'As I write, the latest episode of the “Labour anti-Semitism crisis” is playing out with depressing predictability on social and news media.
Pete Willsman, a left-wing member of Labour’s rule-making national executive, has reportedly had his party membership suspended after a secret audio recording – apparently of him – was released by LBC radio.
In the recording, Willsman apparently states a bland and obvious truth – that the Israeli embassy has been involved in whipping up the “Labour anti-Semitism” story as a weapon against leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party more generally.
It’s the latest testament to the sad state of the Labour Party’s “soft left” that some of its most-prominent young voices have repeatedly thrown veterans like Willsman under the bus in order to appease the Israel lobby and the Labour right.
But of course, such efforts are doomed to failure.
Every time this happens, I condemn it on Twitter. One of the reactions I read from some in reply, at times like this, is that Israeli and pro-Israeli lies and exaggerations about anti-Semitism are “crying wolf,” and that one day the real “Wolf of Anti-Semitism” will come knocking at the door – and nobody will pay attention.
There’s much truth to this. I do believe that the long running campaign of smears about a non-existent “crisis” of anti-Semitism among the Labour Party membership has led to some real instances of anti-Semitism, as the left-wing group Jewish Voice for Labour has repeatedly warned.
Yet in another way this reaction, in my view, fundamentally misunderstands something – it supposes that the Israeli government’s expressed concerns for anti-Semitism are real and sincere. Nothing could be further from the truth.'
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