Why Corbynistas have such a problem with Jews

Why Corbynistas have such a problem with Jews

They view Jews as ‘privileged’. And we all know what privileged groups deserve – hatred.

Brendan O'Neill
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The Corbynista movement has developed a very striking tic. Mention anti-Semitism and instantly, almost as an involuntary spasm, they will say: ‘What about Islamophobia?’ Mention Jewish suffering and, Tourette’s-like, they’ll bark back: ‘What about Muslim suffering?’ Mention the crisis of anti-Semitism in sections of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party and barely a second will pass before they robotically intone for the thousandth time that day: ‘And what about Islamophobia in the Tory party?’

They cannot abide any discussion of Jews alone. They cannot tolerate any focus on anti-Jewish racism. They must always, without fail, raise Muslims. This creepy instinct to distract attention from anti-Jewish hatred, or at least to dilute discussion about it, is perhaps the most revealing and alarming aspect of the new anti-Semitism scarring sections of the British left.

The ‘what about Muslims?’ response to any attempt to analyse the very specific form of racism that is anti-Jewish hatred was on full display this week. Even before the airing of the BBC Panorama programme about the Labour leadership’s interference in cases of anti-Semitism, the ‘What about Islamophobia?’ response to those who have the temerity to talk about Jews was being wheeled out.

In advice apparently sent by a top Labour aide to certain pro-Corbyn social-media activists, the very first tip for countering Panorama’s claims that Labour has failed to get a handle on its anti-Semitism problem was this: ‘Tonight C4 Dispatches are exposing Tory Islamophobia. Amplify. Amplify. Amplify.’ In short, drown out the discussion about anti-Jewish hatred by drawing attention back to anti-Muslim hatred. Do not let the Jews have their moment. Do not let their suffering become a talking point. Talk about Muslims, talk about Muslims, talk about Muslims.

This advice was actually unnecessary, because for months now the tactic of every Corbyn supporter has been to throw the issue of Islamophobia back at anyone who talks about the rise of anti-Semitism. There are so many problems with this approach it’s hard to know where to begin. The first is that no serious comparison can be made between anti-Muslim sentiment in the Tory party and the anti-Semitism crisis in the Labour Party. These are not symmetrical phenomena.

It is undoubtedly the case that members of the Tory party hold and have expressed anti-Muslim sentiments, whether about Muslim migration, alleged Muslim behaviour, or the wisdom of having a Muslim prime minister in the UK. But such individual expression of prejudice cannot be compared to left-wing anti-Semites’ almost systematic targeting of actual Labour members and even Labour MPs whose only crime is to be Jewish – or ‘Zios’, to use the left-racist parlance.

Labour’s anti-Semitism is a different order to the existence of anti-Muslim sentiment among individuals in the Tory party. There has been no racist hounding of Muslim members of the Tory party. Indeed, Sajid Javid did relatively well in the leadership contest and is quite popular among the Tory membership. What has happened in Labour is not simply the expression of anti-Jewish prejudice but the weaponisation of it; the use of it internally against certain members and MPs; the systemised politicisation of it to target MPs who are seen as suspect because of their support for Israel or their entanglement in a presumed Zionist Lobby.

The ‘socialism of fools’ outlook runs so deep in sections of the contemporary radical left that they have been content to weave conspiracy theories and even purges against members and MPs of Labour itself whose only ‘wrongdoing’ is to be Jewish. Or at least a ‘bad Jew’ – the kind who believes the Jews need their own nation state. One Jewish Labour MP, Luciana Berger, resigned from the party after being subjected to relentless anti-Semitic abuse from Labourites and other leftists.

There is individual prejudice in every political party. It would be weird if there was not. But what is happening in Labour is different. It is not simply the expression of prejudicial ideas but the actual organisation of factions and social-media sets and elements of the new membership around prejudicial ideas to the end of cleansing the party of those who are viewed as problematic. Who are predominantly Jewish or sympathisers with Jews. The new left-wing conspiracism, which sees Zionist Lobbies puppeteering British politics and considers the Jewish State to be the source of global instability and of anti-Muslim hatred, has become weaved into sections of Corbyn’s Labour Party, giving rise not merely to individual prejudice but to politicised prejudice, to an institutionalised form of racist speech and action.

