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Anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools

Thu, 31 May 2018 09:16:55 GMT

This post is my response to the warning from the former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the dangers of "doing nothing" to combat anti-Semitism. The concern raised by Lord Sacks is that anti-Semitism appears widespread in the far left, as well as in its normal home in the far right. I will write about what I think I understand, meaning I will not venture into the issues relating to actions of the state of Israel. None of my best friends (that I know of) are Jewish though I have yet to meet an Israeli Jew who whole-heartedly supports the actions of the Israeli government.   The quote, ‘Anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools’ is often attributed to the nineteenth century German social democratic leader, August Bebel. Its switching, to ‘Socialism is the anti-Semitism of intellectuals’, seems to capture the essence of the problem the far left have. Those that support gender equality and oppose Islamophobia or racism based on skin colour seem not to perceive anti-Semitism...

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