Times cartoon targets former Guardian opinion editor (& London bus stops plastered with hate ads)

September 06, 2018




[Notes by Tom Gross]

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn plastered London bus stops yesterday afternoon with posters slandering Israel, a day after the Labour leader effectively gave encouragement to his supporters to launch such campaigns.

The posters went up in Westminster, Waterloo, Bloomsbury and other locations.

Critics took to twitter, some asking whether the notorious Nazi-era yellow star, with “Jew” in the centre, would be the next thing to posted up.

A Transport for London (TfL) spokesperson said: “These adverts are absolutely not authorized by TfL … it is an act of vandalism which we take extremely seriously. We have instructed our contractors to remove any of these posters found on our network immediately.”

The (London) Evening Standard reports that the Metropolitan police will launch an investigation. The posters may constitute a “hate crime” and encourage others in London to attack Jews.

More here.


Above, today’s cartoon from The Times of London.

Seamus Milne, who was previously the opinion editor at The Guardian, is now one of Corbyn’s chief advisors and thought to be responsible for helping Corbyn formulate his policies on Jews and Israel.

I have criticized Milne on many occasions for the hateful articles he regularly published about the Jewish state in The Guardian.

Corbyn has also cast doubt over whether Vladimir Putin or his chief aides had anything to do with the recent chemical poisoning in Salisbury.

Interpol has been put on red alert to detain two Russian agents for the attack.



The Times writes:

The document has details of 45 members of the party who are accused of antisemitism. It includes allegations that a Labour councillor inflicted “ten years of hell” on a child by calling him a “Jew boy”, while another member posted Facebook comments including: “we shall rid the Jews who are a cancer on us all” and “as for the Jews, red see ideal destination no need for gas chambers anyway as gas is so expensive and we need it in England”.

The dossier was leaked to the radio station LBC, which showed the documents to Mak Chishty, who until last year was in charge of hate crime at the Metropolitan Police. He said that 17 of the cases could be hate crimes that should be reported to the police.

Cressida Dick, commissioner of the Met, said that her force would investigate the dossier.


In a front page story, the (London) Evening Standard writes:

A leaked internal dossier detailing 45 allegations of anti-Semitism against Labour party members will be examined by Scotland Yard, Commissioner Cressida Dick said today.

The Met chief pledged to pass on the files — said to include vile messages such as “We shall rid the Jews who are cancer on us all” — to detectives to investigate whether they constitute possible hate crimes.

Among other messages in the leaked file is a serving councilor who is alleged to have used the term “Jew boy” on a child, and one member saying “Zionist MPs” were “about to get a good kicking”



Yesterday marked the 46th anniversary of the Munich massacre. In addition to the 11 athletes who were slaughtered, at least one of whom was castrated as the other athletes were forced to watch, the PLO terrorists also killed a German policeman.

Given this, Jerusalem Post Germany correspondent Benjamin Weinthal asks why German officials have remained on Jeremy Corbyn’s wreath-laying for the Munich Olympic terrorists.


Above, Israeli Arabs on the beach in Tel Aviv are a common site, contrary to the lies told by some journalists in the British media. Israeli Arabs work in virtually every area of Israeli life, as college professors, doctors, teachers, judges, members of parliament and so on.


Above, myself (Tom Gross) at one of my favorite Iranian-Israeli restaurants in south Tel Aviv this week. While shouts of “Death to Israel” are often heard in regime-organized protests in Iranian cities, in Israel Iranian flags are placed nicely alongside Israeli ones, and Persian is written alongside Hebrew.


(The next few items already appeared on my public Facebook page)


Yasmine Dar was elected to Labour’s National Executive Committee on Tuesday with 88,176 votes.

The Daily Mail reports:

Ms Dar, 52, celebrated the Iranian revolution when hardline Ayatollahs took over the country, repressing freedom and human rights.

She has given speeches at an Islamist celebration of the Iranian revolution in Manchester for three years in a row.

The Iranian regime is known for its brutality. According to Amnesty International, torture is ‘common’, and ‘floggings, amputations and other cruel punishments’ are routinely carried out. Gay people are hanged from cranes.

The meeting took place at the Manchester Islamic Centre, in front of a huge portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini, still considered Iran’s spiritual figurehead.

Pictures and video celebrating Islamic rule in Iran here.


For Jeremy Corbyn’s links with the Iranian regime, please see this article I wrote earlier this year:




Labour’s last prime minister Gordon Brown lashes out at current Labour leader Corbyn for the anti-Semitism he has encouraged. “It’s a stain that must be removed,” said Brown.

Video from Britain’s Channel Four News.


