Forde Inquiry exposes Labour’s biggest problem: Keir Starmer

21 July 2022 — Jonathan Cook

‘Factionalism’ is identified as an electoral liability by Labour’s new report. But it has only intensified since Jeremy Corbyn’s exit

Middle East Eye – 21 July 2022

A long-delayed report by Martin Forde QC into “factionalism” within the British Labour Party during Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure was finally made public this week, more than two years after a leaked internal report detailed efforts by senior staff to undermine the former leader.

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Israel stunned by Ukrainian neo-Nazis

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 — Voltaire Network | Paris (France)

by Thierry Meyssan

The state-organized presence of neo-Nazis within the Ukrainian army is not anecdotal, even if it is not possible to quantify it in a certain way. On the other hand, it is easy to count their victims. In general indifference, they have killed 14,000 Ukrainians in eight years. This situation is one of the causes of the Russian military intervention in Ukraine. Israel is confronted for the first time with what it could never have imagined: the support of its US protector to its historical enemy, Nazism.

Watch: Academic David Miller Speaks Out Following Firing & Israel Lobby Smear Campaign

8 October 2021 — MintPress News

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Ironically, Miller’s book, “Bad News for Labour: Anti-Semitism, the Party and Public Belief,” detailed how bogus charges of anti-Semitism were weaponized against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in order to defame and destroy him.

The Rebranding of Antisemitism after the Holocaust

12  October 2021 — Global Justice in the 21st Century

by Richard Falk

[Prefatory Note: there has been past influential writing taking critical aim at the Holocaust as a cover for unrelated wrongs, most notably Norman Finkelstein’s brave critique The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering, 2000, updated 2015). This post is concerned with the legacy of the Holocaust as providing antisemitism as a policy tool exploited by Irsrael and Zionist activists to intensify Palestinian suffering and deflect attention from Israeli wrongdoing. Such exploitation dishonors and unduly complicates the justifiably hallowed memory of the Holocaust.]
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UK: Why is Owen Jones defending a Nazi collaborator?

22 September 2021 — The Electronic Intifada

Asa Winstanley

A man with a microphone in front of a TV cameraOwen Jones talking to the press. Pete Maclaine ZUMA Press

Guardian columnist Owen Jones markets himself as a leading leftist voice.

His profile on Twitter, where he has more than one million followers, emphasizes his “anti-fascist” credentials.

Why, then, did he just publish a defense of a Nazi collaborator? An Israeli judge once ruled that Zionist leader Rezső Kasztner was Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann’s “catspaw,” but Jones seems to disagree.

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The Newspaper That Smeared Corbyn & the Left

2 September 2021 — Consortium News

Jonathan Cook analyzes why a British media watchdog doesn’t take meaningful action against The Jewish Chronicle for its anti-Semitism libels against the former Labour leader and his followers.

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The Jewish Chronicle, a weekly newspaper that was saved from liquidation last year by a consortium led by a former senior adviser to Theresa May, the former U.K. prime minister, has been exposed as having a quite astonishing record of journalistic failings.

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Israel’s growing strategic threat to our freedom of speech

27 November, 2020 — Middle East Monitor

Israeli soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of people including journalists, near a gate leading to Hebron's main al-Shuhada street, closed by troops earlier in February, during an annual demonstration in memory of the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, in the divided West Bank city of Hebron, on 22 February 2019. [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of people including journalists, near a gate leading to Hebron’s main al-Shuhada street, closed by troops earlier in February, during an annual demonstration in memory of the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, in the divided West Bank city of Hebron, on 22 February 2019. [HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images]

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There is an old saying that you should not put the fox in charge of the hen house. It makes perfect sense, and yet that’s exactly what Western governments are increasingly starting to do when it comes to their freedom of speech policies. All bluster about “cancel culture” aside, the leading threat in the world today to freedom of speech is the ever-increasing crackdown on the right to speak out in support of the Palestinians.

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France defies European court ruling upholding right to boycott Israel

18 November 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

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A protester in Toulouse wears a poster depicting President Emmanuel Macron as Marshal Pétain, the Nazi collaborator who headed France’s World War II puppet regime, May 2019. Thousands of people in France are convicted each year for the vaguely defined offense of “contempt of public officials.” – Patrick Batard ABACA

The government of President Emmanuel Macron is defying a landmark judgment from the European Court of Human Rights that protects the right of people to call for a boycott of Israeli products.

