Birkbeck Professor Robert Singh Unleashes His Inner Antisemite
Meet Robert Singh.
A Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London, Robert specializes in contemporary US politics and the politics of American foreign policy.
Judging by videos of him speaking on the topic, he comes across as well-spoken and reasonable:
Not only that, his writings indicate he “gets it” when it comes to Labour antisemitism and Jeremy Corbyn.
For instance, this essay on the US-UK relationship:
Americans should be under no illusions. Institutionally anti-Semitic and reflexively anti-American, a Labour government would represent a clear and present danger to U.S.-UK relations. As Mike Gapes—former chairman of the Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and one of eight MPs who left the party in February—observed, Corbyn poses “a threat to national security and international alliances.” In 2017, many Labour MPs told voters a Labour vote was safe since Corbyn couldn’t win. Those who recognize he is unfit to be Prime Minister but remain loyal increasingly resemble Republicans who reassured themselves that Trump would change in office. Nor is this a matter of one individual. The far Left controls party organization and moderates are leaving, being re-educated or removed. As one Labour MP privately confided to me, “How the hell did it come to this?”.
And this essay on the same topic:
Corbyn’s red dawn would represent a clear and present danger to the bilateral. Having championed every anti-Western, anti-American, anti-British and anti-Israeli cause over his 36 years in Parliament, Comrade Corbyn is not about to change.
But it would seem Rob Singh has a dark side.
Birkbeck, University of London has confirmed to Campaign Against Antisemitism that Professor Rob Singh will be leaving the institution at the end of the academic year.
The confirmation comes after we provided the University with evidence that appeared to show Prof. Singh using the most appalling language in correspondence with a third party.
We wrote to Vice-Chancellor Professor David Latchman CBE, sharing copies of the messages, which contained expressions of various forms of bigotry, including a number of antisemitic comments, urging the University to investigate.
Comments included appearing to accuse a Jewish person of contemplating theft and saying “Too bad you live down to stereotypes.” asking “Is it difficuybeing a Jew?” [sic] and “Are you pretending to be a Jew?” There was also a reference to “Jew boy” and other inflammatory language. In addition there were also references in the messages to “f***ing apes” and uses of the n-word, and abuse directed at other minority groups.
Prof. Latchman responded to Campaign Against Antisemitism to inform us that Prof. Singh would be leaving the University on 31st July 2023, without going into further detail.
From what I have been told, Singh also wrote to the Jewish third party “I’ll do what I want. England. You won’t get that. Oy vey,” seemingly implying that being Jewish is incompatible with being English. This is reminiscent of Jeremy Corbyn’s infamous statement that a group of Zionists had “no sense of irony” despite “having lived in this country for a very long time” (which this Jews finds ironic, given Singh’s own comments about Corbyn!)
Even if Singh were to claim he wrote those things in anger, many months have passed and he could have apologized for the antisemitism. Plus I reached out to Singh for comment and received no response.
It is hard to reconcile the video of Singh and his views on Labour and Corbyn with the person who use this vile, antisemitic invective. But such is antisemitism – it can remain bottled inside even those who do not fit the picture of the antisemite, and is so powerful, it usually cannot be contained.