Last week the new leader of the Israeli Labour Party, Avi Gabbay issued a letter cutting his links with Jeremy Corbyn. It is doubtful that this racist twerp had any links in the first place. His actions were designed to aid those seeking to overthrow Corbyn. The last person Jeremy Corbyn needs to take lessons from, when it comes to racism, is Avi Gabbay of the Israeli Labour Party, a party that openly supports segregation and Apartheid.
Gabbay’s actions provide an ideal opportunity however to sever our links with the Israeli Labour Party. For that we should be grateful to him. It is a complete disgrace that Labour has maintained, for nearly a century, its links with a party of ethnic cleansing, segregation and apartheid. A party that openly campaigned for employers to sack Arab workers, which barred Arabs from its kibbutzim, which destroyed produce that Jews bought from Arabs and which barred Arabs from its trade union Histadrut, which was the General Federation of Hebrew Labour, until 1959.
The Labour Party in its War Aims Memorandum of August 1917 gave support to the creation of a Jewish settler state in the Middle East, alongside the Suez Canal. It was seen as an essential guarantee of Britain’s strategic interests which lay in protecting the route to India, the jewel in the crown of the Empire.
Since 1920 Poale Zion (now renamed the Jewish Labour Movement) has been an affiliated socialist society of the Labour Party. PZ's affiliation should be seen in the context of Labour’s support at that time for the British Empire. Supporting Zionism and a Jewish settler state was a part of Labour’s support for the Empire.
In the words of Sir Ronald Storres, the British Military Governor of Jerusalem from 1920-25 the Zionist project would be ‘one that blessed him that gave as well as him that took by forming for England “a little loyal Jewish Ulster in a sea of hostile Arabism.’ [Orientations, Nicholson & Watson, London 1943, p.345]
Whatever imperial justification there was in 1920 for the anachronism whereby the overseas wing of the Israeli Labour Party (then Ahdut Ha’avodah) was affiliated to the Labour Party with the status of an affiliated socialist society, there is no such justification now.
A Jewish Palestine was seen as a piece in the imperial jigsaw. Today Israel is an essential component of Pax Americana in the Middle East. It is supported to the tune of $4 billion a year by the United States.
If there is a case for a Jewish section of the Labour Party, then the Jewish Labour Movement which describes the Israeli Labour Party as its ‘sister party’ is not it. The JLM’s name is misleading. It is only open to Zionists Jewish or non-Jewish. The JLM is affiliated to the World Zionist Organisation whose Jerusalem Program holds that Zionism means ‘the centrality of the State of Israel and Jerusalem, its capital, in the life of the [Jewish] nation’
Jews who are neither Zionists nor racists cannot join the JLM whereas non-Jewish racists are welcome. The JLM is believed to be largely composed of non-Jewish members for whom ‘anti-Semitism’ is simply a weapon to attack the Left.
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