It could well be that the Anti-Sematism row within the Labour Party could lead to the greatest Cock Up in its history.
“On the day that I heard they were going to discipline me and possibly suspend me, I kept thinking: what did it feel like to be a Jew in Germany in the 30s? It felt almost as if they were coming for me.”
“you’ve got to keep a packed suitcase at the door, Margaret, in case you ever have to leave in a hurry”.
“When I heard about the disciplinary [action] my emotional response resonated with that feeling of fear that clearly was at the heart of what my father felt when he came to Britain.”
“It’s a very fine line between being pro-Palestinian and the Palestinian cause, which he’s always believed in, and being antisemitic, and I think he’s gone the wrong side of that line.
“I think it’s a bit scary we’ve got this growth of populism – whether its Trump, whether its Boris Johnson and now whether it’s the cult of Corbynism – which allows these sort of attitudes to emerge, and that’s what scares me.”
If Ms Hodge beleives there is a a thin line between “a fine line between being pro-Palestinian, and being anti-Semitic”, then it seems to be that it is a line she has drawn herself.
“Jeremy is determined to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party, so Jewish people feel it is a warm and welcoming home.“The comparison of the Labour Party’s disciplinary process with Nazi Germany is so extreme and disconnected from reality, it diminishes the seriousness of the issue of antisemitism.“We all need to work together to build support and confidence in the Labour Party among Jewish communities in Britain.”
There has been much speculation that a number of previously Blarite and some Remain Tories are seeking to form a new center party and citing anti-antisemitism from Corbyn supporters as one if not the whole reason, from the Labour side
We would probably see counter-conspiracy theories
- One claiming that antisemitism is rife among Labour members, especially among Corbyn supporters.
- Another that is that it is a ploy by Blarites to remove Corbyn from the leadership and if it fails then form a new Centre party based on the neo-liberalism of the past.
- It could even lead to a growth in Antisemitism in a claim by some that it is a Pro-Israel lobby that is attempting to stop any criticism of that country in its role in the occupied parts of Palestine.
The last could be the most dangerous , real antisemitise ( and they are in every party) will complain that it proves a Jewish/Israeli conspiracy was responsible for a Blairite coup.
This could see a growth in antisemitism as those who cling to such prejudices claim it proves their racist theory.
Rather than “a fine line between being pro-Palestinian, and being anti-Semitic” we need to accept there is a huge difference between criticising Israel and those of the Jewish faith.
We must distinguish this and call out not only out those who cry out “antisemitism” but also the minority who are using the conflict in that part of the Middle-East to reflect vile views.