Archive | April 5th, 2018

Zionist Tim Farron quits as Liberal Democrat leader to remain “faithful to Christ”

NOVANEWS

Tim Farron quits as Liberal Democrat leader to remain “faithful to Christ”

Tim Farron

Says he’s “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader”

By Stuart Littlewood

Tim Farron popped up from nowhere. He was an unknown, a political upstart when he became leader just two years ago.

The party was reeling after being pulverised at the 2015 general election. In 2010 the Liberal Democrats sold their principles for a taste of power and entered into coalition government with David Cameron’s Conservatives. Their punishment was a crushing defeat in the 2015 general election, which saw LibDem MPs plummet from 57 to a miserable eight. They wanted someone who wasn’t tainted by that fiasco.

“Suckered into the ranks of Zionism”

Farron is a born-again Christian and wears it on his sleeve. The Jewish Chronicle reported that Farron’s candidacy for leader was backed by senior British Jews in the party. He declared he was a friend of Israel, opposed to BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) and he promised to have “no truck” with anti-Semitism if elected leader. “One of the things I want us to do is promote the party’s support of Israel as a state and people… The answer to the crisis is a two state solution – that has got to be our focus.”

He talked as though he’d been suckered into the ranks of Zionism which is where many deluded Christians gravitate. For someone who’d never been to the Holy Land to see the situation for himself, Farron was too hasty to dig himself (and his party) into a deep pro-Israel hole. He said he intended to visit Israel and the West Bank for the first time later that year (2015). He would have been wise to keep his mouth shut until he’d seen first-hand the horrors of the Israeli occupation, the dispossession and oppression of Muslim and Christian Palestinians trapped in the shredded remnants of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the living hell created by Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

One of the things I want us to do is promote the party’s support of Israel as a state and people… (Tim Farron)

Farron told the Jewish Chronicle that he understood the importance of religious practices. In the Holy Land he’d see the effect of sickening religious malpractice which surely would prick the overblown bubble of his supernatural fantasy world.

The best way for a Christian needing to know the dark facts of religious life would be to visit occupied Palestine as a guest of the Church – preferably the Catholic Church, which has a wide front-line presence and probably the best intelligence service in the Middle East. But it’s more likely that his trip, if he’d gone, would have been the usual Friends of Israel brainwashing tour hosted by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He’d come home with his Zionist tendencies even more inflated.

Raw politics and supernatural beliefs don’t mix

All through this year’s general election Farron was dogged by media questions about his views on gay sex. Confused by his evangelical upbringing, he didn’t give a straight answer, and that was his undoing. Finally, he changed tack, insisting it wasn’t a sin after all. As a result of this rather cruel spotlight on his faith, he found himself “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader. A better, wiser person may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to remain faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment.”

He reached the conclusion that “to be a leader, particularly of a progressive liberal party in 2017 and to live as a committed Christian and to hold faithful to the Bible’s teaching has felt impossible for me”.

Did he ever visit the Holy Land as he promised to do in 2015? I’ve found nothing to confirm that he made that vital journey. So it seems he has always spoken on Israel/Palestine from a position of ignorance. During the general election this year Farron showed his true colours once again by sacking former MP David Ward as LibDem candidate for Bradford East over accusations of anti-Semitism. He earlier decided not to drop Ward, but after pressure from Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions and protests from Jewish organisations, he U-turned and said: “I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united. David Ward is unfit to represent the party and I have sacked him.”

During the general election this year Farron showed his true colours once again by sacking former MP David Ward as LibDem candidate for Bradford East over accusations of anti-Semitism.

Unfit? What was Ward’s crime? He had made a string of statements that ruffled Zio feathers. On Holocaust Memorial Day in 2013, he said: “I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new state of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza”.

He told The Guardian: “There is a huge operation out there, a machine almost, which is designed to protect the state of Israel from criticism. And that comes into play very, very quickly.”

On another occasion he tweeted: “At long last the Zionists are losing the battle – how long can the apartheid state of Israel last?” The party suspended him as an MP for several months.

In another tweet he said: “The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes”.

He commented that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s presence in Paris in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack “makes me feel sick”.

Farron talks of society’s intolerance but his own intolerance was plain to see.

Was any of this a flogging offence? Hardly. But Farron said: “I am fully aware of the comments David Ward has made in the past and I find them deeply offensive, wrong and anti-Semitic… David Ward has been disciplined in the past and if he or anyone else makes anti-Semitic remarks in this campaign I will expect the party to act quickly and decisively.”

Ward observed: “The pressure works. It’s the fear of the electoral damage that can be done by being seen to oppose Israel. It’s contaminating and infecting our own political system.”

In his resignation speech, Farron said: “I seem to be the subject of suspicion because of what I believe and who my faith is in. In which case we are kidding ourselves if we think we yet live in a tolerant, liberal society. That’s why I have chosen to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats.”

Farron talks of society’s intolerance but his own intolerance was plain to see. And unwisely “doing God” was not the only reason for his exit. He had increased the LibDems’ seats to 12 but lost some key representatives in the process, leaving the LibDems still a pipsqueak party. It wasn’t a good performance given the scope for big gains.

So, it’s goodbye Tim. Raw politics and supernatural beliefs don’t mix. And if you let gay sex and the Israel lobby get the better of you it’s time to find a career outside Westminster.

Who will replace him as leader? Hopefully not another one who’s still stuck at the student politics level. This is a time of great opportunity to advance the once great Liberal cause – as long as the party dumps its airheads and their ludicrously self-indulgent policies which the British public simply aren’t buying.

Genuine leadership candidates are scarce in this administratively bloated party. I suspect its grandees like Sir Vince Cable or Paddy (Lord) Ashdown will have to take command on a caretaker basis until wiser (and greyer) heads regain control.

Posted in UncategorizedComments Off on Zionist Tim Farron quits as Liberal Democrat leader to remain “faithful to Christ”

Pimping for Nazi regime remains undiminished since UN report branded it an apartheid state

NOVANEWS
Pimping for Israel remains undiminished since UN report branded it an apartheid state
Theresa May and Binyamin Netanyahu

By Stuart Littlewood

In the UK you can start a petition on the government website. If it reaches 10,000 signatures you get a response from the government. If it tops 100,000 it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Currently there’s a petition saying the UK must apologise for the Balfour Declaration and lead peace efforts in Palestine. It says:

We call on Her Majesty’s Government to openly apologise to the Palestinian people for issuing the Balfour Declaration. The colonial policy of Britain between 1917-1948 led to mass displacement of the Palestinian nation. The British government should recognise its role during the Mandate and now must lead attempts to reach a solution that ensures justice for the Palestinian people.

The government’s response is unhelpful, to say the least:

The Balfour Declaration is an historic statement for which HMG does not intend to apologise. We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel. The task now is to encourage moves towards peace…

Establishing a homeland for the Jewish people in the land to which they had such strong historical and religious ties was the right and moral thing to do… We recognise that the declaration should have called for the protection of political rights of the non-Jewish communities in Palestine, particularly their right to self-determination. However, the important thing now is to look forward and establish security and justice for both Israelis and Palestinians through a lasting peace. We believe the best way to achieve this is through a two-state solution: a negotiated settlement that leads to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on the 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, Jerusalem as the shared capital of both states, and a just, fair, agreed and realistic settlement for refugees.

