Panorama Investigation into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party

According to next week’s Radio Times, the Beeb will be broadcasting a special documentary, Is Labour Anti-Semitic?, next Wednesday, 10th July 2019, at 9.00 pm on BBC 1. The blurb for it on page 78 of the magazine runs

Interviews with insiders and access to confidential communications and documents tell the story of how the anti-Semitism crisis gripping the Labour party developed. In a Panorama special, John Ware reveals the evasions and contradictions at the heart of the party, which leader Jeremy Corbyn says has anti-racism at its core.

Now, will this be a genuinely unbiased report, or will it once again that the Beeb’s reporting of the Labour party, and particularly this issue, is massively biased? From the blurb’s wording, I’m not optimistic. The phrase ‘evasions and contradictions’ seems to suggest that the party is genuinely anti-Semitic, despite Corbyn’s claim to be anti-racist. I don’t doubt that most of the airtime will be occupied by the witch-hunters, the smear merchants and Conservative and Zionist establishment mouthpieces, including the Board of Deputies, Chief Rabbis Sachs and Mirvis, Gideon Falter and the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, all screaming that Labour is anti-Semitic, because of their fanatical opposition to even the mildest criticism of Israel.

And how much airtime will be given to those refuting these allegations, groups like Jewish Voice for Labour, Jewdas or the victims and their organisation, Labour Against the Witchhunt. Will we see Tony Greenstein, Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth, Martin Odoni, Mike Sivier, Cyril Chilson and so many, many others, appear on the programme to present their case, and show how they have been smeared and libelled by the Blairites and Zionists? I doubt it. I doubt it very much. I dare say there might be a token appearance by one or two, but I haven’t heard of Mike being contacted by the programme’s producers, for example. I realise Mike’s only one of those attacked, but he was sufficiently important to the smear merchants that the Sunday Times as well as the Labour party smeared him as an anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. And this all happened suspiciously at the same time as Mike was standing for election as a local councillor in his part of Wales.

The Radio Times lists the producer as Leo Telling, and the executive producer as Neil Grant, so these are two of the people responsible for it. It will be very interesting indeed to see what the programme does say, and how it represents the massive injustice inflicted on the anti-racists the witch-hunters have so vilely maligned.

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4 Responses to “Panorama Investigation into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party”

  1. Jeffrey Davies Says:

    Don’t hold your breath BBC tell the truth ha ha ha ha that b the day

  2. jo seirer#IStandWithChrisWilliamson #IStandWithAsa (@duduschka) Says:

    The sister in law of the editor, Rachel Jupp, is anti Corbyn Labour
    MP Helen Hayes.

  3. Kate H Says:

    Why are they even asking “Is Labour anti-Semitic?” when the answer beyond a doubt is “yes”?

    An unbiased report would be called “Corbyn is a murderous racist and so is everyone who supports him. Why won’t Labour get rid of this evil old bastard and his cult?”

    • beastrabban Says:

      No, the answer is not ‘yes’, beyond a doubt. The Labour party is far less anti-Semitic than mainstream British society, and, whatever the press and right-wing establishment are telling us, Corbyn is very far from ‘a murderous racist’. I’ve reblogged material from Mike’s site, that shows how often Corbyn has actively defended Jews and attacked anti-Semitism. Geoffrey Alderman actually wrote a piece in the ‘Jewish Chronicle’ stating that he was the Jews greatest ally in Britain. However, he is fiercely critic of Israel’s barbarous treatment of the Palestinians. So are very many self-respecting Jews and other decent people, who are profoundly against all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism. But this is against the long-established policies of the Israeli political and military elite and western imperial policy in the Middle East. And so he’s vilified as an anti-Semite.

      Don’t believe the propaganda. Corbyn’s a decent man, and his supporters are decent people.

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