But there’s another, even worse problem with the ‘what about Muslims?’ tic – which is that it actually feeds, however unwittingly, the new anti-Semitism.

The key motor of the new forms of anti-Semitism, especially in the way they manifest themselves on the left, is not the old politics of racial superiority, but rather the new politics of identity and victimhood. Identitarianism, the organisation of social and racial groups according to their presumed victim status, provides a great deal of the underpinnings of the new anti-Semitism. How? Because this politics, being always driven by a cult of competitive victimhood, by the bizarre, regressive urge to fashion a hierarchy of ‘victim groups’ and to create a corresponding list of bad ‘privileged groups’, has systematically called into question the history of Jewish suffering.

It has reconsidered the ranking of Jews in the identity sphere and decided that they are part of ‘the privileged’. Actual racists of the hard-right variety will say Jews have ‘Jewish privilege’; so-called anti-racists on the identitarian left say Jews enjoy ‘white privilege’. But the result is the same: Jews find themselves elevated into the category of the wicked, the realm of the hated, into an identity group that it is okay and in fact good to despise and agitate against: the privileged.

As part of this process, there has been a systematic dismantling of the history of Jewish victimhood. The specific nature of historic Jewish suffering is continually called into question. It must be, in order to prove that the Jews are privileged and also to create the space for new victim groups to move up the hierarchy: Muslims, gay people, trans people.

This dismantling takes many forms. There is Holocaust Relativism, the way the uniqueness of the Holocaust is continually undermined by other identity groups who claim to have suffered similar genocidal assaults. Witness the Muslim Council of Britain refusing to take part in Holocaust Memorial Day until it started to commemorate the genocide against Muslims at Srebrenica alongside the extermination of European Jews by the Nazis. This was a flagrant act of Holocaust Envy, an attempt to stake a claim on historic Jewish suffering, to say: ‘We’ve been through that too. You aren’t the only ones.’

Such Holocaust Relativism is rampant among Corbynistas, too, who will frequently ask why Jews keep going on about the Holocaust or will nauseatingly compare Israel to the Nazis and the Gaza Strip to the Warsaw Ghetto. Here, Holocaust Relativism reaches its dire and racist conclusion. It doesn’t only say ‘Jews are nothing special when it comes to suffering’. It also says they are the Nazis now, the genocidaires, the privileged persecutors of minority groups. This is an explicit attempt to erase or make meaningless the history of Jewish persecution by insisting they are now the persecutors, doing to others what was once done to them.

The chipping away at historic Jewish suffering can also be seen in the way the racism they suffer is always, without fail, contrasted with other forms of racism. Jews might face a little bit of hatred, but at least their white privilege protects them from the most visceral forms of hatred, the identitarian racists will argue. Agains the aim is the systemised dilution of Jewish experiences to the end of demoting Jewish suffering and elevating other forms of suffering – in particular the prejudice suffered by Muslims.

When Corbynistas continually say, ‘What about Islamophobia?’, they think they are being good, progressive anti-racists. But in truth what they’re doing is reorganising ethnic, racial and social groups according to their own view of whether they are good or bad, deserving or undeserving, sympathetic or privileged. Their instinct is to demote and by extension denigrate Jews through saying: ‘You have privilege. You have media attention. You are always treated as special people. And we’re sick of it.’ And this, of course, is nothing more than a rehash of the old hard-right hatred for these arrogant, rich, well-connected ‘Chosen People’.

