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Guardian-Left MP Jeremy Corbyn’s obsessive malevolence towards Israel


Labour MP, Jeremy Corbyn

 

One of the more bizarre political dynamics regarding the obsession with Israel – the amount of public space devoted to dissecting every conceivable Israeli sin, real and (largely) imagined, holding the Jewish state to moral and political standards which no other nation is held to (certainly no other nation in the tyranny-laden Middle East) – is the moral inversion engaged by those who not only deny that this double standard exists, but who argue further that the inverse is true, that Israel is held to a lower level of accountability than other states.

Jeremy Corbyn’s contribution in CiF, March 21, concerning what he characterizes as the UK’s “suspicious” “rush to war” in Libya is nothing remarkable, but his pivot, further in the essay, from exploring this skepticism over the wisdom of Western military intervention in Libya to attacking Israel is indicative of the Guardian Left – in which nearly any issue in the region can devolve into fodder for the demonization of the Jewish state:

Corbyn (a Labour MP for Islington North) says:

“One can’t help but be struck by the rush to military involvement [in Libya] by politicians of all countries and all persuasions. The contrast with the western treatment of the rest of the region could not be more stark. The Palestinian people have lived with occupation for 60 years, well over 1,000 died in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, settlements abound and Israel possesses nuclear weapons. I can’t remember anyone calling for a no-fly zone in Gaza in winter 2008-09 when phosphorous bombs were used against a largely unarmed and defenceless civilian population.”

First, regarding:

“Palestinians have lived with occupation for 60 years.”

At best, this is simply unintelligible.  Israel took control of the West Bank after defeating four Arab armies in a defensive war in 1967 – 43 years ago – so its unclear what occupation Corbyn is referring to, unless of course he’s suggesting, as Hamas and other extremists do, that all of Israel (even within pre-1967 borders) is illegitimate and should be considered occupied territory.

However, he could also be referring to Jordan’s occupation of the West Bank, and Egypt’s occupation of Gaza, from 1949 till 1967, in which case he may have purposely chose to left his passage vague as such a narrative would impugn countries in the region other than Israel, reminding readers that, even when given the chance, Arab regimes in the region had no interest in creating an independent Palestinian state.

Further, he asserts:

“I can’t remember anyone calling for a no-fly zone in Gaza in winter 2008-09 when phosphorous bombs were used against a largely unarmed and defenceless civilian population.”

The “white phosphorous” he refers to – a staple within the anti-Israel Guardian Left inventory of useful and highly deceptive invectives – was used during Cast Lead as  smoke screen, which violated no international laws and, indeed, the U.S. and NATO allies have also employed this lawful tactical weapon during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Moreover, to characterize Gazans as largely unarmed and defenceless bears no resemblance to reality, as it ignores the thousands of missiles fired into Israeli civilian territory in the years leading to Israel’s retaliatory assault, as well as the increasingly sophisticated weaponry smuggled into the territory (often from Iran) after Israel’s withdraw in 2005.  Also, as even Hamas has admitted recently (facts which were established much earlier by the IDF) about half of all Palestinian casualties from Cast Lead were Hamas combatants.

But going beyond the mere specifics of his anti-Israel agitprop, Corbyn’s broader point, that Israel isn’t held as accountable as other nations doesn’t bear even the lightest scrutiny.  Indeed, the obsessive criticism of Israel by international bodies such as the UN is extremely well documented and beyond dispute.

As the highly reputable watchdog group, UN Watch, has demonstrated, regarding the five years since the newly formed UN Human Rights Council was formed:

  • In total, the council has adopted some 50 resolutions that condemn countries. Of these, 35 have been on Israel — i.e. 70%. All have been one-sided condemnations that grant impunity to Hamas and Hezbollah, and to their state sponsor, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Built into the council’s permanent agenda is a special item on Israel. No other country is singled out in this fashion.
  • Out of 10 special sessions that criticized countries, six were on Israel–and four for the rest of the world combined.

Corbyn’s extremist political sympathies have been quite clearly demonstrated:

He attended a meeting of the openly pro-Hamas group MEMO, and has actually opined quite explicitly in defense of both Hamas and Hezbollah, stating:

“The idea that an organisation that is dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people, and bringing about long-term peace and social justice and political justice in the whole region, should be labelled as a terrorist organisation by the British government, is really a big, big historical mistake.”

He even stood in for George Galloway at Press TV, the propaganda wing of the Iranian regime which routinely promotes anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial material.

