General Antisemitism

Antisemitism: The belief that Jews must have a hidden agenda that needs to be uncovered


A lot has been written in the British media about antisemitism in the UK Labour Party, but an op-ed written by Dave Rich of the CST masterfully cuts down the core of what the debate is about – the belief by a worrying number of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters and “friends” that “Jews must be up to something”.

The basic idea behind most modern anti-Semitism is that Jews must be up to something. Whatever Jews say and do can’t be taken at face value: they must have some ulterior motive or hidden agenda that needs to be uncovered.

So when Jewish donors give money to political parties, it can’t simply mean that they support that party’s policies, as any non-Jewish donor would; they must be trying to buy support for Israel. Or when Israel sends rescue teams to countries that have suffered from natural disasters, it can’t simply be to offer humanitarian aid; it must be to steal human organs from the victims of those disasters.

Later in the op-ed, Rich addresses those who reflexively dismiss antisemitic rhetoric as “merely” anti-Israel.

Nowhere is this more apparent than when Jews complain about anti-Semitism in left-wing or pro-Palestinian circles. It has become a reflexive response for any such complaints to be dismissed as fake, a manufactured outrage designed to cynically deflect criticism of Israel’s policies.

due to years of treating Jewish concerns about anti-Semitism as a cynical Zionist smokescreen…Anti-Semitism is simply not recognized as such if it comes in an anti-Israel context

Rich provides a perfect illustration, from the Guardian’s coverage of the deportation case involving Islamist radical Raed Selah.:

Sincere Jewish complaints (including from my own organization) that [Raed] Salah was guilty of anti-Semitic incitement were dismissed by one journalist at the Guardian newspaper as a failure to “distinguish between anti-Semitism and criticism of the acts of the Israeli state.” No matter that Salah had peddled the lie that 4,000 Jews did not turn up for work in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Rich characterizes the dynamic as “a reverse of the Emperor’s New Clothes”.  Contrary to the original parable, he explains, “when everybody pretended to see something that was not there”, in this version much of the British Left fails to acknowledge the truth staring them in the face.

If you have access to Haaretz Premium, we encourage you to read the entire op-ed.

16 replies »

    • Mr. Margrain how, exactly, does the YouTube clip you have posted address or answer any of the points raised in the article?

      • Simply demonstrates that even in Israel an ignorant dingbat can be made a minister. What party or group does she belong to? BtS?

        • Meretz party, part of Rabin’s Labor coalition, she was a minister from ’92-93, lost the leadership of Meretz in ’93. Proof that she was too moonbat even for the leftist Meretz.

      • This …. person… is resorting to the old and tired ploy – that even Jews believe this so it must be true – regardless of the fact that the Jew concerned is, as Bonnie Prince Charlie says below, an ignorant dingbat. It also goes to the poisonous Jew-hatred of Margrain

      • Once again, the interviewer, a Chomskyite, feeds a questionable, generalized assertion as fact to a politically like-minded individual with no direct knowledge of whether or not the premise is even valid, gets her to agree. On the antisemitic fringe this is called a “proof.”
        This is a trick antisemites, like Margrain, use all the time.

    • When someone is revolted by the recent islamofascist terrorist attack on Brussels or the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, Bataclan, Metrojet, Mumbai India, Nairobi Kenya mall, San Bernardino, Boston marathon, London transport, Pan Am 103, Metrojet, ISIS beheadings of captives, calls by Fascist Iran for death to America and Israel…..

      it’s “Islamophobia”.

  1. The leftists are simply projecting their own actions upon us Jews. That is their problem – like their Islamofascist masters they truly believe that given the chance we would act the same way as they do. It really upsets them when we refuse to stoop to their sewer level

    • Ms Aloni is a former Israeli Jewish minister who inferred that the Jewish political class in Israel as well as right wing neoZionists outwith, use antisemitism as a political tool. It therefore follows that it seems like its HER “problem” and you are the one who is projecting.