Why is anti-semitism rife on the left-wing?

Abi Wilkinson explores the rise of anti-Semitism on the left of politics in the UK.

With MPs alleging that Luciana Berger was only listed as ?hostile? to Jeremy Corbyn on a leaked party memo ?because she is Jewish?, it?s time for Labour to confront the issue of anti-semitism head on.

It can be hard for people on the Left to admit that our movement has a problem with bigotry. Generally speaking, we?re used to being on the other side of these kind of conflicts. Historically, organised anti-fascism has always had close links with labour activism. Left-wing parties have consistently led the way in the push for all forms of equalities legislation.

More broadly, we?re used to thinking of ourselves as the good guys. Our politics is focused on fairness, redistribution and standing with the oppressed against the architects of their oppression.

This isn?t to say that there aren?t issues. The stereotype of the “brocialist” ? who insists that only “class” matters and that feminism is splitting the Left ? isn?t a fictional invention, though it?s sometimes used to caricature more complex views. Similarly, the labour movement is hardly a racism and homophobia free zone.

In most cases, though, it doesn?t seem that there?s something specific about the Left that allows these various forms of bigotry to flourish ? Left-wing spaces simply aren?t immune from more widespread social problems. (Of course, attempting to understand the context of prejudice isn?t the same as arguing it should be tolerated.)

Looking at the spate of recent anti-Semitism rows involving the Labour Party, it?s tempting to argue that a similar logic applies. Political parties are large organisations and, at least to some extent, their members represent a cross-section of wider society.

The cases of Gerry Downing, Vicki Kirby, Oxford University Labour Club and, most recently, Kensington councillor Beinazir Lasharie might appear damning, but anti-Semitism is prevalent across the UK. It stands to reason it might be also be a problem within Labour. It?s impossible to closely monitor all activists so the party shouldn?t be held responsible for the bad behaviour of an unrepresentative minority.

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Face of the day


Todays face of the day, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was found guilty of hate speech. Her crime? Calling Mohammed a pedophile and telling the truth about Islam. In Austria calls for killing Jews are legal but calling Mohammed a Pedophile is illegal.

The last time I checked, a man who sexually touches a 6 year old girl is a pedophile and one who has sex with a 9 year old girl is a pedophile. You can argue that back in the dark ages that kind of child sex was socially acceptable. I would argue that in modern, civilised times it is not. So therefore I confidently and loudly say that the founder of Islam by today’s civilised standards was a kiddy fiddler, a pedophile, a pedo, a pervert, a rapist, a creeper, a pedobear and? a child molester. The forced child marriage that is still sanctioned and happening within Islam is an abomination and is morally and ethically repulsive.

There I have said it. Charge me with hate speech for stating the obvious. What on earth is our world coming to when a woman cannot tell the truth without being arrested and dragged through the legal system while those who call for Jews to be killed not only are left alone, their words are justified by the judiciary.

February 12, 2015 by Daniel Greenfield

It?s not anti-Semitism. It?s anti-Zionism. You can tell because it involves Hitler and killing Jews.

Facebook postings from a Turkish man showing Adolf Hitler, with a statement praising the death of Jews, are a legitimate expression of criticizing the Jewish state, the spokesman for the prosecutor office in the city of Linz, Philip Christl, said on Tuesday.

?I could have annihilated all the Jews in the world, but I left some of them alive so you will know why I was killing them?,? Ibrahim B. wrote on his Facebook page in December.

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A Gay perspective on Islam


I have given this article the title? ‘A Gay perspective on Islam’, but after re? reading both the blog post quotes and the advertisement I realised that both have failed to link Sharia Law ( Which is Islam ) to the way homosexuals are treated in Palestine, Syria and Iran. It is this liberal failure to gloss over the root cause and to instead pretend it is a terrorist/autocratic thing that deeply concerns me. Why this fear to say what is so obvious? Saudi Arabia is held up as an almost perfect example of Islam and we all know how they treat women and gays.

The rights of LGBT people in Saudi Arabia are unrecognized. Homosexuality is frequently a taboo subject in Saudi Arabian society and is punished with imprisonment, fines, corporal punishment, capital punishment, whipping/flogging, and chemical castrations.


I think people are confused because they see Islam as a religion and separate from politics/government. It is the fact that religion and politics are the exact same thing in Islam that is the problem. The Islamic activists are very honest about this. They say Islam is Sharia and Sharia is Islam. Historically and now there is no shortage of hard evidence that this is the case, so why are the victims so afraid to name their oppressor? I think that the below advertisement is great but it is like the victim of child abuse speaking out against the social worker who placed them with the pedophile rather than speaking out against the pedophile who abused them.

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Hamas Hugging Smalley gets spanked by BSA for inaccuracy

Who is the 'serious' journalist now eh Rachel?

Who is the ‘serious’ journalist now eh Rachel?

Hamas Hugging Rachel Smalley has been spanked by the Broadcasting Standards Authority for making up claims about Israel in her mad rant on her show earlier in the year.

During KPMG Early Edition, the host read out an opinion piece criticising Israel?s actions in the Israel-Hamas conflict. She referred to a recent bombing of a UN school which ?killed everyone inside?. The Authority upheld the complaint that this was inaccurate, as in fact 16 out of 3,300 people sheltering in the school were killed. It did not uphold the complaint other statements were inaccurate, as they were clearly the host?s opinion. The Authority did not make any order, as publication of this decision is sufficient to correct the error.