We believe that such negotiations will only succeed when they are conducted between Israelis and Palestinians… If both parties show bold leadership, peace is possible. The UK is ready to do all it can to support this goal.

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office

I wonder what bureaucratic nitwit wrote that. They’ve been spouting nonsense about “a two-state solution: a negotiated settlement that leads to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state” for decades and they know full well that it won’t happen without forcing measures. International law has spoken and waits to be implemented. World powers, if they truly respect the rule of law, must mobilise and apply it without fear or favour. Many experts are now saying that the international community’s conniving inaction has allowed Israel to establish enough “facts on the ground” to make its illegal occupation permanent.

Note also the crude bias: “a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state”. No safety and security for Palestine, no sir! Just threadbare viability.

Many experts are now saying that the international community’s conniving inaction has allowed Israel to establish enough “facts on the ground” to make its illegal occupation permanent.

And who – ignoring all reports to the contrary – praised Israel recently for being “a thriving democracy, a beacon of tolerance” and said that the British government will be marking the centenary of the infamous Balfour Declaration later this year “with pride”? And who has invited the arch war criminal Binyamin Netanyahu to the celebrations? None other than Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, the daughter of an Anglican priest and a regular churchgoer. What does that say about this righteous woman’s real values, real standards, and real concerns for the endless misery inflicted on her Christian and Muslim brothers and sisters in the Holy Land by Israel with its military boot on their necks?

And who hurriedly declared the Shai Masot affair “closed” after Masot, an employee of the Israeli embassy and probably a Mossad asset, plotted with gullible British MPs and political hangers-on to “take down” senior government figures? That’s right, the Foreign Office and Boris Johnson, the UK’s clownish foreign secretary: “The UK has a strong relationship with Israel and we consider the matter closed,” they announced.

Meanwhile, in the latest show of just how far how truth and freedom of expression have become subservient to Jewish sensibilities, the Liberal Democrats have barred their former MP David Ward from standing for the party in the coming general election after its leader, Tim Farron, said his comments about Jews had been “deeply offensive, wrong and anti-Semitic”.

Ward has “form” in defying the Israel lobby. Yet he was selected by his local party to stand again for the seat he held from 2010 until 2015. But after criticism from Theresa May in the House of Commons and a meeting of senior Liberal Democrat officials, Farron said: “I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united. David Ward is unfit to represent the party and I have sacked him.”

Why is David Ward “unfit”? What exactly was his (alleged) crime?

Four years ago I reported that the Liberal Democrat leadership threw a mighty wobbly when Ward made this remark on his website:

I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.

Goaded by the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who complained that Ward’s remarks “deliberately abused the memory of the Holocaust” and were “sickening” and “offensive”, the party’s Chief Whip, Alistair Carmichael, agreed they were “wholly inappropriate” and that singling out “the Jews” in that way crossed a red line.

Ward, who had visited Palestine and seen the truth for himself, was treated like a delinquent. Party leader Nick Clegg ordered him to work alongside the party’s Friends of Israel “to identify and agree language that will be proportionate and precise” in future debate. Disciplinary steps would then be reviewed. Ward subsequently received a letter from Carmichael withdrawing the whip (i.e. suspending him from the parliamentary party). According to Sky News, Carmichael wrote: “As we have sought to impress upon you repeatedly, we are having to decide on whether language you chose to use… is language which brings the party into disrepute or harms the interests of the party.”

Carmichael banged on about the need for language that was proportionate and precise and how Ward’s language caused “considerable offence rather than addressing questions of political substance about the plight of the Palestinian people and the right of Israel’s citizens to live a life free of violence”. He claimed Ward misrepresented the views of the party. “We put it to you that your most recent statement – which specifically questions the continuing existence of the State of Israel – is neither proportionate nor precise.”

Carmichael’s reprimand plumbed new depths of stupidity when he said: “We have given you every opportunity to reconcile the expression of your views with the party’s policy on a two-state solution… the two-state solution for which the party has long argued.” Carmichael and Clegg, and especially Farron, really need to watch this video by Miko Peled. Same goes for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Peled is an Israeli Jew, the son of an Israeli general, and a former soldier in the Israeli army. You couldn’t find a more authentic insider source. He confirms in suitably proportionate and precise language what many others have been saying for years. Here’s a flavour.

The name of the game: erasing Palestine, getting rid of the people and de-Arabising the country…

When people talk about the possibility of Israel somehow giving up the West Bank for a Palestinian state, if it wasn’t so sad it would be funny. It shows a complete misunderstanding of the objective of Zionism and the Zionist state.

By 1993 the Israelis had achieved their mission to make the conquest of the West Bank irreversible. By 1993 the Israeli government knew for certain that a Palestinian state could not be established in the West Bank – the settlements were there, billions of dollars were invested, the entire Jordan River valley was settled… there was no place any more for a Palestinian state to be established. That is when Israel said, OK, we’ll begin negotiations…

Peled also describes the Israeli army, in which he served, as “one of the best trained and best equipped and best fed terrorist organisations in the world.

As for his punishment, Ward claimed his views were widely shared. “I will not apologise for describing the state of Israel as an apartheid state. I don’t know how you can describe it as anything else.”

Farron’s bully-boy tactics are completely at odds with the opinion of top legal experts who were recently asked for their views by Free Speech on Israel, Independent Jewish Voices, Jews for Justice for Palestinians and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. In a nutshell, those in public life cannot behave in a manner inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides for freedom of expression and applies not only to information or ideas that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive, but also to those that “offend, shock or disturb the state or any sector of the population”.

There is a further obligation to allow all concerned in public debate “to express their opinions and ideas without fear, even if these opinions and ideas are contrary to those defended by the official authorities or by a large part of public opinion, or even if those opinions and ideas are irritating or offensive to the public”.

What’s more, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights says that everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including “freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers”.

Also, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says the same sort of thing, subject of course to the usual limitations required by law and respect for the rights of others.

Farron and his handlers have no excuse for treating David Ward like this. The big question-mark hangs over Farron himself, as to whether he’s fit to represent the Liberal Democrats, let alone lead them.

Posted in UncategorizedComments Off on Pimping for Nazi regime remains undiminished since UN report branded it an apartheid state

Light at the end of Britain’s Zionist tunnel?

NOVANEWS
Jeremy Corbyn

If Jeremy Corbyn wins leadership of the UK Labour Party foreign policy could take a turn for the better

By Stuart Littlewood

Britain suffered another disappointment last week when Tim Farron, a lightweight with the gift of the gab, landed the job of leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats. They are the fools who sold their principles for a taste of power and entered into coalition government with David Cameron’s Tories in 2010. The wages of that sin were a crushing defeat in this year’s general election, which saw their MPs plummet from 57 to a miserable eight.

Farron is a born-again Christian and wears it on his sleeve.

Another Friend of Israel – but “it’s breath smells”

The Jewish Chronicle reported that Farron’s candidacy for leader was backed by senior British Jews in the party and he’d said he would have “no truck” with anti-Semitism if elected leader.

Tim Farron says he wants “to defend Israel’s right to security in her borders” but Israel refuses to define its borders

Reflecting on the Israel-Gaza “war” last summer, Farron remarked:

It was disproportionate – I thought the Israel government did behave in ways that were counterproductive to her own interests. Clearly, there was blame on both sides; both sides are victims and both sides are aggressors.

