New Attack on BDS: ‘Anti-Semitism Awareness Act’ Passes Senate Unanimously


By Richard Edmondson

The latest assault on BDS and the Palestine solidarity movement seems to have arrived in the form of S.10, known as the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016,” a bill that was introduced into–and adopted by–the US Senate all in one day and without discussion, on December 1.

You can track the bill here. It’s aim is to provide a “definition of anti-Semitism” for purpose of enforcing anti-discrimination in education programs and activities. Basically it seeks to codify, or put into law, a definition of anti-Semitism that was put forth by the State Department in 2010, one which cites efforts to “delegitimize” Israel as an example of “contemporary” anti-Semitism.

The definition was coined by the State Department’s “Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism”–yes, there really is such an office within the State Department, the head of which is given the royal title, no less, of “Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism” or SEAS.

The current SEAS is Ira Forman, former Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. The SEAS in power in 2010, when the “Defining Anti-Semitism” paper was published, was Hannah Rosenthal. You can go here to see the full definition, although I am also reproducing it below.

The bill has been pushed by the Anti-Defamation League. Specifically it seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with special focus on the the Act’s Title VI, described in the text of S.10 as “one of the principle antidiscrimination (sic) statutes enforced by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.”

Under the bill, any attempts to “demonize Israel,” which could include “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis,” would be defined as anti-Semitism. Universities which tolerate speech of this type on campus would be in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and presumably could be denied federal funding.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC

Well, if you’re going to attempt to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, who better to lead the charge for you than an African-American member of Congress? S.10 was introduced by Sen. Tim Scott, one of only two African-American Republicans in the Senate.

Another backer of the bill is Sen. Robert Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, who is listed as a co-sponsor. Both Scott and Casey are cited in an ADL press release put out on December 2 hailing the Senate’s passage of the measure.

“ADL played a central role in working with U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) in crafting and promoting the legislation,” the press release states.

Also classified as anti-Semitism under the measure would be applying any kind of “double standard” to Israel. This would include requiring of the Jewish state “a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation,” and could also include “multilateral organizations focusing on Israel only for peace or human rights investigations.”

Also telling the obvious truth about who owns or controls the vast majority of the major media would be anti-Semitic as well, or specifically, as the bill would have it–spreading “the myth” about “Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.”

Accusing Jews of being “more loyal to Israel” than their own nations would equally be anti-Semitic, as would of course (it goes without saying) questioning the holocaust.

“We welcome the Senate passage of this important legislation, which will help the Department of Education and Department of Justice to effectively determine whether an investigation of an incident of anti-Semitism is warranted under federal education anti-discrimination laws,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

The fact that this bill was introduced into the Senate and passed unanimously and without discussion all in one day provides glaring testimony in its own right about Jews “controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions”–or at least Congress at any rate.

Perhaps aware of the potential public relations blowback, a few Jewish writers have come out in opposition. One of these is Rachel Roberts, whose political correctness and angst-imbued manifesto in The Forward includes references to “stories my father told me about being young and Jewish in the 1950s” and likely will leave you rolling your eyes in places. A considerably more readable commentary is provided by Jacob Sullum in the New York Post, and there is also an article in the Jewish Business News allowing for the fact that “many” see the measure as “an attack on free speech,” an analysis that also questions whether the bill might in reality be “a bad idea.” Aside from this, however, Jewish opposition to the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016 seems overall kind of sparse.

Below is the text of the definition adopted by the State Department in 2010. Should it become institutionalized as the law of the land by being incorporated into the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it will not merely be “an attack on free speech” or a “bad idea.” It will, if viewed from an incremental standpoint and with the surety that more such legislation will come down the pike in the future, likely be a step toward criminalization of any criticism of Israel and a further eroding of the First Amendment.


Defining Anti-Semitism
Washington, DC
June 8, 2010

“Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” –Working Definition of Anti-Semitism by the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia

Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism

  • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews (often in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion).
  • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective—especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
  • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, the state of Israel, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interest of their own nations.

