Keir Starmer’s foolish decision to suspend Corbyn is a gift to the Tories. And racists everywhere.

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Joe Glenton

Keir Starmer’s foolish decision to suspend former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is a huge gift for the Tory government. And it will help racists everywhere.

The suspension, following the publication of the EHRC report into antisemitism in the Labour Party, will be debated for months. But some things are beyond doubt.

The suspension has immediately, and predictably, been used by the Conservative Party to attack both Starmer and the left he himself is attacking.

The Tory strategy is to try and say these two entirely different politicians are one and the same – despite the current Labour leader’s apparent ferocious purge of socialists and his abandoning of any kind of left-wing policies.

But that isn’t all.

Dangerous

Last year, the late academic David Graeber warned that the weaponising of antisemitism by the centre against anti-racists was itself dangerous for minorities. Not least to Jewish people like Graeber himself.

In a video published on Twitter in December 2019, Graeber said:

I’m making an appeal. Stop this. Please. For the sake of my safety. Fanning the flames is making things dangerous. What actually threatens Jews, the people who actually want to kill us, are Nazis.

The heartfelt warning by Graeber, a brilliant left-wing thinker and author who tragically died in September 2020, should be heeded by us all.

Now more than ever, the left needs to organise against racism. We must condemn the use of antisemitism as a weapon to attack long-standing anti-racists like Jeremy Corbyn.

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons

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    1. Labour is now a Zionist Party. Israel dictates to Labour through its UK proxies. The EHRC report does not establish that Labour is or ever was “institutionally anti-Semitic”. That has been the claim, repeated over and over. The EHRC report has turned up only two instances of members who potentially broke the law regarding racism. That is not remotely like “institutional anti-Semitism”. The Zionist lobby has never claimed that anti-Semitism is a peripheral problem. Its claim has always been that the Party is anti-Semitic from top to bottom. The report uses the term anti-Semitism over and over as if it is clearly defined. Zionists claim that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. They claim that comparisons between Zionism and Nazism are anti-Semitic (they should read Joachim Prinz’s Wir JUden 1935). These claims are controversial. Zionism is not a race nor a religion. It is a political project. To criticise it is not anti-Semitic. The similarities between Nazi doctrine and practice and a current within Zionism have been pointed up many times. What has gone on is Finkelstein’s misuse of the Nazi genocide and abuse of history. The purpose, of course, is to defend Israel in all its actions. Starmer speaks of the pain suffered by the Jewish community. It doesn’t exist. In fact, it’s an anti-Semitic trope: all Jews are the same. Many Jews in Labour report no experience of anti-Semitism. Starmer ignores them. Only those who claim to have suffered abuse does he acknowledge. He says he will always stand by Israel and the Israelis. He never says a word in defence of the Palestinians. He offers not a syllable of criticism of Israel. Labour is a Zionist Party. Its first priority is the defence of Israel, at all costs. Starmer is a racist. He refuses absolutely to accept what is uncontroversial: Israel’s racist treatment of the Palestinians. What is happening is the preparation of the sacrifice of the Palestinians and Starmer is colluding with it. Perhaps he will soon join Likud. That the scale of anti-Semitism in Labour has been exaggerated is beyond doubt. The EHRC report confirms it. That the Right have used this to hobble the left is obvious. That Corbyn’s near victory in 2017 has spooked the Establishment is clear. And the result is that Labour is a puppet Party. Israel pulls the strings.

      1. So well put, I find myself in despair this morning as I have finally realised that all hope is gone, no party to represent my views I am now just about ready to give up the fight. The Yankee invaders are coming and it scares me.

      2. Hear, hear! Your response is perfect. Well said.

        Jeremy and his supporters need to form a new Progressive Party for the British workers and immigrants. The Establishment has subverted any real Labour Party representation for the working people of Britain.

        We have the same problem in the USA where the Jews are over represented in congress. Only 1.4% of Americans are Jewish yet 14% of our representatives are Jewish, and many hold dual citizenship with Israeli as well as Us passports. How can they be loyal to Americans when they have one foot in Israel?

        This is not an antisemitic rant. This is an accurate statement of facts.

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