By Richard Mather…
Jeremy Corbyn’s awkward and unsatisfactory responses to widespread allegations of anti-Semitism begs some questions: Is he an anti-Semite in denial? A terrible judge of character? A misguided and naive fool? Or is he intellectually incapable of understanding the close and overlapping relationship between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism?
Despite his age (he’s in his sixties), his political vision is immature and shallow, which perhaps explains the mess he’s in. His ideas draw on the juvenile politics of the student union. No wonder his CV reads like a Students for Justice in Palestine newsrag. Of course, Corbyn is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, but he’s also a member of Amnesty International, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the sinister-silly Stop the War Coalition. And as is typical of extremists he’s irrationally hostile to Israel and NATO, and is a friend to the IRA, Hamas and Hezbollah. He is also an admirer of left-wing despot Hugo Chavez. Corbyn parrots all the far-Left ideologies without considering the political, moral and human consequences. In the case of his manifold links to Jew-hating extremists, he is so blinded by Palestinianist fervour that he forgets to check whether his anti-Zionist friends are raving Judeophobes (they usually are). How are British Jews supposed to have confidence in a man who conveniently overlooks the anti-Semitic rhetoric emanating from Hamas and Sheikh Raed Salah?
It is staggering that Corbyn (who has been in politics for several decades) can claim with a straight face to be unaware of the anti-Semitic credentials of his Islamist and Holocaust-denying friends. If Corbyn is not an anti-Semite, then he is a naive/misguided old man or a hopeless relativist who lacks the ability to tell right from wrong. There is another possibility: he’s a chronic liar who is desperately trying to hide his dodgy political connections. Whatever the answer he is unfit to lead one of Britain’s great political parties.