My advice to the Israeli government then – and my view now – is I want to defend Israel’s right to security in her borders. Sometimes Israel makes it hard for us. I am a friend of Israel. Your best friends tell you when your breath smells.

Farron opposes BDS (the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement). “One of the things I want us to do is promote the party’s support of Israel as a state and people… The answer to the crisis is a two state solution – that has got to be our focus.”

From the way he talks you wonder if he’s been suckered into the ranks of Christian Zionism. Being an Anglican he risks coming under the influence of the CMJ (the Church’s Ministry among Jewish People) which was adopted as an official ministry of the Church of England in 1995 and has been operating in the shadows ever since. It is, if you like, the Anglican Church’s Zionist wing.

The CMJ says it recognises that the State of Israel was set up as a result of the United Nations 1947 Partition Plan but doesn’t have a view on the appropriate location of Israel’s borders. If the CMJ accepts the partition it should at least have regard to the borders on which it was based. As things stand, the CMJ is seen as approving greedy Israel’s continuing land-grab and lawlessness.

For someone who has never been to Palestine Farron is digging himself (and his party) into a remarkably deep pro-Israel hole. This is what comes of reading too many Bible fables.

Farron says he intends to visit Israel and the West Bank for the first time this year. It would be best if he keeps his mouth shut until he has seen first-hand the horrors of Israel’s occupation, dispossession and oppression of Muslim and Christian Palestinians and the living hell of the brutal blockade of both Gaza and the West Bank – that’s right, Palestinians lead wretched lives also trapped in the shredded remnants of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Two Ultra Orthodox Jews look at graffiti on the wall of a church reading in Hebrew “King David king of the Jews and Jesus is garbage, Price tag” on 9 May 2014 in Jerusalem near the ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Mea Sharim.

He should pick his way through Gaza’s wasteland of rubble and reflect on who are the real victims. He should meet Gaza’s prime minister Ismail Haniyeh over coffee and ask himself who are the real aggressors. Farron told the Jewish Chronicle that he understood the importance of religious practices. Well, in the Holy Land he’ll see the effect of sickening religious malpractice. Let’s hope it pricks the cosy, conceited bubble of Farron’s supernatural fantasy world.

Gaza City’s al-Shejaiya neighborhood, destroyed by the Israeli Wehrmacht during the blitzkrieg of 2014

As a Christian needing to know the facts of life he should visit the Holy Land as a guest of the Church – preferably the Catholic Church which has a wide presence and probably the best intelligence in the Middle East. But I’ll wager that his trip will be the usual Friends of Israel brainwashing junket hosted by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He’ll come home with his Zionist tendencies greatly inflated and his head full of lies.

So the Liberal Democrats’s new leader has all the makings of an Israeli stooge. In which case he’ll have plenty in common with that self-proclaimed Zionist freak and Israel worshipper, our warmongering prime minister, David Cameron. In spite of Israel’s continual war crimes – especially those committed during last summer’s 51-day assault on the women and children of Gaza – it’s business as usual with Israel as far as the Cameron government’s arms dealing is concerned.

His latest mission is to buy lots more drones to counter the “Islamic State” threat. What is the betting he’ll do a reciprocal deal with Elbit in Israel? He’s probably keen to appease the Israeli regime for the demonstrations and activist occupations at Elbit’s factory in Staffordshire which is believed to supply engines for Elbit’s Hermes drones that are used to terrorise and slaughter Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

And take a look at this description of Israel Aerospace Industries’ Harop suicide drone. It loiters over the target then dives into it like a missile. Once launched, they say, it is impossible to cancel the mission!

Is this the next toy Mr Cameron is going to bring home for his armchair killers?

That’s the bad news. Now for something refreshingly different.

The Corbyn challenge promises to be fun

The Labour Party too is seeking a new leader after Ed Miliband’s predicted downfall. In the ensuing contest a maverick outsider has pulled ahead in the polls to become the shock-horror favourite. Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran peace campaigner, an MP of 32 years’ standing and a prominent pro-Palestinian is likely to cause huge upset if he wins through. The other front-runners Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper, instrumental in spectacularly losing the general election, both voted for the Iraq war and against an inquiry into it (according to theyworkforyou.com). Corbyn’s intervention is therefore causing panic among Labour Party grandees who are threatening to call the leadership contest off.

It goes without saying that the mainstream media are working feverishly to trash Corbyn. Branded a “bearded socialist voter-repellent” by one Tory rag, Corbyn is clearly a worry for the right and the Israel-firsters. A headline in The Telegraph screamed: “Jeremy Corbyn, friend to Hamas, Iran and extremists… If Jeremy Corbyn wins, Labour will be in the extraordinary position of having a leader with among the most extensive links in Parliament to terrorists”.

The Independent reports that Labour MPs are plotting a coup against Corbyn before Christmas if he wins the leadership and that few of the existing shadow cabinet would wish to serve under him.

This video clip shows an attempt by Channel 4 TV’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy, in bull-boy mode, to humiliate Jeremy by harping on about whether Hamas are Jeremy’s “friends”. Hamas and Hezbollah are certainly not Britain’s enemies, so what was Krishnan’s point? Hamas, let’s remind ourselves, was set up in the late 1980s to resist Israel’s brutal and illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 2006 it has been the democratically elected power but is presently confined to the Gaza Strip after an attempt to overthrow it by losers Fatah in cahoots with Israel, the US, UK and European Union.

Hezbollah was created in the wake of Israel’s 1982 invasion of South Lebanon to resist the continuing occupation and further Israeli aggression, including the 2006 war.

Hamas is regarded as a terrorist organisation only by Israel’s allies, not the rest of the world. As The Telegraph should know, Hamas’s military wing (the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades) is proscribed in the UK but not its political wing, so Hamas should obviously be included in peace talks. The same goes for Hezbollah which has seats in the Lebanese parliament. The real problem is the subservience of the Tories and Labour (and our mainstream media) to Israel and its expansionism. Eighty per cent of Tory MPs and MEPs are said to be signed-up Friends of Israel and will do nothing to upset that rogue regime or derail its evil schemes.

Note how the UK government will not lift a finger to break the crippling eight-year siege of Gaza or protect humanitarian flotillas from Israeli assault on the high seas, but would happily bomb the hell out of Libya, Syria or anywhere else the US/Israel axis points its finger.

The struggle against Israel is central to the raison-d’etre of both Hamas and Hezbollah. The West complains that they are supported by Syria and Iran, hence the hostility of our politicians and media. But so what? Israel, Saudi Arabia and other deeply unpleasant regimes are heavily supported by the US.

Corbyn is nobody’s fool. His appearance on the stage could be great fun as well as hugely important.

Posted in UncategorizedComments Off on Light at the end of Britain’s Zionist tunnel?

Jeremy Corbyn: the antidote to the Blairite “virus” and Zionist snake-bite

NOVANEWS
Jeremy Corbyn

By Stuart Littlewood

Some polls are showing Jeremy Corbyn forging ahead in the Labour Party leadership race by as much as 20 points. The political Establishment is shaken and quite definitely stirred.

Dave Ward, general secretary of the 200,000-strong Communication Workers Union, is reported saying:

There is a virus within the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn is the antidote.

The grip of the Blairites and individuals like Peter Mandelson must now be loosened once and for all.

