Re: That's one of his blogs. Are you referring to today's "Why You Canít Be a Genuine Supporter of the
Posted by Ian M on October 4, 2023, 11:27 pm, in reply to "That's one of his blogs. Are you referring to today's "Why You Canít Be a Genuine Supporter of the"
Good article, mainly agree, but not with the claim that Corbyn somehow 'forgot' that zionists use bad faith accusations of antisemitism to attack Israel's critics:
'Having spent 30 years as a campaigner for Palestinian rights, Corbyn above all was familiar with the Zionist accusation of ďanti-Semitism.Ē Yet when he became leader he forgot all of this.'
He would have to have been exceptionally stupid not to notice and understand this tactic, and his memory seems clear on plenty of other topics, so the inescapable conclusion is that he pretended not to know, and failed to point out the tactic out of cowardice and/or political calculation that doing so would upset too many people and it was better to take the abuse. I did a brief search of Corbyn's pre-2015 palestine activism to see if he had ever mentioned false a/s accusations but didn't find anything in his speeches. I did however find this 2002 article from Seumas Milne, one of his closest advisors and PR manager:
'But now the left stands accused of anti-semitism because of its opposition to Israel's military occupation and continuing dispossession of the Palestinians. As the Palestinian intifada and Israeli repression rage on, rightwing commentators and religious leaders have claimed the left is guilty of "anti-Jewish prejudice", double standards towards Israel and even apeing the anti-semitic "blood libels" of the Middle Ages with the ferocity of its charges of Israeli massacres. Britain's chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, has widened the attack to the media and equated any questioning of Israel's legitimacy with "calling into question the Jewish people's right to exist collectively". In the US, the denunciation of the left over Israel has been extended to include the whole mainstream European political system.
But none of that excuses the smear that left or liberal support for Palestinian rights is somehow connected to resurgent anti-Jewish racism - an absurd slur which is itself being used as an apologia for Israel's brutal war of subjugation in the occupied territories. All the evidence is that it is the far right, the traditional fount of anti-semitic poison, which has been overwhelmingly responsible for attacks on both Muslim and Jewish targets in Europe. Violence from the Islamist fringe no doubt also poses a threat, but not even in the wildest rantings of Israel's cheerleaders has it been suggested that any group on the left could have had anything to do with, say, the trashing of the Finsbury Park synagogue. Nor is it hostile media coverage that is fuelling criticism of Israel, but what is actually taking place on the ground in Bethlehem, Nablus and Ramallah.' - https://www.dumptheguardian.com/world/2002/may/09/comment
So they knew. They just chose to not make the argument when it mattered the most, thus kneecapping their own supporters and setting back pro-Palestinian activism in this country by decades.
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