Thursday, April 7, 2016

UK: Jeremy Corbyn gains very little from confronting Labour's anti-Semites

Angela Epstein @ The Telegraph:

American comedian Jackie Mason once offered his own explanation for enduring anti-Semitism: "nobody ever crossed the street to avoid a group of Jewish accountants."

Does this explain why Jeremy Corbyn isn't doing enough to weed out  anti-Jewish bigotry within his party, as MP Louise Ellman felt compelled to point out this week?

Well, it may be true that the Labour leader has little reason to fear being attacked by a marauding mob of Rabbis. We Jews are a peaceable bunch and culturally abhor violence. But Corbyn's lack of  action in the face of  relentless examples of anti-Semitism within the party has raised a toxic suspicion: could it be that doing nothing doesn't actually hurt his position that much?

It's a painful hypothesis. Yet one only has to look at the Labour leader's supporters.  Corbyn swept to the top opposition job thanks to a tsunami of support from the hard Left: socialists, Marxists, trade unionists, communists.

With this in mind, look at where anti-Semitic activity within the party has been fermenting. [...]

[...]  it's also hard to forget that Corbyn has shared a platform in the Commons with Dyab Abou Jahjah, a Lebanese-born fanatic who has been banned from Britain. Or that the Labour leader has described rabidly anti-Jewish Islamist militant organisations Hamas and Hezbollah as "friends". 
Vicky Kirby, the vice-chairman of the Labour Party in Woking,  who posted on Twitter that Jews have "big noses" and like to "slaughter the oppressed."
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