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Have the Guardian and Corbyn finally fallen out over anti-Semitism?


A guest post by AKUS

In the run-up to the election of a new head of the British Labour party the Guardian appeared to back Jeremy Corbyn, a 66 year-old Marxist Seamus Milne clone still fighting the CND wars. Typically, far from coming from the working class, he is a graduate of Adams’ Grammar School (“a selective boys’ grammar school in Newport, Shropshire, England”).

It appears to have dawned on the Guardian’s editorial staff that there is a large proportion of the British electorate who may not accept “The Guardian View” on how to dispose of their hard-earned wealth in a new Marxist paradise. In that case Labour, the working-man’s party backed by the horrendously over-paid Oxbridge pseudo-left pen-pushers at the Guardian, will not be in a position to grasp the reins of power.

In the true tradition of the ultra-left, the knives have now come out to rid the Guardian of any connection to its former candidate. He must be totally disposed of so that the new leader may arise.

Amazingly, to achieve their goal they are now correctly pointing out Corbyn’s closeness to a list of anti-Semites and those less than lovable characters and organizations that hate and make war against Israel. Since I share their views for once, we make strange bed-fellows.

Consider this amazing string of accusations against Corbyn that appeared yesterday in the Guardian. It reads like extracts from articles that have appeared at UKMediaWatch:

“Then there is Corbyn’s apparent proximity to antisemitism. While I genuinely believe that Corbyn does not have an antisemitic bone in his body, he does have a proclivity for sharing platforms with individuals who do; and his excuses for doing so do not stand up.

Take the fact that Corbyn once described it as his “honour and pleasure” to host “our friends” from Hamas and Hezbollah in parliament. According to Corbyn, he extended his invitation to the aforementioned groups – and spoke of them glowingly – because all sides need to be involved in the peace process.

So far, so reasonable. Yet negotiation is not on Hamas’s agenda, as Corbyn ought to know. In its charter Hamas states: “Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement… There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad.”

It isn’t a peaceful negotiated solution that Hamas wants; it’s the destruction of the Jews. Here is a direct quote from Hamas’s charter: “The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: ‘The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!’” If this were not bad enough, Corbyn has also:

• Taken tea on the parliamentary terrace with Raed Salah, who he described as “a very honoured citizen” despite that fact that Salah was charged with inciting anti-Jewish racism and violence in January 2008 in Jerusalem and sentenced to eight months in prison. He was found by a British court judge to have used the “blood libel”, the medieval antisemitic canard that Jews use gentile blood for ritual purposes;

• Written a letter defending Stephen Sizer, the vicar disciplined by the Church of England for linking to an article on social media entitled 9/11: Israel Did It;

• Presented a call-in programme on Press TV, a propaganda channel of the Iranian government which was banned by Ofcom and which regularly hosts Holocaust deniers;

• Been accused of donating money to self-proclaimed Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, whose Deir Yassin Remembered group has been shunned by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in the name of refusing to “turn a blind eye to antisemitism”. Corbyn has addressed that claim via his spokesman, who said that “Jeremy Corbyn’s office” had had no contact with Eisen and that Corbyn disassociated himself from his extreme views – a denial that seems neither forceful nor convincing.”

The extract above is not some below the line comment by a dyed-in-the-wool Zionist, but a full-fledged hatchet job by a card-carrying fellow-traveler from the Guardian axe-grinding factory. You may be shocked – shocked! – to learn that it is written by James Bloodworth “[who] is the editor of Left Foot Forward. He also contributes to the Independent”.

People have been banned from commenting on CiF for less. Extracts from the Hamas charter are automatically deleted by zealous moderators anxious to hide the ugliness of Hamas from the delicate eyes of the CiFalists. Hezbollah is presented as a freedom fighting organization, constantly liberating Lebanon from the non-existent Israeli occupation. Iran, we are told, is a wonderful country that any Jew should feel comfortable visiting. Now it appears that all are Corbyn’s friends.

