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Once every day, a Labour official offers a grovelling apology to the Jewish community, but for some peculiar reason its leaders seem unforgiving. They don’t take Corbyn‘s expressions of remorse seriously. Today’s attempt to appease his party’s detractors was made by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell on Andrew Marr’s show, it was: “we’ve done everything, I think, we can possibly do. We’ve apologised to the Jewish community.”

So far, nothing seems to have worked. If the Labour party is to be forgiven by the ‘Jewish community,’ it must perform an authentic act of total humiliation and the sooner it occurs, the better, as electionday is just a few days away.

Therefore, I suggest that Corbyn, his shadow chancellor and any other person who contemplates becoming involved in British politics learn some basic Jewish history and in particular. the horrendous and tragic story of Jewish philosopher Uriel Da Costa .

Uriel Da Costa, (born in 1585-1590), was a Jewish rationalist who became a symbol among Jews and others of one martyred by the intolerance of rabbinical zeal.

Da Costa was the scion of an aristocratic family of Marranos (Spanish and Portuguese Jews forcibly converted to Roman Catholicism). Initially, he studied canon law and became the treasurer of a collegiate church. Da Costa questioned the salvation depicted by the Roman Catholic church. In his search for authentic meaning and spirit, he turned to the Old Testament. He then converted to Judaism and convinced his close family to adopt his new/old religion. At the age of 22, Da Costa fled with his family from Porto, Portugal to Amsterdam.

Da Costa soon found that the form of Judaism that prevailed in Amsterdam had little to do with the Bible or with rational or analytical thinking and had much to do with an elaborate structure based on rabbinic legislation (Talmud). Being philosophically inclined, he formulated 11 theses (1616) attacking Rabbinic Judaism as non-biblical, for which he was excommunicated by the Rabbinical institutions.

Uriel Da Costa
Uriel Da Costa

Da Costa next composed a larger work condemning rabbinic Judaism and denying the immortality of the soul (1623–24). In a path that may remind some of life in contemporary Orwellian Britain, the Amsterdam magistracy arrested Da Costa, fined him and deprived him of his books.

In 1640, after years of ostracism which he could hardly bear, Da Costa made a public recantation. In response, the community’s leaders choreographed an exceptionally cruel and humiliating rite. As described by the Israeli Museum of the Jewish People: “In a ceremony in the Great Synagogue of Amsterdam, da Costa was first forced to confess his sins, then endure 39 lashes, and finally to lie on the (synagogue) threshold and let the entire crowd step over his body.”

Da Costa never recovered from the barbarian ritual. A few months later he shot himself in the head in the middle of the street.

If Corbyn, his shadow cabinet or anyone else within the Labour party is interested in forgiveness, the road is open for them to undergo Urial Da Costa’s experience.

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However, some major categorical differences between Da Costa and Labour politicians must be examined before such a development matures into a televised spectacle. While Da Costa was an exquisite free thinker who served as an inspiration to the great Baruch Spinoza (who was subjected to similar Rabbinical malevolence just a few years later), Labour’s leadership isn’t exactly an intellectual collective. Their contribution to authentic thinking and freedom of thought is currently in the red. Unlike the sensitive Da Costa who couldn’t bear the humiliation and ended his life under tragic circumstances, Corbyn and the Labour elite are more than likely to survive such a humiliating scenario, they may even enjoy it. Like most British politicians, they long ago lost contact with the concepts of dignity and pride.

(Republished from Gilad Atzmon by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Sasha says:

    Corbyn’s first (and continual) mistake was to even give them an inch. That’s never enough. Should have immediately called them what they are – agents of a foreign government subverting a political process, and let the chips fall where they may. His wishy-washy semi-apologies will be the death of Labour, which is obviously an instrument of Israel as much as the Tories are. It’s incredible that nobody seems to have the courage to utter the truth – save for Chris Williamson, and we can see what happened to him.

