Category: racism

Theresa May and the Tories are the ones with the serious anti-Semitism problem


One of the first world leaders Theresa May met after she was appointed Prime Minister was the fanatically right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Since then the Tory party have continued to cosy up to Orbán and his anti-Semitic, xenophobic, judiciary-rigging, free speech-attacking regime.

After Orbán retained power in the 2018 Hungarian elections which featured a massive anti-Semitic poster campaign the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Tweeted gushing praise for Orbán and his party.

And in September 2018 Tory MEPs in the European Parliament sided with all the exreme-right nasties in Europe (Front National, Golden Dawn, PiS, PVV, AfD, Swedish Democrats, True Finns, FPÖ, Lega Nord, and Britain’s own UKIP) in order to defend Orbán’s government against a motion of censure that was overwhelmingly supported by the European centre (from conservatives, through liberals to the socialists and greens).

The Tories were the only (supposedly) mainstream government in Europe to ally themselves with Orbán and the extreme-right.

Here’s one of Orbán’s most notorious quotes about Jews: “We are fighting an enemy that is different from us. Not open, but hiding; not straightforward but crafty; not honest but base; not national but international; does not believe in working but speculates with money; does not have its own homeland but feels it owns the whole world”.

Isn’t it extraordinary that the mainstream media spent the entire summer digging around in Jeremy Corbyn’s past to cherry-pick absurd out-of-context quotes, fixate over images of him laying a wreath (at a graveyard where none of the Munich terrorists were even buried), and even smear a Jewish Holocaust survivor as an anti-Semite to paint Corbyn as an anti-Semite … but when yet more evidence of the Tories’ active collusion with a horrifically right-wing government led by an unmistakably anti-Semetic tyrant comes to light, suddenly the mainstream media anti-Semitism guns have fallen silent?

Orbán’s extremism isn’t just limited to anti-Semitism either. He’s continually attacked Muslims as “invaders”, he’s been rigging the Hungarian judiciary by stacking it with pro-government figures, he’s clamped down on free speech and attacked the free press. His supporters have even drawn up a blacklist of charity workers, campaigners, journalists, academics and other public figures considered “enemies of the state”.

It’s quite incredible that Theresa May and the Tories have openly colluded with this vile regime right in front of our eyes, for years, safe in the knowledge that they won’t be held to account for it by Britain’s docile, compliant, and ridiculously right-leaning press.

Even now, when the Tories’ scandalous support for this vile regime is incontestably recorded in the voting record of the European Parliament, there’s nowhere near as much condemnation and noise from the people who were howling at Corbyn, and making hyperbolic accusations that Labour are an “existential threat” to Jewish people just a few weeks previously.

Instead of vehemently condemning this outrageous Tory collusion with one of the most notorious anti-Semites in Europe, the Jewish Board of Deputies expressed only “disappointment”!

Others to have whipped up the anti-Semitism furore to attack Jeremy Corbyn and undermine the momentum towards genuine democratic socialism haven’t even said a word.

The day after this Tory collusion with Orbán, Jonathan Sachs stood up in the House of Lords to talk about anti-Semitism and didn’t even mention it!

BBC heavyweight Andrew Neil, who has repeatedly pushed the anti-Semitism attacks against Corbyn remained silent, which is hardly surprising given his personal involvement with the Hungarian government.

All of this raises the question of how stupid and gullible they think we are. 

They seem to imagine that they can manipulate us into believing that the lifelong anti-racist campaigner Jeremy Corbyn is the Jew-hater, whilst they actively turn a blind eye to Theresa May and her party repeatedly sucking up to the most notorious anti-Semite in Europe!

In reality this is such a spectacular display of over-reach that swathes of the mainstream media are permanently wrecking their own reputations. 


Repeatedly trying convince people that black is white is bad enough, but then after posing as valiant anti-Semitism campaigners for the entire summer of 2018, their deafening silence on the Tory collusion with Orbán clearly exposes their political partisanship and their utter hypocrisy.

If you decide to present yourself as a valiant anti-Semitism campaigner all summer, then you’d better not turn a blind eye to it in the autumn when your political allies are up to their necks in it, otherwise you’ve just burned your journalistic reputation to the ground.

Anti-Semitism is a vile form of racist bigotry that needs to be confronted wherever it’s found.

It’s not a convenient issue to be weaponised and used as political ammunition, only to be immediately forgotten about when your political allies decide to defy the European political consensus and actively support the most notorious anti-Semite in Europe.

This political weaponisation of anti-Semitism is particularly disgusting because it cheapens the fight against anti-Semitism by making the issue seem like partisan political point scoring, rather than a serious problem that need to be confronted wherever it arises.

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Tory MEPs just aligned themselves with the European extreme-right to defend the Hungarian anti-Semite Viktor Orbán



Theresa May and the Tories continually use the anti-Semitism furore to distract attention away from their lamentable track record in government, but when it comes to the crunch their actions speak louder than words.

When it comes to proof of higher rates of anti-Semitism in the Tory ranks, Theresa May does nothing to weed out anti-Semitism in her own party’s ranks.

