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There is a concerted campaign going on in the UK, in France, in the US and in the entire western world to suppress any form of criticism of Israel – especially the movement to boycott Israel. It takes many forms.A prime example is the current witch hunt in the British Labour Party against “anti-Semites” – a grave charge indeed. But in reality, the people being purged are those expressing support for Palestinian human rights.

In fact, there is no evidence whatsoever that the level of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is even statistically significant, let alone any kind of grave threat.

Reputable polling suggests that the level of anti-Jewish prejudice in the UK runs at seven percent (lower than in other European countries, and far lower than hatred against Muslims in the UK). The number of allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is currently no more than 11 cases.

In a party of 380,000 full time members (which may be as many as half a million once you add in registered supporters) that is a statistically insignificant. The level of anti-Semitism in the party is far less than in the general population – something that should be celebrated.

In any case, most of these cases are falsified, as I documented in a major investigative piece this week.

What is really going on right now is a fanatical and desperate campaign, orchestrated by anti-Corbyn die-hards and Zionist hoodlums within the Labour Party to purge any criticism of Israel. They are after Corbyn’s head, as a long term activist for Palestinian rights.

The attempt right now is to declare acceptable boundaries of debate. John Mann MP, the Labour-right thug who played a key part in orchestrating Ken Livingstone’s political assassination Thursday has long been a fanatical apologist for Israel-right-or-wrong.

In 2013, he was a key witness in a court case launched by the Israel lobby suing the University and College Union for “institutional anti-Semitism”. Their crime? Raising the possibility of discussing the academic boycott of Israel. Not even endorsing it, mind you.  Merely discussing it.

The tribunal judge threw the case out on every single count. It was “devoid of any merit” and “an impermissible attempt to achieve a political end by litigious means”.

Of the many in that entirely malicious case against UCU who came in for criticism from the judge, John Mann was essentially dismissed as a blow-hard and a liar. The judge pointed out that Mann claimed “any boycott of Israel or Israeli institutions”  was “itself anti-Semitic”. An obviously false and political charge.

All of this has grave implications for not only the Labour Party but the entire political culture in the UK. The Tory government is also trying to use legal intimidation to prohibit local councils from taking ethical decisions to boycott Israeli goods. Anything in the service of Israeli war crimes, it seems.

In Israel itself, the campaign to crush expressions of support for the Palestinians is of course  escalating. One of the main ways it has been ramping up in recent years is in what Israeli officials call its “war” against BDS, the boycott divestment and sanctions movement.

This has reached the point now that Israeli politicians are permitted by EU officials to stray extremely close to promising to assassinate a founder of the BDS movement – which, remember, is an entirely non-violent attempt by civil society to hold Israel to account for its war crimes and apartheid targeting the Palestinian people.

Amnesty International in April condemned remarks by an Israeli minister threatening  “targeted civil eliminations” of BDS leaders such as Omar Barghouti. In Israeli terminology, “targeted elimination” or “targeted thwarting” (depending on the translation) is the official euphemism for the assassinations of Palestinian activists, political leaders and resistance fighters which Israel habitually carries out as a standard part of its depraved practices.

This was a very deliberate intimidation tactic by Israeli intelligence minister Yisrael Katz. At all costs, they want to crush BDS and any other form of action to hold Israel to account.

“I already feel slightly safer, having received this clear position by Amnesty International,” Barghouti told The Electronic Intifada after hearing about the human rights group’s condemnation of these Israeli threats.

Don’t be fooled by Israel’s propaganda usage of terminology such as “targeting elimination”. The CIA too, used to invoke such double-speak.

Of black leaders such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, COINTELPRO documents notoriously threatened that “through counter-intelligence it should be possible to

pinpoint potential trouble-makers and neutralize them”.

That ended up with government death-squads on the streets of America, gunning down community activists like the Black Panther Party.

Israel’s push to do the same must be resisted.

Asa Winstanley is an investigative journalist who lives in London and an associate editor with The Electronic Intifada.

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  • Richard_SM

    5th paragraph reads: “… as I documented in a major investigative piece this week.”

    The embedded link in 5th paragraph has been anchored to the wrong article. It takes you to the same embedded link in the 8th paragraph.

