Antisemitism demo London; giddy Britain 

Giddy at their boldness – but Corbyn didn’t cause Labour antisemitism. He’s its product

Giddy from having put its collective head above the parapet for the first time ever, Britain’s Jewish community leadership is telling itself that it has managed to change the political weather. Earlier this week, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council published a blistering attack on Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn for facilitating antisemitism in his party. A demonstration they called outside Parliament, which brought around 2,000 mainly Jewish people onto the streets, produced the extraordinary sight of dozens of Labour MPs turning up to express solidarity against their…

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Antisemitism demo London; giddy Britain 

Open and shut case

An open letter backed by more than 2,000 supporters of Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that the Jewish community’s protest against antisemitism in the Labour Party was the work of a “very powerful special interest group”, the Independent reports. Some 2000 people turned up at Monday’s demonstration. There are around 65 million people in the UK. The Jewish community numbers about 270,000. There are an estimated 2.8 million British Muslims. The letter says the organisers of the demonstration had mobilised its “immense strength” to “employ the full might of the BBC” in order…

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MeToo march Philadelphia January 2018 Culture wars 

MeToo has gone too far, you think? Me too!

At a debate last week about the MeToo movement, the human rights lawyer Helena Kennedy observed that after the flood of allegations of male sexual assault and misbehaviour a backlash was always inevitable. It turned out that I was the backlash. I was seconding the motion that MeToo had “gone too far”. In essence, I said that while some powerful men had reportedly behaved shockingly badly and even criminally towards women, the MeToo movement was demonising men in general and had exhibited disproportionality, complicity and hypocrisy. Oh, and vanity, narcissism…

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Antisemitism demo London; giddy Britain 

Mouse roars. Look what happened

The Jewish mouse finally roared – and just look what happened. For the first time in its history the congenitally nervous Board of Deputies of British Jews, along with the Jewish Leadership Council, publicly denounced the leader of a mainstream political party over his support for antisemitism. They published a blistering letter yesterday denouncing the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for facilitating antisemitism in his party. Then they organised a demonstration outside Parliament. This was supported by dozens of Labour MPs along with other parliamentarians. These joined the Jewish community in…

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HepHep riots, Frankfurt, 1819; from contemporary engraving by Johann Michael Voltz; antisemitism Britain 

The Corbyn uproar

I shall be writing about the uproar that has exploded over Jeremy Corbyn and UK antisemitism in this Friday’s Jerusalem Post. In the meantime, you might like to know that I will be setting all this in a broader context next month when I am due to deliver the Simon Wiesenthal lecture in London. My title is Time to Leave? Jews in Britain and Europe. Details on the flier below.

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MeToo march Philadelphia January 2018 Culture wars 

Has #MeToo gone too far?

Last Tuesday, I debated the motion “Has the #MeToo movement gone too far?” in front of an audience of 1000 people at the Emmanuel Centre in London. The iconic feminist Germaine Greer and I were up against the human rights lawyer Baroness Kennedy QC and Sophie Walker, founder of the Women’s Equality Party. You can watch the whole debate here; my contribution starts at 32.16 in.

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How globalists threaten Jewish survival

In a recent column in The New York Times, Bret Stephens argued in praise of “globalists.” Globalism is generally held to mean a broadly universalist approach. Stephens interpreted it as support for free trade, immigration to America and U.S. military alliances abroad. One line in particular leapt out at me. He wrote: “Oh, and I’m Jewish. Which, some say, is what happens to globalism after it’s been circumcised.” This could not be more wrong. Judaism is anti-globalist. No people could be more particularist than the Jews. The word by which…

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Bolton gets the job – as I requested!*

Last August, I wrote this: There’s an obvious and outstanding candidate for the role of National Security Adviser, and that’s John Bolton. Bolton, formerly US ambassador to the UN, is unrivalled in his hard-headed ability to analyse the threats to America and in the clear-sighted and courageous conclusions that he draws. Why in heaven’s name doesn’t President Trump bring Bolton into his administration? Yesterday, he did just that – and appointed Bolton National Security Adviser. This is great news. As Senator Lindsay Graham remarked: “Selecting John Bolton as national security…

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