Tales From the Bitface (Posts about antisemitism)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:36 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssLabour and Antisemitismhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2019/11/26/labour-and-antiemitism/Martin McCallion<p>I don’t doubt that <a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/25/labour-has-let-poison-of-antisemitism-take-root-says-chief-rabbi”>many Jewish people are put off voting Labour</a> because of the antisemitic actions of some of its members, and the leadership’s seeming inability to control or remove those people. Plenty of non-Jewish people are put off by it too.</p> <p>There are two things I don’t understand.</p> <p>If there are antisemites in Labour (which, again, does seem to be the case): why and how? Who are these people that have joined a party of the left, a party that has always been anti-nazi, anti-racist, pro equality and human rights — who join it, and yet stand in direct opposition to its core values? It’s like a climate-change denier joining the Green Party.</p> <p>Further, why now? Why has this blown up in the last couple of years? These invasive members presumably haven’t <em>just</em> joined the party. It’s hard to imagine that they joined because of Corbyn being the leader.</p> <p>Unless that’s exactly what it is. Maybe Corbyn’s seeming weakness on responding to the problem. and/or a willful misunderstanding of his stance on Palestine and the government of Israel, has attracted such people to the party. In which case — in any case — the obvious thing to do is to find them and eject them; just as they can easily eject members who suggest voting for another party.</p> <p>I see that <cite>The Guardian</cite> has published an “<a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/26/antisemitism-labour-everything-you-need-to-know”>everything you need to know</a>” guide on the matter. Which is good, but it doesn’t really answer my questions.</p> <p><a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/26/antisemitism-jeremy-corbyn-rabbi-criticism-labour”>Corbyn has spoken out against antisemitism</a> again. He may have appeared vague on Brexit, but I don’t think he could be any clearer on this.</p> antisemitismCorbynlabourpoliticshttps://devilgate.org/blog/2019/11/26/labour-and-antiemitism/Tue, 26 Nov 2019 16:07:20 GMT