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Anti-Semitism, Populism, and calls for Labour expulsions – on all sides.

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“Sinister slogan” says Jonathan Freedland.

A comrade at the Chartist AGM said, roughly, this:

“Labour looks like two groups of people who want to expel each other”.

There are good reasons why people should be concerned with the way in which a fringe have broadcast anti-Semitic views.

As in this:

For the background to the man in the story,  Pete Gregson, see: A Stir in the Suburbs.

..the question still remains – does anti-Zionist obsession turn people into loons, or are loons attracted to anti-Zionism?

If people still bury their heads in the sand one can suggest they follow Steve Cook’s Twitter feed

Not to mention the Monster Raving Greenstein’s responses:

 

This does not mean following everybody in the other camp, many of whom seem equally fixated on this issue.

Jonathan Freedland, in the Guardian has made one of many efforts to associate Labour with anti-Jewish hatred  in recent days, claims that Corbyn’s ‘left-wing populism’ leaves the way open for anti-Semitic messages.

The roots of Labour’s antisemitism lie deep within the populist left.

Populism, is a “politics that pits the virtuous mass of ordinary people against a wicked, corrupt elite.” Freeland continues, singling out populist figures such as Nigel Farage, Hungary’s  Orbán and Boris Johnson  bending to the present national populist wind.

But Freedland’s main target is the “huge chunks of the egregious anti-Jewish racism spewed out in left circles and on social media has nothing to do with Israel or Palestine: it’s all bankers and Rothschilds, control of the media and Holocaust denial. Of course, sometimes “Zionism” is deployed as a handy codeword, but today’s anti-Jewish racists have often left the Middle East behind. It’s Jews they’re obsessed with.”

He then plunges further,

Matt Bolton and Frederick Harry Pitts argue that Corbynism’s big move is away from seeing capitalism as a system with its own unalterable dynamics, compelling all within it to operate according to its own logic, to seeing its cruelties instead as the work of malign individuals. “From this perspective,” they write, “capitalist crises, poverty and inequality are wholly avoidable phenomena. They are the result of an immoral minority wilfully using the power of money, financial trickery and ideology to undermine – or, indeed, ‘rig’ – a society based on ‘real’ production which would otherwise work to the benefit of all.”

Such a view of capitalism – focusing on individuals, not structures – doesn’t necessarily end in hatred of Jews: you might blame some other “immoral minority”. But this is the problem with talking endlessly of the “many, not the few” (a sinister slogan which I loathed when Tony Blair was using it). Pretty soon, and especially after the 2008 crash, people will ask: who exactly are this few, working so hard to deny the rest of us our utopia? The antisemite has a ready answer…

Without bothering to discuss what the “populist left” is – examples, one might think spring to mind,  would then go to the best known theorist of left-wing populism, Chantal Mouffe, or to explicitly populist left-wing parties, above all, La France insoumise (LFI) and Podemos. LFI is noted for its sovereigntism – the nationalist road against globalisation. It is Corbyn and his advisers’ tendency to this socialism  in one country, defying the globalised world which is the focus of Bolton and Pitts.

This is a different claim to Freedland’s that the ‘floating signifier’ of immoral minorities washes up in anti-semitism.

No proof for this sweeping claim is offered.

A more common direction is for left-populists, the case for a handful of supporters of Jean-Luc Mélenchon  is to take their national soveriegnty seriously and end up on the National Populist right.

If we look at Labour how many accept the “ready answer” of the anti-semite when Labour’s policy is against anti-semitism?

Like Mouffe (not to mention Ernesto Laclau)  at her most abstract Freedland seems to think it’s enough for a ‘discourse’ to be articulated for it to find a ready audience.

Critics of left-wing populism, including this Blog (cited in Bolton and Pitt’s book, Corbynism: A Critical Approach (2018), oppose the idea that one can pit a federated “people” against the “oligarchy” and the elite,. This is not just because of a belief in the structures of class, and the economics of capitalism, but because socialist and left-wing Enlightenment thinking mean thinking, not emotion, internationalist values, not populist nationalism, plebiscitary rule,  in a left form.

