The British media has labelled anti-Semitism in the Labour Party a “scandal”. This seriously understates the problem
The British media has labelled anti-Semitism in the Labour Party a “scandal”. This term deeply underestimates the strategic nature of Jeremy Corbyn’s actions to normalise anti-Semitism as a political tool for his anti-Western aims.
Political scandals vary, but one thing they have in common is that they will elicit embarrassment and regret from those implicated. Yet as the outrageous stories of Corbyn’s courting of terrorists, Holocaust deniers and Islamists continue to emerge, his dismissive responses reveal anything but remorse for his actions. His deplorable attitude towards the recent Tunis wreath-laying revelations made his indifference to the charge of anti-Semitism clear. Corbyn admitted that he had been “present” at a memorial wreath-laying to commemorate one of the terrorist masterminds of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He claimed, however, that he was there to see a “fitting memorial” to “everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere”.
Corbyn’s justification for his actions is disgraceful but entirely unsurprising. Refusing to distinguish between the victims of terrorism and the terrorists themselves is a trademark of his foreign policy. From his time as a fringe backbench socialist figure, he has consistently supported enemies of Western civilisation, convicted terrorists included. He was a vocal supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Presidents Assad, Venezuela’s Chávez and Maduro and the Iranian Ayatollahs, appearing multiple times on Iran’s Press TV nodding along to anti-Zionist propaganda. After becoming Labour leader, Corbyn toned down some of his support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he always maintained his commitment to anti-Zionist causes, such as the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, where he was previously chairman. In Corbyn’s warped view of world affairs as a struggle for justice by the oppressed against their oppressors, Israel and its supporters in the West are branded as chief tyrants. Denouncing Israel, a country surrounded by enemies and minutely scrutinised by the international community, is unfortunately a convenient and strategic path for Corbyn to normalise an anti-Western foreign policy at large.
Corbyn’s strategy is to embrace the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a bid to gain power and implement socialism in the UK. When it comes to the Labour Party, Jewish Labour activists, Blairite MPs and supporters of Israel are a clear impediment to his goal. For this reason, it has been in his own interest to distance himself strategically from British Jewry and attempt to silence dissenting Labour MPs such as Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin. The refusal to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism in full and the initiation of disciplinary procedures against Hodge and Austin was not a blunder, but a clearly calculated move by the Labour leadership. Corbyn’s strategy has been a success within the party, according to recent polling: 61 per cent believe he is handling anti-Semitism well and 80 per cent of the party approve of his leadership overall.
Our concerns over Corbyn should not be limited to the question of whether he personally hates the Jewish people or the nature of the so-called “scandal”. His strategic anti-Semitism is much wider in scope. He has utilised it for political purposes to hijack the Labour Party, with the help of a growing mass of supporters, to create a vehicle for implementing socialism in the UK and the disruption of the Western liberal order worldwide.