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Labour Against the Witch-hunt – the Return of Monster Raving Greenstein.

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The Return of the Monster Raving Greenstein Party.

Labour Against the Witch-hunt has a pubic face:

Labour Against the Witchhunt was founded in October 2017 to oppose the purge of pro-Corbyn supporters in the Labour Party.

LAW’s honorary presidents are Professor Moshé Machover and Ken Livingstone.

LAW’s sponsors include:

  • Ken Livingstone
  • Alexei Sayle, comedian
  • Professor Moshé Machover, Israeli socialist and founder of Matzpen
  • Ian Hodson, president of the Bakers Union
  • Ken Loach, film director
  • Noam Chomsky, author and activist

The group is probably best known for its defence of Jackie Walker.

Apart from the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the CPGB-PCC, more widely known as the Weekly Worker, who run the show, its leading figure is one Tony Greenstein.

Nobody should be any doubt that very few people on the left will have any truck with that lot in any campaign that involves the words ‘Zionism’ and Israel.

Well there is this chap:

 

Since Greenstein has stopped his, reported,  visits to noted Nerve Specialist Sir Roderick Glossop the tweet (above, heading) promises to be the first of many in this vein…

 

 

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

June 13, 2019 at 5:10 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

Jackie Walker Expelled from the Labour Party, Some Mixed Thoughts.

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Many people had mixed feelings on the case and this Show did not help.

Jackie Walker expelled from the Labour Party

Jackie Walker has been expelled from Labour – after being suspended from the party for over two years – for “prejudicial and grossly detrimental” behaviour.

The former Momentum vice-chair – who is no longer a member of the Corbynite group – had incorrectly claimed at a party conference event in 2016 that Holocaust Memorial Day did not commemorate other genocides, and said she had not found a definition of antisemitism that she could work with.

The case against Walker, presented by the party over the last two days, focussed on a pattern of behaviour including comments on social media.

On the judgment today, a Labour spokesperson confirmed: “The national constitutional committee has found that the charges of breaches of party rules by Jackie Walker have been proven.

“The National Constitutional Committee consequently determined that the sanction for this breach of the rules is expulsion from Labour Party membership.”

Labour Against the Witch-hunt said,

The expulsion of Jackie Walker is a great injustice

Today’s expulsion of Jackie Walker from the Labour Party for “misconduct” – of which the Jewish Chronicle was informed before her solicitors – is a great injustice, though it does not come as a surprise. Although the panel took two days to come to their conclusion, the die had been cast long ago. The decision to charge her for a “pattern of behaviour” does not bode well for Chris Williamson MP, who has been accused of similar ‘offences’.

Jackie walked out on the first day of her hearing, because the panel did not allow her to read out a brief statement. This ruling once again emphasised the lack of fairness at the heart of the party’s disciplinary procedures: for example, the investigating officers added five new charges to their allegations a mere three working days before the hearing began, giving her no time to effectively challenge them and defend herself.

STATEMENT OF JACKIE WALKER

Today (26 March 2019) I (Jackie Walker) attended the long overdue Labour Party disciplinary hearing, before the Labour Party’s highest disciplinary panel (National Constitutional Committee). I was accompanied by my defence witnesses and legal team; I had submitted over 400 pages of evidence in my defence.

At the beginning of the hearing, the Chair advised me that this was to be an informal hearing and that I could address him by his first name. The Chair then invited procedural questions. Through my lawyer I asked to be allowed to make a brief opening address to the Chair and Panel. The large team of Labour Party lawyers objected. The Chair adjourned the meeting to consider my simple request to speak. Despite repeated requests from my lawyer that I be allowed to speak at the outset of my hearing, the Chair ruled that I remain silent. I therefore had no alternative other than to withdraw from the hearing, as it was clear to me that I would not receive a fair hearing.

This is a dignified statement.

Everybody should be aware that Jackie Walker has a serious left-wing background, both professionally and politically, in anti-racist work. She also, with a family heritage and a personal relationship in mind, self-identifies as Jewish.

But knowing about this does not answer the issues caused by Walker’s behaviour.

It would appear to many that she was bent on provoking a reaction with strident opinions on ‘Zionism’.

