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Today is Holocaust Memorial day in the UK and elsewhere (we commemorate this on a completely different day here in Israel).
And as regular as a German rail service, along comes another member of the UK’s Liberal Democrat party (remember Jenny Tonge) espousing rabidly Jew-hating views and thinking he’s just bashing “Israeli government policy”. Well he’s not. David Ward MP, who’s constituancy covers Bradford which is basically a Sharia enclave in Britain’s increasingly restive Muslim north, is just keeping his deeply indoctrinated constituents happy.
As I said yesterday on twitter, only someone who hates Jews can believe the lie that Jews are trying to exterminate Arabs (or for that matter anyone else). It really is as simple as that.
Needless to say his party leadership is making signs of being embarrassed but it’s mostly a fig leaf. Polite UK society widely believes that Israel oppresses and mistreats Arabs and does so without any reason. David Ward is just doing us a favour by making that clear again.
Melanie Phillips has a great post on this. I suggest you read all of it for links and more background but here is just the last part where she, yet again, skewers this nonsense.
The really chilling thing is this. Leave aside Ward’s particular offensiveness and idiocies. The insane belief that Israel is trying to wipe out the Palestinians or at the very least that it behaves savagely towards them, subjects them to ‘apartheid’ and ensures through its behaviour that there is no peace in the Middle East is now common currency in British progressive circles. While most would not use the Holocaust analogy and are careful to damn Israelis rather than ‘the Jews’, the entirely false belief that the Israelis have supplanted the indigenous people of Palestine and towards whom they are now behaving in an unconscionable way is now the default position amongst liberals and the left, and has also made serious inroads amongst the more isolationist and ignorant British conservatives.
The belief that, in Israel, the victims of one of the greatest crimes against humanity are themselves now guilty of crimes against humanity is the collective libel that has become the default position amongst the British intelligentsia. And as Ward suggested in his remarks on Sky, only those Jews who themselves endorse this libel by denouncing Israel are to be considered free of this taint. British Jews who support Israel and try to counter these Big Lies are quite simply treated as pariahs by baying mobs whose obsession with Israel has brought about nothing less than a mass derangement in British public debate.
The full, monstrous obscenity of both Ward’s remarks and the widespread British attitude to which he has given voice is no less than this: accusing the people who were the victims of genocide entirely falsely of committing crimes against humanity — simply because they are trying to defend themselves from being wiped out again by those for whom the Holocaust is unfinished business. Self-defence against extermination is now considered a crime against humanity.
David Ward may have been particularly clumsy – but he has merely given voice to Britain’s national sickness and shame.