Research I conducted last year for the Henry Jackson Society study found a 173 per cent increase in antisemitic incidents in UK schools over the past five years. With the more general rise in antisemitism a regular headline, what was almost more shocking than the research was just how little it shocked people.
This year, we have looked into the experiences of Hindu pupils and found that 51 per cent of Hindu parents surveyed said their child had faced anti-Hindu hate in schools. Where are the protesters against this intolerance?
Why is it that in an age of supposed anti-racism, attacks on both the longest standing victims of race hate and a people held under British colonial rule for hundreds of years draw so little concern?
David Baddiel’s thesis rings true: Jews don’t count because they are not the right kind of victim. Contemporary antisemitism draws on centuries-old bigotry that depicts them as “too rich” and “too powerful”. Now it seems this idea has barred another group of victims from victimhood: Hindus. For sections of the left, the world is divided into the “oppressor” and “oppressed”. Should you fall into the oppressor class you are everything that should be opposed and can never be a victim. Jews are viewed as white and powerful, imperialist and establishment, therefore deemed not able by definition to face racism and incapable of being victims. Hindus, it seems, have joined them.