Hip Hip Hooray for Jeremy Corbyn

Hip Hip Hooray comes from an old anti-Semitic rallying cry, “Hep Hep”. Rioters in Europe would shout ‘Hep! Hep!’ while looking for Jews to attack during pogroms. This chant was adopted by Nazi storm troopers. One, possibly mythical, derivation claims that “Hep Hep” comes from the medieval Latin acronym for Hierosolyma Est Perdita, meaning “Jerusalem is lost.

While the origins of Hip Hip Hooray are lost in the mists of time, we do not have to look far for evidence for Mr. Corbyn’s anti-Semitism and hatred for Israel.

Corbyn supported the campaign to overturn the convictions of Jawad Botmeh and Samar Alami for the 1994 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in London. The convictions were upheld by both the High Court of Justice (2001) and the European Court of Human Rights (2007).

Corbyn is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and has denounced “apartheid in Israel”. Back in 2009, he invited his “friends” from Hamas and Hezbollah to an event in parliament and referred to Hamas as “an organisation dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people”.

In 2012, Corbyn posted a Facebook comment on an anti-Semitic mural showing a group of hook-nosed capitalists playing Monopoly on a table resting on the backs of naked workers. The local authority had ordered the mural to be painted over. Corbyn came to the artist’s defence, comparing him with the Mexican artist Diego Viera, whose mural was destroyed because it included a picture of Lenin.

After the recent discovery of this post several leading British Jews wrote to Mr Corbyn with three complaints: that the Labour Party contains pockets of anti-Semitism; that Mr Corbyn has repeatedly turned a blind eye; and that previous attempts to deal with anti-Semitism have been inadequate.

However, Corbyn has done more than turn a blind eye. He has seen fit to have tea in Parliament with Sheikh Raed Salah, an Islamist extremist who has claimed that “a way was found to warn the 4,000 Jews who worked every day in the Twin Towers to stay home on September 11th 2001”.

Up to 2012, he has appeared on Iranian national television, for a $26,000 fee, supporting a regime that executes homosexuals, and frequently threatens to wipe Israel off the map.

In 2016, while claiming that he was not in favour of BDS, he stated “I support targeted boycotts aimed at undermining the existence of illegal settlements in the West Bank.”

But, after many years in opposition, there is a growing feeling that the Labour party’s time is near. With the Conservatives in disarray, Mrs. May’s grip on power is slipping. Jeremy Corbyn now has a realistic chance of becoming the UK’s next Prime Minister. He has already taken a few, tentative, steps to hide his real character. He issued a statement recognising that “anti-Semitism has surfaced within the Labour Party” and apologised for his mistake over the mural and offered to meet Jewish leaders.

So, why Hip Hip Hooray for Jeremy Corbyn? Why should we in Israel support this anti-Semite? The answer is simple – for many years the United Kingdom has sided with our enemies. From reneging on its own Balfour Declaration to voting against us in the UN, deeply entrenched anti-Semitism has never been far from the surface. Corbyn’s open hatred for us and our country might, at last, open the eyes of Britain’s 280,000 Jews. Under a Corbyn government, it will be hard to keep up the claims that “I’ve never seen any anti-Semitism” and “It will never happen here”.

It is not clear what keeps the Jews in Britain. It can’t be the weather; miserable, cloudy skies, with the occasional heat-wave and no air-conditioning. It can’t be their gardens; currently there is a hose-pipe ban due to the severe drought. This in an island surrounded by water, but with no desalination plants. Here in Israel, we have long since solved the water shortage.

It can’t be the economy. UK GDP growth is expected to slow to 1.4% in 2018. Here, in Israel, we are expecting GDP 3.4%. In March of 2018, Israel’s unemployment hit a record low of 3.60 percent. The UK was 3.90.

It can’t be the welcoming neighbours. There are now some 3 million Muslims in Britain. They are mainly in areas, such as Birmingham and Manchester, that were traditionally Jewish strongholds.

It can’t be the health service. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is on the verge of collapse. “NHS failure is inevitable” wrote The Guardian just a couple of months ago. A simple blood test requires an appointment at a hospital, and a long wait for the family doctor to get the results in the mail. Here, in Israel, a morning visit to a local clinic, no appointment needed, brings the results to your smart phone by late afternoon.

A Corbyn victory might be the last straw that makes them realise that their home is with us, in their own land, and not in exile.

So, Hip Hip Hooray for Jeremy Corbyn!

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveler, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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