PalExpo, which was just held in London, bills itself as “A two-day celebration of Palestinian culture, history and arts.”
That apparently means vile antisemitism.
Mr Greenstein, who was expelled by Labour over his repeated use of the word “Zio”, spoke at a session at last weekend’s Palestine Expo event at London’s Olympia entitled Britain, Zionism and Jewish Resistance to Israel chaired by Latifa Abouchakra, International Officer for the National Education Union.
Also on the panel were author and journalist David Cronin and Leah Levane, co-chair of pro-Corbyn fringe group Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) and a Labour Councillor.
In a recording, heard by the JC, Mr Greenstein says: “Nazi Germany in a sense built the state of Israel at a crucial time and you can actually say that the state of Israel today is Hitler’s bastard offspring because the ideology, the ideology that permeates Israel, Jewish racial supremacy, originated in the fascist states of Europe.”
Mr Greenstein, who is also an activist with the Labour Against The Witch-hunt group, adds: “What is Zionism?
“Zionism is a movement for Jewish racial supremacy. It imposes the needs of a Jewish racial state to the needs of Jews and that was what Haavara [Agreement] was about.
“When Haavara came in 1933 no one believed that it was going to end up in extermination, no one believed it, the view of the Zionists.”
This clearly falls foul of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism – and they know it.
He was roundly applauded for his comments by around 50 people in the room. Chair Ms Abouchakra then says: “Can I just say that that was an excellent contribution and thank God it was a Jew that said it.”
The talk was apparently a who’s-who of Labour anti-Zionists-not-antisemites:
Spotted on the front row were Jackie Walker, who was expelled by Labour over her comments about antisemitism and blogger Asa Winstanley, whom the party has suspended.
Ms Walker made an impromptu speech, saying “For any of the other people campaigning about the Labour Party and the issue of antisemitism they’ll all tell you that it appears that a disproportionate amount of Jews have actually been expelled and sanctioned by the Labour Party in an apparent attempt to quash antisemitism because of course this is not about race, this is not about race, this is about Zionism, antisemitism that is deep within the heart of the Labour Party is the antisemitism against anti-Zionist Jews and it’s really about time that we said this very clearly…
Remember, Greenstein was recently on George Galloway’s bizarro discussion on antisemitism. He sure loves his Israel-Nazi comparisons, and was one of the signatories of a letter printed in the Guardian (and later pulled) urging the reinstatement of UK Labour MP Chris Williamson.
Meanwhile, I have a feeling this is not going to be just the one post, as more information about what transpired at the PalExpo comes to light.
Update: More here.