When Jeremy Corbyn endorsed Zionism and the British Empire

One naturally assumes by virtue of the vitriol aimed at the former leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn there was indeed, inter alia, a heroic anti-imperialist leader ready to take over the helms of the British state and begin to pull the nation away from centuries of imperialist foreign policy and the attendant gung ho military belligerence. The simple logic behind this assumption is that if the right-wing media despise you with the venom shown to Mr. Corbyn during his leadership between 2015 and 2020, then there must be something worthy of this vitriol or at the very least he must be beholden to convictions genuinely hostile to the old British imperialist order.    

Among the pejoratives and derogations thrown at him over the course of his five-year tenure was that he was somehow an anti-semite or a facilitator of anti-semitism. The accusation continues to be insinuated and made against Corbyn and the way he ran the Labour Party even after a new leadership has now taken over the helm and direction of the party. In this essay, I show that far from being any kind of anti-Zionist, Corbyn was very loyal to the Labour Party’s historic position on Zionism.

Before becoming leader of the Labour Party, Mr. Corbyn could always be seen opposing British and American military campaigns and showing solidarity with oppressed groups. Among the latter are the Palestinians who were mostly ethnically cleansed from their lands by British trained Zionist militias in 1947-48 to create the new state of Israel. Zionist supporters have adopted a strategy to deflect attention away from the ethnic cleansing foundations of the Zionist state and its continued campaigns of occupation and argue most criticism of the Zionist colonial entity is anti-semitic.

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The anti-Zionism Equals anti-Semitism Equation Depends on Whitewashing Imperialist History.

The persistence of anti-semitic allegations against Jeremy Corbyn’s UK Labour Party has allowed those who support and legitimise the continued Zionist usurpation and colonisation of Palestine to regurgitate myths when it comes to the origins of the Israeli state. Curiously, one of the most vociferous peddlers of these allegations are a group of disbanded revolutionary Trotskyists formerly headed by Professor Frank Furedi who have re-manifested themselves in an on-line journal, Spiked-Online. One of Furedi’s former disciples, a certain Dr. James Heartfield, in a recent hit piece on Corbyn’s Labour Party, justifies the establishment of the Zionist entity:

“After the Second World War, Jewish refugees from the Holocaust set about building a new country in what was then British Palestine.”

Embedded in this innocuous and humane sounding sentence are two major myths that are often propounded to justify the colonisation of Palestine. Continue reading