As someone who has managed to put the cats amongst the pigeons on more than one occasion on this site, I am interested to know what people’s views are concerning the on-going Labour Anti-Semitism malarkey. This is not because I am smarting for an argument, but quite genuinely because I am dead curious to know how this seemingly quite homogeneous demographic (on this site) views the on-going situation.
This is not meant to be party political, in the sense that I am neither a Tory nor a Labour supporter. I tend to pick my party loyalties based on a wide gamut of issues, and have never found one party addressing that range in any coherent and unified manner, so this has caused massive issues for me over the years when it came time to vote.
To nail (some) of my flags to the mast, I feel obligated to say that I feel as though the whole issue has, IMHO, been blown out of all proportion and sense.
I am frankly sick and tired of the term “Anti Semitism” being chucked about any time anyone says anything negative towards either anyone who is Jewish, or has something critical to say about Israel. Today, Margaret Hodge has again claimed that she has been trolled because of Anti-Semitism, when in reality what she has been “subjected to” was in no way any worse than a billion other stupid comments that people make daily on Twitter and the like on any subject.
I have - for many many years - been a rabid Corbyn-hater, and am proud of having been such. This has, in large part, been because of his cosying-up with the PLO and other terrorist organisations. He has proved himself to be consistently and rabidly anti-Israel, and I doubt wether he would ever deny this. He has spent his entire political career being friends with the world’s worst characters, such as Yasser Arafat, Hugo Chavez and the like. No secrets there…
But making the leap from aTHAT to being an Anti-Semite, well, I for one, have never seen or heard anything that came out of his poisonous mouth that indicated such a thing.
Because he is someone (not uniquely) who gets things muddled in his mind, he has totally failed to address the issue in any convincing way, I feel, because his hatred of Israel is so total that he ALMOST loses his sense of logic when attacked on the matter.
(If you’ve made it this far you’re going to LOVE how this email ends…)
Corbyn has, for many years, worked with and appointed and been friends with many Jewish people, and I have NEVER had the sense that he was doing-so in order to cosy-up to this group. Indeed, Keir Starmer, who was Corbyn’s right hand man for many years, is himself married to a Jewish lady, and it was never an issue for him.
Don’t get me wrong - I have absolutely NO desire for to Corbyn to be given the whip back - he is universally bad news.
But equally I am utterly fed up of people bandying-about the Anti-Semitism argument every time anyone says anything about a Jew or Israel. IT DRIVES ME NUTS !!
And why should it do so?
Well, aside from being Jewish myself and a British born citizen of UK plc, I am also a VERY proud holder of an Israeli passport and nationality since birth!
No folks - this isn’t a case of the pot calling the kettle at all. It is, however, because of the fact that I Israel, under certain democratically-elected governments, has indeed acted in ways that are not acceptable. If we can’t comment and criticise it as we would - say, Donald Trump’s behaviour - then where is free speech? Shouting out “Anti-Semite” is actually the most self-defeating of all the ways that one could respond.
So - and this is because I have seen how conversations go on this board all too frequently - this is absolutely NOT a discussion about the rights and wrongs of Israel bla bla bla, but definitely about whether you feel as though the Labor Party is indeed riddled with Anti-semites, any more than any other part of the country - as this problem DOES exist, but the truth gets drowned in the cacophony.
Let Me Have It!!!