‘Yet anti-Semitism is on the rise, Islamphobia is increasing. What is the connection between the two? I believe they are two central aspects of racism. What is the implication of this assertion for schools and teachers? Schools’ anti-racist activities need an integrated approach – tackling anti-Semitism and Islamophobia as part of their joined-up approach to anti-racism. The fight against racism is indivisible. An attack on one particular minority group is an attack on all. I commend to you our submission to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism in the UK as a central aspect of our unwavering commitment to tackling racism in all its forms.’
Steve Sinnott (1951 -2008)
This is the Foreward of a report from the NUT in…………. 2004 including data from the Runnymede Trust from……… 1994.
Fast forward to 2018 and we find the figure of anti semitic attacks is at its 2nd highest recorded level according to the Israel National News
2nd highest but down from the previous year by 8% AND most importantly according to the Community Security Trust ‘…the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour party appeared explicitly on only 34 incidents in the first six months of 2018, CST said.’ That is 34 incidents out of 727 in the first 6 months of 2018.
The only detailed analysis in to the topic of political sympathies and anti semitism has found that it is ‘low across the political spectrum, but high on the far right, and there is no evidence of a far-left concentration. The largest survey ever undertaken was conducted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), with data gathering by Ipsos MORI.
The authors found strong antisemitic attitudes of similarly low prevalence (average 3.6%) from the far left and across the political spectrum. Only on the far right was it significantly higher (13%). These attitude scores are based on nine statements, seven of which had been defined by Jews in a previous survey as prejudicial against Jews, and two which were unambiguously positive about Jews.
Repeat surveys commissioned by the vigorously pro-Israeli organisation, the Campaign Against Antisemitism, have shown that adoption of negative antisemitic stereotypes was higher among Conservative and UKIP voters than LibDem and Labour voters, and had declined since 2015 when Corbyn became leader.
This follows a similar pattern of general racial prejudice as reported in the British Social Attitude surveys over 30 years showing a higher incidence among Conservative voters than among Lib Dems and Labour.
Last but not least, the Home Affairs Select Committee report on Antisemitism of 2016 stated that: despite significant press and public attention on the Labour Party… there exists no reliable, empirical evidence to support the notion that there is a higher prevalence of antisemitic attitudes within the Labour Party than in any other political party.
Why accusations of antisemitism against the Labour party now?
Easy. Jeremy Corbyn. His politics are a threat to the cartels that run the UK and beyond. He is a threat to their pro Israel anti Palestinian stance. He is a threat to their neo liberal economic hegemony. From 2015 it has been about getting rid. Once the 2nd leadership ballot led to an increased majority they had to find another way. What better way than to accuse him of something he has stood against his whole political life. Racism.
Not just any old racism. They could adopt the politicisation of the Holocaust and really go to town. Most people who engage with the media do so via right wing or centrist corporate media and therefore it would be relatively straightforward to con them via there. Then throw in lots of paid bots on social media who will do and say anything for cash or lies.
But they did not expect so many to call them out.
What conclusions can we identify?
The public have been conned about antisemitism. It is a hateful ideology that has never gone away. It is an ideology generally monopolised by those on the right of politics and it is a tool used to deflect us from the appalling treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli state and the ever increasing rise of Islamophobia.