In a key sense, regular racism — against blacks and Latinos, for example — is the opposite of anti-Semitism. While both ultimately derive from xenophobia, regular racism comes from white people believing they are superior to people of colour. But the hatred of Jews stems from the belief that Jews are a cabal with supernatural powers; in other words, it stems from the models of thought that produce conspiracy theories. Where the white racist regards blacks as inferior, the anti-Semite imagines that Jews have preternatural power to afflict humankind.

This is also why the left is blind to anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism differs from most forms of racism in that it purports to “punch up” against a secret society of oppressors, which has the side effect of making it easy to disguise as a politics of emancipation. If Jews have power, then punching up at Jews is a form of speaking truth to power — a form of speech of which the left is currently enamoured.

In other words, it is because anti-Semitism pretends to strike at power that the left cannot see it, and is doomed to erase — and even reproduce — its tropes…

The Jew becomes a magical creature: brilliant, cunning, greedy, stealthy, wealthy and powerful beyond measure. Anti-Semitism imagines a diabolic overclass to be exposed and resisted…

…In Article Twenty-Two of its charter, Hamas describes the preternatural power of the worldwide Jewish cabal:

“With their money, [the Jews] took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.”

How Anti-Semitism’s True Origin Makes It Invisible To The Left
John-Paul Pagano

[And I feel sure that this is Jeremy Corbin’s problem. He’s unable to see the wood for the trees]

German actress and dancer Anita Berber posing for a fashion magazine, 1918.

German actress and dancer Anita Berber posing for a fashion magazine, 1918.

anita berber - Otto Dix

Diary 15th March

Wake from dreams of women in impossible hats and little else…except for spiky high-heeled shoes.

Make of that what you will, boys and girls.
My thoughts turn to the girl in the red dress, the dancer, Anita Berber (pictured above), the garish mask of her face beneath scarlet, flowing locks. Dance and coitus and cocaine were her short, too short life. “The Princess of Depravity” they called her, her contemporaries, in salacious banner headlines, highlighting her risqué behavior, her sexual anarchy.

Oh, how she loved jewels and furs and shoes – and the pet monkey always riding her shoulders – and being nude beneath that pure sable wrap. And drugs, we must not forget the cocaine, the hashish, opium and morphine. Nor the drinking…for she was an alcoholic, loved cognac and indulged heavily in absinthe.

And sex, of course, was like breathing for her: it came so easily, so naturally. Sex with both men and women. She was named in many notorious divorce cases in her time. At age thirteen she persuaded her seventeen year old lover to steal money from their school cashbox to buy her sweets and chocolates. At fifteen, her twenty-three year old lover asked her to marry him – but she declined. At sixteen she seduced the 43-year-old novelist Karl Walter, her mother’s ex-lover! She was insatiable.

Her smooth body and long dancers legs, nude, but for high-heels and the baby chimpanzee clutching her neck with its big, puzzled eyes. This is how she’s most remembered, on dance floors or slinking across the chessboard tiles of hotel lobbies. She came to fame as a dancer, but she also appeared in cinema films…Her snake-like physique fascinated both sexes.

However, sadly by 1928, at age 29, her once beautiful body ruined by years of drug and alcohol abuse, Anita Berber’s too brightly flickering flame was finally extinguished by tuberculosis…
Sweet, sweet cheeses. What’s happened to the Labour party? Accusations of sexism because of its treatment of Muslim women within the party…and now accusations of anti-Semitism too! Perhaps it’s trying to transform itself into the Nasty Party…or should that be Nazi Party?

Anti-Semitism. Wilhelm Marr invented the word in 1873 and Treitschke, the German historian, gave some respectability to it by saying, in an 1879 article, that ‘Jews are our national misfortune’ – Volkish racism soon became appealing to university graduates throughout Germany, and we all know how that ended.

I guess there’s an element of inevitability to the rise of anti-Semitism in the Labour party when the party leadership is openly willing to tolerate Islamism, of which anti-Semitism is such an inherent and inevitable part.

As to sexism and misogyny it now seems to be rife within the Labour party: enforced segregation of women in order to suit the ‘cultural differences’ of Islamic misogynist males at various events. They excuse such action with incredulous hilarity, suggesting the segregation was optional and not organised…which of course is bollox.

The Muslim Women’s Network UK offered evidence of widespread sexism by the Labour party when selecting or promoting women candidates in an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn. In response Labour simply issued a statement denying the problem existed…more bollox, of course.

Look at the top of the party. What do you see? A male Leader, male Deputy Leader, a male shadow chancellor, male shadow Home Secretary, male Foreign Secretary, male London Mayoral Candidate and male General Secretary, all the top jobs…