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Kim Sanders-Fisher
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I must admit that despite the recent hopeful sign of a serious fight-back against the fabricated and grossly exaggerated allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party one rather crucial piece of evidence had slipped my mind: the Aljazeera undercover expose of Israeli influence in UK politics. The recent Russia Report was so myopically focused on wild speculations over on where, when and by how much Russia might have interfered with our democratic electoral process that they ignored one of the most serious, well funded and toxic political influences of unchecked interference by a foreign power. While I have no doubt that the wealthy elite here in the UK have and still remain equally guilty of using their wealth to manipulate the public with fear-mongering and rampant propaganda to vote against their own best interests, both US Corporate interests and the state of Israel have more contacts as well as the means and the motive to pose a greater threat than Russia.

The Israelis were caught red handed on tape in the Aljazeera documentary; the fact that this evidence has been virtually ignored thus far demonstrates that their actions are tolerated precisely because the damage this malign interference causes has targeted the opposition and favours keeping the Tories in power. In the Electronic Intifada Article entitled, “This is the bogus anti-Semitism report that sank Jeremy Corbyn” Asa Winstanley exposes information that builds on the evidence gleaned by Aljazeera, claiming that, “The road to Jeremy Corbyn’s political downfall began at Oxford University Labour Club in February 2016. A rogue inquiry by a Labour staffer with close ties to the Israeli embassy included fabricated allegations of anti-Semitism. It destroyed the lives of several pro-Corbyn students sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. It also triggered Labour’s ‘anti-Semitism crisis’ in earnest.”

“The manufactured crisis continues today, even with Corbyn now marginalized,” Winstanley reports that, “After an internal Labour disciplinary investigation, some of the accused were cleared of anti-Semitism the following year. But by that time the damage had been done. After a four-year investigation, The Electronic Intifada has obtained the full Rubin report, which has never been published. Michael Rubin, who wrote it, was chair of the right-wing group Labour Students. But the ‘inquiry’ was his own initiative and had not been mandated by either Labour’s leader or its ruling National Executive Committee. Rubin was also collaborating with Shai Masot, an Israeli ‘diplomat’ who would be kicked out of the UK the following year.” The fact that Rubin’s report wasn’t an authorized investigation, but a personal fishing expedition he carried out on behalf of a foreign government, to meet covert special interests of the Israeli Government in deflecting external criticism of their racist policies, totally delegitimizes this as fake news propaganda.

Rubin’s involvement with Labour Friends of Israel, a seriously dubious faction of right-wing Zionist sympathizers within the Labour Party, put him right in the vortex of this storm in a teacup, able to engineer the scandal that has caused so much damage to the credibility of the Labour Party as a whole while relentlessly attacking Jeremy Corbyn. Winstanley reveals that, “Soon after writing the report, Rubin was hired by Labour Friends of Israel, a group which secretly coordinates with the Israeli embassy in London. Masot was caught in undercover footage recruiting to the Israeli front group. After years working for them, Rubin was promoted in July this year to director of Labour Friends of Israel. He also met with Corbyn’s right-wing successor, Keir Starmer, to discuss their opposition to the party’s policy of sanctions against Israel. The inquiry conducted by Rubin directly influenced the far better known Royall and Chakrabarti inquiries into alleged Labour anti-Semitism.” This should significantly increase Labour member’s suspicion of Keir Starmer’s true priorities!

The Electronic Intifada say they, “protected some names in the report so as not to further Rubin’s disinformation campaign.” They have included a couple of redacted extracts within the article which demonstrate the main point they are making, that, “The document shows how vague or fabricated allegations of anti-Semitism against left-wing supporters of Corbyn were laundered into serious accusations. It states that Rubin reported to Labour staff six Oxford University Labour Club students he claimed were guilty of ‘repeated and potentially criminal anti-Semitism over a sustained period of time’.” They point out that, “the document fails to support this allegation. Rubin’s ‘evidence’ is at best tenuous. But it also includes outright falsehoods. The timing is also notable: The club had just voted to endorse Israeli Apartheid Week, an annual fixture in the Palestine solidarity movement’s calendar.”

Winstanley states that, “One former student attacked in the report, who asked not to be named, told The Electronic intifada that the document had misattributed an anti-Semitic quote to them. According to the student, someone had falsely inserted the word ‘Jewish’ into a statement the student had made about the influence of the wealthy over elections. ‘As I recall, what I actually said was that there is ‘influence wielded over elections by high net-worth individuals.’ I would never blame this on Jewish people,’ the former student said. ‘The sections of the report on me are false. Labour Students never even contacted me to get my side of the story’.” If the accused student was never contacted to give an account of what was said then their case was not properly handled as they were not afforded due process.

