We “slaughtered” Jeremy Corbyn, says Israel lobbyist

Update, 15 January: YouTube removed the copy of the video posted on The Electronic Intifada’s channel following a copyright claim by Joe Glasman. The Electronic Intifada has filed a counterclaim, asserting that its use of the video complies with the Fair Use doctrine of the US Copyright Act, which allows use for criticism, comment or news reporting. In the meantime, we have uploaded a copy to another site, which you can view above.

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A prominent Israel lobbyist in the UK has claimed credit for last month’s electoral defeat of the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn.

“The beast is slain,” Joe Glasman delighted – Corbyn has been “slaughtered.”

He rejoiced that “we defeated him” in the election. “They tried to kill us,” he ranted, but “we won.”

Glasman leads the “political investigations team” at the Campaign Against Antisemitism, or CAA – an influential anti-Palestinian lobby group.

He made his comments in a bizarre video rant addressed to his team of supporters that he posted online during the holiday break.

The video was soon set to private.

But left-wing Labour activists managed to download a copy and posted it on the Barnet Momentum Facebook page.

In the video Glasman claimed he and his supporters beat Corbyn through a coordinated campaign using methods including “our spies and intel.”

But he said his group were “not secret Mossad spies, they’re just ordinary people.”

The video swiftly became an embarrassment. Other copies posted online have been taken down following copyright claims by Glasman.

The Electronic Intifada is reposting the full video to our YouTube channel for news reporting purposes.

Partisan “charity”

After he was subjected to a four-year witch hunt targeting the left and Palestine solidarity activists over alleged “Labour anti-Semitism,” Corbyn lost last month’s general election.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism was founded in 2014 during Israel’s war against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, to counter rising criticism of Israel. It did so primarily by smearing critics as anti-Semitic.

It has been one of the most active right-wing Zionist groups promoting the false notion that Labour became an anti-Semitic party after Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership in 2015.

But as anti-Zionist Palestine solidarity campaigner Tony Greenstein recently put it, “The one thing that the Campaign Against Antisemitism doesn’t do is to campaign against anti-Semitism.”

In fact, Greenstein argued on his blog, “anti-Semitism of the traditional kind is all but ignored by it, but [fake] ‘anti-Semitism’ of the anti-Zionist or pro-Palestinian variety is very much its concern.”

Despite being a registered charity, and thus supposedly non-partisan, the CAA openly campaigned against Labour and against Corbyn.

It organized demonstrations against Labour, including one days before last month’s general election. Greenstein has complained to the Charity Commission, calling for the regulator to remove the group’s tax-exempt status.

Anti-Palestinian agenda

The Campaign Against Antisemitism habitually smears Palestinians and their supporters.

In 2017, it attacked Malaka Shwaikh, a Palestinian from Gaza then running in student elections in Exeter. The attacks sparked a barrage of threats and harassment against her.

Now a lecturer at the University of Leeds, Shwaikh told The Electronic Intifada at the time, “The right of free speech on campus has been threatened.”

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As someone who witnessed, albeit at one remove, the despicable campaign against Corbyn and Labour, it occurs to me that this gentleman's use of the term "slaughtered" is altogether apposite. The coordinated nature of the smears, in conjunction with an all but unanimous framing of the charges by the media as fully proven, took on the character of a ritual. You got up in the morning to the sound of a knife being sharpened. You went online and began the daily slog through the muck and mire that passes for news in the UK. The Guardian actually began to offer a sort of Department of Antisemitism, like a bizarre government agency. One article referred you to three more and you soon found yourself in a bureaucratic archive of mutually sustaining lies.

There was no escaping Israel's power during this period, and the spectacle of Corbyn and those closest to him surrendering time and again to the phony accusations, promising to do better, throwing supporters to this pack of wolves, proved in the end most disheartening. I don't believe Labour lost on this issue alone, but it certainly played a large role in the defeat because it offered a stage upon which all the Right's hatred of the poor, the dispossessed, the immigrant, and above all any mildly socialist alternatives to neoliberalism, could be focused with a singular, righteous fury. Antisemitism became an all purpose form of abuse, covering the entire spectrum of progressive politics- which then didn't need to be addressed. And because this tactic proved so effective, we can expect it to be deployed for a long time to come in warding off justice-centred egalitarian movements.

What a tragedy that Labour didn't fight back and publicly repudiate these scoundrels one and all. The old lessons of appeasement must be learned anew, and learned at great cost.

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But how could 'Labour' have fought back publicly Tom? The only way to reach the general public is through the MSM, and if the MSM are totally hostile to you AND colluded and conspired in the A/S smear campaign, they are hardly likely to give you the opportunity to 'fight back'. So can you explain how the LP could have gone about doing it?

