By Kevin O'Neil
A UKIP Parliamentary candidate who rejoices in the name of Anna-Marie Crampton has been suspended, pending an investigation, to the credit of UKIP leader, Nigel Farage. Her misdeed? She aired the opinion on a conspiracist site, 'Secrets of the Fed', that there are two types of Jew; what she terms 'the real Jew' and 'the Zionist Jew', aka 'the Rothschild Jew'. Apparently she loves the one and despises the other with an undying hatred.
So far so good, not very promising, but we'll let it go.
Now, in case we feel disturbed by her indelicate outburst, she goes on to assure us that she is not anti-Semitic at all but that she is anti-Zionist. This, of course, is a horse of a very different colour, isn't it? Isn't it? I think not. Sam Westrop, director of Stand for Peace, said, "Time after time, conspiracy and anti-Zionist sentiment is revealed to be nothing more than thinly-veiled anti-Semitism." Hear, hear.
The only certainty, then, that we have that the Jew is good, that he is "a real Jew," is that he's dead. Am I being too hard on Ms Crampton?
Then, what about this. The "real Jew" is the one who doesn't have the audacity to claim a place among the nations (this is what has really got under her skin), he doesn't entertain unhealthy ideas beyond his station, that he can claim that postage-stamp sized bit of land just because his forefathers happen to be the only ones to have ever really called it their homeland, and to all others it's been nothing more than a byway to better places; until the Jew came, that is, and made the desert blossom and then the passers-through decided that they wanted it. No, the "real Jew" knows his place. The stubborn fact that he has an unbroken tradition connecting him to this particular patch of earth which goes beyond the Roman Empire, the Greek, the Babylonian, the Assyrian, the Egyptian, means nothing, nada, zip. The world will only suffer the Jew to exist with the proviso that he "wanders", and keeps on wandering; if he stops too long anywhere, he gets moved on, and that includes in Israel. We might let him stand for a while with his face to the Wall, that's about all.
I suppose it happens to all erstwhile-great nations sooner or later. Wasn't it Caligula who married his horse or made him a Consul or something? Or did I imagine it?