Today a tweet appeared from Jeremy Corbyn.
It used language that should worry any democrat.
But it also used language that will send a chill through the heart of many British Jews.
The period between March and now has seen Labour's crisis over antisemitism reach fever pitch. It's been unrelenting.
In late July (just 6 weeks or so ago) the 3 main Jewish newspapers in the UK all published the same leading editorial on their front pages.
The phrase that was then picked up and run with by the rest of the media from this leading article was that a Corbyn led government would pose an "existential threat" to British Jews.
That phrase has come to signify and encapsulate the issue: Jews perceive Corbyn as a threat.
It's a Friday morning, just gone 7am. I've been out and walked the dogs, fed them & am making breakfast for the family before i head off to work.
Like millions of other people I'm on the home stretch: it's finally Friday.
Towards the end of the news summary i hear that @The_TUC President Mark Serwotka has made a speech at the TUC conference in which he described how Labour's antisemitism crisis has been invented by Israel.
I actually heard about that last night but had managed to forget it.
So I'm jolted back to reality by the news - jerked out of the mundanity of my household chores to be reminded of the situation in which i and my family find ourselves in 2018.
And i realise that Mark Serwotka, Jeremy Corbyn and their ilk know exactly what they are doing.
Back in 2016 i posted about the "Rothschild usury" comment of a Liverpool Labour member in @lucianaberger 's CLP.
The 2017/18 Labour Lord Mayor of Liverpool then waded in to defend the member & attack me for "overreacting".
This is how the gaslighting of Jews works. @TracyAnnO
I announced a Twitter break at the weekend, in reaction to @TracyAnnO rebuking me for asking some firm questions of her friend @davidschneider
David has long been an enabler and supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and in the tweets that Tracy objected to I was making clear that in my view David therefore has some personal responsibility for the appalling & escalating crisis that has engulfed British Jews since Corbyn’s election.
I also criticised David’s tweet of just last week that used the Israel/Nazi trope.
After nearly 4 years in which I have sought to both educate myself about the nature of the problem (left wing antisemitism) and to play my own small part in combating it
As @DavidHirsh has just said, we (Jews & our real allies) have been publishing,speaking and posting on the anti Jewish racism of Corbyn and the hard Left for years.
We have been ignored, silenced, vilified, abused and marginalized.
When an article is published in the odious Daily Mail, or in a respectable organ like The Times exposing the hate and squalor at the heart of Labour, many seem to think that the Jews are dancing and cheering (we’re often pictured doing that).
But no. There is no elation. No “I told them so and now it’s out there”.
For me and I suspect many others, the over-riding emotion is despair.
Despair that Jewish voices are rarely listened to.
Despair that Jewish concerns are seen as disingenous and malign.
The Labour leadership campaign of 2015 took an unexpected turn by giving prominence to an obscure hard Left backbencher with a long record of unsavory associations and views including a consistently hostile attitude to Jews, Jewish self determination and Israel.
After an already worrying rise in antisemitic attitudes expressed in Britain in 2014 associated with reactions to events in Gaza, since 2015 British Jews have been placed under ever increasing pressure. The escalation has been rapid and has reached crisis levels.
Whilst the last 3 years have taken an incalculable toll on Britain’s tiny Jewish communities, affecting every aspect of our lives - personal, political, democratic, psychological and much else - I think there has been 1 particular positive effect that I’d like to note & celebrate
A quick reflection after 2 weeks away from the UK and Twitter whilst I was in Israel.
Whilst the fight to call out the Jew hate on the Left should never stop, in reality I believe we have now lost the “war”. From here on in we can only fight skirmishes for honour.
The genie of Jew hate is well and truly out of the bottle -again.
If history teaches us anything it is that this is the normal state of affairs. One can argue that the decades post-Holocaust were the historical exception. Our mistake was to regard that period as the new norm.
Jew hate has sustained for millennia and will continue to do so.
What we have witnessed is just the latest manifestation, affecting not just the UK Left, but the global Left. It’s been decades in the making and changes in technology around social media have accelerated it.
In the stories over the weekend about Corbyn's interview on Press TV there has been much focus on both his "hand of Israel" conspiracy comments & his fawning over a convicted Hamas terrorist responsible for multiple murders.
But what about his host - Lauren Booth?
Some of us are familiar with her, but some are perhaps not.
What is clear is that she is a committed and longstanding antisemite.
Corbyn has long standing links to her: an open antisemite.
So i thought i'd post a few examples of her beliefs.
Slightly mawkish thread alert. So don't say you weren't warned.
Today Sheffield Pride - @PrideSheffield - is being held in my local park. We wandered up with the dog, strolled around the site, had a coffee and generally beamed with sheer pleasure.
