by Tom Mitchell
Labour is “sickeningly, institutionally racist”, and yet “until Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015, (the party) did not have a problem with anti-Jewish racism”. These are the views of Luciana Berger and Joan Ryan, two of the former Labour MPs who were so repulsed by the gutter they believe Labour is inhabiting that they risked their careers and reputations to leave it.
Corbyn claims he has been the subject of misunderstanding or some sort of ‘establishment’ stitch-up. However, a poll conducted by the Jewish Chronicle, which found that 85% of a sample of British Jews believe Corbyn to be an anti-Semite, casts doubt on these claims.
Corbyn claims he has been subject to misunderstanding or an ‘establishment’ stitch-up
Last week’s revelation
He publicly supported a mural that depicted hook-nosed figures playing monopoly on the backs of the working-class. He questioned whether Zionists (a word he has long used euphemistically) could understand “English irony”. He was “present but not involved” at a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of terrorist who murdered 11 Israelis. And now this foreword.
Corbyn has put his name to a book that asks “does anyone seriously suppose that a great war could be undertaken by any European state, or a great state loan subscribed, if the house of Rothschild and its connections set their face against it?”. The idea of a cartel of Jewish bankers controlling the world clearly fits into one of the IHRA definitions of anti-Semitism being “the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.”
A spokespersonfor Corbyn has said that he saw the anti-Semitism in the book but thought it was “reasonable” not to mention it in his foreword.
This is clearly complete nonsense. If Corbyn cared about anti-Semitism he would have run a mile from the barest association with the book, let alone write a foreword that praises it so sycophantically and that totally ignores the central, racist element.
Corbyn recasts himself as a victim
Each time Corbyn’s racism is outed he recasts himself as the victim. No amount of bluff and bluster about not tolerating “anti-Semitism or any other form of racism for that matter” can disguise this viewpoint from emerging.
A vote for Labour is a vote for Corbyn, and a vote for Corbyn is a vote for someone who most British Jews think is a racist. Remember that the next time you’re in the polling booth.
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