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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

This is Israeli Democracy in Action

Israel's  Arab Parties Ejected from the Knesset when US Vice President Pence Speaks
 Welcome to Israeli democracy.  When the 13 Arab members of the Joint List held up posters and placards as Trumps Vice Presidence Pence spoke, they were unceremoniously ejected.  Thus 20% of Israel's  population were removed at one go.  This is Israeli democracy in action.

As Ha'aretz noted, not one member of the opposition - be they Israeli Labour Party or Meretz stood with them or to protest.  This is the shocking racism of Zionisn


Removal of Arab Lawmakers During Pence's Speech: A Sad Moment for Israeli Democracy

The brutal removal of Arab MKs to the applause from the remaining lawmakers symbolizes the removal of 20 percent of the population living here from the circle of citizens

LAW Lobby of Southside Rocks Labour’s NEC - Lansman Scuttles Inside!!

No to the Witchhunt, No to Expulsions, Lift the Suspensions, Implement Chakrabarti 

Having the JLM in charge of ‘anti-racist’ training is like having the Yorkshire Ripper running a Woman’s Refuge

Today was the first meeting of Labour’s NEC after the election of 3 Momentum candidates last week. Labour’s NEC now has a decisive pro-Corbyn majority for the first time.  It is this that has prompted the frantic efforts of perjurer-in-chief, Jeremy Newmark of the Jewish Labour Movement [JLM], which is the ‘sister party’ of the racist Israeli Labour Party [ILP],  to restart the witchhunt.

A large number of people, over 40, including 3 of those suspended – Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth and Tony Greenstein turned out to say no to a witchhunt which is a Sword of Damocles directed at the Corbyn leadership. 

People chanted End the Witchhunt, No Suspensions- Implement Chakrabarti and Disaffiliate the Racist JLM.  We also called for the sacking of Crooked McNicol, Labour’s General Secretary.
Marcus Dysch - the Jewish Chronicle's Political Editor describes the pressure exerted by the JLM to restart the witch hunt - the Left on the NEC would be stupid to accede
It is outrageous that the JLM – which is only open to racist Jews and supporters of Zionism and the ILP – should be lobbying for the witchhunt of Black and Jewish anti-racists.  Perhaps Labour’s General Secretary, Crooked McNicol would like to invite the British National Party and the EDL to provide him with lists of who to expel? 
The Zionist Poale Zion (JLM) is Desperate to Restart the 'Anti-semitism' Witchhunt - It is a weapon aimed at the Left and Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn - They have already started attacking the new NEC member Anya Darr 

Having supporters of the world’s only Apartheid state dictating who to expel is grotesque.

The ILP is today supporting the forcible deportation of African Asylum Seekers from Israel because they are not Jewish.  This Jewish supremacist racist party is effectively leading the witch hunt of socialists in the Labour Party via its British wing with the active support of the tabloid press.
The loudmouth racist MP for Bassetlaw, John Mann’s response to today’s picket was to accuse Jackie Walker of ‘fantasy’ over her claims that Israel is behind her suspension.  According to the Jewish ChronicleLabour’s John Mann accused Ms Walker of pushing “tropes” by suggesting she was the target of a campaign from the Jewish state.’  Everything Zionists don’t like these days is a ‘trope’.  Tropes for dopes!
Rent a mouth John Mann MP denies the reality of Israeli Embassy involvement in the witch-hunt - naturally he would say that wouldn't he?
Idiot MP John Mann continued:

“That’s fantasy conspiracies, and that’s part of the problem – some people look for alleged conspiracies when in fact they should be looking at themselves and their behaviour.  “Provide us with the evidence - that’s a very, very serious allegation to me.
Two more witches for McNicol
The evidence is there is the Al Jazeera programmes The Lobby which showed the Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, Joan Ryan literally manufacture a false allegation of anti-Semitism against Jean Fitzpatrick a Labour Party delegate.  It showed Jeremy Newmark sitting side by side with Israeli Ambassador, Mark Regev and the Israeli operative who was engaged in dirty tricks, Shai Masot.  It also showed Joan Ryan MP accept a donation of over £1m from the Israeli state.  Perhaps they should tell us what they spent this slush money on?

The very fact that the Jewish Labour Movement, which is an extension of the ILP is exerting pressure for Jackie’s expulsion is proof itself of the Israeli connection.  This is no fantasy or conspiracy – it is a fact that Mann cannot face up to. 
The only person to turn up to support Jeremy Newmark was Britain First's 'Intelligence' Officer Paul Besser - quite remarkably he is even more stupid than he looks - not understanding why we were there he professed to believe in freedom of speech (but not for anti-racists) - rumours of an application to join the JLM (he's a Jewish Nazi) are unfounded
Paul Besser playing 'follow my leader' with Jayda Fransen - Deputy Fuhrer of Britain First
And who should turn up to support the witchhunt but the former (?) ‘Intelligence’ Officer of the neo-Nazi Britain First group, Paul Besser.  Besser was last seen picketing the Palestine Expo 2017 in company with Jonathan Hoffman and other Zionists.

