Tweet Checking: Cracking Down on (More) Antisemitism Denial and Brexiter Myths

Yep people, yet more Judenhass.

It just keeps coming and coming. If it’s not Corbyn attempting to deflect from “accidentally” endorsing a blatantly mural depicting Jewish caricatures (even though he knew exactly which mural it was), it’s Louis Farrakhan quoting Billy Graham to support his conspiracy of Jewish power, barely a couple of weeks after Women’s March coordinators attempted to defend him.

Antisemitism fuelled the pan-Germanist ideology that led to both World Wars, fed into Cold War hysteria on both sides of the Iron Curtain, has ended up defining the vengeful politics of the Arab world (which in turn buttresses the worst of Israeli politics), and infests the critique of modern capitalism.

With former Tory advisors invoking tropes, and Labour Party being labelled a “racist party”, seventy years after the Holocaust, the problem has got out of control yet again.

But that’s not all this week: Brexit stupidity is of course strong on the Leaver side, but it also seems to be affecting Remain voters as well, as with Mr Tim Shipman…

5. Tim Shipman

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Stacked? Against the power of the Mail, the Express, the Telegraph, and - of course - The Sun? Against an overbearing fear of migrants fed by xenophobia? Against a misplaced nostalgia for empire?

And how a “conference call” measures up to the vast manipulation of voters by Leave actors, not to mention Leave “busting the legal spending limit” on online advertising, as relayed by former employee Christopher Wylie.

Also: if your argument is that “because a bunch of voters were sick of a remote establishment”, then surely a leaflet from the central government must have had the exact opposite effect?

4. Socialist Voice

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Firstly, let’s talk about who “Socialist Voice” is. It’s Scott Nelson, most notable for being expelled from Labour for talking about the “Jewish blood” of various company executives—and is still adamant that he is the real victim.

Yep Corbynites, this is the guy you keep retweeting to defend Corbyn and your party from accusations of anti-semitism…

Secondly, the idea that in the 35 years that Corbyn has been in Parliament there has only been five motions on anti-Semitism is utterly ridiculous, and the insistence that Corbyn has signed everyone of them is demonstratively false, as Arieh Kovler lists.

Hansard has never recorded him as even having said the word “antisemitism” in any debate, meeting, petition, written statement, or address to the house.

Thirdly is the picture of Corbyn with a Rabbi, propagated on almost an industrial scale, proving once and for all that Corbyn cannot possibly be antisemitic in any way…for comparison, here’s a picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meeting with some rabbis also proving that the former president cannot possibly be anti-semitic in any way.

You wanna know what the “kicker” is? The same Rabbi attended the protest outside Parliament on Monday (on the “anti-antisemitic” side, not the…whatever the pro-Corbynite side was).

3. Nadine Dorries

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In alternate universe where Remain won the vote it would still be an absolute necessity, the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust said last November, largely due to the policies of two successive Tory governments, but this one in particular. You’d also have to ignore that in the same month they called for it, Hammond forthrightly rejected the call.

Why the change in tact? If Brexit was going to fuel more NHS spending—as we were promised—why not an immediate cash injection the NHS needed months and months ago?

Let’s also face it: this money is not going to come straight from Brexit because we’re still paying into the EU budget until the day we leave (and probably beyond it), so where is this funding going to come from? Why, the “magic money tree” of debt of course, something this government has repeatedly pilloried Labour for making part of their own policy.

In the long run, the consensus is that Brexit will serve to harm the NHS and not help it: EU NHS staff quitting in record numbers, uncertainty over the future of medical regulation and medicinal trade, and the fact that Brexit will likely lose billions in tax revenues, leading to either more reliance on debt to fund the NHS or even further austerity (if you can even conceive of such a thing).

2. Jewish Voice

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The problem with line of reasoning is that it totally ignores the deep and real history of antisemitic associations with Marxism and other parts of the Left. This unfortunately carries on to this day: major neo-fascist theorists Alain de Benoist and Aleksandr Dugin draw on Gramsci

It happens on the flipside as well: Stalin instigated the mass arrest of Jews on a baseless conspiracy theory. The response of the Polish government to the student protests of 1968 was to mobilise against the country’s remaining Jewry.

This arguably goes all the way back to Marx himself.

Merely drawing on Jewish and Jewish-derived thought is not enough; it’s what you do with it that counts.

  1. 1. Tom Pride

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This week’s number one seemed appropriate given that it is fairly explicit in insisting that this entire episode is just yet another political plot.

Arkush, President of the BoD, in the article cited is not explicitly identified as a Tory—nor can I find it anywhere else what his political affiliation is—but rather someone who welcomed the new arrangement because of their shared pro-Israel commitments, and also that the DUP “has also publicly stated its support for the Board of Deputies’ “Ten Commitments” – a part of its Jewish Manifesto that includes requests to parliamentarians regarding policy on issues that affect British Jewry.”

Arkush at the end of the article goes onto say “I don’t think any daily concerns of the [Jewish] community would be affected if there was a Prime Minister Corbyn”, adding that life under a Corbyn government would by-and-large be “business as usual”. This is not the language of an anti-Corbyn fanatic.

I don’t have to agree with Arkush’s strategy to see that, from his perspective at least, he’s trying to do his best to represent British Jewry and not anger a bunch of religious nuts.

But let’s say for argument’s sake that Arkush was a Tory; it would not detract from the fact that the Chief Executive of the BoD is Gillian Merron, formerly the Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health at the Department of Health in the Labour government from 2009 to 2010—she’s also a Vice-President of the Jewish Leadership Council.

This would not matter for Pride as he might allege a “joint Tory-Blairite stitch up”, but there’s a reason why the BoD represents Britain’s Jews, not Jewish Voice for Labour, given that it “is the only democratically elected, cross-communal, representative body in the Jewish community. It comprises nearly 300 deputies directly elected by synagogues and communal organisations, from youth movements, to social welfare charities and regional councils.”

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