Haberdash and** Terr** have been pushing this one lately. It’s annoying.
I know that there’s a lot of anti-Israeli stuff in the present international communist movement, but that’s rooted in Israel’s ties to Anglo-Saxon imperialism. Remember that Marx himself (and Maxim Litvinov, and lots of other early Communists) came from a Jewish background. Communism isn’t intrinsically anti-Semitic, or against any race, really.
And once you get to the non-Marxist radical left, the center left, and the social justice movement, anti-Judaism starts having even bigger problems. Young USA commies may be leery of Bernie Sanders’s Zionist biases, but it’s not like he’s much more Zionist than a center-right Christian politician would be in that country, and he’s a lot closer to the left and its youth movements on…basically everything.
Now, obviously, Europe is not the USA, nor even the UK. Maybe a huge chunk of the European Left really is saying, “Oh, those shitty Jews!” I don’t know.
But as a Yank, I find it disturbing that someone from the English-speaking world would accuse the Left in general of being anti-Jewish. You realize that a lot of the present heroes, leaders, and celebrities of the “Anglo-Saxon” left are Jews, yeah? At least in economics (which has a lot of members of the Tribe all along the left-right spectrum), Robert Reich, Joseph Stiglitz, & Paul Krugman are pretty big deals and broadly beloved. On television, you have popular centrists/center-leftists like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart.
Again, maybe a tiny bit less so in the UK.
But it’s incredibly offensive to say, “The Right are the great Friends of the Jews unlike those filthy Leftists.” Students of history remember what the Granddaddies of present billionaires and Bushes did in the 1930’s. The Left may be weak, hypocritical, and confused, but it isn’t Jew-hating in general.
Does that mean that leftists love orthodox Jews and religious Jewish subcultures? Oh, well, not necessarily. Are they spitting at secular society and slandering liberalism? Then we’ll be annoyed with them as we would with Christians or Muslims who do such.
So, what’s going on here?