Anti-Semitism exists in the Labour party but not where you might expect it to be and certainly not where Starmer and his ilk would have you believe it is.
JVL recently published an interesting piece explaining how allegations of anti-Semitism have been deliberately manipulated to whip up fear among Jews – a genuine fear, even if it’s not always warranted, that could be weaponised to attack political opponents. The author rightly explains that political maneuvering, which causes Jews to live in fear, is itself anti-Semitic.
Fear of anti-Semitism, they explain, has “been whipped up not only by the media and politicians, but also by Jewish community institutions and Jewish media. Anyone who has read the Jewish Chronicle for the last five years would believe that Corbyn would enter power amid a second Kristallnacht; those who listen to the Board of Deputies, or the Jewish Leadership Council (whoever they are. And why they are apparently our leaders, nobody knows), or the Campaign Against Antisemitism, or the Community Security Trust, would think that we needed to be packing.. bags and fleeing before some torrent of anti-Semitic violence….They refused to offer Jews who rely on them the comfort of knowing that the scale of the threat was being exaggerated for political purposes. When it turned out that the accusation of anti-Semitism against Corbyn ‘stuck’ it was then repeated day after day across the news media not because the news media cared about Jews, but because they cared about stopping Corbyn for wholly other reasons.”
The author then goes on to explain that all of these institutions have been historically centrist or right wing and that they support Zionism. Certain Jewish community leaders and community organisations acted “cynically and unscrupulously” by taking advantage of the situation in order to try to “shore up… their relevance to British Jews… and to reassert the centrality of support for Israel in combatting anti-Semitism” and also made unqualified claims that anti-Semites had “recoded their anti-Semitism as anti-Zionism”, suggesting that “all anti-Zionism is an expression of anti-Semitism, or is nothing but a cover for anti-Semitism”.
Redefining criticism of Zionism and Israel as anti-Semitic allowed Zionists to “reassert the centrality of a defence of Israel in the struggle against anti-Semitism” and labelled all anti-Zionists as racist Jew haters, including some Jews.
The author then explains how Starmer’s actions have actually allowed anti-Semitism to flourish. Starmer has allied himself with the pro-Zionist section of “the Jewish community,” who have been complicit in propagating fear mongering political propaganda over the past few years. Starmer also refuses to speak to any ‘other kind of Jews’ and subscribes to an idea that there is a “Jewish way of thinking about these problems,” which, in itself, is anti-Semitic and basically asserts that if you don’t agree with the proscribed way of thinking by certain quarters then you’re not really Jewish. Starmer, it seems, is only interested in addressing Jews who are either “petrified with fear” or those who have nurtured that fear.
Even though the EHRC report found that the Labour Party was not institutionally anti-Semitic and that, under Corbyn’s leadership, processes for dealing with anti-Semitism had improved and also that anti-Semitism had even decreased under Corbyn’s tenure, Starmer chooses to persist with his support of the propaganda against his political opponents on the left of the party.
It seems that Goyim (non-Jews) like Starmer, Angela Rayner, Wes Streeting and Luke Akehurst are somehow able to claim that they are speaking/acting on behalf of all Jews, while, at the same time, a large section of the Jewish community have been silenced. These people choose to “whip up fears among Jews” and are also happy to make “Jews the perfect fall guys for their attacks on democracy and socialism” because it’s politically advantageous for them to do so. The author describes this is a true expression of anti-Semitism and I would personally add that this is an extremely dangerous strategy that puts a target on the backs of all British Jews.