If Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech on anti-Semitism, perhaps this is what he should say

Not impressed: Jeremy Corbyn.

The Graun article quoted below takes glee in listing all the ways Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour has been attacked by the anti-Semitism trolls over the last few days.

This Writer is looking forward to his speech – expecially if it takes the angle chosen by a Labour Party spokesman when pro-Tory-pressure-group-pretending-to-be-a-charity the Campaign Against Antisemitism tried to complain about Mr Corbyn (again).

He said [boldings mine]: “Labour is committed to rooting out antisemitism from our party and society. False and partisan attacks like this undermine the fight against antisemitism.

The Milk the Cow Podcast has made a few suggestions which are far too strong to publish unedited here. Those of you of strong character can see the original by following this link.

For the rest of you, I’ll paraphrase. The podcast’s FB page suggested Mr Corbyn should say: “Anti Semite? Are you f…ing mental? I’ve been fighting prejudice and oppression all of my life you daft f…ing c…s. Anyone with half a brain knows this is an orchestrated campaign by a Blairite faction in the Labour Party with right wing media interests, the establishment and s…head Tories as they are s…ting themselves that I’ll become Prime Minister and f… up their greedhead corrupt c.rcl. j.rk and spoil the distraction from how much of a clusterf… Brexit is.

Every c… can f… right off and when they have done that f… right off some more.

Whoever heard of a socialist vegetarian who hates Jews? THINK you f…ing pr.cks.”

Of course he won’t say that.

But nobody could blame him if he did.

Look at the array of non-evidence against him. This is from the story in the Graun (but I’ll translate it into language we can all understand):

It reported that three newspapers aimed at Jewish readers said a Corbyn-led Labour government posed an “existential threat” to Jewish life in the UK after Labour adopted a code of conduct on anti-Semitism that improves on the IHRA ‘working definition’ that has been adopted in 31 of the world’s nearly-200 countries.

It reported that Labour MPs Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin had received disciplinary letters after they shouted abuse at Mr Corbyn and Labour chairman Ian Lavery (respectively) in a public place.

Peter Willsman was removed from the Momentum slate in the party’s NEC elections, and submitted himself for training, after an unethical and immoral recording emerged of him asking to see evidence of anti-Semitism about which 68 rabbis complained to the party. None has been forthcoming, to the best of This Writer’s knowledge.

John McDonnell was condemned as an anti-Semite after it was revealed that, 10 years ago, he had supported the creation of an anti-Zionist network that provided a voice for Jews who oppose the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians.

Mr Corbyn faced criticism after it was revealed that he had compared the situation in Gaza with that of civilian populations in besieged cities in wartime.

He was also accused of introducing a speaker at a Holocaust Memorial Day event eight years ago, who happened to be a Jewish Holocaust survivor who had been at the notorious Auschwitz extermination camp. This man, Hajo Meyer, has been accused – post-mortem, so he can’t argue in his own defence – of anti-Semitism for using his own experience of Nazi behaviour to compare it with that of the Israeli government.

It’s all a bit different when you describe it properly, isn’t it? Perhaps Mr Corbyn should do that as well, when he makes his speech.

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to make a speech next week to address Labour’s ongoing crisis over antisemitism, amid increasing divisions in the party over how to tackle the issue.

A party source said there was a plan for him to speak on antisemitism, and it was a matter of finding an “appropriate” venue, with the expectation this would happen next week.

Corbyn’s office has been described by activists as “under siege” from a stream of allegations of insensitivity to antisemitism that have intensified over the last week.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn expected to make speech on Labour’s antisemitism crisis | Politics | The Guardian

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3 thoughts on “If Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech on anti-Semitism, perhaps this is what he should say

  1. Simon Cohen

    Thanks Mike, despite the ‘industrial’ language I found that ‘alternative’ speech very cathartic!

    Corbyn did a decent job in the Guardian Opinion. I’m glad he didn’t back down on the IHRA examples issue because we need a proper, decent and nuanced debate about the issue. In fact, by not backing down on this he is helping protect many Jews, some Orthodox, who could, absurdly enough, be accused of anti-semitism.

    Is this the end of the whole series of absurd calumnies? -Terrorist sympathiser-Czech Spy-Russian Stooge-Antisemite-White supremacist-KKK affiliate.

    Let’s hope the garbage press we have in the UK has so utterly shamed itself again that it has relegated itself to being used as recycled bog paper. The, so-called ‘official’ representatives of the Jewish Community need to take a long hard look at themselves as well and be grateful for the brave Jewish voices that have stood against the malign nonsense of the last few weeks.

    And above all, the Labout Party needs to fully exonerate those , like Mike, who have been vilified by being accused of anti-semitism falsly.

    Once again, Mike, as a Jew I’d like to thank you for your contribution to keeping the debate sane, sensible and at a decent intellectual level.

  2. Lynn Jenks

    Margaret Hodge was on Woman’s Hour on Wednesday. The beginning of the interview was her describing her family’s suffering during the Holocaust. All very moving, but not directly relevant in respect of her very public accusations against JC. She then went on to describe how well she’s known him, and for how long. But basically, her criticism of him comes down to an overall ‘feeling’ that he’s a racist and anti-semite which has grown over the years. So no actual proof then. But lots of middle-class women have now been convinced that this poor woman, whose family have suffered so much, and whose friendship has been betrayed, is now being punished by the Corbynites for being brave enough to speak out. She even expressed her ‘bewilderment’ at being held to task for publicly denouncing her party leader. Good job, BBC. You serve your tory masters well.

  3. John.

    JC and everyone else needs to understand, which I’m sure most do, that what they’re dealing with is not an outraged ethnic minority under attack. Instead it is a well organised and funded murderous criminal cult who masquerade as something they’re not, orchestrating hate filled rhetoric in a tried and tested campaign against dissenting voices.

    Mainstream media lickspittles and ‘jewish’ instigators are excitedly jumping on the band wagon with their own agendas in pursuit of paralysing the opposition.

    The cult’s purpose however has nothing to do with ending anti semitism, they need that to exist above all else or at least the perception that it does. It is their oxygen.

    Instead it is to engineer an end result that bolsters their power of censure and control over future discourse. To consolidate and gain greater traction amongst the gullible fools in the Labour Party who buy into their false accusations and lies.

    The Zionist cult and rabid ‘Jewish’ zealots sole purpose is to transform the abomination, the genocide, the ethnic cleansing, the land theft, the supremacist ideology and political subterfuge that created it alongside the murderous US sponsored criminality that maintains it, into something, somehow perceived as legitimate.

    The only way that can ever happen is to marginalise and silence dissenting voices seeking to achieve justice and expose the truth in Palestine.

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