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Thread by @Tweezerman7: "V LONG THREAD: Brilliant deconstruction of the "apology" by Philip Carmel: standard.co.uk/comment/commen… LabourAntisemitism EnoughIsEnough […]" #LabourAntisemitism #EnoughIsEnough

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V LONG THREAD:
Brilliant deconstruction of the "apology" by Philip Carmel: standard.co.uk/comment/commen…
#LabourAntisemitism #EnoughIsEnough
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A lot has been said about .@jeremycorbyn's so-called contrition article in today's Evening Standard. I don't agree. I don't think there's one word in there the JVL couldn't sign on to and he's basically dog-whistling to his own supporters. 2/
So I decided to fisk it. Jezza's (or Seaumas') text in speech marks. My comments in brackets. 3/
This was Jeremy Corbyn's attempt at contrition today in the Evening Standard. Actually, he said absolutely nothing of the sort and any member of the JVL could have happily signed this. Below, I have analysed what he actually wrote (my comments in brackets). 4/
Some people call this method "Fisking" after the pro-Assad Robert Fisk. I prefer to look at it in the most humble manner as drawing from our traditions of the great Jewish commentators like Rashi and Nachmanides.
Anyway, here goes. 5/
"Anti-semitism is a poison that must be challenged wherever it raises its head, across Europe and at home.
(Here, we already have deflection - "Europe" implies the common and garden nasty right wing stuff which all good comrades are against) 6/
"Hatred and bigotry towards Jewish people has no place in our society, whether on the streets or online. And that of course goes for the Labour Party too.
(And of course, there's hatred and bigotry everywhere - even at home - even in the Labour party) 7/
"Today I am meeting leaders of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council to discuss working together to tackle both old and new forms of anti-Semitism.
(More deflection - the stuff in @UKLabour is new and we have to deal with the old as well) 8/
"We have a particular duty to lead the fight against anti-Semitism in and around our party and movement. Jews have found a natural home in @UKLabour since its foundation, and been central to our movement... 9/
…(We are the pure, Labour, the anti-racists. Labour is the natural home for Jews) 10/
The party has a long and proud record of standing against anti-Semitism. Jews belong in the Labour Party...
(More memories of Mum at Cable Street...) "... and we are utterly committed to making it a safe and welcoming place for them. 11/
"But we must also face the uncomfortable fact that a small number of our members and supporters hold anti-Semitic views and attitudes...
(It's really only marginal in our party and it has absolutely nothing to do with me of course), 12/
"...which need to be confronted and dealt with more rapidly and effectively
(The problem isn't a structural problem, it's a technical one - throw some more lawyers and compliance officials at it). 13/
"The evidence is clear enough. Labour staff have seen examples...
(Labour staff saw this, I missed it. Not my personal sin of ommission) 14/
"...of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one member who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.
(One member, nice movement on to the single specific from the generic there) 15/
"So let me be clear. Ppl holding those views have no place in @UKLabour. They may be few — the no. of cases over the past 3 years represents less than 0.1% of Labour’s membership of > .5 million — but 1 is too many.
(Infinitessibly small, a sort of statistical error, really) 16/
"We are taking action. In the past fortnight more than 20 individuals have been suspended from party membership, and more are being investigated… 17/
…(But we did start to notice two weeks ago and 20 unnamed antisemites have been suspended - how many expelled? Were Livingston and Walker, et al?) 18/
"But we have not done enough to get to grips with the problem, and … our Jewish members deserve an apology. My party and I are sorry for the hurt and distress caused.
(We are sorry you feel hurt and distress, not for what we - or perish the thought, I, have done) 19/
"We must strive to understand why anti-Semitism has surfaced in our party, which has always stood for equality for all and opposed racism and discrimination.
(How can this be among the pure?) 20/
As I indicated in my letter last month to the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council, there are two particular contemporary sources. First, individuals on the fringes of the movement of solidarity with the Palestinian people can stray into anti-Semitic views… 21/
…(He's not on the fringes, he's a bloody patron, Hezbollah and Al Quds demos and his FB groups aren't fringes either) 22/
"The struggle for justice for the Palestinian people and an end to their dispossession is a noble one — just as a genuine two-state solution is essential to lasting peace in the Middle East. 23/
…(Justice for Palestinians is a noble cause, two states are needed for peace - sort of a necessary evil but a bit less noble - and no mention that the struggle for justice for Jews or their national liberation is a noble cause) 24/
"But when criticism of or opposition to the Israeli government..
