Thanks to Corbyn and his cult we are witnessing the worst epidemic of anti-Semitism since the Nazis came to power in the 1930’s. Labour have effectively legitimised anti-Semitism. So far the Tories are proactive in disciplining members who indulge in anti-Semitism.
Labour and Conservative candidates deselected in Birmingham after separately opining about Jewish conspiracies
But worryingly they are not immune to increasing pockets of hatred against Jews. Conservative peer Lord Sheikh attended the same foul conference in Tunisia as Corbyn where a wreath was laid in commemoration of the jihadists who slaughtered innocent Israeli athletes in Munich. Yet he is still a party member.
I have also seen Tory members post anti-Semitic memes on social media – these would not look out of place at a local CLP meeting.
Anti-Semitism takes many forms. Once it takes hold, and if left unchecked, it mutates and spreads. The most proliferate form of contemporary anti-Semitism stems from anti-Zionism. The trope that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism was born from the hellish marriage between the Left, Islamism, Nazism and conspiracy theories.
Ancient blood libels and old fashioned anti-Semitic tomes, like the Tsarist forgery ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, have been resurrected by those seeking to proliferate the lie that Jews are bloodthirsty and seek to control the world. Updated for the 21stcentury this has now been extended to include Israel.
It cannot be stressed enough that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. Those who claim that they are only anti-Zionist, and not anti-Semitic, fool nobody but themselves. As the earth goes round the sun so does Judaism revolve around the land of Israel. Jews originated from this hotspot in the Middle East.
Zionism is the self-determination of the Jewish people. Jews have had a continuous presence in Israel for over 3,000 years, including my own ancestors. To deny them their historical homeland is deeply anti-Semitic.
Israel is tiny – the size of Wales. Strangely, another country created around the same time, Pakistan, is not perpetually made to justify it existence like the Jewish state is, even though its creation caused millions to be displaced and just as many to suffer and perish, as this testifies.
There are also over 50 Muslim countries, yet the world tuts its collective tongue at the idea that Jews have the temerity to have a homeland of their own. Israel is the only country in the Middle East to hold regular and free elections. It’s a vibrant democracy with equal rights for all enshrined in law, regardless of religion, race or sexual preferences.
The Palestinian territories – West Bank and Gaza – are run by the Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas respectively. Mahmoud Abbas, an ex KGB spy and the Palestinian president, has been in office since 15 January 2005. Since then he has continually delayed elections in his fiefdom, preferring instead to attack Israel and embezzle financial donations, including those from the incorrigible Department for International Development (DFID).
Abbas’ claims of wanting peace are deceitful especially considering he wrote a PhD thesis denying the Holocaust. His government also has no problem in teaching Palestinian children to hate Jews. Thanks to his antics and neglect of the people he is supposed to govern, Abbas is now distrusted by Palestinians living on the West Bank.
Islamist terror group Hamas is even worse. In 2007, after an election which included throwing their Fatah political opponents off roofs, Hamas seized control of Gaza and imposed a tyrannical rule on Palestinians living there. In their jihadist war against Israel Hamas uses Gaza as a base to launch missiles from and exploits their own people as human shields. Hamas also persecutes Christians, executes gay men and tortures journalists.
Despite all this the evidence the libels, myths and half-truths persist and dominate the narrative on Israel. The rhetoric that the Palestinians are oppressed by Israel is rendered false when knowing who the true oppressors are.
These lies were accelerated when the KGB and Yasser Arafat collaborated in the 1960’s. Between them they cooked up the concept of the Palestinian movement and established the terror group Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO). Motivated by revenge because Israel defeated its Arab allies in the 1967 war, the Soviets saw this as perfect way to destabilise the Jewish state and simultaneously hurt the US, an ally of Israel and their arch enemy.
This unholy collusion between the USSR and Islamists sparked the Left’s campaign of hatred against Israel. Further damage was caused when Resolution 3379 – ‘Zionism is racism’ – was outrageously passed by the United Nations in 1975. Sponsored by the Soviets and their Islamist allies this libel was finally revoked in 1991. But it was too late. The on-going campaign to destroy Israel was left unchecked and so has proliferated.
The 2001 World Conference Against Racism was ironically littered with putrid racism against Jews. The rhetoric heated up against Israel. Blatant comparisons of Israel to the Nazis were made – a particularly hurtful lie given the Shoah. The slur that Israel is an Apartheid state gained traction. I grew up under the Apartheid regime in South Africa and can categorically state that with its equality laws Israel bears no resemblance to the Apartheid regime.
These libels have fed the fanatical Boycott Disinvest Sanction (BDS) campaign, ubiquitous in it’s drive to destroy Israel. BDS is riddled with hypocrisy, not least because it excludes evidence and reality. Its founding member, Omar Barghouti, repeatably calls for a blanket boycott on Israel yet studied at Tel Aviv University in 2009. Given that Barghouti, a Muslim Arab born in Qatar, was free to study at an Israeli university negates claims of so-called Israeli discriminatory policies. But anti-Semites aren’t known for their intelligence.
Contemporary anti-Semitism, epitomised by the desire to destroy Israel, has its roots in Islamism and socialism. Those who join in the hate fest should aware that they are steeping their metaphorical hands into the blood of millions of Jews, persecuted and murdered for their faith. Conservatives should know better than to follow this dark trend.