Claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party have only ever been about taking votes away from the socialists.
This Writer is convinced that nobody accusing Jeremy Corbyn seriously believes he harbours any deep-seated loathing of all Jews – as an anti-Semite would.
For one thing – as This Site showed in a previous article – Mr Corbyn has a proven track record of support for Jewish people, against anti-Semitism. Here’s a short video about that:
Anyone who has followed Jeremy Corbyn's career will know that he has spent it fighting all forms of racism. No one is perfect, but his record speaks for itself. pic.twitter.com/NDY0k0KHCZ
— EL4C (@EL4JC) March 25, 2018
Here’s more support from a Sky News interview with Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald, who is absolutely correct:
Labour MP Andy McDonald says that the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has stood against anti-Semitic behaviour for decades pic.twitter.com/V5LYAeKW7S
— Sophy Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) March 25, 2018
Benjamin Zephaniah defended Mr Corbyn’s record on the BBC’s Question Time:
Benjamin Zephaniah defends Jeremy Corbyn’s record in standing up against racism, hate and division https://t.co/7GEAtqR2qw
— Socialist Voice (@SocialistVoice) March 24, 2018
If Mr Corbyn’s critics really wanted to attack a politician for anti-Semitism, they would be focusing on Theresa May.
The same previous article showed that the Conservatives have a long history of association with anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic groups.
And Mrs May herself made an anti-Semitic comment about every Jewish member of the Labour Party in Prime Minister’s Questions on March 21, when she said there was no place in Labour for those who oppose anti-Semitism. The “self-hating Jew” is an anti-Semitic stereotype, of course. Maybe the Maybot used it inadvertently, but she still used it.
We have a genuinely racist organisation, the Conservative Party, calling a genuinely anti-racist leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, a racist, and the media run with it.
No wonder journalists are held in such contempt.
— Huginn (@Skeptickler) March 24, 2018
Mrs May’s comment – and wider anti-Semitism in the Conservative Party – continues to be ignored.
Given this evidence it is incongruous that the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies of British Jews have targeted Mr Corbyn, especially as the subject of their current ire is his expression of regret for offering support to the creator of an anti-Semitic mural, before he had a chance to recognise its meaning.
“Again and again, Jeremy Corbyn has sided with antisemites rather than Jews,” their letter states, in defiance of the evidence.
But other parts of the letter suggest its authors are being less than honest about their motives.
“At best, this derives from the far left’s obsessive hatred of Zionism, Zionists and Israel,” the letter states – to the shame of its authors.
Opposition to Zionism, and to the actions of the state of Israel, are not examples of anti-Semitism and may not be used as such by anybody.
Even the flawed IHRA definition of anti-Semitism accepts this.
The letter goes on to suggest, again in defiance of the evidence, that the row over the mural – an episode that is six years old, let’s remember, and was only revived because somebody decided to do so for (it seems clear) political reasons – demonstrated that the Labour leader “cannot seriously contemplate antisemitism, because he is so ideologically fixed within a far left worldview that is instinctively hostile to mainstream Jewish communities”.
Firstly, Jeremy Corbyn’s wordview isn’t of the “far left”. Anybody thinking that is divorced from reality. We can discuss the viewpoint from the Overton Window if you like, but nobody with any serious political knowledge would seriously believe Mr Corbyn to be anything more than a centre-leftist.
Secondly – and this should be obvious to anybody with a brain – the worldview of the Left is that everybody should be considered equal, no matter what their sex, race, religion, ethnic origin or any other characteristic with which they were born.
We are left with no alternative but to consider the politics of the authors of the letter – Jonathan Arkush and Jonathan Goldstein.
I don’t know which way they vote, of course.
But we need to ask whether the voters of the UK – not just the Jewish community but everybody – are being manipulated by unscrupulous people with an agenda to discredit the best chance we have of removing the Conservatives from power.
And if so…
Is it not their behaviour that harms the profile of Jewish people in the estimation of right-thinking people across the United Kingdom?
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