by Gilad Atzmon
(Reproduced with permission from the Gilad Atzmon blog Thursday, 27th JulyÂ 2017)
In March 2016, the British government pledged 13.4 million pounds to
the Community Security Trust (CST), a Jewish body that is committed
to fighting hatred against one group only. One would expect that with
all that money, the CST would do its job and curb anti Semitism. But the
miracle is that the opposite has occurred.
Just two weeks later, according to the CSTâ€™s statistics, anti Semitism
went through the roof. The Daily Mail reports today that 767 anti Semitic
hate crimes were logged by the CST in the first six months of 2017, a
30 per cent rise over 2016. It is the highest figure since statistics were
first kept 33 years ago. The CST reports an â€œunprecedented run of over
100 incidents each month back to April 2016â€.
A mere few days after the British government vowed to wire millions of
pounds to the CST, the number of â€˜anti Semitic incidentsâ€™ rose by
30% to over 100 incidents a month. The results, at least according to
the CSTâ€™s statistics, are that the more public money is allocated to fight
anti Semitism, the more anti Semitic the Brits become.
If this is the case, the cure for British anti Semitism may be within reach
â€“ to fight anti Semitism, deprive the CST and similar organisations of
Anti Semitism is not really a social phenomenon, it is instead a multi
million pound industry. The more we spend on the fight against it, the
more incidents are â€˜recordedâ€™ to justify further spending.
If the British government genuinely wants to fight anti Semitism it would
do better to reinstate British liberal values of universalism and tolerance
that go beyond the interests of one group. If British Jews feel unsafe,
they should ensure that they are stripped of their exceptional status.
They should insist that they are Brits like all other Britons: protected by
the same laws as their neighbours.
In December 2016, the British Government decided to step up the battle
against anti Semitism by adopting the International HolocaustÂ Remembrance Allianceâ€™s (IHRA) working definition of anti-
Semitism. The IHRAâ€™s definition was designed to suppress anyÂ criticism of Jewish politics, Zionism or Israel. Its intent was to makeÂ impossible the utterance of any criticism of anything in any way JewishÂ related.
Yet, according to the new CST statistics, even this drastic measure
didnâ€™t reduce anti Semitism at all. If anything, anti Semitism increased
sharply since the British Government adopted the new definition.
I would advise both Jews and the British authorities that it is the
exceptional treatment of one group that contributes to the growing
animosity towards Jewish politics and Jewish lobbying.
But there is another problem that must be addressed. Though it is not
clear whether anti Semitism is actually on the rise, it is certain that a
growing number of Brits have been subjected to an orchestrated
slanderous campaign run by Zionist institutions that are funded by
British taxpayer money such as CST and CAA.
These organisations attack Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour party, venues,
intellectuals, artists, musicians, authors and anyone else they decide
has dared to point at Israeli brutality and extensive Jewish political
lobbying in Britain.
If Britain still cares for values of tolerance and intellectual exchange, it
better spend some taxpayer money defending its citizens, gentiles as
well as Jews, from these foreign bodies. And if Britain truly cares for its
Jews, it should protect them from the unfortunate consequences of the
CST, CAA and other Israeli lobbies operating in our midst.