The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 23rd February 2018

Stop the witch-hunt!

Stop the witch-hunt TONY Greenstein’s expulsion from the Labour Party last week was an inevitable conclusion of the Blairite campaign that’s targeted prominent Labour supporters of the Palestinians as so-called “anti-Semites”. The allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’ in the Labour Party have nothing to do with anti-Semitism and everything to do with opposition to the racist creed of Zionism, and support for the Palestinians.

Putting someone who is Jewish in the same category as Adolf Hitler is a trick perhaps only the most brazen Blairites and Zionists can do. Still, it’s not surprising. It does, after all, come from the right-wing clique that dominates the Labour Party bureaucracy which thinks that the charges against the zionist Jewish Labour Movement’s former Chair Jeremy Newmark of having defrauded a Jewish charity of thousands of pounds are a ‘private’ matter.

A rank-and-file movement, Labour Against the Witch-hunts, was set up last year to defend everyone under threat of expulsion on bogus charges of ‘anti-Semitism’. But it’s only ‘achievement’ so far has been to exclude two of the victims of the purge on the grounds that they are more or less guilty as charged.

Blairite rage is rarely, if ever, directed at the real fascists and anti-Semites within the corridors of power in Westminster and Washington. Rather, it is focused against anyone who opposes Israeli aggression and actively campaigns for justice for the Palestinian Arabs. The time has come for the Corbyn leadership to stand up to the Blairite rump within Labour’s apparatus and end this nonsense once and for all.

Olympic games

THE courageous initiative by Democratic Korean leader Kim Jong Un that led to the creation of a united Korean sports team at the Winter Olympics currently taking place in south Korea has had an immediate impact on the Korean peninsula. The overwhelming response of the south Korean public to the joint team competing under the blue and white banner of the Korean Unification Flag has been matched by an easing of tension across the armistice line that, hopefully, will lead to a positive response to Democratic Korean peace proposals by the south Korean authorities.

The high-level Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) delegation that took part in the opening ceremonies in Pyeongchang, which included north Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the DPRK leader, held talks with the south Korean leadership during their stay. South Korean president Moon Jae In has been invited to meet Kim Jong Un in the north, firing speculation that this may take place on the 15th August, the day that the Korean peninsula was liberated from the Japanese army in 1945 and which is now a public holiday in both Koreas.

US imperialism did its best to spoil the Olympic spirit at the games through the presence of US Vice-President Mike Pence. Pence and his wife refused to stand up for the combined Korean team’s entrance at the games’ opening ceremony. At a reception for delegation leaders, Pence arrived late and stayed for just five minutes after pointedly ignoring the north Korean representatives. Now he claims he was ready to meet the north Korean delegation but they cried off at the last minute. No one believes him, just as no one can trust the word of his master Donald Trump.

It is clear that left to their own devices the south Koreans are ready to respond realistically and positively to DPRK peace proposals. It is equally clear that the real threat to peace on the Korean peninsula comes from US imperialism. The DPRK has had no choice but to develop its nuclear energy programme and its own independent nuclear deterrent. The DPRK threatens no one. Its enemies are close by. An American nuclear armada is stationed off the Korean coast and thousands of US troops are in south Korea and Japan. The US wants to perpetuate the division of Korea and ultimately to extinguish socialism in the Korean peninsula. We must stand by the DPRK and condemn all imperialist threats and manoeuvres.