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Wednesday 12 September 2018

Dr Ellie Looks The Wrong Way

As Zelo Street pointed out recently, the ruckus which was supposedly over Labour adopting the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, together with all the examples, would not end after its adoption, because it was not about anti-Semitism. It was, and is, about getting rid of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. And the reason for this is all too straightforward.
Labour pledged in the run-up to last year’s General Election to green light Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry. Our free and fearless press is scared shitless of what that would - not just might - uncover. So it is no coincidence that those who work in the service of that press are continuing to demonise Jezza, no matter how foolish they look as a result.
Dr Ellie Cannon

All of which brings us to GP-cum-columnist Dr Ellie Cannon, who writes for the Mail on Sunday, sister paper to the Daily Mail, which infamously indulged in blatant anti-Semitism when it gratuitously trashed the memory of Ralph Miliband. Yet Dr Ellie wants her followers to know that anti-Semitism is what Labour is at, even though it is not.
So it was that she shared her most personal thoughts on an open Twitter feed, telling “A (very personal) thread from me and @adam_cannon So we just spent Jewish new year as we always do - friends, family, eating, honey cake, synagogue... And it’s all been the same as normal as it has been for the last 40 years that I can remember until last night”.
Do go on. “Last night the conversation moved on from schools, and TV, and work to the subject on every Jew’s mind at the moment: Corbyn. And we sat for hours planning with our friends where and how we would leave if he became Prime Minister. We swapped potential passport options”. Er, WHAT? What if he DID become Prime Minister?
But she was only just getting warmed up. “We argued on the merits of other safer’ countries. We discussed when, why, how and where we would make a new start. Do people realise this is happening in the UK in 2018? Two British born, Oxbridge educated professional adults discussing the merits and logistics of fleeing”. There was more.
We were all born and raised here. We are mostly third or more generation British. I cheered in my university bar when my Labour vote won in 1997 I have never considered myself anything other than British (for me being Jewish comes second to that) … But last night we planned where we’re going next. Jews who escaped Europe in the 1930s talked about the suitcases always being ready. It’s 2018. The suitcase, once again, is packed”.
I accept there are some Jews who are genuinely apprehensive of a Labour Government - but there isn’t anything sinister about the idea. As one Tweeter has pointed out today, “Remember how Channel 4 Dispatches went undercover with Momentum for 6 months and found not a single, solitary incidence of antisemitism? The worst they could find was a potential mis-sharing of data, which turned out to be perfectly legal anyway”. There is no anti-Semitic intent from Labour. This is a press confection that is getting out of hand.
Dr Ellie is looking the wrong way. Anti-Semitism, if and when it rears its ugly head, will, as it did in the past, come from the far right. Right now, the far right, emboldened by the attitude of papers like Dr Ellie’s, is going after Muslims. But the persecution won’t stop there. It never does. The fascists are never satisfied with picking on just one minority.
What Dr Ellie is doing, by joining in with the pretence that Labour means anti-Semitism, is in its own way dangerous, because if real anti-Semitism - rather than the invention of a press establishment that is frightened of what a Labour Government might cause to be unearthed by setting the Leveson Inquiry process going once more - were to appear in the UK, many people might not take it seriously after all the press ranting at Labour.

As to the talk of Corbyn bringing danger to Britain’s Jews, this idea has been contradicted by … Dr Ellie herself. A year before Jezza was first elected Labour leader, she told “**Reality check**: I am a 3rd generation British Jew. Never in 37years have I felt worried about living in the UK. I do now. Why?” It had nothing to do with Corbyn then.
And last April, she was moved to pass adverse comment on what she had just seen on BBC Question Time: “‘The fact you have to have guards now at Jewish schools’ says @CarolineLucas … It’s been like that for three decades. Get with the programme #BBCQT”. It’s got nothing to do with Corbyn now, either, has it?
Then she let slip what the demonisation of Jezza is partly about: “Even as a child I have never walked into a synagogue that doesn’t have security on the front door @CarolineLucas - I feel you should be aware of that And 50% of your time spent answering a question on anti Semitism related to Israeli settlements. Irrelevant”.

There it is again - the conflation of “Jews” and “Israel”.  For Dr Ellie, Jezza is bad because he backs the cause of the Palestinians. It’s not about anti-Semitism. Again.