The Corbynistas’ anti-Semitism problem is far more profound than they could ever realise. It points to one of the most terrible things about the relentless rise of identity politics on the left – the way it unwittingly rehabilitates old racial thinking and even old racial hatred through its myopic reorganisation of ethnic groups according to the new morality of victimhood. That some leftists are denouncing the Jews as privileged and overly pampered, and are attempting to distract attention from the racism they suffer today and the horrors they suffered in the past, confirms that so-called progressive identitarianism is in truth the means through which some very old, very ugly prejudices find expression today. Identity politics looks increasingly like a gateway drug to racism itself.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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Comments

Samsundar Duvakemar

18th July 2019 at 10:48 pm

“Greedy rat-faced hook-nosed Jews oppressing us all”
“Privileged cis-gendered, gammon white males oppressing us all”.
National Socialism from the 1930’s.
Woke Socialism in 2019.
Different centuries.
Different words.
Some old bullshit.

Samsundar Duvakemar

19th July 2019 at 9:57 am

I wish to withdraw the above comment as it is badly and clumsily worded.

Martin Bishop

18th July 2019 at 9:09 pm

What does Noam Chomsky have to say about the accusations of Anti-Semitism within Labour?

Justin Bieber

18th July 2019 at 7:16 pm

A significant number of Labor members are sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, a few have ‘liked’ the odd anti Israel thing on Facebook – that’s really about as far as it goes for Jew hatred

On the other hand, the Labour party has repeatedly called for and supported war in Muslim countries, playing a key role in a number of invasions and the killing of many thousands of innocent Muslims and the near total destruction of once functioning countries

Hmmmmm

Geoff Short

17th July 2019 at 2:11 pm

Another superb article Brendan. If Jews are privileged, then, bearing in mind what happened in Europe 75 or so years ago, I think that next time around I’ll opt for under-privilege.

Northern 1312

15th July 2019 at 4:30 pm

Oh and comments are moderated now? Just posted that free-speech policy down the memory hole, have we?

Northern 1312

15th July 2019 at 4:26 pm

A confused and frankly disappointing article Brendan. Why are you content to just accept these accusations as factual? I’ve seen enough analysis in other places to know that none of this adds up. The media (including you apparently) are content to just hammer the headline Labour = antisemitic but if you try get into the nitty gritty of who said what to who and when, the whole thing just..evaporates. Plenty of omission in there as well, why no mention of the vested interests these accusing MP’s represent? Is Shai Masot an anti-semitic conspiracy yeah? The purge you refer to in your article, is of Blairite New Labour members, not Jewish people, as I’m sure you know in reality.

Ever since you got rid of Discuss this place has turned into an absolute 1 horse shit hole. I guess that was the idea though, if there’s one thing you don’t want it’s an informed readership capable of holding their own debates below the line, eh? I’ve only been convinced to return to comment by how abysmal this article is, which, strangely enough has a lot of supportive comments from people I’ve not seen recently while still reading the site. Bit strange considering all the other articles get a handful at best.

I like the Spiked position on several issues but the dirty funding is causing you guys a massive ideological blind spot. You’ve spent years positioning yourselves as revolutionaries and radicals, but when push comes to shove Spiked is just the same as other media outlets. Happy to censor, mis-inform and play bull shit identity politics whilst lining their own pockets at everyone else’s expense.

James Clow

17th July 2019 at 12:03 am

Seems like a pretty accurate summary.

Jerry Owen

18th July 2019 at 9:27 am

I don’t agree with BON all the time like any other writers on Spiked but I agree with most of them most of the time . The moderated posts seems to be a glitch especially if you write a longish post, not a way to curb political discourse.
You have to admit that Corbyn’s defending of Banks’s mural is a hard one to understand or defend though.

Jerry Owen

18th July 2019 at 11:08 am

The irony.. my post is being moderated, perhaps I am wrong !

John Millson

15th July 2019 at 2:39 pm

Yes, agreed, the relativising of victimhood is quite repulsvie. Ignorance of centuries-old Jewish persecution, the Holocaust, is no defence and mis-use of examples of succesful Jewish people further compounds it. And as for ahistorical comparisons with the Nazis and Apartheid…
Specifically, it’s the anti-Israelism which needs to be dealt with. Corbyn with his ‘anti-Zionist’ friends, such as Jewish Voice for Labour, can just sit there and repeat that they aren’t Jew-haters; ‘how can they be?’ – they just ‘have a problem with Israel’.
As long as Corbyn is there Labour will be paralysed with this. Corbyn is avowedly anti-Israel – he always will be – no one will believe him if he says he isn’t. Corbyn is now a drain and a serious menace.
This means Corbyn has to be voted out. Thanks to direct democracy that isn’t so easy.

