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The roots of Labour’s antisemitism problem

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An article in the Daily Mail reveals the astonishing scale of visceral antisemitism in the Labour party:

“The abuse includes one Labour member describing Jews as a ‘corrupt master race’ controlling sex-trafficking, pornography and wars worldwide. Another wrote: ‘Every f****** Jew that died in the Holocaust was a blessing.’ One councillor suggested there was a worldwide Jewish conspiracy and that Israel wanted to commit atrocities across the whole world.

“…A message was shared from the online Labour Party Forum, showing a man with a large nose reading the BBC Six O’Clock News alongside the caption: ‘B***** BBC is Zionist propaganda puppet show.’Another message from an unknown Labour councillor contained ‘echoes of the blood libel’…The tweet showed an Israeli flag dripping with blood along with the words: ‘The genocidal murderers of innocent women and children: Moses must be proud of you.’ The message was headlined: ‘Israel is evil, long live Palestine.’

“A Labour forum discussed the ‘master race’ and included a picture of nine large-nosed people alleged to be in control of Wall Street, ‘internet spying’, Hollywood and TV, the law courts, the cancer industry, pornography, ‘wars for Israel’, sex-trafficking and ‘fake opposition’.

“One member wrote: ‘I see the corrupt “master race” side-stepped into this graphic,’ to which another replied: ‘Lol [laugh out loud] be careful you might get accused of being anti-semitic.’ This led to a discussion about ‘paid disinfo agents’ and Blairites ‘running to the MSM [mainstream media]’ with mention of the Zionism ‘problem’. ‘Just look at who owns what,’ one said. And another Labour member simply tweeted: ‘Every f****** Jew that died in the Holocaust was a blessing. Imagine how bad the world would be now if 6 million more of them had survived?’”

The extent of this unambiguous Jew-hatred in the Labour party is now so bad that the Jewish Labour Movement is holding training sessions for party members to try to stamp it out.

Well good luck with that one. For the Labour party is still in denial about the deep roots of this scourge within its own ideology. It still wrongly believes that the examples which have publicly surfaced over the past few months are some kind of aberration. John Cryer MP, the chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party who described these tweets as “stomach-churning” and “awful”, demonstrated the problem when he said: “I have no idea why people who hold these views would want to be a member of the Labour Party”.

But they hold them precisely because they are members of the Labour party – because they are committed to the thinking that has become an article of faith on the left, which has turned the “Palestinians” into the signature cause for progressive people on the utterly false grounds that aggressive, brutal, colonialist Israel has deprived them of their historic right to a Palestine state.

This thinking uses precisely the same uniquely deranged and obsessional charges – diabolical cosmic power, covert conspiracy against the world, crimes of which the accused is not only innocent but is in fact the victim, expectations of standards of behaviour applied to no other people and overall demonisation based on systematic falsehoods – which have characterised hatred against the Jews as people and now identically characterise hatred against the collective Jew in Israel.

Antisemitism goes far beyond the left. Tragically, it is the prejudice that never dies. But what the left has done is provide the means of sanitising it through support of Palestinianism which provides plausible deniability by couching the venom as being anti-Israel instead of being overtly anti-Jew.

Labour and the left are nevertheless lined up behind a Palestinian cause which is itself intrinsically anti-Jew, based as it is on the ethnic cleansing of all Jews from a future state of Palestine, the rewriting of the Jewish people out of their own history and national home and the indoctrination of “Palestinians” by Nazi-style antisemitic caricatures, images and blood libels – very similar to those used by some Labour party members which are causing the PLP chairman so much shock.

No coincidence. Palestinianism is founded upon antisemitism. Labour and the left not only deny this but instead treat those who say so as bigots to be shunned. They thus make allies of antisemites – and then refuse to acknowledge the modern mutation of this anti-Jewish poison within their own political soul.

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