Thursday evening saw massive gains for the Labour Party in Britain to the point where party leader Jeremy Corbyn almost became the next prime minister of England. The fact that Corbyn, who has a record of Marxist fanaticism and anti-Semitism, was close to being in such a position of power is quite disturbing, to put it mildly.
Here are seven things you need to know about Corbyn.
1. Corbyn was first elected to the House of Commons in 1983. That was a horrific year for the Labour Party, as that was during the height of the Margaret Thatcher era, yet Corbyn was somehow to find his way in and has been in Parliament ever since.
2. Corbyn became the leader of the Labour Party in September 2015. At that time, the Labour Party was on its heels following a major election victory for the Tories. Corbyn took advantage of a rule change stating that the leader of the party only needed 35 votes in parliament in to win. Corbyn received 36 votes.
3. Anti-Semitism has become rampant in the Labour Party under Corbyn's reign. Here are some examples provided by the Telegraph:
- Brent Council leader Muhammed Butt shared a Facebook referring to Israel as "a terrorist state like ISIS."
- Labour activist Ian Lowery had a tweet stating "Zios claim they’re giving back the Occupied Territories but keeping New York." Zios is an anti-Semitic slur.
- Welsh Labour Health Minister Mark Drakeford spoke at an event with Abu Eesa Niamatullah, who has said that Jews have "no humanity, no morality, no ethics."
Then there's the former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone: (H/T: The Spectator)
He was originally suspended this time last year after coming to the defence of Labour MP Naz Shah. She had reposted a Facebook meme calling for the ‘transportation’ of Israelis to the United States so that the ‘Middle East will again be peaceful without foreign interference’. Sharing the post, Shah commented: ‘Problem solved and save u bank charges for £3 BILLION you transfer yearly!’ In an effort to excuse Shah’s anti-Semitism, Livingstone told a radio interviewer: ‘When Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.’
Across a three-day hearing, Livingstone has repeated his claims. In a decision announced on Tuesday evening, Labour found Livingstone in breach of Rule 2.1.8 of the party’s constitution, which proscribes ‘prejudicial’ or ‘grossly detrimental’ conduct by members. However, instead of kicking him out, Labour only lengthened his ban by 12 months. He remains a party member; the ban is solely on him standing for office.
This was far from Livingstone’s first offence. In 1984, as leader of the Greater London Council, he accused the Board of Deputies of British Jews of being ‘dominated by reactionaries and neo-fascists’. Twenty years later, as mayor of London, he welcomed Islamist cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi to City Hall. Qaradawi is a defender of Palestinian suicide bombing as a ‘martyrdom operation’ and ‘evidence of God’s justice’, and has issued a fatwa permitting the killing of pregnant Israeli women. Livingstone called him ‘a progressive figure’.
In 2005, Livingstone told Jewish journalist Oliver Finegold he was ‘just like a concentration camp guard’. The following year he said of Simon and David Reuben, London property developers of Iraqi Jewish descent: ‘If they’re not happy here, they can go back to Iran and try their luck with the ayatollahs.’
Corbyn has attempted to give the appearance that he's trying to stamp out the anti-Semitism in his party, but the fact is that the Labour Party's anti-Semitism stems from Corbyn himself.
4. Corbyn has a history of associations with anti-Semites and making anti-Semitic statements himself. For starters, he has called Hamas and Hezbollah "friends" and has called for Britain to nix its designation of Hamas as a terror organization. Hamas' charter calls for murdering Jews and annihilating Israel; Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, once said, "If they (Jews) all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide."
Liberal attorney Alan Dershowitz has referred to Nasrallah as "a modern day Hitler":
His genocidal goals—to kill all Jews—were proven by two recent statements. He has warned the Arabs and Muslims to leave Haifa so that his rockets can kill only Jews. And he apologized for causing the deaths of three Israeli-Arabs in Nazareth, when a Katuysha struck that religiously mixed Israeli city. Hezbollah also worked hand-in-hand with Argentine neo-Nazis to blow up a Jewish community center, murdering dozens of Jews.
This is who Corbyn considers to be a friend.
Additionally, Corbyn has been an ardent support of an organization called Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR) that consists of notorious Holocaust deniers, including Paul Eisen, who has written the following: (H/T: Daily Mail)
'I question that there ever was an official plan on the part of Hitler or any other part of the National Socialist Regime systematically and physically to eliminate every Jew in Europe,' Eisen has written on his blog.
'I question that there ever existed homicidal gas-chambers… Deny the Holocaust! For my money, a child of six can see that something's not right about the Holocaust narrative... For me, "Holocaust Denier" is a label I accept.'
Eisen also wrote that he liked the fact that Corbyn remained friendly to him even as the rest of society shunned him. Corbyn has claimed that he wouldn't have attended DYR events had he known about the organization's Holocaust denialism, but it's been established that he attended an event in April 2013, by which point DYR's Holocaust denial views were well-known.
Here are some more anti-Semites that Corbyn has been linked to: (H/T: Washington Examiner)
He has been associated with Sheikh Raed Salah — leader of the outlawed northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, a blood libel perpetuator convicted for incitement to violence and racism — whom he referred to as a "very honoured citizen" whose "voice must be heard." Corbyn was also a paid contributor for Press TV, Iran's tightly-controlled media apparatus, whose production is directly overseen by anti-Semitic Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Corbyn himself has expressed support for boycotting Israel and was opposed to taking down a British mural that was blatantly anti-Semitic.
5. Corbyn has a history of Marxism. Corbyn's radical worldview can be traced to his affection for Marxist dictator Salvador Allende when he visited Latin America, which means it should be no surprise that he has downplayed the tyrannical horrors of the Soviet Union and North Korea as well as contributed to communist newspapers. He has also gushed over the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez:
Corbyn is also quoted as saying about Chavez, "He showed us there is a different and a better way of doing things. It’s called socialism; it’s called social justice."
Corbyn's manifesto is akin to Chavez's policies, which caused Venezuela to descend into anarchy.
6. Corbyn has referred to the Kremlin propaganda network Russia Today (now RT) as "objective."
7. Corbyn campaigned against Brexit in 2016. In the election, Corbyn's Labour Party stance on Brexit was that it needed to abided to but negotiations needed to focus on having a good partnership with the European Union.
Regardless, the mere possibility that Corbyn could one day become the next prime minister of Britain is incredibly frightening.