I managed to get embroiled in an argument with an anti Corbyn friend of a friend... I regret that. Personally I am inclined to be on the fence - though on the Corbyn side of it - but I would be interested to know what people think about the accusations of anti-semitism in the Party?
I heard a bird cry, sharp and free. My name is Jordan.
Is not pounding the drum to round up and deport all the Arabs an 'anti-Semitic' initiative?
Are not the depredations of the State of Israel upon hapless Palestinians within their borders 'anti-Semitic' activities.
Remember, Arabic is Semitic, as is Hebrew. The Israelis and their most intimate enemies are all Semites.
So...When somebody accuses another of being 'anti-Semitic', it causes a certain level of skepticism in my mind. I need to know more, because the problem is complex, not simple, like all too many wish to make it.
Like most long-running stories, there's a grain of truth in it. There are some activists in the Labour party who are anti-Jew; maybe even one or two MPs.
But it's mainly a smear campaign against Corbyn: he doesn't wish to support Israel, and in the eyes of some Jewish lobbyists (and a few Jewish MPs) you must give wholehearted support to everything Israel says or does - and if not you are anti-Semitic. Some of the anti-Corbyn people are said to be financially supported by Israel: I suspect that is true but I don't have any proof.
All the old Blairites in the Labour party who hate Corbyn and have tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to get rid of him by other means, have now jumped on the bandwagon saying that the Labour party, under his control, has become more anti-Semitic. They're aided and supported by the always hostile right-wing newspapers who are always ready to report anything seen as anti-Corbyn, even when it's mostly just rumour, hearsay, and quotes from unnamed sources. You would expect other political parties to use all means, short of obvious lies, to attack Labour, and indeed these other parties have droned on about, 'the problems of anti-Semitism in the Labour party' at every opportunity.