on January 19, 2017, 10:59 pm

      Better yet, why not convince Trump supporters that Israel is not the true friend of the US? Appeal to their patriotism! On the other hand, if you make this about the anti Trump movement, you will completely alienate almost everyone who voted for him. There are many Trump supporters who are potential allies! You can still oppose Trump, without tying the Palestinian cause to your agenda. In fact, you are hurting this cause by alienating Trump supporters.

  14. gingershot on January 26, 2017, 8:24 pm

    ‘You can still oppose Trump, without tying the Palestinian cause to your agenda’/
    Better yet, why not convince Trump supporters that Israel is not the true friend of the US? –

    The take down of the Kahanist Neocon/Israeli Lobby/Jewish Lobby in tandem with the collapsing Kahanist Israeli Apartheid is what’s going on right now

    Trump is roped together with Bibi and they are plunging down a crevasse – their plummeting mass creating enough momentum and constant destabilization of the other to do the trick after UN 2334

    Trump sticking himself to Bibi (see the Tom Friedman article ‘Bibi makes Trump his Chump’) is just the next verse in the saga of monumental blunders of this narcissistic buffoon

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