After confronting him and telling him where to go he did indeed depart with his tail between his legs.  But the fact that a neo-Nazi turned up to support the JLM’s witch hunt of socialists and anti-racists is proof enough of how rotten is the attempt to expel Black and Jewish anti-racists from the Labour Party.

And to cap it all, despite the recommendations of the Chakrabarti Report against anti-racism training who is today conducting ‘training’ on anti-Semitism?  Why the Jewish Labour Movement!  It is like having Nick Griffin of the British National Party giving a lecture on multi-culturalism or the Yorkshire Ripper put in charge of a woman’s refuge.
Jackie Walker, Chair of LAW and Debbie from Grassroots Black Left
The lobby/picket of the NEC was extremely lively and lasted for two hours.  This will be the first of a regular series of pickets of the NEC.

Most members of the NEC slunk in.  Jon Lansman in particular made a quick dash for the door.  The cowardice even of most of the ‘left’ NEC members is shameful.  With one or two exceptions, they did not feel able to discuss the reasons why we were there shows that they cannot justify their turning a blind eye whilst the racist JLM dictates the agenda.
The holy trinity - all the 3 witches - from left Marc Wadsworth, Tony Greenstein and Jackie Walker
When I was suspended in 1982-3 from the Labour Party we had enormous support from the Left on the NEC.  The Left then, under Kinnock took a principled stance against the suspension of Brighton Labour Party (as happened again last year).  They leaked to us all the Reports and information of the then witch finder in chief, one Baroness Joyce Gould. 

The Left then on the NEC – Tony Benn, Joan Maynard, Dennis Skinner, Norman Atkinson – were giants compared to the pygmies of today.  Even though Corbyn has a left majority on the NEC politically it is weak.  It consists of people like Rhea Wolfson of the JLM, another of those who scuttled in and who has supported the witch hunting of Jackie Walker.
We will not allow the representatives of the world’s only Apartheid State to dictate who is and who is not a member of the Labour Party.  It would be like supporters of Apartheid 30 years ago dictating to the Labour Party.

The JLM is not a Jewish section of the Labour Party.  It is a representative of the most backward and racist Jewish members of the Labour Party.  The affiliation of the JLM is a relic of the days when the Labour Party supported the British Empire and believed that economic development of the Empire not decolonisation was the way forward.  The JLM or more accurately Poale Zion was affiliated to the Labour Party in 1920 when the Labour Party supported the arch-racist and anti-Semite Arthur J Balfour in his desire to see a ‘Jewish’ state established in Palestine.  Not until 1954 did the programme of the Movement for Colonial Freedom under Fenner Brockway become Labour Party policy. 

These were the days when the Labour Party believed that the economic development of the Empire was the best way to proceed rather than trusting their own inhabitants.  It reached the heights of exploitation under the Attlee government.

Jeremy Corbyn needs to develop a backbone and stand up to the racists and Zionists.  For 30 years Jeremy supported the Palestinians and called out Zionism.  The Zionists detest Corbyn and will do anything to remove him.  Appeasing  the Zionists and JLM is making a rod for his own back.  We have to help Jeremy Corbyn get rid of the racists in our midst. 
Stan Keable, LAW Secretary, who was auto-excluded from the Labour Party
It is no accident that the Sun, the Mail and the Express so wholeheartedly support the ‘anti-Semitism’ witch hunt.  If the racist Tory tabloids support the ‘anti-Semitism’ witch hunt then that in itself is a good reason why it has nothing to do with anti-Semitism.

Tony Greenstein

Monday, 22 January 2018

Sleeping with Apartheid - More Apartheid Adventures -

Why does the Mail, Sun and Express Support the Witch-hunt?  Is it about 'Anti-Semitism' or the West's Racist Rottweiller Israel?

Labour Against the Witchhunt - Support Our Lobby of Labour’s National Executive Committee Tuesday 23rd January 11.00 a.m.

The Jewish Labour Movement Steps up the Fight Against ‘Anti-Semitism’ by Trying to Expel Black and Jewish anti-racists 

The Jewish Labour Movement, the British wing of the racist Israeli Labour Party, is seeking to remove critics of Israel and Zionism from the Labour Party - especially Jewish critics
 Jeremy Newmark, Chair of the Zionist Jewish Labour Movement has gone on the offensive after the shock over the removal of pro-Israeli toady Anne Black as Chair of Labour’s Disputes Committee. This was consequene of the victory of 3 Momentum members in last week’s elections to the NEC.
Her replacement, Christine Shawcroft has been viciously attacked, especially in the Jewish Chronicle, not least because she was my silent witness at my investigative hearing back in May 2016.

