“I’m telling ya’ll the scariest thing is not the attitudes of the British public, or the prospect of Corbyn being Prime Minister, anti-Semitism within the Labour party… It’s not the Left wing Intelligensia arguing against Israel or Zionism… IT’S THE BLATANT AND RAMPANT ANTI SEMITISM THAT IS RIFE WITHIN BRITISH INTELLIGENCE SERVICES!…
That’s what fucking terrifies me… Mandelson, Nat Rothschild and Oleg Deripraska are referred to as the ‘Three Jew Boys’… Rothschild, although feared, they talk about him as the ‘King Jew’… Mossad as ‘Zionist Thugs’…
This problem is deep rooted within large portions of the British Establishment…
‘A new poison’: Why the UK chief rabbi broke the mold to confront Jeremy Corbyn
Aware the Labour leader could walk triumphantly into 10 Downing Street on December 13, Ephraim Mirvis evidently decided silence was not an option
By DAVID HOROVITZ
Britain’s main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the launch of the Labour Party race and faith manifesto, in London, Tuesday Nov. 26, 2019. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
“Elections should be a celebration of democracy. However, just a few weeks before we go to the polls, the overwhelming majority of British Jews are gripped by anxiety. During the past few years, on my travels through the length and breadth of the UK and further afield… the question I am now most frequently asked is: What will become of Jews and Judaism in Britain if the Labour Party forms the next government?”
So began a truly remarkable article, first published in The Times of London on Tuesday, by Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis — an acknowledged unprecedented intervention into partisan politics, two weeks before Britain’s general election.
At its heart was the assertion, hotly disputed by Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn, that “anti-Jewish racism” now permeates the main opposition party. Charged Mirvis: “A new poison – sanctioned from the very top – has taken root” in Labour.
And its extraordinary goal, all but explicitly stated, was to discourage the British electorate from voting Labour. “It is not my place to tell any person how they should vote. I regret being in this situation at all,” Mirvis wrote near the end of his piece, summing up the predicament. “I simply pose the following question: What will the result of this election say about the moral compass of our country? When December 12th arrives, I ask every person to vote with their conscience. Be in no doubt – the very soul of our nation is at stake.”
So blatant an effort by a chief rabbi, invoking moral authority, to steer an electorate in a democracy away from a mainstream party, and at the height of an election campaign at that, would be resonant and dramatic in any country. In a Britain renowned for mainstream tolerance, and in a Britain where for decades it has been second nature for the Jewish community (perhaps 300,000-strong, less than 0.5% of Britain’s 66 million population) to keep a low profile, the resort to a gevalt op-ed was nothing short of a bombshell.
So why did Mirvis do it?
The Johannesburg-born chief rabbi, who is mild-mannered by nature, would plainly have agonized long and hard before sallying into print. His office has had its political associations in the past — Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher looked to one of his predecessors, Lord Jakobovits, as a key adviser and moral authority — but is anything but a confrontational institution. Whatever the private voting preferences of a chief rabbi, the holder of office interacts routinely with government and opposition politicians, and simply doesn’t take a partisan stance.
But these are radically atypical political times for Britain and for its Jews — so radically atypical that Anglo-Jewry’s key institutions organized a rally outside Parliament to protest anti-Semitism in Labour in March of 2018.
Corbyn was for decades a fringe figure on the British hard left, but in 2015 a series of long-odds events contrived to hand him the leadership of Labour — the traditional political home of British working class Jews and, more recently, the party of prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, both of them warmly disposed to the Jewish community and to Israel.
Corbyn is emphatically not well-disposed toward Israel. I detailed his lifelong anti-Israel obsession here last year, and argued that his singular focus on the perceived iniquities of the world’s only Jewish state tipped firmly into anti-Semitism. He argues strenuously, however, that he is anything but an anti-Semite — indeed, he insists that he has spent his entire political career battling racism.
How to explain the disconnect? And how to explain that his rise to the helm of Labour has emboldened a plague of anti-Semitism in his party? As Mirvis wrote, “We sit powerless, watching with incredulity as supporters of the Labour leadership have hounded parliamentarians, party members and even staff out of the party for facing down anti-Jewish racism… Now, astonishingly, we await the outcome of a formal investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission into whether discrimination by the party against Jews has become an institutional problem… The way in which the leadership of the Labour Party has dealt with anti-Jewish racism is incompatible with the British values of which we are so proud – of dignity and respect for all people. It has left many decent Labour members and parliamentarians, both Jewish and non-Jewish, ashamed of what has transpired.”
