The New McCarthyism – The “Anti-Semitism” Hysteria Gripping the UK

By Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector (i.e. president) of the University of Dundee. Craigmurray.org.uk.

Tony Greenstein has been suspended from the Labour Party for alleged anti-Semitism. Tony is 100% Jewish from an Orthodox family. But he is also one of the founders of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and in the current hysterical witch-hunt, being pro-Palestinian rights is sufficient indication of anti-Semitism. Just as making herbal medicine used to make you a witch.

The catalyst for the campaign is that one of the clearest dividing lines between Blairites and Corbyn supporters is Israel. Blairites are unanimously, unequivocally pro-Israel and prepared to defend even the most blatantly disproportionate Israeli attacks on Gaza, land grabs or checkpoint shootings as self-defence. Corbyn supporters unanimously have more sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians and are critical of what they view (and I agree) as the apartheid state Israel has developed.

Because of the dreadful persecution of the Jews in the 20th century, anti-Semitism is the most emotionally charged of all political accusations. As it should be. Anti-Semitism is an appalling racism, and while all racism is evil, recent history makes anti-Semitism especially charged.

The background is that the Blairites are in utter political disarray. They and the rest of the Right are struggling against popular revulsion at the massive wealth inequalities fostered by their extreme neo-liberal policies these past four decades. There are very few things they can say which gain any popular traction. So they reach for the dread accusation of anti-Semitism.

The other meme of the right which gains popular support is the massive exaggeration of the threat of “Islamist” terrorism, again fuelled by natural popular revulsion at events like Paris and Brussels. Government programmes like Prevent are designed to further inculcate Islamophobia. All these issues can then be merged as a symplistic lie that Muslims hate Jews, therefore those defending Muslims from Islamophobia are also anti-Semitic. The witch-hunt spreads further.

This is the background to David Cameron’s extraordinary parliamentary attack on Sadiq Khan. Less attention has been paid to an even more appalling parliamentary exchange yesterday as allegations of anti-semitism were thrown around with gay abandon:

– Matthew Offord: Just weeks after the co-chairman of the Oxford University Labour club stepped down, saying that a large proportion of both the OULC and the student left in Oxford “have some kind of problem with Jews”, I am sure my right hon. Friend will be incredulous to hear that students who attended the National Union of Students conference in Brighton yesterday debated boycotting Holocaust Memorial Day and then went on to elect as its president someone who described the University of Birmingham as “something of a Zionist outpost” in British higher education. May we have a Minister come to the Dispatch Box to set out measures that the Government will take to counter the rise in anti-Semitism that is being fomented on university campuses?
– Chris Grayling: That is simply unacceptable in our society. The views expressed yesterday are not acceptable. The shadow Leader of the House was absolutely right when he talked about anti-Semitism in his own party. All of us from all political parties should work to stamp it out across our society, as it is simply unacceptable.
– Bob Blackman: Further to the question by my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Dr Offord), it is ironic that the Holocaust Educational Trust was holding a reception and information session in this place at the same time as the National Union of Students was debating a motion to boycott Holocaust Memorial Day, and that speakers in favour of that were applauded for saying that Holocaust Memorial Day was not inclusive enough. Clearly, there is a great deal of work to be done on education to combat the scourge of anti-Semitism, so may we have a debate in Government time on what action we are going to take to root that out once and for all among all political parties and among all sections of society?
– Chris Grayling: My hon. Friend is right. We are seeing that happen time and again—statements about the Jewish population in this country, statements about Israel, that are unacceptable in a democratic society. Of course, there are legitimate debates to be had about the future of Israel and Palestine and the peace process, but some of the anti-Semitic views that are appearing in our society are simply unacceptable. [Interruption.] Labour Members mention Islamophobia. I have stood at the Dispatch Box time and again and condemned Islamophobia in this country, but that is not a reason for not paying attention to the issue of anti-Semitism, which is becoming more and more of a problem and must be addressed head-on now by all those in public life, including the Labour party.
– Barry Sheerman: [excerpt] After the unfortunate remarks by the Leader of the House about the Labour party being riddled with anti-Semitism, may I ask, as someone who has fought anti-Semitism in the Labour party and in this country all his life, whether we can have an early debate about that issue? That is so important on a day when the people who want to take us out of Europe have invited Marine Le Pen to come here and speak.
– Chris Grayling: On the issue of anti-Semitism and the Labour party, I would encourage Labour Members to have a debate. The shadow Leader of the House is absolutely right to have written the article he did, saying that anti-Semitism is not acceptable, but, of course, his words have to be turned into action by the Labour party.

