Board of Deputies, snipers and peaceful protesters

Yesterday, the Israeli army used an array of snipers cowering behind a hillock and unmanned drones dropping gas bombs to launch a premeditated killing spree against peaceful unarmed civilian protesters across the border in Gaza. 

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Snipers cowering behind a mound of dirt picked out their targets

The official spokesperson for the Israeli military admitted, gleefully, that its actions were planned.

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The response of the British right-wing organisation Board of Deputies was

Alarming developments at Gaza border as Hamas once again using its civilians – inc children – as pawns. We call for calm & a return to negotiating table, resulting in a secure, Jewish & democratic Israel alongside a viable & vibrant Palestinian state.”

From a humane perspective it is impossible to understand how anyone could describe the incident as the Board of Deputies did.  Willful blindness to humanity is the only probable cause of such a description.

The second sentence above in the quote was clear unashamed dishonesty and a gross misrepresentation of the acts and intent of the Israeli government.

Given its extreme political outlook – a perspective so extreme that it accommodates even the deliberate targetting and shooting of children at a peaceful protest – the Board of Deputies cannot be trusted as a reliable source of analysis on anything.

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Related blog: “Clashes?” Mainstream media and Palestinians

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Board of Deputies, snipers and peaceful protesters

“Clashes?” Mainstream media and Palestinians

Today, thousands of Palestinians in Gaza took part in a protest against the theft of Palestinian land.  The protest was next to the border between Gaza and Israel that had been imposed unilaterally by Israel in breach of international law.

The Israeli army launched an assault on the peaceful protesters using snipers to target individuals and gas bombs were fired into the crowd.  All the weapons were fired across the border.  More than fifteen protesters have been killed and hundreds injured.

This assault was one of the most brutal and most inhumane acts ever by the Israeli military.  The military action was completely unprovoked and unjustifiable.  It was cold-blooded murder.

But, most of the mainstream media suffered from an affliction that caused them to avoid describing what happened with any accuracy.  According to newspapers and broadcasters in UK and USA Palestinians died, were killed and were hurt in the passive voice when “clashes” occurred.

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As shown above, some media outlets didn’t even state that only Palestinians were killed or injured.

Each media outlet chose to avoid reporting that the Israeli military attacked the protesters, across a border, with snipers’ rifles and gas bombs.  They chose to portray the incident entirely falsely. 

None of these newspapers or broadcasters could claim that there was a lack of evidence: Photographs, videos and first hand accounts were available in real-time. 

The refusal to assess what was happening, and subsequent decisions to report inaccurately and inadequately, are ingrained within a lot of the mainstream media whenever Palestine is a news item.  Even blatant inexcusable slaughter of civilians cannot persuade their biases to relent.

 

“Clashes?” Mainstream media and Palestinians

Sajid Javid, 2007 financial crisis and Mexico’s military assault on indigenous people

This week, Tory “Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government” Sajid Javid started a distraction debate by calling left-wing Labour-affiliated Momentum “neo-fascist.”  He chose to make the comment with parliamentary privilege because he is too cowardly to express his opinion without that protection.  Javid knows the comment is absurd.  His exclamation was just a typical Tory belch of petulance designed to use up media time and discussion time.  It was a dumb childish distraction. 

Javid’s department is an abject failure: Homelessness is increasing rapidly, there are no plans for any social housing building or affordable home building and councils (including Tory-run councils) are going bankrupt due to huge reductions in central government support.  He is completely inept and incompetent, and he couldn’t give a damn.  Slanderous truculent insults are all he has to offer.

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Highlights of Sajid Javid’s career in banking

Sajid Javid didn’t take the common Tory route of Eton-PPE at Oxbridge-PPS-MP.  He had a banking career before switching to politics.  In other words, he was planted into politics by the banking system.  Thus, his ineptitude is not surprising and is also not a hindrance.  He is in government as a lobbyist of the financial gangster system.

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Javid was Managing Director of Deutsche Bank in the early 2000s.  Towards the end of his tenure as MD the Bank was a key protagonist in the sale of bad debts, including mortgages, that was a cause of the worldwide financial crisis in that decade.  In 2014 Deutsche Bank paid $1.93 billion to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency over mortgage securities the bank sold to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the previous decade.