And what of Adam Cannon? He works for the Murdoch Sun. I’ll just leave that one there.
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Anonymous said...

Cannon is a right winger, and probably would be whatever her religion.

I couldn't give a shit about her religion - or anyone else's for that matter. If it gives them some sort of comfort, so be it.

But I do care about two other matters.

The first is the presence in the Labour Party of right wingers who reduced it to the corrupt level of the tories and LibDems. The people who now, like Cannon, seek to undermine the leadership and obstruct a return to founding principles. The very people who failed so disastrously when in power.

The second is the behaviour of the Israeli government in its illegal actions against innocent Palestinians. Actions which include mass murder, property theft and what amounts to apartheid racism. Actions which are universally condemned by the international community.

Cannon can hide all she likes behind Judaism, but the stark reality is her behaviour has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with her poisonous brand of hypocritical and corrupt politics.

All of which means if she wishes to pack her bags and leave, fine: I'll help her and other like minded members of the Oxbridge gang failures to the airport. Whatever their religion.

Mark said...

Ugh. I feel sorry for her patients.

Gonzoland said...

It is not just cases of people calling supporters of the Palestinians 'Anti-Semites', the smear is used on anyone who dares to have socialist principles.

Noting that anti-Semitism smearing is working in Britain, the US Democrats are copying it. See: 'Andrew Cuomo Owes Cynthia Nixon an Apology
A last-minute mailer from Democrats wrongly describing Ms. Nixon as anti-Semitic is a disgrace.' - NY Times September 9 2018

Cynthia Nixon is Jewish.

Anonymous said...

Well, I was out in the countryside this morning and I passed a detention camp, with barbed wire fences and searchlight towers at each corner, black uniformed guards with savage, snarling dogs, rows and rows of huts and an ominous brick building with a tall chimney close by and I thought to myself that I really need to stop imagining things.

This is not the 1930s when there were protests in the city against Jews, there was a deeply right wing government in Germany with its heart intent on genocide exporting its hate, and there were national newspapers openly coming down on particular religious groups – ok, scratch that last one. But there are no mysterious vans on the streets snatching people away for having the wrong religion, extremist views on sexuality or racism, no one is indefinitely detained without reason (hopefully) and certainly not without it being publicised, and neighbours reporting neighbours based on hearsay and bias.

Maybe this dozy woman needs to remember that it is a Tory government in power at the moment; if there was going to be any form of cracking down on a religion then there would be Moslems in secret (or maybe not so secret) camps due to the terrorism risk from a tiny minority in their community; before that there would have been Irish in detention camps (risk of IRA involvement, etc), and so on. With the Tories currently in place, to do something like that it would still take several years to implement (which they’ve had) and it would have been difficult to bring in such policy without it being made public (not all the media would have supported suppressing a press blackout) both here and abroad. Yes, something like this could have taken place behind the old Iron Curtain because that was the kind of atmosphere they lived under – but here?

This woman is a doctor; do her patients really give a damn which invisible friend she worships? I’m more inclined to believe that her life is much easier than her black and Asian colleagues, and she is potentially less likely to be detained by any future one state dictatorship than them – but if someone is stirring the fear for their own malicious reasons then maybe she needs to scrawl ‘gullible’ on her forehead as a warning to others.

Burlington Bertie from Bow said...

Hysteria comes in many forms, some more self-serving and profitable than others.

And anyone who can say 'Israeli settlements are irrelevant' and then talk about packing suitcases without seeing the irony needs to join Karen Bradley in the queue for the Modern European History GCSE class.

kaletzkya said...

There's no need to consider fleeing.

All you have to do, if you support Israel or any of its aspects, is to defend that support, preferably rationally - just as anyone in UK who supports, say, Russia or Saudi Arabia or any of their aspects would have to be prepared to do.

Corbyn is quite irrelevant to that, although it is possible that links with Israel may be weakened. But that's of course irrelevant as you say you are more British than Jewish (and, by default, not Israeli at all). The only thing that might threaten you is the conflation of "Jewish" with Israel - and no-one does more to encourage that conflation than Israel and the "mainstream" Jewish "communtiy organisations.