General Antisemitism

MP Kaufman, hearing Harriet Sherwood’s dog whistle, accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing in Acre


Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP, at the House of Commons on January 15, 2009:

“The spokeswoman for the Israeli army, Major Leibovich, was asked about the Israeli killing of, at that time, 800 Palestinians. The total is now 1,000. She replied instantly that ‘500 of them were militants’. That was the reply of a Nazi. I suppose the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw ghetto could have been dismissed as militants.” [emphasis added]

“My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town. A German soldier shot her dead in her bed. My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.”

“The present Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploits the continuing guilt from Gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians.”

Kaufman, speaking at a Watford Friends of Salfeet meeting, June 25, 2009:

“[Iran has] a loathsome regime [but unlike Israel] at least it keeps its totalitarian theocracy to within its own borders” 

Kaufman, speaking at a meeting of the House of Commons, March 30, 2010:

“Lord Ashcroft, the wealthy Tory donor, owns one part of the [Conservative] party and Jewish millionaires the other.”

Given such explicit hatred towards Israel, Kaufman, the quintessential as-a-Jew, was naturally given a platform at the Guardian to comment on Harriet Sherwood’s June 24th report, Israel’s historic city of Acre faces tourist and settler tensions, (Guardian Letters, June 26).

Kaufman with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh

As Hadar Sela argued, Sherwood’s report advanced the narrative that rich Jews are buying property in the old city of Acre in a process of ‘gentrification’, with the intent of driving out the poor Arab population. Based on interviews with a few radical Arab activists she turned a story about the physical and economic regeneration of a depressed city into something akin to Israeli ethnic cleansing.

Sherwood wrote:

“According to Arab activists in Acre, this is part of a grand plan, driven by the city’s Jewish mayor, to gentrify and rebrand the old city – and persuade, induce or coerce Arabs to leave.”

“Arabs, who make up 28% of Acre’s population but 100% of the old city, fear that a programme of gentrification funded by Jewish investors will – either by design or simply as a consequence – drive them out.”

How specifically are Arabs being driven out?

“Ahmed Odeh, an Arab member of the city council, claims that about 50 properties in the old city have been acquired by Jewish investors for redevelopment. He says a number of ruses have been employed to encourage Arab residents to give up their properties – whose ownership was taken by the Israeli state after the 1948 war – to developers. These include straightforward cash offers, often irresistible to poor families; orders for expensive repairs; and eviction if debts are defaulted on.” [emphasis added]

That’s enough proof for Kaufman, whose Guardian letter reads as follows:

Of course, Sherwood’s report didn’t actually cite any examples of Arabs who were “driven our of their homes” in Acre.  She merely gave voice to a few residents in the city who see a conspiracy in market pressures from an improving economy which could spur some Arabs to sell their property and move to less expensive areas.

As Acre’s mayor Shimon Lankry argued in Sherwood’s report, the suggestion of a grand plan to drive Arabs out represents a “ridiculous accusations, only voiced by extremists”, and noted that “not a single Jewish family has moved into the [100% Arab] old city.”

Ridiculous accusations at Israel voiced by extremists?

Aka, another day at the Guardian.

39 replies »

  1. “..“[Iran has] a loathsome regime [but unlike Israel] at least it keeps its totalitarian theocracy to within its own borders” ..

    Oh, well that’s all right then..

    What a w*nker! If nothing else shows that he has less brain than a flea that comment does.

    • He is, as you say, a prize w*nker. His letter is a farrago of irrelevances, half-truths and lies.

      It seems to be Gerald’s position that “ethnic cleansing” may be more acceptable, if only the dastardly Jews would learn to build in a style that meets Gerald’s aesthetic standards.

  2. Kaufman, Shmaufman! The problem with Gerald is that burning his bridges with the Jewish community doesn’t make him any more attractive to anyone else. What an insult he is to the memory of his own grandmother. Did it ever cross his mind that if the Jews had a state 10 years earlier, his dear old Granny wouldn’t have been murdered in her own bed. But then again, think of the anguish she would have suffered, having to look at the red roofs of the ‘hideous settlements’ built by the Zionist usurpers.

