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A Coordinated Attack On Labour and Corbyn

by Oui Sun Jul 14th, 2019 at 09:55:14 AM EST

Two whistleblowers in BBC documentary covering anti-Semitism in the Labour party found their way to smart libel lawyer Mark Lewis doing pro-Israel cases for free.

With Panorama's hatchet job on Labour antisemitism, BBC has become pro-Tory media | Middle-East Eye |

It is difficult to describe as anything other than a hatchet job the BBC Panorama special this week that sought to bolster claims that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has become "institutionally antisemitic".  

The partisan tone was set from the opening shot. A young woman whose name was not revealed tearfully claimed to have been abused with antisemitic taunts at a Labour Party conference.

The decision not to disclose their interviewee's identity is understandable in the circumstances. It would have discredited the whole narrative Panorama was trying so hard to build.

The woman's name is Ella Rose, a senior official in the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), an organisation representing Jewish and non-Jewish members of Labour at the forefront of attacks on Corbyn. Rose has a secret past too: she once worked at the Israeli embassy in London.

Jewish Labour Movement was refounded to fight Corbyn

The Jewish Labour Movement is fighting our friends and propping up our enemies | JC |

Continued below the fold ...

[Some links added are mine - Oui]

Revealed: Mark Lewis told young Jewish man he hoped his father ‘would sit shiva for you soon' | JC - Jewish Chronicle |

Mark Lewis, the solicitor who was ordered to pay £12,500 for sending abusive social media messages to online trolls, also told a young Jewish man he hoped his father "would sit shiva for you soon", the JC can reveal.

Mr Lewis was fined and ordered him to pay thousands in legal costs for "wishing death" on people on social media, many of whom had sent him antisemitic abuse or wished similar on him.

The decision prompted outrage in the Jewish community and several crowdfunders quickly raised the money for him.

But the JC has seen Facebook posts Mr Lewis wrote to an 18-year-old who was supporting the Labour Party during the 2017 general election campaign, telling him to "f*k off you stupid c*t", adding that his father "should have worn a condom".

The exchange was one of the allegations that was the subject of a formal complaint to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which has still not published its full judgment. Offensive messages Mr Lewis sent to people who had sent him antisemitic were reported separately.

Last month the tribunal found that he had sent "offensive and profane messages", including a number of "death-wishes", and he was ordered to pay a fine of £2,500 and £10,000 in costs.

Mr Lewis responded by saying the SRA was "faced with a choice between Holocaust denying neo-Nazis and a Jewish lawyer... It chose to side with the neo-Nazis".

The father of Mr Lewis's 18-year-old victim told the JC he came forward with the details because the "record needs to be set straight".

He said he was frustrated Mr Lewis, who made Aliyah last week, was "being treated like a hero" in the wake of the judgment because people believed he had only been abusive to neo-Nazis.

UK's foremost libel lawyer sets his sights on Israel's enemies | Times of Israel - April 2017 |

You really wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of media and libel lawyer Mark Lewis. For a good 20 minutes of our interview Lewis relives -- in withering detail -- tiny victories over alleged anti-Semites at his old school in south Manchester.

His phenomenal memory in battles fought and won has propelled him to become one of the best-known libel specialists in Britain. Now he is bringing that steel-trap mind to bear on fighting battles for Israel -- where he is the beneficiary of advanced medical treatment that may enable him to turn his life around.

These days Lewis, 52, is a partner in the prestigious central London Seddons law firm and is renowned as the leading figure in breaking the phone-hacking scandal which led to the closure of one of Rupert Murdoch's most cherished newspapers -- the hugely circulated News of the World.

At William Hulme, he says, "I was quite outspoken, ran Jewish assemblies, was very big in BBYO (B'nai B'rith Youth Organization) where I was regional president for a time, and always took my Jewish identity and support for Israel very seriously."

The Jack Monroe-Katie Hopkins case is certainly a legacy from the phone-hacking cases. It's become known as a "Twibel," or "Twitter libel" case and Lewis, though obviously pleased with the outcome and the damages awarded to his client, has bigger fish to fry -- namely how to apply the result to helping Israel online.