Martin Bishop

19th July 2019 at 10:33 am

Are anti-zionist Jews anti-semitic?

Jimbob McGinty

15th July 2019 at 2:02 pm

Apparently theres a chain of delicatessens in the West Bank called ‘Cheeses of Nazereth

Moses makes Israeli good cup of tea. Hebrews it very well.

Alex Ander

15th July 2019 at 1:42 pm

Comparing Islamophobia and anti-Semitism is a false equivalence – and symptomatic of the fallacies dreamt up by reactionary apologists of Islam (not in the scholarly sense) and others. Forming prejudice and hatred towards a race or ethnic group (Jews) is racism 101, and the Labour party are beset with racism. There is simply no other way of putting it: Labour is a racist party no different to any far-right political movement which is hostile towards people on the basis of their race or ethnic identity.
Islamophobia – the prejudice and hatred towards Muslim – is a form of intolerance and bigotry towards those following the Islamic religion. This is IRRESPECTIVE of the individuals race or ethnic group. Obviously. Unless you think Islam ONLY exists for people of a particular race, skin colour or ethnic group, then to equate the religious intolerance of Islam with the ethnic and racial intolerance of Jews is catastrophically ignorant, and tantamount to thinking something akin to all Christians being white, middle-classed and from Great Britain.

Even if there was a problem with Islamophobia in the Tory party (not being investigated by E & HR commission – so no) this would mean they had a problem with religious intolerance rather than racism. But Islamophobia is being hijacked by the left, not because they care about religion, but because they care about changing the meanings of words & reality to suit their benign and self-destructive arguments.

Hana Jinks

14th July 2019 at 6:28 pm

Israel is a democratic and liberal nation. The levt want a one-party, totalitarian state. You do the math.

cornelius bonkers

14th July 2019 at 3:11 pm

Well, a hierarchy of victimhood – who would believe it? INTERNATIONALIST Socialists/Marxists/ even Marx himself (a Jew) hate Jews for usury, exploitation of the working class, financial greed, commercial success plus responsibility for the alienation of the global human spirit. Similarly Rosenberg Baumler and Kriek hated Jews for, er, usury, exploitation of the working class, financial greed, commercial success plus the oppression of the Germanic spirit – hence NATIONAL socialism. So according to both internationalist and nationalist socialisms Jews neither hate nor love anybody but rather see all others as MEANS to their to their own ends and so violate Kant’s principle of humanity as a KINGDOM OF ENDS – the presupposition underlying the possibility of ENLIGHTENMENT. Surely socialists and Jews clash due to their similarities and respective pieties? As for Moslems, clearly they have JUMPED THE QUEUE and now top the league of the world’s most wretched. The strange thing is that this thing we call the FAR RIGHT – a pathetic and toothless rump of disempowered white men – has got the blame for all this. Thing is, socialists, Jews and the far right actually live and CAN live in our world – albeit with difficulty and unending conflict: but Moslems are SO different to us that our ignorance of that difference is yet to emerge. Let’s hope all this other nonsense doesn’t blind us to its consequences…

cornelius bonkers

14th July 2019 at 3:31 pm

“surely socialists and Nazi’s clash with Jews…”

James Knight

14th July 2019 at 2:02 pm

“Whataboutism” is alive and well in the Corbyn left.

tony noculak

13th July 2019 at 8:43 pm

I absolutely detest the liberal left and never thought I’d ever be defending them but the charge that they are anti-semitic is beyond ludicrous. They don’t hate jews, they hate Israel.
Every dim middle class socialist is indoctrinated from the beginning to hate the USA. For some reason they have also picked, out of the many allies the US has, Israel for extra special hatred. Don’t bother questioning why the left particularly hate the USA and Israel, they just do, this is how their minds work. Other countries can happily slaughter their people and the left won’t bat an eyelid but anything the US or Israel do seems to send them into an apoplectic rage, it’s just how they’ve been taught and they probably don’t even understand it themselves.