(Back now to Israeli government - he can't let the word "Israel" come out of his mouth, let alone "Jewish state") 25/
"...uses anti-Semitic ideas — attributing its injustices to Jewish identity, demanding that Jews in Britain or elsewhere answer for its conduct, or comparing Israel to the Nazis — then a line must be drawn.
"Anti-Zionism is not in itself anti-Semitic… 26/
…(No positive definition of Zionism or the central role it has for British Jews)
".. and many Jews themselves are not Zionists
(But anti-Zionism is very central to the Jewish identity of my mates in the JVL). 27/
"But there are also a very few who are drawn to the Palestinian question precisely because it affords an opportunity to express hostility to Jewish people in a “respectable” setting. Our movement must not be a home for such individuals… 28/
…(We have the respectable setting and unfortunately, some bad and alien elements are drawn in) 29/
"2nd, there are people who have come to see capitalism and imperialism as the product of conspiracy by a small shadowy elite rather than a political, economic, legal and social system. That is only a step from hoary myths about “Jewish bankers” and “sinister global forces”… 30/
(That's actually pretty good, fair do's) 31/
"I have no truck with any attempt to divide the Jewish community into the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ sort of Jews
(That's a direct defence of the line put out so heartedly in recent weeks by the JVL and the JSG). 32/
"These views do no service to the struggle for a just society. Instead, they reproduce the sort of scapegoating that we recognise when directed at ethnic or religious minorities… 33/
…(That can very well be taken by his JVL mates as a criticism of the BOD and those outrageous accusations of antisemitism levelled at Labour MPs who defended the community). 34/
"Anti-Semitism was responsible for the worst crimes of the 20th century. According to a survey conducted last year by two leading Jewish community organisations, anti-Semitic views are held by a minority in Britain, and are more likely to be found on the right of politics… 35/
…(Problem is on the right, not among the pure and worthy... worst crimes, note, not worst crime) 36/
"But we did not look closely enough at ourselves.
"I also believe our party’s structures, built to service a far smaller membership than we have now, have been simply not fully fit for purpose when it has come to dealing with complaints about anti-Semitism… 37/
…(Don't blame me for creating a mass movement)
"The problem has been aggravated by social media, which is where most of the instances of abuse appear to take place.
(Appear???) 38/
"Some high-profile cases have also been delayed by legal proceedings, and the reforms proposed by Shami Chakrabarti two years ago to make our response more effective were not fully implemented.
(Technical, rather than structural again..) 39/
"That is why our new general secretary Jennie Formby has, on my instruction, made it her priority to get on top of this problem and ensure that all complaints are dealt with swiftly and fairly, with investigations resourced as necessary…. 40/
…She will be setting out her plans in the coming weeks, including the appointment of a new legal adviser, and we are already taking action in many cases.
(We don't have a plan yet but Jenny and me with come up with some scheme) 41/
"We will also embark on a programme of political education to deepen Labour members’ understanding of what anti-Semitism is and how to counter it… 42/
…”When members of Jewish communities express genuine anxieties we must recognise them as we would those of any other community. Their concerns are not “smears”.
(OK, but still no personal responsibility - still no "not in my name" stuff) 43/
"I want to engage with the full range and diversity of Jewish organisations and have no truck with any attempt to divide the Jewish community into the “right” and “wrong” sort of Jews.
(Back to the equation of the BOD and JLC with the JVL) 44/
"Debate and pluralism are abiding characteristics of the Jewish community, and I celebrate them both within and without the Labour Party.
(You BOD bastards are the anti-pluralists) 45/
"I hope that by taking the steps outlined, Labour will be reconnecting with our finest traditions of solidarity and equality. We stand with any community beleaguered or subject to hateful prejudice.
(More platitudes) 46/
"We cannot and will not fail our Jewish brothers and sisters now.
(Gee, thanks, Jezza) 47/
(And for the thousandth time, it's antisemitism, not anti-Semitism)
#LabourAntisemitism #EnoughIsEnough
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