The story is that Freud told a woman that she was obsessed with sex but was in denial. “No I am not” came the indignant reply. “See you are in denial” replied Freud smugly.
The British Board of deputies accuse the left of anti-Semitism but claim we are in denial. Those of us on the left deny it strongly. Our accusers nod knowingly “see they are in denial”.
A Jewish research group showed “Levels of anti Semitism among those on the left-wing of the political spectrum, including the far-left, are indistinguishable from those found in the general population.”
And “The most anti-Semitic group on the political spectrum consists of those who identify as very right-wing: the presence of anti-Semitic attitudes in this group is 2 to 4 times higher compared to the general population.”
So why is the Board of Deputies attacking the Labour Party rather than the right wing of the Tory Party or UKIP? The answer is the issue of Israel. The letter that the Board of Deputies sent to Corbyn contains the following sentence.
“The Party should circulate the IHRA definition of antisemitism, with all its examples and clauses, to all members and branches. The Party should work with mainstream Jewish community organisations to develop and implement education about antisemitism.”
IHRA gives an example of anti-Semitism “by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour”. We have nearly seventy years since the establishment of Israel. Its land policies, water policies, development policies, immigration policies are racist. That is not an anti-Semitic slur, it is an evidence-based observation.
So when the British Board of Deputies wrote about rooting out Anti Semitism in the Labour Party they meant rooting out Palestine solidarity.
Palestine Solidarity Campaign has expelled people who let anti Israel sentiments merge with anti Semitism. Their ideas are offensive in themselves. They are also gold dust for people who support Israel. We will expel others if and when they appear.
We are not about to let supporters of Israel lecture us on how to combat racism.