That is her right. But not everybody, particularly those with a deep sense of the horrors of anti-Semitism in the 20th century, would be at ease with  claims, however qualified, about Jewish involvement in the Atlantic slave trade.

This equally raised hackles,

Holocaust Memorial Day

At the event, Walker queried what she saw as the limited scope of Holocaust Memorial Day, saying: ‘Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust Memorial Day was open to all peoples who’ve experienced holocaust.’ When others shouted that it did include other genocides, she responded “In practice, it’s not actually circulated and advertised as such.”[26] Later, in an interview, she asked why Holocaust Memorial Day only concerns genocides committed since the 1940s, thereby excluding ‘the African holocaust’ during the slave trade.[27] She has also said, following the meeting, “I would never play down the significance of the Shoah. Working with many Jewish comrades, I continue to seek to bring greater awareness of other genocides, which are too often forgotten or minimised. If offence has been caused, it is the last thing I would want to do and I apologise

The campaign against Walker’s suspension has been led by Labour Against the Witch-hunt. Apart from personalities  like Ken Loach, her active backing includes the Labour Representation Committee (LRC), but above all, supporters of the Weekly Worker/Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee) and this figure:

Here is Walker’s immediate course of action.

The following is clearly beyond the bounds of the acceptable.

As is this.

Not to mention this:

 

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The impression many people on the left have is that Labour Against the Witch-hunt, and others, such as the JVL, wish to turn the Labour Party into a battlefield, or perhaps playground, in which rival views about Israel and Zionism (in all its varieties) can be shouted about.

Given that, internationally, Israel borders Syria, a country in which real and present genocides have happened, the degree of strident denunciation of Israel can be gut wrenching. Some people from Labour Against the Witch-hunt are amongst those who have fuelled the flames.

Apart from this being far from a political priority for the majority of Labour members and voters, there is little doubt that some anti-Semitic views have got an airing in the party during this row and others.

This is a problem – reflecting a growth in political confusionism, the mixing of right and left ideas, across the world in which conspiracy theories around ‘Zionists’. It exists.  It  cannot be swept under the carpet.

The Party has decided that Walker has breached rules deigned, amongst other objective,  to ward off this kind of behaviour.

For those who have a sense that Labour, and the broader labour movement is something that you are a part of, the expulsion is not welcome.

But neither is it unexpected.

 

Tony Greenstein – welcome at Jewish Voice for Labour event – Defends Jenny Tongue.

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” fair question” says Greenstein.

At the recent Labour Party Conference this was reported,

Expelled Labour activists welcomed at JVL fringe meeting

Greenstein given platform by Corbynite group, as sources say Labour using Palestine debate to deflect from antisemitism row.

The JVL meeting also saw Tony Greenstein – expelled by Labour  in February over his use of antisemitic  slurs, including the offensive term “Zio” – deliver a speech in which he said: “We need to be quite clear, the purpose of the witch hunt is not to get rid of individuals. Its purpose is to topple Jeremy Corbyn.” He added: “Antisemitism is a stick to beat the left with.”

Jewish Chronicle.

Here is what Greenstein says today,

We Demand that Palestine Solidarity Campaign Rejects the Resignation of Jenny Tonge as Patron.

Cowardice Beyond the Call of Duty – PSC forces Jenny Tonge’s resignation and Briefs Against Her

Greenstein’s latest rant is too tedious to reproduce in full but is summed up in his letter here.

Just to make it clearer:

 Jenny’s observation that Israel’s attacks against Palestinians are stirring up anti-Semitism in the West is a fact.  Zionist bodies go out of their way to say that Jews, all Jews, support Israel’s attacks against the Palestinians. Only recently the Board of Deputies defended Israel’s shooting of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. Is it surprising that when the self-proclaimed body that represents British Jews supports Israel’s murderous actions in Gaza that some people will then blame and even attack British Jews?

And,

The attacks on Jenny Tonge are wholly hypocritical and for PSC Executive and its Secretary Ben Sofa, to have bowed before the tide of Zionist hypocrisy, beggars belief. If PSC Executive don’t retract and either refuse to accept Jenny’s resignation or alternatively invite her to reconsider then I shall move a motion of censure on PSC Executive at the forthcoming AGM.

