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Jeremy Corbyn in Tunis at a 2014 event honouring terrorists who carried out the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes (Embassy of the State of Palestine in Tunisia)

The British media has labelled anti-Semitism in the Labour Party a “scandal”. This term deeply underestimates the strategic nature of Jeremy Corbyn’s actions to normalise anti-Semitism as a political tool for his anti-Western aims.

Political scandals vary, but one thing they have in common is that they will elicit embarrassment and regret from those implicated. Yet as the outrageous stories of Corbyn’s courting of terrorists, Holocaust deniers and Islamists continue to emerge, his dismissive responses reveal anything but remorse for his actions. His deplorable attitude towards the recent Tunis wreath-laying revelations made his indifference to the charge of anti-Semitism clear. Corbyn admitted that he had been “present” at a memorial wreath-laying to commemorate one of the terrorist masterminds of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He claimed, however, that he was there to see a “fitting memorial” to “everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere”.

Corbyn’s justification for his actions is disgraceful but entirely unsurprising. Refusing to distinguish between the victims of terrorism and the terrorists themselves is a trademark of his foreign policy. From his time as a fringe backbench socialist figure, he has consistently supported enemies of Western civilisation, convicted terrorists included. He was a vocal supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Presidents Assad, Venezuela’s Chávez and Maduro and the Iranian Ayatollahs, appearing multiple times on Iran’s Press TV nodding along to anti-Zionist propaganda. After becoming Labour leader, Corbyn toned down some of his support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he always maintained his commitment to anti-Zionist causes, such as the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, where he was previously chairman. In Corbyn’s warped view of world affairs as a struggle for justice by the oppressed against their oppressors, Israel and its supporters in the West are branded as chief tyrants. Denouncing Israel, a country surrounded by enemies and minutely scrutinised by the international community, is unfortunately a convenient and strategic path for Corbyn to normalise an anti-Western foreign policy at large. 

Corbyn’s strategy is to embrace the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a bid to gain power and implement socialism in the UK. When it comes to the Labour Party, Jewish Labour activists, Blairite MPs and supporters of Israel are a clear impediment to his goal. For this reason, it has been in his own interest to distance himself strategically from British Jewry and  attempt to silence dissenting Labour MPs such as Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin. The refusal to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism in full and the initiation of disciplinary procedures against Hodge and Austin was not a blunder, but a clearly calculated move by the Labour leadership. Corbyn’s strategy has been a success within the party, according to recent polling: 61 per cent believe he is handling anti-Semitism well and 80 per cent of the party approve of his leadership overall.

Our concerns over Corbyn should not be limited to the question of whether he personally hates the Jewish people or the nature of the so-called “scandal”. His strategic anti-Semitism is much wider in scope. He has utilised it for political purposes to hijack the Labour Party, with the help of a growing mass of supporters, to create a vehicle for implementing socialism in the UK and the disruption of the Western liberal order worldwide.
 
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Cavaliere Redondo
September 16th, 2018
11:09 AM
Let us be blunt, Labour needs the 2m strong islamic vote to get elected and a little anti-Semitism never hurts with that particular demographic goes a long way

Erica Ling
September 8th, 2018
3:09 PM
No, the MCB has not adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism. But Faith Matters ,Muslims Against Antisemitism, and Association of British Muslims took out a full page ad. in the Telegraph to reject antisemitism and voice solidarity with Jews."We Muslims Have One Word for Jews--Shalom."

MICHAEL MCMANUS
August 29th, 2018
6:08 PM
The chief concern is not the Labour membership but the reaction of the wider public, including those this vile policy is alleged to be an appeal to. Will the MCB explicitly back Jonathan Sacks recent remarks? One hopes so, for dogs that don't bark are troubling.

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