"Someone can be a Nazi, but at least [if they are taken to court] they can be a homeless Nazi," he says. "I'm quite happy to take their homes off them. If these people would have rational debate, I would do that [instead], but they are nutters who have conspiratorial theories and I will never change their outlook."

    `I always think, well, if people don't like me, at least I've hit them'

A couple of years ago Lewis became a director of UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI).

"None of us charge for our time but we devote it to putting legal arguments forward for Israel," he says.

Many nights he stays up to midnight, giving legal advice on behalf of UKLFI.

What is UK Lawyers for Israel's relationship to the Israeli government?| Mondoweiss |

The group UK Lawyers for Israel is one of the quietest yet most influential Israel lobby actors currently operating in Britain.

Since 2011, it has closely monitored the Palestine solidarity movement and worked to repress it, often with significant impact.

The `lawfare' organisation has especially targeted organisations promoting the Palestinian-initiated Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)  movement - from academics to students unions, architects to local councils - by lodging complaints with regulatory bodies and sending letters threatening legal action.

It has even obstructed the work of charities such as Medical Aid for Palestinians and War on Want, working in close collaboration with the US-based Lawfare Project to do so.

But where did UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) come from and who is behind it?

The UKLFI website describes the organisation as `a voluntary organisation of lawyers who support Israel using their legal skills'.

Companies House records that UKLFI was first registered in in October 2010, originally under the name `Action 4 Peace Limited'. In September 2016, UKLFI also registered as a charity which has a separate website but most of the same patrons.

These `eminent patrons' include a host of pro-Israel British peers such as Lord Carlile, Baroness Deech, Lord Howard, Lord Pannick, Lady Cosgrove, Lord Trimble and Lord Young of Graffham.

U.S. Supreme Court Hands Israeli Lawfare Group Major Defeat | Tikun Olam |

Shurat HaDin (SHD), the Israeli lawfare group founded and funded initially by the Mossad to target Palestinian militant groups resisting Israeli Occupation, suffered a major defeat in a U.S. Supreme Court decision.  The Court threw out a claim advanced by the group's attorney on behalf of 6,000 family members of Palestinian terror victims, against the Arab Bank of Jordan.  The NGO claimed that the Bank had held accounts used by militants to organize and fund terror attacks against Israelis.

SHD argued its case using the Alien Tort Statute of 1798, which allows American citizens to pursue damages against foreign entities when their property is arbitrarily seized abroad.  Though the media is portraying the decision as a major narrowing of the terms under which such claims may be brought, they are missing a key element of the case.  The Court largely rejected Shurat HaDin's evidence and claims as shoddy.  It noted that the group's lawyer found little or no actual evidence to tie the Bank to the acts of terror which were the basis for the tort claim.

Stifling debate and freedom of expression ...

Google Censors (My) Post Identifying Border Police Commander Who Murdered Ethiopian Youth | Tikun Olam |
Google Censors Tikun Olam Based on Secret Israeli Court Order

Nevertheless, Richard Silverstein as an American Jew living near Seattle, continues his campaign for public debate on the ruthlessness of the Jewish State of Israel with a U.S. President expressing a narrowminded few of good Arabs - Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman representing Saudi Arabian wealth - to bad Muslims - Palestinians and Shiites in Syria, Iraq and Iran. National Security policy is in the hands of John Bolton, VP Pence, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

His latest article ...

Labour's Anti-Semitism "Crisis" is Bollocks

The current so-called anti-Semitism crisis in the British Labour Party is founded on a complete misunderstanding of what anti-Semitism really is. It is based on a complete misunderstanding of Jewish history and the real suffering of the Jewish people over the centuries.

Today, anti-Semitism poses nowhere near the danger it once did to the Jewish people. And a good deal of the danger it continues to pose derives from a false conflation of Israel with the Jewish people. When an Islamist militant attacks a Jewish school in France or a Jewish museum in Belgium it is because he falsely believes that Israel and being Jewish are the same thing. They clearly are not.

