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The decline and fall of Labor Zionism

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Britain’s Labour leadership hustings held last week by the party’s internal pro-Israel lobby were a bizarre sight to behold. Organised jointly by the Jewish Labour Movement and Labour Friends of Israel, the event put all the candidates to replace Jeremy Corbyn as party leader through a grilling based almost entirely on their allegiance to Israeli racism.

The then four candidates (Emily Thornberry has since failed to make it onto the final ballot paper) practically fell over each other in competing to promise to expel greater numbers of the party’s membership than the other candidates over the supposed anti-Semitism crisis. Even more bizarrely, the moderator, TV journalist Robert Peston (evidently a committed Zionist himself), demanded that all four clarify whether or not they saw themselves as Zionists.

Which Labour Party “socialist society” other than the Jewish Labour Movement would demand allegiance to the official state ideology of a foreign power perceived (rightly or wrongly) to be inherently associated with that particular community? Would the Chinese for Labour group demand of the candidates that they sign up to the Thoughts of Xi Jinping?

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Of course not. And in any case, there is no precise parallel. Under the false tenets of Zionism, Israel designates itself as a state belonging to all of the Jews in the world (and emphatically not of its non-Jewish, Palestinian Arab citizens) regardless of where they live, where they are from or what their attitude towards Zionism is.

This is an inherently racist........

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