I could not have made a better case for why the great British public should turn their noses up at Mr. Corbyn. How odd it comes straight from the Guardian.

I do admit to a little schadenfreude to see this attack on a website that regularly offers space to spokesmen from Hamas and Hezbollah to parade sanitized versions of their views. The Guardian is at the very heart of the media promoting hatred of Israel unlike any other country in a bizarre coupling of its ultra-left-wing Stalinist ideology with its love affair with the ultra-right fascism of Islamism.

When obsessive Israel haters like Corbyn and the Guardian fall out – it’s hard not to stand to one side and enjoy the show.

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  1. Curiouser and curiouser – the Guardian is an enigma. Have they just realized where all this is going? If so I fear they are far too late and, rather like the MP non-supporters of Corbyn who nonetheless nominated him in order to “broaden the debate”, they have been the subjects of a sudden revelation of the truth.

    If Corbyn were to lose the contest we shall never hear the end of how it was all rigged by the Labour establishment. It might actually be better for him now to win so that the catharsis can be experienced before a much more convincing reality dawns.

    • ‘Have they just realized where all this is going?’

      Yes. They have thick heads and their initial enthusiasm has given way to …. (Oh gosh)….pragmatism. Yet ‘they’ claim that Tony Blair is worthy of being ‘sent onwards’.

  2. This piece is amazing and needs framing. Because, following up on Michael’s comment, if Corbyn were to lose, it’s likely that the people responsible would be the Zionists, and that the left-wing media would revert to type pretty quickly!

    • And if Corbyn were to win, do you suppose that the Guardian would be principled enough to oppose the Labour Party long term. I suspect win or lose the Guardian will revert to the new hatred

  3. “While I genuinely believe that Corbyn does not have an antisemitic bone in his body” this was the statement that stood out for me. It is probably true. His bones may not be antisemitic, but his brain is.

    • You can tell a Jew-hater by the company he keeps and the causes for which he expresses solidarity and the Guardian is jumping ship. Spot the analogy:

      Judged by the Company One Keeps
      by Unknown
      Frequently attributed to Benjamin Hapgood Burt.

      “One night in late October,
      When I was far from sober,
      Returning with my load with manly pride,
      My poor feet began to stutter,
      So I lay down in the gutter,
      And a pig came near and lay down by my side;
      Then we sang “It’s all fair weather when good fellows get together”,

      “Till a lady passing by was heard to say:
      “You can tell a man who boozes,
      By the company he chooses”,
      And the pig got up and slowly walked away.”

      • Yeah, sure, let’s all leave what we are doing and start perusing The National’s in-depth 4-year old coverage of a non-existent relationship between Ayub Kara (bear in mind, he’s Deputy Minister, i.e. just one step short of King of the Universe, now!) and some European rightists. Then maybe we’ll devote even more time to studying the oevre of this UAE government-owned beacon’s of free expression Israel correspondent – the Jewish-Supremacism-busting Jonathan Cook.

  4. Duvidl is certainly enjoying the show and is ecstatic to see the Jew-hating Guardian Stalinists having their (James) blood-worth against the Jew-hating Labour party Trots. The prospect of Trots and Stalinists, (Jew-haters all,) having nary a sniff of power in England for the next 10, 20 or 30 years, while tearing each other to pieces on the Guardian’s pages, is a blood sports show Duvidl euphorically expects to run for a similar length of time.

  5. It seems to me more likely that faced with the likelihood of a Corbyn victory the Grauniad is throwing all the dirt it can regardless of whether or not it agrees. By October service will resume as before.

    • @fiveminutesforisrael –

      “If the Guardian now opposes Corbyn, who do they support?”

      Yvette Cooper. (See August 13 editorial: ‘The Guardian view on Labour’s choice: Corbyn has shaped the campaign, but Cooper can shape the future’)

  6. What a pathetic article. James Bloodworth is a rampant neocon and Zionist. Left Foot Forward is more or less the house journal of CST. Countless millions of working class kids went to selective Grammar schools. Must do better.

