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World Heavyweight Boxing Champion is no role model with his anti-Semitic comments

When news first broke about the anti-Semitic and other similarly nasty comments made by the world heavyweight boxing champion, Tyson Fury, in an interview posted online, AntiSemitismWatch did not necessarily feel it warranted much coverage other than a Twitter tweet. He is a man who has frankly shown himself adept at making bizarre, offensive statements before. However, the man keeps digging himself further into the mire on the subject and so, basically, deserves everything he gets.

Fury’s disturbing rant came during an interview posted onto YouTube. In comments about women, he said on: “We live in ancient times where we don’t like women to be whores, opening legs to every Tom, Dick and Harry. We don’t s**g men. We don’t s**g kids. So, if that’s draconian then yeah, I suppose I like being a draconian [sic]. They should call me Dracula Fury shouldn’t they.“

He continued: “I think it’ll be perfectly normal in the next 10 years to have sexual relationships with your animals at home, you know your pets your cats and dogs and all that. So that will be legal.”

He also made a series of disturbing comments about rape, bestiality and pedophilia.

Regarding Jews, Tyson suggested, “Everyone just do what you can, listen to the government follow everybody like sheep, be brainwashed by all the Zionist, Jewish people who own all the banks, all the papers all the TV stations. Be brainwashed by them all.”

Since the understandable furor that broke out, including calls for him to be banned, Tyson has continued his rantings.

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“I see all the Zionist media outlets are on my back, because I speak the truth!

U will all see the truth soon enuf [sic], they killed my lord jesus”, he subsequently tweeted.

The obvious conflation of Zionists,  Jews and Romans is a point we suspect is completely lost on the boxer and a point too difficult for him to understand.

Nevertheless, he did try to send out some form of message to take the heat out of the situation.

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Other social media users were unsurprisingly robust in their criticism of Tyson’s behaviour.

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Boxing is often spoken about in terms of what adolescent males can learn from the ring,  in particular discipline and respect. Those at the top of the profession have a clear responsibility to act as role models to the young on behalf of the sport. The world heavyweight champion has, by implication, the greatest responsibility imaginable.

The ignorance shown by Tyson in his comments should arguably draw compassion rather than calls for him to be banned. However, his lack of any sense of appreciation of his role model status is thoroughly unforgivable.

Labour anti-Semitism storm now encompasses party in Scotland

A Scottish Labour councillor has been suspended from the party after a series of “anti-Semitic” rants on his blog – including one in which he describes Israel as “a war criminal state”.

Councillor Terry Kelly – who represents Paisley North West on Renfrewshire Council – has been removed from the party pending an investigation.

The move comes following a series of blog posts where he rails against Zionism and backs Ken Livingstone, who was suspended from the party last week.

The 67-year-old, who served as former Scottish Labour leader and retired MSP Wendy Alexander’s election agent on three occasions, also said the criticism of Livingstone is part of a bid to have Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ousted from his role.

Councillor Kelly has also lost his place as convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Property Policy Board following his suspension from the Labour Party.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The situation regarding Councillor Kelly is that he is not suspended as a councillor but, as he has been suspended by his party, he cannot serve on council boards or committees where he attended as a party representative.”

In a blog post on Saturday, April 30, Councillor Kelly wrote a blog post – titled, ‘Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone are anti Semites according to the Blairite rump of the Labour Party! Beam me up Scotty’.

terrykellyHe wrote: “The accusations of anti-Semitism are based on something he said about Hitler and German Zionists who conspired to relocate German Jews to Palestine this was before he started the wholesale murder of the German Jewish population.

“To accept their charge of anti-Semitism you have to also accept that opposition to Zionism and Israel means you are anti-Semitic.

“No one who is attacking Livingstone can tell us what Livingstone said that was anti-Semitic, he was referring to a ‘bona fide’ historical fact which was that Hitler and the German Zionists were in accord.”

And the councillor – who represents Paisley’s Ferguslie Park area, one of the most deprived areas in Britain – said he believed it was part of a campaign to see Corbyn removed from power.

He explained: “This is the lengths that the underhand Blairites in the Labour Party will go to in their attempts to get rid of Corbyn and they do not care how much damage to the party they do to achieve that.

“With Corbyn’s landslide support as leader I foresee a lot of deselections coming, they will be democratic deselections and I will be giving them my total support, these people are treacherous self servers who think they own the Labour Party, it’s high time they learned different.”