Now most people would say the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign acted with commendable speed and resolution.

As in this:

In a statement, the PSC said: “Baroness Tonge has offered to stand down as a patron of PSC. In agreeing with this course of action, PSC wishes to acknowledge the enormous work Baroness Tonge has done over many years to bring attention to the injustices suffered by the Palestinian people and to campaign for them to be brought to an end.”

In full:

Baroness Tonge has offered to stand down as a patron of PSC. In agreeing with this course of action, PSC wishes to acknowledge the enormous work Baroness Tonge has done over many years to bring attention to the injustices suffered by the Palestinian people and to campaign for them to be brought to an end.

In the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Jewish worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Baroness Tonge posted a comment on Facebook that suggested Israel’s policies and its treatment of the Palestinians could be contributing to a rise in anti Semitism generally. Baroness Tonge subsequently removed the post.

PSC regards the original post to be deeply troubling. Whilst the post acknowledged that the killings were appalling and a criminal act, it risked being read as implying that antisemitism can only be understood in the context of a response to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Such a view risks justifying or minimising antisemitism.

PSC understands antisemitism to be prejudice, hostility or hatred towards Jews as Jews. It is never to be condoned or justified. The killings in Pittsburgh were an appalling crime motivated by antisemitism and we stand shoulder to shoulder with Jewish communities in opposition to antisemitism and all other forms of racism.

 

Will Jewish Voice for Labour do the same and break all ties with this apologist for Carol Tongue’s distasteful views?

Further information:

Antisemitism allegations against Tony Greenstein

Statement by Jewish Voice for Labour, 26 November 2017.

We have reviewed the bulky dossier of material presented as evidence against Tony Greenstein by the Governance and Legal Unit of the Labour Party. To those of us who have known him for many years as a Jewish socialist and an implacable opponent of racism and antisemitism in any form, it is no surprise to find that the dossier does not offer any remotely persuasive substantiation of claims of antisemitism.

There is undoubtedly evidence of language which we would not want to be associated with. But as Shami Chakrabarti stated in her report, even offensive language on its own is only antisemitic if it is coupled with antisemitic intent. Such intent cannot be demonstrated in Tony Greenstein’s case because it is absent.

There are many critical comments we could make about this disciplinary process. We will limit ourselves to one, the issue of representation. Party members with sufficient financial resources are entitled to instruct a lawyer to represent them. Those who cannot afford one are only allowed to have a ‘silent friend’. This clearly discriminates against less affluent party members and in particular against less affluent and less articulate party members who are denied the support of a knowledgeable friend or colleague to speak on their behalf.

 

Written by Andrew Coates

October 31, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Grande-Synthe Raided: an anti-Semitic Shiite Movement in alliance with fringe French ‘anti-imperialists’ and ‘anti-Zionists’.

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Racist ‘anti-Zionist’ group’s founders  now linked to terror plot.

“The Parti antisioniste  originates with the  centre Zahra, a Chitte Muslim organisation based at Grande-Synthe “

Its best known candidate for elections (2009 and 2012) was the convicted racist, and self-styled ‘revolutionary’ Dieudonné (pictured above doing the ‘quenelle ‘)

An alliance between Islamists, ‘pro-Palestinians’, a few extreme anti-Israel odd-ball shown in the photo, Greens,  ‘anti-globalisers,  individuals from the far-leftist (SUD, former PSU activists) and the far right (including well known Holocaust deniers from Égalité et réconciliation ) it scored few votes (around 1.30% to 1.14%. (1)

There were persistent allegations that it received backing from the Iranian regime.

Today the group behind the Liste is accused of involvement in a terrorist plot.

Grande-Synthe : une nébuleuse chiite dans le viseur de la police

Libération.

NORTH: ANTI-TERROR OPERATION IN GRANDE-SYNTHE AGAINST AN ASSOCIATION OF SHIITES

The police raided on Tuesday the headquarters of an association of shiite during a counter-terrorism operation in Grande-Synthe in the North, the day on which Paris has frozen the assets of two iranian nationals, one of whom is suspected of being involved in a project of attack in Villepinte in June.

