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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Anti-Zionism ‘stems from a history of abuse, whether verbal, physical or worst of all sexual’

The Wit and Wisdom of Jonathan Goldberg QC

‘What sets me apart is good judgement and discretion’ says Jonathan Goldberg QC in his promotional video.  Goldberg is a staunch and dedicated Zionist who has worked pro-bono (free) for the right-wing Zionist ‘charity’, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism.  It would appear that mention of me made Goldberg lose both his discretion and judgement, to say nothing of his mind.

I must confess that I have developed a thick skin over the years.  Given the variety of Zionist insults, most of them dedicated to trying to get under your skin, you have to immunise yourself as if against a political form of rabies. 

Anyone active in the Palestine solidarity movement, especially if they are Jewish, has to learnt to ignore all sorts of barbs. Lacking any justification for Israel’s barbarous actions or its racist ideology, Zionism, Zionists resort almost as a matter of course to personal insults.
The Royal Courts of Justice where Jonathan Goldberg QC practices
However you would expect that the more respectable and learned of the Zionist establishment to be above that sort of thing.  After all what is the point of an Oxbridge education if, at the end of the day, you end up mouthing the same type of gutterspeak as the common and garden Zionist?
Imagine therefore my surprise when a friend of mine, who converses by email with Jonathan Goldberg, sent me a copy of his latest offering.  Having heard about my recent expulsion from the Labour Party Goldberg asked ‘what was the problem with his family.’  Which is the kind of thing you expect the average gutter Zionist activist to ask.  Because they work on the assumption that no normal person could possibly be an anti-racist or hate his form of chauvinism.  There must be some explanation.

What came next shocked even me.  ‘Was he an abused child.’  Presumably if you support the Palestinians or  before them the Blacks of South Africa you must have been abused as a child.  Perhaps I thought he had mixed me up with another QC, one Lord Greville Janner, against whom there were a battery of accusations of child abuse  Janner though managed to escape his accusers through a combination of Alzheimer’s and death.

Although I wouldn’t normally have intruded into a private conversation I felt sufficiently provoked to email Goldberg and ask him What kind of mental sickness is it that attributes child abuse to political differences?’

Goldberg’s initial instinct was to try and brush it off by pretending that he was so high and mighty that corresponding with me would be ‘dignifying you’.  An hour later, no doubt aware of how this might look, he came back again.  There is a saying that when you are in a hole it’s a good idea to stop digging.  Unfortunately Goldberg was too clever, or so he thought, to pay attention to anything like that.
Back he came informing me that sons (not daughters who presumably don’t have a mind of their own anyway) who ‘strive’ to ‘dishonour’ (read disagree) with their parents  due it because ‘it often stems from a history of abuse, whether verbal, physical or worst of all  sexual.’ 

Clearly Goldberg chose the wrong profession.  He should have been a child psychologist with his fount of experience and wisdom.  No doubt Jonathan would have revolutionised the treatment of autism and bi-polar disorders.  One can barely imagine what innovative explanations would have been offered.  Perhaps their condition was all due to someone taking their toys away or possibly falling out of bed when young.

I have to confess I kinda lost my cool somewhat  accusing him of having the normally diseased mind’ that one expects of Zionist propagandists.  At which point Goldberg responded with a couple of witticisms, or so he thought and I responded in kind.

Goldberg informed me that this will be positively my last communication with you’ except that it wasn’t.  Clearly I’d got under his skin.  Cool logic usually prevails, especially when combined with the promise of a guest appearance on my blog!
Goldberg's profile on the racist Campaign Against Antisemitism site
Now I had a legal warning.  Jonathan had taken exception to the conclusion that seemed obvious to me viz. that he as ‘a prominent QC believes that child abuse, antiracism and anti-Zionism are directly linked".

I must confess I don’t know what other conclusion to draw.  Goldberg doesn’t’ know me.  I doubt we have ever met.  Clearly he knows my father was a rabbi but that is widely known in the Jewish community and amongst Zionists especially.  The only logical conclusion is that Jonathan Goldberg QC attributes anti-Zionist offspring of Zionist parents to child abuse and sex abuse in particular.  

