The Left hates Jews – any Jew who votes Labour is a Judenrat
In the FT, Simon Schama tells of “The left’s problem with Jews has a long and miserable history”. For those of you deny the rampant anti-Semitism on the Left, here’s a question for you: Why does Jeremy Corbyn grasp the oppression of every minority except Jews?
Why is it somehow proper to boycott Israeli academics and cultural institutions, many of which are critical of government policy, but to remain passive in the face of Saudi Arabia’s brutal punishment of anyone whose exercise of freedom of conscience can be judged sacrilegious? Why is the rage so conspicuously selective? Or, to put it another way, why is it so much easier to hate the Jews?
Growing up in London in the shadow of world war two my pals and I talked about who might be the bad guys, should evil come our way. We agreed the Jew-haters would not wear brown shirts and jackboots but would probably be like people on the bus. It is not the golf club nose-holders we have to worry about now; it is those who, in their indignation at the sufferings visited on the Palestinians, and their indifference to almost-daily stabbings in the streets of Israel, have discovered the excitement of saying the unspeakable, making hay with history, so Israel is the new reich, and a military attack on Gaza indistinguishable from the industrially processed incineration of millions.
We used to say “Never forget”. Now Jews say, “Keep the bags packed and ready – it’s started again.”
And where will the Jews go?