Black was a supporter of Labour Friends of Israel and it was she who suspended Labour Parties like Brighton and Wallasey at the whim of the Right, once they had been defeated in democratic electins.  Black acted as the rubber stamp for anti-Semitism referrals to Labour’s National Constitutional Committee.
The JLM are seeking to expel Black and Jewish activists Jackie Walker and Marc Wadsworth - all in the name of the right against 'anti-Semitism'
The Jewish Labour Movement are the British wing of the Israeli Labour Party which is in full support of Israel's deportation of 40,000 asylum seekers.
The Zionists and the right-wing have become more and more desperate to see Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth, Tony Greenstein and Ken Livingstone expelled.  It makes sense that the Zionists should seek to expel Black and Jewish anti-racists in the fight against ‘anti-Semitism’.

Why?  Because the ‘anti-Semitism’ that Newmark and the JLM are concerned with has nothing to do with hatred of Jews and everything to do with hatred of Zionism, Apartheid and the Israeli state.
If those who call for a continuation of Labour’s ‘anti-Semitism’ purge were at all concerned about fighting racism then they would turn their attention to the Israeli Labour Party, the JLM’s ‘sister’ party which is giving full support to Netanyahu’s deportation of 45,000 Black African asylum seekers for the crime of being Black and non-Jewish.  [see Israeli Labor sells out African refugees, as ‘infiltrators’Ha’aretz 22.1.17.  Labor Party's Support of Deportation, Imprisonment of Asylum Seekers Cheapens the Israeli Opposition]

If there was an iota of truth to the allegation that Labour is swamped with anti-Semitism, then why are the most right-wing and racist tabloids in Britain - from the Sun, the Daily Express to the Daily Mail – so opposed to it?
All the most racist and right-wing newspapers in Britain are deeply concerned about 'antisemitism'
Even Richard Littlejohn, the most racist columnist in Britain now that Katie Hopkins has left the Daily Mail, is up in arms about ‘anti-Semitism’.  We can be sure it has nothing to do with anti-Jewish hatred and everything to do with support for the oppression of the Palestinians.  Allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’ are the normal abuse that supporters of the Palestinians and opponents of Israeli Apartheid receive.
Jeremy Newmark - the JLM Chair who is driving the witch hunt - at the Employment Tribunal Case of Fraser v University College Union he was found by the tribunal to have lied on oath
The fact that the attempt to expel good socialists and anti-racists from the Labour Party is trumpeted in every racist rag in Britain is in itself a reason why the NEC should suspend all disciplinary actions as and until the Chakrabarti proposals on natural justice have been implemented.  Small things like the right to know who your accusers are. 

It is important that we make it clear to Labour’s National Executive Committee that it is unacceptable for people to be expelled from the Labour Party at the urging of pro-Israeli racists.

Let Labour’s National Executive Committee know that there is no support amongst members of the Labour Party for a continuing witch-hunt of socialists and anti-racists.

Come and join us on Tuesday 23rd January at 11.00 at Southside, Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT
the Zionist idea of fighting 'antisemitism' is to attack genuine anti-racists

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Ha'aretz Compares Israel’s Policy of Expelling Black African Asylum Seekers to Eichmann's Expulsion of the Jews of Vienna in 1938-9

According to the Zionists' Fake (IHRA) Definition of Anti-Semitism this article in Ha’aretz is Anti-Semitic

At the present time the Israeli government, with the full support of the Israeli Labour Party, is doing its best to physically expel all its estimated 40,000 Black African asylum seekers, most of whom are from Sudan and Eritrea.  B.Michael in Israel's sole liberal daily, Ha'aretz makes the comparison between this and Adolf Eichman's policy in 1938 Austria where, between March 1938, when Hitler invaded till December 1939, Austria's Jewish population was reduced from 192,000 to 57,000.

One of the 11 examples of ‘anti-Semitism’ according to the bogus International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ is Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis’.  Not only is anti-Semitism out of control in the Labour Party but it would appear that Israel, especially its liberal press, is suffering from an epidemic!

B.Michael in his normally pungent and satirical style, compares the policy of Adolf Eichmann towards the Jews of Vienna to Israel's policy of forcing out Black African asylum seekers.  Eichmann's policy of impoverishing, terrorising and stripping Jews of their rights was considered a massive success at the time in forcing the Jews out of Austria.  Israel is only just learning how to accomplish the same feat.  Israel’s refugee population of 60,000 has already been reduced by 10,000-15,000 through a combination of tactics such as imprisonment in the desert camp at Holot, depriving them of the right to work, pogroms and racist attacks.

