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Jeremy Corbyn: his little Jewish problem

by | 15th, September 2015

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More on Jeremy Corbyn and the Jews is a rambling column from Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. The headline comes in the form of an order:

Fling mud if you must, but don’t call Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite

And the teaser:

Some of the people the left-wing hopeful has been closest to are conscientious and ethical British Jews

What about the lazy and amoral Jews? Is Corbyn being over picky in selecting his Jews?

Is Jeremy Corbyn the enemy of Israel and British Jews? That is what the The Jewish Chronicle, some MPs and various sections of the media would have us believe. It is an accusation that is both absurd and menacing. The right, Blairites and hard Zionists have formed the most unholy of alliances to slay the reputation of the next likely leader of the Labour Party.

The Jewish Chronicle has not labelled Corbyn a racist. What it said was:

…although there is no direct evidence that he has an issue himself with Jews, there is overwhelming evidence of his association with, support for — and even in one case, alleged funding of — Holocaust deniers, terrorists and some outright antisemites.

Alan Johnson MP has also  highlighted  a few of Corbyn’s associates.

You can read some of words said against Corbyn here . You can read of people he has addressed as “friends “. Not all of his friends are “ethical Jews”. He’s very much the social mixer.

What evidence have his detractors produced to “prove” that he is anti-Semitic?

No, the JC has not proven anything. It asked questions:

The JC rarely claims to speak for anyone other than ourselves. We are just a newspaper. But in this rare instance we are certain that we speak for the vast majority of British Jews in expressing deep foreboding at the prospect of Mr Corbyn’s election as Labour leader… If Mr Corbyn is not to be regarded from the day of his election as an enemy of Britain’s Jewish community, he has a number of questions which he must answer in full and immediately. The JC asked him earlier this week to respond. No response has been forthcoming.

1. Did you donate, as alleged by its founder, to Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR), a group that publishes open antisemitism, run by Holocaust denier Paul Eisen — an organisation so extreme that even the Palestine Solidarity Campaign refuses to associate with it?

4. Why did you write to the Church of England authorities to defend Rev Stephen Sizer, a vicar banned from social media because of his habit of posting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, telling them that Rev Sizer was “under attack” because he had “dared to speak out over Zionism”?

5. Why do you associate with Hamas and Hezbollah and refer to them as your “friends”?

7. Why did you describe Raead Salah, a man convicted of the blood libel, as an ‘honoured citizen’?

No proof” has been offered. It’s not a witch-hunt. But questions have been asked. Words do matter. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown should know that. When she commented on a LibDem peer she noted:

Baroness Jenny Tonge is savaged by Zionists and her own party for saying that nation “is not going to be there forever in its present form”.

 

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