A British Jew, not afraid of Corbyn but of the weaponisation of antisemitism

JVL Introduction

Robert A.H. Cohen sees the concept of antisemitism as having been drained of meaning for the sake of narrow political advantage.

He traces the parties involved in this development – the Jewish Chronicle and the Jewish News, Jo Swinson, Boris Johnson  and many more.

He examines the case against Corbyn’s Labour and Corbyn himself, believing that the latter, pursuing a strategy of not giving more oxygen to the allegations through direct engagement, merely encouraged more vilification.

And he explains why he fears that the actions of the formal leadership of the Jewish community and its allies in the Jewish press and the CA have only succeeded “in making the task of fighting anti-Jewish behaviour harder and more complicated”.

 

This article was originally published by Patheos on Wed 13 Nov 2019. Read the original here.

As a British Jew I’m not fearful of a Corbyn government but I’m horrified at how antisemitism is being used against him

I’ve been told to fear the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister. I’ve been warned that the Labour Party leader is antisemitic. And, according to a new poll, nearly half of British Jews are considering leaving the country if Labour wins the General Election on December 12th.

Despite the doomsday picture being painted for British Jews, I’m not fearful of Corbyn or the possibility of him reaching 10 Downing Street. Nor do I believe that the Labour Party is “poisoned” or “rampant” with antisemitism. But what has left me horrified over the last four years has been the reckless and irresponsible way in which antisemitism has been used to vilify Corbyn and make the entire Labour Party appear toxic.

For the record, I’m not a Labour Party activist, or even a Labour Party member. I have no particular brief to support Jeremy Corbyn. In local and national elections over the years, I’ve voted for Liberal Democrat candidates, Labour candidates and Green candidates. Geography means I don’t attend a synagogue as often as I’d like to, but I read and love my Jewish prayer book, and at home we light Shabbat candles and we celebrate the Jewish festivals. I worry about rising antisemitism around the world and I care about the safety and security of Jews in Britain. And because of all these things, it bothers me deeply when I see antisemitism become drained of meaning for the sake of narrow political advantage.

The UK’s Brexit induced General Election was always going to be about more than just Brexit. And so it should be. A decade of chronic underinvestment in public services; the growing disparity between rich and poor; our response to the Climate Emergency; and the very future of the United Kingdom itself, all need to be central themes of the campaign over the next month. The one issue that does not need to be part of the debate is antisemitism. At least not the version of the antisemitism debate we’ve been having over the last few years which has become profoundly politicised.

The opening days of the campaign

As things stand, scaremongering about antisemitism is in danger of hijacking the 2019 election. This is not good for British Jews nor for British democracy.

The position of the Jewish Chronicle and the Jewish News, the two most widely read Jewish newspapers in the UK, is entirely expected and consistent with the campaign they have been running since September 2015 when Corbyn was elected Labour Party leader.

As this General Election campaign got underway, the Jewish Chronicle’s editorial stated:

“The impact of a Labour victory is almost unimaginable for our community…The prospect is truly frightening.”

The Jewish News titled its main Op Ed ‘The nightmare before Chanukah?’

What exactly are these editorial writers expecting to happen if Corbyn becomes Prime Minister? Shouldn’t it be possible to imagine it? Is there some hidden anti-Jewish manifesto in Corbyn’s back pocket that only they have seen? Their language suggests they expect immediate discriminatory laws against Jews to be enacted by a Corbyn government or, at the very least, a hostile environment against Jews to be created across the country.

Speaking at a formal dinner of the Board of Deputies of British Jews on November 4 the Board’s President, Marie van de Zyl, also hinted at the dark consequences of a Corbyn victory by saying the Board was “preparing for all scenarios.”

What kind of “scenarios” is the Board preparing for? It’s never made clear because it makes no sense. But a feeling of impending doom is created and left hanging in the air.

The Guardian columnist, Jonathan Freedland, who’s been a prominent left of centre critic of Corbyn since his election, wove the same mood of dread and anxiety in a recent article in which he repeated the now well-worn (and well-refuted) allegations against Corbyn:

“I understand that to many, all this will sound overwrought. I’m afraid that Jewish history has made us that way, prone to imagining the worst. We look at our usually sparse family trees and we can pick out the pessimists, those who panicked and got out. It was they who left their mark on us. You see, the optimists, those who assumed things would work out for the best, they never made it out in time.”

