66 thoughts on “The Weaponisation of Labour Antisemitism | David Graeber

    1. Yeah the anti-semitism accusations really helped to cripple the Labour Party. I wonder how will Keir Starmer will handle this? Found a pretty good analysis of what Keir Starmer needs to do to revive the Labour Party in Britain: https://youtu.be/2ggqLCyF8is

    2. @Simba Martens Yeah Ive got some suggestions on how keir starmer could revive the labour party; (1) Resign. Thats it. Give the job back to Corbyn and return to mercilessly stabbing him in the back. What a prick. Will NOT be voting for him.

    3. There is nothing new or futuristic here; just the same worn out clapped out clichés and selective deafness and blindness. The real future would be hacks that expose and report of the crime no matter what party was doing it. You don’t do that, hence Corbyn would have to be a tory before you wrote about his racism. DDN just another boring band of bigots.

    4. Love the way you give us a “Highlighted reply” and all it is is a thick moronic childish insult. Not one intelligent point, no reasoned argument, just infantile drivel. I really must be getting to you; underlining to you how thick and moronic you are. You haven’t a thing to offer in intelligent response. “Future of journalism” Childish little tantrums when your schoolboy drivel is (painfully easily) pulled apart. Try reading some books.

    1. Insightful and articulate only if you are an inarticulate moron that swallows this drivel like a good little momentum sheep.

    2. @Lesfire // AnthonyTom Firstly the EHRC report was DAMNING. And the denials and conspiracy theories spouted by the left are EXACTLY the same as the BNP used after their own damning EHRC report, Downloading and sharing anti semetic images from the far right Aryan Nation website , threatening MP’s and Jewish members with death threats .terms such as Zionist scum/Hitler is right are pure undiluted racism that a large hard core of the left/momentum happily took part in (and it was Momentum who told their sheep to claim it was 0.4% which they happily did with further death threats to Zionist scum. The fact that searchlight and other organisations who monitor the far right said about the race hate of Corbyn’s labour that “The far right couldn’t teach them a damn thing” sums it up. To pathetically say antisemitism is being “Weaponised” is moronic, If any political fanatics weaponize issues it is 100% the left who have weaponised everything from Islamophobia to climate change to covid deaths,. The left is increasingly irrelevant to issues affecting the working classes as it is over run with public school/sheltered middle classes that have no idea of working class aspirations and sensibilities , If they al would just bugger off (and take Corbyn with them) and form their own party Labour could go back to key consensus issues that have the support and interests of the working classes-they wouldn’t do the slightest damage to Labour as they wouldn’t poll more than 200 votes in any constituency whereas they make Labour totally unelectable with their odious usurping of the party (doing their born Tory duty of winning votes for no one bar the Tory Party of their birth right) At the moment we have a vile bigoted intolerant right and an equally vile bigoted intolerant left that this fool chooses to support with a weak and feeble diatribe. You are either against6 racism 100% or you are not and like the far right the far left has proved beyond doubt it is not. Anti semitism for them is “Cool racism”. They are blood brothers only to the BNP and Aryan Nation, Why support that ?

  1. A useful (and moderate) analysis. One of the most depressing aspects of the Labour antisemitism saga has been the absence of any sort of balanced discussion on the BBC and in the Guardian. Instead both routinely take the antisemitism story as proven, offering no voice to its critics while giving unchallenged space to Corbyn-haters.
    The last straw for me was Keir Starmer’s decision to feature ‘Labour antisemitism’ so prominently in his victory speech. He’ll find that the lobby doesn’t believe in compromise and will accept nothing less than a party purged of all Palestinian sympathisers.

    1. @Moody onroody I certainly don’t deny the Holocaust. I also think that it is pretty clear that, as Norman Finkelstein has pointed out, the memory of the Holocaust has been exploited for various types of gain.

      As to what David Graeber would say regarding the, “more recent uncoverings in the labour party”, perhaps you could say what those are? By my reading, there is no evidence of systemic anti-semitism in the Labour Party, including in the EHRC report, which only upheld two complaints – one being Ken Livingstone which I think is a massive stretch.

      I’m not sure what it is you’re saying. Are you suggesting that because of the Holocaust, Israel should be given a pass on its treatment of the Palestinians? I understand the psychology; abuse begets abuse and abusers are created by abuse, but if that is what you’re saying, perhaps you should think about the ramifications of that argument.

    2. @Musopaul ‘I certainly dont deny’ …!!!!! How would a Palestinian respond to ‘I certainly dont deny’ … or anyone who’s family was affected by a terrible tragedy? sorry but I cannot see any sensitivity or wish to understand – if that were not the case it would be worth continuing but ending this convo right here … enjoy your life best you can I’m off this thread g’bye.

