Response to Accusations of Jeremy Corbyn being an Anti-Semite
Originally, this was written in response to an ultra Blairite on Facebook, who saw fit to post the Jewish Chronicle link and then get his friends to make snide comments. As the response it quite long, I decided to post this to my blog, (http://wp.me/p3gObM-R) and only post part of it on Facebook as a status update.
The accusations against Jeremy Corbyn have been myriad alleging that he’s an anti-Semite through his past various associations. The accusations have come from the right (Hello Louise M) and the center-left clustered around the Blairites (Yes Bloodworth, Cohen, Aaronovitch, etc we are most definitely looking at YOU), through to the media and blogs.
On the one level as Macbeth said, “it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. Yet it cannot be left there to stand, as it also has wider consequences for left-wingers and the Labor movement overall. So, let us go through the Jewish Chronicles (JC) list of questions shall we, as part of a general refutation of these allegations
1. Did you donate, as alleged by its founder, to Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR), a group that publishes open anti-Semitism, run by Holocaust denier Paul Eisen-an organisation so extreme that even the Palestine Solidarity Campaign refuses to associate with it?
Given how quickly the JC is quick to scream “anti-Semite”, I think it interesting politically how the same publication is taking the claims of Paul Eisen seriously. As a number of Jewish socialist comrades have indicated to me, the actual premise of the DYR was a sound one. A number gave support in the beginning, via a “like” on FB, as there was no indication that AT THAT time Paul Eisen was a holocaust-denier. Btw, thanks for the two for one slur that implies that the PSC is also by inference anti-Semitic just not as anti-Semitic as Eisen
Incidentally, do you not think that Mr. Eisen himself would have been as pleased as punch to publish ANY evidence that Corbyn had made a financial contribution, POST the time when Eisen revealed himself too be pond scum? Hell it seems that the Chronicle, Jacobson, Bloodworth, Mensch, etc themselves, despite digging cannot find any evidence (pssst, pssst, pssst; maybe get Alistair Campbell on the case as he can find WMD’s in 45 minutes, so finding this smoking gun should be a piece of piss)
2. Have you, as Mr. Eisen claims, regularly attended DYR’s annual conference?
See my post above in ref to point one
3. Why have you accepted an invitation to appear at a conference on August 22 alongside Carlos Latuff, the notorious anti-Semitic cartoonist?
He has withdrawn from this conference, however, even if he had not, do you check out every intimate political detail of the people you are going to be at a meeting/platform/conference? However, regarding Carlos and his “notorious” anti-Semitism, where is the evidence for this from the JC? My research has found this; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Latuff
In addition, if you Google his name and click on the images section then Jewish Chronicle readers can gain some measure of his art. Surely, a more worthy exercise, than posting a statement that appears to be genuine, yet actually lacks substance
4. Why did you write to the Church of England authorities to defend Rev Stephen Sizer, a vicar banned from social media because of his habit of posting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, telling them that Rev Sizer was “under attack” because he had “dared to speak out over Zionism”?
You are conflating two issues, Jeremy Corbyn wrote to the Church authorities two years before the 9/11 ‘conspiracy’ post about a different matter altogether. At this point Mr. Sizer was involved in a dispute about his involvement in Middle East political issues and Mr. Corbyn supported his right to do so. It was much later that Mr Sizer was found to have posted the link to the 9/11 article and then disciplined by the Church. He made no intervention on his behalf or in his support on that question. Neither was he asked to. Mr Corbyn wholly rejects the conspiracy theory and ‘truther’ theories about the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001, which are distressing to the families and friends of those lost and hurt on that day and very often involve antisemitic views to which he has-and always will be-opposed.
5. Why do you associate with Hamas and Hezbollah and refer to them as your “friends”?
I can only conclude that you had not seen this; http://jeremycorbyn.org.uk/articles/speech-palestine/ however beyond that, let us take a further look at this. Hamas (and you do not have to like them or support their program) are currently the legitimate authority in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon are major political players. Both have been leading resistance to the almost at times willful attacks by Israel on areas that the latter have held under harsh occupation. Regarding Hezbollah, it is an open secret that they have become our ‘allies’, in the fight against ISIS in Syria; certainly the American military has no problems talking to them.
As to the descriptions of them as “friends”, this is just meeting protocol, nothing more or less. Still, if we are going to be hung up on fraternal greetings then, let us not forget that Reagan referred to the Nicaraguan contras as “”the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers” not to mention the pictures of Reagan with the Mujahedeen and (Clinton with the Taliban).
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/reagan-iran. Lest one think that this was all so long ago and real politick, Israel itself, as you well know (or should do so) has no problems negotiating with Hamas. This is what the Times of Israel had to say; “Hamas has negotiated two ceasefires with Israel, in 2012 and 2014, through Egyptian mediators but never directly”. http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-may-break-taboo-and-negotiate-with-israel-leader-says/, http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-hamas-reach-gilad-shalit-prisoner-exchange-deal-officials-say-1.389404
As you can see the negotiations have been at the indirect level, would it not have been better if they had been direct? But perhaps I should not mention that Israel killed the main Hamas representative who not only negotiated the last two truces but also arranged the release of Gilad Shilat, the IDF Corporal.
