JEWISH leaders have written a damning letter to anti-Jew Jezza to express ‘grave concern’ after it emerged that he wrote a highly praising foreword for an antisemitic book.
The book, Imperialism: A Study, written by John Atkinson Hobson in 1902, claimed European finance was controlled by “men of a single and peculiar race” and goes on to heavily criticize the Jewish race in what has been described as a ‘Hitler-like mentality’.
Despite the disgusting content of the bigoted tome, in his foreword (written when the book was reissued in 2011), Corbyn described the book as “brilliant”.
Hobson also describes the financial system as controlled by slippery rat-like people “united by the strongest bonds of organisation, always in closest and quickest touch with one another, situated in the very heart of the business capital of every state, controlled, so far as Europe is concerned, by men of a single and peculiar race, who have behind them many centuries of financial experience, they are in a unique position to control the policy of nations”.
In the 1890s Hobson also blamed Jewish immigrants from the Russian Partition for harming the well-being of native workers and advocated limitations on Jewish immigration. Writing on the South African war in War in South Africa (1900), he tied the war to “Jew Power” and saw Johannesburg as a “New Jerusalem”. Hobson claimed “Jewish financiers”, whom he described as “parasites”, manipulated the British government that danced to their “diabolical tune”.
Evidently, Corbyn lapped-up Hobson’s every word, finding in the antisemitic author someone who he could relate to and who shared his despicable hatred for Jews.
In a strongly worded letter, the Board of Deputies of British Jews expressed “grave concerns” about the emergence of the shocking foreword.
It said an argument expounded in Hobson’s book, that journalism and banking were ‘dominated by Jews’, was “pure and unequivocal racism and there can be no apology for it”.
A few Labour MPs with concerns about Corbyn’s long record of antisemitism seized on the existence of the foreword, which they regard as fresh evidence of the party leader holding antisemitic ideologies.
Wes Streeting, the MP for Ilford North, said Corbyn had “a responsibility to explain himself”, rather than leaving Long-Bailey to answer questions, and advised other shadow ministers to refuse to defend him.
Catherine McKinnell, who has persistently pressed for the party to change its disciplinary processes and tackle complaints of antisemitism more aggressively, responded to Long-Bailey’s comments by urging Labour to “stop excusing antisemitism”.
“Acknowledge it is a serious problem that goes right to the top, and deal with it,”she tweeted. “It is destroying our once proud anti-racist party”.