JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: USING QUESTIONABLE POLLS ON QUESTIONABLE TOPICS TO PUSH YOUR POLITICAL CAUSE AND RIDE OVER THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS IN A FREE SOCIETY   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN SPUTNIK

Almost Third of British Jews Consider Leaving UK Amid Rising Anti-Semitism

This poll is just a tool to be used to support more repressive pro-Israel policies in the UK.

First, it is always very iffy classifying behaviors or words as “anti-Semitic.”

It often comes down to an arbitrary decision.

Second, with Jeremy Corbyn’s taking the Labour Party leadership, Britain suffered through months of McCarthyite attacks over imaginary anti-Semitism. It much resembled the old drunken American Senator, Joseph McCarthy, waving a fistful of sheets of paper while bellowing about how they contained the names of communists in the government.

No proof was offered against associates of Corbyn, just loud accusations day after day, and they were self-serving accusations because certain leaders inside and outside the party just wanted to have things their own way.

Well, with all that noise for months, who would be surprised if there were increased fears of anti-Semitism among some in Britain? It is a self-created phenomenon; just as local news reports of murder or rape invariably engender fears unwarranted among some listeners.

Third, lots of people think about leaving where they live, year-in and year-out. It proves nothing, and since we do not know the measure of this ordinary fact, we have nothing with which to compare these results.

Fourth, threats of this nature – and it is a threat to say a substantial portion of any people want to leave if changes are not made by government – are not healthy for any society.

Fifth, one might ask those polled just where it is that they think they would go. To Israel? A place of immense stresses and threats and unhappiness? I don’t think so. Britain remains a quite peaceful society when compared with many alternatives.

Last, if it is indeed true that there is some genuine increase in prevailing anti-Semitism, and I do not accept that as a demonstrated fact, but if it were true, the fact is that it would have a very great deal to do with the constant ugly activities of Israel.

The oppression, the killings, the stealing of property, the hideous treatment of Gaza, and on and on. These are never out of our news because they are in fact continuous. How about some feedback to Israel about its completely unacceptable behavior, which is nothing less than barbaric?

But, no, what is actually being sought are more limits on the freedoms of a relative free country like Britain. We in many Western countries have experienced such efforts, as with the recent intense lobbying effort in America to make support of BDF illegal with severe penalties.

Imagine passing a law that makes peaceful protest against injustice illegal, completely ignoring the American Constitution and many international laws and conventions? Well, it was close to passing in America’s bought-and-paid-for Senate, bought-and-paid-for, that is, with campaign contributions from the nation’s most powerful lobbying organization, that for Israel.

Posted August 21, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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