Palestine Solidarity Campaign: A case study in the correlation between anti-Zionism and antisemitism

Written by Aron White

Questions regarding the relationship between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism have been the subject of much discussion. Both Natan Sharansky and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks have put forward convincing arguments that much of anti-Zionism is in fact anti-Semitic, with people such as Peter Beinart arguing the opposite. A new report now provides persuasive evidence that many anti-Zionist circles in the UK are rife with anti-Semitism.

The 79 page report by David Collier takes a very concrete approach. Rather than asking whether opposing a Jewish state or supporting BDS is inherently anti-Semitic, he asks a more practical question; are the people who espouse these views also espousing ideas that are classic anti-Semitism? Do the people who support BDS and oppose the existence of the state of Israel also believe things that are classic anti-Semitism – Holocaust denial, belief in a global Jewish cabal, and blaming of ISIS and 9/11 on the Mossad?

The answer was an overwhelming yes – many of the most involved anti-Israel activists also seem to hold classic anti-Semitic views. Collier focused on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), and looked at the Facebook accounts of major PSC activists to see what sort of articles they post – and his report provides damning evidence of the anti-Semitism that is rife within PSC ranks.

Lets start with an easy example – In December 2015, PSC Bristol posted on Facebook, asking for activists to come down to run the BDS stall to tell Christmas shoppers to boycott Israel. Three people responded, saying that they would come to run and support the stall – Shirley Dodd, Cookie Love McBride and Owen Williams. Here are the sort of things these people post on their Facebook walls: Shirley Dodd posted an article from entitled “Christians should not support Ashkenazi and Israeli fake Jews”. Cookie Love McBride posted an article entitled “The Federal Reserve Cartel – The Rothschild, Rockefeller and Morgan Families” and Owen Williams takes the biscuit by posting a fake photo of Israeli Jews wearing ISIS T Shirts, and an article entitled “The Genocide of 15+ million Germans by the Jews.” So if you would have seen the Bristol PSC stall that day, the people telling you to boycott Israel would have been anti-Semites.

Tapash Abu Shaim is very involved in the PSC hierarchy – he is pictured below having dinner with the Chair of PSC Hugh Lanning, and their guest Haneen Zoabi at the PSC AGM (He is the third from the right in the photo). Tapash posts the most unhinged of conspiracy theories – ISIS stands for Israel Special Intelligence Service, 9/11 was a Tel Aviv based job, and posts an article which is summarised by this sentence “The Zionist Power Configuration (ZPC) operates at a both a global and a local level, as was indicated on 9/11.”

Here is another photo of this anti-Semite at the Labour Friends of Palestine table at the Labour Party Conference last year.

Tony Gratrex is a central figure in PSC Reading, who is often on the streets encouraging people to boycott Israel. Here he is in action (in the centre of the photo), and here are some of his Facebook posts.

And look who else took a smiling photo with him.

These are just a few examples, but Collier’s report features example after example of prominent PSC figures who are anti-Semitic. His report is a damning testimony against the Pro-Palestinian movement, and shows that Jewish fears are well founded. Pro-Palestinian groups cannot continue to tolerate such high levels of anti-Semitism within its movement, and supporters of the PSC, going right up to Jeremy Corbyn, have to rid their movement of anti-Semitism. Now.

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21 replies »

  1. Zionism is the movement of Jewish autonomy. So anti-Zionism must fighting the movement for Jewish autonomy. Simple.

    The question now should be, why is there a movement for Jewish autonomy? I tell people about the Dreyfuss Affair. I further remind people of the previous 2000 years in government activity driven against the Jews. Finally, I point out that there hasn’t been a political movement against Jews en masse since Israel came into being.

    So anti-Zionists must be a hate filled, war monger, historically illiterate douchecanoes. Pretty simple stuff.

  2. If anti Zionism is same as antisemitism then every Palestinian down almost to the last man woman and child is a racist hate filled historically illiterate douchecanoe. Jack and Jill on the Clapham omnibus would regard this affirmation as pretty racist.

    • “..every Palestinian down almost to the last man woman and child..”
      So Stephen is it every, or almost every it cannot be both?

      • By the way Stephen the only thing you would hear if you got on the Clapham or any other omnibus would be parents warning their children to stay away from you. Beauty may only be skin deep but ugliness goes clear to the bone, and you dear Stephen are one very ugly, cowardly, sack of anti-Semitic pus.

        • Once again Gerald all you want to talk about is me. If you are married or otherwise share a bed with someone you need to be careful you don’t whisper my name in your sleep. Well you know……

          • Stephen once again you try to divert attention away from posts you can’t answer.
            We are all well aware of your tactics and shortcomings Stephen, so just for a change why not try to answer the points put to you in posts rather than run away from them yelping like the cur you are?

            • Stephen as much as this might be a blow for your over-inflated ego, but I regard you, and the other anti-Semites, in the same way a scientist regards a specimen he is about to dissect in a laboratory. All I do Stephen is cut you and your flawed posts to bits, and in your case a very simple task it is.

    • Every state offer the Arabs rejected was made by Zionists. I’m sure a class clown like you will decide to proclaim that this is merely the Jews stacking the deck. But while you do, please look up the Palestinian peace plan, and see where the State of Israel (i.e. the Zionists) fit in.

      We promote the 2-state solution because we’re told the Palestinian Arabs want a state. Unfortunately, what they want is to dismantle the State of Israel and replace it with their own Arab run state that finds Zionism an illegal concept.

      Shit Stain, none of this stuff is new. The fact you’ve been here about five years and haven’t figured out one iota of the Zionist perspective just shows why the fuck you dont’ have a state for your downtrodden, pisspoorly oppressed Palestinian folks.

      Maybe now would be a good time to Shout Out to the millions of Arab Israelis who are Israeli and not Palestinian. Shit Stain = Just another douchecanoe that sprung a leak.

    • Anti Zionism is not “the same” as antisemitism, Stephen. It’s just one form of it, i.e., the present incarnation for bigots such as yourself.
      Perhaps you could explain why Arabs claiming to be the indigenous rightful owners of the land of the Jews have to resort to calling themselves “Palestinians.” Why don’t they have an indigenous name for themselves, hmm, knucklehead?

      • But they do have an indigenous name, the problem is that this name shows they are indigenous to Arabia.