This has ruffled a good many feathers among Labour diehards.

Meanwhile, the four Labour leadership contenders recently attended a public meeting populated largely by members of the Jewish community and co-hosted by the Jewish Chronicle.

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, in supercharged suck-up mode, expressed avid support for Israel, leaving Jeremy Corbyn as the only critic.

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham

The Balfour Declaration represented “an example of British values in action”

“I’ve always been a friend of Israel and the Jewish community – that will never change.” If he becomes Labour leader his first overseas trip will be to Israel. He’s opposed to the “spiteful” boycott movement. He praises Israel as a “democracy that has a long history of protecting minorities and promoting civil rights” and says the Balfour Declaration, which is coming up for its centenary, represented “an example of British values in action”. He wants centenary celebrations in every school to show how the UK “played a role in the establishment of a democracy in the region”.

Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper

Says the Balfour Declaration, which ethnically cleansed and dispossessed the Palestinian people, must be celebrated to “mark the pioneering role Britain played in [promoting] the rights of Jewish people to a homeland”

“It’s hugely important that Labour continues to be a friend of Israel.” She says Labour must oppose the “counterproductive” BDS [the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement]. As for the Balfour Declaration, its 100th anniversary must be celebrated to “mark the pioneering role Britain played in [promoting] the rights of Jewish people to a homeland”.

Liz Kendall

Liz Kendall

Pledges to “always be a friend of Israel” and says the recent resolution passed in the Commons to recognise the state of Palestine on 1967 borders was irresponsible

She pledges to “always be a friend of Israel” and says the recent resolution passed in the Commons to recognise the state of Palestine on 1967 borders was irresponsible. She feels BDS is an initiative to “delegitimise Israel” and she’ll fight it with “every fibre of [her] being”. She ‘s proud of the role played by the UK in the establishment of Israel and believes it is a country which “respects gay rights, has a free media, and possesses a strong tradition of social democracy”.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

Says he’ll support an arms embargo on Israel and a ban on produce from West Bank settlements viewed as illegal under international law

Jeremy Corbyn, who has visited Israel, the West Bank and Gaza nine times, calls for “robust discussion” on Israel’s siege of Gaza, the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the mistreatment of Palestinian child detainees in Israeli prisons. He says he’ll support an arms embargo on Israel and a ban on produce from West Bank settlements viewed as illegal under international law. As for the Balfour Declaration, it was “an extremely confused document which did not enjoy universal support in the cabinet of the time…”

Actually, the Balfour Declaration of 2 November 1917 was merely a letter to Lord Rothschild from Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour expressing sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations:

His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine….

There was no promise of a Jewish state.

Later, Lord Sydenham famously remarked in a debate in the House of Lords:

The harm done by dumping down an alien population upon an Arab country… may never be remedied… What we have done is, by concessions, not to the Jewish people but to a Zionist extreme section, to start a running sore in the East, and no one can tell how far that sore will extend.

Balfour was one of history’s greatest chumps. The idea that his fatal blunder should be celebrated – in schools – is preposterous. It should not even be mentioned without including a full history of the Holy Land since the mid-1800s.

Back to the meeting.

The candidates were then asked whether it was appropriate for parliamentarians to host members of groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. This was designed to embarrass Corbyn, who had referred to the resistance groups as “friends” when he hosted them in Parliament some years ago.

Burnham said that he would “sanction” any member hosting meetings that included Hamas and Hezbollah. “No MP in my Labour Party would do that.” However Burnham, in his haste to appease Israel, might find it hard to make such sanctions stick. Neither Hamas’s nor Hezbollah’s political wings are proscribed in the UK.

Corbyn defended his position by saying: “You don’t achieve progress by only talking to those who you agree with,” and that all parties must be engaged in the search for peace.

Corbyn is nothing like the Establishment-preferred smoothy from Eton and delinquent from the Bullingdon Club – the disconnected upper-class leadership formula that has driven Britain into deep debt and rendered it  unpopular throughout the world.

Critics in the Labour Party have slurred Jeremy Corbyn with claims that he’s not prime ministerial material and therefore not electable in a situation where winning power is all that matters. Others disagree. Labour must prove first itself an effective opposition if it is to win back public respect, as well as its own self-respect, and be considered fit for purpose. That is not likely to happen while the Blairite/Brownite rump continues to clog the upper echelons of the party. The unwelcome blockage includes stooges like Cooper and Burnham.

Corbyn is nothing like the Establishment-preferred smoothy from Eton and delinquent from the Bullingdon Club – the disconnected upper-class leadership formula that has driven Britain into deep debt and rendered it  unpopular throughout the world. He’s an ordinary product of Adams Grammar School in Shropshire, North London Polytechnic and the excellent VSO (Volunteer Services Overseas). He’s astute and has a track record of honesty and openness, laced with a burning sense of justice. Therefore, he’s much more representative of the people and much more their “cuppa tea”. Furthermore, he’s a trusted parliamentarian of 32 years’ standing.

Many certainly can see Corbyn as prime minister – a very different and totally new style of prime minister, to be sure – with open-neck shirt, a cloth cap on occasion and sleeves rolled up ready for grass-roots action. At least he’s a man to look up to and identify with – and a man who is not tempted by the Israeli shekel.

If any of Corbyn’s opponents lands the leadership Labour will remain under the yoke of Zionist ambitions and enslaved by the gangster regime in Tel Aviv. It’ll be looking for any excuse to gang up in death-dealing raids into countries the US and Israel don’t like. And it’ll continue to provide a safe haven to Israel’s war criminals.

Make a difference

UK readers can help spoil the warmongers’ evil schemes and take a bold step down the path to peace. They can apply to become supporters of the Labour Party and qualify for a vote in the leadership election. But they must do it before 12 August.

Posted in UncategorizedComments Off on Jeremy Corbyn: the antidote to the Blairite “virus” and Zionist snake-bite

UK Labour Party: a sad end, or a bold new beginning? 

NOVANEWS
Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader

By Stuart Littlewood

UK Labour Party bosses are on a suicide mission to block support for the party’s most likely saviour, Jeremy Corbyn, who has emerged as the front-runner in the leadership contest.

Interim leader Harriet Harman is reported to have given orders to weed out hard lefties and other presumed mischief-makers, such as Tories, who are said to be joining the Party in droves in order to vote for the maverick Corbyn. Anyone who is not a member may apply to register as a Labour “supporter”, on payment of GBP 3, and receive a ballot paper provided they declare: “I support the aims and values of the Labour Party, and I am not a supporter of any organisation opposed to it.”

Harman’s credentials, by the way, include voting for the Iraq war and against an investigation, as did the other leading contenders Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper (though not Corbyn, of course).

What makes party bosses even more jumpy is the announcement by George Galloway that he will rejoin Labour if Corbyn wins. This prospect strikes fear into the very heart of the Blairite/Brownite rump’s comfort zone.

Galloway was expelled in 2003 for calling the then Labour government “Tony Blair’s lie machine” and saying British troops fighting in Iraq should refuse to obey their orders. His opinions about the Labour Party may change, he says, and he’d rejoin “pretty damn quick” if Corbyn took the leadership. He thinks hundreds of thousands of others – in fact “everyone on the left” – would too. “I’ve always been a Labour man. I consider myself ‘real Labour’ – I’ve never been a Marxist or a Trotskyist.”