And in a blog post from Thursday, March 31, called ‘Is it possible still, for anyone to defend Israel?’ he called for a boycott of the country and compared events there to the Vietnam War.

 

 

 

He also called on readers to boycott Israel as part of the Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement.

He explained: “Not many have investments so they can’t disinvest and sanctions are done by governments but everyone can boycott!

“The Israeli Government are twisting the arms of many countries to get them to ban BDS but the truth is that no one can stop you from boycotting Israeli goods and refusing to have any contact with them, it worked with apartheid South Africa and the State of Israel is feeling the heat so ‘pile it on’.”

Rivals on Renfrewshire Council said Councillor Kelly’s conduct was proof that Labour are not fit to govern.

A spokesperson from the Renfrewshire Council SNP group said: “SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has made clear that we have a zero tolerance towards anti-Semitism or racism of any kind.

“Councillor Kelly has made clear many times on social media his support for the view of the Iranian leadership that Israel has no right to exist, this denies the voice of the Israeli peace movement and progressive voices that want a change of policy on the Palestinian question.

“Councillor Kelly was a Militant supporter in the 1980’s, and comes from the same hard left stable as Jeremy Corbyn. “Labour is simply unelectable these days, and this is proof.”

A spokesperson for Scottish Labour said: “Terry Kelly has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”

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Labour ‘suspends’ another member as crisis continues

As Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis staggers on, it has been announced that the party membership of a columnist from Ireland who apparently said Israel was using the Holocaust to receive money has been suspended. However, the individual in question disputes the claim.

John McAuliffe (Facebook)
John McAuliffe (Facebook)

John McAuliffe, an international member of the British party, columnist at Digital Journal and the Cambridge Globalist, was apparently suspended this week after allegedly posting on Facebook a message in which he described the genocide as:

“The most useful political tool of the Zionist government in Israel to establish a financial racket in the West, whereby Israel receives an unlimited sum for the duration of its existence.”

The suspension, made known to the Jewish News by a Labour spokesperson, represents the latest twist amid a string of crises concerning prominent Labour members who have made anti-Semitic comments. However, in a recent Twitter response, McAuliffe said that he is unaware of any suspension and has not, “even been contacted.”

In his Facebook post, McAuliffe wrote: “The large level of poverty in Israel among Holocaust survivors shows they don’t care about the emotional impact they are trying to generate. It is about money and military technology. This further paints a clearer picture of the divide between Zionism and Judaism, and their incompatibility.”

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The Jewish Labour Movement has put forward a proposal to change Labour rules to make it easier to permanently exclude those who express anti-Semitic or Islamophobic sentiment.

Following publication of this article there followed an exchange of Twitter tweets between AntiSemitismWatch and Mr AcAuliffe:

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Does the National Union of Students believe inclusivity will be delivered by prospective president?

The UK National Union of Students (NUS) has often shown itself incapable of providing the type of inclusive governance or leadership that allows all views and beliefs to flourish or feel welcomed. Jewish students have, in particular, experienced the sense of isolation the actions and decisions of the NUS generates.

As the troubled organisation staggers towards its annual conference next week, Jewish students have the unhappy prospect of a potential new president who is currently facing accusations of “anti-Semitism” ahead of her bid to become the organisation’s new leader.

FB_IMG_1460708949004Malia Bouattia, who presently serves as black students officer, has faced mounting criticism over an article she co-authored five years ago in which she described the University of Birmingham as “something of a Zionist outpost”, and for alleged links with an organisation currently blacklisted by the NUS.

She said on Thursday that her political views had been “misconstrued” by those accusing her of anti-Semitism.

An open letter addressed to Bouattia and signed by 56 Jewish society presidents, suggested that, “Describing large Jewish societies as a challenge is the politics of division and not solidarity which should be the case.”

The letter highlights a 2011 blog post, co-authored by Bouattia, which lists a large Jewish society among the challenges at Birmingham University.

“The University of Birmingham is something of a Zionist outpost,” the article read.

This prompted the open letter to ask: “Why do you see a large Jewish Society as a problem?”

Read the letter in full, here.

The letter goes on to allege that she held links with an organisation previously “no-platformed” by the NUS. The Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK) was banned by the NUS from university campuses in 2004 for anti-Semitic propaganda.

MPACUK used its website to promote the idea of a worldwide Zionist conspiracy, and included the reproduction of articles originally published on neo-­Nazi and Holocaust denial websites.

