'EQUATING criticism of the state of Israel or other aspects of Zionism with being anti-Jewish and therefore antisemitic is a deliberate and fundamental misunderstanding.
Very few people would argue that criticism of right-wing fundamentalist Christians, who hold very strong views about subjects such as homosexuality and believe anyone who is not ‘born again’ will be condemned to hell, should be repressed because that’s anti-Christian.
The same applies to Islam. In Britain we are generally signposted to realise that ordinary respectful law abiding Muslims are worlds apart from extremists who cut off hands and heads and believe that violence against others is justified to defend their religion.
Zionism is an extreme form of the Jewish religion and represents a small minority of Jews. It is no more mainstream than the two examples I have already quoted.
The mistake the Labour Party has made in this antisemitism saga is in conceding too much ground in the battle to maintain free speech.
Their commitment to political correctness and an obsession with not offending anyone has backfired spectacularly in effectively leading them to tie themselves in knots.
Their new definition of antisemitism has set them up as a target for just the kind of attack they are now encountering.
This has resulted in stalwarts such as Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, being expelled from the party he has served for decades for the merest sin of holding slightly different views on Hitler’s role in history. As an antiracist campaigner all his political life, he has, as far as I am aware, never been accused of causing harm to a Jewish believer.
Instead all religions, as well as belief systems that do not include a deity, should be open to constructive criticism and debate. That is surely part and parcel of a mature society.
Any unsubstantiated allegations against individuals within belief systems are subject naturally to law but Christianity, Judaism and Islam and all the other major world faiths should not be protected from scrutiny by confusing criticism with ‘hate speech’.
The fact this no longer happens is not by chance.
Let’s take our western view of key Islamic figures and movements as a prime example.
We are constantly reminded of the barbaric views of extreme Muslims because that suits a political agenda. Yet some of the leaders the west has killed or attempted to topple such as Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Colonel Gaddafi, from Libya, and Syria’s Basher al-Assad were or are far more moderate, almost secular, in their worldview.
In stark contrast, the Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia belongs to the former category – yet is not highlighted or opposed because historically Britain and Saudi are political allies.
This gives us a clue that we are not dealing with principles here but a wider agenda.
I don’t believe for one moment that the aim of the antisemitism crusade is to make life fairer and safer for Jews living in Britain.
They are merely being used to give extremists a free ride in acting as they wish in the Middle East.
And the reason is that, as in Saudi Arabia, the West is in league with extremists rather than opposing them.
Instead of racking their brains and working overtime to censor the personal opinions of their members – an impossible task - Labour should be defending the principle of free speech.
Are Jews being killed for their faith in England? No. Are they being physically attacked? No. Are they being verbally abused or discriminated against within the Labour Party because of their faith? I’ve seen zero evidence to suggest so.
Instead the allegations major on murals, conspiracy theories and personal opinions.
Compared with the atrocities British politicians have been responsible for in the Middle East when real lives, families, communities and countries have been destroyed that is pathetically insignificant.'
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