Canadian psychologist and writer Gabor Maté, who is a Jewish holocaust survivor and former Zionist, was asked about Labour’s supposed antisemitism crisis. He responded:
“It’s laughable, [or rather] it would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad. The reality is that the Israeli state oppresses, disenfranchises, dispossesses, destroys, kills, demolishes the houses of, tortures, invalidates the Palestinians. That’s the actual reality. And nobody is supposed to talk about this because if you talk about it, you’re an antisemite. And if Jeremy Corbyn goes to a rally where a Jewish holocaust survivor dares to say that what we’re doing to the Palestinians is reminiscent of what the Nazis did to Jews – Jeremy didn’t say this, a Jewish survivor [Hadjo Meyer] said this – but because Jeremy’s there at this rally, he’s now accused of being an antisemite.
It’s utter nonsense and if I was talking to any one of those fellow Jews of mine who made those claims, I would say, ‘don’t be ridiculous!’
The whole antisemitism charge, when it comes to the Palestinian issue, is simply a way to intimidate and silence critics of horrendous Israeli policies.”
is a Canadian writer, Jewish holocaust survivor and former Zionist