When it comes to other forms of bigotry it’s even worse, with the Tory party outright stonewalling calls for an inquiry into anti-Muslim bigotry in the Tory party from the Muslim Council of Britain and two Muslim Tory politicians.

But the actions of the Tory group of MEPs in the European Parliament absolutely take the biscuit, with 17 of the 19 voting against a motion of censure against Viktor Orbán’s blatantly anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim government in Hungary.

The right-wing Hungarian government has been interfering in the independence of the Hungarian judiciary in order to stack it with pro-government judges, attacking press freedoms, and using anti-Semitic smear campaigns.

The European Parliament motion of censure against the Hungarian government for their attacks on the independence of the judiciary and press freedom was passed by 448 votes to 197 after the vast majority of liberal, socialist, green, and centre-right conservative MEPs supported it, but it’s deeply concerning that the Tory party aligned themselves with the rag-tag bunch of extreme-right parties that opposed it.

The parties the Tories decided to side with include Orbán’s own Fidesz party, UKIP, the French neo-fascists Front National, the extreme-right Italian Northern League, the Nazi-founded Swedish Democrats, and the extreme-right Polish government who are enacting similar judiciary-rigging and free speech repressing policies themselves.

Theresa May then attempted to wash her hands of this scandalous vote with claims that she was unaware of the vote, as if incompetence is somehow an excuse for her allowing members of her party to side with a judiciary-rigging, rights-quashing bunch of extreme-right anti-Semites!

So when it comes to Tories weaponising anti-Semitism in order to score points against Labour, just remember that when it comes to actions, the Tories align themselves against the political majority in Europe to stand shoulder to shoulder with the extreme-right to defend the anti-Semitic extremist Viktor Orbán!

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It would be wrong, in drawing up guidelines ab…

It would be wrong, in drawing up guidelines about one form of racism,
to prevent other forms of racism from being called out or to limit the
rights of other oppressed groups to speak about their own oppression.

I was born in what is now west Jerusalem. During the war to establish the state of Israel, my family and I were forced from our home, when I was a young child. To this day, I have been prevented from returning to my home,
simply because I am a Palestinian Arab…

[As Palestinians] we simply demand the
right to speak about our experiences and make legitimate, evidence-based
criticism of Israel, its foundation, its laws and practices. And we want
everyone to have that right, not just us, as part of an open, free
debate on a major international conflict, for which Britain bears
significant historical responsibility. As a Labour member, I at least
expect to have this right respected within my own party.

Many of
those who are insisting upon a word for word repetition of the IHRA
working examples are staunch advocates of Israeli government policies.
What is driving this campaign is clearly an attempt to protect and
improve Israel’s tarnished image, silence Palestinians and discredit
those who support our rights.

[The State of Israel] was founded on discrimination towards Arab people on the
basis of religion and ethnicity. If that’s not a racist endeavour, I
don’t know what is. And I should have the freedom, as the victim of that
racism, to say so.

Yours, Ghada

-Ghada Karmi is a Palestinian doctor, academic and author.

How is Theresa May still in power after deporting UK citizens to their deaths?


In 2014 Theresa May introduced new “hostile environment” anti-immigrant legislation in order to win plaudits from the Daily Mail and the other hard-right propaganda rags. During the debate she explained her policy of scrapping the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ in order to replace it with a “deport first, hear appeals later” strategy.

As a result of these policies dozens of UK citizens were deported from the UK, and at least three of the victims of Theresa May’s racist anti-immigrant policy have died overseas.

Just try to imagine what it must have felt like for these poor people to be lying on their deathbeds on the other side of the world to immediate family members, knowing that the injustice they suffered will never be reversed, that they’ll never see the country that they called home again.

So given that Theresa May is personally responsible for a policy that resulted in UK citizens being deported to their deaths, how on earth is she still in her job?

The answer is twofold, with both the Westminster political establishment and the mainstream media to blame.

The first thing to note is that aside from a few newspaper articles on the Windrush deaths, there was hardly any mainstream media coverage at all (a tiny drop in the ocean compared to the relentless barrage of anti-Corbyn smears).

Of the newspaper articles about these tragic deaths, some of the articles didn’t even bother to mention that Theresa May was the Home Secretary who introduced these horrific rules!

Just try to imagine what the mainstream media reaction would have been had Jeremy Corbyn been personally responsible for a policy that caused at least three UK citizens to be deported to their deaths. Do you honestly think they’d be using pictures of the boat rather than pictures of his face as the main image? Do you honestly think they’d omit to mention his name at all in the entire article?

So Theresa May’s Windrush deaths have been covered up underneath an avalanche of anti-Corbyn smears, and what mainstream media coverege has been produced has deliberately downplayed and minimalised Theresa May’s culpability.

The reason of course is that the majority of mainstream media hacks are busy fighting a last ditch defence of the hard-right neoliberal orthodoxy that’s served them so well (hefty salary, nice house, expensive car, generous pension pot, social status, establishment contacts …) at the expense of millions of the rest of us (austerity dogma, wage repression, in-work poverty, local service cuts, NHS crisis, social care meltdown, rising violent crime …).

