British Jews are revolting – against the entrenched antisemitism of the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and his cohorts.
This protest has been a very long time coming, and there are many who think it is long overdue given the growing antisemitism (let’s call it what it really is: anti-Jewish racism) in the Labour Party.
The last straw appears to have been an antisemitic mural approved of by Jeremy Corbyn. The Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger demanded an explanation – with no response:
Ron Liddle in the Times sheds more light (as if such were needed) on the sneaky, deceitful way that Corbyn tries to evade being called an antisemite while either being one or associating with them: (h/t Benjie P): (emphases are mine):
Jeremy Corbyn resists the charge of anti-semitism, as you might well expect — heaven forfend, Jews are absolutely bloody marvellous, he will announce when challenged on this issue — but his other utterances, and indeed actions, tend to give the game away.
He has called the genocidal racists of Hamas and Hezbollah his “friends”, for example. He could not bring himself even to meet the Israeli prime minister last year (which must have really disappointed Benjamin Netanyahu), and a recent Labour Party fact-finding tour to Israel disdained to meet any Israeli politicians who don’t want to give their country over to the Palestinians first thing Monday morning.
Corbyn and the Momentum monkeys will undoubtedly argue that this is an anti-Zionist stance, not anti-semitic, per se. But then these lefties might ask themselves why it is Israel, of all the countries in the world, that so obsesses them, that so nurtures their hatred? Is it the only place where nasty things happen? Are there no other countries that might be the focus of their deranged and unrelenting wrath?
Then there’s the other stuff. … Jezza is also a member of a virulently anti-semitic Facebook group that accuses Jews of controlling the media, of wishing to establish a New World Order and of harvesting organs from Syrian prisoners.
Corbyn latterly claimed he’d been added to this forum without his knowledge. How’d that happen, Jezza? Most recently there’s the mural, a ghastly painting, titled Freedom for Humanity, by a talentless American graffiti artist called Mear One. It was commissioned in 2012 for a wall in east London (presumably at your expense somewhere down the line), then swiftly removed because of its quite astonishing anti-semitism. A cabal of hook-nosed money men playing Monopoly, the table resting on the backs of naked workers.
Even the Muslims in Tower Hamlets thought this was pushing it a bit: the mayor at the time, Lutfur Rahman, ordered the wall scrubbed clean, quickish. The artist complained, of course, and received immediate succour from Corbyn, who tweeted: “You are in good company. Rockerfeller [sic] destroyed Diego Viera’s [sic] mural because it includes a picture of Lenin.”
It is fairly clear he knew, then, why the mural had aroused offence. Now Corbyn has had to backtrack — yes, again, and again; it seems to happen every month — and disown his earlier appreciation of this garishly hideous, adolescent piece of racist trash, which, as one Labour MP put it, would not have looked out of place in Julius Streicher’s Der Stürmer.
… He can backtrack all he likes. But I suspect most Jewish people will take the view that if it walks like an anti-semite and repeatedly quacks like an anti-semite, then it probably is an anti-semite.
Two Jewish Labour councillors in Haringey recently exposed the extraordinary levels of Jew-hatred they suffered from pro-Corbyn members:
Two serving Jewish Labour councillors have spoken out for the first time to expose the “extraordinary” levels of “institutional anti-semitism” in Momentum’s Haringey heartland in north London.
Joe Goldberg and Natan Doron said they had been repeatedly abused to their faces by pro-Corbyn Labour members — including fellow councillors — with crude allusions to their race or insulting references to the Holocaust.
“This is not just on social media. Many members have repeated to me assertions about Jews having big noses, controlling the media and being wealthy,” he said.
“It has become impossible to operate as a Jewish councillor in the Haringey party without having your views and actions prejudged or dismissed in terms that relate to your ethnicity.”
Doron said he was twice harangued while out canvassing — not by voters on the doorstep but by fellow Labour members he was working with. “One of them started having a rant about how Israel was a Nazi country and I had no right to be offended because Israel had no right to exist,” he said.
The pair are among more than 20 serving Labour Haringey councillors who have resigned or been deselected and will be replaced in May’s local elections by pro-Momentum candidates. The council, which is safely Labour, is almost certain to become the first run by the hard-left group. After Goldberg announced his retirement, a Haringey Momentum activist, Shahab Mossavat, tweeted: “At least [you] will have more time to count your money.”
Doron’s replacement as a candidate, Charley Allan, was suspended from the party last year for using the insulting term “Zio”. Doron said: “People are worried and scared and Haringey Labour is definitely not a safe space for Jews. This is 100% not the party I joined.”
Goldberg said he had made at least five formal complaints to local officials but got nowhere. “I complained to the Labour whip, Lorna Reith, but she told me anti-semitism was a ‘debatable term’,” he said. Yesterday Reith said: “It doesn’t sound like anything I would say.” She said she took complaints of anti-semitism “extremely seriously” and that Goldberg had not responded to her invitations to meet.
On Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2015, Reith retweeted a picture equating Israel’s military attacks on Gaza to the Holocaust.
The building anger of the Jewish community has finally boiled over. On Sunday British Jewish groups announced a protest to take place today, Monday, at 5.30 pm.:
Jewish groups have dubbed Labour a “racist party”, announced a protest against Jeremy Corbyn at parliament tomorrow and called for a national demonstration against the Labour leader. In remarkable developments today, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies announced a protest in Westminster tomorrow at 5:30pm where they will deliver a letter of condemnation to the Parliamentary Labour Party:
“The leadership of the Jewish community will be delivering a letter to the Parliamentary Labour Party in advance of its meeting at 6pm. We call on members of our community and all those who oppose antisemitism to join us in Parliament Square at 5:30pm to show solidarity.”
If any of my readers are in London at this time, I urge you to consider joining the protest.
Here is the full text of the Board of Deputies letter of protest about Jeremy Corbyn:
Today, leaders of British Jewry tell Jeremy Corbyn that enough is enough. We have had enough of hearing that Jeremy Corbyn “opposes antisemitism”, whilst the mainstream majority of British Jews, and their concerns, are ignored by him and those he leads. There is a repeated institutional failure to properly address Jewish concerns and to tackle antisemitism, with the Chakrabarti Report being the most glaring example of this.
Jeremy Corbyn did not invent this form of politics, but he has had a lifetime within it, and now personifies its problems and dangers. He issues empty statements about opposing antisemitism, but does nothing to understand or address it. We conclude that he cannot seriously contemplate antisemitism, because he is so ideologically fixed within a far left worldview that is instinctively hostile to mainstream Jewish communities.
When Jews complain about an obviously antisemitic mural in Tower Hamlets, Corbyn of course supports the artist. Hizbollah commits terrorist atrocities against Jews, but Corbyn calls them his friends and attends pro-Hizbollah rallies in London. Exactly the same goes for Hamas. Raed Salah says Jews kill Christian children to drink their blood. Corbyn opposes his extradition and invites him for tea at the House of Commons. These are not the only cases. He is repeatedly found alongside people with blatantly antisemitic views, but claims never to hear or read them.
Again and again, Jeremy Corbyn has sided with antisemites rather than Jews. At best, this derives from the far left’s obsessive hatred of Zionism, Zionists and Israel. At worst, it suggests a conspiratorial worldview in which mainstream Jewish communities are believed to be a hostile entity, a class enemy. When Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party, Jews expressed sincere and profound fears as to how such politics would impact upon their wellbeing. Our concerns were never taken seriously. Three years on, the Party and British Jews are reaping the consequences.
Routine statements against antisemitism “and all forms of racism” get nowhere near dealing with the problem, because what distinguishes antisemitism from other forms of racism is the power that Jews are alleged to hold, and how they are charged with conspiring together against what is good. This is not only historic, or about what Jeremy Corbyn did before being Party leader. It is also utterly contemporary. There is literally not a single day in which Labour Party spaces, either online or in meetings, do not repeat the same fundamental antisemitic slanders against Jews. We are told that our concerns are faked, and done at the command of Israel and/or Zionism (whatever that means); that antisemitism is merely “criticism of Israel”; that we call any and all criticism of Israel “antisemitic”; that the Rothschilds run the world; that ISIS terrorism is a fake front for Israel; that Zionists are the new Nazis; and that Zionists collaborate with Nazis.
Rightly or wrongly, those who push this offensive material regard Jeremy Corbyn as their figurehead. They display an obsessive hatred of Israel alongside conspiracy theories and fake news. These repeated actions do serous harm to British Jews and to the British Labour Party.
Jeremy Corbyn is the only person with the standing to demand that all of this stops. Enough is enough.
Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jewish Leadership Council
This letter is almost unprecedented in the history of the Board of Deputies. The Board tends to “go along to get along”, keeping a low profile and trying to give the benefit of the doubt as much as possible. For such a strongly worded letter to be issued, together with the announcement of a protest at Parliament, you had better believe the situation has become almost unbearable.
I sincerely hope this protest will make its mark and will have the desired effect upon the Labour Party, though I am not holding out much hope. Kol hakavod to the Board of Deputies for finally gathering up the courage to stand up to this blatant antisemitism.
In a separate event, the grassroots organization Campaign Against Anti-Semitism announced that they will be organising a national demonstration to take place in London on 8 April. They declared Labour under Corbyn a “racist party”:
Under Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party has been seized by racists. Jeremy Corbyn is at home amongst them, having spent his political career seeking out and giving his backing to Holocaust deniers, genocidal antisemitic terrorist groups and a litany of Jew-haters. This is the point of no return: Britain must stand up for its Jewish community against the racists in control of the Labour Party. To be silent is to condone.
Will this pressure on the Labour Party lead them to eject Jeremy Corbyn from the party? Will the Labour Party finally and totally reject anti-Jewish racism in all its forms?
Let’s hope so, but let us keep the pressure on until such time as we see success.