It is worth accessing the full report to see further examples but the ones included in the article cannot be considered as evidence; the ill defined subjective feelings of a desperately insecure student should not warrant discipline! Winstanley reveals that, “In other examples, one of the six allegedly ‘rolled [their] eyes’ when a Jewish student spoke. On another occasion, the same accused individual supposedly ‘jeered’ when the name of a former Israeli prime minister was mentioned. One anonymous Jewish student alleged only that they were sent ‘a message that was aggressive and delegitimized the feeling I had.’ But astonishingly, Rubin concluded that all four of these allegations constituted ‘sufficient evidence’ of anti-Semitism to report to Labour’s disciplinary staff.” This making a mountain out of a molehill approach characterises the vast majority of the anti-Semitism claims against Labour members who are typically targeted for supporting the Palestinian cause.

According to Winstanley, “The document also inadvertently proves that Rubin’s ‘witnesses’ were often only relating hearsay and gossip. One anonymous student said they ‘heard from other students’ that one of the accused ‘engaged in songs which glorify rocket attacks against Tel Aviv’ but admitted that they hadn’t actually seen this. No one seems to be able to explain what this song supposedly was, how its lyrics went, or to have heard it sung. Rarely in the Rubin report are there any specific or dated incidents, or any direct claim to have actually witnessed anti-Semitism. Yet in such cases, Rubin often still claimed there was ‘sufficient evidence’ to report individuals for disciplinary action.” Subjective accounts and this style of unverified hearsay will be ripped to shreds in a Court of law just as the so called ‘Whistleblowers’ filmed by Ware in his Panorama hatchet job will be exposed lying; that is why it is so vital that Ware isn’t allowed to just drop the case because only in Court will he be held accountable.

According to Winstanley, “The full document also suggests Rubin covered up allegations of racism by right-wingers in the Labour club – even alleged anti-Semitism. It records several such allegations against right-wingers, but they were either ignored or marked ‘not sufficient evidence’.” In stark contrast to the vague subjective feelings that Rubin judged as requiring discipline Winstanley reveals that, “One anonymous student quoted in the document states that during the club’s debate over Israeli Apartheid Week, a Palestinian student was ‘shouted down by the chair of the meeting, Alex Chalmers, called a terrorist sympathizer and subject to particularly aggressive questioning and speeches,’ especially by David Klemperer, another right-winger. A Jewish campaigner for Palestinian rights reported being on the receiving end of hostility from Chalmers: ‘Alex wanted to make me feel I was a traitor’ and ‘a self-hating Jew,’ the individual said.” How might they try to describe a ‘self-hating Jew’ when questioned under oath in Court?

Winstanley reports that, “Chalmers’ main right-wing accomplice, former club co-chair Klemperer, was accused of anti-Semitism too. According to an anonymous student quoted in the report, Klemperer allegedly said: ‘You’re exactly the sort who should’ve died in the Holocaust’.” Now that really is serious hate speech but, “Rubin recommended no disciplinary action against either of the two, claiming there was ‘not sufficient evidence.’ Chalmers quit Labour and Klemperer was kicked out after they supported Liberal Democratic candidates in local elections. But Klemperer now appears to be back in the party.” Electronic Intifada report that, “Chalmers did not reply to a request for comment. Klemperer set both of his Twitter accounts to private soon after The Electronic Intifada emailed him a request for comment, but did not otherwise respond.”

According to Asa Winstanley, “Chalmers’ false allegations of anti-Semitism against the Oxford University Labour Club made international headlines after his resignation as co-chair on the night of the vote for Palestinian rights on 15 February 2016. The Israeli embassy accused Oxford students of ‘disgraceful activity.’ Former Labour leader Ed Miliband cancelled a speaking event there and the government’s minister for universities Jo Johnson demanded Oxford investigate Chalmers’ allegations – despite how blatantly false they appeared even at the time. As The Electronic Intifada revealed soon after, Chalmers had also worked for BICOM, a pro-Israel advocacy organization. The ‘Labour anti-Semitism’ controversy rages on to this day. Some Israel lobbyists are even calling for Corbyn to be kicked out of Labour.” What if they did oust Corbyn, but instead of going independent, he became a Green MP; other progressive Labour MPs might follow his lead, along with like-minded Labour members and possible even Union funding seeking to support a true Socialist agenda!

