Brendan O’Neill, in The Australian, writes a brilliant summary of the left-wing and their response to building and growing anti-Semitism.
THE parallel moral universe inhabited by Europeâ€™s chattering classes and celebs was starkly Âexposed last week.
In Paris, shortly after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, an extremist stormed a kosher store, terrorised its patrons, and murdered four of them. Their crime? Jewishness.
And yet as this act of anti-Semitic barbarism was taking place, what were the opinion-forming set and the right-on glitterati worrying their well-groomed heads about? Islamophobia. The possibility of post-Charlie Hebdo violence against Muslims.
They fretted over violence that hadnâ€™t occurred, rather than violence unfolding before the worldâ€™s eyes in a store frequented by Jews.
So we had the bizarre spectacle of British newspapers thundering about a possible outburst of anti-Muslim madness at precisely the moment an outburst of anti-ÂSemitic madness was taking place. Beware â€śIslamophobes seizing [the Charlie Hebdo] atrocity to advance their hatredâ€ť, hollered The Guardian as an anti-Semite was seizing a kosher shop to advance the worldâ€™s oldest hatred.
The day after the assault on the kosher store, three of the top 10 most-read articles onThe Guardianâ€™s website were dire warnings about potential Islamophobic violence post-Charlie Hebdo. Some folk seemed more concerned about possible attacks on Muslims than they were about actual Âattacks on Jews.