I have just concluded an in-depth investigation into antisemitism inside The Palestine Solidarity Campaign that has spanned months but drew on several years of underlying research.  The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) claims to be “the biggest organisation in the UK dedicated to securing Palestinian human rights.”  The PSC patrons include: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Pat Gaffney, Rev Garth, Ken Loach, Dr Ilan Pappe, Hilary & Steven Rose,  Alexi Sayle, Baroness Tonge of Kew, and Betty Hunter.  It partners with many of the largest unions in the UK.

The result of this research is an eighty-page report, that focuses on seventeen separate PSC branches across England and Wales, and culminated with an in-depth case study of a mass demonstration in London. The full report can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

In truth, I stopped the detailed analysis at seventeen branches simply because I was inundated with material.  Although not mentioned in the report, I also found ‘qualifying material’ at the PSC branches in Brighton, Faversham, Camden, Haringey, Lambeth, Waltham Forest, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth & Portsmouth. As the researched progressed, finding more of the antisemitism at every branch became an exercise in pointing out the obvious. The question became to how to find a way to measure and quantify it.

When I refer to antisemitism within this study, I avoided *all references to the conflict*. We all know the trick is to deflect accusations of antisemitism with a false cry about criticism of Israeli policy. I set out to avoid this. I was only interested in those pushing conspiracy theory, holocaust denial or classic antisemitic tropes. The argument that antisemitism is about legitimate criticism of Israel simply has no weight against this research. The bar for antisemitism that was used is unnaturally high.  As an example, if the worst I found was an activist suggesting Israel should be destroyed, is committing genocide and Zionists are all Nazis, that activist *would not* have made the grade for this research. Let that fact sink in.

The ‘antisemitism’ referred to here is *ONLY* ‘hard core’ antisemitism. Examples include: USA controlled by Zionists; Jews responsible for 9/11; the Paris Bataclan massacre was a ‘false flag’ to increase support for Israel; Ashkenazi Jews are fake; Zionist Jews support ISIS; Jewish Zionists stir up fake antisemitism; many varieties of Holocaust Denial; Israel harvests organs from the dead; Israel harvests organs from the living; Mossad wanted to assassinate Obama; the BBC is ‘the Zionist Broadcasting Corporation’,  ‘Zionist tentacles’ controlling Parliament; Mossad did 7/7/2005 in London; Kristallnacht instigated by Communist and Freemason Jews to promote War against Germany; Babylonian Talmud advocates sex with child age three; Goyim bloodshed ritual by the Talmudic worshipers [sic] of Moloch, the children holocaust bloodthirsty monster…..

Below are pictures of the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, next to a PSC activist. Meeting not once, but at least twice. Once inside a PSC event, the other at a Palestine Return Centre gathering. The man standing next to Corbyn posts a constant stream of ‘9/11 truth’, holocaust revisionism and other such vile messages. In UK anti-Israel activism he is a star, he was the central figure (if he is not still running) PSC Reading, is an admin for a major secret online anti-Israel group and just last month, attended the PSC AGM. The thing is, everyone knows about him, including the PSC.  PSC have known about him for years. When the PSC permit those like Tony to continue to associate with the organisation, the PSC spit in the face of all Jews and insult all those who seek to fight antisemitism.

 

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This a quote from an article Tony Gratrex posted, one of the scores of such posts:

The Zionists’ militarist mindset is evidently motivated by the ethnocentric myths of Jewish victimhood. World-conquering Neocon-Zionist belligerence is driven in large part by the religious adherence to the official propaganda of the victors of World War II. Elite Jews played an important role in bringing about the Second World War as the final phase of their plan to establish the state of Israel. The First World War accomplished several things for the Zionists: it freed up Palestine from Ottoman control (the Ottomans previously rejected Zionist offers to purchase Palestine), it fractured the big empires of Europe who could then be manipulated into future conflicts, and lastly it delivered Russia to the Bolsheviks, a majority of whom were Jewish chauvinists hell-bent on the subjugation of that Christian Empire. With Russia now in the hands of Jewish communist extremists and Palestine falling under British dominion, the Zionist plan for Israel was well on its way.

