The anti-semitic virus that’s rampant in the left of politics

We’ve seen Andrew Little getting death threats for visiting a Jewish community centre in Auckland.  But the left and Jew hatred go hand in hand.  This, from the UK:

Tories can feel proud that this anti-Semitism has all but vanished from the Conservative Party.

Unfortunately, it has not vanished from British politics. Indeed, it has emerged as a noxious problem inside Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. How has Labour acquired this anti-Semitic virus, just as it was eliminated by the Conservatives?

A large part of the answer lies in the politics of the Middle East. Many Labour MPs and activists support the Palestinian cause, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t criticise the policies of the Israeli State. Indeed, it is essential they should be allowed to do so, just as they should be allowed to criticise the policies of any other state.

However, too many Labour politicians have allowed their antagonisms to Israel to spill over into very unpleasant attacks on Jews themselves. We saw this last week, with the emergence of remarks from Naz Shah (made before she became MP for Bradford West, and for which she has now apologised to Parliament) calling for ‘the transportation of Jews from Israel to the United States of America’.

This is a political party that will get stuck into UK Jews for being Jewish, but are quite comfortable with UK Muslims in a general sense.  

Ken Livingstone then weighed in with his own unacceptable comments, linking Zionism, the political movement which gave rise to the modern Israeli state, to Adolf Hitler.

This is false and unforgivable, and unfortunately there are a number of other examples.

There is a famous political saying: ‘Anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools.’ Shah, Livingstone and others have forgotten — or made a travesty of — centuries of history. Anti-Semitism is foul. Again and again, it has been used to validate repulsive policies, as we know from the terrifying chain of events that led up to the Holocaust during World War II.

Yet it is essential to understand that the Holocaust, though uniquely terrible, was part of a pattern. Many British Jews came to Britain to escape pogroms — violent episodes of organised mob violence against Jews — in Russia and Eastern Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Jews who came here as a result of these and other persecutions have added immeasurably to the brilliance and creativity and dynamism of modern Britain.

The Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is not an anti-Semite. I have no trouble believing him when he says he is opposed to racism of every kind.

However, the same cannot be said of those who surround him. They include a number of self-righteous, sectarian, hard-Left thinkers, who have never examined their beliefs in the context of the real world.

Isn’t it remarkable how the British and New Zealand Labour parties continue to mirror each other’s troubles and mistakes?


– Peter Osborne, Daily Mail

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