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Peterborough and a vote for anti-Semitism


IS THE Tsarist forgery called The Protocols of The Elders of Zion now required bedtime reading for all Labour Party members? Because it sure seems like it is.

The Labour candidate for tomorrow’s Peterborough by-election, Lisa Forbes, is certainly not letting her side down when it comes to recycling anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Her social media history epitomises the love-in between Labour and Islamists.

Forbes has a penchant for Islamist conspiracy theories and has fallen for the propaganda that Muslims are victims of ‘Zionists’. She liked a Facebook post claiming that Theresa May has a ‘Zionist Slave Masters agenda ‘ and she supported another post which said the CIA and Mossad created Isis. Anti-Semites like to use the word Zionists as a euphemism for Jews in a misguided attempt to justify their racism.

Just as worrying is her comment that ‘so much that trys (sic) to divide us, but there is far much more that unites us.’ The Nazis were also fond of accusing Jews of divisive behaviour.

Forbes is one of many Labour members who rejected the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, a tactic which revealed just how far Labour supporters will go to protect their hatred of Israel and Jews.

A more extensive list of Forbes’s antics is available on the Guido Fawkes website. She has since apologised, the usual act of contrition for Labour. Forbes has prodigiously spread anti-Semitic tropes. I doubt that any ‘training’ will make her understand just how dangerous it is to ignite anti-Semitism like this. No wonder Jeremy Corbyn campaigns at her side. Like attracts like.

At a time when anti-Semites are threatening to cut the sidelocks of Orthodox Jews in public – reminiscent of Nazi practices – and terror fans march through London streets on the Iranian-sponsored Al Quds Day, screaming for the destruction of Israel and murder of Jews, it seems unconscionable that Labour are fielding a candidate in Peterborough who endorses anti-Semitic material. 

Yet they don’t seem to care, preferring to dog-whistle their Islamist and ‘anti-racist’ credentials by protesting about Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK. Wes Streeting, Sadiq Khan, Diane Abbott and, of course, Corbyn are just some of the many Labour stalwarts who can’t hear themselves.

They belong to the most anti-Semitic and anti-West party in British politics today and are condemning the visit of a supporter of Israel and Jews. This is a poor attempt to deflect from the hard fact that Labour is riddled with anti-Semitism.

Even those who don’t care about anti-Semitism must surely find it troubling that Labour are enthusiastic flag-wavers for terrorist organisations that not only wish to destroy Israel but the entire West.

Grassroots Labour members must ask themselves why the Palestinian flag, and not the Union flag, was flown at the last party conference – a sure sign that the Palestinians, and not the British people, are the higher priority for Labour. So why vote for a candidate who embodies all of this and more?

If Forbes wins, no doubt she will spend most of her time in Parliament kvetching about ‘Zionists’ and ignoring the issues which affect her constituents, such as jobs and housing. If the residents of Peterborough do elect her, knowing that she fully aligns herself with Islamist ideology, then they will have nobody but themselves to blame if she turns out to be even worse than their previous MP, the convicted criminal Fiona Onasanya.

Labour have made their priorities quite clear. They are seemingly so comfortable with anti-Semitism that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are now investigating them. The only other political party to be investigated by the EHRC were the BNP, who are also big fans of the cult of Corbyn.

As much as I applaud the EHRC for this, I suspect that nothing will change. Labour’s anti-Semitism is too deep-rooted to be dug out. Corbyn’s cult is already spreading conspiracy theory about Jews controlling the EHRC in response. 

If Forbes is elected it will be an ominous sign that a disturbing number of voters are happy to elect such dubious MPs into Parliament. I have said many times that what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews. See you soon in the gulag, comrades!

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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