Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn — Don’t Appease the Zionist Lobby — It only encourages them

If Jackie Walker & Ken Livingstone are Anti-Semitic Then So Are We

Labour Friends of Israel were caught on the Al Jazeera investigative programmes as being paid slush money of over £1m to engage in dirty tricks and take down their enemies — Corby engages in ritual self-humiliation by addressing them

I have signed this excellent Open Letter from Free Speech on Israel although it does not go far enough. No doubt Jeremy Corbyn is being badly advised, not least by his advisor and the Guardian’s ex-Stalinist Seamus Milne. Corbyn seems to have forgotten that he was once the Israel lobby’s main parliamentary bogeyman. His unflinching support for Palestine. His support for the disaffiliation of Poale Zion/Jewish Labour Movement, the racist wing of the Israeli Labour Party inside the British Labour Party.

He seems to have forgotten that before he was elected, the Zionists were alleging he was keeping the company of a holocaust denier from North London by the name of Paul Eisen. He has personal experience of false accusations of anti-Semitism.

Tom Watson — The eminent grise looks on

Yes since he has become leader it has been one long, sad story of appeasement. And the lesson of appeasement is, as Britain found out with Nazi Germany, that the more you appease the aggressor the more they demand of you.

even though they detest him, Corbyn abases himself by appearing at the annual fringe meeting of a group that is funded by the Israeli state in order that it can destabilise the Labour Party — in the background is the symbol of parliamentary corruption, Joan Ryan MP — LFI’s Chair

The Jewish Labour Movement wants to close down free speech in the Labour Party with a rule change that makes even opinion and thought expulsion offences. It has led the witch hunt of Ken Livingstone, Jackie Walker and myself amongst others.

The Jewish Labour Movement has sought to ban the use of the ‘abusive’ use of the word Zionism as if Zionism could be anything else but abusive. The JLM has refused to condemn ILP leader Isaac Herzog for his remarks that he would hate to wake up to find that 61 of Israel’s MKs were Arabs or to find that there was a Palestinian Prime Minister of Israel. Imagine in this country someone saying that they dreaded the idea of having a Black Prime Minister. This would be out and out racism, yet in the Israel of the JLM it is normative. Herzog also said he didn’t want the ILP to be considered ‘Arab lovers’. Only fascists ever talked about ‘Jew lovers’ or ‘Nigger lovers’. Yet Jeremy Newmark and the JLM have refused to condemn this.

Even when the ILP leader Herzog welcomed Donald Trump and his racist and anti-Semitic entourage to power, the JLM remained silent. Yet we harbour these racist cuckoos inside Labour’s bosom and expel and suspend those who criticise them.

Neville Chamberlain gave appeasement a bad name — it’s about time Corbyn gave it up

If from day one Corbyn had said that yes he condemned anti-Semitism, not that there was much of it about, but that he also condemned false allegations of anti-Semitism, of which there certainly is a lot, then he would not have the problems he does now. The JLM is a far-Right racist group that voted by 92–4% to support Owen Smith in the leadership elections. At the debate between Corbyn and Smith which the JLM staged, Smith when asked what he most admired about Jews said their ‘entreprenurial talents’. An anti-Semitic comment if ever there was. Corbyn when asked what he admired about Israel said its ‘verve and spirit’ and the separation of powers, political from legal. In fact he was wrong about that but he could have mentioned torture, administrative detention without trial, child imprisonment of Palestinians etc.

It would seem that assuming the leadership has meant that Corbyn has swerved to the Right. If he does this now, then in the event that he got into power Corbyn would end up to the right of Harold Wilson.

Tony Greenstein

Jeremy ‘liar’ Newmark of the Jewish Labour Movement
Newmark after Corbyn’s LFI speech treats Corbyn as someone who has been tamed by the Zionist lobby -
The lies of Newmark as found by an Employment Tribunal in Fraser v UCU

Cover letter to Jeremy

Dear Jeremy

We attach an Open Letter to you signed by 145 members of the Party, Jews and non-Jews, all socialists, who are alarmed by the treatment of left-wing supporters of Palestine facing victimisation within the party. We began collecting signatures before the NCC’s decision to extend Ken Livingstone’s suspension, the subsequent attacks on him and the party and your failure to defend him. We are aware that other party members are also enduring disciplinary procedures which lack natural justice. The most high-profile of these is Jackie Walker and it is her case that the letter primarily addresses.