It sounds “overwrought” because it is overwrought. But worse still, it’s feeding a moral panic across the nation and stoking fear in Jewish homes without a credible threat being presented.

But the Jewish establishment’s campaign against Jeremy Corbyn has never been only about convincing British Jews not to vote Labour.

The number of Jewish voters in the UK is tiny. Including adults and children, we make up only 0.5% of the population. There are only a handful of constituencies, mostly in North London, where Jewish votes (assuming they are cast uniformly) could make a decisive difference to the outcome. In any case, the majority of Jews stopped voting Labour long before Corbyn became leader. That’s to do with the economic and social advancement that most Jews in Britain have achieved. Until recently, it’s had nothing to do with Corbyn or antisemitism.

So branding Corbyn as antisemitic has always been about influencing the wider UK electorate. And it may well have succeeded. A poll carried out in April 2019 reported that 55% of respondents agreed with the statement that Mr Corbyn’s “failure to tackle anti-semitism within his own party shows he is unfit to be prime minister”.

Conservative supporting national newspapers, in particular the Daily Mail, The Times, The Telegraph, The Express, have all been enthusiastic amplifiers of the ‘Corbyn is antisemitic’ narrative. Neither these national newspapers nor the more liberal Guardian or the BBC, have shown much interest in seriously interrogating, let along challenging the allegations. The case against our mainstream media in its handling of the Labour antisemitism saga has been well established by media analysts and antisemitism experts in the book ‘Bad News for Labour’ published last month.

Meanwhile, the pro-Remain Liberal Democrats’ leader, Jo Swinson, speaking at her party’s election campaign launch on November 5 came up with the most peculiar, contorted and self-serving framing of the antisemitism accusation I’ve seen so far:

“Most importantly, the reason why people are Remain [on the Brexit question] is about values, and one of those values is so important – is the value of equality – for recognising that people can be themselves, as individuals, whatever the colour of their skin, whatever God they pray to, whoever they are. And Jeremy Corbyn’s complete and utter failure to root out antisemitism in his own Party, is a – just – total dereliction of duty when it comes to protecting that value of equality.”

While this alignment of racism, inequality and support for Brexit may have some coherence when you look to the political right, it’s hard to make sense of it in Corbyn’s case, not when you examine Corbyn’s track record on campaigning against racism or his party’s policies on immigration and refugees. And while Corbyn’s position on Brexit is deliberately ambiguous, painting him as a hard Brexiteer doesn’t tally with his party’s position over the last three years. But hey, let’s not let any pesky facts spoil the antisemitism story.

As for the Conservative Party leader and current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, he’s happily climbed on the bandwagon by describing his main opponents in this election as: “fratricidal antisemitic Marxists”. I feel sure he will return with characteristic enthusiasm to the subject as the election campaign reaches its climax.

For a more detailed account of how the right is exploiting and abusing antisemitism during this election, and over the last few years, I’d recommend the article by antisemitism academic Tony Lerman in Open Democracy.

The case against Corbyn’s Labour

So what is the case against Corbyn? And does it stack up as the show-stopping, moral argument against his gaining elected high office?

It’s always been difficult to disentangle the allegations of antisemitism from the wider divisions within Labour over Corbyn’s shift of the party to the left. The growing influence of more left-wing Labour members at the grass roots and within its national decision making bodies has been fought against by Labour MPs who favoured the Blair/Brown years of Labour leadership. Antisemitism has, in part, become a proxy battle in a bigger ideological war over how Labour should respond to decades of neo-liberalism and more recently austerity. So motivations can be, and have been, mixed and complex.

But there’s another at factor at play that’s always been at the heart of the story about Labour and antisemitism.

It’s impossible to understand the personal criticism against Corbyn without recognising that it’s nearly always in the context of a wider debate over the behaviour of Israel towards the Palestinian people.

Corbyn has been a long standing campaigner for Palestinian rights for decades. Those official and establishment Jewish voices that say they fear a Corbyn government tell us they do so because they fear a radical change in the safety and security of Jews in Britain. But a more credible explanation for their accusations is the possibility of a radical change in the attitude of the British government towards the State of Israel. But in merely expressing the possibility of a political motive behind the attacks, one quickly becomes branded as anti-Jewish. Freedom of speech gets buried alive in this war over the meaning of antisemitism.