    3. ​@Moody onroody In your previous post, you wrote; “Do you think the Holocaust never happened” – If I did think that, it would make me a “Holocaust Denier”, and it was to that which I was responding.

      If you want to stop this conversation because you can’t think of answers to the questions I posed, and so far you haven’t actually addressed a single one, thats up to you, but don’t you dare put it on me. You’re a great example of the phenomenon of exploiting moral outrage over the holocaust in order to avoid dealing with inconvenient truths, exactly as Finkelstein has pointed out.

    4. Another is the lack of any evidence or charges. I expected this when Regev came to the UK promoted to Ambassador, and went straight to Laboiur’s annual conference he attended for all three days. He was before that liar in chief of the fascist state of Israel. So now Labour has someone Israel can trust, Starmer, and Labour will never be a free party again. And the media stood by and watched another country interfere in our political system, using some right wing Israel supporting Jews to claim victimhood.

    5. @Peter Simmons Agreed. Regev was always a nasty piece of work. I couldn’t believe it when Israel made a PR man its ambassador to the UK. Now I understand…

    1. During summer of 2019 I tried continually to get something like this out in any mainstream news source. All refused. The only people who’d touch me was Open Democracy and even that after weeks of negotiation.

    2. Similarly, the US media has been handily manufacturing consent for Joe Biden, going so far as to completely stonewall a rape allegation against him. Getting round this is going to be tricky, to put it mildly.

    3. @David Graeber Thank you for speaking the truth. You have no idea how important it is that intellectuals like you exist and speak up !

  2. Isn’t that just amazing ?! 5000 members of ‘Britain First’ joined the Conservative party where they were received with open arms, just before the last election. Yet, it was Corbyn who got dragged up on national TV to defend himself and the Labour Party against accusations of anti-Semitism construed from some ancient tweets by less than a handful of party members !

    I’m not tolerating anti-Semitism in any way, shape or form but it’s the hypocrisy of the political “right” and collusion by the media that really gets me every time.

    1. @infrasleep ‘Corbyn didn’t; he merrily carried on teaming up with his racist chums whose hatreds he shares’ I’ll wait for you to explain how he ‘shares their hatred’. Thanks.

    2. @a.rnold Rachael Riley’s lawyer has a list of every event Corbyn attended (“But I didn’t take part”) everything he said (whilst not tasking part) agreeing that armed conflict (terror to the rest of us) was a viable solution (Oh yes; and the video of vthe wreath laying;”Heroes” he called the Munich murderers whilst “Not tasking part”. And I resigned from labour after an far right Aryan Nation race hate image was downloaded and shared and Corbyn did nothing beyond smile and say it was very good,
      Only completely deluded brain dead fecks think Corbyn is anything other than a racist. In the olden days fascism was a thing of the right. With idiots like you obsequiously fawning-and never questioning-racists like Corbyn, fascism today is far more virulent on the left and a huge problem of the left.

    3. @infrasleep It seems you misunderstood my question (and have resorted to personal insults, which is very poor form), so I will repeat, can you explain how he ‘shares their hatred’? Some actual evidence to back up any claims you make would be appreciated, too. Thanks!

    4. @a.rnold Already done; you deliberately live in denial. The evidence is all the meetings Corbyn attended and “Didn’t take part in” All he did and said at those rallies and meetings “He didn’t take part in” I have made no personal insults. You behave exactly the same way as the fake moon landing conspiracists . Can you remotely back up your claims that Corbyn “Didn’t take part” on the huge number of occasions he gleefully attended rallies with known racists and terrorists ? Or are the party members who exposed the antisemitism rife in Corbyn’s “Labour” all part of another one of your conspiracy theories ? Corbyn has run a mile from Rachael Riley’s lawyer (as you either well know or are in complete denial about) as he has full details of every single one of these events Corbyn pretended “He didn’t take part in ” Please explain your total denial of race hate when it wears a silly red rosette .

    5. @infrasleep ‘Already done’. Where? You’ve just mentioned times he shared a stage with people. ‘I have made no personal insults’ Are you actually unaware that you literally wrote: ‘With idiots like you ..’?

    1. @John Maclagan he’d block that person immediately. He blocked me for calling him a centrist who voted for Johnson for Mayor….blocked within an hour.

  3. I love this, David Graeber has expressed everything I have been feeling, but as a non Jewish person not equipped with the facts I did not feel qualified to say my self.

    1. The Thing is he has lied . The EHRC didn’t find only 2 cases of Antisemitism it found 2 cases that warrant police intervention within a sample and found 16 cases of internet bullying as well as Harassment of Jewish members and direct political intervention of Labour’s disputes process. I am deeply saddened that this man expresses your feelings.

