When Shami Chakrabarti’s report into alleged racism in the Labour Party was published, the BD stated: “We appreciate the careful way in which Shami Chakrabarti has engaged with our community and that she took on board and addressed some of our concerns with commendable speed.
“We hope that the implementation of this report will be rigorous and swift and the Labour Party will become again a welcoming space for Jews. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
Now the BD is saying: “We hoped her report would be a potent weapon in the fight against antisemitism. It now looks increasingly like the whitewash was a job application. She has sold out the Jewish community.”
Sorry, no. I agree with Steve Walker: “Thoughtful care and engagement and a ‘commendable’ report do not become a ‘whitewash job application’ in reality. But they might in cynical propaganda.”
And that’s what we’re getting from the Board of Deputies.
Mr Walker also quotes the Jewish Chronicle, which hacked Jackie Walker’s Facebook account to steal part of a private conversation and quote it, out-of-context, as “proof” that she is an anti-Semite.
It’s the online version of phone hacking but apparently we’re to believe it’s okay because it serves their cause.
It really is amazing that the mainstream media, like the BBC, accepts all of this tripe uncritically. Do they think they’re meant to?
Fortunately we, the public, don’t have any such obligation.
Some articles I write to unpick lies or underhand dealings are long and involved, needing a lot of explanation to shine light on the subtleties of the wrongdoing. This one doesn’t.
Yesterday, my jaw literally dropped as I listened to Marcus Dysh of the Jewish Chronicle, describe in an interview how the Jewish community considers that Shami Chakrabarti’s report months ago on antisemitism within the Labour party was a ‘whitewash’ and just ‘a job application’ for her new position as Shadow Attorney General and that few Jews would now vote Labour.
It dropped because I keep up with events – and I’ve looked before, for this blog, at Jewish leaders’ response to the Chakrabarti Report. And that response shows the utter, cynical hypocrisy of those Jewish leaders currently impugning Ms Chakrabarti’s integrity.
Jewish people have suffered hideously by vicious acts fuelled and justified by propaganda and slurs. By using propaganda and slurs for political ends – especially against someone from another minority community – those responsible have brought shame on themselves, their organisation and their community.
And the BBC’s willingness to swallow and regurgitate this kind of propaganda highlight’s even more the BBC’s bankruptcy as a reputable source of news.
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