What is Anti-Semitism Relative to Israel?

EXAMPLES of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel, taking into account the overall context could include:


  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis
  • Blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions


  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation
  • Multilateral organizations focusing on Israel only for peace or human rights investigations


  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist

However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic.



alaeddine ghassoun

by Jonathan Azaziah

A thousand Striking Star Salutes to Syrian light heavyweight boxer Alaeddine Ghassoun. This young lion, in a display of why Syria is SO beautiful and such an inspiration to all resisting peoples across the globe, today refused to participate in the World Boxing Championship qualifiers in Azerbaijan because his opponent was an ‘Israeli’. Contrast Alaeddine’s gorgeous display of dignity and categorical Anti-Zionism with the “Palestine Solidarity Movement” activists who have not only openly betrayed Syria in favor of the head-chopping “Syrian revolutionaries”, but who regularly meet with ‘Israeli’ settlers and Western Zionists as a means of cementing “peace” and “dialogue”; it’s like night and day. Not even playin’, Mr. Ghassoun puts them all to shame; his two glorious fists are worth more than all these traitors combined.

Alaeddine’s statement explaining his decision, pun intended here, is a KNOCKOUT:

“I quit the competition because my rival was ‘Israeli’, and I cannot shake his hand or compete against him while he represents the Zionist regime that kills the Syrian people. If I fight against him, it would mean that I, as an athlete, and Syria, as a state, recognize the ‘state’ of ‘Israel’. The decision to quit was not mine. It was made by the Syrian Sports Federation and by senior Syrian officials. It was a very difficult decision, because I have worked hard to participate in the championship. But I serve my homeland – my honor and my loyalty belong to Syria.”

Wonderful. And to conclude, the future champ’s words aren’t just a source of pride for Syria and all those who love and defend the last bastion of Arabism against the vicious Takfiri war waged against it by the Anglo-Zionist Empire, they are a powerful message to the artificial ‘Israeli’ entity itself from every Arab who carries the Palestinian cause in his or her heart:

We will never recognize you, we will never normalize with you, forever and always you will be alien, forever and always you will be a cancer, forever and always we will fight you until you cease to exist and Al-Quds, all of Palestine and the Golan Heights return to their rightful owners.

#LongLiveSyria #AlaeddineGhassounIsAChamp

“To defend Palestine today is to defend Syria, and vice-versa” ~ Meet the Pro-Syria Palestinians


For Getting Started:

The shameful traitors of Hamas show once again
to be a bullhorn on the payroll of Erdogan-Saudis
(2/5/16) | Syrian Free Press

Syrian Army, Palestinian resistance forces
launch operations to recapture al-Yarmouk camp

(17/4/16) | Syrian Free Press


Excerpts edited by ‘CanDoBetter’ ~ […] The evidence presented here is only the tip of the iceberg. No doubt that some Palestinians, like some traitorous Iraqis, Syrians and Lebanese, joined the destabilization scheme, but when we get down to the nitty gritty, like most Syrians, most of Syria’s Palestinian citizens back the Syrian Arab Republic, the only Arab nation that has given them a home, supported their righteous cause and treated them as equals.

It is shameful beyond shameful that these truths and more were not only ignored but deceptively covered up by “Palestine Solidarity Movement” activists to push a cookie-cutter propaganda line that meshed with the increasingly toothless nature of “solidarity” speak and praxis, not to mention the worldview of their Jewish and Khaleeji “colleagues”. […]

This publication is an extract only from the original article by Jonahtan Azaziah, published 18 April, 2016 at “Meet The Pro-Syria Palestinians That Electronic “Intifada” Will Never Tell You About.”