    1. @Titus Monk It’s because you’re incapable, haven’t the reading or the ability to debate. Your “Sheep” cliche underlines this; you have to resort to infantile cliches to cover up your lack of competence on ant subject

    2. ​@infrasleep Feel free to cross reference these for your own knowledge (EDM stands for Early Day Motion in the house of commons. A press not in the gutter would have covered this for balance, and to enhance the population’s knowledge. If his political opponents cared what Corbyn thought of Jewish people they wouldn’t have buried this non-exhaustive list. Take note of the dates, most predating his appointment as leader in 2015.
      Corbyn organised the Apr. 1977 defence of Jewish populated Wood Green from a Neo-Nazi march
      EDM3933 7 Nov. 1990: Corbyn signs motion condemning the rise of antisemitism
      EDM634, 11 Apr. 2000: Jeremy Corbyn signs motion condemning David Irving for being a Holocaust Denier
      EDM1124, 6 Nov. 2000: Jeremy Corbyn praised the ‘British Schindler’, Bill Barazetti, for his WW2 kindertransport
      EDM742, 28 Jan. 2002: Jeremy Corbyn signs motion praising football clubs for commemorating Holocaust Day
      EDM1233 30 Apr. 2002: Corbyn was a primary sponsor on a motion condemning antisemitism
      11 May 2002: Jeremy led a clean up of Finsbury Park Synagogue after an anti-Semitic attack
      EDM1691, 23 July 2002: Corbyn condemns attacks on a synagogue in Swansea
      EDM123 26 Nov. 2003: Corbyn officially condemns attacks on 2 Istanbul synagogues
      EDM298, 16 Dec. 2003: Jeremy Corbyn signs motion commemorating International Holocaust Day
      2004: Jeremy condemned news that anti-Semitic hate crimes had risen for yet another year
      EDM461, 21 Jan. 2004: Jeremy Corbyn condemned the French government’s moves to ban the Jewish Kippah in French Schools
      EDM717, 26 Feb. 2004: Jeremy signed a motion praising Simon Wiesenthal for bringing Nazi perpetrators of the Holocaust to justice
      EDM1613, 8 Sept. 2004: Corbyn co-sponsored a bill expressing fears for the future of the United Synagogue Pension Scheme
      EDM1699, 11 Oct. 2004: Jeremy Corbyn condemned arbitrary attacks on civilians in Israel and Palestine
      EDM482, 12 Jan. 2005: Jeremy Corbyn signs a motion commemorating International Holocaust Day
      EDM343, 16 June 2005: Jeremy condemned the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in east London
      EDM1343, 11 Jan. 2006: Jeremy Corbyn signs a motion commemorating International Holocaust Day
      EDM1774, 8 Mar. 2006: Jeremy Corbyn led condemnations of an Iranian Magazine soliciting cartoons about the Holocaust
      EDM1267, 16 Apr. 2006: Jeremy Corbyn condemned Bryan Ferry for anti-Semitic remarks
      EDM2414, 26 June 2006: Jeremy Corbyn praised British war veterans for their efforts to combat the Holocaust
      EDM2705, 10 Oct. 2006: Jeremy signed a motion marking the 70th anniversary of Cable Street
      EDM271, 14 Nov. 2007: Jeremy co-sponsored a motion lamenting the poverty and social exclusion East London Jews suffered
      EDM153, 12 May 2008: Corbyn praised the efforts of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto during the uprising of 1944
      EDM2350, 27 Oct 2008: Jeremy Corbyn signs a motion marking the 70th anniversary of the horrors of the holocaust
      EDM173, 8 Dec. 2008: Jeremy condemned the Press Complaints Commission for refusing to sanction The Times for antisemitism
      EDM461, 14 Jan. 2009: Jeremy Corbyn condemned a wave of recent anti-Semitic incidents targeted
      EDM605, 27 Jan. 2009: Corbyn signed John Mann’s motion condemning antisemitism on university campuses
      EDM917 26 Feb. 2009: Jeremy signs a motion condemning antisemitism on the internet
      EDM1175 24 Mar. 2009: Corbyn signs a motion praising the heroism of British Jews during Holocaust
      EDM337, 2 Dec. 2009: Jeremy Condemned Iran’s treatment of Jewish minorities in Iran
      EDM850 9 Feb. 2010: Jeremy joins in calls for Facebook to do more to fight antisemitism
      EDM891: 22 Feb 2010: Corbyn co-sponsors a motion calling for Yemen’s Jews to be given refugee status to the UK
      EDM908 27 Oct. 2010: Corbyn praises work of late Israeli PM in his pursuit of a 2 state solution
      EDM1360, 27 Jan. 2011: Corbyn co-sponsored a motion praising the ‘never again for anyone initiative’
      EDM1527, 3 Mar. 2011: Corbyn backed Ian Paisley’s motion condemning the anti-Semitic remarks of Dior’s lead fashion designer
      EDM2870, 14 Mar. 2012: Jeremy Corbyn condemned the sale of Nazi memorabilia at an auction in Bristol
      EDM2866, 14 Mar 2012: Jeremy Corbyn co-sponsored a bill condemning the rise of antisemitism in Lithuania
      EDM2899, 20 Mar. 2012, Jeremy Corbyn condemned a terrorist attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse
      EDM168, 12 June 2012, Jeremy co-sponsored a motion condemning anti-Semitic attacks during EURO 2012 in Poland
      EDM 195 13 June 2012: Jeremy attacks BBC for cutting Jewish programmes from Its schedule
      EDM 1133 1 Mar 2013: Corbyn joins a chorus of calls condemning antisemitism In sport
      1 Oct. 2013: Corbyn was one of the few MPs who defended Ralph Miliband from Daily Mail antisemitism
      EDM 932 9 Jan 2014: Jeremy praises Holocaust Memorial’s work on antisemitism education
      EDM 165 22 June 2015: Jeremy condemns a Neo-Nazi rally planned for a Jewish area of London
      Sat 4 July 2015: Jeremy co-planned a counter-fascist demo in defence of Jewish residents at Golders Green. The march was re-routed
      18 Nov. 2015, Corbyn used one of his first PMQs to challenge Cameron to do more on antisemitism
      9 Oct 2016: Corbyn, close to tears, leads commemoration of the Battle of Cable Street
      3 Dec. 2016: Corbyn visits Terezin Concentration Camp to commemorate Holocaust victims
      In 2017-19 Jeremy introduced 20 new measures to combat antisemitism in the Labour Party