MPACUK even posted “Take your holocaust, roll it nice and tight and shove it up your (be
creative)!” on their Facebook page in 2013.

Bouattia further stoked controversy in 2014 when she railed against a motion which condemned the so-called Islamic State.

Bouattia used her Facebook campaign page to post an open response to the Jewish students’ letter.

She wrote: “I do not now, nor did I five years ago when I contributed to the article cited in your letter, see a large Jewish Society on campus as a problem.

“I want to be clear that for me to take issue with Zionist politics, is not me taking issue with being Jewish.

She continued: “I am deeply concerned that my faith and political views are being misconstrued and used as an opportunity to falsely accuse me of antisemitism, despite my work and dedication to liberation, equality and inclusion saying otherwise.”

Yet the Jewish student society presidents letter also highlighted how, “Just recently you explained at an event at SOAS that the government Prevent strategy is the result of a so-called ‘Zionist lobby’. By peddling these conspiracy theories to student audiences we are concerned that you are creating an element of suspicion towards Jewish students on campus.”

The NUS said on Thursday it would not comment on the open letter because “it is too close to the election,” taking place in Brighton next Wednesday.

The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) said: “Jewish students are rightly outraged when they see a candidate for NUS president who sees their Jewish Societies as a threat.

“Jewish students are rightly scared when they see a candidate associating themselves with organisations with a history of antisemitism and they are once again used as an easy target for conspiracy theories.”

AntiSemitismWatch comment: Do yourselves a favour NUS and vote for someone else!

BDS activists caught out and fined #BDSFail

Two Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists have been convicted by a French court for incitement and Holocaust denial and fined 3,000 euros, according to the French news site Libération.

Saadia Ben Fakha, 26, and Husein Abu-Zaid, 58, will also have to pay each of the civil parties that joined the case against them a symbolic one euro in damages: League of Human Rights (LDH), International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA), France-Israel Association, Movement against Racism (MRAP), Lawyers without Borders, and the anti-Semitism watchdog BNVCA.

The case is all the more fascinating because it provides an insight into how BDS activists react to being caught out.

In August 2014 the members of BDS France 34, the local branch in Hérault, posted on social media an image comparing the IDF to Nazi Germany along with a caption saying “The Nazis and Zionists are two sides of the same coin,” and that “What Hitler did to the Jews was done so that the world will sympathize with them and give them all the rights.”

LDH, which itself often participates in BDS activities, discovered the Holocaust-denial post and requested that it be removed. However, it was not until LDH turned to the police that BDS condemned the post and denied any responsibility.

Holocaust denial has been illegal in France since the 1990 Gayssot Act.

The two accused then claimed they had accidentally clicked and shared the post without ever reading or seeing the image.

BDS 34 not only supported its two activists and denied they were anti-Semitic, they even went to the extent of holding a rally in their support.

However, LDH discovered that Ben Fakha had also posted pictures of IDF soldiers along with inappropriate comments, and photos of herself making quenelle, the reverse Nazi salute.

BDS 34 then, in a case of total chutzpah, condemned their ‘old friends’ LDH because they exposed the issue, and in doing so allowed “Zionist” groups (i.e French racism and anti-Semitism watchdogs groups) to join as plaintiffs.

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Lionel Messi accused of being “Jewish” and a “Zionist” for donating boots to charity

839164d1430944276-lionel-messi-lionellMessi, who plays for the Barcelona Football Club, was interviewed last week on the Egyptian television program “Yes, I Am Famous” on the private network MBC Masr.

“One of the things he does is give charity all over the world, and these will be among the donations he gives,” Egyptian host Mona El-Sharkawy said as the soccer star held a pair of red, black and white cleats up to the camera. “And he gave these to our program because we will have an auction for them. Messi, thank you very very much.”

Shoes are considered an insult in Arab and Egyptian culture, in part because they are lowly and dirty and literally touch the ground.

Said Hasasein, a member of the Egyptian parliament and also a talk-show host, ripped Messi on the air.

“Whose shoes do you want to sell, Messi? How much do you think it will get? You don’t know that the nail of a baby Egyptian is worth more than your shoes? Keep your shoes to yourself or sell them to Israel,” he said.

Hasasein then took off his shoes and said: “This is my shoe. I donate it to Argentina. This is an insult to Egyptian people.”

Egyptian Football Federation spokesman Azmi Mogahed phoned in to the show to also criticize Messi.

