Tuesday, 25 September 2018

CORBYN, THE LABOUR PARTY AND PALESTINE


I don't know if many people noticed but a critically significant moment flashed by at the British Labour Psrty Conference in Liverpool today.

The results were announced of the voting for the party's priorities for Britain. 
One item in particular was startling. Labour voters chose, in order of priority, the following national issues;

1.   HOUSING
2.   SCHOOLS SYSTEM
3.   JUSTICE FOR THE WINDRUSH GENERATION. 
4.   PALESTINE.
5.   BREXIT.
6.   THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE.
7.   WELFARE SYSTEM.
8.   CLIMATE CHANGE AND FRACKING.
9.   LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING.
10. SOCIAL CARE.

Caring for Palestinians came before caring for Britain's elderly, sick, and welfare needs. It came before concern for local communities. It even came before Britain's place in the world (i.e. Brexit).

In fact, apart from Brexit, Palestine was the only international issue that concerned the Labour Party.
Not the horrendous Syrian conflict that has torn the Middle East and, indeed, most of Europe with its millions of refugees and loss of life. Not the famine, disease, poverty, terrorism, and slavery that is plaguing Africa. Not the Socialist-induced collapse of Venezuela. Palestine.
Palestine, Not solving the Middle East's most protracted conflict. Not listening to Israel's legitimate complaints that the chasm of the Palestinian political divide prevents them from negotiating a settlement with Israel. Palestine. Meaning pushing the Palestinian cause even if it breaks Israel. For Israel can have nothing to say, according to the Corbynites.  
To them anything that Israel has to say is illegitimate. 
What you are seeing in this poll is the modern face of the Labour Party. It is partially the result of the campus culture finding its way into positions of influence and opinion creating in Britain. 

The obsession to put Palestinians over Britain's weak, sick, and elderly in the Labour Party highlights the incomprehensible, anti-British, dogma of a developing hard left Socialist party where hatred for Israel supersedes vitally important domestic issues in Britain. 
The high ranking of 'Palestine' carries with it the latent anti-Semitism that has infected the party since the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
We are seeing a not so covert anti-Semitism on the rise. 
I guarantee that 'Palestine' will rise even further before the next Labour Party Conference in 2019.

Barry Shaw is the author of 'Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.' Fighting violence, bigotry, and hatred. 

Sunday, 9 September 2018

How about Idlib, Mr. Corbyn?

Original Thinking from Barry Shaw.


Like a suspended game of chess, Syria is poised for the final act of devastating destruction in the northern Syrian city of Idlib as Syrian tanks and Russian planes prepare to pound a town of 3 million people.
And when the town is ruined, it will be the Iranian proxy Hezbollah fighters who will join the Syrian soldiers that pour into Idlib to kill whoever remains to oppose the murderous Assad army.
Among those who will be silently impotent, as thousands are killed and many more become refugees, will be Britain's Jeremy Corbyn and his gruesomely, incorrectly, named Stop the War Coalition.
Corbyn has never effectively stopped any war. On the contrary, he has a sad history of siding with the violators and terrorists in conflicts ranging from Ireland to Israel.
He and his devious group will do nothing for one bad reason. He has never blamed Russian, Iran, or any Arab tyrant, for any wrongdoing anywhere.
He counts the Islamic terror organisation, Hezbollah, among his friends in their shared hatred of Israel, one of Syria's neighbor who is helping defenseless Syrians with food, shelter, and much needed medical treatment.
And therein lies the rub. He is silent because there is no Israel to blame for the carnage. And for Corbyn, Israel is quoted to be "the greatest international cause of our time."
In fact, it is Israel that waits at the border to give aid and comfort to citizens of a neighboring country that is officially at war with them.
Stop the War Coalition, Mr. Corbyn? Look to Israel as an example.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Corbyn's Britain and Israel. Heading for Confrontation.


