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Now “Jews For Jeremy” enter the fray to defend Corbyn.


Posted by Richard Millett

On Monday Channel 4’s Cathy Newman interviewed Jeremy Corbyn about his connections to the group Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR) which is run by self-confessed Holocaust denier Paul Eisen.

In the interview Labour Party leadership candidate Corbyn said he met Eisen 15 years ago before he was a known Holocaust denier but that he doesn’t have any contact with either Eisen or DYR now. He did admit, however, to having attended “a number of events concerning DYR some years ago”.

The Jewish Chronicle has discovered a photo of Corbyn purportedly attending a DYR event at St John’s Wood Church in 2013 (see above). And according to the Jewish Chronicle four months earlier Eisen wrote a blog titled “How I became a Holocaust denier”.

Make of that what you will.

Now a group of Jews for whom Israel can do no right have set up a Facebook page to jump to Corbyn’s defence.

Jews For Jeremy “reject the smears of the Jewish Chronicle and other opponents of Jeremy who are trying to portray him as an antisemite, or somebody who has deliberately associated with antisemites.”

One guesses that when Corbyn described Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” he hadn’t read the Hamas Charter which calls for the murder of all Jews and the destruction of Israel.

And did he really not know that Hezbollah is heavily implicated in the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 and the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina building in the same city in 1994? These bombings claimed the lives of 114 people in total and left many hundreds more injured.

Friends? Really?

One of the main protagonists in Jews For Jeremy is the comedian Ivor Dembina. Dembina once joked that Jews have so monopolised the memory of Auschwitz despite many non-Jews having also died there that they refer to it as “Ourschwitz, not Yourschwitz”. He might even have reprised this “joke” for his audience at the Edinburgh Festival in his Free Gaza! show on Monday.

Meanwhile, the same usual suspects who pop up in all the other Jews against Israel groups have written a letter to the Jewish Chronicle complaining about that paper’s treatment of Corbyn.

The Jewish Chronicle questioned, inter alia, why Corbyn referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” but these activists simply explain that away on the basis that “Hamas was democratically elected in Palestinian elections generally accepted as fair, and Hezbollah also has strong electoral support in Lebanon.”

This brings to mind another anti-Semite who was also “democratically elected” and had “strong electoral support” some 80 odd years ago.

You won’t be surprised to learn that nine of the letter’s signatories signed another statement that calls for the destruction of the only Jewish state via the imposition of the so-called one-state solution.

Sadly, especially when considering he is set to become leader of the UK’s main opposition, Israel’s destruction seems to be Corbyn’s preferred option also.

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    • @Dani ben Lev –

      “Have Corbyn walk Labour off that cliff. Pa-leeze.”

      I’m not sure your prayer will be much appreciated by Labour Friends of Israel – a Westminster and grassroots Labour Party group described as “less unquestioning in its support of the Israeli government than the Conservative Friends of Israel” – as they lie at the bottom of the cliff.

      But ah well … can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, can you, Dani?

      • “Labour Friends of Israel – a Westminster and grassroots Labour Party group described as “less unquestioning in its support of the Israeli government than the Conservative Friends of Israel” ”

        Described as such by who?

        • What other groups are there in Labour whose support of any other government in the world would be used as a club with phrases like “unquestioned support.” Basner, you’ve bought into such sinister descriptions of a marvelous little country which only wishes to be left in peace. Is it years of war propaganda from the British government and media that’s made you that way? If you’re looking for sinister, that’s where you should begin. They have been feeding you Arab propaganda for years. Personally, I would be quite concerned for the condition and future of a democracy that engages in such blatantly one-sided reportage. It’s not healthy.

  1. I am teased as to why Corbyn wriggles when confronted, tries to deflect rather than answer honestly, and doesn’t admit that he has made mistakes. How can a person keep company in public with so many less than fragrant customers and yet deny that he has anything in common with them?

    If he really believes what he says, he should stand down because his grasp of reality is seriously in question.

    • and doesn’t admit that he has made mistakes.

      JC, (ahem), doesn’t make mistakes. He is the type of leftist who identifies with resistance whenever the target of the ‘resistance’ is perceived as ‘white’. (Or colonialist). (But not China).

  2. The JC asked Corbyn 7 questions. I read his answers at http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/142656/jeremy-corbyn-responds-jcs-seven-questions. My comments on those follow:

    Q1 Did you donate, as alleged by its founder, to Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR), an antisemitic group run by Holocaust denier Paul Eisen

    [ Note that he hasn’t denied it. He’s said that he doesn’t remember doing it. That’s often the last vestige of a liar.]

    Q2 Have you, as Mr Eisen claims, regularly attended DYR’s annual conference?

    [Holocaust denial is indeed wrong, but that doesn’t prevent him from supporting entities which deny the Holocaust or blame Jews themselves for it. The key word is “regularly.” Exactly how many times did he attend “in the past?” When did he stop attending and why?]

    Q3 Why have you accepted an invitation to appear at a conference on 22nd August alongside Carlos Latuff, the antisemitic cartoonist?

    [But he was invited. Why was that if not that the organisers thought him sympathetic? And when did he refuse?]

    Q4 Why did you write to the Church of England authorities to defend Rev Stephen Sizer, a vicar banned from social media because of his habit of posting antisemitic conspiracy theories, telling them that Rev Sizer was “under attack” because he had “dared to speak out over Zionism”?

    [Note the last sentence. Why, then is he associated, pleased to be associated apparently, with those who deny the holocaust and hate Jews? Hubris? Or delusion?]

    Q5) Why would you associate with Hamas and Hezbollah and refer to them as your “friends”?

    [ Why the need to be “diplomatic” towards Islamist terror organisations? Again, why the hubris and what makes him think that he could “promote the peace process” in the ME with any more success than anyone else? Why wasn’t he asked to explain his attendance at rallies in which he speaks to give support to Islamist terrorist organisations?]

    Q6 Why have you consistently failed to condemn the antisemitic posters and banners that dominate the annual Al-Quds Day rally, sponsored by the Stop The War Coalition, which you chair?

    [Where is this condemnation in writing and why is Corbyn still chair if he condemns this central raison d’etre?]

    Q7 Why did you describe Raed Salah, a man convicted of blood libel, as an ‘honoured citizen’?

    [I have real reservations about the intellectual and moral honesty of a person who is friends with Islamist supporters of terror and Jew-hatred in a “diplomatic sense.” What is his real motivation here? And “I didn’t hear the remarks” doesn’t detract from the fact that, until he was rumbled, Corbyn seemed pleased to be associated with such people]

    Final paragraphs: Note that he tries to deflect blame and “I didn’t hear him say it” does nothing at all to detract that he was at a gathering where such people air their views. He must have known what they stood for.

    None of what Corbyn says detracts either from the fact that he is still a member of the PSC which is rabidly antisemtic.

    • “The cowards and weasels throwing mud at Jeremy Corbyn”

      Just as well there are craven, spineless, arse-lickers such as you ‘stephenb’ to lick him clean afterwards.

        • “Why do you put stephenb in quotes?”

          Why not?.

          “My name is Stephen Bellamy”
          Really. I think you are confusing me with someone who gives a Flying F*ck what your name is.
          You could sign in as Mother Theresa, but it will not change the content of the putrid garbage you post and link to.