Importantly there remain broader questions of disproportionalities in capitalist economies: the consequence of competitive pressures which drive constant renewal of the means of production. The Euro-zone economic crisis also provides an opportunity to question neo-liberal Ideology; and indeed to question capitalism as we know it.
The targeting of Orthodox Jewish communities appears to be especially fruitful for the anti-Semites – because significant numbers have always been fearful of what is clearly at variance with the ‘mainstream’ and is ‘different’. On the Left there are periodic qualifications to the effect that while we condemn the military and other repressive policies of the State of Israel, we do not accept hate crimes and violent attacks against Jews. But we need to be much more consistent and forthright. We need to confront where the current tenor of debate on the State of Israel and its policies is leading. For genuine Leftists certainly it is not in any way our intention to legitimise anti-Semitism. But we have a responsibility to confront the emerging Anti-Semitic trends just as forthrightly and consistently as we confront bigotry against Islamic communities. And just as consistently as we criticise human rights abuses by the State of Israel under its current right-wing leadership.
nb: independent socialist blogger John Passant has also written a piece on the insufficient nature of Shorten's proposed tax changes. Readers may be interested in taking a look:
"Labor's tax avoidance crack down statement was the old pea and thimble trick. It wants to give the impression of doing something about big business tax avoidance (always a popular issue among ordinary workers) without really frightening the big business horses"See: http://enpassant.com.au/2015/03/03/labors-crackdown-on-tax-avoidance-shorten-fiddles-and-revenue-burns/