Jeremy Corbyn is the greatest threat to Israel since the days of Ernest Bevan who, as Foreign Minister in the late 40s, opposed the establishment of the State of Israel.
Jeremy Corbyn will be Britain’s next Prime Minister. Corbyn’s foreign policy will be centered upon opposing Israel in all international forums. A Corbyn Cabinet will impose international sanctions against Israel.
Jeremy Corbyn will cause great damage to the intelligence sharing that goes on between Israel and Britain that will be more damaging to Britain than it will be to Israel. Jeremy Corbyn will also damage the trade arrangements between Britain and Israel to the detriment of both countries.
This is the assessment of Israeli security and intelligence think tank experts, an assessment that is making its way into the National Security Council and Cabinet in Jerusalem.
The assessment takes into consideration Corbyn’s political profile, the forensic evidence of his rise to power, his wide and powerful base that will ride him into leadership come the next election, and the political implications of a Corbyn government for Israel.
How do we know he will be the next British Prime Minister?  He has the revived strength of the traditional Labour Party and trade union machine. Even those within the Party will still vote for him. That includes the Jewish Labour Members of Parliament who think they can contain him from within once he is elected. They are wrong. Corbyn does not depend only on old school Laborites. For over thirty years he has built around him a wide radical base of support, and it is this base that will be the heart and soul of the future Labour movement. This power base is constituted by his Stop the War Coalition, the Socialist Workers Party, and the Palestine Solidarity Movement. They are well organized, well-funded, hyper active at grassroots level. They have established a hardcore constituency in certain key areas of Britain and they are ready to employ thousands of volunteers to get out the vote of millions of new voters. Opposed to them is a divided Conservative Party with a weak leader in disarray. Corbyn will be the next PM. And it’s a very bad choice not only for Israel, but for Britain.
Corbyn leads a political ideology that sees evil in the world. It is not the evil of communism that has slaughtered and repressed hundreds of millions of their own people in places like the Russia and China.
It is not the evil of hard left socialism that has ruined countries and impoverished people with failed economic policies in countries such as Cuba and Venezuela, despite Corbyn’s idolization of Castro, Che Gevara, and Chavez.
It is not the evil perpetrated by 3rd World and Arab liberation movements that have left a trail of bodies and millions of refugees in their wake, but that Corbyn supports ideologically.
Corbyn’s perceived evil is western imperialism, European colonialism, things of the past but to which Corbyn still clings today, and capitalism, another evil in the eyes of Corbyn.
They like to call his movement the new socialist left, but it’s not new, and it is certainly not democratic socialism.  It is more a hardened radical socialism supporting the antithesis of a normal democratic world such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
The glue that links the triple towers of American imperialism, European colonialism, and capitalism is Israel via the Zionist cause. And, according to Corbyn, at the heart of this malevolent movement are the Jews with their money, their powerful influence, and Israel with, according to Corbyn, its evil and racist tendencies to trample on the human rights of downtrodden Palestinians whose land has been stolen from them by the Zionist colonialists aided and abetted by Britain and America – a wrong that can only be corrected with the establishment of Palestine, preferably in place of the illegal state of Israel.
According to the Corbyn credo, Zionism is racism and the Jews of Britain are an enemy, guilty by association, by their love and support for Israel, a support that goes back a century. Zionism is racism, and if you are Jewish and love Israel you are a racist, and, according to the Corbyn doctrine, that doesn’t make Corbyn or his cohorts anti-Semites. So goes the mantra according to Corbyn. Israel is a mistake and a crime that must be rectified in the name of social justice and human rights.
We get a hint of this in a 2012 wall mural daubed with stereotyped figures depicting Jewish bankers playing a game of monopoly (money) with their table top resting on the backs of half-naked workers.
Corbyn originally supported the artist’s work. It reflected his worldview. But, after a media outcry, the Labour Party, and then a Corbyn spokesperson, fumbled a lame excuse that Corbyn had supported the artist in the name of freedom of speech, and not the content of his artwork to which he hadn’t really paid attention. 
This is the lazy anti-Semitism of Corbyn.
It is no coincidence that two of his sons inherited a detestation of Jews and Israel.
In March, 2018, Britain’s Daily Mail revealed that son, Tommy, posted a Nazi-style cartoon on his Facebook page showing an arm with a Star of David crushing people. It came with the Tommy Corbyn message, “why is it that I can critique my own, or any other government, but criticism of the Israeli state is branded anti-Semitic?”
Well, maybe son, that’s because you emblazon your page with stereotype cartoons that demonizes Jews.
