UK Labour Party leader candidates all call themselves ‘Zionist’ or sympathetic to Zionism, get blasted by the Left


14-02-20 02:55:00,

The four Labour leader hopefuls all claimed to be Zionist – or sympathetic to the movement – at a special event held by a Jewish wing of the party, drawing outrage from party supporters on pro-Palestinian grounds.

When answering questions posed at the Jewish Labour Movement hustings on Thursday, Lisa Nandy, Rebecca Long-Bailey, and Emily Thornberry unequivocally called themselves Zionist. Their fellow Labour leader candidate Keir Starmer qualified his answer, saying “I don’t describe myself as a Zionist, but I understand, sympathize, and support Zionism.” The pronouncements quickly ignited the ire of many Labour members who took to Twitter to vent their anger – with some even threatening to leave the party altogether.

“Zionism is racism,” one wrote. “In good faith, I will be cancelling my membership. I am Jewish. I am anti-Zionist.” Meanwhile, former Labour MP Chris Williamson tweeted that previous party leaders had “condemned apartheid S. Africa,” but that “today’s would-be leaders condone apartheid Israel!” 

Every single LABOUR Leader Candidate tonight said they were Zionist at Jewish Hustings. Zionism is racism. In good faith, I will be cancelling my membership. I am Jewish. I am anti Zionist. I refuse to take the rights away from my Palestinian brothers and sisters.

— NY JEW IN UK #NOTMEUS🌹🕎✊🏼 (@EnglandYankin) February 14, 2020

Whatever: all Zionism is racist. Palestine between the river and the sea is majority non-Jewish. Therefore attempts to impose a “Jewish state” are by definition racist, and inevitably violent.

— Asa Winstanley (@AsaWinstanley) February 14, 2020

Many highlighted the plight of the Palestinian people in their criticism of the remarks, with one commenter asking: “Is Labour a safe space for (meaningful) Palestine solidarity activism? The answer, shamefully, is no.” Others queried even asking the Zionism question of the leadership contenders in the first place.

What if standing up for something that is right is standing up for the people of Palestine. who are being murdered and displaced by the Israeli government?

— Fanxxxxtastic-Trada (@Fanxxxxtastic) February 14, 2020

Imagine if there was a Labour Leadership hustings for the British Hindu community and the final question was “Are you a Hindu Nationalist?”

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Antisemitisme in Labour, realiteit of hetze? Academici onderzochten het | Uitpers


29-10-19 05:42:00,

Foto: screenshot

Er staat zowat dagelijks in de Britse media iets over anti-semitisme in de partij Labour. Het zou daarbij gaan over meer dan afzonderlijke incidenten, over institutioneel racisme. Vijf academici onderzochten getuigenissen, geleverde bewijzen en berichtgeving. Zij komen tot een genuanceerd besluit.

Het werd op deze website al meermaals geschreven. De beschuldigingen van antisemitisme tegen voorzitter van Labour Jeremy Corbyn persoonlijk en tegen andere partijleden hebben een precieze startdatum. Op 6 juni 2015 stelde Corbyn zich kandidaat voor het voorzitterschap van de partij. Aanvankelijk werd hij door de media als totaal kansloos genegeerd.

Toen gebeurde iets vreemds, althans volgens de traditionele politieke waarnemers. Corbyn bleef stijgen in de peilingen, ondanks zeer negatieve berichtgeving over zijn politieke verleden. Op 22 juli 2015 stond hij voor het eerst vooraan in de peilingen.

Wat begon op 12 augustus 2015 is nooit gestopt

Op 12 augustus 2015 is het antisemitismeprobleem van Corbyn begonnen. Het Brits-Joodse tijdschrift The Jewish Chronicle schreef: “Wij zijn zeker dat we spreken voor de overgrote meerderheid van de Britse Joden wanneer we onze diepe onrust uitdrukken over het vooruitzicht van de verkiezing van mijnheer Corbyn tot leider van Labour.”

“Hoewel er geen direct bewijs is dat hijzelf een probleem heeft met Joden, zijn er wel overweldigende bewijzen van zijn associatie met – en in één zaak zelfs een beweerde steun voor – Holocaustontkenners, terroristen en een aantal regelrechte antisemieten”. Niet min. Het is sindsdien nooit meer opgehouden.

Foto: screenshot The Jewish Chronicle

Corbyn en zijn team waren totaal verrast en onvoorbereid op deze aanval. Corbyn zetelt al sinds 1983 onafgebroken in het Britse Lagerhuis. Van 1983 tot 2015 werden ‘Corbyn’ en ‘anti-semitisme’ 18 maal vermeld in een Brits krantenartikel, op een totaal van 3.659 artikels over Corbyn over 32 jaar. In die 18 artikels werden zijn politieke acties tégen anti-semitisme opgesomd.

In geen enkel van deze artikels werd een vermoeden geuit dat hij antisemitisch zou zijn. Over het algemeen werd hij in deze artikels omschreven als ‘a decent bloke‘, een sympathieke, oprechte en voor de rest onbelangrijke backbencher die wat ouderwetse ideeën had over socialisme.

Beschuldigingen van antisemitisme tegen Labourleden waren zeker geen nieuw fenomeen. Voor 2015 onder vorige partijvoorzitters trad de partij regelmatig op tegen anti-semitische uitspraken en/of acties door partijleden of parlementsleden.

