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Ukraine Correspondent. British-Lebanese conflict journalist & filmmaker based in Kyiv. Interested in human rights. RTs ≠ endorsement.
Sep 10, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read
RT correspondent, a fully grown man paid to deny the Assad regime's war crimes for the Russian government, is accusing me of writing a statement on behalf of a displaced Syrian teenager because I translated his Arabic op ed for the i Paper 6 months ago
How much did @dancohen3000 agree to sell his soul for? How much does the Russian government pay you to mock, denigrate, dehumanise and deny agency to children facing indiscriminate bombardment from Russian jets? How do you sleep at night?
Sep 9, 2018 14 tweets 3 min read
Despite how actively I’ve called out Novara for the propaganda they have put out in the past, Ash Sarkar defending defacing one of the last remaining walls in the Warsaw ghetto is as low as it gets. Novara has become a bulwark of defending antisemitic behaviour from the left. Novara Media, in particular Michael Walker, Ash Sarkar and Aaron Bastani have created an institutionally antisemitic media outlet purely to defend the Corbyn project. Whether they personally hate Jews is irrelevant, their actions are actively facilitating & enabling Jew hatred.
Sep 6, 2018 12 tweets 3 min read
So... are we just not going to say anything about all the frequent media commentators that pushed disinformation on the Salisbury poisonings for months? No? We're not going to ask them about the conspiracy theories they were disseminating & whether they will retract & apologise? Craig Murray wrote conspiracist drivel and implied Israel might have been behind the Skripal poisoning. The issue is these people don't know what investigative journalism is, they can't tell it apart from opinion pieces or disinformation.
Sep 4, 2018 11 tweets 2 min read
Labour didn't become an institutionally racist party because of the antisemites within their midst. It became an institutionally racist party because instead of rooting out antisemites and confronting them, senior members of the party defended & continued to defend antisemites. Naz Shah's Facebook post isn't the problem with the party. The problem with the party is Willsman, Williamson, Shawcroft et al. They are the ones that reinforce a racist power structure within the institution. They aren't fringe cranks, and the pro-Labour media voices know this.
Aug 16, 2018 11 tweets 2 min read
People need to understand at this point that no matter what Corbyn has done, his supporters don't care. They don't even feel compelled to be honest about his behaviour anymore, they can just call it a "smear" safe in the knowledge that eroding British democracy works for them. Owen Jones, Ash Sarkar, Matt Zarb Cousin, Aaron Bastani, Michael Walker et al have all put out contradictory statements denying Corbyn laid a wreath on Khalaf's grave, which he admitted doing and is photographed doing.
Aug 10, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
This is probably going to get really ugly. There could be a major diplomatic confrontation if Ankara moves on Incirlik, which would in turn spell a major crisis for NATO. That's without even thinking about the implications in northern Syria.
With Russia and Iran also under new US sanctions, Turkey is being pushed further and further into alliance with them, who all in turn have competing agendas in Syria. US and EU relations are already strained. This stuff is looking... not great to say the least. It's all bad news.
Aug 4, 2018 12 tweets 3 min read
In one of the more outrageous and personally offensive attacks Corbynites have launched on me, being told that I don't care about anti-semitism is up there with one of the worst. Here is just a small sample of private messages I have received from left-wing Jews in the past week. I care about anti-semitism because I'm an anti-racist. I defended Jewish areas in London from National Action, I fought Polish neo-Nazi groups with my own hands in Tottenham after they attacked Jews in a park. I did this long before Corbynism infected Labour with anti-semitism.
Aug 3, 2018 23 tweets 6 min read
Michael seems like a nice guy and I have no doubt that he is a true progressive. The issue is Corbyn and Milne are not, and journalists like myself have proved this time and time again, but Momentum just keep moving the goalposts.
First all the anti-semitism stuff was a smear, now it's a problem but one that Jeremy supposedly cares about. But Jeremy is AWOL, his actions are indefensible and his supporters are struggling to patch up the mistakes he is making.
Jul 31, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
If you had just listened to Jews in the first place instead of calling them liars you wouldn’t even be in this mess. But dismissing the concerns of the Jewish community & redefining anti-semitism was Seumas Milne’s goal from day 1, and still the Labour left won’t call him out. Labour’s anti-semitism problem stems entirely from breakdown of communication & decisions to make unilateral changes to internationally recognised norms regardless of how offensive those decisions are. Milne is behind all of it. It is his communication strategy, not an aberration
Jul 27, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
The media really needs to stop giving Bastani a platform on anti-semitism. He has himself shared anti-semitic conspiracy theories. He routinely dismisses the concerns of the Jewish community and he has no direct affiliation with the Labour leadership. His opinion is worthless. Furthermore, he uses the Palestinian narrative to whitewash his position on anti-semitism, despite the fact that he also deploys racist Islamophobic tropes and hasn't uttered a word about the 4000 Palestinians murdered by people he defends the actions of in Syria.
Jul 24, 2018 13 tweets 4 min read
You know what isn't a smear and is a disgrace @OwenJones84? The fact that Seumas Milne supports the Russian bombardment of Syria. He said it in front of two witnesses and then he got James Schneider to lie about it to keep his "anti-war" public image.
newstatesman.com/politics/uk/20… He has a history of Putin, Khamenei and Hezbollah apologism. He has routinely defended human rights abusers, tyrants and militant anti-semites. That is who he is. And sadly, and I mean this genuinely & with sincere regret, it appears that is who you are destined to be.
Jul 18, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
It’s official, Jeremy Corbyn has turned the Labour Party into an institutionally anti-Semitic organisation. thejc.com/news/uk-news/l… via @jewishchron And, for the record, I think calling Jeremy anti-Semitic is totally fair comment. Nobody could oversee an appalling change like this without being complicit. If this was any other ethnic group we would be calling it exactly what it is: racism.
Jul 15, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
Protecting Assad was always at the heart of the American far-left's support for Trump over Clinton, something which brought them in line with the American and Israeli far-right. Revelations from @emptywheel suggest this was understood from day one. haaretz.com/middle-east-ne… It shouldn't shock people to find out that various political actors in the West cared more about geopolitical point-scoring than they did about human rights, but the role they played in defending the Assad regime from accountability warrants criminal investigation.
Apr 3, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
I've marched with Jewdas for refugees and I've marched with Jewdas against fascists. I don't agree with a lot of the positions they take, but the way they are being portrayed by some is cynical, disingenuous and politicised. I also don't think Corbyn should have met them tonight. Also their membership, if you can even define an anarchist collective in those terms, is varied politically. There were people in attendance that have protested Corbyn's paralysis over anti-Semitism too. That said, this is not a good way for Corbyn to be building bridges.
Mar 16, 2018 14 tweets 4 min read
OK Owen, the BBC have had two left wing pro-Kremlin war crimes deniers on air in the last 48 hours alone defending Putin. But please talk more shit about defending your ideology while this insidious shit you ignore keeps taking place. Shameless.
The BBC have *literally never* invited me on a panel show to discuss Syria, despite me being infinitely more qualified to talk about the subject than you Owen. But guess who gets invited on whenever there is a "drive to war in Syria". Yeah, you. But you won't complain about that.