Corbyn’s Labour chooses side


And it’s not the side of the Middle East’s only liberal democracy, which is surrounded by hundreds of millions of people who would love to see the second Holocaust happen:

The debate at the U.K. Labour Party’s annual conference in Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon was an astonishing sight.

The entire hall was waving Palestinian flags, among cries of “Free Palestine.” In a show of hands, a motion to condemn Israeli policies– calling for an international commission on the recent killings in Gaza, a freeze on arms sales to Israel and the recognition of a Palestinian state – passed in a near-unanimous show of hands…

Not only was this the only foreign policy issue debated at any length during the conference, but in a preliminary vote by party members on their agenda priorities, Palestine came fourth – outstripping issues of far greater relevance to British citizens such as the Brexit process (on which Labour is split) and the crisis-stricken National Health Service…

One conspiracy theorist was allowed onstage to say how “the campaign of slurs and accusations” had been “orchestrated” by the pro-Israel lobby. They predicted that “as the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government gets ever closer … the list of people being denounced for being anti-Semitic, often obviously just for being proponents of Palestinian rights, will stretch all the way from here to Jerusalem.”…

The 1970s called and want their Third World liberation infatuation back.

Jeremy Corbyn, the ur-70s hard leftie and a terrorist and dictator sympathiser of long standing, told the delegates that “in order to help make that two-state settlement a reality we will recognise a Palestinian state as soon as we take office”. Which could be never, or in 2022 when the next election is due, or at any time if the Conservative government collapses over the Brexit non-exist.

In the meantime, the Labour opposition has been campaigning against the ban on Hezbollah’s political wing – the military wing is already designated as a terrorist organisation – which the government has been pushing on the basis that the distinction between the political and the military wings is spurious and not even recognised by Hezbollah itself. Labour justifies its opposition to a ban because it “could be a move against dialogue and meaningful peace negotiations in the Middle East.” Hezbollah, of course, does not want meaningful peace negotiations; it wants the destruction of Israel. In the words of its Secretary-General, which Corbyn probably missed, “There is no solution to the conflict in this region except with the disappearance of Israel.”

The alternative government of Great Britain, ladies and gentlemen (or, rather, comrades). Beset as it is by problems with anti-Semitism from Corbyn down, the Labour Party would probably argue that it’s merely engaging in a legitimate criticism of Israeli policies. At some stage, someone will need to break it to Labour that if you continue to side with forces that seek the destruction of Israel and the death of its citizens this might be construed as just a tad more than a legitimate criticism of the Jewish state.