What surprises me is that someone who is clearly intelligent and capable, with a high reputation as a lawyer, can espouse such reactionary rubbish.  It is like all those Nazi doctors of philosophy who commanded the Einsatzgruppen killing squads in Poland and Russia.  Indeed I made the comparison with Hans Frank, the personal lawyer to Hitler who became Governor-General of the Generalgouvernment (Poland). 

It never ceases to amaze me that the most intelligent of people who specialist in one field can adopt in other fields the most stupid of theories.  Because Goldberg is a Zionist he cannot comprehend how anyone can be an anti-Zionist other than that they have suffered some kind of a trauma. 

What is the explanation for this?  That support for Israel being an essentially illogical enterprise.  Israel cannot be defended today on its merits but primarily by abuse of its opponents.  It is therefore necessary for people like Goldberg to cobble together weird conspiracy theories that explain their opponents actions in terms of a pathology.

It is sad that someone so obviously talented has devote those talents to supporting defence of the racist regime in Tel Aviv and the repression that comes in its wake.

Tony Greenstein

Correspondence between Jonathan Goldberg QC and Tony Greenstein
Sent: 20 February 2018 02:23
I hear your friend Greenstein got his just deserts.
What was the problem with his family ? Was he an abused child ?
Jonathan Goldberg QC
20 Feb (2 days ago)
Tony Greenstein
21 Feb (1 day ago)
to Jonathan, Michael

Dear Goldberg,

So with all your erudition and learning you think that anti-Zionism stem from child abuse?  Presumably there must have been an epidemic of it before Hitler wiped 6 million of us out.  No doubt the Bund, who led the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance and the resistance to the pogroms, were also the product of child abuse?

What a sad and sick little person you must be to fling around such insults.  One would have thought a Queens Counsel would be above such gutter insults.  Clearly Zionism has a corrosive effect on one's judgement.

Not only are your comments insulting to my dead parents, although I doubt a prat like you would be bothered with insulting two orthodox Jews, including a Rabbi. 

What kind of mental sickness is it that attributes child abuse to political differences?  Do you Zios seem to lack all personal and human empathy.  Your nationalist madness makes you into quite crazed and vituperative individuals despite any pretensions to learning or education.

Maybe you would like to tell me what kind of mental aberration it is that holds that a child of 16, Ahed Tamimi, poses a threat to armed soldiers thus necessitating her indefinite detention whilst armed and thuggish settlers go free?  Is it a psychosis or just a pathology born of a political aberration?

I am sure that your  vituperative and sick comments would be of interest to a wider audience.
Unless I receive an apology that is exactly what will happen.
Tony Greenstein

07:29 (19 hours ago)
to me

Dear Greenstein,

I did not ask to correspond with you and shall certainly not do so any further and thus risk dignifying you,  save to say that your dead parents must be turning in their graves at your anti Semitic antics, which have finally been recognised for what they are even by the Labour Party. 

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Goldberg QC

08:19 (18 hours ago)
to me


I was aware that your father was a rabbi.  

And it has indeed been my sad observation after very many years of professional experience that where sons strive so desperately to dishonour their parents and negate everything they stood for publicly, as you have done so prominently, it often stems from a history of abuse, whether verbal, physical or worst of all  sexual. 

Tony Greenstein
15:36 (11 hours ago)

Dear Goldberg,

You may be a QC but that doesn't prevent you from being a prize idiot and a racist fool.
Indeed you are a bigot for every season.  Children don't 'strive to dishonour' their parents you pompous prig they follow their own paths in life which may or may not coincide with what their parents would like.  I assume that you have no children or none you are willing to admit to.
I have 4 children and wouldn't dream of expecting them to follow in my footsteps.  Your insinuation that my parents were child abusers is a sickening and despicable accusation that comes from the diseased mind of a Zionist liar.  It seems in order to explain why I like many Jews oppose the vile racism of your bastard 'Jewish' state you have to pathologise political disagreements.  You are no better than the old Soviet psychiatrists.

