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The Liberal Left in the UK and USA, with a few notable exceptions, has perhaps unwittingly enabled and encouraged Zionist Legitimised Racist Nationalism. I know, that’s a big call and some big words; but it’s little use criticising the outspoken racism of Trump, Orban, Modi, and others while the architecture of Zionism is applauded by those same critics. Right-wing extremists in UK (and elsewhere) wave Israel’s Star of David flag, but instead of asking why, the Liberal Left has been as happy to wrap itself in the blue and white.  (to read more go HERE)

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This is the text of a speech just given in the House of Lords. I dropped material covered already by others (I was the ninth speaker and there was a speech limit of six minutes). For the wider context, and to see why I focused as I did, see Hansard when published.

Lord Harris of Haringey to move that this House regrets the conduct, and toxicity, of debate in public life; of the divisions in society which result from that; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to take steps to address such divisions.

My Lords, I am grateful to Lord Harris for securing this debate and for the clarity of his and other speeches. (Although I think, regarding Lord Patten’s suggestion, that some of the people who should be there in such a discussion wouldn’t come – or would seek to disrupt it!)

We still admire Benjamin Disraeli for telling…

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By EA Helen

Piles of furniture and toys lie beside the rubble of a house, an all-too-familiar scene in Al-Walaja, a small Palestinian village just outside of Bethlehem. The land belongs to Ilham, a Palestinian woman whose home was destroyed by Israeli soldiers in the early hours of the morning.

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It’s not over …

So it’s not all over, thanks Margaret Hodge for letting the cat out of the bag. Because this was never about anti-Semitism it was always about Jeremy Corbyn. If it had been about anti-Semitism it would have been the Tory party and right-wingers in the frame, consistently scoring higher when surveyed on the question . It is about Jeremy Corbyn not because he is anti-Semitic; for anyone who knows his history the idea is absurd; it is because he is pro-justice and anti racism. …. For the rest go to my Blog

let the proper institutions carry out their duties. In the meantime we should be challenging racism wherever we find it especially in those so-called democratic countries with whom we are so friendly, (Israel, USA, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, oops!).

Once again the British Labour Party is under attack from its own Members of Parliament because it refuses to accept wholesale a defintion of ‘Antisemitism’ that has been widely adopted elsewhere. Hardly anywhere is there a media mention of the fact that the ‘definition’ has actually been accepted by Labour (despite it not qualifying as a defintion since it is too vague and has to be supported by ‘examples’ – see previous posts).

But:  am I the only person who thinks that defining antisemitism in this way is a demand by Zionist Jews to be treated differently? And isn’t that inherently racist?

Antisemitism is racism. Allegations of racism, including antisemitism, must be investigated by police, (the so-called ‘MacPherson principle’), to determine whether an offence has been committed.  So, amidst this furore of allegations, how many have been reported to the police? How many have been investigated? How many people are being prosecuted for antisemitic actions including words spoken or written?  How many convicted?  Rather than suspending people, call the police!

I’ve previously written on the ‘Campaign Against Antisemitism’ including this:   ‘As of 30th April 2018 I’ve looked at all of the incidents and many of the tweets/posts complained of. Some could be characterised as unwise but most are reasonable comment. Two merited action, which was taken. (Interestingly CAA classifies a person as an ‘incident’. If, however, we take a more normal approach to ‘incident’ and take specific dates; for the Labour Party there are 119 of which 2 are antisemitic, so under 2%. When we look at the other political parties the proportion is 18.5%.)’.

Are Zionists determined to destroy the Labour Party? If so, that surely would imply the interference in our political system of another nation, Israel. If our police force have investigated t

The recent outcry against Labour for not fully endorsing the IHRA definition of antisemitism demands comment.

The protesters have a legal opinion ‘prepared by law lecturer Tom Frost and confirmed by Doughty Street QC Jonathan Cooper’ (Guardian 16th) that ‘ Labour has ignored the so-called Macpherson principle – that a racist incident is one perceived to be racist by the victim’.  As pointed out by others Macpherson was considerably more nuanced than that simple statement. see i.e. Antony Lerman 

The Guardian follows up with this:  ‘The Macpherson principle, read more

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