(Incidentally, this is the only definition of anti-Semitism anybody needs.)

Kerry-Anne Mendoza of The Canary put me onto this – a Twitter thread by Michael Segalov, prompted by the anti-Semitic and misogynistic Kevin Myers article in the Irish Sunday Times, and unrealistic right-wing attempts to blame the Labour Party.

Yes, that’s what they’ve done! See this tweet:

What an idiot. As someone who has been on the wrong side of Labour’s treatment of people accused of anti-Semitism, I can assure readers that the party takes all allegations seriously and acts upon them immediately – even nonsense claims like those that were raised against me.

Anyone accused of such behaviour is suspended pending investigation. That’s what happened to me in May, and I’m still suspended now; I have complained to the police that the allegations against me – made while I was a candidate in local elections – are criminal in nature and their slow and careful consideration of this is holding up everything else (or should be).

That’s my experience, as a person who has been accused of anti-Semitism by members of the uptight right.

Mr Segalov’s experience is that of a Jew who has been subjected to it – again, by members of the right-wing of UK politics. I hope I’m not overstepping the line by publishing his entire thread, which I think deserves to be preserved for posterity:

Bravo.

Mr Segalov puts his Twitter finger on the point I made in my article yesterday – that allegations of anti-Semitism are being used to silence reasonable debate, with the culprits jumping on the bandwagon every time a genuine anti-Semite turns up, in order to claim some form of legitimacy for their own behaviour.

The Daisley tweet at the top of this article is a classic example as it straddles both lines of attack.

I was vilified and accused because I tried to discover the facts behind the accusations made against Naz Shah, Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker. The aim was to silence me – or to put people off reading my work.

Instead, people are at last turning against the “trash” who are “weaponising anti-Semitism for political gain”.

It has taken a while because, as pointed out (again) in my article yesterday, a lot of people are very afraid – but it is happening. More and more people are speaking out against unreasonable outbursts like those of Stephen Daisley and Dan Hodges (whoever he is) – and there is a groundswell of investigation into the claims made by the anti-Semitism accusers.

Because we don’t need these people to point out an anti-Semite. We can see them perfectly clearly for ourselves.

And their lies are holding back the fight against that enemy.


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