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GIDEON FALTER’S demand that Jeremy Corbyn be “subject to discipline” by the Labour Party for bringing the party into disrepute lays bare the true agenda of those wielding the false flag of anti-semitism.
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism chairman could not even bring himself to mention Jewdas, the organisation that invited Corbyn to celebrate Seder, referring to it on BBC TV as an “extreme fringe Jewish group.”
It is a means of belittlement Falter has previously deployed, demeaning Mike Leigh, Miriam Margolyes and Mike Rosen — who disagreed with chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s assertion that zionism was a “noble and integral part of Judaism” — as “a fringe assortment of British Jews.”
He accused “this duplicitous man” Corbyn of spending his entire political life in an anti-semitic environment and dismissed the Labour leader’s commitment to fighting anti-semitism, sneering: “That ship has sailed.”
Falter also serves on the board of the Jewish National Fund UK, which prioritises Jewish colonisation of Palestinian land under Israeli military occupation.
For all his rhetoric about anti-semitism, his main gripe with Corbyn and his Jewish supporters is that they do not share his obsession with zionist expansionism and disregard for Palestinian national rights.
Falter, the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Jewish Labour Movement would have us believe that these self-perpetuating groups speak for all Britain’s Jews.
If they did, there would be no “extreme fringe Jewish groups” backing Palestinian rights, free speech on Israel, the BDS boycott movement and other ideas that are anathema to the conservative Jewish establishment.
Jews are no different from non-Jews in coming in a variety of political flavours. Fierce political debate is an essential Jewish tradition that allows no section of opinion to set itself up as the only acceptable one.
This reality has escaped the minority on Labour’s benches who will leave no stone unturned to rid the party of its overwhelmingly twice-elected leader.
No surprise that John Woodcock should lead the charge, calling Corbyn “irresponsible and dangerous” for “deliberately baiting the mainstream Jewish community days after they pleaded with him to tackle anti-semitism.”
The “mainstream Jewish community” he refers to is the conservative phalanx whose representatives dangle the prospect of a meeting with Corbyn on certain conditions.
These include expulsion from the party of certain members currently under suspension after allegations of anti-semitism and speedy processing of a disciplinary backlog.
Were Corbyn or any other party leader to submit to such conditions, he would merit the disciplinary action for bringing the party into disrepute that Campaign Against Anti-Semitism chairman Falter demands.
Neither Corbyn nor the Labour Party is a supplicant forced to prostrate themselves before organisations that do not face the level of democratic accountability the Labour leader experiences on a daily basis.
Their contempt for Labour’s inner-party democracy stretches to demanding that no Labour MP who attended the recent Enough is Enough protest against anti-semitism called by organisations with no track record of mobilising Jewish communities to oppose far-right marches should risk deselection as a Labour candidate.
Corbyn is under daily attack and will need no reminding of Mick McGahey’s dictum that “they’ll stop chasing you when you stop running.”
This reliable opponent of racism in all its forms has committed Labour to dealing robustly with anti-semitism.
He will help new general secretary Jennie Formby to do so, but this will not be assisted by dropping his equally consistent backing for Palestinian national rights or conceding to other unacceptable pressure.
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