It would be easy to start this blog with Jeremy Corbyn. After all, it seems as if he was part of a rabidly antisemitic Facebook Group, along with Paul Eisen, Gilad Atzmon, numerous other Holocaust Deniers, hard-core antisemites, white supremacists, and all the other wretched political ideologies that gather together to pretend it is about the Palestinians, and not the Jews.
But this has been a long haul, it is 4am, and I haven’t slept properly in weeks. I have been engaged in an exercise to analyse a secret Facebook Group called ‘Palestine Live’. Immersed deeply in an antisemitic soup was disturbing enough, but seeing names there that simply should not ever have stepped foot inside, gave an entirely new, and far darker feel to the entire exercise.
Corbyn was there in late 2014, he may have joined a year earlier, and every indication is, that he stayed in the group until shortly after he became leader of the Labour Party. Jenny Tonge is still a member, David Ward too. Clive Lewis? Go figure. It just shows how blind everyone is to anti-Jewish racism.
I quantified the level of antisemitism within the group, by analysing all those who shared posts over a two week period during February 2018. The level was 64%. When I extracted the Jewish anti-Zionists, the level rose to 73%. Nobody should be able to spend any time at all in that group, without understanding the twisted antisemitism that drives so much of the activity.
The report was so large, I split it into two. The first looks at the founder and admins of the group, it contains Jenny Tonge and David Ward had too. Then there is Greta Berlin, from the ‘Free Gaza Movement‘. She engaged in an argument over Ken O’Keefe, and was clearly upset by the love the group had for him. It was a long exchange, and midway through she said this:
What she seems to be saying here is that Ken O’Keefe attacked the soldiers BEFORE any shots had been fired. This statement entirely negates their original version of events. The exchange supports Israel’s version, that the Israelis were not expecting resistance, they did not know ex-Marine O’Keefe had planned to attack them. O’Keefe was waving a gun around after disarming and capturing the Israelis soldiers, and only then, did the Israelis start to fire. Well worth a read (report part 1).
Report part two starts with Corbyn:
Both Sandra Watfa and Elleanne Green have shared hard-core antisemitic material. The Max Blumenthal event, that saw James Thring talk in Westminster. Arranged in Palestine Live. All inside.
There are the anti-Zionist Jews too. All of them. Hanging out with Holocaust Deniers and white supremacists,. Teaching antisemites how to deflect accusations of antisemitism. Jewish Voice for Labour need to be thrown out of the Labour Party.
It is impossible to do it all justice in a blog. You have to read it. From the Mavi to Corbyn, to the sheer horror of what you will see. It’s intense. There are two files to download. 280 pages between them. But the big question, the really big one, is how was it possible to see all this antisemitism, and then go on TV and say it doesn’t exist. That is the question that some people really need to start answering.
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