I cannot be the only person recoiling in horror at the ‘institutionalisation’ of anti-Semitism in our country. I use this cumbersome concept advisedly.
Karen Harradine has bravely drawn attention to this creeping ill elsewhere on these pages. But it behoves all of us non-Jews to condemn it too.
By this I mean the politicians and senior establishment figures from whom we have heard remarkably little on the matter. As Edmund Burke observed, ‘the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’
Evil I am afraid is triumphing in the Labour Party. Who, Charles Moore asked on Saturday in The Daily Telegraph, would have imagined it would have become the chief repository of ant-Semitism today?
Worse it is (with the belief that any exertion of ‘white Western power’ is wrong) what binds socialism today.
The fact that Labour is unelectable is beside the point. What matters is Corbyn’s endorsement of, and association with, Palestinian lobbyists and Holocaust deniers, which eclipses his stated rejection of “anti-Semitic views to which he will always be opposed”.
The latest of Corbyn’s fellow traveller junkets to emerge is a free trip he accepted back in 2009 to meet Assad of Syria funded by the British-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC).
During this trip he’s reported to have said: “Once again the Israeli tail wags the US dog.”
As Dave Rich, author of The Left’s Jewish Problem, pointed out to The Times: “This crass wording about Israel echoes conspiratorial ideas about Jews or Zionists controlling US foreign policy. Somebody who claims to oppose anti-Semitism should be able to recognise the dangers of using language like this.”
Mr Corbyn clearly doesn’t.
Speakers at another event the PRC organised in 2013 included Mr Corbyn and the Rev Stephen Sizer, a Church of England clergyman who later posted a link on Facebook suggesting Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks.
The PRC have a long record of organising events at which incendiary remarks are made about Jews – where Jews themselves are blamed for the Holocaust no less – as at their most recent event last week.
It is notable that no arrests were made even though the police and the Crown Prosecution Service have an agreed common definition of such ‘hate crime’ incidents. (It is if the victim or anyone else thinks what was said was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation).
Much as I reject the whole perverted and repressive notion of hate crime law, since it exists surely it demands consistent application? How saying ‘Jews caused the Holocaust’ escapes this moniker beats me.
But it does, quite simply, because of the levels of anti-Semitism we now routinely tolerate – ones that were inconceivable in the immediate post Second World War years.
The shock of Hitler’s persecution of Jews, the horrors of the concentration camps were still palpable in the years I grew up and were impressed upon us all at school – as they still should be today. The persecution of the Jews was – and still is – the great evil. It has happened through history and has not stopped.
Terrifyingly, with such a tiny population of Jews in Britain – only 250,000 – a people who resolutely refuse to join in today’s identity politics and competing victimhood games – it is something we are in serious danger of forgetting. As we are them. It is so shameful.
How is it that we have tolerated – for several years now – the fact that synagogues and Jewish schools need daily police protection?
How is it that we tolerate the intolerance, open bullying and anti-Semitism of Malia Bouattia, the President of the NUS, who conveniently claims that she is the one being demonised.
How is it that Jews in public positions must suffer Swastika signs sent to them by Twitter trolls?
Our silence is beginning to bear an uncanny resemblance to Germany of the early 1930s.
Take the example of University College London and their response to the anti-Semitic outrage committed on their precincts just recently. Why was it so weak? Why were so many police needed to secure order yet no arrests made? Why a euphemism for The Times’s headline “Jewish student assaulted in protest at university” on their report of it?
You’d be forgiven for believing that the Jewish student was ‘the victim’ of a sexual grope. Not so – she was trapped against a door for two minutes hardly able to breathe after ‘protesters’ literally broke in through a window to stop Hen Mazzig, former Israeli Defence Forces commander, from speaking on economic development projects in the Palestinian territories. How OK was the descriptor ‘protesters’ that was used? It was a mob surely? The UCL student union had tried to ‘ban’ this meeting and were not going to be frustrated.
Why was there no immediate disciplinary action? Why no immediate expulsions? Why no statement by the UCL authorities openly condemning their intolerant and law breaking student union? Who are they placating – or worse what are the prejudices UCL’s authorities now privately endorse?
After all they can be tough when they want to be. They didn’t have any qualms about dispatching Professor Tim Hunt for whose ‘sexism crime’ (the trouble with women…was all this mild man remarked) they showed no mercy.
Anti-Semistim by contrast to ‘sexism’ demands no such sanction just when it should be commanding a national expression of disapproval.
(Image: Quinn Dombrowski)