'Award-winning Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy has slammed the “systematic campaign” to smear Jeremy Corbyn for ‘daring to criticise Israel‘.
“We shouldn’t surrender to those labels”
If Corbyn becomes UK prime minister, Levy said, this could “be a major change”. But he also pointed out that:
Corbyn is a victim of a systematic campaign.
As he explained:
[Corbyn] is portrayed in Israel as Hitler’s deputy – not much less than this, antisemite, and you name it.
But he insisted:
We shouldn’t surrender to those labels – to those accusations – because they are there in order to blackmail, in order to fight anyone who dares to criticise Israel.
The veteran Israeli reporter was speaking at the Palestine Expo (6-7 July) in London.
Antisemitism exists throughout society. And we should all firmly oppose it whenever it rears its disgusting head. But as Levy highlighted, accusations of antisemitism have in recent years become a favourite tactic among Israel apologists and propagandists to “blackmail.. anyone who dares to criticise Israel”.
Many prominent Jewish figures, meanwhile, support Levy’s view. Renowned Jewish academic Noam Chomsky, for example, explained this same concept at the UN in 2014. Citing an articlethat Israel’s then ambassador to the UN wrote in 1973, Chomsky