How long until Starmer is demanding an immediate ceasefire? How long until another Labour MP or candidate is suspended for saying something appalling? And what will this mean for the party overwhelmingly likely to form the next government?
Britain’s growing antisemitism problem comes not primarily from extremists of the right or left, but from demographic change.
The MP for Finchley and Golders Green describes the pattern of abuse that has led him to announce his intention to resign from Parliament at the general election.
As the Foreign Secretary noted, “Britain without its Jews is not Britain”. The Jewish contribution to national life – past, present and future – needs recognising and defending if countries want to keep its benefits.
My son went to bed last week asking: “Daddy, why does everyone hate us?” No child in a civilised society should ever have to ask such a question.
According to a YouGov poll conducted only six days after the atrocities, a staggering 49 per cent of 18–24-year-olds in the UK ‘don’t know’ whether Hamas is a terrorist organisation. This is obscene and abhorrent.
Slowly but surely, British people from all faiths and backgrounds are being confronted by a minority who hate the liberal democratic west of which their country is an integral part and to which it has contributed so much.
It is essential that the US, in particular, keeps alight the flame of a two-state solution as and when this, the only solution, could have stronger support.
But if such a programme extends beyond stemming the flow of cash (or at least attempting to do so), it is once again going to come back to law and enforcement. And that is thorny ground.
I have written to university leaders, and will ask the Office for Students to investigate whether official responses to hateful conduct or open support for Hamas have been appropriate.
Just before I penned this article, a father of two children who attend a Jewish school spoke to me about the agonising conversation he had been having with his wife about whether it was safe to send them in.
The Corporation’s guidelines to not require neutrality in the face of attacks on civilian targets. We know that because it regularly uses the word ‘terrorist’ in every context save this one.
If an organisation whose response to recent events is a protest outside the Israeli embassy isn’t proscribed by Labour, the only question is: why not?
The Economic Activities of Public Bodies (Overseas Activities) Bill will ensure that foreign affairs remains the business of Parliament, not town halls which ought to be focusing on public services.