Tony Greenstein on the Beeb’s Promotion of Zionist Thug Richard Millett

Tony Greenstein today posted a very interesting piece over on his blog about Richard Millett, the Zionist who was told by Jeremy Corbyn at a pro-Palestinian meeting at the Houses of Parliament 2013, to learn some history. Millett had turned up to disrupt the meeting, and it was to him and his fellow yobs that Corbyn addressed his comments about Zionists not understanding English irony, despite having lived here all their lives.

Millett consequently appeared on the Beeb’s Six O’clock News last Friday, 24th August 2018, as a victim of anti-Semitism, and was the inspiration for an article in The Times ranting about ‘Labour’s moral vacuum’.

In fact, as Greenstein’s article shows in great detail, Millett is certainly not any kind of innocent victim, but is ‘one of the best known Zionist thugs and bully-boys’. And far from condemning Fascism and anti-Semitism, he has plenty of form when it comes to fraternizing with real members of the British Far Right. There’s a piccie of him in the article in the company of Paul Besser, the former ‘Intelligence Officer’ of the islamophobic Fascist outfit, Britain First. Yes, that’s the Britain First that used to force their way into mosques during prayers to throw Bibles at the worshippers in an attempt to convert them.

Millett also joined Tommy Robinson’s Football Lads’ Alliance to demonstrate against the Al-Quds demonstration in June last year, 2017. The Football Lads’ Alliance, by the way, isn’t an organization of ordinary male footie fans, but is an alliance of various football hooligan ‘firms’.

In April last year, Millett and Jake Wallis-Simons, a hack for the Daily Heil, were thrown out of the House of Commons by the rozzers. The Daily Heil then went on to lie, claiming that they were evicted by armed police. They weren’t. It was the ordinary fuzz that removed them from the building. As for Wallis-Simons, Greenstein describes him as ‘a virulent Zionist’, who is close to the leader of the Far Right, ‘semi-Fascist’ Zionist group, Herut, Mandy Blumenthal.

Millett and his fellow Zionist thug, Jonathan Hoffman, have also been banned by Amnesty International for harassing people at their events. Which the Times, Mail and Beeb definitely didn’t tell their readers and viewers about.

As an example of how selective Millett is about who he considers anti-Semitic, Greenstein describes his behaviour eight years ago when Greenstein and others were demonstrating against an Israeli shop, Ahava, in Covent Garden. This sold products stolen from the occupied West Bank. Greenstein and his friends picketed the shop every other week and succeeded in having it thrown off its pitch. Millett and that other Zionist bully-boy, Jonathan Hoffman, supported the shop.

One day during the demonstration, a woman working in the shop came out and called the Jewish protesters ‘Christ killers’. When she was asked why she’d made this outrageous claim, she replied ‘Because you are Jewish.’ As Greenstein explains, citing the historian Norman Cohn and the head of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, the claim that the Jewish people were collectively responsible for Christ’s death has resulted in horrific pogroms for nearly 2,000 years. Hitler used it, and exploited the Oberammergau Passion Play in Bavaria, to whip up anti-Semitism and public supported for his persecution of the Jews.

Millett, however, despite his claims to be defending Jews against anti-Semitism, made absolutely no protest at the woman’s remark. Indeed, he actually defended her. He put up a piece on his blog accusing the protesters of bullying the woman. He first of all denied that she had made the anti-Semitic comment, and then, when it was shown very clearly that she did, tried to excuse it as ‘an off the cuff remark’. As Greenstein states, so was Corbyn’s when Millett and his fellow thugs tried to disrupt the meeting back in 2013. But Corbyn is now condemned as an anti-Semite, while Millett and his mates actually excused real anti-Semitic remarks.

Greenstein then goes on to mention how hypocritical it is for the Daily Mail to complain about anti-Semitism, when it supported Hitler in the 1930s and is utterly indifferent to real violence against Muslims, Gypsies and other ethnic minorities. This is the paper which published the noxious Katie Hopkins, who described migrants as ‘cockroaches’.

But he also goes on to describe how the Times was also pro-Hitler. He writes

What is less well known is that The Times, throughout the period from 1933-39 was not only an advocate of appeasement of the Hitler regime but that its editor Geoffrey Dawson adamantly refused to cover the growing persecution of Jews in Germany. Dawson was a member of the pro-Hitler Anglo-German Fellowship which was a Tory pressure group formed by influential personalities in British society, among them the banker and industrialist Ernest Tennant, a ‘personal friend of Joachim von Ribbentrop, then ambassador of the Third Reich in the United Kingdom.’ In 1946 Ribbentrop was hanged at Nuremburg having been found guilty of war crimes. Amongst other things The Times supported Himmler’s annexation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia as part of the appeasement of Hitler.

Will Wainewright, in his book Reporting on Hitler: Rothay Reynolds and the British Press in Nazi Germany described how Times reporter Norman Ebbutt struggled with his editor, Geoffrey Dawson, ‘who agreed with his chums in clubland that Britain had to be at peace with Hitler’. Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Churchill wrote in Prophet of Truth: Winston S. Churchill, 1922–1939 (London: Minerva, 1990), p. 850 how Dawson explained to Lord Lothian on 23 May 1937:

“I should like to get going with the Germans. I simply cannot understand why they should apparently be so much annoyed with The Times at this moment. I spend my nights in taking out anything which I think will hurt their susceptibilities and in dropping little things which are intended to soothe them.

He concludes

So when we hear The Times or the Mail today telling us how aghast they are the ‘anti-Semitism’ of Jeremy Corbyn, when we know that their attitude to the Roma, Muslims and refugees has not changed one iota, it is fair to draw the conclusion that what they are concerned with is not racism against Jews but opposition to Zionism and the State of Israel.

The article also has plenty of pics and videos of Millett and his yobbish behaviour, as well as a review of Wainewright’s book from the Times from February 2017.


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