[Marxism] To combat left anti-semitism, Corbynism must change the way it sees the world

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 14:40:08 MDT 2018


I think the New Statesman article is horrible, to put it mildly.

In the first place, there are far, far worse examples of anti-Semitism on
the part of the Tories. But the capitalist press and their "left"
supporters ignore that. They are looking for anything they can find to
undermine Corbyn and the left of the LP and to help the Blairites
reestablish their domination of the LP. This article helps them do that.

I'm not saying that Corbyn is above criticism, especially around the issue
of Assad and Syria. But any criticism of him must be put in the context of
explaining what a tremendously positive role he has played in British
politics. Otherwise, like this New Statesman article, it is simply adding
to the Tory/Blairite chorus.

My suspicion is that Corbyn simply wasn't paying much attention and he
signed on to the objection against wiping out this mural. I can't say about
Britain, but in my experience here in the US - and speaking as one who is
of Jewish descent - I really have not encountered very much anti-semitism
on the left here. I think the idea that it's rising on the left is largely
a myth perpetrated at least indirectly by those who equate opposition to
Zionism with anti-semitism.

John Reimann

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