Ethics & Morality

Corbyn's accommodation of Jew-hatred is a betrayal of Labour's morality


Jews have “big noses” and “slaughter the oppressed”, and Hitler was a “Zionist God”, according to Vicki Kirby, former Labour parliamentary candidate and now vice-chairman of the party’s Woking branch. Further, she exhorts Islamists to attack Israel: “Apparently you can ask IS/ISIS/ISIL questions on,” she tweeted. “Anyone thought of asking them why they’re not attacking the real oppressors #Israel?”


According to Guido Fawkes (who has been pursuing this matter rather assiduously), she also tweeted: “I will make sure my kids teach their children how evil Israel is!” This belongs on the curriculum of a Daesh madrassa. For Vicki Kirby, Jew-hatred goes hand-in-hand with Israel-loathing. Jews have big noses and oppress people, and so Israel is evil. The response of Jeremy Corbyn to this blatant anti-Semitism has been somewhat muted.

It is ironic, is it not, that as politicians across all parties are hyper-sensitive to the merest whiff of Islamophobia, Her Majesty’s Official Opposition tolerates manifest Jew-hatred. It is an ancient, poisonous syndrome, devoid of morality, reason and compassion, which scapegoats all Jews and demonises Israel. Vicki Kirby’s rhetoric would find no place in the Conservative Party, or even in Ukip. That Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party deems her not merely fit for membership but suitable to hold elected office ought to concern everyone who cares about community cohesion and the national political discourse.

For Jews right across Europe, violence, suffering and persecution are not confined to the Nazi era: they are being driven out of their homes, shot in their schools and bombed in their shops by those who seek to islamise modernity. Vicki Kirby not only condones this; she incites more of it. She not only pitches Islamic-State terrorists against Zionists and political Judaism; she spouts hate against Jews everywhere, for they all are complicit in the Zionist conspiracy by virtue of their big noses.

If a mainstream British political party is prepared to tolerate the sort of jihadi ideology and crusade of hatred espoused by Vicki Kirby, the future for British Jewry will be bleak indeed. If we are to work for a peaceful coexistence, those who foment antagonism against Jews and Jewish civilisation have no place at all in our political culture.

If Vicki Kirby wants to march on the Holy Land, let her seek a warring tribe with whom she can dwell. If she can survive a week without being tortured, raped, sold into slavery or forcibly converted to Islam, good luck to her. Her myopic apprehension of the “Zionist God” Adolf Hitler is the true fault line in the perverted borders of her mind. If the Jews are to have no homeland, and Jeremy Corbyn sees fit to accommodate Vicki Kirby’s intifida, then those in Labour with a grasp of Christian morality have an obligation to rise up and speak out. The future of our civilisation depends on it.

UPDATE: 12.30pm

It is reported that “Vicki Kirby has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.” For all his faults, Ed Miliband moved swiftly to eradicate anti-Semites from his party. Why does Jeremy Corbyn enjoy their fellowship? Why does he grasp the oppression of every minority except Jews?