Ahhh, the old ‘antisemitic’ name calling game…
Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman has been accused of antisemitism by the New Zealand Jewish Council.
The MP has come under fire after responding to a tweet on Thursday which suggested Mary and Joseph, the mother and father of Jesus according to the New Testament, were refugees.
“They were literally Palestinian refugees. And she (Mary) normally had her hair covered because that’s what modesty looked like in her culture…but let’s keep fighting about what race mermaids are,” Ghahraman tweeted.
…I remember when Russel Brown & Tiso accused me of being antisemitic once over an anti-consumer Santa cartoon – it’s the most mundane of smears.
The NZ Green Party of NZ & their MPs are the least antiSemitic people in NZ and while Golriz may have used a figurative metaphor literally, it’s eye rolling that the NZ Jewish Council are grandstanding on this.
It’s like having to put up with Apartheid South Africans complaining that people are calling them racist, the real issue here is the ongoing brutal and illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the cruel and malicious manner Israel group punishes and continually commits atrocities against the Palestinian people.
Attacking the Left for supposed antisemitism to distract from the horror of Israel’s occupation is a tactic used against Labour in Britain, and we shouldn’t allow it to warp our political discourse.
Legitimate antisemitism is a cancer that has no place in the civilised world, taking offence so as to eclipse criticism of Israel’s despicable occupation however would be funny if it weren’t so noxious.