One explanation is that Corbyn cannot allow himself to internalize that Jews could be the victims of racism — absurd though that may sound given the events of 80 years ago. Hence his insistent refusal to apologize to the Jewish community for the anti-Semitism spilling out of his party, including in a BBC television interview on Tuesday evening — an interview that meant Mirvis’s cri de coeur, front page news in most British dailies on Tuesday morning, dominated the news cycle for a further 24 hours. He simply cannot see an overwhelmingly white and relatively affluent community as a potential victim of discrimination.
In the world view of Corbyn and the acolytes who now dominate Labour, after all, the great evils of the past century are colonialism and capitalism, and the symbols of those evils are bankers and financiers, landlords and media barons — some of whom just so happen to be Jewish. Victims? In this view, it’s Jews — and certainly Zionist and wealthy Jews — who are among the oppressors. Emblematically, Corbyn is a man who initially defended an East London mural depicting, as described by ToI’s Robert Philpot, “a group of men – seemingly caricatures of Jewish bankers and businessmen – counting their money on a Monopoly board balanced on the back of naked workers.”
Interestingly, having apparently concluded that Corbyn may not regard anti-Semitism as racism at all, Anglo-Jewish leaders, including Mirvis in his article, have taken to highlighting Labour’s “anti-Jewish racism.”
Kalen Ockerman’s mural ‘The Enemy of Humanity’ (photo credit: YouTube screen shot)
Sitting in his chief rabbi’s office, aware that amid the current unpredictability of British politics, Corbyn could walk triumphantly into Downing Street on December 13, Mirvis evidently decided that he was in a no-win situation.
If he spoke out, and warned of the dangers of a prime minister Corbyn — and perhaps even more so of the dangers of some of the smoother, more dangerous figures who have advanced in Corbyn’s slipstream — Mirvis would be castigated as a Conservative and Zionist stooge, accused of betraying the political impartiality of his office, and left with no access to the corridors of power were Corbyn indeed successful on election day. But if he was silent, and failed to sound the alarm, and the Jewish community — part of which has already begun to talk of emigration — found itself facing still greater hostility in a Corbyn-led Britain, would he rue his passivity, would he have ducked his moral and religious duty, and would he be judged by history to have failed his community?
Evidently, Mirvis concluded that there was more to gain by publishing his article –that if an opposition Labour party mainstreaming anti-Semitism was dire, then, as he put it, “What should we expect of them in government?” Better, if at all possible, not to find out.
The chief rabbi would have realized that his article would cause a furor — though it likely resonated still more than he would have anticipated. A week earlier, it might have been edged aside by the misfiring effort by Prince Andrew, in a cold, haughty BBC interview, to disentangle himself from Jeffrey Epstein.
Whether it will impact the elections is another question. Britain is going to the polls mainly over Brexit, with the National Health Service and the economy also prominent issues. Labour anti-Semitism is in the mix somewhere, but how much of a factor it will prove in anyone’s voting choice is impossible to gauge with any credibility.
If Labour wins, Anglo-Jewry may indeed find the doors of Downing Street closed in its face. But then again, its key leaders — of whom Mirvis is the last, not the first, to speak out — would not have wanted to enter in any case.
If Labour loses, the Jewish community may find itself widely blamed by Corbyn loyalists, and face more of the hostility it already endures.
A price worth paying, Mirvis would presumably have sighed, as he pressed Send.
Jeremy Corbyn Reminds Us Why Israel Exists
In a now-deleted tweet, the Washington Post informed its 14 million followers that the historic condemnation of Jeremy Corbyn by the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom was triggered by Labour Party leader’s strong support for “Palestinian rights.”
As numerous people quickly pointed out, this is a detestable falsehood. Indeed, the article to which the tweet linked notes that a review of online posts by Labour members uncovered “examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one individual who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.”
Despite this, the rest of the Post’s story is something of a whitewash. Like so many others that have covered Labour’s moral deterioration, it goes out of its way to note that, “Corbyn, alongside many in the left-wing of his party, are strong supporters of Palestinian rights and fierce critics of Israel’s right-wing government.” This insinuation — that Corbynite animosity towards British Jewry is predicated on the existence of a “right-wing Israeli government” — is a myth.
