[Warning: by necessity this post contains links to racist web sites, as evidence. Apologies. ]
After my brief exchange with Jeremy Moodey I decided to test a theory.
I wondered how long it would take me to find something really unsavory in the posts of a pro-Palestinian activist? A day? A week? Or even longer?
As I knew Jeremy said he doesn’t “have an anti-Semitic bone in my body”, and I believe him, he seemed a good candidate.
If Jeremy was right it would take ages or be an impossible task.
Sadly, it was shockingly easy.
Exhibit no. 1, Jeremy Moodey’s Twitter account is following the unusually named wikizionism. They seem to be a neo-Nazi creation as suggested by their publishing of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and a piece by William Pierce. He was the brains behind the National Alliance, the American neo-Nazis and the author of the Turner Diaries. There’s a lot more racist filth there, but that enough.
That took about 30 seconds, allowing for a slow Twitter.
Next, I wondered if Jeremy had pushed any links to antisemitic sites in his tweets, by mistake of course.
That I thought would be harder and take forever, as Jeremy wasn’t some crank.
Exhibit no. 2, Jeremy approvingly links to a Palestinian Telegraph article:
“Article on how the Board of Deputies stifles free speech in the UK through unfounded accusations of anti-semitism dld.bz/a88Qb”
Readers will remember how the Palestine Telegraph published a David Duke video and wrote revolting articles accusing Jews of organ theft. I could go on, but a quick scan of their articles reveals that same disgusting conspiratorial racist tone. Yuck.
Exhibit no. 3,
“#PSC is under pressure from allegations of a Marxist takeover and (wrongly) anti-Semitism. Should be an interesting AGM bit.ly/z8yIHY“
I was going to stop there, but it occurred to me that Jeremy had, conceivably, a dark sense of humour when he linked to the racist Uprooted Palestinians blog. Or perhaps I am being charitable?
That took about 3 minutes.
So in the space of about 4-5 minutes it was trivial to find how a PSC supporter (and I assume Jeremy is one) used racist material, linked to it or at the very least read it.
I imagine the defence would be something like “these were mistakes, trivia, not of consequence” or something similar. The problem with that excuse is, I should not have been able to find any racist material in the first place, connected to a PSC supporter but I did.
As I said, I believe him when he says “I do not have an anti-Semitic bone in my body “.
But then again maybe we define antisemitism differently?
I am sure that Jeremy is one of that 81% of PSCers that reject Holocaust denial.
I can only guess what would have happened had I looked into the PSC’s 17%. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
[But enough of the humour, just in case people misunderstand me. Having read Jeremy Moodey's tweets with some care, I do not believe he is an antisemite, or anything close to that. He strikes me as having a genuine concern for Christians in Israel/West Bank.
Yet it is disturbing to find racist material so nearby. Not 100% sure what to make of it.]