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Karen Harradine: Labour’s anti-Semitic virus is now beyond cure


A few days ago Jeremy Corbyn resumed his noxious habit of snuggling up with Islamist extremists and Jew haters. Finding time in his busy schedule Corbyn attended a book launch of Mein Kampf – sorry I mean Palestine…It Is Something Colonial – written by a Dr Hatem Bazian. This is yet another publication that screams for the destruction of Israel and caricatures Jews as colonialists bent on inflicting genocide on Palestinians.

The event was hosted by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, which is a contradiction in terms as Islamists seek to deny the rest of us our rights. Bazian himself is the founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, a notorious Israel hate group which is responsible for creating an appalling hostile environment for Jewish students on US university campuses.

But this did not stop Corbyn gurning for the cameras while standing next to his ‘friend’ Bazian.

Labour Friends of Israel responded with outrage and incredulity that Corbyn has yet again frequented another Jew-bashing symposium. But they should be used to this behaviour from him by now and accept that he will not change. Corbyn couldn’t care less about us Jews. The fact that he said he was too busy to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Israel, but still finds plenty of free time to attend yet another anti-Israel event accurately reflects his political and personal ethos.

Corbyn knows that if he did visit Yad Vashem, it would be akin to acknowledging the Holocaust and honouring the memory of Jews murdered by the Nazis. This would not sit well with his Islamist and conspiracy theorists supporters as they have a nasty obsession of denying the Holocaust while at the same time calling for a new one against us Jews. They literally embody the concept of a walking contradiction.

The attempts of Labour Friends of Israel to try and cure Corbyn of the anti-Semitic virus is admirable, but their title is a misnomer. For Labour is no friend of Israel and is certainly no friend of the Jews. Labour Friends of Israel, with the best of intentions, is trying to create change from within but given Labour’s recent history with Corbyn at its helm, they are fighting a losing battle. This is perfectly encapsulated by the sorry saga of Labour MP Naz Shah. Although Shah has made hesitant progress in making amends to the Jewish community for her previous horrendous anti-Semitism she, like Labour, is failing at this task. After recently attending an interfaith event at a Bradford synagogue, Shah obviously thought it was a good idea to follow this up by participating in a meeting with Mend, another Islamist organisation with a Jew hater at its helm.

So just like her leader, Shah has developed an unfortunate predisposition of being photographed next to anti-Semites at events which would not seem out of place in Nazi Germany, while weakly protesting innocence.

But I do not blame her.  A fish rots from the head. Corbyn has his agenda and the rest of his MPs follow it despite the immorality and stupidity of it all. Corbyn is a very shrewd politician. He has carefully cultivated an image of a kind hearted, shambolic man who only  wants peace and happiness for all of humankind, but in reality his actions show him to be a virulent hater of the West, Israel and Jews. Jew hatred is now Labour’s calling card to its growing supporters of Islamists, conspiracy theorists, communists and anti-Semites. Corbyn knows exactly what attracts their support for him and, by proxy, the Labour Party.

The anti-Semitic virus that has infected Labour shows no sign of abating. Even if Corbyn is removed as leader the question is whether the party is now too sick to ever be cured of it. Labour Friends of Israel must overcome its party loyalties and acknowledge this problem for what it is. Corbyn knows exactly what he doing and no amount of its pleading, begging for apologies or making inane statements about racism, will change anything. Corbyn’s actions betray his disdain for Jews as well as his animosity towards Israel.  Far better for the good and decent in the Labour Party to abandon this sinking political ship before the poison of anti-Semitism infects them too.

(Image: Garry Knight)

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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