  3. “My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.” – What a disgrace to humanity such remarks are! It just goes to show that some socialists will sink to the lowest depths to ingratiate themselves with their non-Jewish friends and neighbours.
    Gerald, old bean, in the unlikely event of your reading CifWatch, let me tell you that your grandmother would be turning in her grave if she could hear the kind of uninformed obscenities you keep spouting.

    I remember this toady MP from way back, but I’ve lost touch with British politics since the turn of the millenium so I wasn’t aware of his senility, not to mention his moral degradation.

    The one thing most Shoah victims would have welcomed above all is a prosperous Jewish nation in its ancestral home, and his continuous, unfair, mistaken and very offensive verbal attacks on Israel, plus his championing of the Palestinian cause does him no credit at all. Nor does it dupe the Arabs who see in him a useful idiot but a very weak man who hates himself and his origins and wishes to become more gentile than the gentiles.

    • Of course Chicken brain didn’t poll them! She talked to an “expert” or read tea leaves or something because she was too lazy/thick to enquire further.

      As for Kaufman, here are some examples of the sort of ******* he is

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5330816/Sir-Gerald-Kaufmans-1800-rug-and-an-8865-claim-for-a-television-MPs-expenses.html#

      And more of the same, along the lines of “I have a note from my therapist …”

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1191116/Veteran-Labour-MP-Gerald-Kaufman-blames-claim-Waterford-Crystal-grapefruit-bowls-OCD.html

      (It’d explain a lot if he really does have OCD, and I don’t want to insult genuine sufferers from it, whose lives it limits and for whom it can cause much anguish. No, it’d explain his relentless focus on the badness of Israel to the exclusion of almost anything else, publicly at least)

      But his sotto not so voce in the Commons when Louise Ellman rose to speak on 31 March 2011 – “..Here we are, the Jews again” damns him utterly, as does the manner of his apology. He hadn’t been aware he was sitting so close to a microphone, otherwise he would not have had to be forced into saying, “I regret if any remarks I made in the chamber caused offence. If they did, I apologise.” (See also http://archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/gerald-kaufman-here-we-are-jews-again.html)

      Note the wording of that apology and that it was conditional, so he didn’t mean it. Note the lack of awareness that the remark WAS offensive whether it had been heard or not, and note the fact that he was forced to apologise.

      The debate was about the change in the law about universal jurisdiction, and Archbishop Cranmer’s blog is spot on about Kaufman’s nauseating hypocrisy when it says:

      “And one has to wonder, on ‘universal jurisdiction’, why Gerald Kaufman can support the action taken against Israel’s former foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, who had a warrant issued for her arrest for ‘war crimes’ in December 2009, but he is not calling for the immediate arrest of Libya’s former foreign minister Moussa Koussa, who has arrived in the UK today to a hero’s welcome, despite being a close confidant of Gaddafi during his 30-year bloody and tyrannical rule; despite being expelled from the UK in 1980 for threatening political assassinations; and despite being linked by intelligence sources to the Lockerbie bombing.

  4. Gerald Kaufman has been caught with his hands in the public coffers and he explained his pilfering the British taxpayers’ money with his psychological problems. Maybe Haniyeh should be careful and to put his silver spoons in a closed locker when next time Kaufman visits him? On the picture seems that he nicked a dish-towel already.

  5. Kaufman is correct to say that his grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.
    She died because the Nazis killed her as Kaufman’s Hamas and other Jew-hater buddies would do the same with all the other Jews.
    This guy is worse than a kapo, they did what they did under very extreme circumstances not like this despicable turd.

  6. The malevolent stupidity of this trash is simply amazing.

    …the vandalisationo of the once-beautiful Arab city of Acre…

    Everybody who is minimally familiar with Acre and its environment knows that until about fifteen years ago the old city was a stinking dirty pile of trash, all of its buildings were in total disrepair, the streets were full of trashbags opened by the thousands of stray cats and dogs, walking there was a serious health hazard, the old Pisan-harbor and the beach was full of discarded household items, broken toiletbowls, washing machines etc and everyone who could afford it left it for the surrounding housing projects.
    Calling it “priceless architectural history” is correct, most of the old city buildings have been built by very poor fisherman and weren’t different from any other Middle-Eastern slum. Maybe they were priceless because nobody was ready to buy them at any price at all. During the last decade the important places have been cleaned up, a new seafront boardwalk has been built exploiting the remains of the almost thousand years old walls leading to the old light tower, the archeological site of the crusaders knights has been opened to the public, and many old building have been professionally restored. The huge growth of tourism made it feasible to open many new hotels, souvenir shops, traditional and boutiqe restaurants.

