Now, I should be able to ask this question without any accusations of either being an anti-Semite or an Islamophobe.

But are there issues when it comes to defining one set of hatred from the other? Do we British really find one level of hatred more alarming than another?

An example of this clearly has been the response to both cases in the wider media in the past few months. When the Labour Party was accused of not doing enough to tackle anti-Semitism, the issues were in my opinion rightly drawn to the front pages of newspapers and headline news.

It was also important to look at the reaction. It was a reaction based on alarm and outright shock that we should even have to ask a political party to investigate these claims.

Most, in fact, all commentators were keen to stress their support for rooting out anti-Semitism from the Labour Party. I could not find any arguments against it.

Then, we look at the reaction to when the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) accused the Conservative Party of Islamophobia. I agree there was a level of coverage but on the whole it was not on the level of alarm when similar accusations were made against the Labour Party.

Commentators, even Muslim ones, actually argued against the idea that the Conservative Party had a problem at all. And some even wished to define Islamophobia and suggest we call it anti-Muslim hatredThe idea being that one should be able to criticise Islam but not criticise Muslims.

You could say in both cases the issues have been used by supporters of each party to defame the other so any hopes for real change are lost.

Now, my point may I add has nothing to do with this nonsense worldwide Jewish conspiracy theory some people would like you to believe. And I know some might well use it to hammer home thier own ignorant arguments.

The reasons for this is that we have a different experience of one than the other. We have been immediatelyt deeply affected by anti-Semitism as a nation but cannot find reasons to see Islamophobia as a major problem.

Islamophobia is the lesser of the two evils and in many ways it has become almost institutionalised at some levels of society. From politicians and right-wing celebrities to newspaper articles and opinion pieces a whole industry functions around sharing anti-Muslim content.

We are more likely to feel aggrieved when we hear accusations of anti-Semitism than Islamophobia.

To put it quite simply would we really have stood for anti-Jewish articles and headlines over the past ten years? Never.

Some believe Islamophobia is a by-product of Muslims attacking the British way of life so in many ways they deserve some comeback.

Sadly, we as a community have been equally guilty of talking up Islamophobia but refrain from speaking up about anti-semitism when we hear it in conversations and discussions.

I have heard flippant anti-Jewish comments with people almost oblivious to the dangerous tones they take.

We need to look at treating each with equal disdain.