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Article in the Guardian, Scottish antisemitism row is divisive
The row reported in the Guardian is highly significant. The row it refers to is linked to the long-term campaigning work of the Scottish PSC, and successfully dealing with the Zionist counter-attack, which predictably was nothing more than a consciously fabricated series of accusations of 'anti-Semitism'.
Two unambiguous legal victories have been secured against the insidious version of events propagated by SCoJeC (Scottish Council of Jewish Communities) that Scotland faces rising anti-Semitism, linked either directly to the activities of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, or the wider pro-Palestine sentiment as obvious in Scotland as it is around the world.
The Zionist claim derives directly from the fundamental axiom of Zionism that Europeans are irredeemably anti-Semitic and, hence, European Jews have to leave Europe. In the words of political Zionism's founding father, Herzl, in 1895:
"I achieved a freer attitude toward anti-Semitism, which I now began to understand historically and to pardon. Above all, I recognized the emptiness and futility of trying to 'combat' anti-Semitism."
Without this initial false assumption, the Zionist next step to colonise an area outside Europe makes no sense. Thus there is no need to smash up anyone obstructing the Zionist project of building a Jewish state - Palestinians, Lebanese, Iranians, and others.
These issues are world-wide, but in Scotland recently a Zionist organisation had to pulp 6,000 copies of one of their publications , the first edition of Scotland's Jews, that claimed that SPSC is anti-Semitic. This followed legal action from Scottish PSC.
To this bitter taste in the mouths of the premier Scottish Zionist advocacy group, SCoJeC, was then added the ‘SPSC 5’ high-profile court victory, which further weakened their core strategy for dealing with Palestine solidarity by smearing it as ‘anti-Semitism’. The Sheriff derided the claim that the actions of the Scottish PSC were in any way anti-Semitic. The smear-mongers now face a significant legal barrier in propagating their fundamental political strategy.
These two legal successes taken together were bound to force a re-think among Zionist circles in Scotland.
Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, also waded in recently to take the last of this ‘anti-Semitism’ wind out of SCoJeC’s sails by, in effect, insisting they separate off Scottish Jewish issues from advocacy for the State of Israel.
The Zionist fabrication of a vicious rise in anti-Semitism in Scotland is clearly alarming many Scottish Jews, who see it as a dangerous ploy, a self-fulfilling prophecy that could actually bring about communal strife.
Political Zionists, please note, have no interest in opposing communal strife around the world – indeed they might hope to benefit from it by increased emigration to Israel - but it is now clear that Jews feel very welcome where they are, thank you, and have no wish to flag up a quite non-existent wave of anti-Semitism.
Scottish PSC and other human rights campaigners, as well as the Scottish Government, oppose all racism from any quarter. We wish the Jewish community in Scotland a long and prosperous future. Why leave a tolerant, welcoming society (with the usual small element of bigots found everywhere) and emigrate to Israel to violate Palestinians and incur the rising wrath of world opinion thoroughly sick and fed up with Israel's never-ending criminality?
Why is this issue important and why do we need to continue to engage with such matters? Because
1. Palestine campaigners need to be consistently anti-racist in opposing an apartheid State. As with anti-apartheid South Africans, we fight to end a racist system, not to oppose any group of people other than the criminals who support the violation of Palestinian human and national rights.
2. we need to counter the lies of our political Zionist opponents to build a more effective campaign of solidarity with the beleaguered people of Palestine.
SPSC June 15th, 2010
"One constant of political Zionism is the smearing of their victims, the mantra that Palestinian resistance to Israeli ethnic cleansing means wanting to "drive the Jews into the sea". Asking for human rights for Palestinians means, in this common settler-colonial world view, to want genocide. Now here in Scotland, the same smear can be heard from those who support every Israeli house demolition; campaigning to defeat political Zionism in Scotland, we are told, i.e. ending institutional support for Israeli crimes, must mean a commitment to ethnic cleansing of Scottish Jews."
More dangerous efforts by Scottish Zionists backed by the Israeli Embassy in London to conflate hostility to the crimes of the State of Israel with hatred of Jews. It never ceases. The latest effusion from Zionist-led SCoJeC (Scottish Council of Jewish Communities) is drearily familiar for the most part, but it also breaks some new ground in a submission to the All-party Parliamentary Group against Anti-semitism.
Dishonesty, it should be noted, surrounds both the All-party Parliamentary Group against Anti-semitism and SCoJeC. The latest invitation to submit material to the all-party group was sent out by its Chair, John Mann MP. The invitation did not arrive like previous ones over the name of Mann's ex-colleague, Denis MacShane MP, since MacShane, the driving force in the long-term campaign by the Tories and New Labour to smear and criminalise support for Palestine, was recovering from a six month stretch in HMP Brixton for fraud and theft of taxpayers' money.
The quality of the findings of such pro-Israeli campaigns against "anti-semitism" can be gauged by a claim from a 2006 Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Enquiry into Antisemitism that "we received no evidence of the accusation of antisemitism being misused by mainstream British Jewish community organisations and leaders". SCoJeC, however, is listed among the bodies that submit written evidence to these enquiries, and has consistently omitted to inform the various "enquiries" into anti-semitism that they had to pulp 6,000 copies of one of their publications in 2008 after the SPSC initiated legal action for defamation, i.e. wholly unfounded accusations of "demonising Jews".
