Once again the London Jewish Chronicle happened to be well
ahead of any other British media outlets. In the main
article of its Friday edition, David Abrahams, the leading
protagonist in the current Labour donation fiasco, tried to explain why he
donated money to the Labour Party by proxy.
Abrahams, who insists upon presenting himself as a
charitable being, claimed that he �had made (his) donations secretly so as to
avoid accusations of being part of a �Jewish conspiracy.'�
Yet, one may wonder why this renowned philanthropic
millionaire was so concerned with issues having to do with �Jewish conspiracy.'
I may try to offer a simple explanation. The Labour Party is not exactly a
charity and Abrahams was at the time of the donation to them, a prominent
activist in two major Zionist lobbies (�Labour Friends of Israel� and �Jewish
Furthermore, four years ago, when Abrahams was donating
money in secrecy via other people�s accounts, the British Labour Party was led
by a warmonger who, together with his American ally, waged an illegal war
against Iraq based on forged documents and false WMD accusations. It is not a
secret anymore that the only country that benefited from this tragic bloodshed
was Israel. Thus, it shouldn�t take us by surprise that Abrahams, at the time a
Zionist campaigner, preferred to operate behind a wall of secrecy. Abrahams
donated money to a party that took Britain to a war against the will of
the British people.
However, Abrahams wasn�t the only philanthropist. Lord Levy,
a close friend of Israel as well as an �honorary cash machine� was at the time
�No 1 Labour fund raiser.' As if this weren�t enough to make things very
complicated, Lord Goldsmith, then the attorney general, surrendered to Blair�s
pressure and gave the legal green light to war. I do not know whether Lord
Goldsmith has ever been affiliated with �Labour Friends of Israel� or �Jewish
Labour,' yet, Abrahams who was affiliated with both, had good reason to be
concerned. He knew that Blair�s war was designed to defeat the last pocket of
Arab resistance. He knew that the illegal war was serving Israeli interests.
Hence, financing its architects had better be kept hidden.
Abrahams, bless him, can�t keep his mouth shut. In the JC he
continues, �The real reason I wanted to remain anonymous was that I didn�t want
Jewish money and the Labour Party being put together because this is what I
feared would happen. People would say there�s a Jewish conspiracy. I didn�t
come into Labour just to give them money. I give money to many good causes, to
Jewish charities, not just to Labour.�
Clearly the comparison between the Labour Party and �Jewish
charities� is interesting enough. However, one may wonder what Abrahams means
when he refers to �Jewish money.' Is there such a thing? Is it a new currency
we should get familiar with? What is the current exchange rate of this new
�Jewish money�? While writing these lines I have noticed that in my left pocket
I have a ₤20 note. Bearing in my mind my Jewish origin, I wonder whether I
should regard the pounds in my pocket as �Jewish money�? Not really. I assume
that that which makes money into Jewish is not the racial or ethnic orientation
of its holder but rather the interests that are promoted with the given money.
Should Abrahams donate money to an orphanage in Baghdad or
another war zone, he wouldn�t have to hide his identity and to use proxies. If
he would donate his money to a universal cause, the money might cease being
�Jewish.' Yet he donated money to a party that was carrying out an illegal war,
a war that already left more than a million Iraqi civilian fatal casualties.
The political instincts of Abrahams were correct. He was
sensitive enough to know how bad his donation may reflect on him and his
people. However, it is now all in the open. And I may have to correct you,
Abrahams, it doesn�t look like a Jewish conspiracy. If to use Philip Roth�s
fictional expression, this was a �plot against the British people.'
Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli
jazz musician, author and