While Obama has opened the global floodgates of Israel-bashing, in Britain it is now open season on Israel and the Jews who defend it â€“ with other Jews hostile to Israel often in the front-line of the charge. What is happening is both hideous and, quite simply, beyond reason. It amounts to a fanatical and obsessive verbal pogrom.
Item: in todayâ€™s Telegraph, two Labour MPs â€“ Sir Gerald Kaufman, a veteran and poisonous Jewish Israel-basher and Martin Linton, chairman of Labour Friends of Palestine, claimed that the Conservative party was in hock to both the Jews generally and Israel in particular. The Telegraph headlined its story:
Labour MPs accuse Tories of being too close to Israelbut actually what they said was much worse. Kaufman said:
Lord Ashcroft, the wealthy Tory donor, owned one part of the party and â€œJewish millionairesâ€ the other.In other words, Jews had bought the Tory party. Linton, meanwhile, told a meeting at the House of Commons:
â€˜There are long tentacles of Israel in this country who are funding election campaigns and putting money into the British political system for their own ends.â€™The word â€˜tentaclesâ€™, from which Linton later tried to distance himself, is of course straight out of the medieval and Nazi lexicon of Jew-hatred. Lintonâ€™s comments echo the ugly â€˜Jewish conspiracyâ€™ theory aired on primetime British TV recently in Peter Oborneâ€™s Dispatches programme , in which he claimed that wealthy Jewish supporters of Israel had bought up and suborned the Tory party. Like all â€˜Jewish conspiracyâ€™ theories, this one actually flies in the face of demonstrable reality, since the Tory front bench is mostly indifferent to, disdainful of or even hostile towards the State of Israel.
Item: as the veteran ultra-leftist and Israel-basher Tony Greenstein boasts on his blog, anti-Israel bigots disrupted a performance of the Jerusalem Quartet at Londonâ€™s Wigmore Hall this week â€“ with the result that BBC Radio Three terminated its live broadcast of the concert. There is only one way to describe the mindset of these bullies who compare Israelis -- who bear arms solely to prevent themselves from being wiped out -- to Nazis, and describe Israel -- whose Arab citizens have equal rights â€“ as an â€˜apartheid stateâ€™, and that is twisted and sick. As for BBC Radio Three, it was cowardly to have aborted its broadcast and thus surrendered to thuggery and bigotry in this way.
Item: in the Independent Richard Ingrams â€“ he who once stated that
â€˜I have developed a habit, when confronted by letters to the editor in support of the Israeli government to look at the signature to see if the writer has a Jewish name. If so, I tend not to read itâ€™-- welcomed the expulsion of a Mossad agent from London following the affair over the forged passports
used by a gang of Israeli assassins in Dubai (my emphasis).A â€˜gang of assassinsâ€™, eh? So what does that make all the British and American forces regularly killing assorted jihadi leaders in the defence of the west against mass murder? If any of them find and kill Osama bin Laden, as they have been vainly attempting to do, will Ingrams call them too a â€˜gang of assassinsâ€™?
Yet who can turn a hair over Ingrams when no less than the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband referred in his Commons statement to the plight of the British passport-holder whose identity was used in the Dubai killing and who went to bed as an Israeli citizen only to
wake up as a wanted terrorist...(my emphasis)When the British Foreign Secretary equates a terrorist mass murderer with those who rid the world of such a menace, it is but a short step to sanitising the mass murderer and denouncing his victims. Which is precisely what has happened in Britain.
In his article, Ingrams foamed on:
What this amounts to is that these people are proud to be friends of a country that operates a system of apartheid in territory which it has illegally occupied and colonised, that subjects the people who live in that territory to intolerable restrictions, that thinks nothing of killing large numbers of them, including women and children, to punish them for daring to launch rockets and that continually lies about its actions as it does about the criminal activities of Mossad.Once, this would have been considered the ravings of a lunatic, since it denies reality â€“ not to mention morality -- with virtually every word. Yet now it is mainstream. In Britain, anti-Israel bigotry and Jew-hatred have gone viral.
Item: the explosion of racist bile on the readersâ€™ thread on the Guardianâ€™s Comment is free blog (hat tip: CiF Watch) below Stephen Pollardâ€™s article pointing out that the outrage over the Israeli building permits in a Jewish area of Jerusalem just over the Green Line was a travesty of the truth:
Far from Israelâ€™s behaviour over East Jerusalem being the cause of the breakdown in talks, itâ€™s the Palestinians who have come up with East Jerusalem as a figleaf for their rejection of talks.For this simple statement of unarguable historical fact, Pollard was subjected to abuse such as
Mr Pollard has eaten too many kosher pies...Actually, itâ€™s Britain that should be worried. A country that turns on the Jews like this is itself invariably heading over the edge of the cliff.
I look forward to articles from child abusers telling us all how itâ€™s a perfectly fine pastime...
No wonder Stephen and his fellow Cabal members are worried...
UPDATE: Martin Linton's office have been in touch to again deny that he said the quote which has been attributed to him.
FURTHER UPDATE: Martin Linton has now apologised for makiing the 'tentacles' remark which he first said he 'didn't recognise' and which his office then denied he had said.