Having noted this central aspect of the saga, it’s also true that some on the left make themselves, and by association Corbyn, easy targets for justified criticism. The left’s emphasis on the wrongs of empire, colonialism and racism lead to a small minority expressing an obsessive and un-nuanced understanding of Zionist thinking which too easily trips into antisemitism.

It’s true too that Israel/Palestine has become a totemic cause on the left, much as South African apartheid was in the 70s and 80s or the Vietnam War in the 60s. But there are perfectly legitimate reasons for wanting to highlight Israel as a nation with a long and on-going history of human rights abuses which western leaders choose not to act against. A few on the left will make the lazy mistake of falling into anti-Jewish rhetoric to explain why this has happened. This in turn enables the professional advocates for Israel to label all anti-Israel criticism on the left as founded on nothing more than antisemitism.

The questions we are then left with are: how great is the scale of the problem and how well has Corbyn dealt with it?

Let the numbers speak

The precise scale of reported antisemitism within the Labour Party became clear at the start of this year when Labour’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, released detailed numbers covering accusations of antisemitism made against Labour members between April 2018 and January 2019. This covered the period during which media interest in the story reached fever pitch in the summer and autumn of 2018.

The 673 accusations as a percentage of party members amounted to 0.1% of the total Party membership. However, 220 of the allegations were rejected through the disciplinary process which left 453 (or 0.08% of party membership) accused, found guilty and disciplined. Of these, only 12 were considered serious enough to warrant permanent expulsion.

Further analysis of these figures, and other data, and their comparison to survey data of antisemitism in the UK population as a whole, has been carried out by statistician Alan Maddison. The upshot is, there’s less antisemitism in Labour than you would expect to find in the UK population as a whole (which is already among the lowest in the world). In fact, reputable surveying in 2017 by Jewish Policy Research, showed that antisemitism was more prevalent on the right and far right than on the left in the UK.

“Levels of antisemitism among those on the left-wing of the political spectrum, including the far-left, are indistinguishable from those found in the general population.”

Which again begs the question as to why all the focus has been on Labour since Corbyn became leader. The numbers suggest we should be looking elsewhere.

What about Corbyn himself?

If Jeremy Corbyn is truly antisemitic he must be the most unusual and eccentric example of antisemitism ever displayed by a British political leader and perhaps any political leader.

When you are told that a politician is a diehard antisemite you don’t expect to then discover that over the decades he’s signed dozens of Early Day Parliamentary motions condemning antisemitism; helped organised protests against anti-Jewish marches; visited the Terezin concentration camp to commemorate Holocaust victims; attended numerous Jewish events in his constituency; and read the war poetry of Isaac Rosenberg at his local Remembrance Day service.

The list of antisemitic ‘crimes’ by Corbyn which have been ‘unearthed’ to ‘expose’ his guilt all crumble for anyone who bothers to do some fact checking or examine the context in which they happened.

If I have criticisms of Corbyn over his handling of antisemitism it’s that he did not defend himself or his party more robustly.

He should have toured the TV studios during the spring and summer of 2018 to refute the allegations made against him. He should have invited his accusers, in particular Campaign Against Antisemitism, and the leaders of the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, to debate face to face. He should have given a platform to Palestinian voices to demonstrate the problematic nature of the IHRA “illustrations” of antisemitism. He should have given a major speech setting out his understanding of Jewish history, of antisemitism, of what does and does not count as fair criticism of Israel and Zionism.

The strategy of not giving more oxygen to the allegations through direct engagement turned out to be wrong. It just encouraged more vilification.

The failure of Jewish leadership

But the greatest failings in this story have not been Corbyn’s.

Over the last four years the formal leadership of the Jewish community in the UK, aided and abetted by Jewish community newspapers and the Campaign Against Antisemitism, have succeed in making the task of fighting anti-Jewish behaviour harder and more complicated.

They have exaggerated a problem within Labour and enabled a false narrative to take hold in the public’s understanding of the issue. In doing this, they have made antisemitism into a party political football.

With their promotion of the IHRA document as the international ‘gold standard’ of wording rather than the “working document” its authors describe it as, they have imposed on politicians, local authorities, universities and Churches a weak and deeply flawed definition of antisemitism.

They have promoted illustrations of antisemitism which are already chilling free speech and denying another people their history and identity.

By turning antisemitism into a political battleground, they have created ‘good Jews’ and ‘bad Jews’ – those that are allowed to speak with a Jewish voice and those that are condemned as traitors.