Many would consider that Freedland relies on charged emotions, or as Frédéric Lordon would call them, “affects”,  to carry his argument through.

A similar attempt to associate left-wing populism (not a term barely used by Corbyn supporters, and not that common even in articles in small circulation left magazines), is made by David Hirsch.

Why antisemitism and populism go hand-in-hand

The populist demagogues construct communities of the good and they cast out those who do not fit. The Corbynites call the bad people, the ‘one per cent’, the Zionists, the bankers or the elites. The Brexiters call them betrayers of the will of the people or they denounce those who side with foreign nations and bureaucrats against ‘us’. There is much contempt for the ‘liberal elite’, cosmopolitans, globalists and citizens of nowhere. Populism embraces nostalgic nationalism but it has one eye on a more radical project for the whole of humanity.

That an academic cites no sources  to prove his case to associate Corbyn and the Labour Party in this string of assertions is hardly surprising.

Otherwise known as an “amalgam” (amalgame, “Mélange d’éléments hétérogènes) this is a polemical technique, not an argument.

Academics are adept at making floating signifiers float…

Or to put it another way Hirsch is a conspiracy theory about populism, “Each populism is at heart an irrational conspiracy fantasy” as conspiracy theories.

Labour and anti-Semitism. 

Many people are irked by the charges of anti-semitism.

Lindsey German is – and we say this despite our deep differences – not wrong when she says this in her Weekly Briefing,

Antisemitism exists in the Labour Party and needs to be dealt with (ironically much of the slowness in all this predated the tenure of Jennie Formby). But it needs to be put in perspective and not to be blamed on Jeremy Corbyn who has a lifelong record of anti-racism, including opposing racism against Jews. However, since in particular the attack by Margaret Hodge on Corbyn last year, any such perspective has been abandoned.

Indeed. Labour is not a seed-bed of anti-semitism. Parts – on the evidence small parts – of the party have become the territory that forces hostile to our democratic principles. This should be “dealt with”.

However, German’s following call, from a member of the non-Labour  Counterfire, which spent many years backing red-brown George Galloway, is not helpful.

The Labour left needs to start giving as good at it gets from its enemies or it will lose, argues Lindsey German

I have always been hesitant about the tactic of reselection of MPs, because it has often backfired in the past. But really I see no alternative to the members challenging MPs who constantly attack the leadership and refuse to listen or make any compromise.

Accommodating these people hasn’t worked, so it’s time to replace them with people who respect the leadership and the membership.

Another, much less serious,  and much smaller, groupuscule, Labour Party Marxists, closely connected to Labour Against the Witch-hunt, whose Vice-Chair is the above Greenstein, yesterday endorsed the following approach:

Getting rid of some of the biggest saboteurs in the Parliamentary Labour Party is crucial in the fight to transform the party into a weapon of and for the working class.

So we have two prongs of an appeal, to rid the party of the “populist left”, accused of encouraging anti-Semitism, and the groupuscules calling to expel the right.

Yet.

Boris Johnson is going to be British PM.

This chap is going to be in a key position of influence.

Most of us  intend to spend most of our time fighting them and the hard-right Brexit project.

Just remember: this is the Vice Chair of Labour Against the Witch-hunt:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anti-Semite ‘Comedian’ Dieudonné Likely to do Community Service after Gaol Sentence for Tax Fraud.

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Dieudonné: Compares Jews to slave traders (négriers”)

French comedian Dieudonné courts controversy again after he was sentenced in Paris on Friday to two years in jail for tax fraud and money laundering. The sentence relates to more than one million euros of undeclared earnings.

Dieudonné, a convicted anti-Semite, was also slapped with a 200,000-euro fine. Under the court arrangement, he will likely do community service instead of jail time.