  7. I’d like to know how Ms. Sherwood came to know what 28% of the citizens of Acre, and 100% of the residents of the old city think. Did she poll them?

    I can’t say I’ve ever even heard of MP Kaufman before, but he sure seems to have a knack for slander.

    • If you haven’t heard of him, let me give you some further details about his character.

      Kaufman was involved in the 2009 UK parliamentary expenses scandal, where a number of British MPs made excessive expense claims, misusing their permitted allowances and expense accounts.

      Kaufman was found to have claimed £115,109 in additional costs allowances on his London flat between 2001 and 2008, and submitted a claim for three months’ expenses totalling £14,301.60 in June 2006, which included £8,865 for a 40-inch LCD television and £1,461.83 for a luxury rug imported from New York City (plus £389.91 in customs expenses), which violated regulations forbidding claims for luxury furnishings.
      He blamed his self-diagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder for his claims, and also said that his condition led him to purchase a pair of Waterford Crystal grapefruit bowls on his parliamentary expenses.
      Between 2005 and 2007, Kaufman claimed £28,834 for home improvements. He was subsequently summoned to the Parliamentary Fees Office to explain these claims, and in the end was paid £15,329.
      He also claimed £1,262 for a gas bill that was £1,055 in credit. His claims for food between 2004 and June 2008 were £19,200, close to the maximum allowed. He was also challenged over regular claims for “odd jobs”, which he submitted without receipts at a rate of £245 per month, then £5 below the limit for unreceipted expenses, to which he replied by asking why these expenses were being queried.

      Self diagnosed! LOL

      He’s a thief

  8. Mr. Kaufman needs to take a look in the mirror at that yiddishe kopf and figure a few things out. : 0

    As for Haniyeh, he really doesn’t look very levantine. Anyone venture a guess as to where he hails from? ; D

  9. There are no words that could describe loathsome people like this Gerald Kaufman…..
    This poisonous toad has already sold his self respect,his grandmother,his people,and his miserable soul.For a pat on the head from the same kind of people that shot his grandmother…..And hopefully wouldn’t hesitate to shoot him…..

    This decaying toad has no shame,he’s the epitome of a brown-nosed ass kisser…

  10. The guy was always spitting his venom at Israel,now in his dotage the senile twit has become a lot worse…..
    Where is the British Jewry why don’t they rebuke or silence him…….

  11. It’s that racist rag the Guardian and it’s reporter Shitstirrer Sheerwood that are the problem…Making money from writing falsehoods and downright lies about what really is happening in Acco……..

  12. Israel should turn the old city of Acco 100% Jewish…After all IT IS a Jewish City……And the Guardian,Sheerwood,and that decaying ass kissing toad Gerald Kaufman can go and %$#@ themselves…….

    • “Israel should turn the old city of Acco 100% Jewish.”

      Forced displacement and ethnic cleansing are war crimes. Are you trying to turn Israel into a pariah state?

      The city of Akko is a Crusader city, with Christian origins, and has been populated by Palestinians for centuries. To this day the population of the Old City is Arab Israeli. Why do you want to expel the people from their ancestral houises?

      • Just to make it clear, I completely disagree with proud2bnisraeli’s post.

        “Are you trying to turn Israel into a pariah state?” Nat – I thought that was your job.

  13. Kaufman was one of the biggest promoters of the Pallywood Jenin lie of an Israeli massacre. Kaufman called Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon “a war criminal for going after Palestinian mass murderers who slaughter Israeli civillians, claiming that Sharon’s “actions are staining the star of David with blood.” Kaufman based his claim largely on the Jenin blood libel, alleging that Israeli forces massacred Palestinians, although investigators showed Jenin was another Palestinians lie.

    • Ed, Ariel Sharon was held “personally responsible” by Israeli courts for the massacres of women and children in the Sabra and Chatila camps at the time when Israel occupied Lebanon.