Take the Ken Livingstone episode for example. I had never heard of The Haavara Agreement, but a quick search re >hitler supported zionism< brought it up at the top of the results, and any journalist on this planet worthy of the name could have done the same, or of course contacted Ken himself to ask him what he was referring to. The point is that it's highly unlikely that they DIDN'T (assuming they weren't aware of the agreement already), and yet the whole of the MSM went along with the vilification and condemnation KNOWING that Ken was of course alluding to an historical fact. So how do you get the truth out there when the whole of the corporate media et al were complicit in the falsehood that Ken said something anti-semitic?

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Thanks for your comment. I agree with much of what you had to say, but I think that like Corbyn himself you were too accepting of the state of affairs you rightly denounced. In other words, you counselled a defeatist approach- a retreat, actually. If you begin by concluding there's nothing you can do, you will eventually find your forces routed, and frankly I can't understand why anyone would take an interest in politics only to adopt a position as passive as that. This was class war waged under the flag of "antisemitism", and the Labour leadership refused to treat it as such. It's not enough to proclaim radical values. You have to put them into practice on a daily basis. And if the challenge of the day is that you're being spun to death by a pack of racist liars controlled by a hostile foreign power, you'd damn well better stand up and fight back.

You ask me what specific measures I'd have liked to see the leadership take to combat this smear campaign. I admit the difficulties facing the left within the party, from the Israel lobby and from the poisonous British media were and are formidable. But the policy of appeasement undermined any prospect of a fighting strategy. At the very least, the Labour Party should have issued a blizzard of writs for defamation and taken these liars to court at the earliest stage. Doing so would have put the Israelis and their journalist friends on notice that they were about to receive some very unwelcome and consequential scrutiny.

But rather than try to offer you a detailed reply, I'd like to ask, what do you think the leadership should have done? After all, it's your question. Do you believe that all this was simply foreordained, or that the Party should abandon membership and principles in order to curry favour with its enemies? Seriously, what would you have liked to see instead of this debacle?

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Thanks for your response Tom, but I can't understand why you didn't or acknowledge the key point I was making - ie that the PTB own and control the MSM and, as such, control the narrative etc. And I think you're missing my point on several fronts. What you discern as appeasement was nothing of the sort. As Justin Schlosberg put in Chapter 4 of Bad News For Labour:

“In contrast to other contexts, the antisemitism issue by its very nature inhibits the development of a counter-narrative. This is because much of the discursive framing serves to pre-emptively delegitimise any defensive response as ‘part of the problem’”.

In other words, it's a no-win situation. As for taking legal action, well I certainly agree that the LP should do so in respect of the Panorama hatchet-job, because it wouldn't just be a case of opinions being expressed, as with the ten people who were 'presented' as ordinary Jewish LP members, and who were all undoubtedly lying through their teeth. And as you probably know, seven of them are and were executive committee members of the JLM, and another one of them their former Campaigns Officer, and one of the other two, although not Jewish, she’s an affiliated member of the JLM, and the other is and was the BoDs Director of Public Affairs.

But that's about it in terms of suing people or organisations for defamation, because in law anyone can claim that such and such is their honest opinion, as Tony Greenstein has learnt in his court case against the CAA. In other words, for example, anyone can say that they believe Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-semite, and their is absolutely nothing he can do about it. Apart from which, such court cases can take years before they are heard, and in the meantime the damage has been done anyway. As Malcolm X said:

“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses."

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I won't try to guess what you'd say to the Palestinians. Their media coverage is fairly grim.

But I asked you for your own ideas on how to fight the antisemitism smears cascading through British politics. You offered not a word as to strategy or tactics- nothing.

As far as I'm concerned, telling people there's no hope and that they ought to submit to the forces destroying their lives is worse than useless. It's inimical to their interests and calculated to ruin their morale. And trying to drag Malcolm X into the discussion in support of this position really is despicable. If ever someone stood up and fought back, it was Malcolm. In pointing out the duplicitous power of the media, he counselled all out resistance, not surrender.

That's all the time I have left for you.

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Yes, Tom Hall is quite right: Labour left itself open by accepting the smears and promising to do better. No doubt there were incidents of anti-Semitism which needed to be dealt with, but that Corbyn is an anti-Semite , that the Party is "institutionally" anti-Semitic, and that these groundless accusations have stuck is a stunning example of defating your enemy by accusing them of your own sins. Corbyn's response should have been that he wouldn't take lessons in anti-racism from the Zionists who ethnically-cleansed nearly a million Palestinians in 1948, nor from any Zionist, as the founder of Zionism wrote this: "The Yid is a hideous distortion of the human character, something unspeakably low and repulsive...We'll breathe more easily having got rid, once and for all, of these people who, with furtive shame, we were obliged to treat as our fellow tribesmen." The history of Zionist anti-Semitism is perfectly well-documented, and today the concept of the "wrong kind of Jew" is still abroad. Many Jews supported Corbyn but they were never allowed to speak. The BBC inteviewed spokes people for "the Jewish community" many times but overwhelmingly they were Zionists or Zionist apologists. Louise Ellman might have had her own chair in the BBC's studios. How many times was Michael Rosen asked for his view. He has received vile abuse and there are moves to have him removed from his broadcasting role. The wrong kind of Jew. This is anti-Semitism. It is the anti-Semitism of the Zionists who can't accept it is possible to be a Jew and not accept their doctrine. This is vicious and totalitarian. It is reminiscent of Rabbi Herzog's view that Jewish children rescued from the Nazis and adopted by Christian families would be better off dead. But the claim that the Zionist lobby was decisive in the election is megalomania. How many Jews are there in the UK? What lost Labour the key 60 seats was the EU. Real anti-Semites? Machete attacks on rabbis. Don't cry wolf.