  • L6

    There are thousands of anti semites within the Labour Party and your attempt to deflect this does not work.

    • Dolores

      If you don’t accept Jewish lies you are silenced! I think it is time and
      past for the truth, call it what it is ANTI-GOYISM! How can anyone
      supporting Palestine be anti-semitic? But read the Talmud and you will
      see what the Jews have in store for us! Not only the crime of USURY, the
      theft of the world’s wealth but the genocide planned for everyone not
      Jewish!

    • GIVVO6_B

      There are millions of Anti-Goys in Israel.

      • peepsqueek

        After the coup in Egypt, nearly 100 Christian Churches have been attacked by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Bahai institutions and community activities have been illegal under Egyptian law since 1960. All Bahai community properties, including Bahai centers, libraries, and cemeteries, have been confiscated by the government and fatwas have been issued charging Bahai’s with apostasy. Where is the outcry?

        • GIVVO6_B

          Israel destroys churches and mosques and even had firing squads to murder Christians in front of churches. They bayoneted pregnant women in village squares. They have not even changed marginally and are still war criminals and want to shoot pregnant women to get a double hit.

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          • peepsqueek

            Nice try! Attempt to use a balance scale for your anger

          • GIVVO6_B

            It was a good success when you see the bloody snipers of the Zionist terror army who gun down children on beaches and on the farmland of Gaza. How about all the drones operated by vile little bitches of the successors of Hagana.

          • peepsqueek

            Every Hamas rocket fired into Israel is an act of war and a war crime, with a known Israeli response. Hamas must feel that it is worth it, because they repeat the process over and over and over again. Then they take pictures and use them for propaganda.

            Egypt banned Hamas and branded it a terrorist organization.

            Jordan banned Hamas in 1999. In 2013, Jordan rejected requests to allow Hamas to return.

            Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah disagree and are fighting with each other in Syria.

            Syria- Hamas is an uninvited guest

            Can you name any Arab Countries that support Hamas or their methods? Please be specific!

          • GIVVO6_B

            Who gives a crap about what a vile Jewish racist thinks about anything. Just keep trying to change the subject from Israel’s theft of Palestine and murdering and abusing Palestinians, then when that does not work you can just be vile and abusive as peddlers of Habara are taught to be.

          • peepsqueek

            If you had any contradictory evidence, you would have posted it, instead of the usual…..

          • GIVVO6_B

            You have nothing only arrogance and a hatred of Islam and Christianity. The people of Palestine did have their own country, currency, bank, museum and rulers. The lies and demonization of Palestinians and the total racism of the Jewish state is what is ignored by those who believe in land stealing fascism.

          • peepsqueek

            I have never demonized a people, I criticize certain ideologies, and you do not like it. I could criticize orthodox Judaism, but it hardly seems necessary on this website. The problem with you religious people is that cannot accept any criticism for the harm that you do.

    • GIVVO6_B

      Jabbering about anti-Semitism is just trying to hide the facts of Israel’s war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinian people. Just read a hasbara handbook and you will see how changing the subject is the Israeli way of hiding crimes.

      • peepsqueek

        What are Islamists doing to hide their crimes? It does not look like they try to hide anything with the everyday video taping of their handiwork, torture and brutality. I have been to the hearings on human rights at the UN in Geneva, and most of the non-governmental agencies are pointing and providing documentation from Islamic Countries.

  • peepsqueek

    ” – especially the movement to boycott Israel.”
    I am fine with boycotting Israel as long as all Islamic Countries are held to the very same standards of Human Rights.

    Singling out Israel for boycott in a sea of Islamic Countries with far worse human rights records, has to have a name.

    • Dolores

      Thats your excuse.

      • peepsqueek

        It is not a legitimate excuse for Israel to behave badly, but what is the excuse of singling out Israel for the International Court of Justice and boycott, when Islamic Countries are not held to the same standards of human rights. I believe in a balanced scale of justice. What is your excuse?

        • GIVVO6_B

          There is no justice in Israel and it is an apartheid state occupying someone else’s land. BDS is the way to deal with those arrogant thieves that pretend God is a real estate agent with an office set up only for them.

