So, I eventually break out of my Sukkot slumber, and see an interview of The (British) Board of Deputies head, Jonathan Arkush at the Times of Israel. The title is:
UK’s Jewish leader on Labour anti-Semitism: Jeremy Corbyn is incapable of shifting his irrational prejudices
No argument from me there.
Next up, is this:
Board of Deputies head Jonathan Arkush explains the far-left’s problem with Jews, reveals his outreach visits to mosques, says a royal visit to Israel may be imminent, and argues that, overall, things are pretty bright for British Jews
Pretty bright? That’s not what I see (and have seen) there. Is Mr Arkush deluding himself, or does he have a better, more objective perspective?
What he appears to be saying is:
Yes, one of the two major political parties has a problem with antisemitism.
Yes, the leader of that party has some irrational prejudices against Jews.
Yes, the leader of the NUS has made some antisemitic statements, and has some ugly views and prejudices against Jews.
Yes, there is a lot of ‘low level’ antisemitic abuse in Britain. (I think low level abuse is when someone throws a stone at a Jew, but misses. Ahem.)
Yes, ‘certain elements’ in the Muslim community of Britain are antisemitic.
But, I am doing interfaith work at grassroots level with Muslim communities, some people are standing up publicly to antisemitism, and there may even be an official Royal visit to Israel.
Mr Arkush is clearly doing some good, hard work, and I commend him for that.
Read the whole thing (here) and tell me if you are convinced. I’m not, but I hope he is right and I am wrong.