General Antisemitism

Jeremy Corbyn, Glenn Greenwald and “progressive” antisemitism

Yesterday was simply a fascinating day in British politics. On the Tory side, the race for party leader provided several twists and turns. Michael Gove surprised many by announcing his candidacy, and then Boris Johnson unexpectedly bowed out.

In the Labour Party, amid continued calls by an overwhelming majority of his own MPs to stand down, an event to roll out Shami Chakrabarti’s antisemitism report devolved into chaos when a Jewish MP stormed out of the room after being accused by of colluding with the media to undermine Corbyn.   An even bigger Labour own-goal was achieved when Corbyn gave a speech interpreted by some as suggesting a comparison between ISIS and Israel.

Here’s the video.

Whilst following tweets by journalists on the ongoing British political drama, I noticed this by former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald

Greenwald was responding to a tweet by David Frum arguing that Corbyn’s speech warning about the dangers of embracing antisemitic conspiracy theories could be read as an acknowledgement that such conspiracy theories are broadly held by Labour members.

Regardless of the merit of Frum’s tweet, the audacity of Greenwald commenting on the topic of antisemitism is astonishing, as anyone familiar with his record of engaging in such tropes would understand.

I tweeted this in response.

The link we included goes to our page documenting Greenwald’s Judeophobic commentary, which he did not appreciate, as his response indicated.

Greenwald’s suggestion that he’s a warrior in the fight against “real” antisemitism is truly risible, as I noted in subsequent tweets highlighting his antisemitic commentary over the years.

You can see the tweets with truncated quotes, but here are fuller quotes which draw upon the dual loyalty, Jewish power, and Jewish money themes:

  • Large and extremely influential Jewish donor groups are the ones agitating for a US war against Iran, and that is the case because those groups are devoted to promoting Israel’s interests.” – Feb. 3, 2007, Unclaimed Territory
  • “So absolute has the Israel-centric stranglehold on American policy been that the U.S. Government has made it illegal to broadcast Hezbollah television stations and has even devoted its resources to criminally prosecuting and imprisoning satellite providers merely for including Hezbollah’s Al Manar channel in their cable package.  Not even our Constitution’s First Amendment has been a match for the endless exploitation of American policy, law and resources to target and punish Israel’s enemies.” – March 9, 2009, Salon
  • The real goal [of the Israel lobby], as always, was to ensure that there is no debate over America’s indescribably self-destructive, blind support for Israeli actions. [Charles] Freeman’s critics may have scored a short-term victory in that regard, but the more obvious it becomes what is really driving these scandals, the more difficult it will be to maintain this suffocating control over American debates and American policy.” – March 11, 2009 Salon
  • “The point is that the power the [Israel lobby] exercises [is] harmful in the extreme. They use it to squelch debate, destroy the careers and reputations of those who deviate from their orthodoxies, and compel both political parties to maintain strict adherence to an agenda that is held by a minority of Americans; that is principally concerned with the interests of a foreign country; and that results in serious cost and harm to the United States. In doing so, they insure not only that our policies towards Israel remain firmly in place no matter the outcome of our elections, but also that those policies remain beyond the realm of what can be questioned or debated by those who want to have a political future.” – March 11, 2009 Salon
  • “Meanwhile, one of the many Israel-Firsters in the U.S. Congress — Rep. Anthony Weiner,last seen lambasting President Obama for daring to publicly mention a difference between the U.S. and Israel — today not only defended Israel’s attack. – June 1, 2010 Salon
  • This is a truly disgusting spectacle…commentators — all of whom are writing well within the range of mainstream opinion on Israel — are being publicly smeared early in their careers as anti-Semites as part of a coordinated, ongoing campaign planned by Josh Block and carried out by numerous journalists with large media platforms, and aided and abetted by Jewish groups trading on their credibility to suppress debate. – Jan 19, 2012 Salon

Of course, Greenwald’s political extremism extends far beyond antisemitic canards about the dangers of organized Jewry.  

He’s claimed that Hamas and Hezbollah are NOT terrorist organizations. He characterized slain Al Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awaki, who reportedly radicalized Fort Hood terrorist Nidal Hassan, as something akin to a Muslim civil rights activist.  And, he was an accomplice in the Snowden affair, a monumental leak of classified documents characterized by one top British security official as “the most catastrophic loss suffered by British intelligence” in history.

Though his hostility to the US and Western democracies, and seeming soft spot for jihadists, is disturbing, and certainly reflective of a radical ideology at odds with mainstream progressive thought, it’s his diatribes about Jewish money, power and loyalty which you’d think would render him toxic to genuine anti-racist progressives.

Indeed, his ‘warnings’ about “large and extremely influential Jewish donor groups agitating for war with Iran” is simply indistinguishable from the rhetoric of the extremist right.  

