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By Jonathan Hoffman
November 9, 2010
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Last night was the introductory meeting for the Hate Israel Kangaroo Court that is laughingly called the "Russell Tribunal". It took place at Amnesty International, London. Speakers included Dr Ghada Karmi; Ken Loach; Paul Troop; Ewa Jasiewicz; and Frank Barat.

http://thejc.com/blogpost/kangaroo-court-israel-to-sit-at-law-society

The "Russell Tribunal" is composed of known Israel haters and has effectively found Israel guilty before it has even started. No witness has been summoned to defend Israel.

How very telling that on turning up, I was barred from entry. The welcoming party included Krystian Benedict (Amnesty's Campaigns Director) and a security guard. When I protested that I was being censored, Benedict summoned four policemen in from outside.

Rather than try to deal with my on-point objections to the speakers’ comments, I was censored. Bertrand Russell would surely be turning in his grave.

Fortunately Richard Millett was admitted and will blog the Israel lynchmob event.

Totalitarian societies begin with curbing free speech. It seems that Amnesty's espousal of 'human rights' does not extend to the right of Jews to protest at antisemitism during Amnesty meetings.

Zero Tolerance for Antisemitism

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Anthony Posner

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 07:07

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JH,

Delighted to hear that Richard Millett was admitted. At least, somebody will now be able to expose this Kangaroo Court.

However, I think that it was disgusting that you were barred. It is certainly worthy of further complaint to The Law Society.

But on what basis were you excluded? Were you carrying an Israeli flag? Do you look too Jewish? Were they worried that you might expose the malicious lies underlying their phony legal procedures?


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 07:39

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The reason given was that I would 'disrupt the meeting'.

The subtext was that they knew there would be lies about Israel spoken and antisemitism spoken, and they knew I would speak out and not wait meekly and deferentially on the offchance of being called to ask a question in the Q+A (being told 'ask a question, not make a statement').

One of the speakers was Ewa Jasiewicz who has defended people who daub anti-Israel slogans on the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto.

http://hurryupharry.org/2010/10/30/amnesty-law-society-hosts-russell-tri...

Zero Tolerance For Antisemitism


Anthony Posner

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 07:48

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JH,

What they meant is that you would "disrupt the lies". And of course, that made you persona non grata at The Law Society.


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 07:55

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It wasn't at the Law Society, it was at Amnesty International (the main sessions on 20-21st are at the LS).

The same Amnesty International that claims to be a safe space for the expression of differing opinions....


Anthony Posner

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 07:59

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Let's hope that Richard Millett will be able to give those clowns some sort of run for their oil money. But it is a pity that he can't cross-examine the pathetic bunch that are on the panel.

The fact that this charade is taking place at The Law Society is truly Orwellian. Their determination to give their propaganda some quasi UK legal respectability would be quite laughable if it wasn't so sinister. It is without doubt one of the lowest depths that The Law Society has ever sunk to, and any solicitor with a centimetre of moral fibre, must be squirming with the indignity of being connected to it. For once, I actually feel sorry for them.


Anthony Posner

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 08:04

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JH,
I wrote the above comment before seeing yours ar 06.55, But it will be valid for when the main sessions commence at The Law Soc on Nov 20-21st.


Yoni1

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 08:58

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Not just the vile Eva. The vile Ken will be speaking also, n'est pas?
Frankly, as far as the AI is concerned, I saw this coming for many years now. I am a translator, and have been turning down assignments from them for at least the past 15 years, telling them exactly why. Their visceral Israel-hatred seemed to me perfectly obvious even then. They have become much worse since then, of course.


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 11:09

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No. As you will see if you go to the RT website, Ken Livingstone is a Patron but he is not down to speak.


telegramsam

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 11:38

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I see Eric Cantona is a patron, Never rated him as a player.


Jon.

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 12:21

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I rather liked the Ken Loach film Looking for Eric though


Harvey

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 13:06

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Hi Jonathan

I managed to make it in [not quite as high profile as you ] where I joined Richard . The thing that struck me from the outset was that the focus of the meeting was not about conflict resolution -not that I really expected it to be - but literally about the minutae of their campaign to delegitimise Israel through every means available including legal challenge .It reminded me of the Kenneth Branagh drama on BBC about the planning and detail which went into the Holocaust which tok place at Wanasee.

This was about the strategy ,planning and detail required for the dismantlement of Israel .

Loach expressed his contempt and opposition to the fact that Israel has the temerity of identifying itself as a Jewish state which he considers to be rascist .He was evasive when asked by myself whether he was as vociferous in his objection to the 57 or so Muslim states .

The rest of it was a kangaroo court and you could literally feel the visceral hatred of Israel in the audience .

As you say Bertrand Russell would indeed be turning in his grave at the travesty that has become this so called Tribunal which bears his name .


Yoni1

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 19:25

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Actually I meant Ken CockLoach.


Jon_i_Cohen

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 19:30

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Perhaps someone should organise a round-robin letter of Jewish Solicitors & Barristers?
Missuse of the Law Society premises etc.
Perhaps start with Anthony Julius, pretty high profile with his book?


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 13:14

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Thanks Harvey.

Many emails and letters have gone from Law Society members about this.

So far their attitude is "this is purely a market transaction and the content of this meeting is nothing to do with us"


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 13:15

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The Wannsee comparison is I'm sure entirely appropriate but chilling


amber

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 14:47

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I have written to Amnesty to ask why they give a platform to a desecrater of Jewish cemeteries. Ewa Jasciewicz desecrated the Warsaw Ghetto memorial with graffiti against Israel. That Amnesty invites such an antisemite is outrageous.

I ask others to write as well.

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