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Sara Gibbs @Sara_Rose_G
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Since people keep asking me for evidence of Labour’s institutional antisemitism problem & scoffing at the idea that it’s on a widespread scale, I’m going to start sharing the daily things that come out. Diving into the dirt today is sitting MP, Chris Williamson. 1/
Williamson has form. Not only has he shared platforms with hugely problematic figures like Jackie Walker & Tony Greenstein, but on the day of the Pittsburgh massacre decided to forgo a tweet of solidarity with the victims in favour of attacking the Board of Deputies. 2/
Today, Williamson shared a petition in support of the most vile, unsubtle antisemite, Gilad Atzmon. Atzmon is a jazz musician whose greatest hits include: “I'm not going to say whether it is right... to burn down a synagogue, I can see that it is a rational act” 3/
"We must begin to take the accusation that the Jewish people are trying to control the world very seriously" - Gilad Atzmon 4/
"American Jewry makes any debate on whether the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' are an authentic document or rather a forgery irrelevant. American Jews do control the world, by proxy. So far they are doing pretty well for themselves at least" - Gilad Atzmon 5/
“Jewish ideology is driving our planet into a catastrophe" - Gilad Atzmon

“The Jews were responsible for the killing of Jesus” - Gilad Atzmon

“The Jewish tribal mindset – left, centre and right – sets Jews aside of humanity.” - Gilad Atzmon

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Jews against Zionism disavowed Atzmon in 2008, saying: “Three years ago when Jews Against Zionism first encountered Atzmon we hesitated to call him a holocaust-denier. Today there can be no doubt that Atzmon has crossed the red line from anti-semitism to holocaust denial.” 8/
“It took me years to accept that the Holocaust narrative, in its current form, doesn’t make any historical sense." - Gilad Atzmon 9/
A group of leading Palestinian activists issued a statement in March 2012 calling for "the disavowal of Atzmon by fellow Palestinian organizers, as well as Palestine solidarity activists, and allies of the Palestinian people". Describing him as a racist and antisemite. 10/
So a man who is so virulently & flagrantly antisemitic as to have been disowned by leading pro-Palestinian activists is A-OK with a sitting MP in her majesty’s opposition. Has earned his support & endorsement. Read this all back & ask yourself how this can be shrugged off 11/
Some more about Williamson’s past form with antisemitism from the brilliant @supergutman - what exactly has been done about this man representing the Labour party in Parliament? Sweet fuck all. 12/

This is what Williamson tweeted. There’s no plausible deniability here. He is asking you to keep your hands off his Holocaust denier. Don’t you dare come back to me with “but the Tories.” If you tolerate this in your own party, you are no anti-racist. 13/
Williamson has since tweeted the following apology. I personally find it very hard to believe that an MP with his history of antagonising Jews didn’t know who Atzmon was & what he represented. It doesn’t account for his record & I believe swift further action is still needed. 14/
For all you evidence lovers, here’s some more evidence that this ignorance Williamson is feigning over Atzmon is a crock of shit
I mean, are we really to believe that Chris Williamson, with his long history of baiting Jews, is simply a concerned jazz fan??
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