You reap what you sow, I suppose.
And for the fanatics who started the false claims of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters in the Labour Party, this is either an unintended consequence or a by-product that supports them.
I’m saying that, by raising false and easily-disproved allegations of anti-Semitism, they have actually increased the danger of anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish MPs.
Or they have created the fear of such attacks.
Or, at least, they have made it possible for Jewish Labour MPs to claim they fear such attacks.
Remember, Ruth Smeeth claimed she received many thousands of anti-Semitic social media communications in a single day, but she was later proved to have been lying.
It is as well to give these MPs their bodyguards. We have seen one death threat against Jeremy Corbyn on the petition raised against him by the Campaign Against Antisemitism, so it would be wrong to discount the possibility of attempts against Jewish members out-of-hand.
But this is a situation that is at least partly of their own making.
Look at the example cited in the Jewish Chronicle‘s article, below.
Luciana Berger leapt to support a report that twisted Jeremy Corbyn’s words about a small group of Zionists – not Jews, claiming that, as a “proud British Jew” she felt “unwelcome” in the Labour Party.
Mr Corbyn said nothing against Jews. He merely gave a dressing-down to a gang of yobs claiming to represent Zionism, who misrepresented the words of a Palestinian representative for obvious political purposes.
At least we can hope that all concerned now have at least a rudimentary understanding of irony and can appreciate it is ironic that, by supporting fake claims of anti-Semitism, they have whipped up fears of genuine anti-Semitic attacks.
One can understand why anyone who know the facts of the matter would feel frustrated.
So, while it may be necessary for these MPs to have bodyguards, it is also necessary for them to accept their part in creating the need for them…
And to stop lying about their leader.
Jewish MPs will be given bodyguards at next month’s Labour Party Conference as fears around their safety grow amid the antisemitism row that engulfs the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn.
Protection will be offered to those MPs attending who have been victims of abuse from people who claim to support Mr Corbyn on social media.
It comes after Luciana Berger said she felt ‘unwelcome’ in her own party after a video emerged showing Mr Corbyn making seemingly xenophobic comments about ‘Zionists’ of having no sense of English irony.
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