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Labour Against the Witch-hunt/Campaign for Free Speech: New Anti-Semitism Row over David Miller.

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““Free speech is not the main problem here, it is a problem but not the main problem. It didn’t start with the Labour Party. It’s not started with the Labour Party and moved to the universities. It’s an all-out onslaught by the Israeli government.”

A few days ago Tony Greenstein hailed a Labour Against the Witch-hunt sponsored event this Saturday,

Labour Campaign for Free Speech Conference – Saturday February 13th 2 p.m. – It’s time to stand up and be counted

Tomorrow the newly formed (Labour) Campaign for Free Speech will be holding its founding conference. In the Labour Party free speech has been under attack by its failing leader Sir Keir Starmer and his glove puppet David Evans.  There have been suspensions and expulsions all round, of Jews especially, all in the name of fighting ‘anti-Semitism’! Yet the same Starmer is incapable of saying anything about a state which bars Arabs from 93% of the land.


We have a host of interesting speakers tomorrow including Norman Finkelstein, author of Holocaust Industry, whose parents were both survivors of concentration camps. Ronnie Kasrills, the Jewish Commander of the ANC’s military wing, Umkonte we-Sizwe, is also speaking as is Jackie Walker – the Black Jewish former Vice-Chair of Momentum whom Jon Lansman stabbed in the back.  Chris Williamson, the former MP for Derby North who was hounded out of the Labour Party and the only MP to stand up against the witchhunt will be speaking as will Graham Bash of Jewish Voices for Labour.

Also speaking will be Sami Ramadani from Stop the War Coalition, Jamie Stern-Weiner an expert on the IHRA and Professor David Miller of the University of Bristol who has also been targeted by Zionist witchhunters who are demanding that he be sacked for holding what to them are unacceptable views.

The final speaker will be Esther Giles, suspended Secretary of Bristol North-West who was removed by Save Our Socialists and Momentum from a rally last Sunday at the behest of Liverpool’s Lord Mayor Anna Rothery, for not bowing to political correctness over trans rights.

It was indeed David Miller’s views which have drawn attention to the event.

The Jewish Chronicle carries this story.

Bristol University’s Professor David Miller has called for the “end” of Zionism as a “functioning ideology of the world” after launching an astonishing attack on the Jewish student groups who have lodged formal complaints about his conduct.

Speaking at an online campaign event at the weekend Professor Miller said: “It’s a question of how we defeat the ideology of Zionism in practice. How do we make sure Zionism is ended essentially. There’s no other way of saying that.”

He then added: “It’s not enough to say Zionism is racism, Israel is a settler colonial society…

“The aim of this is not only to say things but  to end settler colonialism is Palestine, to end Zionism as a functioning ideology of the word.”

Bristol University professor calls for ‘end’ of Zionism as ‘functioning ideology of the world’


And what was the forum from which Miller launched this attack?

The sociology lecturer, who quit the Labour Party last year after being suspended following a claim Sir Keir Starmer took “Zionist” money, also used his speech at the Campaign For Free Speech event on Saturday to launch a direct attack on Bristol University’s JSoc and the  Union of Jewish Students.

Contributors include Norman Finkelstein, former Labour MP Chris WilliamsonJackie Walker (Labour Against the Witchhunt), Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi (Jewish Voice for Labour), anti-apartheid veteran Ronnie KasrilsSami Ramadani (Stop the War Coalition), Jamie Stern-Weiner (expert on IHRA) and David Miller (University of Bristol).

Harry’s Place has this take on the event.

Miller also accuses ‘Zionists’ of deliberately fomenting hatred of Muslims.

Launch Meeting Last December.


This Blog is in favour of defending these people’s right to bay at the moon.

But they can expect others who dislike what they say to react just as vigorously.

It is up to Bristol University to decide on whether Miller has broken professional rules.

It is up to the left to condemn his diatribe.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 15, 2021 at 5:25 pm

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  1. Someone at least had enough will to live to stay glued to his laptop screen throughout; https://wolvesofwestminster.co.uk/?p=4236

    david walsh

    February 15, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    • Cor!

      I was looking on Sunday for a full report on the event..

      Now there is this that you have linked to.


      Former Labour MP Chris Williamson

      “He laid part of the blame at the door of “the grassroots, those who claimed to be socialists in the ‘so-called’ Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs”, accusing them of failing to “speak out sufficiently” and saying they “didn’t push back strongly enough at all”. He described them as “apologists for Israel” and “apologists for neoliberalism and the military-industrial complex”.

      A former high-profile Labour activist, Tony Greenstein,

      “Mr Greenstein also called for the abolition of libel and defamation laws, saying: “I do believe, as a general rule and principle, the libel laws are used to restrict the right of people to exercise free speech. And they’re only available to the rich, the powerful and the privileged, by and large.

      “There’s no legal aid, and there never has been any legal aid, for libel. So, I would suggest we should support the abolition of the libel and defamation laws altogether, which would then allow a level playing field.” He added that he found the current system “undemocratic”.

      He lost his libel case against the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism last November.

      “Following the heated exchange, Mr Greenstein posted an assertion in the chat box that Palestinians considered the Israeli flag to be “a swastika”:

      Andrew Coates

      February 15, 2021 at 7:23 pm

  2. “Not bowing to political correctness”! As so often, he sounds like the Daily Mail when you get right down to it.


    February 15, 2021 at 11:10 pm

  3. This pathetic shower of antisemites and conspiracy theorists bleat on about “free speech” but their freedom of speech is not at issue. They are free to spread their wretched racism in public – not even holocaust denial is illegal in Britain. What they cannot do is spread their filth while remaining members of the Labour Party – quite a different matter.

    Jim Denham

    February 16, 2021 at 1:48 pm

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