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7:36 pm, October 30th, 2020 - 35 comments
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Following a report into anti-semitism in the UK Labour party, Corbyn said anti-semitism exists in the Party but it is over-stated and the campaign against it is politically-motivated by opponents inside and outside the Party. He was instantly suspended from the party and had the whip removed by leader Sir Keir Starmer, which seems excessive and will cause further discord. Corbyn is not an anti-Semite.
The issue of anti-semitism in Labour in my opinion has been a very successful psyop, running over several years since Corbyn became leader and most likely originating in the Israeli state. When Corbyn was riding high, his support for Palestinian rights would have been seen by Israel as a threat. As a long-time human rights activist, Corbyn’s past statements were productive fodder for his opponents, and provided much grist for UK media mills.
The issue came to a head in a debate in Labour Party National Executive committee over the definition of anti-semitism, as to whether it included opposition to the activities of the Israeli state. The committee agreed to the definition advanced by some that such opposition was included. Those who want to get into the weeds of the issues can visit the wiki here.
I think that decision was a mistaken compromise and has led to the issue being endlessly litigated, resulting in the report from the Equality and Human Right Commission that Corbyn has had the temerity to criticise in some respects, even though the report seems to allow for such criticism.
All this is bad news for Labour, which is probably also an objective of the psyop. John O’Farrell’s Things Can Only Get Better comes to mind – they are already up to ten years in the wilderness. I think Cobyn is right in his assessment – I’ve had personal experience of over-statement by his inside opponents in the UK. People can choose who they wish to blame, but I like the views of David Graeber expressed here. Sadly he’s now no longer with us.