Labour MP Margaret Hodge spoke to Sky News yesterday about the experience of being told that she faced a disciplinary investigation for swearing at and insulting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – and compared it to being Jewish in the 1930s and fleeing Nazi Germany:
The comparison – of receiving a disciplinary letter and being hounded out of a country in fear of one’s life – has outraged many Jewish people:
When we talk about Corbyn’s foes cheapening meaning of anti-Semitism in their smears of him, this is what we’re taking about: https://t.co/RWvAVecXSG
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) August 16, 2018
Norman Finkelstein, a well-known left-wing commentator, put out a video in excoriating response:
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Margaret Hodge likened receiving a letter from the Disciplinary Committee to Nazi persecution. Norman Finkelstein, a leading American Jewish scholar and son of Holocaust survivors, responds: pic.twitter.com/f0yxLFayqV
— EL4C (@EL4JC) August 17, 2018
The anger was not only from Jewish people supportive of Corbyn – Corbyn critic, comedian David Baddiel, was among them:
Others pointed out the innate danger and racism of Hodge’s comments closely equating the Palestinian cause and antisemitism:
Margaret Hodge’s comments – and her behaviour in general – have been abominable. But if nothing else they serve to expose the politicisation of an important issue and highlight that there is little ‘moderate’ about so-called ‘moderates’. Her comments last night were a serious miscalculation and many Jewish people are rightly appalled.
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