When antisemitism is just a side issue

As I write this, we’re just a few hours away from finding out if this Iranian state-television host will become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom:

Corbyn’s chances of winning are slim, but after 2016, who can rule it out?

Bret Stephens acknowledges that many, maybe even most Labour voters aren’t antisemitic. But by their actions, they’re showing that they don’t think antisemitism is a deal-breaker:

…a ballot for Trump did not automatically mean that his voters shared his bigotries. Nor did it necessarily mean that they weren’t embarrassed by them.

It just meant that those bigotries weren’t deal-breakers. If their candidate was a birther, they could live with it. If he thought celebrity was a license for sexual predation, they could live with it. If he wanted to impose a religious test on immigrants; or discredit a judge on account of his ethnic background; or characterize the bulk of Mexican immigrants as “rapists” — that may all have been very unfortunate.

But, again, they could live with it. To adapt a line, they proved that the only thing necessary for bigots to be normalized is for the unbigoted to shrug.

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As with Trump’s voters, there are all sorts of explanations and excuses for why Britons might vote Labour. Some feel disgusted by Johnson, who (like Hillary Clinton) stirs deep personal antipathies. Some see a Labour government as the likeliest way of stopping Brexit. Some are convinced that only Labour can save the country’s National Health Service.

The rationales vary and multiply. But they stop at this: Under Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party has become, in the words of many of its own members (or former members), “institutionally anti-Semitic.” Dwell on the word “institutionally”: It means it isn’t just a matter of some bad apples. The question for the British electorate — and for anyone else who takes a rooting interest in the country’s politics — is whether or not they seriously care.

The latest evidence comes in the form of a recently leaked 53-page document by the 2,500-member Jewish Labour Movement (J.L.M.) to Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission. It chronicles “relentless” and “daily” incidents of anti-Semitism within the party.

Just this week, in Jersey City, we saw where this sickness can spread if it’s left unchecked. And we’ve learned that some people are only concerned about it if they can use it blame the other team.

British Police Priorities

Britain may not be able to stop massive child-sex rings, but By God, they’re going to throw the book at people doing stupid things on YouTube.

A man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes before putting the footage on YouTube has been convicted of committing a hate crime.

Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend’s pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as “gas the Jews” and “Sieg Heil” by raising its paw.

But police were alerted and he was arrested for allegedly committing a hate crime.

The original clip had been viewed more than three million times on YouTube.

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Mr Brown told the court it was wrong to focus on the phrase “gas the Jews” when it had been taken out of context of the whole video.

He claimed Jewish comedian David Baddiel had voiced his support for Meechan and had asked for him to walk free.

He added: “I can see that the video may not be to everyone’s taste.

“Others may be able to see the comedic or satirical element to it.

“The court should seek to acquit Mr Meechan for no other reason but to show it is 2018 and not 1984.”

Prosecutors had earlier asked for Meechan to be convicted and branded the video “an odious criminal act that was dressed up to look like a joke.”

Comedian Ricky Gervais took to Twitter to comment on the case after the verdict.

He tweeted: “A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed ‘grossly offensive’.

“If you don’t believe in a person’s right to say things that you might find ‘grossly offensive’, then you don’t believe in Freedom of Speech.”

Serious question: would this have been viewed three million times if Meechan wasn’t prosecuted?  He’ll probably end up with a Jordan Petersonesque book deal out of this.

Meanwhile, London’s Metropolitan Police appears to have removed this from their page about Hate Crimes, at least for now:

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Another Rotherham

It’s happened again.  And this one might be even worse:

Up to 1,000 children could have suffered in Britain’s worst known abuse scandal – where sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11.

The rape hell of vulnerable young girls in one town – Telford – went on for a shocking 40 years, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.

As many as 1,000 children could have suffered at the merciless hands of perverts and torturers in Telford since the 1980s.

Girls as young as 11 have been lured from their families to be drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that, say victims, is still ongoing.

THREE people were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the scandal.

Despite similar high-profile cases in Rochdale and Rotherham, authorities in Telford ­repeatedly failed to stamp out a network of abusers.

The Mirror’s 18-month investigation reveals abuse on unprecedented levels. We found:

  • Social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police took a decade to launch a probe

  • Council staff viewed abused and trafficked children as “prostitutes” instead of victims, according to previously unseen files

  • Authorities failed to keep details of abusers from Asian communities for fear of “racism”

  • Police failed to investigate one recent case five times until an MP intervened

  • One victim said cops tried to stop her finding out why her abusers had not been prosecuted because they feared she would talk to us

Add Telford to a list that includes Rotherham, Operation Yewtree and Jimmy Savile’s shocking open-secret crimes.  It seems like massive child sex-abuse scandals are to Britain what mass shootings are to the United States.

Incidentally, I was a political event not long ago where a reasonably well-known Canadian magazine columnist hadn’t even heard of the Rotherham scandal.  Make of that what you will.