British Left: Israel worse than ISIS

British Left: Israel worse than ISIS
Jeremy Corbyn, uninvolved in 2014. Embassy of Palestine in Tunisia photo, Facebook (via Guardian)

The leaders of Britain’s Left have a very strange worldview. They think that joining the genocidal terrorist group ISIS should not deprive Britons of citizenship — but fighting for Israel should. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said of ISIS bride Shamima Begum: Taking somebody’s citizenship away is not the right thing to do. I think she should be brought back.” But Corbyn’s right-hand man, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, wrote to Britain’s Home Secretary in 2014 challenging her “to strip any British citizens who served in the Israeli Defence Force of their British citizenship.”

The Labour Party is the more “progressive” and left-leaning of Britain’s two main political parties. One wonders whether its anti-Semitic double standard will make its way across the Atlantic. The Labour Party has been advised by leading Democratic campaign consultants, such as David Axelrod, the political guru who advised Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, has a good chance of being England’s next Prime Minister, despite being an anti-Semite and a defender of foreign dictatorships. He has defended the dictatorial left-wing regimes in Cuba and Venezuela — especially the regime in Venezuela, which has presided over the economic collapse of that country.

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Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro has presided over widespread malnutrition, torture, and disappearances, that have driven over two million Venezuelans to flee the country. As “Venezuela collapses, children are dying of hunger,” noted the New York Times. Yet, notes The Spectator, “In 2014, Jeremy Corbyn rang President Maduro live on a Venezuelan television channel to congratulate him.”

Corbyn praised the supposed “heroism” of Cuban Communist dictator Fidel Castro, whose regime killed thousands of people and reduced to poverty what was once one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. Pre-Castro Cuba had good healthcare and educational systems, by world standards, long before Castro appeared on the scene, as a Washington Post fact-check illustrates. Today, notes the Washington Post’s Charles Lane, Cuba is economically and socially backward in important measures.

Sadly, anti-Semitism persists in the United states as well. The anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was given a place of honor — a front-row seat — a few spaces away from former President Bill Clinton, at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, reported the London Daily Mail. Clinton shook hands and chatted with the virulently anti-Semitic Farrakhan, who has called Judaism a “gutter religion” and said Jews belong to the “synagogue of Satan.” Farrakhan has become less vitriolic over the years, but last year, he still said that “powerful Jews are my enemy” and “white folks are going down.”

In 2005, Farrakhan appeared with then U.S. Senator Barack Obama, as memorialized in a photo that the media did not publish until after Obama left office. Obama reportedly had Nation of Islam members working in his office at the time.

The leftism of Corbyn’s Labour Party is increasing shared across the Atlantic among members of America’s Democratic Party. According to a Gallup survey, 57% of Democrats have a positive view of socialism, while most don’t have view capitalism positively. The vast majority of Democrats used to prefer capitalism. A recent Harvard-Harris poll shows that 49% of Democrats want a “mostly socialist” economy. That is a much larger percentage than felt this way a decade ago.

Radical economic policies are taking root in the Democratic Party. Most leading Democratic presidential candidates support the Green New Deal. It would cost an estimated $90 trillion. That’s four times the size of the entire U.S. economy , and four times the size of America’s national debt. To pay for its enormous cost, America would have to undergo either bankruptcy, or a combination of extortionate taxation and hyperinflation. Two Senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination have proposed taxpayer-financed racial reparations. As the New York Times notes, “experts say” reparations “could cost several trillion dollars.”

Hans Bader

Hans Bader

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the Education Department. Hans writes for and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Contact him at


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