Right-wing pressure group ‘charity’ gives away that Graham and co cancelled event involving film and book exposing weaponisation of antisemitism complaints because of it
As Skwawkbox reported earlier, an email uncovered by Electronic Intifada (EI) has confirmed months of Skwawkbox’s investigative reporting – that the leadership of Unite was directly involved in the union’s ban on showing the film ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn/The Big Lie’, which exposes the use of spurious ‘antisemitism’ claims to attack Jeremy Corbyn and the left, as well as the Labour right’s gross abuses of process and democracy, and even banned branch donations to support the film.
The new email showed Unite’s assistant general secretary saying that she was acting on boss Sharon Graham’s say-so in contacting Unite’s ‘Community’ branch in Bristol to order the cancellation of an event involving both the showing of the film and a discussion of Asa Winstanley’s exhaustively-researched book titled Weaponising Anti-Semitism: How the Israel Lobby Brought Down Jeremy Corbyn.
By sending that email, the union’s management had put its fingerprints directly onto the manoeuvres to block the film – shredding the fiction spun by Graham loyalists that she was not personally involved.
As EI reported, Cartmail and Graham had declined to say who had contacted them to complain about the book launch – but now the so-called ‘Campaign Against Antisemitism’ (CAA), a right-wing, pro-Israel pressure group with charitable status despite its political activities, has given the game away by boasting of its influence in the guise of ‘thanking’ Graham and co for giving in to its demands:
CAA has so far been allowed by the Charity Commission (CC) to keep its charitable status despite complaints about the obvious political nature of its demands that ‘Corbyn must go’ when Jeremy Corbyn was leader of the Labour party, though the CC has opened a regulatory compliance case against the pressure group.
One of the directors of the group infamously boasted, after the 2019 general election, that ‘we’ had ‘slaughtered’ Corbyn, in a Facebook video quickly deleted but still widely available:
And even such hard-right Labour figures as Margaret Hodge has accused the CAA – long after Corbyn’s ‘slaughtering’, of course – complained that CAA ‘uses antisemitism as a front’ for political attacks, after the group turned its fire on someone she likes, the awful Keir Starmer, despite Hodge having been a patron of the group when it suited her. CAA also demanded, unsuccessfully, that broadcast regulator Ofcom censure Channel 4 for daring to interview Palestinians about attacks on their human rights and freedom of expression.
The Institute for Jewish Policy Research has described the CAA’s behaviour as ‘irresponsible’ and in 2016, more than one hundred leading British Jews wrote to the Guardian to distance themselves from the ‘pro-Israel lobby group’, while the following year some 250 UK academics wrote an open letter in the Independent accusing CAA of:
outrageous interferences with free expression, and… direct attacks on academic freedom.
Unite members are likely to agree with the eminent academics – and to be rightly disgusted with their union’s management for colluding in the attacks on freedom of speech and thought.
The premise of Winstanley’s book – so thoroughly evidenced as to be incontrovertible – that accusations of antisemitism were weaponised by Corbyn’s opponents to attack him and the left has also been confirmed by the findings of the (reluctantly) Starmer-commissioned Forde Report and by a number of forensic documentaries, including of course, ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn/The Big Lie’.
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