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Breaking: Corbyn confirms he will stand in GE

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/05/2024 - 5:27pm in

As an independent after Starmer’s anti-democratic stitch-up

Jeremy Corbyn and the public (image: Skwawkbox)

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed this morning that he will stand as an independent in Islington North.

The news will trigger hundreds to flock to the constituency to campaign for him in the general election – and will be used as an excuse by Starmer to expel him from the party for standing against Labour.

However, the cowardly Starmer has repeatedly broken party rules to keep him off the Labour benches and was never going to re-admit him, so it is no loss.

Corbyn is expected to win and will have supporters lined up to help campaign against whichever of two shortlisted Labour drones stands against him, but even after decades as the constituency’s MP, nothing can be taken for granted.

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Clarke: 100 MP strategy to hold Starmer’s feet to fire

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/05/2024 - 7:03am in

Left strategist targets key MP wins to resist Starmer when he takes us into war or when he privatises our NHS’

Left-wing strategist Eoin Clarke, who has been at the heart of left resistance and the victories of the Corbyn period before sabotage and smears brought down the then-Labour leader, is targeting a hundred wins in the coming general election for grassroots candidates with the integrity and vision absent from what passes for the Labour party under Keir Starmer.

Clarke has laid out the target, which he has been working on for two years in a project named ‘Wag the dog’, along with a breakdown by nation of what could be achieved ‘to hold Starmer’s feet to the fire’ and resist the Establishment automaton when he tries to take the UK to war or to privatise our National Health Service:

Working with Clarke, the Ordinary Left grassroots activist group will shortly be announcing the socialist candidates, whether independent or associated with an existing party, that it will be recommending to the movement for campaign support. With the widespread disgust with Starmer over Gaza and his breaking of every promise he made to con his way into the Labour leadership, and the recent local election results showing independents and Greens surging compared to Labour and the Tories, and suggesting a potential hung Parliament, achieving the target does not look beyond the realms of possibility.

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Video: right-wing extremist Ben-Gvir rants Israel will never allow Palestinian statehood

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 23/05/2024 - 8:27am in

Racist Israeli security minister chooses Islam’s second holiest site for petulant outburst after Ireland, Spain and Norway declare Palestine a state

Far-right Israeli security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir chose to taint Islam’s second holiest site with his presence for a deranged rant after three European nations all recognised Palestinian statehood.

Ben-Gvir raged that the site ‘belongs only to the people of Israel’, despite the Al Aqsa mosque being officially under Muslim administration by agreement between Israel and Jordan, before ranting that ‘we’ will ‘never allow any surrender that includes even a declaration of a Palestinian state’:

The bad news for the petulant settler-colonist is that Palestine has no intention of surrendering – while support for Israel’s apartheid regime is disappearing fast worldwide, as people wake up to the murderousness of the occupiers.

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US, Israel rant as Ireland, Spain, Norway recognise Palestinian statehood

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 23/05/2024 - 7:50am in

Netanyahu and Biden governments in meltdown again as three countries bypass US veto and declare Palestine a state

Norwegian, Irish and Spanish governments declared Palestine’s statehood

The US and Israeli governments have reacted with fury to announcements by three European governments, at the same time, that they are recognising Palestinian statehood. Ireland, Norway and Spain have all now formally declared Palestine to be a state.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu – probably soon to be declared by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be wanted for war crimes – raged that the three nations were giving ‘Khamas’ a ‘reward for terrorism’. A Biden government spokesman claimed that the US condemned the recognition because it had been granted ‘unilaterally’ rather than through negotiation – ironic and deeply hypocritical considering that the US vetoed a recent application by Palestine to the UN Security Council motion for full membership of the UN. Several leading pro-Israel politicians called for the ICC to be ‘punished’, with a couple admitting that if Israel is held to account for its war crimes, ‘you know they’ll come for us next’.

Well done Ireland, Norway, Spain and, especially, the people of Palestine. Shamefully, there is no prospect of the UK following suit with either the Tories or what now passes for the Labour party in power after the newly-declared general election.

