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Keir Starmer Is Sinking In Leadership Role

by Oui Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 at 05:17:42 PM EST

Succumbing to the Israel lobby in the UK that aims to destroy Labour.


'The Ramadan Tent Project was founded in 2013 with a mission of bringing communities together across Britain to better understand each other. To date, through Ramadan Tent Project's flagship initiative Open Iftar, over 200,000 people of all faiths and none have been hosted to break bread and share a free Iftar meal during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan Tent Project is proud to have hosted speakers from a variety of backgrounds and is committed in continuing to do so. Previous speakers have included the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Mayor of London, and representatives from the following organisations: the Board of Deputies, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, the House of Lords, Westminster Abbey, The FA, the British Council, the Royal Society of Arts and many more.

Given what we have experienced over the past year, we are all desperate to reconnect with people and strengthen bonds that this global pandemic has weakened. With increasing loneliness and isolation, events like the Virtual Open Iftar are organised to share the community spirit and bring together people who may not share the same beliefs, views or life experiences and create a space of mutual engagement and exchange. In doing so, we look forward to continually convening and connecting with different viewpoints and developing a greater understanding of one another's positions.'

We are surprised and disappointed at the claims being made by Jake Wallis Simons of the Jewish Chronicle in his recent article about the reasons why Ramadan Tent Project's event with Keir Starmer of the Labour Party was cancelled. In the article it is alleged that `Ramadan Tent Project failed to respond to our inquiry' - this is completely false and disingenuous given the above statement was sent on the 20th of April to the editorial team, the same day a media request was received from the Chronicle. Any attempt to undermine the excellent relationship Ramadan Tent Project has with the British Jewish community is divisive and deeply concerning.

Ramadan Tent Project has always sought to welcome people from all backgrounds and our mutually respectful and positive relationship with the British Jewish community is an important constituency which falls within that. In the true spirit of Ramadan, we welcome Jake Wallis Simons and Tal Ofer to attend our iftars any evening this Ramadan and demonstrate that the diversity of opinion and tolerance only enriches our environment and creates a more inclusive space of belonging.

Open Iftar

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Labour Party

How far can the Starmer counter-revolution go?

Board of Deputies

38 deputies urge Board to condemn Israel's annexation plans | JW - May 2020 |

Among the letter's signatories are Sir Ivan Lawrence, the former Conservative MP and chair of the parliamentary group Conservatives Friends of Israel, Ella Rose, the former director of the Jewish Labour Movement, Tal Ofer and Yachad's former chair Gideon Smith.

Tal Ofer, the deputy for Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue, said: "Our letter shows there is a cross-communal support on the need for the Board of Deputies to speak up on the proposed annexation.

 

Israeli youth demonstrate as they call on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare sovereignty over Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank, in Jerusalem February 13, 2020. The Hebrew writing reading, "Sovereignty Now". (Photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Tal Ofer blog: Unity of Opportunists | Times of Israel - May 2012 |

Running for re-election as Mayor of London ... more trust!

Character assassination

Doing the work for the Islamophobe institutions Henry Jackson Society and Quilliam Foundation

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Apologists for terror or defenders of human rights? The Cage controversy in context | July 31, 2015 |

Last week, in a widely trailed speech, the Prime Minister laid out the government's counter-terrorism strategy for the next five years. It is necessary, Cameron explained, to challenge the idea that political violence is rooted in 'historic injustices and recent wars, or... poverty and hardship'.  Terrorism, he said, is caused by 'extremist ideology', which his government is determined to confront.

There was little new in Cameron's speech, which simply affirmed in strong terms the authoritarian drift of counter-terrorism policy. Influenced by the security apparatus and its supporters in Parliament, and by neoconservative think tanks, such as the Henry Jackson Society, and (partly) state funded propaganda outfits like Quilliam, policy makers have become increasingly preoccupied with 'non-violent extremism' rather than political violence. Officially this is portrayed as a political campaign against 'intolerance'. Thus Cameron claims that his government will be facing down 'terrorism' and 'extremism' by asserting 'basic liberal values such as democracy, freedom and sexual equality'.

What Is Cage | BBC News | [Formerly known as Cageprisoners in aftermath of Guantanamo Bay]

Quilliam Foundation: Maajid Nawaz

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EJC partners with Christian, Muslim and Buddhist communities in EU-awarded grant to protect houses of worship

EJC to work with Christian, Muslim groups protect institutions | JPost |

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Iftar and Respect

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by Oui on Sat Apr 24th, 2021 at 03:02:49 AM EST
Nah, when they say working class they just mean racist. The white working class would still be working class.
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Jerusalem Pogroms by Judeo-Fascists

Lehava thugs beating up Arabs near Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Jewish extremists accused of targeting, beating Palestinians in Jerusalem | JPost - June 29, 2017 |

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Israel's ultra-Orthodox Are Its Latest Neo-fascist Thugs | Haaretz Opinion |

by Oui on Sun Apr 25th, 2021 at 02:56:48 PM EST

For several years Robert J. Shillman, founder and chairman of Cognex Corporation, and Nina Rosenwald, an heiress of the Sears Roebuck fortune funneled a monthly check to Robinson via the exteremist Middle East Forum run by the notorious Daniel Pipes.