Still on the question of dubious associations, I hope that no one will mind me pointing out that Begin described Henry Kissinger as a “friend”. It was because of Kissinger that Cambodia was bombed back to the stone age, and also in part through him, that the Khmer Rouge were re-armed after the latter were ousted from power by the Vietnamese.
Then of course, there is the fact that the Israeli government sold arms to the Apartheid regime, while that same regime was imprisoning and torturing Jewish members of the ANC. From the late 1940’s, onwards the SA governments contained several members who were open anti-Semites.
6. Why have you failed to condemn the anti-Semitic posters and banners that dominate the annual Al-Quds Day rally, sponsored by the Stop the War Coalition, which you chair?
Sorry but on this one, you do not give a date/place for this? One is surely entitled to ask why it is that having made such a serious accusation; you have no link, no pictures from ANY source. Are you relying upon the fact that you expect ALL of your readers to take your word for it?
7. Why did you describe Raed Salah, a man convicted of the blood libel, as an ‘honored’ citizen?
I hope that you will take notice of this link from Wikipedia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raed_Salah. This bit is also very instructive; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raed_Salah#Allegations_of_hate_speech_and_antisemitism. As much has been made of the meeting that Corbyn attended with him, let me help by posting this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raed_Salah#2011_arrest_in_the_United_Kingdom, specifically this. “On Tuesday, June 28, 2011 after entering the country and making an appearance at a meeting in Leicester, Salah was detained in London. He had been due to attend a Palestine Solidarity Campaign meeting in the House of Commons on the following evening, attended by Labor MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Yasmin Qureshi and Richard Burden.
His request to be released on bail while awaiting the outcome of court proceedings despite the Home Office Secretary’s decision to bar him from the country was granted on Friday, July 15 . He was released on Monday, July 18, under strict conditions that include wearing an electronic tag, observing a night-time curfew, reporting to immigration officials, refraining from public-speaking and staying at the home of a friend
Palestinians in the United Kingdom, Israel and the Palestinian territories accused the Israeli government of being behind the arrest. In a statement, Home Secretary Theresa May said, “I will seek to exclude an individual if I consider that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good, and the government makes no apologies for refusing people access to the UK if we believe that they might seek to undermine our society. Coming here is a privilege that we refuse to extend to those who seek to subvert our shared values.”
Fatah spokesman, Ousama al Qawasami, has said that the arrest of Sheikh Raed Salah in Britain will give Israel the green light on detention and deportation and is a decision in identification and congruity with Israeli policies of racial discrimination against Palestinians.
A judicial review of Britain’s June arrest took place on September 30, 2011; the English High Court ruled that Salah was entitled to damages due to “wrongful detention”. In response, Theresa May sought to ban Salah; a series of emails obtained reveal her correspondence with the Community Security Trust (CST)  who consider Salah to be an anti-Semite.
On October 26 an immigration tribunal concluded that May had been justified in her position. The tribunal stated that it is “satisfied that the appellant has engaged in the unacceptable behavior of fostering hatred which might lead to intercommunity violence in the UK. We are satisfied that the appellant’s words and actions tend to be inflammatory, divisive, insulting and likely to foment tension and radicalism.”
Salah successfully appealed the decision when a tribunal ruled that the grounds for expelling him or denying him freedom of speech in Britain were too weak and that there was no reason to believe he was a danger to British society.”
So to be clear, Jeremy was speaking at an event, beside someone who had been subject to the overweening power of the state and had via the judicial process, been able to overturn the excessive usage of state power and you think that this is a bad thing?
So, does the Chronicle speak for ALL of the UK Jewish community, as is the modus operandi of Zionists that it and only it are the default spokespeople for the Jewish community? The only thing that the Chronicle got right was the fact that racism and extremism are considered to be beyond the pale. This then raises the important point. Namely as to why it is that you seem hell bent upon pursuing a man whose record on human rights is well documented, especially in contrast to the other candidates.
However, if you are going to prate on, about the alleged anti-Semitism of Jeremy Corbyn, then let me leave this here. Back in June 2015, despite the anti-Jewish demonstration by Joshua Bonehill being banned, the far right still planned upon marching. Both Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall are prominent members of “Labor Friends for Israel”, the ONLY candidate to send a message of support to the counter demonstrators organized by JewDass, was that infamous Jew hater, Jeremy Corbyn.
August 19th-22nd 2015 update: It seems that I have not been the only one disturbed by the McCarthy-like atmosphere. Several prominent people from the Jewish community have written a letter, to the Jewish Chronicle expressing their repugnance at the original article. There is also this: http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/142656/jeremy-corbyn-responds-jc’s-seven-questions. It is obvious that the purpose of the JC article was not whether there was any validity to the claims. Rather it was to make an association in the public eye and mind of Jeremy Corbyn with the most distasteful anti-Semitism.