      • @peterthehungarian –

        “Thank you Stephen for your invaluable contribution to the Zionist cause”

        And thank you, Peter, for your many invaluable contributions to the Palestinian one..

        • Hmmmm….. Are the Palestinians going to reject another state offer? Or is someone in the PA gonna die a billionaire soon? Those are the lone Palestinian causes I’m aware of…..

          I think you mean to thank Peter for making Israel look bad, even though he hasn’t. You, however, as the Yapping Billboard for Palestinian Causes amongst the “rabid Neocon Zionists” who flock to this page to share our crazy little lies and secrets, have really only solidified what we all here know about you and yours. Which is your constant obliviousness to the other perspective.

          You know, I am well aware that Israel represents the Military Industrial Complex. I am well aware folks think Israel was created as a direct result from WWII rather than WWI. I understand the issues of concern when it comes to fence barriers and building new neighborhoods on disputed territory. In large part, I am able to see and hear what you say even if I disagree with it, because to me, if you want a debate, you’ve got to know what’s going on.

          But you don’t want to debate. You want to debase. Which I bet makes you laugh because you’re probably thinking, “That’s the piss calling the pot wet.” But, see, I’m not here to debate you. I am here to point out your flaws– and as you know, there are many!– because all you do is shit and squawk and scream about how Israel is something that only people living on the fringe of reality actually believe.

          Just as I was nice to Sencar last night while suggesting he should really see a psychiatrist, I’m going to lighten up and be real with you right now: No one believes anything you say. We know that whatever you say is packed away in a pound of bullshit. That doesn’t help the Palestinians. You are not a warrior for peace. You are merely a dime a dozen message board poster who hates Israel. So no need to demand that we all take you seriously. No need to expect us all to read your words of wisdom and somehow be won over by your recitations false history. You remind me of the complexities behind the Remember Deir Yassin movement; that it was created by a Holocaust denier.

          I mean, folks, you just can’t make this shit up!

        • Miranda my contribution to the Palestinian cause is real, I would like to see two states living along each other in peace and security, I support very significant territorial compromises and a total cessation of the occupation of any territory taken in 1967 not necessary for keeping Israel secure. Sadly my modest contribution to the Palestinian case is totally ineffective due to two reasons:
          1. The Palestinians themselves don’t agree with my option
          2. They are conned by every kind of Jew-haters like you who are ready to send them fight the Jews to their last drop of blood.
          Sadly your common efforts to keep them in the deep shit is very successful. While I really feel pity for them, I enjoy the quality of life what only a very strong, self-confident, economically successful modern democratic state like Israel is able to offer. And while I completely understand the reason of your jealousy, frustration and hate I can’t feel the same pity for you what I’m feeling for the Palestinians.
          BTW Congratulations to your new friend Stephen who considers Bloodworth a rampant neocon Zionist and the Left Foot Forward and the CST as parts of the worldwide Zionist conspiracy. Please check on e-bay maybe there are now on the market tete-á-tete tin-foil hats – must be cheaper and certainly would improve both of yours social life.

          • @peterthehungarian –

            * You say you “would like to see two states living along each other in peace and security” – on this we are in complete accord.

            * You then say you “support very significant territorial compromises and a total cessation of the occupation of any territory taken in 1967 not necessary for keeping Israel secure” – and here lies the rub…

            If your idea of what’s “necessary” is roughly in line with Likud’s position (seemingly the general case among UK Media Watch contributors – and I’ve not so far noticed you engaging in any argument at all with even the most die-hard of them) it’s hardly surprising that Palestinians “don’t agree with” your option.

            And here’s why:

            The so-called “state” you expect Palestinians to accept would – at very best – be the one painted in Netanyahu’s 2009 Bar Ilan speech. They could have their own “flag … national anthem … government” just like Israel, but then… no defence capacity whatsoever, a foreign policy totally circumscribed by Israel, and no control over Palestinian airspace. (See http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/PressRoom/2009/Pages/Address_PM_Netanyahu_Bar-Ilan_University_14-Jun-2009.aspx )

            Against this background – one in which Israel’s security requirements are PARAMOUNT, with Palestinians merely permitted to govern on the most parochial level – I rather suspect that your notion of post-1967 territorial supplements ” necessary for keeping Israel secure” might be very extensive indeed.

