“The soul of our nation is at stake” (& Lebanese businessman buys Hitler items, donates to Israel group to prevent them falling into Nazi hands)

November 28, 2019

 

BRITISH CHIEF RABBI: “A NEW POISON – SANCTIONED FROM THE TOP – HAS TAKEN ROOT IN THE LABOUR PARTY”

[Notes by Tom Gross]

I attach below a comment article published in today’s Times of London by Britain’s Chief Rabbi, warning that the “soul of our nation” is at stake if the extreme left-wing leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn becomes Britain’s prime minister at the December 12 general election.

The head of the Church of England, the archbishop of Canterbury, this morning said he supported the chief rabbi’s warnings and that they should be taken seriously.

It is unprecedented for the British chief rabbi to make political comments like this. Chief Rabbi Efraim Mirvis is a moderate man not known for making dramatic statements.

He writes:

“A new poison – sanctioned from the top – has taken root in the Labour Party. Many members of the Jewish community can hardly believe that this is the same party that they called their political home for more than a century. It can no longer claim to be the party of equality and anti-racism.”

He also writes: “The Jewish community has watched with incredulity as supporters of the Labour leadership have hounded parliamentarians, members and even staff out of the party for challenging anti-Jewish racism. Even as they received threats, the response of the Labour leadership was utterly inadequate… And all of this while in opposition. What should we expect of them in government?

“The way in which the leadership has dealt with anti-Jewish racism is incompatible with the British values of which we are so proud — of dignity and respect for all people. It has left many decent Labour members both Jewish and non-Jewish, ashamed of what has transpired.”

 

“THE BLOOD LIBEL WIDELY REPEATED ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST TODAY ORIGINATED IN ENGLAND”

I also attach below, an article by the English historian Tom Holland (who, for the record, is not Jewish) pointing out that Corbynite-type conspiracy theories about Jews have a long history in England:

“In 2011, writing in [the communist paper] the Morning Star, the future Labour leader condemned ‘the Zionist lobby’ for securing the deportation from Britain of a Palestinian activist named Raed Saleh. A year later, Corbyn was still campaigning on Saleh’s behalf, and even issued him an invitation to ‘tea on the House of Commons terrace.’ It is hard to think of anyone less deserving of such an invitation. Saleh has been convicted of deploying the most repellant of all the many calumnies directed against the Jews over the centuries: the charge that they are in the habit of mixing children’s blood with their ritual bread.

“This blood libel is widely repeated across the Middle East today – but it did not originate there. It originated in England. The context was a growing dread in 12th century Christendom of the Jews as willing agents of the Devil. Increasingly they were fingered as sorcerers and blasphemers: enemies of the Church who, given the chance, would pollute the sacred vessels used in the eucharist with their spit, their sperm, their excrement. Darkest of all, they were charged with murder.”

 

SUPPORTING THOSE WHO CASTRATED JEWS AT THE MUNICH OLYMPICS, AND MURDERED BRIDES TO BE

Tom Gross adds:

As NOT pointed out by the BBC in their reports this morning about the Chief Rabbi’s article, for years Corbyn has stood alongside Holocaust deniers, as well as showing support for those who murder Israelis.

For example, Corbyn traveled to Tunisia to lay a wreath at the grave of the one of the terrorists who murdered and castrated Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics:

Corbyn admiringly called the terrorist mastermind behind the blowing up of a cafe his “brother”. That terrorist killed Dr David Applebaum and his 20-year-old daughter Nava on the eve of her wedding, and killed and wounded dozens of other Jews.

 

“JEWS BELIEVE IT IS OKAY TO RAPE CHILDREN”

By their actions and inactions, Corbyn and his allies have encouraged hatred against Jews at almost every level of the party. See, for example, these shocking Facebook posts leaked from the private Labour Party supporters Facebook group:

http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001761.html

These are the kind of flyers handed out at Labour party events, complete with swastika images:

http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001787.html

British Labour councilor Damien Enticott posted on his Facebook page that “Jews believe it is okay to rape children” while other Labour councilors have posted caricatures of a hook-nosed, bloodthirsty Jews or engaged in overt Holocaust denial – “Holo-brainwashing”, as a former Labour council candidate in Kent

For a screenshot scroll down here:

http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001785.html

Other Labour activists have spoken of “Jewish final solutions”:

http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001883.html

Some Labour party politicians have been suspended for their hatred against Jews (but only after having been exposed in the media) but many others remain.

