The Jewish Chronicle

The mind-set of those who allow hate to fester


THERE CAN be no doubting the anguish felt by decent Labour party members over the terrible poison of antisemiti­sm that has corrupted their cause. As Harold Wilson said in another era, Labour is a moral crusade or it is nothing. After the departure from the party of nine MPs, wholly or in part over the failure to deal with its antisemiti­sm, deputy leader TomWatson warned of a crisis over its soul.

Those who, like Watson, are appalled but are staying put say they are fighting to rescue the party. But it cannot be rescued. It is not just that there have been so many incidents of antisemiti­c abuse and bullying. It’s not just that the party has been captured by the hard left. It’s not just that Jeremy Corbyn refuses to acknowledg­e a problem that he himself embodies.

The problem goes much further than the Corbynista­s. For the virus of this bigotry is carried by the cause that serves grotesquel­y as the internatio­nal marker of conscience for western progressiv­e circles.

The reason the party cannot eradicate its antisemiti­sm is that support for the Palestine cause is the default narrative on the left.

And Palestinia­nism does not consist of the mythical two-state solution, that moral figleaf for the gullible and blinkered. It stands for the destructio­n of Israel altogether, as is demonstrat­ed by what is regurgitat­ed not just by Hamas but also by the supposedly “moderate” Palestinia­n leadership.

It is demonstrat­ed by their flags and insignia depicting the whole of Israel as Palestine, by the incitement of their children to murder Israelis and steal their land, and by their own state- ments over the years that the two-state solution is in fact an intended final solution for the existence of Israel.

Moreover, this agenda is rooted in eye-watering antisemiti­sm. Public Palestinia­n discourse demonises not just Israel but also the Jewish people as a source of cosmic conspiraci­es and evil intent.

Mahmoud Abbas, viewed by the western left as a statesman-in-waiting, has a doctorate in Holocaust denial, explicitly venerates the Palestinia­n Nazi-ally Haj Amin al Husseini who undertook to slaughter every Jew in the Middle East in the event of Hitler’s victory, and uses his media outlets to transmit medieval and Nazistyle demonisati­on of the Jews.

His followers claim the Jews were behind 9/11, that Israel is out to destroy the Islamic world and that the Jews control the world’s media, finance and US foreign policy.

So why should Labour party members who support the Palestinia­ns with their agenda of Holocaust denial, attacks on Judaism and unhinged conspiracy theories about Jewish power now be so shocked that Labour party members are themselves coming out with Holocaust denial, attacks on Judaism and unhinged conspiracy theories about Jewish power?

And has everyone forgotten that it’s been an article of faith on much of the left that the west went to war in Iraq “on a lie” as the result of a conspiracy cooked up between Jerusalem and the White House?

The left has absorbed the Marxist concept that the world is divided into the powerful and the powerless. Those with power can never be good; those without power, like the For the West, support for Palestinia­ns has clearly destroyed its moral compass Palestinia­ns, can never be bad. Those who make money have power over those who don’t. Those who make money are bad; those without money are good. Jews make money. Therefore Jews are powerful and bad.

Worse, Israel is militarily powerful. That is seen as its crime; and it’s also why anti-Israelism is umbilicall­y connected to antisemiti­sm. The fact that Jews are now equipped with military power, albeit solely to defend themselves against annihilati­on, breathes life into the paranoid delusion that the Jews are so powerful they pose a threat to everyone else. Antisemiti­sm is now surging across continents in an unholy alliance between the left, neo-Nazis and the Islamic world.

Such a derangemen­t of reason on a global scale is terrifying and, as with antisemiti­sm throughout the ages, ultimately unfathomab­le. For the west, however, support for Palestinia­nism has clearly destroyed its moral compass.

The left believes that it is morally unimpeacha­ble and simply incapable of racism. Its support for the Palestine cause demonstrat­es and reinforces its self-righteousn­ess. It won’t begin to address its own antisemiti­sm, therefore, until and unless it acknowledg­es that the evil it has supported abroad has seeded itself not just in the Labour party but throughout the “anti-racist” world.

Melanie Phillips is a Times columnist

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