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It could be very easy for people outside the Jewish community to think JVL is just a harmless Corbyn-supporting Jewish group. It’s not. It is a front group of a small minority of tangentially “Jewish” people, some of whom only identify as Jewish in order to discredit Jews.
Now it’s very difficult to explain this, because even being able to do this is sort of unique to Judaism. There are very few other minority groups where you can suddenly discover an ancestor, or say you’ve chosen to take up your ethnic identity for that purpose.
JVL is, in itself, a hotbed of antisemitism. I don’t usually like it when accounts exist just to combat one thing or group, but with @JVL_Watch it’s completely justified & important & I’d urge people to look. Some of the members’ statements & actions have been jaw-dropping.
What’s worrying about this is that, with alarming speed, an organisation set up specifically to support one man & his supporters against allegations of antisemitism is being painted as an authority on the subject & missold as legitimately representing Jewish interests.
JVL exists solely to drown out the concerns of the vast majority of British Jews & to do so with the false authority of their alleged, tenuous or self-identified Jewish background. The idea that they might become the leading voice in Jewish issues on the left is very dangerous.
So... no Jewish friends after all then
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