Kosher Jews, treif Jews: through the looking glass with the Board of Deputies

Cautiously pessimistic

“They organize us against each other, but we can organize ourselves against them.

The whole point of talking about class and “the proles” is to insist on the very basic way in which people from different “communities” have essentially similar experiences, and to show that people from the same “communities” should in fact hate each other.” – prole.info, Work Community Politics War

The Board of Deputies of British Jews have called on Labour politicians to support a set of “ten pledges to end the antisemitism crisis”, with pretty much all of the leadership candidates, including “continuity Corbynist” candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey, endorsing them in full. Most interesting is point 8, “Engagement with the Jewish Community to be made via its main representative groups”, which instructs “Labour must engage with the Jewish community via its main representative groups, and not through fringe organisations and individuals”.

By including this requirement, the ten pledges are not just about the Board of Deputies trying to influence the Labour leadership contest, but about them trying to assert their authority over British Jews, and to isolate and delegitimise any dissent. And, following their lead, the Labour leadership candidates have now sworn off any contact with the wrong kind of Jews.

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Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton

Dear All

Two upcoming events to tell you about:

Firstly: Thursday 24th October at the University of Southampton room 2005 at 6pm Talk by Professor Haim Bresheeth One State in Israel and Palestine. Professor Bresheeth’s work is a major contribution to the way forward for Israel Palestine. A quote from Professor Bresheeth:

“Most of my family was destroyed in the holocaust – in different concentration camps and in the Warsaw ghetto and I was born in a refugee camp in Italy immediately after the war… I’m not saying this in order to elicit some sympathy because this is nonsensical on this audience [mostly Jewish] obviously. I’m saying this in order to explain why its so easy for me to understand the Palestinians in Gaza and in the rest of Palestine. It is very easy for me to understand them because they live in a combination of a concentration camp and Warsaw ghetto for so many years that we have stopped counting”

For tickets go to eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-democratic-state-in-palestineisrael-a-talk-by-prof-haim-bresheeth-tickets-76948782881

This is a free event, organised by our chairman Professor Suleiman Sharkh and everyone is welcome.

Secondly: Saturday 26th October come and join us outside Sports Direct in Central Southampton. We will be there from 11.45 until 1.30 .

Give Puma the Boot. End Sponsorship by Puma until it ends its sponsorship of the Israeli Football Assocaiation. We will have letters to sign and leaflets to distribute. Come and help.

Please remember to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southamptonpsc/

Warm regards
Cathryn Spiller (Secretary Southampton PSC)

RADICAL WORKERS’ BLOC AT TOLPUDDLE 2019

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and rally 2019 Friday, 19th to Sunday, 21st July 2019. View map No stall this year, apparently they were “oversubscribed”. Nah we don’t either, more time to get drunk then.

On the plus side the IWW are back, with a new improved stall run by Dorset branch.

Wob kitchen will run from Friday evening to Sunday lunch, next to the Big Tent; you’ll hardly notice the difference. Wessex Solidarity will make some of our literature catalogue available on the day. We’ve lots of new stuff that isn’t in the reference library as we’re running out of storage space – it hasn’t been updated for years. Why not get in touch now if there’s a subject you’re particularly interested in.

Catering Cadre: Comrade Les, our Wob kitchen chef is offering free training on outside and event catering for Radical Workers and groups who want to feed their members, homeless or unemployed workers in a safe and cost-effective way. Topics including:

  • Basic Health safety and hygiene.
  • Basic budget and Menu planning.
  • Basic dietary requirements.
  • Basic safe use of LPG and Butane gas cookers.

Let us know if you’re interested or come and see us about it at the festival.

Safe Space Policy: “don’t be a dick”.

This year we ask Radical Workers to be especially kind to members of the Prison Officers Association, as they are ever so sensitive, and easily upset by loud noises and rude words.

Bloody hell it was hot! Tolpuddle R.W.B. 2018

Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning

Middle East Monitor

By Ramzy Baroud

As the 300-foot spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically came tumbling down on live television, my thoughts ventured to Nuseirat Refugee Camp, my childhood home in the Gaza Strip.

Then, also on television, I watched as a small bulldozer hopelessly clawed through the rubble of my neighbourhood mosque. I grew up around that mosque. I spent many hours there with my grandfather, Mohammed, a refugee from historic Palestine. Before grandpa became a refugee, he was a young Imam in a small mosque in his long-destroyed village of Beit Daras.

