Doesn't this prove that Leftist anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism, not 'anti-Zionism'?
Clare Solomon doen't refer to Israel, the Occupation, or even Zionism in FaceBook. She referred specifically to the Jews. She says that the persecution of Jews, 100, 200, or 1000 years before the creation of Israel, was not as bad as current Jews make out. It is largely an invention of, yes, you guessed it, Zionists who want to rationalise their persecution of the Palestinians today.
This begs the question. Is Clare Solomon also a Holocaust denier? Was the Holocaust also 'fabricated' by Jews... sorry, Zionists, Mizz Solomon?
It is not even a case that Israelis do 'persecute' Palestinians. They protect themselves from Palestinian bombers. They protect themselves from thrown rocks, rocket attacks, and all the other means the blameless Palestinians use to destroy the whole of Israel.
If this is persecution, then any other country which as was similarly at war with a belligerent neighbour would also look like it was persecuting the people of such a neighbour.
Of course Leftists and the Far Right always say that
it is not anti-Semitic to criticise Israel and the Zionists.
Of course it isn't! But to be obsessed about every single action and deed of a country, which is far superior to China, Cuba and every Islamic country in terms of human rights, freedom of expression and healthcare, clearly is anti-Semitic.
So it's not anti-Semitic to say the odd critical thing about Israel. But to be an Israel/Jew monomaniac, is anti-Semitic.
What about the Tibetans? What about the Kurds? What about the Christian Armenians? What about the Buddhists in Thailand? What about the Christians in Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Iraq, Iran, etc? What about what's happening in the Congo (millions of deaths over the last ten years)?
What Clare Solomon should say now is: It is not anti-Semitic to be anti-Semitic.
You never know what depths of opportunism or racism a Trot will sink to.
A radical student leader who dismissed the violent tuition fees protests as ‘a few smashed windows’ has been accused of making anti-Semitic comments on a social networking site.
Mature student Clare Solomon, 37, president of the University of London Union, helped co-ordinate the protests – during which a car carrying Prince Charles and Camilla was attacked – and declared herself proud of the students.
Now there are calls for Ms Solomon, the daughter of a Royal Military policeman, to resign after she wrote on Facebook: ‘The view that Jews have been persecuted all throughout history is one that has been fabricated in the last 100 or so years to justify the persecution of Palestinians.
'To paint the picture that all Jews have always had to flee persecution is just plainly inaccurate.’
Carly McKenzie, a campaigns officer for the Union of Jewish Students, said: ‘We have lost confidence in her ability to represent Jewish students.
‘To claim that Jewish suffering is a deliberate fabrication goes beyond ignorance into real malice.
‘Her remarks had nothing to do with principled opposition to Israel and everything to do with her disdain towards the Jewish people.’
Adam Levine, President of Queen Mary Jewish Society, added: ‘She should find out before she makes such strong comments about what it means to be Jewish.’
Ms Solomon, who was raised as a Mormon, declined to comment when contacted by The Mail on Sunday but told the Jewish Chronicle newspaper: ‘This badly worded comment was something that I wrote in haste on Facebook. I’m sorry for any misunderstandings.’