Though writers far more perceptive than I have tried to explain modern left-wing antisemitism, and how a movement born of a passion to fight bigotry in all its forms has developed a dangerous blind spot when it comes to Jews, a memory I have about a peculiar white alibi for racist rhetoric seems instructive in understanding both Greenwald and the antisemitism problem in Corbyn’s Labour Party.  

As a teen, I used to play basketball at a Jewish Community Center in my home town of Philadelphia. Though most members were Jewish, there were some non-Jews and a very small number of blacks who were either members or would pay for a day pass to work out or play ball.  One day, there was one argument on the court involving a black and a Jew that devolved into name calling and accusations of racism against the Jewish player. What was interesting, however, was how the white Jewish player tried to defend himself. He didn’t deny that he said what he was accused of saying. Rather, he casually dismissed the accusation by exclaiming: “Oh, come on, if it came out of my mouth, you know it can’t be racist.” 

Often times it seems that the only difference between far right-wing and far left-wing anti-Semites is that many of the former don’t much care if they’re accused of anti-Jewish racism and may even acknowledge disliking Jews, while many of the later – possessing an immutable belief in their own superior moral virtue – seem to think that if it comes out of their mouth ‘you know it can’t be’ antisemitic.  

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  1. The Momentum ‘activist’ who heckled the Labour MP and caused her to withdraw from the launch of the report is seen afterwards in friendly conversation with Jeremy Corbyn. Which explains why Corbyn didn’t condemn him as he should have at the meeting.

    And what does this Momentum ‘activist’ do for a living?
    Why, surprise surprise he is a Guardian journalist!

      • “Aren’t many of those left.”

        No indeed there are not.
        The last real journalist at The Guardian is now in a glass case on display in a museum.
        Whereas the ‘journalists’ left at The Guardian also need stuffing but preferably with a red-hot poker.

  2. Amongst the most contemptible people are the “Speaking-as-a” Jews who are feted so often on the Guardian letters page. Don’t bother writing to The Guardian or commenting on their web pages – they’ll censor it out.

  3. I believe that all Jewish Labour MPs, with the probable exception of Kaufman, are to be targeted for deselection before the next General Election. They will be in good company with dozens of other Labour MPs who don’t think that Jeremy Corbyn is the re-incarnation of Jesus Christ. These people really need to consult their history books and research the background to the Labour annihilation at the 1931 General Election – 52 seats from an original 278 after the party branded all those who supported Ramsay MacDonald in forming a National Government as “traitors”.

    • I believe that all Jewish Labour MPs, with the probable exception of Kaufman, are to be targeted for deselection

      Where did you get that belief from Michael? You’re 115th dream ?

    • I am not a 115th dream ( which is what your comment means grammatically). My belief is based upon history and the current mood of the Labour Party that is always keen to brand people “traitors”. I get my ideas from history and not from dreams. I am predicting massive deselections next time round simply because the majority of constituency parties are now dominated by the entryists just as it was back in 1980. They intend to wield the power and bugger the constituents.
      By the way – I also know how to use an apostrophe.

      • I guess it is your use of the apostrophe that will ultimately save you Michael. Would you like to enter into a bet with me on how many Jewish MP’s will get deselected ?

        • I trust I shall not ultimately need to be saved; but in that event perhaps my correct use of an apostrophe will not be an impediment. As for your challenge I am not a betting man nor do I feel that this subject deserves to be treated with such flippancy. Apparently it is reported that 60000 new members have joined Labour this week. Thus far we do not know the bias of these people, nor do we know which constituencies most benefit (if that is questionably the right term to use). However there will be major attempts to deselect MPs considered to be disloyal to the fuehrer and, without doubt, the Jewish MPs will be very high on that list. Much will depend on the timing of the next General Election and a snap election will give fewer opportunities to find replacements before nominations close. As with my use of punctuation I tend to consider these matters in some depth.

    • If presstv whore george gallowsway hates it, you know it’s good for Western Civilization.

  4. Corbyn never compared Israel to Isis Adam. you just made that up. Even the Israeli Embassy said they had no issue with what he did say.

    As for the Ruth Smeeth thing, the guy behaved like a bit of a loon, but nobody has yet indicated what was anti-Semitic about his behaviour. He didn’t even know Smeeth was Jewish.

      • Bellamy you are lying as usual.
        Labour has apologised to the Israeli ambassador for any offence caused by comments made by leader Jeremy Corbyn at the launch of a party report into anti-Semitism.
        The spokesman also denied media reports that Mr Regev “had no problem” with Mr Corbyn’s speech.
        “Ambassador Mark Regev welcomed Emily Thornberry’s unequivocal apology following Jeremy Corbyn’s unacceptable remarks,” said Yiftah Curiel.
        “Reports that Ambassador Mark Regev ‘had no problem’ with Jeremy Corbyn’s speech are erroneous.”

        If you have difficulties to read the article due to the use of lower-case letters then ask your pastor to read it for you.

        • Peter I am a Quaker. Not the West Coast of Merryka Richard Nixon abberation thing. The George Fox real thing. We don’t have dumb fuck pastors telling us what to do. We do our own thing.

