Con­spir­acy pol­i­tics

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment -

The sig­nif­i­cance of Raed Salah’s vic­tory in over­turn­ing the Home Of­fice’s at­tempt to have him de­ported lies not in its im­pact on Salah but in its wider im­pli­ca­tions. The most ob­vi­ous is that a high court judge has de­cided that preach­ing the blood li­bel is no bar to en­try into the UK. We will all draw our own con­clu­sions about the mind­set which can reach such a decision. On such grounds, it is dif­fi­cult to know what would in­deed be con­sid­ered un­ac­cept­able for per­mis­sion to en­ter the UK. But in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the rul­ing, there has been a still more dis­turb­ing de­vel­op­ment. The Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust, a body which ex­ists to pre­vent racist at­tacks on Jews and which is a model world­wide, has been at­tacked by Salah’s sup­port­ers — in­clud­ing the Guardian news­pa­per — for be­ing, it is im­plied, at the cen­tre of a Jewish con­spir­acy to mis­lead elected politi­cians and ex­ert un­due in­flu­ence over the Home Of­fice. This is not merely a lie and a gross calumny against a fine or­gan­i­sa­tion for which ev­ery Jew in the land has rea­son to be grate­ful. It is a clas­sic, shock­ing and im­mensely sig­nif­i­cant ex­am­ple of pure an­tisemitism in its tra­di­tional form. So de­press­ing as the judge’s rul­ing may be, it has served one very use­ful pur­pose. It has flushed out what of­ten lies so lightly hid­den un­der the sur­face of these is­sues.

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