Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi has compared the situation in Gaza to the Holocaust, but will not get the same backlash as Tonge and Ward.
Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi decided that it was appropriate to compare the ongoing problems in Gaza to the Holocaust. The obscenity of such comments is well exposed by Mark Ferguson, over on LabourList. Never mind that many Jews and Israeli citizen criticise the democratically elected government of Israel, it’s hard to put into words quite how hurtful such comments are to Jewish people of all stripes. The idea that someone wanted to wipe us out as a people will always remain part of us.
For an MP to use that horror of history to make a political point is beyond contempt.
Ferguson is entirely right in that Qureshi must apologise, but I can’t help thinking the backlash would have been greater had the deplorable comments come from a Lib Dem. Bob Russell, David Ward, Jenny Tonge et al may be ‘regular offenders’, and have rightly, finally, been disciplined to various degrees by the party, and I do understand why people think they reflect a rather nasty element within the Lib Dems (I think they do too…) but the vitriol they face also deserves to be turned onto Qureshi.
If Ed Miliband doesn’t take action against Yasmin Qureshi, he will have been proven to be as weak as any Lib Dem who did not stamp out this anti-semitism in the past.
(Yes, it is anti-semitism, and I don’t use the phrase lightly.)