“Even in our religion …,” he began to say when Hasasein reportedly interrupted to say “His religion is Jewish!”

Mogahed agreed, saying: “I know he’s Jewish, he donates to Israel and visited the Wailing Wall and whatever … we don’t need his shoe and Egypt’s poor don’t need help from someone with Jewish or Zionist citizenship.”

Messi is a Catholic and has made the sign of the cross on his chest after scoring goals. In August 2013, he visited the Western Wall on a peace tour with the Barcelona club. One year later Messi supported a soccer match organized by Pope Francis to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but he did not play in the match due to an injury.

An Egyptian soccer player, Ahmed “Mido” Hossam, posted on Twitter: “The most precious thing the writer owns is his pen and the most precious thing the footballer owns is his shoes. I hope we stop these false accusations.”

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Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis continues to deepen – no end in sight

AntiSemitismWatch has extensively covered Labour’s ever-deepening anti-Semitism crisis as well as, crucially, offering an explanation as to the main driver behind it,  simply and plainly rooted in and derived from hatred of all matters Israel.

It was a decision by Oxford University Labour Club to endorse Israeli Apartheid Week which triggered the row about anti-Semitism within Labour.

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The club’s co-chairman, Alex Chalmers, resigned, saying that a “large proportion of Oxford University Labour Club and the student Left in Oxford more generally have some kind of problem with Jews.”

He condemned Israeli Apartheid Week as “a movement with a history of targeting and harassing Jewish students and inviting anti-Semitic speakers to campuses”.

It can now also be revealed that a previous Israeli Apartheid Week event, in Leicester last year, was attended by Mohammed Dawood, a serving Labour councillor in the east Midlands city.

Cllr Dawood, a former assistant mayor of Leicester with responsibility for housing and social care, recently tweeted a film showing the burning of the “Zionist entity flag”, the Israeli flag.

On social media, Cllr Dawood has described Israelis as “colonisers”, said that artists who go to Israel are “like [those] performing in Sun City [the resort in the South African bantustan] under Apartheid” and retweeted a statement that Israeli troops are “Zionist terrorists”.

A spokesman for the organisation Jewish Human Rights Watch called on Labour to expel Cllr Dawood.

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Louise Ellman MP

Additionally, Labour MP Louise Ellman, who is herself Jewish, has said that while Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn had spoken out about the issue, not enough was being done to actually tackle the problem.

She said that party members were being allowed to “get away” with posting anti-Semitic comments online.

“I am very concerned about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Most members of the Labour Party are not anti-Semitic but some are,” she told Sky News’s Murnaghan programme.

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Must have a lot on his mind.
Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a close ally of Mr Corbyn, insisted they were committed to dealing with the issue.

“You can be a critic of the Israeli state and its role, but you mustn’t allow that to in any way be used by anti-Semites. We’ve got to root that out and we will do,” he told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show.

That statement is perhaps considered by some as a little ironic considering The Daily Mail recently published details of articles from The Labour Herald newspaper, required reading for the Left in the 80s. This included a 1985 piece, published during John McDonnell’s co-editorship spell at the newspaper, which compared the Israeli government to the Nazis by claiming it confined Palestinians to ‘concentration camps’.

A few weeks later, the paper went on to endorse terrorist attacks against the country’s authorities, to counter what it called ‘the racism at the heart of the Israeli state’.

When the Board of Deputies of British Jews met the Labour leader in February, although he told the delegation he opposed anti-Semitism “from any part of the political spectrum”, when highlighted that his past engagements with dyed-in-the-wool anti-Semites, including representatives of Hamas and Hezbollah needed to be acknowledged and a line drawn under them he only committed himself to “reflect further” on such connections. This does not go nearly far enough especially since we are talking about Holocaust deniers and terrorists. Moreover, since that February meeting Corbyn has not issued any formal response to his period of reflection!

AntiSemitismWatch says that it is clear there is no end in sight to this Labour anti-Semitism crisis and there will not be until they grapple with their inconvenient truth. As the ‘natural home’ of modern anti-Israeli movements, like BDS and its acolytes including Israeli Apartheid Week; movements now widely regarded as systemically anti-Semitic, the political left is in danger of becoming similarly systemically anti-Semitic, and so is the Labour Party.

Labour at risk?
Labour at risk?

Good news! War on Want loses government funding

The government has ceased funding a British charity which sponsored events accused of promoting hatred and violence against Jews.

