“Antisemitism is intimately related to their politics, to their organization and to the way they now operate in the Labour Party”, said former Labour MP Joan Ryan, leaving her party to enter the new Independent Group.
How has anti-Semitism entered Labour? The Times' Daniel Finkelstein partially explained it by telling the ideas of the inner circle of Jeremy Corbyn, such as Andrew Murray and Seumas Milne.
Murray, Corbyn's chief advisor, condemned “the counter-revolutions of 1989 and subsequently, which swept away most of the working-class states”. For “working-class states” Murray means communist Czechoslovakia and Poland. The fall of the Berlin Wall? “A historic setback for human progress”. According to Murray, “the greatest danger the world faces is not terrorism”, as he said in 2015. “It is imperialism”.
Murray, who was the head of Unite (the country's largest trade union) and the British Communist Party, told a Stop the War rally that Israel is “digging its grave”. Murray expressed “solidarity with the heroic people of Gaza” while it was launching missiles on Israel.
Israel is seen by the British opposition party as the embodiment of imperialism.
The project and the will to destroy the State of Israel and replace it with a Palestinian Arab State or an Islamic state: this is the main characteristic of their anti-Zionism. The Jewish presence in a Muslim land is intolerable. Israel is the incarnation of evil, which implies a permanent indictment of Israeli politics and the denial of its right to exist which means isolating the State of Israel at all levels. The State of Israel is criticized and condemned not for what it does, but for what it is. It is the very existence of Israel that is rejected as intolerable.
In Corbyn's court, few exert more power than his spin doctor Seumas Milne. He has been called “Corbyn's brain”. Before joining Labour, Milne was a Guardian journalist. Son of a former director general of the BBC, Milne studied at Winchester, one of the leading English public schools, and at Oxford. Two days after September 11, Milne wrote that Americans "can't see why they're hated".
At an anti-Israel rally in 2014, Milne said that “Israel has no right to defend itself”, while the Palestinians of Gaza have that right, even “by force.” “Rockets that have now been shown to reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is also beginning to shift what has been an overwhelmingly one-sided balance of deterrence”, Milne said.
Both, Murray and Milne, resemble the carbon copy of that immortal figure which came out from the pen of the famous humorist Peter Simple. Her name was Mrs Dutt-Pauker, she was an Hampstead heiress living in a house called “Marxmount House”, where she collected the writings of Stalin and had a son named “Bert Brecht Mao Rudy Che Odinga” in honor of many Communist icons. At the time, that figure was the object of sarcasm, since it mocked the intellectual classes of the left in the United Kingdom.
Tomorrow, if Corbyn enters 10 Downing Street, there will be no fun.