OPINION: Zero Tolerance For Anti-Semitism.
So we are seeing once again an increase in anti-Semitism across Europe and in the UK. Shocking news. Did it ever really go away? No, but we have been in an era in recent times in the UK where it was probably at its lowest level, Jewish people being an integral part of our society of course. There were always those whose bigotry and racism could not be overcome but they were not part of the mainstream and were a minority, and our laws were strong enough to deal with it. But we now have the shocking revelation that the Labour Party, who try to present themselves as the champions of anti-racism, are in fact riddled with anti- Semitism, overrun in fact. Their maniacs have finally taken over the asylum.
Jewish persecution is, of course, a huge part of their history, causing them to be scattered across the globe. All through the Bible, we see the Jewish people hounded from their homes, or enslaved, and their religious practices banned. But they survived. And set up home and continued their religious way of life wherever they found themselves. A tenacious and strong race of people indeed. But not unable to integrate – no – the Jews always do their best to adapt to whichever society that are part of and contribute hugely wherever they are. Perhaps this in itself explains the jealousy and hatred they sometimes inspire – bullies always hate others’ success, finding it easier to blame someone else for their own inadequacies.
It didn’t stop with the Bible of course. Throughout their travails, through Europe, they have endured the Pogroms, military attack, massacres, the Crusades, expulsions, persecution, discrimination, attempted annihilation, oppression, ghettoisation, and culminating in the final attempt to finish them off with the Holocaust of Nazi Germany. After which of course the state of Israel had to be created to finally give them the home they deserved.
Especially in recent times, of course, there have been many shining lights in the UK and around the world where people did their best to help them, and especially to rescue children. And of course, we waged war for 6 years to defend our country against the very perpetrator of the Holocaust, Hitler. And to the credit of the UK, many European Jews decided to settle here after the war, finding it to be the most peaceful and amicable option for them. Not that Judaism is new to us. We should remember that many Jewish people have lived here for hundreds of years.
So why now, in this era when we are being encouraged by the Liberal elite to think of ourselves as citizens of the world, are we seeing a huge rise in anti-Semitism not just across Europe but here in the UK? And it seems the biggest enabler of this is the Labour Party. It is apparently heaving with anti-Semites. And whether Jeremy Corbyn is anti-Semitic or not, he seems totally unable or unwilling to deal with the issue or just turf the lot out of his party! One of the biggest anti-Semites in Labour is the high profile ex-Mayor Ken Livingstone who defended his position by assuring us that Hitler was, in fact, a Zionist – simply wanting to find the Jews a good home elsewhere!!!! Thanks Ken, if I was Jewish I would find that so comforting…
At a time when Jews in Germany are being advised to not wear skullcaps in public when Jews are deserting Europe in their droves out of fear when we see attacks on Jewish graves, and anti-Jewish rhetoric all over social media, why is Her Majesty’s Opposition playing host to so many anti-Semitic members? Of course, much of this is excused under the heading of ‘we don’t like Israel’s policy over Palestine’… well, I’m sure many Jews and non-Jews may disagree with Israel on many things, but that is a separate issue from being Jewish. And let’s be honest, its just an excuse. Most Jews do not hail from Israel. Most British Jews are just that – British. The hatred towards Jews is nonsensical and about one thing only – racism. Something the Labour party is very good at but will attack all and sundry to cover its tracks and not look at itself. Well, they have been found out. And all the bleating over Windrush cannot hide it. If Jeremy Corbyn is not willing to sort out the anti-Semitism in his party then in my opinion Labour are finished and it can’t come soon enough. What a shame for a party that used advertise itself as championing the underdog. Not so worthy and right on now are they? A party full of bigots. (Clement Attlee and Aneurin Bevin must be turning in their graves!).
Of course, conspiracy theories abound – it’s the Media, it’s infiltrators, it’s the centre-left trying to get rid of Corbyn, its Tony Blair (!), and so on. But who cares… the point is if Jeremy Corbyn cannot or will not put a stop to it then he is not fit to lead. And whilst all this infighting and procrastinating goes on, anti-Semitism grows and Jewish people feel even more uncomfortable. Anti-Semites feel emboldened to crawl out of the woodwork. And that is a very sorry state of affairs. A country like ours that was once so proud to bring in laws to stop racism, to stop anti-Semitism, and to make people welcome here after the 2nd world war, now has an opposition party that is being used as a vehicle for anti-Semitism, ie Racism. They should sack Ken Livingstone. They had no chagrin about trying to bring down the Tories and get Amber Rudd sacked over Windrush, but refuse to look in their own background and start cleaning up. Which only increases the general opinion that Labour is now the party of choice for the Anti-Semites.
If you must drag your party into the ground Jeremy Corbyn, please don’t drag the British establishment with you by walking into the House of Commons every day as if anti-Semitism is normal.
We don’t want it here and we will not tolerate it. It must be dealt with NOW.