Starmer won the membership election to succeed left-winger and Palestine solidarity veteran Jeremy Corbynlast weekend.
His first act as leader has been to declare the party’s allegiance to the Israel lobby, and to signal an impending purge of the left wing of the party membership under the pretext of combating “Labour anti-Semitism.”
Throughout his four and a half years as Labour leader, Corbyn was incessantly defamed with a manufactured anti-Semitism crisis by the the Israel lobby and by the right wing of his own party.
“Anti-Semitism has been a stain on our party,” Starmer claimed in his victory speech, giving full credence to the smears against his predecessor.
“On behalf of the Labour Party, I am sorry.”
Labour lawmakers – who are overwhelmingly right wing – never accepted the result of the democratic leadership election which brought Corbyn to national prominence in 2015, and repeatedly attempted to overthrow him.
They finally succeeded last December. After the party’s defeat in the general election, Corbyn announced he would be stepping down.
Polling suggested that the Labour anti-Semitism smear campaign had a major impact on the general election outcome.
The Israel lobby was jubilant, with one major group gloating that they had “slaughtered” Corbyn.
But Labour members never accepted the false narrative.