Quote of the Week

From the Elder of Ziyon:

“Everyone who has tried to explain historic antisemitism and its more modern version of anti-Zionism has missed the issue. The real answer is that some people simply are consumed with hate that is so pervasive, and so delusional, that it overrides any other human attribute including self-preservation. It cannot be explained any more than schizophrenia can be explained. It may be chemical.”

Harsh? Not after you have read the shocking narrative here.

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Tweet of the week

After Jeremy Corbyn‘s ‘obscene comparison‘ (and in my book, that is a restrained use of language) the following tweet by Tzipi Livini was one of the best, and funniest, responses:

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Take that, Jeremy Corbyn!

As I tweeted, earlier today:

Tweet of the week! destined to become the favorite party for supporters of ?

 

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Can it get any worse?

Harry’s Place reports:

Jackie Walker readmitted to the Labour Party

Jackie Walker said some foul things about Jews (see here for background) but, so far as the Labour Party is concerned, that’s OK.

The Guardian reports:

Jeremy Corbyn ‘failed to reply’ to Israeli Labour on fears of antisemitism

Jeremy Corbyn faced fresh criticism over his handling of antisemitism allegations after Labour’s sister party in Israel said it had had no reply to a letter its leader sent to him a month ago expressing dismay and inviting him to Jerusalem to see the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

Labour MPs said they were shocked that no response had apparently been sent and added that it was further evidence of the party leadership’s slow and inadequate response to the crisis.

After Ken Livingstone was suspended from the Labour party at the end of April for making highly controversial remarks about Hitler and Zionism, Isaac Herzog, leader of the Israeli Labour party, wrote to Corbyn saying he was “appalled and outraged by the recent instances of anti-semitism by senior Labour party officials in the United Kingdom”.

The whole piece is here.

Isn’t that an Impressive display by Labour? Impressively incompetent. Impressively ignorant.

Can it get any worse? I fear it can.

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Look down

Probably the post of the week, Jewish Labour Mole has On looking down, not up.
The subtitle previews the content:

“There is wilfull blindness to the top-down institutional propagation of Labour’s Antisemitism.”

It starts as follows:

I was brought up to beware the following set of circumstances: an economic recession; the emergence of a populist leader with an antisemitic following and the inexorable flow downwards to an increase in antisemitic abuse, violence and murder. That sequence is no fable: it’s history on repeat, and it’s happening now.
It’s true that Antisemitism is a society-wide phenomenon: but it rarely flourishes unless sanctioned by leaders and institutions. The caveat in this classic narrative is that the conditions required for that evil to triumph is that Good Men Do Nothing.
I was given to believe that never again would ‘Good Men Do Nothing’. I was sold a pup.

It’s a must read.

It’s very worrying that the political scene in the UK seems infused with antisemitism, and it’s getting worse.

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Kingdom of Jew Hatred

Yesterday, I blogged about a sharp cartoon in the Jerusalem Post about Saudi Arabia, and the west’s attitude to it. (Think ‘disconnect from reality,’ or see the cartoon.)

Today, the incomparable Elder of Ziyon has an amazing post about what happened in Saudi last month. And it could not be more demonstrative of western blindness, or a head in the sand attitude. Check it out.

Isn’t it about time that the USA behaved like a mensch and actually did something about this antisemitism?

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A quiz about Facebook’s community standards.

OK, here’s your quiz; it’s just one question, and it is multiple choice. Are you ready? Here we go:

Is the blood libel against Jews, a violation of Facebook’s community standards?

Possible answers:

A: What community standards?

B: Yes.

C: No.

D: Depends who is asking.

E: Depends who at Facebook is investigating.

F: Depends how much media attention the complaint gets.

What is YOUR answer?

Made a choice? Want to know the correct answer?

The correct answer is: C…

Don’t believe me? See here:

Facebook investigates, decides blood libel does not violate community standards

Whatever the limits to free speech might be, you can be assured, if not exactly comforted, that Facebook is at the sharp end, ensuring Jew hatred can continue.

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Labour or Society?

