What is anti-Semitism?
According to the EU Agency for fundamental Rights (EUAFR), anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism that are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, or toward the Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.
In July 2017, the Campaign Against Antisemitism published the opinion of expert counsel on the adoption of the above definition as an International Definition of Antisemitism. Expert legal opinion states that The Definition is a clear, meaningful and a workable definition. Criticism of Israel, even in robust terms, cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic per se and such criticism is not captured by the Definition.
Monday, March 26, 2018 was a dark and disgusting day in British politics, when right wing hacks, Tory MPs and Mr Blair’s acolytes in the PLP hijacked the victims of real anti-Semitism for political point scoring in yet another attempt to discredit Her Majesty’s Leader of the Opposition.
Jeremy Corbyn, a man who has condemned racism in all its forms for his entire career, has been labelled anti-Semitic because he viewed a mural painted by a street artist. It mattered not that the picture, entitled ‘Fake Profits’ depicted capitalism, and the greed of the rich who made their money off the backs of the working classes, those with an agenda decided they could spin intent and use it against him.
Jo Coburn for the BBC, presenter and right-wing apologist who is rabidly anti-Corbyn, described the picture as a stereotypical depiction of Jews with hooked noses. Her comment, according to the EUAFR’s definition of anti-Semitism, could itself be described as anti-Semitic. No one suggested but she that Jews are bankers with hooked noses, and indeed many people have facial features which could, and do, lend themselves to parody.
The artist, Kalen Ockerman, has identified the men in his painting, from left to right, as “Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan, Aleister Crowley, Carnegie & Warburg“.
Of the six men, only the first and last in the list were Jewish. One, Aleister Crowley, was noted for his anti-Semitic views.
The people who fake outrage, and who are demanding Corbyn gives up his pound of flesh, are the same people who do nothing about the rabid Islamophobia raging though the entire British Isles, or the attacks on the Mayor of London, or the ignorant, hate-filled little Englanders who brand all Muslims as groomers, paedophiles and rapists.
The legacy of conservatism is a section of spiteful haters who are terrified that a decent man may ascend to number 10
I came across Dean Sean Foy earlier in 2016 on social media when he was campaining for a Labour candidate standing for election as a local councillor.
One thing that quickly became clear was Dean was a very enthusiastic young Labour Party supporter.
He worked tirelessly on social media and in his local area delivering leaflets and knocking on doors sharing images on social media along the way.
It was also obvious he has a sense of humour but is at that intense age in life; a period many of us older people would love to recapture.
He threw himself into his election campaign body and soul but he was unlucky and his candidate failed to get elected.
Still Dean is not a quitter and he was soon campaigning with a passion for the UK to stay in the EU.
In the run up to the referendum June 23 he worked his socks off trying to persaude people to vote to stay in the EU.
The only time we crossed words briefly was following the death of Jo Cox.
Dean was so caught up in the referendum and the importance of the country remaining in Europe that he continued campaigning when the Labour Party had called a brief halt as a mark of respect to Mrs Cox.
We spoke on messenger and Dean told me he would stop campaigning but resume as soon as allowed.
There was no malice just the enthusiasm of a young person with a strong belief; a young man who was worrying that time was running out and the majority of the electorate would vote leave.
Ultimately he was right to worry.
The country voted to leave the EU but Dean bounced back.
He went back to campaigning for the Labour Party posting positive information and highlighting negative Tory news.
Mr Foy is also looking for work and he regularly posts updates of job interviews but has been unlucky so far. He is one of those guys who really deserves a break.
Imagine my surprise Monday evening when I read his post saying he was leaving all forums on Facebook and going to delete his page as he has been suspended from the Labour Party.
His "crime" who knows?
His FB friends rallied and although Tuesday he has said he is still very upset he has updated his timeline to say "I have decided not to remove my Page or go off any Forums but I am not happy with my Suspension it is bad really after all the hard work I have done for the Party I am not happy at all."
Opinion: Who will care that a young man who is already facing the challenge of finding work is hurt and angry, suspended from the political party he loves; and yes loves is the right word.
If you check Dean out online his passion for the Labour Party is clearly visible.