Israel has learnt well, as B.Michael says, from the Jews traditional enemies.  Just as the anti-Semites used every trick in the book to force out Jews so Netanyahu does the same to Black non-Jews.  But we shouldn't just blame Netanyahu. The Israeli Labour Party and its new, even more right-wing leader Avi Gabbay, is fully behind Netanyahu’s stance.  The refugees from Eritrea are bogus, no matter that every international body and human rights agency says that Eritrea is one of the worst police states in the world.
Unlike the Israeli Labour Party, Netanyahu is quite honest - it doesn't matter if the refugees are fleeing persecution - they are not Jewish
What is the crime that these refugees have committed that Israel is seeking to force them out and deport them to 3rd world countries such as Rwanda, a breach of international law in itself?  Well there are two crimes that these refugees have committed.  Not only are they not Jewish in a Jewish state but they are also Black.  Faced with this double criminality, Israel really has no choice to act if it is to preserve itself as a Jewish state. This is why a Jewish State cannot be other than a racist state.  It isn't like England, a Christian state only in so far as the head of state is head of the Church of England.  It isn't even like the Islamic state of Iran where although the law is derived from the Sharia, the 20,000 or so Jews in Iran don't suffer any civic penalties as a result.

Is Israel being racist by forcing out these refugees?  According to its own criteria it’s just seeking to preserve its racial or ethnic purity.  Indeed just accusing the Israeli state of racism is itself anti-Semitic because the IHRA definition also states that 'claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour' is anti-Semitic.

David Sheen's video is particularly shocking in that it shows how members of the Israeli government, including its present 'Culture' Minister Miri Regev deliberately fanned the fires of racism and enabled a pogrom to take place against the Africans of Tel Aviv.

It used to be the case that Jews experienced pogroms in Eastern Europe.  It is Israel's unique achievement to turn Jews into pogromists.

The last of the three articles from Ha’aretz here is about a Kenyan Jew Kimani who was deported the moment he set foot on Israeli soil.  Normally people who have converted to Judaism, are admitted under the racist Law of Return.  That includes conversions carried out by the Conservative, Liberal or Reform strands of Judaism.  Ultra Orthodox rabbis have been trying to change this to only Orthodox conversions for years but they haven’t succeeded because this would cut off the vast majority of American Jewry at a stroke.  However Kenya’s small Black African Jews have far less political clout and unlike American Jews they are not White.

Of course there are some people who will say that none of this is racist but then there are some people who deny the Holocaust and even people who say the Earth is flat.

Tony Greenstein

Israel's push to expel 45,000 African asylum seekers and migrants borrows from Eichmann's 1938 playbook for expelling Austria's Jews

B. Michael Jan 11, 2018 11:03 AM

African asylum seekers at Israel's Saharonim detention center. Ilan Assayag
Sometimes even history’s sense of humor exceeds the boundaries of good taste. This time it’s no joke; it’s not even irony or sarcasm. It’s just a bitter, sardonic spit in the face.

On March 13, 1938, Austria was annexed to the Nazi Reich amid cheers and excitement. Slightly more than five months later, on August 26, 1938 the Central Bureau for Jewish Emigration (the Zentralstelle für jüdische Auswanderung) was opened, headed by a talented executive named Adolf Eichmann.

Its objective was to organize and expedite the expulsion of Jews from Austria. It bears remembering that in 1938, before the war, the Final Solution and the death camps, the Nazis “merely” wanted to purify the Reich of the stinking Jews swarming in it.

Eichmann, a disciplined and diligent manager, developed an efficient system for accelerating emigration: forbidding Jews to work, rescinding their rights, discriminatory and humiliating laws, confiscation of property, taxes, boycotts, exclusion, monetary incentives, turning a blind eye to acts by the racist rabble and of course, threats of imprisonment for those who refused to leave.

And it worked.
 Demonstrators for and against expulsion of asylum seekers at a Tel Aviv protest, January 9, 2018. The sign says: "The rehabilitation of south Tel Aviv begins with the expulsion of the infiltrators." Moti Milrod 
Within around three months Eichmann’s immigration authority expelled 45,000 Jews. Many others abandoned everything and fled for their lives, without availing themselves of Adolf’s services.

Most of those who remained were murdered.

The state founded by those fugitives now also has an immigration authority. It, too, is essentially an expulsion authority. It deals with exporting members of inferior races and religions. Recently it has been assigned the weighty task of expelling 45,000 burdensome blacks. They are burdensome because they aren’t white, and also a bit because they aren’t Jews.
Holot internment camp in the Negev desert

They are non-Jews and blacks, which is really too much.

For years the Israeli expulsion network has been using against them the entire arsenal of abuses that proved itself in Eichmann’s office – forbidding them to work, denying them rights, passing discriminatory and humiliating laws, taxes, boycotts, exclusion, monetary incentives, turning a blind eye to the acts of the racist rabble and of course, threats of imprisonment for those who refuse to leave.

