One of the things the Labour right and Corbynistas agree on, is a sort of non-aggression pact concerning Islamic anti-Semitism.
Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters can hardly turn round and say "actually left anti-Semitism exists, but it is probably less directly threatening to Jews across Europe than Islamist violence, which has killed 11 Jews in France in 12 years." Those on the right of the Labour party, just as likely to be dependent on Islamic votes for office, are equally unlikely to spend too much time correcting debates. Consider little Jim McMahon in Oldham West and Royton, pictured fourth from right, below:
The Commons debate on anti-Semitism in the Labour party mentioned Islamophobia almost as many times (3) as any reference to Islamist anti-Semitism (4). On the Labour benches only John Mann seemed capable of grasping the nettle, despite cases such as Aysegul Gurbuz, and a series of similar scandals up and down the country in the past few years. More will break in the coming weeks.
In the long run, this pact is unsustainable. The truth will always out. It may take a shattering event, perhaps the mass murder of British Jews aspired to by some jihadists coming to fruition, but it will end. Across the channel in France, where those murders are already happening, there is also the drip, drip, drip of low level, continuous intimidation. Tucked away in Monday's press coverage of a manifesto condemning the intimidation of French Jews by Islamists, was this line:
"Ten per cent of the Jewish citizens of the Paris region.... have recently been forced to move because they were no longer secure in certain council estates. This is a quiet ethnic cleansing." (Adam Sage, The Times, 23/04/18).
What is remarkable about the British response to this ethnic cleaning, is that senior figures in the British Jewish community, apparently wish to cover it up. Last Friday, Rabbi Lord Sacks, on Thought for the Day, insisted that contemporary anti-Semitism can be explained by the global rise of the far left and far right. He did not mention Islamism, Islamists or jihadists. In an ending that would be comic if it were not so serious, he even managed to drag out the line that for evil triumph, all that is neccesary is for good men to do nothing.
Precisely the charge that can be levelled against himself, and for that matter, much of the Labour party....