      P.S I “liked” your comment so you returned to read it. Consider yourself better informed.

    3. @infrasleep Netanyahu shared a platform with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban who ran on an AS ticket. Is Israel’s leader a Jew hater? Learn what nuance is before you delude yourself into believing you own people.

  4. The anti-semitism row was engineered by Labour MPs to undermine Jeremy Corbyn. Now that Labour MPs have got their preferred leader the anti-semitism row will subside.

    1. @Gentleman Four Perhaps you’d like to provide solid immutable evidence of Corbyn’s antisemitism. I’ve looked everywhere but can’t find any of his speeches that can damn him as anti-semitic. You need to stop, reason and analyse with clear-eyed rationale, and stop parroting MSM bullshit.

    2. @Gentleman Four If you regard Hamas and Hezbollah as little more than terrorists, (some folk see them as ‘freedom fighters’. From my perspective I view the IDF as being little more than an army of occupation, whose killing of innocent palestinians – especially in March 2018 – when they ‘murdered’ over 100 protesters, including clearly identifiable medics, which is why some view the IDF as a real terrorist organisation. The annexation of large chunks of the West Bank is nothing more than territorial aggrandizement by the Israelis, and if Jeremy Corbyn has been (rightly in my opinion) heavily critical of the Israeli government, he has my full support. Now I am just waiting for you to label me ‘anti-semitic’, which is what supporters of Israeli tend to resort to in order to try to win arguments.

    3. @Gentleman Four Now you are simply being silly. Above and beyond that you are entering the realms of fantasy in order to distort anything I have written in response to you. But then to win a cheap argument you will employ any desperate and ridiculous nonsense. Never have I said it is OK for ‘freedom fighters’ to kill jews wherever they may be. I did say it was legitimate for Palestinian freedom fighters to defend their territory against an occupying power – in this case it is the Israeli government and the IDF. You will need to dredge deeper into your muddied mind to come up with more of your nonsense. That I have, since being a boy, have loved and admired so many jewish folk, be they comedians, actors, or especially jazz musicians with whom I formed close friendship with, won’t matter a jot where your twisted logic would have it. You are a poor demented soul who needs help.

    4. @Gentleman Four I do not think that it is acceptable to resolve anyone and neither does Jeremy Corbyn. Anyway if you are as loyal to Labour as you say, you will have no problem backing Keir Starmer, particularly now the UK is officially outside the EU.

    5. @Gentleman Four The problem will be the “Anti semite” claims used wrongly against Corbyn and others , will sound like crocodile tears when you face true Antisemitism?

  5. Currently reading his book: “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”. Graeber has an amazing mind, and this book is making me rethink completely the world we inhabit.

  6. I wish Corbyn had defended himself as eloquently as you did.
    I always wondered what narrative would have developed if these bad faith actors had been called out on their bullshit

  7. Extremely sad to hear of his passing; we desperately need more voices like his. He will remain an inspiration for many and a source of deep wisdom for generations to come.

  8. Bojo is the complete opposite of corbyn, can’t believe this country cant see who makes a good leader and who is an egotistical maniac.

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