            • Hello Insane Lady. The Palestinians have rejected every peace offer for sake of war which they routinely lose. This does not mean that they get to set the terms.

              The last I heard, you people were bitching about Settlements in the West Bank as being a reason for killing more Jews in Israel. Stabbing them at bus stops, or running them over in the street, or blowing up a pizzeria (or a dance hall, or a hotel ballroom during a Seder). Sheesh, you guys even find this as the reason to storm synagogues with meat cleavers and kill everyone praying inside. Because of Settlements.

              These settlements make up a fraction of the West Bank, yes? The West Bank is about 15% of the land mass of Israel (I’m asking)? Israel is about .02% of the Middle East. So you’re bitching about continuing a war because 3% of 15% of .02% is “occupied” and you insist that Zionists aren’t flexible?

              I can see you’re flexible. Bending all the way backwards to pull that amazing loaf of KKKrap out of that butthole you call a brain. In other words, way to be there, Boobie. Way to keep us all so honest.

              You will never get what you want. Israel will continue to exist, with or without you and your petulant whining.

            • So you guess… you think… but you don’t know just pumping out hot air Miranda. Anyway your idiotic musings about the character of a nascent Palestinian state is – how to say it not to hurt more than necessary these small creatures – are on the level of a mentally challenged amoeba. And your justification for their denial of the offer of a state with limited size and quality of their military capabilities – what can I say? They don’t like this then keep living in their medieval shit, I repeat I feel pity for them but this is their choice. Maybe you don’t know but Japan and Germany had exactly the same limitations regarding their independence and somehow they can suffer the situation. Naturally they prosper, they are happy and rich but who are they?
              Keep up your posting Miranda, your opuses are extremely amusing illustrations of the world of a real Jew-hating loser, who won’t give up the rights of the Palestinians. But why would you? This is their sufferings not yours…

  7. @ Miranda, are you a member of JfJfP? If you are, can you tell us how exactly you people are encouraging Palestinian STATE BUILDING rather than colluding with and reinforcing their professional victimhood and pernicious envy?

    • @Babs –

      Re. “… can you tell us how exactly how [JfJfP] are encouraging Palestinian STATE BUILDING…?”

      Assuming you see Israel as the sort of state Palestinians should strive to emulate, I must admit that on one important score JfJfP is doing absolutely zilch – neither by providing financial nor moral support. And that’s encouraging the development of weaponry, defensive shields, nuclear bomb factories, military training, etc. Not even as enterprises which might generate trade revenue.

      But leaving this rather large gap aside …

      There is at least one facet of Israeli state activity which JfJfP very obviously plays an energetic part in encouraging and supporting with its own activities – public relations (or, as Israelis term it, “hasbara”) in order to secure/shore up favourable treatment of Palestinian citizens on the world stage. You know the sort of thing: lobbying politicians, writing newspaper articles, taking part in TV debates, tabling resolutions, organising petitions, producing and/or publicising research papers – not to mention, of course, countering ludicrous lies and libels like the “professional victimhood” one, which shamelessly exploit antisemitic tropes to demonise and degrade Palestinians.

      I don’t have time now to list all the various “state building” activities JfJfP encourages , but maybe if you look at http://jfjfp.com/?page_id=2 , the following organisations it promotes and/or aids with funding might occur to you as legitimately fitting the bill:

      * Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, whose mission is to counter the “feelings of hostility, anger, fear and frustration which has led to an increase of violence among school students … reduce the level of violence and to educate children in peaceful conflict resolution techniques” and ultimately “secure a Palestinian society that respects human rights and in which people are able to live in freedom and with dignity”.