          • peepsqueek

            If you believe Israel to be a true apartheid state, please tell us all: Which Israeli hospitals refuse to admit Israeli Arabs? Which Israeli restaurants refuse to serve Israeli Arabs? Which Israeli universities refuse to admit Israeli Arabs? Which Israeli buses refuse to board Israeli Arabs? In what elections are Israeli Arabs not allowed to vote? In what area of public life are Arab women not allowed to serve? Other than Israel, no other ethnic or religious minorities have the right of self determination.

          • Mike Abramov

            Enough!!! Israel built the wall to stop suicide bombers…nothing else. Before 1967 there was a wall that separated East Jerusalem from the rest of Israel THAT is Apartheid. STOP twisting history.

          • GIVVO6_B

            Israel built the apartheid wall on Palestinian land. They need to go back to their 1967 borders as demanded by the UN in 1967. Then they need to consider leaving the Middle East.

          • GIVVO6_B

            Enough!!! of Israel and its mass murder and ethnic cleansing, enough of thieving everything and enough of checkpoints in a country that does not belong to ethnic cleansing racists.
            Enough of all the war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace, which are the daily actions of racist Zionist entity of thieves.

    • GIVVO6_B

      The Jewish state exists on land stolen from other people and nobody has a worse record for stealing land and abusing another population in their own country as the invading Zionists.

      • peepsqueek

        I am part Native American, tell me about records for stealing land! What is your cultural heritage that makes you single out Israel for this honor.

    • GIVVO6_B

      Israel needs to be singled out as it is a racist entity sitting on stolen Palestinian land. Death to Israel and death to Zionism.

      • peepsqueek

        What is your cultural heritage, it might explain your obsession? Attempt to be honest

  • Mike Abramov

    Mr. Winstanley – A debate about Israel and it’s internal issues raises a few points.

    1. Why should Israel be exclusively singled out against a dozen countries in the world that has internal issues. Anti-Semitism?
    2. Surely the BDS movement and a proclamation by many left-wing supporters that Israel should not even have the right to exist is …anti-Semitism.
    3. Finally, are you saying that the right-wing Hamas is a party you feel supports the Palestinians, because they are, afterall, homophobic and misogynistic. In other words, are you backing a right-wing Hamas for a allegedly left-wing cause/

    • GIVVO6_B

      The reason is that Israel is a rogue state that occupies stolen Palestinian land and no other country in the world is that bad. Israel just keeps on ethnic cleansing the real owners of the land. Israel is the same as the Pharisees described by Jesus. He said their father is the Devil and he was a liar and a murderer from the beginning.

      • peepsqueek

        Because Israel is such a big ethnic cleanser, the banner of Islam now flies over 99.9% of the Middle East land mass. Who are the real owners of the land. All the land sales under the 400 years of Ottoman Turkish rule required the approval of the Islamic Courts. Are they all invalid now?

        • GIVVO6_B

          Israel has stolen the whole of Palestine and parts of Syria and Lebanon. Time for them to be removed. Lets do it with BDS.

          • peepsqueek

            You are thinking of Islamists whose very honest ambition is to fly the banner of Islam over every inch of the Middle East land mass, and further. It is obvious that your ambition is the same.

          • GIVVO6_B

            Why shouldn’t they as it has only been a Jewish State on stolen Palestinian land since 1948.

          • peepsqueek

            Egyptians were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic. Syrians (Assyrians) were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic, Moroccans (Berbers) were not Arabs, nor did they speak Arabic, Iraqis were not Arabs not did they speak Arabic, Libya was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic, the Sudan (tribal Africa) was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic, Tunisia was not Arab, nor did they speak Arabic. Why are they all called “Arab” Countries, speak Arabic, and belong to the league of “Arab” Nations, and live under some form of Islamic Sharia, which is Arabian? Looks like a complete take over to me.

          • GIVVO6_B

            None of those people arrived with Czech and American guns to murder and ethnic cleanse the Palestinian people.

          • peepsqueek

            If Palestinian Arabs have tripled and quadrupled their populations both inside and outside of Israel proper since Israel became a State, it does not fit in to your ethnic cleansing and genocide argument.

          • GIVVO6_B

            It is the normal Zionist practice to demonise Islam, to try and deflect the fact that 20% of Palestinians were Christians and that the Palestinians were mainly socialists until the last 20 years.

