Has nobody pointed out to the leaders of the Jewish Labour Movement that its planned vote of “no confidence” in Jeremy Corbyn will hold little weight, coming as it does from an organisation that is grossly misnamed.
Members of the wider public may not realise it, but to join the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), one doesn’t have to be a member of the Labour Party. Indeed, one doesn’t even have to be Jewish!
So the threat, published in The Independent among others –
The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) is braced to vote on the unprecedented motion at its annual general meeting, which claims the party is “institutionally antisemitic” and Mr Corbyn’s leadership, combined with his past actions and associations shows “a complete disregard for the Jewish community in Britain”.
– holds little weight as the organisation does not represent the Jewish community in Britain, or even the Jewish Labour community.
(It is also worth pointing out to Lizzy Buchan, author of the Independent piece, that the JLM is not “Labour’s only Jewish group” and it is wrong to deny Jewish Voice for Labour, the Jewish Socialists’ Group, and even Jewdas their place within the Labour movement. Are they the “wrong kind of Jews” who keep getting mentioned?)
And, of course, with only around 2,000 members (including those who aren’t Jewish or members/supporters of the Labour Party), it would be grossly irresponsible to let the JLM influence a political organisation of more than half a million people.
The claim in the motion, that “blame for both the crisis of antisemitism within the Labour party and the party’s failure to deal with it therefore ultimately rests with Jeremy Corbyn” is nonsense.
It seems clear to anybody who bothers to do their research that the row was manufactured by supporters of the Israeli government who fear that Jeremy Corbyn, as Prime Minister, would halt UK support for that government’s aggressively-Zionist project to eradicate Palestine and the Palestinian people.
It is likely that Mr Corbyn would demand efforts to support the peaceful co-existence of both Israel and Palestine.
So it would be more accurate to argue that it is Mr Corbyn’s effort to halt the persecution of a particular religious, ethnic or racial group that the Jewish Labour Movement is opposing.
As I have mentioned in the past, it is a racist organisation that even discriminates against socialist Jews.
The remainder of the motion – that “Jeremy Corbyn is therefore unfit to be prime minister and that a Labour government led by him would not be in the interest of British Jews” is also, therefore, nonsense.
What the JLM means is that a Labour government led by Mr Corbyn would not be in the interests of the current Israeli government – nothing more than that.
The Independent article quotes a Labour spokesperson as saying, “One antisemite in our party is one too many… We are determined to tackle antisemitism and root it out of our party.”
A good place to do so would be the Jewish Labour Movement itself.
After the JLM voted to remain affiliated to Labour, I said this was so its leaders could orchestrate a walkout at a time that would cause maximum inconvenience to Mr Corbyn.
It would be better if Labour acknowledged the JLM’s role in falsely accusing Mr Corbyn and the party in general, launched an investigation into its attempts to bring the party into disrepute with false allegation, and suspended it in its entirety until such an investigation is complete and the culprits expelled.
The JLM says that 'You don't have to be Jewish or even a Labour Party Member to join JLM' – very true BUT you do have to be a racist and a reactionary https://t.co/EOQcS2A30w
— Tony Greenstein (@TonyGreenstein) March 20, 2019
Sadly, both Mr Corbyn and the party in general have capitulated so completely to the false narrative of “institutional anti-Semitism” that a change to a more appropriate response may be used against them.
But while Labour may have painted itself into a corner, the party can still get out – by taking decisive action.
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