Shillman sits on the boards of The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, and the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Rosenwald has served on the board of directors of many pro-Israel organizations and was vice president of Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).

Another donor involved was the Jewish hedge fund manager Robert Mercer who gives to many extreme right causes.

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The Israeli military court in Ofer, in the West Bank, extended the detention without charges of Juana Ruiz Sánchez, 62, a humanitarian worker in a Palestinian NGO Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU).

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Israel pushing forward colonization of the West Bank and suppression of the Palestinian people ... an historic denial for independence

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'Forced eviction of Sheikh Jarrah residents war crime' | Jordan Times |

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi on Friday stressed that forced evictions in Israeli-residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem is a crime that requires the international community to immediately stop it.

In several tweets, Safadi said: "The Palestinians who are threatened with departure are the legitimate owners of their homes, as evidenced by official documents that Jordan delivered to the brothers in the State of Palestine."

The deputy prime minister said that Israel, as the occupying power, is obliged under the international law to protect the rights of Palestinians to their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

The minister also said that Israel's continuation of its illegitimate practices and provocative steps in the occupied Jerusalem, as well as violations of Palestinians' rights, including the right of Sheikh Jarrah's residents to their homes, is "playing with fire".

He welcomed the statement that was issued by France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom on Israeli settlements, which calls for ending the illegal settlement policy in the occupied West Bank.

Safadi said that building and expanding settlements, confiscating lands, demolishing homes and deporting Palestinians from their homes are illegal practices that undermine the opportunities of achieving a just and comprehensive peace, which is a regional and international necessity.

In a statement carried by AFP, the EU said that the situation with regard to the evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and other areas of East Jerusalem is of serious concern. "Such actions are illegal under international humanitarian law and only serve to fuel tensions on the ground."

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Keir Starmer Consolidating Ahead of Poll

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Full election results from Dudley Council as Conservatives gain power

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Local elections: Tories gain over 550 seats as Labour and Ukip votes plunge | The Guardian |

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The flag has flown for six weeks over the former vape shop, next to an outlet called We Sell Owt, in the town where Labour fought its most bruising byelection campaign in decades.

As Hartlepool woke up on Friday as the seat of a Conservative MP for the first time in 57 years, Labour figures pointed to the flag as being emblematic of the deep identity crisis behind the party's shattering loss.

Labour head office was "obsessed with us getting a flag", said one organiser, bemoaning what they felt was a lack of substance to justify it.

by Oui on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 03:19:09 PM EST
"If Labour can't win in the West Midlands it means Labour can't govern nationally," said one very senior party figure at Westminster. "It is absolutely crucial. If we lose here it is very serious."

Labour hopes Tory sleaze will lift its 'red wall' vote. In Dudley, they're not so sure | The Guardian |

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Vote of Rejection Needs Leadership Change

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Labour mayors re-elected in Liverpool, Salford and Greater Manchester with landslide wins

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London Mayoral Election 2021: Race for City Hall tighter than expected with result due tonight

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Michael Hudson (buried in a comment on a thread in Naked Capitalism)
Michael Hudson
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I think that's exactly what has happened. (Think of the great movie/book, The Ghost [Writer]).

For me, this is a model for what needs to happen in the US to the Democratic Party. Like Blairite Labour, it is unreformable -- or rather, it is much easier to start afresh without the neoliberals. That happens to every once-progressive party (or religion). It is normal.

The strategy is to co-opt the "lefties" with words and rhetoric, while actual policy is even worse than the right-wing parties. Only Blair/Brown/Labour could have privatized transportation; even Thatcher saw the limits. Only Clinton could have stripped away Glass Steagal and other regulations, just as on the other hand only Nixon could have gone to China.

I like that "or religion".....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 07:37:50 PM EST

Perhaps Keir needs some instruction...

Leadership error caused by a series of seat malfunctions led to fatal election crash. Starmer ejection.

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Keir Starmer aide Carolyn Harris resigns

Keir Starmer's closest parliamentary aide, Carolyn Harris, has resigned after MPs suggested she had stoked tensions during the bitter briefing war between Starmer's office and his deputy, Angela Rayner.

Harris, who was Starmer's parliamentary private secretary (PPS) and acts as a liaison with other MPs, resigned on Tuesday, becoming the latest casualty after a difficult reshuffle over the weekend, in which Rayner reacted angrily after Starmer attempted to move her from the position of party chair.

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