Labour is not anti- Semitic to its corp
Dear Sir, — Following the letters by Jenny Unsworth and others in the Chronicle demanding more apologies about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party I came across this quotation from the Jewish author Michael Rosen.
Mr Rosen has just published a book about how his French Jewish relatives died in the Holocaust.
“The minimum requirements for a claim that there is a ‘problem’ in a given area (eg anti-Semitism in the Labour Party) is that it is distinctly and measurably worse than in other places or in society as a whole. If that hasn’t been shown — and it hasn’t been — it’s not a Labour Party problem, it’s a societal problem. I’ve known Jeremy Corbyn for 30 years. He is no anti-Semite. He has put his neck on the line hundreds of times in opposing racism, anti-Semitism, far-right fascism and Holocaust denial.”
The last leader of the Labour party Mr Miliband, who is a Jew, was attacked by the Conservative tabloid Press with the “bacon sandwich jibes” and other various nasty gratuitous insults referencing his father and his family. There were no apologies given for these.
The Labour Party isn’t anti-Semitic to the core and neither is Mr Corbyn.
Finding any quote showing Mr Corbyn to be racist in any form is ridiculously difficult; in fact if it wasn’t difficult don’t you think those quotes would have been published everywhere? But like it or not quotes from Boris Johnson that are either sexist or racist are easy to find, for example from his articles in the Telegraph or from his Parliamentary speeches.
When Mr Johnson was editor of the Spectator he published articles by Taki, who is considered to be anti-Semitic.
As far as using anti-Semitic tropes I would refer your correspondents to a 2004 novel called Seventy Two Virgins written by Mr Johnson in which he describes a Jewish character as “an unethical businessman with a large nose, who exploits immigrant workers and black women” — sounds familiar? I have seen no apologies offered for any of these by either the Conservative party or by Mr Johnson.
Following the recent 2019 election five Conservative candidates are being investigated for anti-Semitic remarks etc.
Two of these candidates, Sally-Ann Hart, the Conservative MP for Hasting and Rye and Lee Anderson the MP for Ashfield, were actually elected and are still under investigation.
I doubt whether any apologies or anything else will come from these individuals or the Conservative Party either.
Jacob Rees Mogg has been known to re-tweet messages from the AfD (an extreme right wing German party).
The European Conservative party is aligned with Victor Orban’s Law and Justice Party (a Hungarian extreme right wing party). Both of these parties are considered to be anti-Semitic and have Fascist tendencies but this is not even worthy of mention! I am afraid there have been many recent racism accusations made against the Conservative party such that the former Conservative chairwoman, Baroness Warsi, has been calling for an inquiry into Islamophobia within the party.
I could also mention the Windrush scandal.
To paraphrase Matthew from the New Testament “Please do not point out the speck of wood in another’s eyes when you have a log in your own!” — Yours faithfully,
Taki Theodoracopulos has written for the Spectator since 1977. In one of his columns, he alleged that black people had lower IQs, for which Boris Johnson, his-then editor 1999, apologised. Taki’s own website is sympathetic to the far-right, and has supported the Greek neo-Nazi political party Golden Dawn. It employed Richard Spencer, American neo-Nazi and white supremacist.
In December 2019, an inquiry was initiated by the Conservative Party into Sally-Ann Hart after it was discovered that in 2017, she shared a video that contained the conspiracy theory that Jewish billionaire George Soros owns the European Union, and liked a comment on the video that said “Ein Reich” (“One Empire”), a Nazi slogan. A second investigation was opened days later over her sharing a blog post in January 2017 by the anti-Islam activist Cheri Berens Lee Anderson which suggested that nuisance tenants should live in tents; was caught setting up a staged door-knock encounter with a friend while being filmed by Michael Crick; and is being investigated over claims of anti-Semitism — he was an active member of a social media group in which other members supported Tommy Robinson and promoted George Soros conspiracy theories.
Jacob Rees-Mogg defended his decision to tweet a video of a speech by a senior member of Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland, saying he did not endorse the party’s views. These include using words that fell out of favour after being used by the Nazis (such as “fatherland”).