Readers of Metro appear to have rushed to respond to the paper’s prominent page two coverage of Campaign Against Antisemitism’s new research by proving British Jews right about antisemitism.
Our Antisemitism Barometer research found that 83% of British Jews believe that the Labour Party is harbouring antisemites, whilst 78% have witnessed antisemitism disguised as a political comment about Israel or Zionism, 81% believe that media bias against Israel was fuelling persecution of Jews in Britain, and 78% feel intimidated by tactics used to boycott Israel.
Two Metro readers rushed to respond by writing in to ably demonstrate exactly how British Jews are shouted down or ignored when they complain about antisemitism, in a double antisemitism whereby Jews not only suffer racism, but are then accused of lying when they complain about it.
One reader, Tom, complained bitterly: “Antisemitism is evil, but political discussion is not. Fighting antisemitism depends on knowing the difference. Fear of Senator McCarthy was part of my Detroit childhood and I know a witch-hunt when I see it. Labour must stop the witch-hunt.”
Another reader, who remained anonymous, also had strong feelings to share, writing: “There is a massive difference between antisemitism and being against Zionists who are anti-Palestinian.”
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