On BBC ONE this morning, Andrew Marr had three women reviewing the papers. The bit that I caught was when they were considering Jeremy Corbyn’s relationship with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. None of the four people, including Marr, suggested that Corbyn and/or the Labour Party might not be ant-Semitic. That was taken as a given.
It’s possible they have proof Corbyn /the Labour Party is anti-Semitic, but I for one haven’t heard or read that proof. I’ve heard and read lots of accusations but never evidence to support the charges. Have we now moved, in Trump mode, to a post-evidence world?
I came on a website recently that raises some worthwhile thoughts on the subject. Such as?
Guilt by association. If it’s decided that someone is anti-Semitic, then obviously anybody who is in contact with such a person is tainted by that contact. (Maybe that’s why the BBC has ceased all contact with me – I have been deemed guilty of stating inconvenient facts and so the BBC doesn’t want to be infected). The example given in the article – I’ll put the link below – is that Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the rising star in the Democratic party, had actually conducted a phone call with Jeremy Corbyn. For this AOC was vilified.
Press lies. The New York Times published an article by Howard Jacobson, who claimed a motion from the floor at the 2017 Labour Party conference questioned the truth of the Holocaust. This never happened, but neither Jacobson nor the New York Times have ever retracted or apologized. Lies work – ask Trump.
How can we deal with Labour anti-semitism? You see the flaw in the reasoning there? It’s like saying “How can we deal with knife-crime in the GAA?” The fact that there isn’t knife crime (as far as I know) in the GAA doesn’t matter. The point is, how do we deal with it? Ditto Labour anti-semitism.
Anti-semitism is the same thing as anti-Israeli policy. This is at the heart of the problem. Anyone who denounces Israeli savagery against Palestinians is automatically seen as being a Jew-hater. Jewish organisations in Britain do nothing to correct this lie, perhaps because some in the membership of those Jewish organisations tend to give a free pass to any Israeli action, regardless of its ghastliness. Say it loud and say it clear: Israel brutally oppresses Palestinians, and to say so in no way suggests that you are anti-Semitic.
It’s a long article, but worth taking the time to read. If people allow lies and guilt-by-association to rule the day, they are complicit in serious injustice. It’s time those who reject such lies and smearing spoke out, shouted out – “Enough already!”