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Israel murders 7 in Jenin, West Bank – including 3 children, teacher, senior doctor

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 22/05/2024 - 2:36am in

Occupiers slaughter 7, wound at least nine and bulldoze homes and buildings as regime responds to news of war crimes warrants – with more war crimes

An Israeli sniper during an earlier brutal Israeli raid in Jenin (image: Creative Commons 3.0)

Israeli forces have brutally attacked the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, killing at least seven people and wounding at least nine, two of them critically, before bulldozing homes and buildings. Video in circulation shows Palestinian children fleeing under fire from troops, snipers and tanks, while a local hospital director reported that Israeli troops were firing at people in the hospital’s courtyard.

Among the murdered were three children, as well as senior surgeon Dr Osayd Jabarin and teacher Allam Jaradat, who was shot in his car as he tried to drive to work:

The Red Crescent reported that Israeli forces stopped emergency crews from reaching wounded people. Israel claimed it only killed armed men. Other raids took place in Tubas, Hebron, Nablus and Ramallah.

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan announced on Monday that he had applied for war crimes arrest warrants for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Yoav Gallant. The regime has been in panic mode since and has tried to enlist the US to pressure the ICC into denying the warrants – but Netanyahu and co will not stop piling up the evidence of their criminality and contempt for humanity.

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High Court rules government’s anti-protest law enabling more police action is unlawful

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 21/05/2024 - 9:48pm in

Legal challenge to government’s lowered threshold to classify inconvenient protest to allow police to intervene succeeds

A legal challenge by rights group Liberty has won its court case against the government over its change to the definition of protests this morning.

The government had used ‘secondary legislation’ to push through a change to the definition of serious – avoiding proper parliamentary scrutiny – that meant anything more than ‘minor’ was ‘serious’, allowing police to lower the bar to escalating their actions to break up protests. The proposed changes had already been rejected in the Lords, so the government was using the move to bypass usual parliamentary process. Liberty said the government had no legal power to do this and the High Court has agreed that it acted unlawfully.

Liberty has demanded that police forces immediately cease the use of the new definition. The government has said it will appeal the ruling.

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Breaking: Feinstein confirms GE candidacy vs Starmer

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 21/05/2024 - 8:59pm in

Constituency resident who served Mandela as ANC MP will stand in Holborn and St Pancras

Andrew Feinstein (image: Skwawkbox)

Former African National Congress (ANC) MP Andrew Feinstein has confirmed this morning that he will stand against Labour leader Keir Starmer in Holborn and St Pancras at the next general election.

Feinstein, a Jewish activist who lives in the constituency, is a former Labour member who has called for a new left movement outside the party, has been vocal against Israel’s genocide in Gaza, has consistently stood up for the release of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from prison, has an impeccable track record on human rights and represents the integrity that Starmer claims but has completely failed to show. He had previously indicated his willingness to stand, if the results of canvassing showed there was demand in the constituency for a challenge.

Such is the gulf in track record and personal qualities that Starmer’s team was said to be ‘raging’ at the prospect that he might stand. The prospect of a confirmed candidacy is unlikely to make them any happier.

Feinstein at Monday’s rally for Julian Assange outside the High Court in London

Announcing his confirmed candidacy, Feinstein said:

Our democracy is in crisis. The two main parties are virtually indistinguishable in their offers of permanent austerity, forever wars and environmental degradation.

Keir Starmer, the MP for Holborn and St. Pancras where my family and I have lived for around 22 years, is emblematic of this crisis. His politics are mendacious, unprincipled and in the interests of his billionaire donors rather than the constituents he was elected to serve.

I have seen real leadership in action: I was privileged to serve under Nelson Mandela as an MP in South Africa. His leadership was selfless, principled, accountable, transparent and honest. Everything that Keir Starmer is not.

His almost immediate abandonment of many of the ten progressive pledges on which he was elected to lead the Labour Party is a clear sign he cannot be trusted.

Starmer has now gone a step too far by refusing to support an unqualified ceasefire and a halt to arms sales to Israel amid the greatest human tragedy since World War Two: the genocide being committed in Gaza.

How is it possible that a former human rights lawyer, who must see the horrific images that we all view on our screens every day, has not even commented on the highest court in the world’s interim ruling that Israel is likely committing genocide and ethnic cleansing?

