As it emerges that Corbyn’s membership extends to two further antisemitic facebook groups, surely Labour know what they have to do. They must have known for some time now, and I can’t imagine what’s keeping them.
Labour’s ‘Jew problem’ might pre-date Corbyn to some extent, but never before has Labour’s leader so openly welcomed antisemites for tea, promoted those who wish to see Jews wiped from the face of the earth, defended those who deny the Holocaust and backed offensive Rothschild libels. All of these characteristics define an antisemite, so why isn’t it acceptable to assume that that is exactly what he is?
It’s inconceivable that the leader of the government opposition in 2018 could hold such views. Back when Diane Abbott was still giving media interviews, she told Andrew Marr that to it is a smear to say Labour has an antisemitism problem. However, Corbyn has now conceded in one of his apology letters (I can’t remember which one) that he recognises that antisemitism has surfaced within the party and they have been “too slow” in dealing with cases. —as though it were nothing to do with him. As Corbyn does, he brushes it off and carries on without a political scratch. He also stated that he is and will continue to be an ally in the fight against antisemitism.
Consider the language he uses, ‘continue’? When did he start? How can someone call themselves a Jewish ally and attend a memorial wreath-laying for one of the Munich terrorists? Or praise and support Raed Salah? Or defended the Rev Stephen Sizer, a man who shared a social media post blaming the Jews for 9/11? Or furthermore, click “join” on multiple antisemtic facebook groups?
Loyalist supporters of Corbyn quickly line up to defend him as MPs from both Labour and the Conservative party joined the Jewish Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council with “Enough is Enough” banners in Parliament Square on Monday evening.
Arriving a little late, I found myself witnessing a verbal altercation involving an anti anti-antisemitism protester, a self-defined Labour supporter baiting Jews with slurs of Israel’s so-called apartheid, (whilst a woman filmed their reactions on her iPhone). Police swiftly intervened and removed the couple after the anti-protester put his hands on a young Jewish man, thereon the protest continued peacefully.
It was a polite and emotional display of unity as members from Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Sikh communities came together to say #EnoughisEnough to Labour’s whitewashing of antisemitism. There were smiles on faces but I couldn’t help feeling this was a sad day for Britain, one many of us felt coming.
These allegations aren’t new. We knew about the mural in 2012 and Corbyn’s antisemitic shenanigans weren’t exactly secret. I can’t help wonder if team Corbyn pushed the media too far during the Salisbury poisoning scandal which later got recast into #hatgate, the BBC found itself under vitriolic criticism from Labour supporters accusing the Newsnight graphics department of “Russia-fying” Corbyn’s hat. The charge was fervently led by absolute boy-wonder, Owen Jones, who may have just made it onto my Christmas card list. Antisemitism on the left was at last becoming national news.
A letter, entitled ‘enough is enough’, delivered to Corbyn by Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council argues:
‘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.’
Are we really expected to buy the narrative that Corbyn just happened to find himself having tea with antisemites and not realising it until hundreds of people gathered in a square to tell him? And since when was it tolerable to punish a race based on the political actions of a country they don’t belong to?
Glassy eyed Labour moderates who stand helplessly amongst the ruins of their party no longer call for Corbyn to be deselected; they know it’s impossible. Team Corbyn will double down and ignore everything as they’ve always done. The moderates lost control of their party back in 2015 and now the only option open to those MP’s who oppose racism, is to leave.