New York Times to pro-Palestinian activists— Drop dead.
Up till now, the news reporting in the Times on the anti-semitism charges against the British Labour Party had been fair and the opinion pieces noxious, but now the news reporting is lining up with the noxious folk. Yesterday’s article datelined London, says that Jeremy Corbyn’s “anti-Semitism crisis” is “largely of his own making” and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism that Labour just reluctantly adopted is “internationally recognized.”
It remained unclear whether that would end months of bitter criticism of Labour from faith leaders and Jewish newspapers that has tarnished the party’s image.
There is no hint in this article about why Corbyn should care about Palestinian rights, or what Israel is doing to Palestinians that so animates the left. No, it’s apparently a blind fixation on Corbyn’s part: “he is in no mood to hide either his criticism of Israel or the support he has given to pro-Palestinian causes for decades.”
You would think all Corbyn’s accusers are perfect little innocents. And all Labour had to do to escape this crisis was kiss up to all the anti-Arab bigots.
For that is the central issue in the Western debate: The instant Palestinians start getting support from someone who might have real power, the anti-Semite accusation is wheeled out, everyone remembers Who The Real Victims Are, and Palestinians are shoved under the bus.
That is the whole point of these charges. The discourse of anti-semitism is currently the central issue in the Western world for anyone who favors Palestinian rights, and I just wish people would start constantly and consistently pointing to the elephant in the room, which is that these fake anti-Semitism charges are not innocent. They are racist against Palestinians.
We need to fight back and say: Stop with this bullshit of making everything center first on anti-Semitism, and stop using the fake anti-Semitism charge as a tool to crush Palestinian rights, because that is racism. That’s what this is about and in the mainstream the racists are getting away with it, with no challenge from the reporters.
It seems to me that if people want to define antisemitism this way, to mean that people who think Palestinians have rights are anti-Semites, then so be it. Let them have that word, and the word loses its impact. Genuine anti-Semitism will have to called something else, like Judeaophobia.
But we must not lose hold of the central point. All these IHRA-supporters, including well-meaning liberals, are anti-Palestinian racists and a good number of them are so stupid they don’t even realize it. We have to push back on their racism— their anti-Palestinian racism.