Private Eye Publishes My Letter Against the Anti-Semitism Accusations

Not only did I write to Lobster about the false anti-Semitism accusations levelled against me by people too cowardly to reveal their true identities in the Labour party, I also wrote a letter to Private Eye. I was told a few weeks ago that they were considering it for publication and now they have. This is something of a welcome surprise, as the Eye joined the rest of the British media establishment in pushing the anti-Semitism smears against Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters. It has published letters by critics of the anti-Semitism witch-hunt, but always, or nearly always with other letters or quotes from people like Momentum’s co-founder, Jon Lansman, telling the world that the witch-hunt is absolutely correct and that the Labour party really is crawling with genuine anti-Jewish hatred.

Here’s the text of the letter

‘Dear Sir,

I am a long term reader of your magazine, which have greatly enjoyed. I have followed with interest your coverage of the mass accusations of anti-Semitism in the Labour party and the purges of those accused. I regret to say that I have found this coverage to be almost wholly one-sided. You have given little opportunity for the victims of what can only be described as a witch-hunt to speak for themselves. Worse, you seem to have blindly followed the media groupthink and automatically assumed that the Labour party did have a severe anti-Semitism problem, that Jeremy Corbyn was an anti-Semite, and that those accused were indeed guilty.

This left me somewhat perplexed, as your magazine has a strong tradition of criticising Israel and standing up for those, who have been falsely accused. I am offering you the opportunity to correct this bias.

Yesterday I received a message from the Labour Party Complaints Team informing me that I was being investigated for anti-Semitism, based on an article I had published on my blog as far back as 5th December 2020. In this I agreed with another blogger, Tony Greenstein, a proud Jewish critic of Zionism, that Zionism was an internalised Jewish version of anti-Semitism and that Israel is indeed a racist, colonialist state. The argument is supported by solid historical scholarship, quoting reputable historians and the major figures in Zionist history themselves.

I am not an anti-Semite, a form of racism that I find particularly abhorrent and have published very many pieces on my blog attacking it and other forms of racism, as well as its political expressions, Fascism and Nazism. I am determined to fight these false accusations and this attempt to suppress reasonable criticism of Israel by automatically equating it with genuine, despicable hatred of Jews.

Yours with very best wishes,

David Sivier, BA (Hons) History; MA History, PhD Archaeology.’

It’ll be interesting to see what response I get from the Eye’s other readers and the Labour party, if any. They’d very much like to keep this confidential, but this is to protect them, not me. As the NEC had absolutely no problem leaking details of Mike’s suspension to the press and apparently telling the Times that he was a Holocaust denier, their promises of confidentiality are absolutely worthless.

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5 Responses to “Private Eye Publishes My Letter Against the Anti-Semitism Accusations”

  1. Brian Burden Says:

    I’ll be interested to hear what sort of reaction your letter gets from the current PE readership. They shed many liberal-lefties like me many years ago with their relentless denigration of Labour. PE’s best time was in the late sixties and early seventies when it was jointly edited by Ingrams, who styled himself a Tory Anarchist and Paul Foot, who was active in IS ( later the SWP). Those were the days of Enoch, Grocer and Goldenballs. Happy days!

    • beastrabban Says:

      I remember it publishing some excellent material taking apart Tory privatisaiton in the 1980s and 1990s, but there is a very right-wing bias when it comes to the Labour party. I expect that the response from the Eye’s other readers will be loud assertions that Labour is terri8bly anti-Semitic, as well as attacks on Tony Greenstein as a vile anti-Semite as well as defences of Zionism.

  2. Brian Burden Says:

    The early Eyes had a slight anti-Semitic bias, usually jocular, which manifested itself, for example, in some of William Rushton’s cartoon caricatures. Writing in the Guardian, D.A.N.Jones objected to the Eye referring to him as “D.A,N.Jew”, observing that “I do not qualify to wear a yellow star” and that this innuendo could get him excluded (for example) from some golf clubs.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Interesting. Perhaps this explains some of the reluctance to tackle the anti-Semitism smears. They were accused of anti-Semitism in their letters pages by an Israeli bloke, who’d been researching the Holocaust. The Eye had published a joke about Barry Manilow and Barbara Strisand based on the pair having big noses, but not actually mentioning that either were Jewish. This fellow believed it was real anti-Semitism, and compared it to the Der Sturmer, the Nazi anti-Semitic rag.

  3. Brian Burden Says:

    In that case, he would certainly have objected to the Goon Show joke about the stingy Scotsman and the Jewish ventriloquist!

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