James Clow

13th July 2019 at 7:41 pm

Interesting article which provides an interesting view of how the Anti-Semitism accusations within Labour are being portrayed by the media.

https://www.jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/statement/bbc-panoramas-is-labour-antisemitic/

Thor Halland

14th July 2019 at 8:46 pm

What is interesting about the reply from a group of Corbynites wh0o calim to be a jewish voise but are almost all non Jews who just hate Israel and claim there is no antisemitism?

Martin Judge

13th July 2019 at 3:27 pm

….I agree with what everything Brendan says: he says what many feel, and says it so eloquently.

Identity politics has caused the Labour Party to not only turn on its Jewish heritage but it has also turned on its working class, non-conformist tradition, particularly the strong Methodist tradition of the Party. The Conservative writer, Ferdinand Mount wrote:

“…it was Methodism, not Communism that the Establishment feared…”

That Methodist ideal was feared because it was practical in thought and had wide scale appeal. It had high moral principals. The Labour Party of the past would not have tolerated the allegations of electoral fraud which have been recently made against the Labour Party. Any such fraud would have been rooted out and dealt with. That Labour Party is gone as have its Methodist activists ground workers.

Sadly, for the wider Labour Movement, what has replaced it has little support outside of Metropolitan areas and the student union common room. I suspect will cause the Labour Party to wither and die within 15 years,
Sad really,

Joseph Harris

13th July 2019 at 2:45 pm

Brendan, Your conclusion is absolutely right. If left unopposed, the rise in anti-semitism will leak over into many other forms of – at first spoken – racism and hate. what might be encouraging is that, in this country, rising in the Labour Party anti-semitism has been strongly opposed so quickly.
It took a while but, even before WWII, Sir Oswald’s Mosely’s neo-Nazi party was proscribed, and its leader, Mosley, went to jail. what a shock if the Human Rights Commission concludes a similar set of actions should be taken against the Labour Party.
Thank you for a well thought and written article.

Bill Gates

13th July 2019 at 12:38 pm

Anti-semitism is racism when it is directed against Jewish people not the Jewish religion, and reflects a standard animal response to “difference”, with added human attributes such as envy, greed, cruelty etc. Many people probably fall into this group, but I don’t think their political affiliation has anything to do with it, it is a matter of upbringing and cultural cues…

There is a desperate and vital need to highlight the continuing persecution and humiliation of Palestinians by the Israeli state, and I don’t know how one might argue that this persecution is NOT as a result of fundamentalist religious ideology.

It might also be considered reasonable to ask for Jews and non-Jews to construct an effective and “safe” way to criticise the actions of expansionist and repressive Zionists, and it is also valid to compare the effect of current religious laws in that country to Apartheid in South Africa.

The fight for a Jewish state of Israel predates Nazism considerably, and lazy and emotive comparisons are not helpful.

As for religion generally, particularly the “Abrahamic” faiths of Judaism, Old Testament Christianity, and Islam, they represent ignorance, repression, misogyny, homophobia and blind faith. Religious education and sexual mutilation of children is a form of abuse.

“Evil people do evil things. Only religion allows good people to do evil things.”

Discuss.

Hana Jinks

13th July 2019 at 9:43 pm

You just spouted off on something of which you know nothing.

Next.

Thor Halland

14th July 2019 at 8:47 pm

‘Discuss’ you arrogant knob

Amelia Cantor

13th July 2019 at 10:38 am

Antisemitism is always and everywhere wrong. But let’s not pretend that accusations of antisemitism can’t be used as a tool to prop up some v. bad ideologies. Blair didn’t face these accusations, because Blair was a tool of neo-conservative imperialism. I’ll take Jeremy over Blair any day. It’s a pity that 100,000s of innocent Muslims couldn’t make the same choice when Blair was running his wars and Jeremy was opposing them.