Notable Palestinian supporters of the Syrian Government

[Candobetter editorial heading]

[…] ~ Anwar Hadi, the spokesman of the PLO, who said from day one of the ungodly crisis in Yarmouk that the blame lies squarely at the feet of the Takfiri rebels, who entered the once-vibrant Syrian-Palestinian camp in massive numbers and committed massacres, chased out civilians and looted homes along with businesses. Electronic “Intifada” and company wrote numerous articles attacking the Syrian government for the humanitarian disaster, like Jabhat al-Nusra, the FSA and ISIS were/are mere daydream-constructs “the regime” and its “Shabiha” brought forth from thin air.

~ The Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), the Syrian Arab Army’s Palestinian branch, which has fought on numerous fronts throughout Syria and offered countless martyrs in the struggle against Daesh and its ideological counterparts.

~ Fatah al-Intifada, a Palestinian Resistance group which has been ultra-active in the ongoing fight to liberate Yarmouk. Many volunteers, like Tayseer Mousa and Waleed Suleiman, left their homes in the Damascus countryside city of Jaramana to defend their brethren. Portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah can be found all over their offices.

~ Liwa Al-Quds, the third most powerful Syrian military force after the Syrian Arab Army and the Hizbullah-trained NDF according to Al-Masdar News. Liwa Al-Quds has been a tremendously key part of the battle for the liberation of Aleppo, particularly the camps of Handarat and Nayrab.

~ The PFLP-GC, led by the indefatigable Ahmad Jibril and known for their strong support of the democratically elected government in Damascus, these warriors have also been fighting in multiple arenas, from the capital to Aleppo to Latakia and elsewhere. They played an important role in the historic liberation of the besieged Shi’a towns Nubl and Al-Zahra, showing that there is a united Syrian-Palestinian-Lebanese-Iraqi-Iranian, Sunni-Shi’a, Muslim-Christian front against the usurping Zionist regime’s Wahhabi vassals.

~ Hizbullah moujahid Ali Fawzi Taha ( Haydar al-Hajj Jawad) from Bourj el-Barajneh. Born to a Palestinian father and a Lebanese mother, Ali was martyred during the liberation of the strategic, ancient city of Al-Quryatayn. He participated in many victories across Syria, including game-changers like Al-Qusayr and Al-Qalamoun. Considering he was a member of the Lebanese Islamic Resistance, the only Arab force to ever drive ‘Israel’ out from sovereign Arab lands, is it not significantly newsworthy that this hero had a Palestinian background?! If only he had been a BDS activist or an Amnesty International “researcher”, then Electronic “Intifada” would’ve assuredly profiled him.

~ Muhammad Rafeh, a beloved Palestinian-Syrian actor from the popular TV show Bab al-Hara and outspoken supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Muhammad had lost family members a year before in the Zionist entity’s massacre of protesters in the occupied Golan Heights on Naksa Day and was also known for his strong stance against the ‘Israeli’ enemy. The FSA kidnapped Muhammad and slaughtered him for standing with the Syrian government; very “revolutionary”, wouldn’t you say?

~ Archbishop Atallah Hanna, Palestine’s highest-ranking Orthodox Christian authority and a fiery, BLISTERING vocal backer of the Syrian Arab Republic. Not only has Theodosios of Sebastia spoken in no uncertain terms about the aggression against Syria being a Zionist plot, but he’s also defended Islam and the importance of Muslim-Christian unity in the face of Takfirism at length. The Archbishop is a true Arab hero and is undoubtedly on the path to sainthood.

~ Samer al-Issawi, Palestine’s most epic hunger striker (277 days) and a living legend in every sense of the phrase; the man’s will is of such an unbreakable nature that it will forever echo in history and forever haunt the Zionist enemy. Samer, whose fam goes way back with both the PFLP and the DFLP, supports the Syrian Arab Republic and stands firmly against the war on this sovereign nation. His steadfast anti-Imperialism only adds to his larger-than-life character. Yet, apart from PFLP and DFLP affiliated media, this fact remains largely unknown.

