Exploiting anti-Semitism to stoke a bitter culture war

Labour has issues to address, but attempts by conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic to equate any criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism smacks strongly of populist opportunism and bad faith

22nd December, 2019
Exploiting anti-Semitism to stoke a bitter culture war
Boris Johnson was able to turn alleged Labour Party anti-Semitism into a wedge issue during the British electoral campaign. Picture: Getty

Amid the relentless focus on anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party during the general election campaign, a small detail in the Conservative manifesto was largely overlooked.

“We will ban public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycotts, disinvestment or sanctions campaigns against foreign countries,” it said. While it said “countries”, its intent was clear: to constrain the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (known as BDS) against Israel.

So while...

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