Britain’s Labour party has always had a proud history of fighting discrimination and upholding the rights of ethnic minorities. This came to a screeching halt under the 2015 election of Jeremy Corbyn to Party Leader. Not coincidentally, during the period of 2015 through 2018, incidents of antisemitism in the UK rose by 74%.
Corbyn is well known for his anti-Israel views and is a supporter of Palestinian terrorists and terror organizations. As a backbench MP he was known as a radical who backed hard-left policies and voted against his own party more than 500 times. He associated with leading members of Sinn Féin, the political arm of the Provisional IRA, and backed its call for a united Ireland. He was a consistent opponent of the Middle East policies supported by successive U.S. and Israeli governments, often citing both as imperial entities.
In 2012, Corbyn expressed solidarity with an artist who had used anti-Semitic tropes in a London mural that was going to be torn down. The Labour Party issued a statement of rebuttal declaring the mural was offensive, and used anti-Semitic imagery.
In 2015, Corbyn encouraged talks with the Islamist militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah, calling them ‘friends’.
In August 2018, the Daily Mail accused Corbyn of having laid a wreath at the graves of the Palestinian terrorists while in Tunisia in 2014. Corbyn acknowledged he participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at a Tunisian cemetery in 2014, but says he was commemorating the victims of a 1985 Israeli airstrike on the headquarters of the PLO, who were living in exile in Tunis at the time.
The Daily Mail hit back and published photos showing Corbyn holding a wreath not far from the graves of four Palestinians believed to be involved with the 1972 Munich massacre, in which members of the Black September terrorist organization killed 11 Israeli athletes and a German police officer at the Munich Olympics.
Who is one of Corbyn’s largest fans? The terror group Hamas! When it comes to Jews, the designated terror organization strongly feels Jeremy Corbyn is their brother in arms, stating “We have received with great respect and appreciation the solidarity message sent by the British Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn”.
A shocking poll carried out by the Jewish Chronicle newspaper in the summer of 2018 found that more than 85 percent of British Jews believe Corbyn is an anti-Semite, and a similar number believe the level of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is “high” or “very high.”
In the first six months of 2019, over 600 complaints of anti-Semitism were filed within the Labour party; only 8 resulted in expulsions and 3 in suspensions. 60 of Corbyn’s colleagues recently took out a massive advert in the Guardian chastising him over the anti-Semitism he has brought into the party. Some of the most notorious incidents involved Labour members Naz Shah tweeting Israel should be moved to the United States and Ken Livingstone claiming Adolf Hitler had once supported Zionism.
Last month, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced it would be conducting its own wide-ranging investigation into whether Labour “unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish”.
Only when a genuine zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism not just in name, but with substance, will we see the Labour Party cleansed of Corbyn’s infectious influence.
And if Americans aren’t proactive, we will see the same thing happening here; if it’s not already.