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Chomsky speaks out against the attacks on Chris Williamson

US DISSIDENT intellectual and left-wing activist Professor Noam Chomsky has spoken out against the attacks on Derby North MP Chris Williamson, saying bogus anti-semitism charges are an insult to its real victims. 

Replying to questions from British author and journalist Matt Kennard, Professor Chomsky said: “The way charges of anti-semitism are being used in Britain to undermine the Corbyn-led Labour Party is not only a disgrace but also … an insult to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. 

“The charges against Chris Williamson are a case in point. There is nothing even remotely anti-semitic in his statement that Labour has ‘given too much ground’ and been ‘too apologetic’ in defending its record of addressing ‘the scourge of anti-semitism’ beyond that of any other party, as he himself had done, on public platforms and in the streets.”

The 90-year-old Jewish academic told media watchdog Media Lens last year that “the charges of anti-semitism against Corbyn are without merit” and were part of “disgraceful efforts to fend off ... a political party ... that is actually committed to the interests and just demands of its popular constituency … while also authentically concerned with the rights of suffering and oppressed people throughout the world. Plainly an intolerable threat to order.”

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