He was followed into the Facebook pit he had dug for himself by someone who posted “Hitler was a Zionist.”  You see where it leads. Tommy Corbyn belonged to several Facebook pages that regularly posted anti-Semitic screeds that included claims that members of the royal family were Jewish and they controlled the world with the Rothschild banking dynasty. Or one depicting the earth with a Star of David and the anti-Semitic message, “the new world of Zionism is almost here! One government. One currency. One religion. Act now!” 
Sickeningly, it goes on, and on.
And the other one, Ben, is much the same. Keen to see a Palestine in place of Israel.  Cries for dead Palestinians. Not a tear for dead Israelis.
The apples don’t fall far from the rotten tree.  But the Corbyns’ Israel hatred goes well beyond family. It is far more broad-based and ominous than that.
On March 3, 2009, Jeremy Corbyn sent out a statement.
“Tomorrow evening it will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I’ve also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well…the idea that an organization that is dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about a long-term peace and social justice and political justice in the whole region should be labelled as a terrorist organisation by the British government is really a big, big historical mistake.” 
The following year, thirteen Palestinian terror groups headed by the Islamist Hamas launched a military campaign of terror against Israel in an attempt to derail peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
During the fighting, Corbyn stood in Trafalgar Square and told a crowd of thousands gathered in support of a Hamas war against Israel at a rally organized by Corbyn’s triumvirate organisations, “in our thousands, in our million, we are all Palestinians.”
Corbyn’s spin-master, Labour’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, Seumas Milne, explained that Palestine had become “the greatest international cause of our time.”
It can’t be because of the Palestinians killed by Israel in response to the wholesale Hamas-motivated violence, although this was their excuse, because, right next door to Israel, the number of people killed in the Syrian civil war enormously outnumbered those in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Included in the dead in Syria were almost 200,000 Palestinians among the estimated 700,000 dead yet, as Dave Rich wrote in his book, The Left’s Jewish Problem, we have never heard Corbyn chant “in our thousands, in our million, we are all Syrians.”
Why is this not “the greatest international cause of our time”? Could it be he doesn’t really care about the Syrian dead, or dead Palestinians in Syria aren’t deserving of his attention?
The reason he is not a Syrian is because Syria is backed by Russia and Iran. Had Assad been backed by America, or perversely, Israel, Corbyn would have screamed about being a Syrian – but he didn’t, and that is telling.
Could it be that he supports Palestinians because his target for abuse is exclusively Israel, and he can’t pin the massive Syrian death toll on the Jewish state?
Actually, this is a perfectly reasonable assumption.
Israel is, for Corbyn, the epitome of his perfect enemy.
The Jewish state is, for Corbyn, the donkey he can beat and kick to his heart’s content. It fits all the evils of his malevolent mind. He can trot out all the hard left epithets and craft them to match his fevered image of Israel.
As Milne told an anti-Israel rally in London in 2014, “Israel has no right to defend itself from territory it illegally occupies. The terrorism is the killing of civilians by Israel on an industrial scale.” Later he wrote in The Guardian newspaper, “The idea that Israel is defending itself against unprovoked attacks from outside its borders is an absurdity.”
Corbyn and Milne construct Israel to be a white European colonial power, no matter that the majority of Israelis are Mizrahi Jewish refugees kicked out of Arab and Muslim lands for the crime of being Jewish.  Or that a colonist is someone enlisted by a major power to colonize a conquered territory, a description palpably out of whack with how and why a Jewish majority exists in Israel.
Corbyn can posit Israel as stealing someone else’s land when, in fact, the international community granted a specified mandate to re-establish the national homeland of the Jewish people on the barren land of a dead and defeated Ottoman empire.
This bequeath was an acknowledgement of a history in which the Jews were the original indigenous people in the ancient land of Israel.  But you will never find this in Corbyn’s vocabulary.
To Corbyn, Israel is scarred with the twin sins of deserting socialism for capitalism, made more bitter by the modern success of Israel’s free economy, and of Israel being a close ally of America.
To Corbyn, these are unforgiveable sins and must be opposed by all means possible, even disreputable ones. Hence the adoption of the Hamas doctrine.
Corbyn frequently calls on the British government to stop supplying Israel with military supplies and armaments. But Corbyn has no objection to Britain supplying infinitely larger supplies of military hardware to Turkey, a country that has been occupying the small European island of Cyprus for about as long as Israel has been in the West Bank, a Turkey that is killing Kurds with gay abandon, without restriction, and without a peep from Corbyn.  No “We are all Cypriots” from Corbyn’s mouth.
In Corbyn’s fevered mind, Israel is the most racist, violent, oppressive state on the planet. 
We have to ask ourselves why he thinks this way.
