Wednesday 12 February 2014

The disgrace of the Stop the War Coalition

The most misleadingly named organisation run by the far left in the UK has to be the Stop the War Campaign, launched by the Socialist Workers Party at the time of the Iraq war. Today the SWP is no longer in control but a group of its' ex-members around Lyndsey German and John Rees called Counterfire is now running the StWC.

As a result the so-called "anti-war coalition" has become nothing more than a mouthpiece for some of the more unsavoury currents on the left of British politics.

Given the Iraq war which it was founded to stop has been over for some years, you'd think they would be focusing on the Syrian conflict and demanding an end to the Assad regime bombing and killing civilians. Nah, not a single demo. It doesn't suit the comrades agenda. The StWC only campaigns against wars it doesn't agree with, which usually means they take the side of dictator's or terrorists.

So it should come as no surprise that they have chosen to cross-post an article by the rather unsavoury Alison Weir from the anti-Semitic Counterpunch website in America which sees Jews Zionists behind every problem in the world.

Gene at Harry's Place usefully links to an article published in 2009 that tackles the promoters of "Blood libel" at Counterpunch and outlines the disgusting political trajectory that Weir and her co-conspirators take. Adam Holland writes:

The blog Counterpunch, which is edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, has published an article which alleges that the blood libel is true and is related to purported Israeli thefts of human organs from Palestinians. The blood libel, the charge that Jews ritually murdered gentiles and used their blood to cast spells, was a mainstay of medieval European anti-Semitism. In Europe, the blood libel led to pogroms, mass slayings and expulsions. The Counterpunch article may be the first instance of an American leftist media outlet promoting the blood libel.

Read the rest:here

The offending article on the Stop the War Campaigns website tells us that the terrorists involved in the 1972 Munch Massacre where unarmed Israeli athletes were murdered should be seen as victims.

You can find this disingenuous nonsense here.

The borderline between so-called anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is blurred at the best of times but this is a clear example of the left, I repeat the so-called left, crossing the line. 

Nothing surprises me any more. We have seen the left-wing Palestine Solidarity Campaign having to expel its former Chair Francis Lowles-Clarke for "Holocaust denial", the SWP having to admit their former favourite Jazz musician Gilad Atzmon is in fact an anti-Semite and many of the "comrades" like Socialist Unity and Ken Livingstone backing the pro-Hitler, genocidal Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

This is where it ends.

According to the StWC terrorists are victims.

The time has come for the left to challenge the blatant ant-Semitism developing in its' ranks. The trade unions should also now reconsider their affiliations to this disgusting little campaign.

Stop the War? Stop bloody left-wing racism more like!

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