Jerry Owen

13th July 2019 at 11:10 am

Amelia Cantor
‘I’ll take Jeremy ( how cute ) over Blair anyday’
Personally I’d take neither, especially an anti semite, but then I’m not racist unlike you it appears !

Amelia Cantor

13th July 2019 at 11:17 am

<yawn> As a “white”, of course I’m racist. But I recognize my toxic heritage and do my best to be an ally of communities of colour, not an enabler of white toxicity.

Jerry Owen

13th July 2019 at 3:24 pm

Amelia Cantor
Can you explain what you mean by your ‘toxic heritage’ ?

Amelia Cantor

15th July 2019 at 9:42 am

You continually ask questions in bad faith, because you’re not seeking enlightenment, merely an opportunity to mansplain and spread toxic memes.

Auschwitz? Colonialism? Congo genocide? Atlantic slave trade? Witch-burnings? Climate catastrophe? Neo-liberal capitalism?

Do those things ring any bells?

Jimbob McGinty

15th July 2019 at 1:53 pm

‘Enabler of white toxicity’
You are Titania McGrath 2 and I claim my £5

Jerry Owen

15th July 2019 at 12:55 pm

A Cantor
Please explain what you mean by toxic heritage, I have no toxic heritage do you?

Jonnie Henly

13th July 2019 at 9:45 am

“purges against members and MPs of Labour itself whose only ‘wrongdoing’ is to be Jewish.”

Hang on a minute, earlier they were supposedly being purged for supporting Israel.

Supporting Israel and being Jewish are not the same thing, and you know it Brendan.

Neil McCaughan

14th July 2019 at 5:17 pm

Cluck cluck cluckety cluck. And here’s Jonnie, peddling the official Labour anti-semitic line. Cluck cluck cluckety cluck.

Jonnie Henly

13th July 2019 at 9:30 am

“Such Holocaust Relativism is rampant among Corbynistas”

No it’s not.

Jerry Owen

13th July 2019 at 10:00 am

And up pops little Jonnie with his debate winner.. ‘No it’s not’ .. full of deep thought and probably took some hours to formulate in his mind before posting !

Hana Jinks

13th July 2019 at 2:46 pm

Is that necessary Jerry? Is it necessary to give Jon the shits just for speaking?

You’ve falsely accused me of being a fifth-columnist. You called Linda Payne a dimwit. You twisted the knife into Wattie a coupla days ago. And you tried on here to organize some kind of action against a brewery owner for his wrongthink.

I don’t like nazi’s Jerry.

Jonnie Henly

13th July 2019 at 9:27 am

“the use of it internally against certain members and MPs; the systemised politicisation of it to target MPs who are seen as suspect because of their support for Israel or their entanglement in a presumed Zionist Lobby.”

Targeting people because of their support for Israel is not the same thing as targeting people for being Jewish.

I suspect Brendan knows this completely, but he’s happy to dishonestly conflate the two all the same.

Jonnie Henly

13th July 2019 at 9:25 am

“But such individual expression of prejudice cannot be compared to left-wing anti-Semites’ almost systematic targeting of actual Labour members and even Labour MPs whose only crime is to be Jewish – or ‘Zios’, to use the left-racist parlance”

They defiantly can’t be compared, not least because such “systemic targeting” doesn’t exist.

Neil McCaughan

14th July 2019 at 5:19 pm

Have you thought of English lessons, poppet?

Martin Bishop

19th July 2019 at 10:37 am

Ad-hominem response?

Rocky Pelugro

13th July 2019 at 7:26 am

In the 1950s, the Jews were the real victims. Don’t let us pretend otherwise. One visit to Auschwitz is all that is needed.
Now with mass immigration by Muslims who have taken over large parts of London and the other major English and Scottish cities, the ancient hatred between Jews and Muslims/Philistines has been brought over with them.
Most immigrants vote Labour. And the Muslim vote is, shall we say, highly organised.
Go figure…

Jane 70

13th July 2019 at 6:55 am

Having visited Yad Vashem many years ago,while working on a kibbutz, I emerged struck ,both by my sheer good fortune in having been born a British Gentile, and by the sheer scale of the Nazis’ destruction of a people , its culture, its beliefs and its achievements.