Winstanley surmises that, “It has for years been reported that two of the main targets of the Rubin report’s false accusations were James Elliott and Max Shanly – then leading pro-Corbyn activists in Labour’s youth wing. Shanly was a left-wing member of Young Labour’s national committee and a supporter of Corbyn. Elliott had advised Corbyn on youth policy during his 2015 leadership campaign. Elliott was also standing for election to a seat on Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee. Rubin’s ‘inquiry’ was wrapped up in about a week. Details from the report were then almost immediately leaked to the right-wing press – days before the NEC election. After the press smears about the pair, combined with a whispering campaign organized by Elliott’s right-wing rival, Elliott lost the seat by a single vote. In 2018, on his podcast All the Best, Shanly opened up about the effects of what he called a smear campaign against the pair.”

Winstanley relays haw in the podcast Shanly, “revealed he had been suffering from serious depression for the previous two years, from ‘February 2016 when all the [Oxford University Labour Club] stuff kicked off.’ ‘I had my mental health destroyed entirely,’ he said. Shanly explained that in the years he was under investigation, the Labour Party refused to hear his side of the story – even Janet Royall when she did her investigation into Oxford. He said that Labour Students also never bothered to speak to him. ‘The allegations that were made against me were all false,” he said. “There was no evidence. It was all ‘I heard of.’ It all comes down to Michael Rubin’s report.’ ‘The reason I ended up getting so depressed is that no one wants to employ someone’ at the heart of an internationally reported, alleged anti-Semitism scandal, he said. That same year, Shanly was hospitalized after a severe mental health crisis. All that summer, Labour’s civil war over allegations of anti-Semitism had been raging.”

Electronic Intifada said that, “Michael Rubin and Labour Friends of Israel did not reply to requests for comment for this article. In 2016, The Electronic Intifada asked Rubin in person if he regretted his part in the smear campaign against left-wing students at Oxford. ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ he said, before rushing away. But he has admitted to conducting the investigation, in undercover footage released in 2017. The document itself confirms this in its metadata. Rubin had been close with Israeli embassy agent Shai Masot even before he started working for Labour Friends of Israel in May 2016. In the undercover footage Rubin admitted: ‘I knew Shai in my role at Labour Students, we did a couple of things together’.”

Electronic Intifada have included the incriminating film saying, “You can watch him make this admission in this Aljazeera video;” I have embedded the Video Link. Winstanley reports that, “The footage was filmed by Al Jazeera for its investigative series The Lobby. Masot was expelled from the UK after it hit headlines in January 2017. The footage shows Rubin admitting to an undercover reporter that Labour Friends of Israel was essentially a front for the Israelis, but that ‘publicly we just try to keep the LFI as a separate identity to the embassy.’ It also revealed that the embassy finances Labour Friends of Israel’s activities. Rubin discussed launching a youth wing with events funded by the Israelis: ‘the Israeli embassy are able to get a bit of money.’ Masot apparently told Rubin he would ‘help fund a couple of events.’ ‘I don’t think money should be a problem,’ Rubin told Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter, who had been posing as a pro-Israel Labour activist.” You just don’t hear about this now so it had slipped my mind too.

Winstanley revealed that, “After Al Jazeera’s film was broadcast, Boris Johnson – then foreign minister – said in Parliament that Masot’s ‘cover’ had been ‘well and truly blown.’ Posing as a ‘senior political officer’ at the London embassy, Masot was according to all indications an agent for Israel’s secretive Ministry of Strategic Affairs, which is staffed by former officers from Israel’s spy agencies. Since 2015, the ministry has been Israel’s semi-covert dirty tricks agency dedicated to fighting a war against BDS, Palestine’s boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.” For Boris Johnson to have known all of the details of this serious foreign interference in UK politics and not considered these facts significant enough to require a full scale investigation to eliminate all future meddling demonstrates that the Israeli meddling was beneficial to the Tory Party. Possibly of equal importance to the dodgy donations from Russian oligarchs in the Russia Report that was kept under wraps until after the Covert 2019 Rigged Election.

The information in this article and the Aljazeera documentary offer solid proof that bogus anti-Semitism charges were weaponized to deliberately sabotage Corbyn and the progressive socialist agenda from within the Labour Party. Tory approved state funding of the integrity Initiative to magnify the anti-Semitism propaganda to lend legitimacy to a fake ‘landslide victory’ in the Covert 2019 Rigged Election. These acts were criminal and fraudulent enough to remove this Tory government from power even without further Investigation into the Postal Votes. The legal suits threatened by Ware will backfire if he is forced into Court to present evidence under oath; solid legal arguments will blow the whole anti-Semitism scam wide open in Court. Corbyn’s defence is well funded with £332,000; Chris Williamson will take EHRC to Court and Ware v French is on schedule. Smoke and mirrors don’t hold up in Court so we’re on the brink of exposing the whole truth of this scandal and documenting irrefutable facts that could destroy the Tories. DO NOT MOVE ON!