As the SKWAWKBOX covered last night, the long weekend saw the unseemly spectacle of right-wing Jewish groups and non-Jews attacking a group of left-wing Jews who go by the name ‘Jewdas’, in order to criticise Jeremy Corbyn for celebrating the Passover Seder with them.
Although Jewdas has previously been recognised as a genuine Jewish group by the likes of the very mainstream Jewish Chronicle (JC), the JC’s editor – along with non-Jewish ‘centrist’ MPs, dismissed the group and attacked Corbyn’s decision to spend Passover with them as ‘baiting’.
This sparked a backlash from well-known left-wing Jews such as author Michael Rosen, whose put-down of a lamentable non-Jewish Labour MP was a work of elegant but brutal art:
News of Corbyn’s choice flew across the Atlantic and reached the ears of Jewish left-wingers in the USA, who were quick to express appreciation – and not a little envy, as demonstrated in tweets and retweets by the left-wing group Jewish Solidarity Caucus:
The Jewish view of Corbyn’s decision seems to depend on political leanings – which speaks volumes about the exploitation in the UK of genuine Jewish concerns about antisemitism and the claim that Corbyn can only be serious about fighting it if he aligns with the ‘right’ Jewish groups.
Which makes Corbyn’s choice look all the more intelligent as a way of both showing his and Labour’s solidarity with Jewish people and demonstrating a refusal to allow those with political ends to use it to manipulate him.
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