Precious Zionist Snowflake Margaret Hodge Trivialises the Holocaust

Last week, right-wing Labour MP and Zionist intriguer Margaret Hodge appeared on Sky News, where she managed to upset a great many decent people with her comments about herself and her party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Hodge had very briefly faced the prospect of disciplinary proceedings against her for shouting at Corbyn in parliament and calling him a ‘f***ing anti-Semite’ who didn’t want people like here in the party. This is obviously a major breach of party discipline and procedure. Labour members have appeared in the media to make it plain that this is not how complaints are aired in the Labour party. There is a correct internal process in which grievance and complaints can be made and deliberated.

Anybody else doing what Hodge did would have automatically faced disciplinary proceedings, but in Hodge’s case, these were dropped. This may not be unconnected to the fake storm of outrage the media, the Right and the Israel lobby whipped up, claiming it was outrageous that Hodge should face censure because of her actions. It was another sign of the rampant anti-Semitism in the party. It was no such thing, but nevertheless, the proceedings against Hodge were dropped.

She briefly expressed some kind of contrition, making various murmurings that suggested she felt she might, perhaps, have been wrong to air her grievances that way. But this didn’t last very long, and in the interview on Sky she was back to justifying herself and wallowing in self-pity.

She told her interviewer that the prospect of disciplinary proceedings against her made her think what it was like to be a Jew during Hitler’s dictatorship. It made her think that they were coming for her. She then went to tell the interviewer how her father advised her always to keep a suitcase packed.

Total rubbish. And no wonder people were offended.

There is clearly absolutely no similarity between Hodge rightly facing disciplinary charges because of her very public insult to her party leader, and what the Nazis’ Jewish victims really went through in the Holocaust. None whatsoever. I don’t know the precise proportion, but a very high number of Britain’s Jewish population did lose relatives in the Holocaust, as did so many others in the wider Jewish community around the world. And naturally, Hodge’s self-pitying, tactless remark upset them.

Martin Odoni of The Great Critique blog wrote to the Labour party complaining about Hodge and her revolting comments demanding her suspension, and posted the letter on his site so that others could use it as a template. It began

To whom it may concern (which should be everybody in the Labour Party),

I wish to express my offence and disgust at the appalling behaviour and rhetoric of Margaret Hodge.

Hodge’s attempts to compare an honest, fair and necessary investigation into her previous abusive conduct to the actions of Nazi Germany on 16/8/2018 was not only hyperbolic to the point of insanity, it was also incredibly offensive and hurtful – both to the honest great majority of Labour supporters and members, and to members of the various Jewish communities around the UK. Her behaviour belittles and trivialises the deaths of literally millions of Jews in the 1930s and 1940s, and is thus anti-Semitic.

It is quite clear that Hodge is cynically manipulating her Jewish background in order to win favourable treatment. This is, in itself, highly offensive to British Jews, while also grossly unfair on other party members who have been accused of misconduct and are finding it immensely difficult to receive a fair hearing.

See: https://thegreatcritique.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/suspend-margaret-hodge-from-the-labour-party-at-once/

Professor Norman Finkelstein, a prominent anti-Zionist activist and himself the son of Holocaust survivors, posted up his response in a video. He states that his parents were among those incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto. After the uprising against the Nazis was crushed, they were sent to Auschwitz and Majdanek. He described how his mother wander the streets of her home city, finding it strewn with bodies. It’s an image of almost apocalyptic horror, and it graphically describes the very real horror that generation of European Jews went through. Finkelstein was clearly very upset and furious when he made the video, angrily asking rhetorically if Hodge also felt that she was being persecuted like the Holocaust victims were when she had to sort out other, ordinary, everyday problems with officialdom. Like going down to the tax office to sort out problems there. Her comments grotesquely trivialised the very real suffering of millions killed and imprisoned in the camps, and if she really felt like that, she should leave the Labour party.

Martin and Finkelstein weren’t alone. Other people, whose relatives had also suffered under the Nazis also joined in to voice their bitterness at Hodge’s grotesque comments. Mike put up a selection on his blog. These included a long piece from Simon Goldberger, whose father was also on the Kindertransport taking Jewish children from Nazi Germany to safety in Britain. His family was also involved in the creation of Israel. His father taught him to be a Socialist, and to fight nationalism and populism. He asked her rhetorically when she decided to conflate anti-Semitism with the criticism, not of Jews or even of Israel, but of Likud. When she decided to use the platform her party had given her to attack it, just when it was successfully fighting a Tory government that has killed 114,000 of its citizens, and is arming the Saudis and the murderous war in Yemen, and whose leadership has allied with real Nazis. He also asked when it was she decided that being held to the rule that everyone signed when joining the Labour party was like the Shoah. He concluded

“You disgust me and your words in belittling the horrors of the Holocaust are an outright insult to its victims including my grandparents and their siblings.”

David Rosenberg of the Jewish Socialist Group sent a tweet asking if the other Zionist intriguers, Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman, would also condemn Hodge for cheapening and trivialising the Holocaust, or would support her.

Andrew Feinstein tweeted his offence at Hodge’s comments, as he had lost 40 members of his family in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, and said that her comments showed only her own deep narcissism, insensitivity, ignorance & stupidity.

And David Osland, who isn’t Jewish, also had family who were incarcerated in the camps. In this case, it was his uncle, a Sudeten German who was imprisoned for being a communist.

