Plain old Jew-hatred dressed up as concern for Palestinians raised its hideously familiar head across the world this week.
From Berlin, Paris and Rome to Amsterdam, Ankara and Istanbul, protests turned to pogroms and shuls were attacked. A German imam urged his congregation to murder Jews.
Malicious mood music was also heard loud and clear on London’s streets during the Stop the War Coalition’s ‘Free Palestine’ march to the Israel Embassy on Saturday, where chants included: ‘5, 6, 7, 8, Israel is a terror state!’ and ‘From The River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!’. Terrifying banners, waved with the chants, screamed: ‘Hitler Was Right’ and ‘Well done Israel, Hitler would be proud’.
Prominent among the crowd were trade union members from Aslef, Unison and the RMT. You cannot have credentials on the left these days unless you’re prepared to vilify Israel.
The fired-up posse didn’t march via the former Syrian embassy – a country where 160,000 innocent Muslim souls have so far been sacrificed to the civil war.
They had one place in mind to pitch their circus tent – the Israeli embassy, where their chants of hate howled down Kensington High Road.
Yet beyond the rabble rousers and trouble makers, if you stuck a pin in the middle of British public opinion you’d find broad sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians and Israel, along with profound anger and outrage at the heart- breaking loss of life.
Our conscience is pricked and our hearts break when we see the carnage and devastation in Gaza.
But the marchers’ selective indignation plainly and wilfully ignores that violence can only end when Hamas and other assorted makers and launchers of bombs abandon their psychotic obsession with Israel’s destruction.
Hamas wants to kill Jews. Every last one. If it’s the last thing it does.
If it achieved any of its political aims through terror it would spell danger for the entire free world.
The only way forward, the only opportunity to finally end this merry-go-round of misery, is for the Palestinians to extract the cancer in their midst. Only then can there be any hope of peace for both sides.
Put that on your banner and wave it.