  2. Despite being British and giving this some thought, I am utterly confused by the whole thing.

    Is it that:

    a) there are lots of “anti-Semites” among the white gentile members of the Labour party?
    b) senior Labour party members like Corbyn are not pro-Israel enough? (I.e. that the claims of anti-Semitism are mere fabrications.)
    c) it is Muslim members of the Labour party who are anti-Semitic, but that must not be said.

    I think it very likely that a) is false. In my entire life I`ve only met about 5 or 6 white people in the UK who made anti-Jewish remarks. The kind of people who`d be Labour party members are even less likely to do so.

    I think it`s a combination of b) and c). Complete fabrication and Muslims as anti-Semites.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  3. I agree with the first commenter to a large extent, but disagree that Labour is an instrument of Israel to the same extent as the Tories. This is the explanation of the entire controversy. It seems to me that the professional Jews, by revealing themselves as part of this establishment, are setting all Jews up for a backlash if the tories win and living standards drastically implode, for example because of the loss of the NHS. This, it seems to me, is helping to resurrect old stereotypes buried by the rise and fall of the Nazi regime in Germany.

  4. ‘… In 1640, after years of ostracism which he could hardly bear, Da Costa made a public recantation. In response, the community’s leaders choreographed an exceptionally cruel and humiliating rite. As described by the Israeli Museum of the Jewish People: “In a ceremony in the Great Synagogue of Amsterdam, da Costa was first forced to confess his sins, then endure 39 lashes, and finally to lie on the (synagogue) threshold and let the entire crowd step over his body.”…’

    Sort of a prequel to Goldstone and Toaff, then.

    • Replies: @Gilad Atzmon
  5. The bizarre thing is that British Jews make up only one half of one percent of the British electorate — and a singularly affluent, privileged, and well-treated half of a percent.

    Labour best get started apologizing. At half a percent per group, how many similarly undeserving groups does Britain contain that could just as reasonably take it into their heads to feel aggrieved?

  6. @Sasha

    You would have expected Corbyn to know something about the Lobby being the Patron of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign for 3 decades…There was one principled man only in this party but he was targeted very early on…I am obviously referring to Ken Livingstone…

  7. Kali says:

    Over and over again, in the comments on this website, I keep reading that “the jews are a tiny fraction of…” this or that population.

    It’s a cometely nonsence assertion in my opinion.

    No-one knows how many jews exist in any given population. They’re own “laws” prevent them from being counted. Americal law prevents them from being identified as jews.

    They are everywhere in politics, usery and commerce. And everywhere i leftist NGO’s.

    The “tiny fraction” canard is designed specifically to keep the reast of us from comprehending the true extent of their numbers. I’m sure of this.

    Kali.

    • Replies: @Gilad Atzmon
  8. @Kali

    This is no doubt an interesting perspectives… Instead of looking ‘who is a Jew’ try to figure out who ‘identifies as a Jew’ … then take it one step further, once you grasp the Athens vs Jerusalem you will see immediately that our merely a few sporadic athenian molecules in a Jerusalemite ocean…

    • Replies: @Kali
  9. Anonymous[411] • Disclaimer says:
    @Auld Alliance

    Almost all the examples of so called Labour “anti-Semitism” I’ve seen in the media have been Muslims making pro-Palestinian comments on social media.

    Anti-Jewish or even anti-Zionist sentiment is just not something that exists in mainstream British society, and the very few native British people who do have those views are the last people who would support the Labour Party.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  10. Anonymous[294] • Disclaimer says:

    For the first time ever I find Labour more electable than the Tories. All Tory supporters go on about is so called “anti-Semitism” and pretend that Boris Johnson is some sort of right wing hero when he has said himself that he wants amnesty for illegal immigrants and increased mass immigration from places like India.