But it’s not working so well. Blacks, it turns out, are like crabgrass. They aren’t easy to uproot. There was no choice but to ceremoniously announce an “operation.”

The Population, Immigration and Border Authority is also seeking to hire workers; expulsion workers. Help wanted ads were published in newspapers, and one of the prerequisites is “experience in this field of endeavor.” There are lots of Jews with related experience, but most of them experienced it as expellees, not as expellers, and that’s not what’s required.

Nor is there any point in approaching veterans of the Nakba – when more than 700,000 Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes during the War of Independence. They’ll deny it ever happened. It seems, therefore, that the best list of those with “experience” can be found in Yad Vashem. The immigration authority ought to look there.

This operation to deport refugees is a co—production of Interior Minister Arye Dery and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. They’ve allotted two years to the mission of expelling 45,000 shvartzes. How shameful! Eichman and his team at the Central Bureau for Jewish Emigration expelled 45,000 Jews in a few months. Dery, Erdan and their team at the Central Bureau for the Emigration of Shvartzes need two years to expel an equal number of people. Oy vey, look how we fall short. We obviously still have a lot to learn from them. But we can at least say that we’re moving in the right direction.

Only Ms. History looks at us from above, with a malicious smile on her face as she sees the persecuted become the persecutor, the refugee become the expeller, the uprooted become the uprooter, the oppressed become the oppressor, the beaten become the beater, the trampled become the trampler. “It’s true,” she whispers to herself, “I really am repeating myself. But I find this role reversal exceedingly funny.”

I don’t find it funny at all. My parents were expelled from Vienna. My country is desecrating their memory.

B. Michael

Haaretz Contributor

Haaretz and Ilan Lior Jan 09, 2018 6:25 

Multiple African asylum seekers who were forcefully deported from Israel suffered abuse, detention and torture after they were made to take hazardous journeys when they were sent away from the Jewish state, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a rare statement released Tuesday.

The UN refugee agency's statement, which quoted a speech by agency spokesperson William Spindler, noted that the agency conducted research into the subject and highlighted 80 individual cases of people who risked their lives after they were relocated by Israel and then had to make hazardous journeys to Europe through Libya.

According to the world body, its staff conducted interviews with the asylum seekers in question to better understand their plight. "Feeling they had no other choice, they travelled many hundreds of kilometers through conflict zones in South Sudan, Sudan and Libya after being relocated by Israel," the statement recounted the difficult experiences of the asylum seekers as they were told to UN staff who interviewed them in Italy.

The interviews took place between November 2015 and December 2017 in reception centers and informal encampments around Rome. All the interviewees are adult men, and some are reported to have family members still living in Israel. They all came into the Jewish state via the Sinai area, and the UN statement said that "in every case they reported torture, mistreatment and extortion before reaching Israel." 

The statement went on to say that the men suffered "abuse, torture and extortion before risking their lives once again by crossing the Mediterranean to Italy" after Israel had sent them away.

The refugees also reportedly told UN staff that they were transferred from Israel to countries in Africa with very little money to support them later on their way, and that when they arrived they faced minimal accommodation and limited aid. "They reported feeling unsafe many experienced extortion and detention," the statement stressed.  

The statement also lamented the fact that while Israel has become a temporary shelter for tens of thousands of asylum seekers, "since Israel took over refugee status determination from UNHRC in 2009, only ten Eritreans and one Sudanese have been recognized as refugees."

The agency called on Israel to halt its planned deportation of thousands of asylum seekers, namely those who fled to Israel from Eritrea and Sudan and are now slated to be sent back to the African continent.

The UNHCR "is seriously concerned over Israel's plans announced on January 1st to forcibly relocate Eritreans and Sudanese to countries in Africa or have them face indefinite detention," the statement said. "At a time when UNHCR and partners in the international community are engaged in emergency evacuations from Libya, forced relocation to countries that do not offer effective protection and the onward movement of these people to Libya and Europe is particularly worrisome."

The agency extended an offer to help Israel in finding other possible ways to handle the situation, saying that it "stands ready to work with Israel to find alternative solutions for the protection needs of asylum seekers, in line with international standards. This includes resettlement out of Israel, as has happened previously."

Last week, Israel's Population, Immigration and Border Authority announced that it was launching its campaign to begin ridding Israel of its African asylum seekers, declaring that many Eritrean and Sudanese nationals will have to leave the country within the coming months or be incarcerated indefinitely.

There are some 35,000 Eritrean and Sudanese natives living in Israel, who have another 5,000 children who were born here. The overwhelming majority of the adults have temporary visas that they must renew every three months. The next time many of them come to renew their visas, they will be told it is the last renewal and that they will have to leave before the visa expires. The authority will propose that they either return to their countries of origin, or leave for Uganda or Rwanda.