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In the nineties, Javid worked at Chase Manhattan Bank in the USA.  Chase’s history includes exploitation of people throughout South and Central America via manipulation of governments.  In the same year that Javid attained the position of vice-president – 1995 – a memo was sent by the bank to its investors:

[The Mexican government] will need to consider carefully whether or not to allow opposition victories if fairly won at the ballot box.  While [the Mexican state of] Chiapas, in our opinion, does not pose a fundamental threat to Mexican political stability, it is perceived to be so by many in the investment community.  The government will need to eliminate the Zapatistas [left-wing opposition party supported by indigenous people] to demonstrate their effective control of the national territory and of security policy.”

A few weeks after the memo was published the Mexican government followed orders and sent the army into Chiapas.   Villages were emptied and thousands of native Americans fled into the Lacandon rain forest.

Sajid Javid’s insult at Momentum is a small crime compared to his history.

 

Sajid Javid, 2007 financial crisis and Mexico’s military assault on indigenous people

The Cowardly Opportunism Of The Progress Mob Has Reached Newer Depths

Two weeks ago the Progress mob partook in a coordinated campaign against Jeremy Corbyn because he refused to agree without conditions with what the Tory prime minister had said about the Novichok attack in Salisbury.  This campaign included a pointless motion submitted to parliament that was designed to isolate Corbyn while kowtowing to May.  

This week the Progress mob revisited their participation in the smear campaign directed at Corbyn of claims of anti-Semitism.  Organised by right-wing Board of Deputies a demonstration took place near parliament with the aim of mass-slandering Corbyn and his colleagues.  There, the Progress MPs were happy to stand alongside Tory politicians, including the father of modern British racist rabble-rousing Norman Tebbit, and DUP MPs including racist homophobic sectarian bigot Sammy Wilson.  Chuka Umunna was photographed stood next to Tory MP Sajid Javid who, two days later in parliament, described Momentum as “neo-fascist.”

Progress MPs Wes Streeting and John Mann “wrote a letter” to Jeremy Corbyn after the demonstration.  In it they complained about “front bench spokespeople sharing social media video clips suggesting that concerns about antisemitism amount to a smear campaign.”  Such a complaint is an attempt to stifle criticism and is intrinsically dishonest in intent.  They asked that Corbyn should “make it clear that those who sought to disrupt and oppose the mainstream Jewish community rally do not speak for you, that their protest was not in your name.”  No-one tried to disrupt the demonstration.  An additional demo was also against anti-Semitism but supportive of Corbyn.  Mann and Streeting have libelled the organisers and the attendees of the second demo.

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Progress was created to try to ensure that Labour never shifted leftward.  Everything its MPs do and say is designed to achieve this aim.

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Right-wing’s attacks on Corbyn grow ever more pathetic

Yesterday, a few weeks ahead of council elections on May 3rd, a right-wing lobby group, Board of Deputies, organised a protest outside parliament against Jeremy Corbyn.  A few hundred people turned up including rancid bigots from DUP, rabble-rousing racist Norman Tebbit and several Progress MPs.  The organisers had claimed that they were protesting against anti-Semitism in the Labour party; they had stated that they thought that the leader of the party had not tackled anti-Semitism strongly enough.

Corbyn has always been resolutely opposed to anti-Semitism.  He has no questions to answer.  The charge of anti-Semitism against him, or the charge of a lax attitude to it, is entirely false and the Board of Deputies knows that it is false.  The protest was a continuation of a smear campaign by right-wing lobbyists, politicians and journalists who are violently opposed to Labour’s tendency leftward.  The right-wingers will use any slanderous smear tactic against him and his colleagues regardless of how untrue it is.

If anyone finds themselves stood near to a DUP MP or to Norman Tebbit, or if anyone finds their actions being applauded by the Daily Mail (as yesterday’s protest was), then such a person cannot seriously claim they are fighting against any prejudice at all.

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Tebbit at anti-Corbyn demo

The protest was a stunt.  It’s objective was to smear the Labour leader in advance of the council elections.  Such smears are not working.

Right-wing’s attacks on Corbyn grow ever more pathetic

May 3rd Council Elections: Important issues and non-issues

Political parties have begun campaigning for the council elections on May 3rd. 

