Jonathan Cook dissects the investigation by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission into the U.K. Labour Party.
by Jonathan Cook
Part 9 - Boris Johnson’s Racism
It is instructive to compare the certainty with which the commission treats Bromley’s ambiguous remarks as irrefutable proof of anti-Semitism with its complete disregard for unmistakably anti-Semitic comments from Boris Johnson, the man actually running the country. That lack of concern is shared, of course, by the establishment media and Jewish leadership organisations.
The commission has repeatedly rejected parallel demands from Muslim groups for an investigation into the ruling Conservative party for well-documented examples of Islamophobia. But no one seems to be calling for an investigation of Johnson’s party for anti-Semitism.
Johnson himself has a long history of making overtly racist remarks, from calling black people “piccanninies” with “watermelon smiles” to labelling Muslim women “letterboxes.”
Jews have not avoided being stigmatised either. In his novel 72 Virgins, Johnson uses his authorial voice to suggest that Jewish oligarchs run the media and are able to fixed an election result.
In a letter to The Guardian, a group of Jewish Corbyn supporters noted Johnson’s main Jewish character in the novel, Sammy Katz, was described as having a “proud nose and curly hair” and he was painted “as a malevolent, stingy, snake-like Jewish businessman who exploits immigrant workers for profit.”
Nothing in the equalities commission’s report on Labour comes even close to suggesting this level of anti-Semitism among the leadership. But then again, Johnson has never argued that anti-Semitism has been politically weaponised. And why would he? No one, from the corporate media to conservative Jewish leadership organisations, seems to be taking any serious interest in the overt racism demonstrated by either him or his party.