A highly popular comedian, especially in the low-income areas, he was found guilty in the past of condoning terrorism; in 2014, Prime Minister Manuel Valls once tried to shut down his performances, arguing they were a threat to public safety.

Police found 657,000 euros in cash in his home. Legally known as Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala, he and others sent 565,000 euros to Cameroon, where he has family members.
Dieudonné’s anti-Semitism acts include bringing a Holocaust denier on stage during a performance, decrying the “Zionist lobby” that rules the world. He made popular a hand gesture called the “quenelle”, which looks strikingly like a Nazi salute.

Radio France International.

As one would expect  many supporters attracted to his act have given backing to the racist tax cheat.

Strong support, born from years of close co-operation, came from Holocaust denier Alain Soral’s confusionist red-brown Site, Égalité et Réconciliation.

Dieudonné – Deux ans de prison ferme !

Apart from his “humour” about the Holocaust, “pornographie mémorielle’ (see also ‘Shoah nanas’ : Dieudonné condamné à 28 000 euros d’amende en appel) is known for his sketches on the theme that Jewish people organised the slave trade, See DIEUDONNE, LES JUIFS, ET LA TRAITE NEGRIERE

Dieudonné stood as part of this red-brown ”anti-Zionist‘ list in 2009 for the European elections with, amongst others, from Islamist racists like Yahia Gouasmi, Ultra-orthodox ‘anti-Zionist’ Rabbi  Shmiel Mordche Borreman, and, notably, Holocaust denier ‘Alain Soral.

La liste antisioniste : la honte de ces élections européennes

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July 7, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Chris Williamson and Political Confusionism.

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After Reinstatement Williamson Supporters in Labour Against the Witch-hunt have “Handy list of saboteurs” to Remove from Labour Party.

This story comes today:

Jon Lansman says MP has not shown ‘one iota of contrition’ over antisemitism row

Man of integrity George Galloway was not slow to respond:

Background:

Why was Chris Williamson readmitted to Labour?

Patrick Maguire New Statesman.

In the month leading up to the withdrawal of the whip from Williamson at the end of February, he had, among other things: accused of Labour of being “too apologetic” about accusations of anti-Semitism in the party’s ranks, attacked critics of an activist suspended for anti-Semitism, and planned a parliamentary screening of a documentary championing the cause of Jackie Walker, another suspended Labour activist.

Incidents such as these – of which there are, frankly, too many to list – have long been a source of consternation not just for Williamson’s colleagues in the PLP but for some allies of Jeremy Corbyn too. But his often provocative behaviour when it came to Britain’s Jews was for a long time indulged by the leader’s office for the simple reason that he was, politically speaking, closer to Corbyn than almost any other Labour backbencher.

The incidents can still be listed:

Here is another one:

It is hard to say just how much many of us on the left loathe him for promoting Assad apologist Beely.

This was the story in the Huffington Post last year.

Labour’s Chris Williamson Praises Vanessa Beeley, Blogger Who Called Jo Cox A ‘Warmongering Blairite’

Bob continues,

Then there is this (December 2018)

Labour MP apologises for backing ‘antisemitic’ jazz musician

Chris Williamson promoted petition in support of Gilad Atzmon, who denounced ‘Holocaust religion’.

Bob from Brockley has a number of important posts on this background: here and here.

Patrick Maguire continues,

…The decision to overrule a recommendation by party staff that the case be referred to the National Constitutional Committee, Labour’s supreme disciplinary body, has been blamed on Williamson’s colleague Keith Vaz, who is said to have argued and voted for Williamson’s readmission on the grounds that he represents a marginal seat. He was joined by Huda Elmi, elected as part of the #JC9 slate of Corbyn-supporting membership representatives last summer, while George Howarth, who represents the PLP on the NEC, voted against his readmission.

The central issue is whether his actions have brought Labour into disrepute. 

