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This is a mezuzah. You’ll see it on the doorposts of Jewish homes. It is a small box - this in our inner hall - with a scroll inside it. Deuteronomy mandates to write its words “on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates”.
Two of the three sections of the Shema.
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Here is an example of what we find inside.
Written on parchment, using a quill, these words are a •creed• for Jews. They detail the unity of God, love of God, education, reward and punishment, etc.
It’s in all doors except toilets 🤢 and bathrooms (😱nudity).

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Now we see the upshot of the #LabourAntisemitism fiasco.

Jews are scared to show we’re Jewish.

Traditional Jews will normally put a mezuzah outside their front door, even if they’re not very religious.

I’ve noticed this in my own community. 3/4
theguardian.com/news/2021/jan/…
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There is a lot of denial fluttering around on Twitter about the @EHRC report into #LabourAntisemitism.

The antisemite @JeremyCorbyn tried to exculpate himself after five years as leader of a increasingly antisemitic party.

Let me explain what our problem is.
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Jeremy has a lifelong record of racism against Jews. He is unaware of this, because he only accepts what people in his own circle say. They don’t tend to criticize him, and he does not accept most criticism, even from friends.
The racism is clothed in Palestinian solidarity.
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This goes back to the 1970s, so forgive me a little historical information.

Part of the Cold War waged by the Soviet Union involved violent terrorists like Lila Khaled and Bader-Meinhoff being busy hijacking planes and blowing up synagogues, killing Jewish athletes etc.
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1/7 Since the rise of antisemitism in Corbyn’s Labour began to be highlighted, those voices of denial have been loud and persistent. They ignore the McPherson principle which states when a minority perceives racism the initial assumption is that they are correct…
2/7 But worse, they have consistently tried to shift the focus away from the embedded cultural problem of left antisemitism and made it about stats and process. Thus, they will pluck a figure out of the air… ‘only 0.06% of members have been disciplined for being antisemitic’…
3/7 We can all refer to many many instances where antisemitism in @UKLabour has gone unpunished, but that isn’t the point. At CLP meetings, on social media, at public meetings, the hate and the tropes go unchallenged…
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I see the antisemitic abuse is starting early...

#EHRC #Antisemitism @LordJohnMann #EnoughIsEnough ImageImageImageImage
Same abuse and lies we've heard since 2015. #EHRCReport won't change the hate from these @UKLabour supporters.

#Antisemitism #EHRC #EnoughIsEnough ImageImageImageImage
Limbering-up for the real rage-fest, due to start at 1000...

#EHRCReport #EHRC #Antisemitism #EnoughIsEnough ImageImageImageImage
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Thx @BridgitteTT for having me on @BBCBerkshire to talk about #antisemitism.
@TheIHRA definition is necessary cos too few people recognize it. Just saying “we condemn all racism” is not sufficient.
Here are some additional reasons we had no time for.
holocaustremembrance.com/resources/work…
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Antisemitism is unlike other hatreds. People shape the image of Jews to suit their hatred.

Communists paint Jews as archetypal capitalists. Fascists say Jews forment communism.

Some say Jews are powerful bankers, media moguls. That’s nonsense, conspiracy theories.

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The myth of Jewish power, the evil Israel lobby, frankly risible.

Nazi Germany took middle class, wealthy & poor Jews, threw us in the gas chambers of Auschwitz regardless of “power.”

All antisemites blame Jews - and the Jewish State, Israel - for the ills of the world.

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Confirmation in today's @brightonargus that @lloyd_rm has intervened to block me rejoining @UKLabour saying I would be "highly disruptive".
It is questionable if it is a good use of his time or reflects well. Under data protection, who "brought it to his attention" and why?

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It is questionable also what role the CLP Secretary Colin Piper played, if any, in sharing my application with my MP. Mr Piper was a TUSC candidate for Queens Park in the 2015 local elections, but joined Labour despite objections under the same rule being used against me.

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As branch secretary Mr Piper was involved in forcing out the three excellent Labour councillors who won Queens Park in 2015, becoming a candidate in last year's locals in the same ward, where he lost the seat.