I frankly find it very difficult to believe that anti-Semitism is rife in Oxford University, and find the prominence given to the unsubstantiated claims of one single extreme pro-Israel activist rather extraordinary. The attack on new NUS President Malia Bouattia is a truly horrible piece of witch-hunting. But it is useful in one thing; it makes the witch-hunt’s primary method, the conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, absolutely explicit.

Daniel Clemens, the president of Birmingham J-Soc, said her response was “completely unsatisfactory”. “There is quite a bit of uproar among the wider campus and student community,” Clemens said. “I think that anti-Zionism and antisemitism are two and the same thing. Zionism is the belief that Jewish people should have a homeland to live in without threat of annihilation or war. This stems from a Jewish belief. So when someone attacks Zionism they’re indirectly attacking Judaism as a religion, because the two go hand in hand.”

The idea that the religious belief of entitlement to the land of the Palestinians, is such that it is racist to deny the land to those who hold that belief, is frankly crazy. But that is the entire intellectual basis of the current witch-hunt, which operates solely on conflating the anti-Zionism of Tony Greenstein with anti-Semitism. It is a constant theme in the media, led of course by the Blairite cheerleaders at the Guardian. I called out Nick Cohen on his hate speech a few weeks ago.

Andrew Gilligan in the Daily Telegraph even completely fabricated a story that DFID had withdrawn funding for the charity War on Want because it organised “anti-Semitic” conferences. I personally contacted the DFID spokesman, who said that no funding had been withdrawn at all. But more disturbing is that, again, Gilligan seeks to portray simple anti-Zionist statements as anti-Semitic. He objects to:

“At another rally – sponsored by War on Want – a speaker said that British government policy was created by “Zionist and neo-con lobbies”.”

That is a statement which I – and millions of others – would heartily endorse. But we are not anti-Semites. Unsurprisingly, Gilligan calls in precisely the same Oxford University student to back up his wild accusations.

Anti-Semitism does exist. In a membership as large as that of the Labour Party, there are bound to be a handful around, and if they can be identified they should indeed be expelled. I have seen a couple of examples quoted – people who talk of “big noses” and “jewish bankers”. Certainly such people must be shunned. In my lifetime’s experience, anti-Semitism is more prevalent on the right than the left, but fortunately does not infect a significant proportion of the population in the UK. I have yet to encounter any in Scotland.

But to conflate anti-Semitism with opposition to the apartheid state of Israel is to demean the very meaning of anti-Semitism. If they really had respect for its victims, they would not seek to do that.

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  • Mr Boompi

    Any comments which could be construed as “pro-Palestinian rights”, or “anti-Israeli aggression” towards its neighbors have been consistently portrayed as anti-semitism. This has been a very effective strategy over the years. This is why it is still used today. Jews play a big part in control of the media and central banking. People like the Rothschilds and other Jewish oligarchs wield enormous control of politicians and universities. Point this out and you’ll get labeled an anti-semite too. I have nothing against the Jewish religion, at least not any more than I do other organized religions. But I have every right to criticize what I believe is inhumane treatment of any person or group, regardless of religion. It’s too bad many are a position where they must keep quiet or fear the loss of their livelihoods. Inside I’m sure they know the truth.

    • Zaphod Braden

      anti-GENTILISM is the problem. Cavemen did not sit around their caves:
      GROK: “HEY, me hate Jews.”
      HORG: “What a Jew?”
      GROK: “Me not know …. but me hate”
      Then non-Jews sat for tens of thousands of years waiting for a Jew to come along, so we could all be mean for no reason. Sorry, what happened was Jews created a social system of Xenophobic Tribalism (look it up) wherein THEY hate all NON-Jews, and this hate of all non-Tribe members has, naturally, caused People to not like them.
      anti-semitic … that’s what they called Jesus of Nazareth in the Galilee …
      JUDAS ISCARIOT was a JEW beloved by the Temple Priests.
      Judaism is neither a race or a religion, it is Xenophobic Tribalism.
      XENOPHOBIC: n.
      A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.
      TRIBALISM: n.
      1. The organization, culture, or beliefs of a tribe.
      2. A strong feeling of identity with and loyalty to one’s tribe or group.
      Quick summation? They are the enemy of anyone who is not a TRIBAL MEMBER …… and only “tolerate” Gentiles.

