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1/OK, so, I don't know much about British politics, and have no reason to defend the Labour Party or Jeremy Corbyn, but I did notice something annoying about the allegations of antisemitism on the British Left...
2/News stories are coming out about how the British Left is more antisemitic than the British Right:
7/In this earlier version of the survey, "antisemitic statements" refers only to the 7 questions about negative Jewish stereotypes. NOT to questions about Israel.
As a result, the amount of "antisemitism" found in the 2017 survey is much lower than in the 2019 one.
8/Furthermore, the 2017 survey found that antisemitism was slightly more common on the British Right than on the British Left.
9/Now, it's not clear if the surveys were done by different people. Both were done by the Campaign Against Antisemitism. But the 2019 survey was conducted in cooperation with YouGov and King's College London, while I can't tell if the 2017 survey also was.
10/Now, what were the anti-Israel statements that got added to the "antisemitic statements" list in the 2019 report? Here they are. (Some are phrased as pro-Israel statements, so that disagreement is logged as antisemitism).
11/Of these six statements, at least one is obviously antisemitic, while two probably are:
12/But three of these statements clearly seem purely about Israel as a country, and not about Jewish people having dual loyalties:
13/Treating purely geopolitical statements about the country of Israel as indicators of "antisemitism" seems like a declaration that all Jews are irrevocably tied to the country of Israel...which ironically feels like a way of pressing dual loyalties on Jewish people!
14/To put it bluntly, I don't want British pollsters to tell me that I have to be an Israel stan or else I'm an antisemitic, self-hating Jew! That's silly.
15/Also, this new highly dubious definition of "antisemitism" - a big change from previous years' surveys! - is making Britain look more antisemitic than it is, which is probably freaking a lot of people out unnecessarily.
16/And as to whether or not Corbyn or his hardcore supporters are antisemitic, I don't think this survey answers that question.
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