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Who can be indifferent to Labour’s obsessive anti-Semitism?


Labour’s racism has dominated the headlines, yet it is still not an important story for most people. The Populus poll of the top ten most-noticed news stories in the week ending August 3 shows the weather, polling at 13 per cent, to be of far more interest to readers than Labour’s anti-Semitism at just 5 per cent.

Such indifference is a matter of concern for freedom and democracy in Britain.

Labour’s obsession with Israel and Jews is a sickness and the darkest form of identity politics. Yet it seems the public are blind to the Labour ruling elite’s role in propagating some of the worst hatred against Jews since 1930s Nazi Germany.

How can this be? The context is the increasingly prevalent view that mistakenly sees Israel and the Islamists who seek its destruction as equivalent to each other. A second lie, that Israel is an apartheid state, aptly fits their racism. It has allowed people to fall for anti-Semitic tropes such as ‘all Jews are wealthy’, which we are frequently hearing once more, and to think racism against Jews is justified.

The NEC’s reluctance to accept the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism in its entirety speaks volumes about the extent of racism in the party that pretends to decry it. We are told the NEC has adopted ‘all of the IHRA examples of anti-Semitism . . . alongside a statement which ensures this will not in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians’. Are we really meant to believe – and does the public really believe – that the Labour hierarchy know more than Holocaust experts who created the definition to protect Jews from further genocide? Or have they forgotten the appalling facts about one of the darkest times of human history?

The media’s reporting of the NEC’s grudging recognition played down two important points – that it is non-binding and that it has the qualifying statement capitulating to Jeremy Corbyn’s demands.

By obstructing Labour’s acceptance of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, Corbyn has propelled the explicit rejection of Israel’s right to exist on to the national agenda. This is now being discussed as a justifiable topic. Once Corbyn had said it wasn’t anti-Semitic to describe the creation of Israel as racist the genie was out of the bottle.

Posters were plastered across London bus shelters with the words ‘Israel is a racist endeavour’. Then Labour acolyte Ash Sarkar accused Israel of being a racist state in ‘Politics Live’ to barely a murmur of protest from the rest of the panel.

If such blatant displays of anti-Semitism are permissible today, what would be unleashed should these people ever win power?

Most reporting has appeared oblivious to the fact that Corbyn’s plan was an entirely calculated move which has not only gone down well with his party – reports of recent polling of Labour members show that 61 per cent believe he is handling anti-Semitism well and 80 per cent approve of his leadership overall – but has succeeded publicly.

Labour moderates taking the NEC’s shoddy adoption of the IHRA definition as another flimsy excuse to stay in the party (alongside their regular refrain of ‘changing the party from within’ – a goal which is surely by now obsolete) are simply legitimising anti-Semitism and clearing Corbyn’s path into No 10.

They correctly fear being deselected because the purge has already begun. Joan Ryan, Labour MP for Enfield North and a vocal critic of Corbyn, lost a vote of no confidence last week. Yet, with astounding naivety, she insists that she will remain in Labour. How can she justify campaigning for Corbyn?

Even Jon Lansman, co-founder of Momentum, has drawn ire from Labour devotees after he complained about their anti-Semitism. His own Frankenstein’s monster is out of control, savaging him.

Are the ‘all talk but no action’ Labour moderates blind to Corbyn’s strategy of embracing ‘the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists to gain power and implement socialism in Britain’? What are they waiting for? Or have they sold their souls to the devil to keep their Westminster seats? Far better, surely, to resign and run as independents, keep what is left of their integrity and still stand a chance of being re-elected.

Corbyn has won the ideological battle. He knows that for malcontents anti-Semitism acts as an attraction and not a repellent and will draw more voters to Labour.

He has repeatedly shown where his loyalties lie and it is not with the Labour Party and Britain. Thanks to unthinking Labour tribal support, startling indifference to anti-Semitism, the politics of envy and also the Tories’ incompetent handling of Brexit, Corbyn stands a serious chance of making it to No 10.

The future rests in the hands of the voters. They need to pay attention to Labour’s dire economic policies. John McDonnell thought it funny to brandish Mao Zedong’s ‘Little Red Book’ in Parliament. Only the immoral would laugh about the murder and suffering of millions. And standing by Corbyn’s side is the Stalinist Seumas Milne.

Disregard Labour’s anti-Semitism if you must. But remember that the end game of this sinister coterie is to destroy Britain as it is should they be elected. Britons will be subjected to a poisonous combination of Islamist doctrine and Marxist ideology. The word ‘freedom’ will have to be whispered. Should Corbyn become Prime Minister we will know that the banality of evil is truly alive and well in Britain.

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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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