Jeremy Corbyn isn’t just a racist and an anti-Semite. He’s a fraud who pretends he wants a peace

by Rob Marchant

With all the stories in recent weeks about Labour and anti-Semitism, it would be understandable if some members started to suffer some kind of “Jewish fatigue”.

But the reason for coming back to it is simple: normal Labour politics is currently suspended, as people gaze on in horror at the internal, self-inflicted crisis currently unfolding. We are witnessing something entirely unprecedented in the party’s century-long history: the slow-but-now-accelerating implosion of a party leadership, if not perhaps the party itself as well. And because of an infection with one thing this, of all parties, had never thought to have to endure: racism.

At the same time, we have a leadership which is so inept, so arrogantly convinced that this is all overblown, that it is now embarked on a collision course with the rest of the political planet.

We might first look at the dropping of the investigation into Margaret Hodge. The extraordinary conclusion we must draw from this matter is that it was not because Hodge backed down (although that was what the Leader’s office stupidly tried to spin, convincing precisely no-one in the Lobby). It was, on the contrary, that Corbyn knew that he could not win. That is, that the most he could say was that Hodge was rude to him: in the rough and tumble world of politics, hardly grounds for suspension.

Let’s just reflect on that for a second.

The leader of the Labour party and of HM Opposition, a potential prime minister, judged (presumably on legal advice) that he would struggle to prove that he was not a racist.

But it makes total sense when you consider the other facts brought to light this week.

In an interview with PressTV, Corbyn implies that Israel’s right to exist is in question (anti-Semitic under the IHRA definition). And we also find him – thanks to academic blogger James Vaughan for this – chairing a 2010 meeting chock-full of anti-Semites, who are busy calling Israelis Nazis (also anti-Semitic under the IHRA definition). On Holocaust Memorial Day. But I’m sure that day was chosen just at random, eh, Jeremy?

Quite simply, we can see that the IHRA definition has been rejected, not just because many of Corbyn’s supporters would fall foul of it but because the man himself would. Yes, the Leader of the Opposition.

Finally, let us just look at the last, and perhaps ugliest, revelation (in a crowded field, admittedly).

Twenty-four years ago, Jeremy Corbyn signed a motion (thread here, h/t @TimesCorbyn) supporting two convicted, pro-Palestinian bomb-makers who had injured 20 people in explosions at the Israeli Embassy and Balfour House. In London. They got 20 years each.

Even if you accept that Palestinian terrorists – sorry, “freedom fighters” – are justified in bombing civilians on Israeli soil, which technically an embassy is (a stretch for most of us, let’s face it), these terrorists clearly did not differentiate between “Jews” and “Israelis”. The victims were Londoners.

Corbyn and others claimed it was an “unsafe conviction”, yet it went through the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Human Rights, both times quashed. No-one could reasonably say they had not been through due process.

Even if – and, frankly, it seems to be an enormous “if”, in light of the above – they might just be genuinely innocent, it was evidenced through the trial that they wanted above all to undermine the recently-signed Oslo Peace Accords. Remember that Corbyn is a man who has always maintained that his only relationship with organisations such as Hamas has been as an even-handed party looking for peace. And yet here he was, at absolute minimum actively helping to undermine a fragile, existing peace process.

Talking of Oslo, one of Corbyn’s financial donations during his first leadership campaign was from one Hamas supporter, Ibrahim Hamami, described by the Guardian as follows:

Only one donation from the Friends of Al-Aqsa’s fundraising dinner has been declared. Ibrahim Hamami, who the Telegraph has claimed is an opponent of the Oslo peace accords, and wrote in support of a wave of stabbings of Jews in Israel in 2015, gave £2,000 to Corbyn, the register of MPs’ interests shows. Approached at the time by the Telegraph, he said: “I am not answering your questions. Get lost.”

Nice. Friends of Al-Aqsa, for the record, is a pro-Hamas organisation known for its links to Holocaust denial.