      The World should insist Israel live by the standards Israel demands of others. Be judged as Ye judge others. If Israel wants to be recognized, Israel must recognize the EQUALITY and HUMANITY of ALL People. Quit calling NON-Jews SHISKA, GOYIM, GENTILE. If Israel wants Hamas to ‘repudiate’ their charter, Israel must REPUDIATE their manual of hate, the TORAH, which openly proclaims that all ‘gentiles’ should be ‘Hewers of wood, and bearers of water’ …….. for Israel.
      Israel must recognize the Native People’s RIGHT to a Palestinian state.
      Israel REFUSES to sign the Non Proliferation Treaty or open It’s NUKES to inspection, Israel should have the exact same sanctions that were put on Iran.

  • Mr. Murray, your comments are well received. “In my lifetime’s experience, anti-Semitism is more prevalent on the right than the left,” makes perfect sense. Why would non Muslim Westerners like the late Rachel Corrie, concerned with human rights, embrace darker people in the third world while rejecting Jews? It makes no sense at all. On the other hand, the Right Wing, the neo Nazi, the Catholic Church until recently and European royalty…have traditionally had racist sentiment towards everyone, including Jews. Zionists are using Jews as a human shield to pre empt any talk about their policies. As president Carter pointed out, Apartheid is not practised in Israel proper, rather, it is found in the occupied territories. And another thing, prominent Jews and Zionists insist that the West absorb millions of Muslims yet Israel has a policy that a Jewish majority must be maintained in Israel. They will never allow mass immigration of non Jews and spit on the Africans seeking asylum. As a graduate of Oxford, I thank you for your comments.

  • Westcoastliberal

    The genocide Israelis have and continue to inflict on the Palestinians is almost worse than what landed Americans did to Native Americans. And it needs to stop. These Jews who are pushing back are heroes.

    • Zaphod Braden

      History repeats–
      The PALESTINIANS are the descendants of HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS. HOLOCAUST by ISRAEL.
      The Canaanites/Amorites/Philistines/Midianites/PALESTINIANS were in PALESTINE long before Israel was even thought of. The PALESTINIAN’s ancestors were there when ABRAHAM passed through from Babylon/Ur ……Israel’s “claim” to Palestine is based entirely on War Crimes and GENOCIDE.

      These passages are the foundation of Israel’s self written “deed” to the land of Palestine.
      If they are not ALL true, then the entire “claim” to Palestine, in the book THEY WROTE, IS NOT TRUE.
      Deuteronomy 3:18 and I commanded you at that time, saying, The Lord your God hath given you this land to possess it: ye shall pass over armed before your brethren the children of Israel, all that are meet for the war.
      Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16 “And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them…thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.”
      Deuteronomy 15:6 “For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.”
      KILL THE SICK and CRIPPLED
      Numbers c.5 v.2-4
      KILL HOMOSEXUALS
      Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
      KILL ALL DISSIDENTS:
      Exodus c.32 v.27
      Numbers c.11 v.1-2
      Numbers c.16 all
      Numbers c.21 v.5-6
      Numbers v.26 v.10
      KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
      Numbers v25 v.4-8
      Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
      DEHUMANIZE and then EXTERMINATE ALL NON-MEMBERS:
      a very brief selection, many more in THEIR book.
      Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
      Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
      Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
      Numbers c.31 all Midianites
      Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
      Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
      Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
      Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
      OCCUPY YOUR VICTIM’S DWELLINGS/LAND
      Numbers c.21 v.25
      Numbers c.32 v.39
      Numbers c.33 v.53
      (just to name a FEW)
      GENOCIDE CODIFIED IN THEIR RELIGION
      Numbers c.33 v.31-34
      Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
      Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
      Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
      TERRORISM CODIFIED IN THEIR RELIGION
      Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
      Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
      Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
      Nazis SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GENETICS”.
      TODAY Israel states that it is creating “A PURE Jewish State”
      YESTERDAY the Nazis were creating “A PURE German State”
      And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword . . . (Joshua 6:21)
      For modern day reinforcement of these “rules” research/google “the KINGS TORAH”

    • Leo News

      “Anti-Semitism” in the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica
      https://www.darkmoon.me/2016/anti-semitism-in-the-1911-encyclopaedia-britannica/
      …weird.

  • Tim Hadfield

    Anti Semitism is not the only one – Racism is also getting out of hand.
    Hysteria replaces reason. We swallow so much crap these days – eg – ISIS being the enemy, when the opposite is true, maybe we are losing our ability to tell fact from fiction.

