Antisemitism in the British Labour Party is deep-rooted and widespread
British PM Theresa May has surprised everybody by announcing a snap general election on June 8, arguing “division in Westminster” was threatening her ability to make a success of Brexit. Her decision has been welcomed by Labour, which has earned itself the moniker, “the party of antisemitism,” following wave after wave of anti-Jewish outbursts from the British Left.
By David Semple
The rise of Jeremy Corbyn has led to a rise in antisemitism within the UK Labour Party on a scale hitherto unheard of during the post-war era in Britain. Labour was a party that traditionally had the support of the majority of Jewish voters in Britain, in addition to being a strong supporter of Zionism under many of its leaders, including Ramsay MacDonald, Harold Wilson, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband (that non-Jewish Jew who was caught on camera struggling with a bacon sandwich) did much damage to Labour’s support within the Jewish community by supporting a parliamentary vote to recognize Palestine as an independent Arab state a few years ago. This resulted in a large part of the Jewish vote switching to the Conservative Party in the general election of May 2015.
Since the election of Corbyn as Labour leader in 2015, and the formation of the militant Momentum group, there has been a huge rise in antisemitic rhetoric, abuse and bullying. As Anglo-Israeli writer Barry Shaw says, “The political left in Britain showed they want a radical leader that festers anti-Semitism and cuddles up to radical Islamic terror organizations when they reconfirmed their support for Jeremy Corbyn to continue as leader of the Labour Party by an overwhelming majority.”
The recent inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party was a whitewash, which was obviously manipulated by the Labour leader himself (a man who could not bring himself to utter the word “Israel” in a speech to the Labour Friends of Israel). Corbyn seems only to be interested in the affairs of the Palestinian Arabs living under what he calls “occupation,” even within Jerusalem. The failure to expel the Hitler-obsessed Ken Livingstone (Labour’s former Mayor of London) for his vile remarks about Jews only cements the view that Labour is “the party of antisemitism.”
Like many on the European Left, Corbyn embraces the politics of multiculturalism and the case for open borders. He takes a distinctly anti-Western view of international affairs. He refers to Jew-hating Islamist extremist groups as “friends.” He views the failed Marxist regimes in Cuba and Venezuela with an approving eye whilst favoring the policy of taking Britain out of its alliance with the United States. There exists also a real fear that Corbyn may lead Britain towards military isolationism and nuclear disarmament if elected prime minister, leaving an already militarily weak nation unable to defend itself.
While I have never liked Labour, Corbyn has turned what was once a half-decent mainstream political party into a mass antisemitic protest movement. Even if Labour doesn’t win the next general election on June 8, street politics and antisemitic rallies will be the politics of the Left during the coming years. Either way, Corbyn will successfully turn today’s young generation into a mass street protest movement of antisemitic fascists.
Indeed, university students already form the nucleus of Corbyn’s vanguard. And the moderate Left will go along with them. Sadly, formerly mainstream members of the Labour Party, as well as the more gullible sections of British society, are being radicalized by Corbyn’s people.
There is no guarantee that the moderate Theresa May and her centrist Conservative Party will win the election in June. A coalition of left-wing Scottish Nationalists and English Labour socialists may garner enough seats between them to form an extreme left-wing government after June 8. It probably won’t happen. But then, nobody in 1932 thought Hitler would become Chancellor in January 1933.
David Semple is Manchester Tory and film maker/broadcaster from Canada. David has also worked for Thorn EMI and Rank Films as a legal practitioner. David’s new film “Jerusalem Syndrome: A Journey To The Centre Of The Universe” will be released this year.