Jove’s Garcon — Labour, Israel, Anti-semitism and The Holocaust
Of course there is anti-semitism in the Labour Party …. and in the Tories, UKIP, Lib Dems and much of British institutional society. When I was a kid, it was much more prominent than now, despite a world war fighting its awful proponent of the era, Nazi Germany. Many people spoke disparagingly of Jewish people, also Roma and, always, Irish people. Is it a major problem in Labour as is being inculcated by our media?
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The recent/current nonsense, however, is a convenient tool for anti-Corbyn elements in my Party and, of course, Israel which claims a monopoly on the issue. One also recognises the habit of some comrades to join hands with frankly nasty bedfellows especially virulent anti-jewish groups from the Arab world. The theory My Enemy’s Enemies are My Friends is Crap, always was so. They may be allies on a short-term basis, as with Soviet Russia, but if they do not share your basic beliefs, they cannot be trusted as with Putin’s Mother Russia.
The Holocaust looms large in all of this, always in the background, the culmination of centuries of evil prejudice, persecution and murder throughout Europe on trumped-up charges re Jesus. As someone who is 50% Polish blood, an accident (indeed so) of war and proximity, I have come to wonder about the truth there — at this time Israel is making hay with allegations about Polish involvement in The Holocaust, yet the facts rather point the other way.
Yes a number of Poles collaborated with Nazi aggression, but recent stories re Slovakia after invasion show a local nazi regime taking power and agreeing 500DM to be paid to Germany for each of 20000 jewish Slovaks deported to camps outside Slovakia. No such thing happened in Poland, the camps were not Polish Death Camps as Israel calls them. Nowhere else was there a Resistance as in Poland nor anything like The Warsaw Uprising. Israel besmirches history and gives vile trends in modern Poland sustenance.
It is also a fact that Poland harboured the greatest concentration of Jewish believers in Europe, the number in the millions. Why? The Catholic Church had no great record re the Jews, yet Poland could record that population of them. Was it because historically Poland was much more welcoming and even tolerant to a greater degree? Discuss. Compare England’s record of the centuries, expulsion.
I also would like to take a VERY different tack on this issue. Were these Jewish believers Israeli citizens? Well, no, Israel did not then exist and had not for many centuries even prior to Rome — it was then Judea. So these Jewish believers, like their Catholic counterparts, were Polish Citizens. 100% and we can thus say Nazi Germany slaughtered them and many many more POLISH people. Have we got that fact?
I am tired of Israel’s acquisition of all religious Jews as if Israeli, and I also grow tired when I hear time and again, Jewish leaders here playing to that gallery. One has to ask, as alleged, in recent times have UK Jewish leaders met with Israeli government officials re Mr Corbyn?
This is not anti-semitic, it asks the very same questions that are being asked re the Trump Russian connection.
Then, discuss, what is anti-semitism? It has come to mean solely the persecution of Jews, a people of faith as opposed to ‘race’. That encompasses many who now have very little actual semitic roots, i.e. as of those of the semitic peoples of that part of North Africa/Middle East. A good example of such people are the Palestinians, and Israeli Arabs. They are semitic, for sure.
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So what can we say of allegations of Israel behaving anti-semitically and also aping the record of those whom they most ought not, ever? Israel acquires territory by armed force, a breach of the most fundamental principle of the United Nations. That was the Six Day War, and to this day the world says it is unlawful and illegal, Israel defies that. Germany cleared parts of Poland after invasion to settle it with Germans, Israel maintains a policy of settlement of Israelis also by clearance.
So, if we want to talk anti-semitism, can we also look right there in the Occupied Territories? Yes. people who proclaim their superior status and right, invoke cloudy history, ignore those displaced, and cheated, and profit from this. The idea that prejudice has been one-way was shown to me many years ago to have been wholly distorted and misplaced. I worked for the UK UN Association youth movement as its national development officer in my younger years. Much involved in e.g. anti-apartheid, against a racist regime which claimed things like: “The blacks can never rule themselves. They are like children, you know. Look at what we have done with the land, whilst they are primitive herders” etc. Land grabs, cheap labour, bantustans, inferior health and education and oppression/occupation.
I went to dinner one evening with my wife in a prosperous part of North Manchester with the Managing Director then of Tootal, of ties and shirts, and his wife, keen UNA supporters, both Liberal Reform Jews if I recall rightly. The conversation got round to Israel and Palestinians and we both were treated to an ugly tirade matching the sentiment and tone of South African racist propaganda, but about Palestinians — lazy, ‘look what we have done with the desert’ etc. That to me was wholesale anti-semitism, they saw no connection with apartheid but for me it was a watershed.
People decry links, discussions with Hamas, less so the PLO now, but always cited as terrorists. Israel too was born out of struggle, including the Stern Gang, branded by the UK as terrorists as they killed our troops who were lawfully there in what was then the Mandated Territory of Palestine entrusted to our administration. History shows it was intended by the UN that TWO states be created, Israel declared independence before that cold happen, and the world caved in. The shame of the Holocaust and Arab leaders with Nazi taint ensured that.
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So, Mr Corbyn has been targeted by a motley crew who want to undermine his leadership and popularity. We have a right to ask this rum coalition:
- Do you speak for a British interest?
- What is your view of the right of the Palestinians for their Homeland?
- What happens re continuing Israeli encroachment of land that is not theirs?
Always in the background is, to be honest, The Holocaust, the Collective Guilt of Europe re persecution of those of its nationals of the Jewish faith. One of the earliest non-fiction books I acquired was gifted by my mother. Published in English in 1944, I got it when I was 11 after discovering my dad was Polish. Story of a Secret State, by Polish Resistance member Jan Karski (later honoured by Israel as Righteous Amongst the Gentiles), dealt with his operations on behalf of the Polish Government In Exile in London.
A modest man, after reporting to Churchill etc, he met with his own President, Sikorski, in London having escaped the Gestapo who before that had removed his teeth with pliers. Sikorski asked him how his new dentures were fitting and he gave a positive answer.
For me the ever-haunting passage in the book is a Chapter, To Die in Agony. This covered an incident of extermination of Jews ‘on a small scale’ compared to the later mass exterminations in camps. People were simply packed almost hermetically into cattle wagons, babies slung in on top, then quicklime thrown into the sealed wagons and the train shunted off to a forest waiting for Death. These were all Polish, all Jews.
There are Poles now who rant and march as Nazis, they are not Poles. My grandson has more true Polish nature in his little fingernail than these creatures massed together. Shame.
When Israel and its apologists dig up allegations of anti-semitism, they prostitute the memory of those slaughtered people whose fate stands for every single person since that war persecuted, tortured, dispossessed and murdered by racist regimes and groups.
Shoah runs for over Nine Hours, a true classic documentary of the Twentieth Century. Watch it and you will be changed for ever.