At The Financial Times: The Labour Party’s ‘Antisemitism Crisis’ episode CXXXIII. Political Observer comments

This whole Antisemitism Crisis has been invented by New Labour’s powerful allies like Jonathan Freedland. Who turned the posting of an editorial cartoon into an indictable crime, against bourgeois political respectability. In this shaky political melodrama Freedland plays a modern day Javert, or given his insufferable egotism, a modern day Zola!
No matter, the political angst of Tulip Siddiq, who is quite obviously following the New Labour Party Line: Corbyn is the prime target of the Blair Neo-Liberals. Mr. Livingstone is simply a means to an end, even if his comments are inconveniently, but historically correct. To the consternation of apologists who engage in defamation of any dissenter, who criticizes Israel and its founding mythology of Zionism.
For a corrective that also offers valuable new information about Israeli government involvement in this ‘scandal’, of the latest episode of this long running British Telenovela. Read Ben White’s essay titled ‘The Israel lobby scandal and Labour’s anti-Semitism ‘crisis’ are intimately linked.’  A long quotation from Mr. White’s essay offers insights that make the reading of his whole essay, very informative and enlightening:

The latest revelations to emerge from the Al Jazeera investigation into the work of the Israeli embassy in London and pro-Israel lobby groups in Britain are a reminder of an issue that once dominated the headlines: the Labour Party’s so-called “anti-Semitism crisis”.

Like Israeli embassy official Shai Masot being caught on camera seeking to “take down” British politicians, the fact that Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) director MP Joan Ryan is shown to have misrepresented and smeared a pro-Palestinian party member is instructive, but not a shock.

The so-called ‘anti-Semitism crisis’ – that involved a handful of individuals in a political party of more than 400 MPs and peers and around 500,000 members – was also used as a stick with which to beat Corbyn by his enemies

For Ryan to claim that it is “anti-Semitic” to describe LFI as a well-funded, prestigious group, membership of which can be “a stepping-stone to good jobs” is instructive about just how willing Israel’s apologists are to drain the term of all meaning.

It is also a reminder of how the charge of anti-Semitism has been weaponised by both the Israeli government and the enemies of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The latter occurred during Corbyn’s leadership election bid in 2015, when papers such as the Daily Mail and Jewish Chronicle ran a series of articles attacking the veteran left-winger, including attacking him through crude efforts at guilt through (tenuous) association.

But the Labour “anti-Semitism crisis” really got going in February 2016, with the resignation of a former intern at Israel lobby group the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) from the Oxford University Labour Club in protest at its endorsement of Israeli Apartheid Week.

Political Observer

@Pseudo Nym @Alan G

‘The gnashing of Jewish teeth’ is very descriptive of the hewing to the Party Line of Jewish Victim-hood, that organizations like AIPAC and J Street in American, use as a political cudgel, to accuse any critic or criticism of Judaism/Zionism as heretical: prima facae Antisemitism! Just consider the various Front Organizations, in Britain, that are, in fact, propaganda outlets for Zionists apologetics. Or journalists like Jonathan Freedland who writes regularly for The Guardian and the American publication of The New York Review of Books.

Antisemitism is defined by your ideological stance, because if you politicize your religion and your culture, with its cornerstone of ‘The Diaspora Myth’, as Jews continued to live in Palestine alongside of Arabs for millennia, then no criticism will rise to the status of legitimacy.

Consider this, if Zionism has legitimacy, then Political Islam also has legitimacy! Or consider the case of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: they had their land invaded, and genocide committed against them, by white Europeans, into the political present,yet their claim for a Home Land of their own might be met with what?

@John Smith @tom older

Mr. Smith, I found Mr. Older’s comment enlightening and informative, in its historical dimension, and on Tulip Siddiq’s membership in the Labour Friends of Israel! The comment is ‘helpful’ in that it identifies/clarifies Siddiq’s political loyalties. Hewing to the Party Line of the invented ‘Labour Antisemitism Crisis’ is of utmost importance, to the Tony Blair faction of Neo-Liberalism, whose project is the reification of its bourgeois political respectability.

Regards, StephenKMackSD


About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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