~ Palestinians across occupied Falasteen, not to mention Syrians throughout the Golan Heights, have protested in full support of the Syrian Arab Republic and Hizbullah on too many occasions to make mention of here. And we’re not talking about minuscule rallies but bright, rowdy, militant, BIG demonstrations with seas of Syrian Arab Republic flags waving and portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad standing tall. Not even one of these events was covered by “Palestine Solidarity Movement” mainstreamers.[…]

[…] ~ Simply put, to defend Palestine today is to defend Syria and vice versa, for as Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah declared years ago, the Syrian Arab Republic is the backbone of the Mouqawamah and only a fool or a traitor would sit idly by as his backbone is being broken. So what category do the “activists” of the “Palestine Solidarity Movement” fall under? Fools? Traitors? Or a lil’ bit of both?




by Jonathan Azaziah, MouqawamahMusic

The courageous pro-Syria Palestinians inside the Syrian Arab Republic as well as occupied Palestine itself have been all but excommunicated from mainstream “Palestine Solidarity Movement” discourse. And truth be told, it is the apogee of sickening. …READ MORE …

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Excerpts by 'Can Do Better'
Originally published by MouqawamahMusic
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by Jonathan Azaziah

In the wake of Ahmadi Muslim Asad Shah being murdered by a Wahhabi fanatic for wishing his neighbors a Happy Easter in Glasgow, the time is long overdue to have a serious chat about the poisonous symbiosis between Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi-Takfirism and Islamophobia. Yes, it’s well-known that Zionist Jews are the originators, financiers and disseminators of hateful anti-Islamic discourse in the West. The names should be familiar: Nina Rosenwald, the Chernicks, Pam Geller, Daniel Pipes, Sheldon Adelson, Ba’at Yeor (lunatic witch who concocted the insane ‘Eurabia’ theory), Raphael Patai (demented bigot behind ‘The Arab Mind’), Seth Klarman and so on. But the hasbara of these Jewish supremacists cannot thrive without incidents occurring worldwide which reinforce and magnify anti-Muslim sentiments among brainwashed American, Canadian, Australian and European Gentiles. Enter the shaytanic House of Saud.

The monstrous tyrants occupying the Hijaz have spent an estimated $100 billion, yes you read that right, ONE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS over the last 30 years alone, spreading their perverted interpretation of Islam throughout Sunni communities across the globe. Yes, the Sunni community is being Wahhabiized right before our eyes. What we’re talking about here is Al-Saud’s never-ending stream of petro-cash converting thousands upon thousands of Sunni mosques, youth schools, universities and outreach centers into centers of anti-Shi’a, anti-Ahmadi, anti-Alawi, anti-Sufi and anti-Christian hatred and millions upon millions of young, impressionable Sunni Muslims getting indoctrinated with this toxicity. And it is toxified, brainwashed youths such as these who are RIPE for the Mossad, CIA and MI6 to recruit for their devilish false flag operations and PSYOPs; with their fanatical, cartoonish statements immediately picked up and “translated” of course by the likes of ‘Israeli’ spies Rita Katz of SITE Intelligence Group and Ben Venzke’s Intel Center to be broadcasted to the (Zionist-controlled) mainstream media, thus reinforcing Islamophobia at every turn and keeping the neocon “clash of civilizations” between the Islamic East and the Christian West going indefinitely.

Imagine, Sayyed Abdul Majid al-Houthi, Deputy Chief of the Association of Yemeni Ulema and one of Yemen’s most respected Zaydi Shi’a Muslim authorities, has said that the Saudi regime has spent tens of billions in just Yemen since the 1960s for the sole purpose of creating divisions among Yemenis. Now simply take this equation and multiply it on a global scale; it’s a game of geopolitical Ring-Around-The Rosie played day in and day out by the Zionist-Wahhabi Axis Of Malevolence. Saudi Arabia plants and triggers strife among Muslims, sowing the seeds of chaos, and the Zionists capitalize on it so their “War On Terror” continues to be relevant. This is how ISIS, Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, et al exist. Al-Saud schools and funds the terrorists and then the Empire trains, arms and unleashes them on our homelands. This is THE problem facing the Ummah today and NOBODY wants to talk about it. Sunnis stay silent because they don’t want to upset their Sheikhs at the masjids who are on Al-Saud’s payroll. Shi’a and other “minority” schools of thought stay silent because they don’t want to upset the Sunnis. It’s cowardice. It’s madness. It’s DANGEROUS.

