There is a small, local incident in the Palace of Westminster that is being blown up out of all proportion and I’d like to add my twopenny worth. Naz Khan has been expelled from the Labour Party for comments she made before she became an MP saying she thought Israel ought to be relocated to the USA. A couple of prominent jews called the comments anti-semetic. The comments were about how US foreign policy is not just guided by, but directed by Israel. That Benjamin Netanyahu was confident enough to address US Senators in Capitol Hill while standing for election in 2015 in order to reiterate the close ties between Israel and the US is a matter of fact, not an anti-jewish accusation.
That the USA has pursued a policy of systematically destabilising the Middle East for many years which has directly led to the influx of Muslim refugees flooding into Europe is a matter of fact. Having caused such a situation both Obama and Clinton have declared that Europe should clean up the mess caused by the US policy have decided they will not allow too many to their country. In fact the US should take many, many more Muslim refugees waiting to enter Europe as they seem to have such an affinity with them, having bombed the living daylights out of them in their own countries.
Really, the Jewish community needs to be a lot less sensitive about name calling than it is. The observation was no more anti-semetic than describing someone as a black person is racist.
The Labour Party also needs to understand they are being played by the Tories who are desperate to deflect attention away from their nefarious off-shore tax avoiding issues. Jeremy Corbyn needs to push back on this really hard and not let the Tories get away with such disgraceful behaviour.
The timing of this so-called “scandal” could not be more timely. There is no real scandal, there were no comments that were “anti-semetic”. However there is an election for a new London Mayor and local county council elections in 2 days time and the Tories are absolutely crapping themselves that they are not going to get any seats that could bolster their grip on established thieving, downright thuggery and complete dishonesty, having being exposed for tax dodging and supporting tax dodgers. By getting Jeremy Corbyn to suspend MPs, particularly those who happen to be closer to his way of doing things rather than the Blairites who are Tory-lites, JC will be more isolated and it would be harder for him to get his policies across and implemented. My advice is the same, push back and don’t be bullied by Tory thugs, whichever side of the chamber they sit in.