The email came from a man calling himself Jihad Alshamie and the message was simple enough. “It is people like you who deserve to die.” The email was one of many streaming into the inbox of John Howell, a British member of parliament, in response to a simple question that he had asked. Howell had inquired of a left-wing activist what his position on the hundred rockets that had fallen on Israel was. And from there the death threats followed.
Howell joins the ranks of other MPs, including such prominently pro-Israel members of parliament as Louise Ellman and Robert Halfon, who have been on the receiving end of astounding volumes of vitriol and venom for refusing to align with the pro-terrorist position that dominates the political and intellectual climate in the United Kingdom. The threats that they have received are a taste of the charged atmosphere that defines the debate.
In a darkening atmosphere of hate, it has become increasingly dangerous to be Jewish or pro-Israel in the UK. That atmosphere extends all the way up to its highest bodies.
“Just as Lord Ashcroft owns one part of the Conservative Party, right-wing Jewish millionaires own the other part,” a Labour MP told the Friends of Al-Aqsa, basking in the cheers of his appreciative audience. Another Labour MP suggested that ambassadors to Israel should not be Jewish so that they “can’t be accused of having Jewish loyalty.”
Accusation of Jews having their “tentacles” and “financial grip” on the Western world are not just the sort of thing you read about in old articles on the politics of the 1930s; they are a recurring theme in the parliamentary proceedings of the present day. That is what makes the courage of those members of parliament who retain the integrity to stand by the truth despite the torrent of hate that much more noteworthy.
Lord Janner, who had stood at mass graves, participated in the War Crimes Investigation Unit working with survivors at the Bergen Belsen concentration camp and headed up the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Anti-Semitism, was physically assaulted when he protested against Lord Bramall’s attacks on Israel. Lord Bramall was not charged. But Lord Bramall pales next to Lord Nazir Ahmed, who has promoted anti-Semitism, supported Islamic terrorism and announced a bounty for the capture of George W. Bush.
Lord Ahmed invited a speaker who stated that “in the Middle East we have just one reason for wars, terror and trouble – and that is Jewish supremacy drive” and Ahmed himself suggested that British volunteers in Israel should be prosecuted for war crimes.
Whatever line there is between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is swiftly being blurred away to nothing. While it might be tempting to dismiss a few email threats as the work of cranks, there is no denying the reality that views and actions that might have once been relegated to the margins, are now mainstream. In the UK of “Seven Jewish Children” and accusations of a “Jewish cabal” running Downing Street there is no longer any standard of decency or line that should not be crossed in the left’s bloody war against the Jewish State.
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