THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 13th January 2017


Zionism — the servant of imperialism

SIR HENRY WOTTON, an English diplomat, famously wrote in 1604 that “an ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” He could have also added that, under certain circumstances, diplomats are also expected to lie, cheat and steal on behalf of their countries. At the same time, when caught out, this abuse of diplomatic immunity normally results in a diplomatic row and the expulsion of those who have abused their diplomatic status — except, of course, when it comes to Israel.

Last week an Israeli intelligence officer, masquerading as an embassy employee, was exposed by the Qatari Al Jazeera TV channel. Shai Masot, the “senior political officer” at the Israeli embassy and a former major in the Israeli Navy, was caught red-handed by an undercover Al Jazeera reporter who had spent six months infiltrating pro-Israeli groups in Britain.

He uncovered a close link between Masot and a network of politicians, activists and analysts in Britain who are sympathetic to Israel. Masot is filmed trying to get dirt on prominent pro-Palestinian Tory politicians whilst trying to promote the Israeli interest with the Labour Party through a million pound slush fund.

We shouldn’t be angry at Masot. He, after all, was only doing his job. What should enrage everyone is the fact that Masot has not been kicked out of the country and that the Government now considers the matter closed, following a weaselly apology from the Israeli ambassador in London.

Undercover recordings show Masot claiming to have set up the “City Friends of Israel” in collaboration with AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which is the major Zionist lobbying organisation in the United States.

But his major target was Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour leader has long been a supporter of Palestinian rights and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

Shai Masot is filmed working to establish organisations and youth groups to promote Israeli influence inside the Labour Party and to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Dismissing Corbyn as “crazy” and his supporters as “weirdos” and “extremists”, the Israeli intelligence officer says he set up a youth wing of the Conservative Friends of Israel in 2015. Masot is seen outlining plans for a similar youth wing of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) and talking about funding Labour delegations to Israel.

Hopefully this will now open Jeremy Corbyn’s eyes to the Zionist threat even amongst some who pose as his supporters.

Zionism has always been the servant of imperialism. As the philosophy developed by 19th century Jewish capitalists it mirrored the other racist and chauvinist theories used by the European powers to justify their seizure of large areas of the world.

Zionism, like the racist theories that were used to justify the old British Empire, seeks to divide Jewish workers from the rest of the working class and tries to justify a colonialist programme based on religious mysticism and the needs of world imperialism.

Lenin, a ceaseless enemy of anti-Semitism, maintained that “this Zionist idea is absolutely false and essentially reactionary.” It was, therefore, no surprise to the Bolsheviks in 1917 to find that the Zionists had thrown their lot in with the counter-revolutionaries.

In the past Israel served imperialist interests in post-colonial Africa whilst providing a conduit for covert trade with the old racist regime in South Africa. In the past the Israeli army was used as a strike force to destabilise or topple progressive Arab governments that had broken with imperialism and were on the path of socialist orientation. Today Israel is the willing tool of US-led imperialism.

The demand for a full internal and open inquiry into the role of the Zionists within the Labour Party should now be raised throughout the labour movement.