Israel’s Labour Party has probably done Jeremy Corbyn a favour.
According to Jewish News Online, “The Israeli Labour Party has severed ties with Jeremy Corbyn over his ‘hostility’ towards the Jewish community and ‘anti-Semitic statements’.”
So we know straight away that this is nonsense – right? Jeremy Corbyn was campaigning against racism of all kinds – including anti-Semitism – since before most of us knew what it was.
“Writing to Jeremy Corbyn, Avi Gabbay said: ‘It is my responsibility to acknowledge the hostility that you have shown to the Jewish community and the anti-Semitic statements and actions you have allowed as Leader of the Labour Party UK.
“’This is in addition to your very public hatred of the policies of the Government of the State of Israel, many of which regard the security of our citizens and actions of our soldiers – policies where the opposition and coalition in Israel are aligned.'”
Many of us hold the Israeli state’s policies in very low regard – most obviously referring to the treatment of Palestinians – but that isn’t anti-Semitism. And someone else recently pointed out that, since the whole point of Zionism was to provide a safe homeland for Jewish people, the policies of Israel – necessary or not – represent the failure of that ideal.
I have no idea what Mr Gabbay meant about hostility to the Jewish community.
“In October he described illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank as ‘the beautiful and devoted face of Zionism.’
“Gabbay has also vowed that under his leadership, Israel’s government would never include parties representing Palestinian citizens of Israel.”
It seems to This Writer that, if anybody is showing “very public hatred”, it is Avi Gabbay.
Still, he has his supporters in the UK. Take a look at the state of this – from Labour Friends of Israel:
— LFI (@_LFI) April 10, 2018
This is what normal people think:
Let's be clear. The Israeli Labour party is institutionally racist and an impediment to a just peace. @UKLabour should cut all ties and make clear it will only work with Isrseli parties committed to ending the occupation (UNR 242) and implementing right of return (UNR Res 194). https://t.co/wqr12ByoLH
— Joe Sucksmith (@JoeSucksmith) April 10, 2018
The Israeli Labor Party is a bit like New Labour under Blair. It has some good members with good intentions but its leadership is Neo-Liberal, Pro-War & corrupt. The hatred their leadership has for Corbyn is a good thing and a sign we in UK-Labour are standing up for what's right
— 🇰🇷Shlomo🇨🇷 (@hapoelpolitics) April 10, 2018
RT As far as im concerned, i say the leader of the Israeli Labour Party should hang his head in shame, @jeremycorbyn is not #antisimetic & has said he’ll deal with #Antisemitism in @UKLabour @SkyNews @bbcnews @LBC @itvnews #c4news #skypapers #newsnight https://t.co/U0v9XVrHU9
— stavros (@Greekboy8) April 10, 2018
But that is not to say that anti-Semitism doesn’t exist and doesn’t need to be fought.
Again, normal people accept that it exists – and we know where:
Real Jew-hating, anti-semites exist in the UK. Our investigation into the online presence of the most active anti-semitic activists on Twitter and Facebook, reveals anti-semites pretty much speak with one voice when it comes to their beliefs and policies.
British antisemites are overwhelmingly right-wing and pro-Brexit, they hate Jeremy Corbyn, Labour and the Left in general, they LOVE Katie Hopkins, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and the Daily Mail, – sharing their posts very often – and they also hate Muslims and black people just as much as they hate Jews.
Finally, let’s all take a decent dose of perspective, courtesy of the lady in the following clip – a Jewish lady, who lost many family members in the Holocaust, but who supports Jeremy Corbyn and, I think, accurately outlines the reasons for the campaign of hatred against Mr Corbyn, of which Avi Gabbay and his Israeli Labour Party have now become a part:
This Jewish lady lost almost her entire family in the Holocaust. I therefore think her voice should be listened to in regard to anti-semitism and the Labour Party. As a Labour member, her perspective is as valid as the Jewish Board of deputies. https://t.co/vKrxDUEK4p
— Chelley Ryan #RJCOB (@chelleryn99) April 9, 2018
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