The ICC’s decision to seek an arrest warrant for Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes, including “starvation of civilians, wilfully causing great suffering and cruel treatment”, casts Starmer’s support for a siege of Gaza – cutting off water and power – in an even more appalling light.

His attempts to deny such support, despite video evidence confirming it, smacks of a remarkable lack of honesty or contrition.

He has backed the Conservative government’s indefensible position on the crisis, rather than demanding an end to the carnage, to occupation and to apartheid – the only route to a just peace in the region.

The Labour Party’s appalling stance on Gaza has fuelled a concern, enunciated most explicitly in a report written by Martin Forde KC, that the party operates a ‘hierarchy of racism’.

It oxymoronically expels life-long anti-racist Jews, supposedly to combat antisemitism, while taking little if any action against Islamophobia and anti-black racism.

As Nelson Mandela opined: “You are either against all forms of racism and discrimination, or you are part of the racism problem.”

The UK government, supported by the Labour Party, is not only enabling and facilitating the genocide in Gaza, but also profits from it through the continuing sale of the weapons being used to kill innocents.

I believe these arms sales are in contravention of British arms export controls, our obligations under international law and as signatory to the International Arms Trade Treaty.

The notoriously corrupt British defence sector has for decades routed money to our main political parties and to individual politicians – mostly once they have left office, for decisions taken while in office.

These companies are the most heavily subsidised by the public purse, meaning that we the taxpayer are subsidising the arms being used in Gaza, the undermining of the rule of law and the corrupting of our political system.

I am committed to rooting out corruption in politics. I resigned from the South African Parliament on principle in 2001 because our then President Thabo Mbeki refused to allow an unfettered investigation by my oversight committee into a massively corrupt arms deal which benefited senior ministers, officials, corporate executives and my own party.

Since then, I have spent the past 23 years investigating and writing about political corruption, especially in the global arms trade: the most corrupt of all trades – the bribes from which oil the wheels of our political system.

Starmer’s growing authoritarianism comes as no surprise to those of us who live in Holborn and St. Pancras. Since he became our MP in 2015, Starmer has brought divisive, factional politics to the area.

Decent, committed and competent residents were purged from Labour Party structures. We witnessed undemocratic local selection processes that became a feature across the country. It fosters real concern about what a Starmer-led government will do in power.

What seems clear is that not only will the disadvantaged be ignored, but our civil rights and civil liberties will be even more restricted than they have been under the Tories, in a failing attempt to quell opposition to their complicity in genocide.

As a constituency MP Starmer has failed the people of Holborn & St. Pancras. Rents have soared, social housing is inadequate and there’s far too much homelessness. Our increasingly privatised NHS is failing – yet Starmer’s Labour will only privatise it further. Public transport routes have been reduced, benefits slashed and the cost of living crisis makes daily life a struggle for so many, compounding child poverty.

I will address these crucial issues by demanding greater investment from local and national government in opposition to the Labour Party’s self-imposed, punishing fiscal constraints. I will oppose privatisation of vital services and create consultative local fora between affected residents and service providers.

As a Member of Parliament, I will guarantee the people of Holborn and St. Pancras that I will hold a weekly surgery to address their needs and issues. Constituents will be invited to Parliament every week to observe the workings of our sclerotic legislature and my work there.

To revitalise our democracy, I will undertake a monthly public report-back session and engage with local residents before every significant Parliamentary vote. I will work exhaustively to represent all the people of the constituency who will, after all, be paying my salary. And if Camden workers are on strike, I will always support them and stand by them and their unions on a picket line.

We urgently require a new politics: a people-centred politics focused on the many not the super wealthy; a politics driven by integrity and honesty, rather than opportunism and mendacity; a politics in pursuit of greater justice and equality at home and abroad, and a more peaceful, environmentally sustainable, less corrupt Britain and planet.

Feinstein’s supporters in the area, who include left-wing groups OCISA, For the Many and The Collective although he is not part of their groups, are wasting no time in starting their campaign. OCISA members will be out in force handing out leaflets at tube stations around the constituency from 4.30pm this afternoon:

A campaign leaflet created by Feinstein’s supporters

News of his campaign and fundraising plans will be published at andrewfeinstein.org.