Mohammed and many in his generation took solace in erecting their mosque in the refugee camp as soon as they arrived in the Gaza Strip in late 1948. The new mosque was first made of hardened mud but was eventually remade with bricks, and later concrete. He spent much of his time there, and when he died, his old, frail body was taken to the same mosque for a final prayer, before being buried in the adjacent Martyrs Graveyard. When I was still a child, he used to hold my hand as we walked together to the mosque during prayer times. When he aged, and could barely walk, I, in turn, held his hand.

But Al-Masjid al-Kabir – the Great Mosque, later renamed Al-Qassam Mosque – was pulverised entirely by Israeli missiles during the summer war on Gaza, starting July 8, 2014.
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Palestine Solidarity Campaign Southampton fundraiser 27th February 2019

Dear All

Southampton PSC in conjunction with the Art House, are hosting a fundraising evening to raise funds for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Please come and enjoy a great evening and support Palestine at the same time. Sidelines are an eclectic local band, find out more on their Facebook page and follow the link below to sample their sound.
https://sidelinesuk.bandcamp.com

The event starts at 7pm and takes place at The Art House, Above Bar Street Southampton, on 27th February. There is no entry charge but we will request donations which will be split between PSC and The Art House.

I hope you can make it.
Warm Regards
Cathryn Spiller

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch.

Dear All

Southampton PSC campaigned outside HSBC eight times over the summer, asking HSBC to Stop arming Israel. This is also the message PSC wants to bring to the UK Government. National PSC lobbies parliament each year and this year the focus is on the Stop Arming Israel Campaign and the treatment by Israel of child prisoners. I will be attending the lobby, please get in touch if you can join me.

The lobby takes place on 28th November from 12pm to 6pm, followed by an evening rally. If you can attend please ask your MP to meet with you on the day. National PSC will provide briefings for participants. If you cannot attend, you can still support the lobby by writing to your MP and asking him/her to meet with representatives of PSC. Please follow the links below and if you can attend please register. Also please email pscsoton@gmail.com  to let me know as we could travel together.

https://www.palestinecampaign.org/lobby-day-of-parliament-28-11-2018/

https://palestinecampaign.eaction.online/lobby/parliament2018notattending

Please can I also remind you to join National PSC if you are not already a member, this is one of the best actions you can take to support justice for Palestine, help the national organisation campaign and build cross party support in parliament.

There is also a further action you can take to support the BDS movement. Boycott Puma. The sports company sponsors Israeli football teams based in occupied Palestine. To find out more about this campaign please visit our Facebook page and place a picture of yourself on social media in solidarity with Palestinian activists. www.facebook.com/southampton

Stalls in the city are taking a break until the new year but we will be in the city nearer Christmas singing some “Alternative Carols” telling the real story of the injustices in Palestine. I will be in touch when we have confirmed  date for that.

In the meantime we continue to follow the events in Gaza with interest. 205 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the 30th March and 20,000 injured. Nine Palestinians were injured in recent air strikes on Gaza following rocket attacks on Israel by Islamic Jihad, although there were no Israeli casualties.

In occupied Palestine, at least 29 structures were demolished by Israeli forces  in the month of September, displacing 51 people- including 23 children- and affecting a further 79 people, including 54 children. The village of Al Arakib in the Naqab desert was demolished for the 133rd time!

In solidarity

Regards Cathryn Spiller

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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Jonathan Sacks, hypocritical wanker.

If you only know him from his tedious radio broadcasts you might be surprised at what a nasty piece of work Jonathan Sacks actually is.

So whilst we’re all trawling the archives, the sanctimonius bore gets a mention in this article from +972 Magazine Published in May 2013:

A year in review: Anti-African racism and asylum seekers in Israel

There’s a lot of it, and be warned, it’s a pretty harrowing read.

“The campaign to cover up Israel’s persecution of African asylum seekers is not only fought by the Israeli government itself. The cause is also eagerly taken up by Zionist celebrities, such as British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who had the gall to claim in February that Israel leads the world in accepting asylum seekers.”

Perhaps he was exercising ‘British irony’.

“Since Israel took over responsibility for reviewing refugee status requests from UNHCR, out of the 60,000 non-Jewish African asylum seekers living in Israel, Israel has approved only one single solitary application. And that one African woman that the State of Israel, in all of its magnanimity, has deigned to bequeath refugee status upon – is an albino.”

A racist endeavour? Decide for yourselves.

Fuck anti-Africanism, fuck anti-Semitism, fuck Jonathon Sacks.