That all purpose Labour and the left are a bunch of antisemites thinkpiece in full.
Yes. Yes it can. All the evidence is sadly there. This is not just a case of two internet bad apples. This is not just a case of a minority of students always having been raving numpties, and my now taking it out on them for having been one myself.
Of course I agree that anti-Zionism does not automatically amount to antisemitism. Accusations of antisemitism were thrown around too liberally in the past in an attempt to stifle criticism of Israel. But anti-Zionism has without doubt become a cover for overt antisemitism, of comments on big noses, shadowy conspiracies and control of the media. The fact that one of Benjamin Netanyahu's key demands from the Palestinians is that they recognise Israel as the Jewish state, not just the homeland of the Jews is irrelevant.
This is all the fault of Corbyn. Corbyn is not an antisemite himself, even though he describes Hamas as friends, went to meetings organised by Holocaust deniers, and has taken tea with those who have pushed the blood libel. That Corbyn denies he knew about these things, or that they were disputed at the time, or that he was attempting to reach out to help bring peace simply isn't good enough.
Corbyn in turn has attracted those on the extreme left, those who simply hate Israel and Jews because they believe in white privilege, because they have ties with Islamists, or because they are just really nasty people, whatever it is they claim.
So yes, Labour (and the left) really does have a problem with Jews, as I think I and the other hundred commentators pushing this line have established. Why oh why do they get so upset about Israel killing civilians, protesting as soon as so many as a dozen women and children are blown apart by weaponry supplied by Britain, while absolutely no one cares when the Russians massacre hundreds of thousands in Syria?
The Labour leadership might not care about this, but the Jewish community does, and so do all us journalists, ex-MPs, and people on the right of the party, as it's a really easy and effective way to get at Corbyn and pals. We are in danger of becoming the true nasty party unless something is done about the racists in our midst. Not that I'll give the party any credit if it does do more than just expel members with appalling views, but it's the thought that counts, right?