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HEART newspaper: Heart Publications | December 17, 2018

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“It’s only anti-Semitic if a neo-Nazi pulls trigger”

“It’s only anti-Semitic if a neo-Nazi pulls trigger”

British solicitor Robert Festenstein, who writes a blog for the Times of Israel, says that he finally understood Jeremy Corbyn when he read the Labour Party leader’s tweet about the Pittsburgh massacre:

“A man had run into a synagogue there, yelling ‘kill all the Jews’ and at the end of his murderous spree, 11 Jews lay dead. The tweet from Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, said, ‘My thoughts are with those killed or injured in this horrific act of anti-Semitic violence, and with their loved ones. We must stand together against hate and terror’.”

Fine sentiments indeed, but for Mr Festenstein, the penny dropped.

Robert Festenstein has worked out where Corbyn stands

“I finally understood Mr Corbyn. This was the first time I had heard him make any comment about any incident concerning attacks on Jews where he expressed a specific opinion and furthermore some support.

“Mr Corbyn…is not interested, as I am, in the identity of the victim…he is at the outset only interested in the person who pulled the trigger. In his world, therefore, and those of his supporters, it appears that a Jew can only be a victim of anti-Semitism if their attacker is white and, crucially, a neo-Nazi or white supremacist.

“If, though, the attacker is not white and is left wing, the attack cannot possibly be anti-Semitic…The murders of the Jews in the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris passed Mr Corbyn by as just another incident where people died.”

Mr Festenstein warns, “Here in the UK, the writing is not only on the wall about the risks of a Labour Government, it is in letters of fire. What Mr Corbyn has now made perfectly clear is that he will not protect the Jewish citizens of this country if they are attacked by anyone other than a white neo-Nazi.

“Since the threats against us are mostly from the left, including from some members of Mr Corbyn’s party, if he becomes Prime Minister we will not be safe.”