Plan to bring 40 Ugandan converts on an Israel tour is at risk amid fears the participants wouldn't be allowed in, officials at the Jewish Agency and world Conservative movement say

Judy Maltz Jan 04, 2018

Plans to bring a first-ever group of Ugandan Jews to Israel on a Birthright trip are in jeopardy following the recent deportation of a member of their community.

The group of 40 Ugandans had been scheduled to arrive in Israel in late May on the free 10-day trip available to young Jewish adults from around the world. But Birthright officials are now concerned the group may be turned away upon arrival, just as 31-year-old Yehudah Kimani was, because the immigration authorities do not consider them Jewish.

The trip has been in the planning for two years.

The prospective participants all belong to the Abayudaya community, which has been practicing Judaism for more than 100 years. Its members, however, only underwent formal conversions over the past 15 years, most of them under the supervision of Conservative rabbis.

In late December, Kimani, who hails from Kenya but lived for a year among the Abayudaya while converting, was detained upon entering Israel and deported the following morning, even though he had a valid tourist visa.

On Wednesday, at a special session of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, an Interior Ministry official defended the decision to deport Kimani and insisted he was not Jewish despite his conversion.

According to officials at the Jewish Agency and world Conservative movement, following Kimani’s deportation, Birthright notified them of its intention to cancel the trip from Uganda, fearing a similar fiasco when the group arrived. Marom Olami, the young adult division of the world Conservative movement, has helped arrange details of the itinerary.

According to the officials, the Jewish Agency and world Conservative movement persuaded Birthright to refrain from any drastic moves at this point. Birthright officials responded that they would consider moving forward with the trip if two conditions were fulfilled: only Ugandans who converted after 2009 would be allowed to participate, and every participant would obtain prior approval from the Interior Ministry.

In response to a request for comment on Thursday, Birthright said: "Birthright Israel has received a request to bring a group of Jewish young adults from Uganda and is currently examining it."

The Abayudaya community is estimated to number between 1,500 and 2,000 members. Most were converted in 2002, before a smaller wave in 2008.

Only in 2009, however, did they join the world Conservative movement, and for that reason, the Jewish Agency only recognized the Abayudaya as an official Jewish community from that year. The assumption is that anyone who was converted after 2009 will have a better chance of entering Israel. (Kimani, however, was converted in 2010, and that did not prevent him from being deported.)

Yehudah Kimani blows the shofar with his son. Courtesy of Francis Kimani
The status of the Abayudaya community has been under discussion between the Conservative movement, the Jewish Agency and the Interior Ministry for the past five years. The ministry still does not recognize members of the community as Jewish and, in response to queries over the years, has said it is still studying the matter. The ministry has the final say on who gets recognized as a Jew in Israel and who is allowed to enter the country.

Asiimwe Rabbin, a 28-year-old member of the community, applied last year to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return after visiting the country. Anyone with at least one Jewish grandparent or a Jewish spouse, or anyone who has converted in a recognized Jewish community (regardless of the affiliation) is eligible to immigrate under the Law of Return.

Last week, Rabbin received a letter from the Jewish Agency notifying him that, for the meantime, his request had been rejected because the Interior Ministry had still not recognized the Abayudaya community as Jewish. Any decision on the matter, the letter warned, “can take several years.”

Jewish Agency representatives met last week with Interior Ministry officials hoping to obtain guarantees that the Birthright group from Uganda would be welcomed into Israel. No agreement of substance came out of the discussion, and a follow-up meeting has been scheduled for next week.

Birthright has brought more than 500,000 participants to Israel from 67 countries since its inception in 1999. Several members of the Abayudaya community have taken part in other programs in Israel in recent years, but this would be the first time such a large group was coming.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

EXCLUSIVE – Rogue Anti-Semitic Palestine Solidarity Group in Teesside claims affiliation to National PSC

PSC nationally has suspended Teesside Organiser Mehdi Husaini from membership but it is essential that he is expelled

Mehdi Husaini (left) calls for zero tolerance but it doesn't apply to racism - none of the other persons in this photo have anything to do with Husaini's antisemitic politics.   
This is not a story of fake anti-Semitism such as the Jewish Labour Movement alleges against activists.  This is not about the defence of the racist Israeli state.  It is about people, one person in particular, Mehdi Husaini, who regularly posts virulently anti-Jewish material.  I don't know whether he personally hates or dislikes Jews nor do I much care.  I am quite prepared to believe that he welcomes Jewish anti-Zionists but on the other hand he is prepared to post and distribute the most offensive and vicious anti-Semitic material and at the end of the day it is not his subjective intentions but what he does that matters.

We are therefore calling for PSC nationally to expel him as soon as possible and for members of Teesside PSC Facebook group and members of the local group to dissociate themselves from him as soon as possible.

