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Marc Wadsworth defends himself against unsubstantiated allegations, now apparently withdrawn…

Marc Wadsworth responds to a Guardian article’s reference to the incident that led to his suspension from the party, which he is will be vigorously contesting at a hearing this month.

Subsequent to this letter, Asa Winstanly published an article in the Electronic Intifada (11 April) under the heading Labour Israel lobbyist deletes anti-Semitic “conspiracy” claims

I am not part of Labour’s antisemitism problem

Marc Wadsworth, Guardian Letters,
5 April 2018


 

Your article (Why Labour continues to struggle with antisemitism, 26 March) gave the entirely wrong impression that I was part of the Labour party’s antisemitism problem.

It said: “In her report, [Shami] Chakrabarti concluded that Labour ‘is not overrun by antisemitism, Islamophobia or other forms of racism’. She did acknowledge that ‘I have heard too many Jewish voices express concern that antisemitism has not been taken seriously enough’ and said that there was ‘an occasionally toxic atmosphere’.

“One example emerged on the day Ruth Smeeth, a Jewish Labour MP, walked out after a party activist Marc Wadsworth accused her of working with rightwing media to attack Corbyn. She tried to complain at the time and said she received no response from the leader’s office, although Wadsworth was suspended.”

I am not an example of antisemitism within the Labour party. Quite the opposite. I did not accuse Ruth Smeeth, whom I did not know was Jewish, of “working with rightwing media to attack Corbyn”. At the launch of the Shami Chakrabarti report, I mentioned an exchange between Kate McCann, the Daily Telegraph’s senior political correspondent, and Ms Smeeth.

Since then I have had to take several news media organisations to task and get them to correct inaccuracies about this.

To make this incorrect claim about me plays into a Jewish media conspiracy theory that I utterly reject and have never espoused. As a letter that you published noted (Labour must reinstate anti-racist activist Marc Wadsworth, 1 February 2017), I have spent a lifetime fighting anti-black racism and antisemitism. Here is the campaign page that gives a proper explanation: www.crowdjustice.com/case/justiceforantiracismcampaigner/

May I note that, during the current debate, rampant anti-black racism and Islamophobia have been negligently ignored. Why?

With lawyers and witnesses who support me, including leading MPs and prominent Jewish Labour members, I will be vigorously contesting my Labour party suspension at a national constitutional committee hearing on 25 April.

Marc Wadsworth
London

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Extract from Asa Winstanley’s article

The former Israel lobbyist and high-profile Labour lawmaker Ruth Smeeth has deleted a statement from her website which alleged anti-Semitism in Labour.

In one of the most high profile instances of the supposed “anti-Semitism crisis” in the UK’s main opposition party, Smeeth in June 2016 claimed she had been “attacked by a Momentum activist and Jeremy Corbyn supporter who used traditional anti-Semitic slurs to attack me for being part of a ‘media conspiracy.’”

Activist Marc Wadsworth had in fact neither said nor implied anything about Jews. Neither did he use the word “conspiracy.”

Smeeth did not reply to a request for comment. You can read the deleted statement in full below.

Wadsworth told The Electronic Intifada: “I am glad the extremely defamatory statement has finally been removed from Ruth Smeeth’s website as I requested way back in 2016.”

But he said he was “disappointed that I have had to wait such a long time for this to happen and have still not received an apology for being smeared as an anti-Semite.”

And here is the tweet, now deleted from Ruth Smeeth’s page (see Labour Israel lobbyist deletes anti-Semitic “conspiracy” claim):

 

Read the  full article.

7 comments to Marc Wadsworth defends himself against unsubstantiated allegations, now apparently withdrawn…

  • Jaye

    Asa Winstanley and Electronic Intifada – wonderful reliable sources for a Jewish group to rely on!!

  • Richard Kuper

    What is the point of your silly, Jaye? If you suggesting that Asa Winstanley is wrong in saying that Ruth Smeeth has not removed her allegations about Marc Wadsworth form her website, please provide the evidence (like a link to where the statement still appears). Otherwise just learn a little, think a little – and don’t throw mud. You might find it sticking to your hands.

    • Jaye

      I’m saying Richard that if one has to scratch around and can only come up with these sort of infamous sources for support who have no credibility (and you’re not going to tell me that Winstanley and EI are not acknowledged seasoned blind-haters of Israel and most things Jewish) it says a lot about the agenda of a group purporting to represent some Jews.

  • Richard Kuper

    Jaye, you know your answer won’t do. Who is scratching around, if not you?
    Asa Winstanley broke a story which has a major bearing on the Marc Wadsworth case. Ruth Smeeth is the accuser, the person who held Marc Wadsworth made an antisemitic attack on her. The evidence was always paper-thin – the recording of the event does not bear her allegation out, nor do the words of others who were present at the press launch of the Chakrabarti Report where the alleged antisemitic incident took place.
    Now Ruth Smeeth has herself removed the allegation from her website. What is the evidence against Marc Wadsworth worth now if his accuser doesn’t seem to believe her own accusations any longer? And if Asa Winstanley is the one who broke that story it should raise his status – and that of the Electronic Intifada – in your estimation, not lower it!
    But no, you simply call them “acknowledged seasoned blind-haters of Israel and most things Jewish”. Those aren’t “facts” you know, but what one might call “seasoned blind hatred” on your part.
    Come up with an argument if you want JVL website readers to take you seriously.

  • Jaye

    Winstanley and his comrades like to “report” by unsinuation – the big lie repeated Goebbels style. Here are some, albeit selected examples from Winstanley’s articles:
    “Why is the media ignoring Israel’s alliance with al-Qaeda?”
    “The assassination of Yasser Arafat, and who was behind it, you know, that Israel was behind it …”
    “There are Palestinian thinkers, writers and leaders who have legitimate questions and criticisms surrounding the efficacy and morality of particular manifestations of armed resistance”; He’s referring to the suicide-bombers and rocket attacks on civilians which is terrorism in the eyes of any normal person, but he apparently supports it against Jews so rather than comment, he concludes:
    “but let’s leave such questions to them”.

    I’m sure you get the drift, articles full of selective, twisted half-truths, insinuations, nary a word of criticism for Arabs murdering Jews, and lastly outright lies to paint Israel in the worst light.
    I personally know of the amazing medical help that Israel has given unselfishly to numerous wounded Syrians of all ilks who come to the border. But will you ever find a word of praise for Jewish and Israeli Druze compassion in these hate reports? No you’ll find that it’s twisted into a Jewish alliance with terrorists. Again Richard, it’s called anti-semitism and again shame on JVL.

  • Limp Along

    What on earth is this Jaye character on about? And what has Goebbels got to do with this excellent story? I better shut up now before someone accuses me of being a self-hating Jew, or something
    Richard Kuper, because of his decency, has made the mistake of treating Jaye as a rational being. His reply should have been, “Whatever…”

    .

  • Rosie Brocklehurst

    Always best to ignore people like Jaye. Seems irrational to me.

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