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You start by saying that Tom is right Frank, and then, in effect, spend the second half of your post citing examples of how the MSM only ever gave a voice to the smearers. And THAT's the whole point of course. And even when various people said that it was all grossly exaggerated and/or a smear campaign, THEY were just vilified and condemned and attacked as being in denial and, as such, being part of the problem, or as being conspiracy theorists. When you own and control the MSM - the corporate MSM, along with the semi-corporate BBC - then YOU control the narrative.

As Justin Schlosberg points out in Chapter 4 of Bad News For Labour:

“In contrast to other contexts, the antisemitism issue by its very nature inhibits the development of a counter-narrative. This is because much of the discursive framing serves to pre-emptively delegitimise any defensive response as ‘part of the problem’”.

And as Malcolm X said:

“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

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Thank you for shining light into that dark tunnel and making clear with facts & details the shenanigans that I felt were going on but did not know how to expose! A terrifying cogent explanation! Why are so many people so gullible? All those folk who voted Tory will live to regret it but that is no consolation for the ghastly vision of our future in UK Europe & the world.

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From the evidence we have all been privy to, anyone with their eyes open would of seen these shenanigans. Shenanigans created by rightwing media, the government in office and of course Israel and the Zionists who were planted inside the bowels of the Labour Party.

This was never really about antisemitism, it was about having a formula that would not only work against the Labour Party getting into No 10 but ensuring they will be kicked into the long grass for many years. It was a well planned assassination driven by both money and power.

The Labour Party are presently looking over what went wrong and how they can right that wrong. The simple answer is, unless they can get the relevant power and money behind them and unless they are willing to be equally as corrupt as the Tory Party, they are a lost cause.

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When boys cry "wolf" and are believed we are all the poorer, for reasons made clear in the story.

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Its disheartening to read such Zionist ingress into the complete fibre of the economic, political and media of all western countries. The propaganda controlled and directed against anyone who speaks truth about Zionists actions against Palestinians in their land is out rightly declared anti semitic what a logic and what poor minds of the European public which is so gullible. Shame on this unjust world.

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It is not too late to challenge the Election result in a petition based on this defamation; a precedent already exists for doing just that. Back in November of 2010, when it was a Labour PM under attack for lying about a political opponent in order to retain his seat, there was a successful petition challenge to deprive him of his victory which ultimately also barred him from standing for public office. A Guardian article predicted the impact this would have on politics: “The former immigration minister Phil Woolas was ejected from parliament today after two high court judges ruled that he lied about his Liberal Democrat opponent during the general election, in a judgment that is likely to have profound implications for all future campaigns.”

That was then, with a Labour candidate under attack but the picture is fundamentally no different now, after a relentless Tory campaign of unverified fact-free lies, smears and deformation has managed to depict Jeremy Corbyn, a dignified man of peace, as a hateful, vilified racist! Labour accepted full responsibility: “The deputy leader Harriet Harman said it was “no part of Labour’s politics to try to win elections by telling lies” and the party would not support any appeal.” So where do we stand now? Surely the Woolas case set an important precedent with regard to the use of false information to incite anger and stoke a fabricated ethnic divide. Because the UK lacks a written constitution, our law is governed by precedent.

On a Discussion Forum on Craig Murray’s blog we share evidence and strategies to expose the truth re an election result we believe was rigged by manipulating the postal votes handled by the IDOX Postal Vote Managed Service. Our electoral services have been outsourced to unregulated private companies like IDOX. If you are as concerned about the safety or integrity of your vote and harbour suspicions check out the Elections Aftermath Forum on Craig Murray’s blog site and join the discussion.

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This entire thread as a non-supporter of EI or its causes is giving me incredible happiness on this cold wintry day, but I'll just say that even a broken clock is right on the time it was set at when it was shattered...and when Miryam Spencer is right that Labour is, I'm so glad to agree, a lost cause.

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This is outrageous behavior. All aid to the government of Israel should be closed down. Horrible people to do this.

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I have watched in horror as prominent Labour Party figures, including most of the candidates for leadership, have succumbed to the vile disinformation campaign about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. If they can't identify a big lie like this, should they really be running for high office?

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I feel sorry for Jeremy Corbyn. He should become but won't become Britain's next PM. NATO should be dissolved, US Bases should leave other nations & the industrial nations should cut aid to Israel.

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