Martin Linton is a MP. He also believes that the Israelis will be using their money and influence to exert major influence over the general election.
â€œThere are long tentacles of Israel in this country who are funding election campaigns and putting money into the British political system for their own ends.
â€œYou must consider over the next few weeks, when you make decisions about how you vote and how you advise constituents to vote, you must make them aware of the attempt by Israelis and by pro-Israelis to influence the election.â€
This rhetoric sounds disturbing familiar (especially when no evidence has been provided). There is nothing wrong with criticising Israeli policies (or Greek policies, or Belgian policies, or Singaporean policies etc.). Some of the things Israel is doing at present are disgraceful and should be condemned. But sometimes criticism of Israel spills over into conspiracy theory or outright anti-Semitism (Mr. Linton’s critique belongs to the former). I think the collective punishment of Gaza is a war crime, and the bulldozing of Palestinian homes is disgusting. I don’t think that there is a cabal of Israelis manipulating the British elections, as no-one has offered any proof.
Too often does the stereotype of the secret Jewish puppet masters appear, most notably in the Protocols of Zion. Jews were historically involved in finance because that was one of the few trades not closed to them, and for a time was a trade closed to Christians (and some Muslims), given that money lending involved excessive interest charges. For a secret cabal manipulating the world, they have done pretty badly for themselves.
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