Corbyn’s Britain could be a nightmare for Jews

If one judges a man by the company he keeps, then the new leader of Britain’s Labour Party is a cause for concern for Jews and supporters of Israel. During the just finished Labour leadership election, the Jewish Chronicle published a list of key questions for Jeremy Corbyn to answer. These included: why have you made donations to known Holocaust deniers, why do you associate with extremists who blame Jews for the ‘Blood Libel,’ and why do you refer to Hamas and Hezbollah as ‘friends’?

Corbyn is also a long-time supporter of Irish Republicanism and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, who, despite now wearing the suit of a politician, has been closely linked to the balaclavas of the IRA in the past. Corbyn strongly supports the centrepiece of the IRA’s armed insurgency, a united Ireland, regardless of the wishes of those who may live there.

Corbyn won the Labour leadership election with nearly 60% of the vote, the majority of which came from an influx of hundreds of thousands of new, far left, Labour party members. This anti-Israel phalanx and their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, now control the levers of power in Britain’s opposition party.

Even the previous, and Jewish, former Labour leader Ed Miliband supported the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian State, regardless of the outcome of the peace process.

It’s not hard to imagine what Britain’s relationship to Israel might be like under the Premiership of Jeremy Corbyn, and how it might turn into a nightmare for Britain’s Jews…

Prime Minister Corbyn invites former members of the Palestinian unity government, Fatah and Hamas, to Number 10 for talks. Corbyn says the Israeli Prime Minister is not welcome.

Corbyn states in the House of Commons that Israel is the greatest threat to Middle East peace, and British foreign policy will promote unilateral steps to support “our Palestinian brothers in their struggle against occupation.” He later says on television that the Balfour declaration was an “historic mistake.”

Corbyn’s government unilaterally recognises a Palestinian state on the borders of the 1948 UN resolution partitioning Palestine, and declares Jerusalem as the sole capital of Arab Palestine. Britain holds that all Israeli held territory outside the 1948 borders to be illegally occupied.

Israeli MK’s are barred from Britain as representatives of an “occupying force”, while Arab MK’s will be exempt as representatives of the legitimate resistance to Zionist occupiers. Britain opens an embassy to Palestine in Jerusalem.

British MP’s pass an arms embargo on Israel and a new criminal offence of supplying weapons or defence related technology to Israel is enacted. The UK signs a military arms agreement with the Palestinian government, providing tanks, anti-aircraft systems and significant numbers of assault rifles and RPGs.

A private members’ bill to formally rescind the Balfour Declaration passes in the British Parliament. The Foreign Secretary suggests the government may consider de-recognition of the State of Israel if “the illegal occupation doesn’t end soon.”

Visitors and residents of “Israeli occupied Palestine” are to be refused entry to the UK, while British citizens who visit may be subject to Police control orders, the British Home Secretary announces.

“Did you visit illegally occupied Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, on your trip, Mrs. Goldberg?” is overheard at Heathrow customs.

All publicly funded British universities are now obligated to boycott Israel, with fines for those that refuse. Jewish organisations on campus may be monitored by authorities for any links to “armed occupation groups or illegal regimes.”

Corbyn’s Labour government passes the world’s first BDS Act. Israeli entertainers, scientists and business people are subject to a blanket ban on travel to the UK, and any goods, services or products from Israel are banned in Britain. Dead Sea products are removed from the shelves and thousands of Israeli’s who live in Britain have their visas rescinded. The new law requires all British companies to publish lists of their investors who have any ties to Israel. Labour MEPs push for an EU wide BDS law.

At the UN, Prime Minister Corbyn announces that Britain will “conditionally” de-recognise Israel and says “the time to end the occupation of Palestine is now” to thunderous applause from the General Assembly.

The Home Secretary announces that Jewish youth groups will be monitored “for supporting extremist activity abroad” and any British citizen who joins the IDF will have their UK passport revoked.

Some of Corbyn’s supporters push for Hebrew to be declared “a language of occupation” and local authorities are given the power to investigate and potentially shut down institutions that teach Hebrew.

Violent anti-Semitic attacks in the UK increase ten-fold. Police forces are accused of turning a blind eye to arson and vandalism against Synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, while Prime Minister Corbyn makes his first official visit to Tehran.

Britain signs a multi-billion pound trade deal with Iran, and Corbyn’s government passes a new criminal offence of aiding, abetting, or expressing public support for the Zionist regime with a penalty of up to ten years in prison.

The Home Secretary announces that synagogues and institutions which refuse to condemn Zionism may lose their charitable status or even be shut down. Any literature which promotes Israel as the “Jewish homeland” may also be banned. Police and anti-terror officers conduct simultaneous raids against Jewish institutions, confiscating prayer books and Torah scrolls, just as Prime Minister Corbyn welcomes Ayatollah Khamenei on a state visit to the UK.

Corbyn signs an agreement with Iran to sell them the Trident Missile system. He defends enabling Iran to go nuclear, saying that it will “level the playing field” in the Middle East…

Maybe a Corbyn government wouldn’t do anything like this. Maybe he would, at least at first, reach out to British Jews, saying he can be both a friend of Jews and a critic of Israel at the same time.

But there is no doubt that for many people who support Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, from George Galloway to the hundreds of thousands who have recently flooded the Labour party, when it comes to Britain’s relations with Israel, this is their manifesto.

About the Author
Nick Henderson-Mayo is a former Scottish political activist who left Labour under Corbyn, and then the UK because of antisemitism. He now lives in Jerusalem with his husband.