Jeremy Corbyn’s Wrongdoings Against Jews and Israel
There is now so much information about the misdemeanors of British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that classifying his wrongdoings against Israel and Jews is almost too easy.
The first category of misdemeanor is Corbyn’s support for genocidal terrorists. He welcomed representatives of Hezbollah and Hamas to the British parliament in 2009, and called them his “friends.” It took until 2016, when Corbyn was challenged in the House of Commons by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, for him to renounce his prior statements.
Corbyn went even further in 2012, when — on the Iranian Press TV channel — he praised Israel’s release of 1,000 Hamas terrorists who had killed 600 people. He called them “brothers.” Corbyn has also commemorated terrorists of the Irish IRA. Soon after his election as Labour leader in 2015, Corbyn hired Seamus Milne as his communications director. The new appointee had praised Hamas for their spirit of resistance.
A second category of misdemeanor is Corbyn’s relationships with Holocaust distorters. He has frequently participated in gatherings of a charity led by Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, and made a donation to the group. More recently, it became known that in 2010, on Holocaust Memorial Day, Corbyn held a meeting in Parliament where the Netherlands’ notorious Jewish antisemite — Hajo Meyer — compared Israel to the Nazis. Only now, eight years later, has Corbyn apologized for attending the meeting.
Both Corbyn and Labour Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonell also signed a parliamentary motion proposing that Holocaust Memorial Day be renamed Genocide Memorial Day.
A third category of Corbyn’s wrongdoings concerns extreme anti-Israel incitement. Scattered through Dave Rich’s 2016 book, The Left’s Jewish Problem, is substantial information about this. Corbyn, for instance chaired a conference that included talks on apartheid in Israel, Western imperialism, and anti-Arab racism. Rich also writes that throughout the 1980s, Corbyn sponsored and supported the Labour Movement Campaign for Palestine (LMCP). This group wanted “to eradicate Zionism while it supported a democratic secular state in place of Israel.”
In 2012, Corbyn also promoted a conspiracy theory about Israel in Iran. He suggested that it was in “Israel’s interest to kill Egyptians in an attack by Islamic Jihadists.” He also said: “I suspect the hand of Israel in this whole process of destabilization.” In 2018 Corbyn attended a Passover Seder with members of the Jewdas Group. This radical anti-Zionist Jewish organization has called Israel a “steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of.”
A fourth category of Corbyn’s wrongdoing concerns antisemitism. In 2012, he endorsed an antisemitic mural on Facebook. He only apologized in 2018. He also was a member of various Facebook groups where antisemitic material was posted.
And Corbyn is not the only member of his family who is highly problematic as far as antisemitism is concerned. His brother Piers shared a tweet suggesting that Jewish conspirators “will force Trump into war just like they did to Hitler.” The Daily Mail also discovered a Nazi cartoon on his youngest son Tommy’s Facebook page; furthermore, Tommy was a member of several antisemitic Facebook groups.
If only previous Labour leaders and their staffs had been more alert, Corbyn would have been expelled from the party a number of years ago. A mainstream party should not have self-defined “friends” and “brothers” of terrorists in its ranks. The same is true for those who support Holocaust distorters. Corbyn belongs to both categories.