Friday, October 06, 2017

The increasingly desperate and ludicrous Board of Deputies

The Board of Deputies is trying to justify its existence with this new video:

It starts OK with its focus on the increasing antisemitism in the UK (and - for a change - it even mentions left-wing antisemitism) although, of course, it ignores the main source (Islamists). But it then degenerates into a desperate and laughable 'explanation' of what the BoD actually does.

The only two concrete examples they cite of BoD successful action are
  1. Getting an unnamed MP (they are referring to Naz Shah) to 'apologize' for her antisemitism;
  2. Getting Amazon to stop selling holocaust denial books.
Well it turns out that, even after her apology, Naz Shah has continued with her anti-Israel activities,  while Amazon is still selling dozens of Holocaust denial books. Oh and you can also get Mein Kampf and the Protocols of Elders of Zion on Amazon - I just checked. 

The other two things the video tells us that the BoD does is:
  1. "Talk to people in power" (this supports their ages old claim that they do all their key work in the background, arguing - without any evidence whatsoever - that this is much better than raising concerns publicly; they disapprove of any activist work not under their control).
  2. Pander to Islam as a main priority. There is, of course, no explanation as to why Islam takes precedence over other groups such as Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, etc.

(As if to prove just how ineffective they are, at time of writing the video has 3 "thumbs up" and 10 "thumbs down" and of the 6 comments, 5 are from antisemites). 

So it seems this summary from a couple of years ago is still relevant:

See also:
Board of Deputies


Bonnie Prince Charlie said...

A self-serving video by the BOD trying to convince us that they know what they are doing and that they have everything control, that we cannot live without them. Who are they trying to convince?

How successful have they been? Well why don't they provide a list of all the activities, projects and initiatives with which they've been involved in, say, the past 5 - 10 years, setting out the objectives for each, an assessment of the success of each and the criteria by which success or failure was measured. Let's have a list of their achievements and why they think they have achieved their goal in each case.

I'm not suggesting that the BOD has done nothing but in the rising climate of anti-Israelism and antisemitism over the past 40 or so years, they haven't done enough. Not nearly enough - as the current situation clearly demonstrates.

They think that by meeting a Muslim in a mosque will change the situation. Just how wrong-headed can they be.

A while back I asked them for an outline of the Board's objectives and the strategies they intended to employ in pursuit of these. The person who responded wanted to know if I had paid my membership fee. Says it all.

Edgar Davidson said...

They've been successful in stopping pro-Israel speakers coming and speaking in the UK. They've also been really successful in their Muslim outreach objectives - no matter how radical the Mosque the BoD are always happy to promote 'co-existence'.