The Department for International Development (Dfid) said that it no longer supported War on Want, which helped pay for “Israeli Apartheid Week” in February this year.

The statement comes as The Daily Telegraph obtained undercover recordings of events where anti-Semitism, demands for the destruction of Israel or naked support for terror were expressed by academics and others at meetings in some of Britain’s most prestigious universities.

One speaker, Max Blumenthal, the son of a close adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton, praised a massacre by Hamas as sending an “incredible message” and said that taking up arms should be “normal” for Palestinians. He compared Israel to the terrorist group Isil, describing it as “the Jewish State of Israel and the Levant, Jsil”.

At another rally – sponsored by War on Want – a speaker said that British government policy was created by “Zionist and neo-con lobbies”.

A second speaker at the same event spoke of a “rumour” that Israelis were harvesting dead Palestinians’ organs.

War on Want seem to want to fight Israel as well... now at least they can not do it with UK government money!
War on Want seem to want to fight Israel as well… now at least they can not do it with UK government money!

The meeting, at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), was the London launch of Israeli Apartheid Week, held across UK university campuses to “raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project” and demand boycotts of Israel. They were secretly recorded and passed to the Telegraph.

War on Want, whose logo appears on publicity materials for Israeli Apartheid Week and the meeting, has received £260,000 in funding from Dfid over the last two years.

The subsidy is doubly embarrassing because the Government has recently banned local authorities and other public bodies from implementing boycotts of Israel.

A Dfid spokesman said last night that it has ceased funding of War on Want, apart from a small project with a distinct branch of the charity in Northern Ireland.

Dfid sources said the UK “deplored incitement on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”.

War on Want spent more than £1,000 to bring Sahar Francis, a Palestinian lawyer, to the UK for the London event.

Ms Francis, the head of the Addameer prisoners’ rights group, spoke of a “rumour” that Israelis were stealing organs from Palestinian victims of the violence.

“The eyes were looking in a very strange way and this is why the families suspected [Israel] are stealing their [organs],” she said.

“But we cannot confirm, because [in] most cases it was not ending up with [an] autopsy.”

War on Want also paid for the accommodation of another speaker, Steven Salaita, an academic who used the event to attack Israel’s “tenuous colonial existence” and defend violence, saying: “If we are going to reduce a project of ethnic cleansing, illegal settlement and military occupation to the minuscule chance that a soldier or a settler will be harmed by an act of resistance by the natives, then we forfeit all right to be taken seriously.”

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Leaked memo examines French police officers who refused to protect synagogues

A leaked confidential memo from the French Department of Public Security, published by Le Parisien, details 17 cases of police officers radicalized between 2012 and 2015. Particularly noted were the police officers who listened to and broadcast Muslim chants while on patrol.

Some of these police officers openly refused to protect synagogues or to observe a minute of silence to commemorate the deaths of victims of terrorist attacks.images-2

…the police were alerted to a policewoman who incited terrorism on Facebook, and called her police uniform a “filthy rag of the Republic” while wiping her hands on it.

In January 2015, immediately after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Hypercacher kosher supermarket in Vincennes, which had left 17 people dead, she wrote on her Facebook page: “Masked attack led by Zionist cowards… They need to be killed.”

Some have suggested this raises the prospect of a Muslim police terror attack in France.

British actor helps anti-Semites to identify themselves

British comedian and actor David Schneider posted on Tuesday a useful tweet to enable anti-Semites to potentially identify themselves.

Photo of David Schneider via Twitter account
Photo of David Schneider via Twitter account

Titled “Are You Anti-Semitic?”, the tweet lists six signs that may be indicative of anti-Semitism.

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“If you think “Israel,” “Zionists,” and “Jews,” are interchangeable terms,” you may well be anti-Semitic,” Schneider wrote.

Using the term “Rothschild” as a stand-in for Jews is also a sign of anti-Semitism, Schneider pointed out. Saying that “the Jews aren’t a race so I’m not racist,” or “the Jews aren’t the only Semites so I’m not anti-Semite” are also tell-tale signs, according to Schneider.

Schneider also highlighted that if you believe in the age-old accusation of Jews controlling the media, finance, politics and the BBC, “You are anti-Semitic.”

Responses to Schneider’s message were, unsurprisingly, heavily laced with anti-Semitism, with one user writing: “And I thought the blacks were the race of eternal victimhood. #Getoveryourself.”

Another wrote that “Judaism seems to be the only religion people cannot criticize.”

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