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:
— 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
— 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?
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