He predicted the Labour Party, with Corbyn at the helm, would have a million members by the time of the next general election in 2020.

Resurrection is at hand

Meanwhile, there are 59 Westminster parliament seats for Scotland and the Scottish National Party (SNP) holds 56, leaving Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats just one apiece.

What is more, there’s a Scottish parliament election next year. Real fears are now being expressed that the SNP is too powerful, that it is far too authoritarian, and that if independence comes the SNP is not the party to run it. As a result there are moves afoot to create an alternative “party of the left”.

The Scottish Left Project says it aims to build “a united, credible alternative to neo-liberal politics in Holyrood [seat of the Scottish parliament] without sacrificing the need for a united challenge to Westminster’s corruption and imperialism”. It wants to replace Labour with a party that truly reflects the needs of Scotland’s working class. “We believe a consensus is emerging behind these aims, not just in Scotland but across many parts of Europe.”

It has produced a statement which likeminded people are invited to sign:

There is a need for something truly new and original to be born out of the independence movement that can manifest itself at the ballot box in 2016 and beyond… We intend to start a conversation around certain core principles that must be represented in politics once more.

It [the Project] will be based on the principles of radical social change: participatory democracy, democratic public ownership, the redistribution of wealth and power from the rich to the poor and full independence from the British state and its monarch.

Another emerging force is the Radical Independence Campaign (RIC). It describes itself as

an extra-parliamentary, pro-independence platform which puts forward a vision of Scotland that is green and environmentally sustainable; internationalist and opposed to Trident and war; for a social alternative to austerity and privatisation; a modern republic for real democracy; committed to equality and against sexism, homophobia and racism.

The brutal cuts we have already had will pale in comparison to the cuts that are to come. The Conservatives plan to usurp democratic and human rights. A struggle of historic proportions lies ahead.

RIC adds that the Union (with England) is at breaking point and they are developing a strategy for independence from Westminster, neo-liberalism and Tory brutality.

Could Labour’s “phoenix” fly?

The Left Project is aiming to field candidates in the 2016 elections. The RIC says they won’t. Their deliberations will presumably culminate at the upcoming RIC conference in Glasgow on 29 August when they will attempt to “propel the social movements of the radical left into the fight against Westminster”. At this point, surely, the talking stops and action begins. What then, if the two groups don’t come together in a coherent way? A wee disaster?

Fear not, there may soon be a third way forward. That is to rebuild the Labour Party in Scotland, embracing all the radical left groups in order to present a credible alternative to the SNP along the lines suggested by the RIC and the Left Project. But it can only happen if Corbyn wins the national Labour leadership, re-energises the demoralised troops and overhauls the established structure on the ground.

Corbyn and Galloway might, if it pleases the gods, create the conditions for a new “old” Labour to rise from the ashes, rallying the disenfranchised working class and other fed-up elements of society, and taking on the SNP in next year’s Scottish elections. And, after that, the detested Tories south of the border.

Could the new mood sweeping through the grassroots of this country make it happen? Just maybe.

Posted in UncategorizedComments Off on UK Labour Party: a sad end, or a bold new beginning? 

Could Jeremy Corbyn save Britain from the wrecking crew?

NOVANEWS
Jeremy Corbyn - Downing Street

By Stuart Littlewood

The comedians of the British political “establishment” are out in force desperately trying to block Jeremy Corbyn, who is streaking ahead in the Labour Party leadership race and leaving his rivals spluttering in total disarray.

War crimes loon Tony Blair has once more sounded off against him. Savour for a moment Blair’s pearls of wisdom:

Tony Blair at AIPAC

Please understand the danger we are in. The party is walking eyes shut, arms outstretched, over the cliff’s edge to the jagged rocks below.

“If Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader it won’t be a defeat like 1983 or 2015 at the next election. It will mean rout, possibly annihilation.

Perhaps he needs an appointment with an optician. The rest of us can see quite clearly that the Labour Party is already routed and virtually annihilated, especially here in Scotland, its moral compass swinging crazily and its members paralysed.

Then we had to endure Blair’s unpleasant spin-doctor, Alistair Campbell, a major player in Labour’s eventual demise, declaring on his blog that “the madness of flirting with the idea of Corbyn as leader has to stop… it frankly means ABC, Anyone But Corbyn.”

Or should that read BBC, Back in your Box Campbell?

Alastair Campbell

He even went on to suggest:

One of the worst aspects of the so-called Corbynmania is that it is obscuring the solid decent abilities of the other candidates, who are each one of them better than most of the media will acknowledge, and far better equipped for the hard graft of detailed policy-making that has a chance of actually happening.

Yes Alistair, we saw the devastating fruits of their policy-making at the last election. And the one before that.

Yvette Cooper, wife of Ed Balls, the former shadow chancellor of the exchequer, and one of the leadership contenders, has said Corbyn’s policies are “not credible” and he offers “old solutions to old problems”. She accuses him of “bad economics”, but so far hasn’t come up with any credible answers of her own.

Yvette Cooper

Nor is she likely to. Husband Ed managed to lose his parliamentary seat in May’s general election. That’s what people think of the Balls/Cooper family’s economics.

Liz Kendall, the nightmarish back-marker in this contest, has just squawked her message that electing Corbyn would amount to Labour sending “a resignation letter” to Britain. She, like Cooper, is urging members to use their second and third preferences under the voting system to block Corbyn.

Liz Kendall idiot

In the meantime, senior Labour people are plotting to torpedo Corbyn if he wins. The Daily Telegraph reports that MPs will refuse to back his policies and only 30 would take jobs under him, leaving many shadow ministerial posts unfilled and Labour in a “laughable” position. Yet latest polls give Corbyn as much as 57 per cent of first preference votes – miles ahead of his nearest rival, Andy Burnham.

Corbyn is our best chance of beginning a process to liberate us from the lunatic foreign policies that have caused great carnage, dragged our country into disrepute across the world, undermined our security at home and been an acute embarrassment to decent Britishers.

The Conservatives can’t keep their noses out of it either. Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock, calling Corbyn a “damaging throwback” and an “antique”, claims that a Corbyn premiership “comes with a GBP 42 billion price tag, which amounts to GBP 2,400 for every working household”. Hancock ‘s party, meanwhile, is happy to sell off the bailed-out bank RBS to their greedy bankster friends at a thumping loss to the taxpayer of GBP 14 billion.

It so happens that Yvette Cooper emailed me the other day inviting me to share with her my reasons for registering as a Supporter of the Labour Party – something non-members are allowed to do (on payment of GBP 3) in order to take part in the leadership vote. Hell, why not, I thought.

Hello Yvette,

You asked my reason for joining Labour as a registered supporter. Are you sure you wish to hear it?

I will only consider full membership of the party if Jeremy Corbyn wins the leadership. Corbyn is our best chance of beginning a process to liberate us from the lunatic foreign policies that have caused great carnage, dragged our country into disrepute across the world, undermined our security at home and been an acute embarrassment to decent Britishers. The slavish subservience of successive UK governments to the terror state of Israel and the AIPAC-controlled US is particularly objectionable. When was the UK government given permission to turn itself into a Zionist poodle? And who authorised British MPs to promote the interests of a foreign nuclear power?