And the Angry Yorkshireman was also upset at the favourable response she’d be given by Beth Rigby, the deputy political editor of Sky News. Rigby had tweeted that her

‘take-away from the interview’ was that ‘Hodge doubling down on criticism of Corbyn as an anti-Semite; his supporters using the row to try to purge opponents; party must adopt full IHRA definition.’

Tom Clarke tweeted in response

She’s not reporting the news here, she’s clearly attempting to personally influence the internal workings of a political party by saying what they “must” do.

See: https://voxpoliticalonline.com/2018/08/18/the-people-have-their-say-on-margaret-hodges-nazi-germany-outburst/

Hodge also said in the interview that Corbyn had crossed the fine line between being pro-Palestinian and anti-Semitism, and claimed that the ‘cult of Corbynism’ had allowed this to happen.

The man behind the blog Another Angry Voice dispatched this comment thus.

“This is blatantly untrue. One involves having a bit of basic human decency and expressing solidarity towards the victims of decades of brutal Israeli repression. The other involves being a disgusting bigot who hates Jewish people for no reason other than that they’re Jews.

“There is no “fine line” between decency and indecency, and this effort by Margaret Hodge to claim that there is, is nothing but a cynical effort to intimidate decent people out of expressing solidarity with the Palestinians for fear of being labelled a racist bigot for having done so.”

As for the ‘Cult of Corbynism’, Clarke quickly demolishes this stupid comment.

“The reality is that a lot of people are drawn to Corbyn because of his principles and policies (stuff like renationalising the railways, sticking up for workers, combating tax-dodging, stopping arms sales to despotic regimes like Saudi Arabia) but wish he was a bit better at forcing the point home.

“Hodge really doesn’t seem to realise that the vast majority of British people have absolutely had it with self-serving political elites flogging off our national assets to their mates on the cheap, gutting our local communities, trashing our wages and working conditions, and imposing ruinous austerity dogma on the nation in order to make the poor and ordinary shoulder the entire cost of the bankers’ bailouts, lavishing handouts and tax breaks on corporations and the mega-rich, and fiddling their expenses all the while to maximise their own personal gains.

“The reality is that it’s the Westminster establishment club and their lackeys in the mainstream media who are living in a cult, but because they have little or no concern for ordinary people.”

Absolutely. I’ve read a number of articles comparing the belief in the free market with religion, and there is a video from one of the American left-wing news sites that describes the Republicans as having a positive cult surrounding Ronald Reagan. Which is true. One of them even has a shrine to the wretched demagogue. And pretty much the same could be said of Thatcher.

As for Hodge herself, Clarke states that she believes she can do what she likes, because she

had no concerns about right-wing Party apparatchiks purging it of thousands of perfectly decent members, just because they might vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the second Corbyn leadership election: “Basically Hodge believes she should be allowed to do whatever she likes to bring the party into disrepute, because disciplinary processes, punishments, and expulsions are only for the little people.”

https://voxpoliticalonline.com/2018/08/17/margaret-hodges-fantasy-will-damage-the-fight-against-anti-semitism/

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.com/2018/08/margaret-hodge-has-completely-lost-plot.html

I’m not surprised that Hodge felt she could make her daft and insulting comments about the Holocaust. The Right, and the right-wing media has managed to turn even the most trivial act or criticism against a member of the Israel lobby into a towering piece of Jew-hatred. Remember of they inflated Marc Wadsworth’s entirely correct comment about Ruth Smeeth passing information onto a Torygraph journo into a piece of terrible anti-Semitism. One of the papers even falsely claimed that he had made her cry.

No wonder she felt emboldened to make that senseless, utterly self-obsessed comment.

The outcry over her insensitive remark was such that it was reported in yesterday’s I paper. The I is also one of the rags that has been trying to topple Corbyn, and which unhesitatingly supports the anti-Semitism smears. It quoted the response from one of Hodge’s wretched friends. This person said that ‘the Holocaust didn’t happen in a vacuum, was the result of people turning a blind eye to anti-Semitism’.

This is also grotesquely insulting. There were many factors behind the growth of the Nazi party and the development of its genocidal racism. People turning a blind eye to anti-Semitism was part of it. But the chief causes were the growth of the ‘Stab in the Back’ conspiracy theory for Germany’s defeat in the First World War; upper and middle class fears of Communist revolution, democratic socialism and anarchism; pseudo-scientific racism and eugenics, the collapse of the Weimar coalition between the SPD, the Catholic Centre Party and the two liberal parties, and the economic devastation created by the 1929 Wall Street Crash. All of these factors helped to create a sense of crisis, discredited democracy and capitalism, and convince many Germans that the Jews were attempting to destroy Germany through organised labour and the banks. People turning a blind eye to anti-Semitism was part of it, but not the complete explanation.

And this also grotesquely insults the people complaining against Hodge. As is clear, many of the complaints come from people, whose families suffered and were butchered in the Nazi camps. Most of them were Jews, but they also included gentiles like David Oslander’s grandfather. And Simon Goldberger’s comment that he was brought up to be a socialist and an opponent of nationalism and populism doubtless applies to all of them. All of the people complaining, I would say, are very much aware of the dangers of anti-Semitism. They are not complacent and are very definitely not turning a blind eye.

And it is because they are so very concerned about anti-Semitism, that they are disgusted by Hodge’s vile comments.

2 Responses to “Precious Zionist Snowflake Margaret Hodge Trivialises the Holocaust”

  1. Martin Odoni Says:

    Cheers for sharing – I want there to be MAXIMUM pressure put on the Labour complaints unit over this.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks, Martin. And I completely agree with you. This is a scandal that Hodge and the complaints unit shouldn’t be allowed to forget or get away with.

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