JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WRITER SAYS ANTI-SEMITISM ROW IN BRITISH POLITICS IS A DRAMA BUT NOT A CRISIS – WELL YES BUT A DIRTY SHAME IS WHAT IT TRULY IS   1 comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY STEVE RICHARDS IN THE GUARDIAN

 

“Labour’s antisemitism row may be drama, but it’s no crisis”

 Indeed, but it is a dirty shame.

We are dealing with national affairs, and a major party has been crippled by ugly and unwarranted name-calling.

Thank you, David Cameron, always a low-life politician, and thank you to the UK’s press for supporting him in the work.

The one advantage is that it all makes Trump’s big mouth look not quite so bad after all.

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Response to another comment:

And those two shameful columns by Jonathan Freedland and Nick Cohen not only ran for days but permitted no replies.

Those columns were the absolute essence of unfair propaganda.

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It’s all too wrong for words.

When people criticized the Soviet Union, it did not make them, ipso facto, Russian-haters.

And, indeed, for the worst regime of the last century, National Socialist Germany, criticizing it did not make you a German-hater.

Israel has done many terrible things to the Palestinians, and it makes no effort at all to reach a fair settlement with them.

If that isn’t appropriate for criticism, what is?

Are we to give up all ethics and principles, never saying a word against abuse and new horrors, because something terrible was done to Jewish people three-quarters of a century ago by another party on another continent?

But that criticism does not make you someone who hates Jewish people.

That is absurd logic, and I am pretty sure it is deliberately used by some to cloud matters of real importance.

That is precisely the issue here, yet it is buried by writers like Jonathan Freedland and Nick Cohen and by politicians like David Cameron and the leader of Israel’s Labour Party who even managed to get into the fray.

It’s been an appalling set of orchestrated events, and when the public is treated in this fashion, it only raises suspicions about the intent and purposes and sincerity of all involved.

I would infinitely prefer my politics to deal with all the terrible problems we face and not stoop to this shameful level.

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