      * The Arab Jewish Youth Partnership, whose goals include promoting “a just and equal shared society through the education of young women and men to become socially and politically aware and involved” and increasing the influence of women “in peacebuilding processes at the local level”.

      * Zaytoun, which works with the Palestine Fair Trade Association to offer sponsorship of new olive and almond saplings, and also markets agricultural produce.

      • “There is at least one facet of Israeli state activity which JfJfP very obviously plays an energetic part in encouraging and supporting with its own activities – public relations….”

        Nice to know Miranda that there ‘is at least one facet of Israeli state activity’ in which you play an ‘energetic part in encouraging and supporting’.
        As is written in Luke 15:7
        “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents..”

        Now how about you taking part in other facets of Israeli state activity and supporting the efforts of Israel to bring about a meaningful peace in the region

        • @gerald53 –

          “Now how about you taking part in other facets of Israeli state activity and supporting the efforts of Israel to bring about a meaningful peace in the region”

          Such as..?

          • “Such as..?”

            Pick any one, or more, from the list of many.

            By the way I put some questions to you on the ‘Maajid Nawaz’ thread a couple of days ago, (14th) I am still waiting for you to respond.

            • @gerald53 –

              “…I put some questions to you on the ‘Maajid Nawaz’ thread a couple of days ago, (14th) I am still waiting for you to respond.”

              I replied (at some length) to a series of questions you put – and your response was to pose yet MORE questions. If you can’t be bothered to answer the single perfectly straightforward question I asked here, I don’t see why I should spend time unravelling the infinitely more complex and confusedly-premised ones you added.

              • “I replied (at some length) to a series of questions you put..”
                You responded, inadequately

                “…and your response was to pose yet MORE questions.”
                Because you responded inadequately, follow on questions were needed for clarification.
                Answers to which I am still waiting for.

                “If you can’t be bothered to answer the single perfectly straightforward question I asked here..”
                Asked and answered, see my post of August 16, 2015 at 2.11pm above.
                Or was my answer too complex for you?

                I know you are South African, so as you are obviously having difficulty in understanding the English language you will probably find it useful to attend one of the ESOL Courses in the Charles St. Adult Education Centre around the corner from where you live.

                • @Gerald53 –

                  Re: “…see my post of August 16, 2015 at 2.11pm above.
                  Or was my answer too complex for you?”

                  No, it wasn’t too complex. Your “answer” – quite simply – failed to address the question I asked.

                  So here’s an English lesson (having left South Africa aged eight and now being well into retirement):

                  The colloquial expression, “such as”, when accompanied by a row of dots and a question mark, is a request for EXAMPLES. Thus, when you challenged me to support the “efforts of Israel to bring about a meaningful peace in the region” and I responded, “Such as…?” I was wanting to know exactly what “efforts” you had in mind. (Even ONE example would actually have sufficed.)

                  Instead, you referred me to a “list of many” – a list I clearly didn’t possess, or I wouldn’t have needed to ask the question I did.

                  Perhaps I should feel flattered by your faith in my ESP skills, but I’m afraid all I thought on seeing your post was, “WHAT bloody list? And what the hell’s ON it?”

                  • “Your “answer” – quite simply – failed to address the question I asked”

                    I know the feeling well, when I see your responses to questions, or your attempts to re-write questions so that you can give responses that suit your own pre-set agenda.

                    “Instead, you referred me to a “list of many” – a list I clearly didn’t possess,”
                    After reading your posts, on this and other threads, there are clearly many things you do not possess, a list far too long to post on this website.
                    Your ignorance is a problem for you to resolve, however I doubt if ignorance is your only problem as more than likely it is compounded by wilful bias against Israel.

                    I have to advise you not to be flattered because I have NO faith in you having any skills, I’m afraid all I thought on seeing your post was “WHERE is that woman’s brain? And what is between her ears?”

      • Time for you to wake up and start seeing what really drives the Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank under the flag of Palestinianism.

