The crossovers between antizionism, anti-imperialism, conspiracism, BDS, and antisemitism needs to be understood and reckoned with if the Left is ever going to be able to get to grips with the root causes of its antisemitism problem and begin to tackle it. 1/15
The PM of Malaysia is a vile antisemite who has promoted all manner of age-old venal antisemitic tropes of the 'hook-nosed global conspiracy' variety depicted in THAT mural. His obscene Jew-hate is well known. Here's a 2003 BBC news report. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi… 2/15
And here's Jeremy, staunch anti-racist that he is, meeting with him in 2009 (Hansard has no record of his condemnation of Mahathir Mohamad's numerous racist remarks about Jews). This meeting was attended by prominent holocaust deniers and extremists. bit.ly/2FKPsST 3/15
Mahathir has also decided to ban Israeli athletes from competing in a Malaysian-hosted International Paralympics sporting event. Corbyn had nothing to say about this either (though Deputy Leader @tom_watson has nobly done so). thejc.com/news/uk-news/l… 4/15
What is Mahathir's rationale? "Whoever comes from Israel is a terrorist". If a Jewish person were to say a statement like this about all Palestinians, they would [rightly] be condemned for their xenophobia. But reverse the polarity, and ppl are fine with it, because Israel. 5/15
For example, here's a popular (44k followers) pro-Palestinian account sharing the sort of stuff you'd see any day of the week on a Jeremy Corbyn supporters Facebook group page. Here they are sharing the Mahathir quote as a meme (the comments are almost universally positive). 6/15
And here's that same account denying the Holocaust. 7/15
And while they deny the real one, they invent one in Palestine and abusing Holocaust Remembrance Day to do so (something Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have done as well). 8/15
Denying that antisemitism could even be a thing and using the antisemites' favourite extremist sect of Jews to illustrate it. 9/15
Declaring who gets to be considered a 'true Jew' by lionising the antisemite's favourite Jew vs those evil fake Zionist ones. 10/15
Alleging conspiracies about Israel controlling the world's most powerful nation. 11/15
And, of course, praising Jeremy Corbyn. 12/15
This is but one example of how these seemingly disparate movements interweave with one another. One can be pro-Palestinian and critical of the Israeli Government's actions without having to endorse holocaust denial, blood libel, conspiracism and cosy up to hatemongers. 13/15
Jeremy Corbyn, many Labour activists, and popular pro-Palestinian and Left movements, seem to have tremendous difficulty doing so. And this is why we are in this mess. Until that changes, we will continue to see Jew hate flourish in the Left. 14/15
And for people like me who want to see a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians and their neighbours, this sort of racism and bigotry undermines those efforts. It is our duty to fight racism and antisemitism wherever we see it. No matter how inconvenient. 15/15
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