I know, I know, we're many of us cheered that the newly elected leader of England’s Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, cannot be confused with a Tory or with ex-Labor leader Tony Blair — Corbyn never would have given Bush the British partner without which Bush could never have sold the catastrophic invasion of Iraq — and these are good things. And yet there is room for doubt about Corbyn.
I'm not referring to the predictable smears from the Jewish right (for the Jewish right, just for the fun of smearing back, if you're not for Netanyahu then ipso quacko you're for Hitler), and here I must unfortunately include Tabletmag.com, much as I appreciate it and many of its offerings. But when it comes to the Middle East and Israel, between Lee Smith and, increasingly, Liel Leibowitz, the tabletmag mavens on these subjects, I feel like I might as well be reading Commentary. (True, Todd Gitlin does every now and then get a sane word in edgewise. Not often enough.)
Back to Corbyn: when forward.com raises questions — doesn't point the finger, doesn't denounce, doesn't rush to judgment but posts a caution — that's something to consider.
Perhaps the main reason Corbyn in particular has accelerated the separation of British Jews from Labour, though, is the feeling that he grasps neither the seriousness of his associations nor that anti-Semitism can exist on the left at all.