Rest assured that my corresponding with you grants me no accolades.  You are someone with a mind that is little different to that of Hans Frank if you know who he was.
Jonathan Goldberg QC

16:43 (9 hours ago)
to me
Dear dear.

Did we hit a bullseye ?

Jonathan Goldberg QC

From: Tony Greenstein []
Sent: 21 February 2018 15:36
Subject: Re: FILTH

22:19 (4 hours ago)
to Jonathan
no I think you shot yourself in the foot, or was it the butt?
tony greenstein

Jonathan Goldberg QC
22:39 (4 hours ago)
to me
Dear Tony,

this will be positively my last communication with you, because I am mindful of the excellent advice of Lord Mountbatten, who said "never get into a pissing match with a skunk"


Jonathan Goldberg QC

From: Tony Greenstein []
Sent: 21 February 2018 22:20
To: Jonathan Goldberg QC <>
Subject: Re: FILTH
23:23 (3 hours ago)
to Jonathan

Dear Jonathan,

The only problem is that it is you who is the skunk.  It would therefore appear as if you have pissed all over yourself.

Anyone who can seriously attribute opposition to Zionism and Israel to child abuse is a pretty sick puppy.  Growing numbers of young Jews, in America especially, are distancing themselves from Israel and Zionism because a 'Jewish' state means discrimination against and expelling non-Jews, such as the thousands of Black Africa refugees Israel is currently trying to force out.  Your visceral racism and chauvinism, the product of a messianic Jewish nationalism stands in opposition to traditional Jewish values of opposition to racism, ethnic nationalism and chauvinism.  Your contempt for universal human values such as solidarity,  sheltering the stranger, solidarity etc. mark out you and your kind as the diseased offspring of the ethno-nationalism of Europe in the 1930's. 

I am though sure that other people will wish to know that a prominent QC believes that child abuse, anti-racism and anti-Zionism are directly linked, not least because there is always a danger that you might end up as a Judge.

Au revoir

Tony Greenstein

Jonathan Goldberg QC
23:34 (3 hours ago)
to me

Dear Tony,

you do me too much honour to imagine that at the age of 70 my ambitions tend to becoming a judge.
I advise you to be very careful how you implement your threats of publicity.

I understand you are keen on libel actions as a plaintiff, and you may otherwise find yourself a defendant.

Feel free to quote accurately from my emails if you so choose.

But to mischaracterise them as you do below tha
“a prominent QC believes that child abuse, antiracism and anti-Zionism are directly linked"

would of course be a gross and defamatory distortion of an enquiry made very specifically about you personally, and your very special position regarding your Rabbi father.

And that, positively is my final word for now.

Yours sincerely,

Jonat a prominent QC han Goldberg QC

From: Tony Greenstein []
Sent: 21 February 2018 23:23
23:51 (2 hours ago)
to Jonathan
Dear Jonathan,

I thought you could not resist the temptation to respond.  Mountbatten is not the best person to quote given the mercurial life he led.

No it's not true that I am keen on libel actions but I have had to undertake a few when people insist on telling wicked lies.

Yes of course I will quote you accurately but I will also put my own interpretation on what you wrote.

You do not know me personally, so you cannot make a specific point about me on such a basis.  You know nothing about me or my family or my parents, both of whom are deceased.  For you to make the grossly offensive comments you did, which strongly implied that they were child abusers is outrageous.  Nor was your point an inquiry but an assertion.

You wrote, in case you have forgotten:

' it has indeed been my sad observation after very many years of professional experience that where sons strive so desperately to dishonour their parents and negate everything they stood for publicly, as you have done so prominently, it often stems from a history of abuse, whether verbal, physical or worst of all  sexual.'

It is clear that you attributed my rebellion, my opposition to Zionism and indeed my atheism, which was my first act of rebellion, to 'a history of abuse, whether verbal, physical or worst of all sexual.'
I think that the inference that I have drawn, that an anti-Zionist rebellion against Zionist parents is a product of child abuse is a reasonable one but either way I am happy to leave such a decision to a jury, unless you wish to withdraw both of your offensive emails.