The problem is wider than Labour’s internal difficulties.

Williamson, as his admiration for an Assad apologist who slandered Joe Cox, who promotes conspiracy theories (see Libcom Tweets above), his string of ambiguous statements on ‘Zionism’, his flip flop politics (once a supporter of PFI Blair style local government, now Corbyn’s would-be friend), is a political confusionist. That is he mixes ideas such as anti-imperialism, socialism and anti-Zionism, in a way that leads him to make dubious associations. This is not some random tweeter, it is a Labour MP who claims to be on the left. The pro-Baathist Beeley is, to put it mildly, the enemy  of the left.

“Often based on a conspiracy view of the world, political confusionism is also fostered by the development of conspiracy theories, while at the same time helping to relay them. “

Qu’est-ce que le confusionnisme politique ?

Williamson is very far from being alone in the field. But somebody whose politics are by definition unclear, clearly does not merit much respect.

Here is a more developed form:

 

 

 

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June 28, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Galloway Sacked from Talk Radio for “blatent Anti-Semitism” as Red-Brown Front Cracks.

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George Galloway ‘sacked’ from TalkRadio over Champion’s League comments

Evening Standard.

George Galloway has revealed he has been sacked from Talk Radio following a huge backlash to comments he made about Liverpool’s Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur.

The former Labour party member, who has hosted a TalkRadio show since 2016, faced criticism and was condemned by Spurs after he was accused of “blatant anti-Semitism” by the club.

In congratulating the Merseyside club, Mr Galloway tweeted: “Congratulations to the great people of Liverpool to the memory of socialist miner Bill Shankley, to the fallen #96, to those who fought for justice for them and to the Liverpool dockers.

“No Israel flags on the cup”.

On Monday morning, Mr Galloway said he had been given a “red card” from TalkRadio, and said: “I’ve just been sacked by TalkRadio. See you in court guys. #Palestine #Moats Long live Palestine”.

Note that Galloway always spells Israel with a tréma as in above, ‘Israël.

The reason is bleeding obvious, “Israël” is the French spelling. It’s not an umlaut but a tréma as in Noël, maïs, ambiguë. Galloway can thus make Israel sound ‘foreign’ in the language of a secular state he hates almost as much as Israel.

In the meantime another Brexit Party supporter, Ann Widdecombe finds herself in a spot of bother.

 

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June 3, 2019 at 11:54 am

As French National Populist Rassemblement Takes Projected Lead in European Polls Anti-Semitism Scandal Emerges.

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Marine Le Pen’s Party  likes a laugh…

The Rassemblement National (RN) stands at 23,5% in polls for the European elections, just ahead of Macron’s list, for En marche at 22,5% (Européennes : un nouveau sondage donne le Rassemblement national devant En Marche ) In another poll more than a third of French people are reported to  have a “good opinion” of the far-right party (Plus d’un tiers des Français ont une bonne opinion du Rassemblement National).

This morning on Europe 1 Gilets Jaunes were interviewed on how they would vote.One said for Marine Le Pen’s party, the other would cast his ballot for La France insoumise.Meanwhile this  scandal around the picture of a Rassemblement National aide disguised in “funny” dress as a Rabbi has been hitting the French media headlines.
This is the background from Konbini news.C’est un nom inconnu du grand public. Et pourtant, Guillaume Pradoura est bien connu de la délégation du Rassemblement national (ex-Front national) au Parlement européen. Par son curriculum vitae d’abord. Actuellement assistant de l’eurodéputé Nicolas Bay, en 7e place sur la liste RN aux élections européennes, il a été un temps colistier de Marion Maréchal-Le Pen aux élections régionales de 2015.

He is unknown to the general public. And yet, Guillaume Pradoura is well known to the Parliamentary group of the Rassemblement national (RN) (former Front National) in the European Parliament. By his CV to begin with. He is currently assistant to the MEP Nicolas Bay, in 7th place on the list RN in the European elections. He was on the same election list as Marion Maréchal-Le Pen in the 2015 regional elections.