What really happened at Labour’s anti-Semitism meeting on Tuesday:



The Sun: “Two weeks ago Corbyn denied having dined with Hamas, but this video shows he was lying and he did dine with terrorists, who he heaped praise on in the video”:



British Jewish grandmother, 82, tells how Jeremy Corbyn looked on as she was called ‘Zionist traitor piece of sh**’ by jeering anti-Semitic mob in Parliament.

“The grandmother’s family has lived in Britain for more than 150 years. Her husband was wounded fighting in Italy in WWII, after lying about his age to volunteer for the British army when he was 17. His father fought for Britain in WWI, and was left deaf by artillery shells.”

Photos and video here.


Responding to the Labour Party decision on anti-Semitism Tuesday, Labour Party Friends of Israel Director, Jennifer Gerber, said:

“It is appalling that the Labour party has once again ignored the view clearly and repeatedly stated by the Jewish community: that it should adopt the full IHRA definition without additions, omissions or caveats.

“The IHRA definition has been adopted in full by 31 countries, including the UK, as well as over 130 UK local councils, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the judiciary. A “freedom of expression on Israel” clause is unnecessary and totally undermines the other examples the party has supposedly just adopted.

“Labour appears determined to provide a safe space for antisemites. This decision is a sad reflection on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party and the culture it has instilled.”



Tom Gross adds:

The Financial Times editorial page doesn’t usually comment on matters such as anti-Semitism but even the FT has had enough, as is explained in this sensible editorial below.

(It is regrettable that even at the Financial Times, anti-Semitic comments were left online by readers under this editorial. They were removed by the paper.)

Jeremy Corbyn casts doubt on his ability to lead Britain
The opposition leader’s failure on anti-Semitism exposes wider flaws
By The editorial board
Financial Times
September 5, 2018

If Jeremy Corbyn were not so invested in his self-image as a life-long anti-racist campaigner, and therefore so convinced by his own sanctity, his dispute with Britain’s Jewish community would have been resolved long ago. Instead, surrounded by disciples rather than supporters, he has allowed the Labour party to be shamed by an indifference to anti-Semitism which would have staggered all his predecessors.

This week saw the Labour leader’s latest efforts to escape a mess entirely of his own making. Yet again he fluffed it. Labour’s ruling national executive committee met on Tuesday to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s full definition of anti-Semitism with all its associated examples. His allies had originally blocked moves to adopt the full text, arguing that it would restrict legitimate criticism of Israel. But after months of tension, culminating in Jews protesting over the fears Labour now evokes in their community, Mr Corbyn has been forced to give ground.

The party has finally taken the obvious mainstream route by adopting the IHRA text. This is welcome, albeit long overdue. Even so Mr Corbyn could not bring himself to do so without qualification. A rider, protecting the rights of free speech on Palestine, was added after lengthy rows in which the Labour leader tried to further water down the very examples he had agreed to. The appendix was unnecessary: there is nothing in the IHRA’s definition that curtails legitimate criticism of Israel.

His approach will exacerbate the bad faith. It does not instil confidence in the new policy or the opposition leader’s commitment to policing it. Mr Corbyn has framed the debate as an attempt to undermine him for his decades-long support for the Palestinian cause. For the bulk of British Jews, it was about combating the clear and rising tide of anti-Semitism unleashed by Mr Corbyn’s accession and which he has, for too long, refused to tackle.

As an obscure backbench MP, the Labour leader marinated on the leftward fringes of British politics for over four decades. He was steeped in a world view that flirts with anti-Semitism, where criticism of international capitalism and Israel easily spills over into anti-Jewish rhetoric. He was undiscriminating in his choice of allies, too often attending events with Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites. Much of the party’s present travails stem from his own troubling past.

Mr Corbyn has always argued that his motivation is to bring peace to the Middle East. But his claim to be a peacemaker rings hollow; he has consistently engaged only with one side of the debate. More recently his own rhetoric has come back to haunt him. His remark that Zionists ”don’t understand English irony” crossed a line for many, raising questions about his own ability to judge anti-Semitism.

This speaks to the core of the dispute. A leader whose good faith towards the Jewish community was not in doubt would not have found himself in this position. But Mr Corbyn’s inability to see any failing on his part means there is little trust. Furthermore, his allies treat all criticism as politically motivated. A leader intent on solving this problem would include a consultation with community leaders and an apology for his insensitive remarks. His failure to offer either leads to the suspicion that he seeks only a political fix. He has shown himself to be inflexible, doctrinaire and lacking in empathy.

The issue is intertwined with Mr Corbyn’s suitability for high office. Last year’s election pointed to a mood for change in the UK. His radical policy programme spoke to that. But this row casts doubt on whether he is a suitable leader for the country. Judged on his response to the anti-Semitism crisis, the conclusion must be that he is not.


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