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Minister Pyne’s claims of anti-Semitism by Socialist Alternative are lies

In The Australian on Friday the Minister for Education labelled Socialist Alternative anti-Semitic. This is the letter I sent to the Australian in response.  What odds on it being published? None and buckley’s?

The publication score:

Nothing in the Weekend Australia. Nothing in Monday’s edition. Nothing Tuesday. Nothing Wednesday.

John

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Education Minister Christopher Pyne labels Socialist Alternative, with no evidence whatsoever, anti-Semitic. (Unis hit by anti-Semitism’, The Australian,  Friday August 29, page 10). This calumny is the last refugee of Zionist scoundrels who cannot rebut the evidence of Israel’s war crimes in Gaza.  In fact recent analysis shows that there has not been a global increase in anti-Semitism but rather in anti-Israeli sentiment, based on the  reality of the crimes Israel is committing in Gaza. To conflate the two is a crude attempt by Zionists to bury the crimes of Israel alongside the bodies of the hundreds of murdered children in Gaza.

This megaphoning by the Minister of false claims has another impact. It creates a climate of fear on campus for some socialists. For example I have since March this year been reluctant to attend the ANU after false claims of anti-Semitism there against Socialist Alternative and a five month long investigation by a pro-Vice-Chancellor since then to date yielding no report. [JP Update. In fact this is incorrect. The investigation dismissed the accusations for lack of evidence.] This reluctance is compounded by the fact the student newspaper joined in the festival of hate, convicting Socialist Alternative of anti-Semitism, again without any evidence.

Minister Pyne has an ulterior motive in lying about Socialist Alternative.  On campuses across Australia Socialist Alternative, with other activists, is leading the fightback against the Minister’s destruction of Universities in Australia.  Pyne’s lies about Socialist Alternative are as much about undermining the fightback against his attacks on higher education as they are about deflecting attention away from Israel’s crimes with the false cries of anti-Semitism.

Ironically, or perhaps not, the Abbott government, of which Pinocchio Pyne is a leading member, is allowing 2 Greek Golden Dawn European Parliamentarians into Australia. Golden Dawn is an openly fascist organisation.  Real fascists are evidently fine for Pyne.

I would suggest to all those wanting to fight against this rotten neoliberal government, whether it be University cuts, warmongering, security ‘fears’, attacks on the sick, pensioners, the disabled, the unemployed, the poor, or its unflinching support for Israel and its war crimes, to attend one of Socialist Alternative’s meetings in a city near you to find out about the organisation. Unfortunately a concerted Zionist attack on its Red Flag newspaper website from thousands of addresses means that it is often hard to access. I don’t see the Minister for the destruction of higher education condemning this Zionist denial of free speech.

Nor will he because his motive is to use the lie of anti-Semitism to suppress real dissent on campuses.

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A couple of other points, not in the letter.

Pyne repeats the lie that people were refused entry to a Socialist Alternative meeting on Palestine because they were Jewish. Daniel Taylor in Red Flag on 13 August said in response to this and other Zionist lies:

The “lecture” at Monash University was a Socialist Alternative political meeting. Not only were Jews welcome and encouraged to attend, but the talk itself was given by a Jewish member of Socialist Alternative. Attendees were asked to sign a petition calling for an end to Israel’s illegal economic blockade of Gaza.

A small group of organised Zionists attempted to gain entry after refusing to sign the petition, and attempted to disrupt the meeting. They gave up after being told the meeting was for supporters of Palestine. There is nothing unusual in this. Socialist Alternative has in many previous instances barred disruptive right wingers who have attempted to disrupt and air racist opinions at our meetings. Even if you don’t agree with this policy, it has nothing whatsoever to do with anti-Semitism. In this case, the meeting went ahead peacefully, with Jewish students both delivering the initial talk and contributing to the discussion afterwards.

Immediately afterwards, the Zionists who had attempted to disrupt the meeting began a social media campaign claiming that Jews had been banned from campus events. Socialist Alternative members immediately contacted them to clarify that Jews were welcome, but that the meeting was not for political defenders of Israeli occupation. No retraction was issued and their campaign continued, proving the utterly cynical use of allegations of anti-Semitism to smear and undermine progressive politics on campus.

Pyne also claims that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was assaulted. These are pretty serious claims and if true you’d imagine the cops would be all over this having charged someone and the courts convicted someone of this heinous crime. I know you will be surprised to learn, absolutely surprised to learn that no one has been charged over this demonstration yet alone convicted. Pyne has lied.  Again. His aim is to besmirch those who oppose his polices and lies are the currency he uses.

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Comment from Fred
Time August 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

You didn’t actually address the big claim that he made –

“Recently five Jewish students were refused entry to a Socialist Alternative discussion on Israel because they were Jewish and were told “only progressive-thinking people are allowed”.

Did this happen or did Pyne invent it?

Comment from John
Time August 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

They were refused entry because they were Zionists. A bit like the Liberal Party calling the cops to escort demonstrators from their headquarters yesterday. Did that happen? Yes.

Comment from John
Time August 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

And here is what Daniel Taylor wrote in Red Flag on 13 August about this incident, among others.

The “lecture” at Monash University was a Socialist Alternative political meeting. Not only were Jews welcome and encouraged to attend, but the talk itself was given by a Jewish member of Socialist Alternative. Attendees were asked to sign a petition calling for an end to Israel’s illegal economic blockade of Gaza.

A small group of organised Zionists attempted to gain entry after refusing to sign the petition, and attempted to disrupt the meeting. They gave up after being told the meeting was for supporters of Palestine. There is nothing unusual in this. Socialist Alternative has in many previous instances barred disruptive right wingers who have attempted to disrupt and air racist opinions at our meetings. Even if you don’t agree with this policy, it has nothing whatsoever to do with anti-Semitism. In this case, the meeting went ahead peacefully, with Jewish students both delivering the initial talk and contributing to the discussion afterwards.

Immediately afterwards, the Zionists who had attempted to disrupt the meeting began a social media campaign claiming that Jews had been banned from campus events. Socialist Alternative members immediately contacted them to clarify that Jews were welcome, but that the meeting was not for political defenders of Israeli occupation. No retraction was issued and their campaign continued, proving the utterly cynical use of allegations of anti-Semitism to smear and undermine progressive politics on campus.

Comment from John
Time August 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm

So Pyne repeated the ‘refusal because they were Jewish’ lie.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time August 29, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Aren’t Zionists Jews?

Comment from John
Time August 29, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Yes, but they were excluded because they were Zionists.

Comment from Greg Adler
Time August 30, 2014 at 12:00 am

The group of people barred from the S.Alt meeting because of their Zionism may have been Jewish but it concedes far too much to agree that Zionists are Jews . Many Zionists are not Jews and many Jews are not Zionists.
Socialists ,I believe , must be committed to the struggle against Zionism and against anti-Semitism.

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Comment from liam
Time September 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Zionist scoundrels? Zionist lies. Really?

I just immediately think you are wrong with the kind of politically charged language you’re using.