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I am left. I've spent my entire adult life in progressive spaces. My husband is Jewish, born in Israel but lived in NYC since aged 6. Also of the left. It's our tribe, how we met, who our friends are, where we live. It's not where we feel welcome any longer. /1
My husband has lived with antisemitism all his life. He has been bullied, beaten, stabbed by antisemites. His experiences informed his activism. Yet antisemitism is ancient and embedded and it stalked him, even amongst friends. /2
A trade union activist once confessed to him that he “never met a Jew that wasn’t a capitalist”. A colleague once confided that he “never thought we’d ever have a Jew, let alone an Israeli Jew working here”. /3
Told that “Hezbollah aren't that bad,” by a colleague, he must be a ‘self hating Jew’ by an MEP’s assistant for working against a free trade treaty, being handed Hamas leaflets at an anti-war protest, called ‘brave’ for writing about antisemitism in a left publication. /4
On his first day working at a eco-charity, a former employee ordered my husband to burn his passport upon finding out he was from Israel. She wanted Israel burned from his existence. Not its policies or government. Israel. /5
When he raised concerns with Nazi stylistics used by an eco-campaign group, he was ignored. A lead activist, and close friend, berated him for making it a “much bigger deal”. Being tone policed by the ‘woke’ is a bitter irony. By a friend is a wound yet to heal. /6
My husband became an expert on left antisemitism. He edited a magazine about it, where Jewish peace activist Lucy Michaels wrote presciently about the dangers of the left’s “blanket denial that the problem of anti-Jewish racism exists.” /7

The truth is the left has always had antisemitism. Now a toxic mix of regressive socialism, conspiracism and inconsistent antiracism has triggered an explosion. This betrayal by would-be allies is a catastrophe for the Jewish community. /8

What is often missed is the personal cost. Our political and social home has been snatched away. Friends and colleagues made our complaints about AS ‘personal’ which enabled them to ignore it. We became the source of the problem. /9
This is how the Labour Party has handled their AS crisis. Victims are blamed, bullied, isolated, ostracised. We need a back-to-basics anti-racist approach that centres victims. Making the personal political, yes. Not for the perpetrator, for the victims.

For us. /10
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