What can it be if not the famous Natan Sharansky definition of anti-Semitism when applied to Israel. Watch out for the three d’s – demonization, delegitimization, and double standards. Check this out, Corbyn is guilty of all three.
Corbyn hosted Hamas in the British parliament. Can anyone tell me if Corbyn ever hosted an Israeli diplomat or minister to hear their views, for balance if little else, to question the Israeli perspective in healthy debate, rather than propagandize an anti-Israel message?  It never happened. Israel is guilty. Nothing to discuss.
Did Corbyn ever applaud Israel’s efforts to bring about the long-term peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt that are still holding? Does he have anything positive to say about prolonged Israeli efforts to reach agreements with the Palestinians? There have been three substantial concessions offered to the Palestinians by Israeli leaders. The Palestinians rejected all of them, rejected the notion of living alongside the Jewish side, rejected any negotiations with Israel.
Did Corbyn ever criticize the Palestinians for their decades of violence and terror and their rejection of Israel’s right to exist?
Strange behavior for someone who claims to be a man of peace.
Corbyn spoke about a “long term peace” for “the good of the Palestinian people.” What is he talking about? Did his friends, Hamas or Hezbollah, ever do anything to bring about long-term peace in the region, let alone a peace with Israel?
Did he do anything constructive to engage in a peace process?
What is Corbyn’s definition of a terrorist organisation if Hamas and Hezbollah are not included.  On second thought, I am not interested in hearing his definition. His definition will be Israel and America. He and Milne have said so.
At the end of last August, when Israel, with the help of Egypt and Qatar, achieved a break in Hamas’s hostilities against the Jewish state an angry Mahmoud Abbas said that “Hamas is a gang and its leaders are thugs and thieves.”
Apparently, it takes a Palestinian to recognize a Palestinian.
He went on, “We will not allow anyone to turn Hamas into a legitimate government in the Gaza Strip, even if that means a direct confrontation with Egypt and Qatar.”
So much for long term peace between the Palestinians, Mr. Corbyn, let alone with Israel.
Truth be told, there is something disturbingly totalitarian about Corbyn’s unreasoned dogma that is dangerous.
Corbyn and his ‘Stop the War Coalition’ have always been on the wrong side of history. He and they have stopped no wars. On the contrary, they have been disrupters to peace processes.
He sided with the IRA against Britain. His heroes have been Castro and Chavez. Can you pick any greater socialist disasters than these regimes, a disaster he is keen to impose on Britain?
There is nothing meek, weak, peace-loving, or positive about Hamas, Palestinian Islamic jihad, or Hezbollah. They are the opposite of peace-makers. They are peace-destroyers. They are recognized internationally as terror organizations and the cause of instability in the Middle East. They threaten and oppress not only eight million Israeli citizens, but their own people.
In Hezbollah’s case, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen have been negatively impacted by Hezbollah’s violent interference. Thousands have been killed and injured by this proxy of the not-so-peaceful Islamic Republic of Iran.
Lebanese Hezbollah chief, Nasrallah, is not subservient to the Lebanese government, but take his orders from the Iranian Khamenei, both being Muslim Shia.  Less to do with loyal nationhood. More to do with a religious affiliation with a foreign power. Is this Corbyn’s sense of democratic values?
Corbyn cannot be further from the truth in his definition of Israel. He is incapable of dispassionately seeing the world in general and the Middle East in particular as it really is.  He is too invested in his personal biases and his political ambitions to be swayed by facts.
The Palestinians have been let down, depressed, oppressed, had their hopes for a better future dashed, by their own failed leadership, and by the outside influence of troublemakers.
At the end of the day, Corbyn has done absolutely nothing positive for peace or for the Palestinians in decades.
Even with his intimate contacts with the most brutal elements of the Palestinian leadership he has been unable or unwilling to heal the rift of the Palestinian political divide between Fatah and Hamas, a chasm that erupted in a Palestinian civil war and the ensuing murder of over six hundred Palestinians by Palestinians.
When they are not killing each other, they are killing Israeli Jews.
What sort of Palestine is Corbyn working for? Is it a two-state solution? Or is it one without Jews and without a Jewish state? For one thing is predicted with an awful certainty. If there is to be a Palestine, by the ballot or by the bullet, Hamas will usurp power. Which raises the question, do we really want to see another Hamastan in the West Bank, overlooking the narrow coastal plain of Israel, threatening Jerusalem?
In short, Jeremy Corbyn and his ilk must recognize the fundamental national rights of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland, to accept the rights of Israelis to live without fear and without threats to our survival, and acknowledge that Israeli society share the same creative, constructive, peace-loving values cherished by good people everywhere.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
Author of 'Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.'

