42. When any person harms you, or speaks badly of you, remember that he acts or speaks from a supposition of its being his duty. Now, it is not possible that he should follow what appears right to you, but what appears so to himself. Therefore, if he judges from a wrong appearance, he is the person hurt, since he too is the person deceived. For if anyone should suppose a true proposition to be false, the proposition is not hurt, but he who is deceived about it. Setting out, then, from these principles, you will meekly bear a person who reviles you, for you will say upon every occasion, “It seemed so to him.”
It’s more than time to try to unpick the shemozzl of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party 1. Self-harming is ever Labour’s favourite activity, and those MPs determined to keep the row going have lost sight of the danger that what they wish for will hurt them more, that unseating Jeremy Corbyn will cost some of them their own seats and condemn us to Tory rule for the foreseeable future. It is essential to get this thing back into perspective and to halt the misinformation over the issue both current and retrospective.
Stories don’t only exist in the pages of books, we also use them to understand real life. When there are so many facts competing for our attention we use stories, or narratives, to explain what is really going on. When new facts come along we slot them into our pre-existing narrative, saving us from having to examine them too closely. If the story is good enough, with real drama and plausible heroes and villains, it may well continue long after the facts cease to convince
April 23, 2018 I enjoyed reading this article and have reflected on both it and the comments. I remember the Marc Wadsworth incident at the launch of the Chakrabarti report and have quietly observed the likes of Politics Home and Portland communications pouring on troubled waters where ever the opportunity suggested.
I was moved to comment on a post that appeared in my Twitter Feed it struck me that the target of the accusation of Anti Semitism seemed to me to be a victim of racism rather than being anti-semitic.
I put together a couple of Blogs as sketches and will be working up the episode as a chapter in my Satirical Novel The Conquest of Dough.
More #LabourAntisemitism Retweeted Jack Emsley
.@Hounslow_Labour could we have an answer? This candidate you are promoting is an antisemite, but, you appear to be doing nothing, despite him comparing “Zionists to Nazis” and saying “Zionists are committing a “holocaust” – both breaches of the IHRA definition of antisemitism.#LabourAntisemitism added,
Hi @Hounslow_Labour, this is your candidate in Hounslow Central. He claims the media is controlled by a Zionist conspiracy, that the Syria crisis is a false flag created by the Israelis, and conflates Israel-Palestine…
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Roger Glyndwr Lewis
Replying to @GnasherJew @BeccyBee03 @Hounslow_Labour
Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews which may be expressed as hatred
toward Jews Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed
toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals &/or their property, toward Jewish
Mr Hairball, I visited the Belsen Concentration camp as an eight-year-old I am no Holocaust denier. I am now 53 years old and remember as clearly today what I saw there. Anti Semitism is flat out wrong, free speech even being outlawed will do nothing to prevent ignorance and hate
Mrs May Stalinist Lord Protector, Netenyahu Zionism Thought Police @GnasherJew#LabourAntisemitism RINOS TWATS and C U N T ‘s http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.com/2018/04/mrs-may-stalinist-lord-protector.html…
@GnasherJew@UKLabourAre you a memebr of the Labour Party Do you identify to any political or Religous Identity What gives you the right to make unsubstantiated accusations regarding anyones beliefs or thought crimes? Why do you carry out this shabby practice pseudoAnonomously
The Tweets singled out by gnashers very selective method are surrounded by context on my Twitter and Facebook feeds but also on my Blog , whilst some of the linked to material would constitute Holocaust denial by most definitions I myself am not a Denier. It is impossible to provide context and discuss these matters without reading watching and considering all sides of a question, (that is unless we have a bunch of Conclusions looking for an Accused.)
I observe the need for historical context and would recommend anyone to read the excellent Gas Chambers of Sherlock Holmes by Cromwell or indeed Kollestroms book. or the excellent wikipedia article on the Nolte controversy to get some idea of what people get themselves so excercised over.
I have also been fascinated by the Irving v Lipstadt case and the Faurrison Affair. Noam Chomsky is an intellectual hero of mine and perhaps this form Chomskys explication of his writing a foreward in Faurrisons book is worth visiting at this juncture. https://chomsky.info/1989____/
The Faurisson Affair
Noam Chomsky writes to Lawrence K. Kolodney
Recently, I have come across allegations concerning actions you took with respect to the Faurisson affair. Although I thought the issue was essentially settled, a new pamphlet, entitled “The Hidden Alliances of Noam Chomsky” by one Werner Cohn has been making its way around. It claims to rebut your most recent public statement in “The Nation” on the subject, and contains some disturbing allegations.
