“Anyone to my left is an antisemite”

15 December 2019 — Immigrants as a Weapon

Jews as a Weapon: Coming to your election…soon!

Labour’s massive loss to the Tories has bummed out a lot of people. Everyone’s discussing it and arguing about what went wrong and who’s to blame. I don’t have any special insight into UK politics, but one thing that really shocked me about the election is the way that Jewish identity and fabricated charges of antisemitism were weaponized in a smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn and the mild leftwing shift of his Labour Party.

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Who Gets to Speak for British Jews? How the Myth of ‘the Jewish Community’ Marginalises Dissent

29 November 2019 — Novara Media

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by Jo Sutton-Klein 

The UK’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, caused yet another headache for Labour this week when he accused Jeremy Corbyn of allowing “a poison sanctioned from the top” to take root in the party. Although he didn’t explicitly tell people not to vote Labour, it was easy to read between the lines when Rabbi Mirvis mused, “what will happen to Jews and Judaism in Britain if the Labour party forms the next government?”

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Antisemitism claims have one goal: To stop Jeremy Corbyn winning power

27 November 2019 — Jonathan Cook

The Jewish community’s alienation from Labour has been years in the making – but it is Johnson’s Conservatives who have embraced hostility to minorities

Middle East Eye – 26 November 2019

A supposed antisemitism crisis in Britain’s Labour party since Jeremy Corbyn became leader has erupted back into the headlines.

This time barely any effort has been made to conceal the fact that the accusations relate to the “danger” that Corbyn could soon win power, with Britain gearing up for a general election in less than a month.

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Anti-Semitism Bandwagon Resumes Against Corbyn

17 November 2019 — Consortium News

Jonathan Cook

For a few months over the summer the British corporate media largely lost interest in smearing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite. Maybe they had begun to worry that the constant drum-beat of the past three years was deadening the public’s sensitivity to such claims.

But an election is now weeks away, and the anti-Semitism smear bandwagon is being rolled out once again.

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BBC Panorama on anti-semitism: a catalogue of reporting failures

29 July 2019 — Media Reform Coalition

The BBC transmitted an edition of Panorama on 10 July called ‘Is Labour Anti-Semitic?’, presented by John Ware. It contained allegations that senior Labour figures close to Jeremy Corbyn had interfered with the internal investigations process and that the Party was insufficiently committed to tackling anti-semitism within its own ranks. In response, the Labour Party argued that the programme “was not a fair or balanced investigation. It was a seriously inaccurate, politically one-sided polemic, which breached basic journalistic standards, invented quotes and edited emails to change their meaning. It was an overtly biased intervention by the BBC in party political controversy.”

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Tory councillor calls for Jeremy Corbyn to be hanged as bogus anti-Semitism campaign intensifies By Robert Stevens

27 July 2019 — WSWS

On Wednesday, as Boris Johnson became prime minister, a Lincolnshire Conservative councillor, Roger Patterson, tweeted that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was a “traitor” and supporter of terrorism who should be “swinging from the gallows like Saddam Hussein.”

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Labour’s Necrotising Fasciitis A response to the BBC’s Panorama “Is Labour Antisemitic?” By W Stephen Gilbert

21 July 2019 — Off Guardian

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In the long history of party politics, coordinated and systematic attacks on one political party are always initiated and perpetuated by a rival party or parties. Not least of the ways in which the increasingly murderous row about alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is unprecedented is that, although it was quietly seeded by Lynton Crosby’s propaganda unit in the Conservative Party back in 2016, it has been swollen into a life-threatening confrontation by elements both within Labour and with supposedly supportive links to Labour.

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The Guardian publishes, then censors Jewish open letter defending smeared pro-Corbyn Labour MP Chris Williamson By Ben Norton

15 July 2019 — Grayzone

The Guardian removed article Chris Williamson letter

Britain’s leading newspaper The Guardian, which has relentlessly attacked Jeremy Corbyn and his leftist allies, published but then quickly removed an open letter signed by Noam Chomsky defending Labour MP Chris Williamson from “anti-Semitism” smears.

By Ben Norton

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