        This is the leadership that you and Mr. Corbyn so admire:

        http://israelseen.com/2015/08/12/khaled-abu-toameh-palestinians-a-rare-voice-of-sanity/

        J’Accuse. Dr. Ibrahim Abrash, a former Palestinian Minister of Culture (left), accuses Palestinian Authority and Hamas officials of corruption, extortion, opportunism and hypocrisy. Pictured in the middle is PA President Mahmoud Abbas, and at right Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh

        While many in the international community and media hold Israel fully responsible for the plight of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Abrash offers a completely different perspective.

        Referring to widespread corruption under the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, the former Palestinian minister reveals that Palestinian academic institutions, including universities and colleges, have become “commercial projects for granting certificates that have no scientific value or content.”

        This is a voice that is rarely given a platform in mainstream media outlets in the West, whose journalists continue to focus almost entirely on stories that reflect negatively on Israel. Western journalists based in the Middle East tend to ignore Palestinians who are critical of the PA or Hamas, because such criticism does not fit the narrative according to which Israel is solely responsible for all the bad things that happen to the Palestinians.

        Abrash’s criticism of Hamas and the PA — whom he openly holds responsible for the suffering of their people — actually reflects the widespread sentiment among Palestinians. Over the past few years, a growing number of Palestinians have come to realize that their leaders have failed them again and again and are now aware that both Hamas and the PA, as corrupt as ever, are hindering efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip.

  8. At a time when the other parties are led by whiskery, uncharismatic old men with walrus moustaches and wing collars, Corbyn’s election will bring irrepressible energy and the dynamism of youth to the Labour cause.

    • Corbyn’s election will bring irrepressible energy and the dynamism of youth to the Labour cause.
      Yes. And will send the Labour Party into oblivion for the next 20 years. I wish Cobyn the best luck!

    • “At a time when the other parties are led by whiskery, uncharismatic old men with walrus moustaches and wing collars”
      Drew I don’t support the Green Party but I think your description of its Leader, Natalie Bennett, is a little harsh.

  9. Has there ever been a more futile group of morons than pro-Palestinian activists? Outside of banning Jews from performing at reggae festivals in Spain….. Outside of blowing up some pizzerias by strapping homemade bombs onto depressed 15 year olds….. Outside of ignoring every peace deal made as if they never existed…. Outside of letting the Palestinian leaders die as billionaires with money for the cause buried in secure Swiss bank accounts….. Outside of marching through the streets of Paris, Berlin, and London, spraypainting swastikas and yelling bloody murder at Jews….. Outside of storming Jewish day schools and Kosher delis…. Outside of whining on boards like these….. Can BM Backwards and her ragtag KKKrew of hate monger idiots find enough energy to see the Palestinian into fruition w/o the efforts of Zionists who actually helped create the possibilities of peace by endorsing the Oslo Accords? We’ll have to wait and see. Maybe in 20 years, they’ll realize that they are their own worst enemies. Because in the 15 years since that lying asshole Arafat rejected peace for sake of his life (see, he was afraid that signing the deal would lead to his assassination even though his best partner in the peace process was, you know, assassinated for talking to him in the first place) I haven’t witnessed one iota of intelligence from the pro-Palestinian (i.e. anti-Israel) sect.

    That, my friends, is the sound of one hand clapping.

  10. Actually, Leftfoot Forward, is one of the few leftist blogs that is exceptionally critical of the lefts love-affair with Islamism and the promotion of Islamist narrative throughout left-wing newspapers, such as the Guardian. Also, don’t forget, that Nick Cohen (who wrote What’s Left) often has opinion pieces published in the Guardian, many, recently, around the issue of Corbyn.
    Even though I am often shocked or disappointed by the Guardians disproportionate coverage of Israel wrongs, they are clearly pargmatic (as someone above mentioned) and will reliazise (albeit belated) when things may have gone too far.

  11. Thought so. Your comments have lack of original and critical thinking and all the rigidity JfJfP. With you people for friends to collude with the suffering people like JfJfP worsen, the Pals really don’t need enemies.