Tony Greenstein

Jonathan Goldberg QC
23:58 (2 hours ago)
to me

Dear Tony,

I have no intention of withdrawing anything.

The point is that I have written to you, and have not publicised what I wrote.

If you choose to publicise it to the world you must take the consequences if the world thinks the less of you. I am not then liable. You are.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Goldberg QC

From: Tony Greenstein []
Sent: 21 February 2018 23:52
00:01 (2 hours ago)
to Jonathan

Dear Jonathan

no you haven't publicised what you wrote.  I'd be very surprised if you'd want to. 
I seriously doubt 'the world' whoever he is will think any the worse of me on account of what you have written.  I would not hold you liable on that account.

However they may think less of you given the vile nature of what you wrote. 

If you stand by it fine but you do so in the knowledge that it is indefensible by any civilised standards.

Yours sincerely,

Tony Greenstein

Jonathan Goldberg QC
00:04 (2 hours ago)
to me
Jonathan Goldberg QC
From: Tony Greenstein []

Sent: 22 February 2018 00:01

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

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Bullying Ahed Tamimi

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Bullying Ahed Tamimi

How to Cure the Labour Party of anti-Semitism – Expel a few Jews!

Reflections on my Expulsion from the Labour Party

The Morning Star 20.2.18. Editorial
After spending a relaxing day in London yesterday before dining with a friend in the evening. I went for lunch with an old friend today before attending a public meeting of Brighton and Hove Momentum in the evening.  The meeting at the Friends Meeting House was packed and Chris Williamson, the Derbyshire MP had got out of a sick bed to attend.  Greg Hadfield (who had also got out of a sick bed!) and Becky Massey co-chaired the meeting and held it together very well.
George Galloway making the most obvious of points
Chris Williamson MP speaking
The speakers were all excellent from the newly elected councillor, Nancy Platts to Bob from the anti-HDV campaign in Haringey to Paul of Acorn Renters Group.  There were a number of speakers from the floor starting with Riad who had been ‘auto excluded’ from the Labour Party quite outrageously owing to a minor criminal conviction.  I spoke last of all from the floor about my recent expulsion to thunderous applause.  Whatever the right-wing cranks and misfits of the Right may spin, most people understand very well that if there were a real problem of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party then you don’t solve it by expelling Jewish anti-Zionists!  That was why last night Kemptown CLP passed overwhelmingly a motion supporting Greg Hadfield against his suspension.
Tonight's packed Brighton & Hove Momentum meeting at which Chris Williamson MP spoke - I was given a rapturous reception by those present
 I’m overwhelmed with peoples' kindness whether it is wanting to take me out for meals or just sending good wishes.  People seem to feel I deserve some compensation for my expulsion and the Labour Party’s anti-Semitic treatment of me.  Most decent people feel anger that the racists and hacks of Labour's officialdom, combined with the Zionists who dominate the hierarchy of the Labour Party have expelled a Jewish anti-fascist and anti-racist.  Even worse Jackie Walker, a Black-Jewish anti-racist and Marc Wadsworth, another Black anti-racist and anti-fascist are up for the chop.
Brighton Argus 20.2.18.
People also feel disgust with @EminaIbrahim who is supposed to be on the left who voted with the Right on the NCC to expel me.  She seemed to be absorbed by the Right without displaying any independence.
Asking the most obvious of questions - who leaked the expulsion verdict before it had been announced - the answer is Sam Matthews, the scumbag who heads Labour's Disputes Department
It is very kind but I need to get back into a routine!  However it was good to take time out after the ordeal of my expulsion meeting, which was tedious in the extreme, not least because it is difficult getting across political concepts to people who seem to take pride in being thick.  The amount of support I have received has been extremely gratifying even if sections of the press [Huff Post/Breitbart] have of course distorted what has happened.  The Morning Star had an excellent editorial today making the obvious point that it was inevitable that the false ‘anti-Semitism’ witch hunt would begin by expelling a Jew.