Corbyn v Owen Smith — now no one even remembers the Welsh pipsqueak

Those who have signed the letter are standing up and saying we do not believe that the actions that Jackie has been accused of are, in any way, antisemitic. However, if the Labour Party is to employ an expansive definition of antisemitism that encompasses Jackie’s actions, then all 145 of us too are guilty.

We would invite you to meet the organisers of this letter, most of whom you know well from pickets and lobbies in defence of Palestinian rights, to discuss how to combine the Party’s historic and principled opposition to all forms of racism, including antisemitism, with a reinvigorated and public defence of Palestinian rights.

Yours sincerely

Haim Bresheeth
Mike Cushman
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party

Dear Jeremy,

We are writing to you as members of the Labour Party. We are a predominantly Jewish group and are writing to ask you to review your behaviour on the question of Israel/Palestine. We understand that amongst reasons given by the Labour Party for claiming that Jackie Walker, the ex-Deputy Chair of Momentum, is antisemitic, the following are included:

Newmark looking forward to more expulsions

1. Regularly posting on Israel

2. Describing Israel as a racist state

3. A pattern of behaviour that causes offence to some members

4. Claiming that there is an antisemitism witch-hunt

5. Claiming that there is Israeli involvement in British politics

6. Saying the Right of the party is using this witch-hunt for political purposes

7. Saying adoption of IHRA definition of antisemitism is an attempt to outlaw criticism of Israel and to silence pro-Palestinian voices

We would therefore like to let you know that we are too are ‘guilty’ of such charges, not because we are antisemitic but because we believe these to be reasonable statements, accurately describing Israel’s policies and actions. Examples of our activities include:

1. We have regularly posted on Israel and Palestine (and many other issues of political concern, including British and international politics) on various social media.

2. We have described Israel as a racist state (and indeed as an apartheid state) because it is one. Its legislation defines and differentiates between people on the basis of religion and/or ethnicity, including as you must be aware: laws on ownership of land; who can become a citizen; and the outrageous category of ‘present absentees’, which make it impossible for Palestinians to return to their home, while enabling Israel to confiscate it. Palestinian citizens of Israel are third class citizens, tolerated at best, and the four million Palestinians under occupation enjoy no rights at all. Such views as ours are commonly held by those leading Israeli journalists and intellectuals intent on adhering to international law and the legal force of UN resolutions. Indeed, a small representative selection from recent articles (in the last month alone) in Israeli publications should be enough to demonstrate this point. It is clear that any such views would immediately lead to an inquiry by the UK Labour Party, were they voiced by one of its members.

Press links

· Supreme Court rules against exposing Israel’s role in Bosnian genocide:

· Israel’s Travel Ban: How Banning Settlement Boycotters Is Driving Me Into the Arms of BDS:

· Israel’s Ugly New Travel Ban Tells the World: Stay Away if You Don’t Agree With Us:

· Don’t Mess With Our Occupation:

· In Last Monologue, Israeli Comedy Show Host Implores Israelis to Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid:

· Israel Loves Wars

· Israel’s Gaza War Failure Was First and Foremost a Diplomatic One:

· Israel’s Organized Hate Crime Against Its Muslim Minority:

· Five Ways Israel Will Make You Hate Israel This Week:

· The Israeli Lawmaker Who Embraces Apartheid:

3. We regret that some people may find our statements offensive, but one cannot engage in politics without being offended from time to time. We find many of the statements and actions of Israel and its supporters deeply offensive to us as Jewish, and other Socialist, members of the Party and human rights activists. Despite our unease, we do nothing to try and silence such views. We believe in free speech.

4. The reason we have claimed there is an ‘antisemitism witch-hunt’ in the Labour Party, is that we do not know how else one could describe the singling out of Palestine rights’ supporters and Anti-Zionists in the Labour Party. We believe that the party has a far worse problem with Islamophobia and anti-black racism, but has shamefully not pursued such cases with any noticeable energy. We acknowledge there may be incidents of antisemitism in the party, as there are of all discriminatory behaviour, but they are infrequent and not systematic; and we have rarely, if ever, witnessed any. Any such incidents that are identified should result in appropriate, transparent and swift action. The cases of Walker, Greenstein, Livingstone and Wadsworth are clearly not amongst them.

