Antisemitism isn't treated as seriously as Islamophobia, homophobia or transphobia. Why? Asks Patrick Christys
I can’t help but feel that antisemitism is just accepted, it’s not seen as being as bad as Islamophobia or homophobia or transphobia. Why not?
I’m not sure what the rules are in this country anymore. As I understand it you’re not allowed to state biological facts regarding a cervix, you can be in a grooming gang for years and avoid prosecution, you can be a terrorist but be allowed to walk the streets and preach hate and you have to take the knee even if you’ve never been racist in your life…
I suppose then that it should come as no shock that someone - a lady who has been accused of antisemitism and ‘attacking the Jewish community’ - is allowed to become the next President of the National Union of Students.
Shaima Dallali is a very interesting character. There's a video from 2018 at King’s College London. A group of protesters, of which Dallali was one, can be heard shouting ‘shame’ at Jews as they leave the event, attended by a former Israeli Prime Minister.
This shows a group of Jewish students having to walk a gauntlet of hate right in the heart of London. It’s stomach churning. It’s out and out racism, in my view.
If that was the EDL doing something similar outside a mosque, they’d be arrested, they’d be publicly vilified and absolutely hounded by the press. And rightly so.
But, according to reports, Dallali has form for this kind of stuff. Back in 2012 she tweeted about Muslims massacring Jews. She also referred to Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi as “the moral compass for the Muslim community at large".
He has referred to throwing gay people off buildings or setting them on fire and said that the Holocaust was Allah’s way of punishing Jews for their corruption.
Dallali was asked about whether or not she stood by these views….she declined to provide a comment. Interesting, I wonder what that implies?
She has reportedly raised money for CAGE, a campaign group that described notorious ISIS beheading merchant Jihadi John as ‘kind and gentle’…
So how can it be that someone like JK Rowling says women are women and that’s enough to have her ostracised from public life, a similar fate to that of Father Ted creator Graham Linehan but that this young lady is allowed to become President of the National Union of Students?
It doesn’t make sense.
I can’t help but feel that Antisemitism is just accepted, it’s not seen as being as bad as Islamophobia or homophobia or transphobia. Why not?
Could it be that the police are more afraid of upsetting the Muslim community than the Jewish community?
Could it be that because Jews tend to be lighter skinned than other ethnic minorities there is a perception that racism doesn’t affect them in the same way?
Could it be that because of the lazy tropes of Jews all being rich and powerful there is a sense that they deserve to be brought down a peg or two?
All of those things are wrong.
I’m not a fan of cancel culture, I am a big fan of free speech. But like I said, I just don’t know what the rules are anymore. People are getting sacked for micro-aggressions and unconscious bias, but we have a lady here who has commented on the massacre of the Jewish people, intimidated them on film and not condemned the views of a radical, hateful, homophobic cleric. And that’s ok? She can rise to a position of power.
For her part, Dallali said ‘the pre-emptive scrutiny of Muslim women is symptomatic of the nature of Gendered Islamophobia’. It’s not. It’s common sense.