Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Labour and the "Jewish Question"

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Labours problems with deranged extremists, anti-Semites and other assorted oddballs continues unabated as Corbyn faced challenges over the growth of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party in Parliamentary Question Time today.

A whole number of stories have emerged in the media.

Obsessive "anti-Zionist" Tony Greenstein has been suspended from Brighton Labour Party. All the fault of the party not having "recovered from the shock of Jeremy Corbyn's election" apparently, but then Greenstein was always a bit of a rumbustious chap. Fallen out with everybody on the left in his time. Resigned from Left Unity not long after it was established because the organisation wasn't to his liking.

Another refugee from Left Unity now in the Labour Party is a certain John Tummon who shocked his fellow lefties with his views on ISIS:

"ISIL did begin an insurrection against the post-WW1 imperialist settlement in the Middle East and I advocated critical support for the development ISIL was and still is trying to provide – a new, overarching settlement in the northern Middle East.."

Proved too much for even a far left group even if he did say he "didn't agree with the way they went about it" 

Speechless. Me to.

But there's more. Jewish News reports:

A Labour councillor and former Lord mayor has appeared to link Israel to Islamic State and promoted a Facebook message saying Hitler killed “six million Zionists”, Jewish News can reveal.

Labour has suspended suspend Khadim Hussain, who served as the Lord mayor of Bradford from 2013-4, after he became the latest Labour party member embroiled in controversy over offensive posts on social media.

The district councillor for Keighley Central, who is believed to be a candidate in May’s elections, shared one post which featured an image of the Nazi leader and decries the fact the deaths of millions of Africans are not taught in schools. “Your school education system only tells you about Anne Frank and the six million Zionists that were killed by Hitler,” it said.

There's worse:

Jewish News also discovered a link on his Facebook page to an article entitled ‘Greater Israel courtesy of Israel’.

It contains the line : “We’re told these terrorists, who incidentally sprang out of nowhere (nothing to do with Israeli, US and UK foreign policy), just happened to stumble upon a ****load of state of the art firepower. These terrorists simply picked it up off the floor. How convenient is that..but let’s quickly drop the notion anyone was criminally negligent because the Zionist propaganda tool known as the media could have its hands full when it comes to explaining how the entire US military is unable to stop these murderous maniacs.”

Above the post, the councillor wrote: “There is no doubyt who created the so called ISIS and who is arming those vile terrorists!”

Hussain is not alone. There's confusion over the re-admission or not of Big Brother wannabe Beinazir Lasharie. The Jewish Chronicle explains:

The Labour Party has denied that a local councillor who said Jews carried out the 9/11 attacks and created Daesh has had her suspension from the party lifted.

Beinazir Lasharie was suspended from her position as a councillor in west London in October after posting a video on Facebook called “ISIS: Israeli Secret Intelligence Service.”

On the post, she wrote: “Many people know about who was behind 9/11 and also who is behind ISIS. I’ve nothing against Jews . . . just sharing it!” Later, she added: “I’ve heard some compelling evidence about ISIS being originated from Zionists!”

This morning, Ms Lasharie, a former contestant on the TV reality show Big Brother, wrote on Facebook that “the haters discovered that I'm still a Labour Party Councillor and are upset that they're [sic] smear campaign against me didn't work.”

In response to the news - originally revealed by the Guido Fawkes blog - Paddy Hennessy, Labour’s deputy director of communications, said: “She was suspended while investigations took place into her case and those investigations are still ongoing.

“She is definitely still suspended.”

According to the party's general secretary, Iain McNicol, this confusion can be explained by the fact that Labour rules "require that whilst a Labour Councillor is suspended they remain registered as a Labour Councillor under the Local Government Act."

And Corbyn thinks Cameron's disgraceful for raising the question. I'm certainly no fan of the Prime Minister or his Government, but sometimes your opponent does have a point.

But Corbyn is in denial.

For us Jews that is a problem. Are we safe with Labour?

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