5. We have claimed there is covert and overt Israeli involvement in British politics as conclusively demonstrated in Al Jazeera’s ‘The Lobby’ series of programmes, and by numerous other media/social media reports. To claim otherwise is to ignore the evidence or to cave in to this very lobby.

6. We have claimed that opponents of the Leader of the Party have used the campaign of antisemitism allegations to destabilise the leadership and have greatly damaged the party as consequence. They have done this with impunity. We believe this to true and clearly demonstrated.

7. The letter from Jo Johnson to Universities UK using the IHRA definition of antisemitism is one of the examples of the way this racist and demonising ‘definition’ of antisemitism is employed to censor necessary, and proper, political and moral debate. We have spoken to many students and staff who have felt intimidated, and prevented from expressing deeply held (and not in any way antisemitic) views on the brutal daily realities in Palestine/Israel. These are members who are acting against Israel’s illegal actions, moved by the need to achieve a just peace in the region. We believe that the IHRA definition is directed not at antisemitism which is currently showing its ugly face in Europe and, in particular, in Trump’s USA, but instead at the critics of Israeli crimes, many of them being Socialist and Jewish members of the Labour Party. For more details see the legal opinion of Hugh Tomlinson QC:

We have taken such positions because we are socialists, and humanists. We believe in the rights of Palestinians to live free from the oppression, national and individual, that they currently experience. We also recollect similar sentiments expressed by yourself in the past.

We shall NOT give up on our right to free speech to criticise Israel, or for that matter, any other country which behaves illegally and immorally. We consider this to be our right and duty as progressive socialists. The current bogus ‘antisemitism’ attack by the Israel Lobby is intended to deny us this right; will negate our human rights; and suppress free speech and free political debate.

If this stance is unacceptable to the current leadership of the Labour Party, we invite you to take action against us. If, as we believe, you share our views, please stand up with us and say so openly.

History will judge those who stifle debate and silence criticism.