Guillaume Pradoura s’est d’abord fait un nom au sein de la mouvance identitaire avant de rejoindre le parti de Marine Le Pen. Un engagement qui lui permit de nouer de solides relations avec différents groupes nationalistes et néonazis européens. Au point de faire jouer son réseau pour aider un jeune Français proche du Ku Klux Klan à échapper aux forces de l’ordre, avait révélé Mediapart en 2016. L’assistant de Nicolas Bay avait alors expliqué au site d’information avoir “voulu l’aider, dans une sorte de réflexe paternaliste”.

Guillaume Pradoura first made a name for himself within the identitarian movement before joining the party of Marine Le Pen.  This was an engagement that allowed him to build strong relationships with different nationalist and neo-Nazi European groups. To the point of using his network to help a young Frenchman close to the Ku Klux Klan to escape the police, as Mediapart revealed in 2016. The assistant of Nicolas Bay had then tried to explain this by saying that he ” wanted to help, in a kind of paternalistic reflex’ .

He is now suspended from membership of the Rassemblement national.

RN : l’assistant de Nicolas Bay suspendu après s’être “déguisé” en juif sur une photo

The Rassemblement national (RN) announced Friday the suspension of Parliamentary Assistant to the European Parliament, RN Nicolas Bay after the broadcast of a photograph depicting him “disguised” as a Jew.

On this snapshot posted on social networks by MEP Sophie Montel, former activist of the National Front, Guillaume Pradoura is wearing a rabbi hat lined with curls. He grimaces in front of the lens, his hands twisted.

“Guillaume Pradoura is immediately suspended from the National Gathering and summoned before the conflict commission for the purpose of exclusion”, wrote Friday on his Twitter account the mayor of Hénin-Beaumont (Pas-de-Calais) and vice-president of the RN, Steeve Briois.

At the beginning of the day on Radio Classique, Nicolas Bay had played down the importance of this “very old photo, which dates from 2012 or 2013” and spoke of “bad taste”.

This picture was initially defended by his boss,

“It was a dressing up, a simple bad taste joke  in a private setting” , said the former Vice President of the Front National Nicolas Bay,

Aide to far-right French politician pictured wearing Orthodox Jewish costume

Times of Israel.

Guillaume Pradoura, an aide to National Assembly leader Nicolas Bay, posing in 2013 while wearing an Orthodox Jew costume. (screenshot news.konbini.com via JTA)

JTA — An assistant of the general-secretary of France’s foremost far-right party was photographed grimacing while dressed as an Orthodox Jew and extending claw-like fingers at the camera.

Labeled by the French media as an “anti-Semitic caricature,” the image from 2013 of Guillaume Pradoura, which surfaced in social networks this week, exposed the National Rally – formerly National Front – to fresh criticism of anti-Semitism in its ranks.

Pradoura is the assistant of Nicolas Bay, ranked number 7 on the list for this month’s European Parliament elections by the National Rally under Marine Le Pen.

Bay dismissed criticism over the picture, saying that “it was a disguise, a mere joke made in bad taste made privately,” Kobini, a news site, reported Thursday.

Far-right candidate of the National Rally party Nicolas Bay, speaks during a media conference for the upcoming European elections next month in Strasbourg, eastern France, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the party’s founder and father of it’s current leader, Marine Le Pen, has multiple convictions for denying the Holocaust and inciting racial hatred against Jews. His daughter has kicked him out of the party and vowed to stop expressions of anti-Semitism in its ranks.

 

Labour Against the Witch-hunt Faces New Crisis over “member’s support for Holocaust denier.”

