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Yanis Varoufakis defends Jeremy Corbyn against anti-Semitism ‘slander’

Yanis Varoufakis defends Jeremy Corbyn against anti-Semitism ‘slander’
Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis offered a ringing defense of UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on social media, dismissing accusations of anti-Semitism as “slander.”

“Anti-Corbyn plotters are getting desperate,” Varoufakis wrote on Twitter. “To perpetuate their antisemitism slander they are lambasting Jeremy for writing, in a blurb to JA Hobson’s Imperialism’s new edition, that it was both ‘brilliant’ and ‘very controversial at the time’. They need to try much, much harder.”

Critics, including Jewish leaders and members of Labour, have slammed Corbyn for penning the book’s foreword, arguing he endorsed anti-Semitic content.

In response, Corbyn has labelled the accusations “offensive,” and insisted to the BBC “I’ve spent my whole life exposing racism in any form.”

The book, ‘Imperialism: A Study’, penned by British economist John A. Hobson in the early 20th century, digs into the moral, financial, and economic roots of imperialism as a form of a capitalist oligarchy. It indeed contains a common anti-Jewish trope, namely claims that European finance is dominated by “men of a single and peculiar race.”

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Varoufakis briefly served as the finance minister of Greece back in 2015 and led tough negotiations with the EU over austerity measures for the country. He resigned, however, when Athens finally gave in to the demands of European leaders.

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