Seeking an End to the Anti-Semitism Crisis

Yep, recently heard “the Jewish lobby control the media …” so a reminder of the IHRA code on anti-Semitism – including its second contemporary example –

Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

– Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.

The contention that the Jews seek to control the media is just one of those cited in “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion  which is a fabricated antisemitic text purporting to describe a Jewish plan for global domination. The hoax, which was shown to be plagiarized from several earlier sources, … was first published in Russia in 1903,”

One of the problems of picking up on examples of anti-Semitism and then trying to refute it, is that writing anything original requires some knowledge and expertise. So I will try to cite others.
For now, I will merely add that denying such “control” is not just an example of political correctness, that people get upset to hear anti-Semitism, especially when they hadn’t expected to have to refute it – startled even.

Meanwhile a new statement on tackling anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, which all 5 leadership candidates has already agreed to.
Disappointing that Richard Burgon and Dawn Butler, candidates for Deputy Leader, can’t support it. Or that Dianne Abbot should back them up (check).

Tests of Leadership

My tests of leadership are –
1. to make people “see the stars”; i.e. vision that compels;
2. relishing the opportunity to use the mass media to convert people to our cause;
3. demonstrating the ability to convert people through the media;
4. working out what the country needs, and putting meeting the need into a form that people can relate to; (unlike our list of 104 pledges);
5. Socialist, Internationalist and Green, cos it’s what we are; and no need to diss previous Labour governments, cos they all did loads;
6. Condemning of the use of barbarity in political dialogue and
7, an expectation of full compliance with action needed to rectify the loss of trust from Jewish people.

From the 1995 Oliver Stone film, Nixon: 
(Nixon wakes up in the middle of the night.)
Manolo (Nixon's Cuban butler, joins him and ) moves to a cabinet on the far side of the pantry.
Takes out a bottle of Chivas, puts ice into a tumbler.  
	NIXON   	Do you miss Cuba, Manolo?
	MANOLO  	Yes, Mr. President.
	NIXON   	We let you down, didn't we.  Your people.
	MANOLO  	That was Mr. Kennedy.
	NIXON   	You don't think he was a hero?
Manolo pours Nixon a drink.
	MANOLO 		(shrugs) 	He was a politician.
	NIXON 		(swallows the drink)
                	Did you cry when he died?
	MANOLO  	Yes.
	NIXON   	Why?
	MANOLO  	I don't know.  		(then)
	                He made me see the stars ...
	NIXON		(looks outside, to himself)
	                How did he do that?

The Leadership event didn’t really ask the questions that I think are pertinent.
The 40 seconds per answer format may be all you can do for a fair opportunity for everyone.
But it never felt like someone could find the space to impress. Save the final 2 minute statements, upon which Keir Starmer did the best and helping people “see the stars” (pt. 1).

Jess Phillips was combative on tackling anti-Semitism (pt. 7), but for Rebecca Long-Bailey to celebrate Ralph Miliband, but not Ed Miliband (former leader) or David Miliband (former Foreign Secretary) spoke volumes.

As for a Boris Johnson style oft repeated mantra, only Long-Bailey tried it and she went for “democratising the economy”. Nottingham was the home of the Institute for Workers Control, but it’s not a demand I heard anyone try to sell during the last election, not called for from the doorstep. The nature of work has changed, is less factory orientated, and the intellectual property more internationalised. Perhaps it can work in a legal office, but very challenging for the huge numbers of people employed caring for others in their homes. Difficult to see how the demand for this has been created (pt 4).

Why Labour Lost in 2019

Polling and media consensus for the defeat typically suggested 5 reasons –
1. Jeremy Corbyn was unpopular; 2. Brexit strategy; 3. manifesto; 4. collapse of Red Wall; 5. poor election strategy.

My takes differs a bit
– Corbyn, yes;
– Brexit – not quite;
– policy – was Ok but not focussed;
– Red wall – no, a symptom not a cause;
– poor election strategy – well, poor campaign;
– media have to take some of the blame and
– Britain’s political culture is poor.

This is expanded upon in posts written since the defeat – 
1. Jeremy Corbyn was unpopular and unable to empathise over the airwaves; and didn’t fix the anti-Semitism concerns;
2. we allowed the election to be called when Brexit could be the issue;  failed to realise the value of Labour supporters being Remainers;
3. policy in itself being expected to deliver a win rather than being focussed and rehearsing the need for the policies;
4. a lacklustre campaign, as if rallies are the only way to campaign;
5. the biased print media, and the airwaves media wanting to be the judge and jury; poor media management;
6. a poor political culture; degradation of the electoral register.

It was foreseeable and foreseen.

Lose by 11 points and the loss of previously safe seats follows and targeting can’t fix it.