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LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a video message apologising for the hurt caused to many Jewish people by the anti-semitism controversy in his party, promising to accelerate investigations into alleged offences by Labour Party members.
Rather than defend party policy or his own leader, deputy leader Tom Watson has called upon Corbyn to unreservedly adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance examples of anti-semitism as well as the IHRA definition itself.
None of this will halt the rabid campaign against Corbyn. His long record of fighting anti-semitism and all other forms of racism counts for nothing with most of his critics. All his conciliatory statements up to now have been immediately rubbished by groups such as the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Campaign Against Antisemitism.
All dissenting Jewish voices in Britain and among 34 international Jewish organisations from around the world — according to the Guardian on July 17 — who disagree with the IHRA, at least in part, are rigorously excluded from the anti-Corbyn wall of propaganda in the British mass media.
Corbyn’s guilt by association even stretches to Facebook posters he has never met nor endorsed, real anti-semites such as ex-KKK chief David Duke who will abuse any opportunity to attack any Jewish organisation and Auschwitz survivors whose critiques of Israeli state repression of the Palestinian people are solely their own responsibility.
Today alone, there were 20 articles slating Corbyn in the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday, before counting all those others appearing in the lower reaches of England’s yellow press. Journalists, Tories, Labour MPs and self-appointed spokespersons claiming to speak for the entire Jewish community queue up to bash him.
Many of them would, of course, take any opportunity to beat the Labour leader with any old stick that comes to hand.
But those who specialise in the anti-semitism smears have a specific, unyielding agenda. They want to prevent the election of a prime minister who might actually be prepared to act in defence of the human, national and democratic rights of the Palestinian people.
Nothing will appease such apologists for Israeli state repression. Even pointing out their existence and their agenda is, it would seem, itself an expression of “anti-semitism.”
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