As the Jewish Chronicle has reported, the Community Security Trust (CST) has told in a new report that “Between January and June 2019, there were 892 incidents of anti-Jewish racism recorded by the CST - a rise of 10 per cent on the first six months of 2018”. More worryingly, “The CST’s report, published on Thursday, confirms that social media accounted for 36 per cent or 384 of the incidents”.
Feared. But only by rickety furniture
The JC also notes that “The highest monthly totals seen during the first half of 2019 were February and March, with 182 and 169 antisemitic incidents respectively … These were months when issues relating to Jews and antisemitism were prominent in news and politics due to the continuing controversy over antisemitism in Labour”.
Stephen Pollard - totally OTT
That is the full extent of what the CST says about Labour and accusations of anti-Semitism. But it is enough for a JC leader - which, one has to assume, enjoys the imprimatur of editor Stephen Pollard - to rant “Are these antisemitism figures high enough for you, Mr Corbyn?” It gets worse: “the cause of this ongoing record increase in antisemitism is no mystery. It can be summed up in two words: Jeremy Corbyn”.
Another Fawkes pack of lies preserved for posterity
Evidence? Where Pollard’s going, they don’t need evidence. Nor do they need it at the Murdoch Sun, where readers are told “The document also makes specific reference to the Labour Party, saying that 55 incidents related directly to the Opposition in February and March”. That’s not true (see above). Nor is the headline, “Labour’s anti-Semitism row led to record number of hate incidents in first half of the year”.
But the biggest lie came from the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, where new boy Christian Calgie has quickly got himself up to speed on The Great Guido’s tradition of talking well, but lying badly.
Under the headline “Labour Anti-Semitic Incidents Hit Record Number”, he tells readers “Almost 20% of anti-Semitic incidents across the whole UK were linked to the Labour Party in March, with the CST report noting that Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis ‘clearly has an important bearing’ on the record-high number of incidents recorded”.
How many incidents did the CST claim were linked to the Labour Party? Have a guess. It’s a nice round number. It is, in fact, zero. No incidents at all were linked to the Labour Party. And after Tom Mills pointed out “There’s no breakdown of these incidents, so without more transparency from CST we can only speculate. But there’s no evidence linking any of them to Labour. Rather, these appear to merely be incidents of antisemitic abuse *related* to the controversy”, James Wright had bad news for the Fawkes massive.
“CST confirms that no Labour members/ representatives are implicated in its antisemitism report: 'Other than the one... justified passing reference... to "support”, the report does not refer to Labour “supporters” or “members"...nor...perpetrators... “linked” to the party’ … CST also says 'The report repeatedly refers to incidents “related” to Labour’s antisemitism controversy. This is the terminology that appears throughout the report. Any suggestion to the contrary is entirely misleading and irresponsible.’” Fawkes pants on fire again.
And before The Great Guido pulls that post, or amends it, I’ve taken a screen shot and got the link. It’s not called a borderline Fake News site for nothing. Another fine mess.
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