I think Mike’s nailed it. He’s posted up a piece revealing the Jewish Labour Movement’s basis in Zionism, and suggests that this is the real reason for the latest anti-Semitism slurs against Jackie Walker. Mrs Walker attended a training day on Holocaust Memorial Day, during which she committed the terrible crime of objecting to the definition of anti-Semitism that the event’s organisers, the Jewish Labour Movement, declared they were working with. This was that proposed by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, which equates anti-Semitism with opposition to Zionism and the state of Israel. The definition was scrapped by the European Monitoring Centre’s successor organisation, the Fundamental Rights Agency.
And on their website the Jewish Labour Movement declares that
“The Jewish Labour Movement is also affiliated to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Zionist Federation of the UK, and organise within the World Zionist Organisation… Our objects: To maintain and promote Labour or Socialist Zionism as the movement for self-determination of the Jewish people within the state of Israel.”
Mike makes the point that the Movement does not represent all Jews. It only represents Jewish Zionists, and persecutes Jews, who are not.
Jackie Walker’s father was a Russian Jew, and her partner is Jewish. But she’s not a Zionist, and so has been targeted for persecution.
This is not about anti-Semitism; it is about removing a person who does not support Zionism from a position of influence.
Am I right?
I think Mike’s absolutely correct, and so do many others. Many of Mike’s readers are Jews, or of Jewish heritage, and he has received many comments from them agreeing with him. Please go to his site, and read the messages left by Tony Greenstein, Fathomie – who isn’t Jewish, but has Jewish friends, and David Douglas-Wilson. Mr Wilson is the author of a book on Sir Moses Montefiore. He has completed an MA in Holocaust Studies, a subject that has personally affected him. He states that he lost 14 members of his family in the Shoah. He also wishes that people wouldn’t equate the Jewish people with Zionism, and describes the confusion of the two as ‘crude history, vulgar politics, and pure opportunism.’
Mike has also received comments supporting this article from non-Jewish readers as well, who are also very definitely not anti-Semitic but sceptical of Israel and its policies towards the Palestinians.
As Mike and his readers make very clear, this isn’t about anti-Semitism. This is about the Israel lobby, or at least that section of if which supports Likud and its racist terrorism absolutely, trying to silence Israel’s critics. They are trying to silence decent women and men by calling them anti-Semites. If Jewish, they are reviled as ‘self-hating’ and declared to be ‘not real Jews’. It’s disgusting, and bears out Prof Norman Finkelstein’s statement that the Zionist lobby is all about manufacturing anti-Semites. And not only are decent people slandered, the term itself is devalued, while real, anti-Semitic Nazis like National Action and the National Socialist Movement in Britain are stomping about in jackboots again.
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