GET IT TOGETHER PEOPLE! The Wahhabi-Takfiri disease is spreading like an aggressive cancer. Which brings us back to where we began: Ahmadi Muslim Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah. He was loved by everyone, Muslims and Christians alike. He was a good man with a big heart who gave countless amounts to charity and the poor. And if he could be STABBED TO DEATH in the streets of Glasgow, like anti-ISIS Sunnis were butchered in Fallujah and Deir Ezzor, like Alawis and Christians were massacred in Homs, like Shi’a are butchered daily with Takfiri suicide blasts in Iraq, like Ahmadis are killed and dehumanized daily in Pakistan, then this can happen to ANY ONE OF US AT ANYPLACE AND ANYTIME. All the man did was give felicitations to his neighbors on a day dedicated to Jesus Christ (A.S.), who, NEWSFLASH WAHHABI FILTH, is a Prophet of Islam and adored and venerated by all Muslims apart from you idiots apparently. There’s only one “Abrahamic” religion that hates ‘Isa (A.S.) enough to kill someone for an Easter greeting and it ain’t Islam, but Judaism… Check its Talmud, which raises the point of frightening similarity between Wahhabi-Takfiris and the “chosenites” but that is indeed another story. Bottom line is, the killing of Asad Shah shows how serious Al-Saud’s infiltration of our Sunni brothers and sisters’ spaces are; it shows how deviant, destructive and murderously violent towards Ahmadis and Shi’a especially, but all non-Wahhabis (including Sunnis!) generally, Al-Saud’s Wahhabi-Takfirism is.

In the final analysis, the question must be asked: If Asad Shah was murdered by a white British man, would the coverage among Muslim/“Anti-Imperialist”/“Anti-Zionist” “activists”, namely the “Palestine Solidarity” and CAIR types, be so lackadaisical? Not. Even. Close. If he had been killed by a cracker-ass cracker doped up on Islamophobia, the “Palestine Solidarity” and CAIR activists would rush to his aid and condemn the crime and run their mouths amuck about how Islamophobia is on the rise and “anti-racists” of the world must unite to stem the tide, blah, blah, blah. But as we’ve seen with the “Palestine Solidarity” and CAIR activists’ failure on Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and ISIS in general, nay, THEIR WILLFUL SILENCE AND COMPLICITY in the Zionist entity’s schemes and Takfiri ‘Goy’ Golem’s crimes, they’re not interested in actually solving the issue of Islamophobia.

Just like they’re not interesting in solving the issue of Zionism, i.e. death and nothing but death to the ‘Israeli’ entity and the removal of its settler population. Because to combat Islamophobia, you must cut out the heart pumping blood to the rest of the beastly body, and that blackened, demonic heart is Al-Saud. And if the “Palestine Solidarity” and CAIR activists, who have been thoroughly Judaized and co-opted to the point that they spout as much victimhood nonsense as the Zionist occupiers do, attempt to fight Al-Saud and its Wahhabi marionettes in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE, well… let’s just say the funding of their toothless little BDS activities might just dry up. Al-Saud and its Wahhabi venom don’t represent Islam in the slightest and nobody, I repeat, NOBODY, Muslim or non-Muslim, should be apprehensive about being called “Islamophobic” for slamming these filthy despots and their filthy ideology. This is a tactic used to silence Saudi Arabia’s enemies that reeks of ADL influence.