For one thing, despite public perception, the right-center coalition run by Benjamin Netanyahu hasn’t altered Israeli policy governing the West Bank and Gaza in any significant way from its predecessors (other than, perhaps, by offering Palestinians more autonomy). For another, even if Netanyahu had altered that policy, there has never been — and almost surely never will be — any Israeli government of the right, left, or center that would placate the average Corbynite.
The link the Post draws is nonsensical. Are we to believe that the Leader of Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition referred to anti-Semitic terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends” in a speech in front of Parliament because he was worried about final status negotiations? Did Corbyn appear multiple times on the Holocaust-denying Hamas-backing Iranian regime’s propaganda channel because he misses Yitzhak Rabin?
The man who participates in a 2014 wreath-laying ceremony for the terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics and prevaricates when asked whether it is “anti-Semitic to say that Rothschild Zionists run world governments” is no friend of the Jews.
Israel looms large in Corbyn’s worldview. The Corbyn-led Labour Party was initially unable to adopt The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance of anti-Semitism until tremendous outside pressure compelled them. Why? Because the guidelines conflicted with its anti-Zionism, the most significant and consequential form of Jew hatred that exists in the world today. Anti-Zionism is now the predominant justification for violence and murder against Jews in Europe and around the world. Corbyn is one of its champions.
“It’s not anti-Semitic to be critical of Israel,” Corbynites, and their progressive ideological cousins here in the United States like to say. And, of course, they’re correct. Curiously enough, though, those who reserve special opprobrium for a Jewish state they view as an inherently racist and colonial endeavor, as most Corbynites do, also seem to have odious views about the people who democratically govern that small strip of land.
As Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis correctly points out, Corbyn hasn’t merely “tolerated” anti-Semitic attitudes — as so many publications like to claim — but rather he has actively transformed Labour, once one of the most important political parties in the free world, into a safe haven for Jew hatred. As Mirvis notes, under Corbyn, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, Labour has “hounded parliamentarians, members and even staff out of the party for challenging anti-Jewish racism.”
Perhaps Corbyn’s rise simply reflects a new — or is it a renewed? — reality in Europe? A recent ADL poll claims that a quarter of Europeans hold anti-Semitic views. Around 45 percent of Poles and 42 percent of Ukrainians admit to pollsters that they believe that “people hate Jews because of the way Jews behave,” a view that over 30 percent of our old friends the Austrians and Germans share. And one of the fastest growing groups in Europe, Muslims, are importing an even deeper enmity towards Jews than is found in Poland, Ukraine, Germany, and elsewhere. Muslims in Western Europe are anti-Semitic at almost three times the rate of the general population. Thus far, Corbyn has appeased, rather than tried to extinguish, this hatred.
If Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party ends up winning next month, Britain will be led by an openly anti-Semitic government. Mirvis warns that such a result is an existential threat to Britain’s Jewry. What he can’t say, but implies, is that people such as Corbyn are exactly why Israel must exist.
Corbyn and the Jews: What’s the latest?
As the UK heads to the polls next month, the news cycle on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s alleged anti-Semitism problem is moving at a rapid pace.
by Noa Amouyal Published on 11-27-2019 15:19 Last modified: 11-27-2019 18:39British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament | Photo: Reuters/Stefan Rousseau
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is once again the subject of scrutiny regarding his relationship with British Jewry. As the UK election approaches next month, here’s just some highlights of what’s transpired over the past 48 hours regarding Corbyn’s fraught relationship with the Jews.
A “car crash” of an interview
Rather than apologizing, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has doubled-down on his insistence that he’s not an anti-Semite and is doing what he can to eradicate Jew-hatred within his party.
During a BBC interview with Andrew Neil, Corbyn was asked four times whether he wanted to apologize ahead of the Dec. 12 general election, to which he responded, “What I’ll say is this I am determined that our society is safe for people of all faiths.”
Prince Andrew does the car crash interview of 2019.
Jeremy Corbyn: Hold my beer.
In addition to refusing to apologize for anti-Semitism, Corbyn also openly disagreed with the UK’s top Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ assessment of Corbyn’s ability to clamp down on Jew-hatred within his party.
