Assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail denies right-wing CAA influenced union’s decision to block showings of Corbyn film and readings of Winstanley book – but does not respond to question about correcting CAA’s claim that it did
Unite general secretary Gail Cartmail has attacked left-wing Jewish activist Tony Greenstein for criticising the union’s decision to ban showings of the film ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn/The Big Lie’ and Asa Winstanley’s forensic book ‘Weaponising Anti-Semitism: how the Israel Lobby brought down Jeremy Corbyn’.
Greenstein had written to the union in what he admits was a ‘forceful’ criticism of the union’s decision to cave in to the demands of the right-wing, reportedly Israel-funded, so-called ‘Campaign against Antisemitism’ (CAA). The CAA had boasted of bringing about the Unite ban, which the union’s management initially denied even existed, but an email from Cartmail on behalf of her boss Sharon Graham gave away the truth that the film and book had indeed been blocked.
In an email seen by Skwawkbox, Cartmail responded dismissing Greenstein’s complaint as a ‘falsehood’:
Your disagreeable attack is based on a falsehood. No one in Unite took advice from the Campaign Against Antisemitism, on ‘Jeremy Corbyn – The Big Lie’, nor indeed any other matter. I suggest you don’t believe everything you read on social media or elsewhere.
Unite as a union is outstanding in both our commitment to anti-racism and solidarity with the Palestinian cause, actions speak louder than words.
I suggest you fact-check before launching another ill-informed and blatantly untrue broadside.
However, Greenstein has said that when he asked Cartmail whether Unite had contacted the CAA to ask it to delete its supposedly-false claim, he received no response.
Of Unite’s claim that the CAA had nothing to do with the union’s decision, Greenstein Tony Greenstein’s Blog: UPDATE ON UNITE & SHARON GRAHAM’S BAN ON ‘Jeremy Corbyn – The Big Lie’ & Asa Winstanley’s ‘Weaponising Anti-Semitism’ (azvsas.blogspot.com):
it is of course possible that the CAA are lying. The CAA are as obnoxious a bunch of Zionists as it is possible to find…
However I find it difficult to believe that even the CAA would deliberately lie about exchanging correspondence with Unite and having had contact with them.
Unite’s management has also, according to union insiders, attempted to justify the ban by claiming – entirely falsely – that the film contains a scene in which rabbis are shown along with a voiceover talking of ‘the enemy within’. As Skwawkbox revealed, the section of the film on the enemy within shows only a representation of anonymised right-wing party staff, with no rabbis in sight.
The ban has also been described as a symptom of Sharon Graham’s increasing cosiness with hard-right Labour leader Keir Starmer, whose faction is desperate – with the enthusiastic support of so-called ‘mainstream’ media – to prevent the spread of knowledge of the party’s sabotage of the Corbyn leadership and two general elections, and of awareness that the so-called ‘Labour antisemitism scandal’ was in fact a confected scam of smears and misrepresentations.
Either way, the Unite ban and other attempts to prevent people seeing the evidence have backfired: as so often happens, when people are told they are not supposed to see something, interest in seeing it rockets.
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