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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Here we go gathering nuts from May

It looks as though the UK is beginning to go the way of the USA, where right-wing "supporters of Israel" make the government march to their tune while frequently being far more vicious in their hatred of Muslims, Palestinians, the UN, international law and human rights than even the present Israeli regime.

However, as Home Secretary Theresa May has just discovered, jumping every time someone screams "antisemitism" without bothering to ask why Israel would be happy to have the alleged "antisemite" as a citizen just makes you look like a jerk.

I don't, however, share David Hearst's uncritical adulation of the CST's "invaluable role" in monitoring antisemitism. Its role seems to be more that of inventing spurious "antisemitism" to silence criticism of its attacks on any opposition to Zionist policies, even where that comes from Jews (famous of course for their antisemitism).

As the Guardian reported:

The immigration tribunal had been told that the home secretary acted on information provided to the government by the CST and the Jewish Board of Deputies.

In its ruling, it said that "it is of concern" that May apparently did not consult any Muslim or Palestinian organisations. It noted the evidence of Robert Lambert, a retired head of the Metropolitan police's Muslim Contact Unit, and David Miller, a sociology professor from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland who set up the Spinwatch site, "that whereas the CST has done invaluable work in identifying threats to the Jewish community in the UK from the far right such as the British National party (BNP), it failed to distinguish between antisemitism and criticism of the actions of the Israeli state and therefore gives an unbalanced perspective, but they did not say that it was improper for the secretary of state to seek the views of the CST in this matter."

Not improper: merely foolish in the extreme.


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