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Far-Left Activist Jackie Walker Gets Standing Ovation for Antisemitic Play

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Former vice-chair of Momentum Jackie Walker. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Far-Left activist and former vice-chair of British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Momentum movement Jackie Walker opened a one-woman show over the weekend at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in which she received a standing ovation for defending her claims that the Jews financed the African slave trade and that Holocaust Memorial Day is exclusionary.

The UK’s Jewish Chronicle reported that Walker performed her show The Lynching beneath a banner saying, “Anti-Semitism is a crime. Anti-Zionism is a duty.” The show’s title refers to what she says was unfair treatment by her opponents, which ultimately led to her suspension from the Labour party amidst accusations of antisemitism.

At one point in her performance, Walker took on the character of her own mother speaking in Walker’s defense, in which she stated, “First, she [Walker] said Jews financed the slave trade. …The Jews were coming away from persecution from the Christians. They got involved in the slave trade, but what else were they supposed to do? This is not Jackie hating Jews. You can say this is Jackie showing off, showing how well she knows her history.”

Regarding the Holocaust, Walker’s character charged that it is wrong to mark the genocide of the Jews alone, asking, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Holocaust Memorial Day could be opened to all people. What a terrible thing… People say it is open to everybody. Others say, no it doesn’t include the terrible things that went on before the Nazis, things in the Belgian Congo when they killed 12 million …none of that is in Holocaust Memorial Day.”

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Walker’s character also defends Corbyn, claiming that they are both targets of “enemies” who support Israel. Corbyn, she said, “has been accused of being a Jew-hater, but when he was just an MP he was a supporter of the Palestinians and he didn’t mind saying what he thought. He called some of the nasty people in the Israeli government criminal politicians. He has some enemies: the establishment, people on the side of the Israeli government, right-wing Labour MPs. They even say Mr. Corbyn is the second greatest danger to people in the world; they even say Jackie is too. This is not just against Jackie Walker. It’s the whole big left movement for change.”

The Chronicle report added that during the question and answer session following the show, Walker staunchly defended her positions on both the slave trade and the Holocaust, saying, “At the moment we are being told what history we can speak about and what history we cannot speak about. We have to have a way where it is possible to write about the Holocaust, holocausts and the slave trade and race and identity where there is openness, and we haven’t got that now and I think that is very dangerous.”

She also denied that the Jews are an oppressed people, asserting, “Millions more Africans were killed in the African holocaust and their oppression continues to this day on a global scale in a way it doesn’t for Jews, and many Jews, my ancestors too, were the chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade.”

Walker has stated that she is of mixed Jewish and African descent.

Walker first ran into trouble last year when she said that Jews were the “financiers of the sugar and slave trade” and asked, “In terms of Holocaust Day, wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust Day was open to all people who experienced Holocaust?”

She was removed as vice-chair of Momentum and eventually suspended from the Labour party after an outcry broke out over her statements. Nonetheless, Momentum issued a statement saying it did not consider Walker’s statements or Walker herself antisemitic.

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  • Martial

    And she is not Jewish.

  • jezzamy

    How could she fail, acting the part of an anti-Semite is her usual self.

  • I wish you had not reported such ugly and inane stuff!

  • David Barrett

    She is an ignorant twit full of a lot of twaddle; ignore her!

  • nelliephant

    There were only 30 people there. No one is interested in her apart from a few other antisemites

  • Justice5775CE

    This is an extremely ugly racist for whom there is absolutely no hope. I remember her vile remarks on Holocaust Remembrance Day, and I remember her being told that it is open to all who have suffered genocide. But what I would have said is that no one was preventing Her or anyone else from establishing other remembrance days. People keep asking what her problem is. Well, isn’t it obvious? How much more obvious could it be? Should she wear a sign saying “I am an ugly racist”?

