vendredi 6 février 2009

No to anti-semitism

Freedland makes the point, in the Guardian, that the left did not insist as strongly enough that Jewish people were not to blame for the Israeli attack on Gaza as they were to make sure that muslims were not persecuted as a group for the crimes of 9/11 and 7/7. He goes on to argue that the number of anti-semitic assaults have risen sharply since the Israeli war on Gaza. He fails to mention that anti-Muslim attacks have risen as well (though he does point out that Jack Straw's ramblings about headscarves a few years ago prompted Islamaphobic attacks to rise) and argues that the left should not attack Zionism as, on the streets, it makes no difference since it is all interpreted as 'Attack the Jews'.
He concludes "It is perfectly possible to condemn Israel's current conduct and to stand firmly against anti-Jewish prejudice." - which is what the left, at least the left we've been reading, has been saying all along. Point being, why is it the left that always gets the blame for this. Like the left has that much power! If only.