Jamie Stern-Weiner

Remarks by Glyn Secker (12 May 2019)

My transcript of remarks by veteran Jewish peace activist Glyn Secker at a demonstration for Palestinian rights in London, 11 May 2019. Source footage here.

Glyn Secker, of Jews for Justice for Palestinians and Jewish Voice for Labour, spoke at yesterday’s rally for Palestinian rights in London.

Here is how Lee Harpin of the Jewish Chronicle reported his remarks:

Here is how the Campaign Against Antisemitism reported them:

Luciana Berger MP also accused Secker – a prominent Jewish peace activist – of antisemitism:

Dave Rich of the Community Security Trust gravely intoned that ‘[t]his is how antisemitism spreads’:

Compare and contrast these depictions with the transcript below.

And what about the murder at Poway synagogue in California? Anger and horror. But listen to the Rabbi, Steve Engel: ‘Republicans are equating verbal criticism of Israel with physical attacks on Jews to label Democrats antisemitic, unleashing the extreme right to win key votes in marginal states which determine the presidency’.

Well, we have our own Republicans here, a fifth column inside the Labour Party, 119 Labour Friends of Israel MPs led by Hodge and Watson and the Jewish Labour Movement. And it’s not about antisemitism here either.

The Labour Party Secretary Formby has established that serious cases in the party amount to just one hundredth of one percent.

And Jewish leaders here also turn a blind eye to the extreme right, even when their own Zionist Federation embraces the English Defence League, a neo-fascist group banned by Facebook. What on earth are Jews doing in the gutter with these rats?

When will they condemn the Israeli government [inaudible-doing deals?] with Hungarian, Polish and Brazilian fascists?

When will they condemn the IDF slaughter of the unarmed at Gaza? When will they join the anti-fascist movement against Yaxley-Lennon aka Robinson?

Here’s a warning to the Jewish leadership: While you foment your campaign of allegations of antisemitism against Corbyn and the left to silence Israel’s critics, while you cry wolf month after month, year after year in the Labour Party, and remain blind to the explosion of the far right and Islamophobia, you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem! And also, you serve to protect the poison that will destroy both our freedom and yours. Well, sisters and brothers, whose side are we on?