CST’s recently released report, Antisemitic Discourse in Britain 2017, is a comprehensive review of antisemitic rhetoric in the mainstream media, social media, politics and public debate in the UK last year. Its section on antisemitism in the mainstream media included an issue first flagged by UK Media Watch:
Yesterday, @GasherJew, a twitter account that’s been doing extremely important work exposing antisemitism in the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party, tweeted a long thread containing an A-Z of examples of Labour antisemitism. The list is especially useful for journalists and pro-Corbyn activists who deny that there’s a serious issue in the party with antisemitism, or suggest that the problem has been greatly exaggerated by the British Jewish community
British Jews, according to an op-ed endorsed by Sarah Helm, have too much power in Britain, and are using this power to subvert democracy with a well-coordinated smear campaign alleging that Jeremy Corbyn is antisemitic – a charge they know to be untrue.
The real ‘irony’ is that Corbyn’s own words vindicate the work of Millett, which is premised upon the understanding – based on sound empirical evidence and their first person reports over the years – that there’s a strong correlation between antisemitic and anti-Israel attitudes in the UK.
The Guardian’s Deborah Orr was widely mocked for her bizarre argument that the Shalit prisoner swap with Hamas demonstrated Israeli racism, and she was eventually forced to offer an ‘apology’ of sorts. Corbyn’s 2012 comments on Press TV mirror Orr’s, and provide another illustration of the truly warped thinking which animates many anti-Zionist activists in the UK.
Why do you hate Israel more than any other nation? Why does Israel anger you more than any other nation does? Why do Israel’s military activities aggravate you and disturb your conscience and provoke you to outbursts of street protesting or Twitter-fury in a way that no other state’s military activities do? These are the questions that hang darkly over today’s so-called progressives. Which eat away at their self-professed moral authority, at their claims to be practitioners of fairness and equality. They are the questions to which no satisfactory answer has ever been given. So they niggle and fester, expertly avoided, or unconvincingly batted away, a black question mark over much of the modern left: why Israel?
Jackie Walker is the former Vice-Chair of Britain’s far-left group Momentum who was suspended from the Labour Party due to accusations of antisemitism. In the Sunday Observer (sister publication of the Guardian), Alexei Sayle lauded Walker’s play “The Lynching”, a theatrical attempt to justify and explain the views that made her controversial.
The reality is that this is an antisemitic book written by a fascist sympathiser: anyone who endorses it is either a fellow traveller with antisemitism, or an antisemite themselves.
UK study: those with strong anti-Israel views are dramatically more antisemitic than the general population
As much as anti-Israel activists – and their allies in the media, NGOs and Parliament – like to deny it, this new report by CST and JPR persuasively demonstrates what most Jews in the UK know intuitively: that there is in fact a strong correlation between obsessive criticism Israel and hostility towards Jews.
CST’s 2016 Antisemitic Discourse report included an example of antisemitism in the mainstream British media. The article in question, published in February 2016 in the Daily Telegraph, characterised a well-known Jew who’s the founder of Elliott Management Hedge Fund as a ‘latter day Shylock’ – a reference to the antisemitic caricature from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.
The Working Definition of Antisemitism (adopted by the British government, European Parliament and the US State Department) includes, in its list of contemporary examples of antisemitism, “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination”.
On some issues, there aren’t two sides. You don’t have to be ‘pro-Israel’ to acknowledge that antisemitism – whether in Charlottesville or ‘Palestine’ – is never morally defensible, and – most of all – is always a path to ruin.
CST recorded 767 antisemitic incidents across the UK in the first six months of 2017, a 30 per cent increase on the 589 incidents recorded in the first six months of 2016. This is the highest total CST has ever recorded for the January-June period of any year
Interviews filmed by the Jewish YouTube channel J-TV during Israeli Apartheid Week at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) reveals shocking examples of the pro-terror and antisemitic views held by some students.
Gilad Atzmon said “’Raus” as I left the room and then turned around to the Jewish students at the back and said “being chucked out for causing trouble, just like you lot were in Germany”.
Whilst nobody familiar with Banksy would be surprised by his use of imagery associated with classic antisemitism, it’s troubling that journalists who pride themselves on critically scrutinising every Israeli claim didn’t challenge the pro-Palestinian artist when he floated the risible claim that his latest project was benignly designed to promote dialogue.
CST’s new Antisemitic Incidents Report shows a record number of antisemitic incidents in the UK in 2016. According to CST, there were 1,309 antisemitic incidents nationwide during 2016, a 36 per cent increase from the previous year.
The event was held at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) campus, ‘discussing the BDS movement, its impact and importance’. Hosted by the QMUL Friends of Palestine Society, it was a Friends of Al Aqsa (FOA) event, and a bag of FOA material was handed out to all attendees.
The Qatari government-funded channel appears to have embarked on an exercise that is nothing more than straightforward Jew-baiting dressed up as an investigation.
Written by Jonathan Hoffman. The original version of this post was published at Jewish News. Professor David Feldman is the Director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism in London […]