An offensive against the elected leadership of the Labour Party is being waged under the guise of fighting antisemitism.
Headline after headline in recent weeks has claimed that Labour has a ‘Jewish problem’: that antisemitism within the party is pervasive or has sharply increased under Corbyn’s leadership, and that Corbyn is failing to crack down on or even actively encouraging it.
I have an article up at openDemocracy showing these allegations to be devoid of factual basis:
The enraging and – for genuine opponents of antisemitism – dismaying truth is this: a miserable assortment of chancers, cynics and careerists is exploiting Jewish suffering to prosecute petty vendettas, wage factional warfare and discredit legitimate criticism of Israel. In the process, they are poisoning relations between British Jews and movements for social justice; fomenting antisemitism while claiming to combat it; and libelling the tens of thousands of people, many of them young, idealistic and embarking upon their first foray into politics, who joined Labour in the past year determined to make the world a less cruel and despairing place for the impoverished, the subjugated and the dispossessed.
If Labour has an antisemitism problem, it lies not with Corbyn, but his unprincipled and reckless opponents.
You can read the rest here.