What is it about the Left which makes anti-Semitism so common?

Synagogue TorontoWith MPs alleging that Luciana Berger was only listed as “hostile” to Jeremy Corbyn on a leaked party memo “because she is Jewish”, it’s time for Labour to confront the issue of anti-semitism head on.

It can be hard for people on the Left to admit that our movement has a problem with bigotry. Generally speaking, we’re used to being on the other side of these kind of conflicts. Historically, organised anti-fascism has always had close links with labour activism. Left-wing parties have consistently led the way in the push for all forms of equalities legislation.

  • Brett_McS

    Ultimately, I think it stems from the left’s assumption that the world is a zero-sum game.

    For example, the idea that wealth is generated by trade is inexplicable to them. Thus, “Israel gets richer” means “Arab countries get poorer” (which goes for America and all the West as well).

    For various reasons the Jews have been relatively successful for a long time, so this means that they have been robbing people for a long time, according to zero-sum thinking.

    I don’t think it is Jews per se, it is the idea that wealth is created on the backs of the poor, and the Jews just happen to be the primary target of this misconception, historically.

    A little bit of economic understanding would help those on the left who have not yet frozen their ideas into stone.

    • Alain

      Not certain that explains the anti-Semitism of the Left, since it existed even prior to the rebirth of Israel. It was in full force during in the old Soviet Union from its birth. I do think that what you content certainly plays a part, especially as the Left prefers the underdog victim and Jews defending themselves drives them crazy.

      • Brett_McS

        Yes, the Jews have historically (not just since Israel) been successful at business and banking etc. In leftist thinking that makes them like Vampires, living off the suffering of others. (In fact I read somewhere that the Vampire idea was basically an anti-Jew mythology).

    • Half Judean (Destroyer-Drone)

      In fairness, this is also the case for the so-called “far-right” which endlessly pokes fun at the low mean IQ of Blacks. When it comes about that Jews are on average ‘smarter’ than them, they immediately shift into tinfoil hatting conspiracy mode, which strangely (and hilariously) resembles the Black supremacist mantra about whitey: the Jew is therefore “da Man” who keeps stealing all the wealth and knowledge of the poor innocent Aryan lamb in order to keep a rassenbrüder down.

  • Minicapt

    The Labour/Socialist world is founded on hate. Having the Jews is a convenience, otherwise they would have to work to find their enemy.

    Cheers