The truth is this: Jeremy Corbyn is not just a racist and an anti-Semite, as Hodge called him.

He is a fraud, a man who pretends to want peace, but in fact wants one side to win and the other to lose. There is a wealth of information out there with which you could easily write a similar story about his support for the IRA. There, but always plausibly deniable to those who don’t look too closely.

Now, putting all this together, imagine if you were a North London Jew. Perhaps you had a son or daughter working as a volunteer at one of the charities in Balfour House, or you knew someone who was injured in the blast. How would you feel about the man working to free the bombers, who furthermore had been demonstrated to be guilty in three separate trials?

People who suffer discrimination, and/or related violence, tend to have long memories, as any resident of Northern Ireland will tell you.

And people wonder why Britain’s Jewish community doesn’t trust Corbyn.

It is nothing to do with the Israeli government, which your average, reasonable British Jew nowadays often has critical words. It is about an attack which was made on British people, on British soil, in order to prevent peace abroad.

It has been notable in the last few days, even to those of us who have closely followed Corbyn’s exploits for years, how an event many of us were not even conscious of, from a quarter-century ago, is still ruefully remembered by many of that community.

No, long before he ever became leader, Corbyn was busy alienating them. They knew about him, all right: they had his measure. They just never seriously expected that he would be running the party that was for so many years their natural home.

They remember. And they will, quite rightly, not let this go. Neither should they.

Rob Marchant is an activist and former Labour party manager who blogs at The Centre Left

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7 Responses to “Jeremy Corbyn isn’t just a racist and an anti-Semite. He’s a fraud who pretends he wants a peace”

  1. Vern says:

    This is yet more evidence of Corbyn’s Anti Semitic behaviour. There will be more, certain people who see him as a threat to real democracy and our national security will make sure every last detail is aired.
    Meanwhile, the parties credibility lies in the gutter because of Corbyn and his allies
    He has to go

  2. greggo says:

    Is there anything else going on in that vacuum packed head of yours?

  3. John says:

    Greggo, he probably goes back to dreaming of the days when New Labour won 3 elections and saw the Tories have to form a coalition with the libdems for Forth, before the days Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn came in spent 8 years denouncing New Labour , then lost

  4. D says:

    “He is a fraud, a man who pretends to want peace, but in fact wants one side to win and the other to lose.”

    Given the current somewhat unequal current state of affairs, and what in this context, might reasonably be considered a “win” for Palestinians it does seem all that contradictory to want peace and for the Palesitinians to “win”.

    Put another way, you might want peace and a reasonable standard of liberty and living for Palestinians and also believe that 1. you need the latter to have the former, and 2. that this requires a lot of concessions from Israel or in other words for the Palestinian side to “win” in some way.

    If by “win” you mean like the destriction of Israel and you think Corbyn actually wants that then… well I just don’t belive he does.

  5. John P Reid says:

    D, but it’s not just the Palestine disputes, he didn’t want IRA war criminals to save justice allies anti Semitic hate crime to go in punished in the UK

  6. Landless Peasant says:

    Yet another disgusting and totally unfounded attack against Corbyn, who is quite clearly neither a racist nor an anti-Semite. The so-called “Centrists” (i.e. Rightwingers) should be explaining why they backed the racist Tory “Windrush” agenda of deporting black people who have every right to be here instead of these appalling attacks against Corbyn, sickeningly mis using anti-Semitism as a front for your own Political purposes. It s utterly contemptible and vile. Corbyn has done nothing wrong whatsoever.and the sooner he is PM the better.

  7. Oscar Wilson says:

    Labour was its true self under Dan David Prizewinner & Millionaire Warrior Phony Tony, close friend of Ehud Barak, Lord Levy, Trevor Chinn, Lord Janner, Lord Gavron….and now the Jewish Chronicle has told Starmer to kick Corbyn out of the party, life will soon be back to normal from Golders Green to the Gaza Strip.

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