  • D Cripps

    I am not suggesting a ‘tu quoque’ skirting of Jewish involvement in the African slave trade, but omitting the far greater and longer Muslim/Arab involvement in this would be a grave oversight. Many people surely know by now that Islamic jurisprudence (sharia) permits seizure of non-Muslim women in jihad for the purpose of rape-slavery; it also permits non-Muslims in general to be seized in jihad for other slavery. Muslims ran the slave-trade on Africa’s west coast, Mediterranean coast and east coast.

    All morality in traditional Islam is patterned after the example of Muhammad (sunnah): everything he did and approved defines what is permitted or ‘good’. Muhammad owned and traded slaves. He repeatedly sanctioned forced sex with non-Muslim females after they were captured in jihad (the Hadith clearly reports that he got first choice of the women); so if Muhammad was involved in the rape of non-Muslim slaves, then this rape is a virtue, not a sin or error in traditional Islam. Offensive jihad (warfare against non-Muslims to establish Islamic rule) has existed since the time of Muhammad.

    During the centuries of establishing Islamic-ruled territory by jihad, an estimated 270 million non-Muslims were killed and many millions were enslaved. Dr Bill Warner created a “dynamic battle map” of 548 jihad battles against the classical civilisation of Rome and Greece and its successors alone, from 620 to 1920 c.e (this does not include battles in Africa, India, Afghanistan, etc). During this period, over a million white slaves were taken from Europe (the word “slave” comes from “Slav”). In Islamic-ruled Eastern Europe, a proportion of boys were regularly taken from Christian families as tax to Turkey to become janissaries, elite soldiers for the sultan (due to ancient tribal rivalries, sultans did not trust tribal Muslims to be their elite palace guards).

    When white slavers arrived on Africa’s west coast, they did not capture Africans: they examined them in the pens, gave the Muslim slave-traders their money, took their bills of sale and loaded their purchases into their boats. Muslims had been plying the trade of war, capture, enslavement and sale for a thousand years already. Long after the white slave traders quit, Muslims continued the African slave trade. Thomas Sowell, in “Race and Culture”, estimated that 11 million African slaves were shipped across the Atlantic and 14 million were sent to the Islamic nations of North Africa and the Middle East. For every slave captured many others died. Estimates of this collateral damage vary; famous missionary David Livingstone estimated that for every African slave who reached a plantation, five others were killed in the initial raid or died of illness and privation on the forced march, thus for 25 million African slaves delivered to market, an estimated 120 million Africans died. Many African slaves were castrated by removing both testicles and penis; castrated slaves brought more on the slave-block, though Muslims were not permitted under Islamic law to perform castration themselves. Castrated blacks were the traditional keepers of Muhammad’s mosque in Medina. Sometimes, to increase slave-numbers, Arab Muslims seized black African Muslims for slavery, though this was was not permitted under sharia-law.

    Indians were also enslaved during jihad. While I cannot quote a number, jihad was estimated to have killed 80 million Hindus and 10 million Buddhists. Accounts exists of Hindus being enslaved by the hundreds of thousands at a time.

    • Good exposition of the subject (and a lot like my own writings).

      To carry your point further. it was the Muslims who initiated the African slave trade six hundred years before they brought them along on their conquests of Europe. Once they were well-established in Spain, the Muslims began enslaving entire cities and civilizations following their brutal and bloody conquests.

      These conquests began from the city of Medina to form the first Islamic Caliphate and successive Muslim Empires. At its widest extent, the Islamic conquests included most of northern Africa, Spain and Portugal, the Balkan Peninsula, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and the southern parts of Russia.

      Slaves were obtained from all of these areas either by force or by purchase in the slave marketplace (especially fair-skinned European women). Slavery is still alive and well in Muslim majority nations. Even though Saudi Arabia officially ended slavery in 1962, the practice has never ceased.

      Contrary to popular claims by the Left and by Muslims, very few Jews engaged in the slave trade by helping to finance it primarily because it was abhorrent to them. In every Muslim-majority nation throughout history, Jews were treated as 2nd class citizens and worse. This idea that there was a “Golden Age” of Islam (or any time period in history) when Muslims and Jews fraternized with each other as friends or co-equals is just plain bogus.