But the research is full of such articles.  Having successfully found antisemitic posts in abundance, I attempted to quantify antisemitism (how much of the activity is driven by antisemitism). I focused on a single mass demonstration in London, the anti-Netanyahu demo on 6th February.   I was honestly shocked by the findings. Fifteen out of the thirty six accessible social media accounts identified, carried Jewish conspiracy style posts.  They suggest that the more likely someone is to pick up a Palestinian flag and call for people to boycott the Jewish state, the more likely it is that antisemitism is involved.  By the time someone is engaged with publicly protesting against Israel outside Downing Street, there is a good chance he is antisemitic.

There were many sickening moments during the research and it was emotionally draining to continue with this task day after day, week after week. To clarify, the correlation between activity and Jewish conspiracy was evident throughout the research, it was only at the demo was I able to quantify it. I had already seen numerous examples of people on the street, calling for the boycott of Israel, who believed in global conspiracy theory.

Watch this video post by a BDS action group:

 

That is Kajsa Anckarström.  These are some of her posts:

Kajsa Anckarström

Another of her posts called Charlie Hebdo a ‘Zionist false flag’, and the top left post came immediately after the Paris terror attacks on November 13th. Now look at the video again. We have someone displaying deeply antisemitic attitudes, entering a shop and trying to persuade people to boycott products from the Jewish state. It looks and is horrific.

PSC will no doubt try to distance themselves from the activists in the report.  But in some cases it is the Chair of the branch, in others it is someone on the stall in the high street. On too many occasions it is someone clearly connected to the PSC.  What they should do is apologise. Apologise to Jews, apologise to their partners, and apologise to some members who have innocently aligned themselves to an organisation riddled with such antisemitic hatred.  Here for example is the PSC top table:

PSC VIP's

Sitting next to the ex-Director of the PSC Sarah Colborne and its current Chair Hugh Lanning, is Tabash Abu Shaim. Here he is on the street (far left) protesting against Israel.

blood diamonds

He made many unacceptable posts, but this is a quote from one of the articles he linked to:

It does a disservice to the Palestinians and non-Palestinian victims of Israeli foreign policy to try to divorce the Palestine Question from the broader manifestations of the locus of power which James Petras has referred to as the “Zionist Power Configuration” (ZPC). This ZPC operates at both a global and local level as was indicated on 9/11. As Naomi Klein accurately wrote in the Guardian “[the] Likudisation of the world [is] the real legacy of 9/11.”

Tapash appears to have been on the PSC stall at the Labour party conference. One inevitably has to conclude that antisemitic conspiracy theory is welcome at the top table of the movement.

Given the research found rabid antisemites, with a long history of Jew hatred, welcomed wherever they go within the PSC family, including into the HQ at the AGM, the PSC clearly only pay lip service to fighting racism within their ranks. They play a game which visibly laughs in the face of antisemitism, relying on a tiny minority of Jewish supporters to provide cover for blatant and rabid global conspiracy theory, holocaust denial and other antisemitic ideologies.

These findings should have repercussions as it brings into question all support that this group receives. The NUT alliance, the War on Want alliance, the other trade union alliances, the cooperation with elements of the Labour party, all these groups should rethink their policy towards activism that is clearly connected to rabid Jew hatred. The TUC is allied with the PSC, how is this acceptable?

All venues that host these groups and all Patrons of the PSC should surely sever their links.  Jeremy Corbyn is a Patron.  How is an association with a group that accommodates Holocaust revisionists and antisemitic conspiracy theorists acceptable to The Leader of the Opposition?

What does this message say about BDS activists?  The report shines light on people who apparently subscribe to dark antisemitic ideology shouting out in public about boycotting Jewish goods. This is not 1930’s Germany; there is no reason to accept such behaviour, regardless of the cause it attempts to hide behind. Download the report. Read it. Digest it. Act on it.

