How Nuremberg’s universalism undermined its noble aims

Nov 21, 2020 by

by Melanie Phillips: A clear line connects the tribunal on Nazi atrocities to current antisemitism. This weekend marks 75 years since the start of the Nuremberg tribunals, which tried leaders of Nazi Germany for their part in the Holocaust and other war crimes. A clear line links these tribunals to the current possibility of an investigation into Israeli “war crimes” by the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court and to the continuing uproar in Britain’s Labour Party over Jeremy Corbyn....

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Electing a president in a volcanic culture war

Nov 6, 2020 by

by Melanie Phillips: For some, Trump was the only thing preventing the collapse of the moral and constitutional fabric. The US presidential election has illustrated more graphically than ever before that we are living beneath an erupting civilisational volcano. The flaming cultural lava is spreading well beyond America. We have to wonder whether we are now watching the steady asphyxiation in the west of both liberalism and democracy. Nowhere is waiting with greater apprehension for the...

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The BBC’s problem is worse than “wokeish” bias

Oct 16, 2020 by

by Melanie Phillips: When it comes to its approach to Israel, it incites baseless hatred. In recent weeks, there have been indications that the British government intends to try to bring the BBC to heel. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, is responding to public irritation with what is seen as the BBC’s left-wing group-think over a range of issues ranging from Brexit to Black Lives Matter and from conservatism to Greta Thunberg. He believes that the BBC no longer reflects the lives and...

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How identity politics helped to resuscitate anti-Semitism

Aug 1, 2020 by

by Brendan O’Neill, spiked: Poor Wiley. The grime king must be having a hard time. He clearly has mental-health problems. What he needs is a bit of a talking-to and some education. ‘It’s just really sad’, as Lily Allen said about Wiley’s hate-filled social-media posts about Jews. This has been the general tone of the discussion about Wiley’s 48-hour spouting of vile racist hatred against Jewish people. There has been an almost sympathetic undertone. (Allen was criticised by her...

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The progressive world: an antechamber to evil

Jul 31, 2020 by

by Melanie Phillips: After days of antisemitic rants on social media, the “Grime” rapper Wiley has finally been barred from Twitter and Facebook following outrage by Jews and others that he was allowed to use these platforms for his vicious incitement. This episode was particularly chilling. It involved a sustained onslaught of anti-Jewish invective by a prominent public figure who described Jews as “cowards and snakes,” likened them to the Ku Klux Klan and suggested they should be shot. He...

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Free speech for Wiley?

Jul 26, 2020 by

by Paul Goodman, Conservative Home: Our older readers will be familiar with Wiley – the rapper who last week posted a series of anti-semitic remarks on social media. We linger on one tweet only, in which he undertook a whirlwind tour of the Israel-Palestine dispute, claiming that “I cannot be upset about two sets of people killing each other on land that belongs to us anyway”.  This is a Black Israelite trope – the claim that black people are real descendants of the biblical Hebrews. It takes...

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