Three people have been remanded in custody at the end of the operation, including for the unlawful possession of a firearm, according to a source close to the folder.

A 6: 00 AM, the headquarters of the association of shi “Centre Zahra France” and the homes of its leaders in Grande-Synthe (Nord) have been the subject of searches of the administrative, involving 200 police officers, including officers of the Raid and the BRI, according to the prefecture of the north.

The operation was launched following the “strong support” to “many” terrorist organizations” of the officers of the association, whose assets have been frozen, according to a decree published Tuesday in the official Journal.

The ministries of Interior and of Economy and Finance have also taken a similar measure, in a decree separate, against the internal Security Directorate of the Ministry of Intelligence in iran, and two iranian nationals, one of whom is suspected of being involved in the project of attack in Villepinte in June against a gathering of a group of iranian opposition in France, the Mujahideen of the people (MEK).

“An attempted attack has been foiled in Villepinte on June 30. This act of extreme gravity to be carried out on our territory could not remain without a response”, jointly declare in a press release Beauvau, the quai d’orsay and Bercy.

The article in Libération adds some details about the background of these people.

Kémi Seba, président du Mouvement des damnés de l’impérialisme, condamné plusieurs fois pour incitation à la haine raciale, ou de son ami Dieudonné, condamné, lui, pour propos antisémites. A l’adresse du centre est aussi logé le Parti antisioniste, dont Dieudonné a été le candidat pour les européennes de 2009 et les législatives de 2012. Ce parti n’a qu’un seul but, comme il l’explique sur son site web : «Témoigner, informer et combattre ce mal qu’est le sionisme.»

Kémi Seba, is President of the Movement of the  “damnés de l’impérialisme”, and  has been condemned several times for incitement to racial hatred. and his friend Dieudonné prosecuted for antisemitic remarks. At the address of the centre is housed the Anti-Zionist Party. Dieudonné was the candidate for the 2009 European elections and the 2012 elections. This party has only one goal, as it explains on its website. :“Witness, inform and fight the evil that is Zionism.”

Yahia Gouasmi also heads the Shia Federation of France and is described as close to Iran. Thus, in 2009, he accompanied Dieudonné to Tehran, and met with him Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, then conservative president of the country. Alain Soral, essayist of the far right, who was also a candidate of the anti-Zionist Party, had also stated during a dinner in Nice in March 2013 that the money for the European campaign of this movement came from Iran, before retracting and asserting to Rue 89journalists that it actually came from the French Shiite community, via the “who embodies” , Yahia Gouasmi.

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Names on the racist list:

(1): 1 – Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, 43 ans, présenté comme “humaniste révolutionnaire”.2 – Mireille Walle, 56 ans, mère de famille, vice-présidente du Cercle République sociale.3 – Yahia Gouasmi, 59 ans, président du Parti antisioniste.4 – Noémie Montagne, 33 ans, mère de famille, chef d’entreprise.5 – Alain Soral, 50 ans, écrivain, sociologue, président d’Égalité et réconciliation.6 – Ginette Hess-Skandrani, 71 ans, membre co-fondatrice des Verts, présidente de l’association Entre la plume et l’enclume.7 – Ahmed Moualek, 42 ans, président de l’association et du site La Banlieue s’exprime.8 – Jocelaine Simon, 25 ans, syndicaliste SUD, militante antisioniste.9 – Francesco Codemi, 43 ans, réalisateur, ancien de la Ligue communiste révolutionnaire et des Verts, militant libertaire.10 – Maria Poumier, 59 ans, universitaire (ER) à l’Université de La Havane et à Paris VIII.11 – Jean-Marie Keï, 43 ans, syndicaliste, disquaire.12 – Samia Ayari, 30 ans, cadre ressources.13 – Cyrille Rey-Coquais, 46 ans, scénariste, expert au Conseil de l’Europe.14 – Émmanuelle Grilli, 26 ans, présentée comme “ancien membre du Renouveau français” et cadre du Parti solidaire français.15 – Pierre Panet, 62 ans, postier retraité, syndicaliste, ancien du PCF et du PSU, membre fondateur du collectif Les Ogrees.16 – Fatima Chekkaf, 67 ans.17 – Sébastien Ducoulombier, 36 ans, militant altermondialisme et décroissance.18 – Anne-Marie Hoffmann, 50 ans.19 – Charles-Alban Schepens, 26 ans, président de la Fraternité franco-serbe.20 – Rabha Serbout, 32 ans.21 – Michael Guérin, 25 ans, étudiant, présenté comme “ancien responsable du Front national de la jeunesse“.22 – Souad Sedjai, 35 ans, employée.23 – Christian Cotten, 56 ans, psychosociologue président de l’association Politique de vie.24 – Chantal Fechtali, 59 ans.25 – Joseph Élise, 43 ans, présenté comme “militant antisioniste antillais”.26 – Sandrine Haddad, 34 ans, sans emploi.