Of course there have been the usual malcontents and what John Prescott calls the bitterites on social media - the sinister Euan Philipps and Emma Picken of @labourAgainstAS who take pride in their attacks on anti-racists as 'anti-semites'.  LAS has all the hallmarks of a state driven operation intent on political destabilisation.  Not leaving out the super narcissist himself Gary Spedding who confesses to having broken down in tears at my expulsion (of joy poor thing).  See Greg Hadfield’s excellent article The Labour Party outsources its duty of care to betting billionaires — with help from Capita!
Despite a few racist trolls around @LabourAgainstAS most people recognise that the 'anti-semitism' witch-hunt is a racist witch-hunt

There has been a Twitter blizzard.  Fortunately, apart from the few sad cases like @Euan Philipps the non-Jewish head of the troll group Labour Against AntiSemitism, most people have got the message, which is:

1.             If you want to oppose anti-Semitism then expelling Jews isn’t a good way to go about it
2.             That the false ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign in the Labour Party is about Israel not Jews.
3.             That the pretext for my expulsion, abuse of Zios, is a one way street since the activities of Philipps and his trolls and the abuse they regularly engage in never merit the attention of McNicol.  Indeed there must be a strong suspicion that McNicol’s henchmen, Sam Matthews in particular, are up to their eyes in Labour’s dirty tricks.
4.             The nature of the disciplinary process itself
Zionist trolls thought they'd back up their usual accusations of 'anti-semitism' by forging the 'evidence' by engaging in artistic creativity and photoshopping my name onto an anti-semitic tweet
Zionism, Jews and Anti-Semitism

It is no accident that Jews have been one of the major targets of the ‘anti-Semitism campaign because it is integral to Zionism’s claim to be a national movement that it represents all Jews.  Those who don’t are called ‘self-haters’ the same term that the Nazis used against anti-fascist Germans, who literally hated their race and nation.

The irony of course is that it is Zionism, a vicious racial doctrine that had no problem in opposing the rescue of Jews in the War if their destination wasn’t Palestine, that has most in common with anti-Semitism.
How most people see my expulsion
As the Chairman of the Jewish Agency and the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion said just after Krystalnacht when the British Kindertransport program was being arranged and which would eventually save 10,000 German Jewish children:

If I knew that it would be possible to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England, and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz Yisrael, then I would opt for the second alternative. For we must weigh not only the life of these children, but also the history of the People of Israel.’ [Ben Gurion at the Mapai Central Committee 7.12.38]

Zionism starts from the basis that Jews do not belong in the diaspora.  That their home is Israel.  Although most people are unaware of this Israel claims to be a state, not of its own citizens but of all Jews, its Jewish citizens included.  Its non-Jewish citizens are mere guests in someone else’s countries.
This is what Blairite MP Joan Ellman supports - apparently it is an offence to say that Ellman supports child abuse
It is this belief that Jews outside Israel are aliens in other peoples’ lands which is responsible for the alliance between Israel, Zionism and the anti-Semitic Right.  In the USA it is the magazine Breitbart, under its former CEO Steve Bannon which has distinguished itself by a mixture of White Supremacy, overt support for Zionism and vicious anti-feminism.

If Breitbart is the magazine of the alt-Right then the founder of this movement is Richard Spencer, an open neo-Nazi who has declared that he wants nothing more than to create in the USA a mirror image of Israel as an ethno nationalist state.  Just as Israel is based on one single ethnic group, the Jews, so Spencer wants to do the same in the USA with Whites.  Hence why Spencer calls himself a White Zionist.
The love affair in American between the far-Right and the Zionist movement led to Steve Bannon, Trump’s former Strategic Advisor, being a guest of honour at the Zionist Organisation of America’s annual dinner. See Bannon Addresses ZOA, Urges Jews to Join 'Insurgency' Against anti-Trump Republicans.  So alarming was this to many Jews that articles such as Naomi Zeveloff’s How Steve Bannon and Breitbart News Can Be Pro-Israel — and Anti-Semitic at the Same Time began appearing. Liberal Zionists who had been fed the nonsense about how it was opponents of Zionism who were anti-Semitic were wide eyed as the scales fell from their eyes.
Admiral Horthy Hungary's pro-Nazi wartime leader who Prime Minister Viktor Orban is now rehabilitating - Netanyahu's closest friend in Europe is the antisemitic leader of Hungary
In Europe Israel’s closes allies are the most anti-Semitic regimes such as Hungary and Poland.  A particularly awful example was when Netanyahu instructed the Israeli Ambassador in Hungary, shortly before his visit last July, to retract mild criticisms of the Prime Minister’s anti-Semitic campaign against George Soros.  Netanyahu also didn’t like Soros because he has funded Israeli human rights groups.  Orban portrayed Soros as the archetypal Jewish financier. What makes this even worse is that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban was also in the middle of a campaign to rehabilitate Hungary’s pro-Nazi war-time leader Admiral Horthy, who had deported nearly ½m Hungary Jews to Auschwitz.

