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Tory Party Racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism

by Oui Tue May 25th, 2021 at 05:46:16 PM EST

Simply by definition the movement build on WASP doctrine - Colonialism and the Empire - has transformed into extreme white supremacist groups.

Conservative Islamophobia and the EHRC | LRB - Aug. 2020 |

Is a reasonable discussion about the Equality and Human Rights Commission and racism in political parties even possible? Honestly, it seems doubtful. The EHRC has been weaponised in the endless battle of `your racism is worse than ours' between the Conservative government, the Labour opposition and their respective supporters.

The Muslim Council of Britain's submission gives detailed examples of Conservative MPs, councillors and members making eye-wateringly hateful comments and not facing disciplinary action for it. The party leader made vile comments about `the burka' (he meant niqab) which led to a surge in anti-Muslim attacks. There is evidence of denialism at the highest levels of the party.

The Jewish Labour Movement has a 100-year history in the party; the Muslim Council of Britain is 23 years old and has been eyed with suspicion by successive governments, including New Labour.

On top of all that, hatred against Muslims has, as the Conservative peer and former chair of the party Sayeeda Warsi memorably said in 2011, 'passed the dinner-table test' of social acceptability. It is a constant feature of right-wing newspapers, with commentators not only launching regular tirades against Muslims, but proclaiming Islamophobia to be a fiction.

You don't need to factor in media opposition to Corbyn to see why Conservative Islamophobia hasn't generated a level of media attention commensurate with the scale of the problem.

An equalities commission ought to understand these dynamics and calibrate its assessments accordingly. It doesn't help that the EHRC does not have any Black or Muslim commissioners.

Simply identical to extreme European Islamophobes in Denmark, France and The Netherlands.

Findings of the Conservative Independent Commission

Tory Islamophobia report a `whitewash', say Muslims in party | The Guardian |

A long-awaited review into Islamophobia within the Conservatives has been condemned as a whitewash by Muslim Tories despite it including criticism of the language used by Boris Johnson and the mayoral campaign run by Zac Goldsmith for insensitivity.

Lady Warsi, the party's former chair who first demanded an inquiry into anti-Muslim sentiment within its ranks, disagreed with the review's conclusion that there was no evidence of institutional racism, saying there were issues "from the top ... to the bottom" of the party.

Good reads here @EuroTrib ...

More on Todd's "After Democracy" by Jerome a Paris on Jan. 11, 2009

The Israel Hasbara Committee and the New York Times by shergald in 2010

Wilders’ Ideology by Nomad in 2010

It all has come to fruition ...

Gaza War: Bringing Out the Worst in Israeli Misogyny, Racism | July 2014 |

The Ghost of the Clash of Civilization | March 2018 |

[Update-1] Diary was work in progress ... thx to gk for the contribution ...

The Conservative Party anti-Semitism crisis nobody talks about | The London Economic- Dec. 6, 2019 |

From dog-whistles to support for far-right parties, the Tories’ record on anti-Semitism is not being scrutinised, despite two suspended candidates still standing as Tory candidates in the election.

Britain’s Conservative party has a long history of institutionalised racism. Barely a month passes without Tory MPs, councillors, members, and donors making derogatory comments at branch meetings, parties, and on social media.

Churchill and Astor

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hero, Winston Churchill, a figure revered by establishment Tories, wrote: “The dual nature of mankind is nowhere more strongly or more terribly exemplified” than in Jews. “Good” Jews conformed to Churchill’s politics. “Bad” Jews did not. Writing in the 1920s, specifically in opposition to Jewish communists and anarchists–including Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, and Emma Goldman–Churchill wrote of a “world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstruction of society on the basis of  arrested development.” The “madness” of supposed Jewish “terrorism … has been allowed to prey upon the temporary prostration of the German people” in Bavaria.

Churchill’s opinions are swept under the carpet by his contemporary supporters. Boris Johnson has never denounced them. Mainstream media refuse to call them out.

But you only discuss the phony, etymological, meaning of antisemitism, when you mean (and say) Islamophobia. The Tories are guilty of the real thing, as well.

Boris Johnson

Johnson depicted a Jewish character named Sammy Katz as having the eyes of an "unblinking snake" who sends his son "pathetic presents, every five years, of low-denomination bills."
As a historian of antisemitism who has published on the stereotype of "Jewish criminality" used by the Nazis and their accomplices, it was extremely unsettling for me to hear Rees-Moog castigate his opponents, particularly his two fellow Tories of Jewish background, Sir Oliver Letwin and Speaker John Bercow, as "Illuminati who are taking the powers to themselves."
Going back to 1913, you have Saki's "When William came". I think Tory is the best way to describe his politics, and the novel, about a German occupation of England, is hilarious when one of the worst things the German do is to encourage the Jews (as well as banning walking on the grass in Hyde Park). Talk of getting things wrong (or, in 1913, did he actually get things right?)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 25th, 2021 at 06:09:56 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 09:03:53 AM EST

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