Mark Mazower Contributes Op-Ed to NY Times on "Anti-Semitism and Britain's Hall of Mirrors"

Monday, April 23, 2018
Mark Mazower (Ira D. Wallach Professor of History; Director, Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination) contributed an op-ed to the New York Times on the perceived increase of anti-Semitism in Britain's Labor Party (April  6, 2018):

Jeremy Corbyn, the party’s leader, has been under attack for months. If Britain’s news media are to be believed, anti-Semitism is rife within Labour, Mr. Corbyn has willfully turned a blind eye to it, and successive internal inquiries have been mishandled. A wave of protest in the past few weeks has put his leadership under pressure.

Yet a survey of anti-Semitic attitudes in Britain, published last September by the respected Institute for Jewish Policy Research — an organization with no ties to any political party — contains several findings that are worth considering amid this uproar. First: Levels of anti-Semitism in Britain are among the lowest in the world. Second: Supporters across the political spectrum manifest anti-Semitic ideas. Third: Far from this being an issue for the left, the prejudice gets worse the farther right you look. And yet, at the same time, British Jews now generally believe anti-Semitism to be a large and growing problem and have come to associate it with Labour in particular.