From Exeter to the Orkneys you will find on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign website over 50 local groups with more springing up all the time.  Palestine is a popular cause.  Unfortunately there isn’t one, yet, in Teesside.  Instead there is a bogus group claiming to be one in Teesside.  It is not, however recognised by PSC nationally and it doesn’t appear on the list of groups.

This group is headed by a certain Mehdi Husaini, a retired university academic who is also active in the Universities and Colleges Union and a member of the Labour Party.  The group has never applied for PSC recognition, even though it insists on using the PSC name on its publicity materials and social media. That Mehdi Husaini and some of the group around him have difficulty in telling the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism would likely mean that any application to achieve official recognition would be rejected without some drastic changes in the group. 
Husaini has previously stood as a Labour candidate for Middlesborough Council

As is well known, Zionist groups make accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ against all of their critics. In 99%+ cases these allegations are bogus, false and often libellous.  However, just as a stuck clock is right twice a day, so Zionists occasionally get it right too.  We should be aware of the following:

i.                    One reason that some people can’t tell the difference between hostility to Jews and hostility to Israel/Zionism is because supporters of Israel repeatedly attack all supporters of the Palestinians and opponents of Zionism as anti-Semitic.  The Zionist movement has done its best to associate the crimes of Zionism and Israel with that of all Jewish people.

ii.                  The primary responsibility for the growth of what is termed ‘anti-Semitism’ is that of Israel’s supporters and the Zionist movement.  Many people are fooled into believing that the self-proclaimed ‘Jewish state’ speaks on behalf of all Jews and are therefore fooled into making ‘anti-Semitic’ comments or statements.  We should be extremely tolerant and understanding of this phenomenon and part of the job of the solidarity movement is to educate people who are deceived by Zionism into making stupid and anti-Semitic comments. 
It seems every atrocity in the world is based in Israel!
iii.                These people are not anti-Semites.  They are not hostile to Jews on a racist basis but they have been taken in by Zionist and Establishment propaganda.  However there are some people, of which Mehdi Husaini is a good example, who refuse to learn or educate themselves.  They should be cut off from the movement.

iv.                However that does not absolve us from making it clear that support for the Palestinians has nothing to do with racism, be it anti-Jewish racism or racism in general.
v.                  Anti-Semitism is of no help to the Palestinians.  Historically anti-Semitism and Zionism were seen as two sides of the same coin.  The anti-Semites wanted Jews to leave the countries of their birth and the Zionists agreed that they didn’t belong.  Without anti-Semitism there would have been no Zionism.
Mehdi Husaini refuses to accept that the Teeside PSC group is unrecognised by PSC nationally
 The Teesside PSC group has two main social media outlets:  it has a Facebook group and a Facebook page.  Husaini has repeatedly posted antisemitic material in the group, on his personal timeline and in posters for promoting actions.

A couple of weeks ago I was alerted to the fact that there was a PSC group in Teesside which was publishing overtly anti-Semitic imagery and articles on its Facebook group and in its promotional materials.  The administrator of the Facebook group and chair of ‘Teesside PSC’, Mehdi Husaini, kept posting articles that were anti-Semitic. Sometimes, he apologised for his ‘mistakes’ when the nature of the content was pointed out.  Of course anyone can make a mistake once or even twice but when they repeatedly make mistakes of the same nature then it is clear that there is a political problem.  But in many cases he simply denied that they are anti-Semitic and accused group members of being racist against him for expressing concern about it.

Husaini has long been involved in campaigning for progressive causes and has served on a number of equality bodies, including as chair of the now-defunct Racial Equality Council Cleveland.  And the Teesside group did organise some useful actions opposing Israel’s military attacks on Gaza at the time of its formation in 2014. As Husaini became increasingly active on social media, however, his willingness to endorse anti-Semitic material has become more apparent.
Huaini reaches into the depths of the political sewer to find material for his hate filled posts

The first example was a poster promoting a Teesside PSC protest against Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which was held in Middlesbrough on 16 December 2017.  Of course that’s a worthy cause and the group was right to feel outrage at Trump’s actions, but was it really necessary for the event poster to include an image which portrays a Hasidic Jew rubbing his hands with glee over a globe and the slogan "Zionism, the cancer of the earth"?

But that turned out to be nowhere near the worst of it as, looking through the Teesside PSC Facebook group, I saw that Husaini had repeatedly used it to promote some truly vile anti-Semitic propaganda.

In January 2016, he shared an 'Ancient Swastika' video titled 'Lord Rothschild and the Illuminati New World Order', which starts off going on about the Rothschilds, cites the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion (4:48) and then shows a sermon by Pastor Ray Hagins in which he claims that Adolf Hitler has been defamed as a mass murderer when he was merely trying to"cleanse the world" of Jewish "liars and deceivers". The second half of the film is a eulogy to the Fuhrer, showing him in sympathetic scenes such as being kind to children. The original video can be viewed here.

