The Oxford University Labour Club Is What The Left Should Stand For
16 February 2016
By Gilad Atzmon
Last week we read on Corbyn's capitulation to the UK Jewish Lobby . This week,
a new ‘Labour scandal' is emerging and once again the Jews are at the centre.
The Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) is ‘antisemitic'. Its members ''were
in the habit of casually referring to Jewish students as ‘Zio'. They repeated
‘tropes' about the ‘Zionist lobby' and ‘high net worth Jewish individuals'.
Alex Chalmers, the chair of Oxford Labour students, resigned. He confessed
that ''a large proportion of both OULC and the student left in Oxford more
generally have some kind of problem with Jews.'' I was always convinced that
opposing Zion and ‘Zios' makes one into an anti Zionist rather than an anti
semite. Seemingly referring to the disastrous impact of the powerful Jewish
lobby is not appreciated in Corbyn's new ‘radical' party.
The Guardian reported today that the Labour party's national student
organisation has launched an inquiry into allegations of antisemitic behaviour
and intimidation at the OULC. Apparently Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader
who was due to address the club's annual John Smith memorial dinner in a few
weeks' time, said he was ''deeply disturbed'' by the reports and was postponing
his appearance until an investigation had been carried out. I am slightly
confused. Ed Miliband is a Jew and a committed Zionist. If the OULC is
‘antisemitic' as the British press reports, why did it invite a Zionist Jew to
its memorial dinner?
In 2003, when Britain was taken into a Zionist war by the Blair Government,
Lord Levy together with the Labour Friends of Israel were Blair's chief
fundraisers. One would have hoped that Corbyn would have suspended his ties
with this dangerous militant lobby group. Not only did he not, he went out of
his way to appease this Zio-centric lobby. Louise Ellman, vice-chair of Labour
Friends of Israel, said today: ''I am deeply disturbed by the news that OULC
has decided to support Israeli Apartheid Week and by the revelations from Alex
Chalmers about the troubling tone of the discourse in which this debate
appears to have been conducted.'' She said comparisons between Israel and
apartheid-era South Africa were ''a grotesque smear and the Labour party should
dissociate itself from them''. Louise Ellman is partially right. Apartheid
South Africa was a racist regime interested in exploitation. Israel wants the
Palestinians gone. Israel is racist as well as an ethnic cleanser. Israel is
not Apartheid. Its domestic policy is Hitlerian to the core.
Meanwhile the Guardian reports that more than 30 former and current chairs and
executive members of the OULC and others have signed a letter condemning the
club's decision to endorse Israeli Apartheid Week. They say Israeli Apartheid
Week promotes a ''one-sided narrative, seeking to dismantle the only
majority-Jewish member-state of the United Nations''. I support their call. We
should never again care for the oppressed. In accordance with Labour's
heritage and Left-wing culture, we should always find a way to support for the
oppressor, the rich and the privileged.
I'll say it bluntly: with the current Labour party, we don't need the Tories.