The campaign against Labour has never been about reforming or educating a small minority or rooting out a tiny hardcore of antisemitism. This has been about regime change. Only Corbyn’s resignation as leader was ever going to be truly acceptable.

With a General Election campaign now in full swing, Labour candidates and Labour activists, and indeed Labour voters, are being told they are actively promoting antisemitism or at least ignoring the concerns of the Jewish community in Britain. It’s no longer just Corbyn that’s being vilified. It’s half the country.

Meanwhile, Jewish families have become fearful under entirely false pretenses.

This is not good Jewish leadership. This is a dangerous failure of leadership.

If Labour loses this election and antisemitism allegations are perceived to have been a key factor in the Party’s defeat, what will be the long term political consequences? How will millions of voters perceive our Jewish institutions and leaders and indeed Jews in general?

A better debate on antisemitism

Whatever the result of this General Election, we’re going to need a better and very different debate about antisemitism in Britain than the one we’ve been having.

Antisemitism is real and it’s growing. We need to face into the role Israel plays in generating antisemitism. We need to recognise that Zionism can be experienced as both a movement for Jewish liberation and as a project of racist, settler colonialism. We need to be clear from which political direction the most serious dangers to Jews and other minorities are coming from. For some on the left, there is a need to learn some Jewish history and appreciate why so many Jews feel such an emotional tie towards Israel.

As for those who currently claim to speak in the interests of Jews in Britain, they too could do with some serious historical and political education. Or perhaps just early retirement.

Comments (26)

  • Stephen Mitchell says:

    How right this man is. The hysterical charges against Corbyn and the Labour Party will bring about increased antisemitism . Jews will face more danger.

  • RICHARD HAYWARD says:

    Even as someone who isn’t a Jew, I find that I could have written this myself. Robert Cohen has nailed the essence of the revulsion that many of us feel towards the crudely manufactured ‘antisemitism’ ‘crisis’ in Labour – not only on behalf of such as ourselves, but in terms of the insult to the Jewish community and to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

    I don’t need any lectures from such as the posturing Pollard and Freedland, nor do I need any empty ‘Thought for the Day’ moralising from hypocrites such as Jonathan Sacks to understand the nature of anti-semitism and the horrors it has produced. That horror stems from the same basis as revulsion at the treatment of Palestinians. The two are one in terms of our condemnation.

    Above all, trying to gull the Jewish community by politically warped propaganda for narrow sectarian ends is inexcusable in its effect on that community and also on wider community relationships. ‘Disgust’ is too weak a word.

    And, yes, Cohen is absolutely right that the Labour Party has been critically mistaken in attempting to just ignore the immensity of the lie.

  • Jenny Guest says:

    Excellent article. And isn’t he saying what Williamson tried to express(I’d somewhat clumsily) that Corbyns problem has been in not defending against these allegations robustly enough?

  • Miriam David says:

    This is a very carefully measured comment. One more thought is that the issue has raised the Temperature between Jews rather than outside and is very unpleasant

  • Simon Dewsbury says:

    Very well and comprehensively written. Thanks Robert.

  • TM says:

    Hopefully not. I do not envisage a turn against the Jewish Community. There has never been any such turn nor likely to be. There could be a turn, and justifiably, to the conveyors and purveyors of this politically charged hysteria. Cohen rightfully points to the historical deep insecurity of Jewish people. He rightfully states that there is nothing to fear from a Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party in power. And hopefully, if we succeed in combating the Media and the Right Wing of the LP Jewish people will see that there never has been anything to fear. At that point there will be a deep questioning of their Leadership and possibly a holding them to account. The real danger that Jewish people will experience, if we fail to win. will be from the Far Right as has always been the case.

  • jim cohen says:

    Clearly and accurately argued, regarding the moral panic stirred up for bogus reasons by very bogus people, climaxing (at least so far ) in that appallingly irresponsible statement on the front of the latest “JC”.

  • Alasdair MacVarish says:

    there is no doubt but that Freedland, the Jewish Labour Movement and others are utter liars.

  • Rosie says:

    Please forward article to John le Carre, Joanna Lumley and all the left wing luminaries who say they cannot vote Labour because of anti Semitism. Also copy to Jewish News, Board of Deputies and JC

  • Vince Martin says:

    In the past I have enjoyed the contributions by Rabbis on the ‘God spot’ of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. They were so often level-headed, humane and occasionally even entertaining. Now I uneasily await the insertion of more distortions of the treatment of Jews by Corbyn and the Labour Party. It hurts me as an LP member to be slandered in this way, even by MPs in my own party who must know better. I expect no other from the current leaders of the Conservative or Liberal Democrats but where is fact checking by the BBC or the media in general? A sorry state of affairs for political life in our country.

