I’ve written on this before. So, why are these four examples so important to British Jews? Let’s qualify that, because it is only a small but vociferous section of British Jewry that has worked this issue up into something designed to give Britain a Right-Wing government for the next generation.
For a fuller treatment of the examples see here. The most problematic are bullet points 2, 4 and 5, 6 and 8. Let’s start with a simple one, not the most worrying, bullet point example 2. First the preamble, then the point:
Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
- Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
The problem here is the phrase ‘of Jews as collective’. This is vague. Had it been ‘the Jews as a collective’ there would be no problem. As it is, who defines the collective. If, for example, the major newspapers are owned by Jews and demonstrate a pro-Israel bias, is it ‘antisemitic’ to draw attention to those facts?
Now to point 6 which reads;
- Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
But what if they are? For instance, Arnon Milchan. It is highly likely, given Israel’s government stance and the financial support it receives that some Jewish citizens of e.g US and UK could justifiably be so accused. But, according to IHRA it is antisemtitic in this case to tell the truth
You may disagree but I believe that the whole ‘definition’ is designed to clamp down on discussion and criticism of Israel’s behaviour towards the Palestinians, including Palestinian Christians. Download the .pdf to see my comments on all bullet points. And, much as I’ve respected Frank Field in the past, I believe his current position to be utterly mistaken.