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JK Rowling is a terrific author of fiction. As a political commentator, however, she leaves a great deal to be desired.

She recently weighed in on the Labour anti-Semitism row, throwing her weight behind those who want us to think Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite and the Labour Party institutionally racist, supporting a thread by a person going by the pseudonym “Nuddering Nudnik”.

She should have known better. The mere fact that this person was posting under a pen-name should have indicated that they have something to hide.

Of course, if a gentile had tried to explain the faults in Nuddering’s argument to Ms Rowling, she might have found them easy to dismiss.

We are fortunate, therefore, that Ben Goran – a British Jew – stepped up and provided a wealth of evidence to show what’s really going on.

I reproduce both threads below. See who you believe. Here’s Jo and ‘Nuddering’:

And now here’s Ben Goran:

See, one of the problems with “Nuddering”‘s story is in his dialogue between Group A and Group B. It’s fine up to the point where Group B “describes the behaviour that caused the upset.”

The next part – “Group A says “we get that. We won’t do it again as you are not our enemy & we have no reason to want to hurt you” – would be justified only if Group B had been the subject of unfair and unjustified treatment by Group A. And that’s not what is happening here.

Group B – Jewish people, or at least those claiming to represent them – have not been attacked by Group A – those people in the Labour Party, including Jeremy Corbyn, accused of anti-Semitism in the mass media. Don’t try to get past that point by saying there are anti-Semites in the Labour Party, just as there are in many other organisations; we all know this. But we’re discussing institutional anti-Semitism here, and the claims against Mr Corbyn.

As Mr Goran points out, the claims against Labour are politically-motivated, to prevent criticism of the Israeli government – not the Jewish people, culture, or religion, but the government of a foreign nation. This criticism has been prompted by the activities of the Israeli government and has been made using language that may not be described as anti-Semitic – unless the person doing so is unafraid of ridicule.

British Jews, knowing this, have no reason to fear the Labour Party or its leader. Unfortunately, many of them appear to have been misled by politicians and media organisations in which they have placed their trust.

But this has been explained before.

So we come back to the dialogue, and the moment when the next part becomes: Group A says, “We did not intend to cause you distress and, as we can demonstrate, you are not the subject of our criticism. Our facts are correct and we do have a point. We would appreciate your help to put an end to the injustice that we see.”

That is what has actually happened, and the next part is deeply unfortunate. It seems Group B then says, “What you have said causes me distress. Please don’t do that.”

What this means is that Group B – or those who have set themselves up as representatives of Group B, like “Nuddering” – is trying to claim victimhood, using this as cover to deny criticism of the genuine Israeli atrocities listed by Mr Goran, and to prevent criticism of the Conservative government by keeping the focus on faked failings of the Labour Party.

There comes a point when one is forced to conclude that Group B is distressed because Group B wants to be distressed; because being distressed – or at least showing it – is seen as a way for Group B to get what it wants. For that reason, I don’t think Group B really represents British Jews at all.

That is how it works. But I reckon anybody reading this already knows.

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