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Labour MP split is a cheap and final ploy to derail BREXIT (Video)


20-02-19 03:41:00,

Authored by Wayne Madsen, via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

Showing that he is adopting the neoconservative playbook every day he remains in office, Donald Trump handed the neocons a major win when he appointed Iran-contra scandal felon Elliott Abrams as his special envoy on Venezuela. Abrams pleaded guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding information on the secret sale of US weapons for cash to help illegally supply weapons to the Nicaraguan right-wing contras, who were battling against the government of President Daniel Ortega. Abrams would have headed to a federal prison, but President George H. W. Bush, an unindicted co-conspirator in the scandal, issued pardons to Abrams and his five fellow conspirators – former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, and former Central Intelligence Agency officials Alan Fiers, Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, and Clair George – on Christmas Eve 1991, during the final weeks of Bush’s lame duck administration.

Abrams escaped being charged with more serious crimes by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh because he cut a last-minute deal with federal prosecutors. Trump, who has made no secret of his disdain for cooperating federal witnesses, would have normally called Abrams a “rat,” a gangster term meaning informant. The man who helped engineer the pardons for Abrams and his five convicted friends was none other than Bush’s Attorney General, William Barr, who has just been sworn in as Trump’s Attorney General. Trump, who is always decrying the presence of the “deep state” that thwarts his very move, has become the chief guardian of that entity.

During a recent hearing of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, newly-minted congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, reminded her colleagues and the world about the sordid background of Abrams.

Omar zeroed in on Abrams’s criminal history:

“Mr. Abrams, in 1991 you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony you give today to be truthful.”

Abrams, as is the nature of neocons, refused to respond to Omar and cited her comments as “personal attacks.”

Abrams’s and his fellow criminals’ use of mercenaries and “death squads” to conduct secret wars in Nicaragua,

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UK Labour Party Suffers Biggest Split In 38 Years Over Corbyn Anti-Semitisim, Brexit Bungle


18-02-19 03:51:00,

In what is the biggest split in Labour since the “gang of four” senior figures left the party in 1981 to form the Social Democratic party (SDP), seven Labour MPs, including Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger, have resigned from the party over Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, saying they will sit as a new independent group.

In a press conference on Monday, the MPs – who also include Gavin Shuker, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey – said Corbyn’s Labour had radically departed from their values.

The main drivers behind the backbenchers decision to split seem to be:

1) the anti-semitism row within the Labour party and;

2) the lack of support for a second referendum (the awfully titled People’s Vote).

As The Guardian reports, Umunna, the former shadow cabinet minister, said the established parties “cannot be the change because they have become the problem”, and put party interests above the national interest.

He said it was “time we dumped this country’s old-fashioned politics” and created an alternative.

Berger, the MP for Liverpool Wavertree, said it had been a “difficult, painful but necessary decision” for them all, before criticising Labour for becoming “sickeningly institutionally racist”.

The Jewish MP, who is heavily pregnant and has been subject to antisemitic abuse, said she had become “embarrassed and ashamed” to be in the Labour party because of its failure to tackle antisemitism in its ranks.

“I am leaving behind a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation. I look forward to a future serving with colleagues who respect each other,” she said.

Leslie, the MP for Nottingham East and a former shadow chancellor, said Labour had been “hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left” and was no longer the party he and others had joined.

Gapes said he was “sickened that Labour is now a racist party” and he believed its leader was “on the wrong side on so many international issues” from Russia to Syria.

In response, Corbyn said he was “disappointed that these MPs have felt unable to continue to work together for the Labour policies that inspired millions at the last election and saw us increase our vote by the largest share since 1945”.

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Labour Ready for Government and a State Operated Mass Transport System for 21st Century Britain – Global Research

Labour Ready for Government and a State Operated Mass Transport System for 21st Century Britain – Global Research

27-09-18 02:43:00,

Following a strong, united Labour Party conference, the country now needs a General Election as soon as possible to allow this radical political force to negotiate a sensible Brexit deal with Europe. We need a reforming Government to replace the worn-out ‘May and Johnson’ sideshow that has done so much damage to our national economy and foreign relations, our currency, our defence and our National Health Service.

After this week’s rousing Labour conference, Jeremy Corbyn has now firmly established himself as the next Prime Minister with the impressive John McDonnell as Chancellor. Together they make an exceedingly strong team, not least to finalise the current failed Brexit negotiations with Europe.

Labour will take back the railways and utility companies into public ownership in order to provide a state-owned and operated, modern mass transport system for the 21st century and to regain state control of water, the vitally important natural resource for life. Both of these are integral parts of a new, radical approach to government that has been so obviously lacking within the current Conservative administration.

Democracy is government by the people and for the people – that means all the people not just the bankers, bond dealers, hedge-fund operators and currency gamblers in the City. Labour is now a party of integrity that has undertaken to work for everyone in this country who is entitled to vote. That alone is one of the principal differences from the current tired, out-of-touch administration.

A Labour Government will show the world that British goods and services, and British enterprise, are ready to compete with the best in the world. We are already the leaders in many fields and with a radical, reforming government that will bring in legislation to support industry and commerce and all those who work in companies and organisations throughout the United Kingdom, we will once again be proud to be British. Proud to develop new goods and new markets, worldwide.

But the country needs a General Election in order to move forward. Enough economic and political damage has already been done. Let’s put a stop to that, now! This is not a party political message – this is plain common sense.


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