In just over a year, the U.S. has witnessed three mass-shootings of Jews, among many other signs of rising and more visible anti-Semitism. Yossi Klein Halevy holds up the success of Anglo-Jewry in presenting a united front against Jeremy Corbyn, and in joining forces with sympathetic non-Jews, as a useful model for American Jews. A similar approach, he notes, characterized American-Jewish efforts on behalf of Soviet Jewry:
The Jewish pushback against Corbynism united British Jewry and isolated its far-left extremists, created alliances with prominent non-Jews, and helped to convince many non-Jewish voters that a Prime Minister Corbyn would be toxic for England precisely because he would be toxic for its Jews.
Prominent Labor leaders, along with cultural figures like J.K. Rowling and John Le Carré, broke with Corbyn and stood with the Jews. When the British chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis took the unprecedented step of warning about the danger of Corbyn-led Britain, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, publicly affirmed the legitimacy of his anxiety. This, too, was a result of decades of Jewish-Christian dialogue efforts.
Whether consciously or not, British Jewry adopted the playbook developed a generation ago by the international protest movement to free Soviet Jewry. . . . One of the challenges facing the Soviet Jewry movement in its early years was how to overcome the notion, widespread among many on the left around the world, that the Soviet Union, for all its “mistakes” under Stalin, still represented a humane alternative to the capitalist West. . . . British Jews today [similarly] understood that the great threat to their wellbeing now came from precisely the camp that had for generations largely defined British Jewish political identity.
In their campaign against Corbynism, Britain’s Jewish leaders kept the dividing line within the Jewish community to a bare minimum. The line didn’t run between left and right, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, but between the overwhelming majority of the Jewish community and Corbyn’s Jewish apologists. . . . Once Jews summon the courage to define threat and publicly resist it, non-Jewish allies appear.