      “The Israel Defense Forces surrounded the Palestinian refugee camps, controlled access to them, and facilitated the massacre by firing illuminating flares over the camps. In 1982, an independent commission chaired by Sean MacBride concluded that the Israeli authorities or forces were, directly or indirectly, responsible for the events. The Israeli government established the Kahan Commission to investigate, and in early 1983 it found that Israeli military personnel were aware that a massacre was in progress without taking serious steps to stop it. Therefore it regarded Israel as having indirect responsibility. The commission held Ariel Sharon personally responsible for having disregarded the prospect of acts of bloodshed by the Phalangists against the population of the refugee camps and not preventing their entry.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabra_and_Shatila_massacre

      • Nat – two things:

        1. Did you notice that the Kahan Commission was established by the ISRAELI government to investigate? Is that the act of a despotic regime? No – it is the act of a democratic regime with a conscience, that takes steps to act when it may have erred.

        2. It is entirely regrettable when a power in a position to prevent a massacre fails to do so, but that is NOT the same as committing the massacre yourself. I refer you to (for example): British/American refusal to bomb the railways leading to Auschwitz, International failure to effectively address the genocides in Darfur, Rwanda and the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the Dutch UN troops’ failure to prevent the massacre in Srebrenica in 1995… All these failures to intervene are absolutely worthy of criticism and heartfelt regret, but not war crimes.

        • “By noon of September 15, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) had completely surrounded the Sabra-Shatila camps, and controlled all entrances and exits by the means of checkpoints. The IDF also occupied a number of multi-story buildings as observation posts. Amongst those was the seven-story Kuwaiti embassy which, according to TIME magazine, had “an unobstructed and panoramic view” of the camps.”

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabra_and_Shatila_massacre

          • “In April 1993, the United Nations declared the besieged enclave of Srebrenica in the Drina Valley of north-eastern Bosnia a “safe area” under UN protection. However, in July 1995, the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), represented on the ground by a 400-strong contingent of Dutch peacekeepers, Dutchbat, did not prevent the town’s capture by the VRS and the subsequent massacre.

            In 2005, in a message to the tenth anniversary commemoration of the genocide, the Secretary-General of the United Nations noted that, while blame lay first and foremost with those who planned and carried out the massacre and those who assisted and harboured them, great nations had failed to respond adequately, the UN itself had made serious errors of judgement and the tragedy of Srebrenica would haunt the UN’s history forever.[2]

            FRY was cleared of direct responsibility for or complicity in the massacre, but was found responsible for not doing enough to prevent the massacre and not persecuting the responsible, in breach of the Genocide Convention. Netherlands is also considered responsible for not preventing the massacre, due to presence of its UN contingent.”

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srebrenica_massacre

          • No, Gooner, he didn’t notice that Sharon was investigated and found guilty by his own people. I think Nat’s some sort of bot, actually, who, once on a certain track cannot be deflected from it

  14. Kaufman was also a friend of Yasser Terrorfat.

    http://www.jpost.com/middleeast/article.aspx?id=189574
    Arafat ordered Hamas attacks against Israel in 2000
    KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    09/29/2010

    Kaufman’s hero Arafat who finances massacres of kids.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1215299/posts
    Arafat Paid Father of Dolphinarium Terrorist
    Israel National News ^ | Sep 13, ’04

    http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=8&x_nameinnews=109&x_article=246
    Maslama Thabet, leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades admits all orders to kill Israeli civilians comes from Arafat.

    • Ed, Yasser Arafat was the president of the Palestinian Authority and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

        • Gooner, are you actually comparing Hitler, the man responsible for the genocide of millions of Jews in the Holocaust, with Arafat?

          Are you not ASHAMED of the way you instrumentalize the Holocaust?

          Shame on you!

          • Nat – you know very well that I am not comparing Hitler to Arafat. I am using a fairly common linguistic technique of using an extreme example to illustrate how ridiculous your argument that just because Arafat was president of the PA, he must have been incapable of being a terrorist.

            • Gooner, your comparison between Hitler, the man responsible for the genocide of millions of Jews, and Yasser Arafat is sick.

              Shame on you!