In July 2017, he posted an article from a white supremacist website,, titled 'Jews caught operating White sex slavery ring in Israel', which argues that white men "need to deal with the Jewish problem, sooner rather than later". Full link Jews caught operating White sex slavery ring in Israel

In December 2017, members of the Facebook group were treated to a delightful film called 'The Israeli Lobby - a danger to the world', which commences with former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad's notorious antisemitic lecture claiming that Jews invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy as part of their plot to achieve world domination.

A particular favourite of Husaini’s is the ‘Real Jew News’ website of far-right ranter Brother Nathanael Kapner, who publishes articles and videos warning how “Jewry is destroying Christianity throughout the world”. Here’s one example from that.
Mehdi Husaini posts anti-Semitic and racist stuff like this regularly whilst denying that there is a problem - he also refused to stand down as Administrator of the Facebook Group and blocked me and others instead
As you can see from the screenprints, Husaini has faced some challenge to his social media output and a number of people joined in the fray, including myself, criticising his actions and trying to explain the difference between Jews and Zionists, Judaism and Zionism, etc.  Sadly, these interventions were in vain as Husaini responded that his posts couldn’t be anti-Semitic because X, Y or Z member of the group had ‘liked’ them and accusing his critics of being racist against him.

In another incident, Husaini claimed a video showed IDF troops attacking Palestinian demonstrators, but it was actually film of Moroccan police using violence against protesters in Morocco.

He offered this pitiful defence to challenges from myself, Steve Cooke, Barbara Campbell and other activists recently:

Defence to challenges from myself, Steve Cooke, Barbara Campbell ant need to defend myself [against] those who do politics sitting on chairs. Never seen participating in demos which were organised. You do not know what hate means. I have suffered from it being a black and a Muslim. I have always fought throughout my life against racism, Xenophobia, Fascism, Zionism. Please stop the tirade against me being black. If you dont like then tough. Dont be a judge of everything I do Mr Cooke & Mr Greenstein & Ms Campbell & leave.r
Husaini's pathetic response to accusations of antisemitism - 'I'm black'!

Sadly, despite the Facebook group having over 400 members, very few other than those named have been willing to challenge Husaini’s antics and those who do tend to be thrown out of, and banned from, the group – as indeed has now happened to the activists named above.

When Steve Cooke, the Teesside-based comrade who tipped me off about these goings-on, contacted key group member Nader Alhussain to express concerns about the anti-Semitic poster for the 16 December protest, expecting that he would be able to talk some sense into the group’s leader, Alhussain reacted by blocking him on Facebook rather than raising the issue with Husaini.

Other members have said they shared our concerns about the anti-Semitic politics of Husaini, but they have been reluctant to take a strong stand against Husaini, at least not in public.  A number have also reported that they no longer take part in the Teesside group’s activities because of its vile rhetoric, which they feel undermines the credibility of the Palestinian liberation cause.

But there has been an encouraging development in the last few days.  Comrade Cooke reported his concerns to the PSC national office and they have taken steps to address them.  Just before this blog went to press, PSC national secretary Ben Soffa wrote to Steve and myself as follows:

“PSC's Executive Committee agreed that an interim suspension was appropriate in this case, which will remain in place whilst the investigation into Mr Husaini's compliance with our constitution takes place. This will now take place over the coming weeks before going back to the Executive for decision at its next meeting. This will be its first meeting after our AGM next Saturday, so the date can't be confirmed until new members are consulted, but provisionally, I'd expect this to be on the 10th of February.

“We are dealing with the status of the Teeside group as a separate matter, as whilst clearly Mehdi Husaini is a significant part of that group, we would wish to address those leading it more generally.”

 Husaini has gathered around him a number of people who are either sympathetic to him or unwilling to challenge him.  These include Len Junier, who is a former Labour councillor who has now left the Labour Party.  He won't say anything against Mehdi.   

Another member is one Jolanda Fitzgerald, who is a Green Party member, She was the Green Party’s PPC at the last election.  Her politics seem to have moved towards conspiracy theories.

Mehdi Husaini has a long track record.  He was chair of Cleveland’s Racial Equality Council for many years.  However, the organisation collapsed in the late 1990s after it was taken to an employment tribunal for racial discrimination and lost the case.  See Widlinski v Racial Equality Council of Cleveland and others [1996] IT/38275/96

Here is a video made of a demonstration on 26 July 2014 against Israel’s Operation Protective Edge attack on Gaza when over 2,200 Palestinians including 551 children were murdered. - including speech by Mehdi Husaini from 17:05.

You can see here an album of photos from the 26 July 2014 demo: 

Tony Greenstein