 

FORMER MI6 CHIEF CALLS JEREMY CORBYN A DANGER TO NATIONAL SECURITY

Many, including myself, think that Corbyn is not only a danger to Jews.

The Daily Telegraph reports:

The former head of MI6 has called Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a danger to national security who is unfit to lead the country.

Sir Richard Dearlove says Corbyn would pose a “present danger to our country” if he became prime minister and has access to top-secret files.

Sir Richard, who spent 38 years with Britain’s intelligence service, said Corbyn’s past political activities [including support for Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and elsehre] would make him a security risk if he was in possession of such sensitive information.

More here.

 

WOULD WESTERN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES SHARE INFO WITH CORBYN, SYMPATHIZER WITH RUSSIA, IRAN & ASSAD?

See also this short TV interview with me about Corbyn’s foreign policy from the 2017 election:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlsWNE9p6Gk

Would Western intelligence agencies share info with Corbyn, sympathizer with Russia, Iran & Assad?

 

LEBANESE BUSINESSMAN BUYS UP HITLER ITEMS AT AUCTION, DONATES TO ISRAELI GROUP TO PREVENT THEM FALLING INTO NEO-NAZI HANDS

AFP (Agence France Presse) reports:

A Lebanese businessman living in Switzerland has offered Adolf Hitler’s top hat and other former possessions to the Israel-based Keren Hayesod charity.

Abdallah Chatila, born in Beirut to a Christian Lebanese family, who made his fortune in diamonds and real estate in Geneva, said he had bought the items at a controversial auction in Germany last week in order to keep them out of the hands of neo-Nazis.

He “wanted to buy these objects so that they would not be used for neo-Nazi propaganda purposes,” Chatila told the Swiss weekly Le Matin Dimanche. “My approach is totally apolitical and neutral.”

He told the paper that the Nazi artifacts “should be burned,” but that “historians think that they must be kept for the collective memory.”

Chatila spent 545,000 euros ($601,000) on 10 lots at the Wednesday auction in Munich by the German auction house Hermann Historica, including a top hat worn by Hitler, his cigar box and typewriter, as well as a luxury edition of his book “Mein Kampf” embossed with an eagle and a swastika that belonged to the Nazi leader Hermann Goering, one of Hitler’s chief lieutenants.


I attach two articles below. The first is from last week by the English historian Tom Holland, and the second by the chief rabbi in today’s Times -- Tom Gross

 

ARTICLES

As a historian of England’s shameful anti-Semitic past, I dread the idea of Prime Minister Corbyn
By Tom Holland
Daily Telegraph
November 16, 2019

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/11/16/englands-shameful-history-blood-libel-compelled-denounce-corbyns/

On Thursday I joined John Le Carré, Trevor Phillips, Fiyaz Mughal and many others in signing a letter explaining our refusal to vote Labour on 12 December. The concern – indeed, the dread – which we expressed was “the prospect of a prime minister steeped in association with antisemitism.” Whether Jeremy Corbyn is personally anti-semitic, or wilfully blind, or both, I do not presume to judge; but the sheer range of his contacts with indisputable anti-semites, his repeated expressions of enthusiasm for them, means that I have long found it impossible to ignore the anxieties of Jewish friends.

One association in particular seems to me beyond the pale. In 2011, writing in the Morning Star, the future Labour leader condemned “the Zionist lobby” for securing the deportation from Britain of a Palestinian activist named Raed Saleh. A year later, Corbyn was still campaigning on Saleh’s behalf, and even issued him an invitation to “tea on the House of Commons terrace.” It is hard to think of anyone less deserving of such an invitation. Saleh has been convicted of deploying the most repellant of all the many calumnies directed against the Jews over the centuries: the charge that they are in the habit of mixing children’s blood with their ritual bread.

This blood libel is widely repeated across the Middle East today – but it did not originate there. It originated in England. The context was a growing dread in 12th century Christendom of the Jews as willing agents of the Devil. Increasingly they were fingered as sorcerers and blasphemers: enemies of the Church who, given the chance, would pollute the sacred vessels used in the eucharist with their spit, their sperm, their excrement. Darkest of all, they were charged with murder.

In 1144, the discovery of a young boy’s corpse in a wood outside Norwich prompted a host of sensational accusations: that the boy had been kidnapped by the city’s Jews, tortured as Christ had been tortured and offered up as a sacrifice. The story spread like wildfire. As similar tales were reported across Christendom, a further hellish refinement was added: that the Jews, in a grotesque parody of the eucharist, mixed blood into their bread.

