Now that the RLB-Maxine Peake situation has come to the attention of the wider public, I'd like to offer an explanation of how this conspiracy theory started & grew.
The answer stems back to a US-based organisation calling itself "Jewish Voice for Peace". (Thread)
"Jewish Voice for Peace" in the US, like "Jewish Voice for Labour" in the UK, are a group of people on the fringes of the Jewish community who see it as their job to downplay & dismiss certain types of antisemitism; JVL from Labour members, JVP from the "anti-Israel" brigade
A couple of years ago, JVP launched a new campaign called "Deadly Exchange".
Its aim was to basically say *police brutality in America? That's Israel's fault*
This is from Deadly Exchange website, which is run by JVP.
That's interesting, because I feel like some of those who wouldn't talk to those they saw as "scabs" for decades are the same people who, 3 weeks after the election result, expect UK Jews to have got over their anger at those who went blithely along with antisemites & deniers
Grant me the confidence of a non-Jewish man writing an article on how he "of course, indisputably rejects antisemitism in all its forms", who 3 paragraphs later begins a sentence with "However, the trouble with the Jews today..."
I'm sorry, he didn't write "However, the trouble with the Jews today".
He wrote "However, the trouble with Jews today".
In terms of offensiveness, I don't think there's the slightest bit of difference, personally.