by Kenneth Surin
Several CounterPunchers, I included, have posted on the “antisemitism” campaign directed at the Labour party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn’s most virulent accusers have been from his own party, abetted by the tabloid media, and the supposedly liberal Guardian (though it has long been a Blairite holdout, and its chief op-ed writer on Israel is the ardent Zionist Jonathan Freedland).
This anti-Corbyn faction in the Labour party is made up of two overlapping groups: increasingly marginalized supporters of the former leader Tony Blair whose neoliberal “Thatcher lite” agenda has been superseded by Corbyn’s push to reclaim and revitalize Labour’s socialist origins; and a Zionist element, which turns out to be extremely well-funded, having well-documented strong links with pro-Zionist advocacy groups.
In particular, I’ve been researching organizational links and funding sources from key donors, along with associated parliamentary patterns on two significant issues– the illegal invasion of Iraq and Saudi adventurism in the Middle East– congruent with Israel’s declared interests.
Jeremy Corbyn, by contrast, has been an unyielding supporter of the rights of the Palestinian people.
The results, presented below, have (to say the least) been more than a mild surprise.
Corrections, and updates, from readers will be most welcome, as I intend to keep this list up-to-date and free from error.