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Apr 5, 2018

Corbyn anti-Semitism furore backfires on Tories

A series of attacks on Jeremy Corbyn for being anti-Semitic has drawn out decades of genuine contempt from the right.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Labour in the UK is under attack in an unprecedented fashion around the issue of anti-Semitism -- and until last weekend they were being buffeted by it. Now? The issue may have reversed on those using it as a stalking horse for yet another attempt to topple leader Jeremy Corbyn. In the ensuing chaos, the uglier manifestations of the right have been drawn out in ways they should have imagined, but didn’t.

This latest round of accusations began with a mural, or a removed one – a piece by the LA artist Mear One. It’s political junk, showing a group of white men from the early 20th century sitting round a Monopoly board, which is placed on the backs of bowed black people. Behind this, the eye-pyramid of the Illuminati stares over them.

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14 thoughts on “Corbyn anti-Semitism furore backfires on Tories

  1. Marcus Hicks

    Ha, I love it when stuff blows up in the faces of the Tories. They must *really* fear Corbyn.

  2. kyle Hargraves

    Guy, I am all but certain that I have pointed out the meaning of the word “anti-Semitism” on a previous occasion within the pages of Crikey. As a reminder a Semite is a person of a geographical origin and NOT of a particular religion. Do you think you an make an effort for the future? That written, you don’t seem to have a particularly firm commend of the ideology of Conservatism either although there is half an justification as to how you have employed the term of late.

    I suggest that if the correct words are utilised your articles will become clearer. On this basis there entire article deserves to be rewritten. As for Corbyn there is something to be said for “resisting” the “flow” or expectations of the press (as distinct from the public).

    1. Marcus Hicks

      I agree that Semitic refers specifically to the Afro-Asiatic region (aka Middle Eastern….Hebrew, Arabic, even going back to Phoenician), but the term has been increasingly-& wrongly-been used to refer to those of the Jewish Faith…..almost exclusively….& even more wrongly to refer to people living in Israel, exclusively. Likewise, the term “antisemitism” has been increasingly misappropriated as a means to shut down anyone who is opposed to rampant Zionism. I also agree that the Tories (& the Australian Coalition) are more rightly considered Reactionaries than they are Conservatives.

      1. Arky

        Of course, “opposed to Zionism” tends to be how genuine anti-Semites (in the anti-Jewish sense, not the broader sense) describe themselves these days… everything is a code and everyone tries to hide their agenda and biases, so trying to use the language genuinely is pretty tricky.

    2. Draco Houston

      There is one (1) instance of the word ‘Conservative’ and its derivatives in this article, and that is found within the name of a group.

      1. kyle Hargraves

        I was referring to the trend that exists in articles written by Rundle as well as the article itself. Rundle seems to prefer the “noddy-in-the-street” usage of terms of political ideology rather than the formal (academic) usage. Such an attitude undermines the essays that he writes. It also undermines his perspective (White S.A. farmers or Conservatism in Australia).

        Since there is some interest a Semite is a person from the geographical region extending from roughly Lebanon to Morocco. We have to thank Messieurs Sykes and Picot for changing the original ethnic boundaries.

    3. AR

      Before he bent the knee to haganah Begin at Camp David he was often reviled in the Benighted State as anti-Semitic to which he responded “How can that be? I AM a Semite!”.
      Funny how cultural appropriation of language is OK/reserved for some – try using holocaust (Greek for large conflagration) to mean anything other than Ha-Shoah.

      1. AR

        … Sadat was reviled..

      2. kyle Hargraves

        “… Sadat was reviled.” Sadat was ALSO a Semite!

        Secondly, for some decades, when the word “holocaust” is mentioned I am unable to resist the enquiry as to which one the speaker or writer refers; the aggression Balkans prior to WWI; Turkey against the Kurds in the 20s; Stalin in the 30s; Hitler in the 40s; Mao in the 50s & 60s; Pol Pot in the 70s, Rwanda in 90s. The 80s was a damned quiet decade – comparatively.

        Now, why don’t we put the events in order of magnitude. Then we can compare, with an element of smugness, the comparative atrocities or identify the “winner” of one prefers.

        For the record, when I was in Israel last, it was “Yom HaShoah” (for the Gentiles) but other spellings (from the Hebrew) are understood.

  3. Nudiefish

    How do you manage to get all this marvelous background reading to illustrate your main points, Guy? I read as much world news as I can get, but you always produce fantastic tidbits like the “Protocols of the Elders of Hackney”?

    1. Lorraine Paul

      I loved that! Of course, Henry Ford would NOT be amused!

  4. John Goodwin

    Who owns the controlling interest in the RBA?

  5. [email protected]

    Luftor Rahman was the mayor of Tower Hamlets. And the British Labour party has at least 600,000. Keep up the otherwise good work.

  6. AR

    Unfortunate surname for Tower Hamlets borough mayor Luther Rachman – any relation to Peter who spawned the eponymous blight in London in the 50/60s, later adopted as jolly fine policy by tories?

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