- Created: Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:40
- Written by Wesam Khaled
Below we publish the speech delivered by comrade Wesam Khaled of the Revolutionary Communist Group at a public meeting held in London on 21 September 2018. The title of the meeting was 'Corbyn, Labour and Anti-Semitism: Why is solidarity with Palestine under attack?'
We are here because of the recent attempts to silence critics of Israel by conflating their criticisms with anti-Semitism. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition, the vehicle by which this conflation is being made, includes a number of examples which are clearly aimed at delegitimising legitimate criticisms of the Israeli state. One particularly problematic example claims that it is anti-Semitic to say that ‘the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor’. In light of this, the first part of my talk will challenge this example directly, looking at the history of the establishment of the state of Israel and explaining why we stand by the statement that Israel is a racist state. In the course of that discussion, I will touch on the role that British imperialism has played in supporting the establishment of Israel. Lastly, given recent events I will briefly discuss the history of the Labour Party’s support for Zionism.