The MCB is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood . It supports a boycott of Israel but no other country. It has not accepted the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism. The Home Secretary is right not to do business with the unrepresentative MCB – like (indeed) the previous Labour government.
There have been a tiny number of incidents in the Conservative Party but compared with antisemitism in Labour, they are a drop in the ocean. There have been tens of thousands of antisemitic incidents in Labour reported (since January 2016). Over 1000 people have been reported and there is a backlog of 1000 more to be reported. Six Councillors have been quietly reinstated.
The Conservatives claim ‘We take all such incidents seriously, which is why we have suspended all those who have behaved inappropriately and launched immediate investigations.’ The evidence bears this out.
The MCB and Labour have complained about this Conservative Councillor who supposedly ‘backed the detention of all Muslims’. Nonsense. She was simply commenting that sometimes in the interest of security it is necessary to detain extremists. Lord Carlile (among others) has said the same thing. If TPIMs were used more widely, lives could be saved. Darren Osborne showed many signs of instability. If he had been detained under a TPIM, Makram Ali would not be dead.
Shamefully JCORE and UJS have supported the MCB’s call.
The irony is that neither the MCB nor Corbyn or McDonnell have mentioned Sir Alan Duncan.
Let’s recall some of the nastiness of Duncan………… (whose recent career includes being ‘special envoy’ for Oman and Yemen and running a consultancy advising clients with interests in the Middle East).
Speaking on BBC Radio 4 in October 2014, following the debate in Parliament on Palestinian statehood, he said “all know that the United States is in hock to a very powerful financial lobby which dominates its politics.” In his RUSI speech after the vote, he said that “no endorser of Israeli settlements should be considered fit to stand for election, remain a member of a mainstream political party, or sit in a Parliament.”
“But our politics has rules…funding should not come from another country or from citizens of another country, or be unduly in hock to another country. This rule seems to apply to every country except when it comes from Israel. Jewish voters in the UK should be welcomed as supporters of, and donors to, their favoured political party.”
“…the support of any British Jew for any political party can hinge on whatever they want”
“…We need British Jews for the Conservative, Labour, or other UK parties; not the Israeli lobby for any party. The time has come to make sure above any doubt that the funding of any party in the UK is clearly decoupled from the influence of the Israeli state.”
Comments which earned him a sharp rebuke from the CST who said that they ‘resonated with the Jews / money / hidden power / alien purpose motifs of old antisemitic conspiracy theory: only now directed at Israel or pro-Israelis, rather than Jews’.
Why have neither the MCB nor Corbyn nor McDonnell mentioned these thoroughly shameful comments?
Perhaps because they agree?
It is pellucidly clear that this attack on the Conservatives is simply a sordid attempt to divert attention away from the plague of antisemitism in Labour. Racism should never become a political football.
Apart from the committed, it fools no-one.
Postscript: Ed Husain says it far more eloquently ………… ‘Lifting from the Soviet Union’s playbook of diversionary tactics, Corbyn has now accused the Conservatives of “Islamophobia”. ‘