Jeremy Corbyn, the former left-wing leader of Britain’s Labour party, is once again making headlines over an “antisemitism problem” he supposedly oversaw during his five years at the head of the party. This time, however, the assault on his reputation is being led not by the usual suspects – pro-Israel lobbyists and a billionaire-owned media – but by Keir Starmer, the man who succeeded him.
The only variety of Zionism still on offer is the ethno-nationalist creed of Benjamin Netanyahu and the many politicians in Israel who sit to his right in the Knesset. And with annexation, we are about to begin the final phase of the Palestinian people’s long and tortured dispossession.
Ian Wellens asks Labour’s new leader, who has said, “I support Zionism without qualification,” if there is a place for opposition to a discriminatory state in the Labour Party. “My politics is rooted in values, and chief among these are an opposition to all forms of racism and discrimination, and an insistence on equal rights which I am not prepared to compromise…However, my party now has a leader who has pledged his unqualified support to a country and a system which is utterly at odds with those same values…. Unless and until Israel re-constitutes itself into a single state with equal rights for all its inhabitants, it should not get any support from the Labour Party.”
The British Labour party’s “compliance unit for antisemitism” is exactly as bad as it sounds. Although we are not yet at a point in the US where a commission has been established to render judgement on who is an antisemite, things are certainly developing in that direction.
Haim Bresheeth refers himself to the UK Labour Party’s Compliance Unit for ‘antisemitism’ because his lifetime of activism against Israeli human rights violations would seem to fit their definition.
If there is one issue that denotes the terminal decline of Labour as a force for change – desperately needed social, economic and environmental change – it is not Brexit. It is the constant furore over an “antisemitism crisis” supposedly plaguing the party for the past five years.
Natalie Strecker watched the unfolding of the antisemitism ‘crisis’ within Labour with incredulity. She initially wanted to quit the party, but decided to take a different approach in the hope that others might be inspired to do the same.
Chief Rabbi Mirvis, what is the clear and present danger presented by the Labour party to Jews? Perhaps you can give me a rough idea of what I should expect, so I know whether to be ready to pack my bags when the election results come through. You are right when you say “the soul of our nation is at stake.” But you don’t seem to care about how we treat the poorest and most vulnerable, how urgently we tackle climate change, or our attitude towards human rights and international law. From Robert Cohen’s letter to the Jewish leader.
The role which the Labor Zionist movement has played in establishing apartheid in Palestine/Israel, and the irrelevance of today’s Labor Party in Israel’s right-wing drift, reveal something important about Israeli society.
On “60 Minutes,” Nancy Pelosi called herself a progressive and dismissed leftwing congresswomen as a mere “five people,” and Lesley Stahl never challenged her about the fissure in the party over Israel. Though more and more commentators are saying that Israel support has become the battleground among Democrats, and Pelosi is busy catering to AIPAC and Netanyahu.