  • Allan Howard says:

    Really, really excellent article by Mr Cohen, although I do disagree with him about Jeremy, and his criticism of him regards not defending himself and the party. As Justin Schlosberg points out in Chapter 4 of Bad News for Labour:

    “In contrast to other contexts, the antisemitism issue by its very nature inhibits the development of a counter-narrative. This is because much of the discursive framing serves to pre-emptively delegitimise any defensive response as ‘part of the problem’”.

    In other words, it’s a no-win situation, and if you deny that there’s any problem (beyond the normal) and that it’s an orchestrated smear campaign, or defend those who have been falsely accused, such as Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker and Chris Williamson, to name three of the more high profile victims, then you too are condemned and vilified as being in denial and, as such, being part of the problem, etc.

    As many on the left are aware, Ken was alluding to the Haavara Agreement when he said what he said about Hitler supporting Zionism – ie he was alluding, in passing – and in response to something Vanessa Feltz put to him in relation to Hitler (yes, it was Vanessa Feltz who ‘introduced’ Adolf Hitler into the discussion/interview) – to an historical fact, and all the condemnation and vilification directed at him was false and phony and contrived, but each and every time Ken has attempted to get the truth out there since then, he has just been condemned and vilified AGAIN for repeating his “hate-fuelled nonsense”, or words to that effect. And on one of the rare occasions when ‘Labour’ DID fight back, as they did in response to the Panorama hatchet job, they were widely condemned by all the usual suspects for attacking the “brave and courageous” whistle-blowers, etc. What more evidence does anyone need that it is not only futile to try and fight your corner, but that it just invites more fake fury and outrage.

    It is abhorrent beyond words that the different parties involved in this smear campaign have absolutely no problem whatsoever with causing concern and consternation amongst a large proportion of the Jewish community in their quest to destroy Jeremy Corbyn and his chances of winning a GE and forming a government, and it tells you just exactly how much THEY care about actual anti-semitism or the welfare of the Jewish community. And no doubt if Labour loses the forth-coming election and Jeremy has to stand down AND the party reverts to the Blairites, all the ‘anti-semitism’ will magically disappear, apart from the occasional token – and no doubt bogus and fake – case on the left, just to keep it in the public consciousness that all these extremist hard-left Marxist anti-semites are still out there, lurking in the shadows…….

  • Janet White says:

    At last, an intelligent, sensible voice. I wish everyone who intends to vote could read this article.

  • David Walker says:

    As one who has been bemused and at times anxious about accusations I could find little real evidence for despite considerable effort, I find this illuminating and helpful – the more so as it coincides with a worrying letter in the Guardian signed by numerous prominent figures in literature and culture.

  • Linda Edmondson says:

    Last night I sent this letter to the Guardian. I’m fairly certain it won’t be published:
    Today The Guardian publishes a joint letter from twenty-four members of our cultural elite, stating in no uncertain terms their refusal to vote Labour under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, because he is “steeped in association with antisemitism”. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/14/concerns-about-antisemitism-mean-we-cannot-vote-labour. They are, of course, entitled to their view, but they might like to consider the possible consequences of their actions, if their example leads to Boris Johnson winning the forthcoming General Election. I doubt whether any of them has been affected by the ‘’bedroom tax” (which, by the way, was supported by Jo Swinson when in the Coalition), or found themselves sleeping rough, or denied incapacity benefits, or forced to take a ‘zero-hours’ contract for some menial and underpaid job, or deported because of the colour of their skin, or forced to wait for nine hours in A&E because of the shortage of medical staff and facilities.
    It is easy for these highminded individuals to sign letters in solidarity with the Jewish population of this country, but they do not speak for me, a Jewish supporter of the Labour Party. I have no qualms at all about voting for Corbyn and I profoundly hope that this apparently endless campaign to denounce him as an antisemite fails in its malevolent purpose.

  • Tony says:

    A truly superb article.
    Also, I recently finished reading the ‘Bad News for Labour’ book to which he refers. I strongly recommend it. The Labour Party should have responded vigorously to false allegations from the very start.

