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My name is Daniel Waterman, I am Jewish and have lived in Israel-Palestine. I am an author and social-critic with a keen interest in Ethics. 

 

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Labour UK: Back from the Dead

It is probably safe to say that Labour UK has, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, undergone a radical transformation, reviving hope amongst the masses who have swelled its membership that a political party 'for and of the people' will be better equipped to meet the challenges of climate change, global economics, changing labour markets, immigration, refugee crises, energy transition, and security (amongst others). In short, after its disastrous flirtation with Neoliberalism under Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, Labour is enjoying a revival as a potentially 'socialist' political party, something that is making very big waves in Europe, and extremely worrying to anyone who has a vested interest in perpetuating Neoliberalism (its economic policies, privatisation, and its military-industrial alliances).

Jeremy Corbyn, the current leader of the Labour party, and probably next prime minister of the UK, is a person whose integrity both private and political are really beyond question. This in itself is remarkable due to the extent to which politics is viewed as a completely corrupt and dysfunctional process by many people. But Corbyn's integrity is not just remarkable, it is also undoubtedly a source of extreme concern amongst those who fear they will be unable to deal with or pursue 'business as usual' under his leadership. This is not only a concern of wealthy and powerful elites and corporations in the UK, but also abroad, in Europe and of course the rest of the world where economic and political cooperation is only possible thanks to a great deal of what can only be described as corruption (i.e. processes that favor the interests of the few over those of the many).

In consequence of the above, and the unrelenting surge of accusations of antisemitism being leveled at primarily more left-wing and outspoken members of Labour UK and Momentum as well as at Jeremy Corbyn and his closest allies in the party, it seems at least plausible, and as we shall see, highly likely, that there is a connection between accusations of antisemitism and the transformations shaping Labour UK.

Below I will argue that the accusations of antisemitism being levelled at members of Labour UK and Momentum are a) patently false and misleading, b) politically motivated, c) orchestrated (at least in some instances) d) leveled at Jews and Israelis not just at non-Jews, e) ridiculous, childish, extremely harmful and damaging both to the Jewish community and Israel and to the political establishment (by lowering standards) f) slanderous and defamatory, g) misleading and diversionary, h) counterproductive, i) extremely detrimental to the memory of the Holocaust and damaging to any kind of understanding of antisemitism, thus seriously undermining our ability to understand these events/phenomena or do anything about them.