Israeli settlers too are guilty of co-opting Judaism in pursuit of their ultra-nationalist goals.  They have turned Zionism into a movement that seeks to incite a holy war with Islam. It is no wonder that Islamists have become convinced that Jews are their enemy, when they are not.

Currently, in the UK an alliance of the local Israel Lobby, the Tories and much of the British media have concocted an anti-Semitism scare, declaring the Labour Party is riddled with Jew hatred. In response, Labour has adopted a deeply flawed IHRA definition which posits that most criticism of Israel is ipso facto, anti-Semitic. This was a "cave" to the Party's enemies in a false belief that giving them half a loaf would make them go away.  Any one of us could've told them that giving them that half loaf meant they were going to come back for the whole.  And they have.

Related reading ...

It is devastating that Jewish people feel Labour will not fight antisemitism | The Guardian Opinion - Sadiq Khan |
Instigator of anti-Semitism scam kicked out of Labour | Electronic Intifada - May 2016 |
American-Israeli behind the JCC bomb threats charged with hate crimes | JTA |
Israel is a Kahanist State | Tikun Olam |

More ... the link between Israel's extremist views and right-wing political parties in Europe.

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Rise of Populism Based on Terror and Islamophobia

the best thing one can say about the programme is that polls show that the public are tending to ignore the media about Labour because they believe, with some good reason, that it is unreasonably biased against Corbyn.

A programme as unflinchingly partisan as that merely confirms that suspicion.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 12:44:13 PM EST
Phil thinks Watson is deluded if he thinks this is going anywhere. I'm inclined to agree with him

All that is Solid - Against the New Corbyn Coup

According to Marx, history repeats itself twice: first time as tragedy, second time as farce. News reaches us that Labour peers are are considering a no confidence vote against Jeremy Corbyn. Because the last one worked so well. This follows the sacking of Baroness Hayter for likening the leader's office to Hitler's bunker, and an advert in The Graun taken out by Labour lords criticising the leadership for its lack of action over anti-semitism. As has been commented, one of the signatories was one Iain McNicol, the man more than any other responsible for delays to the complaint process and, as it turns out, the author of the Non-Disclosure Agreements signed by party staff that have excited the press recently. Imagine the chutzpah and dishonesty of signing a letter condemning your own inaction and, some might say, intentional tardiness. Incredible.

If the peers decide to proceed, they'll probably pass their motion but what will it achieve? I ask, because in the lead up to trigger ballots they serve to remind the membership that the party needs MPs who will actually deliver for our people instead of their bank balances, social standing, and self-importance. Of course, our lords are not spontaneously reacting to the sacking of a popular peer: it has to be placed in the context of long-term plotting and destabilisation, at the heart of which is Tom Watson. And as it happens, Isabel Hardman has an interesting piece in the latest Spectator looking at the Labour right's strategy in more depth.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 18th, 2019 at 08:06:46 PM EST
Somehow I get the feeling ask is still around, and curly?

Thanking you for continuing support.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jul 20th, 2019 at 10:14:43 AM EST

h/t Richard Silverstein @TikunOlam

Lionel Kopelowitz calls for Corbyn Assassination

Last May, in an incident barely reported in the British media, Dr. Lionel Kopelowitz, former president of the UK Board of Deputies, called for the assassination of Jeremy Corbyn. To be specific, Kopelowitz, who fancies himself a linguist of sorts, noted that the name "Corbyn" sounds like the Hebrew word korban (which has a number of meanings-among them "animal sacrifice" or "victim of crime" or "murder"). In the days of the Temple, the animals sacrificed were called korban. In more modern terms, the victims of the Holocaust are called korban. The word is generally associated with violence or killing, usually in pursuit of a "higher" cause. In Kopelowitz's case, that seems to be ridding British Jews of the scourge of Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn, a homophone term in Hebrew - corban or korban meaning sacrifice.

The kohanim were called "those who come close to the Eternal" [Exodus 19:22]

Jonathan Arkush admits he got timing of Board's congratulations to Trump wrong | JC - Nov. 8, 2016 |

How times have changed and positions about the IP conflict have hardened, decades before social media made it even worse ... interesting view from 1989 ...