Upheld: Accuracy


[11] ?The third statement however, and specifically the host?s assertion that the bombing of the UN school ?killed every civilian inside?, was in our view a material point of fact. Unlike her other statements, this claim related to a specific incident and was capable of being assessed as factually accurate or inaccurate. ? Read more »

Auckland University goon squad defends Hamas


Yesterday the Auckland University goon squad were out in force? dribs and drabs protesting against Hamas..oh….I mean Israel. It did make me wonder though, as one of their chants were “Boycott genocide”. Juliet Moses confronted the rowdy teenagers and tried engage some sensible dialogue with their adult supervisor and enlighten them to a few facts about Hamas, only to be shouted down with petulant behaviour, abuse?and more chanting?because they didn’t like what she had to say to them. It just goes to show one thing from ‘that side’, that freedom of speech is tolerated, as long as it’s theirs.

Billy Hania the adult representing the rowdy toddlers blurted out a ?delusional rant which stated that all the killing was a result of the Super Fund and other companies. It has been alleged that an Israeli chemical company that the Superannuation Fund invests in is “killing people” with white phosphorus. The trouble with that is, the IDF haven’t used it since 2009 and it is only used for smokescreens because its use as a weapon is now illegal.

Even David Shearer doesn’t know what’s going on, as is evident in his comment:

Labour defence spokesman David Shearer, who worked for the UN in some of the conflict zones where white phosphorus was allegedly used, this month called for the fund to sell its Israel Chemicals stake.

“We should be divesting from that [shareholding] immediately,” he said.

“New Zealand should not be investing in any type of munitions that can be used in the way Israel is using them at the moment.

“It is absolutely unacceptable and I think most New Zealanders would agree. I don’t believe it is right.

“There are plenty of good investments in the world without having to invest in armaments.” – source

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A Maori woman stands with Israel

A fine speech by Sheree Trotter.

Sheree Trotter is the interviewer and researcher for Shadows of Shoah. She is a Maori New Zealander. On August 10 2014 a rally was held in central Auckland, NZ, to affirm Israel’s right to exist, her right to defend herself against Hamas’ aggression, and to respond to the worldwide surge of antisemitic expression. The event was attended by about 800 supporters. Sheree was invited to give a speech.



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“New Zealand does have to have a stronger line, and make…absolutely say that what’s happening in Gaza is just beyond the pale. I mean, 1500 people dead already, 9000 injured, people locked in as David Shearer said, basically an open air prison and just being bombed every day of the week since this campaign’s been on. New Zealand has to step up and say more and part of saying more is to get over this thing about saying on one hand Israel, on one hand Hamas, the brutality, the war crimes that are happening are happening from the Israeli side and Israel has to be made to account for what is happening”?

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Jon Voight takes on F.A.G.

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Jon Voight is standing up to the Hollywood luvvies who have signed an letter denouncing Israel.

He tells a few home truths…I wonder if his daughter, Angelina Jolie, will take pause to read what her father has written.

From Hollywood Reporter:

My name is?Jon Voight?and I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like?Penelope Cruz?and?Javier Bardem?could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused.

They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel?s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea. But the Israelis won. The Arabs tried it again in 1967, and again in 1973, launching a sneak attack on the holiest Jewish holiday. Each time the Jews prevailed but not without great loss of life.? And when Israel was not fighting a major war, it was defending itself against terrorist campaigns. ? Read more »

A reader asks – Why do people hate Israel?

A reader emailed this last night:

Hi Cameron and the Whale Oil team,

I?ve been thinking about the more hardcore vocal supporters of Hamas here in NZ, well by default they support Hamas in that they oppose Israel. The likes of John Minto, Phil Goff, etc. The majority are what we would call left wing (if not communist in leaning).

Why do they oppose Israel?

It can?t be for a feeling of a philosophical kinship with the Arabs who after all, are in general; religious, subjugate women, and have a hierarchical society with vast wealth and power at one end of society and poverty and powerlessness at the other, and no intent of changing.? Seemingly nothing in common.

Could it be that they object to Israel being a democracy in a region of monarchies and dictatorships? Surely not, they must condone all having the vote and the right to participate. Although I haven?t seen John Minto and company campaigning to give Saudi women the vote prior to the upcoming 2015 election or indeed allow them to drive.

Do they object that Israel exists? It was created by the UN in the late 40s and as the objectors all seem to implore the UN to act whenever Israel defends itself, then they must accept the UN?s authority ergo the original mandate of Israel?s right to exist. Or perhaps not, as many of the objectors seem to want the ability to have their cake and eat it. Read more »

Moderator statement to readers

Something that needs to be addressed is the matter of off topic commentary on posts of a particular subject. The subject that I am referring to is of course the Gaza conflict. Having to make this statement gives me the feeling of a patronizing teacher and I don’t like it, but it has to be done.

I have spent many hours collecting information, data and statements for past, current and future posts on the conflict. All of this work is done in my own time, late at night and very early in the morning so I can bring you the other side of the story that the mainstream media aren’t showing us.

I am not paid to do this. I do it on a voluntary basis out of passion and a service to balance media and the Jewish and Israeli community in New Zealand and overseas who are being alienated, so that readers who come here can get the other side of the story. Read more »