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I haven't tweeted for a couple of days about #Lab2018 because I had no words.
To put on here the depth of my anger over the last few days is a difficult task.
So here it is.
It started out bad. The decision by @UKLabour as a political party to portray @jeremycorbyn as the victim in all this was pretty clear from day one.
'Blame the Jews.'
I wonder if that was an actual directive.
Senior figure after senior figure absolved him of any wrong doing. It was all 'poor Jeremy.'
As they lined up to exonerate him, they simultaneously accused the Jewish community.
You cannot do the first without doing the second.
Not after this summer.
The simple truth is he did this.
He tried to change the IHRA definition.
He laid that wreath.
He met DYR.
He welcomed that blood libeller.
He went on Press TV.
He said 'the hand of Israel.'
He said Zionists don't understand English irony.
The party HAS covered for holocaust deniers.
They HAVE let off antisemite after antisemite.
They HAVE MPs that speak on platforms with expelled members.
Pete willsman is STILL on the NEC.
They HAVE demonised anyone and everyone speaking out.
He did this. Him and his team in @UKLabour are responsible.
They and they alone hold the blame.
He is to blame for his antisemitic activity.
They are to blame for their antisemitic activity.
Not the Tories, not the media, and MOST CERTAINLY NOT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY.
So the role call of shame from this conference felt never ending.
One by one they sent out the message, either sugar coated from @JennieGenSec, or in your face by @LenMcCluskey.
'He is the victim here.' THAT is the message they want you to take home.
That is why my Jewish friends felt fear at this conference.
Get that? FEAR.
Antisemitism on the conference podium.
Antisemitism on flyers handed out.
Antismites and denial from the fringe to the centre.
All the time the 'real victim' is CORBYN.
Yeah, of course.
'We are acting on antisemitism',
'There is no room for antisemitism in Labour.'
'We are doing more than ever.'
Over and over they said it. It's just been in his speech.
Yeah, I know...
Of course.
Like the rest of the conference never happened.
Like the last three years never happened.
Like the facts on the ground never happened.
Like the things he's said and done never happened.
Like the victims need to meet him half way.
Like they are the problem.
Like he is the victim.
Like he wants the British public to 'Blame The Jews.'

That is why they feel fear.
That is why I am angry.
That is why I'm going nowhere.

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Jul 22, 2018
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The Twittersphere is awash, AWASH with corbynista screeching the the row over the IHRA definition is a distraction from the chaos of the Tories.
For once I am in agreement!
I know, don't pass out. This can happen.
SO why did they feel the need to do this?
The IHRA definition on antisemitism is accepted worldwide, we have been using it since @UKLabour adopted it in 2016. It's a standard definition. Nothing sinister, no big deal right? Let's get on and kick out the racists so we can fight the Tories right?
Instead @UKLabour attack it.
With all the exposure of antisemitism in the party, the bad press, Barnet, the terrible experiences of Jewish members, & the 'commitment' to tackle AS, why have @UKLabour chosen this hill to die on?
The IHRA definition is backed by 95% of UK Jews.
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Jul 19, 2018
Thread on antisemitic abuse I just witnessed, and why @UKLabour
cannot claim to protect Jews now.
Tonight I went to the @antisemitism protest in parliament square. I felt it was vital to express my disgust over the situation in Labour butchering the IHRA definition.
All week I've been bombarded with people saying but...but... You won't be able to criticise Israel. Which *is* utter rubbish.
The protest was strong. Great speeches. Powerful. What happened after affected me more though.
We went for a quick pint, as you do.
Someone was wearing an Israel T-shirt, blue with the Magen David. A PASSER BY took offence. He came over. He screamed abuse.
That's right, over an Israel T-shirt.
'You lot, you are the cause of it all, all the wars, all the problems, the whole middle East'.
Read 9 tweets
Jul 17, 2018
"@UKLabour ruling body is set to adopt new guidelines on antisemitism despite warnings from its own MPs and from 68 rabbis that the party risks ignoring the Jewish community."
We breathtaking arrogance the NEC are set to ignore the wishes of the @BoardofDeputies, @JLC_uk & the @CST_UK.
It's is set to go against the wishes of 68 rabbis, from the WIDE diversity in the Jewish community, who in an absolutely unprecedented sign of unity have come together to stop this attack on their community.
Read 10 tweets
Jun 15, 2018
So as the news about the appointment of @GordonNardellQC as @UKLabour's very own in house legal counsel hits the press in all the wrong ways. New blog by @mishtal has been covered on @LBC.

It's worth having a look at who elleanne green is. Who is this associate of @jeremycorbyn that set up #PalestineLive. The Facebook group he was comfortable enough in to arrange a meeting room for them. (remember that)
Well she must be a nice person, after all she's already been given legal advice by our new in house QC, and seems to be friends with ALOT of people in Labour.
Read 13 tweets
Jun 2, 2018
So as the fight against antisemitism in @UKLabour gets ever harder, with silence being demanded now those in the party willing to speak out, and blatant untruths being pushed by the party, I feel a short thread on how I am being silenced is in order.
When questioning the link between jewdas & JVL, after seeing the founder of one, cheerleading the other in a TV interview, I questioned a member of jewdas. Anyone fighting antisemitism in labour is entitled to ask questions, unless a hybrid of the two groups doesn't worry you.
We were attacked in response. An attack we would not expect from anyone with a serious commitment to fighting antisemitism in our party.
We often work across the vast political spectrum in Labour in order to fight this. We see no boundaries with true allies.
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