          And is it my fault that the Embassy was chastised by the JLC and hurriedly back tracked ? Tell him Adam.

          • But you should seek the spiritual help of somebody who has more brain-cells than you have – means more than zero – and psychological help of somebody who will discover you the painful truth – your complete failure as a human being is not the fault of the Jews. Anyway good to see a Quaker’s contempt towards his own Christian brothers.

                • But according to yourself yo won’t vote because you are an Irish citizen. If you are lying then the minimal requirement is to remember your lies.
                  Your choice of Burgon is natural, he is even crazier and and ill-qualified than Corbyn and normal persons wouldn’t trust him to lead a state, not even a goat to the field and – what is your main criteria Bellamy – his hate of the Jews is no less intensive.
                  In an October 2015 Channel 4 News interview Burgon admitted that despite being Shadow City Minister for more than a month he was still yet to actually meet anyone from the city of London’s finance and banking industry, nor could he remember the UK budget deficit for 2015
                  An excellent candidate for losers.

                  • peter you must try and understand Bellend and his twisted logic.
                    Bellend is not a ‘Corbynista’ but he wants Burgon who nominated Corbyn for Leader of the Labour Party to be PM.
                    On the Register of MPs interests Burgon has declared this,

                    “•Name of donor: Medical Aid for Palestinians
                    Address of donor: 33a Islington Park Street, London N1 1QB

                    Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights, accommodation and transport with a total value of �768.72

                    Destination of visit: West Bank and Israel

                    Date of visit: 15–19 February 2016

                    Purpose of visit: fact finding visit organised by the Council for Arab-British Understanding and Medical Aid for Palestinians.

                    (Registered 09 March 2016)”

                    I love the last line, “Purpose of visit: fact finding visit…” Organised by the Council for Arab-British Understanding and Medical Aid for Palestinians. Two organisations who not only could not find a fact if they fell over it, but like Bellend they could not find their own arseholes if they used both of their hands!

                    • Gerald I don’t waste my time for understanding a racist bigot wannabe camp-guard. Jorge Semprun the great French-Spanish author in his excellent book The Long Voyage gave the best way to deal with Bellamy’s kind of people instead of trying to understand them.

                    • peter I understand what you are saying.
                      I have to admit that a few years back I did study ‘Deviant Psychology’ and ever since the actions of deviants such as Bellend and how they try to justify their reprehensible views and actions intrigues me.

                      The book you mention is new to me but now that you have recommended it I will keep my eye open for it in bookshops.

          • Err, you do have dumb and Jew-hating pastors. I heard one at a ‘meeting house’ a few years ago, ranting and raving about the **** Jews imprisoning the Gazans in a ‘concentration camp’.
            A significant part of your organisation’s top echelon are spittle-flecked antisemitic.

      • Chakrabarti? The loon who was brought in to lend some ‘respectability’ (LOL) to the repulsive process, which moved into deflection from day 1?

      • Stephen, you appear to be supporting Wadsworth despite the fact that his attack on Ruth Smeeth was pretty public. You are a Quaker and I have always been fairly well disposed to Quakers. My daughter-in-law is from Quaker stock and some of my best friends…………….well, I’m sure you know the rest. I like to put my case coherently and without offensive language. But then I click on your name and come up with a webpage entitle “Palestine Tir Tairngire” or “Palestine the Promised Land”. This webpage demonstrates unequivocally that you are unprepared to listen to any other point of view, even to the extent that you support Wadsworth, despite his use of the age old conspiracy slur against a Jewish MP. You are even prepared to attack Chakrabarti in your fervour. I believe that in Quaker meetings there are periods of silence before someone speaks after having given full consideration to what they want to say. I feel you might benefit from reflecting upon this very civilised procedure.

    • “he didn’t even know Smeeth was Jewish”. Just have a look at Marc Wadsworth’s Linkedin entry:

      “Head of news gathering, editor, writer, video-maker and photographer. Recruited and nurtured contributors. Achieved notable scoops. Brought about the partnering of the website with major organisations, including BBC TV, the BBC College of Journalism, The Guardian, Time Out, The Big Issue, Olympus, Media Trust, London College of Communication and Trust for London. Headed up successful bids for the Lottery funding of a journalism training course and the making of a documentary film about Second World War veterans, ‘Divided by race, united in war and peace’ (Google the title).”

      And you are telling us that he wouldn’t have known that a Labour MP like Ruth Smeeth who turned up to the Antisemitism report meeting was Jewish. That is a preposterous statement like also perhaps he didn’t even know that the Pope is a Catholic.

  5. You can see the tweets with truncated quotes, but he …..

    Nice bit of research there Adam. Greenwald ‘has form’.

  6. Its been both funny and sad watching the European and American far left run head on into right wing radical Islam. They find they have a lot in common. They both hate Jews, hate the United States, capitalism, Christians, Israel and they are hugely intolerant of those with whom they disagree.