Being of a certain age, my wife and i both remember times when our gay and lesbian friends were very much not welcome.
Today in our local park families, children, couples, teenagers, old folk, groups of mates all shared a common experience. Of totally uncomplicated acceptance.
The fact that so many families were spending the day at Pride with their kids of all ages, the fact that there were so many groups of young teens all draped in the rainbow was the highlight.
So we beamed. At the kids. At the acts on stage, at the police handing out sweets.
Various people are asking the question: "why would the Corbyn Left push so hard on the issue of Israel/antisemitism right now?"
The answer - because it is a crucial ideological component of their world view-is worrying enough.
But now we need to start asking other questions
The first of these should be:
"What would a Lab government led by those who have clearly demonstrated the centrality of this hostility to Israel/Zionism/Jews actually be prepared to do and what would they not do?"
Many Jews are of course now having the "should i stay or should i go?" conversations at home. We certainly are.
To help inform these discussions we should really begin to seriously look at what we think a Corbyn govt might actually do and what the impacts might be.
A short thread on Mike Cushman – one of the principle organisers of Jewish Voice for Labour: the fringe extremist grouping that embraces Jew haters and Holocaust revisionists and yet is increasing its influence on @UKLabour.
Cushman has repeatedly posted material that is in clear breach of the IHRA definition of antisemitism and here I will document some of these and reference the relevant part of the IHRA definition.
A reminder that Labour has adopted the IHRA definition as has the UK Govt.
Apparently using basic common sense to politely but firmly ask some tough questions of someone who has attacked pretty much everyone who is currently trying to protect Jews from Leftist antisemitism is "vicious".
When will @stephenpollard as editor of @JewishChron make an editorial stand that opinion pieces he publishes should be subjected to basic fact checking?
The piece by @rheawolfson today is based on a fundamental untruth/error and this is the 2nd such piece in a week.
The piece by @rheawolfson states that Corbyn is committed to a secure Israel continuing to exist.
This is simply not true as anyone with any grasp of his history knows.
An opinion piece based on error/untruth has no place in a quality publication.
Corbyn was Chair of Stop the War - an organisation that explicitly calls for the destruction of Israel as the Jewish state. He has long supported other organisations and events that seek Israel's end.
This is not news to @stephenpollard
As anyone who knows me well can attest, I'm a less than religious man.
I'm a rubbish Jew in that regard, attending synagogue infrequently (though always enriched by the experience when i do).
So I'm not exactly the go-to-guy for religious learning or insight.
Which possibly makes me a good candidate for giving a "Jews 101 for non-Jews" quick Twitter class.
On the basis that if i know it, you probably could/should too.
Particularly if you are the sort of Leftist on social media using the Jews v Zionists distinction on a daily basis.
So here we go:
Most British Jews are affiliated (many loosely) with the 3 main branches of Judaism in the UK - United Synagogue, Reform and Liberal.
Those 3 pretty much cover most of us except for a small ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community.
There is a young Labour activist who is pro-Corbyn.
This activist is @charlotte2153
Charlotte speaks "as a Jew".
Charlotte has made a number of very public interventions in the Labour antisemitism "debate", some positive and some very negative (from my perspective).
Charlotte was an attendee at the Jewdass seder.
She very vocally defended his attendance and wrote a piece in the @JewishChron
However, she has also condemned Ken Livingstone and Marc Wadsworth and attacked Ken Loach.
Charlotte is not a cartoon "asajew" defender of all things Leftist and antisemitic. But she has taken a number of very public position on the issue of Leftist antisemitsm in the context of her Jewishness.
A thread on the world of the mad & the bad at the heart of the #MarcWadsworth campaign to reinstate a Labour activist who thought it a good idea to insult @RuthSmeeth at the launch of the Labour antisemitism event in 2016.
This thread is on a chap called Christopher Dave Rodgers
I first called across Chris when i noticed that he'd made a death threat against Theresa May after the air strike against chemical weapons installations in Syria.
I reported this threat to twitter (as did some others) and tagged in his local police force.
You'll see that his threat isn't showing - that's because Twitter suspended his account after the report. I've no idea if any criminal action is being taken.
Seeing as it seems to be National "Hang on, it turns out Owen Jones really is a deranged and nasty twat" day, I thought i'd do another of my reminders about Owne's nasty past (you all know about his nasty present).
Whilst a student at Oxford University, Owen continued his Leftist political interests and these included obxessively editing Wikipedia entries on subjects ranging from Marxism & Lenin to Israel, Hamas and Israel.
As you do if you are a non Jewish Leftist student.