Concluding, it is clear that to fight and ultimately defeat Islamophobia, a three-pronged approach is needed: Expose the Zionist Jews funding it, expose the Saudi regime all day, everyday for exporting it and purge it from all Islamic spaces–this task is on our Sunni brothers first and foremost as it is their community which is being infected–and call out the two-faced hypocrites in the “Palestine Solidarity” and CAIR circles who refuse to condemn, point out or even admit that a symbiosis exists between Wahhabi-Takfirism and Islamophobia. This, THE TRUTH, and only this, will lead to justice for Asad Shah and all the victims of Al-Saud across the globe, from Nicaragua to occupied Palestine, Lebanon to Syria, Iraq to Bahrain, Iran to Pakistan, Afghanistan to Indonesia and all the way back to beloved, heroic Yemen, devastated Libya, Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub al-Zakzaky’s Nigeria and beyond. ‪#‎DeathToSaud‬ ‪#‎DeathToIsrael‬ ‪#‎RIPAsadShah‬ ‪#‎StopWahhabiTakfiriTerror‬

Labour Has A Jewish Problem; it is dominated by Zionist Oligarchs

April 29, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

Jeremy Corbyn, the man who just a few months ago was a ‘hope for a change,’ is a wimp. For months, the man has unconditionally surrendered to the Jewish lobby. He has systematically betrayed each of his professed core principles. Not surprisingly, the legendary ‘Left Icon’ has even betrayed his friends.

Leftists tend to call each other comrade; they shove the word ‘comradeship’ into every political statement. Apparently, they are unable  to grasp what comradeship is all about.  Corbyn’s ‘comradeship’ was on display when he failed to stand up for the heroic Ken Livingstone who told the well-established and undeniable truth about Hitler’s support of Zionism and the Havara Agreement. Corbyn just ran away with his tail between his legs.

For some time, I have thought the Left a dysfunctional masturbatory concept. But Corbyn was exciting, he seemed to support the oppressed. For decades he was the patron of the dysfunctional Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC). Corbyn promised to care for whatever is left of the British working people. He said all the most exciting things but he has delivered the opposite.

Perversely, I have been delighted with the recent developments in the Labour Party.

If anyone had so far failed to notice the corrosive impact of Jewish power and Jewish political lobbying, it is now all out in the open.

Thanks to the Jewish Lobby and Jewish donors, the Labour Party is not a free place. It is intolerant, it is oppressive, it is an occupied territory. It cares for one people only and these people are not the working class. They are, practically speaking, a bunch of Jewish oligarchs, by far the most privileged people on this planet.

Next we are going to learn that Corbyn’s Labour will remove Karl Marx from Labour’s heritage for writing On The Jewish Question. In 1843, Marx realised that “emancipation from huckstering and money, consequently from practical, real Judaism, would be the self-emancipation of our time.” Marx thought that in order to emancipate the world from capitalism, the world must be emancipated from “Judaism.”  And in order to emancipate Labour from the Guardians of Judea it must liberate itself from Jewish Zionist oligarchs such as Lord LevyLord SugarMichael Foster and a few others. 

It is probably just a question of time before the Labour party suspends the Working Class altogether for interfering with Labour’s Jewish oligarch funders.

There is now plenty of evidence that Jewish Lobby politics is incompatible with Western thought and values of freedom. We must choose whether we want to live in a United Ghetto dominated by the likes of Lord Levy and Lord Sugar or whether we prefer to dwell in a United Kingdom that is free and cares for all.

To understand Jewish ID politics and intense lobbying read The Wandering Who,

Unfit For Labour

April 11, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

 Gilad Atzmon interviews Gill Kaffash


The Jewish press reports that Gill Kaffash, a dedicated pro Palestinian activist & former secretary of the Camden branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), is the latest victim of the ongoing Labour purge. Gill was rejected by the Holborn and St Pancras Labour branch. She appealed but  the party rejected her appeal last week. According to the Jewish press, Gill was accused of “promoting Holocaust revisionism.” 