These people see Jeremy Corbyn’s democratic socialist policies as a threat to their privileged positions in society, so they’re fighting tooth and nail to preserve the way things are, which means criticism of Theresa May over the fact she deported British citizens to their deaths would be absolutely counter-productive to this primary agenda.

Then there’s the fact that the mainstream media and the massive majority of the Westminster establishment class actually went along with Theresa May’s vile anti-immigrant legislation in 2014.

Despite hearing her explain her policy of scrapping the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and widespread behind the scenes concerns that her policy was ‘reminiscent of Nazism’, not a single Tory MP voted against it. Almost all of the Liberal-Democrat MPs voted in favour of it, and all of the so-called Labour ‘centrists’ abstained out of fear that they would be labelled ‘soft on immigration’ if they voted against it.

Just 18 MPs opposed it at the time. The one Green MP, all three of the Plaid Cymru MPs, five of the six SNP representatives at the time, a few Lib-Dem rebels (all gone from parliament now) and a handful of genuinely left-wing Labour rebels.

This Westminster establishment complicity with Theresa May’s xenophobic anti-immigrant legislation has created the situation where few politicians can actually stand up and condemn it, without risking the awkward question of why they wilfully enabled it at the time.

The same goes for mainstream media hacks. Hardly any of them spoke out against Theresa May at the time. Hardly any of them challenged their colleagues for publishing xenophobic hate-mongering articles at the time. And hardly any of them spoke out against the Labour so-called ‘centrists’ sitting on their hands rather than opposing Theresa May’s blatantly xenophobic extremism because they were so afraid of being labelled ‘soft on immigration’ by the right-wing propaganda rags.

So in order to attack Theresa May for introducing the xenophobic legislation that resulted in these appalling deaths, Westminster politicians and mainstream media hacks would have to come to terms with the fact they were utterly complicit in allowing it to happen, and acknowledge the fact that once again Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, John McDonnell and a rag tag bunch of other parliamentary dissenters were the only people on the side of basic human decency back in 2014.

In order to hold Theresa May to account and demand her resignation over this unbelievably shocking scandal, Westminster politicans and mainstream media hacks would first have to admit that almost all of them were on the wrong side of the debate back in 2014, and that Jeremy Corbyn was on the right side of it, which is something that’s never going to happen in the current political climate.

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In her maiden speech, Australia’s first female…

In her maiden speech, Australia’s first female Muslim senator Mehreen Faruqi criticizes politicians and the media for the “legitimisation and normalisation” of racism in Australia.

“You can’t condemn racism and then in a warm glow of self-congratulation
allow deep-rooted structures of discrimination to remain in access to
healthcare and public services, in our prisons and justice system and in
our immigration system.”

 "We are gathered today on stolen land.”

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politicalsci 2018-08-18 23:17:18

As migrant and BAME groups in Britain, we reaf…

As migrant and BAME groups in Britain, we reaffirm our fundamental right
to the freedom of expression, and publicly to express our anxieties
about the suppression of information on the history and lived experience
of our communities.

“We are deeply worried about current attempts to silence a public
discussion of what happened in Palestine and to the Palestinians in
1948, when the majority of its people were forcibly expelled. These
facts are well established and accessible, are part of the British
historical record, as well as the direct experience of the Palestinian
people themselves. The Palestinian community in the UK has raised the
disturbing absence of key information about these past and current
injustices, and highlighted the racism it exposes then and now.

Public discussion of these facts, and a description of these injustices,
would be prohibited under the IHRA’s guidelines, and therefore
withholds vital knowledge from the public. This silencing has already
begun. Today we can freely describe the racist policies experienced in
the era of British and European colonialism in our countries of origin
(indeed it is taught in British schools), but the colonial history of
the Palestinians is continually erased. This is a dangerous breach of
our own rights, and of the wider British public: we must all hear the
full story of the Palestinians in order to make sense of the current
discussions about racism and Israel.

We also know of the efforts by organisations – including UK-based
fundamentalist groups aligned with the far-right in the US – to deny
Palestinians’ basic humanity by suppressing their entire history and
current plight. At the same time, hard-line conservative groups in the
US, such as the Middle East Forum, are providing funding and support to
anti-Muslim extremist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson),
deliberately increasing hatred, fear, and confusion. These coordinated
efforts by right-wing extremists are being actively encouraged by
President Trump’s racism and fear-mongering, which is now aimed at
dismantling UNRWA, the UN agency that protects Palestinian refugees.

We urgently remind politicians and public bodies of their
responsibilities to uphold the principles of the Human Rights Act for
every British citizen and resident in the UK equally, especially the
direct victims of colonialism, racism, and discrimination. As migrant
and BAME communities we stand as one, united against all attempts to
suppress our voices and our calls for justice, freedom and equality.”

[FULL LETTER AND SIGNATORIES]