    I am starting to find Boris supporters incredibly irritating, how they go out of their way to make excuses for and lie on behalf of their Dear Leader Boris Johnson. I am very tempted to vote for Labour just to spite these Boris-supporting scumbags.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  11. Yet- Spinoza never recanted. As magnanimous as he had been, recently deceased American Jewish critic Harold Bloom could never come to terms with Spinoza: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/18/books/review/18bloom.html

  12. lavoisier says: • Website

    While Da Costa was an exquisite free thinker who served as an inspiration to the great Baruch Spinoza (who was subjected to similar Rabbinical malevolence just a few years later), Labour’s leadership isn’t exactly an intellectual collective. Their contribution to authentic thinking and freedom of thought is currently in the red. Unlike the sensitive Da Costa who couldn’t bear the humiliation and ended his life under tragic circumstances, Corbyn and the Labour elite are more than likely to survive such a humiliating scenario, they may even enjoy it. Like most British politicians, they long ago lost contact with the concepts of dignity and pride.

    Indeed. And this is why Corbyn will continue to prostrate himself before the Jewish inquisition willingly and in good conscience.

    Whores never prosper in their souls.

  13. Interesting to learn about Uriel da Costa.

    Also interesting that Wikipedia is less hagiographic, and describes him as less heroic-sounding than you or the Museum of the Jewish People page you link to make him out to be.

    For example, he and his brother are said to have left Portugal to escape their father’s debts. His troubles with the community were also troubles with his own family. And his suicide might have been an attempted murder/suicide of his brother…

    Regardless, a fascinating story and period, so thank you.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uriel_da_Costa

    As for Labour’s (and everyone else’s) need to grovel… It’s sickening. (Sorry!…)

  14. ‘… Also interesting that Wikipedia is less hagiographic, and describes him as less heroic-sounding than you or the Museum of the Jewish People page you link to make him out to be…’

    Go figure.

  15. @Anonymous

    ‘…I am starting to find Boris supporters incredibly irritating, how they go out of their way to make excuses for and lie on behalf of their Dear Leader Boris Johnson…’

    Shades of America and Donald Trump.

    Every day, and in every way, Airstrip One becomes less and less distinguishable from the Mother Country. You will be assimilated…

    Seriously. When I was over there in 1978, if I wanted anybody to understand me, I had to fake a British accent.

    …worked, but it was a bizarre experience.

    The last couple of times (2015 and 2017) no problem at all. The inhabitants have learned to speak perfectly comprehensible English.

    You’ve even got Negroes these days. Would you like some more?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  16. Anonymous[291] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    I’d have thought it would be the other way around, British people understand most American accents (due to American films/media), but British people would have to mimic American pronunciation and use American terms to be understood in the US because most Americans have little to no familiarity with British accents.

    • Replies: @Philip Owen
  17. Kali says:
    @Gilad Atzmon

    A little on the “riddle me this” side, Gilad, but I have read a little about the Athens/Jerusalem histories, and on your recomendation will certainly dig deeper.

    Thanks for the tip, and have a wonderful day! 🙂

    With love,
    Kali.

  18. Anonymous[326] • Disclaimer says:

    Jews have cleverly funded and promoted the “counter-Jihad” movement in Britain and Europe generally as a covert way of promoting mass immigration and race mixing.

    They promote the idea that the only bad immigration is Muslim immigration, and essentially encourage people to see the world exclusively in terms of “Non-Muslim vs Muslim”, so consequently all non-white immigration is seen as a good thing just so long as they’re not Muslim because they’re bolstering the non-Muslim population. However, in reality it’s a futile belief system because no Western government is going to be able to ban exclusively Muslims so Muslims still end up flooding in with all the non-Muslims in any case.

    It’s a genius propaganda system, I imagine the Jews are annoyed they didn’t think of it earlier as it has done great damage to Europe and most European right wingers don’t even realise it because they’re so blinkered into hating only Muslims.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  19. @Anonymous

    “Once every day, a Labour official offers a grovelling apology to the Jewish community, but for some peculiar reason its leaders seem unforgiving.”

    Well, if Corbyn hasn’t been willing to slice off a pound of his own flesh (as an offering unto the Lord,) he’s obviously not serious about making good the “hurt” he has caused.

  20. @Anonymous

    “most European right wingers don’t even realise it because they’re so blinkered into hating only Muslims.”

    Yes, one certainly can’t accuse the Jew of not being able to sink the billiard ball with a carom shot when needed.

