MPs yesterday launched an all-party inquiry into anti-semitism amid fears that incidents have reached record levels.Actually the police disputed the idea of a rise to that level, saying that the figure had been fairly constant but that the Community Security Trust had not maintained the figures as accurately as the police had in the years prior to 2004. Then we have to consider the fact that anti-zionist slogans are considered anti-semitic by zionists and we might also like to consider the fact that Ken Livingstone's run in with Olver Finegold of the Evening Standard will have been recorded as an anti-semitic incident. Actually we will also have to bear in mind that both Rod Liddle and Melanie Philips have both gone on record to say that anti-capitalism is displaced anti-semitism.
So with this ever-widening definition of anti-semitism, our MPs should be quite busy for a while.
The committee requires written submissions by December 30. A report will be published next spring.I shouldn't prejudge but I bet the report is complete nonsense.