Let’s name and shame some anti-Corbyn liars

The faked-up controversy about Jeremy Corbyn’s criticism of Zionists who “deliberately misinterpreted” (read: perverted) a Palestinian representatives words in order to distort their meaning has really brought the nasties out from under their respective rocks.

It seems the malicious and misanthropic are queuing up to malign Mr Corbyn, who was perfectly correct to criticise Zionists for their apparent failure to “understand English irony”.

Some of his critics, it seems, also need to try to grasp this point – as they have distorted his words for their own purpose. This is exactly the same misdemeanour that Mr Corbyn pointed out in the 2013 clip that has sparked the current wave of pointless outrage.

It’s a common tactic – many of us have fallen foul of it.

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Here’s an example – coupled with the put-down it deserves:

Gregg Carlstrom is the Middle East editor of The Economist. If that is an example of his journalistic accuracy, he should be facing the sack (or at least receive a verbal warning).

According to the Daily MailStephen Pollard, Gentile editor of the Jewish Chronicle, said: ‘This shows the reality of what Jeremy Corbyn thinks of Jews, somehow a breed apart from “normal” English people.’

Pollard added that he believed the Labour leader ‘used the word “Zionist” obviously to mean “Jews”.’

Neither the Mail nor Mr Pollard provided any evidence to support this claim. Mr Corbyn is on record as saying he used the term Zionist in an “accurate political sense and not as a euphemism for Jewish people”.

It is well worth noting that the complaint by these alleged Zionists has not been published by the Mail, lending credibility to Mr Corbyn’s statement. What has the newspaper got to hide?

Also quoted in the Mail was Jonathan Sacerdoti, a founder of the pro-Israeli-government pressure group that masquerades as a charity, the Campaign Against Antisemitism. He said: “The idea that British Jews somehow haven’t absorbed British values is outrageous.” It is indeed. And he really should not be putting it about and claiming Jeremy Corbyn suggested it.

Gideon Falter, current chair of the vile CAA, stated: “It is precisely this euphemistic use of the word ‘Zionist’ to refer to Jews and direct smears at us which used to be the preserve of anti-Semites amongst the aristocracy.” “This” being the use of the word “Zionist” by Jeremy Corbyn? Where’s this liar’s proof that he did so?

Here’s Joan Ryan of Labour Friends of Israel, determinedly mixing “Zionist” with “Jew” to present a false impression – and a takedown from John Clarke:

How about Emily BennTony Benn is probably spinning in his grave at this disgrace:

Eddie Marsan – an actor:

Now, how about some voices of reason?

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3 thoughts on “Let’s name and shame some anti-Corbyn liars

  1. Zippi

    Not all Jews are Zionists and not all Zionists are Jews but more to the point, why the hysteria, because Jeremy Corbyn made a statement in which he suggested that a particular group of persons, who happened to be present at an event, did not wish to learn history (a major point of his speech) and failed to understand irony? Even if that group was of Jewish Zionists, as opposed to Jews who are not Zionists (important distinction), I fail to see anti-Semitism. If I am blind, in this regard, would somebody please enlighten me? There are MANY people, who were born in this country who neither understand irony, nor know what it is. I have had to look it up, on more than one occasion.

  2. the ramblings of a deluded mind

    the use of zionist and jew are like equating KKK member and christian or even terrorist and muslim. none of these conflated duos are at all connected. for a start not all jews are zionists and not all zionists are jews. in fact there are more none jewish zionists that there are jewish zionists. the KKK are purely white so no comparison can be even contemplated with christianity, seeing as a majority of none white’s in the USA are christian. then we look at the terrorist. there are more terririst groups in the USA than there are in the rest of the world counted together. so the idea a terrorist is a muslim is also blatant miss truth.

    i do wish these so called newspapers would actually learn what the truth is and actually report it as it is instead of twisting it. all they do is make their ability to survive as a paper or worth, laughable. the sun has been known by me as the daily comic for a long time. it was not even worth using as toiler paper. most of the rest seem to trying to follow suit.

    the sooner we see the nazis ousted the better.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It’s better to use the word “fact”, rather than “truth”. Truth is for philosophers.

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