Jeremy Corbyn refuses 4 times to apologise for failure to tackle anti-Semitism in brutal car-crash Andrew Neil grilling https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10429034/jeremy-corbyn-andrew-neil-interview-anti-semitism/ …Jeremy Corbyn refuses 4 times to apologise for failure to tackle anti-Semitism in brutal car-crash…UNDER-FIRE Jeremy Corbyn refused FOUR times to apologise for his failure to tackle anti-Semitism tonight in a brutal car-crash interview. The Labour boss was ripped apart by BBC political rottweile…thesun.co.uk1258:40 PM – Nov 26, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy71 people are talking about this
Unimpressed, Neil then moved on to Brexit after the nearly 12-minute grilling.
While we have yet to see if that interview did any damage to Corbyn’s chances, the jury on Twitter has already rendered its verdict, with many dubbing the conversation a “car crash interview.”
Israel may halt security cooperation with the UK
In more serious news, The Daily Telegraph reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insinuated that security cooperation between the UK and Israel would cease when and if Corbyn became prime minister.
“During a visit to London in September, The Telegraph asked Mr. Netanyahu whether security cooperation could continue if Mr. Corbyn follows through on his promises to stop arms sales to Israel and to recognize a Palestinian state. ‘What do you think?’ Netanyahu said,” according to the report.
A former MI6 officer speaking to the British paper confirmed that cooperation would likely be put “on hold,” but some sort of relationship would continue quietly in the background.
Should this come to pass, it could drastically impact how both countries combat the Iranian threat since the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and MI5 are in close contact with the Israeli intelligence establishment on that issue.
The Telegraph also reported that “Israel’s Mossad spy agency is believed to be the second-largest sharer of intelligence with Britain after the CIA.”
WZO says British community in distress
Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization (WZO) Yaakov Hagoel, asserted that “300,000 Jews are living in fear of their own future and their own security.” In a letter issued to The Jerusalem Post, Hagoel blasted Corbyn for being a “declared anti-Semite, a hater of Israel and a terrorist supporter.”
He lamented that British Jews were no longer free to openly worship as they please in the UK and said he feared that a Corbyn government would only make matters worse.
Blasting the Labour Party, he said “today, a large, well-established and influential political party is giving a tailwind to bigotry against Jews, officially, without masks and without fear.”
Jews on Twitter are not staying quiet
The past 24 hours have seen a flurry of activity on Jewish Twitter, where activists and laypeople alike have expressed their outrage at not only at Corbyn’s disastrous interview but also over a problematic tweet by The Washington Post which conflated the anti-Semitism issue with Labour’s support of a Palestinian state.
Although the paper apologized for the tweet, it ignited outrage among many Jews.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, called on The Washington Post to “do better” and said their tweet was “categorically false.”
Categorically false. @UKLabour has been accused of anti-Semitism due to their support of Holocaust deniers, anti-Semitic terrorists & perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes & conspiracies. Very different from strong statements on Palestinian rights. Do better, @washingtonpost.
Meanwhile, Tal Ofer, a Deputy at the Board of Deputies of British Jews, shared the front page of major papers – all of which shamed Corbyn for doubling down and refusing to apologize to British Jews.
And lastly, Avi Mayer, the assistant executive director and managing director of global communications at the American Jewish Committee summed up the state of affairs quite succinctly:
British voters have many valid concerns, but British Jewry is very simply in distress. I cannot recall the last time I detected such acute anxiety from a Western Jewish community on the eve of an election. I hope Britons think of their Jewish neighbors when they go to the polls.2668:16 PM – Nov 26, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy93 people are talking about this
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met Mirvis on Wednesday and then participated in a United Jewish Israel Appeal event in London.
“In his meeting with the chief rabbi, the president lent his support to Rabbi Mirvis’s work, including the article he published recently expressing his concerns about rising anti-Semitism in the UK, and told him ‘your clear voice and leadership, particularly in the last few days, fills us all with pride,'” the president’s office said in a press release.
“Since the Balfour Declaration, Israel has shared a common history and common democratic values with Britain. It is because of these strong bonds that we are extremely concerned by the rise in anti-Semitism in the UK,” Rivlin said, according to the press release.
Rivlin added that “zero tolerance means providing security for Jewish communities, and countering religious extremism. It means insisting that there is no room for anti-Semitism in the halls of power, and no room for incitement on social media. It means effective legislation and effective Holocaust education.”