The right-wing of the Labour Party need to address their colonialist, Islamophobic and Arabophobic racism!

My disgust at the cynical abuse of the memory of the 6 million by the right-wing of the Labour Party, aided and abetted by the Israeli Embassy, grows daily and has left me despairing for the future of the Labour Party.

There is no evidence at all that the Labour Party has a particular problem with anti-semitism. The rhetoric constantly asserts that the left of the Labour Party has a significantly greater proportion of anti-semitic members than in the general population. However, all the actual evidence suggests that there is significantly LESS anti-semitism on the left of the Labour Party than in the general population… Unless of course you regard support of the Palestinian cause and any related criticism of the Israeli state as de-facto anti-semitism.

There is no other issue in world politics that would see lifetime Labour Party members and anti-racist campaigners being demonised and expelled by members of their own party for supporting the rights of an indigenous people displaced and oppressed by a religiously defined, nuclear-armed, military state supported by the USA!

To those accusing Chris Williamson and the rest of us of being anti-semites I reply that your refusal to acknowledge the suffering of the Palestinian people reveals your own Eurocentric racism because you clearly see the interests of an Israel formed by largely European and American citizens as trumping the rights of the ethnically semitic Palestinians.

You need to address your own colonialist Islamophobia and Arabophobic racism before you start smearing and demonising decent men and women in the Labour Party for the crime of supporting an oppressed ethnic people against a Western military state.

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In light of this I cannot see how the left and the right of the Labour Party can ever work collaboratively together in the future.  That some people on the right of the party are willing to cynically smear good people as anti-semites for short-term political gain, means they would literally do anything to achieve and maintain power.

Everyone in the Labour Party, including Margaret Hodge, knows that Jeremy Corbyn is NOT an anti-semite. Everyone in the Labour Party knows that Chris Williamson is NOT an anti-semite. Yet they knowingly and purposefully engage in the public lie that they are. And make no mistake in light of the Holocaust the moral weight of an accusation of anti-semitism today is only trumped by the accusation of pedophilia.

Some on the right of the Labour Party are willing to knowingly and purposefully tell the vilest of moral lies about the leader of their own party in order to try and ensure that their own party does not win an election on even a moderately left wing agenda! This demonstrates a moral bankruptcy that frankly beggars belief but it also demonstrates the length they are prepared to go to prevent anything approaching a socialist government.

The current Labour Party rule book states unequivocally that “the Labour Party is a democratic socialist party”.  Yet the current right of the Labour Party are not on one end of a democratic socialist spectrum with Corbyn at the other end. The right of the Labour Party are on an entirely different liberal, capitalist, spectrum, with socially liberal, fiscally conservative, capitalists like David Cameron on the other end.

How on earth can any political party encompass political views as mutually exclusive as Margaret Hodge and Chris Williamson?

And how can a party that claims to be a democratic socialist party suspend Chris Williamson for stating the obvious truth that accusations of antisemitism are inflated and manipulated and NOT suspend Margaret Hodge who publicly called the leader of the party an anti-semite!


About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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