That this claim was condemned as a libel first by an imperial commission, and then, in 1253, by the papacy itself, did nothing to stop its spread. Two years later, the discovery in Lincoln of a small boy named Hugh at the bottom of a well saw ninety Jews arrested for the murder on the orders of the king himself. Eighteen of them were hanged. The murdered boy was hailed as a martyr. That the papacy pointedly refused to confirm this canonisation did little to check the growth of the cult of Little Saint Hugh.

England, as the birthplace of this most toxic of lies, has a particular responsibility to take a stand against it. Taking a stand against it, however, is something that Jeremy Corbyn, by backing a promoter of the blood libel, has failed to do. It shames him, and soon perhaps, the country as well.

 

WHAT WILL BECOME OF JEWS IN BRITAIN IF LABOUR FORMS THE NEXT GOVERNMENT?

What will become of Jews in Britain if Labour forms the next government?
By Ephraim Mirvis
The Times
November 26, 2019

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ephraim-mirvis-what-will-become-of-jews-in-britain-if-labour-forms-the-next-government-ghpsdbljk

Elections should be a celebration of democracy. However, just weeks before we go to the polls, the overwhelming majority of British Jews are gripped by anxiety.

During the past few years, on my travels through the UK and further afield, one concern has been expressed to me more than any other. Of course, the threats of the far right and violent jihadism never go away, but the question I am now most frequently asked is: What will become of Jews and Judaism in Britain if the Labour Party forms the next government?

This anxiety is justified. Raising concerns about anti-Jewish racism in the context of a general election ranks among the most painful moments I have experienced since taking office. Convention dictates that the Chief Rabbi stays well away from party politics — and rightly so. However, challenging racism is not a matter of politics, it goes well beyond that. Wherever there is evidence of it, including in any of our political parties, it must be swiftly rooted out. Hateful prejudice is always wrong, whoever the perpetrator, whoever the victim.

The Jewish community has endured the deep discomfort of being at the centre of national political attention for nearly four years. We have been treated by many as an irritant, as opposed to a minority community with genuine concerns. Some politicians have shown courage but too many have sat silent. We have learned the hard way that speaking out means that we will be demonised by faceless social media trolls and accused of being partisan or acting in bad faith by those who still think of this as an orchestrated political smear. Yet, I ask myself: should the victims of racism be silenced by the fear of yet further vilification?

Therefore, with the heaviest of hearts, I call upon the citizens of our great country to study what has been unfolding before our very eyes.

The Jewish community has watched with incredulity as supporters of the Labour leadership have hounded parliamentarians, members and even staff out of the party for challenging anti-Jewish racism. Even as they received threats, the response of the Labour leadership was utterly inadequate. We have endured quibbling and prevarication over whether the party should adopt the most widely accepted definition of antisemitism. Now we await the outcome of a formal investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission into whether discrimination by the party against Jews has become an institutional problem. And all of this while in opposition. What should we expect of them in government?

The way in which the leadership has dealt with anti-Jewish racism is incompatible with the British values of which we are so proud — of dignity and respect for all people. It has left many decent Labour members both Jewish and non-Jewish, ashamed of what has transpired.

The claims that the party is “doing everything” it reasonably can to tackle anti-Jewish racism and that it has “investigated every single case”, are a mendacious fiction. According to the Jewish Labour Movement, there are at least 130 outstanding cases before the party, some dating back years, and thousands more have been reported but remain unresolved.

The party leadership have never understood that their failure is not just one of procedure, which can be remedied with additional staff or new processes. It is a failure to see this as a human problem rather than a political one. It is a failure of culture. It is a failure of leadership. A new poison – sanctioned from the top – has taken root in the Labour Party.
Many members of the Jewish community can hardly believe that this is the same party that they called their political home for more than a century. It can no longer claim to be the party of equality and anti-racism.

How far is too far? How complicit in prejudice would a leader of Her Majesty’s opposition have to be to be considered unfit for office? Would associations with those who have incited hatred against Jews be enough? Would describing as “friends” those who endorse the murder of Jews be enough? It seems not.

It is not my place to tell any person how they should vote. I regret being in this situation at all. I simply pose the question: What will the result of this election say about the moral compass of our country? When December 12 arrives, I ask every person to vote with their conscience. Be in no doubt, the very soul of our nation is at stake.

 

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