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To all of you on the Far Left. You cannot stand up to racism and yet be proponents of the oldest form of racism at the same time. If you don’t understand you racism here a little thread. 1/n
#Antisemitism #labour #RebeccaLongBailey #KeirStarmer #LabourAntisemitism
Racism has many forms, but what they hold in common is biases & beliefs, conscious & unconscious that a race or ethnic group should be held to different values/standards and treated differently. This is what unified anti-black racism, anti-semitism, islamophobia, etc. 2/n
Jews have always been scapegoated in Western societies & to a lesser extent in Middle Eastern society. This has long, deep, pervasive roots, usually dating back to the early days of modern religions, but has morphed and transformed to new antisemtic forms as new political 3/n
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This article for @MiddleEastEye (which has alleged links to Hamas & the Muslim Brotherhood) appears to equate Jewish concerns of #LabourAntisemitism with “lynch mob justice”, & dismisses documented evidence of alleged antisemitism seemingly as part of a coordinated conspiracy.
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Given what has been alleged about how incidences of anti-Jewish racism were ignored or poorly handled under her watch as @UKLabour General Secretary, it is unsurprising to see @Jennieformby1 promote this deeply offensive and highly problematic article.
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The message from @Keir_Starmer must be clearer: that there is a policy of zero tolerance of anti-Jewish racism in the Labour Party under his leadership.
Until rhetoric is backed by actions senior figures like Ms Formby will continue to act with apparent impunity.
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.@guardian Have you learned nothing from the #LabourAntisemitism crisis? Israel is the 'tail that wags the dog?"' Seriously? bit.ly/2Wy6zwZ Image
@guardian Also, your alleged Ben-Gurion quote was even refuted by @intifada bit.ly/2WydMgx Image
Guardian editors responded to our complaint and removed the reference to "the tail wagging the dog"
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Hugh would like to know if voters really care about Jews?
#LabourAntisemitism
Anthony would like to make it clear that Jews are white.
#LabourAntisemitism
Laura would like it known that the Jews are blackmailing the Labour Party
#LabourAntisemitism
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A manifesto for the next Labour leader - how to make Labour electable again. (Thread)

1) When published, enact all the recommendations of the EHRC. Act decisively, without dither, delay or disputation.
2) Remove the momentum faction from all positions of power within the party. They are responsible for the antisemitism problem, it happened on their watch.

Expel anyone who made antisemitic comments, although I dare say that falls under (1). That includes Mr Corbyn himself.
3) Brexit - acknowledge that Brexit will be a fait accompli. Brexit policy must of course respond to developments over the next 5 years - that's hard to predict.

However, in general, respect the referendum. Pursue a close relationship with Europe, but be meaningfully distinct.
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1/ If you're angry about the election result and looking for someone to blame, blame yourself.
2/ If you wanted a Remain result and are angry that @UKLabour didn’t achieve a second referendum, but supported a leader who always wanted to leave Europe, blame yourself.
@UKLabour 3/ If you say you stand up for the working classes, but don’t listen when the working classes speak, blame yourself.
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Astonishing! @bbcquestiontime ends with a rant from a woman insinuating that Jews who would like a meaningful apology from Corbyn are being unreasonable. After all he's already apologised, why should he repeat himself? What more do they want? Why can't they just forgive?
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She then explained that there can be no anti-Semitism because the black members of the shadow cabinet would have noticed it- as if having experienced anti-black racism makes you an expert in anti-Jewish racism. 2/6
In fact we are told there is no #LabourAntisemitism Labour anti-Semitism at all, its just a story cooked up by the media owners who want to protect their riches and power. And she's sick of it. For this she is roundly applauded. 3/6
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The latest installment in the Corbyn anti-Jewish racism saga sent me down an orthoepic route. Why, exactly, is Jewish Twitter so up in arms about his pronunciation of “Epstein” as “Ep-shtine” rather than “Ep-steen”? Why was I so shocked when he said it last night? (A thread) /1
First, a rider. This is obviously not about Epstein’s posthumous rights to correct pronunciation. He lost those rights when he committed his crimes. /2
No, the reason we care is because even in this primetime moment, Corbyn’s attempt to put the past behind him and sell himself as prime ministerial, he just can’t help himself inserting a subtle racist dig at the British Jews watching. /3
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Thread on a Labour parliamentary candidate, her husband and the subtle but dark links between @UKLabour and the world of Leftist antisemitism and conspiracy theories:

Johanna Boal is the Lab candidate in the forthcoming general election for the Beverley & Calderness constituency
Johanna Boal is a librarian and describes herself as a Socialist.
Johanna has not posted anything on social media about Labour’s antisemitism crisis. Nothing at all. No comment. Zero.
Which makes her pretty standard for a Labour candidate.