 

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69 thoughts on “Hugging antisemitism and holocaust denial. Welcome to the PSC

  1. Phenomenal work.

    Now the PSC’s Patrons (Corbyn included); the TUC (which has endorsed the PSC and works closely with it); the trade unions who support and fund the PSC, particularly the National Union of Teachers; charities such as War On Want which work closely with the PSC; and churches and others (eg Quakers) who host PSC meetings — until there is conclusive evidence that the PSC has severed its links with all the people named here, ALL must *sever their connections with the PSC*.

  2. Look forward to reading it – although not as this unearthly time of the night. Kasja Anckerstrom runs at least 1 page on facebook which is full of bilge and out of context articles and it’s enlightening to see that behind all of that she really is an anti-Jewish conspiracy theorist. I hope you are able to get a bit of a detox from this all for the sake of your health!

  3. Congratulations, David, on a terrific piece of work. I am not on the least surprised that PSC activism is saturated with antisemitism. Why? Because the Palestinians and their Arab and erstwhile Soviet paymasters and propaganda trainers have been wedded to exactly these deep antisemitic ideologies going back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

  4. This should be read by the widest possible audience. I want to post it with the link to the report on Israelnationalnews.com, (Arutz Sheva) Although I cannot post the request for a donation, I will link to your blog and it will be seen there. Do you give me permission? I am op-ed editor at the site.

  5. The PSC are almost singlehandedly causing the rise of antisemitism and anti Israel hate in our country.

    Reading it was almost too much to bear at times. I simply don’t know how you manage to do this work.

    We’re looking forward to your visit to Glasgow. Perhaps you should think of doing a similar report on the SPSC, if you have the energy!

      1. Oh Pam. I saw you at Richmond for the Zoabi talk. Thought about coming over and saying hi, but considered it a bit inappropriate…

      1. David didn’t claim that there was any antisemitism is in it.

        His point is that the person calling for the boycotts, Kajsa Anckarström, appears (based on her FB posts) to believe that in a malignant, global Jewish conspiracy theory.

  6. A tour de force . Amazing piece of research spelling out what we already knew . This identifies and quantifies and as David notes is just the tip of the iceberg. It needs to be disseminated as widely as possible including the MSM , Parliament , the trade unions who invariably show solidarity with the PSC and of course our own community organisation. University heads please note the correlation with demonisation and delegitimisation of Israel with outright antisemitism. My only concern is that this might be the final nail in Corbyns coffin. I was so hoping he would still be thrashing about in 2020

  7. Let me remind you that the late Jo Cox was one of the gullible people being sucked into the BDS movement, and so are her close friends, such as the woman interviewed on BBC Breakfast today. BDS has been hugely successful, thanks to massive funding from the Arab world. That is the reason why there can never be peace, because it is totally against Palestinian interests for there to be peace with Israel, while it is everything that Israel strives for.

        1. Pam, or whatever troll name you go by, stop with the foul language and evil rhetoric. Just showing how ill bred and dumb you are. Nobody’s interested in your anti Semitic remarks. Can’t face the truth of a wonderfully written, truthful article, eh?
          The truth hurts.

      1. This goes well beyond the political.

        Perhaps a combination of medication and therapy would help work out the stresses that underly such animosity.

  8. David, A sterling revealing piece of research that deserves the widest attention amongst government, parliament and the public at large. It seems that all associated organisations and persons supporting the PSC and its membership hate Israel so greatly that they are prepared to turn a blind eye to antisemites, racists, conspiracy theorists, fake news disseminates, and highly illiberal, and despicable operators. Well done for exposing their reality. Keep up your energy in continuing to expose this threat to our democracy.

    1. am so fucking honoured to be on your hate list, it made m.y day, stop wasting your time an d fuck off back to pissrael..I have long advocated that nobody should join the zionist psc, now I have even more reason to spread your hatredand mine, of the psc. alhamdulillah

          1. Bedllamy is an inveterate lying anti-Semite and a coward who never uses his (?her) real name.

          2. Bellamy is an inveterate lying anti-Semite and a coward who never uses his (?her) real name.

  9. I hope you will circulate these findings as widely as possible especially to the misguided supporters of Corbyn who are at least open-minded enough to accept them.

