The official online debut of the short film “WitchHunt” has arrived.
“WitchHunt” has faced severe censorship, including a bomb threat, which successfully canceled one of the previews for the movie.
The movie tells a story about Israel’s alliance with the global far-right. It is a film that supporters of Israel would rather people not watch.
Acclaimed British directors Peter Kosminsky and Mike Leigh have praised “WitchHunt.” According to Leigh, it “exposes with chilling accuracy the terrifying threat that now confronts democracy.”
Kominsky stated the movie “packs a powerful punch” and is “telling a story we just aren’t hearing at the moment.”
In February 2019, Chris Williamson, a left-wing member of Parliament, was suspended as a Labour Party member after a long against him by Israeli lobbyist groups.
On behalf of the group, Jewish Voice for Labour, Williamson booked a room in parliament so “WitchHunt” could be screened. The screening was canceled after the Labour leadership came under severe pressure by right-wing and pro-Israel Labour MPs.
Unless Williamson’s Labour suspension is reversed before the next election, the move will make it difficult for him to return as an MP.
A source in Parliament told The Electronic Intifada that the leader of much of the outrage against Williamson was Ruth Smeeth.
Smeeth is a former professional Israel lobbyist who is an MP. She has continued to receive donations from prominent Israel lobby funders.
Days before Williamson’s suspension, Smeeth announced to a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party that a room had been booked for the screening of the film. The announcement caused the sound of “250 voices doing a sharp intake of breath.”
Smeeth stated that she was not aware who booked the room for the screening of “WitchHunt” but assured the gathered MPs that she would find out.
According to the source for the Electronic Intifada, Smeeth’s announcement to the Parliamentary Labour Party resulted in “howls of outrage,” including “Shame!” “Disgraceful!” and sarcastically, “Well done Chris!”
The film had not been released at the time, therefore, none of the MPs had seen the movie. The outrage was down to the central role in the film played by Jackie Walker.
Walker is a black and Jewish anti-racist activist.
Her opposition to Zionism, Israel’s state-sanctioned ideology, plays a key role in the film, as does her likely expulsion by Labour later in March.
“WitchHunt” takes a wider view than Walker’s case alone. The film puts the entire years-long, manufactured “Labour anti-Semitism crises” campaign into its correct global context.
In the film’s conclusion, the narrator argues that the far-right European governments and parties today are growing closer to Israel shows a “convergence of fascist and neo-Nazi groups with hardline Zionists.”
“This natural alliance may now be part of a more coordinated common cause” of the far-right and Zionism around the world the narrator argues.
By Jeanette Smith
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