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October 3, 2018 at 1:01 pm

Roshan Salih, Press TV and the Enfield Labour Vote of No-Confidence in Joan Ryan.

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Is it true that Salih is a member of the Labour Party?

I am not a member of Enfield Labour Party and am in no position to comment in depth on the events.

But it does appear that there was a broad coalition behind the vote of no-confidence in MP Joan Ryan.

In these conditions it is highly misleading to talk of “Trotksyists” “Communists” and “Stalinists” behind last night’s decision.

I hope that the result can be linked to her wider – right of the Labour Party – politics and not to the issue of ‘Zionism’.

Not to mention local concerns about her performance as an MP.

But this raises wider issues:

Press TV footage apparently filmed inside CLP vote of no confidence in MP Joan Ryan

Labour activists are calling for an inquiry after an Iranian state-backed TV station which is banned in the UK carried footage of a local party meeting passing a vote of no confidence in the Enfield North MP, Joan Ryan.

The Press TV footage, which appeared to have been filmed inside the meeting, was carried on the station’s Twitter feed and referred to Ryan, who is the chair of Labour Friends of Israel, as a “pro-Israel MP”. It included the hashtag #WeAreEnfieldNorth.

Press TV had its licence to broadcast in the UK revoked by the media regulator, Ofcom, in 2012, over claims that editorial decisions were being made in Tehran.

The chair of the Enfield North constituency Labour party (CLP) tweeted that he had informed Labour party headquarters about Press TV’s apparent access to the meeting, and an investigation would take place.

Press TV’s licence was taken after, amongst other things, for this (Independent 2010).

in an interview with Channel 4 News, to be broadcast tonight, Mr Bahari explains that Press TV betrayed those promises, by sending a journalist to cover his forced confession in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

‘I was somewhat surprised because I thought Press TV would at least pretend to have some credibility and wouldn’t come and interview a prisoner in an interrogation room when I was under duress.’

Mr Bahari says he was tortured and then forced to make his confession on television, under threat of execution. He describes how he sat inside a room in the prison, before three cameras, and responded to questions suggested by a government interrogator, who stood behind a red curtain. He says he kept his blindfold on his knee, in full view, so it should have been clear that he was under duress.

Press TV then broadcast the confession, as though it was a legitimate interview, and Mr Bahari a willing guest; the presenter even suggested Mr Bahari might have participated in the protests.

Is Salih a member of the Labour Party?

The Tweet on ‘Zionist Infiltration’ was preceded  by this:

Today this is one comment he retweeted:

This is his own reaction after his coverage appeared on Press TV

This was another of his scoops – earlier this year (January)

Ken Livingstone appeared on Iranian state television on Holocaust Memorial Day on a programme that asked whether the Shoa has “been exploited to oppress others.”

The former Mayor of London – currently suspended from the Labour Party over antisemitism claims – appeared on Press TV on Saturday with host Roshan Muhammed Salih.

Several callers phoned into the show – which suggested ‘Zionists’ had exploited the Holocaust – and repeated openly antisemitic tropes.

At one point the presenter says: “I don’t know whether 6 million, or 4 million died or 2 million died.”

One caller to the programme, Ali, said: ”If it wasn’t for Hitler there would be no Israel. So this idea that Hitler was a bad guy – he wasn’t so bad for Israel.”

Mr Livingstone disagreed saying the remarks were “deeply offensive” to Jewish communities around the world.