      Islam teaches Muslims to universally hate Jews, to subjugate them and into believing that they must kill all of the Jews during the End Times

      “The Prophet Muhammad said ‘Judgment Day will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind the rocks and the trees, but the rocks and the trees will say: Oh Muslim , oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

      Muhammad was a paragon of Jew hatred because he had tried to pass himself off to the Jews as the last of God’s prophets. Having been repeatedly warned about false prophets and knowing what does and does not come from their God, the Jews rejected him. Several years after leaving Medina for Mecca and building his army of robbers and thieves, Muhammad (who didn’t handle rejection well) went back to his hometown to wipe out the Jewish tribes living there

  • Nemesis

    Muslim votes will bring her back into politics, just watch.

  • henrytobias

    She lacks a fundamental understanding of both the slave trade and Holocaust Day. If she took a day or two to visit Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam she would learn a lot. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e2c69036893d5413e720f3f6c22de00c132824a99f0abb86ce77e5a40481a413.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc34cdbb25b6b990be17ed7b433dd1ef0bcb4e18687036bb40865394c4d37fbd.gif

  • jobacon

    I suggest that Jackie Walker joins the National Trust and visits some of England’s stately homes, VIRTUALLY ALL OF WHICH were financed by the slave trade. Delve into the history Britain’s aristocratic families and you will find they owned plantations in the West Indies to finance their lavish life styles. Anyway, look at Jackie Walker with her fake dreadlocks, she pretends to be Black but she is actually White!

  • Thought is Free

    Poor girl, she is so confused.

  • Brian Freed

    You can put lipstick on a pig at the end it’s still a pig.

    • Martial

      Yep. She attempted to gentle her Jewish slave financier comment by saying she forgot to put the word “among” in. With or without “among”, her comment is Jew baiting at its worst. She ain’t Jewish, thank heavens.

  • Antizionism, the new ugly face of antisemitism, is not ashamed for lying or inventing ” historical ” facts. The same distortions that deny any link between Jewish poeple and his land…
    Corbyn and his gang of anti-israel antisiomites receive a standing ovation ? What a surprise !

  • The lady must had dementia as Israel is the more free country in the Middle East. Had she even think about Islamic slavery and women as second class citizen that are often even killed after been rape?

  • enufizenuf

    The famous African-American historian, Henry Louis Gates, published a rather lengthy article 15 or 20 years ago the point of which was that it would have been impossible for the Jews to have been involved in more than 1% of the African slave trade. I believe it was published in the New York Times. It would be more than worthwhile for someone with the capability to find this article and for Algemeiner to reprint it. Perhaps it might then be circulated to the point where this wretched know-nothing afro-centric hate monger would be forced to read it and have her historical IGNORANCE shoved in her face.

  • RW

    I suspect Walker’s antagonism toward Israel stems from her African American/Jewish background. Although secular Jews speak loudly of not regarding race or ethnicity in their personal dealings they have just as much difficulty dealing with African Americans as any other white. Hence the disillusion of Ms. Walker when she is not as fully accepted as any other person of Jewish heritage by her Jewish contemporaries.

  • tiki

    Jackie Walker, the mishmash of African & Jewish descent, doing both an injustice a she’s just a bitter woman with a screwed up personality.

  • Joseph Feld

    For any readers who are not familiar with the British National Curriculum for Holocaust Studies in Year 8 (or 8th Grade) I would note that from the very first annual Holocaust Remembrance Day schools were provided with a wide variety of materials on the subjects of racism, genocide, Holocaust etc and we teachers never taught the Nazi Holocaust in a vacuum. The one problem teachers did face was Muslim students who were being taught in their mosques that the Holocaust never happened !I recall years back in the USA an Afro-American professor tried to link the slave trade specifically to Jews. After other scholars in the field produced their research there were Jews, Christians and Muslims involved in the slave trade, although few American Jews were slave owners. Ms Walker may or may not be antisemitic but it appears clear that she is inaccurate on Holocaust Remembrance and the slave trade.