          1. That doesn’t work Jonathan. The paper was about PSC. I wouldn’t want to be associated with PSC for any amount of money. And unlike you I don’t spend the greater part of my day looking in the mirror or typing ” I ” or ” me “.

          2. No the paper’s about hardcore anti-Semites. Like you. A hardcore anti-Semite and a coward who hides behind a false name.

  10. With respect to a well known verse:
    As I was going up the stair
    I found a state that wasn’t there.
    It wasn’t there again today.
    Oh! How I wish it would wash away.

  11. If you are a Zionist Jew then all the “antisemetic tropes” apply to you. You have no right to be offended. Zionists are the lying, thieving, media manipulating, democracy undermining parasites that the world has come to know and resent.

    If you are a Zionist Jew, you should apologize to your Jewish brethren for dragging their name through the mud.

    Zionist Jews are a menace and have always brought problems on the real Jews.

    (I don’t expect you to publish this comment as censorship is all part of the Zionist MO)

    1. not publish Sam… lol… we have clearly never met. Thank you for coming and further driving home the evidence presented in the survey. I am also so happy to hear that Jews had no problems before ‘Zionists’ appeared. Stunning history lesson. thank you.

    2. Indeed.

      Why not just call Zionists uppity Jews who don’t know their place and have grown too big for their britches?

  12. Well, you have just proved the point of Dave Collier’s research. Antisemitism lives and thrives thanks to the coalition of lunatics, fanatics and various other sick people. Dear Sam, what are you doing in the UK, why don’t you go off and fight for ISIS and blow yourself up?

  13. Pam Hardyment aka Pam Arnold . (The Coward changed her name )
    Don’t worry dear . The Jewish people have survived sociopaths like you for 3000+ years and will continue to do so long after you are gone and not so much as a footnote to accompany your wretched name.
    Inshallah

  14. Thank you David. I admire your stamina in documenting the antisemitism of PSC and BDS along with the support these movements enjoy from mainstream organizations and high profile individuals, Jeremy Corbyn among them. As for the ‘false flag’ claims, libels of the Talmud and Jews in general, and holocaust denial – I see them daily on Twitter and elsewhere. One might despair – but the good news is that I don’t meet it face to face. Most people don’t hold these views. Sometimes I’m surprised to realize that, outside of hard left and hard right political activism, people are very decent.

  15. This report is a shocking and sickening insight into the reality of the ‘pro-Palestine’ movement. Be in no doubt that left-wing anti-Semitism is as much a threat to Jews, as right wing fascism is. It is, of course, no surprise that left wing Jew haters and Islamofascists find common cause. However, what is so shocking that the hate filled philosophies of these ‘pro-palestinian’, antisemitic movements have become so integrated into civic, political and economic life in this country. We can only hope that incompetent Corbyn’s election to Labour Party leadership has exposed the regressive left as a safe place for antisemitism and that this will, in time, pave the way for a progressive, hate free Socialist alternative to emerge.

  16. Anti-zionist it’s not antisemitic
    Not all jew are zionist and not all the zionists are jew……

    1. Are you another person who didn’t read the report. What has any of that got to do with the report. Is holocaust denial antisemitic? Is blaming the Jews for 9/11 antisemitic? Is using terms like “the master race have their hands in the till again antisemitic? How about ‘Zionist control of banks?

      You know, if you either keep quiet, or turn up here and say, “yes, some of this is antisemitic”, you would earn some respect. But coming onto a article about a report that includes holocaust denial *AND DOES NOT MENTION THE CONFLICT* deflecting with that tired argument about not all Jews being Zionists, really means you need to take a long hard look at yourself.

  17. David

    I appeal to you as Jew, Rabbi and fellow human being to promptly take down this post.

    We all know how violent Zionists are and I hope you realise should any of the people mentioned be harmed, YOU will be held responsible.

    I pray to G-d you will do the right thing.

    1. I reject the entire premise of your email. TBH, I do not care what people believe or what they say. People are free to think what they like. I only care about honesty. Nor is the report about individuals. It is about the PSC and its marriage with antisemitism. The Palestinians will never get anywhere if they continue to walk arm in arm with Jew hate. On the topic of Jew hate, what did you think of the Jew hate found in the research? What did you think about the case study, showing that 42% of those protesting had posted hard core antisemitic posts?

