Posted by Richard Millett
British Jews are living in surreal times. We watched with dismay as the anti-Israel SNP won a landslide in Scotland at this May’s general election. Now anti-Israel Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn seems certain to become leader of the UK’s main opposition party according to all the polls and George Galloway is back on the airwaves of a national radio station.
And a Labour MP who heads up the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Anti-Semitism is reportedly receiving anti-Semitic abuse from Corbyn supporters including tweets calling him “utter filth” and a “Zionist stooge”. John Mann isn’t even Jewish.
There’s no let up on Britain’s radio phone-in shows. A Corbyn supporter speaking on LBC Radio recently wanted to discuss the assassinations of Lord Moyne and Count Bernadotte and the blowing up of the King David Hotel, events carried out by Jews but which took place in the 1940s.
And another caller described Corbyn as “refreshing”. This despite Corbyn’s unanswered questions, outlined by this week’s Jewish Chronicle, relating to Corbyn’s perceived support for Hamas and Hezbollah, for Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, for Reverend Stephen Sizer who has posted anti-Semitic links to Facebook, and for homophobic preacher Raed Salah who has been accused of the blood libel against Jews.
The Jewish Chronicle also questioned the banners at the Stop The War Coalition sponsored Al Quds Day rallies where Corbyn regularly speaks. Corbyn is also chair of the Stop The War Coalition. I have been to these racist rallies where Hezbollah flags are proudly waved and banners, which I have photographed, state: “Israel is a disease we are the cure” and “For world peace Israel must be destroyed”, “Israel your days are numbered”, “Death to Israel” and “The world stopped Nazism and Apartheid the world must stop Zionism”.
At the 2012 rally Corbyn called for the demographic destruction of Israel by demanding that all Palestinians should be allowed to return to Israel. In the same year I filmed him at a Palestine Solidarity Campaign conference at which he said: “(The Palestinians) intend, expect and are determined and will have the right of return to the land they were driven from in the first place.” (see clip below)
And last week’s Daily Mail covered my report of a meeting Corbyn sponsored at Parliament and which I attended last year. While Max Blumenthal, the main speaker, was running late audience members were invited to the platform to speak. James Thring was one of those. Thring, amongst other things, likes to compare “Palestine” to Auschwitz and Dachau.
According to the Daily Mail Corbyn said of Thring: “From what I’ve recently discovered, he is not someone I would choose to have on a platform.”
One also has to ask why does Corbyn wish to destroy Israel via the so-called Palestinian “right of return” which would mean the end of the only Jewish-majority state?
Like the JC we won’t be holding our breath waiting for answers.
Let’s just hope that with Labour and the SNP so gripped by anti-Israel hysteria that they don’t forget that they’re elected to represent Britons and not the Palestinians.