  • Kalvin B

    These Khazarian converts that call themselves Jews have no genetic relationship with the true Jews in that region who have lived at peace with the Palestinians since antiquity. The fake Jews that harp on about anti semitism are no more than Khazarian Zionists who’s history precedes them. There were no troubles in Palestine until the passing of the illegal Balfour treaty in 1917 which set the precedence for the Zionist land grab in Palestine. Zionism is anathema and those who support it are just plainly pathological in nature.

  • Inretrospect

    “Tony is 100% Jewish from an Orthodox family.”

    When a Jew criticizes Israel, or more specifically, Zionism, the correct defining term is “Self-Hating Jew” — not “anti-Semite”.

    This is why Israel has a hard time dealing with outspoken Jews like Tony Greenstein, Norman G. Finkelstein, and Gilad Atzmon. Israel cannot hide the truth about Israel’s State of Apartheid, blatant prejudice, and hypocrisy; especially when it is exposed by one of their own.

    Not all Jews are evil, not all Jews are Zionists, and not all Zionists are Jews.

    • and Israel Shamir, a real Jew and a real Semite.

      • Inretrospect

        Agreed, Daniel “No Passport” Bruno. I probably could have listed many more self-hating Jews.

        If we can manage to remove the divisions of race, religion, and politics to find a common ground, then the better it shall be for everyone. Although, in the case of Israel, Peace has always been easier said than done.

        I would not want to consider all Jews to be supporting their unconscionable Governing Leaders, just because they live in Israel… any more than I would want people of Israel to think I support Obama’s destructive tendencies, just because I live in the United States.

  • Sideways Foggy

    Deceit, Deception, and Deflection. Tremendous solidarity & tribalism in banking, media, politics makes their dominance so powerful that non Jews aren’t allowed to speak of their power.

    Their control of educational curriculums have introduced degeneracy and race mixing as staples for our children to live by. How do we combat this evil?

  • Zaphod Braden

    PROsemitism ——- what is it? If there is an “antisemitism” you must ask: “What is PROsemitism?” PROsemitism must be a supporter of “semitism”, which really means Judaism (though most Moslems are SEMITIC and most JEWS are NOT). So what are you supporting if you are a PROsemite? Well first of all we must define Judaism:
    Judaism is neither a race or a religion, it is Xenophobic Tribalism.
    XENOPHOBIC: n.
    A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.
    TRIBALISM: n.
    1. The organization, culture, or beliefs of a tribe.
    2. A strong feeling of identity with and loyalty to one’s tribe or group.
    So right off the get-go you hate all NON-Jews, NON-members of YOUR group(TRIBE).
    THAT means, that if I am not one of the TRIBE, you do not like me.
    Since Jews BRAND all NON-Jews “gentile” and automatically denigrate them, to be PROsemitic one must by definition be ANTI-GENTILE.
    They hate all NON-Jews so fundamentally, that they have to SPECIFICALLY name “RIGHTEOUS GENTILES”.
    Those are NON-Jewish HUMANS that went so far out of their way to help/save Jews that the Jews were FORCED to ACKNOWLEDGE the humanity of that specific ‘gentile”. You see, PROsemites do not acknowledge the EQUALITY of spirituality and humanity of “gentiles”
    According to the SPLC & ADL an organization is a “HATE GROUP” if it has
    “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people”.
    Jews have HATED Egypt for 3,500 years.
    Jews have HATED Babylon for 2,500 years.
    Jews have HATED CHRIST and his followers for 2,000 years.

    David Ben-Gurion, one of the father founders of Israel, described Zionist aims in 1948: “A Christian state should be established [in Lebanon], with its southern border on the Litani river. We will make an alliance with it. When we smash the Arab Legion’s strength and bomb Amman, we will eliminate Transjordan too, and then Syria will fall. If Egypt still dares to fight on, we shall bomb Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo… And in this fashion, we will end the war and settle our forefathers’ account with Egypt, Assyria, and Aram………….. read that again
    “and settle our forefathers’ account with Egypt, Assyria, and Aram”
    They are STILL HATING and planning deadly attacks after 3,500+ YEARS .
    How do you think they feel about JESUS CHRIST whom they HATE most of ALL.
    Israel’s MOTTOES:
    (1) NEVER forgive & NEVER forget.
    (2) By Way of Deception you will Do War.
    (3) Their “god” is a WAR god
    PROsemitism is ANTI-HUMANism