      1. “Nor is the report about individuals.”

        David, I invite you to re-examine your wording.

        You are putting people at risk of harm, something the Talmud forbids.

        There are pro-Zionist hate groups and lone wolves who advocate violence and should anyone be harmed, you will be blamed, so please delete this post.

        I will pray for you.

        Shalom.

        1. Once more, I do not care if people choose to hate Jews. We should live in a free world and there will always be shadows in dark corners. I do oppose those that disguise Jew hate as sympathy for Palestinians / or only sympathise with Palestinians because of Jew hate. But in reality, the battle is against those groups that normalise Jew hatred, provide it with cover, legitimacy, bring it out of the shadows. Our role is to push it back to the corners again. I am sure you agree, given the vile posts, that the unions such as TUC and NUT should absolutely distance themselves from the PSC. Don’t you?

          1. I wouldn’t hold out too much hope of this distancing David. It reminds me of the time you were determined to get the University of Bath to dump Hillary Aked. That didn’t work out too well.

            1. I don’t know Stephen, last I heard she was in Scotland… That seems a long way from Bath….A lot of ‘distance’ there…

            1. No Stephen. Look, I clearly have a sense of humour, this is never going to work unless you lighten up and show me you have one too.

      1. Aka Richard Armbach . At least Hardyment is what she says on the packaging . Armbach is just too much of a coward . He’s no different from Hardyment just more PC

  18. Why are you surprised that we think Zionists and certain Jewish groups are shit? You looked for antisemitism and found it. Bigus dealus! We could have told you we think you are a pack of shitheads supporting Jewish fascist theocracy and saved you the effort.

    Does Israel still exist? I haven’t checked this week and I know it is on the nose. “We run though the streets yelling ‘death to Arabs’ then to cover our arse claim reasonable people are antisemitic. Why do so many people think we are shit?” DRRRR!

    1. Oh Reggie (you don’t mind if I call you Reggie?). Clearly another one who did not read the report. What on earth has Israelis got to do with these findings. Didn’t you read the intro…. this isn’t about Israel, this is about 42% of activists at a demo supporting global Jewish conspiracy theories.

      1. Considering Judaism is based on a “conspiracy theory” that God hates everyone but the Jews and created the world in 7 days, that stoning are the way to a better world… excuse me for not giving a rat arse about the findings.

        Why is it that there are no conspiracy theories about Norway? Why are Jews the target of conspiracy theory? Could it just be the lack of openness and the clear absolute dishonesty of the Israel lobby?

        Always looking to blame someone else and never focusing the lens on the far greater problem within Judaism. That problem is the support for that fascist theocracy that proudly calls itself a Jewish state.

        We wouldn’t need the international solidarity movement if Israel wasn’t such a piece of human rights garbage. “You know they (Jews) control the media.” Is this a conspiracy theory? You don’t behave in a conspiratorial manner then complain about conspiracy theories about you. If the Jewry was open and transparent in the first place then the issue wouldn’t exist.

        The Jewry are doing this to themselves. Change your behaviors if you want to change the paradigm. Else shut up, buy some running shoes and get ready to run. We have no intention of saving you. Calling people antisemitic or self hating Jews for engaging in the topic of human rights without exceptionalism, like some little boy that cried wolf, has long term consequences.

        We said things need to change in Palestine and they only got worse. The Palestinian Solidarity Movement isn’t here for the purpose of being a Jewish protection racket. 80+% of the Jewry is a bunch of crazy loons who don’t give a stuff that have been programmed from birth to consider themselves exceptional is so many ways. We aren’t here to manage the antisemitism generated by the 68 years of horror in Palestine or by your lack of transparency and hasbara.

        Cry wolf til the cows come home about antisemitism. Do squat to establish equal justice in Palestine. It’s your hole, dig away. When you get to 6 feet deep we will be happy as to bury you in it. Our interest is saving Jews after being abused by them will be nought.

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