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

THE CURIOUS CASE OF CORBYN.



Corbyn leads a political ideology that sees evil in the world. It is not the evil of communism that has slaughtered and repressed hundreds of millions of their own people in places like the Russia and China.
It is not the evil of hard left socialism that has ruined countries and impoverished people with failed socialist economic policies in countries such as Cuba and Venezuela, despite Corbyn’s idolization of Castro, Che Gevara, and Chavez.
It is not the evil perpetrated by 3rd World and Arab liberation movements that leave a trail of bodies and millions of refugees in their wake, but that Corbyn supports ideologically.
Corbyn’s perceived evil is western imperialism, European colonialism, things of the past but to which Corbyn still clings today, and capitalism, another evil in the eyes of Corbyn.
They like to call his movement the new socialist left, but it’s not new, and it is certainly not democratic socialism.  It is more a hardened socialism.
The glue that links the triple towers of American imperialism, European colonialism, and capitalism is Israel via the Zionist cause. And, according to Corbyn, at the heart of this malevolent movement are the Jews with their money, their powerful influence, and Israel with its evil and racist tendencies to trample over the human rights of downtrodden Palestinians whose land has been stolen from them by the Zionist colonialists aided and abetted by Britain and America – a wrong that can only be corrected with the establishment Palestine, preferably in place of the illegal state of Israel.
According to the Corbyn credo, Zionism is racism and the Jews of Britain are guilty by association, by their support for Israel, a support that goes back a century. Zionism is racism and if you are Jewish and love Israel you are a racist, and that doesn’t make corbyn or his cohorts anti-Semites. So goes the mantra according to Corbyn. Israel is a mistake and a crime that must be rectified in the name of social justice and human rights.
This is evidenced by a 2012 wall mural daubed with stereotyped figures depicting Jewish bankers playing a game of monopoly (money) with their table top resting on the backs of half-naked workers. 
Corbyn originally supported the artist’s work but, after a hullabaloo, the Labour party, and then a corbyn spokesperson, fumbled a lame excuse that Corbyn had supported the artist in the name of freedom of speech, and not the content of his artwork to which he hadn’t really paid attention.  
This is the lazy anti-Semitism of Corbyn.
It is no coincidence that two of his sons inherited a detestation of Jews and Israel.
In March, 2018, Britain’s Daily Mail revealed that son, Tommy, posted a Nazi-style cartoon on his Facebook page showing an arm with a Star of David crushing people. It came with the Tommy Corbyn message, “why is it that I can critique my own, or any other government, but criticism of the Israeli state is branded anti-Semitic?”
Well, maybe son, that’s because you emblazon your page with stereotype cartoon that demonizes Jews.
He was followed into the Facebook pit he had dug for himself by someone who posted “Hitler was a Zionist.”  You see where it leads. 
Tommy Corbyn belonged to several Facebook pages that regularly posted anti-Semitic screeds that included claims that members of the royal family were Jewish and they controlled the world with the Rothschild banking dynasty. Or one depicting the earth with a Star of David and the anti-Semitic message, “the new world of Zionism is almost here! One government. One currency. One religion. Act now!” 
Sickeningly, it goes on, and on.  

And the other one, Ben, is much the same. Keen to see a Palestine in place of Israel.  Cries for dead Palestinians. Not a tear for dead Israelis.
The apples don’t fall far from the rotten tree.  








Jeremy Corbyn sent out a statement.

‘Tomorrow evening it will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I’ve also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well…the idea that an organization that is dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about a long-term peace and social justice and political justice in the whole region should be labelled as a terrorist organisation by the British government is really a big, big historical mistake.”  Jeremy Corbyn March 3, 2009.

