Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru are alive and well and living in Great Britain.
Every day we hear stories of antisemitism in the United Kingdom. We watch in horror the reports on Sky News of antisemitism engulfing the Labour party only to see the very next item itself full of lies and distortions about Israel – antisemitism in its modern guise.
As Sky News would have it, Israel wakes up in the morning and decides to bomb the poor innocent Palestinians for no apparent reason – not a word about the missile attack on civilians that had forced Israel to respond. We are told of countless refugees suffering because of UNWRA’s financial problems. Not a word about the Palestinians being the only refugees to pass that coveted status from generation to generation.
Alistair Cooke, of Letter From America fame, once told of the Italian immigrant, who, when asked what 40 years of life in America had taught him, said “There is no free lunch.” He would be surprised to learn that for the Palestinians there is free lunch, and breakfast and supper.
Nowhere in the world has a refugee ‘crisis’ lasted 70 years. There have been many wars, famines, even earthquakes, that have forced people to give up their homes and become refugees. All found ways to remake their lives and are no longer refugees. Certainly, their children, grand-children, great-grand-children, do not consider themselves refugees. And the Palestinians were not victims of any of these disasters; they became refugees because their own leaders told them to leave, fearing that the victorious Israelis would do what Arabs have always done – slaughter the losers.
Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru would have felt at home among the UK’s population. They are, of course, the three wise monkeys who “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
I can understand the wisdom of speaking no evil, but I have never understood why not hearing and not seeing evil should be considered wise. Surely the wise, and morally correct, monkey would call out evil wherever it is found.
For many years the UK’s Jewish community preferred to emulate the Three Wise Monkeys. It was best to keep your head down, not to notice the anti-Semitic remarks you heard at school, in the works canteen, even in the street. But lately Jews have started to change their approach. Jonathan Sacks, the UK’s former Chief Rabbi called Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, a dangerous anti-Semite, who supports racists, terrorists and dealers of hate. Corbyn, the rabbi spoke quite clearly, uses the language of classic prewar European antisemitism.
Corbyn has called the Hamas terror group “friends” and has met with senior members of the terrorist group who had been convicted of murdering Israelis. Photos have emerged of Corbyn holding a wreath by the graves of Palestinian terrorists who murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics in a Tunisian cemetery. The terrorists had been executed in an airstrike by the Israeli air force.
And, yet …..
Corbyn is allowed to head the Labour party. He is allowed spew forth his antisemitism with no penalty. The UK’s Hate Speech laws do not apply to him. Expressions of hatred on account of colour, race, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation carry penalties including fines, imprisonment, or both. You would think that Jews would fit somewhere on the list, but, no, antisemitism doesn’t quite make it.