The way that the media blindly repeats any accusation against Labour of anti Semitism is well exposed by Jewish Voices for Labour.
I did the above cartoon as an attempt to highlight the lack of objectivity of the BBC. Unfortunately very few people would understand it as it stands, so I wrote a long explanation.
The media have had a field day attacking the Labour Party for anti Semitism.
It is clear that there are anti-Semitic people in the Labour Party. They should be expelled, suspended or re-educated.
However the savagery, depth, and widespread nature of the attacks seem to me to have all the hallmarks of an orchestrated campaign.
Four facts are relevant.
- An Aljazeera undercover operation showed that the Israeli Embassy actively intervenes in British politics. It shows an Israeli embassy official wanting ‘to take’ down British politicians including a minister. Israel is unhappy that a strong supporter of Palestinian rights, Jeremy Corbyn, would be elected as leader of the Labour Party.
- There was an opinion poll carried out by Institute for Jewish Policy Research. It stated
‘levels of antisemitism in Great Britain are among the lowest in the world’.
‘Levels of antisemitism among those on the left-wing of the political spectrum, including the far-left, are indistinguishable from those found in the general population’.
‘Yet, all parts of those on the left of the political spectrum – including the ‘slightly left-of-centre,’ the ‘fairly left-wing’ and the ‘very left-wing’ – exhibit higher levels of anti-Israelism than average.’
‘Although the prevalence of antisemitism on the far right is considerably higher than on the left and in the political centre’
- There were two opinion polls measuring anti-Semitism, before Corbyn’s election to the leadership of the Labour Party and after. The opinion poll showed
“YouGov polls show anti-Semitism in Labour has actually REDUCED DRAMATICALLY since Jeremy Corbyn became leader …The answers given for YouGov’s first statement show that not only are anti-Semitic views amongst Conservative voters significantly higher than Labour voters in general, the rate of decline for anti-Semitic views amongst Labour voters is more than double the rate of Conservative voters – falling 8% in two years for Labour voters compared to a 3% decline in anti-Semitic views among Tory voters.’
- During the elections for the Labour Party leaders in 2010 between the Milliband brothers, the fact that both are Jewish was simply not an issue.
I believe that there was a campaign by the Israeli embassy, right wing Labour and the media to deliberately confuse anti-Semitism with anti Zionism.
Sadly a joke that requires a page of A4 to explain it is not much of a joke so it joined the reject pile.