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Who Buys This Phony ‘Anti-Semitism’ Smear Language?

28 August 2020 — American Herald Tribune

If you support the genuine inheritors of the Holy Land you’re ‘pro-Semitic’.

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Semites are a language group not a religious group. They spoke (and still do) Semitic languages, especially the Canaanite and later Aramaic dialects of Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories.

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Outrageous! The EU spreads more lies about BDS

4 July 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

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EU anti-Semitism coordinator Katharina von Schnurbein has a history of spreading smears and lies about Palestinian rights campaigners. – Andreas Gebert Reuters

A prominent European Union official is once again spreading lies about the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

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Starmer’s Love Affair with Zionism Could Prove Fatal for Labour

27 June 2020 — American Herald Tribune

BY Stuart Littlewood

Sacking Corbyn’s heir-apparent for anti-Semitic ‘conspiracy’ only stokes more internal conflict

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Sir Keir Starmer, whose scalp has been dangling on the lodge-pole of the Board of Deputies since Day One of his leadership of the Labour Party, has sacked his rival Rebecca Long-Bailey from his front bench for – apparently – indulging in “antisemitic conspiracy theories”.

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The smearing of Ken Loach and Jeremy Corbyn is the face of our new toxic politics

8 April 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The film-maker’s crime – like Corbyn’s – wasn’t antisemitism but recalling a time when class solidarity inspired the struggle for a better world

Ken Loach, one of Britain’s most acclaimed film directors, has spent more than a half a century dramatising the plight of the poor and the vulnerable. His films have often depicted the casual indifference or active hostility of the state as it exercises unaccountable power over ordinary people.

Last month Loach found himself plunged into the heart of a pitiless drama that could have come straight from one of his own films. This veteran chronicler of society’s ills was forced to stand down as a judge in a school anti-racism competition, falsely accused of racism himself and with no means of redress.
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Jewish Chronicle to pay damages over anti-Semitism libel

21 February 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Asa Winstanley

Liverpool Labour activist Audrey White.

The Jewish Chronicle on Thursday apologized to a Labour activist for libeling her over “anti-Semitism.”

The UK newspaper admitted on its website it had published “allegations about Mrs Audrey White” which were “untrue.”

It said it had agreed to pay White a sum in damages plus her legal costs.

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“Anyone to my left is an antisemite”

15 December 2019 — Immigrants as a Weapon

Jews as a Weapon: Coming to your election…soon!

Labour’s massive loss to the Tories has bummed out a lot of people. Everyone’s discussing it and arguing about what went wrong and who’s to blame. I don’t have any special insight into UK politics, but one thing that really shocked me about the election is the way that Jewish identity and fabricated charges of antisemitism were weaponized in a smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn and the mild leftwing shift of his Labour Party.

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Who Gets to Speak for British Jews? How the Myth of ‘the Jewish Community’ Marginalises Dissent

29 November 2019 — Novara Media

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by Jo Sutton-Klein 

The UK’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, caused yet another headache for Labour this week when he accused Jeremy Corbyn of allowing “a poison sanctioned from the top” to take root in the party. Although he didn’t explicitly tell people not to vote Labour, it was easy to read between the lines when Rabbi Mirvis mused, “what will happen to Jews and Judaism in Britain if the Labour party forms the next government?”

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Antisemitism claims have one goal: To stop Jeremy Corbyn winning power

27 November 2019 — Jonathan Cook

The Jewish community’s alienation from Labour has been years in the making – but it is Johnson’s Conservatives who have embraced hostility to minorities

Middle East Eye – 26 November 2019

A supposed antisemitism crisis in Britain’s Labour party since Jeremy Corbyn became leader has erupted back into the headlines.

This time barely any effort has been made to conceal the fact that the accusations relate to the “danger” that Corbyn could soon win power, with Britain gearing up for a general election in less than a month.

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Anti-Semitism Bandwagon Resumes Against Corbyn

17 November 2019 — Consortium News

Jonathan Cook

For a few months over the summer the British corporate media largely lost interest in smearing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite. Maybe they had begun to worry that the constant drum-beat of the past three years was deadening the public’s sensitivity to such claims.

But an election is now weeks away, and the anti-Semitism smear bandwagon is being rolled out once again.

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