Sept. 6, 2018
- Corbyn’s Anti-Semitism Is a Threat to All of Us – Stephen Harper and David Trimble
History shows that the mindset which embraces anti-Semitism rarely restricts its hatred to the Jewish minority. Today’s hard-left exhibits a particularly pernicious form of anti-Semitism – one couched in anti-racism rhetoric to make it socially acceptable in polite company. It is not the Jews, they claim, who are uniquely evil among the nations. It just happens to be Israel, the Jewish state, that is the source of such malevolence.
While Britain’s Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn claims to embrace anti-Semites and other extremists in the name of “peace,” it is a peace that only ever involves the enemies of the West generally and of the Jewish people specifically. Today’s anti-Semitism all too often manifests itself in the singling out of Israel, depicted as a uniquely horrific place, responsible for all the ills of the Middle East, if not the world.
A fair examination would show that nothing could be further from the truth. Israel grapples with some of the most acute challenges the West faces in defending ourselves against jihadist aggression while maintaining modern, open societies. Israel carries this burden admirably, sustained by a democratic polity and a civil judiciary that, in some instances, surpass our own practices. It does this despite having been repeatedly tested under fire in ways our own citizens would simply not tolerate.
Stephen Harper is the former Prime Minister of Canada. David Trimble was First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2002. (Telegraph-UK-Toronto Sun-Canada)