DAN­GER­OUS DEEDS

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - LETTERS -

In “An­tisemitism – the endgame?” (Ob­ser­va­tions, March 22), Brenda Kat­ten made an ex­cel­lent stab in point­ing out to us the dilemma that has in­fected po­lit­i­cal de­bate both in the UK and Amer­ica.

Le­git­i­mate crit­i­cism of Is­rael has mor­phed into an­tisemitism, par­tic­u­larly since the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump with his pro-Is­rael lean­ings. Many in the Demo­cratic Party – es­pe­cially a few newly elected young con­gress­women – go out of their way to be more crit­i­cal of Is­rael in con­dem­na­tion of their arch-en­emy Trump.

Also dis­turb­ing is the sit­u­a­tion in the UK where the an­tisemitism that per­vades the Labour Party was en­hanced by the rise four years ago of leader Jeremy Cor­byn and his co­horts of Marx­ists and Trot­skyites, cou­pled with fel­low travelers that jumped at join­ing the party for the £3 spe­cial of­fer ini­ti­a­tion fee. Cor­byn’s long record in­cludes shar­ing plat­forms with and pro­mot­ing var­i­ous anti-Is­rael ter­ror­ist groups, which must be per­ceived as his true at­ti­tude and be­liefs re­gard­ing Zion­ism, Jews in gen­eral and Is­rael’s right to ex­ist. He needs to be stopped be­fore reach­ing the high­est of­fice.

The time to act of course is now es­pe­cially with the Brexit is­sues that have con­founded the Con­ser­va­tive Party and could of­fer a shoo-in for Labour in the next elec­tion.

As re­cently demon­strated by the Mag­nif­i­cent Seven (now eight) party de­fec­tors, the time has hope­fully ar­rived for a change in 21st-cen­tury UK pol­i­tics; those with a con­scious should leap now or suf­fer the con­se­quences.

Should the dark sce­nario of a Labour govern­ment com­ing to power led by Jeremy Cor­byn oc­cur, the phrase “just be­cause you’re para­noid doesn’t mean they aren’t af­ter you” might have more than a mod­icum of truth about it.

STEPHEN VISHNICK

Tel Aviv

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