Thursday, 8 September 2011

Tony Gratrex of Reading PSC

UPDATE: You can read this post and other similar ones on my new blog "Exposing Anti-Semitism".

Most of this has been reported at Harry's Place before. Tony Gratrex is involved with Reading PSC. He's listed as the contact for them in this pdf. Here he's mentioned as representing them at a branch meeting.

In the original report, Harry's Place revealed who Gratrex thought controlled the media and international banking:
You state that the jews do not control the media but that it is under self censorship.
This is patently wrong and only a cursory glance using the internet will show that a majority of the media is jewish owned or controlled.
During the interview you use the expression "who pays the piper calls the tune" and that is precisely the problem when one considers who controls the international banking system.
Here's another comment, not in the original report, that Gratrex left on an overtly anti-Semitic blog:
Not all adherents to the Torah are enemies of humanity.
You are forgetting the Neturei Karta Jews
Aside from the obvious anti-Semitism of calling all but a tiny handful of Jews "enemies of humanity", one wonders what attracted Mr Gratrex to this particular blog...

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Bristol PSC and Cliff Hanley

UPDATE: You can read this post and other similar ones on my new blog "Exposing Anti-Semitism".

Cliff Hanley is the Chair or Secretary of Bristol Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Their website is registered in his name and he is also the owner of their Yahoo group, under the username "fagbolt".

He is something of a fan of Holocaust denier Anthony Lawson. He has published two of his videos on his blogs. In his introduction to Lawson's video on wikileaks (which essentially argues that wikileaks was an invention of the CIA/Mossad and by the way 9/11 was an inside job of course) he says:
Anthony Lawson has produced another fine thought-provoking news-bomb
Hanley doesn't just repost extremism from others he also declares it himself. He told a local newspaper that:
Israel is not a true country. It is simply a flawed policy.
And what about Hamas?
Hamas does not want to destroy all Jews. 'All Jews' would include the Israelis who regularly join in the anti-wall, anti-occupation demos with their Palestinian friends, for instance.
But Mr Hanley is not alone among members of Bristol PSC for holding extreme views or indeed liking Anthony Lawson. His video in which he says that Holocaust denial is really "research" into "questionable aspects of the alleged events" is linked to in one message.

Another message is entitled "How the Jewish Lobby Works" and links to a YouTube video of the same name. There are also messages citing material from American Free Press and

In this message Mr Hanley links to the (now removed) Facebook group "Third Palestinian Intifada" claiming that:
it's of more than passing interest
The group was removed (at least in part) because it advocated violence and stated:
Judgment Day will be brought upon us only once the Muslims have killed all of the Jews
Another message links to a video entitled "Israeli Terrorism and the Talmud" which opens with a fabricated quote from "Libbre David 37".  No such Jewish book exists but the "quotation" is regularly used by anti-Semites the world over.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Ken Livingstone - New Leadership?

An email sent out on behalf of Ken for London includes this great line:
London needs a change; it needs new leadership that puts London first. Ken Livingstone ...
Ken? New? He was leader of the Greater London Council 30 years ago!

The email footer says:
Created with NationBuilder, the essential toolkit for a new generation of leaders and creators.
Hard to see how Ken fits the description to be honest.

Holocaust Denial at Norwich PSC

UPDATE: You can read this post and other similar ones on my new blog "Exposing Anti-Semitism".

Last week, Harry's Place revealed that the former Chair of the West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign runs a website that publishes Holocaust denial. It turned out that he had been expelled as Chair because of it. Now it's the turn of Norwich Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

An article reprinted on the site is taken from the "Israel's stooges" section of the website. It was published in 2009 and refers to the appointment of Ivan Lewis as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The article states:
Mr Lewis is also a trustee of the Holocaust Educational Trust, a body founded in 1988 by British pro-Israel lobbyists Greville Janner and Merlyn Rees with the aim of maintaining a culture of gentile guilt and Jewish victimhood in British schools.
More worrying, though, is a video posted on the site entitled "Israeli Apartheid and the Nakba". It was created by Holocaust denier Anthony Lawson. Lawson said in an interview that:
it seems that there is no solid evidence that Germany put in train a plan to systematically murder Jews using gas chambers. I have no doubt that some Germans were as cruel as some of those bombing-raid planners, and that a lot of unnecessary deaths resulted from that cruel streak, which seems to show itself in so many humans, but I do not think that the facts support the planned systematic- extermination scenario that the ever-growing number of Holocaust museums claim was perpetrated by the Germans.
In the video, Lawson states:
All over the world Zionists build museums and memorials to their Holocaust and strive to put people in gaol for what is more properly described as historical research but which they call Holocaust denial or revisionism; an attempt to prohibit enquiry into even the more questionable aspects of the alleged events which took place in forced labour camps during the Nazi era.
While he is narrating these lines, the video shows photos of well-known Holocaust deniers Ernst Zundel, Germar Rudolf, Robert Faurisson, David Irving, Sylvia Stolz and Gerald Toben.

The webmaster of the Norwich PSC site is Khaled Sa'aran. He also works for Norfolk County Council (Children's Services. As the webmatser, he must surely take responsibility for what is published on the site.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

A Year Out of Date?

From Cormac Hollingworth at Left Foot Forward:
Today Ed Milliband called for an emergency meeting of the G20 in September, to restart the global recovery from a co-ordinated collapse in demand around the world. His call is backed up by an important year-long project undertaken by the IMF to outline an upside and downside for the world economy over the five years.
The IMF project is the Mutual Assessment Process (MAP). As far as I can tell the support is that the IMF found a scenario where alternative policies would be beneficial. The bit quoted by Cormac is this [pdf]:
[Its] well-designed, collaborative policy actions across the G-20 would produce better outcomes for all, including significant strides in global demand rebalancing.
So the MAP calls for "collaborative policy actions" by G-20 members. That's what Ed is calling for so the IMF support him.

Only problem I can see is that the bit Cormac quotes is from the first stage of the MAP process. The same report he cites then goes on to say:
The key take-away from the first stage of the MAP was that well-designed policy actions by the G-20 could increase growth, create more jobs, and reduce poverty across the world. As a result, G-20 Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the MAP and agreed to identify policies that could bring everyone closer to the upside.
This set the stage for next phase of the MAP. At the Seoul Summit in November 2011 [should be 2010]...
It looks like the IMF report that backs up the need for collaborative action resulted in that collaborative action almost a year ago. I'm confused as how to that can now support Ed's call for different collaborative action.

Fly-Tipping Cost?

Two articles reporting on a report from the Countryside Alliance about fly-tipping.

Fly-tipping in England and Wales cost councils £40m in 2010 but only £692,000 was raised in fines, figures suggest.
Daily Mail:
Rubbish is illegally dumped at least once a minute, according to a report released yesterday. It found 656,000 incidents of fly-tipping were recorded last year, costing taxpayers almost £25million in clear-up fees.
Can't find the original report on the Countryside Alliance website as of yet but something strange here.

UPDATE: The Countryside Alliance have tweeted that their report is out giving links to the BBC, Daily Mail and Express but not to the actual report. The tweet says the cost is £40m but the Daily Mail is still reporting £25m.