But later Mr Livingstone attempted to justify his own past comments on Hitler and Zionism.

He said: ”I mean Hitler wanted to eliminate every Jew who was living inside Germany and that’s what he did in the 1930s. He worked with the Zionist movement to move …to get 60000 to go. But it was about half a million and then he changed his policy and went for genocide. “

Host Mr Salih at one stage spoke of the “industry” that has built up around the Holocaust.

Salih is the Editor the pro-Iranian Islamist site, 5 Pillars.

Editor – Roshan Muhammed Salih

These are some of his views:

The two-state solution means Palestine’s destruction, so why does Jeremy Corbyn support it?

If Jeremy Corbyn really cares about Palestine why does he keep talking about a two-state solution, asks Roshan Muhammed Salih.

The article ends with a call for support for action, military if need be, against Israel.

With the advent of a multi-polar world and rising Muslim powers, will Palestinians finally get the financial, military and political backing they deserve?

None of us know the answers to these questions but I do know that time is against Israel and an argument can be made that they need a deal more than the Palestinians do.

But non-Palestinians should not tell Palestinians what to do; our role is to simply support them. Whatever the Palestinian consensuses is I’m fine with that. If the consensus is to fight Israel with arms I support that because an occupied people has the right to resist an occupation militarily. If they want to struggle by peaceful means through cultural boycotts or politics then I also support that. And if they want to do a combination of both then that’s great too.

But like the majority of Palestinians I do not support a two-state solution. And neither should Jeremy Corbyn.

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Note: Harry’s Place asserts this: Press TV’s Roshan Salih films no confidence vote against Joan Ryan

But

Update: There is some haziness over the precise circumstances around the filming, but it seems clear that it was in no way condoned by the CLP’s chair, Siddo Dwyer.”

 

Revolutionary Communist Group (Fight Racism, Fight Imperialism) Storms Newcastle Council Debate to Prevent Adoption of Anti-Semitism Guidelines.

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RCG Says, “Smash Zionism!”

Far-left protesters storm council chamber as anti-Semitism debate descends into chaos

The Chronicle (Newcastle)

A council meeting descended into chaos as protesters stormed the chamber during a debate on anti-Semitism.

“Frightened” councillors were forced out of the room and left in tears due to the angry protest from far-left campaigners, one of whom had to be dragged from the chamber by securit

The protest – led by the revolutionary communist Fight Racism Fight Imperialism group – was opposing Newcastle City Council’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which they claimed would “criminalise solidarity with Palestine in Newcastle”.

After Lib Dem opposition deputy leader Nick Cott raised the motion to adopt the definition, protesters in the public gallery above began chanting, unfurled Palestinian flags, and shouted abuse at councillors.

As councillors left the room, one man broke into the main council chamber and was dragged away by security as Lord Mayor David Down tried to calm the protesters down.

It was claimed that one member of the civic centre’s security staff was put into a headlock by the demonstrators, some of whom were led away by police.

Afterwards, council leader Nick Forbes labelled them “clowns” who “don’t do anything to further the cause of the Palestinians”.

The result?

“When councillors returned to the chamber after around 25 minutes, Coun Forbes seconded the motion – having agreed to drop an amendment he had proposed – and it was passed unanimously.

Coun Forbes told the chamber that adopting the IHRA motion would “show we understand the upset and hurt that many people in our Jewish communities feel”.

Flagged up here: Revolutionary Communist Group attack Anti-Semitism Debate.

And on their Facebook Page: “Fight Racism – Fight Imperialism – FRFI North East

We have won the right to address the council! Thanks to everyone who signed the petition. See you at the protest today. Fight the council motion – defend the right to defend Palestine!

 

This was the campaign mounted by the RCG/Fight Racism, Fight Imperialism!

Don’t criminalise solidarity with Palestine in Newcastle.

1. Vote against the motion to accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.

2. State that the IHRA definition is an attempt to criminalise solidarity with Palestine by aiming to restrict protests, meetings and individuals that criticise Israel.

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This campaign is being run by a member of the public on the Campaigns by You website, not by 38 Degrees itself. 38 Degrees does not endorse all of the petitions on the website.