The following year, thirteen Palestinian terror groups headed by the Islamist Hamas launched a military campaign against Israel in an attempt to derail peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian authority.
During the fighting, Corbyn stood in Trafalgar Square and told a crowd of thousands gathered in support of a Hamas war against Israel that “in our thousands, in our million, we are all Palestinians.”
Corbyn’s spin-master, Labour’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, Seumas Milne, explained that Palestine had become “the greatest international cause of our time.”
It can’t be because of the Palestinians killed by Israel in response to the wholesale Hamas-motivated violence, although this was their excuse, because, right next door to Israel, the number of people killed in the Syrian civil war enormously outnumbered those in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Included in the dead in Syria were almost 200,000 Palestinians yet, as Dave Rich wrote in his book, the left’s Jewish problem, we have never heard corbyn chant “in our thousands, in our million, we are all Syrians.”
Why is this? Could it be he doesn’t really care about the Syrian dead, or the Palestinian dead in Syria?
The reason he is not a Syrian is because Syria is backed by Russia and Iran. Had Assad been backed by America, or perversely, Israel, Corbyn would have screamed about being a Syrian – but he didn’t, and that is telling.
Could it be that he supports Palestinians because his target for abuse is exclusively Israel, and he can’t pin the massive Syrian death toll on the Jewish state?
Actually, this is a perfectly reasonable assumption.
Israel is, for Corbyn, the epitome of his perfect enemy.
The Jewish state is, for corbyn, the donkey he can beat and kick to his heart’s content. It fits all the evils of his malevolent mind. He can trot out all the hard left epithets and craft them to match his fevered image of Israel.
Corbyn can construct Israel to be a white European colonial power, no matter that the majority of Israelis are Mizrahi Jewish refugees kicked out of Arab and Muslim lands.  Or that a colonist is someone enlisted by a major power to colonize a conquered territory, a description palpably out of whack with how and why a Jewish majority exists in Israel.
Corbyn can posit Israel as stealing someone else’s land when, in fact, the international community granted a specified mandate to re-establish the national homeland of the Jewish people on the barren land of a dead ottoman empire.
This bequeath was an acknowledgement of a history in which the Jews were the original indigenous people on the ancient land of Israel.  But you will never find this in Corbyn’s vocabulary.
To Corbyn, Israel is scarred with the twin sins of deserting socialism for capitalism, made more bitter by the modern success of Israel’s free economy, and of Israel being a close ally of America.
To Corbyn, these are unforgiveable sins and must be opposed by all means possible, even disreputable ones.
Corbyn frequently calls on the British government to stop supplying Israel with military supplies and armaments. But Corbyn has no objection to Britain supplying infinitely larger supplies of military hardware to Turkey, a country that has been occupying the small European island of Cyprus for about as long as Israel has been in the West Bank, a Turkey that is killing Kurds with gay abandon, without restriction, and without a peep from Corbyn.  No “We are all Cypriots” from Corbyn’s mouth.
In Corbyn’s fevered mind, Israel is the most racist, violent, oppressive state on the planet. 
We have to ask ourselves why he thinks this way. There is more behind it than the massive support it brings him allied to his threat of inflicting a socialist economy on Britain, an economy that brought Britain to the brink of ruin in the 70s.
So what can it be if it is not the famous Natan Sharansky definition of anti-Semitism when applied to Israel. Watch out for the three d’s – demonization, delegitimization, and double standards. Check this out, Corbyn is guilty of all three.
Corbyn hosted Hamas in the British parliament. Can anyone tell me if Corbyn ever hosted an Israeli diplomat or minister to hear their views, for balance, if little else, to question the Israeli perspective in healthy debate, rather than propagandize an anti-Israel message?  It never happened.
Did Corbyn ever applaud Israel’s efforts to bring about the long-term peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt? Does he have anything positive to say about prolonged Israeli efforts to reach agreements with the Palestinians? There were three substantial concessions offered to the Palestinians by Israeli leaders. The Palestinians rejected all of them, reject the notion of living alongside the Jewish side, reject any negotiations with Israel.
