Below are examples showing that Jeremy Corbyn has a Full House on his IHRA Antisemitism Examples Bingo Card. I’ve counted Palestine Live as all 11 examples – excluding that, it would still be 6 out of 11. Notice that he has violated examples #6, #7 and #10 twice each. These – along with #8 – are the examples missing from Labour’s draft Code of Conduct.
- Questioned the ‘Englishness’ of an English Israel supporter (IHRA #6)
- Failed to see the antisemitism in Hassassian’s comments (IHRA #2)
- Failed to see the antisemitism in the mural (IHRA #2)
- Laid wreath at graves of Black September responsible for 1972 Munich massacre (IHRA #1)
- Hosted antisemitic meeting on Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 and failed to call an antisemitic speaker out (IHRA #2 #7 #10)
- Attended Passover meal on the wrong day and with an organisation that ‘is a source of virulent antisemitism’ (IHRA #2 #7)
- Corbyn came to the defence of Sheikh Raed Salah, who revived the medieval anti-Semitic ‘blood libel’ slur that Jews cook with children’s blood. Salah was arrested by British police in 2011 when he was due to speak at an event in the House of Commons – alongside Corbyn. In 2012 Corbyn called Salah ‘a very honoured citizen’ (IHRA #2)
- Jeremy Corbyn was an active member of an ‘anti-Semitic’ Facebook group, ‘Palestine Live’. The group included Holocaust denial, 9/11 conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic slurs. He said he did not see the offensive posts and left in 2015 (IHRA #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11)
- Jeremy Corbyn had a ten-year association with a group which denied the Holocaust. Mr Corbyn was a ‘stalwart’ supporter of Deir Yassin Remembered, attending events in 2013, with the group’s founder, Paul Eisen, a self-professed Holocaust denier (IHRA #4)
- Jeremy Corbyn hosted an Islamic cleric in Parliament in 2009, who in 2006 wrote that ‘Europe has made political correctness, the cult of the Holocaust and Jew-worshipping its alternative religion’ (IHRA #2 #4)
- Corbyn called antisemitic terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah ‘our friends’ when inviting them to speak in Parliament. He claimed the invitation to Hezbollah was ‘absolutely the right function of using parliamentary facilities’ and that the group was committed to ‘social justice and political justice’ (IHRA #1)
- In December 2016, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended the book launch of – and posed for pictures with – Hatem Bazian, organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (the IHRC). Bazian later apologised for anti-Semitic tweets where he shared a picture of an ultra-orthodox Jewish man with the message: ‘Mom, look! I is chosen! I can now kill, rape, smuggle organs and steal the land of Palestinians ‘Yay’ #Ashke-Nazi.’ (IHRA #2 #10)
- Corbyn wrote a letter of support for Stephen Sizer, a vicar disciplined by the Church of England for sharing an article on social media entitled ‘9/11: Israel Did It’ (IHRA #2)
- Corbyn supports the right of return for all Palestinian refugees in 1948 plus their descendants. It would mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state. To desire that is antisemitic (IHRA #7)
IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
To guide IHRA in its work, the following examples may serve as illustrations:
Manifestations might include the targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.
Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
#1 * Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
#2 *Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
#3 *Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
#4 *Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
#5 *Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
#6 *Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
#7 *Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
#8 *Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
#9 *Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
#10 *Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
#11 *Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.