The Labour leader's opponents don't care about anti-Semitism. They'll just do anything to remove Corbyn
by David Hearst
Part 2 - Feeding the crocodile
Corbyn is facing the biggest threat to his leadership since the "coup" organised by his parliamentary party. He is also increasingly isolated among his own supporters. John McDonnell, Corbyn's closest ally, who shuns foreign policy, thinks this is not Labour's fight. Emily Thornberry, his shadow foreign secretary, has not said a word.
Ed Milliband, the former Labour leader under whose tenure anti-Semitism was historically greater than during Corbyn's reign, has offered little support. Union leaders are pealing away. Muslim groups do not want to know. Corbyn is alone.
And the result is that Corbyn feels he is left with no option but to back down, apologise, accept the contentious "working examples" of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-semitism one by one, in a slow, painful retreat.
This is a disastrous miscalculation. Corbyn's "apologies" for crimes of which he is innocent, only feed the crocodile. As the Georgians say: "Once you run out of chickens to throw to the crocodile, it will have your arm." Whether Corbyn survives this onslaught or not, everyone who is taking part, either wittingly or unwittingly, in this campaign should beware of getting what they want.
Whatever happens to Corbyn, there are three victims of this dirty episode.
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