  • Michael Hart says:

    By using AS as a weapon against the left, the they are aiding the forces of reaction, the very forces that pose the greatest danger to the Jewish people. It is after all the right wing government of Victor Orban that accuses George Soros of being part of a Jewish conspiracy. It was a right wing extremist that brought death and destruction to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg and it was right wing extremist that chanted that ‘the Jews will not replace us’ at Charlottesville.
    By aiding the right the accusers of JC are endangering Jewish people. It’s is they who are the antisemites!

  • Gerry Glyde says:

    I have never remotely thought of Jonathon Freedland as ‘centre left’.

  • Hyman Snipilipsky ( Melbourne) says:

    I would like to point out to Richard Hayward that Rabbi Sacks is a Lord a Rabbi and a man of great morality and courage.
    In what way is he hypocritical??

  • Gerry Glyde says:

    Hyman. Have you actually thought to read the various factual analysis within this site that led to the comment by Richard?

    Sacks letter today contains no facts at all but very generalised claims using heightened words for maximum effect. He fails to deal with any evidence at all about the number of cases dealt with, those complaints that were about people who were not Labour Party members, ( what does Sacks expect the party to do about them?) the mistaken interpretation of Macphersons definition of discrimination being used by the Board of Deputies that enables them to regard an allegation as proof. It is not the way due process is organised.

    In that respect Sacks is being dishonest and therefore hypocritical

  • Susana Romani-Paez says:

    In trying to find facts on the antisemitism issue I could not find anything on the national press that is not damning about Labour and Corbyn. This article is excellent and explain clearly how the discussion is more about no one being allowed to criticise the policies of the Israeli state, which incidentally is not supported by all citizens of Israel, than about antisemitism. Why this article, as well as other serious and well documented ones in this site, are not published in the national press?

  • Barbara Clark says:

    Excellent article. Thanks. I’ve been trying to argue these points for years. People need to stand up and say this for all to hear

  • Ken Langfield says:

    Superb article with numerous excellent comments already posted. I sometimes feel I’m in a parallel universe where proven racists can accuse a lifelong antiracist of racism, and while the only evidence they present is a load of similar accusations that have already been made (also with no concrete evidence), with each reiteration the case grows apparently stronger. Speaking of evidence, as stated in the article, actual complaints analysed by Jennie Formby show 0.06% of members found guilty. Many of the complaints analysed had come from Dame Hodge, many of which related to the same person, and beyond that a large proportion turned out to be non-members. But who needs facts?

    I have been on the Left for decades (when I was young, it was easy to choose the party that opposed Apartheid over the party of Smethwick and Enoch Powell).

    I am Jewish enough that my dad told me he would have been put in a camp if the Germans had invaded. I grew up in North London with loads of Jewish friends (I know the cliche is that racists always have a black friend – but actually so do non-racists). Some of their parents were refugees from Europe, so I had an education in what the Holocaust had done, from its victims. I would never take this lightly not align with a party or leadership that did. I can only imagine how hurtful these accusations are to a lifelong campaigner like Mr Corbyn. How he puts up with it all so graciously I do not know, because it hurts me enough.

    Thanks for your wise words, and solidarity.

  • Trevor says:

    What a great article simply the best I have read on this subject. The only question I would ask can you not get this message on the BBC. Try to counter the false assumption given that there is only one Jewish voice. I am not Jewish I do not consider myself to be antisemitic. I am a Labour party member you have outlined my concerns and I thank you for it

  • Ben says:

    Is JV4L putting out press releases? Is there a way to include these voices in the debate and show that Jewish people (like any other grouping of people) have different views about politics, society and what constitutes anti-semitism?

  • David Davis says:

    Excellent analysis and superbly well written. This should be on the front page of all newspapers rather than the lies being told about Corbyn being anti-semitic.

  • Shev says:

    Nails it on the head. Anti-antisemitism is an ugly aspect of human society that needs to be gotten rid of. But the politicisation of it, in favour of a rich, poor hating Tory party who openly colludes with corrupt powers that suck the life from the economy, give tax breaks to the rich, promotes inequality and hatred (anti-Semitic) and destroys the environment – is a BAD MOVE.

    The press and powers using this narrative will only make antisemitism worse as it unfortunately gives credence to “they control the press”, “they dont care about the poor”, and “the country is run in favour of foreign powers”. This is totally going to back fire on us – all for political gain.

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