Jews used irony and wrote history when Jeremy Corbyn’s ancestors were “brutal savages”

Aug 27, 2018 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest:

In 1835, Daniel O’Connell, Britain’s first Irish Catholic Member of Parliament, attacked Benjamin Disraeli during a by-election. In the course of his unrestrained invective, the Irishman referred to Disraeli’s Jewish ancestry calling him the “worst possible type of Jew”.

Disraeli shot back with characteristic chutzpah and brio in a letter to The Times. “Yes, I am a Jew,” he replied, “and when the ancestors of the right honourable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.”

From the moment Disraeli became Prime Minister, the Liberal press indulged in anti-Jewish innuendo against him. His Liberal successor William Gladstone, when opposing the pro-Turkish policies of Disraeli’s Conservative government, accused English Jews of loyalty to foreign Jews. “Gladstone was convinced that Disraeli’s Jewish origins were an influence on his conduct of policy,” writes historian David Cesarani. “The accusation that Jews, from Disraeli downwards, were motivated by dual loyalty gained in volume,” he states.

Over a century has passed. The accusations against the Jews remain as stereotypical as Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s Labour party is proving to be a worthy successor to his anti-Semitic forbears in Parliament.

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