The grovelling performance by Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and your good self at the recent public meeting co-hosted by the Jewish Chronicle showed what we could expect if any of you sniffed power again. Your continuing support for the regime in Tel Aviv, despite its decades-long rampage of war crimes and crimes against humanity, is indefensible.

Your next visit to the Holy Land, I suggest, should not be arranged by Friends of Israel and not hosted by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. You should sit down and talk with Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas. Only then will you begin to understand the realities of Israel’s cruel oppression of the Christian communities and their Muslim brothers and sisters. You should arrange to do the same with Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah, remembering that these groups were set up to resist Israeli aggression and their political wings are not proscribed in the UK. Then, perhaps, you and your colleagues will stop talking nonsense about Israel’s “need for security” and turning a blind eye to its ruthless and illegal expansionism.

Moreover, taking your country to war is the most serious and perilous thing an MP can do. You and Burnham showed a disturbing lack of judgement and due diligence in voting for the Iraq war and against an inquiry. So, to put it bluntly, there is a serious question-mark over your trustworthiness.

On the economy, I have heard nothing to show you are addressing the urgent need to regenerate British industry and safeguard British skills and know-how. Instead, you seem intent on handing vital investment, development and operational opportunities (e.g. the huge number of offshore wind licences) to foreign corporates and even using the taxpayer to subsidise the profits they take home to Norway, Denmark, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, etc. The day you begin to put British business, jobs and workers first is when I might start to take you and your colleagues seriously.

I joined Labour as a supporter because I want to see changes that are radical enough to “clean house”. Forget about winning power as if that’s all that matters. Labour must first snap out of their sulk and learn to become an effective opposition. There’s not a moment to lose.

Aren’t you pleased you asked? Naturally, I won’t go so far as to wish you luck with your campaign.

Kind regards, etc

I wish I’d included this disturbing thought from Israel Shamir:

Austerity for all but banksters and the corrupt politicians is the motto of the day. The welfare state shrinks, but military budgets expand, and NATO grows despite the austerity. The EU member countries (save Germany) are de-industrialised, their workers lose skills and go into services. A golf caddy is less likely to cause trouble than an industrial worker. Never has democracy felt so much a sham as nowadays.

But she’s not paying attention. Cooper and her colleagues are too busy demonstrating – every hour of every day – why Jeremy Corbyn is heading for a landslide.

Posted in UncategorizedComments Off on Could Jeremy Corbyn save Britain from the wrecking crew?

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right 

NOVANEWS
Corbyn with clowns to the left and jokers to the right

By Stuart Littlewood

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own.

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
(Lyrics from Stealers Wheel, “Stuck in the Middle with You”)

Only last December I was writing a piece titled “Message to Corbyn: dump the baggage, build from new”.

That message said:

Commiserations, comrade.

Last Wednesday, 2 December, the day of the debate in the House of Commons of a UK government motion to bomb the Islamic State group in Syria, was a day of infamy. Tomorrow you’ll need to come to terms with the UK Labour Party’s unswerving death-wish.

Its integrity is in tatter, brand image beyond repair, and the very voters it needs to win round regard it as a joke. And the thousands who became your supporters in the heady days of the leadership campaign, exhilarated and inspired by the promise of better politics, are dismayed that their high hopes can never be delivered through such a bitterly divided party machine.

In that debate on bombing Syria senior Labour MPs and shadow ministers supported the Tory warmongers. In particular, Hilary Benn (son of the illustrious Tony) played on human fears, ignored operational shortcomings and discounted the risk of reprisals against “soft” targets on our streets. His scare tactics were exactly what the warmongers wanted to hear and his speech was triumphantly applauded by Tory government benches and praised in the media. The party’s Blairite rump, who had shamed the nation by blindly voting for the Iraq war 12 years earlier, trooped into the lobbies to vote for war in Syria.

In a recent speech to Labour Friends of Israel Benn, the shadow foreign secretary, dishonestly called the rogue state “a vibrant democracy”, talked of shared values and claimed the bonds between it and the Labour Party were “strong and run deep”. The puzzle was how Jeremy Corbyn could have appointed such a person to that key post. Earlier this week Corbyn finally sacked him, a move that set off a vengeful chain reaction.

Vengeful losers

Only 10 months ago Corbyn came from nowhere and panicked the Westminster establishment by winning the Labour leadership with nearly 60 per cent of first-choice votes. His nearest rival mustered only 19 per cent, so he had a sufficient mandate to silence plotters who threatened a coup if he won. They have smouldered ever since.

The Conservatives reacted by broadcasting that Corbyn and Labour were

a serious risk to our nation’s security, our economy’s security and your family’s security. Whether it’s weakening our defences, raising taxes on jobs and earnings, racking up more debt and welfare or driving up the cost of living by printing money – Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party will hurt working people.

So slender was his support in the Parliamentary Labour Party (as opposed to the party membership) that his shadow team inevitably included many critics. Mounting an effective opposition has thus been near impossible with so many colleagues willing him to fail, although he has chalked up a number of successes. Of course, the effectiveness of a leader depends in large measure on the performance of his senior colleagues.

Just lately the pressure on Corbyn to step down has been ratcheted-up, with accusations that he didn’t try hard enough to galvanise the Remain vote in the European Union referendum. The official party line is pro-EU but “Old Labour” Corbyn has been opposed to the EU for decades and knew perfectly well that at least one-third of Labour supporters would vote Leave.

This week there were mass resignations from his shadow team, at such regular intervals that they were clearly orchestrated for maximum effect. Replacements were hurriedly appointed. In the House of Commons David Cameron made an unusually good joke of it. Welcoming the newly elected Labour MP for Tooting, he advised her to “keep her mobile switched on – you might be in the shadow cabinet by the end of the day”.

On Corbyn’s referendum effort Cameron quipped: “I know he says he put his back into it. All I’d say is, I’d hate to see him when he’s not trying.” That might have been funny except that Cameron, when setting up the referendum, couldn’t be bothered to appoint a team to examine the way forward in the event of a Brexit, or Leave, win. Hence the damaging post-Brexit confusion that will probably go on for months.

Then, very rudely, Cameron turned on Corbyn, telling the House: “It might be in my party’s interest for him to sit there, it’s not in the national interest and I would say, for heaven’s sake man, go!”

Plotters’ “anti-Semitism” ruse

To illustrate the depths of silliness to which the campaign to oust Corbyn has sunk, the Labour Party today released a report on anti-Semitism. In a speech introducing it Corbyn said:

Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic State or organisations.

Fair comment, you might think. But it was eagerly seized on for wild accusations that he was making direct comparison between the Israeli government and the group which calls itself the Islamic State [and which formerly called itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS]. A Labour councillor said on Twitter: “For that alone, he should resign. I am red with fury.”

The Telegraph quoted a statement by Jonathan Sacks in which the former chief rabbi accused the Labour leader of comparing the State of Israel to the Islamic State group and “demonisation of the highest order, an outrage and unacceptable”. He added: “Israel is a democratic state with an independent judiciary, a free press and a diverse population of many cultures, religions and creeds. ISIS is a terrorist entity whose barbarities have been condemned by all those who value our common humanity.”

No, you couldn’t make it up.

And the current chief rabbi is reported calling Corbyn’s comments “offensive, and rather than rebuilding trust among the Jewish community, are likely to cause even greater concern”.

