Tony Greenstein: Richard Seymour's Journey to the Right Continues As He Abandons Class whilstArchived Message
Posted by sashimi on October 23, 2020, 10:45 am
- Glorifying the Attractions of Fascism
(quote) There was no attempt by Richard to explain the origins of Labour's 'antisemitism' campaign. It was if it had appeared by magic. An example of political spontaneous combustion. The idea of a deliberately co-ordinated and engineered campaign to destabilise Labour didn't occur to Seymour. The possibility of state interference completely eluded him. Seymour referred to the famous mural by Mear One, that was used by Luciana Berger to undermine Labour at the 2018 local elections, as being automatically antisemitic. Not once did he ask how a mural, which had been erased for 6 years, had come into prominence just before the 2018 local elections. That, and only that, was the issue.
When talking about Livingstone's remark that Hitler supported Zionism, Seymour changed his tune. No longer was it the case that 'at worst he made a clumsy attempt to say something that is true.' Now Seymour was of the opinion that Ha'avara, the Transfer Agreement between the Zionists and the Nazi state, was not so much a case of Hitler ' "supporting" Zionism so much as using every expedient to expel Jews from Germany.'
But this was not true. Ha'avara was agreed to by the Nazis as a means of undermining the Jewish led Boycott of Nazi Germany. For a time the Nazi government, at the behest of the Zionists, forbade Jews going anywhere but Palestine. The Gestapo acceded to the Zionist demands that those taking advantage of Ha'avara should only go to Palestine. Seymour got all of this horribly wrong. German Jews could always take their money out of the country. True there were massive confiscatory taxes which only got worse but Ha'avara made it worse, not better for Jews seeking to emigrate.
According to the American Jewish Yearbook less than one in 7 of the nearly 450,000 German and Austrian Jews who got out went to Palestine (60,000) and that is larger than most estimates. Ha'avara was about the richest Jews, who could have gone elsewhere, not poor and working class Jews.
Nor is it true that the Nazis didn't support the Zionist movement. They did, vociferously, against the 98% of German Jews who were not Zionists. When the Nazis arrested thousands of Jews after Kristallnacht, orders came the next day from Heydrich that Zionist Jews were to be released immediately. Zionist historian David Cesarani wrote describing how 'The efforts of the Gestapo are oriented to promoting Zionism as much as possible and lending support to its efforts to further emigration." (my emphasis)
Seymour accused Jackie Walker, by attending the 'training session' of the Jewish Labour Movement on anti-Semitism, of waging a 'factional war'. Seymour describes her comment that Holocaust Day was not "open to all people who experienced a holocaust." as wrong. In fact Seymour was wrong. The holocaust in the Belgian Congo and Namibia are excluded as are all genocides before 1939.
One unfortunate characteristic of Seymour is that he tends to pontificate about subjects he knows nothing about. For example Seymour quoted uncritically from a survey by the far-Right Campaign Against Antisemitism without asking whether it was designed to produce certain outcomes. (/quote) -- Cont'd at https://azvsas.blogspot.com/2020/10/richard-seymours-journey-to-right.html