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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil #919, September 21, 2018: News of the War Against Jeremy Corbyn

Publication date : 2018-09-21

by Thierry Labica

In recent months, the intense war waged against the left-wing leadership of the British Labour Party over the last three years, has been on the anti-Semitism front, which Jeremy Corbyn is now supposed to have unleashed upon British society as a whole.

The three British Jewish newspapers, the Jewish Chronicle, the Jewish News and the Jewish Telegraph, published a joint editorial announcing that a government led by Jeremy Corbyn would represent nothing less than an existential threat to the Jews of Britain, meaning for all intent and purpose, that condemnation of the policy of the State of Israel invariably means hostility to Jews.

News of the War Against Jeremy Corbyn

by Thierry Labica

In recent months, the intense war waged against the left-wing leadership of the British Labour Party over the last three years, has been on the anti-Semitism front, which Jeremy Corbyn is now supposed to have unleashed upon British society as a whole.

The three British Jewish newspapers, the Jewish Chronicle, the Jewish News and the Jewish Telegraph, published a joint editorial announcing that a government led by Jeremy Corbyn would represent nothing less than an existential threat to the Jews of Britain, meaning for all intent and purpose, that condemnation of the policy of the State of Israel invariably means hostility to Jews.

The folly of this kind of imputation is not new, and it raises the considerable risk of treating the horror of Nazi persecution and extermination with opportunism and levity. It is further aggravated by the chronic amalgam that would make all Jews, wherever they are, de facto accountable for an Israeli annexationist policy under Trumpist protection.

The recent sequence, launched in March 2018, led to the focus on the adoption, in the British Labour Party's rules of procedure, of the definition of anti-Semitism formulated in a working paper of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The right-wing of the Labour Party demanded the adoption in its entirety and, therefore, the inclusion of examples of manifestations of anti-Semitism that would effectively constitute criticism of Israeli policy and of the Zionist project, despite the controversial adoption of Israel’s Nation-State of the Jewish People Law, the annexations and massacres against the population of Gaza, among others.

After weeks of pressure and blackmail of an exceptional virulence, relying on ever more feverish speculations over such and such a phrase, tweet or photo, the corpus is decidedly meager; the National Executive Committee of the Labor Party, the majority of whom nevertheless Jeremy Corbyn, finally adopted the IHRA definition in its entirety on September 4, 2018.

The bottom line is simple, the possibility, now very real, that one of the major powers in the world may witness a supporter of the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) brought to power, is a nightmare for Israel’s leadership and its various supporters and allies. Contrary to what some of the French press have reported in recent days, it is not a controversy over support for anti-Semitism that has wracked the Labour Party. Quite the opposite. A small, unconditionally pro-Zionist faction of the Labour Party's parliamentary group has been in a panic since the July 2018 polls gave Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party a four to five point lead over the Conservatives. Their deep anxiety is no longer about losing the elections, but rather, winning them.

The smear campaign of an industrial proportion against the Labour Left, with the very active collaboration of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Guardian, is itself a symptom of a reactionary and xenophobic norm taking form across Europe, of which the pro-Israel far-right today offers the ground for a consensual convergence, for a communal and generalized Islamophobia and against all that could thwart this perfect unity, starting with all those Jews who refuse the injunction to support Israeli policies.

On a more positive note, the virulence of the assault on Jeremy Corbyn also represents an admission of helplessness before the mass audience of the Left in Britain. We can and must have a long debate about what Jeremy Corbyn ultimately embodies. However, as far as his opponents are concerned, things have been clear from the beginning. Jeremy Corbyn is he who is a serious threat to be urgently drowned in a din of fabricated fear and indignation.

Adapted from: http://www.fischer02003.over-blog.com/2018/09/corbyn-contre-lobby-sioniste.html

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