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Let's have a heated debate
By Martin "Barmitzvah boy" Kelner on May 1, 2016 - 7:59:51 PM

I'm a very bad person.   All week long, as the anti-Semitism debate rumbled on, relentlessly ploughing the same field, just with a shifting cast of politicos and lobbyists and as a (very lapsed) Jew I tried to engage, all I could think of was: that 5-2 I got on Jeremy Corbyn being gone by the end of 2016 is looking good.


We people, what are we like?   The truth is, we accept there is some anti-Semitism in Britain, but less than in France and most other European countries, and it's mostly latent, and that's fine with us.  


But look at me, talking for the entire community.   Maybe it's just me, but I'm not terribly concerned about Ken Livingstone dribbling on about the Nazis, and I certainly don't welcome the comprehensive inquiry into anti-Semitism in the Labour party promised by Dianne Abbott on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday.  


There's an old joke about a Jewish guy turning up at home with his face bruised and cut and his clothes torn, and his wife asking him what happened.   "Well some kids jumped me from behind, started hitting me, and grabbed my wallet," he says.   "So why didn't you do something?" his wife asks, and he answers:   "Well, I didn't want to get involved."  

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