Yet no one who understands anything about Zionist relations with anti-Semitism should be at all surprised.  Historically Zionism has always welcomed anti-Semitism as a method of ‘helping’ Jews to emigrate to Palestine. 

As the founder of Political Zionism, Theodor Herzl wrote in his Diaries, at the time of the Dreyfuss Affair:

‘In Paris... I achieved a freer attitude towards anti-Semitism, which I now began to understand historically and to pardon. Above all, I recognise the emptiness and futility of trying to 'combat' anti-Semitism. [Diaries of Theodore Herzl, Gollancz, London 1958 p.6, May 1895]

That is why I have always emphasised that the ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign in the Labour Party has nothing to do with anti-Semitism.  Anti-Semitism is marginal in the Labour Party.  In so far as a few people have made anti-Semitic comments, it is almost entirely a reaction to the claim that Israel’s war crimes are committed in the name of Jewish people.

Why the False ‘Anti-Semitism’ Campaign?

This is probably the easiest question to answer.  Why is there such a campaign?  Is there really anti-Semitism in the Labour Party?  The best answer is by Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford:

Anti-Semitism is not a real phenomenon within the Labour Party or any of the other major political parties. There are anti-Semitic incidents but they are usually related to Israel’s behaviour, Israeli brutality.  So every time there is an Israeli attack on Gaza and there have been 3 in the last 7 years there is a rise in anti-Semitic episodes and incidents in Britain. Fundamentally Israel and the Israeli propaganda machine and Israel’s friends in England and the Israel lobby in Britain deliberately confuse or conflate, and I stress they do it deliberately, anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism.  Anti-Semitism is hatred of the Jews as Jews.  Anti-Zionism is opposition to Israel as a colonial power and as an exclusive Jewish state.’

As long as Israel perpetrates war crimes against the Palestinians and as long as it claims to do this in the name of all Jewish people, so long will there be, low level anti-Semitism.  The irony is that anti-Semitism today, except for the neo-Nazi variety which Zionism has no problem with, as in the USA, is a product of Israel and Zionism.  That is the irony.  The Jewish state is responsible for most of today’s anti-Semitism.

Personal Abuse
McNicol ignored this abuse by former  councillor Craig Turton and the support for Turton by the present head of Brighton Council, Warren Morgan
One of the key charges against me is of personal abuse of Zionists.  I pointed out to the Panel that no less than 4 times I had complained to Iain McNicol, Labour’s crooked General Secretary, about a post from the Leader of Brighton and Hove Council, Warren Morgan, in which another, former Labour councillor, Craig Turton, had called me a ‘poisonous piece of shit’ only to be told ‘’Thanks Craig, appreciate that.  Hope you are well.’ by MorganAll my complaints were ignored because only abuse by the Left is an offence in the Labour Party.  Abuse by the Right is tolerated if not encouraged and there is good reason to believe that senior Labour Party employees such as Sam Matthews are working hand-in-glove with the trolls of Labour Against Anti-Semitism.
Caroline 'Poison' Penn was waged a vendetta against the elected Secretary of Brighton & District Labour Party, Greg Hadfield, before Penn and Warren Morgan's lies got Greg suspended
Another local councillor who is to the forefront of the anti-Semitic witchhunt in Brighton is one Councillor ‘Poison’ Penn who launched a series of vicious tweets attacking Greg Hadfield, who was elected Secretary of Brighton and Hove District Labour Party.  Greg was and has been suspended for about 18 months as a result of the allegations of those like Penn and Morgan whose lies about spitting got the party suspended in the first place.  Hadfield's reward for having exposed the lies of the Right was to become suspended

