Reality check, people.
Labour leader Keir Starmer has humiliatingly genuflected before leaders of right-wing Jewish groups that support the Israeli government, promising to enact all their demands to turn him into their sockpuppet, in a video conference.
In response, he was told he has done more in four days of leadership than former leader Jeremy Corbyn had managed in four years (even though he hasn’t actually done anything yet).
The leaders of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust and the Jewish Labour Movement managed to conveniently forget that Starmer has appointed a supporter of a genuine anti-Semite into his shadow cabinet (Rachel Reeves).
It all keeps the focus on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, you see.
Meanwhile, Tory George Osborne, who now edits the Evening Standard, has commissioned and published a genuinely anti-Semitic cartoon – and nobody in the organisations mentioned above has had anything to say about it.
And the silence in the mass media has been deafening too.
The cartoon shows Starmer welcoming Ed Miliband back into the shadow cabinet. Miliband is portrayed with a hook nose (that he hasn’t got), holding a bacon sandwich dripping with a red substance that could be ketchup, but may more likely be representative of blood (some have seen this to be indicative of the “blood libel” anti-Semitic trope.
Osborne is proud of it:
Our @Adamstoon1 @EveningStandard as Starmer forms his Shadow Cabinet pic.twitter.com/NgLP5Usqfg
— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) April 7, 2020
Martin Odoni in The Critique Archives has been less than silent.
He wrote: “Come on, BoD, come on, David Collier, come on, Jonathan Hoffman, and all you other self-righteous Zionist squealers cheaply using Jewish identity as a cover story for Israeli political gain. We know that the Evening Standard is a Tory newspaper, and therefore an ally of yours. But if you ever want to retain the slightest remnant of credibility, you need to protest this more loudly than any deed by anyone you have attacked in the Labour Party over the last five years.
“Because unlike almost all of the deeds you have attacked, this is absolutely explicit. It is an outrageous racial caricature, by the very standards you have insisted on imposing. You cannot apply them selectively.”
He’s not alone:
look we get it: you not only don't care about antisemitism, you find it funny. but can you be a little less overt about it? it's starting to look unseemly
— J Carpenter + The Fog (@en_ligne_) April 7, 2020
remember it's not antisemitism because it's a right wing paper
— joe (@cillanoir) April 7, 2020
Hook nose (which he doesn't have)? Bacon sandwich? Hey is that dripping blood? Er… blood libel? See? But hey, Jeremy once saw a mural!
— Saboteur Aesop 🔵 (@TheFabledAesop) April 7, 2020
(The mural reference refers to a piece of work that Jeremy Corbyn once defended, before seeing it. After seeing it, he retracted his comment. Some of the saga is recounted here.)
People who publish cartoons of Jewish former Labour leaders with "hooked noses" and "bacon sandwiches" are antisemites. It's really quite simple.
— Daniel Grigg (@Daniel_Grigg) April 7, 2020
Will the #BoD call out the antisemitism in this cartoon tweeted & endorsed by that #Tory stalwart @George_Osborne
Or is it only considered anti Semitic if it is alleged to come from #Labour?
— The Kettles2 ⚫️⚫️ (@thekettles2) April 7, 2020
I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for BoD, Mann, Hodge, Smeeth or Reeves to answer. They're only fussed about AS if it comes from the left.
— Andy #FreeJulianAssangeNow (@bernardsmernard) April 7, 2020
We’ll be waiting a long time for the Bod, JLC, JLM, CST and all the named champions of the fight against (Labour)(alleged) anti-Semitism to say anything, I reckon!
But what do you think?
Source: George Osborne publishes and promotes anti-Semitic cartoon. Deathly silence from BoD and the media | TheCritique Archives
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I personally believe that the main reason we lost the last election is because all we ever heard was he/she/they are anti semitic. I agree Brexit was a large factor but the main argument I heard was either Jeremy Corbyn is (a) terrorist supporter (b) communist (c) anti semitic and couldn’t even run his party properly, let alone the country. Considering the hatchet job the main stream media were doing, those who committed false allegations and started a witch hunt are the reason we will not have a decent labour government for many years.
I entirely agree, Johann Owen.
His lot are the establishment lot just another Tory party we all be poorer now has of these greedie blairites who like cuckoo’s have taking over
I looked at the cartoon and it took me a moment to realize who it was. The Starmer characature looks more like the Spitting Image version of Douglas Hurd! Can vaguely recognize Ed Miliband but it’s not a good likeness. And in any case, it was a previous election that Miliband lost. Corbyn lost because of, in my view, Brexit combined with the Rightwing Media demonization campaign against him. Is the cartoon anti-Semitic? Not sure, it’s not that obvious to me.
Oh yes. It’s deeply anti-Semitic.
Thank you Mike Sivier.
Anti semitism was mainly a club to beat the left with. It’s been reported that left leaning people are far more likely to care about things like rascism, so when accused of it they respond. As long as they respond the accusations keep coming. Unlike the Tory party who respond with – it’s been dealt with, nothing to see here, move on, and then quietly reinstate the offenders a couple of weeks later. Of course the media, being right wing and billionaire controlled, blow up the slightest whiff of anti semitism in the Labour party while mostly ignoring the very real rascism in the Tory party and other right wing parties (Brexit party etc).
The moment the leadership contenders meekly accepted the BoD’s demands, they painted themselves (and the rest of the Labour Party) into a corner. Whoever won, if they didn’t jump to it when the BoD clicked their fingers, they would be open to the full onslaught of anti-semitism hysteria pt.2.
How long now until Labour’s membership lists are handed over to an outside organization which does not have the party’s best interests at heart, and which will be allowed to cull all those it doesn’t like on anti-semitism charges, however spurious ?
To all those members who think it better to stay and fight…. what makes you think you’ll be allowed to ?
Apparently Starmer is in the process of setting up the outside organisation you mention, right now.
A new job for Stephen Pollard ?