Jeremy Corbyn’s record of defending, embracing and expressing support for extreme anti-Semites is extremely well-documented, and goes back decades. Whilst it would be hard to determine which example mostly aptly demonstrates his visceral contempt for Israel and hostility towards Jews qua Jews, a new video surfaced from 2013 which certainly would belong on any short list.
Before commenting on Corbyn’s words, we should point the insidious lie by the preceding speaker in claiming (in response to a question) that no Arab country carried out an expulsion of Jews, which Corbyn of course fails to challenge.
The fact is that there is no historical debate over the fact that, from the 1940s through the 1960s, over 800,000 Jews (almost the entire population) were ethnically cleansed from Arab lands. Though policies in individual Arab countries varied, the ethnic cleansing largely consisted of (Nuremberg style) antisemitic laws limiting Jews’ social and economic rights, and often stripping Jews of their citizenship, Jewish assets being confiscated, mass arrests and (often state sanctioned) pogroms erupting in Arab capitals.
By contrast, the claim that Palestinians were “ethnically cleansed” is both a historical and moral inversion. Historical accounts demonstrate that, though hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced by the 1948 war, there was no plan by the Israeli leadership to ethnically cleans these inhabitants. Moreover, such a false narrative also hides a more important truth: that three short years after one out of every three Jews on the planet were systematically murdered, Arab states launched another attempted genocide, not a war to adjust the borders, but a war of annihilation against the nascent Jewish state.
Corbyn’s reply itself is dripping with contempt for the very idea of Zionism, and the moral imperative for a historically oppressed, displaced, and ethnically cleansed people representing 2/10 of 1% of the global population, to have one safe-haven in the world. It also shows once again that he’s not merely opposed to Israeli policies regarding the disputed territories, but is hostile to existence of a Jewish state within any borders.
As he has demonsrated previously, Corbyn clearly believes that ‘Israel is a racist endeavor’, which means that, by implication, he must believe that British Jews (93% of whom see Israel as part of their identity) are intrinsically racist.
Videos such as these help explain why 87% of British Jews believe the leader of the Labour Party is personally antisemitic, and why many of them would view his arrival at 10 Downing Street as nothing less than an existential threat to their community.