Ms Penn who has close links to the troll group, Labour Against Anti-Semitism, also submitted during my legal battle with the Labour Party over Data Protection a false and dishonest statement suggesting I had harassed her.  Twice Penn complained to the Police and twice her complaints were rejected.  Her allegations that I had publicised personal information about her is a simple  lie but of course impressed the Judge.
Penn's perjured email to the County Court, secured by the Labour Party, in order to provide false evidence that she was at risk if her identity was revealed.
 The inherent unfairness of the disciplinary process

There is really no pretence that the disciplinary process in the Labour Party is fair and above board.  It is a weapon in the hands of the Right.  If anyone was in any doubt then the refusal of Iain McNicol to suspend Jeremy Newmark, the Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement who was alleged to have defrauded a Jewish charity out of tens of thousands of pounds proves this beyond doubt.  McNicol’s response was to call this a ‘private’ matter, ‘historic’ even.  Nothing about bringing the party into disrepute because that allegation so solely reserved for the Left.

As the Labour Party barrister Ogg accepted in his skeleton argument argument, all the charges related to after my suspension.  It therefore follows that my suspension was, in terms of Labour’s own constitution, unlawful.  It has no rational basis.  I was targeted by the Jewish Labour Movement and other Zionist groups in the Labour Party and suspended for absolutely no reason.  Having been targeted they then went about finding evidence.  That is why it took them 20 months before they had assembled a case.

Any party that claimed to be a democratic socialist one would have reinstated me automatically.  But in the Labour Party the disciplinary process is in the hands of the Right and in particular the Crooked General Secretary Iain McNicol and his equally crooked subaltern Sam Matthews.  For them the disciplinary process is nothing but a means with which to ensure that the Right holds on to control of the levers of power.  Disciplinary procedures, investigations etc. have been used as a factional instrument.

But that is why the Left should have no truck with the witch hunt.  It is a weapon against not for Corbyn.  He won’t buy time by playing along with the anti-Semitism witch hunt because its purpose is to be rid of him.  That is why the Zionist lobby can never be satisfied. However many victims are served up to them, they will always demand more.

It is in this context that the behaviour of the so-called ‘left’ representative, Emena Ibrahim, who is Vice-Chair of Momentum, on Labour’s National Constitutional Committee needs to be examined. It is outrageous that a senior officer of Momentum has gone along with this racist witch-hunt.

Tony Greenstein 

Monday, 19 February 2018

Tony Greenstein - Expelled for Opposing Zionism and the Israeli State – The Fight Goes On

Racists Celebrate as the Labour Right and the Zionists Gets Their First Victim

The day began brightly enough with a lively picket of the Metropole Hotel in Brighton as Labour’s National Constitutional Committee met to decide whether to expel me for my support of the Palestinians and opposition to Zionism.  It is of course appropriate that as someone who is Jewish that I should be one of the major casualties of the false anti-Semitism witchhunt.  The allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’ in the Labour Party have nothing to do with anti-Semitism and everything to do with opposition to the racist creed of Zionism and support for the Palestinians.

My thanks to Debbie Hobson from Grassroots Black Left for being my silent witness.  Thanks also to Marc Wadsworth, another of those victimised and suspended by the Labour Party for opposing racism and to all those in Brighton and Hove Momentum and comrades for turning out.  Even Simon Cobbs of Sussex Friends of Israel, in a unique and comradely gesture, turned out to give his support, however fleetingly, to me.  
I was suspended nearly 2 years ago for comments I was alleged to make.  The Skeleton argument argument of the NEC’s barrister, one Mr Ogg, admitted that all the charges related to events that took place after I had been suspended.  In other words I was originally suspended without just cause yet despite this the NCC saw no problem in continuing.  Why?  Because as part of its Guidelines, Appendix 6D to the Rules of the Labour Party (which are actually not part of the rules!) stipulates that the NCC must ignore everything that happens prior to the issuing of charges.  This is the ‘turning a blind eye’ clause.  It states that:
The NCC is entitled to (and will) act on the basis that the charges are properly brought before them and cannot become embroiled in dealing with complaints about the administration of any investigation leading to the charges. Any such complaint will therefore not be entertained by the NCC or panel thereof unless it is material or relevant to the consideration of the evidence to be used by the presenter in support of the charges.