He is not a spin doctor, or university educated person. He is an ordinary young man with political energy and enthusiasm and this week he has taken a battering.
Do Iain McNicol, Labour Party General Secretary, Jeremy Corbyn, party leader, Tom Watson, deputy party leader or Owen Smith the leadership challenger care?
WE the ordinary party members will care.
And Jeremy Corbyn will care. He is fighting behind the scenes to resolve this crazy Labour McCarthy period.
Without young people such as Dean Sean Foy we the Labour Party are meaningless. We may still have our fat money backers and highly paid spin doctors but so do other parties such as the Tories.
The Labour Party is different, used to be or at least should be!
In an effort to remove Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party some members of the party worked hard to oust him, even before he was elected.
He received the necessary number of nominations in 2015 to be on the ballot, after Ed Miliband resigned and the search was on for a new leader.
Miliband was quickly toast following Labour's General Election defeat.
Another leader hung out to dry when some of those demanding he quit had failed.
Because the Labour Party is never about one man or woman.
It could be about an inspiring party leader leading a team to victory but that needs everyone to play their part.
Instead of supporting Corbyn as he settled into his new role as party leader the usual suspects began to plot and plot again.
Deputy Leader Tom Watson has a track record of plotting and intrigue with a little expense scandal thrown in for good measure.
After observing dirty tricks which might even put the Tory Party to shame the gloves came off.
It was in the immediate aftermath of the EU Referendum and an orchestrated coup began to play out.
A non-binding vote of no confidence in Corbyn by 171 or was that 172 members of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
He refused to budge.
Next a series of public resignations from the shadow cabinet some on TV but all with letters posted on social media and pinned to timelines for the world to see.
Mainstream media coverage lapped it up and in an attempt to get eyeballs of pages and websites ever more wild stories were posted.
Finally Angela Eagle launched a leadership challenge but she appears to have simply been a stalking horse for Owen Smith.
He finally stepped out of the shadows.
He continues to attack Corbyn for an uneven balance of females in the shadow cabinet but with the likes of Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendal refusing to join Corbyn's team his choices were limited.
With the resignations the female to male ratio increased further.
But Smith of course stopped a woman becoming party leader when he stepped out of the shadows.
The plotting PLP opted for him to challenge Corbyn rather than Eagle and she was toast.
But the attempt to elect Smith and remove Corbyn has been a messy one.
Some MPs tried to prevent Corbyn being automatically on the ballot knowing he might struggle for MP nominations. But how can you have a challenger without the incumbent included?
The plotters had no plan B.
They wanted him to resign but who was going to take over?
Some say Tom Watson was hoping to be caretaker leader until a replacement was elected.
Yet no-one appeared to want to step up to the mark and can you blame them?
Labour is no stranger to hanging dirty laundry out to dry but they have excelled this time; the level of hate lies, spin, intrigue, hypocrisy and self indulgent politics is obscene.
Monday five recent party members went to court to win the right to vote in the leadership election.
Tom Watson and Iain McNicol both leading lights in the current NEC refused to accept the court verdict and lodged an appeal which was heard within two days, on Thursday.
Friday the judges announced their ruling and the NEC won though some claim on a technicality.
Through all of this THEY, the plotters, have damaged the Labour Party far more than Mr Corbyn ever could.
Some mainstream news publications such as The Independent are posting reports asking how Labour can be trusted on the economy after this week's shenanigans.
Because £100K of Labour Party funds was being used Friday. OUR money.
As they have won it will be the little man and woman who will foot the bill.
Crowdfunding is going well but it is a huge mountain to climb.
So Owen Smith who claims to be the unity candidate is part of an attack against ordinary party members.
What I would like to see
Starting a new political party is never easy.
But a split is inevitable.
Big money is behind Mr Smith.
But a people's party is possible with Corbyn and like-minded politicians, supporters and members.
I for one would leave the Labour Party and join that one and I would not be alone.
Tom Watson plots and expenses The Telegraph 2009
Lord Mandleson says Tom Watson was plot ringleader Express and Star 2010
Labour NEC wins voting appeal: our writers’ verdict Guardian 2016
Open letter to Tom Watson Labour Party Deputy Leader
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