Even Einstein was written off by Hitlers mad men, for contaminating Aryan science with his Jewish insights.

There was a special Artists’ Transport : all l those dangerous painters, sculptors and designers shipped off to the ovens.

As to the MCB’s what-aboutery, I notice that they have little to say about the wholesale slaughter of Armenian Christians by the Turks in the 1900s, nor the systematic persecution of Christian and other minorities in predominantly Moslem countries : Copts, Orthodox, Assyrians, ,Yazidis, Mandaeans ,all of whom have ancient roots, being terrorised, slaughtered and expelled from their homelands.

The righteous left is manifesting the age old truth about human nature: prejudice never goes away entirely, despite the shouty claims to have vanquished all forms of racism, it merely transmutes,to find an acceptable target.

So, open season on the world’s Jewish community, both the diaspora and in Israel, wicked ‘privileged’ white folks and Christians.

Double standards.

Jonnie Henly

13th July 2019 at 9:34 am

“So, open season on the world’s Jewish community, both the diaspora and in Israel, wicked ‘privileged’ white folks and Christians.”

If only your delusions were true, you might have a point about Double Standards.

But they aren’t so you don’t.

Stephen J

13th July 2019 at 10:28 am

You say that prejudice never goes away entirely…

Surely that is what is known as a “good thing”, people must be able to choose between their perception of good and also of what is bad. In other words, prejudice is a vital characteristic of the human bean.

The overused epithet “racist” is bandied about by the cultural marxists as though it is an everyday thing. Well if words used to describe sections of society are to mean anything, they should not be overused, prejudice should not be conflated with racism, the former is a useful biological attribute, the latter is usually unnecessary and always ultimately counterproductive.

Jane 70

13th July 2019 at 10:50 am

Quite agree ; it’s the left’s adoption of the moral high ground which I find so irksome and its refusal to accept, as you rightly point out, normal human prejudices: preferences, likes and dislikes.

Mea culpa-I’ve got my fair share.

digby jackson

13th July 2019 at 2:22 am

Concerned about the actual organization of political factions and media sets with prejudicial ideas about ending a powerful influence within a party that’s viewed as problematic are we? That’s rich… Look, we all know the Jews are the singularly most oppressed people in history, because they use their extraordinary wealth, their near monopoly of mass media, their massive political influence, and their censorship of alternative viewpoints to make sure we never stop hearing about the uniqueness of their specifically Jewish suffering. We’ve had the message shoved down our throats from the moment we learned to talk . .

This is the strangest paradox of our troubled time. Jews enjoy the most extraordinary privileges while presenting themselves as the most oppressed people in history. But they’re not oppressed. Oppression is being told what you can’t say in your own country. Oppression is being banned from participating in politics because you happen to object to the influence of foreign actors in the business of your own people and country. Oppression is when the wealthy and powerful use their influence to starve you financially into submission to their interests. Oppression is when you go to prison because you disagree with something written in the history books.

But in the end, history mocks the barely concealed power drives of our arrogant elites and their pretensions to invulnerability, and a time is soon to come when the hubristic ideological constructions of our collapsing power structure are hollowed out and left vacant once again by the sweeping rush of history.

Hana Jinks

13th July 2019 at 8:39 am

Nope. The devil hates them because they are God’s Chosen, and he uses the likes of you to try and hurt them.

Jane 70

13th July 2019 at 10:34 am

Erm.. suggest you visit Yad Vashem-see above.

As for not being allowed to say what you think in your own country,banned from participating in politics, being starved financially into submission to the interests of the wealthy and powerful : all this happened in Nazi Germany, as we all know; it happened in Spain under Los Reyes Catolicos, it happened in Soviet Russia, it happened in the Crusades,and so on and so on, only to culminate into today’s ugly manifestations, which hide behind the left’s somewhat dodgy assertions that any form of racism is absolutely forbidden.