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The “procedure that Peter faced has been wholly unfair..” Tony Greenstein.  January 2019

Last November in the Weekly Worker, a leading force in Labour Against the Witch-hunt,  ‘Carla Robert’ of Labour Party Marxists wrote,

Similarly ridiculous is the case of Edinburgh Labour Party member Peter Gregson, who is currently “under investigation”. We will not be surprised if Gregson is also either told to undergo the JLM’s pro-Zionism training and/or referred to the NCC.

Anti-Zionism and self-censorship

By no coincidence whatsoever Labour Against the Witch-hunt publicly declared,

LAW Statement: Lift suspension of Peter Gregson from GMB, stop investigation

Labour Against the Witchhunt calls on Labour’s NEC to reject the allegations of anti-Semitism against Peter Gregson, condemns his suspension by the GMB trade union and calls for the immediate restoration of his full membership rights.

But, spotters of LAW’s tortured inner workings will have noticed at the time,

Although Peter’s petition is a good idea, challenging Labour’s NEC to revoke its adoption of the IHRA definition, we cannot support it. Firstly, we disagree with some of its wording – eg, before it adopted the full IHRA definition on September 4, Labour did not allow “full freedom of speech on Israel”. On the contrary, the witch-hunt was in full flow long before that. Secondly, some of the formulations in Peter’s supporting documents internalise the racism of Zionist ideology, failing to distinguish clearly between the Zionist movement and the Jewish population, and attributing a non-existent collective political identity to “the Jews”, eg, “the Jews have so much leverage here [in the UK]”.

LAW leading light Tony Greenstein wrote in January,

Although Labour Against the Witchhunt didn’t support Peter’s petition because of problems with its wording we recognise that it represents a significant opposition in the Labour Party to the attempt to curtail if not abolish freedom of speech.

Of course the corrupt and racist GMB has never had freedom of speech. The regional barons ruled without opposition. The union exists primarily for the benefit of its highly paid officials not its membership. However even Roache and co. will have difficulty defending this particularly iniquitous decision. If Peter’s expulsion is not revoked then GMB members should join another, genuine trade union.

Shop Steward Expelled for ‘anti-Semitism’ by a Racist and Corrupt Trade Union

In March Labour Party Marxists (another hat for LAW to wear) were saying:

Reinstate Peter Gregson 

 It goes without saying that, while Gregson is not anti-Semitic, he can certainly be criticised for his eccentric politics – in the words of Jewish Voice for Labour, he is a “loose cannon”. For example, he admits that his initiative can be described as a “death-wish” petition, in that it is “sticking two fingers up to the NEC” by “brazenly breaking the IHRA rule”. He adds: “It is important now for more of us to come out and openly breach the IHRA, whilst never being anti-Semitic in the true sense of the word.”

Such brazen defiance is a matter of tactics, of course, but it must be said that in current circumstances it is not exactly a wise move. Firstly, the forces opposing the witch-hunt are extremely weak and are hardly in a good position to mount a successful challenge of this sort. Secondly, the “death-wish” petition does the right’s work for it by identifying hundreds of Labour members as easy targets.

Gregson also makes himself a target through his inappropriate choice of words. For instance, he has claimed that “Jews” in Britain have “leverage” because of what he describes as a general feeling of guilt over the holocaust. When this clumsy phrasing was criticised by JVL – surely it is the Zionists, not undifferentiated “Jews”, who would try to turn any such sentiment to their advantage? – he was not prepared to admit his error or change his wording. His response is: “… we suffer in the UK from holocaust guilt. Thus, all Jews have leverage, whether they want it or not, because all Jews were victims.”

However, we must not let this hold us back from defending him.He is a victim of a rightwing witch-hunt, aimed at defeating the left and regaining control of the party for the Blairites.

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Now…

Emails reveal row within Labour Against The Witchhunt over member’s support for Holocaust denier

Pete Gregson insisted denier Nick Kollerstrom was ‘Holocaust sceptic’, and was condemned by fellow LAW member Tony Greenstein

Labour Against The Witchhunt (LAW) – which was launched to defend Labour activists accused of antisemitism – has been rocked by a bitter rift over one of its member’s open support for a Holocaust denier.

