Saturday, March 31, 2018

Corbyn Squibs It

Since becoming Labour party leader in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn and his allies in the party have been subjected to a concerted campaign by UK Zionists of false allegations of anti-Semitism. These agents of Israel will stop at nothing to prevent the emergence of a Palestinian sympathiser as prime minister of the land that issued the Balfour Declaration just over 100 years ago. (Remember expelled Israeli embassy intelligence agent Shai Masot, caught on camera talking about 'taking-down' a Tory minister in 2016? How much more of a target do you think today's Jeremy Corbyn is then?)

Having agreed to an interview* Britain's Jewish News on March 28, Corbyn was prevented with an ideal platform to challenge the views of those behind the campaign. Unfortunately, he squibbed it, leaving us to wonder whether he was simply not across the subject, deliberately pursuing a low-profile strategy, or, heaven forbid, lacking in moral courage.

Crucially, at no point in the interview did he attempt to draw the fundamental and necessary distinction between Zionism, the (racist, supremacist) political ideology which underpins Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid, and Judaism, the faith. And even when the interviewer finally broached the subject - "JN: Your shadow foreign secretary was happy to describe you as a Zionist - is that a term you would accept for yourself? - the best Corbyn could come up with was this: "I wasn't quite sure in what context she... said that."

Corbyn's attitude towards Hamas & Hezbollah was the subject of this hysterical question:

"Another expression of regret that you've made in relation to your description of Hamas and Hezbollah as 'friends'. Can you see that to call a group that wants me dead, wants our readers dead, that want all their relatives in Israel and around the world dead, means that British Jews are bound to be profoundly concerned?"

Yet, instead of pointing out the bleeding obvious - that both are primarily national resistance movements which arose in response to Zionist aggression and occupation - he simply asserted, when pressed, that he "fundamentally disagrees" with them.

As for appearing at pro-Palestinian rallies where some have flown Hezbollah flags - which carry a logo incorporating a gun, as did the flag of Menachem Begin's Irgun, the ideological forerunner of Netanyahu's Likud - he might have asked his interlocutor what exactly he thought it was that enabled the Zionist takeover of Palestine in 1948, or continues to enable the illegal Zionist occupation of Palestine to this day.

And then there was this on the matter of false allegations of anti-Semitism:

"JN: Some of your key supporters are still calling allegations of anti-Semitism smears... are they smears?"

Instead of pointing out that yes, some at least have been smears, designed solely to stifle criticism of Israel, and contesting the absurd idea that, merely because such allegations are made by Zionist advocates in the Jewish community, they must automatically be taken seriously, Corbyn replied lamely, "I am not an anti-Semite in any form, therefore it's unfair to say that and I hope people would understand that. I've recognised there is an existence of it [anti-Semitism in the party], I've recognised the... importance... of getting rid of it."

Seriously, if Corbyn thinks that not dealing forthrightly with these issues, let alone raising the issue of  the Zionist subversion of British politics, is going to keep the Zionist monkey off his back, he is sadly mistaken.

[*Exclusive Jewish News interview with Jeremy Corbyn: 'I'm not an anti-Semite in any form']


Anonymous said...

No point in JC telling it like it is to that mob, less is best. Any confrontation of the facts is likely to lead to a new round of anti semitic charges against Jeremy.

MERC said...

Better to have refused the interview?

Anonymous said...

Same charge of anti semitism?

MERC said...

You didn't answer the question.