Why is this important?

On 5th September 2018, at its full council meeting, Newcastle City Council is due to vote on a motion as to whether the council should adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.

The definition comes with examples of anti-Semitism, including: “”Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.”

We say: Israel is a racist state and saying so is not anti-Semitic. Anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism.

Israel is a racist colonial settler state, based on the disposition of the Palestinian people, it must maintain itself by extending that dispossession through violent means, and has done so constantly since the 1993 Oslo Agreements.

We the undersigned call on Newcastle City Council to:

1. vote against the motion to accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.

2. state that the IHRA definition is an attempt to criminalise solidarity with Palestine by aiming to restrict protests, meetings and individuals that criticise Israel.

Acts of anti-Semitism show hatred towards Jewish and other Semitic people. Our assertion that Israel is a racist state is not informed by hatred towards Jewish people but rather by solidarity with the people of Palestine and their struggle against occupation and colonisation. Israel defines itself as a Jewish state. Non-Jewish Israeli’s and non-Jewish Palestinian’s are discriminated against on a vast scale. This discrimination and the collective punishment of Palestinians by Israel has been recognised by international humanitarian organisations, including Amnesty International.

There are many Jewish organisations who are opposed to Israel because of its Zionist and racist nature. For example, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network states:

“Zionism is racist. It demands political, legal and economic power for Jews and European people and cultures over indigenous people and cultures. Zionism is not just racist but anti-Semitic.” Non-white, non-European Jews, are treated as second-class citizens, and face racism and economic exploitation at the hands of the Israeli state.

There has also been a witch hunt in the Labour Party against any politicians who criticise Israel. This includes the suspension of Jackie Walker, who is both black and Jewish. Does the council support this suspension?

We oppose all forms of racism and oppression. That means we must defend the right to defend Palestine. We ask Newcastle City Council to do the same.

The RCG’s background (Wikipedia)

The RCG grew out of the “Revolutionary Opposition” faction of the International Socialists (IS), (forerunners of the Socialist Workers Party), being strongly influenced by the politics of Roy Tearse. When the leading figures of the “Revolutionary Opposition”, the name itself only first appearing in print in their appeal document, were expelled from the IS its members met to decide on their course of action, and disagreements between Tearse’s allies and the majority of the faction around David Yaffe rapidly surfaced. The result was that Tearse’s supporters formed the Discussion Group which led a quiet life for a number of years inside the Labour Party before dissolving. Meanwhile, Yaffe and his comrades proceeded to found the Revolutionary Communist Group in 1974.[4]

In 1975, the RCG began publishing a theoretical journal called Revolutionary Communist in which it in part espoused a view of crisis theory, a theme they had already addressed in the IS when challenging the work of the theoreticians of that group.[5] They developed Karl MarxFriedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin‘s analysis of the labour aristocracy, and showed its relevance for politics in the period after the Second World War. Their conclusions led them to call for no vote for the Labour Party.

The early years of the RCG saw the group lose a large part of its initial membership. For example, in September 1975 the Birmingham branch decamped in order to join the Workers’ Socialist League.

Hungarian sociologist Frank Furediwas an early member of the RCG before being ejected in 1976, following which he founding the Revolutionary Communist Tendency. In later life he rejected socialism and became a libertarian.

A few years after the RCG’s foundation, disagreements emerged amongst its members regarding such topics as Stalinism and the South African government. One group, dominated by Frank Furedi (1947-), a sociologist at the University of Kent who used the pseudonym of “Frank Richards”, began to argue against the views put forward by David Yaffe and his supporters. Yaffe himself later remarked that Furedi had been “organising among a clique of middle-class members, and became their self-styled guru”.[6] In November 1976, Furedi and his followers were expelled from the RCG, following which they went on to form their own rival organisation, the Revolutionary Communist Tendency(RCT). Soon, the RCT itself splintered, with a group calling itself the Committee for a Communist Programme (CPP) being founded by several dissenting members.[7] Following this, the RCT went on to change its name to the Revolutionary Communist Party in 1981, and would publish the magazine Living Marxism from 1988 to 2000, in which their political position moved from Leninism to Libertarian Marxism.”