A short thread on Mike Cushman – one of the principle organisers of Jewish Voice for Labour: the fringe extremist grouping that embraces Jew haters and Holocaust revisionists and yet is increasing its influence on @UKLabour.
Cushman has repeatedly posted material that is in clear breach of the IHRA definition of antisemitism and here I will document some of these and reference the relevant part of the IHRA definition.
A reminder that Labour has adopted the IHRA definition as has the UK Govt.
Apparently using basic common sense to politely but firmly ask some tough questions of someone who has attacked pretty much everyone who is currently trying to protect Jews from Leftist antisemitism is "vicious".
When will @stephenpollard as editor of @JewishChron make an editorial stand that opinion pieces he publishes should be subjected to basic fact checking?
The piece by @rheawolfson today is based on a fundamental untruth/error and this is the 2nd such piece in a week.
The piece by @rheawolfson states that Corbyn is committed to a secure Israel continuing to exist.
This is simply not true as anyone with any grasp of his history knows.
An opinion piece based on error/untruth has no place in a quality publication.
Corbyn was Chair of Stop the War - an organisation that explicitly calls for the destruction of Israel as the Jewish state. He has long supported other organisations and events that seek Israel's end.
This is not news to @stephenpollard
As anyone who knows me well can attest, I'm a less than religious man.
I'm a rubbish Jew in that regard, attending synagogue infrequently (though always enriched by the experience when i do).
So I'm not exactly the go-to-guy for religious learning or insight.
Which possibly makes me a good candidate for giving a "Jews 101 for non-Jews" quick Twitter class.
On the basis that if i know it, you probably could/should too.
Particularly if you are the sort of Leftist on social media using the Jews v Zionists distinction on a daily basis.
So here we go:
Most British Jews are affiliated (many loosely) with the 3 main branches of Judaism in the UK - United Synagogue, Reform and Liberal.
Those 3 pretty much cover most of us except for a small ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community.
There is a young Labour activist who is pro-Corbyn.
This activist is @charlotte2153
Charlotte speaks "as a Jew".
Charlotte has made a number of very public interventions in the Labour antisemitism "debate", some positive and some very negative (from my perspective).
Charlotte was an attendee at the Jewdass seder.
She very vocally defended his attendance and wrote a piece in the @JewishChron
However, she has also condemned Ken Livingstone and Marc Wadsworth and attacked Ken Loach.
Charlotte is not a cartoon "asajew" defender of all things Leftist and antisemitic. But she has taken a number of very public position on the issue of Leftist antisemitsm in the context of her Jewishness.
A thread on the world of the mad & the bad at the heart of the #MarcWadsworth campaign to reinstate a Labour activist who thought it a good idea to insult @RuthSmeeth at the launch of the Labour antisemitism event in 2016.
This thread is on a chap called Christopher Dave Rodgers
I first called across Chris when i noticed that he'd made a death threat against Theresa May after the air strike against chemical weapons installations in Syria.
I reported this threat to twitter (as did some others) and tagged in his local police force.
You'll see that his threat isn't showing - that's because Twitter suspended his account after the report. I've no idea if any criminal action is being taken.
Seeing as it seems to be National "Hang on, it turns out Owen Jones really is a deranged and nasty twat" day, I thought i'd do another of my reminders about Owne's nasty past (you all know about his nasty present).
Whilst a student at Oxford University, Owen continued his Leftist political interests and these included obxessively editing Wikipedia entries on subjects ranging from Marxism & Lenin to Israel, Hamas and Israel.
As you do if you are a non Jewish Leftist student.
So @DPJHodges has written a piece in the Mail pointing out (correctly) that.Corbyn's Labour has successfully achieved the mainstreaming of anti- Jewish discourse.
It's in the Mail & written by Dan so will be derided & ignored.
I’m not belittling Dan, his article or those who are now sharing it when i say: “this is not news to us”.
By us, I mean Jews.
Look, i don’t want to sound ungrateful, but we have lived with this our entire lives.
From the “Yid” chants in the playground, to the “stand up so the rest of the class can see what a Jew looks like” stuff from teachers, to the fact that from the age of about 15 we realized that in our Leftist student groups the 1 thing you didn’t raise was the fact we were Jewish
This is going to be a very long thread on Left antisemitism & the safety of Jews.
A week in which the Leader of @UKLabour – and at least 2 other prominent Labour MPs and tens of Labour party members – have been revealed by Jewish activist David Collier @mishtal to have been (or still be) members of a secret Facebook group
set up by an openly antisemitic individual for those obsessively hostile to Israel, Zionisim, Zionists & all Jews who do not disavow Israel/Zionism, there is a point I believe must be made.
A thread from me on the stupidity of Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi from the poisonous "Jewish Voice for Labour" group now endorsed by the @UKLabour leadership.
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi of “Jewish Voice for Labour” has posted an account of the debate on Left wing antisemitism that we each took part in last Sunday on BBC1’s The Big Questions. jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/antisemitism/b…
It's a less than devastating attack. But worth pointing out the stupidity of her comments.
Firstly, she says that i cited anonymous tweets - i did no such thing.