On top of everything Ruth Smeeth, a Labour MP, stormed out of the press conference, complaining she was verbally abused by a Corbyn supporter who accused her of being part of a “media conspiracy”, and Corbyn failed to intervene. “I call on Jeremy Corbyn to resign immediately and make way for someone with the backbone to confront racism and anti-Semitism in our party and in the country,” she announced. Reports omit to mention that Smeeth is a former director of BICOM, a pro-Israel propaganda organisation.

So the picture is bleak for Jeremy.

Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am…

That song is possibly running through his mind repeatedly, and won’t go away.

Posted in UncategorizedComments Off on Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right 

Cold light of dawn for Corbyn

NOVANEWS

Image result for Zionist Corbyn CARTOON

 

UK Labour again punished at the polls in England and in melt-down in Scotland

By Stuart Littlewood

The Labour Party’s performance once more was dismal despite the unpopularity of David Cameron’s Conservatives and the irrelevance of the Liberal Democrats.

Jeremy Corbyn will be surveying the election wreckage and wondering where he goes from here.

Some will blame the torrent of allegations of anti-Semitism. Some will say it was the gutless response to those allegations. Others know that Labour has barely laid a glove on the Conservatives and the party needs to understand that it’s there to do a job – holding the government to account – not engage in internal squabbling.

“Going nowhere fast”

Corbyn claims the party managed to “hang on” but the Mirror says Labour is “going nowhere fast”. Party activists and backbenchers consider that the continuing lack of real progress is simply not good enough.

Whatever the excuses, Corbyn’s enemies – chiefly the Blairite/Brownite leftovers who failed the nation and are jealous of Corbyn’s spectacular rise to take the leadership – can rub their hands in glee at having weakened and perhaps mortally wounded their foe. But at what cost? They seem utterly careless of their own self-respect, the party’s reputation or the public good.

Corbyn now has two choices.

He can stick it out with the Labour Party for the time being but it would mean a head-on clash with the troublemakers, which is against his nature. To stamp his authority, however, he cannot sidestep the anti-Semitism fiasco. But it must be seen for what it really is: part of an organised campaign across Europe and the US to silence the debate on Israel’s misbehaviour, strangle the struggle for Palestinian rights and increase Zionist influence over our political and democratic processes. Any fightback by Corbyn must start with refusing to accept the Israel lobby’s definition of the situation. He needs to reframe it to reflect the truth, then go on the attack.

Turning the tables

Why take allegations of anti-Semitism seriously from Zionist mafioso who themselves practise or support racism? Nevertheless, there are within Labour’s ranks too many who say idiotic things about Jews to the detriment of the campaign for justice in the Holy Land. I’ve heard remarks that are so stupid that one suspects the people responsible are Zionist plants. What is the point of bringing up Hitler and the holocaust when there are more Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity than you can shake a stick at?

Corbyn must act swiftly on genuine complaints but reject the trumped up ones. Outside interference should not be tolerated. And the best way to deal with professional moaners like the Board of Deputies of British Jews is to give them the BDS treatment: ignore and refuse to engage. Blood and feathers will fly, but so be it. This is the British Labour Party not a flagpole of the Knesset.

The time has come for Corbyn to turn the tables and question Labour’s Friends of Israel about their shameless support for the criminal state and its racist leaders and their links to the land-grabbing Zionist project. There is no place in a socialist organisation, or in public life at all, for people who cannot bring themselves to condemn a regime that behaves so viciously towards its neighbours and shows no remorse. What does aligning with Israel really say about them? And, by the way, who gave permission to use the party as a platform to further the interests of a foreign military power?

Corbyn’s and McDonnell’s abject surrender to Israel lobby pressure has been a shaming setback for the whole Palestine justice movement of which Corbyn was a prominent member.

Making amends

At the same time Corbyn needs to make amends to those who have been hurt, especially the young MP Naz Shah, by hasty compliance with the daft demands of the anti-Semitism inquisition. Yes, it was silly to suggest moving Israelis to the US but didn’t Joseph Chamberlain offered Herzl a Jewish homeland in Uganda? Didn’t the British Zionist League want Kimberley, Australia? Didn’t publishing magnate Critchley Parker propose Tasmania? Others thought Argentina would be ideal. Israeli Jews themselves have hatched many plans to move the Palestinians and Bedouins off their homelands and dump them somewhere else in order to make room for more Jews. Do get a grip, Corbyn.

After MP John Mann’s on-camera spat with Ken Livingstone, the chair of Labour Friends of Israel, Joan Ryan MP, said:

To speak of Zionism – the right of the Jewish people to self-determination – and Hitler in the same sentence is quite breathtaking. I am appalled that Ken Livingstone has chosen to do so… He should be suspended from the Labour Party immediately.

Livingstone certainly deserved a smack round the ear. But instead of suspending him, Corbyn could have asked Ryan what was so “breathtaking” about mentioning an inconvenient historical truth, especially when there are so many. And angry members shouldn’t have to launch a petition to get a known bully like Mann suspended.

Corbyn’s and McDonnell’s abject surrender to Israel lobby pressure has been a shaming setback for the whole Palestine justice movement of which Corbyn was a prominent member. Meanwhile, in the House of Commons, David Cameron savaged Corbyn’s response to the so-called crisis saying: “Anti-Semitism is effectively racism and we should call it out and fight it wherever we see it.” Cameron, of course, is blind to Israel’s racism on account of being its loyal friend. Labour should be rubbing his nose in it.

We’ve seen how Zionist inquisitors become unbearably twitchy when anyone questions Israel’s legitimacy or right to exist. What is often challenged is Israel’s membership of the United Nations. In 1949 the UN took Israel to its bosom on condition that it accepted the right of return of the Palestinian refugees and complied with General Assembly Resolution 194. Noting the declaration by the state of Israel that it “unreservedly accepts the obligations of the United Nations Charter and undertakes to honour them from the day when it becomes a Member”, the General Assembly admitted Israel as “a peace-loving state which accepts the obligations contained in the charter and is able and willing to carry out those obligations”.

Has Israel ever honoured its membership obligations or acted as a peace-loving state?

Corbyn’s other choice is to leave Labour, take his supporters with him and let the party stew in its own juice. Let’s face it, the party as it stands is dysfunctional, a thing of the past and quite unsuited to the 21st century. Even its name is inappropriate, even off-putting. Yes, by all means honour the old icons but they were products of their time and are of little interest in the real world today.

In any case the Labour Party is now soiled beyond decent repair.

There’s still time to build a new, clean, fit-for-purpose political party and get it established before the next general election. At least Corbyn could then be true to himself.

Posted in UncategorizedComments Off on Cold light of dawn for Corbyn

Truth-telling British MP in Zionists’ crosshairs

NOVANEWS
Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel

Will David Ward’s scalp soon hang in the Zionists’ tepee?

Time for UK Liberal Democrats to reconnect with their principles

By Stuart Littlewood

Alistair Carmichael is the Liberal Democrats’ Chief Whip. His letter to Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Educational Trust about Member of Parliament David Ward’s remarks just before Holocaust Memorial Day is now in the public domain.

When I read it I hoped it was a hoax. It is shameful. And I say so as someone whose links with the Liberal Democrats go back to the old Liberal Party under the leadership of Jo Grimond, one of Carmichael’s predecessors in his parliamentary constituency of Orkney and Shetland and a man of great principle.

