The Labour leader's opponents don't care about anti-Semitism. They'll just do anything to remove Corbyn
by David Hearst
Part 4 - McCarthyism at work
The second victim of this campaign are the Palestinians. The aim is to terrify all politicians, be they Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, or SNP from having any contact with Palestinian organisations, which could be used to discredit them in the future.
Everyone is now put on guard for what records exist of the contacts and conferences which took place long ago. The IHRA's anti-Semitism definition, which is not legally binding, will be used as a retro-active weapon.
If this sounds like the tactics US Senator Joseph McCarthy used in the early 1950s against suspected communist - "reds under the bed" - at the height of the cold war, it is because it is. From now on, any past contact, any event, any platform shared with Palestinian groups, supporters, activists, and any photograph which emerges from the bowels of Israel's psych-ops servers could be used to destroy a British politician's reputation as effectively as Corbyn's has been.
Whether he survives or not, Corbyn's international reputation has been tarnished. If you are an aspiring Democrat in the US, would you now meet with him?
It is every British party’s policy to back - the now moribund - two state solution. Every political party backs the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian State. For this very reason, this campaign effectively paralyses any communication between Palestinian activists, of whatever hue, and British politicians.
I am addressing this point specifically to Corbyn’s enemies on the right of the party and to the Parliamentary Party. Do you seriously want the same tactics you have used, or colluded with, against Corbyn, to be used against you? Do you really think British democracy is the winner as a result?
If anyone thinks that having taken out Corbyn, this campaign will stop there, they are deluding themselves.
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