It should be generally accepted, and indeed self-evident, that opposition to the policies of the government of Israel is not necessarily the same as ‘anti-semitism’. Yet that conflation seems to form the basis of most of the criticism that is being levelled against Corbyn and the Labour Party today, on the grounds of their alleged ‘anti-semitism’. Israelis and Jews who argue this way should be careful not to alienate Judeophiles like me – and my old Cambridge friend the Jewish actress Miriam Margolyes, who bravely champions the Palestinian people – with this kind of libellous slur. I find it tries my patience, though I try hard not to let it.
I’ve written about this before: https://bernardjporter.com/2016/05/04/antisemitism-again/. Since then, the following piece is good on the subject: https://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/…/lob74-labour-corbyn-anti-semitism. How many more times do we need to make this obvious and important point?
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