Jews turn up the heat on Corbyn

Accusations that Labour-leader Jeremy Corbyn has been soft on anti-Semitism are very damaging, as the people who make such claims know full well, writes Christopher Goff.

Let me state the obvious: Jeremy Corbyn is no anti-Semite. Contemplating the influence of organized Jewry is just not in his DNA, nor for that matter has he any kind of track record of criticising the State of Israel. So, if Corbyn isn't anti-Semitic and isn't an anti-Zionist, what does he have to fear from those Jews in his own party, including a number of Jewish Labour MPs, or for that matter from Jews in wider society, including prominent Jewish figures in the mainstream media?

The problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that throughout his political career he has been supportive of, or at least sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinians. And so it follows that he has at times also associated with anti-Semites, because the pro-Palestinian cause invariably attracts them – for example, in June 2011 Corbyn met with the Islamic preacher Raed Saleh during his controversial visit to the UK, something which Jews are never likely to forgive him for. I would add that while some people have chosen to think that Corbyn's apparent 'softness' on anti-Semitism in his own party is actually more to do with broadening his appeal to Muslims, this is certainly not a view I share because it goes without saying that the guy is above such behaviour. And in any case the vast majority of Muslims in the UK are default Labour-voters.

Jews don't like Jeremy Corbyn because of his pro-Palestinian stance. It is something that makes him an unknown quantity if the Labour Party were to actually win a general election with him as party leader, and while I think such a scenario would not be unduly concerning to Israel, it is something that would worry a great many Jews living in this country and who have since the creation of the State of Israel taken Britain's unwavering support for that country as granted. Having a pro-Palestinian Prime Minister would be unconscionable for lots of Jews living in Britain, even to the extent to which there might be one or two Jewish Labour MPs who would rather see the Tories win the next general election than Labour under its present leadership.

Claims made by both Jewish Labour MPs and journalists that Corbyn has been soft on anti-Semitism have led to suspicions amongst some of the existence of a hidden agenda or ulterior motive, and this being one of the replacement of Jeremy Corbyn as party leader with someone more agreeable to Jews. Appearing on The Guardian website recently (27 March 2018) was an article by the American Jew Hadley Freeman, and who wrote of this possible ulterior motive: "… suggesting Jews always have an ulterior motive, even when reacting to anti-Semitism, is really not the best way to prove that you're not anti-Semitic". A fantastic bit of defensive psychology, do you not think so?

If there isn't a Jewish-led conspiracy aimed at unseating Jeremy Corbyn, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that there is given the amount of vitriol directed towards him. For me, this furore points to an acute awareness amongst Jews that their influence in the British Labour Party is not what it used to be, and I think there is a dawning reality for a great many Jews living in Britain that things which could once be taken for granted, like a staunchly pro-Israel Labour Party, are now things that might have to be fought for all over again.

Some have speculated as to what lies behind the declining Jewish influence in left-wing politics by saying the trend is one which can be traced back to the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, held in Durban, and where 'Zionism' was designated a form of anti-white racism. Yes – it's something that went under my radar as well. And in light of what some have apparently described as a paradigm shift in the way that leftists view Zionism, it has now become increasingly fashionable for a growing number of people on the political left to view individuals or groups who develop hostile narratives about Jews as 'oppressed', including of course the Palestinians. In fact, one cannot think of a more oppressed group of people than the Palestinians, and as such it is only right for British political leaders to speak up for them.

Copyright © Christopher Goff
Tag: Jewish Question
Uploaded: 31 March, 2018.