What is Jeremy Corbyn actually apologising for?

Why is the Labour Party being targeted?

Ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the UK Labour Party, they have been accused of anti semitism. Why did these accusations about the party suddenly appear AFTER he became leader and not before? Was there an influx of bigots elected to the party with him? No, just Corbyn was elected, it wasn’t a General Election. So we can safely say that the structure wasn’t significantly changed by the leadership contest and no personnel were brought in that would convert the left leaning party into fascists.

Did Corbyn allow a fundamental change in Labour policy?

No. Basically, his leadership hasn’t inspired some sort of Nationalist, right wing  undercurrent that could turn the Labour movement into a racist or prejudiced party. Labour has historically had a left wing, socialist identity that was only undermined by Tony Blair. The shyster Blair tricked many of the electorate by allowing a ‘watered down Conservative Party manifesto’ to replace the long held principles of the traditional Labour Party. Whilst Blair was leader of Labour, the voters had a similar choice to the Americans – No choice at all.

Jeremy Corbyn’s promotion changed the party back towards its working class and social care roots. This, it would seem, is when the party were suddenly accused of being anti semitic and reviled by the many Jewish groups calling for action to be taken.

Why would this unassuming Labour Party veteran command such a response?

Corbyn has been in the background of the Labour movement for over forty years. He has been anti war, against racism of any sort, promoting policies to help the less well off in our society and crucially, pro Palestinian. That doesn’t mean anti semitic, unless you use the recently manufactured description of it, approved by Theresa May.

Jeremy Corbyn has never been accused of racism or holding prejudices against any other group. He has always campaigned for the rights of minorities and ethnic groups and never criticised any particular religion. He has also been fearless in his commitment to peaceful negotiation and has been criticised many times for having dialogue with widely described ‘extremists’. He preferred talking with the IRA than killing them and has been ostracised for discussions with Hamas and Hezbollah. This background is crucial to understanding the attacks on Corbyn.

The real objective is Corbyn, not the Labour Party.

Corbyn is no anti semite. His passion and commitment to the Palestinian equal rights struggle is the real reason the Jewish groups have attacked the Labour Party. Considering his neutrality in trying to negotiate a peaceful outcome to many disputes, the thought that he would suddenly become hateful to one group or another is laughable. Whether you agree with his political viewpoint or not, Corbyn never has been nor never will be anti semitic, it’s not in his nature.

Here is a list from the Labour Friends of Israel website. Only the MP’s highlighted in red can be regarded as supportive of Corbyn, the others are either neutral or hostile.

Joan Ryan
Ian Austin
Luciana Berger
Rt. Hon Nick Brown
Rt. Hon Liam Byrne
Vernon Coaker MP
Rosie Cooper MP
Yvette Cooper
Mary Creagh
Jon Cruddas
Wayne David MP
Gloria DePiero
Angela Eagle
Chris Evans
Jim Fitzpatrick
Rt. Hon Caroline Flint
Barry Gardiner
Mike Gapes
Preet Gill MP
Mary Glindon MP
Lillian Greenwood
Nia Griffith
Andrew Gwynne
Fabian Hamilton
Rt. Hon David Hanson
Carolyn Harris MP
Rt. Hon Margaret Hodge
Rt. Hon George Howarth
Rupa Huq MP 
Dan Jarvis
Diana Johnson
Helen Jones
Kevan Jones
Mike Kane
Liz Kendall
Peter Kyle
Rt. Hon David Lammy
Chris Leslie
Ivan Lewis
Ian Lucas MP
Chris Matheson
Steve McCabe
Catherine McKinnell
Conor McGinn
Melanie Onn
Lucy Powell
Toby Perkins
Jess Phillips
Bridget Phillipson
Tulip Siddiq
Virendra Sharma MP
Barry Sheerman
Ruth Smeeth
Angela Smith
Jeff Smith
Owen Smith
Wes Streeting
Graham Stringer
Anna Turley
Emily Thornberry
Karl Turner
Derek Twigg
Stephen Twigg
Chuka Umunna
Rt. Hon Keith Vaz
Catherine West MP
Phil Wilson
Rt. Hon Rosie Winterton

So, out of 69 (that we know of) MP’s who are members of Labour Friends of Israel, only 13 can be described as Corbyn allies. The groups demanding action to rid the Labour Party of anti semitism are a consortium of fervent pro Israeli organisations and it is a political move to assassinate the character of Jeremy Corbyn. If the party removed Corbyn today, the allegations would cease… Unless of course, they elected another Palestinian equal rights campaigner.

Update 05/09/2018

In light of recent events and a little more research,  the list of Corbyn allies have been reduced to 9, which indicates that the the Friends of Israel are no friends of Jeremy Corbyn.

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