So now we see Israel defamed, accused, held to standards which do not seem to apply to other states, which routinely crush any and every form of dissent,whether it be religious or secular and use capital punishment on a seemingly industrial scale

.Damned if it does, damned if it doesn’t.

Thor Halland

14th July 2019 at 8:48 pm

What a repulsive comment.

christopher barnard

12th July 2019 at 7:40 pm

Rotherham and Rochdale councils are Labour. The identity politics of the left can have dreadful consequences.

Hana Jinks

13th July 2019 at 8:41 am

Aaah. So that’s why the tried to cover it up for over a decade.

Jerry Owen

12th July 2019 at 6:02 pm

I was amazed the BBC actually aired that programme on the Labour party. But then again I pay for the BBC so why should I be really.. it’s about time !
The most worrying aspect of the Labour party is its leader JC, his canoodling with all sorts of nasty blatantly anti Jewish organizations and of course his infamous defence of a mural showing hook nosed Jews around a monopoly board. He later said he hadn’t noticed its theme .. how come he went to the point of defending it on social media ?
A political leader has to take more care than the rest of us nonentities about what he says and what he supports on social media. He back tracked without doubt on the mural, which can only mean one thing, the leader of HM’s Opposition party is indeed an anti Semite. He refused to appear on the programme and he has refused to do anything about the issue, he’s the party leader for goodness sake’s. The anti Semitism leads right from the top of the party down through the ranks !
I do wonder if Hitler were around now which party he would join .. he colluded Islamic armies in the war, so he clearly had no issue with Muslims in that instance, so if we were to take at face value the Tory party being anti Muslim pro Jewish and the Labour party being anti Jewish pro Muslim, we would have to assume he would be at home in the modern Labour party … a socialist party , well I never !
The treasonous May referred to the Tory Party as the ‘nasty party’ .. better the ‘nasty party’ than the ‘Nazi party’.

Jonnie Henly

13th July 2019 at 9:32 am

“He back tracked without doubt on the mural, which can only mean one thing, the leader of HM’s Opposition party is indeed an anti Semite.”

That’s a ridiculous conclusion to draw.

“and he has refused to do anything about the issue”

The level of antisemitism in Labour has decreased since Corbyn became leader. You may not like them much, but facts do matter Jerry.

Jerry Owen

13th July 2019 at 10:03 am

Give me examples of when the Labour party suffered worse antisemitism then ?

Simon Bronstein

13th July 2019 at 11:18 am

Jonnie boy. You are a lying little toerag. You know deep down that you are talking out of your backside. How much is Uncle Jez paying you to spread these lies? Labour is being investigated by the EHRC, specifically because of the rabid racism seeping out of every pore. Is that a lie as well?

Jane 70

13th July 2019 at 12:25 pm

Read the accounts of, amongst others, Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth, both subjected to intense ,prolonged,vicious intimidation.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-mps-resignation-puts-claims-of-uk-labour-anti-semitism-back-in-spotlight/

Or, the woman who appeared recently on daytime telly ,to proclaim that the Jews who complain about anti-Semitism are ‘Wimps’.

https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/labour-anti-semitism-bbc-panorama-jeremy-corbyn-iplayer-video/

Jewish students, who cannot hold Jewish Society meetings on campus in safety; Israeli academics, routinely barred from visiting British campuses, no matter the level of their expertise.

https://www.thejc.com/comment/comment/my-experience-of-racism-gave-me-an-affinity-with-jewish-students-on-campus-says-tory-mayoral-c-1.482472

Jews spat at in the streets, Jewish businesses boycotted by shouty mobs.

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/as-a-gay-jewish-man-i-did-not-expect-to-be-spat-at-in-a-west-london-street/

Martin Bishop

19th July 2019 at 10:35 am

Is disagreeing with Israels politics racist?

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