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The Left’s wilful ignorance on anti-Semitism


THE Community Security Trust (CST), a charity focused on safety of British Jews, recently released its report on anti-Semitic discourse in 2018. 

It will come as no surprise to any but the cult followers of Jeremy Corbyn that the main culprit for increasing anti-Semitism in Britain is the Labour Party. Social media, our contemporary political and ideological battleground, is awash with Corbynistas who revel in attacking Jews. Phases such as ‘Zionist pigs’ and ‘Zionist lobby’ are lifted straight out of the Islamist handbook and flung at Jews who have the temerity to criticise them.

The CST report makes grim reading, especially the section on Corbyn and his shilling for Islamists. During an appearance on Press TV, the Iranian regime’s propaganda outlet, Corbyn narrated how he met Dr Abdul Aziz Umar, a convicted Hamas terrorist. Umar was responsible for organising a suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem in 2003, when seven people were murdered. Corbyn called him, and other Hamas prisoners, ‘brothers’.

If it’s anti-West and anti-Israel, Corbyn and his cult will embrace and defend it, as witnessed by their tears for the death of the murderous Qasem Soleimani.

Calling out anti-Semites is now not only a ‘racist’ act but also, according to Corbynistas and their fellow Islamist travellers, a smokescreen to hide Israel’s ‘war’ on Palestinians. That so many on the Left unthinkingly swallow this blood libel and side with enemies of the West is a worrying trend. 

Many on the Left also show no understand of anti-Semitism. According to the CST report, 90 per cent of British Jews support the right of Israel to exist and 93 per cent say that the country plays a central part in their Jewish identity. Yet Labour outriders spend hours convincing no one but themselves that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism, often using anti-Semitic websites in attempts to prove their misjudged points. All they prove is how little they understand anti-Semitism. Their wilful ignorance on the essential part that Israel plays in Judaism exacerbates their hatred of Jews.  

The report is not without its flaws. Not enough attention is given to the impact that Islamism has on anti-Semitism. The uncomfortable truth is that anti-Semitism in Europe has skyrocketed since Angela Merkel made her disastrous decision in 2015 to open Germany’s borders to economic migrants and refugees from MENA countries, with the EU swiftly following her lead. Obviously not all these immigrants are anti-Semitic but many come from areas where hatred of Jews and Israel form a core part of their culture. 

To speak this truth is to be marked ‘racist’, yet if all the culprits in spreading anti-Semitism are not named for fear of being politically incorrect, this hatred will never be defeated.

Attacks on Jews in France increased by 75 per cent in 2018. Belgian politicians are uninterested in rising levels of anti-Semitism in their country.  Many of these attacks on Jews are a direct result of falling for Islamist propaganda on Israel.

The EU may lament growing anti-Semitism in Europe, but it is partly responsible for it. Despite protestations by the MSM that Brexiteers are ‘stupid racists’, the truth is that by leaving the EU and its tendencies towards illiberalism, anti-Israel policies and embrace of the Iranian regime, Britain will make its Jews more secure. Brexiteers are not the problem. The love-in between the Left and Islamists is.  

Thanks to the unholy alliance between the Left and Islamism, anti-Semitism has become mainstream in our society. In 2012, less than half of British Jewry thought that anti-Semitism was a big problem; now 75 per cent of them do. There is evidence to back up their fears. Statistics show that a quarter of anti-Semitic attackers were reported to be on ‘the Left’, 22 per cent were identified as ‘Muslim extremists’ and 11 per cent were ‘Right wing’. Almost two-thirds of British Jews avoid public displays of their faith, such as wearing skullcaps. Jews go underground while Islamists rise. 

Frustratingly, the report also falls into the woke trap of creating an equivalence between anti-Semitism on the Left and the far Right where none exists. The rise of the far Right in Europe is indeed worrying. They are growing in strength on the continent and pose a threat to all minorities. But they are correctly scorned and mocked by many, unlike the Left who are afforded moral legitimacy by the MSM and themselves. In Britain the far Right threat to Jews is minimal compared to that of the Labour party.

This decades-long love-in between the Left and Islamism has borne its ugly fruit. The tolerance of the intolerant by the Left, and their twisted admiration of Islamism, is far more dangerous to all of us than maladjusted teenagers doing a Nazi salute.

Too much of the report focuses on defending George Soros, a man who is a threat to the survival of global Jewry. Referring to Soros’s Jewish heritage as part of a conspiracy theory is certainly anti-Semitic and must be avoided. But context is crucial. The report unfairly accuses the pro-Israel writer Nick Timothy of being anti-Semitic because he correctly criticised Soros’s role in undermining the Brexit vote. This attempt to paint Brexiteers as racist undermines the fight against anti-Semitism.

As the report accurately shows, Labour has mainstreamed anti-Semitism. But the British don’t like extremists. There was a glimmer of light on 12 December. Unlike the continent, Britain has not abandoned its Jews.

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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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