    Aggressively and self-servingly promoting mass-immigration and then opportunistically taking advantage of the negative consequences of same for a new, self-serving line of argumentation is a quintessentially Jewy tactical evolution.

  21. @Sasha

    “It’s incredible that nobody seems to have the courage to utter the truth – save for Chris Williamson, and we can see what happened to him.”

    I would rephrase what you’ve written as follows:

    Given the room 101 treatment meted out to Chris Williamson at the behest of vicious, organized Jewry, it’s entirely unsurprising that nobody else seems to have the courage to utter the truth.

    • Replies: @Sasha
  22. Interesting point about the link between da Costa and Spinoza and their similar suffering at the hands of the Jewish establishment.

    Ironically, in the present day, our Jews are now promoting Spinoza as the greatest Enlightenment thinker bar none. Descartes? Locke? Kant? “Forget those goyim,” says the Jew. “Spinoza basically created the Enlightenment! And guess what–he was a Jew!”

    Reminds me of the attempt by dear Lenny Bernstein and others to push the “transcendent greatness” of Mahler. Same panties-in-a-twist Jew-need to show that a Jew was at the heart of _______ (fill in the blank).

    The other interesting point about da Costa is that he seemed to have adopted something close to the Karaite form of Judaism. Karaism rejects the authority of the Talmud, recognizing the “Oral Torah” for what it is–a massive, power-grabbing, rabbinical scam. It is one of the unspoken realities of the so-called “Golden Age” of Spain, when invading Muslims and conniving Jews took over the peninsula for a few centuries before being sent packing, that the dominant rabbinical/talmudic Jewish establishment viciously took down the Karaites in the Iberian Peninsula with both direct action and the same employment of Muslim and Christian golems to force “conversion” to talmudic Judaism.

    The take-away from all this is that when the Jew makes ludicrous claims about a supposed “history of Jewish tolerance,” one should know just how deeply Intolerant Jewish monotheism has consistently been. There is no history of Jewish tolerance–only a history of Jews seeking tolerance for themselves from host countries.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @anon
  23. Sasha says:
    @Oscar Peterson

    I actually am surprised that not one other person has stood on principle rather than going with the mob. Somebody has to do it, and the outcome may be surprising. Look at Jordan Peterson – refused to bend his knee, and embarked on a campaign to ridicule his detractors and defend the obvious truth. Was not exactly a poor move, as he was instantly propelled to almost superstar status by his action. There’s tremendous hunger for honesty in this wasteland of PC posturing, but perhaps not within Labour.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  24. @Sasha

    “There’s tremendous hunger for honesty in this wasteland of PC posturing, but perhaps not within Labour.”

    No doubt there’s plenty of hunger within the Labor Party for honesty and for freedom from the yoke that organized Jewry has placed on the party. But there is little appetite for self-destruction.

    For now, time will have to be bided, and the Party will, in the words of Emperor Hirohito, have to bear the unbearable. Opportunities will present themselves eventually.

    • Agree: Sasha
    • Replies: @Herald
  25. Herald says:
    @Oscar Peterson

    Opportunities will present themselves eventually.

    While I also hope the opportunities will arise, I do wonder whether the Labour Party will be bold enough to seize them.

  26. Adrian says:

    According to the “Nieuw Nederlands Biografisch Woordenboek Vol.6” Da Costa shot himself after the pistol, that he used for his suicide, malfunctioned when he tried to kill a relative with it. Apparently he blamed that relative for his misfortune.

  27. anon[977] • Disclaimer says:
    @Oscar Peterson

    This is true of Brahminical Hinduism . They present various figures down to Ghandhi as expressions of Hindu philosophyy of enlightenment which has been present since eternity . They even quote Buddha.

    But they have killed those liberated souls or have destroyed the society the religious or political activists built .

    They ( Brahanin ) repeatedly throughout the history usurped the power by getting into advisory roles .
    Kashmir Hindu king was such a product .

    Chaitynadev was killed inside s temple .
    He is now one of the ‘ Gods’ of Hindu .

  28. @Anonymous

    Which is why Brits who frequently work with Americans often have faint American accents when they discuss their work. I did once.

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