Hateful New Low: Jeremy Corbyn describes century-old antisemitic book as ‘brilliant’

Hateful New Low: Jeremy Corbyn describes century-old antisemitic book as 'brilliant'

Jeremy Corbyn is embroiled in a fresh anti-Semitism row after he was found to have endorsed a book which argued that Europe’s banks and press were controlled by Jews, describing it as a “great tome” that is “brilliant, and very controversial at the time.”

The Labour leader has been condemned by Jewish campaigners after it emerged that he had written the foreword to a new edition of an early 20th century which claimed European finance was controlled by “men of a single and particular race”.

Four years before his elevation to the party leader, he described JA Hobson’s Imperialism: A Study as a “great tome” which was both “brilliant” and “very controversial at the time”, The Times reported.

The work’s author, an English economist who influence Lenin, said finance in Europe was controlled ‘by men of a single and peculiar race’.

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The author also specifically mentioned the Rothschilds, saying: ‘Does anyone seriously suppose that a great war could be undertaken by any European state, or a great state loan subscribed, if the house of Rothschild and its connections set their face against it?’

He claimed ‘great financial houses’ have ‘control which they exercise over the body of public opinion through the Press’.

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Despite this, Corbyn praised the ‘brilliant’ analysis of Western imperialism at the start of the 20th century, noting it was ‘very controversial at the time’.

Last night he refused to apologize, saying he had praised the ‘classic study’ but ‘completely rejects the anti-Semitic elements of his analysis’.

However, Labour members have been suspended for retweeting comments containing Rothschild conspiracy theories.