This Writer’s Twitter feed was awash with just one issue today (March 26) – the fake claims of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn, based on a six-year-old Facebook comment.

The worst of it is, if you look at the comment about the then-pending removal of a mural, it seems clear that Mr Corbyn had not even seen it. He was asking why it was being removed; if he had seen it, he would have known.

The letter by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council has revealed a Zionist, pro-Israel bias to their complaint. They are using anti-Semitism as an excuse to attack a man who opposes the repugnant policies of the Israeli government, particularly in its attempts to displace Palestinians from their homes in what, for the sake of neutrality, I’ll call the Holy Land.

Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies and a signatory of the letter, is a right-wing Conservative.

He is pushing a lie in order to harm Labour’s chances in the local elections. I have little doubt that Jonathan Goldstein has similar political views.

And Jewish groups are rallying to Mr Corbyn’s side, proving that Jewish people are not united against him on this matter:

Here’s the Jewish Voice for Labour statement:

Undoubtedly there are more.

Many people have ridiculed this as simply the latest attempt to smear Mr Corbyn, launching a Twitter hashtag called #PredictTheNextCorbynSmear. Some of the suggestions are not only funny, but to-the-point:

Here’s one about coincidental relationships:

A comment on the Iraq War that Mr Corbyn opposed:

This one refers to a comment by Theresa May about the naughtiest thing she ever did:

How about blaming Tory failures on Mr Corbyn?

This one reminds us all how the media ignore anti-Semitism in other parties to concentrate on Corbyn:

Sticking with the Tories:

This one’s topical:

As is this:

This is very clever:

Here’s the sign:

It’s a reminder that Mr Corbyn has campaigned against all forms of racism (including anti-Semitism) all his life.

This one deserves a prize:

Inevitably, the humorous hashtag attracted vilification from those with an axe to grind against Mr Corbyn.

It, too, was anti-Semitic, they said – and participants were only throwing more hurt at Jews who were offended because of the allegations made by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council.

But they picked on the wrong target.

One of those taking part was the blogger Tom Pride. See the accusations starting to fly on Twitter, he posted:

He went on to pen an article on the subject, which stated:

I can’t tell you how so, so angry it makes me that someone could cynically use false accusations of anti-semitism, which in living memory produced such terrible suffering, such utter, utter tragedy and mass murder, for petty party political point scoring.

At this point, it’s also worth pointing out that my own great-grandmother and other members of my family were murdered in a Nazi concentration camp for being Jewish.

Here’s what my dad wrote about it on Facebook last Holocaust Memorial Day – he puts it so much better than I ever could:

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.
I can’t help but get upset and very angry about something that happened so many years ago.
My grandmother on my father’s side a frail, old, innocent, lady, who never did anyone any harm was stripped naked herded into a “shower room” in front of young German soldiers, probably laughing, then gassed, and dumped in a pit! 
I sadly never had the chance to meet her, but I often think of her and wonder how could any other human do that to an old lady.
Very hard to forgive!

So before anyone starts to accuse me of anti-semitism for supporting Jeremy Corbyn – don’t even f*cking think about it.

It won’t stop the attacks from those with an anti-Labour, anti-Corbyn axe to grind. But these people are simply ignorant.

And in this matter, ignorance is no excuse.


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