This enables the NCC to ignore any injustice, breach of the rules, leaking to the press etc. that occurs.  Of course the NCC is also bound to act fairly under Chapter 1, Clause IX (4) of the Rules, which are part of the Labour Party constitution and also to modify the Guidelines as it sees fit but the NCC chooses to interpret its remit narrowly and against the interests of natural justice.  That was why I was forced to obtain an injunction against the Labour Party on December 7th preventing them from holding a rushed hearing.

The charges which were brought, as the barrister for the Labour Party was at pains to point out, were not that I was anti-Semitic although of course the Zionists will pretend otherwise. My ‘crime’ in essence was the abuse of racists and Zionists (or Zios) in the Labour Party including that detestable supporter of Palestinian child abuse, Louise Ellman.
Ivor Caplin - war criminal and former Junior Defence Minister
A Mr Ogg, the Labour Party barrister gave a long 2 hour + speech which was the equivalent of watching paint dry.  My own speech was much shorter and to the point.  I made it clear that I regretted nothing.  I was accused of insinuating, when accusing the execrable MP for Liverpool Riverside, Louise Ellman of supporting the abuse of Palestinian children, that she therefore supported sexual abuse of those children.  Although this wasn’t directly true I made it clear in my submission that the abuse of Palestinian children was often sexual in nature and that Ellman had never spoken out against this treatment.  On the contrary she supported everything Israel did in the name of ‘security’.
The NCC under Maggie Cosins who chaired the hearing has repeatedly ignored the question of fairness, in my case trying to rush a hearing after a 20 month suspension.  The other 2 wing members of the NCC included a Gordon (?) Fairbrother of the Community Union.  As I pointed out this right-wing union was the only one to affiliate to Trades Union Friends of Israel.  So the verdict was no surprise.  Unfortunately Emina Ibrahim, who was elected as part of the Left, also supported the Right on the NCC and seems incapable of standing up to the Right by herself.
As I told the Committee when beginning my response, an old time friend, Graham Bash rang me this morning and said that he reckoned I had a 1% of chance of not being expelled to which I responded that the odds probably weren’t that high!  Ogg argued that I was not being expelled for my views but for abusing racists and right-wingers online.  However the bundle of papers prepared for the hearing demonstrated that this was a lie.  Statements such as ‘Israel is a settler colonial state’ were highlighted in an article dealing with the eviction of a Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran in Israel’s Negev.  Although dressed up in procedural terms, my expulsion was for my anti-Zionist politics. 

That is why the Southern organiser for the Jewish Labour Movement, junior war criminal and former Defence Minister Ivor Caplin welcomed my expulsion.  My expulsion and the proposed expulsion of Marc Wadsworth and Jackie Walker are nothing less than an attempt by the Right and the Zionists in the Party to purge the party of socialists and anti-imperialists.  The fight will go on for my reinstatement and the acquittal of both Mark and Jackie.  It is not we but the Jewish Labour Movement, the apologists for the deportation of African refugees from Israel for the ‘crime of being Black and not Jewish, who deserve to be expelled.

It is ironic that at the same time as I am expelled for anti-Zionism and anti-racism, Labour’s Crooked General Secretary McNicol has declared that the charges against the JLM’s former Chair Jeremy Newmark of having defrauded a Jewish charity of thousands of pounds are a ‘private’ matter. 
The right-wing Huff Post, the Jewish Chronicle, Jewish News and no doubt others will be celebrating as Labour’s witch-hunt continues even whilst they keep quiet about the Jeremy Newmark scandal.  The Daily Mirror has managed to outdo even Marcus Dysch of the Jewish Chronicle in the number of mistakes it has made. 

Tony Greenstein