              • No it isn’t. A lot of what Arafat said was reminiscent of Nazi German actions, and his uncle Haj Amin Al Huseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was instrumental in the following:

                From 1941 until 1945, the Nazi-installed regime of Ante Pavelic in Croatia carried out some of the most horrific crimes of the Holocaust (known as the Porajmos by the Roma), killing over 800,000 Yugoslav citizens – 750,000 Serbs, 60,000 Jews and 26,000 Roma. In these crimes, they were helped by Muslim fundamentalists in Bosnia and Kosovo who were openly supported by the Palestinian Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. A notorious anti-Semite, he openly encouraged Muslims to join Nazi units that would be later implicated in genocide and crimes against humanity – the infamous Hanjar (or Handschar) 13th Waffen SS division. One of these crimes was the The Massacre at Koritska Jama Gorge, in Bosnia during 1941. The Nazi’s also established a puppet state in Serbia under General Milan Nedic, who along with the Cetniks also particapated in the Holocaust in wartime Croatia (which included Bosnia) and Serbia.

                What is sick, or pathetic rather is that you know so little and yet time and time again you bash your head against the brick wall of your ignorance.

        • Doug, I think it is because he’s some sort of robot and answering even easy questions honestly isn’t in his programming

      • We know, and we know that awarding it to him made a mockery of the process. I doubt that you know about the following though:

        On 10 May 1994, Yasir Arafat gave what he thought was an off-the-record talk at a mosque while visiting Johannesburg, South Africa. But a South African journalist, Bruce Whitfield of 702 Talk Radio, found a way secretly to record his (English-language) remarks. The moment was an optimistic one for the Arab-Israeli peace process, Arafat having just six days earlier returned triumphantly to Gaza; it was widely thought that the conflict was winding down. In this context, Arafat’s bellicose talk in Johannesburg about a “jihad to liberate Jerusalem,” had a major impact on Israelis, beginning a process of disillusionment that has hardly abated in the intervening years.

        No less damaging than his comments about Jerusalem was Arafat’s cryptic allusion about his agreement with Israel. Criticized by Arabs and Muslims for having made concessions to Israel, he defended his actions by comparing them to those of the Prophet Muhammad in a similar circumstance:

        ” I see this agreement as being no more than the agreement signed between our Prophet Muhammad and the Quraysh in Mecca.”

        (Muhammad subsequently betrayed the Quraysh, his allies, in the Battle of the Trench, and ordered his men to decapitate around 300-600 men and pubescent boys, and enslavement for the women and children. Ibn Ishaq says that the number may have been as high as 800-900 (p. 464).

        Muhammad was wise enough to have six clans execute two Jews each in order to stop any blood-feuds. The rest of the executions were probably carried out by Muhammad’s fellow emigrants from Mecca, as the heads and bodies were dragged into trenches in the business district of Medina.

        Source: Watt, Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman, p. 174)

        Arafat further drew out the comparison, noting that although Muhammad had been criticized for this diplomacy by one of his leading companions (and a future caliph), ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, the prophet had been right to insist on the agreement, for it helped him defeat the Quraysh and take over their city of Mecca. In a similar spirit, [ie by deceit]

        “…we now accept the peace agreement, but [only in order] to continue on the road to Jerusalem.”

        In the five years since he first alluded to Muhammad and the Quraysh,
        Arafat frequently mentioned this as a model for his own diplomacy.

        This was the prime example of depravity who demeaned what the Nobel Peace prize stands for.

  15. Adam Levick has a knack for writing and publishing articles which rouse our fury. Witness the reactions on this Kaufman thread. He’s not the only one who lost relatives in the Shoah.

    Of course this imbecilic British Jewish MP deserves all the contempt he got for invoking the Holocaust in support of his anti-Zionist cause. According to his Wikipedia profile, he once even called Yasser Arafat,”my friend”!
    What is it about aging British caviar socialists ( who used to admire Israel pre-67 ) that turned them so full of venomous hate?

  16. Fairplay, I think that Kaufman is embittered because he never rose to the heights he believed he deserved. Of course that was because there is something lacking in him, but like all Theobald Jews he believes he can curry favour by bashing his own people even more vehemently than almost everyone else.

    What he doesn’t realise is how much his colleagues and others despise him for it.