Created: Friday, 06 May 2016 15:20
Written by Robert Clough
In the run-up to the May local and mayoral elections, right-wing pro-Zionist Labour MPs intensified their assault on Jeremy Corbyn’s position as Labour Party leader. They accused him of being too slow in dealing with what they claimed to be widespread anti-Semitism within the Party. They wanted to use a poor performance by Labour in the elections to unseat him. The fact that Labour did better than anticipated may stay their hand for the moment. However, these reactionaries will continue to cynically abuse the history of the Holocaust, and ruthlessly manipulate any pro-Palestine statement, tweet or Facebook posting by any Labour Party member to ‘prove’ the existence of a left-wing anti-Jewish hate campaign. That the key figures involved are, with few exceptions, members of the pro-Zionist Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) should be no surprise. The Zionists are arguing that any criticism of Israel is motivated by anti-Semitism and they are invoking the Holocaust in their support. Yet far from being a force fighting racism, Zionism was founded on the premise that anti-Semitism could never be defeated, and from its establishment counterposed an equally racist ideology. Robert Clough reports.
The pro-Zionists have already claimed two major scalps: that of Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West, and that of former London mayor Ken Livingstone, both of whom have been suspended from the Labour Party. In a major concession to the overwhelmingly spurious LFI claims, Corbyn has announced an inquiry into the extent of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, to be led by former head of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti, who is not a Labour Party member. Apart from Livingstone and Shah, the claims of ‘widespread’ anti-Semitism relate to tweets or Facebook postings from just 16 Labour Party members over a five-year period, several selectively quoted or even deliberately misquoted. There are also unsupported allegations about anti-Semitism in Oxford University Labour Club made by a known pro-Zionist following its decision to support Israeli Apartheid Week.
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