It should be no surprise that the false accusations of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn have risen again – like zombies – at the start of the general election campaign.
Newspapers like the far-right Jewish Chronicle are scaremongering that Jewish people in the UK are afraid of a Corbyn-led government. They would, wouldn’t they?
But people who know Mr Corbyn – and his history – are telling us the facts very clearly: there is nothing anti-Semitic about Jeremy Corbyn.
Ex-Commons Speaker John Bercow has made that clear in an interview with former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell, who would have loved to have some dirt on Mr Corbyn, as he remains a staunch Blairite.
John Bercow is Jewish. He’s stared into the whites of Jeremy Corbyn’s eyes for 20+ years. Today he was asked if Jeremy Corbyn was antisemitic. His reply was profound. pic.twitter.com/xYz7Tp5elu
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) November 7, 2019
As someone who has also been accused of anti-Semitism, but whose respect for Mr Bercow is clear in every mention of him on This Site, it comes as a great relief to This Writer that he has said this.
And it reflects badly on a certain enemy of This Site:
Riley is not coming from a place of decency in this.
— Liz (@mccann_liz) November 8, 2019
The clip also offered an opportunity to set the record straight on claims that Mr Corbyn – who voted against New Labour policies under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown hundreds of times – was voting with the Conservatives when he did so.
In fact, Conservatives very closely supported New Labour policies. They were both right-wing, neoliberal parties who followed similar policies. Many people forget, for example, that the Tories supported to the hilt the policies that tilted the UK into the global recession of 2008 and thereafter.
Mr Corbyn was not in the same camp and in fact he only voted alongside the Conservatives seven times:
Jeremy Corbyn voted alongside Tories about seven times – but usually for different reasons
— The Failed Anarchist Revival (@failedanarchist) November 7, 2019
The tactics of the anti-Corbyn lobby that claims to speak for UK Jews are absolutely vile – and the resurgence of accusations against him have provided an opportunity to examine them again.
For example – the (anti-Semitic in itself) claim that any Jew who shows support for Mr Corbyn isn’t really Jewish and must prove their Jewishness:
Plenty of Left wing Jewish people support Corbyn & its noticeable that very rarely do any spokespersons from their organisations or supporting individuals get on the MSM coverage to put the other side.
— Redcountessa (@Redcountessa) November 8, 2019
Ian Austin’s outburst against Mr Corbyn has attracted comment because of his own anti-Semitic behaviour:
— Pauline Lane (@Antonineone1) November 8, 2019
In case you’re wondering why Michael Rosen was saying this, consider Mr Austin’s earlier abhorrent behaviour to Mr Rosen:
And the accusations against Mr Corbyn are not cutting any ice with the UK public. The BBC’s Question Time featured a demonstration of this when a Jewish lady made it clear that – as far as she was concerned – the Jewish Chronicle‘s shrill claims (and those of the other Jewish-facing papers) are nonsense:
A Jewish member of the question time audience calls out the Tories and media for shamelessly weaponising antisemitism to character assassinate Corbyn and Labour. #bbcqt pic.twitter.com/9aoAk8E0GV
— Josh (@Josh79227449) November 7, 2019
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No sign of this on the mainstream media/press
While it’s good that Bercow quoshes the myth about Corbyn and antisemitism he does NOT do so for the other accusations despite the fact that there is no evidence of antisemitism being a significant presence in the Party.
I applaud Bercow for what he says about Jeremy BUT criticise him for not having the intellectual nous to point out that:
1. Many of the accusations were against JEWISH members (Moshe Machover, Tony Greenstein etc)
2. He doesn’t distinguish between anti-Zionism and anti-semitism (unless he does later in the interview)
So Bercow is only partially credit worthy I would say.
In fairness, he can only discuss his own experiences and he is hardly likely to have any knowledge of anti-Semitism claims against individual Labour Party members who are not MPs.
A timely piece. Austin is a disgrace.
So, ex-Speaker Bercow is Jewish? I didn’t know but why should I? I’m sure that I’m far from alone, in that so, I suggest that this makes a multitude of these allegations of anti-Semitism questionable, at the very least.