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Representanter for Den forente arabiske liste: fra venstre Ayman Odeh, Masud Ghanayem, Jamal Zahalka and Ahmad Tibi.

Den tidligere israelske utenriksminister Abba Eban sa en gang at palestinerne aldri lar en sjanse til å skade seg selv gå fra seg.

Nå er det den arabiske listen i det israelske parlamentet, Knesset, som beviser at gyldigheten av utsagnet fortsatt gjelder. En samlet gruppe parlamentarikere står frem og støtter leder av Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, i hans syn på Israel og antisemittisme.

Mens Corbyn er blitt en belastning i Storbritannia og nå åpent kalles en antisemitt av folk som tidligere overrabbiner Jonathan Sacks, velger araberne i Knesset å hylle ham.

“We commend Jeremy Corbyn… for his longstanding solidarity with all oppressed peoples around the world, including his unflinching support for the Palestinian people,” wrote MKs Ahmad Tibi, Yousef Jabareen, Jamal Zahalka, and Masud Ganaim, on behalf of the 13 lawmakers in the Joint List party.

We stand in solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn and we recognize him as a principled leftist leader who aspires for peace and justice and is opposed to all forms of racism, whether directed at Jews, Palestinians, or any other group.”

Corbyns anti-israelske og antisemittiske utfall er så mange og veldokumenterte at den eller de som velger å støtte ham, må vite hva de gjør. Slik blir det også oppfattet i Israel.

Corbyn har i mange sammenhenger opptrådt sammen med Hamas-folk og kalt dem «mine venner».

Corbyn for years supported and was active on behalf of the Labour Movement Campaign for Palestine, which opposed Israel’s existence and called for the eradication of Zionism. And in 2011, in an interview with Iran’s PressTV, Corbyn lamented what he claimed was the BBC’s “bias towards saying that… Israel has a right to exist.”

De arabiske parlamentarikerne tar også opp det nylig vedtatte grunnlovstillegget som knesetter at Israel er jødenes hjem, hvor de har suverenitet.

“Palestinian citizens of Israel have yet to experience a single day of equality, de jure or de facto – to say nothing of the millions of Palestinians under military occupation in the West Bank, under siege in the Gaza Strip, and the six million in exile abroad, prevented from returning to their homeland simply because they are not Jews,” the letter said.

“As part of the Palestinian people, this has been our lived experience of the Zionist movement since day one.”

Denne love setter en stopper for at palestinerne noen gang vil kunne utgjøre et flertall i Israel. Europeiske innfødte kan komme til å vedta lignende lover for å hindre at muslimer får politisk flertall.

Labour har nektet å undertegne den internsjonale definisjonen av antisemittisme, fordi det ikke gir dem frihet nok til å kritisere Israel.

He and his party have so far refused to adopt fully the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism in Labour’s new code of conduct. The Labour leadership has argued the definition, signed by 31 countries and used by many British institutions, does not allow for full criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

The four clauses rejected by the party relate to unfair singling out of Israel or questioning the loyalty of Jews who support Israel.

The Joint List MKs said they fully supported the Labour party’s decision to reject those clauses.

Det kommer stadig nye bevis på Corbys anti-jødiske innstilling.

The latest firestorm to engulf the Labour Party followed the revelation last month of comments made by Corbyn in a 2013 speech at the Palestinian Return Centre in London, where he said of a group of British “Zionists”: “They clearly have two problems. One is they don’t want to study history and, secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don’t understand English irony either.”

Former chief rabbi Lord Sacks, responding to those remarks, accused Corbyn of giving “support to racists, terrorists and dealers of hate, who want to kill Jews and remove Israel from the map.” The Labour leader, Sacks said, uses “the language of classic prewar European antisemitism.” Labour rejected Sacks’ denunciation, calling the rabbi’s critique absurd and offensive.

 

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