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US Congress passes Act to defund Defense, State Depts and NSC unless Israel gets all arms

US political insanity regarding Israel in a nutshell as politicians move to cripple their own government unless it enables foreign regime’s genocide

The US Congress has passed a bill that will de-fund the Defense Department, State Department and National Security Council if Joe Biden does not immediately agree to send Israel any and all weapons it wants, with no strings attached.

Biden had delayed some shipments of the largest and most indiscriminate bombs, in a token effort to show that he is not enabling Israel’s genocide, after polling showed many usual Democrat voters will not back him in November’s presidential election because of his support for Israel despite its slaughter of tens and tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians, mostly women and children and its deliberate creation of famine in Gaza. But it seems even that token show of resistance is intolerable to Zionist groups.

More than a dozen Democrats colluded with Republicans to pass the new Act titled “To provide for the expeditious delivery of defense articles and defense services for Israel and other matters” by 224-187 votes. The text of the Act reveals the genocidal insanity of a majority of US politicians, most of whom will have received significant funding from pro-Israel groups, or else been threatened that the same groups will fund their opponents at the next election. It mandates the defunding of the three key government departments if Biden does not submit and send Israel :

The world has not gone insane in the fact that so many western politicians – including in the UK – are prepared not just to turn a blind eye to genocide, but to actively enable it. It has long been insane, but the madness has been exposed by apartheid Israel’s nakedly genocidal ambitions.

Biden is said to be prepared to veto the legislation if the Senate does not block it.

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ICJP director warns UK MPs ‘justice is coming’ over complicity in Israeli war crimes

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Senior lawyer says ‘ink is almost dry’ on the guilt of many MPs who have enabled and covered Israel’s atrocities

Keir Starmer, Rishi Sunak and other UK MPs may be looking uneasily over their shoulder tonight after receiving a renewed warning from the lawyer leading a pro-Palestinian justice group about their own guilt regarding Israel’s war crimes, after International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan announced he has requested arrest warrants for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Yoav Gallant.

Tayab Ali, a partner in Bindmans, one of the world’s leading human rights law firms, and a director of the International Centre for Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) published his stark warning on Twitter/X this evening, telling MPs who have supported and enabled Israel’s atrocities against the people of Gaza that it is now too late for them to do much to avoid their guilt and complicity, because ‘the ink of history on your potential complicity is almost dry and you already made your decision’ – and that ICJP will be demanding personal legal accountability for guilty MPs:

Scotland Yard has already called for evidence after the ICJP warned Tory PM Rishi Sunak and notionally-Labour leader Keir Starmer that it would prosecute them if they colluded in war crimes against the Palestinian people. Starmer has even gone as far as to tell a radio interviewer that Israel had a ‘right’ to cut off food, water and fuel from Gaza, with several of his front bench MPs publicly defending his statement until he later tried to pretend he hadn’t said it.

Israel has killed at least 40,000 civilians and potentially as many as 100,000, overwhelmingly women and children, with double that number maimed and wounded and many more set to be murdered as Israel continues its invasion of Rafah and its block on the entry of food, fuel and medicines for more than two million people.

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ICC prosecutor asks Court to issue arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Gallant

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Israeli PM and ministers in panic mode, denouncing move

Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, has asked the Court to issue arrest warrants for Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Yoav Gallant, telling the ICC that there are reasonable grounds to believe that they bear criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity since at least 7 October last year.

However, in what appears to be yet another instance of the ‘both-sidesing’ that treats oppressor and oppressed as equivalent, Khan has also requested warrants for Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh, leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar and military chief Mohammed Deif, repeating against them Israeli allegations of rape that have long been debunked and discredited, including by Khan’s UN colleagues who investigated Israel’s claims.

Israeli government spokespeople are already publicly attacking Khan and appealing again to the US to help kill the warrants. On 30 April, Netanhyahu described the possibility of warrants as an ‘outrage of historical proportions’. Israel is not a signatory to the ICC, but if warrants are issued every country that is would have a legal obligation to arrest him and Gallant if they enter their jurisdiction, and deliver them to The Hague. The UK would, of course, be likely to ignore this obligation as it has its obligations under the Genocide Convention to intervene in Israel’s slaughter of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

Israel has so far murdered at least 40,000 people, mostly women and children, in Gaza and maimed double that number. However, some estimates put the death toll at over 100,000.

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