1. Is it true that you stated that you saw “no anti-semitic implications in denial of the existence of gas chambers, or even denial of the holocaust”? Did you mean this in a purely formal sense? In any other way, it seems strange to me that you wouldn’t at least suspect the motives of someone who does seriously attempt to deny that event.
2. Is it true that you published the French version of “The Political Economy of Human Rights” with Faurisson’s publisher? Doesn’t this go beyond the scope of merely defending free speech to subsidizing anti-semitic speech?
3. What’s the story behind La Vielle Taupe [the publisher of Faurisson]? The pamphlet I mentioned paints it as a kind of Larouchite organization, with roots in the stalinist [sic] left but now with an idiosyncratic right wing ideology.
Dear Mr. Kolodney,
The issue of the Faurisson affair is very far from settled, in two respects. First, the actual issue has not yet even been addressed. Recall the facts. A professor of French literature was suspended from teaching on grounds that he could not be protected from violence, after privately printing pamphlets questioning the existence of gas chambers. He was then brought to trial for “falsification of History,” and later condemned for this crime, the first time that a modern Western state openly affirmed the Stalinist-Nazi doctrine that the state will determine historical truth and punish deviation from it. Later he was beaten practically to death by Jewish terrorists. As of now, the European and other intellectuals have not expressed any opposition to these scandals; rather, they have sought to disguise their profound commitment to Stalinist-Nazi doctrine by following the same models, trying to divert attention with a flood of outrageous lies. So, the issue has not been settled, or even addressed.
Second, as to the minor matter of my role, that has also not been addressed, though it has been the subject of a flood of lies and deceit on the part of those who want to disguise their own commitments, and on the part of groups like Americans for Safe Israel (ASI), which have their own agendas, namely, to defame and discredit anyone who does not meet their standards of support for Israeli militancy. ASI, which published the ludicrous pamphlet to which you refer, has a long record of attacking Americans and Israelis who depart from their right-wing extremism, with scandalous lies and fabrications, a record that is well-known. ASI was also the sponsor of Rabbi Kahane, the advocate of the Nuremberg laws who was denounced as an outright Nazi by Israeli supreme court justices and Israeli scholars, and barred from the Israeli political system as an outspoken Nazi, which indeed he was. People who choose to pay attention to pamphlets published by pro-Nazi organizations of course have a right to do so. I believe in freedom of speech. But it is hard to take them seriously.
It really about Freedom of Speech that is my interest in the Chabloz and Nazi Pug cases and the malicous communications act. Locking people up for even mistaken views is just silly, Sir Richard Evans the expert in the lipstadt case agrees with that view he makes it here in theis Oxford Union Debate.
It is said, and seems to have been accepted in some unlikely places, that Shah is guilty of “anti-Semitism”. She is not, at least on the evidence which has emerged to date. Her comments are half-witted to be sure, and their appearance at this time will prove a mighty headache for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (who is actually what this is all about) and may prove very significant in British politics over the next few months. But they are not anti-Semitic.
By way of example and for the nbenefit of the research challenged Gnasher, on my blog you can search terms in the top right hand corner and then the blogs containing that word or phrase appear and can be clicked and read. The example is the Chabloz Case. I found Ms Chabloz song Surviors highly offensive and in the grossest of mis-taste. There is though no right not to be offended and nor should there be. Ms Chabloz is a very talented musician and fine song writer she recently wrote the music and performed a Duet with yuhudi Menuins Son who wrote the lyric for some birthday celebration. My view though is like count Dunkula the boys in Blue and justice system should have far better things to do with their time than policing Thought crime.
This morning, 10 am, I received notification from my solicitor that I am no longer required to attend tomorrow’s hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court. Apologies for any inconvenience to those of you who may be travelling to London specially for the occasion.
A brief explanation is in order.
During the last hearing in July, District Judge Zani set two dates, October 4th and 25th. The latter was originally intended for legal argument. Tomorrow’s hearing was intended to clarify counsels’ position regards the prosecution expert witness statement relating to whether or not sharing a hyperlink constitutes sending an offensive message under the 2003 Communications Act.
In court, I was told by the judge that although I was not obliged to attend on the 4th, I was welcome to do so if I so wished.
However, shortly after July’s hearing, I received a hard copy summons by post to my…
My credulity isn’t the question. You try and dress anti Zionism up as non racist when it clearly is a piss poor attempt to disguise it. And you look up to a man embroiled in the biggest anti Semitic scandal lately. A man who follows anti Semites on Twitter. Class
your name tag for a start and also your general sneering and casting around of careless aspersions are certainly disrespectful of & bordering on Holocaust denial. The level of projection in your attitude is symptomatic of some pretty hardcore antisemitism #ZionismisAntiSemitic
your whole demeanour wreaks of anti semetism, rascism and fascism, groups get infiltrated by people like that all the time, @Gnasherjew should be careful about that or perhaps he is from another faction? #LabourAntisemetism
https://twitter.com/alexrubner is @Gnasherjew he is a virulent anti semite a rascist and sock pupeteer for neo liberal zionist fascism Verdict First!!!!