Gill, why did you decide to joint the Labour Party in the first place?

I joined in 1959; it seemed to me that the Labour Party was best placed to implement social changes to bring more justice into society, support the rights of workers etc. the political scene was somewhat different in the 1960s. I was Secretary of St Pancras & Holborn Labour Party 1963 to 1966 (I think). I was on the first Camden Council 1964-1968. During that period 3 of us were instrumental in getting the council to set up a body to fight racism & discrimination. I became rather unhappy during the Callaghan administration when it seemed he leant rather to far towards compromise in order to retain power. I just watched a programme about him: he came out so much better than the present lot. However, the main reason was family commitments; I drifted out of the Party but went on voting Labour almost always.

When Jeremy (Corbyn) garnered so much support for his candidacy, my hope for a Labour Party which might be closer to my idea of the values and aims it should have, revived. I helped a bit in his campaign, though my application for the £3 membership was rejected on the grounds that I had supported another party. (During the 2015 campaign I told Keir Starmer that I would vote Green. Actually, I did a vote swap with a Green in another constituency, who agreed to vote Labour.) I applied for full membership after JC’s election & received a membership card, then a letter saying the local party objected to me.

You have an extensive record as a Labour supporter. What were the arguments against you?

“A well-publicised anti-Semite”… Publicised where & by whom, I ask? Very few people have heard of me. I think the choice of phrase is significant: it is the possible publicity they are scared of, rather than having a moral objection to anti-Semitism. The evidence for my anti-Semitism is largely about Holocaust denial. My lack of correction of people like you in the Seek truth conference speech was also cited. I will go into detail about the hearing, showing the similarities between it & PSC behaviour.

Video: Gill Kaffash, speaking at the Seek Speak Spread Truth conference. This is  the kind of discourse the detached British Left cannot cope with:

I understand that you have never denied the holocaust, but you have insisted that history be subject to examination. According to the notoriously Islamophobic Harry’s Place, these are your exact words:  “There is no doubt that a great number of Jews along with other victims of the Nazi army were killed by Hitler. However, historical phenomena need to be further examined to uncover the truth. Therefore banning opposition to the theses termed as ‘invariable reality’ is irrational.” 

I don’t see what is problematic in expressing this opinion.

I don’t think the HP quote is accurate- it’s much more coherent than I was. Actually I prefer it, it’s good, though I don’t remember ever hearing the phrase ‘invariable reality’ before and am guessing what it means. As I recollect from the quote unearthed at the time of the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade in PSC, all I said in response to a telephone query was that Ahmedinijad was right to hold a conference as the truth should be uncovered. This was all that was quoted by Harry’s Place at the time. Nowadays, I do query the Holocaust Narrative while accepting that the truth will never be known. I think the Narrative should be challenged because of its use to justify Israeli/Jewish exceptionalism.

Are we entitled to assume that the Labour Party has now moved away from the Western or shall I say Athenian view that the past must be subject to dynamic scholarly research; re-visited, re-written and revised?  

I don’t know if the Labour Party ever held such a view, it has its sacred myths. Along with most of society it appears to believe that the Holocaust is an exception to normal historical study.

Do you agree that the Labour panic over anti Semitism indicates that for some reason the party is concerned primarily with the suffering of the Jewish people, and not with the plight of the British hard working people?

No, the Labour Party is concerned primarily with retaining the support &financial backing of Jews. It is the accusation of anti-Semitism which terrifies everyone, not the possible existence of real anti-Semitism.

It seems that the prime evidence against you is a text written by Jewish ethnic campaigner, Tony Greenstein. Interestingly, Mr. Greenstein has also been suspended from the Labour Party for making ‘anti Semitic comments.’ Is there a hierarchy of anti Semites within Corbyn’s Labour?  Could you, for instance, imagine the Labour Party Central inquisitory board using your text against Greenstein or any other suspected kosher ‘anti Semite’?

