The British Labour party has been hit with yet another antisemitism scandal, with calls to fire a “key aide” of leader Jeremy Corbyn for newly-revealed virulent anti-Israel statements.
Joss MacDonald, a speechwriter for the party, reportedly went on an “online tirade” in 2014 in which he called Israel an “apartheid state” that is treated leniently “because of the Holocaust,” the UK’s Jewish Chronicle reported on Sunday.
According to the report, he also accused Israel of committing “genocide.”
Four years earlier, MacDonald went on a similar rant, lambasting Israel for “killing the two state solution.”isemitic Farrakhan
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Euan Philipps, spokesperson for the group Labour Against Antisemitism, issued a furious condemnation of MacDonald, saying in a statement to The Algemeiner that MacDonald’s “reported comments are abhorrent, deeply offensive, and extremely ignorant. They offer further evidence of the way antisemitism is becoming institutionalized at all levels of the Labour party.”
He also pointed the finger directly at Corbyn, stating, “In December Jeremy Corbyn promised a meeting of Jewish Labour party members that there was ‘zero tolerance’ of antisemitism within the Labour party. Now Mr. Corbyn must make good on that promise and carry out a full and transparent investigation. If it is found that the reports are true then Mr. MacDonald must be removed from his post and the Labour party. There can be no place for anyone with these views in the Labour party.”
The MacDonald affair is only the latest in a long line of antisemitism scandals that have struck the party since the intensely anti-Israel Corbyn took over leadership several years ago.
The most prominent scandal involved former mayor of London Ken Livingstone, who was suspended after he falsely claimed that Hitler “supported Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.”
Last week, the Labour party extended Livingstone’s suspension from the party, but refused to meet activists’ demands that he be permanently expelled.
Earlier this year, Labour was forced to expel one of its most prominent activists, Tony Greenstein, for repeatedly using the white supremacist slur “Zios” to refer to Jews and Israel supporters.
Greenstein had previously stated that “Zionism is a Jewish variant of anti-Semitism. … Zionist attacks on people who are not anti-Jewish have one effect, to legitimise anti-Semitism.”
He has also advocated the extermination of Israel, saying, “Yes, I want the state of Israel to be destroyed.”
Another prominent Labour figure, Jackie Walker, faced sanctions after she called Jews the “chief financiers of the slave trade.”
Walker later wrote a play claiming she had been “lynched” by her critics and was only criticizing Israeli policies.
As The Algemeiner reported at the time, Walker was allowed to rejoin Labour, but a video then emerged in which she denied that she could “work with” any definition of antisemitism, questioned why Jewish schools should have more security, and said Holocaust Memorial Day should commemorate other genocides beside the Holocaust.
In fact, Britain’s Holocaust Memorial Day already does so.
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The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration — which seeks to criminalize criticism of migration — is nothing more or less than a dangerous effort to weaken national borders, to normalize mass migration, to blur the line between legal and illegal immigration, and to bolster the idea that people claiming to be refugees enjoy a panoply of rights in countries where they have never before set foot.
One thing about the agreement, in any event, is irrefutable: almost nobody in the Western world has been clamoring for this. It is, quite simply, a project of the globalist elites. It is a UN power-grab.
The waterfront in the Chilean city of Valdivia. Photo: Arvid Puschnig via Wikimedia Commons.
Top Jewish groups have welcomed a Chilean government decision made earlier this week to ban municipalities across the country from boycotting Israel.
The ruling — issued by the Comptroller General of Chile – stemmed from a complaint filed by the Chilean Jewish community over a move of the Valdivia municipality to ban the city from signing contracts with Israel-linked companies.
New immigrants to Israel arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Aug. 17, 2016. Photo: Reuters / Baz Ratner.
A top Israeli minister called on the government on Sunday to craft a “comprehensive plan” to encourage the aliyah of French Jews.
In Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett’s view, there has been a “historic missed opportunity” in recent years to bring more French Jews to Israel as immigrants.
“There are 200,000 French Jews who want to come here, and the state bureaucracies simply aren’t prepared for it,” Bennett, who also serves as education minister and head of the right-wing HaBayit HaYehudi party, claimed at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. “These are ethical people, Zionists, lovers of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, and it is our moral obligation to help them.”
Israel has started uncovering and destroying Hezbollah’s attack tunnels under the Lebanese border, but destroying the group’s ambitious precision missile project will be much more difficult.
The Israel Defense Forces placed a camera into Hezbollah’s secret cross-border attack tunnel before sunrise on Dec. 4. They pushed it into the Lebanese side, under the Blue Line that separates the two countries. At dawn, two Hezbollah operatives reached the spot on their morning rounds. In the video disseminated by the IDF on Tuesday evening, one of the operatives is seen approaching the camera with suspicion. He stuck his nose in its direction and started to sniff around until something exploded in his face and he ran back the way he’d comVisibilitye.
The timing of Operation Northern Shield, to destroy Hezbollah tunnels leading from Lebanon into Israel, suggests that considerations other than security were behind the decision to launch it.
An Israeli commando from Yahalom, an engineering unit, takes part in a tunnel-hunting drill near Tel Aviv, March 7, 2012.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Likud activists on Dec. 2 that was both defensive and combative toward law enforcement authorities. He complained about the supposedly suspicious timing of the police announcement recommending his indictment for taking bribes in Case 4000, coming as it did one day before Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh concluded his term in office.
This week, for the first time, Israel made public its discovery of the tunnel constructed by Hezbollah and reaching into Israel’s sovereign territory. This brought to an end a long period during which a large number of Israelis living in communities adjacent to the Lebanese border reported hearing sounds of digging as well as feeling tremors in the walls of their homes.
Attack tunnels are intended to allow for significant numbers of armed infantry bearing weapons, artillery and supplies, to traverse them within a minimal time span, avoiding Israeli lookouts and thereby gaining the element of surprise.
Last Saturday, Iran’s “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani called Israel “a cancerous tumor” in a speech at the regime’s annual Islamic Unity Conference.
Rouhani’s fellow speakers included deputy Hezbollah chief Naim Qassem and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. Both terror bosses called for the destruction of the “cancerous tumor.”
With the predictability of a Swiss clock, the Europeans rushed to condemn Rouhani. The EU in Brussels condemned Rouhani. The German Foreign Ministry condemned Rouhani. And so on and so forth.
We could have done without their statements.
It was clear that with the onset of Operation Northern Shield—meant to neutralize terror tunnels Hezbollah has constructed along the Israel-Lebanon border—some would call it a public relations stunt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Those who believe the timing of the police’s recommendations in Case 4000—announced on the last day of Roni Alsheikh’s tenure as the police commissioner—was reasonable, somehow complain about the timing of the operation.
On Sunday evening, December 2, the people of Sderot, Israel – a town located a mere kilometer from the Gaza border – gathered to light the first candle of the town’s menorah to commemorate the first day of Hanukkah. Jews around the world celebrate this holiday, which marks the time some two millennia ago when the Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Second Temple.
What makes the candle lighting in Sderot worth mentioning is the fact that it is particularly symbolic of how the Jewish spirit looks for ways to turn tragedy into triumph.
This is obviously a short-lived honeymoon that will end the day after the UN General Assembly vote on the anti-Hamas resolution. The morning after the vote, Abbas will wake up to the realization that Hamas was a strange bedfellow indeed.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s hatred of Hamas is far from secret. But Abbas is now defending Hamas because he despises the Trump administration, which has sponsored a UN draft resolution that condemns Hamas. Pictured: Abbas (right) meets with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on May 30, 2007 in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Abu Askar/PPO via Getty Images)