25 Things you should know about Jeremy Corbyn – David Hirsh

We have a Labour leader who:

1. Said that the 7/7 attacks were the result of UK creating insecurity around the world

2. Presented a show on Press TV, Iran’s propaganda channel

3. Praised and appeared on Russia Today, Putin’s propaganda channel

4. Is National Chair of “Stop the War”

5. Is a Patron of the “Palestine Solidarity Campaign” which fights for a boycott of Israel.

6. Says that Hamas and Hezbollah are dedicated to the good of the Palestinian people and to social and political justice.

7. Says that NATO is the aggressor in Eastern Europe and that Russia has a legitimate claim over Ukraine

8. Jumped to the defence of antisemites, Raed Salah who indulged in medieval blood libel and Stephen Sizer who said that Israel was behind 9/11

9. Is not offended by the suggestion that the execution of Bin Laden and the sentencing of Eichmann are both illegitimate and illegal

10. Does not argue with somebody who suggests that Bin Laden is not dead

11. Does not say anything when a 911 truther and associate of David Duke, who he’s sharing a platform with, defends Palestinian terrorism

13. Campaigned against Britain taking military action against Assad

14. Campaigned against the RAF giving air support to those defending Kobane

15. Thinks that ISIS is bad in Syria in the same way as the US is bad in Iraq

16. Continued to support “Deir Yassin Remembered” even when it was well known that it was run by a Holocaust Denier

17. Hosted and sat next to on a platform Dyab Abou Jahjan, who believes that the killing of each British soldier is a victory

18. Agreed to speak alongside Carlos Latuff, 2nd prize winner in Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial cartoon competition

19. Agreed to speak alongside Azzam Tamimi, who said that he’d like to have been a suicide bomber against Israel

20. Hosted Gerry Adams at Westminster three weeks after the IRA tried to kill the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

21 . Addressed a LaRouche front organisation in Australia.

22. Called for an official inquiry into “pro-Israel” influence in the Foreign Office

23. Spoke at the Cairo Conference which resolved to encourage Iraqis to engage in military struggle against coalition forces

24.  Celebrated the anniversary of the Iranian revolution at an event called to “commemorate the auspicious anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran”.

25. Replies to all these points by saying that they are Tory smears

22 Responses to “25 Things you should know about Jeremy Corbyn – David Hirsh”

  1. castor80 Says:

    2 things to know about David Hirsh is that he is a propagandist and disingenuous.

    Smeary little runt.

  2. Brian Goldfarb Says:

    The new Labour leader os already in trouble: his as-elected by the movement and thus can’t be sacked” Deputy leader makes it clear that he disagrees with his Leader on the question of Trident. Point is, Tom Watson can be denied a Front Bench shadow position, but he can’t be sacked from his Deputy Leader’s role, however much Corbyn might like to gag him.

  3. soupyone Says:

    Good research, but I had expected more than 25 🙂

  4. Miss Castello Says:

    Great links! Thanks!

  5. Miss Castello Says:

    Number 16: Regardless of WHO is “running” Deir Yassin (Basil Brush could be “running it” for what difference it makes) the fact is – Deir Yassin HAPPENED. The rest is classic hasbara shite.

    • David Hirsh Says:

      So if an antisemite is running a campaign against Jews, and if some of what he says about particular Jews is true, then we should support his campaign?

  6. hello Says:

    A rather incredible list. Should a person who thinks it’s at the least acceptable to kill soldiers of one’s own country be allowed to be the MP of said country?

  7. Gabriel Webber Says:

    OK, but not all of this is problematic.

    #1 doesn’t sound like he’s justifying the attacks as much as explaining their origin, much like, “You got burgled because you left your front door open.” That doesn’t make the speaker pro-burglary.

    #4 isn’t hugely wrongful in a society that values freedom of association.

    #5 I find objectionable but not evil.

    #9 is a view shared by plenty of legal theorists, and actually an understandable one (although I disagree).

    #12… well many British politicians smile in photos next to scumbags.

    #13 is just not problematic in any way at all in a democracy. Why else would Parliament take a vote on it?

    #14: see above.

    #18: some people don’t believe in no platform policies. I’m not one of them but it’s a legitimate viewpoint.

    #19: see above.

    #22: the Jewish community frequently calls for inquiries into pro-Arab influence in public sector bodiesi (remember the Balen Report?) so it seems somewhat perverse to complain about this.

    #23: seems to chime with the whole Stop the War campaign thing.

    #25 seems not entirely unjustified in the circumstances.

    He’s not a nice guy but there are some attempts at smears in that list even if factual.

    • David Hirsh Says:

      pretty well any one of those things makes him unfit to be the leader of the Labour Party. That’s all.

      • Gabriel Webber Says:

        Well, I didn’t vote for him but an astonishing majority disagrees and I’m willing to respect that without resorting to anti-democratic half truths. You’re welcome (up to a point) to differ.

        • jzsnake Says:

          The point is there are 25 of those things. Ye god man!

        • Brian Goldfarb Says:

          Doesn’t make that “astonishing majority” right, though. After all, not all that long ago, the vast majority of the planet’s human inhabitants believed that the Earth was flat and that the sun went round the earth.

          Although I have read that Piers Corbyn (Jeremy’s brother) has published either a pamphlet, book or an online document proving to his own satisfaction that the sun does go round the earth (as well as, allegedly), a “9/11 trasher”.

          Sounds as modern and scientific as some his brother’s reported views.

        • Ben Says:

          Would you do us all a favor and learn the difference between “facts that aren’t facts”, which aren’t present in David’s list, and “facts I would prefer not to be facts and will attack on that basis”, which are there?

      • Carlo Says:

        He may well be unfit to be the leader of ‘New’ Labour — which is why media pundits, Tories, Likudniks, centrists, and others happy with the status quo are all hot and bothered.

        • Brian Goldfarb Says:

          Why only that lot? Plenty of us pro-Labour types are unhappy with the lurch to towards the far left represented by Corbyn. We know very well that for Labour to form a government they need plenty of centrist voters, who will be as (if not more) put off by the far-left putsch as us.

          As I’ve already noted, look what happened the last time Labour elected a far(ish) left leader. And Michael Foot was far more cuddly than Corbyn, and the ’83 election was still a disaster for Labour.

  8. Marge Says:

    “the Jewish community frequently calls for inquiries into pro-Arab influence in public sector bodiesi (remember the Balen Report?)”

    In fact, the Balen report was not about ‘pro-Arab influence’ but anti-Israel bias. They’re not at all the same thing! For a start, you could be anti-Arab and anti-Israel …

  9. Avi in Jerusalem Says:

    The comments here against David’s post make me even happier that I left the UK in the 1970s. The lies and insults that were rained on us at university have now become more acceptable and mainstream. Don’t confuse them with the facts.
    Who needs to live under a constant stream of hatred and abuse? You do what you can, fight it and leave and live your life in a place where you can be accepted and fight for worthwhile targets of your choosing.

  10. Charles Barrow Says:

    I don’t think he is antisemitic – he is very earnest and genuine in his political concerns and I think it may be he has failed (in the past) to understand how some of his actions may be interpreted. However, I do believe some people on the far left are not sufficiently careful in making sure any negative comments on Israeli state action is not combined with anti-semitism. For example I have heard certain individuals talk about how the ‘Jews’ are doing this or that in Palestine. On its own its bad enough but when combined with a snarl it is clearly unacceptable anti-semitic behaviour and …. seriously damages the efficacy of any valid criticism!

  11. Frank Adam Says:

    Even if they are being used by Tories as smears he has an obligation to explain his support for these violence first types.

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