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  1. You really need to be a hero to kill four unarmed people, one of whom was nine months pregnant. Oh what a heroic deed, to slaughter a pregnant woman!

  2. Ariadne: I’ve just read Barry Farber’s post. I have to say I’m getting rather fed up with American commentators complaining about us Brits being anti-Semitic. The vast majority of people are not, and a lot of Brits are philosemites. America has just as much of a problem with anti-Semitism, if not worse.

  3. Matt

    The trouble is that the “grass roots” form a “silent majority” to compound the clichés.

    We don’t really know how widespread fairness towards Jews is and it really is a clumsy way to characterise people. Why should we have to?

    When a Hebrew-speaking British person, ex-IDF, is afraid to speak to an Israeli IDF reservist in Hebrew in a London hotel because of the number of Arabic speakers around this country has a big problem.

    Where Jewish children, schools and social events need to be guarded there is a big problem.

    There are further examples but I urge you to read the CST blog.
    The problems are not negligible. Jews just aren’t behaving badly and demanding more rights than others so the problems can persist almost unseen.

    I’m sure others can put things better. And I should have mentioned Machover and the number of Nashashibis and other Southern Syrian former effendis who are about in this country.
    Israel has no rest from persecution in one way or another and this easily sticks to Jews even if they have never set foot in Israel and possibly don’t support it. But where that lack of support doesn’t arise from Communism or similar it is likely to have arisen from fear.

    The philosemites shout get together and shout loudly and then we might have a clearer idea of where we are.

  4. Matt, I am a Brit. You may be right, but far more likely is that many Brits couldn’t give a damn and are likely to bystand or abrogate the capability to think critically whilst this poison is dripped into their ears by the media.

    We can see this when news broadcasts themselves are lacking in the necessary context for people to come to a balanced decision, and all the media is dumbed down so as to appeal to the emotions rather than the intelligence and to make it more appealing to people who haven’t the time or the brains to be inquisitive or to “do” complexity.

    Islamist take advantage of this and draw to them all the second-raters who’d like to blame some-one, anyone, for the fact that they did not succeed. And Jews are a handy target for the bitter and twisted who lack the insight to realise that their own failings have led to their second-rate status and whose immature and natural instinct is to project the blame onto others.

  5. Jews are handy targets because they point a mirror to you and let you know the reasons behind your motives.

    Most people don’t like that.

  6. I have to say I’m getting rather fed up with American commentators complaining about us Brits being anti-Semitic. The vast majority of people are not, and a lot of Brits are philosemites. America has just as much of a problem with anti-Semitism, if not worse.

    Matt, while I respect that as a patriotic Briton, it pains you to have your whole nation labeled as anti-Semitic, we Americans have to look at your press, your politicians, your television and radio broadcasts, and institutions.

    Both the United States and Britain have a problem with antisemitism: this is simply a fact of the common European cultural-heritage. The difference is that the sort anti-Semitic conspiracy theorizing that many British politicians engaged in during the last election, would have, in most cases, signaled the end of a career if spoken by an American politician (especially one who claimed to be centrist, liberal, or center-left), the NUJ and UCU boycott resolutions would never have had a chance with the American equivalents, and American law enforcement takes anti-Semitic hate crimes very seriously.

    Antisemitism does exist in the United States but it doesn’t exist with the same level of mainstream approval that it does in Britain.

  7. I understand that there is a sense of unease among British Jews at the moment and I understand why. Just about every supporter of Israel – myself included – has been made to feel isolated over the last couple of years by the media’s one-sided and simplistic depiction of events and failure to show the Israeli point of view.

    And there is no doubt that the vitriol unleashed towards Israel – by the Guardian and other publications – has made anti-Semites feel more comfortable in expressing their views. That Belgian EU guy is a fine example. That doesn’t mean they’re a majority but a rather noisy minority. As SilverTrees says, most people just don’t care. They don’t see it as relevant to their lives, but something happening “over there”.

    To be honest I think there is far more ill-feeling and hostility directed towards Muslims in Britain today than there is towards Jews. There is a deep underlying feeling that Muslims are trying to take over. I don’t think that is fair or representative but a reaction to the noise made by Islamists (who in my view don’t represent the consensus among British Muslims), leftists, and the media (again) stirring the pot. A lot of ill-feeling towards Muslims is based on classic racism, whereas I don’t think anti-Semitism is – in some ways that makes it more sinister.

    I worry about Britain’s future, I really do. Yesterday I read in the local rag that Muslims in Kingston – (Kingston!!) – are being targeted by Islamists with death threats. So this problem is something which non-political / religious Muslims have to face as well as the rest of us.

    So what’s a non-Jewish philosemite and Israel supporter like myself to do? How can I make things better? Should I pop to my local synagogue on a Saturday and tell people I support them? Should I persuade British Muslims that they should support Israel?

    Please tell me, because I’m at a loss!