Did any of you notice an opinion article on The Guardian‘s website, entitled Why Jews in Labour place little trust in Jeremy Corbyn?
I was mystified by its appearance as the author – a former Corbyn policy advisor named Joshua Simons – seemed to be simply regurgitating old claims about the Labour leader that have long-since been laid to rest.
The article deliberately confuses Judaism with Zionism with the political organisation that is the Israeli state, in order to create a false effect of anti-Semitism by Mr Corbyn: “In the eyes of the leaders of the British far left, Israel’s occupation – for some, even Israel’s existence – offers a firm moral basis for antipathy towards Jews in Israel or, more ambitiously, towards Jews everywhere.”
What a good thing Mr Corbyn isn’t a member of the British far left, then! (He’s centre-left.) People who are of that political persuasion may wish to take issue with Mr Simons.
The author resurrects the old story about Jews being bankers, financiers, money-lenders and usurers – apparently for no reason because it hasn’t been an issue in recent dialogues. It seems to me that the reason may soon become clear.
The article contradicts itself: “Antisemitism is not rife in the British Labour party, quite the opposite in fact,” it states – then continues: “We are left cold by a Labour leader who, some believe, seemed willing to trade a peerage for a favourable report into anti-Semitism.” Why would he have to do that? Mr Simons has admitted there isn’t rampant anti-Semitism in the Labour Party so there’s no reason to suggest Mr Corbyn paid off Shami Chakrabarti for a cover-up.
“It is only thought to be [anti-Semitic] because Labour is currently led by a team whose political identity is driven first and foremost by a visceral contempt for America and for Israel,” Mr Simons continues. But ill-feeling about Israel’s political decisions is not anti-Semitic, no matter how often or how loudly the more strident Zionists claim it is. Again he contradicts himself by adding: “It is not at all true that antisemitism exists because of the Jewish state” and “Young Jewish people in Britain should not give up their criticisms of Israel’s policies.”
More interesting, to me, was the fact that he is a former policy advisor. Why did he quit? Does he have an ulterior motive in resurrecting these claims?
Yes, it’s in the Heil on Sunday, and even the headline is inaccurate. Jeremy Corbyn cannot purge anybody from the Labour Party. As still-sitting NEC member Johanna Baxter has told us, the NEC purges are carried out by three-member panels – and Mr Corbyn isn’t on any of them. I’m aware her reputation for truthfulness is in question after her behaviour in the run-up to the NEC meeting at which Mr Corbyn was allowed to defend his leadership without having to seek nominations from Labour MPs, but I believe she was telling the truth about this because it is verifiable.
Of course, the Heil won’t let facts like that get in the way of a good story, and this one is an old chestnut: Corbyn the anti-Semite. Jeremy the Jew-hater.
Mr Foster, although not in the financial sector (he’s a former showbusiness agent), has donated more than £400,000 to the Labour Party. Is that enough to justify a link with Mr Simons’s comments about Jews being financiers and money-lenders? If so, then the reason for the Guardian article may have become clearer.
The Heil article is full of anti-Semitism accusations against Mr Corbyn and, following Mr Simons’s piece, it seems possible that some kind of co-ordinated attack is going on.
Well, it seems a large number of left-wing Labour members are being purged from the party at the same time. These include Broxtowe CLP chairman Pete Radcliff among many others.
Is the removal of this high-profile right-winger being highlighted in order to hide the many low-profile left-wing purges?
If so, it has failed.
The left-wing purges were announced first – by the victims, on the social media. This Blog’s article was one mention among many. Sure, the Heil article is more high-profile but its thunder has been taken by the left-wing purges.
Note also the discrepancy of a Jewish man falsely accusing the Labour leader in the pages of a right-wing newspaper whose owner supported the Nazis in the run-up to World War II. That’s why we call it the Heil.
In any case, why would right-wing Labour want to obscure the purging of another large number of left-wingers? Is there a motive, beyond hiding that the left-wing is taking far more such hits than those on the right?
Yes, I think there is.
On Twitter, Eoin Clarke tells us: “A growing number of the people being purged are conference attendees who are delegated to vote in support of Jeremy Corbyn’s proposals.”
That would leave the way clear for the right-wingers of Progress and Labour First to ‘fix’ the Labour conference.
Labour First has been contacting like-minded party members who will be delegates at the conference, in order to secure their support for anti-Corbyn resolutions.
With fewer pro-Corbyn delegates at the conference (purged members are forbidden to attend), the right-wing measures would be far more likely to gain approval and Mr Corbyn will have a much more difficult job than otherwise.
The intention would be either to push him out by making his job impossible, or to lay him open to criticism that would finally shame him into giving up – because Labour’s right wing now accepts that he’ll win the leadership election by a huge majority.
This is the real dichotomy in the Labour Party at the moment.
Mr Corbyn may be accused of the most vile behaviour – falsely. Meanwhile, just look at the underhand tactics employed against him.
It isn’t what This Writer calls democracy.
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