The use of Tony Greenstein is most curious. I wonder who chose that article. It was not the main evidence against me; that was the video. Ironically that speech was on the topic of the use of the accusation of anti-Semitism as a weapon – now used to accuse me of anti-Semitism! Chairman Black (of the local party) could not understand when I asked her if she held a hierarchy of prejudices. I gave her an example of respecting other cultures v.upholding women’s rights; she seemed never to have been aware of these very common dilemmas & gave up.

I don’t think the Party was aware of the existence of Tony Greenstein. I don’t think the local Party knew anything about him.  They seem to have found it a struggle to find any evidence against me. What I think is happening is that hard left characters like Tony have been flexing their muscles by a witch hunt of “anti-Semites.” The anti-Corbynites have used the same accusation in a boomerang against them, using a definition of anti-Semite to include anti-Zionist. Of course, the anti-Semite witch hunt is dangerous for Jeremy, it reinforces his reliance on the Jewish Left to protect him. What I’m saying is that the accusation is being used by both sides in their power struggle. Probably neither side really cares about real anti-Semitism. There has been a row in the Camden Labour group because someone accused the leadership of being quislings.

This was deemed to be anti-Semitic & very hurtful to the leadership as it associated them with the Nazis. The leader is now being opposed in the next leadership election in the Labour Group on the council. Power struggle.

I think there are many parallels between the operational mode of Zionists, of AZZs, of PSC and Palestine solidarity, of the hard Left, of Israeli hasbara.  These are the groups I have observed, I know nothing about Jewish ghettos. I don’t think you have to invoke Jewish culture to explain these political tactics.there is a world outside the ghetto, Gilad.

I don’t agree. All I see is an extreme process of ghettoization all around us. As far as I can tell there is nothing but the ghetto or, rather, no one is allowed to think ‘out the ghetto.’ 

Gill, before we finish, I feel obliged to ask you, did you ever express hatred of Jews? Do you call for discrimination against Jewish people? 

I have never felt or expressed hatred towards Jews in general, nor towards individual Jews. I feel anger towards certain Jews & groups of Jews because of the way they treat others including me, and do so as Jews. At the time of the Harry’s Place attack upon me Naomi Wimbourne-Idris told me she knew I was not anti-Semitic & Debbie Fink emailed me to ask if I had always been anti-Semitic or had recently become so. I replied that she was too modest and did not take her due credit for making me so.

Paul Eisen once told me that the most anti-Semitic thing I said is that Jews are just ordinary people like everyone else. I said the same to Naomi, a little later at a PSC meeting Naomi said with Diana-like modesty that Jews are just ordinary people and basked in the audience reaction to such a preposterous statement.

I am guilty of not discriminating in favour of Jews. The proof of my anti-Semitism relies on guilt by association (with you & Paul Eisen) and circular reasoning: only anti-Semites question the Holocaust, you question the Holocaust so you must be anti-Semitic, you are anti-Semitic so questioning the Holocaust is anti-Semitic.

It seems the Labour Party rejects, suspends and expels its best people in the name of the fight against anti Semitism. Yet, I have never seen the working definition used by Labour. Do you know of any such definition?

You know that it is anti-Semitic to define anti-Semitism. The Chair at the hearing said that the Labour Party follows the McPherson ruling on prejudice which is that if someone feels they have been discriminated against then their claim has to be heard. This has been taken to mean that if a Jew feels you have been anti-Semitic, then you have been. Actually, I think the ruling is that the claim must be taken seriously & investigated & judgement made on whether the claim is reasonable. The panel chair read out McPherson, which certainly has something about reasonable in it.

 Gill Thanks so much for your time and thoughts. 

Peace Activist and Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Beaten, Arrested for Silent Protest at Clinton Speech

March 12, 2016

Disgusting beyond words!
As for Ray McGovern, I have the utmost respect for him.  He is a *real* American patriot.  I wish him all the best and a prompt recovery from his injuries.
The Saker

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