SCoJeC claims the Scottish independence referendum terrified Scottish Jews because some campaigners "made connections the two (sic), for example attacking Jim Murphy MP in the context of his prominent role in the No campaign for his membership of Labour Friends of Israel. As a result, some people expressed fears that Jewish people might not be safe in an independent Scotland." The usual disingenuous Zionist resort to "some people" might well refer to a handful of political Zionists with an axe to grind, and who accept Zionism's core belief that Jews can never be safe anywhere in the world outside Israel and ought to move there. For Scottish Zionists a political attack on Jim Murphy MP, supporter of austerity politics, aggressive wars and Israel is a form of racism.
Referendum-related incidents included a large banner incorporating a 'blood-stained' Israeli flag, hands dripping with 'blood', with a picture of David Cameron and the slogan "End corruption – vote YES", displayed on a bridge in an area of Glasgow where many Jewish people live; and an abusive personal attack on Jim Murphy MP, one of the most prominent "No" campaigners, by Mick Napier of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, who is shown with a large "Yes" poster.
Good luck to whoever flew the anti-Israeli, anti-Cameron, anti-corruption banner referred to, with a graphic expressing the widespread popular revulsion at Israeli massacres. To my regret, however, I wrote no political comment specifically on Jim Murphy, though I did carry a Yes placard on a demonstration. (Zionists never let a fact get in the way of their obsessions). But I still can't quite grasp how hostility to an odious fellow like Jim Murphy and campaigning for Scottish independence adds up to "antisemitism masquerading under the pretext of political protest" as SCoJeC claims. If that political mixture constituted anti-semitism then Scottish Jews, and the rest of us as well, would be in a very bad place. Genuinely baffled by the thought processes that generated that one.
Jews, to repeat, are a population while Zionism is a political ideology committed to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the massacres that are an integral part of that project. The distinction is clear to any sensible person, but the Zionist campaign goes on to conflate the two.
One constant of political Zionism is the smearing of their victims, the mantra that Palestinian resistance to Israeli ethnic cleansing means wanting to "drive the Jews into the sea". Asking for human rights for Palestinians means, in this common settler-colonial world view, to want genocide. Now here in Scotland, the same smear can be heard from those who support every Israeli house demolition; campaigning to defeat political Zionism in Scotland, we are told, i.e. ending institutional support for Israeli crimes, must mean a commitment to ethnic cleansing of Scottish Jews.
SCoJeC stretches credulity to the limit when it claims to believe that an SPSC member, Yvonne Ridley, called for the expulsion of Jews from Scotland (the only country in Western Europe never to have passed anti-semitic legislation).
"The event that has given rise to most concern in the Jewish Community is the outrageous call by Yvonne Ridley "to make Scotland a Zionist-free zone". Since...around 3/4 describe themselves as Zionists, this is a call to expel the vast majority of the Jewish Community from Scotland...SCoJeC [has] reported this noxious example of hate speech to the police...anti-semitism masquerading under the pretext of political protest."
The aim here is clear, and is shared by some leading Tory and New Labour politicians - to categorise legitimate political protest as "anti-semitism" in order to shut down criticism of Israel. Yvonne, a socialist, received no knock on the door from Police Scotland when she called for "a Tory-free Scotland", declaring her hope that voters would kick out the last remaining Tory MP. Nor do we expect one for her public expressed hope that the blight of Zionism, another cruel political ideology, will be defeated in Scotland.
SPSC has always distinguished between people and political systems. Israel is a Jewish supremacist state based on the denial of the most basic human rights to Palestinians under its control. The end of Zionism will mean a liberation for its worst victims, the Palestinian people, but will also liberate Israeli Jews from their otherwise inevitable future as citizens of an increasingly despised Sparta, a small militarised sectarian state increasingly at odds with enlightened world opinion.
10 December 2014
It was inevitable, shocking but not surprising. A determined opponent of all racism, Jeremy Corbyn is smeared by pro-Israel Blairites and the same pro-Israel media that helped Blair and Israel in their war crimes. BBC 6pm news (Wednesday 19th August) started by referring to Jeremy Corbyn and his opposition to "what he says is the oppression of the Palestinians" before bringing in a Blairite supporter of the invasion of Iraq and endorser of Israeli massacres who said we all need to question Jeremy's Middle East policies.
Asa Winstanley shows in detail how the smears are unfounded:
And these policies are proving so popular that he has surprised everyone by emerging as the front-runner in the election. Voting began this week and the results will be known on 12 September.
As the right-wing of the Labour Party, exemplified by Tony Blair, comes to terms with the reality that they may have lost control of the party, the attacks against Corbyn have become ever more shrill.
Some accusers are trying to paint Corbyn as anti-Semitic. But these dishonest attacks are not driven by any legitimate concern for rooting out anti-Jewish bigotry, but are due to Corbyn’s strong record of Palestine solidarity work.
It’s not hard to understand why: a key feature of the party under Blair was nearly unconditional support for Israel. As my colleague David Cronin put it, Blair “is still spoken of in reverential tones” at Labour Friends of Israel events, and Corbyn coming to power is “something of a nightmarish scenario.”
Full article here on Electronic Intifada
Sent: 01 May 2013 10:14
Subject: RE: Press enquiry
The struggle between Israel and the Palestinians is not unique -- whatever the news media may suggest. Lorenzo Veracini argues that the conflict is best understood in terms of colonialism. Like many other societies, Israel is a settler society. Looking in detail at the evolution of other colonial regimes -- apartheid South Africa, French Algeria and Australia -- Veracini presents a thoughtful interpretation of the dynamics of colonialism, offering a clear framework within which to understand the middle east crisis.