I ask my readers to read the whole piece and not just disconnect the second you find a line that makes you see red. If you think that one, two or more points are nonsense, so be it but that doesn’t invalidate every point I make. And even any one of my points exonerates Corbyn.
1. It is important to discover, expose, condemn and oppose as many antisemites as possible, especially among leaders of society and politicians. Failure to do so may be outright dangerous. However, that doesn’t mean that we should accuse as many people as possible. Those to be confronted should be genuine antisemites, not just possible ones.
2. Jewish unity is of paramount value. There’s little more dangerous than Jewish infighting. Especially when confronting antisemites. That doesn’t mean that if many Jews and famous intelligent Jews accuse a Gentile (or Jew) of being a diehard antisemite, that then all Jews must univocally join them. Standing up for the truth is more important than speaking with one voice. The truth is that there is much new proof that Corbyn is an extreme anti-Zionist but not that he’s an antisemite in any way.
3. He opinionated that British Zionists, even when having lived all their lives in the UK, have no English irony. People started falling over each other pointing out how foul this “accusation” is, setting native Jews apart as aliens. But what if he’s right? Could simply stating the truth be antisemitism? Corbyn didn’t say that therefore all British Jews should be deported. He just said that we go ballistic when confronted on Zionism. That’s a mild response to being confronted by massive (but baseless) allegations of antisemitism. How would you respond in his place?
4. Often anti-Zionism is part of antisemitism, just as dislike of feminism is usually a sign of sexism. But that doesn’t mean that anti-Zionists must be antisemites. Especially not if the hatred of Zionism is connected to an overall far-left worldview that erroneously misreads Zionism as racism, imperialism and colonialism – as I blogged recently. His claim is not that Jews run the world secretly, but that Israel does. There is a difference. Just like an anti-feminist doesn’t need to be a sexist if it’s part of his/her overall conservative worldview as someone who hates all modernity.
5. Corbyn has no doubt anti-Jewish stereotypes in his mind, but which Gentile or Jew hasn’t? We all learned against our will prejudices against every oppressed group. That doesn’t make anyone suspect or unkosher.
6. The term antisemite has become synonymous with immoral monster. Corbyn is obviously no such animal. Listen to his recent clip denouncing antisemitism in Labour saying that there is no place for such sentiments in his party and that Jews have a right to feel safe. There is no proof and not even a hint that he was lying when he said that. There is no reason to believe him to be insincere when he rejects antisemitism. Especially not when many anti-Zionists are proud of their hatred for Jews.
7. You can’t blame Corbyn for antisemitism inside the Labour party as he was the one who boldly proclaimed a zero-tolerance policy against it.
There is no place for antisemitism in the Labour Party. We must drive it out of our movement for good. pic.twitter.com/V1voY75yz4
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 5, 2018
8. Corbyn is still not proven to be an antisemite when any number of distinguished prominent US and UK Jews or even the UK Jewish street claim that he is. Proving goes through argumentation and with facts and not via authority, popular sentiment or by majority vote. It is true that British Jews are not used to protest their lack of safety. They rather try to get by quietly and inconspicuously so. Yet, that fact that they now protest Corbyn is no proof for that he’s beyond normal and at fault.
9. Too many who now speak out against the Labour leader have never voted Labour and never will. Anti-left sentiments are legit but if a Jew dislikes the left that doesn’t mean that he should accuse its leaders of being antisemites. (Do his accusers realize that ousting the far-left Labour leader may bring Labour to Downing Street?)
10. There are antisemitic sentiments, stereotypes, pronouncements, behaviors, policies and laws in the world, but no one is born an antisemite. There is no antisemitic DNA. Often, certain Gentiles are profiled as antisemitic to make other Gentiles to feel good as (relatively) kosher. This is a fake distinction. Rather, instead of assigning blame to the “right” people (the wrong people, actually), one should allot responsibility to all Gentiles to help uproot the oldest of Gentile diseases: antisemitism. As there are no wicked people, there is no need to replace people – only to confront them with their responsibility to get the right information and get on the right side of history.
Corbyn is totally wrong on Zionism and must become knowledgeable, able to think beyond the Middle-Eastern lies. But he’s not an antisemite.
As long as Corbyn has not cleaned up his anti-Zionist act, Labour will not get enough votes to enter government. If Labour is serious about social change, it better starts reading some good information about Zionism, which contradicts and can replace the ultra-leftist mantras.