It has been reported that the British Labour Party has suspended Pete Willsman, a member of its ruling National Executive Committee (NEC), after he was recorded saying, that he believed, that the Israeli embassy, had been behind the claims about Corbyn’s Antisemitism.
Willsman is a devoted Corbyn ally and supporter and as such hated by New-Labour (Blair & co.). He may – I have no idea – also be an Antisemite and the Party should ask itself whether someone holding antisemitic views should be a member of its executive board.
Let us, however, now look at the facts of this latest claim:
1. Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is – and has been for many years – extremely critical of Israel and very supportive of the Palestinian cause.
2. Jeremy Corbyn as British Prime Minister would therefore be an unwelcome change for Israel.
3. It is the role of embassies to work politically to promote the perceived interests of their countries. They should work within the laws of the land and if they don’t, they should not be caught doing it.
So, why is it not reasonable to believe that the Israeli embassy in London is furthering negative propaganda about Corbyn? And why should this claim be defined as Antisemitic? Does the fact that some Antisemites believe in a Jewish conspiracy to rule the world, mean that one may not make a political assessment about perfectly normal goings-on, just because the subject has an Israel angle? Israel and some of its supporters would like this “license to kill” anything which is deemed by them to be uncomfortable. Going down this road is, however, totally dishonest.