25/03/2018 by Ian
Luciana Berger’s allegation that Corbyn defended an ‘anti-semitic’ mural in 2012 is a poisonous smear. Unfortunately he has already shown signs of retreating before it. There is nothing that attacks Jews as Jews in this mural. The caricatured are old white men, not Jews. See this 2012 YouTube video explaining the background to it.
The painter mentioned both the Rothschilds and the Rockerfellers as the archetypes he was working from. Ie. a mixture of Jewish and non-Jewish bankers, living off the enslavement and death of the working class.
Actually, though the majority of such people in the real world are not Jewish, a large minority of the super rich, some sources say 40% or more, including bankers and media moguls, are Jewish. Whereas the Jewish population of the USA is only 2% of the total; in the UK only 0.5%.
There are sound historical materialist reasons for this. Though this does not have any real significance in itself – why should I care whether my boss is Jewish or not? – it matters very much when you factor in the politics of the Middle East.
Because wealthy Jews are gifted a share of power over the state of Israel by virtue of its ‘Law of Return’. And most Jewish bourgeois are Zionists by virtue of the fact that Zionism is the dominant bourgeois ideology among Jews.
One consequence of this is that Zionism, which demands and protects a Jewish state against the wishes, rights and existence of the Palestinian Arabs, has influence in the Western establishment far beyond the proportion of Jews in the population, or Western imperialism’s objective interest is a ‘normal’ relationship with the Jewish state.
Since the Palestine struggle is an anti-racist struggle of world-wide importance, and Zionist influence in the West is leading to an accelerating series of attacks on the democratic rights of defenders of Palestinians, then arguably this issue, of the disproportionate representation of Jews among powerful economic circles in the West, should be getting more, not less, attention from the left.
There is nothing anti-Semitic about exposing this. It is simply focusing on a key factor restricting political activity around a strategic anti-racist struggle of today. A battle around which the entire Blairite, pro-Israel wing of Labour are on the other side, and should be regarded as racist enemies whose organisations (JLM, LFI, Progress) need to be proscribed.
It certainly has strategic knock-on implications for other areas. Those who support this kind of racism are up to their necks in trying to bring down Jeremy Corbyn, in part because of his record of supporting Palestinian rights, and also because of their general support for neoliberalism and attacks on the working class. They need to be defeated, and driven out, of the Labour Party.