Jeremy Corbyn May Be Gone from Britain’s Labor Party, But Anti-Semitism Continues to Flourish

In his recent biography of King George III, the English historian Andrew Roberts presents a revisionist history of the last monarch to reign over the thirteen colonies—presenting him as a prudent ruler and even going so far as to dispute some of the charges leveled against him in the Declaration of Independence. After discussing his book with Jonathan Tobin, Roberts goes on to address attitudes toward Jews and Israel in contemporary British politics. He makes the case that anti-Semitism in the UK has grown worse since the Israel-hating leftwing firebrand Jeremy Corbyn lost his position as leader of the Labor party. (Video, 45 minutes. The conversation moves to Jewish topics around the 31-minute mark.)

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How European Fecklessness Encourages the Islamic Republic’s Assassination Campaign

In September, Cypriot police narrowly foiled a plot by an Iranian agent to murder five Jewish businessman. This was but one of roughly a dozen similar operations that Tehran has conducted in Europe since 2015—on both Israeli or Jewish and American targets—which have left three dead. Matthew Karnitschnig traces the use of assassination as a strategic tool to the very beginning of the Islamic Republic, and explains its appeal:

In the West, assassination remains a last resort (think Osama bin Laden); in authoritarian states, it’s the first (who can forget the 2017 assassination by nerve agent of Kim Jong-nam, the playboy half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, upon his arrival in Kuala Lumpur?). For rogue states, even if the murder plots are thwarted, the regimes still win by instilling fear in their enemies’ hearts and minds. That helps explain the recent frequency. Over the course of a few months last year, Iran undertook a flurry of attacks from Latin America to Africa.

Whether such operations succeed or not, the countries behind them can be sure of one thing: they won’t be made to pay for trying. Over the years, the Russian and Iranian regimes have eliminated countless dissidents, traitors, and assorted other enemies (real and perceived) on the streets of Paris, Berlin, and even Washington, often in broad daylight. Others have been quietly abducted and sent home, where they faced sham trials and were then hanged for treason.

While there’s no shortage of criticism in the West in the wake of these crimes, there are rarely real consequences. That’s especially true in Europe, where leaders have looked the other way in the face of a variety of abuses in the hopes of reviving a deal to rein in Tehran’s nuclear-weapons program and renewing business ties.

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