Sunday, 1 April 2018

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party and antisemitism

In an earlier post I raised some questions that should be asked of the Labour Party, how many Labour Party members were also members of antisemitic Facebook groups, being one. 

The Times has a very revealing article that partly answers that question, not that the BBC will be reporting that.

'Twelve senior staff working for the Labour leader and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, are members of groups containing anti-semitic and violent comments, including praise for Adolf Hitler and threats to kill Theresa May, the prime minister.' 

Twelve senior Labour Party staff members of such vile groups, will they be sacked or will the usual defences that they were members of such groups by mistake and that they never saw antisemitic posts be accepted by the Labour Party leadership. 

The article continues:

'The most comprehensive investigation conducted into 20 of the biggest pro-Corbyn Facebook groups — numbering 400,000 members — found routine attacks on Jewish people, including Holocaust denial.

The dossier was compiled over two months by whistleblowers working with The Sunday Times in the groups, who gained access to restricted membership groups. They uncovered more than 2,000 racist, anti-semitic, misogynistic, violent and abusive messages.

Lord Carlile, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said the comments appeared to breach hate-crime laws.'

A violation of hate crime laws, surely Jeremy Corbyn would have to sack any Labour Party official who was guilty of such behaviour, or who didn't argue against such hate crimes. 

' The investigation found:

■ Posts including support for Adolf Hitler, with one saying the Nazi leader "should have finished off the job" and another claiming the deaths of 6m Jews in the Holocaust "was a big lie!"' 

It's always interesting how anti Semites can believe both that the holocaust didn't happen and that Hitler should have finished the job. 

' ■ A Labour supporter, Patrick Haseldine, who posted an image of the Israeli flag on one Labour group on Facebook, with the swastika replacing the Star of David

■ Ian Love, a Momentum organiser on one of the groups, who claimed the former prime minister Tony Blair was "Jewish to the core", and told The Sunday Times last week he believed the Rothschild banking family controlled most of the world's finances.'' 

"Jewish to the core", will the Labour Party be asking Ian Love what he meant by that comment. It uses Jewishness as a derogatory description, is that antisemitic? 


'David Prescott, Corbyn's senior political adviser, was a member of We Support Jeremy Corbyn, the biggest group, until last week;' 

Why did he leave the group last week? What happened to change his mind about the group? 

'Laura Murray, a stakeholder manager in Corbyn's office, is a member of Supporting Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell; and James Meadway, McDonnell's economic adviser, is in the groups We Support Jeremy Corbyn and Supporting Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell.' 

Still members despite the revelations of antisemitism in the groups, how so? 

Yes I know that means that these Labour Party figures are damned  if they leave these groups and damned if they don't, but then I have no sympathy for the enablers of Jew hatred. 

'Labour said no one in Corbyn's or McDonnell's office had seen, posted or endorsed anti- semitic or abusive messages.' 

How do the Labour Party know that? Have they conducted an investigation already? Who carried out the investigation? Posted or endorsed one can check but how do they know that nobody in the Corbyn and Mcdonnell offices saw anti Semitic posts? 

' Some posts decry the lack of availability of "assassins" in Britain for "getting rid of politicians", with a picture featuring May. 

Another post, about the former deputy prime minister Damian Green, says "why don't we just don't get on with it and lynch him".'

Remind me, which is the nasty party? 

' The revelations came as it emerged that MPs who were at a rally to oppose Labour anti-semitism had been told to "explain" themselves to their constituency parties.

MPs who joined the rally say they have asked Corbyn to make clear he does not think those who attended were attacking him. He has not done so.'

Jeremy Corbyn's dedication to fighting racism seems questionable, at least when it comes to antisemitism. 

' Labour said: "These groups are not officially connected to the party in any way. Labour is committed to challenging and campaigning against anti-semitism."' 

That presumably is an April Fool comment. 

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