Posted by Richard Millett
On Monday Channel 4’s Cathy Newman interviewed Jeremy Corbyn about his connections to the group Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR) which is run by self-confessed Holocaust denier Paul Eisen.
In the interview Labour Party leadership candidate Corbyn said he met Eisen 15 years ago before he was a known Holocaust denier but that he doesn’t have any contact with either Eisen or DYR now. He did admit, however, to having attended “a number of events concerning DYR some years ago”.
The Jewish Chronicle has discovered a photo of Corbyn purportedly attending a DYR event at St John’s Wood Church in 2013 (see above). And according to the Jewish Chronicle four months earlier Eisen wrote a blog titled “How I became a Holocaust denier”.
Make of that what you will.
Now a group of Jews for whom Israel can do no right have set up a Facebook page to jump to Corbyn’s defence.
Jews For Jeremy “reject the smears of the Jewish Chronicle and other opponents of Jeremy who are trying to portray him as an antisemite, or somebody who has deliberately associated with antisemites.”
One guesses that when Corbyn described Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” he hadn’t read the Hamas Charter which calls for the murder of all Jews and the destruction of Israel.
And did he really not know that Hezbollah is heavily implicated in the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 and the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina building in the same city in 1994? These bombings claimed the lives of 114 people in total and left many hundreds more injured.
One of the main protagonists in Jews For Jeremy is the comedian Ivor Dembina. Dembina once joked that Jews have so monopolised the memory of Auschwitz despite many non-Jews having also died there that they refer to it as “Ourschwitz, not Yourschwitz”. He might even have reprised this “joke” for his audience at the Edinburgh Festival in his Free Gaza! show on Monday.
Meanwhile, the same usual suspects who pop up in all the other Jews against Israel groups have written a letter to the Jewish Chronicle complaining about that paper’s treatment of Corbyn.
The Jewish Chronicle questioned, inter alia, why Corbyn referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” but these activists simply explain that away on the basis that “Hamas was democratically elected in Palestinian elections generally accepted as fair, and Hezbollah also has strong electoral support in Lebanon.”
This brings to mind another anti-Semite who was also “democratically elected” and had “strong electoral support” some 80 odd years ago.
You won’t be surprised to learn that nine of the letter’s signatories signed another statement that calls for the destruction of the only Jewish state via the imposition of the so-called one-state solution.
Sadly, especially when considering he is set to become leader of the UK’s main opposition, Israel’s destruction seems to be Corbyn’s preferred option also.