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The Corbyn Case is also about an injustice: but whereas Colonel Dreyfus was an innocent man who was falsely charged, convicted, imprisoned and deported to Devil’s Island, Jeremy Corbyn is a guilty man who protests his innocence while presiding over a purge of any Labour MP who tells the truth. Even more, though, the Corbyn Case is about infamy: the infamy of a powerful and unscrupulous man, who is not ashamed to summon up demons from the past, to countenance monstrous conspiracy theories and use obfuscation to give cover to the oldest hatred in the world.

And for what purpose? The Corbyn Case is also about politics — electoral politics. In the words of Mehdi Hasan, now political editor of Huffington Post and Al Jazeera presenter, “anti-Semitism isn’t just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it’s routine and commonplace . . . It’s our dirty little secret.” In the five years since Hasan made his confession, anti-Semitism has become the “dirty little secret” of another community: the Left of the Labour Party. And there is a connection: the Left is targeting Muslim votes. No wonder Mr Corbyn has greeted all accusations of anti-Semitism, as Professor Abulafia says, with indifference or silence. Instead of challenging this vile prejudice and demanding that Muslim community leaders address the canker in their midst, the Labour Party has quietly acquiesced. It tolerates the Corbyn camp’s toadying to anti-Semitic preachers and demagogues. How different the outcome of the Corbyn Case might have been if more Muslims had denounced the Labour leader to demonstrate their revulsion at anti-Semitism. Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat MP of Christian Palestinian extraction, did exactly that. But Labour is indelibly tainted.

The Dreyfus Case cast a long shadow over French history. Jews do not feel safe in many French cities and thousands have already left for Israel. How long a shadow will the Corbyn Case cast over our island story? Already there is talk of emigration. During the High Holy Days, fear stalked the synagogues: a fear that in modern times British Jews have never known before, a fear which the Prime Minister sought to allay in her speech last month to the United Jewish Israel Appeal dinner. Theresa May said she was “sickened” to be told that Jews feared for their future in Britain. But she did not name the source of the fear: Jeremy Corbyn.

Jews can only be free in a free society. Jews can only have a voice in a democracy that values each individual equally. Jews can only be safe in a land that lives under the rule of law. Britain is such a society. (So is Israel.) It is time for the silent to speak up and sweep away the infamy that now afflicts the Labour Party. Jews have played their part, but they are few and it is now for the non-Jewish majority to do the right thing.
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