A pro-Israel newspaper promoted anti-Semitic slander on their website Friday. The story’s headline claimed “Unanimous UK Jewish community support for Israel” for its current attack on Gaza.
But this screen capture from a Google search of the original headline clearly proves The Jewish Chronicle published the headline. A version of the headline also survives on an index page of their website, as of this writing: “Unanimous UK [Jewish] community support for Israel over Gaza fighting.”
The story contains a list of signatories on a letter to the Israel’s UK ambassador supporting Israel’s war crimes in Gaza as an “entirely understandable response.”
The list of signatories are in fact mostly representatives or members of some of the most fanatically pro-Israel lobby groups and propaganda organizations, including the Jewish Leadership Council, BICOM, the Labour Friends of Israel and the Conservative Friends of Israel.
No one elected these people to speak in the “unanimous” name of Britain’s Jews.
According to a controversial (but favored as a definition of anti-Semitism by supporters of Israel) document, “Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel” is an example of anti-Semitism.
In his memoir, former director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research Tony Lerman called it part of an Israeli campaign to manipulate the issue: “Israeli governments had successfully sought to control efforts to define and combat antisemitism… the so-called ‘Working Definition’… had helped them in this regard” (176).
Nevertheless, I’ve compared the Jewish Chronicle headline with Zionists’ own favored definition so that they are dammed in their own terms. The “Working Definition” has been spoken of positively by at least two Jewish Chronicle editors.
Jews against Israeli war crimes
In fact, and unsurprisingly, as usual there have been plenty of UK Jews who have spoken out against Israel’s current war crimes in Gaza.
For example, a strong letter from a long list of British Jews in The Guardian today condemns Israel for “its lethal bombardment of the civilian population of Gaza” and expresses “support [for] the peaceful campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS)” against Israel. It is signed by activists, academics and cultural workers – including Hollywood star Miriam Margolyes and comedian Alexei Sayle.