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The issues that people are concerned about include:

  • Wages
  • Job security
  • Taxation
  • Pensions
  • Housing
  • Education
  • NHS
  • Windrush
  • Police
  • Fire service
  • Public transport
  • Roads
  • Public libraries

The issues that people couldn’t give a damn about include:

  • The behaviour of the Russian government
  • Cambridge Analytica
  • Brexit negotiations
  • Donald Trump
  • North Korea
  • Petulant backbench Labour MPs
  • False accusations against Jeremy Corbyn

 

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Far-right trolls always play the victim: e.g. Toby Young

Screaming head and free school enthusiast Toby Young, famed for his eugenics – Young the eugenist, for his anti-disabled proposals – Young versus wheelchairs, for his snobbery – Young the snob, and for his lies – for example, Young lies about welfare payments, has lost three professional posts recently following protests against his presence in educational roles.  In January, he was unappointed from a fake position at the anti-student, anti-education, pro-far-right platformists Office For Students and last week he walked away/was pushed out the door from his money-for-nothing role at ‘charity’ New Schools Network.  (Young had also resigned as a director of the Fulbright Commission that oversees student scholarships between British and US universities.) 

Good riddance to an unpleasant, extremely dishonest, dimwitted scammer, perhaps, although both the Office For Students and the New Schools Network exist to promote exactly the rancid politics that Young favours and they will continue to do so without him. 

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Young has no intelligence, no skills, no talent and no wit and is of no worth whatsoever to society.  He is a typical far-right lackey who seeks unearned income for promoting a bigoted, divisive and dishonest political perspective.  His entire professional life is a consequence of connections and inherited privilege and is littered with failure after failure.  He is first and foremost a self-publicist but he is aided by a prevailing political environment that favours gobshites over people with ability.  Young is the antithesis of usefulness.

Like all far-right rabble-rousers, Young is a snivelling little coward.  As a response to his third departure this year from a useless post, Young emulated the examples set by Farage, Robinson, Waters, Golding, Rees-Mogg, Trump, Bannon, etc. and cast himself as a victim.  Poor little Toby Young was under attack from hoards of naughty lefties and do-gooders who had the nerve to remind everyone of his filthy far-right views and acts.  Why can he not be a hardworking bigoted eugenist without some people objecting? 

The Mail On Sunday, the newspaper for which Young has a gormless professional troll column, managed to find a “journalist” – Mark Wood – with sufficient venality to manufacture a vomit-inducing article depicting little Toby victimised and fearful.

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The opening finger-down-the-throat comment from Wood referred to the “spectacular destruction of his [Young’s] career by social media.”  It is with unbounded certainty that it can be stated that Young’s career has never been and never will be remotely spectacular; indeed, there is no detectable career that could suffer destruction.  The claim that social media ruined his career is a far-right translation of “my bigoted views had not been erased and I was found out.”

Wood continued with some quotes from Young that echoed the style of comments a celeb’s PR team farts out when their client has been caught indulging in reprehensible activities:

It has been a painful learning experience.  But, I believe that the lessons I have learned are the ones that we can – indeed must – pass onto our children.  The digital world they are growing up in is full of landmines and those of us who have stepped on them have a duty to point them out.”

As the above quote reveals, Young cited the response to offense he caused as the wrongdoer.  His actions, including his vulgar grotesque sexism (in social media posts) and his extreme politics, were the reason there were protests against his appointments in educational roles but Young focussed on the objections and not on his own behaviour. 

His decision to bring his own children into the discussion was a distraction and a tactic to try to make his public image less immature.  Young said that his own children should learn a lesson of not posting too freely on social media; yes, they would not want to be as immature and as stupid as their witless middle-aged father has been.  In a general sense, Young should not be giving any advice to children.  

Wood’s article was accompanied by a photograph (above) of the Young family at breakfast.  It is odd that Toby Young thought it was not problematic to have his children photographed in a national newspaper.  Given Young’s notoriety, is it sensible for him to make his own children identifiable to the public?  Sense is not one of his characteristics.  Young’s children are featured as a simple PR stunt to depict him as a father. 

The photograph was posed; it was not a natural scene.  Young was being rather rude by sitting with his laptop open at the breakfast table.  Something could get spilled on that Toby!  If Young is out of a job then what work was he doing that was so important that it couldn’t wait until after breakfast and when sat at a desk?  He looked perturbed, befuddled and confused.

According to Wood, Young “expressed his fears over the alleged damaging impact that social media and new technology are having on young minds.”  That is, a middle-aged man posted offensive childish tweets and then he warned other people about social media’s problems.  

Toby Young’s invasion into education was allowed because of his willingness to assist the current government’s destruction of state education.  His far-right views made him an ideal candidate for the Office For Students whose main purpose is to remove obstacles to the promotion of extreme right-wing views at universities.  He is a willing imbecilic tool to be used as a political cog.  He follows all the usual far-right routes including wailing about being a victim.  Nothing about Young is surprising.  Nothing about Young is commendable.

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