Did Corbyn ever criticize the Palestinians for their decades of violence and terror and their rejection of Israel’s right to exist?
Strange behavior for someone who claims to be a man of peace.
Corbyn spoke about a “long term peace” for “the good of the Palestinian people.” What is he talking about? Did his friends, Hamas or Hezbollah, ever did anything to bring about a long-term peace in the region, let alone with Israel?
Did he?
What is Corbyn’s definition of a terrorist organisation if Hamas and Hezbollah are not included.  On second thought, I am not interested in hearing his definition. His definition will be Israel and America.
At the end of last August, when Israel achieved a break in Hamas’s hostilities against the Jewish state with the help of Egypt and Qatar, an angry Mahmoud Abbas said that “Hamas is a gang and its leaders are thugs and thieves.”
Apparently, it takes a Palestinian to recognize a Palestinian.
He went on, “we will not allow anyone to turn Hamas into a legitimate government in the Gaza Strip, even if that means a direct confrontation with Egypt and Qatar.”
So much for long term peace between the Palestinians, Mr. Corbyn, let alone with Israel.
Truth be told, Corbyn is a fraud.
What should disqualify corbyn as a leader of Britain is his grave and gross errors of judgment.
Corbyn and his ‘Stop the War Coalition’ have always been on the wrong side of history. He and they have stopped no wars. On the contrary, they have been disrupters to peace processes.
He sided with the IRA against Britain. His heroes have been Castro and Chavez. Can you pick any greater socialist disasters than these regimes, a disaster he is keen to impose on Britain?
There is nothing meek, weak, peace-loving, or positive about Hamas, Palestinian Islamic jihad, or Hezbollah. They are the opposite of peace-makers. They are peace-destroyers. They are recognized internationally as terror organizations and the cause of instability in the middle east. They threaten and oppress not only eight million Israeli citizens, but their own people.
In Hezbollah’s case, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen have been negatively impacted, by Hezbollah’s violent interference. Thousands have been killed and injured by this proxy of the not-so-peaceful Islamic republic of Iran.
Lebanese Hezbollah chief, Nasrallah, is not subservient to the Lebanese government, but take his orders from the Iranian Khamenei, both being Muslim Shia.  Less to do with loyal nationhood. More to do with a religious affiliation with a foreign power. Is this Corbyn’s sense of democratic values?
Corbyn cannot be further from the truth in his definition of Israel. He is incapable of dispassionately seeing the world in general and the middle east in particular as it really is.  He is too invested in his personal biases and his political ambitions to be swayed by facts.
The Palestinians have been let down, depressed, oppressed, had their hopes for a better future dashed, by their own failed leadership, and by the outside influence of troublemakers.
At the end of the day, Corbyn has done absolutely nothing positive for peace or for the Palestinians in decades.
Even with his intimate contacts with the most brutal elements of the Palestinian leadership he has been unable or unwilling to heal the rift in the Palestinian political divide between Fatah and Hamas, a chasm that erupted in a Palestinian civil war and the ensuing murder of over six hundred Palestinians by Palestinians.
When they are not killing each other, they are killing Israeli Jews.
What sort of Palestine is Corbyn working for? Is it a two-state solution? Or is it one without Jews and without a Jewish state? For one thing is predicted with an awful certainty. If there is to be a Palestine, by the ballot or by the bullet, Hamas will usurp power. Which raises the question, do we really want to see another Hama tan in the West Bank, overlooking the narrow coastal plain of Israel, threatening Jerusalem?
In short, Jeremy corbyn and his ilk must recognize the fundamental national rights of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland, to accept the rights of Israelis to live without fear and without threats to our survival, and acknowledge that Israeli society share the same creative, constructive, peace-loving values cherished by good people everywhere.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel institute for Strategic Studies.
He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’
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Saturday, 1 September 2018