Tony Greenstein, LAW’s vice-chair, who was himself expelled from Labour over his use of the word “Zio” and for mocking the phrase Final Solution, has clashed with another of the group’s supporters .

Peter Gregson – who has been backed by LAW since being expelled by the GMB union over alleged antisemitism – had urged Mr Greenstein and his allies to support a petition he started, which included links to an article by Ian Fantom of the conspiracy theory Keep Talking group.

In that article, Mr Fathom writes approvingly of Dr Nick Kollerstrom – author of The Auschwitz ‘Gas Chamber’ Illusion.

But in emails sent to LAW’s leading members – including expelled Labour activist Jackie Walker, her partner Graham Bash and Tina Werkman – Mr Greenstein initially attempts to persuade Mr Gregson to “cut links” with the Mr Fanthom and Mr Kollerstrom, saying the association “would be incredibly damaging” for LAW.

He writes: “I must ask you to remove all references to Ian Fantom’s article from your petition update which directs people to Kollerstrom’s holocaust denial article on the website of the well-known Holocaust denial site CODOH.”

In his March 22 email, Mr Greenstein also refers to wording in Mr Gregson’s petition saying: “It is bad enough that you yourself used the word ‘exaggerate’ in terms of the Holocaust.”

He writes on March 23 that Mr Greenstein is “exhibiting the kind of shrill neurosis for which the left is rightly famed. And is why of course so many in the left are doomed to obscurity, for they slam the door hard shut at every opportunity.”

Mr Fantom has previously shared conspiracy theories blaming Israel for 9/11. But Mr Gregson writes of him: “I have spent time with Ian Fantom. I believe he is OK. I do not have a problem with his politics.”

In his own furious response, Mr Greenstein writes back at 2.54 am, setting out detailed evidence of Mr Fantom’s support for Mr Kollerstrom, noting that the article Mr Gregson links to says Mr Kollertrom “had been targeted in a witch-hunt”.

“You can call me whatever you want but I am not going to have holocaust denial being debated or legitimised under the guise of ‘free speech’,” Mr Greenstein writes.

“It’s like debating the rights and wrongs of murdering 50 Muslims in New Zealand last week, or perhaps that too didn’t happen?

“I am removing you from the LAW Facebook and will leave it to the LAW Steering Committee as to whether you are removed from LAW membership too.”

In a further message on April 3 – still copying in much of the LAW leadership – Mr Gregson writes: “Tony is stating he will seek to damage my reputation by making LAW shun me if I do not do as he asks. If that is not a threat, then I’m a chinaman.”

No response to this article has yet been seen.

Informed sources suggest that since he began, earlier this year, being published by the racist Islamic Qatar  dictatorship’s Al Jazeera Greenstein  has become more careful with his ‘robust’ language.

We still expect some broadside…

On the up, a couple of days ago Labour Against the Witchhunt, was celebrating Ken Livingstone’s decision to join their campaign.

“Former London mayor is announced as Labour Against The Witchhunt’s honorary president”

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April 16, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Pro-Brexit Rallies, Political Confusionism, from Tory Right, National Populist Left, to Anti-Semites.

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Star of the Anti-Brexit Show (Thanks Martin)

Paul Embery, FBU and the Arron Banks Backed Trade Unionists Against the EU.

…this does not mean that communists line up with Nigel Farage’s march on London. Then again, we do not mock it either – by the time it arrives in the capital on the symbolically significant date of March 29 it could be around the same size as the PV event.”

Weekly Worker. March for a national government

Some more of the democratic  chaps around yesterday:

 

Spiked, Brendan O’Neill, ex-Revolutionary Communist Party:

Institute of Ideas, ex-Revolutionary Communist Party Clare Fox.

 

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Such a contrast with this event:

 

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March 30, 2019 at 12:24 pm