  • Dolores

    If you don’t accept Jewish lies you are silenced! I think it is time and past for the truth, call it what it is ANTI-GOYISM! How can anyone supporting Palestine be anti-semitic? But read the Talmud and you will see what the Jews have in store for us! Not only the crime of USURY, the theft of the world’s wealth but the genocide planned for everyone not Jewish!

    • Mike Abramov

      Dolores….if anyone wanted to debate anti-Semitism you would be the perfect protagonist of why you hate Jews. You need to see a psychiatrist.

      • ayman

        Whats your rate, mikey ? Do you even realize what you say is dead on hasbara text or does it come so naturally to you,you actually believe it
        ..

      • GIVVO6_B

        I don’t hate Jews. I just hate lying scum and mass murdering Zionists. I admire Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Miriam Margolis, Gilad Atzmon and all the anti-Zionists of the Naturei Karta.
        People I hate are mass murdering Zionists like Bibi, Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon, David Ben-Gurion. As far as I am concerned those people can go to hell along with John Hagee and other apostates.

      • Dolores

        Hate? Nah thats a Jewish word, Dispise! YES. – The world should be warned about JEWISH human rights violations! But the UN is controlled by the Wailing Wall Weligion! Every violation is SILENCED! Eisinhower MURDERED millions of German soldiers AFTER WW2 but it is a crime to discuss this in Germany! How many countries suffer because of the Jews? Palestine is a running sore on the face of our beautiful Earth, her children murdered, genocided in the full glare of public opinion! I am angery, I want others to stop being manipulated, become angry and scream out the truth. IT’S THE JEWS!!

        • Mike Abramov

          Dolores – Speaking as a human being and a humanitarian, your hatred of the Jews is not normal or healthy. Please explain to me how you have established that the Jews are the cause of the world’s problems? Did you read it in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion?

    • Mike Abramov

      Dolores – This is pure anti-Semitism coming from your keyboard. please see a psychiatrist.

  • GIVVO6_B

    Israel and its supporters are despicable. They behave like Nazis to the Palestinians and then complain about anti-Semitism. It must be time to lock up clowns who go to join that Zionist terror organisation called the IDF in the same way that some other people are locked up for joining the terror organisation called Daesh. There is very little difference between the two as they are both bands of foreigners who arrive in the Middle East to steal land and create their own state.

    • Mike Abramov

      Behave like Nazis? Readers of this post by, GIVVO6 This person obviously has no idea what happened in WW 2.There are no concentration camps in Israel,…only in Gaza run by Hamas. Jack boots and swastikas are strictly outlawed and amazingly there are 1,000,000 Arabs who have chosen to live in Israel. The Grand Mufti, Al-Husseini, befriended Hitler knowing that there was a genocide of Jews in Europe. This person obviously knows nothing about history.

      • GIVVO6_B

        They are the same as Nazis as they want Lebensraum for their own despicable race and they kill and steal without ceasing. It is about time the world ignored the bloody Jewish holocaust the same way they ignore the 20 million Russians that were killed. Stuff the vile Jewish state that destroyed 500 Palestinian villages and ethnically cleansed 750,000 Palestinians in one year, 1948. They have the biggest concentration camp ever seen on earth at Gaza and worse than the Nazis they keep on regularly bombing their victims inside. They bomb schools and torture children and just keep lying about it. Boycott the kosher Nazis and their inhumanity.

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  • GIVVO6_B

    Israel is attempting to fool all the people all the time and is failing miserably. Land thieves should be given no quarter and be punished for their evil works. BDS is the start of dealing with the curse of Zionism and all their crimes.

  • Mike Abramov

    Ladies, gentleman and readers of Middle East Monitor. When you read below, you can now understand that there is and always has been a proliferation of Judaeophobes now disguising themselves as left-wing anti-Israel supporters.Their hatred is made easier by a variety of left-wing Jews living comfortably in the diaspora (Noam Chomsky for example) who support the allegation that Israel is a right-wing country aiming to destroy the Palestinians. These left-wingers are delusional. The left-wing that have come in to power in the past have left a trail of human-rights crimes. The Soviet Union, China and N. Korea to name but a few. So, just be honest with me, what you are really saying is that you hate Jews. Now give me an honest reason why?.