Several Prominent British Jews Boycotting Solidarity Conference | JTA - March 1989 |

Some of Britain's leading Jews are boycotting next week's "Solidarity With Israel" conference in Jerusalem in an unprecedented snub to an Israeli prime minister.

Of 130 prominent British Jews invited, only about 50 will respond to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's personal plea for "the entire Jewish people to stand at Israel's side."

Absentees will include Dr. Stephen Roth, chairman of the Zionist Federation; leading pro-Israel Parliament members Greville Janner and Ivan Lawrence; philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin; Baroness Birk; Lord Goodman; and Dr. John Marks, chairman of the British Medical Association.


The snub should come as no surprise to Jerusalem.

During his visit to London last month, Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens was warned that Diaspora Jewry was split, and that many British Jews strongly disagreed with Israel's policies over the intifada, the Palestine Liberation Organization and the peace process.
Shamir's critics feared he would try to use their presence at the conference to claim a united Diaspora support for his policies when he meets President George H. Bush [Sr.] next month.

Many British Jews were appalled by Shamir's performance in a television interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation's Peter Snow, in which Shamir said Israel would never talk to the PLO.

"Mr. Shamir has contempt for public opinion both Jewish and non-Jewish," Marks said. "That's why I'm not going. I do not accept his philosophy. I will not be a rubber stamp for his policies. I'm not going to play that game. I'm unwilling to be used."

Study Caring about Israel | Brandeis Univ. |
The Gulf War and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
George Bush and James Baker III had the guts to oppose PM Yitzhak Shamir's settlement policy [PS George H. Bush lost the 1992 election to newcomer William J. Clinton]

Related reading ...

20 Years of Failed Middle-East Peace Policy

Afterthought ...

British Jewish Leader Regrets Pun Calling to 'Sacrifice' (Korban) Labour's Corbyn

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 23rd, 2019 at 04:54:27 PM EST
Despite Brexit and Corbyn, immigration to Israel from UK is dwindling | Times of Israel |

According to Jewish Agency figures, 534 Brits immigrated to Israel in 2018, compared to 550 who made aliyah the year before. In 2016 -- the year UK citizens voted in favor of Brexit -- 729 British Jews moved to Israel, down from 770 in 2015.

Immigration officials say low housing prices in the UK are a key factor explaining the downturn, as families contemplating new lives in Israel are currently hesitant to sell their homes. British Jews are wary of Corbyn, but since he remains in the opposition are not panicked yet, they explain.

    "It's always a complex process which involves a variety of personal considerations. The concerns of a community, over anti-Semitism or otherwise, should not therefore be expected to be reflected directly in aliyah numbers. The relations between the two is more complex than that, especially since no one has any reliable data on Jewish immigration to countries other than Israel."

At the same time, a poll released in September 2018 showed that nearly 40 percent of British Jews would "seriously consider emigrating" if Corbyn became prime minister.

The poll, published by The Jewish Chronicle, found that 38.5% of Jews would "seriously consider emigrating" if the controversial Labour leader were to be voted into 10 Downing Street.

Leaders reject Netanyahu calls for Jewish mass migration to Israel | The Guardian - Feb. 2015 |
Is there really a Jewish exodus from western Europe?

Related reading ...

Bibi: Il N'est Pas Charlie | Tikun Olam - Jan. 2015 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 24th, 2019 at 06:35:34 AM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 24th, 2019 at 08:01:38 AM EST
From Wikipedia:

Hamilton is a signatory of the Euston Manifesto[14] and of the statement of principles of the Henry Jackson Society.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Jul 24th, 2019 at 09:43:16 AM EST
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😣 pooh pooh ... true shadow cast backward.

Came across his name due to questions in the House of Commons on US-UK well planned piracy of Iranian supertanker Grace 1 near Gibraltar.

Comparison between seizures Iranian and British tankers

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 24th, 2019 at 10:20:25 AM EST
[ Parent ]

In victory for activists, Vancouver city council votes against adopting IHRA antisemitism definition | Mondoweiss |

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jul 31st, 2019 at 02:23:13 PM EST

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