In other words, Corbyn has all the ideological ingredients necessary to render him a suitable contributor for the Guardian.

45 replies »

  1. I say have islamofascist-phile jeremy corbyn tied to a chair in Sderot, wearing a Benjamin Netenyahu mask, and let hamass fire their “firecrackers” at jeremy corbyn. Let’s see how trivial the “firecrackers” are and how jeremy reacts to those “toys”.

  2. 43 years, 60 years – its all the same. Why not 2,000 years and be done with it?

    We had a commenter on CiF, Raymond82, claiming that 10,000 “recently died” in Gaza – presumably referring to CL – but what the hell – 1,000, 1,400, 10,000, 10 million – its all grist to the anti-Israeli mill.

  3. Note the islamofascist flag jeremy corbyn has wrapped around his neck.

    In the 1930’s he would have worn the red armband with the swastika on it.

  4. If one were being pedantic, and I feel when so much hate rests on such small details, it’s probably worth it, one would point out that Occupied Jerusalem / Al Quds has been occupied since the Israeli War of Independence / Nabka. The UN partition plan designated Jerusalem / Al-Quds as an international city, and Israel has been occupying it illegally since it first captured the western half.

  5. I’m no fan of Corbyn, but now he mentions it, a no-fly zone in Gaza and the West Bank (and even Lebanon) would be an excellent idea. Especially now that Netanyahu and his chums in the Israeli Occupation Force are launching yet another assault on Gaza, while the world’s attention is focused elsewhere. Plus ca change.

  6. “Designated” doesn’t mean a thing, “Sanity”. The Arabs rejected partition. Nothing existed except what Israel won in defensive war.

    It’s a terrible thing to be brainwashed, stupid and greedy but that is how Israel’s enemies are. And murderous, of course.

  7. Corbyn’s employment at Press TV makes it very hard for him to deny he’s an anti-semite.

  8. Israel has already imposed a no fly zone over Gaza. A no fly zone means enforcing the launching of rockets against Israeli (which are ALWAYS followed by Israeli response, not the other way around.)

    If we were to apply the Libya-style no fly zone policy enforced by the Europeans and Arab Leagye, US war ships would be launching missiles at Hamas anti-aircraft stations, not Israel LOL.

    Who is this joker thinking…he should GTFO out of Britain. Clearly he is loyal to Hamas and Hezbollah, not Western ideals and beliefs.

  9. I think you have to call him a kalanyot, Abban. And you could think of Gertrude Stein when you see that scarf.

  10. “Sanity” wrote: ” Occupied Jerusalem / Al Quds has been occupied since the Israeli War of Independence / Nabka. The UN partition plan designated Jerusalem / Al-Quds as an international city, and Israel has been occupying it illegally since it first captured the western half”

    I notice that s/he had nothing to say about the eastern half of Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967. Does s/he consider that to have been occupied too? And if not, why not?

  11. Why not a no fly zone over Britain,Britain is occupying Gibraltar and the Malvinas for yonks,and what is more Britain has nuclear weapons.

    Britain has been bombing the shit out of Iraq,Afghanistan,and now Libya.

    These bombs are mainly being used against defenseless and unarmed civilians.

  12. What is wrong with Israel being in Jerusalem.After all Jerusalem has been Israel’s eternal capital for thousands of years.

    It’s the palestinians that are occupying Jerusalem.

  13. ‘It’s a terrible thing to be brainwashed, stupid and greedy’

    It must be hard for you.

    ‘that is how Israel’s enemies are. And murderous, of course.’

    The moderators might want to think about removing this piece of obnoxious racism from this website.

  14. Sanity

    Who would enforce a no-fly zone in Gaza or Lebanon?
    Your private air force? Do you want to replace your airplanes and pilots after only one hour of experimenting with the idea?

  15. Sanity,…..”It’s a terrible thing to be brainwashed,stupid and greedy”.

    Sanity which one are you,brainwashed,stupid or greedy.

    Sanity be greedy and go for all three.

  16. East Jerusalem was occupied by Jordan between 1949 and 1967. Who is disagreeing with that? Jordan and Israel colluded to dispossess the Palestinians. Everyone know that. Avi Shlaim wrote a book about it.

    Interesting that no one else has bothered to address the point of international law. Presumably because this blog tends to attract intellectual riff-raff and racists rather thank knowledgeable and thoughtful commenters. More’s the pity.

