Friday, 26 August 2016

One of the "classic antisemitic tropes" Jews like to complain about is that Jews act as a collectivity, not individuals, to pursue specific political goals, and that they do this in a deliberate, planned way, rather than spontaneously.

For example, when an "antisemitism" dossier was being compiled against Labour MP Naz Shah, the fact that she had said "The Jews are rallying" was considered evidence for the prosecution, as if the mere imputation that Jews could mobilise collectively to secure desired change could only be an expression of mad prejudice.

Here, however, writing in the Jewish Chronicle, prominent Jew "Lord" Daniel Finkelstein doesn't seem to be in any doubt that Jews mobilise collectively in pursuit of political goals, or that they do so on the basis of strategy.

Finkelstein actually himself moots different strategies "the community" might choose to pursue, and deliberates on their likely effects. This sounds very much like one of the dictionary definitions of "conspiracy":
any concurrence in action; combination in bringing about a given result.

Finkelstein better take care, lest he give currency to those "classic antisemitic tropes".
I want just to pause a second and ask if we are certain that our strategy towards Jeremy Corbyn is right. 
... We are, I'm afraid, losing the battle. Conspiracy theories about Israel and thus about Jews have become a natural part of left discourse. And while our attempt to alert people to the problem has had some success, the problem is still growing. 
... This provides us with two strategic alternatives. The first is to continue to pin the blame for the rise of antisemitism on Mr Corbyn. We attack his miserable failure to counter the problem, we make clear how his associations have made the problem worse, we draw attention to the Corbynite allegiance of those making antisemitic comments on social media. 
This tells the truth, raises the profile of the issue and ensures that those on the left who do not support Mr Corbyn are made aware of the problem and become more determined to tackle it. This broadly is what we have been doing and there is a lot to be said for it. 
But it has drawbacks. As any social psychologist will tell you, this approach also solidifies some Corbyn supporters in their antisemitism. It makes anti-Zionist conspiracy theories part of the group identity of the left. You can see it happen. Mr Corbyn numbers among his fans the strongest opponents of racism. Yet these very same people jeer when obvious examples of antisemitism are raised. They cannot accept that there is antisemitism because to do so is to accept criticism of themselves. 
So an alternative strategy is to isolate people who make antisemitic comments and argue that they are letting down the Corbyn side. This would involve accepting the leader's protestations that the problem is nothing to do with him and decoupling the idea of antisemitism from its association with Corbynism. This might well be more effective. At the same time, it is less obviously true, might be weak and will mean that the solid support we have been receiving from the other side of the Labour party might wane in enthusiasm.


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    Read the comments, very insightful. Almost feel bad for the poor kike