Remember, Mr Carmichael, the pledge to defend the right to speak, write, worship, associate and vote freely? And the commitment to fight oppression, ignorance and aggression wherever they occur?

What David Ward said on his website, which caused such an uproar, was simply this:

Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.

Years ago we knew the words of the constitution, and the preamble to it, off by heart and tried to live by them. Remember, Mr Carmichael, the pledge to defend the right to speak, write, worship, associate and vote freely? And the commitment to fight oppression, ignorance and aggression wherever they occur?

Remember our responsibility to promote the free movement of ideas, people, goods and services?

Remember our declared support for international law and the holding of individuals and governments to account for crimes against humanity?

Remember Lord Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life, especially the one about integrity? It said: “Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organizations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.”

Put away that scalping knife

If Mr Carmichael still holds these things dear, what objection could he have to David Ward’s remarks? Perhaps, when speaking of Jews, Ward should have differentiated between the Jews of the Jewish state, the Jews in the West who support their criminal enterprise at the Palestinians’ expense, and the Jews inside and outside Israel who bravely oppose the brutal occupation.

As for the professional moaners who are always poised to attack the likes of David Ward, do they represent majority or minority Jewish opinion in Britain? We need to know so that we can differentiate.

By the same token isn’t Mr Carmichael guilty of the same failing? He assured Ms Pollock that Mr Ward “does not represent the views of the Liberal Democrat Party in this matter in any way”. Oh? Was he talking about his close colleagues at Westminster or the party at large?

He also told her he wished to “dissociate the Liberal Democrats without reservation or ambiguity from these [Mr Ward’s] remarks”. Do all Liberal Democrats wish to be dissociated? I doubt it.

And wouldn’t it have been wiser to meet with Mr Ward before dashing off the condemnation that his remarks were “offensive”? What’s offensive, it seems to me, is the hounding of Mr Ward. And the people most entitled to be offended by this unseemly bickering are the terrorized, dispossessed, exiled and imprisoned Palestinians.

A much-respected Israeli Jew, Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICHD), yesterday re-emphasized that

the two-state solution is dead, buried under settlements and infrastructure too massive and interlinked with Israel to detach, especially given the lack of will among international governments, led by the US and Germany, to exert the pressures on Israel needed to force such massive concessions. But the international community will not move beyond the two-state solution unless prodded – virtually forced – by us, the international civil society. We have the wind to our back. Over the years we have collectively transformed the Palestine issue into one of the world’s great causes, at the level of the anti-apartheid struggle.

The Liberal Democrats would do well to reconnect with the party’s basic principles, align it with this “great cause” and go see for themselves the situation in Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank (though not of course by guided tour with Friends of Israel). Mr Carmichael says elsewhere that he made the trip himself in 2007, describing it as “eye-opening”.

So put away your scalping-knife, please, Mr Carmichael. With Holocaust Memorial Day behind us perhaps feathers can be smoothed and the issues addressed more calmly. The challenge to Israel’s unspeakable behaviour is not going away, nor should it until the regime’s attitude changes fundamentally and the occupation ends. In the meantime those who support, defend and perpetuate it must accept some of the blame.

Posted in UncategorizedComments Off on Truth-telling British MP in Zionists’ crosshairs

UK Liberal Democrat ban the phrase “the Jews”

NOVANEWS

The Jews

The curious case of David Ward’s scalp

Confusion as UK Liberal Democrats issue new instructions on language involving “the Jews”

By Stuart Littlewood

Last week British MP David Ward was left wondering if his scalp would soon be hanging in the Zionists’ tepee.

Ward, if you remember, wrote on his website:

I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.

This caused a great hullabaloo. Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Educational Trust said Ward “deliberately abused the memory of the Holocaust” and his remarks were “sickening”.

Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, was outraged by Ward’s “offensive” comments and complained: “For an MP to have made such comments on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day is even more distasteful…”

The Liberal Democrat chief whip, Alistair Carmichael, immediately wrote to Pollock that Ward’s remarks were “wholly inappropriate” and that “singling out ‘the Jews’ in the way he does crosses a line of acceptability and is offensive”. He also wished to dissociate the Liberal Democrats from Ward’s remarks as they did not reflect the views of the party.

Carmichael said he was arranging a meeting to discuss the matter with Ward, and many believed this would result in disciplinary action. But for the last few days party sources have been strangely silent. What happened? The ever-watchful Jewish Chronicle (JC) had the answer to the question on everyone’s lips: Is David’s scalp intact, or has it become another Zionist trophy?

Censure and censorship

The JC reports that after his discussions with Ward, Carmichael sent a letter calling on him to “confirm the undertaking that you gave to me in our meeting that you will not again use the phrase ‘the Jews’ in this context. I am strongly of the view that your use of the phrase ‘the Jews’ in this context was unacceptable and I formally censure you for that.”

Censure? Jeepers, that’s strong stuff – a formal reprimand, an official rebuke, an ugly blot on his Liberal Dempcrats service record, and no front-bench promotion for David anytime soon.

According to the JC, Ward replied: “I confirm that I am prepared to give you the undertaking that you asked for in our meeting.”

But it isn’t enough for the moaners. They still wanted blood and hair. The Board of Deputies’ vice-president, Jonathan Arkush, says on the Board’s website:

Most of our community will regard the censure as completely inadequate. It misses much of the point and is far too limp-wristed to be much of a disciplinary step. It would have been better if serious consideration had been given to withdrawing the whip from Mr Ward, or even expelling him from the party altogether.

At least Ward keeps his hair – or does he? In these circumstances and under pressure from impertinent outsiders, a censure sounds uncomfortably like the lifting of someone’s scalp. Ward emerges bruised and humiliated as a result of the chief whip’s over-eagerness to placate those who, many believe, have no real reason to complain.

You can’t have it both ways!

If you call yourself “the Jewish state” (even though it’s really a Zionist state), and tell everybody it’s the “Jewish homeland” and hide behind the Jewish faith, your crimes will inevitably reflect badly on “the Jews”, or Jewish people generally. So, how is this new language rule going to work? In what circumstances, exactly, mustn’t David Ward or other Liberal Democrats use that dreaded phrase “the Jews”?

If you call yourself “the Jewish state” … and tell everybody it’s the “Jewish homeland” and hide behind the Jewish faith, your crimes will inevitably reflect badly on ”the Jews”, or Jewish people generally.

And how is the hypothetical Man on the Clapham Omnibus seriously expected to differentiate?

Luckily, this fog of confusion and fear, no doubt created to further shut down criticism of the Israeli regime, is lifted by Alan Hart who reminds us, in his article “Anti-Semitism: what It Is and is not”, of the warning by one of Israel’s top military intelligence men, Yehoshafat Harkabi: “Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world.”

So, Israeli Jews know perfectly well the possible consequences to their brethren elsewhere but just don’t care. Meanwhile, under the new Carmichael Doctrine are we permitted to ask, without fear of causing offence, how much longer it will take “the Jews” (meaning Harkabi’s “Jews throughout the world”) to end Israel’s 65 year-old crime spree in their name against the Palestinians?

Posted in UncategorizedComments Off on UK Liberal Democrat ban the phrase “the Jews”


Shoah’s pages

www.shoah.org.uk

KEEP SHOAH UP AND RUNNING

April 2018
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30