  17. Sanity wrote:

    I’m no fan of Corbyn, but now he mentions it, a no-fly zone in Gaza and the West Bank (and even Lebanon) would be an excellent idea. Especially now that Netanyahu and his chums in the Israeli Occupation Force are launching yet another assault on Gaza, while the world’s attention is focused elsewhere.

    Then later declared:

    Interesting that no one else has bothered to address the point of international law. Presumably because this blog tends to attract intellectual riff-raff and racists rather thank knowledgeable and thoughtful commenters.

    Sanity you must be a caricature of knowledgeable and thoughtful commenter…

  18. Sanity:

    “…Occupied Jerusalem / Al Quds has been occupied since the Israeli War of Independence / Nabka…”

    What is Nabka?

    Al Quds only reffers to the old city. Not Shoafat or other neighbourhoods in Jerusalem.

    As such the Israelis only captured it in 1967.

    “West Jerusalem” as you called it, was created by Sir Moshe Montefiore.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mishkenot_Sha'ananim

    You might want to learn a bit about Jerusalem.

    You will probably be surprised to learn why the Jews of Jerusalem did not leave the safety of the old city’s walls until 1860 or afterwards.
    It was due to Arab thieves and night raiders.
    Shocking isn’t it?

    Arab thieves? Who ever heard of that…

  19. Insanity bleated:
    “Interesting that no one else has bothered to address the point of international law. Presumably because this blog tends to attract intellectual riff-raff and racists rather thank knowledgeable and thoughtful commenters. More’s the pity.”

    A nice capsule summary of Der Guardian and its ironicly named CiF which claims stands for “Comment is Free” but in practice is “CENSORSHIP is Free”.

    Hence the birth of CiF Watch to expose “progressive”, socialist, leftist censorship and a return to socialist support of fascism.

  20. Indeed, Itzik. And when the nineteenth century Christian pilgrims made their journeys in the Holy Land they hired some Arabs to protect their lives from other Arabs.

  21. TGIAI: so your primary concern appears to be crying over the fact that the Guardian censors your internet rantings. I think maybe growing up would do you some good.

  22. Ariadne, if you want to continue espousing imperialist, orientalist and borderline racist views, that’s your lookout. I wouldn’t do it a polite dinner party.

    Again, I would suggest that to the moderators, that you delete the racist comments on these message boards.

  23. Serendipity, I host and attend them frequently. I am a staunch member of the chattering classes, with a top class education and upbringing.

  24. Sanity

    Serendipity, I host and attend them frequently. I am a staunch member of the chattering classes, with a top class education and upbringing.

    This fact was obvious from your posts. You must have a top class British education and upbringing to unashamedly supporting terror against Jews.

  25. Someone on the Tamar Yonah Show has just been quoting Churchill: “Never, never, never give up”.

  26. Ariadne, ad hominem attacks are the best form of argument: erudite, edifying and efficacious.

    But they don’t really distract from the poor quality, bad sample selection and methodological flaws of your other arguments. And unfortunately, they don’t excuse your racist comments, either.

    Moderator, is racism and ad hominem attacks enough to get someone’s comments deleted, or must they do more?

  27. Insanity, who said you are human?

    I am glad that the moderator of this blog permits a racist, islamofascist-philic jackass like Insanity to bray here.

    It helps us understand and underscore the progressively sick state of the left.

    Insanity, your islamofascist heroes are world renown for killing people all over the world. Checkpoints are necessary at airports all over the world thanks to the racist swine you support.

    I am confident Israel will find and punish the islamofascist terrorist swine behind this latest atrocity.

    http://www.boycottscotland.com

  28. Sanity,”With a top class education and upbringing” that produced the likes of you.You should ask for a refund.

  29. And the ad hominem attacks keep coming. Will the moderator do anything, or is this par for the course on this website?

    TGIAI, please note which comments I have made that you use as evidence for your assertion that I am ‘racist’ and ‘islamofascist-philic’.

    On another note, you are clearly a very disturbed individual. I hope the moderators of this site are pleased with the clean and wholesome alternative they have created to Comment is Free!

  30. Hi sanity

    As a top class British intellectual hosting polite dinner parties you should be able to answer the question:

    For the sake of demonstrating your progressive credentialsJ have you ever invited a Jew or a Black?

  31. I don’t consider myself ‘progressive’. It’s a meaningless label.

    The answer to your question is yes to both.

  32. What on earth has Mecca to do with this discussion? Everyone knows that Saudi Arabia is run by a despicable dictatorship. What exactly are you trying to prove?