Here in the UK we’ve had our regional local elections for those councillors who sit on local councils and make decisions about what services each region gets, how much residents and local businesses have to pay towards those and how these are going to be administered. In London we’ve also had our London Mayoral elections. We now have our first Muslim mayor in Sadiq Khan and I hope he will make a good mayor, although I didn’t vote for him as I wasn’t impressed in how the two main candidates for this position handled themselves.
It was basically a re-run of last year’s general elections of the usual punch and judy Westminster knock about stuff (watch it on YouTube, it makes the UK a laughing stock) and it actually got quite nasty with the Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith calling Sadiq all sorts of names, very unbecoming.
Coming hot on the heels of the allegations of anti-semitism that have surfaced in the last few days from the Tories it seems hypocritical that it’s perfectly alright for a jew like Goldsmith to plumb the depths of racism against gentils and muslims, but if there is anything approaching observation or criticism of jews it’s suddenly labelled anti-semitism. That’s the pot calling the kettle black.
It appears that Jewish people are allowed to use the accusation of anti-semitism as a get out of jail card that avoids them having to face unpalatable truths about their own behaviour and shut down any arguments that they should behave in a more civilised manner towards each other and the rest of the world. If it is unacceptable for non jews to use the hollocaust to explain their thinking (as Ken Livingstone did), it is equally unacceptable for jews to do the same. However historical facts are just that, facts that cannot be changed nor airbrushed just because it doesn’t suit one side or the other. History is there so we can learn from it so we don’t make the same mistakes.
Furthermore if jews do not like descriptions or criticisms, however light or harsh of their behaviours they should not engage in those behaviours in the first place. Jewish people are not absolved from bad behaviour because of what happened 80 years ago any more than Catholic priests are absolved from child abuse because of what early Christians went through 2,000 years ago.
If we agree that we are a civilised society then we must ALL behave with a sense of fairness and integrity towards each other and ourselves, uphold the standards we set ourselves and not engage in behaviour that undermines those goals. Here endeth the lesson.