A Palestinian Perspective on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy

There is a witch-hunt in the British Labour Party. Britain’s Opposition party
leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is being hounded for not rooting out alleged anti-Semitism
in his party. Those leading the charge are pro-Israel
and their supporters within the party, members who are mostly allied
with the former Prime Minister, the largely discredited pro-war Tony Blair.
Blairites are quite unhappy
that Corbyn, who won the party’s leadership
election last September with a landslide victory is a non-elitist politician,
with a deep-rooted grassroots activist past, and, yes, a
strong stance for Palestinian rights

Corbyn has been subjected to all sorts of attacks and ridicule from his own
party, many members of which have been busy plotting to push him out, but remained
hesitant because of his popular appeal. The Labour party had, in fact, lost
much of its credibility since the days of Blair’s “New Labour” and following
the US lead in waging an immoral and illegal war on Iraq. Blair’s supporters
changed the priorities of the party, which was “Labour” by name only. Corbyn’s
advent galvanized
young people around fresh ideals
, and renewed the shaky faith of the party’s
traditional supporters.

But since he became a leader, the man’s agenda of anti-corruption and greater
equality in Britain has been slowed down, or even entirely halted, by some most
bizarre controversies. He was attacked over such things as his supposed poor
sense of fashion
, his alleged
lack of patriotism
, and more. The attacks have been so ridiculous, yet omnipresent,
that they became the subject of popular memes and much satire.

And when it all failed, he was hit with another manufactured controversy, that
of alleged anti-Semitism within his own party. The recent attacks have been
the most organized, yet. They involve Israel
, British politicians, the media
and other sources.

The media has tried to paint him as an embattled leader who is not able to
control the uncontainable Jewish hate oozing from his party members.

Chief Rabbi
, Ephraim Mirvis, known for his strong support of Israel joined
the fray, charging that the lid has been lifted on bigotry within Labour and
that investigation into anti-Semitism must be more than a “sticker plaster.”

The investigation and the preceding outcry of anti-Semitism, however, targeted
those who were critical of Israel, not Jews, in general, or Judaism. Former
London Mayor, Ken Livingstone
, who was suspended from Labour for suggesting
links between the Nazi party and early Zionists, was not making any reference
to Jews per se, and certainly not to Judaism. Arguably, if he was wrong, then
it is a mere question of history, not race.

In its coverage of the controversy, even
the BBC
, delinks both concepts:

“Anti-Semitism is ‘hostility and…

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