But Johanna has posted on Israel. Not many times, but a bit.Twice as far as I can see.
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1/5 A thread on Labour MP Ruth Cadbury's (@RuthCadbury) involvement with a group of notorious antisemites who have organised an 'anti-Zionist' hatefest on 18 November. @GnasherJew @LabourAgainstAS @JohnMannMP @HarryYorke1
2/5 The keynote speaker will be Ilan Pappé, a radical anti-Israel extremist who travels the world advocating the eradication of Jewish national self-determination.

canarymission.org/professor/Ilan…
3/5 One of the other featured speakers is Latifa Abouchakra, a virulent antisemite who believes that Jews use the Holocaust in bad faith.

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In Nov 2018 Prof David Miller said Jewish students' security fears on campus were 'propaganda' & described Ken Livingstone's treatment by Labour as a 'disgrace'. He was reported by @LabourAgainstAS for #LabourAntisemitism.
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Despite evidence of a series of his comments that were defined as antisemitic by the IHRA (which Labour has supposedly adopted), David Miller was let off:
“it has been determined that this does not amount to a breach of Party rules”.
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Today Miller is attending an event in Parliament - with Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott.
When Chris Williamson did this for Jackie Walker in February there was a huge outcry.
Will @UKLabour MPs kick up a fuss? Fat chance.
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#LabourAntisemitism
@tom_watson @jeremycorbyn
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1/ Corbyn and the people who share his politics on the far left have made shocking, hateful ideas seem normal.
2/ Since the Holocaust, racism against British Jewish people has stayed on the extreme edges of society. This situation is now changing. Because of @jeremycorbyn, antisemitic ideas have crept into the mainstream.
@jeremycorbyn 3/ For many people, Corbyn has been their only hope of a better life, even if this is a false hope. Because he says he stands for ideas that will be good for society, like saving the NHS, people have shut their eyes to the bad things he has done.
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This weekend both Jessica Alba and Steve-O twitter accounts were hacked. The hacker posted white supremacist racist garbage to their millions of followers. Attacks on black people, Asians, LGTBQ, disabled people, Muslims and Jews. 1/10
At the same time this was happening, Jews were being lectured by finger-wagging hard left ideologues about how we're 'white' and 'privileged' (we cry "hysterical self-absorbed cries of white people" apparently) and don't experience racism. 2/10
Several of my friends have received death threats just this weekend. An elderly Jewish man was shot six times outside a Miami synagogue. A prominent progressive Jewish Voice in the US received menacing threats on her Twitter. 3/10

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NEW: Shadow minister apologises over 'antisemitic conspiracy'
- @UKLabour's shadow immigration minister Afzal Khan has said he is "sincerely sorry" after sharing what he described as "an antisemitic conspiracy" on social media.
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#LabourAntisemitism
bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…
The post in question features a video of the US comedian Jon Stewart talking about the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and was posted when Mr Khan (@Afzal4Gorton) was a @UKLabour MEP in 2015.
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Underneath the video the text prominently refers to an "Israel-British-Swiss-Rothschilds crime syndicate" and "mass murdering Rothschilds Israeli mafia criminal liars".
The post has been deleted but has been archived:
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archive.is/8Y9K4
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What was @jeremycorbyn (AKA @SeumasMilne) doing while he was drafting that email, setting up that @UKLabour website and preparing that charming little video last week pledging implacable opposition to antisemitism?

Was he:
a) Appointing a @JVoiceLabour activist as "liaison" to the Jewish community?
b) Meeting with homophobe antizionist Shraga Stern to undermine the Jewish community?
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For people who have been involved in politics for a longtime, this is not the first documented outbreak of #LabourAntisemitism amongst the Far Left of the party but this time it is different for many reasons which I will now explain. 1/8
The last time @UKLabour had a truly Socialist leader was Neil Kinnock, who also found himself attracting a great army of undesirable members (as is always the case) under Socialism, many of whom were #AntiSemitic but he had most of them expelled from @UKLabour. 2/8
It may even have cost him the chance to become PM, but fortunately we will never know. so now fast forward to the election of #Corbyn as leader of @UKLabour a man with an extremely well documented past for siding with terrorist organisations - in particular anti-Israel ones. 3/8
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Tom Watson 'undermining' Labour on antisemitism to 'attack leadership'
- NEC member Darren Williams, in a recording passed to Sky News, claims the party's deputy was trying to "promote his own position".
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news.sky.com/story/tom-wats…
@EuanPhilipps, spokesperson for @LabourAgainstAS said:
"Darren Williams' comments fail to acknowledge the scale and depth of the Labour Party's antisemitism crisis.”

@tom_watson was right to attempt to intervene because the situation has been getting worse by the day.”
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"It is bizarre that Mr Williams, who himself opposed the suspension of [Labour MP] Chris Williamson and the adoption of the IHRA definition, should attack Mr Watson for doing so."
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