With the Establishments apparent taste for Islamaphobia it is not impossible that calls for the Death Penalty for Terrorist offences will be floated, rather than for commonal garden Murder. Treason and Espionagecould be slipped back in on this ticket too. If in fact, a referendum promise for that was made It could prove a populist vote winning strategy. The thought is gut-wrenchingly appalling but seeing Boris Johnson at the UN security council yesterday it is probably a referendum he might quite relish. It was joked at the time of his appointment that it was as bizarre an appointment as we have seen since Caligula appointed his horse consul ( he actually appointed it as a Priest). We should all know of Caligula’s greek love of his Consul(Priestly horse) and similarly, Secretary Kerry had clearly groomed the new Caligulan Equus ferus caballus to compliantly entertain the emperors will. Boris was clearly bent over and exposing his thinking parts.
Boris was not specific as to the outrages he was referring to in the general rhetorical flourishes of his introductory scene setting. White phosphorous lots of Slaughter, lots of ‘Únger’, had to look that one up for those who didn’t already know UNGA, ah the United Nations General Assembly. This UNGA this, this UNGA that, and there was me thinking the great Bullingdon Club classicist was earnestly entreating with polished Latin or greek for the Present dignitaries, some we were told even with ‘University degrees’, to seize the day, Carpe Diem with UNGA in our souls. But no it’s a bloody acronym. Boris, come on, bloody UNGA.
He was, though, not out-doing his Caligula, his emperor, his very stern and poetic Rider. No, our Incitatus was outshone on the flowery rhetorical sophistry by Kerry and his introductory remarks.
We were told how moved he had been looking up at the screen at that young olympian (with the no doubt elysian scene captured so perfectly) ´´in a beautifully, Bono narrated video, that er really made us think…?” Yes, you heard that right, verbatim ‘err’ and dramatic… pauses all. Bono, Bloody Bono! Yes that Bono, U2 Bono, Sunday bloody Sunday, Bono. Who we now Know narrated a video of the Syrian(refugee) Olympic team who, with the aid of a Charity, for whom Bono no doubt donated his narration fee, Were able to join the rest of the free world in Rio, newly fumigated by Regime Changes R Us, with another CIA coup de tat.
The introductory remarks of each were so appalling they were clearly designed to elevate the ‘Evidence’ to come, for which no one would be entitled to have their own facts, those stubborn things. Facts! Like all the evidence that we had supposed to swallow before as readily as Dr David Kelly swallowed the Blood from a Throat slit by his own hand under a tree somewhere on a hill in rural Oxfordshire, all those years ago. The facts which some how were in the possession of Kerry even before the dust had settled or the bodies were cold. Known to Caligula, possessed of divine right and shared with his consul, his Horse, Incitatus.
Epictetus might shriek from his enchiridion.
´´42. When any person harms you, or speaks badly of you, remember that he acts or speaks from a supposition of its being his duty. Now, it is not possible that he should follow what appears right to you, but what appears so to himself. Therefore, if he judges from a wrong appearance, he is the person hurt, since he too is the person deceived. For if anyone should suppose a true proposition to be false, the proposition is not hurt, but he who is deceived about it. Setting out, then, from these principles, you will meekly bear a person who reviles you, for you will say upon every occasion, “It seemed so to him.”
Now we consult,THE RHETORICIAN’S VADE MECUM, and we should ask, ´´where are the Lucians in the fourth estate and their dead tree rags of apology, privilege and patronage´´?
In Memoriam to all victims of the Shoa and other Crimes against Humanity past and present,
Y’hei sh’lama raba min sh’maya, v’chayim aleinu v’al kol Yisrael. V’imru: Amen.
Oseh shalom bimromav, Hu yaaseh shalom aleinu, v’al kol Yisrael. V’imru: Amen.
Exalted and hallowed be God’s great name in the world which God created, according to plan. May God’s majesty be revealed in the days of our lifetime and the life of all Israel — speedily, imminently, to which we say Amen.
Blessed be God’s great name to all eternity.
Blessed, praised, honored, exalted, extolled, glorified, adored, and lauded be the name of the Holy Blessed One, beyond all earthly words and songs of blessing, praise, and comfort. To which we say Amen.
May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and all Israel, to which we say Amen.
May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace to us and to all Israel. To which we say Amen.
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