In the current Vicki Kirby controversy, it seems to me there is one important aspect that has been overlooked. By way of summary, here’s how Harry’s Place puts the overall position:

Vicki Kirby, then Labour’s candidate for Woking, was suspended from the Labour Party in 2014 following a string of antisemitic tweets. Now it seems that she has not simply been reinstated by Labour, but appointed as Woking’s vice chair.

The story was broken by Guy Fawkes’ blog. That blog also highlighted that Kirby and the Woking Labour Party chairman:

“have been publicly sharing content suggesting ISIS is a CIA conspiracy and joking about their own anti-Semitism.”

The latter behavior occurred after her 2014 suspension.

It’s all very well for the Labour Party to take a long look at itself, and wonder how they managed to reinstate her, and appoint her as a vice chairman. And it is right and proper that questions are asked about the Labour Party’s procedures, principles, and it is given the opportunity to learn from its mistakes. (Again.) But the further question is, why was the story only broken by Guy Fawkes’ blog? Given the public nature of Vicki Kirby’s social media postings, why didn’t other Labour Party members raise the alarm?

One possible explanation is that such behavior is not seen as offensive or objectionable within the Labour Party. (And there is plenty of evidence to suggest this is the case.) Another, much more troubling possible explanation, is that such behavior is not seen as offensive or objectionable within British society as a whole.

So, is it the Labour Party that has a Jewish problem, or is it British society?

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Worst excuse of the week?

At the end of January, my post Hate by name, hate by nature pointed to Amira Hass‘ hate speech at Kent University. There were complaints. As the Campaign against Antisemitism reports:

“Asked to clarify the University’s position and what action will now be taken to prevent the use of further antisemitic rhetoric at the University under the guise of political discourse about Israel, David Powell, Head of the Office of the Vice Chancellor told us to confirm that no action would be taken…”

What did Mr Powell write in his response to the complaints, explaining why no action would be taken?

Are you ready?

Here comes that excuse:

“A debate may doubtless be had about the precise point that Ms Hass may have been making in her own presentation but we would note that she is a bona fide (and award winning) journalist working for a respected Israeli newspaper.”

It’s OK, because she’s a journalist? Have you ever heard such garbage?

As a separate issue, I would argue that Haaretz is respected in the same way that the Guardian is respected: not very much.

As the Campaign site says:

“Claiming that the “Elders of Zion” plotted the subjugation of Arabs is not free speech; it is hate speech.

Using that phrase is inexcusable, especially when the person using it is doing so advisedly to an audience of students, knowing the full connotations of her words, both as a Jew and as an “award-winning” journalist.

It is a disgrace that the University of Kent has decided that no action will be taken against the organisers, and that no change in policy is required to prevent antisemitic rhetoric disguised as political discourse in the future.”

If you are Jewish, the message is clear: stay away from the University of Kent, unless you want to be exposed to unfettered antisemitism, with no right of recourse.

The Elder of Ziyon, where I first saw this follow up, comments:

There you go! If you are a “bona fide” and award wining journalist, you cannot be possibly say anything that is too offensive for college audiences!

It’s a get out of jail card for antisemites!

Antisemitic conspiracy theories are not to be shunned, as long as they are promulgated by someone who is famous. Hass’ fame allows antisemitism to rise from something that is reprehensible into something that can be legitimately debated.

That is exactly what Kent University is saying.

I agree.

The Elder goes on to make this pertinent point:

As far as this new guidance that being an award winning journalist may say whatever he or she wants on campus without consequence, I wonder if that rule applies to all forms of bigotry, or only one specific kind?

I think I know the answer.

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Independently minded?

The Independent – recently in the news for plans to close its print edition – is covering the Oxford University Labour Club’s antisemitism. The front page has this:

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Notice the topic at the bottom. Coincidence? Logical? Someone there have a grudge perhaps?

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For the BBC, antisemitism is local news

The BBC has, finally, covered the Oxford University Labour Union antisemitism issue – as a piece of local news. I am sure the editors can explain it all as conforming to their standards, guidelines, and procedures, or some other management gobbledygook.

Laugh? Cry?

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