A new report on anti-Semitism reveals a huge jump in anti-Jewish incidents throughout Britain. The primary reasons for the sharp rise are found to be the Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as well as the influx of refugees from Arab countries into Britain. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported (January 22, 2018) that “The national chair of the Jewish Labour Movement in Britain, Jeremy Newmark, accused the Labour Party leadership of failing to deal with ‘a vast backlog’ of complaints about anti-Semitism in the party’s ranks.” Newmark told the Guardian newspaper that in some cases, the backlog is over a year long. The fact that a Labour Party aficionado and advocate, Jeremy Newmark, complained about his own party leadership is indicative of the dire situation the Jewish community in Britain is going through.
The situation in Britain coincides with a report on anti-Semitism issued by the Israeli government Office of Diaspora Affairs. It shows that in 2017, Britain reached a peak in anti-Semitic incidents, a 78% rise in physical violence against Jews, and a 30% rise in overall anti-Semitic incidents in Britain. The Office of the Diaspora Affairs annually prepares a report on anti-Semitism in advance of the Annual International Holocaust Observance Day, on January 27. (The day was picked because that was when the Red army forces liberated the Auschwitz Death Camp). The BBC reported (July 27, 2017) that “anti-Semitic incidents have hit record levels in the first six months of 2017. The Community Security Trust (CST) said 767 reports were made to them between January and June – a rise of 30% from the same period last year.”
The CST reported a total of 80 incidents in 2017 involving physical violence, up from 45 the previous year. David Delew, CST chief executive said that, “The hatred and anger that lies behind the violence is spreading.” According to CST, members of the public reported 568 incidents of abusive behavior, including people being shouted at in the street for wearing Jewish related clothes. 51 additional incidents recorded damage and desecration of Jewish property, up from 32 in 2016. Another 56 incidents involved direct anti-Semitic threats, 10 of which involved being threatened with knives, bats, sticks or vehicles. There were also 12 cases of mass-mailing of anti-Semitic leaflets or emails.
The CST has been recording anti-Semitic incidents since 1984, and many of those incidents were attributed to what is called “the new anti-Semitism” which is using Israel or anti-Zionism as the new excuse for anti-Jewish attacks. Wars in Gaza or Lebanon involving Israel always carry an increase in anti-Jewish incidents in Britain (and other European states with a large Muslim populations). In the case of Britain however, the “old and classical anti-Semitism,” that scapegoats Jews is occurring, and it is led by politicians and public figures who hold Jews responsible for all the evil in the world. There are many in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party leadership who uphold such notions as Jews being responsible for economic crises, and who charge that Jews control major banks and media in the world.
The British Sun newspaper reported (December 15, 2017) that, “Just a day after a frontrunner tweeted controversial support for a boycott of Israel, Corbyn is heckled for both his and his party’s treatment of the Jewish community…Jeremy Corbyn was heckled and branded ‘liar’ at a Jewish Labour Movement rally for claiming he had a zero tolerance to anti-Semitism.” Corbyn was also slammed for snubbing an invite to a Labour Friends of Israel reception at the Labour party conference in Brighton. Corbyn preferred instead to go to a party held by a trade union donor. Corbyn has been criticized for years on his stance toward Israel. According to the Sun, Corbyn has said that he regretted calling members of the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah, his friends.
Just a day earlier, The Sun reported that “Jeremy Corbyn was plunged into fresh chaos as a leading ally backing a blanket ban on Israeli goods. Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary Kate Osamor tweeted her support for a boycott (of Israel) with a hashtag ‘freedom and justice.’ The boycott is being pushed by the BDS movement which is campaigning to end international support for Israel’s ‘oppression of Palestinians.’”
The Labour Party has been mired by accusations of entrenched anti-Semitism ever since Jeremy Corbyn took over as party leader. Corbyn has been a radical anti-Zionist long before he was elected to lead the Labour Party in September, 2015. From 2009 to 2012, he was a paid host on the Iranian state-owned Press TV. He has shared platforms with notorious anti-Semites, and has expressed his solidarity with genocidal Islamists, the likes of Hamas and Hezbollah. Corbyn’s landslide victory in the race for the Labour Party leadership has empowered a fringe of anti-Zionists and far-Left activists, who now openly express their hatred for Israel and Jews. To add insult to injury, “red” Laborite Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London, declared on a live radio program, that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism. Then there is the case of Labour MP Naz Shah’s widespread Facebook post, recommending the Israeli-Jews be relocated to the U.S. Her post suggested that the U.S. has plenty of land to accommodate Israel as the 51st state, allowing Palestinians to “get their life and their land back.” She added in her post that Israeli people would be welcome and safe in the U.S., while the transportation cost would be less than three years’ worth of Washington’s support for Israeli defense spending.
The Labour Party anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist sentiments are not new. Labour’s Foreign Secretary (1945-1950) Ernest Bevin, displayed a horrendous insensitivity towards Holocaust survivors seeking to leave the hell that was Europe and go to Jewish Palestine. In the summer of 1946, Bevin rejected the admission of 100,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors from Displaced Persons (DP) camps to Palestine, and the annulment of the provision in the Macdonald White Paper, restricting the acquisition of land in Palestine by Jews. Bevin applied repressive measures against the Yishuv (the Jewish community in Palestine), arresting leading members of the Jewish Agency and deporting them along with “illegal” immigrants to camps in Cyprus. One such example is the now famous Exodus episode in which 4,500 Holocaust survivors on the ship were forced back from Palestine to Germany.
The Labour Party in Britain has sought to gain the votes of its large and ever growing Muslim community. In fact, the Labour Party today is pretty much representative of minority interests. The current Labour Party leadership has pandered to the Muslim voters largely anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments. Corbyn’s Labour Party seems to be more than willing to alienate Jewish Labourites by adopting an anti-Israel agenda that is on par with his radical-leftist agenda.