The Rotten Apple Doesn’t Fall far from the Corbyn Tree.


They say that criticism of Israeli government policy doesn’t make you an anti-Semite.
Maybe not, but all too often we see a breakout of vile Jew hatred when people, lots of people, take a swipe at the Jewish state in the guise of defending Palestinians.
In March of this year, Britain’s Daily Mail exposed that in Tommy Corbyn, son of the besieged Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to attacking Israel. In his case, the son hasn’t matured enough to disguise his nasty attitude to Jews behind the slightly more sophisticated form of political Jew hatred adopted by his dad.
The Mail came across a Nazi-style cartoon on the 24 year-old’s Facebook page depicting the image of an arm bearing a Star of David crushing people. The image was there to illustrate a comment made by the young Corbyn, who is, like his dad, a Labour activist, asking, “Why is it that I can critique my own, or any government, but criticism of the Israeli state is branded anti-Semitic?”
Corbyn’s son is, apparently, so dumb he cannot see that by publicizing anti-Semitic stereotype pictures he has just answered his own question.  Yes, son, you are an anti-Semite.
Following his vile post, he was followed into the pit by a bunch of other boneheads who piled in with their “criticism” of Jews. One wrote, “Hitler was a Zionist.”  What this has to do with questioning Israeli policy beats me. Another bozo echoed the mantra he had probably heard several times at Socialist Workers meetings that Israel is an “Apartheid state” and that “AS (anti-Semitism) is being weaponized to destroy any debate.”
Hard left propaganda leaders turn out zombies by the truckload to repeat their dumb slogans at the drop of a hat. Tommy Corbyn’s Facebook post was a typical trigger that allowed stupid Jew haters recruited into the Socialist movement to vent their enthusiastic spleen.
TC’s cartoon was uploaded onto an admirer’s Facebook page who used it to announce, “I’m voting Labour,” clear evidence that anti-Semitic imagery was pulling idiots into the Labour Party.
These nasty anti-Semitic posts lay on Corbyn junior’s Facebook page gathering viewers for weeks until the Daily Mail questioned the Labour Party about their leader’s son’s public display of anti-Semitism.
Somebody must have got the message to Tommy Corbyn who told the Mail that “Hitler wasn’t a Zionist,” and the Star of David cartoon was a disgusting anti-Semitic image.
It’s good that he admits that Hitler was not a Zionist but the one thing that was missing from young Corbyn’s mea culpa was the absence of a clear statement that Zionists are not Nazis. The reason I say this was because the author of the Daily Mail report, Guy Adams, delved into Tommy Corbyn’s past when he was events manager for the gruesome anti-Semitic Palestinian Solidarity Movement in York. Adams uncovered a history of murky nastiness from Corbyn that linked even more anti-Semitic imagery to pro-Palestinian messaging when the controversial play “Seven Jewish Children” was staged on the campus of York University, a play that links the Holocaust to depicting Israelis killing children in Gaza.
Booker Prize-winning author, Howard Jacobson described this nasty play as “Jew hating, pure and simple.”
The Spectator called the play, “an open incitement to hatred,” and “a ten-minute blood libel.”
Tommy Corbyn’s past was revealed by Guy Adams to be even nastier. His social media activities placed him on several Facebook pages that insulted the Royal Family with a cut out image of a well-known comedian defecating on the Queen, a cartoon suggesting that Prince Phillip was a pedophile, and that Prince William, his wife, and young son were secretly Jewish and that the “Jewish” Royal family were running the world with the Rothschild banking dynasty.
Another Facebook group that TC belonged to, the Supporters of Socialism in Britain, insulted the Royal family, pledged allegiance to the IRA (an Irish terror group supported by Jeremy Corbyn), called the Israeli government “terrorists,” and, in another anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, suggested that the Islamic terrorist group ISIS “was founded by Jews in order to intervene in the Middle East.”
Presumably, this, to Socialists like Tommy Corbyn, is what is called “criticism of Israeli policy,” I assume, and not anti-Semitic.
Young Corbyn belonged to yet another Facebook page, dedicated to a known American anti-Semite, Ken O’Keefe, who positioned that the 9/11 Islamic terror attacks were perpetrated by Israel “so that they could get American kids to fight and die in their genocidal wars of expansion. It also featured an article that claimed that ‘the Zionist controlled mainstream media is constantly portraying North Korea in a negative light” because of Kim Jong-un’s opposition to Israel.
This nasty Facebook page promoted the anti-Semitic Protocols on the Elders of Zion conspiracy that the Jews want to take over the world.
Tommy Corbyn also liked several other Facebook pages promoting anti-Semitic messaging. One called Anti New World Order contained anti-Israel conspiracy theories and a picture of the Earth with a Star of David emblazoned on it with the slogan, “The new world of Zionism is almost here! One government. One currency, One religion. Act Now!!!”
Tommy Corbyn, the anti-Semitic troll, liked the Facebook page of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, David Icke, who suggests that the world is controlled by a cabal of lizard-like creatures.
The British Labour leader’s son also liked a Facebook site called Cloaked Truth which claims that the world is controlled by the Rothschild banking family, the Royal family, and the Vatican, and that Zio-Nazis control the US government and falsely alleges that “the majority of Congress and senate are Jews.”
Sadly, there is a lot more from this Facebook troll who would doubtless continue to claim, like his dad, that it is not anti-Semitic to criticize Israel.
When Guy Adams asked Tommy Corbyn if he would like to retract and denounce these wacky anti-Semitic Facebook pages and his membership of them he was referred to TC’s lawyer who stated “Of course Tommy is not anti-Semitic and to say otherwise is plain wrong.”
Then, surreptitiously and without an apology, Tommy Corbyn quietly removed himself from these questionable Facebook pages.
Doesn't that sound eerily like his father’s fob offs for his own anti-Semitic words and actions?

If only his dad would surrepticously remove himself as leader of Britain’s main opposition party.

Barry Shaw is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism’ and ‘BDS for IDIOTS.’ He is also the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.