General Antisemitism

Guardian’s pet “Azzajews”

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God spare us the Guardian’s pet Azzajews. A few days ago we had one more of them, Howard Cooper lecturing other Jewson how they should receive the transformation under way in Egypt, and saying, ‘as a Jew I celebrate… the movement of the human spirit towards freedom’ – this rather than being impelled by fear of the possible consequences for Israel. Now, as it happens, there’s a core notion that I agree with here, as I tried to make clear three weeks ago; make clear not in Azzajew mode, but just on my own behalf as someone with a viewpoint on the matter. Why, then, does Cooper’s lecture get up my nose? For three reasons..

(1) Jews have no special obligations in how they should react to events in Egypt, beyond whatever obligations people in general may be thought to have. Jews are merely people. They may freely form their opinions like others do, and if they go wrong according to Cooper’s judgement, that isn’t an act of bad faith – a notion he appears to misunderstand – unless there’s some dishonesty involved in what they think. Cooper would have done better to confine himself to saying how he thought the world at large should be reacting to Egyptian events.

(2) While I agree that people – not just Jews, as instructed by Azzajews – should welcome the democratic struggles in the Arab world, and to that extent give some place to hope for a change for the better in all the countries affected, no one can be forbidden from leaving room, too, for certain fears. Above all, Jews in Israel and Jews who care about the future of Israel have some grounds for harbouring fears about its prospects, in view of the history of enmity towards that country in the region.

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  1. the guardian is garbage. i used to read the CIF so i could comment on articles but now the moderators pretty much ban anyone who criticizes the author or the article.

    comment is free as long as you don’t dare challenge the anti-zionist mantra of the left.

    in israel boycotts r legal and in the universities jewish israelis cooperate with anti-israel arab movements. this is tolerated. this is protected.

    but in britain, one cannot say anything negative about the guardian without being silenced.

    talk about hypocrisy.

  2. Off topic perhaps.

    Here follows a roll-call of shame – writers who appear in today’s Guardian Review discussing their favourite books – what were they thinking agreeing to apear in this sad, Stormfront-type newspaper for the nuanced classes?

    John Banville
    As Byatt
    Lewis Hyde
    David Lodge
    Michael Rosen
    Salman Rushdie
    Anthony Horowitz
    Annie Proulx
    Lionel Shriver

    and so on.