Barry Ackerman, Enfield CLP

Jax Agnesson, Taunton Deane CLP

Poppy Altmann, Richmond Park CLP

Peter Angell, Castle Point CLP

Valerie Ruth Appleton, Holborn St Pancras CLP

Raymond Atkins, Braintree CLP

Judy Atkinson, Brentford & Isleworth CLP

Claude Baesens, Warwick & Leamington Spa CLP

Georgina Baidoun, Milton Keynes CLP

Chris Bailey, Cambridge CLP

Avril Baker, Hornsey and Wood Green CLP

Angus Barclay, Calder Branch CLP

Graham Bash, South Thanet CLP

Isobel Baxter, Sheffield Central CLP

Mary Beaman, Wimbledon CLP

Stella Beston, Streatham CLP

Karen Bett, Eastwood CLP

Chris Billing, Totnes CLP

Susan Blackwell, South Suffolk CLP

Charles Blake, Milton Keynes CLP

Haim Bresheeth, Hornsey and Wood Green CLP

Tarin Brokenshire, Cambridge City CLP

Andrea Burford, Leicester East CLP

Martin Burke, Hitchin and harpenden CLP

John Cagan, Dulwich and West Norwood CLP

Neil Cameron, Sheffield Central CLP

Caroline Carney, Brentford and Isleworth CLP

David Carrier, Wimbledon CLP

Marina Carter, Tottenham CLP

Ches Chesney, Berwick-upon-Tweed CLP

Sahail Chohan, Heeley CLP

Carl Clarke, Richmond CLP

Edward Clarke, Ashley CLP

Ted Clement-Evans, Riverside CLP

Ruth Conlock, Manchester Withington CLP

Andy Coombes, Stroud CLP CLP

Paul Crofts, Wellingborough CLP

Mike Cushman, Streatham CLP

Deborah Darnes, Congleton CLP

Hyder Dastagir, Croydon North CLP

Nina Davies, Labour International CLP

Helen Dickson, Liverpool, Wavertree. CLP

Josephine Doorley, Leyton Wanstead CLP

Paul Doran, Cambridge CLP

Clare Dove, South Thanet CLP

Roisin Elder, Norwich South CLP

Michael Ellman, Islington North CLP

Dave Evans, Kidderminster CLP

Ismail Farooki, East Cambridge CLP

Kenny Fryde, Cambridge CLP

Terry Gallogly, York Central CLP

Sam Louis Gisagara, St Pancras and Holborn CLP

Bernard Grant, Wells Somerset CLP

Sue Grant, Exeter CLP

Janet Green, Holborn and St Pancras CLP

Peter Green, Hackney North CLP

Tony Greenstein, Brighton Kemptown CLP

James Hall, S. Cambridgeshire CLP

Jenny Hardacre, South Cambs CLP

Clare Hariri, South Cambs CLP

David Hawkins, International (registered to vote in Lewisham Deptford) CLP

Abe Hayeem, Harrow East CLP CLP

Rosamine Hayeem, Harrow East CLP

Frankie Hewett, Canterbury and Whitstable CLP

John Hodkinson, West Derby (Liverpool) CLP

Owen Holland, Holborn and St. Pancras CLP

Douglas Holton, Hackney North CLP

Bob Jackson, Carmarthen East CLP

Steve Jansky, NW Cambs CLP

Lara Johnson, Bracknell CLP

Kevin Johnstone, Northampton CLP

Cliff Jones, Sefton CLP

Langdon Jones, Bracknell CLP CLP

Anita Kanani, Brent North CLP

Jenny Kassman, Islington North CLP

Dave Kellaway, South East Cambs CLP

Mike Kennard, Chatham & Aylesford CLP

Jennifer King, Dover and Deal CLP

Steve Kinneavy, Sheffield Crookes & Crosspool CLP

David Kirby, North Hackney CLP

Beverley Krell, Cheadle CLP

David Lancaster, York Central CLP

Jeremy Landor, Hackney South CLP

Diane Langford, Canterbury and Whitstable CLP

Barbara Kay Lawrence, Torfaen CLP

Geoffrey Lee, Holborn and St Pancras CLP

Denise Leggett, Taunton Deane CLP

Leah Levane, Hastings and Rye CLP

Susanne Levin, City and Westminster CLP

Ian Lowery, South West Beds CLP

David Lowton, St Helens South & Whiston CLP

Paul Lythgoe, Cambridge CLP

Moshé Machover, Hampstead & Kilburn CLP

Dr. Alan Maddison, Houghton and Sunderland South CLP

Wade Mansell, Thanet North CLP

Jenny Manson, Finchley and Golders Green CLP

Lawrence McCambridge Audini, Hounslow Heath CLP

Wes McLachlan, Canterbury CLP

Sam Mézec, Labour International CLP

Angie Mindel, Nottingham East CLP

Beverley Molineaux, Keighley CLP

Elizabeth Morley, Ceredigion CLP

Mica Nava, Islington North CLP

Diana Neslen, Ilford South CLP

Oisin O’Brien, Northern Ireland CLP

Steve O’Neal, Devizes CLP

Sinead O’Reilly, Hampstead and Kilburn CLP

Allan Pearson, South Ribble CLP

Miranda Pennell, Hackney South CLP

Nicola Pratt, Coventry South CLP

Yasmin Rasheed, Rainham and Gillingham CLP

Antony Rawlinson, Walthamstow CLP

Dorothy Rimmer, Eccles CLP

Lee Rock, Hallam CLP

Sean Rowell, Scarborough and Whitby CLP

Joan Rudderham, Coventry North West CLP

Ian Saville, Brent Central CLP

Rose Seabury, North Durham CLP

Richard Seaford, Exeter CLP

Amanda Sebestyen, Holborn & St Pancras CLP

Sue Shaw, Henley CLP

Thomas Spencer, Northern Ireland CLP

Katie Stibbon, Waveney CLP

Gerry Stonestreet, International CLP

Laura Stuart, Barnet CLP

Joe Sucksmith, Cheltenham CLP

Max Tasker, Clwyd West CLP

Josephine Taylor, South West Surrey CLP

Jean Thirtle, North Norfolk CLP

Andy Thomas, Vauxhall CLP

Christine Tongue, Thanet south CLP

Julian Townsend, Camberwell and Peckham CLP

Brian Twist, Leigh CLP

John Tymon, Hampstead & Kilburn CLP

Steve Voros, Portsmouth North CLP

Dale Wakefield, Bristol South CLP

Hugh Wallis, Dulwich & West Norwood CLP

Gary Whiting, Batley and Spen CLP

Paula Clare Williams, Daventry CLP

Graham Wilson, Edinburgh Eastern CLP

Naomi Wimborne Idrissi, Chingford and Woodford Green CLP

Susan Wood, Waltham Forest CLP

Monica Wusteman, York Central CLP

Charley Young, Ceredigion CLP

Sue Young, Ceredigion CLP

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